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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, June 23, 2022

Issue 1889
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

“I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.” ―Joshua Slocum


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hydration Day! Go drink some water! (Please.)

On this day in history: 1960: The first contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S.



Tip of the Day

Mod your RV for comfort

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Awhile back, a couple new to RVing spent a dismaying weekend scouting out an RV show. Rig after rig they visited, and it seemed all of them were lacking in one big thing: comfort. Is it possible to RV and be comfortable?

Find out here


Today’s RV review…

East To West Alta 2600KRB Travel Trailer

Tony writes, “If you’re a company that makes this floor plan, how do you differentiate your product? If a prospect comes into the dealership, what factors are you using to differentiate yourself from the others?

“Those are the questions I was asking myself when seeing the East To West Alta 2600KRB, which is a couple’s larger camper that features a bathroom at the rear of the trailer and a bedroom in the front. In between those two is an ‘L’-shaped kitchen across from a dinette, and theater seats across from the TV.”

Click here

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Ask Dave

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

What is the best method to insulate my Class C RV’s front cap?

Dear Dave,
I would like to add additional insulation to the nose cone over the cab in my Winnebago Aspect to reduce the amount of heat behind the forward cabinets. What would be a good choice of insulation to fill in the space behind the cabinets? Currently there are only wire harnesses just laying over the cab top, so I don’t believe there is an issue with covering them. During the summer months the interior cabinets get very warm. —George, 2017 Winnebago Aspect 27K

Read Dave’s answer



An important guide to getting medical help while on the road

One thing many RVers don’t plan for is getting sick while traveling. So, what happens if you or a travel buddy need medical care while on the road? How can you find a good doctor or get the quality medical help you need? Find out here.


Reader poll

Is your RV your only “home”?

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?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
We bet if you put this on the door of your RV it would prevent burglars… or your mother-in-law… or really anybody from ever entering. Ha!


Quick Tip

Some things you might forget to oil…

Steps — If you don’t oil these frequently, they will start sticking and not go all the way in or all the way out. Leveling jacks — These are expensive to replace, so crawl under your RV and spray all sides of the shiny cylinder at least once a month. Slide gears — If you don’t keep these oiled, they will stick or put a heavy load on your motor. Slide motors are expensive to replace. And, of course, grease the chassis when you change the oil. Handles on the storage bins. Entrance door latch and handle. Recliner — An occasional spray of silicone will keep it operating smoothly and quietly. Put a piece of cardboard under your recliner before you spray the silicone and leave it overnight so any excess oil won’t end up on your carpet. Even if you have tile or hardwood floors, it’s still a good idea to keep oil off of your floor. Driver’s seat and the co-pilot’s seat — including all of the cables and controls. I’m sure you will find other things that you can spray. Go for it. Yes, I carry WD-40 with me, but I normally don’t need it as long as I keep things moving freely in the first place by spraying everything regularly with silicone spray. And by spraying everything I don’t have to listen to squeaks, either. From — RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget  Available on amazon.com.



On this day last year…


Website of the day

20 Best Trail Mix Recipes
Trail mix and summer go hand in hand, and now that it’s summer, it’s snack time! Check out these 20 recipes from The Pioneer Woman for making trail mix at home. They’re easy and delicious!



And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• It’s a tie! 50 percent of readers would rather fly than be invisible, but the other 50 percent would rather be invisible than fly.
• 8 percent have been paid to play a musical instrument somewhere.
• 44 percent carry a printer with them in their RV.

Recent poll: Do you agree with this statement: “With an RV you can go where you want when you want”?


Recipe of the Day

Blueberry BFF Coffee Cake
by Laurie Lenartowicz from Livingston, TN

An easy, moist, and delicious coffee cake. The blueberries are tart and add a touch of sweetness. Overall, this cake is not overly sweet with just the right amount of sugar. Each bite just melts in your mouth. The topping is crunchy, buttery, nutty, and sugary – making the coffee cake even better. It will go perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

In 2021, there were 8,619 wildfires in California that burned almost 2.6 million acres.

*The cost of living in the United States is more expensive than ___ percent of countries in the world? Guess the percentage and then find the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“‘Dextr climbed his own Half Dome.’ We were in Yosemite National Park in the Wawona Hotel parking area. Dextr is a Cocker Spaniel/Chihuahua mix (Mom was a 7-pound Chihuahua and Daddy was a full-size Cocker Spaniel). He loves camping, sitting by the campfire and snuggling with his human mama.” —Jim Van Riper

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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wanderer
8 days ago

Good luck with that ‘spray everything with silicone’ plan. It permanently stained the small hatch doors on my rig.

Spike
8 days ago

From the “tips” for Leveling jacks it says to “spray all sides of the shiny cylinder at least once a month.”

HWH does not recommend this…or if you do, to immediately wipe it off.

Net, as with all maintenance, read your specific manuals for YOUR RV. Follow those maintenance requirements regarding frequencies and what kind of, if any, lubrication to use vs a generic recommendation from someone that might not be correct.

Robert Champlin
8 days ago

At a Vanleigh rally, Lippert conducted a seminar and the technician said not to spray anything on your leveling jack shafts. Just wipe them down with a clean rag before operating.

Bob p
8 days ago

On the quick tips, I wouldn’t use any oil based lube on anything except the leveling jacks. Everything else listed is just asking for dirt accumulation, especially things outside. WD40 leaves an odor, heavy duty silicone is far better.

Brenda S
8 days ago

Where can I find the list of stolen RV’s? I’ve read them on here but can’t find them.

Dr4Film
8 days ago
Reply to  Brenda S

Sunday’s RVTravel Newletter usually has them.

Cecilia
8 days ago
Reply to  Brenda S

Type in “stolen rvs” in the search bar at the top of the newsletter and you will see them.