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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Issue 1853
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

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” ―Ivan Turgenev


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Orange Juice Day!

On this day in history: 1973 – The 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out at 1,451 feet as the world’s tallest building.



Tip of the Day

20 smart uses for rubber bands while RVing

Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference when camping. Take rubber bands, for example. They are small but mighty! And they can come in handy in the RV, in many more ways than you think! Just read on and you’ll see why in these 20 smart uses for rubber bands.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Forest River Vibe 26RK “beach cottage” travel trailer

Tony writes, “Today’s review is of the Forest River Vibe 26RK, a trailer that would really be a good choice for staying in one place for an extended time. The reason I write this is the floor plan, which provides multiple places to sit, along with a logical conversation place. What truly overwhelmed me with this trailer is something I don’t often like to dwell on, and that’s the interior design.”

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 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.

How strong of a tow vehicle do we need to safely tow our fifth wheel?

Dear Dave,
We just bought a Grand Design Momentum 351M and now need to determine how big/strong of a tow vehicle we need to be safe. Please help! —Ann

Read Dave’s answer



Are all RV ovens created equal? Do you use yours?

By Tony Barthel
We posted a question on our RV Advice Facebook Group. I asked, “Some of you have been reading my RV reviews over on RV Travel, and one of the things I’ve kvetched about are the small 17″ ovens in so many RVs. But I wonder – if you do have an RV with this small oven, do you use it at all and what do you use it for?” Your responses to the questions were enlightening, so I thought I’d share. Continue reading for what our readers said, including some great tips.


Reader poll

To what degree are you a hoarder?

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  ??????
What if you could chew your favorite drink? Well, now you can! We’re serious!


Quick Tip

Don’t use cruise control on wet roads

Reader Ralph S. enjoyed an earlier piece we ran on cruise control use. But he cautions, “Cruise control should be turned off on wet roads. Tires can lose traction and cruise control can try to adjust speed by changing tire speed,” which could lead to a loss of road control. Thanks, Ralph.


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Bev Chaba
2015 Lance Model 1995

“I love the window above the bed that lets us stargaze or just enjoy the surroundings best. There is something about the quality of a Lance product. I really like the slide-out drawers under the table benches, the ambient lighting inside and out, and all the windows for the views and airflow—love the smell of that mountain air. Love the ample storage from under the bed, to all the closets and drawers inside and out. I also love the outside shower. It looks inviting and it just feels homey.”

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



Website of the day

The best food city in every state
Some of these might surprise you, but where there’s good food, there are good people, so head in these directions! What’s your favorite food city?


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

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Recipe of the Day

Lemonade Muffins
by Gay Farrar from Gillespie, IL

A sweetly tart pick-me-up perfect for brunch, breakfast, or afternoon tea. These lemon muffins are moist and tender. We love that lemonade concentrate is used because it is sweet and gives this fantastic muffin great lemon flavor. Brushing the tops with lemonade just adds to the flavor and sweetness.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Inside every astronaut’s helmet you’ll find… Velcro! Yup. What’re you going to do if you’re in a bulky space suit and your nose itches? Well, since the Apollo missions, astronauts have attached a small piece of Velcro to a point inside their helmets just where their noses can reach. Give it a good scratch up against it and problem solved!

*Who was the iconic fictional British spy James Bond named after? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 


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Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Amos, who is very tired after reading and avoiding his feline sisters. Amos was hired for a very special job 4 years ago. In June, my husband Don lost his 6-year battle with stage 4 lung cancer while living as a full-time RVer. Amos steps up daily to do the job he was hired for, as he gives me a reason to rise each morning for his walk and face my day with joy and hope.” —Jill Jacques

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!



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Marty
16 days ago

Today is “May the Fourth Be With You”.

Sharon Boehmer
16 days ago
Reply to  Marty

You beat me to it.
Happy Star Wars Day

Dane Smith
16 days ago

Back in the ” old days ‘ we had road side signs that advertised Burma Shave. On the way to our Grandparents Farm on Sunday we used to pass a set of signs that were spaced apart that read ; He lit a match —to check gas tank ——-that’s why they =====call him skinless Frank——-Burma Shave.

Thomas D
16 days ago
Reply to  Dane Smith

The best one i remember
Round the corner, lickity split,
Beautiful car, wasn’t it.
Right before a sharper than safe curve where there was a large junk/ salvage yard

Roger B
13 days ago
Reply to  Dane Smith

Saw some of those on Rt66 in Arizona. Keeps you watching all the road signs.

Pat
16 days ago

Jill, I’m sorry for your loss! It looks like you’ve found a good companion in Amos to keep you company. Am I to understand you are still RVing? Way to go! I see more women on their own RVing these days and I have two good friends who do. I’d like to say I would, but I’m not sure.

Lindalee
15 days ago
Reply to  Pat

Jill, I too am sorry for your loss. Amos looks so much like my 8 yr. old Minnie I had to check twice! Amos looks to be a fantastic traveling companion (or any time companion). May you both have many happy years together.

Greg S
16 days ago

Don’t use cruise control on wet roads – If you have a class A diesel with an engine brake (Jake Brake), be careful with it on wet roads as well.

Rick W.
16 days ago
Reply to  Greg S

Greg, can you explain that to me, No sarcasm……I honestly don’t know.

gray
16 days ago
Reply to  Rick W.

Any truck driver will tell you that sudden or over-hard braking may cause the wheels to break traction & skid on slick roads. Just be aware; be careful. “Easy does it” applies to braking on wet or icy roads, especially if the wet road is on shiny or leaf-covered paving. Know how hard your engine brake affects the rear wheels; sometimes gently-applied manual braking is better.

GWM
15 days ago
Reply to  Greg S

You should always shut off the engine brake when road conditions are less than dry!

Tommy Molnar
16 days ago

Leave here with a laugh

“Is there ever a day that mattresses aren’t on sale”? I love that sign! And it’s true. There are even hand-drawn with sharpies cardboard signs on light poles on every other corner advertising big mattress sales.

Julie
16 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

That’s the one that stood out the most for me, too. It’s just sooooooooo true!

Roger B
13 days ago
Reply to  Julie

The bacon seed one is good too.