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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Issue 1872
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

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ―Lao Tzu

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Smile Day! Say cheeeeese!

On this day in history: 1790 – The United States enacts its first copyright statute, the Copyright Act of 1790.

Tip of the Day

These two great satellite apps make lining up satellite dishes easy

By Nanci Dixon
Here are two great satellite apps for lining up the satellite dish. Dish Align and SatFinder Lite have changed my RV setup time and lowered my frustrations. As we migrate to the tree-filled North from the tre-less Arizona desert, finding satellite signals on our dish becomes increasingly difficult.

Not to mention we have satellite overkill: a Winegard Trav’ler on the roof at the back, a motion satellite on the roof in front (that has never worked), and a portable satellite dish.

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Today’s RV review…

Northwood Arctic Fox Grande Ronde 28-5C

Tony writes, “Northwood is not the big daddy rabbit of RV makers and, with the cost of transporting RVs, they certainly have a West Coast ownership bias. But if you are in the market for a fifth wheel and you can take a look at these, please do. I really like the features you can’t see and also the ones you can.”

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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.

I get a 13.2-volt reading on house batteries. What should it be?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2017 Jayco Alante and I would like to know why, in testing my house batteries, I am getting 13.2 volts. I have been advised by the dealer I should be getting 13.6 volts. What is the correct number I should see on my voltage meter? —Dave

Read Dave’s answer

OMG! These jaw-dropping vehicles will shock you. How can they drive?

OMG! Our jaw was open the entire time we watched this video! How do some of these vehicles even move? These will shock you! Just when you think you’ve seen it all… A backward truck? A mobile living room? A boat… or a car? A train? Some of these are ridiculous! And look at that cow!! Moooooove over for that guy! And wait until you get to the part with the dragging RV… Check ’em out!

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Quick Tip

Help from above

Here’s some helpful info for those who own RVs. Highway Patrol recommends you put some type of logo on the sides and your phone number or logo on the top of your rig for helicopters to see. It gives you a better chance to recover it if it’s stolen. No one ever looks on the top of the trailer…

Thanks for sending this tip, Seann Fox! 

NEW! On this day last year…

Website of the day

See Jurassic Park Come to Life at These Amazing Dinosaur Fossil Parks
Take a look at the photos in this article—it’s hard to believe they’re real, but they are! It would be incredible to see these in person, especially if you’re traveling with kids or grandkids.

Oh, we’d pay good money to watch these in action! In fact, this could probably even become an Olympic sport! A very tasty Olympic sport…

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:

• 27 percent have replaced their RV’s carpeting.
• 14 percent say they enjoy hunting and do it often.
• 53 percent have never spent the night in a free casino parking lot.

Recipe of the Day

Ranch Pasta Salad
by Dawn Whitted from Spearfish, SD

If you love the flavor of creamy ranch dressing, then this pasta salad recipe is for you. Cucumber and tomato lighten up the salad and add some crunch. Ham and cheese not only provide flavor but make the pasta salad heartier. You can almost eat this as a meal. It will be perfect for your summer BBQs, potluck parties, and picnics. This was delicious right after we combined ingredients… but it was really delicious after it chilled for a while. We definitely recommend making this a few hours ahead of time.

Click here for the recipe

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If you’re into walking, hiking, bike riding, skiing or almost anything else outdoorsy, head to Canada. Canada has the largest network of recreation trails in the world.

*Why was Memorial Day once called Decoration Day? Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Casey is a spoiled-rotten Portuguese Water Dog. He loves to go camping and see/smell all the new places. He loves people but is not a fan of strange dogs running at him or jumping on him. (Well, neither am I.) We camp in either a mini-van, a cargo trailer semi-converted to a camper, or a 1995 Skyline Boomer, M2010 camp trailer. His preference is the cargo trailer as the rear ramp becomes an off-ground deck where he can lay and watch the world go by.” —Vickie McClellan-Benson

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

Hah! Perhaps the most convincing Amazon review… ever?

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Lindalee (@guest_185096)
1 year ago

Casey is a BEAUTIFUL boy! Aren’t we supposed to spoil our furbabies? I know mine (Chihuahua Mix) is also spoiled-rotten!

Mel Jones (@guest_185050)
1 year ago

I was turned off in today’s issue concerning the repetitive ad for 24 hour nonstop entertainment. I don’t think it has any place on an RV site.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Mel Jones

Sorry, Mel. It’s undoubtedly one of the ads which is auto-inserted by Google AdSense. We apologize. Those are usually selected by their program based on what someone has searched for on their computer, so we don’t have much control over what they post. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Car Terrain (@guest_185142)
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I like it

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Car Terrain

Thanks, Car. Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

Jeff Craig (@guest_185069)
1 year ago
Reply to  Mel Jones

Look for the ‘Ad Blocker Plus’ plugin for your browser. It strips out all those ads.
Just make sure you donate for the work RVT does!

Last edited 1 year ago by Jeff Craig
Megan Edwards (@guest_185045)
1 year ago

On the pet of the day he has a choice of 3 different types of RV’s (camping). Looks like they have choices for what is needed. How many people have more than one type? Good question for a survey. I also have 3 types 29-foot motor home, 29-foot travel trailer, and custom van plus tents.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_185014)
1 year ago

I really like the quick tip. I never thought of that. Cop cars have numbers on the roof, school buses have them, and many other commercial vehicles do too. I’m going to do this!

TIM MCRAE (@guest_185021)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I thought it was a great idea, too. But then I realized a hidden gps tracker on the roof will get your RV back much quicker.

I am mulling what would be a really cool logo for my roof. It would be like a tattoo only not permanent and not on my body!

Thom (@guest_185040)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

A logo on the roof would also be helpful if you needed to summon emergency medical help like a chopper.

Alan Wika (@guest_185060)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

When I was overseas, we carried a big sign with our radio frequency on the roof of our MRAPs (armored trucks). Because of the frequency-hopping feature of our radios, the bad guys couldn’t listen in but anyone overhead could pull us up. One time, we had some Apache Gunships call us up out of the blue one day on the road and asked us if we wanted a quick overhead gunship escort. Sure! One safer day!

Al Kemp (@guest_185011)
1 year ago

Under your new column ‘”On this day last Year” The article on “Tips” loosing a tire. An air impact gun can overtighten lug nuts to the point they will fracture and eventually break which is why I believe the wheel was lost. I carry a torque wrench with me using it initially then 200 miles later and periodically during the camping season. It works for me.

Stephanie (@guest_185008)
1 year ago

Re: “Leave here with a laugh”-Now that is a great review….But seriously, please provide the link to the leggings….asking for a friend.

Reggie (@guest_185035)
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephanie

YES!!! Need that link!

Debbie (@guest_185062)
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Google “Amazon review cory h” and all kinds of things come up including a link to the leggings.

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