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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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Issue 1813
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Today’s thought

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.” ―Dave Eggers

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

On this day in history: 1842 – The first documented discovery of gold in California occurs at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush.

Tip of the Day

10 reasons why you need a wok in your RV kitchen

By Cheri Sicard

Woks are the most important cooking implement in traditional Chinese kitchens. But guess what? The large sloped-sided pans are also one of the best multi-tasking tools you can pack in your RV kitchen.

Of course, if you enjoy Chinese cooking, or stir-frying in general, using a wok is a given. But if you think outside the box, woks have a LOT more uses than that. This is because of their large size and also their distinctive sloping walls that allow you to move food around the cooking surface without it spilling over and making a mess.

Another benefit cooks will find is that the large wok cooking surface features two distinct temperature zones. Directly over the flame will be great for searing, quick-cooking, and other high heat tasks. Use the sloping sides to keep foods cooking but at lower, gentler rates.

If you get creative with all the ways you can use a wok, you just might be able to save space and leave some extra appliances or cookware at home in favor of this versatile and practical pan.

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Today’s RV review…

Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 265RBSS

Tony writes, “Today’s review is of the Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 265RBSS, a couple’s larger camper with a super slide and full-width rear bath. While I do my best to find the most exciting, different and groundbreaking RVs, there are days when we take a look at stuff that just sells in droves—like this Apex. The reason a trailer like this is so popular is that the price is pretty average, it has a decent-sized interior with lots of usable features, plus it’s not so big and heavy that a well-suited half-ton truck can’t tow it around.”

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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.

My microwave outlet is dead but all others are working. Why?

Dear Dave,
I have a Thor Hurricane M35. The electric outlet for the microwave oven does not have any power. All other electrical outlets still work. Where do I start to locate the problem? GFIs have not tripped. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you. —Fred

Read Dave’s answer

Does windchill affect RV water lines freezing when driving?

Dear RV Travel,
We were advised by a dealer RV technician to winterize our water lines while driving in cold weather. The claim is that windchill would freeze the water lines while driving. When I review a windchill chart driving at 50 mph in 40 degrees F the windchill is 26 F. It sounds like every time we travel we will need to winterize water lines. —Tim Connors

Read the answer from Mark Polk.

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Helpful resources


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

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Quick Tip

Regularly check plastic plumbing fittings to avoid leaks

Reader Mark C. hopes you’ll learn from his experience: Be sure to regularly check plastic drain lines under sinks, etc. He’s had them come loose and dump water everywhere. Hand-tighten all screw-on plumbing fittings. Thanks for the reminder, Mark!

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Drew Mueller
’08 Winnebago Sightseer

“Even though it’s not a high-end RV, it has everything we need. All the furniture is top-quality including the carpet. It’s extremely well-built and dependable. I do all the maintenance myself. It has a big king bed with a very comfortable mattress. I haven’t felt the need to do any mods except a few minor ones. I replaced the anemic bathroom fan with a nice variable speed model. I think that’s about it. We can boondock nicely due to pretty big tanks, and we do very well with just our two group 27 house batteries…no need for solar. It’s truly been a great RV for us!”

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

Website of the day

Learn how to pronounce any (and they mean ANY) word in English or another language. This website is handy!

We love this so much we wouldn’t want to get it dirty! Why would we get something dirty? Well, you’ll see!

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Recipe of the Day

French Onion Meatball Sub
by Nelda Carnley from Jack, AL

This sub is super easy and yummy. The onion and beef flavors soak into the meat and create fantastic meatballs. We melted the cheese in the oven, along with toasting the bun like Nelda suggested, and they were amazing. Your friends will think you spent some time making these (it’ll be our secret about how easy they are). Between the gooey melted cheese and the caramelized onions, this is better than any sub you can buy at the store. We took some of the extra broth and served it on the side… so good. Also, we put 4 meatballs on each sub.

Click here for the recipe

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Scientists have been able to track Lewis and Clark’s exact route by finding traces of mercury in the soil. Why? Well, along with zinc sulfate to treat eye conditions, magnesia in case of poisoning or illness, and laudanum, a pain killer, the explorers also brought along 600 of “Dr. Rush’s Bilious Pills.” These pills were made from calomel (mercurous chloride, mercury and chlorine) and jalap (a Mexican plant) and were used as potent laxatives. Men eating only biscuits and wild game meat needed these often. Since mercury doesn’t break down in the environment, it remains, to this day, in the soil along the route they took wherever they used the bathroom.

*The rise of what kind of travel led to luggage on wheels? And why was it invented? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We just started traveling full-time. Tika (a Teacup Yorkie) loves to hear the words ‘Do you want to go bye bye?’ She gets all excited to the point of shaking with anticipation until we can get her harness on to get in the truck. Pebbles (a Shih Tzu mix) feeds off her little sister’s energy and starts running around the RV until she is called to get her harness on. While Tika has adjusted to traveling, big sister Pebbles sometimes gets car sick. However, they love going on their next adventure with their parents. They act just like kids sometimes!” —Randy Nunnally

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Jessica Sarvis
1 year ago

We’re sorry for the mix up with the link! Here’s the link to the correct issue!

1 year ago

Reading today’s issue made me think I was in a time warp!

1 year ago

We’re all time-travelers now😱

1 year ago

Yep bad link to Thursday’s issue.

1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

I found today’s by going to the website.

1 year ago

Wednesday issue on Thursday. Interesting we are still some days away from April Fool’s day. But I did “Leave Here With A Laugh” LOL

Last edited 1 year ago by Skip
1 year ago

I thought I was seeing things this morning. Same newsletter as yesterday.

1 year ago

Is it ground hog day;this sure looks like wednesdays issue.

John Wilkins
1 year ago

Go here for a list of the newsletters and pick the one for the 10th

Glen Cowgill
1 year ago

Did we rerun yesterdays articles?

1 year ago
Reply to  Glen Cowgill

Same Issue number – everything’s the same except the date. Definitely duplicate! Thought it was just me!

Kermit Burns
1 year ago

Thursday link sends you to Wednesday newsletter (RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, March 9, 2022)

Bob p
1 year ago
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kermit Burns

I’m confused enough. This doesn’t help. It’s like all the re-runs on TV.

1 year ago

Tika and Pebbles are lucky little girls! My Chihuahua mix is JUST LIKE a two or three-year-old child, smart and stubborn! We are “pet parents”!

1 year ago

Tika is just about the cutest little thing!

Mervyn Carr
1 year ago

“along the route they took wherever they used the bathroom.” LMAO, you mean “WHENEVER THEY TOOK A DUMP?” I somehow doubt there were any “bathrooms” along that route

Last edited 1 year ago by Mervyn Carr
1 year ago
Reply to  Mervyn Carr

You have to remember the editor is now a woman, not a crass man.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Mervyn Carr

They were called trees back then. Reminds me of the story of Olaf the logger when he squatted behind the tree only to discover a bear trap beneath the leaves, later at the Dr. The Dr commented that must’ve been the worst pain in your life, Olaf replied “no the worst pain was when I ran out of chain”.

Leonard Rempel
1 year ago

Recipe of the day: My goodness, does no one ever use vegetables or greens?

1 year ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

Onions are vegetables

1 year ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

Not here, lol! We do need a higher ratio of healthy to decadent recipes, for sure.

They also think a recipe that requires making meatballs from scratch, baking them, cooking in a crockpot, plus some skillet work is “SUPER EASY”, lol. If a recipe requires more than one pan and cooking method, and mixing raw meat, it is NOT super easy.

I know there are RVers out there with big kitchens and time on their hands and they enjoy passing the time with cooking, good for them. Just don’t call it ‘super easy’ please. And if you’re going to tell us to carry a wok, specify ‘if you have a big rig’.

1 year ago
Reply to  wanderer

My wife Toni puts one Gourmet raisin in each meat ball, it adds a very unique flavor & the grandkids love them!

1 year ago

What is a “Gourmet Raisin”???

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Ruben

Been fertilized with cow manure instead of man made chemicals… oh wait a minute, that’s organic, my mistake! Lol

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Hi Bob FYI: CALIFORNIA GOURMET ORGANIC RAISINS: – Not allowed to be farmed with any kinds of conventional, synthetic pesticides – As CCOF Organic certified farmers, we must comply with OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute)-listed materials for pest control, fertilizing etc. – We favor using mechanical methods to conduct weed control or beneficial insects for pest control – We favor using compost for fertilizing – We do not add any kind of materials to enhance the sweetness of our raisins, only the power of sunshine – We do not spray any materials to preserve our raisins from molding.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ruben

Ruben, thats a good question, so I asked my wife where she gets the raisins for the meat balls! Toni said she gets that our local organic farmers market, here in southern California. So I guess they are called organic California raisins

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

I enjoyed your “Black Series” information. I saw a couple at the Dallas RV show, they are unique, and appear indestructable.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

So, approximately 50 people were on the Lewis and Clark expedition, and they ‘crapped’ their way along the route – and decades later scientists with nothing better to do than go camping on our dollar, claimed to have followed the EXACT route by looking for mercury in the ground ALONG that route. Absolutely fascinating! Ahem . . .

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Sounds like you’re trying to start a ‘movement’😒

Tom H.
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

You people crack )( me up!

Lil John
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Sounds like a crappy job!

1 year ago
Reply to  Lil John

Or a Big Job💩

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I’d like to see the source for this claim….er, not the source for the crap…the source that proves this study was even done over the entirety of the route this expedition took.

I call BS on this one.

BTW ..the expedition was extremely well documented…no need to try to find exactly where someone might have relieved themselves as a follow up!

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Spike

I think I agree, Spike.

1 year ago

Trivia? Any place besides Travelers Rest but Lolo,MT?

Rock & Tina
1 year ago

”Every RVer should have one of these!” Is a TDS meter that will tell you the total dissolved solids in water. In other words, mineral content. It does not tell you if your water is “pure enough to drink.” Lots of people drink mineral water for their health and this TDS meter would indicate it had very high levels of dissolved solids. Well Duh! This meter does not test for biological contamination which is what will make you sick and what people are really concerned about when testing their water for “purity.”

John Hicks
1 year ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

Yes, that’s correct. It’s testing for dissolved solids such as sodium, calcium etc; the reading is used for pool maintenance in which you want abundant “hardness” so your pool plaster doesn’t get dissolved, and has nothing to do with water purity. Maybe we should also sell them a meter which tests for the presence of H20.

1 year ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

I have written before about the wording on this but they keep running it.

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