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RV Daily Tips. Friday, May 20, 2022

Issue 1865
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, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” ―Stephen King


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Rescue Dog Day! We love you, rescue pups, and especially the ones waiting patiently for their forever homes!

On this day in history: 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.



Tip of the Day

It’s roll-out time for your RV awning. Is it ready?

With summer almost here, you may have already rolled out your RV awning. It’s a great addition to any RV, and with a little care it will provide many years of service. But just what kind of care does it need?

Find out here


Today’s RV review…

A few half-ton-towable bunk models

Tony writes, “Today’s RV review is very different in that I’m responding to a number of reader inquiries about half-ton-towable bunk model travel trailers.”

Take a look at all these bunk models! 

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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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.

 Why won’t our RV’s jacks retract?

Dear Dave,
We have a 2018 Newmar Sport with an Equalizer Leveling System. We’re having trouble with our jacks not retracting. We had to manually retract them twice, then discovered what appeared to be a loose wire. We thought we had solved the issue, but upon leaving our campsite a pulsing tone was coming from the jacks’ keypad. We had the same problem today when the jacks would not retract after the rig had been sitting (jacks down) for several months. What do you think may be going on? What might need to be replaced? —Pam, 2018 Newmar Sport

Read Dave’s answer


Top 10 campground pet peeves of RVtravel.com readers

By Nanci Dixon
In June of 2019, we published an article titled “Campground pet peeves – specifically, campground jerks.” At the end of the article, writer Liz Wilcox asked readers to vent about their campground pet peeves and “campground jerk” story in the comments. I read all 91 comments left by readers in search of finding out: What are the most common things you all are complaining about? Here are the top 10 campground pet peeves from RVtravel.com readers.



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Reader poll

How often do you shop in Dollar (type) stores?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Switch off breakers when plugging in your RV?

In response to a suggestion from our resident electrical expert, Mike Sokol, that it’s best to switch off pedestal breakers before plugging in your RV cord, Tommy B. wrote: “Although it makes good sense to turn off and on the circuit breakers when plugging in your RV, most breakers were not meant to be turned on/off under load. Breakers are made to do so and are marked SWD, but you will not know that because the mark is inside the box. That is why the breaker trips prematurely—the mechanism is worn out. They cost more, so the chances of having them are small.” Mike responds: “Yes, but in theory all manufacturer-built campground pedestals are supposed to utilize Switch-Duty (SWD) rated breakers. But I agree that in an older campground that may not be the case.”


????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
If you gave this as a gift to someone we’re guessing it may be their favorite gift they receive all year! You could put their RV on it! Or their dog!


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Gregory Brott
2016 Tiffin Phaeton 40AH

“My wife and I love our ‘Roughing it Smoothly’ coach. It has allowed us to visit places in this beautiful country and meet people we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Our coach is easy to drive, easy to set up and has the amenities we like, whether at a full hookup campsite or boondocking. We call it our 400-square-foot ‘Marriott on wheels.’ The photo I have included is a Harvest Host location while boondocking at Indigeny Reserve Ciderworks and Distillery in Sonora, CA.”

If you’d like to see this feature continue, tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.


Website of the day

PlugShare
As electric vehicles become more popular, so do charging stations. PlugShare shows you every charging location around the country – there are a lot more than you think!



Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.


Recipe of the Day

Spaghetti Salad with Balsamic and Basil Dressing
by Gretchen from Columbia, TN

This pasta mimics a Caprese salad, so if you love those flavors you’ll adore this salad. With fresh tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and basil it just screams summer. We love how the pasta soaks up the tangy balsamic flavor from the dressing. This will be a great side or even a light meal on a hot summer day. For a beautiful presentation, serve on a platter with some fresh basil torn on top and impress your family and friends.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The most manufactured drink in the world is… what? Coffee? Tea? Alcohol? Soft drinks? If you guessed tea, you’re right! Tea is not only the most produced drink in the world, but its production is actually equal to all other processed drink types combined (think alcohol, coffee, soft drinks, etc.). That’s a lot of tea!

*What is the official time zone of the South Pole and why? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Our Yorkies, Kanga and Roo, love to travel in the motorhome and explore new places.” —Malcolm Belisle

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!



Leave here with a laugh


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Linda
1 month ago

My answer for Leave Here With a Laugh: It’s trying to remember all your passwords!

Mike Johnson
1 month ago

The part of the brain that used to store phone numbers is now used for passwords.

GWM
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike Johnson

I”ll drink to that! Tea of course…

Jeff Craig
1 month ago

Can’t recommend PlugShare enough! Have a friend with a Nissan Leaf, and this app let’s you know just how many places you can ‘fill up’ at. Now, if only ‘Carbonizers’ and thieves would stop damaging some of these stations. Pretty maddening when you roll up to plug in, and find the charge cable damaged or some jack-wagon in a lifted F350 is taking up four spots.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jeff Craig
Dr4Film
1 month ago

If your 50-amp or 30-amp RV is equipped with a Progressive Industries EMS system, such as the EMS-HW-50C or the 30-amp equivalent EMS-HW-30C, there will be NO load on the circuit breaker at all until the device check out ALL aspects of the incoming power for quality prior to closing the relay allowing power into your RV. That delay can be 15 seconds (factory default) or 136 seconds (remove jumper) before any power is supplied to the RV. I highly recommend installing a Progressive Industries EMS System into any RV as it also has 3580 Joules of Surge Protection. You can thank me later!

Tony Madia
1 month ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

I have the hard wired Progressive HW 50C and am aware of when plugging into the outlet not to worry if it is on but what about unplugging the connection, should I turn off the circuit breaker before unplugging?

Tim Bear
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Madia

YES!

Rick
1 month ago

I wonder what the part of my
brain that used to store
people’s telephone numbers is doing nowadays?

Trying to remember passwords!

Lisa Adcox
1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

That’s funny but so true.

Tom H.
1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

True! And it’s not doing as good a job as it used to…

Kilted Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

Straining to remember the names of the faces before you in an awkward moment when they greet you with your name and you respond some innocuous statement you think landed…but you really believe they are thinking…HE CAN’T REMEMBER MY NAME AND I JUST SAW HIM A MONTH AGO!🤔🤫😔

Sherry
1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

Oh my gosh that is rich. Yesterday I had to fill out my parents phone number on a form and forgot it. I told them you will never see me say “Siri call mom” again.

Diane
1 month ago

Adopt, don’t shop. Great advice when it comes to finding your next furry (or feathered) friend!