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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Issue 1818
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Today’s thought

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” ―Clive Barker


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Artichoke Hearts Day!

On this day in history: 1802 – The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.



Tip of the Day

Here’s how having an “outside bin” keeps your RV’s interior cooler

By Gail Marsh
No, this isn’t a new gadget that somehow boosts your air conditioner’s output, nor is it some cobbled-together swamp cooler system. So, what is it? Simply put, it’s a thoughtful collection of items stored inside a bin that’s housed in your RV’s basement. And this simple outside bin will actually keep your RV cooler! Here’s how.

The carefully thought-out items are the key. These items will help reduce the number of times your children, visitors, or even you open and close your RV’s entry door. The less often that door is opened, the more air-conditioned air remains inside your rig—keeping the RV cooler! See what I’m getting at?

Continue reading


Today’s RV review…

Jayco Seneca 37K – A bigger hammer

Tony writes, “I do like this rig and the layout, and those light-up sinks are a really nice touch. There’s other stuff to like about this, too. But I am rather sidetracked by the things I don’t like about this rig at this price point.” Uh oh.

See what he’s talking about

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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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.

What’s all the noise when using Power Gear jacks?

Dear Dave,
I am getting creaking and popping sounds from my Power Gear jacks. I have tried draining a quart of fluid from the reservoir and adding a quart of Fork Oil then running jacks up and down. Didn’t help! I did it again per instructions, but it’s still creaking and popping. So, I drained the whole reservoir and added all-new ATF. Good for three days and now back to creaking and popping! Any suggestions as to what is wrong or what to do next? —Laurie

Read Dave’s response



RVer Product Review: A mosquito repellent that works!

What is the best mosquito repellent for RVers? You see this question a lot in the RV forums and it’s something Tony Barthel was concerned about, being an absolute mosquito magnet. If there’s a mosquito in the county, it’ll find him and bring its friends for a stinging sensation. That is, until now…. Continue reading to learn about a product that works! 


Reader poll

How well do you sleep?

Tell us here


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS

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


Quick Tip

Brighten your taillights

Taillights dim? First, check to make sure the electrical contacts on bulbs and sockets are free of crud (use steel wool or fine sandpaper). Plastic lenses clean? One more option: Stick aluminum foil behind the bulbs to push more light out of the lens.



“Why I love my RV”

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

From Ian Anderson
2000 Triple E Commander 3505GS

“The light oak wood paneling is meticulously matched and put together by old-fashioned carpenters who use tongue and groove joints. There are no staples. The folks that build Triple E coaches are excellent craftsmen.”

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


Website of the day

Best Irish Bars in the U.S. 
If you’re getting ready to drink some Guinness tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day, why not do it at one of the best Irish bars in the U.S.? Cheers!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• The “other Grand Canyons” are worth a stop too. Check these out
• Part 1: What is the best solar panel for my RV and how many do I need?
• Part 2: What’s the best solar panel for your RV? How many do you need?


Recipe of the Day

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
by Suzan Powers from San Jose, CA

A fantastic way to prepare a St. Patrick’s Day favorite. The main attraction – the corned beef – is tender and juicy. It slices like butter. The carrots and potatoes are perfectly tender, as well. Adding cabbage to the slow cooker at the end of cooking keeps it from getting mushy. Pouring the broth over the veggies and sliced corned beef keeps everything warm.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

It is illegal for the U.S. Treasury to print any living persons on its currency. The story goes that back in 1866 the Superintendent of the National Currency Bureau, Spencer M. Clark, issued a 5-cent bill that featured his face. Clark wasn’t exactly well-liked because of several scandals he had been involved in, so shortly after the release of his 5-cent bill, the next appropriations bill was amended to include a prohibition against putting the face of any living persons on any currency. Now you know!

*Adding what to your coffee will keep it warmer longer? You’ll never guess! Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Jack and Sadie. Relaxing and people watching.” —Mike Draper

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!


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
Like it says… If you can’t get a date, grow a mate!


Leave here with a laugh

What do you call an Irish spider?
Paddy long legs

How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?
He’s Dublin over with laughter

Why can’t you borrow money from leprechauns?
Because they’re always a little short


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Tommy Molnar
6 months ago

Went to the “Mystery Product of the Day” link. The first review is a crack up. Worth the look just for that.

The 2000 motorhome in “Why I Love My RV” sounds like a real treasure from days gone by. Don’t you wish that kind of workmanship could be found now?

Sailor Bill
6 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

It can be found now. Triple E owns Leisure Travel Vans that build high quality Class C (B+) motorhomes on the Ford Transit Chassis or the Mercedes Sprinter Chassis. I’m the proud owner of a Leisure Travel Vans 2021 Wonder Murphy Bed (Ford Transit chassis) and can confirm the excellent quality and the great customer service from Triple E Leisure Travel Vans.

Larry
6 months ago
Reply to  Sailor Bill

Glad to hear your experience…it’s encouraging! Are you able to tow a small vehicle with your LTV?

DAVE TELENKO
6 months ago

Todays quick tip! I am wondering about “Stick aluminum foil behind the bulbs to push more light out of the lens.” What the heck does that mean, anyone know?
Snoopy

Dan
6 months ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

A flat piece placed behind the bulb would reflect the light back

DAVE TELENKO
6 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Dan thanks, thats makes as when I was kid fishing at night in a boat, my Dad had a piece of aluminum foil on the back side of our coleman lantern that hung over the side of the boat.
Snoopy

Rick
6 months ago

Would LOVE to know if any of those 5¢ bills are in circulation. I’m sure they would be worth a “pretty penny”.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/313843945730

Last edited 6 months ago by Rick
Andrew Hamilton
6 months ago

I am a subscriber and a daily follower. Have you thought about marketing your fantastic logo? For example I would buy a spare tire cover today for my rig to advertise the newsletter and your brand. Or maybe you have such items already and I am missing it?. Just a thought.

Jim Godfrey
6 months ago

Great idea! I would pay for a well designed decal!

Joe & Helen
6 months ago

How about a quality long lasting Bumper sticker?
Many of us have spare tires mounted underneath

Dr. Mike
6 months ago

About today’s quick tip
Be careful using steel wool around electrical components. One very small loose strand may cause a short.
The best thing to use is a pencil eraser.

Dane Smith
6 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

Good Tip

Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

Agree and have stated in past tips that steel wool is not the correct material to clean any electrical contact. In the past I have recommended scotch brite followed with a spray or two of deoxit. Quick tips like this that are not thought out can lead to someone’s big issues.

James
6 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Mike

There’s a special grease for all connections, even between batteries. No more shaking your flashlights.
Dielectric grease, sparkplug boot grease, etc.