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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, October 20, 2022

Issue 1974
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Today’s thought

“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” ―Oprah Winfrey


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chicken and Waffles Day!

On this day in history: 1973 – The Sydney Opera House is opened by Queen Elizabeth II after 14 years of construction.



Tip of the Day

Volunteer: Save on camping, do good, have fun

By Bob Difley
Camp hosting is not the only form of volunteer position open to RVers. Though there are volunteer positions available to students, retirees, and for seasonal needs, RVers who bring their houses with them are top-tier candidates for volunteer positions where local housing may not be available and where there is room to park RVs for the volunteers.

Many parks use volunteers for jobs such as trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, wildlife census, habitat rejuvenation, leading hikes and nature walks, and many more. These are activities/chores that don’t always get funds included in budgets and that are being pared to the bone.

Continue reading and find a place near you to volunteer


Today’s RV review…

Reminder: Tony is stepping back from his daily RV reviews for now. Here’s a note from him:

I want to share with you that I am stepping back from my daily RV reviews. I will still review a new model RV in every Saturday’s newsletter, highlighting the best of what I see. I will also continue writing regular gadget reviews and editing the Great RV Accessories newsletter. And I’ll have some other contributions here and there.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Even though Tony is irreplaceable, we’ll bring back RV reviews on a daily basis beginning soon, and, of course, Tony will have a review every Saturday.



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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.” 

Quick RV Tech Tip: What should I do with anode rod and water drain valve after winterizing?

Dear Dave, 
Should I leave the anode rod out of the water heater and the water drain plug on the fresh water tank open after winterizing the camper? —Albert, 2022 Coleman LT 17B

Read Dave’s answer


Video of the day

Awesome DIY teardrop trailer build on a Harbor Freight frame

In this video, Craig features his DIY camper teardrop trailer he created starting with a Harbor Freight kit trailer frame that retails for around $500.

Craig wanted to build a small camper that was lightweight enough to pull with his current car, but he also wanted lots of features and amenities.

Click here to watch



Trailer towing technique enters Stupid RV Tricks Hall of Fame

By Normal Frump
Oh, here we go again with massive video evidence of the dramatic decline in human intelligence. Is it the preservatives in our food numbing our brains, or our brains turning to mush after years of staring at computer screens and mobile devices — and slowly but surely transforming that ugly glob of tissue behind and above our eyeballs into the equivalent of a sea slug. … So here we go again (oh, this is hard to watch and not lose faith in humanity) with yet more evidence of modern day man’s (and woman’s) mental decline. You truly will not believe anyone could be this stupid.


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Quick Tip

Check your safety chains to prevent fires!

Pay particular attention to the length of the safety chains connected to a towed trailer or vehicle. They must be long enough to allow a full turn without binding, but short enough to not hit the ground. Wild fires along the highway have been traced to dangling safety chains causing sparks and igniting dry grass and tinder. Thanks to Fred Campbell for the hot tip.


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Not only is this perfect for people who spend a lot of time behind the wheel, but it’s also on a MAJOR sale right now, which is why we’re sharing it with you!


On this day last year…


Website of the day

How to Make Cocktails While Camping
If you’re not already a camping mixologist, check out this great guide on how to make cocktails while you camp. At the bottom are some delicious-sounding cocktail recipes!


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:

• 19 percent do not carry a 30-amp or 50-amp extension cord in their RV.
• 17 percent do not eat breakfast every day.
• 16 percent currently rent a storage unit somewhere.

Recent poll: If you had a time machine, would you take a month-long trip 200 years into the past or future?


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Recipe of the Day

Breakfast Pizza

by Bonnie Roberts from Lewiston, ID

This pizza has all the favorite breakfast fixings on a pizza. The crust is loaded with sausage, bacon, and hash browns. Then, it’s topped with eggs and cheese. Once baked, it’s perfection. Great for breakfast or brunch. This breakfast pizza will be a hit in your house.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

The Addams Family started off as a small, single cartoon that appeared in the New Yorker in 1938 drawn by Charles Addams. The cartoon was adapted for TV in 1964 where the family was finally given their names: Morticia, Gomez, Pugsley, and Wednesday. (Speaking of The Addams Family – check out this RV-themed rendition of the theme song. It’s incredible!)

*Where does the term “freelancer” come from? It has a fascinating history. Read about it in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our boxer Boudica has been traveling with us in our motor home since she was six weeks old. She is a fantastic companion for my wife and me and loves every aspect of camping.” —Ron Langlois

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 owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!


Don’t be a Halloween grinch – decorate!
Look how festive this “Happy Halloween” (actually, “Happy Fall Y’all”) flag is with a little vintage trailer! Wouldn’t this look so cute outside your house or RV? Everyone would stop to compliment you on it (and you’d probably have to share where you got it.) For such a great price, you’d sure make a lot of people smile. It’s weatherproof, but it’s also machine-washable so it will look good as new year after year. Get your own here.


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KellyR
7 months ago

I could not believe the Laugh of the Day. My father-in-law actually did this. It was not Pepto-Bismol but actually dog shampoo. He lived to be 90 with no more scratching or itching.

Sheri Ken
7 months ago

We do enjoy pets especially in traveling in the RV. SO BE PREPARED!
We mostly Boondock and our Veterinary is our first choice to find out where there’s a Veterinary and Clinic for an emergency. Yes, we’ve had an emergency. Our Veterinary is a member of “Pet Desk” to which our emergency Clinic just so happened to be a member as well. They were able to instantly share records and update issues. Our point, try to find out if your Veterinary is a member of something, locate an emergency doctor clinic yourself if the links provided are not helpful. We hope you will never have an issue. Best to be prepared than to suffer.

Sweet picture of Boudica with Daddy. Truly enjoy seeing your Furfamilies and Thank you for sharing.

Rebecca
7 months ago

Love the picture of Boudica! This summer we rescued a pup that is supposedly a Boxer mix, but we wondered…how much Boxer in the mix? Compared to Boudica, I’d say LOTS! I’ll be posting a picture of Cooper after he takes his first RV trip this weekend. He looks just like Boudica

Sheri Ken
7 months ago
Reply to  Rebecca

Great! Looking forward to seeing your Furbaby Cooper! If you really want to know about Cooper, do a DNA TEST. It is simple, not terribly expensive and you can get it easily at Chewy.com.

Bob p
7 months ago

That product of the day won’t hold very much trash, the dimensions claim it’s only .39” tall!

Cee
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

It says it can hold 1.85 gal. and the measurements on the pictures on the left side show 8.6*8.6*5.7 inches

Lisa Adcox
7 months ago

Laugh of the day made me giggle.

David Stansbury
7 months ago
Reply to  Lisa Adcox

Me too. Good one!

Richard Vaughn
7 months ago

Regarding the article on volunteering, I’m sure there are many opportunities. NOMADSUMC.org is a great opportunity open to all RVers, but RVers only.

Dan
7 months ago

I already miss Tony’s column.

Judy Wiemer
7 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Meeee toooo

Kit Vargas
7 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Yes!!! Can’t wait for Saturday newsletter!!!

Gary
7 months ago
Reply to  Dan

I imagine it was getting laborious to do one every day. I don’t blame him.

phil
7 months ago

If you can’t imagine how much stupidity is around you just look at the driver next to you texting while driving! Also how soon after the trailer flipped was the picture taken?It would take some time to stop.

Ron L
7 months ago
Reply to  phil

To those of you who think this video of the trailer on its side is an actual happening, I feel sorry for you. This is such a staged event that I just can’t believe there are intelligent people who actually fell for it. Maybe “intelligent” is the wrong word.

Dale W
7 months ago
Reply to  Ron L

Where’s the sparks. Where’s the smoke? You’re spot on Ron think about it folks before you jump off the cliff.

KellyR
7 months ago
Reply to  Ron L

The fact that it was probably a staged event sort of proves the point about the degree of intelligence of the people around you, doesn’t it?

Ran
7 months ago

To add to the dragging chain issue. We started a project here in Cal., where our CERT team joined together with the USFS to make 1-1’2″ fire hose sections that fit over the chains to reduce or eliminate the sparks. They were available to anyone who wanted them (free). Another way for volunteering to reduce the wildfires and educating those towing on the inherit hazards.

KellyR
7 months ago
Reply to  Ran

Old hose around the chains at least goes back to the 1950s with my dad’s first travel trailer.

Tommy Molnar
7 months ago

I seem to remember as a kid (50’s in Chicago) seeing trucks delivering gasoline having a chain dragging on the ground. I was told it was to make sure there was a “ground” connection between the tank trailer and the ground – to prevent fires. During good weather there were always sparks flying off of it. Uh, that’s gone now FOR SURE. Anybody else remember something like this?

George McEwen
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I remember anti-stactic straps

Bob p
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yep I do

Steve Minor
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Yep. Me too!

John
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yep

Cindy
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I think that all of us who have replied yes to this are a little older and wiser now. I may not be wiser, but I am older!

Gary W Mayberry
7 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

Yea, me too. Chains. yes. Older yes. Wiser, I hope at least some!

KellyR
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yep, remember both chains and straps on my uncle’s Mobile Oil bulk delivery truck.

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