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Today’s thought

“I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ―Robert Louis Stevenson


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

On this day in history: 1969 – “Abbey Road,” the last recorded album by the Beatles, is released.


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Tip of the Day

A suspension upgrade called SumoSprings won’t break the bank

By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
One of my favorite topics to discuss is suspension! I talk about it so often because every time you hit the road your unit goes through an earthquake. This shake, rattle and roll often puts unnecessary stress on the components of your RV, and let’s face it—repairs on those components can get expensive! Let me introduce you to another suspension upgrade today: Trailer SumoSprings®. SuperSprings International proudly touts that these springs reduce G-force by 68 percent on average.

Continue reading


Today’s RV review…

2023 nüCamp TAB 400—Best bunk design

Tony writes, “If you’ve been RVing for any length of time you’ve likely seen one of these. You can’t miss them. They have the iconic shape associated with a teardrop trailer but are significantly larger. … For 2023, nüCamp has taken this iconic trailer and made just enough changes that it actually substantially changes how useful these are. Something I see in vintage trailers is an incredible use and flexibility of sleeping spaces, and that’s what you get here, as well.”

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Ask Dave

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

My RV’s decals are cracked on only one side. Can I restore them?

Dear Dave,
The decals on the passenger side of my motorhome are all cracked, whereas the ones on the driver’s side look great. How can I restore the passenger side RV decals? A friend suggested 303 Aerospace Protectant. I don’t read where it restores, but only protects “as is.” —Ches, 2011 Four Winds Hurricane Class A Motorhome

Read Dave’s answer


RVelectricity

Is generator bonding really necessary?

I just read your article regarding generator bonding. I’m curious if using a bonding plug in a floating neutral generator vs. just using the generator as-is made any difference safety-wise?

I have a WEN 3800-watt generator and a travel trailer with no EMS. Based on your article, it seems like I can just plug and play. However, I wanted to get your opinion on whether the bonding plug somehow makes things safer for my family and/or if it allows the GFCI outlets in the trailer to work.

It seems like everything I read contradicts someone else when it comes to using bonding plugs, grounding rods, and surge protectors with floating neutral generators.

Thank you for your help!! —Rob S.

Read Mike’s response

Read more of Mike’s articles here.



Video of the day

How to get the best deal on an RV – 10 things to NEVER say when negotiating

By Cheri Sicard
Thinking of buying a new or new-to-you RV? Regardless if you plan to buy new or used, from a dealer or from a private party, the 10 tips in this video can help you get the best deal on an RV.

Dr. David Madow aka “The RV Dummy” says there are 10 things you should never ever say to anyone who is trying to sell you an RV.

Watch the video


A bright gadget review: Luci Core lights come in handy all around the RV

By Tony Barthel
“It’s a light. It’s just a light.” That was what someone told me as I excitedly told them about a gift I was given, a Luci Core LED light. You see, in addition to writing stories here, I also give workshops on RV Basic Training and some other stuff. An attendee was so happy with the RV Basic Training class that she gave my wife and me each a Luci Core light.

What was the big deal about this light? Two primary things, actually. Continue reading to find out.


Reader poll

If you could RV around one of these countries, which would you choose?

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?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Home is where you _______? Fill in the blank. We bet you didn’t fill it in with this!


Quick Tip

Give your RV a name

Naming your RV and making it part of the family will change your attitude towards your rig. That’s important because your RV will be part of your life. It will take care of you and you will have to take care of it. Just like your dog, your RV will need annual checkups, an occasional bath, a lot of feeding (gas), and from time to time there will be trips to the vet (I mean the RV shop). Don’t think of your RV as the enemy or the cause of all of your troubles. Yes, it will break down or need maintenance at the most inconvenient times. And it will need expensive work done sometimes when it doesn’t fit your budget or your schedule. Your kids probably needed braces at a time when it didn’t fit into your budget too. —From RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget. Available on Amazon.


Website of the day

75 Fall Dinner Ideas You’ll Want To Make All Season Long
Now that we’re officially two days into fall we can start making our favorite fall recipes again! We’re going to start on the eighth one on this list from delish, the Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese. Yuuuuuummy!


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Recipe of the Day

Jean’s Nacho Casserole

by Jean Fisher from O’Fallon, IL

Yum! This nacho casserole is easy and super tasty. Set out your favorite nacho toppings and let the family customize their plate. This is one easy dinner recipe.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

In 2012, Taco Bell airlifted a truck filled with tacos to Bethel, Alaska. Why would they do that? Well, funny story… Pranksters plastered posters all over the small town (pop. 6,100) announcing that a new Taco Bell was opening. Locals were excited, as their nearest big city with new restaurants was 400 miles away. The town’s residents were disappointed when they learned it was a prank, but Taco Bell caught wind of the story and decided the town deserved a Taco Bell feast. The company airlifted a taco truck loaded with 10,000 tacos to the small town. Taco ’bout an awesome ending to the story!


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Cadee the Brittany Spaniel loves camping with us but needs her own chair whenever we go.” —Eric Suris

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!


Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here.


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jillie
2 months ago

We call ours Dink after a word that our daughter made up and in the scrabble dictionary it is actually a word that means love. We were playing scrabble one nite and she got stuck. She came up with this word and it stuck. Believe it or not.

Jesse Crouse
2 months ago

Call ours “Tiff”. 2006 40QSH Tiffin Phaeton.

Bill D Doyle
2 months ago

Our 2002 Newmar Dutch Star is the Dutchess, and our toad Jeep is the Duke.

Melinda Whitaker
2 months ago

My motorhome’s name is Hippo ! Only 26′ but shaped like a hippo.
Hungry Hippo at the pump & Hippocampus when I’m out camping & making memories !

Nancy Feagans
2 months ago

We named our 20’ TT “Taj.” The Taj we Haul. And our TV is a white 2017 Ford Expedition we call Moby. Moby Dick!

Steve Van Sant
2 months ago

We have a 40′ class A motor home and tow a Jeep Cherokee. License plate on the Jeep is “BNToad” and plate on motorhome is “Big Tow”!

Tom Westerfield
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Van Sant

Same rig set up for us. SD plates, Jeep “DA TOAD” motorhome is “DA PAD”

Debie Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Van Sant

My RV license plate is BBHIVE and my Jeep’s is BBTOAD. My grandchildren call me BB.

Gary
2 months ago

Mine is The Fiberglass Coffin…

cee
2 months ago

My MH is named RollinStone and now I can’t remember exactly why. Maybe because I love rolling down the road to wherever and who doesn’t like the Stones… possibly my parents

Judith R
2 months ago

My RV is Fern, from a German word fernweh meaning approximately “wanderlust”. My cat’s name is Lic, for Licorice because she’s black. Over the years as a female traveling alone (and now 80) I’ve learned that it’s not a great idea to be exactly truthful when strangers ask if I’m traveling alone. Now I always say — truthfully — something like: “Oh, Lic’s napping in the bunk.” Or maybe “Fern’s just resting.” Might be silly, but I think quite often it’s headed off bothersome conversation and possible problems. I even have their names, no explanation, on my camp sign.

Deborah Johnson
2 months ago

I didn’t name my RV , but I have a name FOR it: the BBHIVE. My grandchildren call me BB and when they are camping with me it’s all abuzz like a bee hive. I even had a special VA pollinator license plate made with the name.

Gerry Brine
2 months ago

Our motor home was give a name the day we bought it. It is easier referring to it by name when discussing with family and some friends. My two tractors also have names for the same reason.

Ron L
2 months ago

Personally, I think naming inanimate objects with personal names is a little on the silly side. And comparing your rv to a pet is totally out in left field.

John M
2 months ago

I usually call our motorhome names that can’t be repeated here. Hard to feel like it is family when there is always something giving me a problem.

Roger B
2 months ago
Reply to  John M

You must be a lucky guy John. There is always some kind of drama going on in our family. Mostly the wife’s side.

Stephanie
2 months ago

Readers’ Pet of the Day, so cute and love how the color of Cadee’s chair compliments her beautiful coat. How apropos.

Brenda
2 months ago

Most RVer’s we know have names for their RV. Our RV is named Lucy, after Lucille Balls move Long Long Honeymoon. Great movie and I have always loved Lucille Ball.

Bob p
2 months ago
Reply to  Brenda

We named ours TRAILER because that’s what it is, the tow vehicle is named TRUCK! Lol

Impavid
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

No name for my RV but I did name my truck “Tom”. It’s a dually and related that to the song Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley from 1958 by the Kingston Trio.

Deborah Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Brenda

My cousins named their fifth wheel Lucy because of the same movie.

Terry
2 months ago

Re naming your RV. I named our Dutch Star the Wandering Star after the song Lee Marvin sang in the movie Paint Your Wagon. Liked the song as I don’t like setting in one place too long.

Dan
2 months ago

RE: Give your RV a name.
We call our little motor home “The Magic Bus”, as a tribute to a VW Microbus one of my friends owned, itself a tribute to The Who song of the same name. I just realized that was at least 50 years ago. Can’t discuss the lunacy, debauchery, and nonsense that involved that Magic Bus. The current Magic Bus is just two old people and a dog relaxing at a campsite.

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan

I remember that song. By the “Who” wasn’t it?