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RV Daily Tips. Monday, November 28, 2022

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Today’s thought

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”J.D. Salinger

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National French Toast Day!

On this day in history: 1895 – The first American automobile race takes place over the 54 miles from Chicago’s Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea wins in approximately 10 hours.

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Tip of the Day

Using magnets, and the best magnetized gadgets, in your RV

By Gail Marsh
As an avid RVer, I like to discover small, lightweight items that make life on the road a bit easier. Magnets fit that description. In fact, magnets are so versatile in strength and style that we use them in almost every area of the RV. Read on and you’ll see the many and varied ways to use magnets while RVing.

In the galley

  • Grocery lists. I was delighted to discover that magnets “stick” to our stainless steel RV refrigerator. (Not so for our stix-n-brix fridge. Go figure.) For a while, I used a small magnet to affix a paper grocery list to our RV fridge door, but then I discovered this reusable whiteboard. Now I list needed groceries on the whiteboard, as does everyone else RVing along with us. I glued a small magnet to a non-permanent marker, too. It “lives” right next to the grocery list. That way there’s no confusion about which writing utensil to use on the whiteboard. When it’s time to grocery shop, I simply take a picture of the list with my cell phone and I’m good to go.
  • Activities calendar. When grandkids RV with us, we like to post this magnetic calendar to our RV refrigerator. We all brainstorm activity ideas for the upcoming week, and then post plans on the calendar. At the end of the week, we use the calendar to review everything we’ve done together.

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Ask Dave

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

Why does RV’s slide ‘pop’ and the cable keep breaking?

Dear Dave,
What causes the main slide to pop as it starts going out? This only happens after moving and the first time the slide is driven out. After the initial drive-out, it does not occur. After a few setups, the top front cable will break. The cable has been replaced numerous times with the same result. This problem has occurred since the trailer was new. Thank you for an answer. —Ralph, 2017 Keystone Outback RL326

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Our two tech experts will answer your questions about RV Repair and Maintenance from 4-5 p.m. Pacific time (7-8 p.m. in the East). So pick their brains via chat. Ask questions about RV repair and maintenance or just lurk and soak up all the valuable information. Learn where to watch in Wednesday’s newsletter.

Video of the day

Three ways to stop RV holding tank odors and make the sensors work again

By Cheri Sicard
Get ready for an RV holding tank odor master class in this amazing video. In it, TR Bowlen tackles the topic of holding tank odor, one of the most common RVer complaints, along with how to keep your holding tank level sensors working properly.

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A few excellent resources to find a veterinarian for your pet while RVing

You are happily hiking with your dog when she suddenly yelps and goes down. You run over to find that your furry friend has a deep gash in her paw. What now? Accidents and illnesses can happen to your pet at any time. It’s more unnerving when it happens while you’re on the road RVing. How do you find a veterinarian for your pet when you’re RVing? Here are some important tips.

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Quick Tip

An essential tool for RVers

Every Wednesday at 4 p.m., Pacific time, Dave Solberg and Dustin Simpson hold their one-hour, live “Talkin’ RV Tech” video meetup where they answer questions from viewers about RV maintenance and repair. They also have a feature segment called “Cool Tools,” where they discuss a tool that every RVer should carry in his or her rig. Here’s one they especially like. If you haven’t got it, and want it, head to your local automotive or RV accessories store. Or save some gas and get it on Amazon.

Website of the day

Bucket-List Casinos Across America
If you’re a casino camper or a casino-goer, this list is for you! And even if you aren’t, you might be after you visit some of these – wowie!

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• Dear RV parks: Do you purposely set me up for driving disasters?
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What if we told you you never had to be cold again? Never! Well, all of these are about 50% off today and let us tell you… STOCK UP FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! There is no greater invention. None.

Recipe of the Day

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix

by Cara Metzger from Warsaw, IN

This recipe takes Chex mix to a whole new level. It’s filled with cereal, Reese’s mini cups, marshmallows, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips. The recipe makes quite a bit. Perfect for a party or to leave on the counter during the holidays and let everyone grab a handful as they pass by. Package in a cellophane bag for a delicious homemade Christmas gift.

Click here for the recipe

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Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Millie, a Border Collie/Poodle mix (BorDoodle), was born in Salt Lake City and we drove our RV from Tampa, Fl, to pick her up. After our 2-week trip home we left about a month later for an 11-week trip out west. Millie has assumed the co-pilot duties and has probably spent more time in the RV than our stick and bricks home.” —Kelly Hanlon

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!

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2 months ago

Millie looks like a real sweetie! You did well training her from the get-go to ride in the RV!!

2 months ago

My take on the Salinger quote is in the nobly/humbly contrast. People focused on their own nobility, whether living OR dying, selfishly think it’s all about them, while people living humbly OR dying humbly count others more important than themselves. These are the ones willing to give up their lives, whether living in service or dying in self-sacrifice. We rightly honor & even glorify our fallen, but they weren’t in it for the glory.

2 months ago

Re. Blinkers. When I drove in L.A. using the turn signals resulted in drivers filling the slot to block you from THEIR lane.

2 months ago

JD, Salinger mostly wrote about the “Misfits Of Society”…

Brian Burry
2 months ago

JD Salinger’s quote is so wrong! After serving in Combat, with so many brave mature fellow soldiers killed or wounded in our battles, I cannot fathom what the hell he was thinking! Doc Burry, Combat Medic, Purple Heart 💜 recipient.

2 months ago
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2 months ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

I agree as well..

Samuel Shryock
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

As true with most statements, quotes must be taken in context and not applied to all situations.  Though the quote was used by Salinger, it is actually ascribed to a psychoanalyst named Wilhelm Stekel.

In chapter 24, Holden visits his favorite teacher at Elkton Hills, Mr. Antolini, who welcomes him into his apartment and proceeds to lecture Holden about his lack of enthusiasm regarding his education. Mr. Antolini recognizes that Holden is in a particularly vulnerable, dangerous place and may be contemplating suicide.

The essence of his message is to dissuade Holden from entertaining the thought of suicide and to encourage him to live for a worthy cause. If Holden were to end his life, he could not make a difference in the world or experience the change he desires to see. Mr. Antolini hopes to encourage Holden to live for a cause. 

Last edited 1 month ago by Samuel Shryock
Sheri Ken
2 months ago

Millie looks right at home and so pretty!

I did LOL at the funny today. The CDC finally got something right that most people have always done for years. Use your blinkers. OK, it’s a bit of a jab on a government department but really, have a sense of humor.

2 months ago

Center for Directional Control (CDC)
Blinkers = turn signals.

RV Staff
2 months ago
Reply to  bill

Good one, Bill. 😆 Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

2 months ago
Reply to  bill

Yep, I got the blinker turn signal part, but also when I would ask my mom, “Where are my….. ? She would say, “Use your blinkers.” Meaning ‘open your eyes and find them yourself’. Poor mom, we all think she is in charge of everything. Yep, when on the road, use both sets of your blinkers.

Kenny Steitle
2 months ago

People Joke of the day, use your turn-signals (blinkers).

Bill Tate
2 months ago

Please someone explain the joke.

2 months ago

Glad I’m not the only one who didn’t get the joke😂

2 months ago

your mystery product of the day is blank…

and I’m also stumped by the joke of the day…

Kathy Niemeyer
2 months ago

We travel with a cat and he became very sick. We were in Brownsville, Texas, and knew he needed a vet as he wasn’t eating. There were only two vets in Brownsville and when I called one told us that they didn’t have an appointment for 10 days. The other one told us to come and they would work us in. We waited for 4 hours to be seen. Brownsville, Texas, is the “Tick Capitol of the World” we were told. Our cat was covered in microscopic ticks! We received medication and was told he would be better within hours. Instead we had to go back the next day as he was failing fast. Our cat had developed an infection on his tongue from grooming himself due to the ticks. Another day of waiting for hours to see the vet. More medication was given out and we were told he would get better. Next day we are back at the vet with our cat’s tongue very smollen and he was losing weight fast. This time we received medication that healed our cat. What’s weird is we don’t let the cat outside!

Sandi Pearson
2 months ago
Reply to  Kathy Niemeyer

Yikes…never heard of this and I live in Tx. Good to know glad it worked out and kitty is doing well.

Glenn A
2 months ago

Trivia explains a lot!

2 months ago

I guess I haven’t had enough coffee yet … Joke of the day went right over my head. Don’t get that one at all.

2 months ago
Reply to  Spike

It’s a general shout out to people who never use their turn signals, thus annoying and endangering other drivers. What will it take to get through? Maybe if we tell them a government agency that has been issuing pronouncements says it’s okay, they will start doing it.

Didn’t say it was a great piece of humor, but that’s what’s behind it.

2 months ago
Reply to  Spike

Me neither.

2 months ago

IMO, J. D. Salinger is incorrect.

2 months ago
Reply to  volnavy07

I agree with you 110%

Steve Minor
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

J.D. Salinger sounds like a leftwing radical that needs to set the KOOLAID DOWN and study a little more AMERICAN HISTORY!!

2 months ago
Reply to  volnavy07

I like JD Salinger but could not figure out exactly what he was trying to say, because when it came to war, he knew better.

2 months ago
Reply to  volnavy07