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RV Daily Tips. Friday, May 27, 2022

Issue 1870
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

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ―Truman Capote


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Road Trip Day!

On this day in history: 1930 – The 1,046-foot (319 m) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.



Tip of the Day

The importance of an insert molding screw cover. Have you inspected yours?

By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
In my experience, one of the most missed items on an RV is the insert molding screw cover. This protective plastic covers the screws at the roofline edges as well as the vertical and horizontal side seams of all RVs.

Unless you visually inspect under the insert moldings, you will not see the potential for water damage until it’s too late.

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Today’s RV review…

Braxton Creek Bushwhacker 10HD – A traditional teardrop

Tony writes, “For the money, these are certainly a decent, garageable option whether you’re a young whippersnapper or someone in their 80s. I like what Braxton Creek is doing and, based on the number of their trailers I saw being loaded up at the factory, so do customers.”

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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.

How to override Schwintek controller and move slideout

Dear Dave,
Can you feature an article on how to bypass the Schwintek controller to electronically bring in (or out) the slideout when trouble is not fixable on the spot? I had to do this once with help from Tiffin. It was a lifesaver for me, until I was able to get home and fix it! This would be a huge help to all your readers. Thanks in advance! —Randy, 2016 Tiffin Allegro Open Road

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Free phone service helps hard-of-hearing – Good to know

By Kate Doherty
It’s not uncommon for us as RVers to be in a campground or RV park with poor cell reception. Many of us, too, have hearing aids. … If you have trouble hearing someone on the phone, whatever the circumstance, CaptionCall might be just what you need. Learn more about this nifty free service.


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Reader poll

Do you wear your regular, outside shoes inside your RV?

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Quick Tip

Why trailer weight distribution is so critical

Longtime RVer and RVtravel.com reader George Bliss flagged this YouTube video as a “must see” for our readers. It’s a truly graphic demonstration of what happens when you don’t keep enough weight over the trailer tongue. Watch the 30-second video here. Thanks, George!


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Martha Vredeveld
2019 Newmar Canyon Star 3722

“We are retired teachers and have been full-time for about a year. We love our rig named FANSI (Free Adventuring Nomads Seeking Inspiration). We have it set up just as we like it and we now consider it our home (hopefully, for the next 10 years or so). We have learned to live more simply and make every moment count. It has given us the ability to travel and see all the places we have on our bucket list. This is the lifestyle for us!”

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


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This will surely be a hole-in-one hit with whoever you enjoy it with! We’re sure of it.


NEW! On this day last year…


Website of the day

35 American Towns That Look Straight Out of Europe
If you want to feel like you’ve gone to Europe without all the hassle of flying there, these 35 towns right here in the states will do the trick!


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Clubs and useful organizations
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Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.


Recipe of the Day

Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos
by Lynette from Florida

If you like fish tacos with a little kick you will love these! The blackened seasoning on the tilapia is great. But the sour cream/jalapeno sauce on top is fabulous and makes the taco. The sour cream is what holds the fresh sauce together. Even if you’re not a fan of fish, we suggest trying these fish tacos. The tilapia has a very mild flavor. Delish!

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The U.S. ranks 13th for the fastest internet speeds (hey, that’s not that great). If you’re reading this up in Canada, your country ranks 33rd! In 2020, the country with the fastest internet speeds was Liechtenstein, followed by Hong Kong (not China), Denmark, Switzerland, then the Netherlands. See the full list here.

*What law came into play because of the U.S. fuel shortage in the 1970s? Hint: You probably already practiced it within the last 24 hours! Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We adopted Suzie at our local Humane Society. She is just over one year old. She will be camping with me on my next trip. Such a sweet and loving pet.” —Janet Blaes

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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This isn’t a laugh of the day, but it will surely make you smile! (click to enlarge)


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jillie
1 month ago

All I can say is this about the internet. Glad my phone has unlimited hot spotting because the RV televsion has no clue how to hook into the campsites wi fi. As for the lap top? Loves to boggle me when it decides to shut down for a spell.

Robert Champlin
1 month ago

Internet speed, what internet speed! We are full-timers, presently in Lubbock, TX, to attend our grandson’s high school graduation. We’re parked at Mesa Verde RV Park in Wolfforth. When we checked in the lady in the office told us the wifi was spotty at best. We have yet to be able to connect. Nice park, level gravel sites, two laundries, pool, good cable but it appears, zero wifi. This is a major university town! You would think all RV parks would want decent wifi. End of rant.

Linda
1 month ago

The conversation below about gig fiber made me LOL! And I understand gig fiber.

Bob p
1 month ago

Surprisingly as hi-tech as china is and they are so far down the list they almost fall off. Lol May be like Russia’s massive military strength just a paper tiger! China may be a paper dragon full of b.s. Root’n’Tooten Putin would’ve been much better off in the worlds eyes had he just stayed home and kept telling lies. Lol

Gayle V.
1 month ago

I’m happy to report that we have gig fiber in our county. There are 3 tiers, we have the slowest tier. We pay $50 a month for 250 mbps download and upload.

Last edited 1 month ago by Gayle V.
Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  Gayle V.

What’s gig fiber? Can anyone buy it and where?

Les
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

It’s a new cereal, supposed to be good for keeping you fast and regular.

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  Les

Yep, Les. Fiber is bran flakes. Gig Fiber is bran flakes with the raisins in it.

DW/ND
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

Fiber-Optic cabling installed underground by the local fone co. I would presume the “gig” is for gigabits or bites. I have the same package (@$49.) from CenturyLink in ND. Works pretty fast so far – but caution: It is “up to 250mbs”!

Dr4Film
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

Its proper name is Fiber Optic Internet. If available, it will be a buried fiber cable along the street or somewhere close. The service provider will generally offer various gigabyte packages depending on need and cost.