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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Issue 1838
Welcome to RV Travel’s Daily Tips Newsletter, where you’ll find helpful RV-related tips from the pros, travel advice, product reviews and more. Thanks for joining us. Please tell your friends about us.

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Today’s thought

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ―Mary Oliver


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Scrabble Day! This is our favorite version of Scrabble.

On this day in history: 1960 – The United States launches Transit 1-B, the world’s first satellite navigation system.



Tip of the Day

Even more incredible tips for reusing Pringles cans in your RV

By Gail Marsh
A couple of weeks ago we ran a story about various ways to reuse or upcycle the iconic Pringles cans. So many of you responded to the story that I thought it only fair to pass along your additional hacks and tips for Pringles cans. Before you continue reading though, make sure to read my other article first, if you haven’t already.

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Today’s RV review…

Ember RV Overland 170MRB Travel Trailer

Tony writes, “Overall, I really, really like this brand and what they’re doing and, apparently, so do buyers. No, they’re really not for everybody—but what RV is? It’s nice when an independent company steps up with something different and carves out a niche for themselves in a crowded market of similar products.”

Click here

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



 CONTEST!  Is this your RV?

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.

New LED lights are causing weirdness on my TV

Dear Dave,
I changed all the ceiling lights to LED and now find while watching OTA (over the air) TV, many of these lights will cause pixelation and loss of signal. I’m wondering if there is a filter or other solution to this problem. Thank you. —Ira, 2006 Monaco Dynasty

Read Dave’s answer



What are the best cars to flat tow? We review some options

By Nanci Dixon
“I have been looking for a new flat towable car for the last couple of years and I’ve read every RV article that mentions them. Yes, I can practically hear everyone chirping: ‘Jeep, Jeep, Jeep!’ Been there, done that.” Read Nanci’s review of several towable cars here.


Reader poll

The new USFL pro football league debuts this month. Do you plan to watch games?

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.


????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
This could so easily save your life or that of a loved one! This is no joke! We are dead serious. (Oh, bad pun. Sorry.) Get this for yourself or give it as a gift.


Quick Tip(s)

Size does matter
Is your vehicle licensed properly for its size? Some jurisdictions will move you from personal class to commercial class simply because of your licensed GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight). Be sure this doesn’t happen to you as the rules change significantly. Being classed commercial may limit your hours of driving, keeping log books, having restricted routes, need to carry specific equipment, etc. —Thanks to George Bliss

While we’re on this topic …
Are you licensed properly?
In many jurisdictions, if you only possess a regular driver’s license you are not allowed to pull a trailer more than 10,000 lbs. (4600 kg). If you’re not licensed properly, and in the event of a claim, your insurance company could deny you coverage. You could as well be ticketed or shut down on the side of the highway. Don’t put yourself in a position that will cause you grief. If you’re not sure, check with the licensing standards department of your state/province. Our thanks, again, to George Bliss


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Wayne Ratzlaff
2009 Cedar Creek, TSA 34

“There is little I would change about this unit. If I was required to, it would be an independent suspension. One thing that is very important to us is that the awning fully covers the entrance providing shade and protection from the rain. We love the big rear window and the recliners that we can turn to face out the back when there is a great view. Or swivel inward to visit or watch TV. The combination small tub and shower is great. Awning covers. ‘Trailair’ pin box makes for a smoother ride. We love this unit.”

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


Ever wanted to own a campground?
While campers are out to experience fresh air and bucolic surroundings, the people who create and operate RV parks are often overworked, underpaid and stressed out. Here’s the fascinating story of one family’s experiences owning a popular RV park in Virginia. Book’s Forward by RV Travel’s Chuck Woodbury.


Website of the day

20 Hilarious One-Star Yelp Reviews of National Parks
This should really be under our “Leave here with a laugh” section. You’ll laugh out loud at these! Some people just don’t get it…


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Recipe of the Day

Amaretto Fruit Dip
by Debbie Sue from South West, FL

If you love amaretto, then this dip will be a treat. The amaretto flavor is very noticeable, but not completely overwhelming. It’s cool, creamy, and has a slightly citrus flavor that pairs well with the berries. This is really good right after it’s made, but we liked it more after it chilled for a little while. A great dessert for an adult get-together or ladies’ night.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The popular amusement chain SeaWorld was originally designed to be a restaurant. The four UCLA graduate founders wanted to create an elaborate underwater restaurant where diners would feel like they were dining under the sea. While dining, they would be treated to marine life shows. Well, building a bubble under millions and millions of gallons of water didn’t really work out, so they turned their sights to a marine-themed amusement park, and the rest is history.

*If you want pie in Texas (sweet or savory), you’ll have to read yesterday’s trivia to find out where to go. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“3-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, Bella. I rescued her in March 2021. ‘Who’s that doggy in the window?'” —William Evans

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!



Leave here with a laugh

How do you console an English teacher?
There, their, they’re.


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Michael Galvin, PhD
5 months ago

In addition to the window smasher/seat belt cutter featured, there is Open Window for Life which is easier to carry.

Lindalee
5 months ago

Thank you for rescuing Bella! DOGS RULE!

Gene Sannes
5 months ago

Here in California, I tow a fifth wheel trailer with a GVW of 12225 lbs. I had to take a drivers modified Class A, written test. Now my license shows I’m restricted to towing a fifth wheel between 10K and 15K pounds. There are other requirements for Class A motorhomes or trailers over certain lengths and/or weights. If you drive or tow on your regular drivers license probably doesn’t mean anything unless you’re in an accident. Then one might be cited for operating a vehicle illegally and now you’re at fault no matter what. Next would be the insurance company. The might say you’re not authorized to operate that certain type of vehicle, so no coverage. Be sure and check your state’s requirements. They are a changing.

Joe
5 months ago

To legally drive my 40 foot motorhome in Pennsylvania and towing a small car I needed a non commercial class B drivers license that required a road test and the ability to test the air brake system. If I towed 10,000 + pounds then it would be non commercial class A. Check your state regulations as they are all different

Thomas D
5 months ago

Old saying!
You can please some of the people some of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

Marie Beschen
5 months ago

I loved the website of the day! Of course I’ve been to all those National Parks and to read those comments gave me a wonderful chuckle…thanks! Takes all kinds 😉

Randall Johnstun
5 months ago

A lot of the new cars on the market, have laminated glass on the side windows. That glass breaking tool won’t work on laminated safety glass.

Patty
5 months ago

Google: Do I Need A Special License To Drive An RV.
Lazydays article will pop up.
Our rig weights 46,100 dry weight and my husband was required in Texas to take a test to get his CLD. I do know someone who got a 500.00 ticket fir not having his.

Ron Lane
5 months ago
Reply to  Patty

Are you sure it wasn’t a ClassB NCDL? Don’t know what a CLD is….

David
5 months ago

We have put all LED’s in our 01 39z Bounder DP with no interference with the TV OTR what we do get is interference from other rigs that are next to us or in front of us.
I know this because when they pull out the interference disappears.
Just saying.

Engineer
5 months ago

No state requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) for owners of RVs. There are a number of states that require a Non CDL license endorsement on vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds. Requirements include written and road test. Go here to review what your state requires.

https://www.campanda.com/magazine/rv-special-drivers-license-requirements/

Glenn A
5 months ago

I don’t understand how a vehicle could have an improper registration based on weight. Upon initial registration, we provide the VIN to the DMV. It’s the DMV’s responsibility to issue the proper documents and verify insurance.

Do you need a commercial license and logbook to rent and operate a 24 ft Penske or U-haul truck? How about a 20 footer with a gross weight of 16k lbs?

And while I’m on a roll, why don’t U-haul tow Dollie’s have breaks?

Ron Lane
5 months ago
Reply to  Glenn A

I think you mean brakes… But I disagree, as they do have breaks…a lot of them.

Glenn A
5 months ago
Reply to  Ron Lane

I did mean brakes. And yes I believe everyone I ever rented had a least one “break”.

Terry Hennessy Jr
5 months ago
Reply to  Glenn A

re: Tow Dolly Brakes, have rented two, been a few years, & I recall no wiring, but believe they have hydraulic surge brakes?

Brad G. Hancock NH
5 months ago

Pet of the Day… I have yet to see a dog hanging out a car/truck window with its ears flappin’ in the wind that failed to make me smile. 🙂

Greg S
5 months ago

Quick Tips – a list of states that require a commercial license for RVers would be nice. Pulling a fiver with a semi-tractor or driving a class A with a 60,000 lb GCWR won’t make you a commercial driver subject to hours of service and logbook in any state.
There are no more logbooks. Commercial vehicles are now required to be equipped with electronic logging devices.
The only impact I’ve suffered from owning a heavier vehicle was when Nationwide canceled insurance on my F-450 because they classified it as a semi, even though if I removed the badges, you couldn’t tell the difference between it and an F-350.
The kicker was that Nationwide was Good Sam’s agency of choice at the time.

Bob p
5 months ago

Mystery product of the day would be tossed under the seat where you can’t get to it when it’s needed. It’s a great safety item that should be standard equipment and a easily accessed compartment under the dash by manufacturers.