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RV Daily Tips. Friday, May 13, 2022

Issue 1860
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Today’s thought

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Fruit Cocktail Day!

On this day in history: Our favorite publisher, Chuck Woodbury, was born! Happy Birthday, Chuck! 

Tip of the Day

What you need to know about resealing your RV’s exterior

By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
Manufacturers recommend that you check your RV’s roof and body sealants every 90 days.

Resealing and caulking your RV helps to protect your investment and creates a watertight seal to protect your unit from outdoor elements.

Applying caulking around trim and windows helps to ensure that no outside elements get inside through the window frame or other gaps.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Ember RV 170MBH with a flex bunkhouse

Tony writes, “Today’s RV review is of the 2022 Ember RV 170MBH, a new floor plan from a new RV company. Something I’m seeing in Ember RV is not only groundbreaking products but a relentless introduction of new models that really set new targets.”

Click here

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

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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.

What is the best roadside assistance and insurance for my RV?

Dear Dave,
I have had AARP roadside assistance since 2005, but it let me down last summer on I-10 in just my car. Which roadside assistance plan is best for an RV? Which insurance is best for an RV? I am a clueless newbie about everything, and old enough to forget a lot, too. Thanks. —Shanti, 2004 Forest River Sunseeker

Read Dave’s answer

Nite Ize Gear Ties – essential for your RV toolbox

Your RV’s toolbox should have some string, some duct tape, a set of bit drivers, a hammer and some WD-40. Let me suggest one more thing you should always have – a set of Nite Ize Gear Ties. The Nite Ize Gear Ties are reusable rubber twist ties that have a soft, grippy rubber coating and some sort of metal inside that allows you to bend and flex them over and over into whatever shape you need. Continue reading.

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Reader poll

Do you plan to spend more time RVing this summer than last?

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Quick Tip

Easier backing in during daylight

If you are guiding someone backing up in the daylight, it is much easier for the driver to understand if you point in the direction the wheels need to turn. Making large turning circles with your arm and flapping like a chicken are next to impossible to understand! We have found that pointing in the direction the wheels should turn, spreading our hands out to the distance left to back up and slowly bringing them together until at the right distance and putting up two closed fists to indicate stop have helped to eliminate the flapping bird syndrome. It also performs better with the campers that inevitably congregate to watch someone back into a particularly tight spot. —Thanks, again, to Nanci Dixon

Make yourself laugh and your wife scream. Or perhaps make yourself laugh and make your husband scream. Either way, someone will laugh and someone will scream! See why.

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Joe and Tish Reed
2019 Winnebago Travato 59K

“This is our 4th RV and so far our favorite! As recent retirees, we love being able to travel and explore in a very convenient way. Our size doesn’t limit us, so we don’t worry about finding a parking spot or space to stay, as we can fit just about anywhere. We have made some modifications and upgrades that afford us all the conveniences of home. We lived full-time in our van for over a year. It truly is our home away from home!”

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

Website of the day

10 RV Airbnb Listings For A Unique Camping Experience
Sure, what these people are calling a “Unique Camping Experience” is actually just your everyday life, but if you want a break from your RV or want to get some interior design ideas, check these out.

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Recipe of the Day

Dale’s Dazzling Grilled Shrimp
by Melissa Varady from Gainesville, FL

Melissa is so right! By keeping the shells on the shrimp while they grill, you end up with wonderfully moist shrimp. Thanks for the great tip! Not only are the shrimp juicy, but they’re also full of flavor. These will make a delicious snack, light meal, or a tasty summer appetizer. And for those of you who like a little less spice, you can easily cut back or eliminate the cayenne. The flavor is still great.

Click here for the recipe

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Have you ever thought, “Boy, that cheese smells like stinky feet!” Well, you’re not alone and there’s a reason why it sometimes smells like that. The bacteria that creates that gross sweaty-gym foot smell is called Brevibacterium linens. That same bacterial strain is used to ferment several varieties of cheese such as Munster, Raclette and Limburger. Limburger is one of the stinkiest cheeses, so if you don’t like that smell, stay away from that one (although we find it quite yummy…).

*Back in 1949, Popular Mechanics predicted that computers today would weigh…. how much? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Ruby. Not spoiled at all, but has her own camping chair for sitting around the campfire.” —Richard Lake

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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David Stansbury
8 months ago

Eegads! My wife just said there is a difference. Guess I better change before going out to the garden this morning…

Wayne Caldwell
8 months ago

While backing in, my bride is in my mirrors (she knows that if I can’t see her, I stop). She points with one arm (to the right, right arm; to the left, left arm) the direction the trailer needs to go while motioning back with her other arm – no finger wiggling. When getting close to the parking spot, distance is indicated with both hands spread apart and moved closer together as the distance reduces. Stop is both arms crossed with fiists closed. We practiced this together several times after we bought our travel trailer six years ago. It has resulted in no arguments, harsh words, or after parking apologies.

8 months ago

Happy Birthday, Chuck! Thank you for RV Travel!

8 months ago
Reply to  Linda

Ah, Linda you beat met to it!

Happy Birthday, Chuck. I ditto Linda’s sentiment!

Also want to wish you many more years of RVing!

(Did you get all those candles blown out? LOL)

8 months ago

I’m surprised that Chuck did not show up today in one of your “Today in History” episodes. Happy Birthday,

RV Staff
8 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

But he was in there. Not sure what you’re referring to, Kelly. (Late on the reply to your comment. Was busy on tomorrow’s newsletter.) Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

8 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Sorry. I meant the Today in History video you post once a week..

RV Staff
8 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

Oh. Thanks, Kelly. Nope. He missed out on being in there, since I only post those on Sundays (per the Birthday Boy). I like to give him a hard time, because he is now as old as I am – but only for a few months until my next birthday. 😆 Take care. 😀 –Diane

Janet Blair
8 months ago

Happy Birthday Chuck!!! Just love this RV newsletter

Brian Burry
8 months ago

I just want you to know how enjoyable it is each day, to have such an interesting and enjoyable RV online magazine to read! Some days I learn something, some days I laugh, some days I just enjoy what others have to say so much! My heartfelt thank you for working so hard, in all of our behalf in this RV community!!!!

8 months ago

Happiest of Birthdays Chuckles!! 🙂

8 months ago

Happy birthday Chuck. Regarding today’s laugh, many days my only concession when I leave home is wearing shoes and socks rather than bedroom slippers! Clothes are the same.

Stephen Malochleb
8 months ago

Happy Birthday to the King of RV news. I see Emily was kind enough to omit the year. Many more happy years of looking out for RVers. I do hope you find time to enjoy the places you have written about for years and as you travel you can still tell us about, the good, the bad, and the ugly side of RVing. Thank you to you and all your staff.

Bob Amoroso
8 months ago

You can go get training to backup a trailer or even get help from experienced towers. However there could a need for SPOTTER TRAINING. What to watch for, remember to look up, hand signals etc. I don’t want to brag but I’ve backed up more miles then some people have driven forward. Before I back in I asses the camp site, up, down, left, right and then can back in without a spotter in most cases. I’ve been doing this for just about 50 years now, before backup cameras or any other device. Most important fact more then anything else is to “KNOW YOUR RIG”. Good Luck everyone and Happy Trails.

8 months ago
Reply to  Bob Amoroso

Bob, as I have said before, I have trained my spotter by asking her to go get a soft drink or check out the restrooms. When she gets back, I am in the spot and hooked up.

8 months ago

Happy Birthday Chuck! Your newsletter is as much a part of my daily routine as coffee. Thanks for all the wonderful issues. Here’s hoping you have a great birthday. Many more and happy trails.

Rey L.
8 months ago

Happy birthday Chuck!🎂🥳 And happy Friday the 13th too!🥺

8 months ago

Happy Birthday Chuck!

Mark K
8 months ago

Happy Birthday, Chuck! Thanks for all you do for the RV community.

Mark Gilley
8 months ago

Happy Birthday, Chuck!!!!

Bob p
8 months ago

Mystery product of the day reminds me of my son going thru diesel school in Nashville. He had a rubber copperhead snake he left in the seat of his truck as a theft deterrent that he wound toss into the bed after school. One day he and his buddy were out cruising around Nashville and picked up a couple of hitch hikers who climbed into the bed, one of them spotted the rubber snake as my son pulled away from a stop sign and both of them left the truck at about 15 mph and kept running when they hit the ground. My son had forgotten about the snake but they had a good laugh when they got to their destination. Lol

8 months ago

Laugh of the day is appropriate for me. I have hit that mark.

Warren G
8 months ago

Happy birthday, Chuck!

Maxine Hagood
8 months ago

Happy birthday Chuck. Have a blessed day!

8 months ago

“Happy Birthday “ Chuck, now if you could find more time for retirement////