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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Issue 1933
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

“Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.” ―Lois McMaster Bujold


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Peach Pie Day!

On this day in history: 1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States nonstop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).



Tip of the Day

17 impressive ways to use disposable shower caps while RVing

You might have one or two hiding in the bottom of your RV bathroom cupboard. It’s time to bring them out—shower caps, that is—or perhaps order a box of caps from Amazon or pick up some from your local dollar store. Why? Because there are so many ways to use disposable shower caps while RVing. And these 17 ideas have nothing to do with showering!

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Today’s RV preview…

2023 Jayco Jay Feather 21MML is a home run

Tony writes, “This will be the smallest of the offerings in the Jay Feather line at 25’11”, but boy, does it pack a lot into that length. Further, I think the upgrades to the Jay Feather line, as exhibited in this prototype, put Jayco into a spot near the top of my personal favorites.”

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For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Photo Contest

The 16th edition of our photo contest is here. Click to see if your photo made the cut, then vote in our poll for your favorite photo. Remember, the winner wins a $50 Amazon gift card! Read the contest rules and/or submit your photo here.

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 CONTEST!  Is this your RV?

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.” 

How do I know if my RV’s A/C ducts have collapsed?

Dear Dave,
There is a chance that the ducts for my RV’s two A/C units have collapsed. They are made of some type of duct board. The inside ceiling has a soft vinyl fabric covering. How would I repair them from inside the unit? There is a one-piece fiberglass sheet top outside. —Jesse, 2006 Tiffin 40QSH Phaeton

Read Dave’s answer



Video of the day

The best RV wheel chocks and how to properly chock your RV

By Cheri Sicard
If you are an RV newbie you might not have ever even heard the term “RV wheel chocks” before, but you need to know this important bit of information.

More seasoned RVers have no doubt run across the term and the tools, along with frequent advice on the vital importance of chocking the wheels on trailers. That’s because there are no brakes on trailers once you unhitch. And nobody wants a runaway trailer. Wheel chocks ensure that will NEVER happen.

Watch the video


Warning: If bit by a tick, there’s a 50% chance you’ll get Lyme disease

By Gail Marsh
Adult ticks and their babies (nymphs) are active. Really active! After sheltering under leaves and other decomposing matter, the little blood-sucking creatures are searching for hosts. And that could mean trouble for those of us who enjoy the outdoors. The reason? Ticks carry and transmit disease. Continue reading about Lyme disease and how to lower the risk of contracting it here.


Reader poll

How likely are you to buy an electric bicycle in the next couple of years?

Tell us here



Helpful resources

CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
CURRENT SMOKE AND FIRE REPORT
NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


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Quick Tip

Always retract your steps when parked temporarily

“NEVER leave your steps extended in a public place where cars and people are moving around. I pulled into a gas station and jumped out to see if I had pulled far enough forward to reach the fuel filler with the hose. Seconds later as I came back around the RV to get in, a car was trying to squeeze in between my RV and the pumps and ran over my steps! In my hurry I had not flipped the switch to retract the steps when the door was closed.” —Thanks to Jimmie C. for letting us learn from his painful lesson!


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
Did you know you can order a watchdog online? You can! Well, it’s more of a dogwatch… but it still does the trick!


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Camp In South Dakota
Whether you’re in South Dakota to admire the beautiful Badlands, watch some adorable prairie dogs, or experience the giant jackalope at Wall Drug, this website will help you find the best place to camp.


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Recipe of the Day

Easy Stroganoff
by Natasha Latham from Garland, TX

Add this to your easy weeknight dinner recipe list! Making stroganoff from scratch can take time, but we were super impressed by how easy and delicious this version is. The sauce is creamy, tangy, and savory. It’s filled with bites of juicy steak and tender mushrooms. Poured over a bed of hot egg noodles, your family will love this simple dinner.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Back in 1985, Coca-Cola decided to rebrand and introduce a new formula. Coke drinkers were not happy and wanted the old formula back. Coke’s corporate hotline received about 1,500 angry calls a day from consumers requesting they switch back to the old formula. A short three months later, the old formula was reintroduced and it was such a big deal (Breaking news!) that ABC interrupted their showing of “General Hospital” to announce the news to the world.

*What percentage of sales at Walmart is groceries? What about Target? Yesterday’s trivia gives you the answer. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Mr. Magoo (Shar Pei/Chow mix) LOVES camping! Chasing chipmunks, exploring the woods, or just hanging by the campfire, he’ll love it when we go full-time next year!” —Bob Harker

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!


The wildest multi-tool gadget…
This wild, elusive, totally unique multi-tool carabiner is perfect to keep on your key ring or backpack. When someone asks you for a screwdriver, wrench, can opener, bottle opener, cord-cutter, or ruler, tell them Sasquatch can help! Every camper and outdoor enthusiast needs one of these! It’s cool, but it will also come in handy at the campsite! Learn more or order. (Hurry, before he disappears again!)


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Bob p
1 month ago

In the quick tips Jimmie C must’ve made 2 mistakes, not only did he forget to flip his switch but he must’ve been very far away from the pump to be that close to the pumps on the other island. There is normally at least 24’ between pump islands. Of course maybe the other driver was as inept as he.

Cat
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

He may have had his reasons for pulling in the way he did. No need to insult him…you weren’t there, we’re you?

Spike
1 month ago
Reply to  Cat

Bob, sometimes you have to pull in away from the pumps to make the turn when you pull out, based on how stations are designed now-a-days with islands perpendicular to the building and full of parked cars.

Snayte
1 month ago

I do not think they came back with the original formula for Coke. It has never been the same. Coke in other countries where it was never made to taste like Pepsi is way better. I guess it is a good thing I was drinking a few liters per day prior to 1985, now I rarely have any.

Douglas Freeman
1 month ago
Reply to  Snayte

Pepsi never tasted like Coke, thank God. 😀

Snayte
1 month ago

I have never heard anyone say no when asked if Coke is ok after ordering a Pepsi or change their order. 🙂

Just sayin’

Larry
1 month ago
Reply to  Snayte

Sure have!

Dave Stansbury
1 month ago
Reply to  Snayte

That’s because in other countries, like Italy, they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup like they do here. Makes a big difference in taste.

Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Stansbury

We get Coke made in Mexico while in Yuma, AZ. Bring it home. Made with real cane sugar. A case lasts us a year or more.

Snayte
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Stansbury

Probably it.

Until 1979, the Coca-Cola Co. used only sugar as a sweetener. In 1980, the company began blending corn syrup with sugar, using as much as 50 percent of the substitute. In 1984, it went to 100 percent use of the substitute and no sugar.

Spike
1 month ago
Reply to  Snayte

Didn’t even taste like Pepsi. They not only alienated their customer base, but couldn’t win Pepsi drinkers! That has to go down in business history as one on the most bone headed blunders ever! Probably a Harvard study case now.

Snayte
1 month ago
Reply to  Spike

Well, more like Pepsi. It was a a lot sweeter.

Diane Mc
1 month ago
Reply to  Snayte

Mexican coke is the best. I’m not even a soft drink person, but my husband will occasionally buy Mexican coke and always have a few sips.

Scott R. Ellis
1 month ago

Did you read any of the comments on the tick article before you decided to run it again under the same misleading headline?

Crowman
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

That’s why I don’t read any articles by the women writers more often then not they’re wrong about the subject. Mike,Tony,Rodger and Dave are about the only writers worth reading.

Christine
1 month ago
Reply to  Crowman

Wow, that’s insulting!

Snayte
1 month ago
Reply to  Christine

Agreed

Skip
1 month ago
Reply to  Crowman

Oh Crowman that wasn’t very nice and a tad prejudiced. Take articles for what value you can find and if none move on to what you believe, but I don’t think this is the forum to be cruel.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip

Thanks, Skip. I wonder if it’s just those people who “never make a mistake” that are the ones who can be cruel when pointing out the mistakes of others. ❓ (We have a few readers like that, BTW.) Take care. 😀 –Diane

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  Crowman

Uhhmm, Uh, Hmm, ????, Wow!! …….. BTW thAn … not thEn. (Not to criticize or anything.)

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 Not to mention he’s missing a few spaces. Not criticizing … just sayin’. Have a good evening, Kelly. 😀 –Diane

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I am the LAST person able to criticize grammar or spelling, but to unjustly attack another individual just leaves me to ……..grrrrrrr! “Women Writers”, keep on a writin’ – I read every article and enjoy every one of them. Keep on keepin’ on.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

Thanks, Kelly. The female writers and I, and the rest of us at RVtravel.com, appreciate your kind words — and YOU! Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Your 28/7 should be up for today now. Time for a Good Nite

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

Ha! But I did just walk 1.5 miles at the local high school track (23 minutes). Still 80 degrees out. (Where’s the squeegee?!) Back to work for awhile. Take care, Kelly. 😀 –Diane

David Bulkley
1 month ago

The laugh of the day was quite puny.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  David Bulkley

Puny or punny? 😉 Have a great day, David. 😀 –Diane