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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

“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” ―Neil Gaiman


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

On this day in history: 1861 – The first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States is completed.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Tips for using RV forums, blogs, and social media

By Gail Marsh
No doubt about it! The internet is great if you’re an RVer. We follow many online forums, blogs, newsletters, and social media sites for maintenance tips, campground referrals, and all kinds of information about the RV life. There’s just one problem. Civility. Why does the nicest, most helpful RVer suddenly turn rabid when posting on the internet? Perhaps we all could use a few tips for using RV internet sites with civility.

One reason for joining an RV online group is community. Reading about fellow “RV road warriors” can be informative as well as encouraging. Learning about how other folks follow their RV dreams can inspire our own RV journey. The feeling that “we’re all in this together” makes unexpected trouble seem more manageable—especially when others offer good advice, words of sympathy, or even empathy, like: “That happened to us, too.” “Don’t give up.” “You’ll get through this!” “Keep movin’ on down the road.”

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Ask Dave

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

Quick RV Tech Tip: Why is my fresh water tank filling up when hooked to city water?

Dear Dave, 
On the last two nights of a three-week trip, our city water connection started going into our fresh water tank and overflowed from there onto the ground. Can you tell us how this could happen? —James, 2018 Thor Chateau

Read Dave’s answer


RVelectricity

Using a 15-amp bonding plug in a 20-amp generator outlet

By Mike Sokol

Hey Mike,
While trying to figure out how to use my surge protector with my generators, I found your article about fixing the open ground problem with an inverter generator. I have two Cummins Onan P4500i generators for my 50-amp camper, which I run in parallel to have enough power to operate both AC units. Then I had the same issue where the surge protector would not allow power to travel due to the “open ground” message. After reading your article I understand the reason now and the fix you describe. I have two questions I’d like to have answered to make sure I don’t cause any damage….

Read Travis’ questions and Mike’s answers

Read more of Mike’s articles here.



Video of the day

High-tech camper boats: 7 amazing amphibious travel trailers

By Cheri Sicard
I never even knew such things existed, but these amphibious travel trailer camper boats are pretty incredible.

The video below presents seven unique but practical camper boats. Most are not available in the U.S., but one is built here. Nonetheless, all of them are big fun to marvel at. With one of these, you no longer need to choose between an RV or a boat, as you can have your cake and eat it too. All in the same towable rig!

Click here to watch


You should consider buying a truck camper. Here’s why

By Gail Marsh
We happened to be in a Florida RV park during a big fishing tournament. Anglers from all over the United States seemed to have one thing in common: Each competitor had a slide-in truck camper. Many of these folks travel and fish for a living, so they live in their RVs much of the year. That made me wonder, with all the nice, big fifth-wheel RVs and some equally large travel trailers available, “Why would a person choose a slide-in camper over a roomier travel trailer or fifth wheel?” So, I asked. Here are some of the responses I got, and the owners’ reasoning makes good sense!


Reader poll

Would you enjoy a weekly column about geocaching while RVing?

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?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Need one final detail to ensure you scare the kiddos this Halloween? This will do the trick! Heck, this will scare everyone, not just the kiddos!


Quick Tip

Protect your RV shower from hard water stains

Hard water leaving its mark on your RV shower? You may be able to chase it away with a product like “Lime-A-Way.” Once it’s gone, banish it by “polishing” the shower walls with car wax. Putting it on the shower floor could lead to a dangerous slip, so be careful.


Website of the day

11 Halloween S’mores Perfect For the Campfire
Not only do these look delicious, but they’ll also impress everyone else at the campground!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Are Idaho RVers “crazy”?
• Campground etiquette: PLEASE turn off that noisy generator!
• Unlimited uses for coffee filters in your RV



Recipe of the Day

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

by Tara Pacheco from Fall River, MA

We love a good bread pudding, and this one is creamy and not too sweet. It’s full of wonderful pumpkin and fall flavors. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream for a delicious holiday dessert.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The ideal drinking temperature of a cup of coffee is right about 140° F. This is when coffee is the most flavorful.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Boudreaux (BooBoo) is our 15-year-old long-haired Chihuahua, and he absolutely loves traveling with us in our 27′ Class C RV. Every time we stop for gas, etc., he jumps into the driver’s seat and waits for his Papa to get back in so we can get moving again! ‘C’mon, Papa! I’m waiting!'” —Michele Pappagallo

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!


silicon tape to fix leaksTape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised, such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

A doctor left his stethoscope on the car seat, and on the way to preschool his little girl picked it up and began playing with it. “Wonderful!” thought the doctor. “My daughter wants to follow in my footsteps!” Then the child spoke into the instrument: “Welcome to McDonald’s. May I take your order?”


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DW/ND
1 month ago

Protect your shower by not letting it get stained in the first place – I always dry down the walls after I have dried myself. The only problem is with the floor. From Rosey’s comment below, I will try the vinegar tip on the floor – Thanks for the tip! (After 30+ years the shower is like new yet. We have well water, no softener but an in-line filter also).

Bob_B
1 month ago

Having been on the road over the weekend, I just got to see Saturday’s edition of RVT this morning. I both chuckled and rolled my eyes as I read Chuck’s advice to bloggers:

“Today, if you want to increase your chances of success publishing a blog, website or YouTube channel, model it after the Enquirer. Come up with scare headlines and you’re halfway there. Exaggerate about a new deadly disease that just appeared in Africa. Or if there’s any hint that an asteroid is headed anywhere near Earth, my God, we’re talking Armageddon!”

Just below it, in capital letters able to be read across the room, I read the teaser for a reprint of the Indianapolis Star’s anecdotal “investigative report”:

“COMING TOMORROW:
UNTOLD STORIES BEHIND INDIANA’S RV
BOOM: A PUNISHING PACE, SAFETY
ISSUES AND BROKEN BODIES”

Apparently RVTravel has learned that the National Enquirer way of doing business still works.

Marie Beschen
1 month ago

Two comments: 1. Today’s Thought was so good, I copied to use later in “Graduation cards”! 2. The laugh today, made my day, thanks!!

Rosy
1 month ago

I use a 4:1 mix of water to white vinegar to clean our fiberglass shower, then rinse & dry it. I then spray it with fiberglass boat polish and wipe it dry with a towel, taking care not to spray the shower floor. Learned this from a bass fisherman and his boat looked still new after 10 years. After 7 years fulltime in our RV and never using a campground shower, our fiberglass shower surround looks and feels like new. We do not wipe the shower down after each use. We have an in-line water filter but don’t use a water softener.

Judy G
1 month ago

Re Today’s Thought: Amen!