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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, February 17, 2022

Issue 1799
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

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” ―Paulo Coelho

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

On this day in history: 1972 – Cumulative sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model T.

Tip of the Day

How to manually adjust your trailer brakes

By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received about adjusting trailer brakes from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor.

Dear Chris,
I have a new Coleman camper that seems to have a brake issue. While it stops okay, one tire seems to “lock up” (“grab”) first. This happens while adjusting the brake controller. I feel that I would have better braking and a shorter stopping distance if all four tires braked at about the same time. I know that I don’t need—or want—the brakes locking the wheels in normal use. But while making adjustments to the controller I would like to have them better synchronized. Is there a way to adjust the brakes to get them all braking together?

Read Chris’ reply

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Forest River XLR Micro Boost 29LRLE toy hauler. Tony writes, “While this can legitimately haul some toys, this would be an even better trailer where there’s a craft room or office or something like that.” Just don’t count on any windows for natural light…

Click 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.

What is the best pet monitoring device?

Dear Dave,
We need to get a monitoring system to keep our dog safe in the RV when we do adventures that he can’t attend. We really don’t want to have a monthly phone plan for it but will if it is necessary. Which monitoring system do you recommend? —Linda

Read Dave’s answer.

Young architect builds RV with essential amenities for $1,400

A 23-year-old recently graduated architecture student from Tamil Nadu, India, has hit the news. Dismayed at how much poor people were spending on housing, he’s come up with a potential solution. Arun Prabhu has built what’s possibly India’s first home-brew motorhome. This is pretty cool!

Reader poll

How many air conditioners are on your RV?

Respond here

Quick Tip

Don’t close too many furnace vents

On cold nights, some RVers believe that if they cover up or shut the vents except the one in their bedroom that they will save propane and be warmer. Bad idea. When you do this, the furnace can overheat, and it will trip the high-limit safety switch. If this happens too often, eventually the limit switch will burn out and the furnace will shut down. The rule of thumb is to always leave no fewer than three vents open at all times.

Website of the day

The Coziest Restaurant in Every State
It’s February, and that means having dinner in a rustic lodge or a saloon by a fireplace sounds pretty nice, right? Well, this list from Food & Wine has you covered.

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:

• 34 percent read the news on their computer, 33 percent on their smartphone, and 29 percent on their tablet.
• 97 percent do not live with any children aged 15 or younger.
• 63 percent have had something worth $100 or more stolen from them.

Recent poll: Have you noticed a delay in shipping on your Amazon Prime orders?

Recipe of the Day

Aunt Kathy’s Oven Burgers
by Dawn Whitted from Spearfish, SD

Gooey melted cheese, savory special sauce… what could be better on a burger?! Even if you don’t enjoy the toppings that are added, the method for making these hamburgers is great. They’re juicy just like a burger should be. Baking them in the oven, the cheese melts into the spread and drips everywhere (in a good way). The bun is warm and the bottom gets slightly crisp. The perfect foundation for the messy burger. A must-try for any cheeseburger lover!

Click here for the recipe


Ever wonder why Lyme disease is called Lyme? Well, when the disease was first diagnosed in 1975 it was done so in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Lollipop and Pockpop are Cavalier King Charles. Both were adopted separately when they were 5 years old. Lollipop is the Blienham and Pockypop is the black and tan. They love traveling in our Winnebago Vista and have claimed their favorite traveling sleeping spot.” —Anna Washington

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!

This isn’t just a mystery product. This is an absolutely-must-have product. We’re being serious. You MUST have this in your car or RV at all times.

Leave here with a laugh

I woke up this morning to find two birds sitting in the sun in our backyard eating ice cream. I couldn’t believe it! They were Basking Robins!

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7 months ago

We have always baked our burgers. I coat ours with a seasoning call montreal chicken seasoning. Really good. We were introduced to something called beyond burgers. O M G my husband said he could eat these over beef any day. They are plant based and before you poo poo these gotta try it. It will make you go is this beef? This is our go to burger from now on.

7 months ago

We aren’t full-timers, so a pet monitor with a monthly fee isn’t practical. I set my tablet to be a hot spot, then use a Temp Stick to monitor temperature and humidity, and to text me if anything is of concern.

7 months ago

Ref. Quick Tip: I replaced the OEM floor registers with residential closeable style registers. I also put a notice on the thermostat – “All Vents Must be OPEN!”. I changed the OEM registers to stop some of the debris from going into the floor ducts during summer months.

7 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

When I had floor vents in my last rig, I used Bounce sheets threaded across the top of the louvers on the inside of the vents. They allowed air to flow freely, smelled good and kept all debris out of the ducts. You might want to try it. I’d change them every season which was sufficient. (I had three vents, two screws on each of the long ends of each vent. No problem removing, inserted a Bounce sheet, then replacing.)

7 months ago

Today’s thought of the day, “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure”  attributed to Paulo Coelho sounded to me an awful like
Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Just saying it sounded a bit familiar and by a different author!

7 months ago
Reply to  Julz

We don’t need to search for our treasure. Whatever is most important to us is our treasure. But, it would be wise to consider just what it is that we treasure, and ponder whether it is worthy of the value we have placed upon it, because protecting our treasure will always be our top priority.

7 months ago

Pet Monitors. We have tried several RV temperature monitors. We found “Waggle” to be the best.

7 months ago

Did you know Catsup and Ketchup are the same thing? Somehow I thought they might be different but I searched and found I was wrong. Catsup is actually the older of the two terms when it was first coined in or around 1650. Ketchup followed at 1711. The original recipe was supposed to be a fish sauce and later tomato was added to become Catsup. It originated in England if I recall correctly.

Last edited 7 months ago by Drew
7 months ago
Reply to  Drew

Just learned something new today. Thanks.

ln em
7 months ago
Reply to  Drew

my little girl asked, “please can i have some catshit”

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  ln em

Well, that’s certainly one way I’ve never seen it spelled (or pronounced). Must have cracked you up! Thanks, ln em. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

7 months ago

Todays QUICK TIP, wondering what & where this is information came from? “The rule of thumb is to always leave no fewer than three vents open at all times.”

Charlie Sullivan
7 months ago

I was wondering also. Guess the RV’s with only two vents can’t use their furnace.

7 months ago

Anybody know where I can purchase an ‘RV’ decal or window sticker? I’ve written RV Travel and gotten no response! Thanks

Lil John
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I, too asked about a decal. I wanted the one at the top of the newsletter with the 20 year logo. Would look really good on the back of the RV.
So far, no luck.

Last edited 7 months ago by Lil John
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  Lil John

Hi, Lil John. I had tried to get an answer to your request(s) previously but didn’t hear back. Sorry.
But I forwarded Bill’s email to “the powers that be” and just got this response back from one of those “powers”:
“We started the store with the mugs but they just weren’t selling so we didn’t expand it to other products and shut it down. It was costing us more money to run the store than it was making. Unfortunately, it is just too difficult to compete with places like Amazon that have free shipping.”
Maybe that will change in the future, but that’s where things stand as of now. Take care, and stay healthy. 😀 –Diane

Lil John
7 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks Diane. I can make my own decal. Is that an o.k. thing?

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  Lil John

Go for it, Lil John. I don’t see why there would be a problem with that. Are you thinking of just one for your personal use? Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

7 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Sounds like a private business you can create yourself and sell here? Might be something you could make a side business with? Wish I was that fast in stuff like this.

7 months ago

I know you’re just linking to other articles, but these “best whatever in each state” posts frequently don’t say where in the state the place is located. The cozy restaurant in PA was said to be near the NY state line. That narrows it down to about 350 miles!

7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Westline Inn in Westline, PA. Link in the article takes you to the restaurant web page.

7 months ago

I don’t do free trials when credit cards info is required.So I won’t be trying out the dirt pro.Reason being I once had to have my card company file a dispute from a streaming service I cancelled but was continuously charged.

7 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Dirt Pro? Must be a Google generated ad. Not everyone sees the same ads.

7 months ago
Reply to  James

It’s DYRT PRO and is pretty much oriented to taking the money of those showing an interest in boondocking.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  James

Full disclosure: Dyrt PRO is one of our paying advertisers. Have a great day, James! 😀 -Diane

Leonard Rempel
7 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Agreed! If they want to give out free trials, then make it so! Just another B.S. offer! Stick with Campendium, it is by far the best!

Richard Hughes
7 months ago

My idea of “cozy” is different than the author of the article of “Coziest” places in each state.

Last edited 7 months ago by Richard Hughes