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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Issue 1787
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

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Today’s thought

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” ―G.K. Chesterton

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Dark Chocolate Day!

On this day in history: 1964 – The Beatles have their first number one hit in the United States with “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

Tip of the Day

Awning tear? Don’t despair—fix it yourself!

By Gail Marsh
After almost a week of overcast skies, the sun finally appeared. I was excited to finally unfurl our RV awning! Out, out, out it went. And then … you guessed it! An awning tear. Sunlight glinted through the small rip, confirming my distress. A tear. Now what?

I knew that the small tear had the potential to become a bigger rip and also a bigger problem. So, I got right to work. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Banish RV slideout squeaks

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Forest River Surveyor 240BHLE. Tony writes, “Often there’s a middle ground option that might be more palatable to some purchasers and, perhaps, Forest River’s Surveyor division could be a better budgetary fit.” Check it out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Escape 21C travel trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

CONTEST! Is this your RV?

Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.

Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club.

At what temp should I be worried about RV’s exposed water lines freezing?

Dear Dave,
What are typical low temperatures a rig like ours can handle without freezing damage to lines? In addition, would it be reasonable to insulate the water lines under our rig to make our RV more of a four-season RV? Many thanks for your advice. We love your forums. —Greg

Read Dave’s reply.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Can a half-ton truck tow a “lite” fifth wheel?

Airstream film takes you back in time

You’ll love this—a promotional film from Airstream from 40 years ago. If you own an Airstream trailer, you will thoroughly enjoy this. But even if you’re not an Airstream owner, this 20-minute film will transport you back to a simpler time. How many times will you ever see a film with an elephant walking by an American recreational vehicle? You’ll see it here.

Reader poll

How do you feel about being proven wrong in an argument?

I’m right! No, you’re wrong and I’m right! … Tell us here.

Quick Tip

Recycle old awning arms

Here’s a recycle use for old awning arms: They make great sewer hose supports. Just scope ’em out the length you need and put them “channel side” up. Don’t have one? Check with an RV dealer—they may have a couple of “junkers” you can have.

Website of the day

Historic U.S. attractions everyone should visit
It’s true, you really should visit these places. Learning about the history and being fully immersed in it is a pretty special experience. How many have you been to?

For Lovers Only…

Listen up, romantics. If you have a special someone you’d like to surprise with a secret message right here on this website (could be your wife, husband, partner, child, neighbor, friend, etc.) submit it to us here. Don’t use their real names, use a special name that only they’ll recognize. Oh, how fun it will be when they read it! You’ll make their day! We’ll feature these in our upcoming newsletters, so keep your eyes open.

Here are a couple of responses.

To: My White Chocolate
From: Sunshine
“You are my soulmate and my best friend. Love you forever and I’ll give you my answer in the morning!”

To: GG
From: Papi
“You put the Spring in my life, come away with me, to our secret Garden, the UP. Or maybe just a drive to somewhere new in Spring. I Love You.”

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 46 percent have done damage to their RV while backing up.
• 33 percent have a dash cam on their RV or tow vehicle.
• 42 percent have never stayed at an RV park for a month or longer in one stretch.

Recent poll: Would you prefer that everything in this newsletter be RV-related, or do you like a mix of other things too? Click here.

Photo by Alan Levine, Wikimedia

If you need somewhere to stay in Cottonwood, Idaho, look no further than the pawsitively amazing Dog Bark Park Inn, the world’s largest beagle (and also the world’s cutest B&B). Couple Dennis and Francis began making wooden dog carvings years ago, setting aside the money they made from those to make the Dog Bark Park Inn in 1997, a dog-themed one-room B&B inside a 27-foot tall Beagle. Reservations can be made online, and even if you can’t stay you’ll want to visit their gift shop and studio. Read more. Oh, yes, Fido is welcome to stay too.

Recipe of the Day

White Chicken Chili With Salsa Verde
by Reta Smith from Liberty, MO

This is an amazing white chicken chili recipe. It’s no wonder it was a big winner for Rita! The white chili is on the lighter side. While it may not have any cream, it’s full of flavor. Cumin really gives it the Southwest flavor you expect from chili. The salsa verde brings the chili to the next level of goodness. Fresh and full of flavor, the salsa is award-worthy in and of itself, and when paired with the white bean chili it’s simply unbelievable.

We loooove the idea of adding salsa verde! Get the recipe here (we sure are!).

See yesterday’s recipe: Norwegian Meatballs and Rice

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There is a convenience store in the United States for every 2,245 people. Texas has the most with 15,742 stores, according to the 2022 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. California is second with 12,053 stores.

*When Gmail first launched it was thought to be a joke. Why? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Huey is a Labradoodle I rescued in September. He’s 22 months old, 85 pounds and never stops. He loves riding in the RV and camping.” —Daryl Bortel

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!

Pet owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!

If you have a dog, you absolutely must click here. We promise you will LOVE this!

Leave here with a laugh

A California winery managed to create a new type of wine by crossing Pinot Blanc with Pinot Grigio. As a side effect, it reduces the number of times people need to get up to pee during the night. It is being marketed in retirement homes around the world as Pinot More!

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  1. Combat was always a challenge and terrible. When you are flown to 3 to 5 LZ’s (Landing Zones) a day by helicopter insertion into hot zones, you fight for your life, your fellow soldiers lives, and your mission. In the jungles of the South Vietnam Mekong Delta, filled with multiple dangers from; booby traps (I.E.D.’s) to leeches, snakes, insects of all varieties, let alone the enemy laying in wait, you felt like you were in an alien world, it was so unreal compared to anything you experienced in your life. I truly knew no atheists when we were in combat. As a fighting combat medic, I thank God, and my fellow soldiers, for being alive today. Yes, we always thought of our precious families back home that we loved. I will never forget those soldiers in combat I could not save. I am grateful to have saved those I could.🙏🏻🇺🇸

    • Good job Brian….thanks for your writing and service.
      I found the quote idealistic tho, yes you can hate the guy trying to kill you. It’s the aftermath of dealing with the loss of control that is hard

    • I’m glad God blessed you with being able to make it home. Hope you didn’t get hurt and thank you for your service to our country.

  2. Wonderful thought of the day. It is so easy to become self-centered, especially once we are retired and “done” with many family responsibilities.
    “Greater love has no one than this: that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

  3. I replaced a few awnings over the years, and none have been all that easy. There’s more to it than just unwinding the awning and sliding it off the roller.

  4. Great old video on the Air Stream. I like watching those old videos like that. The big difference is back then Air Stream was marketed to the every day family. The every day family cannot afford them in today’s market. But they are a really cool RV.


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