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RV Daily Tips. Monday, March 14, 2022

Issue 1816
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Today’s thought

“I, myself, am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” ―Augusten Burroughs

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Potato Chip Day! Hey, did you ever wonder how potato chips came about? We told you in this article!

On this day in history: 1903 – Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the first national wildlife refuge in the U.S., is established by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.

Tip of the Day

Make the most of your travels: Do these things to research an area before you go

By Gail Marsh
At age 87, Michelangelo said, “I am still learning.” Think about that! Amazing, isn’t it? I believe a very similar attitude beats inside the hearts of many RVers. It’s what prompts us to travel across the country to see what we’ve never seen before. The urge to revisit favorite places from our past also springs from the need to learn what’s changed and what still matches the picture committed to memory.

In the spirit of learning, I’d like to encourage you to do a bit of investigation before you hit the road for your next RV trip.

Here’s what I mean

Today’s RV review…

Tiny Suzuki Every van conversion by Oka Motors

Tony writes, “As we become more aware of the fuel economy of our own RVs and all vehicles, for that matter, I thought we’d take a look across the pond once again and see one of the better uses of space that I’ve seen in an RV. Yep, we’re taking a peek at a Japanese-market RV that’s based on a tiny Suzuki Every, a very mini van offering by that company. In a space much, much shorter than a U.S.-market Toyota Corolla, for example, the Suzuki Every van is a super-tiny box. But Japanese van converter Oka Motors has created space for three in this diminutive box.”

Check this out

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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 diesel fuel cost more than gasoline?

Dear Dave,
Why does diesel fuel cost more than gasoline? —Don

Read Dave’s answer.


with Mike Sokol

J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session: Lightning safety around water and boat docks

Dear Mike,
Your recent article about Electric Shock Drownings got me thinking about lightning danger around boat docks and in boats. Is there any way to be safe on a dock when lightning hits in the area? I’m also guessing that a lightning strike while you’re actually swimming in the water would be deadly. —Sandra P.

Read Mike’s response.

Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Amazing Instant Pot French Onion Soup

By Nanci Dixon    
This Instant Pot® French Onion Soup is absolutely amazing. My sister just bought a farm and her first harvest included an abundance of onions, fresh from the field! Not only that, but she delivered. I knew there was no way to store all those onions in the RV along with the amazing zucchini and squash she brought us, so I made this French Onion Soup. Get the delicious recipe here.

Reader poll

Have you ever gotten locked out of your RV?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Help your RV fridge cool down faster

Want to speed up the “pre-cooling” process when you first turn on your RV refrigerator? If you have room in the sticks-and-bricks freezer, toss in two or three gallon milk jugs filled not quite to the top with water. When starting the RV fridge, stuff these “cold ones” in the warm refrigerator and it’ll cool faster. Put a rag or towel underneath each to catch condensation.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Linda Allen
2017 Coachman Freelander 31BH

“I love that it has a sleeping capacity of 10. I have 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren that love being with Grandma while camping at our favorite campground! I also enjoy having my own bedroom so I have my solitude when it gets crazy! (Haha!) I also have two dining tables inside so everyone has a seat! It’s really easy to drive too! I love, love my home on wheels! ❤️❤️❤️”

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

Website of the day

Bureau of Land Management
Sure, we all know what the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does and we know we can camp on BLM land, but have you ever really explored their website? If you haven’t, check it out for tons of great information.

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Glow-in-the-dark duct tape has many uses for RVers
• Readers have spoken: These campgrounds and RV parks have the best customer service
• Tips from the experts: Get the most from your air conditioner and heat pump

Recipe of the Day

Minted Pea Spring Potato Salad
by Sandra McGrath from Harrisville, RI

While this is called potato salad, it’s not the traditional creamy potato salad you think of from a BBQ. It’s really a side dish filled with fresh mint, parsley, potatoes, peas, and hard-boiled eggs. It’s a fresh salad perfect for spring. Everything is dressed in a light lemony dressing that adds a little zing to the salad. A fresh Easter side dish option.

Click here for the recipe

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The letter X appears once a year on the moon’s surface. For just four hours at the beginning of the first quarter moon, the horizon is illuminated by the sun just enough that the walls of the lunar craters, La Caille, Banchinus and Purbach (jeez, who named those?) create the illusion of a giant X on the surface. This X is known as both the Purbach Cross or the Werner X.

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Our two fur babies are great travelers. Mandy (in the back) always needs to be sitting on Mom or Dad’s lap, while Bella loves to work her way behind our day shades to get a better view outside.” —Jeff Evans

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!

This is a whole page, not just one product, but once you see it you’ll know why we couldn’t pick just one! Scroll down.

Leave here with a laugh

Late at night, a police officer finds a drunk man crawling around on his hands and knees under a streetlight. The drunk man tells the officer he’s looking for his wallet. When the officer asks if he’s sure this is where he dropped the wallet, the man replies that he thinks he more likely dropped it across the street. “Then why are you looking over here?” the befuddled officer asks. “Because the light’s better here,” explains the drunk man.

Thanks for sending, Joseph Bulger!

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jillie (@guest_171505)
1 year ago

Happy PI Day!!! As for the pooches? The blonde one looks exactly like our dog Teddy who turned 15 last month. I do need to get our 4 photographed. But I can never get them on the sofa together or in one room. Everyone has their place in the house.

John (@guest_171504)
1 year ago

I use the blue blocks you use for coolers to pre-cool the refrigerator. Then leave them in the RV freezer so we can use the blocks in the small cooler we use for day trips to keep snacks and drinks cool.

Marty (@guest_171484)
1 year ago

Today is Pi Day also. 3.14

Drew (@guest_171480)
1 year ago

If you have room for three one-gallon jugs in your freezer what else is in there?

Lori (@guest_171518)
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

Nothing, it’s just to hasten the initial cool-down process.

Drew (@guest_171520)
1 year ago
Reply to  Lori

Nothing in your home freezer?

Donald N Wright (@guest_171454)
1 year ago

Spring Break “campers” tend to leave a mess when they leave. Is there a way we can volunteer to help clean up a campsite or campground ? Can we keep what we find is of value ?

Richard (@guest_171434)
1 year ago

The mystery product made me think. I have several cutting boards shaped like Colorado.

The Lazy Q (@guest_171431)
1 year ago

Surface of the moon is amazing. I’ve seen the x, the sword and the ants plus many other features.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_171468)
1 year ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

Jackie Gleason too.

DW/ND (@guest_171502)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Not Jackie Tommy – Alice!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_171508)
1 year ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Well, Jackie used to tell Alice “To the moon, Alice!”. You’re right about that. BUT, it was Jackie’s face that was on that moon at the beginning of the show.

Bob p (@guest_171529)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Jackie up there too? I know he threatened to send Alice many times. Lol

Brenda (@guest_171402)
1 year ago

Liked the idea of the cutlery organizer however, it’s too big for my drawers. I measured and too long.

Last edited 1 year ago by RV Staff
Tony Grigg (@guest_171448)
1 year ago
Reply to  Brenda

We got exactly this same item and just hacksawed one end off to fit the drawer. Still works great and the cut is not even noticable.

James (@guest_171516)
1 year ago
Reply to  Brenda

How much too long?

Last edited 1 year ago by RV Staff
Don (@guest_171388)
1 year ago

Come on guys! Do you really think we’re going to figure out how/when to see that “lunar X”?
Give us a photo, or it’s purely rumor mongering… 🙂

Julie (@guest_171396)
1 year ago
Reply to  Don

Yeah, I definitely had to immediately go to Google an image 😁

TIM MCRAE (@guest_171425)
1 year ago
Reply to  Don

Had the same thought! Once a year? C’mon just a link please…

Oh, never mind. Very underwhelming…

But it happens once a month not once a year.

Last edited 1 year ago by TIM MCRAE
TIM MCRAE (@guest_171427)
1 year ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE
TRB (@guest_171503)
1 year ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

Thanks for the link!

Tony Grigg (@guest_171452)
1 year ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

Yes, the image is QUITE underwhelming and it is monthly, not yearly.

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