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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, July 28, 2022

Issue 1914
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.


Today’s thought

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” ―Mark Twain


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chili Dog Day!

On this day in history: 1896 – The city of Miami, Florida, is incorporated.



Tip of the Day

17 tricks for using rubber gloves while RVing

By Gail Marsh
A reader recently told us that he uses a rubber glove to cover his hitch ball when camping. The rubber glove prevents grease from rubbing off on anyone who happens to bump against the ball. The “glove cover” also protects against dust and debris that the wind might blow onto the greased ball. Great idea, right? The reader’s idea got me thinking about the many different ways RVers can use rubber gloves in and around their rigs. Here are a few ideas for you to consider…

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Wildwood Grand Lodge 42FLDL destination trailer

Tony writes, “I can see these making sense for a lot of people. Since many people, including myself, have adopted a more mobile lifestyle, this offers shades of residential living while still remaining somewhat mobile.”

Click here

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Ask Dave

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

My trailer’s bushings broke into pieces. Why?

Dear Dave,
I have driven my trailer, purchased in March 2021, about 20,000 miles. It has the MORryde CRE3000 suspension system. I check the tires for wear every trip and monitor my TPMS while driving. There was a normal temperature and PSI on the monitor for all of the tires. At the last campground, I noticed the back driver’s side had significant and unusual wear. I took it to a very respected mechanic and he took all of the tires off and did a detailed inspection of the axles, bearings, etc. It turns out several of the bushings were broken and were literally in pieces. I replaced all 14 of the bushings and purchased a new tire. Is it normal for the bushings to get such wear after 20,000 miles? How often should the bushings be inspected? What caused this? How often should bushings be replaced? —Patty, 2021 Jayco 280RSOK

Read Dave’s answer



Video of the day

Stress-free RV black water tank cleaning and maintenance

By Cheri Sicard
They are every RVers most dreaded chores: emptying the RV’s black water tank and cleaning the black water tank. In other words, properly maintaining your RV’s sewage systems.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more user-friendly and comprehensive RV black water tank guide than this video.

Click here to watch


Teardrop trailers: The only RVs to have seen combat!

“True” Teardrops evolved after World War II using surplus aircraft aluminum from the wings of World War II bombers. Wheels, at least some, were from Jeeps salvaged from sunken ships, some with bullet holes. These first Teardrops are perhaps the only RVs ever made that experienced actual combat. Read more.


Reader poll

At a rest area, do you use the public toilet or yours in your RV?

Tell us here


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Dog owners, prepare to laugh at this. Anyone who owns a dog knows this alllllll too well.


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Quick Tip

Trailer rocking?

If your trailer rocks, even with your stabilizers engaged, check your leaf springs. Worn leaf springs can create quite a seismic disturbance!


On this day last year…



Website of the day

15 Fascinating History Sites That Make the Past Come Alive
We could feature any one of these websites as the Website of the day, but we’ll share this list with you instead. Seriously, if you’re a history buff, click this link and explore.



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:

• 45 percent say it is very important for them to be able to spend some time alone.
• If given the choice between snacking on cheese or a piece of candy, 64 percent would choose cheese.
• If given the choice of being admired either for being handsome/beautiful or for having a great mind, 91 percent said they’d rather be admired for having a great mind.

Recent poll: Can you easily get into your RV’s bed with its slides in?


Recipe of the Day

Rosé Sangria
by Theodora Stamelakos from Chomedey, QC

We can imagine sipping on this Rosé Sangria while sitting by the pool. It’s a refreshing drink for the summer. Turning Rosé wine into a sangria is genius. The citrus flavors give this sangria a pop of flavor. Fresh berries soak up the alcohol and are tasty to snack on. Make this for your next summer cookout or pool party and you’ll have a very happy group of friends.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Duct tape, invented in 1943, was invented to seal ammo cases. Here’s the story: During World War II, Vesta Stoudt, a factory worker, wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt with her concerns about ammo box seals. She was worried that the long length of time it took to break and remove the seal on the boxes would cost U.S. soldiers precious time in battle. Roosevelt passed the idea on to the War Production Board, and Johnson & Johnson was tasked with creating a new, waterproof tape that was easy to tear and remove. After the war, duct tape was found in every hardware store across the country.

*The highest-grossing entertainment event in history is… what? Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Eevee and Em, a Heeler and a Heeler/Collie mix, are the best traveling partners ever. They bring a smile to our faces and joy to our hearts. They’ve climbed mountains, kayaked lakes, swam in natural hot springs and they’ve always been at our side. Prefer to travel our roads with them rather than flying overseas without them.” —Bev Chaba

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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jillie
3 days ago

Now I know why that squirrel looked so off. I love the laugh of the day. Needed it.

Lil John
13 days ago

The article from “Ask Dave” was good, but I have wondered for years why folks have problems with bearings? Do they overload them, pack them wrong, use cheap grease?
Just guessing I’d bet it’s because the bearings are too small for the load from the trailer. Builders put “almost” the right size parts on most of what they slap together. Bearings on autos are packed when you do the brakes. That can be 40,000 miles. I’ve never had a bearing problem with a trailer, and I usually go 20-30 thousand between packs. Most of the RV builders do a disservice to their customers.

Last edited 13 days ago by Lil John
David Stansbury
14 days ago

What happened yesterday? I never did get the newsletter. Did anybody else?

Tony Grigg
14 days ago

Yes, there was an issue in that the previous day’s letter was sent out again, rather than the newer one. They resent the correct one, but if you didn’t receive it, just go to their website. It is there.

Warren G
14 days ago

If there’s a rare glitch, you can go online to RV Travel and pull up the current edition there.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
13 days ago

Sorry, David. The incorrect link was in the email alert. But for anyone that clicked on the link and went to the previous day’s newsletter, there was a link to yesterday’s newsletter at the top. If that happens again, just go to https://www.rvtravel.com and you can find the current newsletter there. We apologize for the inconvenience. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Sue
14 days ago

Thank you for spelling duct tape correctly! 🙂

Carla
14 days ago
Reply to  Sue

Duck Tape is actually a specific brand of duct tape.

KellyR
13 days ago
Reply to  Sue

And duct tape is seldom used on ducts anymore. Current use is aluminum tape. Need to call it “grey sticky fabric that comes in strips and many different colors for any use you wish – tape”. Not used on ducts or ducks – well…I guess it could be.

Joe
14 days ago

Every day I look forward to Todays thoughts, National day, and today in history. Today in history missed the mark!
Yes Miami history is nice to know but more important is on this day in 1868 the 14th Amendment was certified, assuring equality for all Americans, black, white , Asian, and etc. It is the second of three Reconstruction Amendments to follow the Civil War, it guarantees every citizen due process and equal protection.

Tom
13 days ago
Reply to  Joe

👍👍

Jesse Crouse
14 days ago

Today’s funny- Truth is stranger than fiction. I gave up on greasing the feeder pole years ago

Bob p
14 days ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

Where did that come from?

Les
14 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Squirrels

Jesse Crouse
13 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

An old timer suggested it to me once. I was desperate to stop hearing my wife B…h, er complain about the squirrels stealing the bird seed.

KellyR
13 days ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

Did you ever stop to think that from the squirrel’s point of view, it is the birds stealing the squirrel feed? The squirrels don’t know it says Bird Seed on the package.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
13 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

Good point, Kelly. I really never did think about it that way, but now I will. Have a good evening/night. 😀 –Diane

KellyR
13 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I’ve often been told that I have a squirrely point of view.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
13 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

Because you think like a squirrel, Kelly. And since I’ve always thought that birdseed in a bird feeder is for birds, does that mean I’m a birdbrain? 😆 Take care. 😀 –Diane

KellyR
13 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Let’s just say we just come from two different points of view. We both agree that it is SEED. We are both right – or wrong. Maybe it is just baby wheat or oats, or pretty flowers.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
13 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

It’s fine with me when the squirrels eat the bird seed. But then there are the rats that get into it, too. Which is why I don’t feed the birds anymore, except hummingbirds. 🙂 –Diane

KellyR
13 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Ahhh! Rats. Had rats once. We now have 3 neighbors with cats – lots of cats. Now cats – Now no rats. Mathematically: C = -R

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
13 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 I like that mathematical equation, Kelly. –Diane

Gordy B
13 days ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

Want to please your wife, keep the squirrels out of the feeder, and have a good laugh in the process? Secure a Slinkey to the bottom of the feeder around the pole, sit back, and watch the fun! It is hilarious! Happy Trails