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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Issue 1833
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Today’s thought

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ―Plato


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Caramel Popcorn Day! Mmmmm.

On this day in history: 1909 – Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first people to reach the North Pole.



Tip of the Day

The most drool-worthy, ooey-est, gooey-est, s’mores hacks (seriously, read this!)

By Gail Marsh
It’s iconic! I’m talking about s’mores, of course. What’s a campfire without this ooey, gooey, yummy treat? I’m a traditionalist because I’ve always made my s’mores the original way: Break a graham cracker rectangle in half. Place a square of Hershey’s chocolate bar on top of each half graham cracker. Add a toasted marshmallow to one prepared cracker and put the second prepared cracker on top of the marshmallow. Yum! Original s’mores are good, but I recently tried some s’mores hacks, and they are definitely worth a taste test, too!

Get ready to drool! Click here.


Today’s RV review…

2022 Venture RV Sonic SN190VRB… and my soapbox

Tony writes, “…this is a no-slide trailer with a Murphy bed and a bathroom that extends the full width of the rear of the floor plan. I like this layout, as you might expect, but I happen to see my soapbox over there so I’m going to go get it. Hold on.”

Click 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.

Should I use tape on plastic water heater drain plug?

Dear Dave,
My water heater has a plastic drain plug. Should I use Teflon tape on the threads? Also, how long is too long to leave water in the tank between trips? We go on about 6-9 trips a year. Thanks! —Pete

Read Dave’s answer



Tour an ice house RV. Camp on frozen lakes, catch fish!

You may have seen an ice fishing RV in a campground and wondered what the heck it was. They’re low riders, their floors hugging the ground. There’s a reason for that. These specialized travel trailers, manufactured in Minnesota, are made to be towed onto a frozen lake where they will be used by anglers, who can fish while being sheltered from the elements in comfort. … After watching this video, you may wonder why traditional RVs are not available in such cozy, rustic designs. They’re gorgeous! Read more and watch the video.


Reader poll

As far as your weight goes, would you rather… ?

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

Keep the dust out of your RV

Taking your RV into a super-dusty area? Here’s a tip to help keep the dust out of the rig for the duration: Cover up any vent openings that connect the inside of your rig to the outside—the refrigerator and the water heater are examples. While you’ll have to leave the water heater turned off for this one, it may pay dividends. Cover the vents with cheap household air conditioner filters, and tape the filter on with heavy-duty masking tape. Be sure to pull the filter off the water heater before firing it up. You may need to use solvent to clean the tape adhesive, but it’s better than dust in your rig.


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Mike Aarestad
2020 Solitude ST2930RL

“It’s the smallest Solitude made, I believe, at 34.5 ft. The large bathroom has two doors. Normal layout in the living area. It has a large center island with a large stainless sink. Lots of storage inside. Outside storage is better now that I adjusted slanting partitions to squared off. Easy to do. Very nice deep pantry. 18,000 miles on this trailer now.”

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



Website of the day

7 Exhilarating Motorcycle Road Trips Around the U.S.
In yesterday’s newsletter, we told you that 22 percent of our readers own a motorcycle. That’s quite a few of you! If you own one, check out these incredible drives to take with yours.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Are “phantom” campers stealing your campsite?
• RVers stranded with bad DEF sensors. What does this mean? Are you affected?
• It’s a VW van! It’s an RV! It’s a limo! It’s… well, wacky!


Recipe of the Day

Pepperoni Pizza Dogs
by Barbara Lentz from Beulah, MI

If you have children in your life, you know almost all kids love both pizza and hot dogs. This may sound different, but it’s surprisingly good and combines the best of both worlds. It’s a whole new twist on pigs in a blanket. The crescent roll dough is stuffed with a hot dog, cheese, and pepperoni. At the end of baking, it’s topped with extra sauce and cheese to make things super yummy. After the baking process, the hot dog gets a little crisp. Great for an after-school treat, weeknight meal or a game-day snack. Kids can help prepare them too.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Yellowstone National Park preserves more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, including more than 500 geysers — about half of all known geysers and the largest concentration of active geysers in the world!

*Which U.S. lake has more shorelines than California’s coast? Take a guess, then see if you’re right by finding the answer in yesterday’s trivia.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Jack is an Australian Shepherd/Corgi mix so he’s an “Augie.” He is almost 10 years old and we rescued him when he was 2. He travels the country with us in our fifth wheel and loves to explore new areas with new smells. His favorite thing to do on walks is to find water so he can take a dip and cool off. Jack has been a real blessing to us and a faithful travel companion!” —Michael Hampton

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 ??????
We couldn’t pick just one (you’ll see why) but these could actually really come in handy! We’ll check ’em out.


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DW/ND
5 months ago

Cover your vents to keep snow an dust out? Just wrap the covers in plastic grocery bags! No tape, no residue, easily seen. On the furnace put behind the bug screens – no need to remove the screens. On the refrig. roof vent – cover it with a large plastic bag tie a rope around the bottom to secure it under the vent edges. 30 years and it works great in ND winters!

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago

If you want to steer clear of popcorn today, it is also “National Pillow Fight Day”. Hmmmm.

Like Ran below, I have switched over to Gaffer tape for everything I USED to use duct tape for. But, if left on for a long time, it too will leave ‘stuff’ on whatever surface you used it on. This is personal experience talking . . .

Drew
5 months ago

I’m surprised RV Travel hasn’t covered the missing rv couple in Nevada. Husband was found deceased and wife was flown to a local hospital. It’s been in the Nat’l news and both major rv web pages.

Dr.Doug
5 months ago
Reply to  Drew

I was curious about this as well.

E Bauman
5 months ago
Reply to  Drew

So sad to hear.

donald schneider
5 months ago

Leave here with a laugh…..Amish teenager bringing his/her first house home!

Ran
5 months ago

Today’s “Quick Tip” add-on. If you use Gaffer tape, it won’t leave tape residue to clean off, like masking or Duct tape does.

Stephen Malochleb
5 months ago

I’m not sure how well that camper can climb hills tho. After all, it only has (2 horse power) to pull it.

Snayte
5 months ago

Actually, a single horse has about 15 horsepower. So you are looking at about 30 there.
Slightly more than a Jeep Wrangler JK