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RV Daily Tips. Friday, June 3, 2022

Issue 1875
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Today’s thought

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ―Margaret Mead


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

On this day in history: 1889 – The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.



Tip of the Day

How to protect your RV’s decals from fading and sun damage

By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
We all know that RV decals have a tendency to peel, crack, curl up and fade over time. It is unfortunate when this happens because it really takes away from the value of a travel trailer or motorhome. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this problem and help protect your investment.

One way is to avoid household and truck wash cleaners.

Every RV owner wants to keep their RV nice and clean. The best way to do this is to make sure you wash it with the correct products.

Continue reading


Today’s RV review…

2022 Wildwood FSX 169RSK travel trailer – Wow!

Tony writes, “What makes this so exciting? It’s essentially a smaller travel trailer that checks a lot of boxes with a few downsides, as with any RV. But what makes this special is that it’s a relatively small, light, narrow-body trailer that has a bedroom slide and real seating for up to four adults.”

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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.

My truck feels very light in the steering. Why?

Dear Dave, 
I have a 2022 F-150 with a front axle weight rate of 3,525 lbs. and a rear axle rate of 3,800 lbs. I am pulling a dual axle trailer that weighs 7,000 lbs. loaded. The truck’s actual weight with a full tank of gas and ready to roll (without my wife and me) is front 3,200 lbs. and rear 2,250 lbs. Weighing the truck with the load leveler hitch hooked up and adjusted level by my dealer, the weights are 2,850 lbs. front and 3,800 lbs. rear. This makes the truck feel very light in the steering and somewhat difficult to control in windy conditions. What would you recommend? —Dennis

Read Dave’s answer



Stinky tanks might need the popular “TubShroom”

One of the ways to keep your gray tank from becoming smelly is to minimize food waste that gets into it. Recently someone recommended using a TubShroom to keep things from going down the drain and this actually seems like a good idea. The TubShroom has been getting a lot of traction in advertisements on social media as a device that pops into your drain and keeps hair and food waste from going down the drain. There are various models depending on the size of the drain including ones for the shower and bathroom sink plus a Kitchen SinkShroom as well. Continue reading


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Quick Tip

Don’t bust your “batwing”!

One of the most common repairs for RVs is a damaged TV antenna. Whenever your TV antenna is up, hang your keys for the RV (motorized) or the tow vehicle (for trailers) on the antenna crank handle. This way it is impossible to leave without realizing the antenna is up. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101


“Why I love my RV”

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

From Jonathan Hopwood
2022 Winnebago EKKO

“This is our first RV, and we’re gobsmacked. It’s amazing! The four-season, off-road capability right out of the box, the unending power from the Ford EcoBoost 3.5L twin-turbo engine, the already-made beds, the small footprint that can park in a lot of regular parking spaces, the standard 450W of solar power… the list goes on. Dry camping is easy, full hook-ups are easy, exchanging or refilling either of the two onboard 20-pound propane tanks is easy… everything is easy. Even dumping (no pun intended) the cassette toilet in a campground vault toilet, or even an on-site sewer hook-up using a new invention, “The Americanizer,” that converts the cassette to use a bayonet connector, is easy. Did I mention the 50-gallon fresh water tank, and 50-gallon gray water tank? Believe me, I could go on. And I haven’t even started talking about how my wife and I have started to really come together as RV team members, which has enhanced our relationship. Our only regret is that this amazing contraption wasn’t available earlier, as this is the first model year.”

We’re all out of submissions! This will be the last day of this feature. Thank you to all of you (the hundreds and hundreds of you!) who have submitted your RV over the last several months. 



NEW! On this day last year…


Website of the day

Saddle Up for the Summer’s Best Wild West Festivals
Cowboys and cowgirls, listen up! These Wild West festivals all over the country look like an absolute blast! If you’re near any of these, you’re going to want to make sure to stop by for the festivities.


Clubs and useful organizations
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• 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.
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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

Chicken Salad With Fresh Peaches
by Gretchen *** from Columbia, TN

What a unique and fresh twist on chicken salad. Mixing mayo and sour cream create a yummy dressing. We never thought to add fresh peaches to chicken salad and we were in for a wonderful surprise. The peaches are sweet and mixed with the cucumbers give this salad a fresh feel. There are just enough red onions to add a bite but not be overpowering. Sprinkling the chicken salad with toasted almonds adds a fantastic nutty flavor. A refreshing summer salad to have on a hot day.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Reno is farther west than Los Angeles. It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true. Reno is located at 119°49’ West and Los Angeles is located at 118°14’ West.

*Can ravens talk? The answer will surprise you. Find it in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Here are my 30-year-old pets, Petrie and Sidney, that I hand fed when they were babies. As such they think I am their funny-looking mother. We go to the pet stores, lumber stores, TSC, and where pets are welcome. There they say ‘Hello’ to anyone. They especially like making people laugh. The cat, poodle and these kids all get along.” —Cliff Thomson

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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jillie
1 month ago

Staying at this campsite for the summer I encountered a woman who told me she had three birdcages with her pet parakeets. I told her I wasn’t surprised because everyone travels with their pets.

Lindalee
1 month ago

Love your pet parrots. I’m amazed that they get along with the cat. The dog I understand, the cat, not so much.

Elaine
1 month ago

Another addition to “The Summer’s Best Wild West Festival” would be Wild West Wednesdays at Hart Ranch Camping Resort in Rapid SD. It runs every Wednesday, June 29-Aug 17. Great family fun! Info can be found at http://www.hrresort.org under the Events tab. Been to many of these rodeos and highly recommend!

Roger B
1 month ago

Today’s thought is dead on the money. Unfortunately not where our educational institutions are at.

DW/ND
1 month ago

Hmmm. If I hung my keys on the batwing crank handle – I would have to have another note on the steering wheel as to where I left my keys! (Gettin’ old is fun – right?)

Lil John
1 month ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Isn’t that the absolute truth!

Alan Keller
1 month ago

I regret that I didn’t take the time to submit my “Why I Love My RV.” It’s one of my favorite sections. For those who have been looking for their “Is This Your RV?” picture to appear, I’ll offer encouragement to remain patient. I watched for mine for what seemed like a year or two, and low and behold, it appeared last month. I barely got the reply back on time, but RV Travel was true to their word and I got my Amazon gift card within a week. Keep on producing the best RV publication online.

Marty
1 month ago

I was very honored to be one of the last submissions for Why I ❤️ My RV. I too shall miss the feature.

Dan Kalm
1 month ago

I love that the dogs are in a wagoneer!

Thomas D
1 month ago

The puppy should be in the rear seat facing backwards.
Too small for front seat.

Charlie Sullivan
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Really? You actually think…oh never mind.

Judy Wiemer
1 month ago

How sad on “Why I love my RV” leaving the forum. This has been fun to see and read. Learning about other RVs out there has been interesting. I hope it comes back.

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

Me too, I like reading what people like about their rv.

Jack D Fetterman
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

ditto….

Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

It’s one of the first things I look for!

Gregory Brott
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

Ditto!!!

Les
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

Agreed. It would be nice to see what they paid for their RV too, seems like the more it cost the more it’s loved.

Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

Agree

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

I will miss “Why I love my RV”

Admin
Emily Woodbury(@emily)
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Hello, all! We’re sad to be discontinuing the “Why I love my RV” feature too. We’ve been asking for more submissions for the last month but sadly they’ve trickled down and now we’ve run out. If we had more submissions, we’d keep running it. Thanks to all who submitted–it’s been a fun feature! –Emily, RVtravel.com

Skip
1 month ago
Reply to  Emily Woodbury

Ok guys it’s time to bombard Emily with photos and your write ups only need 52 submissions for the year. I think Emily would do why I loved my RV for those that are not on the road but still follow RV Travel.

Spike
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

Jonathan’s post today with his Winnebago EKKO actually prompted me to look into that one more just out of curiosity. WOW…the engineers at Winnebago really had their thinking caps on for that one! Starting MSRP is scary, but that’s most all RVs nowadays.

I agree with those that will miss this feature, but if no one sends in submissions, not much that can be done.

Lil John
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

I, too, would like to see it continue. No “Clintoons”, no old postcards, and now no “why I love my RV”. The daily magazine is getting kinda thin. Not that we don’t love you guys!

Admin
Emily Woodbury(@emily)
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

Sorry, Lil John! Clint moved on to other things, we ran out of postcards and RVs… we’d keep it all up if we could! We’re always adding new columns though, so stay tuned. And if you have any suggestions, please let us know! 🙂 –Emily, RVtravel.com

Skip
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Wiemer

Ditto. Bring it back please!