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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Issue 1878
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Today’s thought

“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.” ―Henry Miller

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Best Friends Day!

On this day in history: 1912 – Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures.

Tip of the Day

Keeping an RV travel journal will prove to be incredibly helpful

Keeping an RV travel journal may sound silly at first, but it can be so helpful for many things later on down the road. Like…

Why keep an RV travel journal?

  • To remember. No matter your age or health condition, you cannot remember everything that happens as you travel. Photos are helpful, but unless you make specific notations, some details will slip your mind over time. A journal keeps the most important trip events, feelings, and places chronicled forever.
  • To advise. Family members and friends may well want to visit the places you’ve experienced. You can give them specific recommendations for restaurants, lodging, and sights to see if you’ve kept track of these in your journal.
  • To reflect. Looking back through a travel journal will give you insights into your state of mind, physical health, and preferences during certain times in your life. A journal can potentially catalog your personal growth as you move through life.

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Today’s RV review…

Grand Design Reflection 312BHTS—It’s big

Tony says this is “…a very large travel trailer that has the floor plan you might expect in a fifth wheel but in a travel trailer. So why not just get a fifth wheel? Well, there are a lot of reasons…”

Read more

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

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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.

What do I do about an E05 OL error code on Xantrex inverter?

Dear Dave,
When not on shore power or generator, I turn on the Xantrex 1800 XM PRO inverter to run the residential refrigerator. When I turn the inverter on, I get an E05 OL code. I have turned off the main breaker (again, with no shore power or generator) and I still get the E05 OL code. What do I do next? Thanks. —Bill, 2015 Thor Miramar

Read Dave’s answer

Inexpensive device stops dangerous RV propane leaks

As an RVer, the last thing you want is propane leaking into your RV’s living space. It can be deadly. Every year such leaks result in RV fires and, sadly, the death of RVers who breathe the deadly gas, sometimes while sleeping. The GasStop will prevent this. Continue reading about this potentially lifesaving device here.

Reader poll

When sleeping with a partner, do you prefer sleeping on the right or left side of the bed?

Tell us here

Helpful resources


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

“Hold on, Honey. The future is calling.” These are futuristic (cool!), all right.

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Quick Tip

Pull test for safe fifth-wheel hitching

Reader Jeff sends along a good safety reminder: “Upon hitching up, you should raise landing gear slightly and do a short test pull to ensure the king pin is securely locked into the hitch. It is a practice used by truck drivers (like myself). If for some reason the king pin isn’t securely locked in and slides out, your landing gear will prevent the trailer from dropping on your tailgate. That is why you see trucks with the tailgate smashed or crunched. Sometimes you may not have a good connection or get into a situation called high pinning, where the king pin doesn’t completely lock into the hitch and slides out when you drive off, even though the jaws appear to be locked. Hooking up a fifth-wheel correctly and securely is critical to safe travels.” Thanks, Jeff!

NEW! On this day last year…

Website of the day

30 Best Camping Recipes to Try on Your Next Outdoor Trip
If you know The Pioneer Woman, you know she’s hard not to love. And her recipes are always delicious! Comfort food at its finest. Here are her 30 best camping recipes. You’re going to want to start cooking right after you read this!

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Recipe of the Day

Grilled Salmon, The House Special
by Greg Appel from Sunderland, MD

Salmon tends to be a little on the strong side, but the marinade really mellows out the flavor in this recipe. Slightly sweet and tangy, it’s really good! We think this salmon recipe could convert even people that don’t care for salmon. Grilling outside added a little smokiness, but cooking it on an indoor grill is great too. You can definitely make this simple salmon recipe year-round.

Click here for the recipe


Japan has the most vending machines per capita. The ratio of vending machines to people in Japan is 1:23.

*If nail polish debuted in the mid-1920s, how many American college women were wearing it by 1931? Take a guess, then find the percentage in yesterday’s trivia.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We are full-timing in our RV and our lab, Holly, just loves her fireplace.” —Laura Smith

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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Ain’t it the truth!

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26 days ago

I have a computer that when I upgraded kept the old one, cleaned it out and then added photos to each year we did something in. I also have shutterfly that I made photos books out of and yes, that is our RV travel log journal. This year I am doing the same thing as I do a work kamping job out of Maine. This will be the summer to remember. Everything going wrong instead of right.

28 days ago

Wish your videos on baking were continued to the very end and not cut off for next one.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
27 days ago
Reply to  Brenda

Hi, Brenda. We don’t set those videos up. They’re from Just a Pinch. However, I noticed if you’re watching a video in the little inserted screen to the right, after a few seconds they give you the option of “Next” or “Stay.” So if you click on Stay, it will probably show the video to the end. I hope that’s helps. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Jeff Arthur
28 days ago

Actually the most likely rv screwdriver would be a Robertson tip .
Other than that that jokes been around a while in different renditions : left hand/right hand versions among others

28 days ago

The $3.99 screwdriver is the one sold at Camping World. The other one is from the local big box store. Of course CW will give you a 10% discount if you are a member.

Brad G. Hancock NH
28 days ago
Reply to  Bob

The ONLY thing Camping World gives me is heartburn.

David Stansbury
25 days ago

Ha! Me too!

Bob p
28 days ago

To go along with Jeff’s pull test you want to make sure your hitch is at the right height to mate up with the 5th wheel in the truck bed. I saw a situation where the trailer kingpin went over the 5th wheel and dropped on the front of the 5th wheel due to the nose of the trailer had been elevated to level the trailer and the owner forgot to lower it before hooking up. I used a length of sash chain the right length to align the hitch, it easily stored in the back of the kingpin box, just drop it out and raise or lower the trailer until it touches the ground and you are at the proper height to hookup.

Jack D Fetterman
28 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

I do the same with a wooden pole… great! Your chain would be hands free and easier to store. Gonna rethink my pole.

Steve Minor
28 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Another way to get your kingpin at the right height, when you unhook on level ground. Put a cheap stick on level beside the landing gear switch for a reference to show level, then when hooking-up just raise or lower the trailer to show level and you should be ready to hook-up then do the pull test. Just keep your mind on what your doing and double check what you did!!! It’s soooooo much cheaper, and safer!

Tom B
28 days ago

Your “Leave Here With a Laugh” forgot one:

The “Military Grade” screwdriver (bought by the government)
It’s $6300.00 with a 27 week lead time.
(and that was the LOWEST bidder….!)

It’s funny, because it’s TRUE.

Anybody who is impressed with the term “Military Grade” was obviously NEVER in the military!

Russ W
28 days ago
Reply to  Tom B

Exactly! I chortle every time I hear “military grade” used to sell something

27 days ago
Reply to  Tom B

But you also get a 500 page Data Pack with it too !
FACT: The data pack for the F4 fighter aircraft weighed more than the airplane itself !

Wayne Caldwell
27 days ago
Reply to  Bd2

Remember, when the weight of the paperwork exceeds the weight of the airplane, the airplane will fly.

Tommy Molnar
28 days ago

The screwdriver illustration is the same for motorcycle and boat gear. All you do is change the name designation, double the price (or more!), and you’re good to go.

Gary Broughton
28 days ago

Tugging on your hitch is something I always did. Worked several years in campground and have seen twice where someone dropped their 5er on their pickup. One guy had done it twice from the looks of his pickup bed.

28 days ago

From the Tug Test article, high pinning is not, “high pinning, where the king pin doesn’t completely lock into the hitch and slides out when you drive off, even though the jaws appear to be locked.” High pinning is when you have come in with the nose of the trailer too high and the pin rides up over the top of the hitch. It will then slide off when the tow unit is moved, as it wasn’t even in the hitch, and the jaws had no chance to engage around the pin. This only occurs with a fifth-wheel. There can be a similar situation with a tow-behind, if the hitch isn’t correctly sitting down on the ball. In that case, you may lock the hitch with the lever, which will keep the ball from seating. In this case, you may be able to move the trailer and start down the road, but the trailer may come loose at the first hard bump.