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Today’s thought

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.” ―Groucho Marx


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

On this day in history: 1936 – The first electric generator at Hoover Dam goes into full operation.



Tip of the Day

18 brilliant ways to use pipe cleaners while RVing

By Gail Marsh
You may have played with them when you were little. Maybe you fashioned them into a craft or art project in school. You might even have seen your grandfather or great-granddad clean his tobacco pipe with one. What are they? Pipe cleaners! These fuzzy-covered wires can come in handy, especially when RVing.

You can purchase a wide variety of pipe cleaners (often called “chenille stems”) today. They come in various lengths and colors, which makes them helpful and versatile as you RV.

Continue reading


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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.” 

When water pressure is low, will pressure regulator further reduce it?

Dear Dave,
I have a RV water pressure regulator with a gauge. As the output pressure is fixed at the factory, I am confident the gauge is telling me what the input pressure is (red [high], green [good] or yellow [low]). Sometimes the gauge is telling me the pressure is low. Here is my question: When the input pressure is low, does the regulator further reduce the pressure within my RV’s water system? —Jim

Read Dave’s answer


Today: Live video chat

Open Mic: Dave and Dustin answer your questions

On today’s live Talkin’ RV Tech, our two tech experts will answer your questions from our online video studio about RV Repair and Maintenance from 4-5 p.m. Pacific time (7-8 p.m. in the East). So join them and pick their brains via chat. Ask questions or just lurk and soak up all the valuable information.

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Video of the day

How to use Amazon lockers to get merchandise while RVing

By Cheri Sicard
If you actually travel a lot in your RV, even if you are not a full-timer, the video below will likely benefit you. If you are a full-time RVer, you are definitely going to want to know about this. In it, the Wayward Waggs, a full-time RVing couple, show how you can get Amazon orders on the road and while you are traveling by using Amazon lockers.

The concise video gives an overview of how this service lets you pick up orders most anywhere you travel, even if you can’t get mail sent to where you are staying.

Click here to watch


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
OMG! This is hilarious! You’re going to laugh out loud looking at this. And if you think you’re laughing, imagine the kiddos laughing even harder!


Tire life – Why can’t I get a straight or consistent answer?

By Roger Marble
I’ve seen a number of posts on RV forums and Facebook asking why there are different answers to the question of when to replace tires in RV application, i.e., tire life. Some are told, “Replace at 5 years.” They may hear that as, “You will die if you drive on a 6-year-old tire.” Continue reading Roger’s explanation of what determines the length of a tire’s life.


Reader poll

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Helpful resources

CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
CURRENT SMOKE AND FIRE REPORT
NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS

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


Universal lid fits all your pots and pans!
This incredibly handy universal pot and pan lid will fit [almost] every pot and pan in your RV kitchen! Works with fry pans, pots, saucepans, skillets, stockpots, woks, cast iron pans and more! Eliminate kitchen cabinet clutter with this multipurpose, compact lid. Don’t you wish you had known about this sooner? Learn more or order.


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Quick Tip

A safety tip on “aging” tires

Sharon Brown, one of our faithful readers, said she owes much of what she’s learned about RVing to attending training sessions at RV shows and reading newsletters like ours (shameless promotion!). She shares this thought about tires: “I would NEVER keep tires more than five years. Actually, I have become a nerd and if the tires are over four-and-a-half years they get dumped. Even if the camper is new and was sitting in the lot, as mine was, the tires still may need to be replaced. I was shocked to read in a forum that was discussing what the best tires are for a travel trailer. A gentleman, obviously not too informed, said that he had the best tires and they have lasted over 20 years. Wow, what was he smoking?!” Amen, Sharon!


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Why Are Black and Orange the Traditional Halloween Colors?
Even if you’re not celebrating Halloween, this article is still a fascinating look at why the holiday is celebrated with black and orange colors. Learning a little history never hurt anybody!


Silicon plate lifter for microwave ovens.A thing that does all things!
This large silicone pad can be used in your microwave under hot bowls to pick them up, or on top of a dish as a splatter guard, on your table as a hot plate, a drying rack, or even as a jar opener. When it gets messy just toss it in the sink for a wash, or even put it in the dishwasher. About $8 on Amazon makes it a great deal. Talk about a great multi-tasking gadget for your RV (or home) kitchen.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• RV Tire Safety: Consumer Reports on RV tires. Helpful or fear mongering?
• RV in for service stolen from Camping World. Customers left hanging.
• Are “phantom” campers stealing your campsite?



Recipe of the Day

Cheryl’s Low Carb Green Chile Burger Casserole

by Cheryl Chavez from Smalltown, CO

Hearty, cheesy and very flavorful, this is a delicious low carb dinner. Quick and easy to prepare, the topping is kind of magical the way it looks like a bun. This reminds us of a giant loose meat burger once it’s baked. Serve with a salad or green vegetable if you’re eating low carb. If not, baked potatoes or fries would be great.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Sunlight needs to strike water at an angle of around 42 degrees in order to form a rainbow. That’s part of what makes autumn such a wonderful time in Yellowstone National Park: rainbows are more often seen in geysers when the sun is lower on the horizon! When watching a geyser, look for the rainbow that may form in it if the sun is over your shoulder.

*According to CNN, the cost for a one-day visit to Disneyland for a family of two adults and two children is…. what? Take a guess and see how close you are in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sadie Mae is our sweet Shih Tzu girl and she travels with us everywhere we go. When we tell her we are going camping, she gets so excited and starts jumping around. She loves exploring all of the different campgrounds and state parks we visit. We love having her as our traveling buddy!” —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 First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!


Leave here with a laugh


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Steven N
1 month ago

With regards to the “Leave here with a laugh” if you look at the brides hand, she is holding someone’s hand also. Maybe it’s a cultural thing or a way back when thing. However if that big boned ol’ girl wants to hold my hand I’m not sure I’d want to fight her over it. Better to just grin and take the picture over a beat down!

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Steven N

Hi, Steven. It doesn’t look to me like the bride is holding someone’s hand. It looks more like an object. I sent the picture to my sister a couple of days ago. She wondered if the mom had a gun in her pocket. 😆 But, if that were the case, she’d probably be holding the bride’s hand. I don’t know why, but that picture just gives me the creeps. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

DW/ND
1 month ago

Based on the comments and tire info over the past few years -here’s a suggestion for Roger:
In your “retired spare time” write a book on tires. Cover all the aspects from design to final resting place or re-purpose place. Write in such a manner that each “section” covers a single subject, i.e., 1. Designs (which may have a few chapters or sub-sections; 2. Aging process(es); 3. Tire pressure vs weight vs load rating; 4. well you get the idea! Cover every single aspect concerning tires and lest I forget “wheels” too. (…and of course offer it free for the asking!!!)
PS: I have a tire question which I haven’t seen addressed: How much wheel or tire weight should be added to a wheel/tire? I mean the little lead weights to balance a tire out to smooth running. Is there a maximum at which a new tire should be rejected?

Thanks for your on-going highly knowledgeable articles on this expensive safety subject.

Roger Marble
1 month ago
Reply to  DW/ND

For 16″ and smaller I would limit the added “weights to 8 OZ. If you need that much or more the first thing I would do is “de-seat” the tire and rotate the tire on the wheel 180°. If that doesn’t “fix ” the weight I would first check the wheel by itself. It should be less than 1 oz out of balance. If the wheel is OK then ask for a different tire.

Sandi Pearson
1 month ago

Would love to replace my 52nd week of 2016 Michelin motor home tires! I’ve been trying since last fall but there is no production for resale. In Aug 22 they said Feb 23…tried to have service center order…now they are off the production list again..Michelin says coach manufacturer should reccomended alternate size..manufacture says call chassis manufacture…says call Michelin…its a circle jerk! 255/80P 22.5R Michelin # 59634. Any suggestions from the pros? We are full time traveling… and I really want new tires before we leave home next spring (still have 500 miles to go to get home this trip) for another coast to coast road trip of 8 months!
Appreciated the articles but both made me more nervous!

Roger Marble
1 month ago
Reply to  Sandi Pearson

Based on a post from some Class-A owners here
“For the 255/80R22.5 the equivalent is 265/75R22.5 from Toyo

My primary concern is load capacity and on that the 2 sizes are the same. Some minor width differences. Confirm with the Toyo tire dealer that the dual clearances are OK.

Herbert Zechman Jr
1 month ago

Roger is THE only tire guy I trust! No hype or bull just the facts. I have followed him for years replies are in plain ENGLISH.

David Needham
1 month ago

Was just reading a campground rules at a campground we used to take our vacations at.
Rancho Sedona.
Rules are ( just a few)
No barking.
Must stay in you rig between 10 pm and 7 am (quite time) no exceptions!
No propane fire rings.
Cost per night $114.00
Ha ha
Is this what camping is headed towards?

Steve Minor
1 month ago
Reply to  David Needham

David, Sounds to me like they can stick that campground where the SUN DON’T SHINE!! LOL

Brad G. Hancock NH
1 month ago

The pipe cleaner ideas are brilliant!!

Rock & Tina
1 month ago

No wonder people are still confused about when to replace their RV tires. Today’s article on tire life by expert Roger Marble presents different information than today’s Quick tip about the same subject and neither discuss the difference in recommended replacement intervals between trailer tires and motorhome tires.

Ran
1 month ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

I agree. I know there has been little bits of information that includes it all, but how about an article that shows TIRES 101. Showing all the past info put in one article. How to check tire age by reading the numbers, calculating depth, sun damage, tire damage etc. etc…..Just a thought! Some of the people here could be newbies. This will help the credibility of the writer, along with confidence in the reader. I know there’s no black and white line on this subject. Just my observation!

Bob p
1 month ago
Reply to  Ran

Even the “experts” have different opinions. My own observations are “it depends”! If your tires are covered, if the temperatures are moderate( no sub zero, no +100s), if you never hit a pot hole or a raised section of roadway i.e. bridge entrance, new roadway, and if your tires are always at a specific pressure for the load you’re carrying on them. They may last the 20 years the flower of my garden said( blooming idiot). Otherwise do your own checking or take them to your favorite tire shop for and inspection where they will immediately recommend replacements to increase the daily profit column. Lol

Roger Marble
1 month ago
Reply to  Ran

I suggest you can start your education by reading the 550 posts I have done on tires, TPMS & valves at http://www.RVTireSafety.net. I do give a series of hour-long seminars on tires, from basic to a “Master Class” at FMCA Conventions, and am scheduled for March 15-18 in Perry Ga.

Roger Marble
1 month ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

I can not speak for Sharon Brown’s experience with tires but she made no mention of being responsible for designing tires or for doing forensic inspections of failed tires, only that in her personal experience that 5 years & replace has worked for her. I am certainly not going to say she is wrong. I still stand behind my Tire Life article from 2021. I have covered, in-depth the difference and reasons for the difference in tire life between trailers and motor vehicles. You might find these posts provide more of the details you may be looking for.

Scott R. Ellis
1 month ago

Looks like Sharon Brown and Roger Marble need to have a talk. . . .

Croscwa
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Roger gets my vote every time! He backs up his statements with the results of tests or studies. I recommend that you read his articles.

I agree that having these two articles back-to-back made me stop for a minute!