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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Issue 1888
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

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” ―Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451”


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Kissing Day! Pucker up!

On this day in history: 1942: The Pledge of Allegiance is formally adopted by the U.S. Congress.



Tip of the Day

Using ketchup to clean your RV’s BBQ grill, plus other tips to keep it like new

By Gail Marsh
Everyone loves to use it, but very few of us like to clean it. What is it? A BBQ grill. This trusty workhorse helps RVers enjoy yummy burgers, steaks, and hot dogs all season long. And that’s exactly why we all need some tips, tricks, and hacks to easily clean our RV’s BBQ grill.

(And, yes, Gail really does use ketchup to clean her grill—and it works!)

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Lance 1995 Travel Trailer—worth it

Tony writes, “These aren’t cheap, but the people who have them seem to really like them. Plus, I see a lot of Lance trailers that are older that still look to be in great shape. Further, the voices I hear on social media seem to reflect that these are better built than most trailers.”

Click here

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

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Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.” 

Should vinyl plank flooring in RV be glued down?

Dear Dave,
We’re wishing to refloor the RV and intend to use LVP (luxury vinyl plank). The design seems to be snap planks. Is it better to glue them down, or just rely on the snap system to hold it all in place? —Tom, 2012 Phoenix Cruiser 2552

Read Dave’s answer



RV jacks won’t retract? Try this

By Kate Doherty
It’s time to pick up and move to a new adventure! The weather is perfect, it’s mid-week, there’s little traffic. Time to bring the slides in and raise the leveling jacks. The panel lights keep blinking and not switching to “travel mode.” I go outside. “Hey, the @#$& jacks aren’t coming up! They started, but stopped short.” Continue reading for a solution, in case this happens to you.


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Helpful resources

CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
CURRENT SMOKE AND FIRE REPORT
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.


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Quick Tip

Towing capacity and axle ratios

Whenever you are determining the towing capacity of a vehicle make sure you know the rear axle ratio. It is quite possible to have the same type and size of vehicle with the same engine and tow ratings vary by several thousand pounds. The axle ratio is a comparison of how many times the drive shaft rotates versus the rear wheels. A 4.10:1 axle ratio means the drive shaft rotates 4.10 times for each rotation of the rear wheels. The higher the numeric value the better the vehicle will tow. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Travel Montana Now
If you suddenly found your Yellowstone plans canceled, check out this website for other things to do in beautiful Montana.



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Recipe of the Day

Stuffed Green Peppers
by Natalie Loop from Hudson, MI

A fantastic old-fashioned stuffed bell pepper recipe how grandma would make it. The combination of beef and pork gives these peppers a slightly different flavor profile. This is a satisfying dish. The combination of cheese inside the pepper and on top is perfect. Easy enough to cook any time, but they could easily be served for a special dinner.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The cost of living in the United States is more expensive than in 89% of countries in the World (11 out of 92), according to the website Expatistan.com.

*Yesterday we debunked a popular trivia myth (that we fell for!). Read it here.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Willow is our 5-year-old Havanese. She loves all the trips we take in our trailer. In the picture, she is relaxing in her travel bed as we move along to our next camping adventure. Willow especially loves to be outside on good weather days, going for walks, and getting treats from anyone who is willing to give her one.” —Pauline Brookover

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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Wait… Does the RV industry do the same thing? So is that the problem?!


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cee
8 days ago

Website of the Day: Travel Montana Now. I clicked on the link to see what they had to show and say about my state. One of the pictures beside the topic, Where To Stay In Montana shows the lobby of the Yellowstone Inn at Old Faithful in the Park which is in Wyoming. Yikes, several layers of folks were not paying attention to the finished product whether it was Montana or whoever Montana contracted. Don’t know how they missed that, it was glaring to me.

Scott R. Ellis
8 days ago
Reply to  cee

They didn’t “miss” it. In reality there is nothing of tourism-industry significance in the parts of the park that are actually in Montana. For tourism purposes, we claim all of it. Wyoming? Sure, check it out on your way home. 😀

Tony Thornburg
9 days ago

I too have had the slow levers in my RV. I cleaned and lubed with dry silicone. I’ve pride and flush the system,I would start driving before they were up.The last resort before replacing cylinders was to crack the the lines loose and relieve the hydraulic pressure.

Scott Ellis
9 days ago

The “Trivia” item would have been more useful–and less of an invitation to political trolling–had it also included our relative ranking in per-capita income, in which we are about 13th of almost 200.

Last edited 9 days ago by Scott Ellis
Tony Grigg
9 days ago

Politics creeping in again. Let’s not go there, please, folks.

Joe
9 days ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Unfortunately certain political policies and ideals greatly effect the RV, camping, traveling, and etc industries. In fact Camping World, the National RV Dealers, RV Manufactures, and others employ lobbyists to represent them in Washington. If we end users which some of us are retirees and on some sort of a fixed income are not calling and writing our representatives (I do) and communicate amongst ourselves about issue’s effecting us then we can kiss our lifestyle away due to being priced out especially now with the the price of fuel and the price going forward.

Gary Reed
9 days ago

We love the photo of Willow AND she is a twin for our Bailey! When my husband showed me the photo I asked him when did he take that photo of Bailey???😁 then I realized she is in a grey seat and ours is black!

Tommy Molnar
9 days ago

“Leave here with a laugh” is a crackup!

Roger Worley
9 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Isn’t it the truth!!

Bob p
9 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

That modern employees today.

Jeff Buckley
9 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Not my job to cut the hole, I only put on the vent.

Dan Kruger
9 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Buckley

I’m a retired carpenter and I can’t tell you how many repairs I’ve done that were sh*t workmanship…..sad….and cost too much to go after the person who did it…..grrrrrrr..

Tom
9 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Buckley

They just told me to put vent on the roof using these screws.

Bd2
8 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Buckley

I noticed mine covered up a few months after the job [summer]. Got into attic [which was really hot] and cut it out with my razor knife. Checked another and it was “only” half covered and cut it out too. Short job but sweated off a lot of poundage getting it right.