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RV Daily Tips. Friday, September 9, 2022

Issue 1945
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Today’s thought

“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” ―Doris Lessing


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Wiener Schnitzel Day!

On this day in history: 1972 – In Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, a Cave Research Foundation exploration and mapping team discovers a link between the Mammoth and Flint Ridge cave systems, making it the longest known cave passageway in the world.



Tip of the Day

Leaking water heater pressure relief valve? This tool will help

By Dustin Simpson
Do you have a leaking water heater pressure relief valve? Is it normal for it to leak? Sometimes there can be a slight leak from your water heater’s pressure relief valve, especially if you have not used it in a while. This leak can be normal and may indicate that your pressure relief valve just needs to be cleared to free any debris from the seal. It also might mean that you need to replace the valve if the leak continues.

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Today’s RV (p)review…

Aliner set to announce new eco-friendly model, Evolution

Tony writes, “There are a number of things I really like about these. I believe the assumption that they’re difficult to set up means a lot of people for whom this would be a good choice actually don’t look at them. That’s unfortunate. … The fact that one of these can fold down and be behind the envelope of whatever is towing them means it won’t have as large an impact on mileage as a traditional RV. Plus, you can easily store it in a garage. … You’ll find a few things that might be a surprise, including a window-style air conditioner under the rear couch to keep things cool here.”

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Ask Dave

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

Quick RV Tech Tip: Can I keep trailer parked at home plugged into 120-volt source?

Dear Dave,
I just cooked one of my two wet cell batteries (Interstate deep cell). Question: Is it a good idea to keep your 30-amp trailer plugged into a 120-volt source while parked at home for 30 days straight? Would it be better to get a satellite battery maintainer? —Paul

Read Dave’s answer


Video of the day

How to start a charcoal grill without lighter fluid or a chimney

By Cheri Sicard
If you have ever wondered how to start a charcoal grill without lighter fluid, this extremely short but invaluable video is for you.

I specifically sought out this video because my own recent attempts at BBQ lighting have turned out abysmal. Last time I could barely get it to light and wasted a bunch of charcoal.

Watch the video


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Thinking of buying an RV? Think again!

ADVICE FROM AN RV LEMON LAWYER
If you are thinking of buying your first RV, beware: You will be lulled into a stupor, driven by dreams of the wonderful, charmed life you will live with it. Countless millions of dollars of advertising each year aim to pound this message into your head. And it works! Don’t trust yourself if you feel this way. Take a deep breath. Slow down. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of RV ownership and your motives for taking up the RV life. RV lemon law attorney Steve Lehto has some candid advice in this video about buying an RV. Continue reading and watch the informative video.


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Reader poll

Do you set an alarm in the morning to wake up?

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?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Hey, pass the dog a beer, won’t ya? No, this isn’t a joke! The dog wants a beer!


Quick Tip

Unwanted showers? Tame that slideout swimming pool!

A new RVer complained that when he pulled in his motorhome slideouts, he got a bath. What happened? Rain had accumulated on the slideout and it came right on in with the slide. Yes, slide-toppers will help prevent some of this, but winds can blow rain in underneath slide-toppers and leave you with the same soaking feeling. If it’s been raining, consider de-leveling your rig, forward or back, to allow gravity to dump some of this collected rain off your slideouts before pulling them in. You may still get a bit of water, but it’s better than a bath!


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On this day last year…



Website of the day

15 national parks for fall color
This list from The Wilderness Society will help you plan your upcoming leaf-peeping trips. We’re getting excited. Are you?


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Recipe of the Day

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Taco

by Chantell Byrd

Spice up your Taco Tuesdays with these grilled shrimp tacos. Individually, each component is tasty. Once assembled, they’re delicious. The seasoned grilled shrimp have a slick kick and are full of flavor. Slightly tangy, jalapeno adds a punch of flavor to the cabbage slaw. On top is a smoky chipotle and adobo crema that’s fabulous on its own. Warming the tortillas on the grill is an excellent idea. Once assembled, these are made-at-home, restaurant-quality shrimp tacos your family will love.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The number of children dying from being left in a hot car is on the increase. There have been at least 929 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths since 1998, according to Jan Null, meteorologist and founder of noheatstroke.org. Of those deaths, 53% were because someone forgot a child in a car.

*According to feng shui experts, should your bed be facing a door or not? Yesterday’s trivia answers that. 



Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our baby girl Riley the Aussie was rescued from an abusive home as a puppy. She is now 12 years old and ‘Queen of the Yard.’ Affectionate with those she knows but still very reserved with those she does not know.” —Cliff Chambliss

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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Tom
24 days ago

If it’s been raining, consider de-leveling your rig, forward or back, to allow gravity to dump some of this collected rain off your slideouts before pulling them in. You may still get a bit of water, but it’s better than a bath!”

I can’t believe that this was posted as “Advice”! Does anyone with any actual knowledge check these “Advice tidbits” for accuracy, good sense or have any knowledge of the real world of RVing?

My owner’s manual says to NEVER attempt to move the slides if the unit is not level. Doing so can cause the slide to twist, bind, or otherwise cause damage. Extending the slides is always the last step of our set-up process and the first step to the hook-up.

I’m sure that there are a high percentage of newbie owners who would blindly follow this type of advice believing that, if it’s printed in the RV newsletter, it has to be correct.

Roger B
22 days ago
Reply to  Tom

I was surprised they didnt recommend releveling before pulling in the slides.

Les
25 days ago

So, 53% of the deaths were because a child was forgotten in a car…does that imply 47% of the deaths were because a child was left in a car on purpose?

Gary
24 days ago
Reply to  Les

outlaw car windows

Kevin Dewaine
25 days ago

Unwanted showers,
I find it best to clean the tops of slides off before retracting them. I use a leaf blower with a piece of pvc with 90 degree angle on it to blow debris from the covers. I also double check they are clear using a mirror. This process helps seals and keeps items out of camper.

Dale Watkins
25 days ago
Reply to  Kevin Dewaine

And. Keep those wiper seals conditioned and water should just wipe off when retracting slides

Gary W Mayberry
25 days ago
Reply to  Kevin Dewaine

In regards to de-leveling your unit, I thought you were supposed to have the unit level before running the slides in or out? Just thinking!

Herb
25 days ago

Disappointed the relief valve video didn’t show a dirty relief valve, Laugh was good! Great newsletter today.

John M
25 days ago

I have a hard time trying to understand how anyone can leave a person or animal in a hot car for any reason.

KellyR
25 days ago
Reply to  John M

Hot car, cool car, I agree. We NEVER left a kid in the car, even to get out to put money in a parking meter. Why does it happen so often today? – cell phones and all of the other silly distractions that have allowed / made so many distracted people that are wandering / wondering around today. I guess I am “old” but I still like living in the now, and real world. Yep you’ve heard this before, but when I was a kid, I would just bounce around in the back seat and could get out when I wanted to. I was not locked in with child proof locks or restrained in a car seat in order to save my life. After all, bouncing around in the back kept my parents aware that I was in the car and they would get me out so I would not get out on my own and start terrorizing other people. Now they want car manufacturers to install child seat alarms to remind the parents they have a kid in the car??? Let’s get REAL!

Leslie559
25 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

Our Ford F-250 has just that. If we’ve opened the back door for any reason, there’s an alarm, that we have to shut off manually, that reminds you there’s something in the back seat. Crazy world!

KellyR
25 days ago
Reply to  Leslie559

Ahh!! The end of common sense and self responsibility has already started to creep in. Yep, you have to protect that tool box you just put in the back. I will keep my two 26 year old cars and 9 year old RV as long as I can – they already have too many warning lights and ding ding dings than I know how to deal with.

Tommy Molnar
25 days ago

I would have expected that with today being National Wiener Schnitzel Day we would have had a recipe for the same.

I got a kick out of the “Laugh”, but I doubt those old f a r t s would have had such shapely rear ends . . . Just sayin’.

Bob p
25 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I didn’t study the shape of the rear ends, just the thought! Lol

Tommy Molnar
25 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Haha. How could you miss it?

Dana Dee
25 days ago

Re: 15 National Parks for Fall Color…Gotta add a 16th, not to be missed if you live in the Midwest. Pictured Rocks National Shoreline in Munising Michigan!