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RV Daily Tips. Monday, May 2, 2022

Issue 1851
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

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ―Franz Kafka


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Truffle Day! (The chocolate kind, not the mushroom kind.)

On this day in history: 2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

12 RV travel tips to make life easier

Here are 12 great RV travel tricks and tips that are sure to make your RV life even better. Why? Because they make things easier! Give these easy tips a try… you can thank us later.

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Today’s RV review…

The PullKitchen Longitude turns a pickup into a camper

Tony writes, “This isn’t quite an RV, but can certainly turn just about any pickup or even some SUVs into one… sort of. What you have is a cleverly designed kitchen that incorporates a sink, stove, prep areas, storage and a cutting board into what amounts to a drawer that can slide in and out of the back of just about any pickup out there. Essentially this can turn your pickup into an RV. Just add a bedroom.

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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-to-us Class A was stored 7 years. Questions about tires and generator

Dear Dave,
We bought this Class A with only 3,000 miles on it. The motorhome was kept in a covered area, but not climate controlled. The tires are not cracking—they look brand-new. Should we replace them? Also, the generator will not start. Gas sat in it for 7 years. Do you think we will have to put a new carburetor in it or just have this cleaned? —Carlene, 2015 28′ Winnebago Vista Class A

Read Dave’s answer


Attach items in your RV without using nails
This new, super-strong double-sided adhesive tape will hang most objects in your RV without using nails. Works on wood, metal, plastic, aluminum or glass surfaces — indoors and outdoors. Use EZlifego tape to keep carpets in place. And it’s easy to remove and use again later. Highly rated. Learn more or order.


RVelectricity

Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.) Session: The rise of solar generator power stations

with Mike Sokol

A few years ago I wrote an article about the so-called solar generators that were getting popular. I didn’t like them much at the time since they suffered from limited AGM battery power and exaggerated inverter output claims of what they could power. In fact, many of those advertisements were outright misleading, showing impossible applications such as charging your EV car on the side of the road. But that was then, and this is now!

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Read more of Mike’s articles here.


He bought an RV with $20,000 worth of damage. His warning to you…

By Randall Brink
I couldn’t have been happier on the day I took delivery of my Foretravel Grand Villa U300. I had done a lot of research and had decided on a Foretravel for its legendary quality and build. The Grand Villa had everything that a Class A RV owner could want and more (who really needs two ice makers?). I was also fortunate enough to find a Grand Villa within 100 miles of my home – another big plus. … I was soon to realize the danger in failing to look at all facets of an RV brand’s history. Read more.


Reader poll

How often do you eat cereal for breakfast?

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Quick Tip

Pay attention to tire size designation

Our tire expert, Roger Marble, has an important reminder. He writes, “I have pointed out many times that people need to pay attention to the details of tire size designation, e.g., pointing out that a 235/75R16 may not provide the required load capacity as an ST235/75R16 if there is either a ‘P’ or ‘LT’ or even no letter in front of the ‘235.’ Here is a news article about a lawsuit claiming a company is selling a ‘counterfeit’ of a tire produced by Michelin. The tread design is very similar and even half of the tire name is the same.”


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Chris and Meg Bailey
2004 Keystone Alpine

“We do love this 5th wheel. It is easy to tow with our Ford F-350. We mostly stay in commercial campgrounds and use it as a home base while we explore the area. It has a king-size bed, a large kitchen, refrigerator, and living room, chairs at the table and plenty of room for our two big dogs. We like the rear living room with the big window so when we back in we can enjoy the view.”

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


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
If someone saw your internet search history, what would they think? Well, maybe because of this the whole world knows about it…


Website of the day

How “old” are your reactions?
Gail Marsh featured this website in one of her articles last week, but we wanted to make sure you saw it. Take this fun test and see how fast your reaction time is when driving.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Simple ways to keep RV pipes fresh and clean
• RVSuperbag: A cozy solution for making those tricky RV beds
• 12 of the weirdest campground rules – You won’t believe these!


Recipe of the Day

Shrimp and Grits
by Paula S. from Justin, TX

A simple, yet delicious, way to prepare shrimp and grits. Preparing the grits, chilling them in a loaf pan, slicing them, and then frying is an interesting twist. It gives the grits a little crunch outside and they’re smooth inside. The creamy shrimp sauce takes no time to throw together. We added a dash of hot sauce and Creole seasoning and it was perfect. Paula leaves this open to personal preference for the seasoning. These shrimp and grits are elegant enough to serve for a special occasion but simple enough to enjoy any time.

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Trivia

The Rictus Scale, not the Richter Scale, measures earthquake news coverage. While the Richter Scale is used to assign value to the energy released by earthquakes, the Rictus Scale, proposed by Tom Weller, measures the media coverage that follows the earthquake. The Rictus Scale values range from 1, meaning it maybe gets one small article in a local paper, to 5, an event resulting in international news coverage, network specials, and books.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Ranger, our 10-year-old Border/Aussie. Camping near the beach, he’s always on the lookout for seals and sea lions.” —Randy Baldwin

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!


Weak hands and fingers? This will help!
This 6-piece silicone hand grip strengthener and finger exerciser will help strengthen your hands, wrists and fingers, and it’s fun to use! It’s great for those with weak hands or those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, tennis elbow and much more. Its ergonomic design is for all age groups and suits all shapes and sizes of hands and fingers. Learn more or order.


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jillie
17 days ago

Every morning or some time during the day there is this guy who you can see on a bicycle with his dog running in the lead and he is pulling on that bicycle. I have never seen a dog with so much energy that he pulls the bicycle with his owner on it. Makes one wonder who is getting the most exercise out of it.

TexasScout
20 days ago

I have used Gorilla double stick clear tape to mount a lot of stuff, even towel bars in my shower. It’s available in any Walmart

Tony Stekar
21 days ago

We will see more of this abuse if NO ONE seeing it DOESN”T turn them in. I think we need to take plate numbers down and go after the a*hole who ruined it for the few who don’t. TREAD lightly is a good motto to live by!

Dr. Mike
19 days ago
Reply to  Tony Stekar

Tony
what are you referring to?

Bd2
22 days ago

One thing to do with a RV parked for so long is to:
Bleed the brakes, and while doing this,
Hand spin each brake to see if corrosion on discs or/and drums have the wheel locked up [lost a brake pad not doing this once and tore up the rotor]

Tony Grigg
22 days ago

Shrimp and grits. Really? Rice, sure. Pasta, of course. Grits should only be served with MORE grits. That way you can throw away as much of it as possible without harming actual edible food. 🫣

Jeff Craig
22 days ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

You done lost your darn fool mind. Grits (and ‘instant’ grits are NOT grits) are great, but they either need a lot of butter and some sugar (like Cream of Wheat), or some sort of Cajun inspired recipe. Polenta, (grits Euro cousin) is amazing as a side dish when seasoned and lightly fried in olive oil.

Tony Grigg
22 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

😄 If you are going to do all of THAT to make them pallatable, I have a set of Michelins that could taste pretty good too.
And yes, I’m from the upper midwest and understand that it takes a lifetime of work to acquire a taste for grits. I’ll pass, thanks. 🫤

Gary
22 days ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

You need to try shrimp and cheese grits. Very tasty.

Leanne Hopkins
22 days ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Shrimp and grits is an extremely popular meal in the south. If you go to most any restaurant shrimp and grits will be on the menu in some form. I really enjoy grits (not instant), but more often than not hashed browns have taken their place. Hash browns are fine for supper, but grits cooked well are very good.
I’d love to know where you’re from.

gray
22 days ago
Reply to  Leanne Hopkins

Been there, done that. Quickly came to realize that grits is little more than a ‘placeholder’ for the shrimp, to keep ’em from sliding around when you spear ’em with your fork. Eat the shrimp and toss the grits. Rinse with a good beer; call it done.

Sharon B.
22 days ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

If this is your opinion of grits, then you have never had good grits. My DH makes really good cheese grits with eggs, I can eat a whole pot full.

Steve Minor
22 days ago
Reply to  Sharon B.

There are only two kinds of grits, GOOD and BETTER !!!!!

Glenn A
22 days ago

RE: Pay attention to tire size.

The max load capacity is on the sidewall, as is the load range rating.

I choose tires that exceed my needs by 25% to be on the “safe” side.

YMMV