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RV Daily Tips. Friday, February 18, 2022

Issue 1800
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

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ―Philip Pullman


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Drink Wine Day!

On this day in history: 1885 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is published in the United States.



Tip of the Day

Dealing with ticks: An expert’s advice

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
If your travels take you to tick country, be on the lookout for these biting and often disease-carrying insects. Adult ticks are most active from March to mid-May and from mid-August to November. They can be active any time the temperature is above freezing. Here are some “tick tips” from Amanda Roome, an expert in ticks with Binghamton University.

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Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Easy Caravanning TakeOff pop-up trailer. As he reports, “I haven’t looked across the pond in a while, but occasionally some sort of RV I see over there is something I think our industry should consider bringing over here. Such is the case with the Holland-built TakeOff from Easy Caravanning. This little pop-up trailer is one of the best examples of that sort of trailer I’ve seen.”

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.

Why does distribution panel buzz and spark with two ACs?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2002 Southwind 30 amp. Is the back AC supposed to run only off the 20-amp breaker, off the generator? I turned the 20 amp on and it would run the front air but nothing else. Then turned the 20 amp off and the 30 amp on, and it would run either the front or rear AC, microwave, etc. If I turn on both air conditioners with both breakers on, the solenoid behind the fuses buzzes and sparks and it kills the generator within a few seconds. It used to run both fine. —Kellie

Read Dave’s answer.

If you’re in the Raleigh, NC, area, join Dave today at the NC RV Dealers Association Raleigh RV Show, Feb. 18-20, at the NC State Fairgrounds. He’s presenting seminars all three days!  


Device keeps your fresh water tank clean. So simple, yet effective!

Using bleach to sanitize a fresh water tank in an RV is something that has become customary for many. But it’s not as easy to sanitize a fresh water tank when you’re worrying about getting bleach all over you or your RV. Here’s where the RV Inline Sanitizer comes in handy. Read more.



You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

Do you get more exercise at home or when RVing?

Respond here


Quick Tip

Keep an extra set of RV keys handy, but safe

From Loren: “After several trips to the RV storage lot only to find I didn’t bring the RV keys, I went to Home Depot and bought a real estate agent door lock box. I got the kind that screws in, not the kind that hangs on the door knob. I screwed it to the floor in the propane bay (no lock on propane bay door). I put the RV door keys in the lock box — and, of course, I have never forgotten the keys since!” Thanks, Loren!



“Why I love my RV”

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

From Terry Enge
Winnebago View Profile 2014 G

“We downsized from a 32′ 5th wheel to a 25′ Mercedes Sprinter Winnebago View, “Bucky.” Love it. Comfortable ride, plenty of power and easy backing in. Two slides with queen bed and large window for viewing, instead of an overhead bed. Accent lights, automatic awning, outdoor speakers, 2 TVs. We carry two electric bikes for getting around and a carrier for our pups.”

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


Website of the day

Most Beautiful Scenic Byway In Every State
With spring around the corner (sort of), it’s about time to start planning your road trips. And we think every road trip should be spent on scenic byways, don’t you agree?


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We bet the cave men would be really jealous of inventions like this. Realllllly jealous.


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

Southern Sausage Egg Casserole
by Sherry Price from Easley, SC

This is a fantastic grits casserole that’s taken to another level. Onions add great flavor, while the cheese makes it nice and creamy. An easy casserole for a weekend breakfast or brunch. It’s filled with ingredients people love. Add fresh fruit for a great meal.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Iconic trivia column “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” began its life as a sports cartoon. In 1918, Robert Ripley was a sports cartoonist for the New York Globe. One day he sketched out a panel of cartoons of various sports oddities. He titled it “Champs and Chumps.” The next year, he began doing more of these and called them “Believe It or Not!” The panel was a huge hit and quickly became a weekly feature. The rest, as they say, is history…


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Our three traveling companions, Feliz, Travis, and Nisha! These three love to travel and can’t wait to get back on the road!” —Jon Crosier

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!


Easily check the tire pressure on your inner dual tires
Do you have trouble reading the tire pressure on your RV’s inner duals? This dual head tire pressure gauge with an extension steel shaft will reach where a standard gauge won’t. Be sure you know the pressure of all your tires, or risk a potentially dangerous blowout. No batteries required. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

Since it’s National Drink Wine Day, we figured we’d re-share this hilarious video with you. We posted it a couple of years ago, but even if you’ve already seen it you’ll be sure to laugh again. Watch it here.


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Bill
7 months ago

Regarding yesterday’s comments on RV Travel.com decals or stickers .. Mugs are nice but add weight to cabinet and are rarely seen by those outside our rigs. Decals or stickers on the other hand are always on display and will be seen by MANY others.
If you sell them at a decent price they could become free advertising for RV Travel.com.
Heck,I’ll even offer my services as an unpaid distributor since we are full timing and traveling the US, Canada & Mexico.
(posting here because I can’t seem to get a response thru ‘contact us’)

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

Thanks for the ideas and offer, Bill. I’ve sent your comment to Emily for her consideration. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Montgomery D Bonner
7 months ago

Oh, I should state, Master Certified RV Tech, retired, but worked around AC/DC electrical circuits since kid. I had rear AC unit faulting at Thermostat. Something was wrong. Made sure AGS was disabled, turned off master house and chassis power. Pulled front of breaker panel, checked tightness on all connections in that panel, starting with rear ac unit connection. Reassembled, turned on chassis/coach master switches, ran unit for two hours, no faults. This was two years ago. RVs are earthquakes going down road, stuff gets lose, check electrical connections on everything, but MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, IF NOT FIND QUALIFIED PERSON TO DO IT FOR YOU. You have one life, don’t waste it.

Last edited 7 months ago by Montgomery D Bonner
Jesse Crouse
7 months ago

Part of knowing what you are doing is having a good torque wrench and finding out the correct torque on the electrical connections in the converter. You were spot on Monty in your last two sentences.

Ray
7 months ago

Concerning the most beautiful scenic byway article, the one selected for Texas, the roadway between Fredericksburg and Austin, is nice but hardly near the top 10 scenic byways in the State. That is unless you are fond of traffic. It makes one question the selections for the other States.

Montgomery D Bonner
7 months ago

All – Really think, some people are too stupid to own and operate an RV. Why, hmmm, the “Dave” article explains my point, you have electrical distribution panel? He states he has an incoming max of 30Amps. First with two roof a/c, that should really be a 50A rig, so from the get-go it was underpowered. Second, he says, buzzing and sparking, are you kidding me, you have energized electrical devices sparking in the distribution panel and you are still trying to make something work???? Trust me, you have to have some reasonable common sense when operating an RV, currently, I think the stupid level has gone up. Electricity CAN KILL YOU, CAUSE FIRE, BURN UP RV AND YOU. Be very careful around all points of electricity, and our bodies have an affinity for DC current, so even though low voltage, do not discount it’s potential to kill you too. It Can, quite quickly!!

Jeff Craig
7 months ago

I agree with you, but is it stupidity or just plain ignorance? People don’t know where the power comes from, just that they flip a switch and it is there. Home internet (my former field) is even worse! I met a brilliant financier who made a fortune on derivatives trading – who couldn’t figure out how to set up his Wi-Fi on the router his kids got him (it only needed an app – and he couldn’t comprehend the instruction manual). Obviously, tech was not his forte.

As an RV’ing community, we need to encourage people to watch good RV training videos (or attend the RV Training Classes in Texas!) like Changing Lanes, Mortons on the Move or You/Me and the RV. Yes, electricity can kill you and I’m shocked (no pun intended) that this person would keep trying to run it ‘as before’. But, Daves explination – and double warnings to have the system inspected, should give ‘Kellie’ a wake up call.

Jesse Crouse
7 months ago

“Stupid is as stupid does”. My chosen profession is 53 years as a Master plumber and heater tech. You can’t believe how many times people keep hitting the “Reset button” on the oil burner control till the heater blows up.

tom
7 months ago

A hidden spare key(s) is an absolute necessity. Had a friend who purchased a used RV. Over the course of time, he found 5 sets of spares.