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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Issue 1893
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Today’s thought

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” ―Kurt Vonnegut

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Waffle Iron Day! (This is our favorite waffle iron.)

On this day in history: 1938 – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, are founded.

Tip of the Day

Tips for maintaining RV storage compartment hinges, locks and seals

By Gail Marsh
We put almost anything and everything inside our RV basement cargo compartment. Hoses, tools, lawn chairs, and more are safely stored inside. In order to keep this area dry and easily accessible, you need to perform some basic maintenance from time to time. Here are some tips for maintaining RV storage compartment hinges, locks and seals.

Inspect all components

Don’t wait for things to go wrong. At least every six months, inspect each storage compartment’s components on your RV. This includes the hinges, locks and seals. In between those careful inspections, pay attention to any storage hinge squeaks, stiff locks, and latches that seem loose or difficult to open/close.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Coachmen Apex Nano 186BH travel trailer—a good value

Tony writes, “There are a ton of trailers with this floor plan but this one stands out in a lot of ways. The lower overall height and somewhat narrow body mean it’ll tax whatever’s towing it a bit less just because there’s less wind resistance. I was pretty happy with the overall fit and finish and the materials use….”

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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.” 

Why is there no rear engine gas pusher Class A?

Dear Dave,
I don’t know if this is your area, but will ask anyway. I see many RV reviews about Class A motorhomes being a pusher, but always with diesel. Why don’t they make a pusher with gas? Naturally this would be for smaller class A’s. Looking to upgrade. —Jeff, 2016 30-ft. Gulfstream

Read Dave’s answer

Clear2O water filtration system: Clean water, compact size

By Tony Barthel
A few years ago I was camping in Quartzsite and the water was so horrible we bought a three-stage water filtration system for our RV. Our travel trailer has a “whole house” water filter, but the filters themselves are difficult to find and expensive so we have stopped replacing them. Like so many RVers, we basically had been using the typical blue in-line filter that we attach to the spigot. Clear2O (pronounced “clear two oh”) offered to send me one of their two-stage water filters to compare to what I bought in Quartzsite, so I decided to give it a try. Continue reading and see how this system compares to others. Oh, and watch Tony’s wife, Peggy’s, impressive blindfolded taste test results in the video!

Reader poll

Do you or your partner use a sleep apnea (CPAP) machine?

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The future is here. We repeat: The future IS HERE! This is way cool. Make sure you read the description so you understand all this can do! Amazing!

Helpful resources


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

Find those hidden ticks before they find you!

If you’re RVing in tick country and like hiking in the brush, you want to give ticks the “brush off” before they can latch onto your skin. Of course, you’ll have already doused yourself liberally with tick repellent before you set out, but on your return, the nasty critters can be hiding out on your clothing. Here’s the ticket: Use a lint roller over all clothing surfaces to snag the blood-sucking beasties before they can move. An idea snagged from Alexandra Sanches on pinterest.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

20 Best Picnic Games to Liven Up Your Next Outdoor Gathering
Even if you think you don’t want to play outdoor games, once you start playing we guarantee you’ll have fun. Try one of these games at your next picnic or BBQ or out at your campsite.

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Recipe of the Day

Sopaipillas (Mexican Dessert)
by Melissa Turner from East Moline, IL

If you have never had sopaipillas, stop now and make this simple dessert. Every culture has some type of fried dough recipe and this is the Latin version. The fried dough puffs up nice and fluffy. Once fried, they’re coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture and drizzled with honey. So simple and delicious!

Click here for the recipe

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The American Lifeguard Association estimates the current shortage of lifeguards is impacting one-third of U.S. pools. Bernard J. Fisher II, director of health and safety at the association, expects that to grow to half of all pools by August, when many teenage lifeguards return to school.

*What type of machine will you find hidden under Paris’ Louvre museum and what does it do? Find this interesting answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Willie is a Lab mix (10 yrs.) and Callie is Bearded Collie (7 yrs.). They are best friends and great traveling companions. We have had them both from pups. Our lives are enriched by their love and loyalty.” —William Brogan

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!

Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!

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Lil John
1 year ago

Waffle, waffle, waffle!!! My wife and I still use our waffle iron given to us on our
1st anniversary. That was 54 years ago. That’s when they made things to last! 🙂
Love them waffles!

1 year ago

Your MPOTD was way cool, however, I laughed at the prospect of Amazon offering a “reusable” notebook as a “subscription service” with a suggested reorder every month. LOL

1 year ago

The inline filters do not help with water in the fresh water tank when camping in State parks or boondocking!

Seb T
1 year ago

I like the lint roller idea for ticks. But, if I got that many ticks on the roller in one outing, I’d never go outside there again! Yuck, I hate ticks!

1 year ago

Jar-Jar Binks security light!

1 year ago

While discussing storage compartment locks, get rid of those common “751” locks. They provide no security to your stuff. Only keeps the door shut.

Bob M
1 year ago

To alleviate shortages of lifeguards, schools that have pools should offer free lifeguard training. Other organizations should do the same. When my son was around 15, we lived in a private community that offered lifeguard training. We paid for the training and he ended up getting a lifeguard job at fifteen with the Pa state park which paid more than minimum wage. Plus many other jobs wouldn’t hire him because of his age. He lifeguarded till he finished college.

Larry Lee
1 year ago

Oh my goodness! Where can I buy that security light?

Gayle V.
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

Too funny. I actually laughed out loud when I saw it. 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

I was thinking the same thing, I’m going to look around to see if I can find one!

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