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Tip of the Day
Video: How a typical RV suspension works, plus upgrades and benefits
With Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
In this “What’s In The Shop?” video, Zach takes you along to inspect a typical fifth wheel RV suspension system. He explains the typical suspension system and gives examples of suspension upgrades and the benefits of having them.
During this inspection, he found a worn shackle link that was almost broken. If this were to come loose during travel, it could cause serious damage to the unit and those behind you. You do not want this to happen to your RV!
The reason for the video is to show the vibration, shacking, bouncing and G-forces that come out on the typical RV’s suspension, frame and slide-outs.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “I like the Keystone Sprinter Limited and can see it serving not only families but also those wanting to use the back bunk room as a rear den/office space. Or as a space for those times when you and your significant other have a difference of opinion. ”
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Can I tow this with that?
I need some advice on towing with my 2020 GMC Canyon Denali V6 308hp with tow package. It’s rated for 7,000 lbs. and has a GCWR of 12,000 lbs. I’m looking at a 2023 Grand Design Imagine 23LDE rated at 5,597 lbs. UVW and 6,995 lbs. GVW. Its payload would be 1,398 lbs., and I have 405 lbs of “stuff” in my current motorhome, so that leaves me with 993 lbs. under 6,995 GVW.
My truck empty is 4,488 lbs. and its GVRW is 6,000 lbs., which leaves me with a payload on it of 1,512 lbs. It’s looking like around 10,890 lbs. of GCWR combined, below the 12,000 lbs. rated. There’s not much more equipment to add….
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SmartPlug promises better connections
Since it was invented 80 years ago, the twist-type power connector hasn’t changed much. It still relies on thin blades that corrode and easily bend at an annoying “L” shape that must be aligned just right. The pioneering SmartPlug is different. It has a robust pin-and-clip design that delivers more than 25 times the metal-to-metal contact than its predecessor. This provides greater protection against high resistance, overheating and arcing, some of the leading causes of failure. Read more and see what Tony Barthel thinks about it.
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Keep up with—or stay ahead of—routine maintenance
Even better than keeping up with routine maintenance, stay ahead of it. Replace your brake pads before they’re totally gone; replace belts and hoses before they break; replace wiper blades before they become totally useless. Sounds like a very smart plan to us. From “RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget.” Available on Amazon.
On this day last year…
- Tip: Are quick-release hose connectors worth having? Oh, yeah!
- RV Review: 2021 Cherokee Arctic Wolf 3990SUITE Fifth Wheel
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- Recipe: Potato Salad Deviled Eggs
Website of the day
The 15 Best Aquariums in the U.S.
We know summer should be spent outside, but sometimes it’s just too hot to be outside. Aquariums are the perfect place to spend a hot day, and all the water will make you feel extra cool!
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Recipe of the Day
There are so many layers of flavor from the sweetness of the mango to the heat from the chili peppers that we couldn’t get enough of it. This would be amazing on top of some grilled chicken, pork, or fish. It would be just as good with some tortilla chips. Light, refreshing, and delicious!
In Russia, repurposed fighter jet engines are used for snow removal at airports. Yep, giant steam-punk-like dump trucks blast fire out their front ends and melt all the snow and ice that crosses their paths at the airport. Old MiG jet engines have been removed and attached to these trucks. Nifty, eh?
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
“When we brought Tex, our 1-year-old Husky rescue, on his first road trip, he was a bit nervous. After all, the floor he was lying on was vibrating and sort of bouncy! We bought him a big cushy bed and that helped a lot! Our big boy now loves to RV and can’t wait to get to a new campground so that he can meet some new playmates in the dog park to run with. His special place in the coach when we’re parked is up on the dash so that he can see what’s going on. When we discovered his special place we carpeted the dash for his comfort and our peace of mind!” —Georgia Otto
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!
Professional photographer says this is the best tripod for RVers
Writer Nanci Dixon was once a professional photographer and has used every type of photography equipment out there. This is the tripod she uses and says is the best for RVers. It’s lightweight, it collapses, and it can be used with a phone or big DSLR camera. Learn more here or buy one for yourself.
Leave here with a laugh
Before my surgery the other day, the anesthesiologist offered to knock me out with either gas or a boat paddle. It was an ether/oar situation…
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