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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, November 17, 2022

Issue 1994
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.

Attention writers and publicists
We have paid (and volunteer) freelance and staff positions available for writers, editors and PR experts. Must have experience, be creative, ethical, highly motivated, know RVs and the lifestyle inside out, and be eager to make a difference in the lives of RVers (we have an immediate need for someone to write a daily RV review). Interested? Contact publisher Chuck Woodbury at chuck@rvtravel.com and tell him about yourself. No influencers or “content creators.” If you are not especially talented at any of these skills, please do not apply. Retirees who still want to “stay in the game” are especially welcome.

Today’s thought

“We shouldn’t be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.” Noam Chomsky

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Take a Hike Day!

On this day in history: 1820 – Captain Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica. (The Palmer Peninsula is later named after him.)

Tip of the Day

5 tips from professional RV washers

By Nanci Dixon
Traveling through the dusty states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, can really dirty up an RV! We pulled into a campground in Amarillo, Texas, and saw the motorhome next to us being washed. The people doing the RV washing were professionals and shared some secrets with us. Of course, we had the road dust washed off ours, too.

Previously we had our motorhome lightly scratched by brush washing it in Yuma, AZ. This time, I insisted that they use the lambswool wash pad we had on hand. The former brush scratches in the clear coat are still visible in the sunlight but at least no more were added.

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.” 

My toilet and tank opening overlap. This is not good!

Dear Dave,
When I open and look down into the toilet, I see a round hole in the toilet that does not line up with the round hole in the tank (or tank pipe). Hard to describe, but it looks like two circles that are offset from one another. The two openings overlap, which creates a small shelf where solid material likes to congregate. I cannot figure out how the toilet is mounted. There is no visible mounting hardware. It is down too far for me to cut away some material, but I’m not sure if I would be damaging the toilet or the holding tank. I think I have to remove the toilet and remount it in a new position but can’t figure out how to do this. Any help would be appreciated. THANK YOU! —Stas, 2004 Fleetwood Tioga Model 23E

Read Dave’s answer

Video of the day

Evidence of Sasquatch? 8 years of Alaska Bigfoot video clips

By Cheri Sicard
Keithie6, a metal detectorist who has been living in and exploring Alaska for the last 22 years, has put together a short but fascinating compilation of Alaska Bigfoot video clips he has personally experienced and filmed over an 8-year period.

Whether you are a Bigfoot believer or not, there are some compelling things presented from a low-key source who seems to just be sharing his personal experiences that happened to him while he was out pursuing his metal-detecting vocation.

Click here to watch

Inflatable foot rest is comfortable for couch and passenger seat
Now that’s cool! Miss your favorite recliner no more! This inflatable foot rest is perfect for lounging on the couch, in the chair by the campfire, or in the passenger seat for long drives. Take it on a plane ride, or take it to the grandkids’ sports games (we know those can get long). It weighs less than 1 lb. and folds down small for travel. Learn more about this comfy foot rest here.

Roadside stop near Death Valley is an unexpected delight. (This story is delightful, too)

By Rod Andrew
Probably most readers of RVtravel.com have visited the amazing landmarks, natural and man-made, that are part of the RV experience. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon is, well, overwhelming. During our travels, my wife and I have had our share of these majestic moments, but, strangely, it has been unexpected moments of joy that we remember most vividly, and that have had the most lasting impact on us. I’d like to share one of those moments. Continue reading. (You’ll love this.)

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Quick Tip

A simple reminder which just may save your RV roof

Don’t bang your [RV’s] head: Make an easy-to-read note and put it on your dashboard or sun visor showing your RV height in feet and inches – and in metric too, if you travel out of the country. It could save your TV antenna, air conditioner – even your roof. Thanks to George B. for the tip.

Hehe, we love these! This would make one true happy camper indeed!

On this day last year…

Website of the day

50 survival tips and tricks for the outdoors
The title says it all! Visit this page (and explore the rest of the website while you’re at it) to learn the best tips about surviving in the wilderness. Lots of stuff here will come in handy!

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:

• The highest percentage of voters, 49 percent, say driving five to six hours is the maximum amount they’ll drive in a day.
• When asked about the top reasons for stopping at rest areas, the main reasons RVers said, in order, were: resting and giving their eyes a break from driving, to grab a snack or a meal, or to get some exercise.
• 39 percent of fifth wheel owners have a Ford truck to tow their RV. The second most popular truck brand was Ram, followed by Chevrolet and GMC.

Recent poll: What device are you using now to read this newsletter?

Recipe of the Day

Super Delicious Apple Cider Turkey Brine

by Sanity Chek from Annapolis, MD

Trust the process for brining a turkey, and this recipe will produce one of the best roasted turkeys you’ve ever tasted. Once baked, the turkey is nice and juicy, and full of flavor. It’s savory with a hint of garlic and citrus. The breast is not the least bit dry. This apple cider brine does take a little bit of patience and time, but the outcome is well worth the wait.

Click here for the recipe

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According to a study done by the Archives of Surgery, doctors who played video games for more than three hours each week made 37 percent fewer surgical errors than those who didn’t. Those same doctors also performed 27 percent faster and scored 42 percent better on a test of surgical skills. Video games can improve fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, attention span, depth perception and computer competency. Interesting!

*If you’re right handed do you tend to chew your food on your right side? What about left? Or is it the opposite? We tell you in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Cooper, our 15-year-old cat, loves travel and is very laid-back and relaxed. He likes to watch the world from the inside of his MoHo.” —Caren Kelly

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

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Parker (@guest_211256)
1 year ago

Feature request: Not for every story (unless that’s what you want), but for the fun stuff, I’m yearning for a way to “like” it. Give us an up arrow or a star or something. Let us give you some love for the things we like. 🙂 <3

Emily Woodbury
1 year ago
Reply to  Parker

Hmmmm… It’s almost like you read our minds, Parker. We may have something up our sleeve… Stay tuned. 😉 –Emily, RVtravel.com

Sheri Ken (@guest_211238)
1 year ago

Death Valley surprise is a great information for us to hopefully visit. We live within a few hours and will check this out. Going to this area is always fun for a short stay RVing. Thank you for the great read!

Thomas D (@guest_211223)
1 year ago

How do you housebreak a pet like that?

Dave (@guest_211214)
1 year ago

What Airline are they using that you could use a Ottoman for your feet, blow up or other wise?? On the last flight I was on, there wasn’t room for my feet, much less anything else.

Brad G. Hancock NH (@guest_211200)
1 year ago

Regarding moisture in your RV… We live in NH and we store our motorhome, fully covered with a quality RV cover, at the end of our driveway. For several years, I have used calcium chloride – aka ice melt for sidewalks and driveways – as a dehumidifying agent. It is available in both flake and small pellet form. The calcium chloride absorbs moisture in the RV. I buy very inexpensive foil pans about 12″x16’x3″ and add a layer of calcium chloride in the foil pan approximately 1″ in depth. I check the pans every month or so, drain off any water into a bucket for disposal and add a new batch of C.C.
Has anyone else tried this?

bill (@guest_211230)
1 year ago

That is standard practice out in the great Northwet. Glad you came up with it on your own .. Kudos!

M D-B (@guest_211199)
1 year ago

Love today’s Leave Here with a Laugh!

Dan (@guest_211204)
1 year ago
Reply to  M D-B

It must be laying on a cowch.

Bill Bamber; Edmonton Alberta (@guest_211210)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Totally Warped!! Like It!!

T. Hudson (@guest_211225)
1 year ago

You might have to ask her to “moooove” over a bit.

Sheri Ken (@guest_211237)
1 year ago
Reply to  T. Hudson

Mooove over is a LOL Moment! Great job.

KellyR (@guest_211242)
1 year ago
Reply to  M D-B

Shame on all of you for making fun of Mr. Magoo’s Harlequin Great Dane.

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