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RV Daily Tips. Friday, September 16, 2022

Issue 1950
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

“When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.” ―Margaret Walker


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

On this day in history: 1880 – The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the United States’ oldest, continuously independent college daily.



Tip of the Day

Clean your RV’s interior (and more) with baby wipes

By Jim Twamley
Baby wipes are so powerful I don’t know why we allow them to be used on babies. Really, these things have potent cleaning power. We used to mop the floor but now we do the job with wipes. They cut through dried up, caked on spills with ease and dry much faster than mop water.

Continue reading for lots of ideas


Today’s RV review…

2023 Salem 29VBUD—bunkhouse bonus

Tony writes, “Today’s RV review is of the Salem 29VBUD travel trailer, which is identical to the Wildwood 29VBUD travel trailer. Both of these names are for a trailer that features a really usable rear bunk room that can be much more than a bunk room. But there’s a lot of flexibility in this floor plan that makes it worth a second look.”

Click here

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Dave’s busy at the Hershey RV Show. (Say “Hi” if you see him!) He’ll be back to answer your questions next week.



Video of the day

Best RV water filters: What you need and why you need it

The team from You, Me & the RV has done a terrific job with an RV water filter tutorial in the video below. To be transparent, Clear2O® sponsored the video and is the brand the couple uses, but they present some compelling reasons for doing so.

Regardless of whether or not you choose that particular RV water filter, there is a ton of great practical information about the topic in general in this presentation.

Watch the video


Every RVer should keep this emergency safety item handy at all times

Would you drive your RV through flood waters? Or let your children swim as lightning strikes? Of course not! But that assumes you are alerted to flood conditions or the potential for lightning in your area. RVers love nature. However, nature doesn’t always reciprocate. When storms threaten, it’s important for campers to know about them. Whether in a tent or inside an RV, being forewarned enables us to take precautions to stay safe. Learn what this essential emergency safety item is here.


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Thou shalt laugh at this! Thou shalt laugh at this… especially if you’re not a morning person!


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Quick Tip

Reefer madness resolved

Boondockers use LP gas to run their refrigerator, and sometimes this creates a problem. If your RV refrigerator “acts up” and doesn’t seem to be cooling, don’t immediately condemn parts. Check the cooling system “burner” first. Scale can develop in the refrigerator chimney, that can come loose and drop down onto the burner, causing it to operate less efficiently, or go out altogether. An RVer pulled into their campsite and immediately had refrigerator problems. They checked the burner and, sure enough, scale had dropped onto it, which he blew off. Problem resolved—for a few days. The same thing happened again. Sometimes it takes a couple of attempts.


On this day last year…



Website of the day

The Best Natural Hot Springs in America
The weather is getting cooler and swimming pools are much less crowded. But who says you have to stop swimming in outdoor pools when hot springs exist? Check out this list from Reserve America and plan a visit to one of these amazing, hot places!


Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
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Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.



Recipe of the Day

Grilled Chicken and Tortellini Salad

by Peggy O’Brien from Avon Lake, OH

The ingredients in this recipe combine to make one fabulous summer dish. With the grilled chicken and tortellini, it’s hearty enough to be a light summer dinner. The frozen tortellini adds just enough cheese to the salad. Sun-dried tomatoes and Italian dressing give the salad a ton of flavor. It’s a universal meal everyone will love. Leftovers make a great lunch.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The Christmas song “Silver Bells” was called “Tinkle Bells” until co-composer Jay Livingston’s wife told him “tinkle” had another meaning. (Thank you, Mrs. Livingston!)


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“After Nikky’s neutering, the vet said no jumping up on the couch. Nikky said, ‘Technically, I’m not on the couch.'” —Diana Sherman

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!


Secrets of RVing on Social Security
Author Jerry Minchey takes you on a journey that lets you discover how you can travel around the country and live the fascinating RV lifestyle for far less than it costs to live in your sticks-and-bricks home. Among other things, he shows you step-by-step how to enjoy the RVing lifestyle while traveling and living on just your Social Security income. Learn more or order.


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Twirly.


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jillie
6 days ago

Its a Chihuahua. They do what they want to do not what mama says for them to do. I love these dogs.

Lindalee
9 days ago

I’d have to agree with Nikky, technically he is NOT on the couch!! Ain’t dogs great!!!

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
9 days ago
Reply to  Lindalee

And Nikky wasn’t going to let a little chair stop him from getting up on his “perch.” What a cutie! Have a good night, Lindalee. 😀 –Diane

Tom
10 days ago

While camping in PA, in our Monaco Knight on a 95+ degree day with our awning retracted due to predicted strong afternoon storms we returned after a day off sightseeing to find our Norcold refer internal temperature was running in the mid 50s. I placed a digital thermometer into the refer upper vent and the temperature was 125 degrees with the late afternoon sun shining on the refer vents. Extending the awning for shade helped some, but the vent temperature stayed well above ambient temperature. I noticed the refer vent fans were not running and diagnosed that they were not wired. The wires were there but too short to connect to the fan terminals, it appears they had never operated. With some extra wire and terminal connectors in 30 minutes the fans were running and the refer temperature dropped to the normal 40-degree operating temperature in little over two hours.

Richard
10 days ago

I learned the lesson on the refrigerator burner the hard way. We were moving from Alaska to Florida (USAF) in 1988 and we were driving a new Bounder. As we approached Cheyenne, WY on a Sat morning, we noticed our refrig was acting up. Our warranty service directed us to a facility in Cheyenne and we arrived at approx 1215PM. By the time I pulled in the facility, shut down and went to greet the technician, who was also the owner, informed me I was repaired and ready to go. He would not show me what he did but did say it cost him a lot of money to go to school to learn to repair RV’s. he charged me $75.00 for less than 30 seconds work. Later my BIL showed me what he did so now it is the first thing I check.

MrDisaster
10 days ago
Reply to  Richard

Will you share this tip with the rest of us?

Neal Davis
10 days ago

Is Jim Twamley still RVing? I gather he retired from writing and from making videos.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
10 days ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

Hi, Neal. We’re recycling some of Jim’s great tips. I’m not sure of his status. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Spike
10 days ago

Today’s trivia reminded me how some pure souls just don’t see the alternative meanings of what they might put in publications or on signs.

My wife and I lived in one small town where a local restaurant was in the back half of a rather long building. The sign out front said “Kim’s Pizza and Burgers – In the Rear” I don’t know about anyone else, but we always preferred to eat ours the normal way!!! 🙂

Tommy Molnar
10 days ago

Our 10 year old “reefer” finally died on us about two months ago. Making a long story short, we went with a 120v compressor type as a replacement. Only about $450 compared to $1000+ for another RV fridge. We couldn’t even find an RV fridge to buy! So far, loving this new bigger interior fridge. We’ll be hitting the road in about a month so this will be the big test for our inverter, batteries, and solar panels as we motor on with the fridge running. Yes, I know if we just leave the door closed and not running it should be fine – but this will be a test for our usual boondocking lifestyle. I’ll let you all know how this works out.

T. Hudson
10 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I look forward to seeing your results.

Tommy Molnar
10 days ago
Reply to  T. Hudson

Me too T. Hudson – [grin].

Larry Lee
10 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Good luck with your shakedown cruise on the fridge. FYI, we have a large 120 v residential fridge and it only uses 120 AHr per day. I am estimating between 600 to 700 watts of solar to power the fridge plus everything else.

Tommy Molnar
10 days ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

I do have 700 watts on the roof and two lithium batteries. This supported our using the old RV fridge on ac power while driving with no real issues.

Curt Rissmann
10 days ago

Loved the pet of the day. So true, so true

jim R
10 days ago

Today’s comment reminds me: Outside a dog a book is a man’s best friend; inside it’s too dark to read.