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RV Daily Tips. Friday, April 15, 2022

Issue 1840
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Today’s thought

“I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and true love. Don’t even try to tell me different.” Dolly Parton


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day!

On this day in history: 1924 – Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.



Tip of the Day

Work remotely (the right way) from your RV

By Gail Marsh
There are so many advantages to working remotely from your RV. Every day more and more people join the lifestyle of mixing work with travel. But are they taking full advantage of working remotely? Maybe not. Here are some tips to help you work remotely the right way from your RV.

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Today’s RV review…

Palomino Rogue EA-2 Truck Camper

Tony writes, “The Rogue series campers are designed to fit into smaller pickup trucks. They have the benefit of a top that is hinged at the front so that, when the vehicle is rolling, the overall height is much lower than if the roof were up all the time. For folks looking to use less fuel while going RVing, this is an accomplice in that sort of endeavor.”

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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.

Why is there at gap at the bottom when RV’s slideout is fully retracted?

Dear Dave,
I see sunlight through the lower part of the slideout when it is fully retracted. I went outside and tried to cover the part with my hand as my wife kept watch to see if I shadowed it out, but no luck. Visually it looks fine from the outside, but I’m wondering if it’s retracted enough to squeeze up against the seal? —Robert

Read Dave’s answer



New RVer turns his fifth wheel into an RVer’s technology dream

In this 10-minute video, a former corporate executive explains how he quit his job to live and travel full-time in a 43-foot, six-slide Jayco fifth wheel trailer. But he didn’t just buy the rig and move in. No, he outfitted it into what he calls “an RVer’s technology dream.” He discusses an excellent system for getting online that works for him. It involves some very creative ways to get reliable cell phone internet connectivity. It’s far beyond what most RVers would ever even think of. Watch the video (and learn) here.


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• Around the Campfire: RVers discuss some downsides to workamping


Reader poll

How many people can comfortably dine at your RV’s dinette?

Tell us here


????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
What if we told you that you could drink beer and water at the exact same time? Or iced coffee and juice? You can!


Quick Tip

Trailer brakes and axles

Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician, posted this tip while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor.

Don’t forget to service your trailer brakes and axles! Your RV brakes and bearings need to be serviced every year or 3,000 miles at a minimum. While it’s important to follow the service guidelines outlined in your RV’s owner’s manual packet, there are some standard guidelines to keep in mind. RV brakes must be inspected and adjusted annually, every 3,000 miles, or if braking performance is reduced. This can be as simple as adjusting the brakes, but if you have Nev-R-Adjust brakes the service interval may be different.

When the brakes are serviced or inspected and the hubs are removed, have the bearings repacked and new seals installed. All too often I have seen shops fix brakes without replacing axle seals, and this leads to premature seal failure and grease getting into the hub and brake assembly, making a real mess. Don’t save money here—get this done right! During the annual bearing repack and inspection, make sure all the suspension components are in good shape, including axle bolts, shackles, springs, wiring, etc. Replace any components that have wear. Again, this is a safety issue so don’t save money here—get it done right! Also, check for abnormal tire wear. If the tires are in poor condition they should be replaced and the cause of the wear determined.


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Ronald Rivers
2019 Gulf Stream Envision

“It’s 27 feet and is easy to tow with my 1/2 ton. It has a nice size TV and electric fireplace and a big bathroom and very good lighting control. Plenty of room with one slide. Purchased from Tony’s in Bryan, Ohio—Great service!”

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

10 of Florida’s Great RV Parks
Since you may already be planning ahead for next winter (oy!), check out these incredible RV parks in Florida. We’d like to stay at most, if not all, of these!



Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


Recipe of the Day

Cream Cheese Muffin Puffs
by Lori Fleming from Huntington, TX

Refrigerated biscuits are transformed in this easy dessert. Kids will love these! Cream cheese is stuffed inside the biscuit and they’re rolled in cinnamon sugar. Once baked, they taste like a Mardi Gras King Cake or a cinnamon donut. They can be eaten hot or cold. Besides serving for dessert, these would be a nice brunch treat.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The platypus is the only mammal on Earth that is mite-free. And nope, nobody knows why.

*Is the number of gas stations declining or increasing in the U.S.? Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Harley is 7 years old and is the best traveling dog. He is not much of a navigator though. He falls asleep as soon as we put the truck in drive! Haha. He is happy wherever we take him, and people fall in love with him.” —Cathy Wein

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

Three guys are on a boat. They have four cigarettes but nothing to light them with. So they throw a cigarette overboard and the boat becomes a cigarette lighter. (Thanks, Gaila Mallery!)


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Lindalee
2 months ago

I love Harley! I can certainly understand why people are attracted to him! Poodles are great, smart dogs and Harley looks like a real smart puppy!

Lil John
2 months ago

Chris Dougherty in “Quick Tips” talks about servicing and packing the trailer bearings every 3000 miles. Without saying so he highlights what I have said for years. Most trailer axles are just a problem waiting for you to spend money. If they were big enough, you would not have to service them for 20-30 thousand miles or more. They use the bare minimum axle to hold the weight, sometimes within a hundred pounds for the entire GVW. Sad situation.

gray
2 months ago
Reply to  Lil John

Why buy into a big problem? If the rig is built with under-spec’d components, it will fail soonest. Research & demand to know the axle ratings, and compare the rig’s sticker max load ratings with what you need to carry. If, like some rigs, there’s only a few hundred pounds capacity, run away. Why pay $$$ for obvious future problems?

Royce
2 months ago

Don’t know what they have in the mystery product of the day but I don’t think it’s helping to sell it. It looks nasty.

Thomas D
2 months ago

Could someone explain why you have to grease wheel bearings every 3000 miles i wont go into adjusting brakes. My tow vehicle has 140 k on it and brakes are over 75%. Wheel bearings never been touched. Basicly the same for our car. My fiver has disc brakes. Threw those stupid drum s out the first year I had it. No adjustments necessary.

Spike
2 months ago

Do whales and dolphins have mites? I know there is a form of aquatic lice they can have, but lice are not mites.

Karin S.
2 months ago

Pretty cool setup that the computer (IT) guy has. I love the idea for dealing with the black tank and the fresh water tank. Quite brilliant actually.

Jim
2 months ago

I don’t think today’s “Leave here with a laugh” could even make it as a “Dad” joke. Pretty bad.

G13
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Have to concur.

Jeb
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Agreed. Not even grandpa material.

Michael Galvin, PhD
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

With nine grandkids, I disagree. I found it enlightening.

Tom H.
2 months ago

😉😉😉

Mike Albert
2 months ago

Agree. I called my grand daughter since she’s home from school today (day off). She is 11 and she actually laughed!

Irvin Kanode
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Some jokes are so bad, they’re good. I had to pass this one on.