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RV Daily Tips. Friday, February 11, 2022

Issue 1795
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

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” ―Jack Kerouac


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Peppermint Patty Day!

On this day in history: 1794 – First session of United States Senate opens to the public.



Tip of the Day

Free RV spot? Try caretaking – trade skills, or your presence

By Bob Difley
Caretaking takes many forms, such as simply camping at a remote location to deter theft or vandalism or staying on someone else’s property while they are away. This could often entail watering plants, feeding pets or gardening.

Usually you will stay in your own rig but have access to electrical and water connections and the use of a bathroom facility. Each caretaking position is different and usually involves trading your services for free living and sometimes, depending on the work and responsibility, also some $$.

How do you find caretaking positions? Find out here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: RVs and WD-40: Unusual combinations that work!


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Winnebago Minnie 2529RG. As he reports, “Occupying about the middle of Winnebago’s travel trailer line, the Minnie is sort of a midsize line of laminated trailers with a rather rich feature set and some terrific cabinetry.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Grand Design Transcend XPLOR 240ML? 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.

Should I use nitrogen in my tires?

Dear Dave,
We have had our current trailer for 4 years and it came with nitro-filled tires. I was told that adding straight air to fill was not an issue. I would really appreciate being educated on the pros and cons of nitro-filled tires. Thank you in advance, Sir. —Joel

Read Dave’s response.

Yesterday, Dave answered: Are new trailers designed for proper weight distribution?



Boondocking gone wrong: One woman’s experience

RVer Suzanne Anthony had recently learned about an “idyllic” boondocking spot near Cloudcroft, New Mexico, in the Lincoln National Forest. She was looking for a place to escape the brutal heat of central Texas. She found the coordinates of the location, and headed off. What she found was horrifying, nothing like what she expected. Read more.


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

What’s your favorite beverage to quench your thirst on a hot day?

Take a sip then tell us here.



Quick Tip

Tilt electric mirrors for better parking visibility

When preparing to back up your RV, tilt the electric mirrors down to see the lower rear corner of your coach. To practice, use rubber cones in an empty parking lot. Try to align the rear of the rig with the cone, using only your mirrors. When backing up, your concern is no longer with traffic approaching from the rear but with carefully guiding the rear of your coach into a site and avoiding any obstacles. Thanks to Ron Jones at AboutRVing.com.


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Ray Austin
2013 Winnebago Vista 27N

“My favorite thing about it is the comfort and having all my stuff with me. Next favorite is the size, under 30 ft. A lot of older national and state parks have limited space for RVs.”

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


Still need a Valentine’s Day gift? 
If you still need a Valentine’s Day gift for your special lady, this earring and necklace combo is perfect! (Or, ladies, you can just buy this adorable combo for yourself!) We think all the ladies of the RVtravel.com staff need this… Learn more or order here. (Trust us. You’ll get major brownie points.)


Website of the day

50 Romantic Valentine’s Day Recipes for Staying in With Your Special Someone
Okay, love birds. Listen up. Valentine’s Day is just a few meals away, so this weekend is the perfect time to stock up on ingredients you may need to make that special someone a very special meal!


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: Mrs. RBB
From: Mr. RBB
“All my love always“

To: My Hottie

From: Debbiedo
“God blessed the day I met you in 1975 and every day since for the last 46 years. You’re my first, last and only love, my best friend and help mate. Thank you for showing me I’m still special to you too. I love you to the moon and back. Let’s do another 45 years!“


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
The most accurate, most hilarious, card we’ve ever seen. If this doesn’t speak volumes…


Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.


Recipe of the Day

Chocolate Fondue
by Sonnie Otto from Dickinson, ND

Fondue sounds very fancy, but this recipe is actually very easy to make. The liquor in this fondue adds a hint of fruity flavor that works lovely with the chocolate. After about 45 minutes, our fondue was thick and luscious. Perfect for dipping strawberries, bananas, and pound cake. When cold, it has a fudge-like texture and would make a decadent sauce for ice cream.

You can thank us for this recipe later. Get it here.

See yesterday’s recipe: Blackened Chicken Breast With Fettuccine Alfredo


Trivia

If you grew up in the U.S., you most likely told another child they have “cooties.” The term “cooties” first appeared in English from British World War I soldiers that referred to the lice that ran rampant in battlefield trenches. It is believed to be derived from the Philippine, Malaysian-Indonesian, and Maori word kuto or kutu, which refers to a biting insect.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Gracie loves to camp but hates when I have to work.” —Adrian Grove

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 First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!


RV SlippersMAKES A GREAT GIFT!
A cozy gift for your favorite RVer! 

These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so you won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL, so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.


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jillie
7 months ago

We have four dogs and they know when I am on the phone. So in the middle of trying to take care of what ever one starts barking and the rest follow suit. I send them outside and the caller usually asks so you have an armada of dogs? I will tell them 4 dogs trying to out bark each other. Right now its quiet. Waiting for the next bark alarm.

cee
7 months ago

Gracie is a sweetheart!!

Ray Austin
7 months ago

I was pleasantly surprised to see my RV in the “Why I love my RV” Thanks for the worth reading Daily newsletter.

Duane Timmons
7 months ago

Dave Solberg – as a professional you need to be more careful with your words. You answer to the question about nitrogen in tires was informative but misleading. When talking about the benefits of nitrogen in tires you kept referring to the alternative as “oxygen” filled tires. This is incorrect and, quite frankly, dangerous. Tires are typically filled with AIR (which is 78% nitrogen and only 21% oxygen). Words matter as an oxygen filled tire would, in fact, be a bomb! Your information was correct for nitrogen vs air, not nitrogen vs oxygen.

Lil John
7 months ago
Reply to  Duane Timmons

Thanks Duane. I was about to say the same thing. “air” is the correct word. “Oxygen”, in the right amount, this case 78%, is extremely dangerous. Not everyone know that, so words have to be wisely chosen.

Tommy Molnar
7 months ago
Reply to  Lil John

While I realize the technical correctness in your posts, do you really think there is a danger that someone is going to find a way to fill their tires with pure oxygen?

John
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I’m with ya Tommy. Seems some folks can’t wait to find something to correct, even though 99% understand what the writer meant.

Dave Solberg
7 months ago
Reply to  John

Duane, thanks for pointing that out, I used “normal air” all the other times but put oxygen filled in the NHTSA test overview? I did not catch that and went back to look at the report and found my error. The report stated oxidation was cause by the oxygen in the air and I summarized the info and made the mistake. I made the correction, sorry for the error. Keep reading, I’m sure I’ll make more!

Lil John
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave Solberg

You do a good job Dave. Look what you have to work with! 🙂

Larry
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave Solberg

OMG, next you will be attacked for miss use of a comma. Keep up the GOOD work, I will keep reading and learning. ,,,,,,,,,,,

Skip
7 months ago

Gracie is gorgeous!

Snayte
7 months ago

I often have that “Help I woke up” experience but it is usually about 15 minutes after falling asleep and I am awake for the next hour or so.

Jeb
7 months ago

Gracie doesn’t look like she has a hateful bone in her body.

Diane Mc
7 months ago

Loved the funny card. I read it to my husband. We both had a good laugh. He asked for a screen shot. We have cards we’ve given to each other; birthdays, anniversary, Valentine’s & started saving them to regive! Except for my birthday, all the other ‘events’ are while we are traveling. Sometimes we even cross off one event & add the other. We always have a good laugh. The nice thing the cards we’ve saved are timeless, still fit, even the notes written. I’m sure I’ll be receiving this one soon. Lol.

Victor Short
7 months ago

My favorite beverage is hot coffee whether hot or cold weather. All day everyday