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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Issue 1943
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

“Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.” ―Rick Riordan

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

On this day in history: 1927 – The first fully electronic television system is achieved by Philo Farnsworth.

Tip of the Day

Beyond the basics—Extra tips for winterizing your RV

By Gail Marsh
Some folks use antifreeze to keep their RV pipes from freezing while stored over the winter. Other RVers use their air compressor to blow water from the lines and then pour a bit of antifreeze down each drain. So … after the antifreeze or compressed air, you’re good to go, right? Wrong! Here are a few extra tips for winterizing your RV.

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Today’s RV review…

The r•pod 190 is iconic

Tony writes, “I have a surprising number of friends who have r•pod trailers and more than one of them has chosen this model. I can see why. The dinette in the back can be a sleeping space if you have a friend over, it has a dry bath, and it’s small and light enough that everyone I know who has one of these pulls it with a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Everyone.

“So would I prefer this or the Winnebago from yesterday?”

Click here to find out

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Photo Contest

The 20th 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.

Please note: This is the last Wednesday we’ll be running this contest. Our photo contest will only run once a week, on Saturdays, going forward. Don’t forget to check each Saturday to see if your photo has been chosen.

Click here to vote for your favorite

 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.” 

Is it OK to tow my older trailer at highway speeds?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2009 r·pod 171 by Forest River that I tow with a 2021 Toyota Tundra. Since the trailer is an older model, is it OK to tow it at today’s highway speeds? —Robert

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Quick RV Tech Tip: The smart way one of our readers added a ladder

We have posted a couple of questions here in the past (like this one) regarding why some RV manufacturers don’t offer a ladder on their rig. We’ve also gotten a couple of suggestions for an aftermarket version and extension.

I got this email from one of our readers and thought it would be good info to share.

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Video of the day

Pros and cons of single-axle vs. double-axle towing

By Cheri Sicard
If you have wondered about the pros and cons of single-axle RVs versus double-axle trailers, this video from Josh the RV Nerd will answer all.

Watch the video to learn more

“My motorhome blew a front tire! Here’s what I did to avoid disaster!”

By Eric Johnson of
I had a blowout on my passenger steer tire doing 65 mph in my 2016 Tiffin Phaeton. In this article, I am going to share exactly what happened and how I was able to control the RV and safely get it off the road. You can watch a video of me explaining what happened below…. Continue reading and watch Eric’s video here.

Reader poll

How often do you watch YouTube videos?

Tell us here

While this isn’t just for RVers, we still think it would be *handy* for you to keep this in your RV at all times. You’ll thank us!

Helpful resources


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

If you enjoy this newsletter, please help us spread the word! Learn more here. It’s fun!

Quick Tip

If lightning strikes

An RVer complained that his RV had been parked near a tree that was struck by lightning. Now a lot of “stuff” in his rig doesn’t work, and he found a burned hole in his rig’s shore power cord. What’s he to do? Hope he has good insurance! Perhaps a surge suppressor might have helped, but many RVers report that when lightning strikes, a surge suppressor often sacrifices itself, but still some things in the rig are toasted. Often the damage is taken by control boards, as in your refrigerator. If the appliance won’t operate, shut down all power to the unit, both shore-supplied and battery. After a minute, try bringing the power back online and see if your appliance will work. Sometimes this “reboot” is all that’s required, but count yourself very fortunate if it does.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

31 Best Places To Fly Fish In The U.S.A.
Okay, fly fishers, this one is for you! Not only is fly fishing a fun activity, but you also get to catch your lunch or dinner. And, is there any activity that’s more peaceful than wading in a river—just you and nature? We don’t think so!

Popular articles you may have missed at

• Research reveals how people choose their campsites
• Reality TV show illustrates stupidity of inexperienced RVers
• RVing – It’s trendy now, a big change. And the new reality stinks!

Recipe of the Day

Yakitori Beef

by Nickole Smith-Palacios from New York, NY

Wow, the marinade for these beef kabobs is fantastic. It’s savory, tangy, tart, and slightly sweet all at once. The perfect balance of flavors. Marinating the sirloin steak makes the meat tender and juicy. We can’t wait to try this with other cuts of meat. A tasty addition to any grilling menu.

Click here for the recipe

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Kangaroos are well known as large, hopping mammals from Australia that carry their offspring in pouches. What may not be so well known, though, is that kangaroos cannot walk backwards.

*What were new Americans arriving at Ellis Island served as a treat to welcome them to America? Take a guess then see if you’re right by checking yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“The girls, all rescue mutts, seem to be getting used to RVing! They are boondocking with us in this picture.” —Nancy Miceli

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!

Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource

Leave here with a laugh

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Tom (@guest_201324)
1 year ago

On lightning strikes, sometimes when you have a strike so close to your camper enough charge can enter in other ways other than through the surge protector. We had one hit the RV next to us (about 30 feet) and it did a lot of damage to every electronic sensor in the engine as well as the circuit in the steering column. We are still having problems and I can’t find anyone to help us. Most of the problems took a while to show up. We have spent hours on the side of the road waiting for help but no one knows how to fix it.

Good luck on the writers repair.

Bill B (@guest_201228)
1 year ago

Todays thought: You can never really know the future until it gets here and then it is no longer the future.

phil (@guest_201187)
1 year ago

No trailer is fit to be towed at highway speeds; stay 5-10 under; the others can pass you.

Wayne C (@guest_201244)
1 year ago
Reply to  phil

Do you have any data to back that statement? It’s interesting to me that there are not wrecked RVs littering the highways when we constantly hear reports about being passed by crazy people driving the speed limit. Many speculate when they do see the rare RV accident that excessive speed was the cause but they have no way of knowing. One could speculate that the driver fell asleep do to sheer boredom from driving so slow.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_201185)
1 year ago

I’m sure by now RV Travel must be feverishly working on getting Tony’s review to quit showing the dreaded 404 message . . .

Bob p (@guest_201206)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Naw nobody’s seen it yet.

Warren G (@guest_201208)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Happened for me as well. A work around is clicking on the link for previous reviews and selecting it that way.

Emily Woodbury
1 year ago
Reply to  Warren G

Sorry, Tommy, Bob and Warren (and others, I’m sure!). We fixed the link to Tony’s review. If this ever happens again you can always do as Warren suggested and visit previous reviews to see it at the top of the list, or visit our home page where it will appear at the top under “Latest Posts.” –Emily,

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