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RV Daily Tips. Monday, April 11, 2022

Issue 1836
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Today’s thought

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” ―J. M. Barrie


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Cheese Fondue Day!

On this day in history: 1976 – The Apple I, the Apple computer, is created.


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Tip of the Day

My top 5 favorite RV hacks and tips

By Gail Marsh
I see them everywhere: RV tips and hacks. Well, I’m throwing in my two cents’ worth! Here are my personal favorite RV tips and hacks.

RV tip: Post a To-Do list

This is a whiteboard I’ve mounted right inside our RV’s entry door. Whenever we think of or see something that needs to be done, it gets written on the list. So many items are noted on this list during a campground stay. It might be an RV maintenance job that needs doing or a reminder to fix the squeaky cabinet door. Sometimes a fellow camper suggests a hiking trail. That goes on the list, too.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Riverside Retro 190BH – colorful choices

Tony writes, “Today we’re reviewing the 2022 Riverside Retro 190BH bunk model trailer, a smaller bunk trailer that carries a retro feel but is actually quite modern in its build. … Overall these are actually pretty nifty trailers that offer vintage style, lots of choices and modern build features.”

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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 is the best and safest way to clean my RV’s front cap?

Dear Dave,
How do you recommend cleaning the front over cab cap on a motorhome safely? I have tried different methods with not much success. Thanks. —Dave

Read Dave’s answer



RVelectricity

Can I run my Ninja Foodi on an 800-watt inverter?

Dear Mike,
I have an inverter question. I have a new van and want to use only an inverter to power things like my toothbrush or my phone, etc. Except I love my Ninja Foodi air fryer. I have an 800-watt and an 1800-watt inverter, but the second takes up a lot more space than the first. Will the Ninja run on the lower watt power source but just not get as hot? Does it have any diodes that would not allow it to work at all? Will I ruin it if I try? -Louise

Read Mike’s response

Read more of Mike’s articles here.


True or false? Popular vehicle myths explained

True or false: You should always warm your car up before driving on a cold day. The answer is false. Although the majority of the driving population may consider this to be true, it can actually cause damage to vehicles if done continuously. There are a number of automotive beliefs drivers encounter on a daily basis that may or may not be accurate. To shed some light on this topic, the service specialists at Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge provide their car-care expertise to confirm and debunk eight common automotive beliefs here.



Reader poll

Has your RV been “in the shop” for repairs in the last year?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Watch where you point your vents

Got “pointable” air conditioning vents in your RV? Be careful how you point them! If you accidentally aim them at your thermostat, you may find the a/c system cycling erratically. The same is true for heater vents blasting at the thermostat.


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Colleen Strongren
2019 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 34PA

“We are full-timers and needed a small apartment on wheels. This fit the bill. It has four slides, a comfortable bathroom, a washer/dryer, and gets us where we want to go. We love traveling in comfort.”

If you’d like to see this feature continue, please tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.



Website of the day

RV Campgrounds at Golf Courses
This list from El Monte RV is wonderful! It lists every RV campground at a golf course state-by-state. If you like to golf, this list is for you!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Duct tape: The incredible universal fixer and 16 ways to use it
• A praying GPS, a marinated possum, a few bad omens… and a wonderful story
• Campground neighbors too close? Create privacy with a DIY screen


Recipe of the Day

Carrot Cake Waffles With Cream Cheese Butter
by Mangialicious Food from Buffalo, NY

These carrot cake waffles have a few more steps than most, but they are fabulous and well worth the effort. This waffle’s fluffy and tender on the inside but crisp on the outside. The flavor mimics a carrot cake with little bits of fruit that not only add flavor but texture. As if the waffle itself isn’t good enough, the cream cheese butter makes these super special. When it melts on the warm waffle, pure heaven! Great for a special breakfast or brunch.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The only predator that routinely preys on skunks is the….? Hint: It’s absolutely, certainly, most definitely NOT humans! It’s the Great Horned Owl! Why? Well, according to scientists, the Great Horned Owl is almost completely devoid of any sense of smell. The owl’s nest will sometimes reek of skunk, which actually keeps owl predators away. In one nest, researchers found the remains of 57 skunks! Wow!


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Odie is a senior Pomeranian who loves traveling with his people.” —John McGrew

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 ??????
There’s no dis-a-brie-ing, we NEED these! Oh, how fun! If you’re a, let’s say, delicious-food-lover, you’ll need these too!


Leave here with a laugh

Gail Marsh emailed this over to us and it made us laugh out loud! Thanks, Gail! 


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jillie
2 months ago

Who makes this stuff up? A mosquito trap. Wow. As for heating a car up on a cold winters day? Sorry I need a warm car in the middle of January when the wind howls and its below zero. Otherwise if its warm out? No problem. I know how to roll the windows down. Plus we were told as a bus driver to start our vehicles 15 to 20 minutes before roll out time. So I disagree with that get the engine warm gig.

Travis
2 months ago

So the person that says you do not need to warm up your engine never lived in extreme cold areas. And for diesel engines it is always better to let them idle then to shut them on and off constantly.

Gary
2 months ago

Thank you Captain Obvious for the “Quick Tip”.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary

There are lots of newbies out there, and more every day, who may not know that tip (yet), Gary. I’ll bet you didn’t know all the tips and tricks that you know now when you started out RVing, either. –Diane

Lil John
2 months ago

Your Vehicle Myths was good, but most of the folks that read RV Travel really want to know more about things. The engine warm up is an example. Since computerized engines (c. 1980) warming up an engine should not harm it. I could go into “why” but that’s what the article should do. That “myth” has been around for decades and is still being used. Would love to see more articles like this, but with more information. After being in the Truck/RV/car repair business for 60 years I just thought I would finally say something. 🙂 Love you guys!

Linda
2 months ago

The mosquito trap ….. LOL!

Bob p
2 months ago

On the quick tip about A/C vents aimed at your thermostat, several years ago I had a 5th wheel that had the thermostat mounted above the TV shelf, this was before flat screen TVs. If you were watching TV the A/C would freeze you out due to the heat off the CRT TV would cause the thermostat to react to the heat and keep the A/C running. The solution, fabricate a heat shield from a piece of thin aluminum under the thermostat. In cool weather it was just the opposite, not enough heat from the furnace. Another fine example of why people who design RVs should have to live in their prototype.

tom
2 months ago

Looks like the steps may be a problem for the tiny dog. But, knows their coach.

Brad G. Hancock NH
2 months ago

Looks like Odie, Today’s Pet of the Day, needs a boost. Better yet, an entrance ramp. 🙂

Linda
2 months ago

Don’t be silly. Poms rarely walk, much less climb steps. Their humans carry them everywhere. 😀

Bob
2 months ago
Reply to  Linda

How true!