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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Issue 1868
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

“If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.” ―Ayn Rand


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

On this day in history: 1953 – The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston.



Tip of the Day

The best ways to ensure your RV’s fridge works properly

By Gail Marsh
“Hey, grab me a lukewarm beer from the fridge,” said no one ever! We rely on our RV fridges to keep our “cold ones” cold, right? Did you know that there are simple but important things you can do to ensure that your RV’s fridge works properly? It’s true. Read on and you’ll see.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Braxton Creek Bushwhacker Plus 15DS – an affordable “unicorn”

Tony writes, “Small camper. Dry bath. Affordable price. That’s not a combination you see very often, but it appears that the Braxton Creek Bushwhacker Plus 15DS is just that “unicorn” combination. … Overall this could be a great choice for a couple or a parent and child who want to get away now and then and have a nice way to do so. With an MSRP of about $20,000, that means dealerships may have them for much less than this—and that means a lot of value for the dollar.”

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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.

Can I just swap my RV’s Interstate batteries with lithium?

Dear Dave,
Can I just remove my RV’s two Interstate 12-volt batteries and install 2 new lithium 100 Ah batteries? —Paul, 2018 Cedar Creek Hathaway 5th wheel

Read Dave’s answer



What The Forecast?!! Laugh-out-loud weather app gives it to you straight!

By Tony Barthel
This week I want to talk something goofy. And, for those of you who might be offended by the use of words your mom told you not to say, this may not be the app for you. My wife has a weather app installed on her phone called “What the Forecast?!!” and while it isn’t nearly as useful as the NOAA weather app, it’s significantly more entertaining. The app allows you to see what’s happening outside your own window but with snarky and often NSFW (Not Safe For Work) descriptions of said weather. Click here to read more about this hilarious app.


Reader poll

How important to you is socializing with other RVers at campgrounds or RV parks?

Tell us here


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS

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


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
This is PERFECT for RVers! Leave your valuables in plain sight and nobody will ever know! How? Well, you’ll see!


Quick Tip

Where to put that stabilizer jack crank?

If your crank is creeping around in a storage compartment, you may find that when you need it most, it’s crawled to the middle of the compartment, just out of reach. Get yourself a couple “garage storage hooks” like these, screw them into an appropriate location in your basement storage compartment and hang that cranky crank (or anything else that gets away) where it’s in reach and can’t get away!


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Matt Siegel
2022 Fleetwood Discovery LXE

“Time on our RV trips is special. Our family can be together without distraction from everything in and around home. We talk, we walk, and we strengthen our connection. Reading, grilling, and enjoying s’mores around the campfire wouldn’t happen any other way. Our RV is awesome. It has all the comforts of home anywhere we drive. We’re travelers, not so much campers, so we enjoy everything our Discovery has. What do I love most about our RV? Everything!”

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



NEW! On this day last year…


Website of the day

The Great American Stations
This website is all about America’s beautiful train stations. Explore the stations and learn how you can be a part of building and maintaining great American train stations.


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Recipe of the Day

Ganache Filled Coconut Macaroons
by Susan Bartley from Beaverton, OR

We love macaroons! Rich, buttery, sweet, and filled with coconut flavor, these are delicious macaroons. Macaroons can be dipped in chocolate, but adding a super chocolaty ganache in the center just steps these up a notch. Once baked, outside these macaroons have just the right amount of crunch. Inside is chewy and delicious. A fancy, but easy-to-make, cookie.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Hidden cameras in photocopiers helped the U.S. gain access to Soviet secrets during the Cold War. In 1961, CIA agents realized that the Soviet Embassy was on lockdown and only high-clearance Soviets were allowed to enter or exit… except the Xerox repairman. They approached the Xerox VP with their idea: hide cameras in each copy machine to photograph every document that the Soviet clerks photocopied. The project was successful and tens of thousands of documents were viewed by the U.S., which helped them navigate the politics and conflicts of the Cold War.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Charlie is a ten-year-old Tibetan Spaniel mix who just loves to veg in his favorite spot on the arm of the couch. ‘Where are we going today, Dad?'” —Phil Wade

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!



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Brad G. Hancock NH
1 month ago

Regarding Tony’s weather forescast, we folks up here in New England like the Hillbilly Weatherman. Find him on YouTube. For you PC **********, this will more than likely offend you. But it’s a hoot.

Last edited 1 month ago by RV Staff
Dave
1 month ago

Hillbilly weatherman is really funny. Didn’t need the 3rd sentence.

David Stansbury
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Yes it did. It completes the thought.

Crowman
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Yes he did.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

I toned it down a bit for those folks who may be offended by Brad’s caveat about possibly being offended by the Hillbilly Weatherman. 🙄 –Diane

Tony Grigg
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

LOL! Thanks for your editorial judgment.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Thanks, Tony. Take care. 😀 –Diane

Joseph
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Diane – Was that the cold white stuff that melts ?😂

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Joseph

Yeah. Some of that stuff that Denver just got more of a couple of days ago. 😆 Have a good evening/night. 😀 –Diane

Jeff Craig
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Just shows that Brad is one of those folks who is better off at a ‘Members Only’ Country Club, where they can tell very off-color jokes and gossip about their ‘Good Christian Neighbors’. What he calls ‘PC **********’ is actually just the regular folks who follow Jesus’s very liberal teaching of taking care and thinking about the lives of our fellow humans.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Sorry, Jeff. If I bleeped his politically incorrect term, I had to bleep yours. However, others have filled in the blank anyway. (I feel like I’m going in circles.) Take care. 😀 –Diane