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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, November 3, 2022


Issue 1984
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

“A winner is somebody who goes out there every day and exhausts himself trying to get something accomplished. Being able to get the most from their ability. That’s what characterizes a winner.”Joe Torre, major league baseball player and manager

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Men Make Dinner Day!

On this day in history: 1911 – Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.

Tip of the Day

No smoking – especially in shore power connections

By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as’s technical editor.

Dear Chris,
A couple weekends ago we were using close to the rated 30-amp draw on our trailer with fridge, water heater, periodic microwave, HVAC, etc., when my son suddenly told me that the power plug outside was smoking slightly. When I looked, sure enough, it was melting in the socket!

I actually had three ammeters running at the moment (genny output, AC input, and an experimental graphing smart monitor) and they all agreed we were at about 27 amps for the last few minutes before meltdown. Yes, close to maximum but not quite over. …

Read the rest of the question and Chris’ answer

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Ask Dave

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

What’s the proper procedure for winterizing an Onan genset?

Dear Dave,
Some health issues and the price of fuel are keeping me close to home this winter, so I’m in the process of winterizing the RV. I checked with Onan on procedures for the 5.5 Marquis Gold generator and was told to run it under load every 2 to 4 weeks. I was going to pull the batteries and store in the basement with a trickle charger but that would necessitate reinstallation each time. It gets pretty cold in Upstate NY, so I didn’t want to leave them in place or reinstall them in tons of snow. It’s stored outside next to the garage and I have both 120 v outlets and 30 amp RV outlet available. Are there any other options I can consider?  —Bud, 2005 Itasca SuncruiserBud, 2005 Itasca Suncruiser

Read Dave’s answer

Video of the day

DIY van roof-raise RV conversion to van tiny house

By Cheri Sicard
Meet “Woody,” a van conversion tiny house. What makes Woody so unique? His DIY van roof-raise, part of the design that his innovative free-thinking creator John came up with.

(As a side note, the YouTube channel this is on called him “Woodsy.” But since John calls him “Woody,” that’s what I’m going with.)

This build has been an ongoing work in progress for the last two years, including five interior and three exterior rebuilds.

Click here to watch

The “other Grand Canyons” are worth a stop too. Check these out

By Gail Marsh
While researching for an extended trip we hope to take in 2023, I Googled “Grand Canyon.” I’d hoped to find information about the Grand Canyon in Arizona. (The only Grand Canyon I thought existed!) Imagine my surprise when I found a map of the U.S. dotted with more Grand Canyons than I could count! Continue reading. Have you been to any of the “other Grand Canyons”?

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Quick Tip

Regularly check plastic plumbing fittings to avoid leaks

Reader Mark C. hopes you’ll learn from his experience: Be sure to regularly check plastic drain lines under sinks, etc. He’s had them come loose and dump water everywhere. Hand-tighten all screw-on plumbing fittings. Thanks, Mark!

On this day last year…

If you know someone who has a little bun in the oven or, shall we say, a fresh baked pastry, this is perfect… perfectly adorable!

Website of the day

How the Bigfoot Legend Began
We all know and love Mr. Squatch, but do you know the history behind his famous story? The History Channel tells you everything you need to know (and you don’t have to search for it!).

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 80 percent carry an air compressor for their tires with them on their RV travels.
• 12 percent say their RV’s tires are seven years or older.
• 8 percent have, at one time, worked at a McDonald’s.

Recent poll: Do you believe gas/diesel vehicles will be essentially gone in 25 years?

Recipe of the Day

Chinese Braised Pork (Crock Pot)

by Lauren Conforti from Harriman, TN

Wow, this braised pork is a smorgasbord of Asian flavors (like honey, coconut, soy sauce, and peanut butter). Braising the pork ahead of slow roasting adds a nice texture to the meat. The roast sops up all the fantastic spices and juices from the braising liquid. Serve with rice and veggies for a wonderful meal.

Click here for the recipe


The color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around. In fact, the use of the word orange to describe color wasn’t used until 1512.

*How many marriage proposals are there on Valentine’s Day each year? We’re guessing the number is much larger than you think! Take a guess and see if you’re right

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Josie, Jeannie and Walter, my Keeshonds, are my constant companions. They love to go for car rides and enjoy camping. They definitely keep me warm on a cool fall night.” —Kim Paar

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

A couple are sitting in their living room, sipping wine. Out of the blue, the wife says, “I love you.” “Is that you or the wine talking?” asks the husband. “It’s me,” says the wife, “talking to the wine.”

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Sheri Ken
1 month ago

Your 3 Pups are the First time I’ve ever heard of them. They sure are good looking pups. What a wonderful breed, I looked them up. Thank you for sharing!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Sheri Ken

Hi, Sheri. Aren’t they cool?! I’ve heard of them before but also looked them up and learned that I’ve been pronouncing them wrong. I thought it was pronounced like it looks, i.e., kee-shond. Nope. It’s pronounced KAYZ-hawnd. That’s probably because the breed originated in Holland. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Gary G
1 month ago

Check out the utube “How To Hunt” for Big Foot info. Fun site and can be interesting, beautiful country video. Other opinions given.

1 month ago

There are so many pop up advertisements…unreal today there are 18. Is there a setting to stop these?

Mark Gilley
1 month ago
Reply to  Engineer It works for me as a browser To get rid of the pop-ups.

1 month ago
Reply to  Engineer

Add Block Plus

1 month ago

Back to hunting down the current newsletter on your website. No email link received again. May have to try subscribing to all of them again. Did it last month and it seemed to work for a while. Oh well.

1 month ago
Reply to  Glenn

Yes, me too. Had to resubscribe to all the ones I like to read.

1 month ago
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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Glenn

Sorry you’re having problems, Glenn. I’ve asked one of our IT people about this and am waiting to hear back. I checked your account and see that you received Monday morning’s RV Daily Tips newsletter but that the email alert for the Beginner’s Guide newsletter that was sent an hour later “bounced,” and no more email alerts have been sent since. I think that if one email “bounces” the mailing program shouldn’t stop sending them altogether because it might have been a temporary glitch. I’ll let you know what I hear. Thanks for your patience! And have a great day. 😀 –Diane

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

Hi, Glenn. Here’s part of Jessica’s explanation about possibly why you’re not receiving our email alerts: “What happens, usually, is that MailerLite [our email marketing service] sends the message to his email address. To do that his email provider’s server has to receive the message. Sometimes that server takes too long to accept it and this ends up timing out. This is a soft bounce. Once a message soft bounces three times in a row it is hard bounced off our list, and that’s when we first see it. Because we are a 3rd party with MailerLite and he is a 3rd party with his email provider, it is impossible for us to resolve the technical issue or even find out why it is happening.” So, Glenn, either you or I can resubscribe you to the newsletters but the problem may continue to occur, since we don’t know what’s causing the emails to bounce in the first place. Sorry. Sometimes this so-called “modern technology” is sooooo frustrating. –Diane

1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I agree. Can be a pain sometimes. Thanks for the update. From what I can see, I’m not the only one experiencing this. I’ll just keep resubscribing if I have to. Keep up the great work all you guys do. I continue to enjoy all the newsletters. Thanks again.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Glenn

Thank you for your kind words, Glenn. I just wish there were some way to fix it so your incoming emails weren’t blocked for whatever reason. Shoot! But, again, thank you for your patience. We appreciate it, and you, very much. Have a good afternoon/evening. 😀 –Diane

Glen Cowgill
1 month ago

Whinner is the opposite of winner.

1 month ago
Reply to  Glen Cowgill

And NO Chicken Dinner !!!