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RV Daily Tips. Monday, March 28, 2022

Issue 1826
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Today’s thought

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ―Albert Einstein

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Black Forest Cake Day!

On this day in history: 1910 – Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion, after taking off from a water runway near Martigues, France.

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

Tip of the Day

Don’t throw out your Pringles can! Use it these 11 ways in your RV

By Gail Marsh
They are a favorite for campers: Pringles® crisps. You know what they look like and how they taste, but did you ever wonder how Pringles were invented? Read on!

What was the problem with other potato chips? Broken and greasy chips. That’s why, in 1956, Proctor & Gamble enlisted the help of Fredric Baur. Baur, a trained chemist, just also happened to be a guy with great mathematical skills. Baur used a geometric formula to create a saddle-shaped chip that would not break when individually stacked inside a cardboard cylinder. Pringles were invented along with their iconic container. Problem solved? Nope! The chips tasted terrible.

So what did they do? How can you use Pringles chip containers in your RV? Well, read on…

Click here

Today’s RV review…

2022 Wildwood Heritage Glen 356QB – two bathrooms!

Tony writes, “Today’s review is of the Wildwood Heritage Glen 356QB, a large two-bedroom fifth wheel with two full baths. Not only are there two full bathrooms in this trailer, but the rear bath occupies the whole width of the rig and even has its own door. … Overall, the Wildwood Heritage Glen 356QB is an interesting rig with lots of flexibility and great bathrooms.”

Click here

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

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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.

Switching RV fridge from propane to 120v, will there be a cooling gap?

Dear Dave,
If my RV’s fridge is operating on propane and we switch over to 120v, is there a time lapse in the cooling? In other words, does the change require a whole new “spool-up” time? —Tommy

Read Dave’s answer


New SoftStartRV side-by-side video

Dear Mike,
I have a question and figured I’d ask the JAM Man himself. I just read your article about the new SoftStartRV controller, and I wonder if it’s really that much different than the original? Does it work the same way? Does it cost any more? Is it really that much easier to install? What’s the scoop? —Timmy R.

Read Mike’s response and watch a video

Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Save your RV slideouts from damage with this amazing tool!

The RV Slideout Sweeper is one of those products for RVs that you knew you needed and wished someone would invent. Fortunately, someone did, and you can tell this was invented by an RVer. Read more about this product here, and why it may just save your RV’s slideouts from serious damage.

Reader poll

How often do you wash your RV or tow vehicle’s windshield?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

How nature can kill your pet in the desert

Here are some tips about traveling with pets, primarily dogs, in the desert, according to rangers at Death Valley National Park. The advice is good, even in other places where you camp. For years, and perhaps even still today, the rangers in Death Valley kept a tally of how many pets were victims of coyotes, often when left alone outside RVs on a leash. Read more.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Frank Niehus
Lance 1061 Truck Camper

“We love having our house with us anywhere we go. When we stop to visit friends or relatives they all want us to stay in their house but we have everything with us here so we don’t need to haul in anything and mess up their bedroom. It’s a great combination to be able to park and boondock (which we love), since it’s fully contained with solar and a generator if we need it to nuke a potato or thaw out something. A few years ago we only spent $33 to park in the whole three months we were in AZ. That was because we went to a Lance rally and we had to pay $11 a night to dry camp for three nights. We love staying on BLM land and at friends’ houses, on the street or wherever. The truck campers are not like your grandfather’s old camper. This has everything with a sofa, recliners, queen bed, and a bathroom with a dry shower.”

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

Website of the day

Seven of the Most Scenic Ferry Rides in the United States
There’s something special about ferry rides, wherever you take them. This list of the seven most scenic ferry rides is making us reallllly want to hop onboard.

Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

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Recipe of the Day

Deli-Style Pasta Salad
by Linda Easley from Rancho Belago, CA

This is a simple pasta salad recipe that’s well-balanced and completely delicious. The savory chopped salami goes so well with the mild provolone cheese. Then, the saltiness from the olives pairs wonderfully with the sweetness from the fresh tomatoes. It’s all tossed together with a colorful rotini pasta and dressed with zesty Italian dressing. Serve this as a side dish, but it’s hearty enough to be a light main meal too.

Click here for the recipe

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The very first aerosol can was invented to apply ski wax. Nowadays, we use aerosol cans for everything from spray paint to sunscreen. However, prior to 1926, those cans didn’t exist! It wasn’t until Norwegian inventor Erik Rotheim created a faster way to apply ski wax… a sprayable wax inside an aerosol can.

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Domino was trained as an ‘off-leash’ service, fall assist dog. My wife suffered a broken back and uses forearm crutches and leashes tangle the sticks. Mollie just finished training. Both will brace to help her up if she falls, plus they will go for help if necessary. This picture shows the end of a hard day.” —Richard Hughes

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!

Oooooh, we jump for joy when we come across space-saving gadgets! We need this one, and you probably do too!

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travilenman (@guest_173802)
1 year ago

I rode the ferry 5pm to Seattle, then again @ 6am back to Bremerton while ship was in the yard for repairs….I kick in $20.00 a month to RV TRAVEL….I figure it is worth it cause they say it like it is…..Keep up the good news…..

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  travilenman

Thank you very much, travilenman, for your kind words and your financial support. We truly appreciate all of the above, and you! Take care. 😀 –Diane

Thom R (@guest_173750)
1 year ago

I commuted on one of the ferries near Seattle for 7 years, 1996-2003. Motorcycle is the way to go. They go to the front of the line. First on, first off. Rode that bike every day, rain or shine.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Thom R

Hi, Thom. My dad and his cousin commuted to work by the one-hour ferry boat ride from Seattle to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton in the ’40s. One morning my dad took a nap on the way to work. Well, his cousin didn’t bother to wake him up when they got to Bremerton, and my dad didn’t wake up until he was back in Seattle. 😆 Thanks for reminding me of that story. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Kaeleen Buckingham (@guest_173749)
1 year ago

The Alaska Marine Highway system is AMAZING. If you decide to do it with your motorhome and a toad, be sure to book your toad and rv separately and unhook – they charge by the foot. It is worth every penny.

Ron Lane (@guest_173760)
1 year ago

We did that ferry in 2008. Got on in Haines AK and then got off at Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan for a week each to explore and enjoy those towns. Ended our ferry trip at Prince Rupert BC. Between each town was a day trip with the Ketchikan to Prince Rupert leg being an overnight trip with us staying in a small sleeping compartment (bunk beds) at an extra cost. Getting the motorhome (we had a 35′ Safari at the time) was always an experience. The loading boys would park me with just inches to spare on all four sides and even allowed me to plug into their 120v 20amp outlet so I could keep the fridge running. A word to pet owners….your pet has to remain in the RV and is only allowed out when the boat docks; you however, have free roam of the boat.

Donald N Wright (@guest_173733)
1 year ago

“Donuthawk”, what an amazing nickname.

Brad G. Hancock NH (@guest_173718)
1 year ago

For a $10.00 per month automatic contribution, each issue I read EVERY DAY, costs me
0.33 cents per issue. That’s about 1/5th the cost for a cup of black coffee at Dunkin Donuts, not to mention those Frappacinos at Starbucks. Come on folks, pony up!

Sherry (@guest_173744)
1 year ago

Read every morning with my coffee. Puts me in a good mood for the day. That’s priceless and informative. Consider it my civic duty to automatic contribute monthly

Gary Broughton (@guest_173717)
1 year ago

Have rode 4 of the 7 ferries.

Ed D. (@guest_173714)
1 year ago

Reading rvtravel.com has been a satisfying and often helpful experience when dealing with our RV problems. Not only does it provide accurate and inciteful articles about trouble shooting problems you may encounter but it is also a fantastic source for finding places to stay and what to look for when you are purchasing a new, or used, RV. So I am reaching out to all who agree with me, to make sure you help support the rvtravel team by being a paid subscriber. If everyone that reads these articles contributed as little as $20.00 a year, it will make a huge difference in the ability they have, to bring you as much information as they can. For all of the useful information they bring us on a daily basis, this is a small price to pay for it. So help them out with any amount you can afford to send. I just know that if they ever have to fold because of not being able to make it financially, it will be a huge loss to all of their readers. “You don’t know what you have until you lose it.”

Dr4Film (@guest_173724)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

I agree! I donate $25 every year around New Year’s Day. It’s one of my New Year’s resolutions that I always follow through with.

Ed D. (@guest_173729)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Same here. I have an automatic deduction every March. It never ceases to amaze me, how many people are willing to partake in the Newsletter but are unwilling to contribute to its success! Hopefully, there will be enough contributors to keep them going.

Bill (@guest_173751)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

My small donation is through PayPal every August .. Now RVTRAVEL.COM could help out by opening an Amazon store to sell RVTRAVEL.COM related paraphernalia. (Stickers, decals, spare tire covers, etc)

Bob p (@guest_173791)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

I’ve got y’all beat, my donation is monthly. Even when we sold our motorhome and didn’t RV for 11 months I felt the info I kept abreast of was worth the money. Keep up the good work, sometimes I’m critical of some of the things written, but that’s to keep y’all sharp. As I was told in the third month of my apprenticeship, “ you did everything right, didn’t make any scrap, but I’m giving you a less than perfect ranking because there is always room for improvement.” That was 50 years ago, I thought it was unfair, but I’ve remembered that all these years and tried to live by that, no matter how good you think you are, there’s always room for improvement.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Thank you for your very kind words and ongoing support, Bob! We appreciate it, and you, very much. And yes, we love what we do and we are constantly striving to improve our “product” (newsletters, etc.) for you and our other wonderful readers. You are why we do what we do, and you help make it all possible. So, thank you! Take care, and have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Ed D. (@guest_173795)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Hey Bob, I am glad you “have us all beat”! But it isn’t a contest. What I am hoping to accomplish is to give some of the readers that do not contribute at all, a push to change that and begin helping out. If every person that reads this newsletter contributed even once a year, RV Travel would be in great shape. Which, in turn, would allow them to do that much more for us!

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Thanks, Ed. No, it isn’t a contest, as Bob knows (he was being facetious). We very much appreciate any and all contributions, of any size, and whether one time only or ongoing. So, thank you, everyone. You’re all WINNERS to us at RVtravel.com! 😀 –Diane

Ed D. (@guest_173807)
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks Diane. We appreciate all you guys do.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Thanks, Ed. That makes what we do worthwhile, knowing our readers appreciate our efforts. It’s difficult to call it “work,” since we all love what we do. We’re very fortunate to have this opportunity to inform and entertain RVers everywhere. Take care, and have a good evening/night. 😀 –Diane

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Thanks so much for your very generous comments, Ed, not to mention your ongoing generous financial support. We certainly would have difficulty operating without assistance from folks like you. We appreciate you very much! Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

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