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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Issue 1863
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Today’s thought

“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” ―A.A. Milne

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is No Dirty Dishes Day!

On this day in history: 1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.

Tip of the Day

Easy tip for draining fresh water tank: Add a hose end!

By Nanci Dixon
Here’s an easy tip for draining fresh water tank: Add a hose end!

As full-time RVers staying in different RV parks across the country, we have wondered where to dump fresh water when it is not so fresh and the system needs sanitizing.

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Today’s RV review…

Coachmen Freedom Express Select 20SE, a no-slide travel trailer

Tony writes, “This is a floor plan that, to me, is almost a throwback—and that’s not a bad thing. This 24’6” trailer has no slides and no windshield, and makes really great use of the space. You know, like vintage trailers used to do.”

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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.

One truck camper jack is weaker and slower than others

Dear Dave,
I am having trouble with my electric leveling jacks on my truck camper. They are working, but one of them seems to be getting weaker. Three of the four jacks are the same, but one jack (the weak, slow jack) has a different model number from the other three jacks. The weak jack is located on the driver’s rear side of the camper. I suspect that the previous owner damaged the original jack and had it replaced as there was also some damage to the back wall of the camper. I have removed the weak jack, lubricated the bearings, and checked all connections. Voltages delivered to the jack are within specs and the other jacks seem to be working well.

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RVing the U.S. Civil Rights Trail: Top destinations

Expand a National Parks bucket list by traveling the United States Civil Rights Trail. This has been an unprecedented year of social and political unrest. It is a year where the lessons learned should not be forgotten and one of the best ways to not forget is to learn more. There are more than 100 sites to visit on the Civil Rights Trail in 15 states, mainly across the south. Continue reading.

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Reader poll

How many animals travel with you on most of your RV trips?

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Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

A deduction about induction

In response to a tip on how to keep the inside of your RV cool when needing to cook in a pan or skillet, Rob Stewart puts in his two cents’ worth: “We have been using a portable induction cooktop. It is nearly 100% efficient at heating the pan and not the surrounding air. We also use it in the cooler temperatures because, unlike propane, it releases no extra water vapor into the coach.” Thanks Rob!

“Why I love my RV”

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

From Mike Heaser
2013 Newmar Mountain Aire

“We bought our Mountain Aire three years ago in preparation for our retirement, so at six years old it was less than half the cost of new. It is super quiet and smooth on the road and tows our full-sized pickup with ease. With four slides, it has an expansive inside with plenty of room for us and three dogs, and occasionally friends traveling with us. It is loaded with luxuries like heated tile floors, dishwasher, W/D, various lighting options, and powered shades. We’ve owned the gamut from tents on up over the years and this unit is the pinnacle for us.”

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Spot the difference! Okay, now spot the differience. No, really, spot the diffirence… Did you?

Website of the day

The best glamping in the USA
You can’t deny it… you’d totally trade your RV in for a night to stay at one of these ultra-luxe glamping locations, wouldn’t you? (We would!)

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Recipe of the Day

Chicken Apple Sausage One-Pot Dish
by Michelle Cory from Sheridan, WY

So easy and tasty, this one-pot dish is perfect when you want to throw together a quick meal. Chicken apple sausage makes this different from other recipes. It’s smoky, sweet, and savory all at once. The sweetness is slight but there. Almost very faint cinnamon which is amazing with the potatoes and cabbage. Everyone is going to ask for seconds.

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Alligators are smarter than you think! Researchers studying both alligators and crocodiles have discovered that the reptiles use sticks during nesting season as a lure for their prey. They were observed balancing bird-tempting sticks on their snouts, and then snatching up and grabbing a bird as it tries to swipe the stick for its nest. They even do it in the water with floating sticks! Impressive, huh?

*If you have prosopagnosia, what do you have? See if you can guess, then find the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Trixi loves to travel and loves watching the world go by from her favorite spot: the dashboard in the front windshield.” —Tyrone Olier

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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  1. Would never catch me in a tent after a disastrous camping trip we had 20 years ago. Much prefer my four walls and all the comforts of home.

  2. Tip of the day might need one more small mod……
    That installation is fantastic, and looks nice and shiney, but because it’s on the underside of any rig, there’s going to be lots of dirt and crud that could coat it while being exposed. I would maybe screw on a female attachment on the end, just to keep the threads nice and clean. Just a thought, but great job and nice photos documenting your project.

  3. In your readers poll on how many animals do you travel with, you forgot none. We like many do not travel with a pet.

  4. Trixi’s a beautiful dog. I just don’t think the dashboard is the best place for her to travel. You never know when something will happen that causes her to be thrown around and injured.

    • Our dog used to ride on the dash until someone pointed out the possible tragic error of my ways. Now she is allowed up there while camped but not when traveling.

      • Same with our dog, although we had to get sunscreen for him when the sun comes through the windshield, especially his nose.

    • Totally agree. Appears from picture in the lane of traffic at a stop light. What a horrific ending for Trixie, a beautiful dog. Pets should always be contained and secured during travel, for their own safety and best outcome.

    • In my home state-Pa.- all animals must be in crates or have some form of restraint for their protection. Fines are not cheap.


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