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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Issue 1862
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

“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” —John Lydgate (English monk and poet, ca. 1370-1449)

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cherry Cobbler Day!

On this day in history: 1900 – The children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, is first published in the United States. The first copy is given to the author’s sister.

Tip of the Day

29 ways to use baking soda while RVing

By Gail Marsh
You know you have some. Your baking soda might be in the RV’s kitchen cupboard, or perhaps you have a box inside your RV’s refrigerator. I used to think that it was most useful for, well, baking. Or perhaps as a refrigerator deodorizer. You might be surprised to learn that there are many, many other ways you can use baking soda while RVing. Read on and you’ll see.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Heartland Torque T285 Toy Hauler

Tony writes, “I like this floor plan and this trailer, and a big part of that is the multiple reasons a toy hauler like this can be so accommodating. With a few exceptions, Heartland has done a good job with this trailer, including some of the build features…”

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For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Be cool this summer. Now use your RV air conditioner when you could never use it before. No kidding!

 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.

My RV’s fridge won’t turn on when using battery power. Why?

Dear Dave,
My RV’s fridge will not turn on when using battery power. What am I doing wrong? —Mark, 2015 Winnebago View

Read Dave’s answer

Cargo trailer RV conversions: What spurs the trend?

While the RV industry creates an ever-increasing number of unique floor plans, there is a whole community of people who just don’t find what they’re looking for on the floor of an RV showroom. There is a large community of people who have converted cargo trailers to RVs for a variety of reasons. We find out why. Get inspired here.

Reader poll

Do you routinely salt your food when eating?

Tell us here

RV TOOLS: Hundreds of tools specifically for RVers. Explore.

Quick Tip

Make your hide-a-bed more comfortable

Many people find hide-a-beds stashed away in the dinette or couch to be pretty uncomfortable. Here are two suggestions from RVers on making them a bit more bearable: First, unfold a sleeping bag onto the bed and cover with a sheet. The sheet holds the bag in place, making it a bit softer. Or, another RVer puts down a piece of 4″ memory foam over the folded out bed. When the foam isn’t in use, he stores it under, or on, the master bed.

Website of the day

40 of the Most Colorful Places to Visit in the United States
It’s the time of year when we crave color… enough of those winter browns and grays already! Here are 40 places to get your color fix.

And the Survey Says…

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

• 44 percent use a dedicated GPS to navigate, 29 percent use their phone’s GPS to navigate, and 5 percent use paper maps.
• 28 percent have moved from a campsite because of an undesirable neighbor.
• 21 percent say they have a chronic disease or disability that makes RVing challenging.

Recent poll: In the past year, has a parts shortage delayed a repair on your RV?

Recipe of the Day

Grilled Chicken a L’ Orange
by Chip Burrus from Glen Dale, WV

This grilled chicken is sweet, savory, and oh so delicious. The sweet and tangy sauce over warm, freshly grilled, juicy chicken breasts is wonderful. Add a fresh vegetable as a side for the perfect summer dinner.

Click here for the recipe

Don’t you love when we help you clean your RV? Well, when we suggest things like this we sort of are!


If you have prosopagnosia, you are unable to recognize familiar faces. It’s sadly true. People who suffer from this neurological condition are “face blind” and cannot process or distinguish differences between faces they see or interact with. There is no treatment for this disorder.

*Before surfer culture, who did “dude” refer to? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Roxy and Rusty along with Tiger (not pictured) love to travel on vacations, not full-timers. This was taken in Kerrville, Texas, a ‘spot’ we love to go. We had to get a pet ramp for my oldest one for our next travel. Any of y’all have to use a pet ramp? As they age, getting up six steps gets a little ‘ruff!'” —Patty Perkins

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 First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!

Leave here with a laugh

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1 month ago

Leave here with a laugh is one of the reasons we gave up tent camping. It was ok at first but by the time you get home you are like why on earth did we go in the first place. More to clean up then we first left. A reason we bought a trailer. Much easier.

Lil John
1 month ago

Let’s hear it for us 5 percenters! I love paper maps. Can find my way around just fine. Has nothing to do with being 75. 🙂

Dave H
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

Love it, I”m 77 and think the same.

1 month ago

Thank you “fur” putting our fur kids in the newsletter.
They have traveling with us since 2009, 2012, 2013.
Leaving for NC next week.

1 month ago
Reply to  Patty

So you’re the lucky “parents”! Love your matching pet couch! Also that you put in a pet ramp so your older pup could still travel with you (some would just leave him/her home)! You are obviously GREAT pet parents – you have lucky “kids”!

1 month ago

Prosopagnosia: My wife used to fly 4 or 5 times a year. When I went to the airport to pick her up and throngs of people would exit the shuttle I would always be in fear that I would not recognize her. The only picture of her in my head is the one of when I first met her. When I look into the mirror to shave, I am shaving my father’s face.

1 month ago

Quick thinking on TODAYS Thought. Shouldn’t this be in the header in every issue of RVT? From ink on parchment to cell phones and it seems that mankind evidently hasn’t changed all that much. Heck, it doesn’t take a cat or dog that long to train me.

1 month ago

Kudos on Today’s Thought as a follow up to the upheaval yesterday. As long as you always keep this one in mind, you’ll continue to publish content the majority will always appreciate.

1 month ago
Reply to  Julie

Thought the same thing as soon as I saw it. Good pick.

1 month ago
Reply to  Julie

If the majority appreciates that trash may their creator help them.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

Using the “Mystery Product of the Day”, I would think they could inhibit the free flow of air from your fan (or fans). Not a great idea.

The “trivia” thing is interesting. Though I have trouble remembering names of people I met yesterday, I can recognize faces from decades and decades ago.

1 month ago

The 40 Places neglected the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park in Michigan.
And the laugh of the day is hilarious.

1 month ago

We use a pet ramp for our elderly dachshund, Milo, to get in and out of our Class A.

1 month ago
Reply to  Gary

My 14 year loves the 8 foot ramp, the other two not so much. Tiger is 58 lbs, so we can’t carry him.

Betty Danet
1 month ago

Today’s Laugh cracked me up. There is usually an element of truth in hyperbole.

Glenn A
1 month ago

I’d like to add to your quote.

“You can please some of the people none of the time.”

Just look at yesterday’s comments for affirmation.

Michael Galvin, PhD
1 month ago
Reply to  Glenn A

“You can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself” — Rick Nelson (Garden Party)

1 month ago

As we all age, steps can be a challenge.

Dane Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

You got that right. At age 27 we built our two story house with the bedrooms up and the washer and dryer in the basement. I didn’t think much about steps then , but at 72 I think about them now. LOL

1 month ago
Reply to  Dane Smith

How true and wish now it was a ranch style.

1 month ago
Reply to  Skip

We built a one story house 25 years ago.. so happy we did.

1 month ago
Reply to  Patty

We are getting an elevator installed in our class “A”. Also have stock for sale for the Brooklyn bridge!