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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, September 28, 2022


Issue 1958
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

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ―Marcel Proust

Coming later today:

Join Dave Solberg, Dustin Simpson and special guests to discuss:
Lead Acid Batteries – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Join us live at 4 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Eastern). Ask questions via chat at any of these locations:

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Today’s topic:
House batteries are the lifeblood of any RV, and lead acid batteries have been used for years—but not without much frustration. They usually last only a couple of years but should last 5-7. In this “Talking RV Tech” session we will discuss how to determine what is a quality lead acid battery, how to maintain it to last longer, and just how important proper charging is.

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Drink Beer Day! It’s also National Good Neighbor Day, so perhaps bring your neighbor some beer?

On this day in history: 1928 – Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.

Tip of the Day

RV roof replacement tips

By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
Join Dave and me up on the roof of a 2019 Grand Design Reflection in the video below. I’ll explain California RV Specialists’ tips during a roof replacement and what makes our installation different from manufacturers’.

Continue reading and watch the video

Today’s RV review…

2023 Airstream International 23FB

Tony writes, “Today’s RV review is of the 2023 Airstream International 23FB. Like all RV manufacturers, Airstream is continuing to evolve and stay current. But Airstream is also really unique in truly being an iconic brand that is true to its heritage. And, in some ways, building better trailers than they did in the past.”

Continue reading

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

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Ask Dave

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

My cable slide motor won’t start unless I push it manually. Why?

Dear Dave,
Our bedroom BAL Accu-Slide bump-out occasionally sticks, either in or out. To get it to move I have to manually turn the motor. It takes only a turn or less to get it to run. A few times I have got it to move by pushing on the slideout. I do not find any limit switches. What stops the motor when the slideout is all the way out or in? Is there something I can adjust or is it an electronic problem? Thank You. —Greg, 2018 Raptor 352

Read Dave’s answer

Video of the day

amazing hearse RV conversionOdd but amazing hearse RV conversion

By Cheri Sicard
Is this hearse RV the coolest or the creepiest RV conversion ever? The owner says, “You’ll sleep like the dead in there.”

Watch the video

Google Maps can find your next rest stop

By Chris Guld, Geeks on Tour
There are lots of apps that can tell you where the rest stops are, but they don’t know where you’re going. It can be a pain to check the rest stop app, then go back and check your GPS, then go back to the rest stop app, etc. Since Google Maps, on my iPhone, is doing my navigating, it knows the route I’m going to follow. I can ask Google Maps to search for Rest Areas along that route, and it can add one as a stop, giving me the directions. Everything you need, all in one app. Watch this 1-minute video to see exactly how to do it.

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Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

 “Ewww,” “I have an idea!,” “I’m a dipper from way back…” Know who says those things? Find out here.

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Quick Tip

Dry out the fridge!

Pop open that refrigerator door and what do you see? Mold and mildew? Yeeuckk! If you have allergies to the stuff, that’s even worse. But mold and mildew is not RV refrigerator “standard equipment”—you can avoid it. Just make sure you wipe down your fridge when you shut it down after use. Using a kitchen wipe like Lysol or Clorox will help eliminate some of the “starting medium” for unwanted growths. Be sure to prop the fridge door open until it’s dry-dry-dry. Or, keep it open at all times when not in use. Some manufacturers provide a slide latch, or even an accessory card to hold them open. Yours didn’t? Slide a folded hand towel into the open door and gently close the door until it catches on the towel.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Best U.S. Factory Tours and Museums
We guarantee you’re going to say “I want to go!” when scrolling through this list of the best factory tours and museums across the U.S.

Lap desk puts your back to rest!
If you use your computer on your lap, read your Kindle on the couch, or have a hard time holding that heavy hard book, you need this lap desk! Staff member Emily uses this when she works and highly recommends it. It has 8 adjustable levels and a stopper to hold objects upright. Great for those with lower back pain or bad posture. Learn more or order.

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Recipe of the Day

“Okie Dokie Smoky”

by P B from Fresno, CA

There’s nothing better than a one-dish breakfast meal that feeds the whole family. This scramble is quick and easy. It really fills you up. We loved the smokiness from the sausage and bacon and pop of color from the green pepper and onions. Kicking up the spice with a little bit of salsa was pretty tasty. Great for a weekend breakfast or brunch.

Click here for the recipe

Image from the National Portrait Gallery,


The painting of George Washington that was used for the one dollar bill was never finished. Artist Gilbert Stuart first painted George Washington in 1795. The painting was so successful that George’s wife, Martha, wanted a portrait for herself. Once he began painting, Stuart did not wish to part with the painting so he left it unfinished so he could refer to it when reproducing.

*How did the word “sheriff” come about? It’s a fascinating story. Find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We are new to RVing; however, it seems our Lucky cat has adapted quite well!!” —Belinda Hayward

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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2 months ago

In 1921, Alexander Fleming discovered in «tissues and secretions» an important bacteriolytic substance which he named Lysozyme. About this time, he devised sensitivity titration methods and assays in human blood and other body fluids, which he subsequently used for the titration of penicillin.c

2 months ago

n 1921, he discovered in «tissues and secretions» an important bacteriolytic substance which he named Lysozyme. About this time, he devised sensitivity titration methods and assays in human blood and other body fluids, which he subsequently used for the titration of penicillin.

2 months ago

I use 2 boxes of Baking Soda to keep the fridge and freezer doors open an inch or 2. I’ve never had any mold.

Bob Weinfurt
2 months ago

That fridge idea has worked well for me keeping the fungus from among us.

2 months ago

Drying out the fridge, i’ve been drying out our coolers the same way with usually a hunk of wood under the lid when putting them away! Now that we also have a refer in our motor home we just hang a hand towel from the freezer door into the refer opening, closing them & that lets it dry out. never had a problem with fungi or mold, but i have seen where someone had thrown there cooler away because of it!

Michael Thomas Lloyd
2 months ago

When does Part 2 of RV Homeless come out? Did I miss it?

2 months ago

Just a heads up. No email notification of today’s newsletter. Went to your site to read it.

2 months ago
Reply to  Glenn

Same happened to me yesterday. I assumed that Hurricane Ian would not let it in.

2 months ago

I recognized the plane right away, a French homebuilt called the Jodel Bebe. That photo was apparently an art exhibit. Had to search a small bit, but here’s a brief description:

“The aircraft and its boulder is an art installation of “fibreglass, stone and airplane” by Jimmie Durham called Encore tranquillité (Calm Once More), which is on display at the National Gallery of Canada….”

And ditto on the fridge; we stuff whatever’s available to keep the door open when it’s not in use.

Sheri Ken
2 months ago
Reply to  Walt

TY 😊

Glenn A
2 months ago

I use a magnet to keep the refrigerator door slightly open when the refrigerator is not in use. The magnet also keeps the door from swinging if I need to move the camper.