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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Issue 1947
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

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” ―Oscar Wilde


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

On this day in history: 1899 – Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in a motor vehicle collision. (He was struck by an automobile on September 13 and died the following day from his injuries.)



Tip of the Day

Getting the most from your RV’s washer and dryer

By Gail Marsh
A special feature I never thought we’d need (or, for that matter, even really like) is our RV’s washer and dryer. When I first laid eyes on them, all I could think was, “There are a thousand other things I’d rather put in that big space!” Fast-forward a few years and I am so very happy our RV has “laundry.” Here’s how you can get the most from your RV’s washer and dryer.

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Today’s RV review…

WORLD DEBUT of Airstream Rangeline Class B

Today I get to share a brand-new Class B RV from Airstream dubbed the Rangeline. This is, indeed, a big departure for the brand best known for its aluminum trailers. In so many ways, this is quite different from what you’d expect from the Airstream name—including being very, very price competitive. …

Within the confines of the Class B space limitations dictated by the van body, I think Airstream has done an outstanding job with this rig. The attention to detail is particularly impressive. But that’s not a bunch of ladled-on faux luxury touches you might expect. This is just a lot of real-world usability that will make this a great choice for buyers who need a practical daily driver that actually can be used as a camper on getaways, too.

Hey, Airstream. You nailed it.

Here it is!

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Ask Dave

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

Can I tow a fifth wheel with a 1/2-ton pickup?

Dear Dave,
My wife and I are looking into a fifth wheel purchase. I was wondering if we have to get a 3/4-ton pickup or higher? Or can I tow a fifth wheel with a 1/2-ton pickup? Thanks for any consideration! —Steve, 2021 Forest River Salem FSX

Read Dave’s answer


Video of the day

RV nightmare: How to prevent mold on a memory foam mattress

By Cheri Sicard
Memory foam mattresses are a popular way to upgrade RV mattresses. But did you know that mold on a memory foam mattress can turn your RV sweet dreams into nightmares?

It’s true that mold issues with memory foam mattresses in RVs can be a common headache. And once memory foam mold issues set in, there is sadly not much you can do besides get rid of that mattress.

The folks from New Family Dream learned this lesson the hard way.

Watch the video



6 stories of RVers who got kicked out of campgrounds. Was it fair?

All campgrounds have rules, and some have more than others. The question is, what is the penalty for violating the rules? How common is it to actually get kicked out of the campground? Here are some videos of folks who got kicked out of campgrounds for a wide variety of reasons. Watch them here, then let us know in the comments if you think the campgrounds were justified in kicking the campers out.


Reader poll

Have you ever had your RV’s black water tank professionally cleaned?

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Quick Tip

Beware the universal lug wrench

Got one of those neat four-way lug wrenches, set to fit anything on the road? Before you need to use it on your RV, make sure it really fits. Some RVers have found that the wall thickness of these wrenches is too thick to clear the lug-nut-to-rim distance.


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Okay, for some of you this couldn’t be more boring. But for others it could be incredibly fascinating. Plus, it would probably make some of the places you visit on your travels much more meaningful.


On this day last year…


Website of the day

StyleBlueprint
It’s kind of a weird name for a travel/lifestyle site, but who are we to judge? Anyway, if you have plans to travel through/around Birmingham, Louisville, Memphis or Nashville, check this site out. There are tons of Southern travel ideas—there’s so much to see and do!


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:

• The majority of readers, 53 percent, spend the night in commercial (or membership) RV parks most often.
• The highest percentage of voters, 32 percent, shop at Home Depot more than any other hardware store.
• 68 percent say they don’t care about celebrating their birthday—it’s just another day.

Recent poll: Do you make your bed every morning?



Recipe of the Day

Chinese Braised Pork (Crock Pot)

by Lauren Conforti from Harriman, TN

Wow, this braised pork is a smorgasbord of Asian flavors (like honey, coconut, soy sauce, peanut butter). Braising the pork ahead of slow roasting adds a nice texture to the meat. The roast sops up all the fantastic spices and juices from the braising liquid. Serve with rice and veggies for a wonderful meal.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

After just two weeks of wear, a pair of jeans will have grown a 1,000-strong colony of bacteria on the front of them, about 1,500-2,000 on the back, and 10,000 on the crotch. If that doesn’t send you straight to the laundry room…

*When looking at a large crowd, how many faces can the human brain recognize at a time? We tell you the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Lacey, a Jack Russell/Crested Chin [Chinese Crested] mix (our newest rescue), loves camping in our RV as long as she’s sitting on someone’s lap…which is most of the time! Here we’re camping at Prospect Mountain Campground in Granville MA.” —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!

Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!


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Leave here with a laugh

A poodle and a collie are walking down the street when the poodle suddenly unloads on his friend. “My life is a mess,” he says. “My owner is mean, my girlfriend’s having an affair with a German shepherd, and I’m as nervous as a cat.” “Why don’t you go see a psychiatrist,” suggests the collie. “I can’t,” says the poodle. “I’m not allowed on the couch.”


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Diane M
23 days ago

Who in the world wears the same pair of jeans for two weeks???

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
23 days ago
Reply to  Diane M

Hi, Diane. Here’s a link to an article that I remembered from USA Today from three years ago. It’s an eye-opener: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/30/how-often-should-you-wash-your-jeans/2485322001/ Have a great afternoon/evening. 😀 –Diane

Neal Davis
23 days ago

Yikes! That is a LOT of bacteria! I am so glad that I was all my clothes after two wearings, if not one. Why? I noticed that my body odor has become much stronger and unpleasant as I’ve gone farther past 50 years of age. Alternately, I am more aware of such than when I was below 50 years of age. Either way, I do a lot of laundry now.

James
23 days ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

TMI

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
23 days ago
Reply to  James

😆 Hi, James. Well, at least Neal is honest. And remember, he didn’t bring up this topic. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Gary Machholz
23 days ago

On the lug nut discussion I would throw in to check older lug nuts to be sure the chrome cap is not cracked or gone completely. On my little travel trailer the four-way would not fit so I carry a breaker-bar and impact socket, but then the caps were coming loose which was not ideal. I went to NAPA and bought solid lug nuts to replace them. Probably cheaper ones out there, but I don’t like the idea of saving $20 only to have a problem sitting on the side of the road with a flat I can’t fix myself.

phil
24 days ago

Which one has the crested chin; mine is very similar.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
23 days ago
Reply to  phil

😆 That was my first thought as well, Phil. Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

Tom
24 days ago

Get a real lug wrench or assemble one out of very common parts. Use an impact socket that fits your specific lug nuts. Get a very long handled lever. Consider getting a piece of pipe to further extend the lever. A cordless impact wrench makes the job easier and faster.
Call your 800 number, they have the tools.
That wheel is heavy.

Ran
24 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Yup! I carry a card in my wallet! It’s lighter, cheaper, and I’m an old retired guy! LOL!

Joe
23 days ago
Reply to  Tom

If you need to put a pipe on the wrench, you need a bigger wrench! When I was a working man, our safety program prevented people from doing just that as it is not safe. I once called for a flat repair on our class A and the guy tried the pipe on his 3/4 inch breaker bar and it snapped like a stale pretzel. He then returned with a suitable impact wrench to get the lugs off. Luckily I was not stuck on the side of the road.