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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, August 25, 2022

Issue 1934
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

“Try a little harder to be a little better.” ―Gordon B. Hinckley


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Park Service Founders Day!

On this day in history: 1916 – The United States National Park Service is created.



Tip of the Day

RV underbelly leak repairs can be a nightmare, but this will help

By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
One of the most frustrating things for an RVer is having to deal with a leak underneath the RV in the underbelly area! If you didn’t know, this is a dreaded repair for any RV technician. As you will see in the pictures below, there is a mess of wires and plumbing that we have to contend with when trying to pinpoint the leak. RV underbelly leak repairs can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

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Today’s RV review…

2023 Surveyor Legend 19RBLE

Tony writes, “As towable RVs seem to be getting bigger and heavier, it’s nice to see something that doesn’t necessarily feel like a compromise but still offers what you’ll need to go camping. There were some nice design changes for 2023 to this that absolutely make it more useful. However, I would like to see the option of either more solar or a propane-electric fridge. Still, you can also accomplish this with portable panels—so it’s not that big of a deal.”

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Ask Dave

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

How can I tighten up my RV’s lock mechanism?

Dear Dave,
The deadbolt lock (top lock on the door) is sloppy and I have a hard time locking and unlocking it with the key from the outside. What can I do to tighten up the lock mechanism? —Bob, 2007 Fleetwood Fiesta LX

Read Dave’s answer



Video of the day

8 RV propane tips to keep things running smoothly

By Cheri Sicard
Everything you ever wanted to know about RV propane systems but did not know who to ask is covered in the 8 RV propane tips video below.

The folks from Access RV (now Bish’s RV) did a good job of covering the most common questions and problems they get asked concerning propane. And let’s face it, a properly functioning propane system is paramount to comfort and convenience when using your rig.

Watch the video


Stuckey’s, an American classic, is back and tastier than ever!

“Relax. Refresh. Refuel.” Turquoise slanted roof. Pecan log rolls. Yep, it’s Stuckey’s! And the iconic Stuckey’s roadside mecca just may be making a comeback! Read some interesting history of Stuckey’s, what’s happening with it now, and a little-known fact about it. Read more, then tell us about your experiences at Stuckey’s in the comments, please.


Reader poll

Will you attend a county or state fair this fall?

Tell us here



Quick Tip

Don’t kill the good bacteria in your RV’s black tank

Reader Mike Buchanan advises: “When cleaning your RV toilet, be careful what you clean with. Any cleaner than contains bleach, peroxide or germicides of any kind will not only kill surface bacteria, but will also kill all the good bacteria that is contained in your waste water treatment. It’s that good bacteria that is eating up and breaking down that solid waste.” He adds, “If you want to kill surface bacteria, use a disposable germicidal wipe such as Lysol and dispose of it in your regular waste.” Thanks, Mike!


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Preventing ticks on your pets
This page on the CDC’s website hosts a ton of information about keeping ticks off your pets. If you have a dog or cat who spends time outside, memorize this information!


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
Here, fishy fishy fishy! Come here, fishy, fishy, fishy! See what we mean (this is hilarious!)


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:

• 10 percent met their current spouse or partner online.
• 41 percent have had a mechanical problem with their RV’s slideout that required professional repair.
• 18 percent of couples say they get along better in their RV than they do at their traditional home.

Recent poll: How long does it typically take you to fall asleep?



Recipe of the Day

Fried Green Tomato BLT Sandwich
by Allisha Bordelon from Coushatta, LA

Fried green tomatoes are one of our all-time favorite summertime indulgences! This sandwich really shows off the tomatoes’ flavor by using light panko bread crumbs as a coating. The roasted red pepper mayo is the perfect finishing touch.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, just 13% of adults in the U.S. regularly get their news from Twitter, trailing both Facebook and YouTube.

*What happened in 1985 that was so important that ABC interrupted their regular programming to announce? Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our little Westie, Bob ‘Sugar Bug,’ took to our Casita camper instantly. He especially loves to sit in the captain’s swivel chair while daddy cooks.” —Kim Carver

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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KellyR
1 month ago

My wife hates it, but the Mystery Product Fish Whistle does seem to work. After I got it we went to our local seafood restaurant and after being seated I blew the whistle and a waitress was at our table in nothing flat and our fish dinner was in front of us in no time. Ever since, our meal appears to be at our table before we are even seated. It seems they want to get us in and out as fast as possible.

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

Oh, your poor wife. 😯 I’m surprised she’ll even go out to dinner with you now! 😆 Thanks for the chuckle, Kelly. Take care. 😀 –Diane

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Life is too short to wait for fish to bite or to take it too seriously. As to the wife, you will have to ask HER as to why she keeps me around – I sure don’t understand it. Maybe it is because I bought the RV that SHE wanted.

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

Yep. Smart hubby. Like some of our readers have commented: “Happy wife, happy life.” 😉 Have a good night, Kelly. 😀 –Diane

Mel
1 month ago

Mike Buchanans
Quick Tip
Don’t kill the good bacteria in your RV’s black tank. It should not make any difference as the Black Tank is not a septic tank and with the flushers and frequent emptying should not need Good Bacteria to break down the solids.

Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  Mel

Yep. “Good” bacteria goes down the drain with every dump and flush.

Skip
1 month ago

Fried Green Tomato BLT. It sounds great so I’ve printed in about 2 weeks it will be time to gather tomatoes and they are many green so they will be put to use in some of these sandwiches.

Leonard Rempel
1 month ago

Sad that anyone would get any news from Twitter, Facebook or Youtube. Also very sad that most news organizations are so politically aligned that most news is so biased.
I notice that even in Canada now; so definitely not an American phenomenon anymore.
Best place for actual news, IMHO? The BBC. They seem to report the news as it is, without the political spin or drama of any North American outlet.

David Stansbury
1 month ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

Used to think so too. But not anymore. They’re just like the others. They do have a liberal agenda.

Gary
1 month ago

Yep.

Drew
1 month ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

I’d like to see BBC doing domestic news here.- That would be funny!

Jesse Crouse
1 month ago

Replace the Gondola with a recliner or couch and insert my and my wife’s pictures. Usually around 3 to 4 pm.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

Love it, Jesse. Us too, but later in the day. We call it the “pre-bed nap”.

DW/ND
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I take my pre-bed nap, in my recliner, right after my evening walk around the yard – about 1,000′ – about 7:00 pm. Nap lasts from :15 to :30 min – then I am good until 0100! (PS: ND seasonal of course!)

Bob p
1 month ago

I can relate to the Laugh of the Day. Last week we went to a movie with daughter an SIL. It was so interesting I fell asleep during the first 20 minutes and woke up during the closing credits. I think it was Paula&Pam or something like that, it was supposed to be a comedy, if it was I missed the funny part. Lol

John
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

True of most of what’s called popular entertainment…

David Stansbury
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Best “Laugh” in a long time!

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago

Hi, David. Don’t you just love the gondolier’s facial expression and body language?! “Yep, this happens frequently with this age group.” 😆 Have a great day! 😀 –Diane