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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Issue 1857
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

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ―Mark Twain


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Shrimp Day!

On this day in history: 1908 – Mother’s Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.



Tip of the Day

You can be TOO nice of a campsite neighbor. Don’t do these four things.

By Nanci Dixon
Be a good campsite neighbor and don’t do these four things. There are a number of simple etiquette things to do or not to do to be a good RVer that we all know … or at least should know. This week I learned some new things and these four things are now at the top of my not-to-do list. I found out you can be too nice of a campsite neighbor …

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Today’s RV review…

The Jayco Jay Flight SLX 7 145RB is small on price

Tony writes, “Today’s review is of a smaller RV, the Jayco Jay Flight SLX 7 145RB. This is a very small and light travel trailer that’s also quite affordable at about $21,021 base MSRP. If you can find one…”

Click here

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



 WARNING  22,000 RVers unaware of LP gas danger in their RV

Eight RV manufacturers, 37 models and 22,021 RVs from model years 2021 and 2022 have dangerous RV cracked and porous LP gas fittings that can lead to a fire, and they don’t know it. Continue reading.


 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.

Where are the wires to disconnect my slideout’s motors?

Dear Dave,
I need to replace the floor in the bedroom slideout that has a Schwintek system. Where are the slideout motors? Are they located in the walls of the fifth wheel. If so, how do I get to the wires to disconnect the power to the motors? Also, can you give me a ballpark figure of the repair cost if I take the camper to a Winnebago dealer to replace the floor? —Joe, 2020 Winnebago Mini Plus 29RBH fifth wheel

Read Dave’s answer



Stranded on the side of the road, should you trust a stranger’s help?

By Nanci Dixon
One of our first RV trips in our renovated, newly rebuilt, Class C RV was to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Long story short, the motorhome quit on a long, desolate, two-lane highway literally in the middle of nowhere. No cars, no towns, pre-cell phone… we were stuck. After a long while, a pickup truck whizzed by before we could hop out to stop it. Thankfully, he turned around to offer his help. My husband explained which part had burned up and, amazingly, the man had just picked up that part at the junkyard. Too good to be true? I wondered… Read this incredible story.


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Quick Tip

Towing behind a motorhome: Be careful who you talk to

When thinking about towing behind a motorhome, either flat towing or dolly towing, and looking for a vehicle or wondering if your vehicle is capable, never rely on the dealer or salesman or a friend’s word that the vehicle can be flat or dolly towed. A dinghy towing guide is a good place to start your research (here’s one for 2021 from Ford), but ultimately the vehicle’s owners manual and research is really the only way to answer that question. Remember that even from vehicle model year to model year, capability for recreational vehicle towing can change. —John Herthel


Website of the day

Certified Dark-Sky Parks
This list of certified dark-sky parks is brought to you by the National Parks Conservation Association (lots of other great stuff on this site too!). Happy stargazing!


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Oh, come on! It’s ONLY six pounds… That won’t put your rig overweight, will it? And, hey, if it does and you get stranded, well, you won’t go hungry!!


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 87 percent say they watch TV every day.
• The highest number of voters, 42 percent, say they drink water with dinner. The second most popular dinner beverage was juice or iced tea, followed by wine, then soda or a sports drink, then milk, beer, then another alcoholic beverage.
• The majority of voters, 52 percent, RV most often west of the Mississippi.

Recent poll: If you became suddenly filthy rich, would you buy a new high-end RV?


Recipe of the Day

Pepper Steak on Rice
by Sheri Hansen from Green Valley, AZ

This is a simple and quick one-pan pepper steak recipe. It’s full of savory flavors with a bit of sweetness from the red pepper and onions. If you like a bit of a kick, we suggest adding extra red pepper flakes. Served over white rice, it’s a scrumptious weeknight dinner.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The popular TV show “American Idol” is considered responsible for teaching Americans how to text message. When the show first aired in 2002, “American Idol” featured audience participation by call-in voting. If they wanted to vote for a contestant to win, they’d call the “American Idol” phone number and input that contestant’s individual number code. In the second season of the show, they introduced text message voting, provided you had AT&T (a sponsor) cell service that is. “American Idol” was largely responsible for getting Americans to learn how to text back then in 2003, with more than 7.5 million text messages sent in to the show in just two seasons alone.

*Where does the word “font” come from? Yesterday’s trivia tells you this fascinating history. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Doxie is a rescue beagle-daschund mix. She enjoys snoozing on our trailer couch after a day at the off-leash dog park in Durango.” —Bob Stallsmith

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!

Pet owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!



Leave here with a laugh

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” ―George Carlin


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Spike
13 days ago

John Herthel’s tip on flat towing is spot on! The owner’s manual for the actual vehicle is the final word. With today’s “sophisticated” transmissions and drive systems it is not uncommon that a specific drivetrain option may be needed to allow flat towing of a certain model. If that’s the case, verify that the specific vehicle on the lot you want or are ordering meets that spec.

DO NOT rely on the salesman’s word! I have experienced sales people that are too lazy to verify or just outright lie about this.

Ed Fogle
14 days ago

Ah yes. A tired dog is a happy dog.

Lindalee
13 days ago
Reply to  Ed Fogle

Doxie looks like a VERY happy dog! I could clearly see the Beagle but I guess she’d have to be standing up or stretched out to see the Daschund! She looks VERY contented.

Joseph Phebus
14 days ago

Love ❤️ the quote of the day! Thanks.

Bob p
14 days ago

On the towing behind the motor home, by all means read the owners manual! 6 yrs ago I was buying a Kia Soul to tow behind my motorhome, I asked the salesman if it could be flat towed, he didn’t know but asked another salesman who grabbed an owners manual and read yep it can be flat towed… but he didn’t read all of the spec, only the 6 speed manual can be flat towed, I bought the 6 spd automatic, it can’t be flat towed.

Richard
14 days ago

George Carlin – Wisdom for the ages. In the vein of Will Rogers.

David Stansbury
10 days ago
Reply to  Richard

Absolutely. An American treasure.

Snayte
14 days ago

American Idol may have popularized texting. The only thing anyone learned from that show was that Americans have very low standards for what they will watch on television.

Travis
14 days ago
Reply to  Snayte

So true! LOL

Tom
14 days ago
Reply to  Snayte

I’m sure the people who watched would say the same about shows you watch. By the way I never watched any of them but to each his own.