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RV Daily Tips. Friday, August 19, 2022

Issue 1930
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

“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.” ―Emma Donoghue

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Potato Day!

On this day in history: 1848 – California Gold Rush: The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States about the gold strike in California (although the “gold rush” itself started in January).

Tip of the Day

Why coyotes pose a threat to your pet in campgrounds

By Chuck Woodbury
National parks require pets to be leashed to protect the local wildlife. But where coyotes roam it’s the pets that need protection. As in many expanding suburbs, coyotes in national parks have become so accustomed to people that they often forage in plain view.

Cats and small dogs are easy prey for the quick, powerful predators when left tethered to an RV in a campground. One ranger at Death Valley National Park almost lost his cat when a coyote grabbed it outside his residence. He chased the animal, which dropped the cat and ran off before inflicting serious injury.

Read More

Today’s RV review…

No RV review again today, folks. Sorry. Tony has a lot going on right now. (We tried to tell him that he’s only one person, but he wouldn’t listen.) But the good news is that he’s out touring tons of RVs to write about! He’ll be back soon!

In the meantime, ever wonder what Tony’s second-most popular post/review was in the last year? Check it out here.

For other RV reviewsclick here.
Tony’s RV reviews also appear daily on Facebook.

Did you see the results of our poll where we asked…
Would you buy an RV made in China if the quality was equal to one made in the USA, but priced significantly less? Find out.

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Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.

Ask Dave

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

Our RV’s entry door is not flush with the frame. How can I fix it?

Dear Dave,
It appears that our RV’s entry door is not plumb. When the lower left corner of the door is flush with the frame, the door edge of the upper left corner is still 1/2–5/8 inch from the frame. The hinges look tight and consistent/straight. Picture attached. Any ideas on how to correct it? Continuing to slam the door shut does not seem a good solution. —Gary, 2016 Tiffin Allegro 34TGA

Read Dave’s answer

Video of the day

Does your RV stink? It might be RV gray water tank odor

By Cheri Sicard
RV gray water tank odor is a problem I had in my old RV. The couple in the video from Changing Lanes had it, and if your RV is stinky and you can’t figure out why, you might be having it too.

I remember when I dealt with this problem. It was making me crazy. I had dumped and cleaned my black water tank. Yet my RV was always smelling stinky. At one point it kind of smelled like a propane leak, yet I could find no such leak. I finally asked my trusty mobile RV repair guy what could be going on. He said, “It’s probably your gray water tank.”

Watch the video

Stay overnight on lava fields in Grants, New Mexico

By Nanci Dixon
A fun and informative stop on our recent travels was the lava fields in Grants, New Mexico. The huge rocks and slabs of lava that oozed out and blew out of volcanoes 3,000 – 5,000 years ago surround the interstate. We stopped for the night at the local KOA and, although the campground was not much different than any small town overnight-only spot, they were situated on a lava field. Read more about this very unique location.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Stop smoking! Stop biting your nails! Quit drinking all those sugary drinks! Quit nagging on your partner! What do all these things have in common? Well, here’s how to stop them. (And seriously, check out those reviews. Wow!)

Reader poll

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Quick Tip

Store a fire extinguisher in closet

Use a Velcro fastener strap to hold a large-size fire extinguisher in the back corner (or corners) of your closet. The hanging clothes will also help keep it upright. This enables you to store the extinguisher completely out of the way but still easily accessible from the bedroom and bathroom areas. Thanks to Ron Jones,

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Want to go on a boat but don’t own one? This is the site for you! GetMyBoat lets you rent boats across the U.S. Have fun and be safe!

Clubs and useful organizations
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Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.

Recipe of the Day

Healthy Chicken Tacos
by Sena Wilson from Lake Jackson, TX

This guilt-free taco is yummy! The avocado salad is fresh and creamy. Tomatoes add a pop of sweetness. Lemon pepper seasoning really adds a lovely citrus flavor to the salad and chicken – it’s a must. We loved lightly frying the tortillas. It adds a crisp texture to the tacos that pairs with the creamy filling. Add your favorite toppings and you have a tasty, healthy weeknight meal.

Click here for the recipe

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Next time you pass a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the road, think about a blue whale’s heart. Their hearts are about as big as that motorcycle, measuring on average 5 x 4 x 5 feet. Their hearts weigh about 400 pounds.

*What are the top 10 activities that contribute most to U.S. lightning fatalities? Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Midnight was a stray cat we took in about 10-11 years ago. He first ran the household in Idaho City, ID, but after our retirement, he runs the household of our motorcoach that we full-time explore our beautiful country in. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!!” —Jane Burgman

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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Roger B (@guest_199180)
1 year ago

The leave here with a laugh reminds me of x- chocks. Mine have a warning sticker on them not to use them to chock your wheels.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Roger B

That’s crazy. You’d think they would have used a more accurate name (or at least a less inaccurate name) for their product. But I’ve heard they work really well for what they do (keep the trailer more stable when you’re walking around inside). Have a good night, Roger. 😀 –Diane

Bruce (@guest_198631)
1 year ago

Fire Extinquisher in closet you can grab at night may suppress the fire enough to get out. May not save RV but if it give you more time it is worth it.

Snoopy (@guest_198626)
1 year ago

On storing a fire extinguisher in the closet isn’t such a great idea as out of sight out of mind! I like to be able to see ours easily as to see that the gauge is in the green zone. I actually pick them up once in a while & turn them upside down to shake them as after a while they get all caked up from bouncing around in the motor home! Without routine shaking and mixing, settling occurs and reduces the amount of powder dispensed when you pull the pin. What should be done to prevent fire extinguisher from clumping. Every month, you should turn them upside down and shake them vigorously.

Jeff Craig (@guest_198670)
1 year ago
Reply to  Snoopy

And also ensure you mount them so the gauge is visible while wall mounted.

Tom (@guest_198611)
1 year ago

On fire extinguishers, a friend of mine had an engine compartment fire. He exhausted two large fire extinguishers. Fire dept was 1/2 mile away,at another accident. RV was completely gutted by the fire.
Get out of the burning vehicle, including pets. Let it burn. You can always get another RV. Another life is not granted to you.

Tom (@guest_198608)
1 year ago

On the main page, the article about odors from the gray tanks says, “The couple in the video from The Learning Banks…”. However, the video is from Chad and Terra of Changing Lanes. I’ve seen that one, but I thought that it might be something new, from the main page description.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Thanks, Tom. I changed it to Changing Lanes on the post itself, after confirming that with Cheri, but I forgot to update the reference to it in the newsletter. It’s been corrected. Have a great day! 😀 -Diane

Bob M (@guest_198606)
1 year ago

Miss Tony Barthel‘s RV reviews. Always look forward to them.

Chuck (@guest_198663)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

Wish there was a index for all he done.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck

Hi, Chuck and Bob. Here’s the link to get to Tony’s 800+ posts: And he’s back tomorrow. Woo hoo! Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

Bob p (@guest_198602)
1 year ago

Harleys weigh twice that, and the chopping board made in china will probably fall apart if you use it for chopping..

Al K (@guest_198620)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Not everything made in China is junk as not everything made in the USA is the best. Often their translation to english doesn’t sense as it should have said Cutting Board, then the warning Do Not Use as a Chopping Board.

Last edited 1 year ago by Al K
Bobby Wood (@guest_198601)
1 year ago

I think that you should keep your fire extinguisher close to the exit door so you can open the door and grab it. Most times that they are needed are outside and you will need quick access to it, it’s not like it’s a long ways from anywhere inside the camper. My 2 cents worth of advice.

Snoopy (@guest_198628)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bobby Wood

Hi Bobby that’s a great idea, I recently added a 5 lb. ABC fire extinguisher to an un-locked compartment so to have it easily accessible. It’s stored in the propane bay & has a sticker on the door that says “Fire extinguisher inside”.

Dave Lambert (@guest_198597)
1 year ago

If you want to see lava flows, you ought to try Craters of the Moon just outside Idaho Falls, ID. It will give you a much clearer picture of the desolation, devastation, and magnitude of volcanic activity. You can walk the lava tube tunnels if you wish. Miles and miles of them. Truly impressive.

Rebecca (@guest_198619)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Lambert

Agreed! And several accessible paved paths for those with mobility issues

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