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RV Daily Tips. Friday, July 15, 2022

Issue 1905
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

“Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.” ―Mark Twain

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National I Love Horses Day!

On this day in history: 1916 – In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).

Tip of the Day

Clever ways to store pet food bowls in an RV

By Gail Marsh
Crunch! Crunch! That’s the sound of your shoe pulverizing a piece of your dog’s crunchy nuggets (or whatever dog food your “good boy” eats). The squeak, squeak noise? What you hear after you’ve stepped in water that’s dripped from your pet’s water bowl. Got pets? Then you’ve probably grimaced every time you hear these unmistakable sounds. If you travel with fur buddies, you’ve probably dealt with the spilled kibble and the water drips on your RV’s floor more than once. But no more! (The mess, I mean.)

Read on to discover where to store pet food bowls that work in most RVs.

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Today’s RV review…

The Keystone Bullet 312BHS is a problem solver

Tony writes, “I like this floor plan quite a bit. It fits into a lot of different use-case scenarios and does it pretty well. I also like seeing Bullet—and any brand of RV, really—continually make their product more useful and better. As mentioned, there are a number of very usable improvements I see in this brand since the short time ago that I was selling RVs.”

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Ask Dave

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

My RV’s black water flush valve doesn’t work! Why not?

Dear Dave,
My RV’s black water clean-out valve has quit allowing water to go into the tank. Why doesn’t it work? —Ronald, 2002 Newmar Mountain Aire

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How far can you drive with the low fuel light on? Find out.

When was the last time that dreaded low fuel light came on in your car? Uh-oh. Nobody likes seeing that orange glow, especially if you’re out in the middle of the boonies – no gas station in sight. It can be pretty scary. And if you’ve run out of gas before and been stranded, we imagine seeing it again might be even scarier for you. (Although, we hope you learned your lesson the first time.) Read more.

NEW! Video of the day

What to look for when buying a used RV: 5 common flaws

Are you planning on buying a used RV? Then you must see this video! I love Josh the RV Nerd’s entertaining but informative presentation. He packs a lot of good practical information in this 12 minutes that should be required viewing for anyone shopping for a used RV. Especially RV newbies, although even more experienced RVers are bound to pick up some tidbits.

Josh breaks it down to five simple areas that you should ALWAYS inspect closely when considering buying a used RV.

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Quick Tip

Dirty contacts? DeoxIT!

Several readers picked up on a discussion of cleaning shore power connectors. This led to a product that could have a number of uses for RV do-it-yourselfers. Called DeoxIT, here are comments from our electrical specialist, Mike Sokol: “I’ve used DeoxIT for decades on my pro-sound gear. We use it on speaker connectors, power connectors such as cam-lok and twist-lock plugs (just like RV power), volume controls, gold-plated circuit boards (like in RV refrigerator control boards), etc. There are several different versions of DeoxIT depending on if you want built-in lubricant for potentiometers, or gold contact refurbishing or simply oxidation removal.” Thanks, Mike, for the lead. Here’s a page from Amazon that’s a great jumping off point for more information.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Your State’s Best Sushi Joint
Mmm… sushi. (If you don’t like sushi, you’re missing out!) Here’s the best sushi in every state, according to loveFOOD.

Clubs and useful organizations
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Recipe of the Day

Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos
by Lynette from FL

If you like fish tacos with a little kick you will love these! The blackened seasoning on the tilapia is great. But the sour cream/jalapeno sauce on top is fabulous and makes the taco. The sour cream is what holds the fresh sauce together. Even if you’re not a fan of fish, we suggest trying these fish tacos. The tilapia has a very mild flavor. Delish!

Click here for the recipe

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Ladies, it’s time we give the men a break. Well, the men of the mosquito world, that is. Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite and suck your blood? Males feed exclusively on nectar, much like a bee or hummingbird.

*The only building on the National Historic Landmark Registry outside of the U.S. is located in… ?? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Boo and Sophie, a Pomeranian and a Boxer, are always waiting at the rear of our trailer as we eat a meal. This time, they decided to quietly share a bed while watching for our meal to end.” —Betty Burke

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!

Leave here with a laugh

Thanks to our reader Glenda Gay Alexander for sending this to us. Glenda wrote, “I took this photo while on vacation in Kentucky.” This is hilarious! It reads, “This is NOT junk. IT RUNS!”

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  1. The dog pic reminds me of my lady bug she is a pom chi. The black one looks like a pom chi and boy do they have attitude. Especially mine.

  2. Ok, OK 3 pages of Deoxit for any purpose you can think of. Just give me one for cleaning and maintaining the contacts/spade contacts on the end of my RV shore power cord.

  3. After reading the sushi has to refrigerated for 30? Hours at low temperatures to kill off parasites, I think I’ll let others eat raw (bait) fish. I,ll stick with fried fish.

  4. To continue: (See following post lst!) I have been having my engine oil analyzed in November annually for 5 years at Blackstone labs. (Excellent service and analysis.). Their advice on starting during storage was limited except to say if doing so, the oil temp. must be brought to operating temp – not the coolant temp only! I also have an oil temp gauge installed and at ambient air temp of about 0 deg f., it takes about 30-45 minutes at idle to bring the oil up to temp.

    Never poo-poo oil analysis – ($25.00 a yr.!) it could save you big time! I would appreciate any knowledgeable comments!

  5. I didn’t get a timely opportunity to thank you for yesterday’s very informative newsletter on engine and transmission maintenance. Excellent articles! I have installed an engine pre-oiler system on my GM 454. I pressurize the oil system to 35 to 45 lbs prior to cranking. This primarily pre-lubs and takes the slack out of the timing chain as well as other critical engine parts.

    I know there is still controversy on starting and warming an engine during storage periods. The pre-lub helps a lot with that discussion of oil draining out of the galleys etc..

  6. In response to why your black tank rinse quit. Ours did and it was the backflow valve failed. Real pain replacing it.

  7. I agree with Mike about DeOxit. I worked in electronics most of my life. We used about every type and brand of cleaners. DeOxit is the only one that worked and lasted. It dries and does not attract dirt and dust, but leaves a protective coating on the contacts.
    Also, plastic and rubber safe. I use the DeOxit D5. It’s not cheap, but a little goes a long way.
    There have been comments about using dielectric grease. Dielectric grease is an insulator to prevent arcing and moisture infiltration on high voltage applications.

    • Which may explain why the Japanese tend to live well into their 90’s,. and many Southern states are lucky to hit 75. (And I do love some good Southern cooking, but you know what they say about ‘to much of a good thing’.)

  8. Regarding Ask Dave: My RV’s black water flush valve doesn’t work! Why not?, another cause he does not mention is a bad vacuum breaker check valve. Happened to us. See RecPro RV Vacuum Breaker Check Valve | Protect Fresh Water From Pollutants 571-VAC-CHK-A | Made in America


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