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Tip of the Day
Avoid disaster: Make sure your RV is level before retracting slides
By Nanci Dixon
I am usually very careful about making sure the RV is level. I even have an extra battery-operated level to put on the floor to double-check even when the auto level thinks the motorhome is level.
However, one day as we slowly were sinking in the soft mud, despite mighty blocks under the jacks, I got lazy.
We were leaving the next morning so how bad could it get? Short answer: really bad.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “This is absolutely a trailer where you’ll want a three-quarter ton truck to haul it around. But it offers a lot of very usable interior space and, by my own experience, is a good unit to have if you like to entertain. And I have to say the experience I personally have along with that of the numerous friends who have Rockwood and Flagstaff trailers really do bear out what Forest River’s internal award system recognized. There are certainly RVs coming off the line now that have issues aplenty, but there are also those that continue to be made better.”
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My 2003 furnace is hard to start and noisy. Is this normal?
I have a 2003 Forest River Sunseeker Class C motorhome. I bought this recently and don’t know much about all these things, so I read your column diligently. Recently it was 23° outside and I had trouble getting the furnace to start. Once it started it was incredibly noisy. Is something wrong, or is this just the way the furnace is on an old RV? Thank you. —Shanti
Time to check the water heater anode rod
I remember you writing something about putting water in your electric water heater before turning it on in the spring. But what about the anode rod? Any recommendations? —Dusty R.
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PBS spotlights RV work campers in excellent report
The PBS NewsHour, Public television’s evening news program, recently profiled the growing movement commonly called work camping. Thousands upon thousands of RVers — the number is almost certainly in the six-figure range — travel with their RV from place to place to work. For some, it’s simply to keep busy. For others, it’s essential income. Learn more and watch the video.
What landscape do you most like to stay in with your RV?
Don’t get stuck in a “blind alley”
Worried about a “blind alley” situation when taking your rig into a parking lot? Reader Bob Cook suggests you use Google Maps Street View to take a quick peek in advance to see if you can maneuver, park, and then make an escape. Thanks, Bob!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
“We started out towing a travel trailer and decided that it was wearing on our truck. So, we opted for a driver. Our first one fit the bill but we weren’t that happy with it. We searched different makes and models. Then, a friend of ours told us about Tiffins. They were always rated in the top five among motorhomes. We found “Beasty” (as our grandsons dubbed her) up in Washington near Seattle and it was love at first sight. The floor plan was just what the wife wanted. The length was a little more than I was used to, but it was easier than I thought to get used to. The color was perfect. We have made improvements to the Ford F53 suspension and it’s almost perfect. We travel as much as we can with my wife’s sister and brother-in-law (who also just bought a Tiffin). We plan to keep her as long as we are able to travel.”
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Website of the day
Take it Outside
Take your generator outside! Learn generator safety and know how to keep you and your family safe from carbon monoxide. This is important!
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Recipe of the Day
The entire Kitchen Crew gobbled this ham and cheese pie up in no time. The Monterey Jack cheese melts really smooth and is rich, but the savory ham balances out the pie. The crescent dough makes the perfect buttery light crust. So good!
If you’ve ever driven across the Golden Gate Bridge, you probably would guess that it’s the longest suspension bridge in the world (and it sure does feel long!). But you’d be wrong. The longest suspension bridge in the world is the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan. It’s about 2,333 feet longer than the Golden Gate. The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge’s steel cable system contains 190,000 miles of wire. That’s enough wire to encircle the entire world more than seven times!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Pepper is a Brussels Griffon and loves to travel. Here he is reading the news with Laura during our cross-country trip, Florida to Oregon and back last year.” —Mark Marder
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!
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Leave here with a laugh
Someone recently gave me some good advice and I thought I’d share it with my wife. I went up to her in the kitchen and I said, “You know, Honey, you should really start embracing your mistakes.” She gave me a big hug.
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