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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Issue 1828
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Today’s thought

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. —Rachel Carson


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Take a Walk in the Park Day!

On this day in history: 1822 – The Florida Territory is created in the United States.



Tip of the Day

Driving an RV: Why it’s important that all adult passengers know how

By Gail Marsh
It may just be a generational thing. Or a leftover from before the feminist revolution in the ’60s and ’70s thing. I’m talking about the fact that it’s usually the man who drives the RV. At least, this is generally what I’ve seen during the years we’ve traveled. It would surely make RV life easier if I shared the driving responsibility, but my husband and I also defaulted to the norm. He drove our first RV and from then on, assumed that responsibility.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Solera 32DSK, a plain wrap Class C

Tony says that this is “a Class C RV that, to me, seems to cross between the feel of a modern travel trailer and a vintage Class C.” He adds, “I like the very usable layout of this rig, along with the tremendous number of cabinets and drawers.”

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Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

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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.

Where are the black tank odors in RV coming from?

Dear Dave,
When I dump my black tank I get an odor in the main living space in my fifth wheel. Do you think the smell is coming through the air conditioner from the vent on top? —Bud

Read Dave’s answer



Miss your sewing machine? This one was practically made for an RV!

By Nanci Dixon
When we became full-time RVers we got rid of a five-bedroom house and 40 years’ worth of stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. I liked to sew and had two sewing machines, one a 1940s Necchi boat anchor in a cabinet and a smaller portable Brother machine. I could not envision hauling even the portable one around, so, sadly, out they went. Read about what Nanci found that takes care of her sewing needs but only weighs about 5.5 pounds!


Reader poll

Have you ever flown in a single-engine private plane?

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

Noisy bathroom fan?

Bathroom fan so noisy it drives you nuts? Look for a replacement fan with a 12-volt high capacity computer cooling fan. You may need to modify the mounting a bit to make it stay in the same place, but a little creativity can bring a “silent night.”


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Tom & Pam Ferreira
2015 Keystone Montana Big Sky 3625RE

“We both love the layout, especially the main living area. The colors and design are beautiful, and we’re constantly getting positive remarks from other people around the country. We have caught many people taking pictures of our rig. For us, the fifth wheel is the best setup for long-distance and stays. It’s our home away from home. We have made several changes and upgrades; the list is very long and I will not mention them here. But I will say it makes things even better. I am very mechanically inclined so these upgrades are quite easy. We also love meeting people and making new friends from all over the country. Touring America in our fifth wheel is a lifelong dream come true, and what better way to do it than in our fiver?”

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


Website of the day

20 Epic Day Hikes in the National Parks (USA)
Since it’s National Take a Walk in the Park Day, we thought we’d encourage you to go outside! All of these can be done in a day, so tie up your hiking boots and get out there!



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Recipe of the Day

Greek Pasta Salad
by Patti Rahilly-Jones from Wrightstown, NJ

There’s nothing ordinary about this pasta salad recipe. It’s a delicious salad filled with a blend of Mediterranean flavors. The mixture of cucumber, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and Feta cheese gives this pasta salad a distinct Greek flare. Its light dressing marinates the salad and the flavors marry together wonderfully. A beautiful and refreshing Greek salad for your next cookout.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Some researchers claim that the largemouth bass is the most intelligent freshwater fish, able to distinguish and avoid a particular type of lure after only one encounter. And did you know that the largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish in the U.S? Indeed, it is.

*How many paper cups does A&W save by serving their root beer in their famous frosty glass mugs? Take a guess, then see if you’re right by checking yesterday’s trivia for the answer. 


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Our Layla, the German Shepherd, and Dolce, the Pomeranian, are relaxing during our recent 6,000-mile cross-country RV trip.” —James Banks

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!


????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
We’re sticking with a theme today, can you tell? But, in all seriousness, if you’re not familiar with this you’re going to want to be.


Leave here with a laugh

I read that, by law, you have to turn on your headlights when it’s raining in Sweden. How the heck am I supposed to know if it’s raining in Sweden?


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Sharon B
6 months ago

So many people complain about mice. The most humane way to get rid of them is to place peppermint outside and inside the RV. They hate the smell of peppermint. I get the concentrated liquid and put it on cotton balls or there is a spray that is cheaper and easier called Rodent Sheriff. Never had a problem in 12 years with my TT in my back yard on a slab tin Miami. Now I live in a 5th wheel traveling and I use the same. Still no issues.

DW/ND
6 months ago

Solve the bath noise by replacing the whole thing with a MaxxAir vent. (Exact fit). It is virtually silent in low mode. I replaced both fans in my Class A – the one in kitchen/dine ceiling with a remote controlled model as it was getting difficult to reach the switch. The bathroom fan I wired to a wall switch – so solved both height challenged problems. Also, they can be run in reverse with the cover closed!

dale
6 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

hmmm. I have the same vent with wall controls, but how do you get it to run in reverse. Id’ love that.

Michael Galvin, PhD
6 months ago
Reply to  dale

It has a switch for that.

Tommy Molnar
6 months ago

Strange. All MY page links worked.

Glenn
6 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

They must have corrected the problem. Mine are working now also.

Jeff Craig
6 months ago

As the wife and I have gotten older, we’ve learned a noisy bathroom fan can be a, uhhh, blessing.

Gregory Brott
6 months ago

First article, “Driving an RV: Why it’s important that all adult passengers know how” doesn’t load correctly. I receive “No posts to display”?!?

Julie
6 months ago

Article links not working today. Hope we’ll get a email update when it’s been corrected.

Glenn
6 months ago

Numerous bad links in the newsletter today.

donald schneider
6 months ago
Reply to  Glenn

RV Driving link is broken…..:-(.

volnavy007
6 months ago

Why you would quote Rachel Carson, a self-admitted liar (admitting she made things up when writing Silent Spring), is disappointing.

Glenn
6 months ago
Reply to  volnavy007

Calm down. It’s a nice quote.

CeeCee
6 months ago
Reply to  volnavy007

It’s a pretty thought, but little substance in the thinking behind it. My strength and hope come from a much more powerful Source, not a creation that is in decline, according to the second law of thermodynamics.

Bob
6 months ago

Most 12 volt computer fans are small, with some of the largest being 140mm, or 5.5 inches, with 3.5 to 4 inch fan blades. Airflow is about 50cfm. Standard 14 inch RV fans are rated at about 900cfm with 8-9 inch blades.

James
6 months ago
Reply to  Bob

A lot of the bathroom fans are small and noisy, especially in the middle of night.

Tom
6 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Many bathroom fans are not 14″, the cutout is 14″ but the fan itself is much smaller.

T Edwards
6 months ago

Yes funny. A joke about the law requiring us to drive with our headlights on in the rain. I think there should be a law that requires anyone that drives with their headlights off in the rain to be pulled over, step out of the vehicle, and stand in the rain for 5 minutes while the officer writes up their ticket sitting in the patrol car. Now that we could all bust a gut for as we drive by with our lights on.

Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  T Edwards

In Pennsylvania, you are required to turn on the headlights if your wipers are in use.I really feel that all vehicles should have the headlights, tail lights and marker lights come on as soon as the vehicle is started. Motorcycles have been this way for about 40 years.No way to turn the lights off, unless it’s been modified, which is technically illegal.
You can argue that motorcycles need this for safety, but what’s the difference?

Crowman
6 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Same in California.

Tommy Molnar
6 months ago
Reply to  Bob

There are actually good reasons for NOT having your headlights on when traveling on freeways. But I always have my headlights on when traveling on two lanes.

Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Why not have your head lights come on automatically when wipers are turned on.

KellyR
6 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I understand, but how do I know if it is raining in Pennsylvania?

Jeff Craig
6 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

Weatherbug app! Set up alerts for your favorite town and get notified on your mobile. (Yes, I joke, but I have these alerts set for every Cup Series NASCAR track (turn them on the week of the race) as well as where my family lives across the country.

wanderer
6 months ago
Reply to  T Edwards

Wow, looks like a whole bunch of grumpy readers got up this morning looking for things to get upset about. I hope your outlook improves to the point you can enjoy a simple wordplay joke.

Gary
6 months ago
Reply to  wanderer

No kidding.

Ran
6 months ago

Oops! Dave’s not here! I’ll check back later to see if he answers his blog!

Bob p
6 months ago

1st several articles won’t load, next I doubt a computer fan will last very long in the hi-humidity condition of a bathroom, next on the laugh of the day, just download the weather app for Sweden and you’ll know when it’s raining. Lol

Stephen Malochleb
6 months ago

Silly question how do you know it’s raining in Sweden? You ask Siri or Alexa.:):):)

Gary
6 months ago

So, your house is bugged? : )