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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, October 13, 2022

Issue 1969
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

“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” ―W.C. Fields


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is the U.S. Navy’s birthday!

On this day in history: In 1903 the Boston Red Sox won the first modern World Series, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth game by winning five games in the best-of-nine series.



Tip of the Day

Southwest snowbirds—Beware the wind of many names

By Bob “BoondockBob” Difley
When snowbirding in the Southwestern deserts this winter, be careful not to allow yourself to be lulled into complacency when you take off for a day of exploration and the desert is calm with nary a breeze. Desert winds (also called chubascos, Santa Anas and dust devils) can come up quickly and unexpectedly—and blow strongly for a brief period or for hours.

Take some time before you leave to set up some precautionary measures that may prevent you coming back to a wind-caused disaster.

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Watch yesterday’s taping of our live online talk show “Talkin’ RV Tech”

The Topic: RV Quality: What RV manufacturers don’t want you to know (and what you forgot to ask)

Dave Solberg, Dustin Simpson and Chuck Woodbury discuss many of the details of RV construction that manufacturers won’t tell you about, and that most RVers fail to notice. And it matters!


Today’s RV review…

New 2023 Keystone Cougar Half-Ton 23MLE fifth wheel

Tony writes, “Today’s RV review is of the new Keystone Cougar Half-Ton 23MLE, a small fifth wheel that has a similar floor plan to the company’s very popular 22MLS. A few years ago there were a few good choices in smaller fifth wheels. I get a lot of input from readers asking about good, small fifth wheels. There have been a few choices thus far, but this new Cougar really is a good choice. Why?”

Find out  here

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.


Ask Dave

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

Why does RV’s water heater work on LP but not on 120 volts?

Dear Dave,
Regarding my RV’s water heater, the gas part works good after I replaced the disc thermostats, but I cannot get the electric to work right. It’s an Atwood 10-gallon unit. I have replaced the solenoid switch and the heating element, but it’s still not working. —Brad, 2006 Monaco Monarch

Read Dave’s answer


Video of the day

Traveling with a firearm: Can you carry a gun across state lines?

The video below about traveling with a firearm contains no advice about whether you should or should not carry a gun in your RV, so don’t expect a debate on the issue of guns. But it does have valuable advice for those who are wondering about crossing state lines with a firearm. If that’s you, check it out.

Watch the video



Use Google Earth to find dump stations!

By Dave Helgeson
This is the fourth installment in the series on the many useful RV applications of Google Earth. … In this installment, we will look at useful applications of Google Earth to find and “preview” dump stations. While websites and apps will give you an address of a dump station and maybe inform you if rinse water and potable water are also available, Google Earth can provide you with so much more. You’ll probably want to use this, once you learn all about it here.


You didn’t miss yesterday’s brand-new issue of our Full-Time RVer newsletter, did you? If so, read it here.


Reader poll

As a child did you read Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew books?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Avoid tire blowouts with proper inflation

An RV tire can lose up to half its inflation and still not appear flat. Tire blowouts are one of the most common insurance claims, as they can cause damage not only to the tire but to the undercarriage of the RV, as well. Watch this video to see an example. Tire blowouts are often caused by under- or over-inflated tires.


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
It’s small, it’s flat, it’s RV-ready and it can store 300 pairs of things you’re probably always losing. Check it out.


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Where to See Mammoth and Dinosaur Fossils in the U.S., Including Active Dig Sites
Finding fossils can be an amazing way to be a part of history, so get out there and discover some! These sites are the places to do so. How cool would it be to see something so old?


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:

• 55 percent are members of AARP.
• 28 percent say they do not wear sunscreen when outside in the sun.
• 8 percent say they’ve traveled 200,000 miles or more with their RV in their adult life.

Recent poll: Would you spend $1,500 to stay a week in a gorgeous, luxurious RV resort?



Recipe of the Day

Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Crock Pot Enchiladas

by Stefanie Rowell from Kenai, AK

The combination of flavors in these enchiladas was really good! It’s an easy recipe to assemble. A super simple slow-cooker dinner. Very easy to transport to a potluck, too. We know this will be a hit!

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

The racquet sport with the fastest projectile is….? Nope, not tennis. Nope, not pickleball. And nope, not racquetball… but badminton! The fastest recorded badminton serve was 264.7 miles per hour. Tennis’ record sits at 163.4 miles per hour… slow!

*Where does the phrase “Rule of thumb” come from? Read about its dark history in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“My Bernese Mountain Dog, Dakota, aka ‘Queen Been,’ sitting on her throne keeping an eye on y’all in the campground. Wave ‘hi’ as you go by.” —Rich Danielson

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!



Leave here with a laugh

At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 9-year-old baseball players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?” “Yes, coach,” replied the little boy.

“Do you understand what matters is whether we win or lose together as a team?” The little boy nodded in the affirmative. “So,” the coach continued, “I’m sure you know, when an out is called, you shouldn’t argue, curse the umpire or call him a jerk. Do you understand all that?” Again, the little boy nodded in the affirmative.

The coach continued, “And when I take you out of the game so that another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not a stupid decision or that the coach is a butthead, is it?” “No, coach.”

“Good!” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your grandmother!”


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Bob Palin
7 months ago

The badminton stat is nonsense, I played competitive badminton for years, a 200mph serve would simple fly out of the court (you serve underhand). A smash may travel that fast though.

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RV Staff
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

Hi, Bob. I just looked it up. Here’s part of what engineering.com says: “The fastest object measured in sports is the badminton birdie. Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia hit a smash measured at an eye-watering 493 km/h (306 mph) while testing out new racket technology. That is almost as quick as the fastest car in the world: the SSC Tuatara at 508 km/h (316 mph)! The fastest recorded birdie hit during a competitive game is 426 km/h (264 mph) by the Danish player Mads Pieler Kolding.” Thanks! Now I know something I didn’t know two minutes ago. Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

Tom
7 months ago

Happy 247th Birthday to the US Navy! Anchor away.

DonH
7 months ago

I’m not sure who wrote your comment on tires, but it sure wasn’t Roger Marble. He will be the first to tell you that blowouts are caused by UNDER inflation, but almost never by OVER inflation. This is a dangerous comment, and should be revised.

Ron L
7 months ago
Reply to  DonH

Totally agree! Being under inflated causes the tires to overheat which in turns causes the blow outs. Being over inflated will typically maintain a temp to a 10 – 15 degree higher than cold inflation that the tires are designed to operate at.

Roger Marble
7 months ago
Reply to  Ron L

Correct Ron L. Running at highway speeds when significantly underinflated (many times due to cuts, punctures, or leaking valve) the tire can reach temperatures above 300F, and the Polyester or Nylon in the tire can melt and lose 100% of it’s strength.

DW/ND
7 months ago
Reply to  DonH

There is another aspect to this…. many rv’er’s myself included, have installed higher load range tires. While that is fine – additional consideration has to be given to the “wheel” capacity. There is a code stamped on them which translates to a max. cold pressure. I have LR F tires which allow 110lbs psi max cold pressure. The wheels are only rated for 95 lbs!! So inflation over 95lbs is a real no no for wheel integrity and a possible subsequent tire blowout!

Roger Marble
7 months ago
Reply to  DonH

Correct Don. (I was busy this AM so I had not read RV Travel yet) Good catch. In over 50 years of working with and analyzing tires I have only seen one instance where over-inflation resulted in tire failure and that was with a tire over-inflated by well over 200%.

Snoopy
7 months ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

I see that WRONG information is still there! Also in the great video about driving with your propane on, what could happen if you get a blow out. For all you na-sayers! Ever watch a NASCAR race & see what happens when they have a blow out! It can do mass destruction to some very sturdy components!

Tommy Molnar
7 months ago

Finally, a “Today’s Thought” from someone I recognize! 🙂

Glen Cowgill
7 months ago

“Leave Here With A Smile” was one of the best , if not the best, as I can personally relate. My wife and grandma to 10, is guilty of all. I laughed so hard at today’s “Leave here with a smile” and am still chuckling.

DW/ND
7 months ago
Reply to  Glen Cowgill

Amen Glen! That is exactly the picture of my wife and two of our 4 great grand kids – boys 7 and 9! Sports Leagues would ban her from the stadium!!

Leonard Rempel
7 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Not something to be proud of.

John
7 months ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

Lighten up Leonard. You’re way to serious about everything. I bet you are a really unhappy person.

James A Harrigan Jr
7 months ago
Reply to  John

I agree with Leonard

Admin
RV Staff
7 months ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

Did they say they were proud of it? I think they were just “identifying” as grandparents standing up for their grandchildren. But, yes, some bystanders do get out of control, that’s for sure. Have a good afternoon, Leonard. 🙂 –Diane

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