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RV Daily Tips. Monday, July 11, 2022

Issue 1901
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Today’s thought

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.” ―Gandhi


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pet Photo Day! (Well, it’s a good thing we celebrate Pet Photo Day every day in our newsletters!)

On this day in history: 1962 – First transatlantic satellite television transmission.


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 BREAKING NEWS 

Long-time RVtravel.com reader Alan Wolfe of Maple Valley, WA, reached out to us late yesterday, Sunday, July 10, to ask if we could help find his missing daughter, 37-year-old Melissa Wolfe of nearby Renton. “She is in the company of a known fugitive (Joshua Bouchard) and driving a stolen black 2021 Ford Transit camper van,” he said. “They were last spotted July 4 traveling south on Highway 101, at the Giant Redwood RV Park in Myers Flat, California.” Learn more.



Tip of the Day

Guarantee a relaxing RV trip with these tips and tricks

By Gail Marsh
The dream of many RVers is to “get away and relax.” It’s a good goal and one I share with you! Did you know that there are specific things you can do to guarantee a relaxing RV trip? Keep on reading to see what I mean.

Keep up to date with RV maintenance

There’s a time and place for everything. Washing and waxing an RV on a weekend camping trip isn’t my first choice. (It’s not even my second or third choice!) If you want to relax and unwind, performing maintenance chores on your rig will not help! If you dutifully keep up with the necessary RV tasks, you won’t feel pressure to tackle them during a weekend that’s slated for relaxation.

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Today’s RV review…

Dutchmen Kodiak Ultimate 3301BHSL travel trailer

Tony writes, “Today’s RV review is of the Dutchmen Kodiak Ultimate 3301BHSL, a relatively large bunkhouse travel trailer that does some things in a refreshingly different way from what I’m used to seeing lately. … Yep. This is a nifty floor plan, all right, with some great attributes including a really usable bunkhouse area, enormous pass-through storage and really good cargo carrying capacity.”

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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.” 

Why does my RV’s wing wall have rust when there’s no leak?

Dear Dave,
Any idea what is causing this rust-like stain running down the driver side of my RV? It’s coming from behind the molding at the top of the photo, but there’s nothing wet inside. —Dennis, 2017 Thor Freedom Elite on Ford E350

Read Dave’s answer



RVelectricity

with Mike Sokol

Answers to your questions on the new SoftStartUp controller

My Saturday article on the new SoftStartUp controller generated a lot of questions about using it on generators (hah!). If you missed it, you can read it HERE. Since there seems to be so much interest, here are a few quick answers to your questions.

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Read more of Mike’s articles here.


Get a free sandwich tomorrow and more free food for you!

If you’re traveling on July 12, or if you simply plan to eat lunch on that day, you’ll want to stop by Subway. Why? From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. local time, participating Subway shops will offer free 6-inch subs from its new Subway Series menu. Plus, all the days in July you can get free food and drinks (and lots of ’em) from McDonald’s. Click here to learn more. Happy eating!



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Quick Tip

Dealing with condensation in the RV

If you RV in a high-humidity environment, condensation can be a real pain. Here are a few tricks to try to help you dry up. When cooking on the stove top, try to keep a lid on your pot—less steam escaping. Use the microwave when you can. Run the range hood when cooking, and open roof vents, too. Keep the roof vents cracked a smidge at all times, allowing for escape of humid air. Open a window for a few minutes a couple of times a day to cycle in fresh air. A light layer of kitty litter in pans will also help absorb moisture, although a mechanical dehumidifier will work much better.


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Website of the day

These 10 Unique Wine Regions Across The U.S. Rival Napa Valley
What goes better than summer and wine? Absolutely nothing! Check out these beautiful wine regions across the country. Sure, Napa is beautiful, but so are these places!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Moving from a “house RV” to an “apartment RV.” How do we downsize?
• AirLight insulates your RV – Keep the cool or warm air inside!
• RV Tire Safety: Which tire expert is correct about tire inflation?


Recipe of the Day

Fried Zucchini
by Holly Grier-Wallace from Otisco, IN

This is a good, very basic recipe on how to fry zucchini. There are no frills, but it’s delicious. The crust is light and fries to a golden brown. When zucchini is abundant definitely prepare a batch (or two) of these fried zucchini sticks. If you like a thicker crust, double dip the zucchini. After the flour, dip it in the egg again and then the flour again. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. We opted for Holly’s Hot Horsey Sauce and it was fantastic.

Click here for the recipe


The Curved Dash Oldsmobile. Photo Credit: Lars-Göran Lindgren, Wikimedia

Trivia

Even though Henry Ford takes the credit for inventing the first assembly line in the U.S., the title actually goes to Ransom E. Olds. Olds’ car, the Curved Dash Oldsmobile, first manufactured at the turn of the century, was the first to be completed by assembly line. The only difference was that Olds’ assembly line worked when the workers moved down the line, not the car, and Ford’s worked when the car moved down the line, not the workers.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Riggs is a 4-year-old rescued retired racer. He loves camping and of course a little daily run. Always have to find a safe contained area because Greys are sight hounds and will run after whatever they set their eyes on. This is the cause of most greyhound fatalities. He is very friendly and loves attention.” —Charles Webb

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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Bob Weinfurt
2 months ago

All I use is a paper map. My first experience with a friends GPS wanted to send us 350 miles out of our way.

Parson Pete
2 months ago

Love “Riggs” the Greyhound. We travel with 2 Greyhounds: a female “Rumor” and her male housemate “Inkster”. Best children we ever had – and they don’t ask “Are we there yet?”

Richard Hughes
2 months ago

My daughter in law doesn’t even know how to read a map and she is in her 40’s.

Lil John
2 months ago

It’s late in the day, so you may not read this. Henry Ford did not build the first assembly line. He built the first moving assembly line for automobiles. There were already plenty of assembly lines being used in other industries. Thanks.

Sharon W.
2 months ago

I have a hand crank beater in my kitchen that belonged to my Grandmother. My Granddaughter picked it up and started cranking the handle and running around the room. She thought it was some kind of toy. She was amazed when I showed her how to beat eggs with it. She said she enjoyed learning about the “olden days.”

Betsy
2 months ago

A note to dog owners. We just arrived at a beautiful, pristine campground and there are big, dead circles of grass all over our lawn. PLEASE don’t let your dogs kill the grass. Take them to the dog walk area.

CeeCee
2 months ago

While it’s true that online gps navigation options are extremely useful, nothing replaces a paper map to confirm gps directions, and too much faith in gps directions has led to fatal consequences for people. We no longer have AAA and have found it difficult to get current paper maps for remote areas that don’t have signal for our devices.

Kyle Petree
2 months ago

I love the 6 year old “Paper Maps?” meme. This is absolutely true as over the last 2-3 generations humanity has gone through more change than in 1000’s of years prior. For the youngest of us here there may have been flip phones or maybe even Blackberry. I suspect for the majority of us it was walkie-talkie or CB Radio. Now we care a super computer in our pocket without even thinking about it.

Some will lament that it is sad, but I don’t think so. Prefering to be an optomist I want to believe humanity will survive this techological revolution. I’m not 100% on that but do think we have a fighting chance…..

Don
2 months ago
Reply to  Kyle Petree

My friend’s granddaughter didn’t have a clue what an ice cube tray was. I wonder what she would have thought about the metal trays with the handle release.

Ran
2 months ago

The “read todays issue” link did not work. I had to go to the website to access todays Tips.

John
2 months ago
Reply to  Ran

I did also

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Emily Woodbury(@emily)
2 months ago
Reply to  John

Sorry, Ran and John. I think we’ve resolved the problem. The newsletter link in your email should work for you tomorrow. If it doesn’t, please let us know! –Emily, RVtravel.com

Bobkat3080
2 months ago
Reply to  Ran

For me the link button works fine but is very thin vertically. The space allotted for the button is not as tall as the button. This has been the issue for several days.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

Hi, Bob. Can you please send us a picture of what you see, along with who your email provider is? We haven’t heard about that issue from anyone else. And when we look at the email, it looks perfectly fine to us. If you send us those things we might be able to track down the problem. You can just email them to me at diane(at)rvtravel.com . Thanks! Have a good evening/night. 😀 –Diane

Travis
2 months ago

Glad to see a Greyhound as pet of the day. I have sent pictures of my hounds in but I don’t think they have ever made it on the page. We have been camping with Greyhounds since 2000 when we adopted our first Greyhound. They truly do love attention of the kids in the campgrounds always wanting to pet them.

Pat
2 months ago

You brought back memories of our ReGaP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets) greyhound, Lance. He was a lovely boy and it was an education owning him. I took him to basic obedience classes and learned that racing greyhounds are taught, in no uncertain terms, NOT to sit or lay down in the “box”. He also didn’t know about stairs or mirrors. It was fun to see his reaction to new things. Sighthounds are my favorite breeds and over the years I’ve had 4 Irish Wolfhounds, an Afghan Hound and Lance. Today we travel with a 10-year-old PBGV.

Marty D-B
2 months ago
Reply to  Pat

6 Irish Wolfhounds over 20 years. They never live long but are worth having for the short time.