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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’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” ―V.E. Schwab


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

On this day in history: 1928 – Release of the animated short “Steamboat Willie,” the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.



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.


Tip of the Day

Never stop learning: Ways to do so while RVing

By Gail Marsh
It’s been said, “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” I agree! Curiosity or a thirst for learning can be a continuous adventure, much like RVing. There are new things around every corner! Here are just a few ways to satisfy your curiosity and learn while RVing.

Audit college courses

Many four-year collegiate institutions as well as community colleges allow people to audit classes for free. If you plan to be in one location for an extended length of time, auditing a class may be for you. Contact the college and inquire about auditing. You may be required to pay administrative, book, and/or lab fees, so talking to the admin department is a good first step. Bonus: Many classes are also offered online so you can “attend” no matter where your RV takes you!

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 slide room is tearing up the floor! How can I fix it?

Dear Dave,
The front slide drags in the kitchen area and rips up the flooring. The half in the living room is fine. I’ve tried to adjust it but nothing seems to work. How can I fix it? —Kenneth, 2002 Winnebago Journey

Read Dave’s answer


Video of the day

5 mistakes beginners make when cooking with charcoal

By Cheri Sicard
A lot of people say they are familiar with how to grill properly when cooking with charcoal.  But judging from my experience, a lot of people only THINK they know how to grill properly. Sure, these folks grill… but they regularly turn out food that tastes like lighter fluid, is undercooked, or overcooked, or charred black on the outside but raw on the inside.

You don’t know what you don’t know.

Click here to watch



If you visit this town, you’re going straight to Hell!

You just may have one in your state – a weird or silly named town – like Hell, Michigan, for example. There really is a Hell on Earth. (See what I mean by weird or funny?) Many of the strangely named towns and villages got their names because a founding father or company left their mark in the area. Other places were named after the topography of the region or because a significant historical event happened nearby. Read some of Gail Marsh’s favorite weird town names here. We bet you have some you would like to add to the list.


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
We actually really like all of these, but this one is probably our favorite. See which one is your favorite.


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

Which kind of chocolate is your favorite: dark, milk or white?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Only put tire valve extenders on when necessary

Does your rig’s tires need valve extenders? You may find that with time, the extenders leak. So store the extenders with your tire gauge and put them on the tire only when you need to check and/or adjust tire pressure.



On this day last year…


Website of the day

80 Best Thanksgiving Decorations to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays
There are some gosh darn adorable ideas on here to spruce up your Thanksgiving table and home or RV.


Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
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Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.



Recipe of the Day

Green Bean Casserole Stuffed Mushrooms

by Liz Owen from Oklahoma City, OK

Two holiday favorites combined into a tasty appetizer. These stuffed mushrooms are a delicious and different appetizer. It fuses classic green bean casserole ingredients and stuffs them inside mushrooms. A tasty twist to a holiday classic.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Ayanna Williams, a resident of Houston, Texas, set the record for the world’s longest fingernails. They each measure between 20-26 inches long and she’s been growing them for 24 years. Click here to watch a video of her … if you dare.

*Do doctors who play video games make more or fewer mistakes during surgery? Find out in yesterday’s trivia. It’s interesting!


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Luke (left) and JJ are GSD rescues, both about 70 lbs. JJ found us in April 2019 when she was four months old and had just lost her right eye to an infection. Luke made his way home in May of this year and is two-ish. If you have never seen two German Shepherds ‘face play’, it can look ferocious. They really rough-house even in our TT, but we can’t imagine life, or travel, without them!” —Gary Machholz

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!


Get your kicks on, well, you know how it goes… 
“The Best Hits on Route 66: 100 Essential Stops on the Mother Road” is the perfect companion for anyone traveling down Route 66 or who has ever wanted to. Amy Bizzarri, a Route 66 expert, takes you on an inspiring and entertaining journey down America’s most famous favorite road. Along with fascinating history and travel inspiration, the book also includes itineraries so trip planning is a breeze. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

A man is finally ready to start his own backyard beehive. He walks into the local pet store where they sell bees and asks for a dozen. The clerk carefully counts 13 bees out onto the counter. “That’s one too many. I only wanted 12,” the man says. The clerk replies, “It’s a freebie.”


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Phil
10 days ago

I hate to be critical of someone who’s just trying to be helpful, but on all the duallies I’ve seen, you’d have to dismount the outer dually, on each side, to install or uninstall valve extenders. What am I missing here? And if we’re not talking about duallies, what would you need extenders for anyway?

George
10 days ago
Reply to  Phil

Agree, putting valve extensions on is a bear of a job. The woven steel extensions are garbage and have blown out both my duallies already. Go with Borg valves which are just valves but longer like an extension to reach past the hub edge.

Cee
9 days ago
Reply to  Phil

What!? Take off my extenders? How would I check the tire pressure on my duallies? Before I get on the road I check my pressure in the morning before the sun hits the tires and I have not experienced leaking. That tip makes no sense to me. My extenders have been on for 6 1/2 years and and if they break or fall off, I’ll have them replaced.

Thomas D
10 days ago

I can’t imagine long nails. I can’t get beyond an eighth inch and they crack.
Personal Hygiene? Something doesn’t add up.

jim R
10 days ago

The story about the fingernails reminds me of the joke last week about the one-eyed one-handed pirate.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
10 days ago
Reply to  jim R

😆 Good comparison, Jim! Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

Sheri Ken
10 days ago

Luke and JJ are Best Friends who obviously enjoy playing with each other. Great photo to share and for others to Learn. Thank you for sharing and understanding your Furbabies!

Gary Machholz
10 days ago
Reply to  Sheri Ken

Thanks, German Shepherds are so incredible. They keep our small grandchildren away from steps and sharp corners without ever being taught. The kids pull on them to get up without complaint from the dog. For some reason we don’t have a lot of people walk through our campsites….. Not sure why???

tom
10 days ago

Duellies without extenders are very difficult to adjust air pressure. Get stainless steel ones and check them. (PMCS, don’t you know.)

Paul
10 days ago

If you are able to install valve extensions “only when you need to check and/or adjust tire pressure,” and then remove & store them until next time, then you DO NOT NEED valve extensions.

Tim.kyfl
10 days ago

Have not numerous peers of RV’ing told everyone to check their tire pressures 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. It’ll sure be a pia to find, re-install, check pressures and return the extensions to their formally lost location.

Bob p
10 days ago

Assuming the tip about valve stem extensions was referring to the plastic kind bought at big box stores. If you spend a little more and buy the stainless steel type the trucking industry use you won’t have leaks.

Tony Grigg
10 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

TPMS and done.

harry
10 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Wish you could’ve played a copy of Steamboat Willie. Would have loved to watch it again.

Spike
10 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Exactly correct, Bob.

That tip is laughable, in practice. Just get high quality extenders instead of the cheap junk. Also make sure they are properly supported by a rubber grommet mounted in the outside dually rim.

Impavid
10 days ago
Reply to  Spike

On my dually, my good quality extensions were properly supported but were of the flex braided design. The stainless steel support broke, unbeknownst to me, and rubbed half way through the inside sidewall of my outer tire before I discovered it. A few more miles and it would have caused a blowout. Must stick with the solid stainless steel one. .