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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, July 14, 2022

Issue 1904
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

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ―Marilyn Monroe


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Mac & Cheese Day!

On this day in history: 1965 – Mariner 4 flyby of Mars takes the first close-up photos of another planet. The photographs take approximately six hours to be transmitted back to Earth.



Tip of the Day

RV mods: Screen your engine for protection

By Greg Illes
We were happily driving along the highway, enjoying the passing scenery, when suddenly a small flock of sparrows crossed our path, darting frantically about in front of our Class A before escaping. Alas, one of the tiny birds was not as adept an aviator as his fellows and I heard/felt a small “thwack.” So we pulled over to investigate the front of the RV, including the engine grill.

We were both glad that we stopped. The bird had passed straight through the factory grill (in several pieces) and was distributed in a very messy fashion across two radiators and the hydraulic jack pump.

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Today’s RV (p)review…

Knaus Tourer CUV van

Tony writes, “The idea behind this vehicle is to create a relatively small RV that drives much more like a car, albeit one much larger than many Europeans drive. It keeps a low profile by having a pop-top instead of having a standing-height cabin all the time.”

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For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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Ask Dave

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

Should I buy a new or used RV?

Dear Dave,
I’m not sure if this is your field or not but maybe you can steer me in the right direction. We’re looking to purchase our first RV and we plan to go full-time. I have read that it would be better to buy a used one versus a new one and get an extended warranty. Is this true? Thanks for your advice. —Brenda

Read Dave’s answer



Is your engine in good shape? Pay attention now, or pay the price later

By Kate Doherty
I grew up listening to the ’70s and ’80s Fram oil filter ads with varying messages around the tag line, “You can pay me now, or pay me later.” These ads started by reminding vehicle owners of the importance of changing the oil filter when changing the oil in their vehicle’s engine. For diesel engines, this task should be listed in the first chapter of a maintenance manual. Proper and timely maintenance and testing analysis is essential to understanding what shape your engine is in. Learn more.


Reader poll

Is your RV longer than 24 feet or shorter?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Automatic transmission trouble signs

Watch for these automatic transmission trouble signs: Frequent need to add fluid (could be a leak at seal in gasket, or worse, a malfunction). Fluid smells burnt, is dark brown (change it right away). Late or early shifting, slipping, or unusual noises (get thee to a tranny shop).


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
This is what comes up when you type “weird” into Amazon. Yep. It’s weird. Really, really, really weird.


NEW! Video of the day

Woman is lucky she had a new RV inspected before taking delivery

You’d think that a $260,000 motorhome would be delivered with everything working. Or you’d “like to think.” Well, watch this short video about a woman who hired an RV inspector the day she was supposed to take delivery of her luxury rig! Wow, did she dodge a bullet by doing so. The inspection revealed at least 40 problems including one huge defect that alone was worth his fee. Most buyers would never find this defect until their first trip, a terrible surprise. Watch the video.



On this day last year…


Website of the day

60 Easy Dinner Recipes To Keep Your Wallet Happy
This is a great list from Delish of 60 recipes that, you guessed it, are easy and budget-friendly! What’s better than that? Happy cookin’!


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:

• 8 percent say they exercise regularly as part of an exercise/workout program.
• 35 percent do not enjoy fishing.
• The majority of voters, 56 percent, say they do not believe you are “middle-aged” until you reach the age of 50.

Recent poll: Do you run your RV refrigerator on propane when the RV is moving? (More than 5,000 votes!)


Recipe of the Day

Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad
by Sharyn Melting from Fargo, ND

A delicious dinner salad that’s easy to prepare. Perfect meal in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. There’s a lot of prep, but once you put the chicken on the grill it comes together quickly. We rubbed the chicken with olive oil and taco seasoning. Once grilled, the chicken breasts are nice and juicy. Get creative with the toppings, but we love the traditional Southwest ones – especially the sweet corn and black beans. We prepared both dressings and loved both of them. But, if you really like ranch go for that one first. It was our favorite.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The only building on the National Historic Landmark Registry outside of the U.S. is located in… If you guessed Morocco, you’re correct! The Tangier American Legation building in Tangier, Morocco, is the first and only piece of public property owned and maintained by the U.S. government outside of the U.S.

*In Russia, what are repurposed fighter jet engines used for? Find out in yesterday’s trivia (and learn why it would be cool to see these in action!). 


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Apollo, a ‘thin’ 252-pound, and Jethro, a ‘small’ 180-pound, are English Mastiff rescues. Jethro is a therapy dog who visits our local nursing home to provide much dog slobber, loving, and comfort. This picture is in a rented Class C. The dogs both ride well but are anxious to get out. They have been on many RV trips, and two from D.C. to Oregon, in our large fifth Wheel. Their size causes quite a stir, with many questions about how much they eat. We don’t worry about RV security.” —Noah Nason

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!


Easily repair a tear in your RV’s awning
Left on their own, small vinyl RV awning tears can get bigger. Fixing a small tear in an area, barring a person’s physical limitations, is easy. You may already have what you need for a fix. It’s called “RV GOOP” and is made by the same outfit that developed “GOOP” for shoe repairs. Read more about it here.


Leave here with a laugh

I’ve started investing in stocks. First, it was chicken, then beef, and now I just bought vegetable. Despite the potential risks, I believe that one day I’ll be a boullionaire.


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jillie
2 months ago

We have had two used pop ups and two used trailers. All traded in and now we have a 21 foot currently and will be buying a 25 foot for our seasonal site and keeping the 21 foot for travel purposes only. Not sure I want to live in the midwest another summer of 90s when Maine weather is so much nicer. As for used? No problems thus far.

Karin S.
2 months ago

Though I TOTALLY agree paying a reputable inspector to inspect your rv before you purchase it (unless you know and do this yourself) the video provided in this newsletter was not very helpful at all. It would have been nice if the video showed the man actually going through the inspection, or to show clips of each area that was bad. Just my humble opinion.

Warren G
2 months ago

Sad that it’s necessary to hire a comment moderator. Uncivil comments have no place in what should be an enjoyable newsletter about RVing topics.

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Chuck Woodbury(@chuck)
2 months ago
Reply to  Warren G

Warren, we need a moderator not just to zap the spam and disrespectful comments, but more importantly to respond to comments where we can help. Also, moderating the comments closely provides us with a good sense of what our readers find interesting, which helps us in our choice of subject matter.

Bob
2 months ago

That mask would be perfect when confronting an inconsiderate person camped next to you.

Bob p
2 months ago

Te-he a boullianare ha ha