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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Issue 1902
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

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” ―Paulo Coelho


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cow Appreciation Day!

On this day in history: 1962 – The Rolling Stones perform for the first time at London’s Marquee Club. (If you’re a Rolling Stones fan, you’ll enjoy this.)



Tip of the Day

Get rid of all those bugs with this ingenious DIY bug catcher

By Nanci Dixon
We are finding that these little flying biting bugs are just as horrendous as the mosquitoes, and even more so when they get inside the RV! We needed a solution… a DIY bug catcher solution!

Last year in North Dakota, we had a major bug battle. We had to drive miles to find fly paper when taping the windows and heavy doses of bug spray didn’t work. I really wish I had known about this tip then…

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Today’s RV review…

Grand Design Reflection 320MKS fifth wheel

Tony writes, “Overall this is a floor plan that I think could really make sense for a lot of campers. There’s plenty of seating space and even a desk.

“I like the little details, like the lights under the slide room, as well as big things like the huge storage compartment. You could say this is a… grand design.”

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Ask Dave

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

Entry floor soft from leak. Who can fix it?

Dear Dave,
We had a leak that has resulted in a soft floor around the entry to our camper. The dealer replaced the door gasket and added some sheet metal over the soft part, but the soft area has grown. To repair a floor, does the camper need to go back to the manufacturer typically? Or can a fairly handy guy manage it? Or can such a repair be handled by some RV techs?  —Ed, 2018 Riverside Retro 189R

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“My most useful accessory in four decades of RV travel”

RVtravel.com founder and publisher Chuck Woodbury writes: “All through the years, I have owned one item that has been with me in every RV I have owned. It has come in handy more than any other single item except food and water. You can buy an almost identical product today for less than $20. It requires no electricity — not the plug-in variety or the AA battery variety. It requires next to no maintenance. It does not break down. It’s so simple to operate that even a child can use it.” So what could it be? Find out here.


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Quick Tip

Screening out bright light

Pestered by brilliant light shining in their rig windows (including the windshield) but not wanting to go to a “black out” situation, Phil came up with a hit: “I bought some solar screen material like you would use for south-facing windows, cut it to shape (slightly oversized) for the windshield and side windows. My wife hemmed the edges, into which I inserted some flat, round, super-strong magnets. The magnets have no problem holding the screening on the metal body that surrounds the doors and windshield. Now, I can quickly cover all three windows and keep the intense heat buildup under control, no matter which way the rig is facing.” Here are some disc magnets on Amazon.


On this day last year…


Website of the day

CharityWatch.org
Want to know if a charity is legit? How they’re using your money? This is the website for that! (Thanks for sending, Walt Sinkhorn!)


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
What’s something we love that’s also something on sale? THIS! Oh, boy, we’re excited!


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:

• 57 percent say they always or almost always camp where they have an electric hookup.
• 12 percent are an only child.
• 44 percent say they have owned a business that, at one point, was their main source of income.

Recent poll: Are you finding more available campsites in the last few weeks?


Recipe of the Day

Summer Squash Cheesy Bake
by Stacey Lawson from New Orleans, LA

Once you try this cheesy casserole, you may never eat summer squash another way. This is fantastic! Onions and garlic are a great base for the bake and add tons of flavor. The basil sprinkled on top ends up melting into the two kinds of cheese to create a gooey cheesy layer. The combination of Parmesan and mozzarella really make the dish special. All of the flavors melt together to create a delicious side dish. The end result is as pretty as it is tasty.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

In a recent briefing with executives, Twitter said it removes 1 million spam accounts each day.

*Henry Ford didn’t invent the first assembly line. But if not him, who did? Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Andi, an 8-month-old Golden, loves relaxing in the Outlaw!” —Sheri McCain

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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Leave here with a laugh

Photo by Chuck Woodbury

Yikes. Unless you are into getting slapped around, this motel might not be a good choice for a night’s stay.


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jillie
2 months ago

Reminds me of some of the off the road motel hotels I have sign. Especially some crazy movies that involve these places.

Gary F.
2 months ago

You can buy patio screening that blocks out 85% of the sun rays at Home Depot or Lowe’s is best price at Lowe’s in the garden center! I cut and allow about one inch all the way around to fold over and then staple with paper stapler. I then attach large suction cups 2 1/2 inch and screw them on with 3/8 number 8 screws and install inside, the 3/8 screws are short enough so they don’t penetrate the inside of suction cup. The advantage to the patio screening is you still have some visibility outside. The advantage to installing them inside is no wind or deterioration from being outside, It works great!

tom
2 months ago

Wife made total windshield and side windows covers from the same material that is used for iron board covers. The shiny side out helps to reflect the sunshine heat out.

Spike
2 months ago

Regarding the window covering tip using “strong magnets:” if you have a medical implant, like a pacemaker, strong earth magnets can cause interference and disrupt function, so handle with care!

Skip
2 months ago
Reply to  Spike

So can it effect a spinal stimulator.