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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Issue 1948
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Today’s thought

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ―Mahatma Gandhi


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Eat a Hoagie Day!

On this day in history: 1959 – The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.



Tip of the Day

Tow vehicle wiring tester can save some anxiety while traveling

By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
Part of towing your RV responsibly is making sure your trailer lights are working properly. Why are my running lights or brake lights not working on my travel trailer or fifth wheel? We have all been there and asked those questions one time or another, which is why you should have a tow vehicle wiring tester with you when out traveling. This tester may not solve all of your issues, but it can definitely help you pinpoint some of the basic problems you may encounter while towing.

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Today’s RV review…

Leisure Travel Vans updates Murphy bed models

Tony writes, “Today’s RV review is of the 2023 Leisure Travel Vans models with a new Murphy bed lounge system. I have to say, as I’m seeing things roll out for 2023, this might be the most exciting time I’ve seen in the RV industry. That’s not only because it really seems that there’s some actual innovation, but also that RV manufacturers are listening. And innovating. But for real this time. … Based on your responses in the past, there are a number of you who aren’t fond of Murphy beds, and I can appreciate that. But this is certainly one of the best implementations of the Murphy bed that I’ve seen in a lot of ways.”

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Ask Dave

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

How do I winterize my RV’s slide room?

Dear Dave,
With winterization right around the corner, I am wondering if we should lube the slide room—specifically the slide mechanism and/or the rubber seals. If so, should it be done before winter storage or in the spring when dewinterizing? Do you recommend any specific brand of lubricant? Thank you. —Leigh, Imagine 2022 22MLE

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Video of the day

Bear safety: How to use bear spray scenarios and demos you MUST SEE!

By Cheri Sicard
The video below on how to use bear spray is a must-see for ANYONE recreating in bear country, including campers, RVers, hikers, horseback riders, anglers, etc. And bear country encompasses a whole lot of wilderness territory in the United States and Canada.

The 10 minutes you spend watching could literally save your life or the life of a friend or family member.

Hosted by certified bear safety expert Chuck Bartlebaugh, the video below is filled with tips and wisdom from a true expert about how to use bear spray.

Watch the video


Beware! Mirror glaze finish attracts wild birds. They dented and scratched our RV!

By Nanci Dixon
Camping in a state park in Missouri a few weeks ago, a young male cardinal saw his reflection in our bedroom window. It took a while for us to figure out that the sound at the back of the motorhome was him ramming himself into the window relentlessly. I shooed him away before he seriously hurt himself or broke our window. I quickly forgot about it, but when I went back inside the motorhome a bit later, I heard a Click! Bam! Click! again and started searching for what was rhythmically making that noise. Continue reading.


Reader poll

Do you believe there should be “No Campfire” zones in RV parks?

Tell us here


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We’ll gladly give you our own personal shipping addresses for this! Amazon really does deliver everything…


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

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Quick Tip

Sticky vent lid

Is it hard to open your roof vent lid? There may be a couple of reasons for this. First, try to open it. If it won’t open, the seal may be stuck. Go up on the roof (or have someone do it for you) and pry up the edges of the vent lid. Careful! The lid may be brittle from UV exposure and break, in which case it will need to be replaced. Once the edges feel free, go down and crank the vent up, or have a helper do it, so you can see under and around the vent lid. If the mechanism is heavily corroded, a spray lubricant may be in order to free it up. If it’s just a little sticky, a regular silicone-type lube will work just fine in the mechanism. If the seal is sticky, apply a seal lubricant and treatment like you would use for your slideout seals. You can use just about any lubricant or treatment for rubber, but it has to say it’s safe for rubber. Always use any of these products sparingly.


On this day last year…



Website of the day

Fall foliage family fun: Skip the highway and jump on any of these 10 best fall train rides
Well, that very descriptive, lengthy headline pretty much says it all. Stop driving for a few days and go see the sights… on rail!


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Recipe of the Day

Graham Cracker Pudding

by Erica Freyer from Mocksville, NC

This cool and creamy no-bake dessert is so good. With all its layers, this version of an eclair cake reminded us of a graham cracker pudding lasagna. The peanut butter was an added flavor we loved and it also protected the crackers from becoming completely soft. A very thin layer of chocolate pudding on top is the perfect touch. If you need a great make-ahead dessert, give this recipe a try. It can really sit overnight to allow the graham crackers to soften. Delicious for a potluck.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

In 1827 an English pharmacist named John Walker was trying to create a new explosive. He was mixing chemicals with a wooden stick and noticed that a tear-shaped glob had dried on the end of the stick. Trying to clean it off, he scraped the stick across the stone floor and all of a sudden, the tip burst into flame. Walker had accidentally invented the world’s first friction match.

*After two weeks of wear, a pair of jeans will have grown how much bacteria on them? You might not want to know, but if you do you can find the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our sweet girl, Zoey, was transported from GA to CT by Second Chance Pet Rescue and right into our hearts. She has one eye, a bad hip, and numerous other issues, and we couldn’t love her more. She is our camping buddy and, though not crazy about water, kayaks with us as well.” —Karen McKiernan

[Editor: Love her smile!]

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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jillie
9 days ago

Every one wants the cute damage free dogs from puppies to age 7. Then they are dumped at the local pound because they do not want to deal with the problems that come with old age. Or a rescue that has something wrong with it. We have been adopting dogs and puppies with what ever defect it has and we see it to the end. We have two that drive me nuts but I love them to pieces. God has a place for those who take dogs with what ever problem they have. Excuse me I need to adopt again.

Lindalee
13 days ago

Thank you for taking Zoey, warts, and all! I’m with our Editor here – love her smile! Zoey looks like a very happy lady!

Peggy Bradley
13 days ago

Often, sticky vent lid covers is a result of hair spray! I always use the fan, but hair spray still sticks to the blades and the lid. I clean them by getting up on my roof, removing my lid covers, and opening the lid. It’s quite a job, but well worth it!

Sheri
14 days ago

I do have difficulty breathing and I just move to the other side where the smoke is NOT blowing towards me. I enjoy the campfires and all the fun that goes with campfires!

RV parks, close your windows, turn your A/C or Heater on to be comfortable.

Question: What are you going to do with RVers who SMOKE their meats or BBQ? Are you going to tell them NO? I hope NOT. What do say to your neighbors when they light up cigarettes or cigars?

Jeff Craig
14 days ago

Laugh – That kid must be from New Jersey!

Jim Langley
14 days ago

Portable propane campfires don’t create smoke, are much less likely to cause fires and because of that are almost always allowed. You do need the propane but with wood campfires you need the wood. And unlike wood, with propane campfires there’s no toxic smoke to bother/threaten you or your neighbors. These portable campfires sell for about $150 plus the cost of the propane tank if you don’t already have one. We’ve been using them for 10 years and would never go back to wood fires. Having survived the wildfires in Northern California, our lungs can’t handle any more wood smoke.

Randall Johnstun
14 days ago

What’s the sense in going camping if you can’t have a campfire.

Ron L
14 days ago

The poll was about “RV Parks”…not campgrounds. There is a difference, you know.

Marv
14 days ago

Some of us have trouble breathing smoke. Ask those who live in CA, OR or WA about unhealthy air from wild fires. A campfire can be just as unhealthy for sensitive groups of people.

M J
10 days ago
Reply to  Marv

Welcome according to the governor of California it will not be an issue. Without a gasoline power truck to tow your RV or gasoline powered motor homes of any kind I doubt you’ll have many RV parks.
And with the AQMD wanting to smog all visiting vehicles within 3 days of arriving in California, I don’t think you’ll be getting many dollars in from visitors revenue.
Signed from
a recently departed Californian.

STEVE
14 days ago

Sticky vent lids can often be accessed from inside the rv by removing the screen inside the vent and gently prying up around the edges. That way you don’t have to climb up on the roof.

Jeff Buckley
14 days ago

No campfires! It’s a badge of honor to come home from camping smelling like smoke.

Mark Gilley
14 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Buckley

Jeff, I agree with you it is all about the experience