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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Issue 1793
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

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.'” ―Sylvia Plath


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pizza Day!

On this day in history: 1942 – Year-round daylight saving time (aka war time) is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.



Tip of the Day

Easy ways to decorate your RV without adding much weight

By Gail Marsh
The very first thing Hubby says when I mention decorating something in our RV’s interior is, “How much will it weigh?” The big difference between decorating your stix-n-brix home and decorating your RV is the weight consideration. I don’t even stop to think about how much a big potted plant will weigh when I bring it into our stationary home. But I certainly think twice before bringing something so heavy into our RV.

Read all these decorating ideas. You’re going to love them!

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Take care with campfires


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Happier Camper Traveler. He writes, “The idea of a very small and lightweight trailer that’s very, very adaptive… er… Adaptiv, has a lot of appeal.” Check it out.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Winnebago Voyage V3739RK fifth wheel prototype? 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.

New batteries: Which should I get and how do I connect the cables?

Dear Dave,
I just bought a used Thor with two house batteries and they are not holding a charge. I need to install new batteries but the compartment seems like a rat’s nest! What batteries are the best and how do I keep all the cables straight? —Terry

Read Dave’s answer.

Yesterday, Dave answered: What do you think of RecPro as a second roof A/C?



You never know who you’ll meet at the campground…

By Nanci Dixon
I love how many interesting people we meet camping! We just met our new campsite neighbors, The Border Hookups. Dave and Jacqueline Hudson are professional singers, health coaches, and full-time RVers. Dave is from Minnesota and Jacqueline from Canada, hence the name The Border Hookups. Read the interesting story of how they became full-time RVers.


Reader poll

Dog owners: How many dogs do you normally travel with in your RV?

Woof woof! Tell us here.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.



Quick Tip

Safe freeway driving for RVs

Following distances must be increased on a freeway because you cannot slow down and stop your vehicle quickly. When you want to exit a freeway, slow down sooner than you would for a smaller vehicle. Be aware that many off ramps have curves which continually tighten. You will need to stay to the outside of the curve so the rear wheels will not rub the curb or drop off the pavement. From California DMV


“Why I love my RV”

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs. 

From Dan & Benet Kruger
2019 Artic Fox 28-5C

“Enjoy the set up. We just push a button and it levels itself. Only about 20 minutes all hooked up and we’re in our easy chair. If we’re boondocking it takes even less time. It has 1,000 watts of solar with five lithium batteries. It’s easy to tow and is very roomy. I put a way bigger bathroom sink in for my wife. It has lots of storage for food items and a big fridge. Done some cold weather camping and it does great. We enjoy the heated tanks as well, and the electric fireplace is nice. Like all houses on wheels, it requires some work at times. Just the right size for us.”

Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.


It’s about time you cleaned those headlights
When was the last time you gave those headlights a good scrub? It’s been a while, huh? Get yourself this 4-piece headlight restorer kit from Turtle Wax for about $11, and have your headlights looking as good as new in less than 5 minutes. It can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces, and will restore all dull, yellowed headlights. Learn more or order here.


Website of the day

46 Incredible Things To Do With Canned Biscuits
Making biscuits is easy… when they come from a can! Step up those biscuits with these delicious-sounding recipes. Yum! [Diane will be right back. She’s heading to the store to get 15 cans of biscuits!]


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: Squirrel
From: Peachkoblerpie
“My beloved is mine, and I am his. 💗

To: Rickadickadoo

From: Ho
“Hey Buh. I love you!! Happy V Day and many more!!❤️


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• RV entry step system is too heavy and complicated!
• The secret way RV parks will soon charge you more
• Research reveals how people choose their campsites


Recipe of the Day

Over the Moon Pizza Dip
by Marie Freeman from Poquoson, VA

This delicious dip is one your friends and family will cheer for. It’s full of meat and cheese and seriously simple to make. All the seasonings really add to the delicious pizza flavor.

Since it’s National Pizza Day, we’ll be making this! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Cracker Jacks Gone Wild! 


Trivia

Lakes formed by meteor impacts are called annular lakes. One of the world’s largest annular lakes is Lake Manicouagan in Quebec, Canada. The lake is so large that it can be seen from space and is known as the “Eye of Quebec.”


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Tinkerbell and Loki are brother and sister Shih Tzu that my son, Chris, my wife, Susie, and I adopted April 2020. They love camping together. Chris is a full-time firefighter and works 24 hours on and 48 off, so Loki stays with Susie, Tinkerbell, and myself when he is at work. They are inseparable. Love to play and camp together.” —Jeffrey Dowell

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!


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You have these, right? All RVers HAVE to have these.


Leave here with a laugh


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jillie
4 months ago

My husband works at Wal Mart. Need to share this with him. As for the day I missed? Lets go fly a kite…up in the air so free…..O lets go fly a kite…..ok so I am off key….

Kilted Ken Werner
4 months ago

There was an invisible man in front of me in checkout buying this tape…I think🤔

John M
4 months ago

I think I tried using some invisible tape this morning, couldn’t find the end to pull a piece of tape off

Dan Kruger
4 months ago

Simple jokes are some of the best, some are right in front of you and u don’t know it……

Tommy Molnar
4 months ago

We tried some of those vacuum storage “Space Saver” bags. They never held the ‘vacuum’ very long. But then, this was a long time ago that we tried them. Maybe they’ve improved the design since then?

Glenda S
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

They haven’t.

Tommy Molnar
4 months ago
Reply to  Glenda S

thanks Glenda. Now we don’t have to waste MORE money. 🙂

Lexi's Mom
4 months ago

OMG…still laughing about the tape.

Sharon B
4 months ago
Reply to  Lexi's Mom

That was funny.

Lawrence Neely
4 months ago
Reply to  Lexi's Mom

i was wondering, how does the cashier ring them up? Do you pay with “invisible” money?

Jeb
4 months ago

Some of us are less easily amused but I still chuckled.

Julz
4 months ago

Still laughing about the invisible tape! Thank you for that one!

Bob p
4 months ago

I will respectfully disagree with CALTRANS on the proper way to exit the interstate. The exit ramps are designed to allow ample distance to enable sufficient deceleration by the time you reach the end of the ramp. You don’t see truck drivers applying their brakes until they’re clear of the main road. If you slow down prior to exiting you could cause an accident behind you on a crowded freeway.

Glenn
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Cloverleaf?

Jeb
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Agreed! Slowing down in anticipation of an exit ramp is a good way to cause an accident if not actually be in one. I am use to ramps in excess of 100 yards maybe California compresses theirs.

Gordy B
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeb

See above. All states do it!

Irvin Kanode
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Not ALL exit ramps have ample distance to slow down.

Just like not ALL entrance ramps have enough room to safely merge.

Lindalee
4 months ago
Reply to  Irvin Kanode

Irvin, you’ve been driving in Corpus Christi, Texas!!

Gordy B
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

You are wrong! Many exits cross the highway below and as soon as you get to the other side of the bridge it does a sharp 360 curve to the highway below and goes under the bridge you just crossed. I have 34 yrs of commercial driving with 3,000,000 + miles under my belt. I was with a trainee who refused to slow down and I shut the key off on him. It was foggy and he couldn’t see (we were in the mountains), had I not shut the key off forcing him to slow down we would have dropped 75 ft into rocks at 60 mph. That was near Seattle, Wa. He became a believer. He previously thought like you. Happy and safe trails.

GWM
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

In Pennsylvania Turnpike they call the exit ramps “deacceleration lanes” that is where you are to then deaccelerate not on the highway.

volnavy007
4 months ago

“… stay to the outside of the curve so the rear wheels will not rub the curb or drop off the pavement.”? That seems wrong. You might need to stay wide but that applies to all curves when pulling a trailer. Knowing how wide you have to be to keep the trailer tires on the pavement is part of the learning curve (excuse the pun) of pulling a trailer. This statement by the California DMV sounds similar to “tractor trailers can stop faster because they have more tires on the road” that was being taught by some driving instructors.

Bob p
4 months ago
Reply to  volnavy007

Yes many people think an 18 wheeler has 18 brakes, WRONG, it has 2 brakes per axel. 5 axels = 10 brakes.

Gary
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

But they do have 18 rubber contact patches with the road surface creating drag to slow down or stop.

Lindalee
4 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Gary, have you EVER driven an 18 wheeler (aka big rig)?

I didn’t think so!

Sharon L Boehmer
4 months ago

Couldn’t help myself, I did try, but I laughed at the invisible tape.