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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, July 7, 2022

Issue 1899
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.


Today’s thought

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” —Babe Ruth


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

On this day in history: 1947 – Aliens landed near Roswell, New Mexico. At least that’s what some locals believe. But the government says, no, they were not aliens, just a weather balloon that crashed. Today, Roswell celebrates the historic day with a UFO museum and street lights shaped like aliens.



Tip of the Day

Here’s an easy, cheap trick to keep outdoor cords and chargers dry

By Nanci Dixon
It has been raining almost every night here in Minnesota this year and I need to charge my eBike. The bike is covered, the extension cord plug is well under the motorhome and the charger is tucked under, too. I thought my chargers would stay dry…

The next morning I found my charger wet, covered with mud and sitting in a puddle. Well, that’s not good! I immediately shut the power off at the pedestal and wiped the charger off.

The charger needs to be outside and near the bike, but it couldn’t stay like this if it was going to keep getting wet. I needed a solution…

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Today’s RV review…

Forest River Surveyor Legend 276BHLE—tall ceilings and neat storage

Tony writes, “This floor plan is just different enough that it really fixes some of the issues with mid-sized bunk model trailers. Someone can be seated at the breakfast bar enjoying a meal while others can be seated on the couch watching TV. There’s also the dinette, of course. … Overall, it’s a good design in many ways with some standout features that could make a difference to some.”

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Ask Dave

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

Why do I need supplemental brakes for a light toad?

Dear Dave,
I had my Class A coach weighed and even loaded we were 6,000 pounds below the allowable vehicle weight. My tow vehicle, a Mini Cooper, weighs about 3,000 pounds. Given that even with the tow vehicle I am below the allowable weight, why do I need separate tow vehicle brakes? In other words, is the inertia more if the extra weight is pulled vs. if it were in the motorhome? I am just questioning the science, not the fact that some states may require tow vehicle brakes. Thanks! —Phil, 2022 Newmar Dutch Star 4081

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So you want to sell your RV? Here are the best places to sell, and why

Whether you have had it with crowded campgrounds, have discovered RVing is just not for you, or are looking to upgrade or downsize, you might be asking: “Where’s the best place to sell my RV?” Let’s find out. Read this list (and bookmark it!) and learn all the possibilities you have when listing your RV for sale.


Reader poll

Do you call your spouse or significant other “Honey”?

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Quick Tip

More on sewer hose stink

Paul R. has another thought on smelly sewer hoses, responding to a suggestion it be stored in a storage box. “Rather than taking up a lot of room with a large container that gets stinky, I put end caps on my slinkys so they are sealed when not in use. My motorhome has a storage tube for one, and I carry two others in a cross-body storage area in rain gutter-type supports. Keep the stinky in the slinky!” Thanks, Paul!


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Oh, come on! It doesn’t get crueler than this! This would be absolute torture (but pretty funny if you were the one watching…).


Website of the day

10 Places To Visit Where You Can Always Beat The Heat In the U.S.
Are you hot? So are we. Let’s check out one or two of these cool places in the U.S., shall we?


You still have until midnight (Pacific time) tonight to vote in our second photo contest. See the photos and vote here.


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:

• 42 percent have never had a dream about falling.
• 60 percent say they had a business as a kid.
• 8 percent say they are never satisfied with what they have, they always want more.

Recent poll: How many times have you ‘boondocked’ on public lands for a week or more outside a designated campground?


Recipe of the Day

Easy Healthy Inside-Out Burrito
by Amanda A. Becker from San Jose, CA

A flavorful guilt-free dinner. The garnishes in this recipe are a must. They bring together the whole dish. There’s a little kick from the enchilada sauce but nothing overpowering. It’s everything you love about a burrito without the tortilla. If you can’t find Trader Joe’s corn salsa, use a small can of corn and mix with your favorite salsa.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Next time you’re in New York City’s Central Park, look at the lampposts. On each of the park’s 1,600 cast iron lampposts, there is a four-digit code. The first two digits are the closest cross street (like 79 for 79th street, for example) and the last two digits tell you which side of the park you are closer to, the east or west side. Even numbers mean you’re closer to the east side, and odd numbers the west.

*Which state has the highest number of speeding tickets, and what’s the percentage of drivers having one? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Zoe, a Black Lab, is my new addition after having to send my best friend to Heaven. Oh, the joys of owning a puppy.” —Pete Andros

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!


The handiest lights you’ll ever have
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.


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jillie
30 days ago

We sent told our daughter after staying with us for 2 weeks to make sure you take your dog with you because having an energetic 4 year old was a lot with 2 seniors who are couch potatoes. Its been a quiet week since they left. As for the inside out burrito? I also suggest Rotel which is the tomato mix for Mexican. I found I had all the ingredients in my RV. So dinner tonight is inside out burrito. I also found pumpkin in the pantry. No idea how it got there so dinner this week is creamy pumpkin sauce with spaghetti. A salad to go with it. Need to get the fridge cleaned out.

Lindalee
1 month ago

The joys of owning a puppy LOL! I got it! Someday THOSE ‘joys’ will go away and leave room for many years of the real joys!

Roger lee lyle
1 month ago

great choice for the pet of the day.We also have a black lab and a laberdan.wonderful pet, great companions.

Jim
1 month ago

I’ve owned a couple different brands of ebikes and know of others who have different models. In all cases the battery detaches which allows recharging inside. If you are shopping for an ebike make sure it is detachable.

ELLIE
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

Hello, I,m looking for an ebike, which brands have the best value, functions.? Is a folding bike best for seniors with handicaps? Thanks.

Jim
1 month ago
Reply to  ELLIE

Ellie ~ we originally had non-folding Gazelles. My wife has MS and found the bike was too big and heavy. So we bought foldable Terns. They are rated top of the line by enthusiasts and you pay accordingly. So it really depends on how you want to use the bike. A Bosch motor was a requirement for us. But it might not be for you.

Go to your local electric bike store, ride a few brands, pick one or two you really like and then do some research.

I will tell you an ebike will make you very happy.

Jim

Roger B
25 days ago
Reply to  Jim

There is a fire danger associated with charging some lithium ion batteries. Many experts do not recommend charging near combustible materials.

tom
1 month ago

Absolutely love the “turtle” posting. a great idea worth stealing .

Jeff Craig
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

I keep a stack of them in my Jeep, and get a kick out of putting them on high-end imports that park across two spots, or lifted trucks that park in the SuperCharger/ePlug spots (just to be a jerk).