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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, December 1, 2022

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“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ―Jack Kerouac


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Tip of the Day

See new sights and save with Groupon while RVing

By Gail Marsh
Traveling around the country, we’ve seen many special events, attractions, and museums. We’ve also undoubtedly missed many interesting sights along the way. But not anymore! I’ve found a way to make sure we see more and still save while RVing. And you can too!

Groupon

You may have heard about this company or even used it in the past to get discounts on goods and services. (I used it years ago and had forgotten about it. You should know that I’m not a paid promoter of Groupon. I recently rediscovered the company and wanted you to know about it, too.) Groupon, a Chicago-based company, launched back in 2008. Today, Groupon is a global e-commerce marketplace that offers coupons, discounts, and cashback on purchases by folks around the world.

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Ask Dave

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

Why is my truck’s combined GAWR higher than the GVWR?

Dear Dave,
My 2022 Ford F-250 has a front axle GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) of 4400 lbs. and a rear axle GAWR of 6800 lbs., for a combined axle rating of 11,200 lbs, yet my GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) is only 10,000 lbs. Can you explain why the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is 1200 lbs. less than the combined axle weight ratings? The weight of the truck at CAT scales is 7,500 lbs. and payload is rated at 2800 lbs. —Rob, Ford F-250

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Video of the day

Incredible stylish DIY RV shower rebuild

By Cheri Sicard
When it comes to building and remodeling RVs, trucks, and vans, Dualex is quickly becoming one of my favorite vloggers because of his beautiful and practical designs. A talented craftsman, his finished projects never fail to WOW, and this DIY RV shower rebuild is no exception.

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Replace your RV’s annoying two-cavity sink with one large one

By Kate Doherty
This is the third installment in a series of customizations, upgrades and changeouts to better fit one’s RVing lifestyle. In the second article in this series, I noted a full-timer who replaced their dishwasher with a dual pullout spice rack for cooking proximity (you can read about it and see photos here). Their tradeoff? Hand-washing dishes and cookware. In this installment we cover replacing the RV sink.



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Quick Tip

Oven misbehaving?

RV oven burning stuff? Get an oven thermometer to verify the actual temperature and try cooking your stuff on top of a pizza stone to even out the heat.


On this day last year…


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No butter, no fat, just… just… pure cheesy magic! We’ve gotta get this!


Website of the day

PlugShare
As electric vehicles become more popular, so do charging stations. PlugShare shows you every charging location around the country – there are many more than you think!


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• 16 percent have a current hunting and fishing license.
• 5 percent say that “back in their prime” they were an outstanding athlete.
• 19 percent have never ridden on a subway.

Recent poll: How often do you watch YouTube?



Recipe of the Day

Grilled Chicken and Tortellini Salad

by Peggy O’Brien from Avon Lake, OH

The ingredients in this recipe combine to make one fabulous summer dish. With the grilled chicken and tortellini, it’s hearty enough to be a light summer dinner. The frozen tortellini adds just enough cheese to the salad. Sun-dried tomatoes and Italian dressing give the salad a ton of flavor. It’s a universal meal everyone will love. Leftovers make a great lunch.

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Trivia

How long does it take you to fall asleep at night? If you said about 7 minutes, you’d be like the average American.

 *Are French Poodles really French? If not, where are they from? Learn more about the poofy (though adorable) dog breed in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Bentley, our Chug (Chihuahua–Pug). He’s 9 years old. My hiking buddy, and my wife’s cuddle buddy. He goes on all of our RV travels. He was the second dog to complete the B.A.R.K. Program at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a few years ago. (First was the dog of the Park ranger who led the program.) ‘Good Dog!'” —Tom & Jean Hudson

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Scott Batson
1 month ago

Large diameter traffic circles and rotaries are not built anymore because the large diameters enable speeds that are unsafe and cause congestion.
 
Many people confuse other and older styles of circular intersections with modern roundabouts. High speed, east coast rotaries, large multi-lane traffic circles (Arc D’Triomphe, Dupont Circle), and small neighborhood traffic circles are not modern roundabouts and UK ’roundabouts’ are not the same as North American ‘modern roundabouts’. The Brits even call a merry-go-round a kid’s roundabout.

There are lots of on-line resources to help understand modern roundabouts and how they are different from rotaries and older traffic circles.

Lindalee
1 month ago

LOVE Bentley! My Chihuahua mix (with what we have NO idea) will be 9 on Christmas Day! We’ve had her since May of 2017 (that was the final adoption day)! We got her from my friend’s rescue organization and they’d had her since she was about 6 weeks old (she was about 3-1/2 when we adopted her)! She and Bentley would probably get along great! You are Blessed to have him!

howard cole
1 month ago

Joe Namath is not a paid spokesman either – most of these ads from sites like Groupon are great, except they entice u to buy stuff u would not buy otherwise – caveat emptor .

Lil John
1 month ago

Roundabouts, politics, world unrest . . . Just think about this saying and everything will be good.

“Eat a live toad in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you all day”

Tim Bear
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

…an yet, there’s the US Forest Service telling us NOT to lick Sonoran toads…🤔😁

Tom
1 month ago

Remember Clark Griswold, (Chevy Chase), on a family holiday in London and trying desperately to exit traffic circle. Fails many attempts to maneuver his rental car from inside to outside lane, suffers several near misses with the other traffic. Night falls with Griswold still circling.


Kilted Ken
1 month ago

Great compelling thought and statement today on the part of a serious cerebral traveler.

LARRY
1 month ago

Grew up with traffic circles and rotaries in Massachusetts. Started driving in 1957. Very common in New England. Now I see them happening in California, but smaller in scale. Better than traffic lights!

Steven N
1 month ago

With regards to Oven misbehaving?
I have great luck keeping one of my cast iron skillets in the oven to even out the heat and don’t have to worry about it breaking during transit.

John Carroll
1 month ago

During rush hours — in Miami — drivers tailgate, ignoring the yield signs. Nearly impossible to enter a main thoroughfare from side streets at those times.

Thomas D
1 month ago

New roundabouts have new painted arrows. Follow them
You can’t change lanes when line between lanes is solid, just when dashed. Slow down. Yield to the left. I love them. Better than sitting at a light that seemingly never changes. We have 5 in a row. I know people that drive out of the way to avoid them.

Bobkat3080
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas D

And signal when exiting.

Wayne C
1 month ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

Yes

Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

Our traffic circles here in DFW are too small for that. You are in and out in seconds. No one signals and that is OK.

Brad
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Roundabouts are common in other countries but they are larger making it easier to pass through them. Those here in CA are much too small in diameter to safely pass through in larger vehicles such as a motorhome or trucks. The lane restrictions may work for those who use them routinely but as an RV’er in unknown areas they are a nuisance. The reason cities are building them is that they are less expensive than installing a traffic light,

Scott Batson
1 month ago
Reply to  Brad

Modern roundabouts are designed for trucks, large vehicles, and trailer towing vehicles by including the center flat area around the circle. It’s not a sidewalk, it’s called a truck apron, and it’s for larger vehicles to begin a sharp right or end a left or U-turn on. But they should obey the warning speed and know their vehicle.

JT1201
1 month ago

In Cotati, CA they were so afraid of roundabouts that they passed a law that they could never build one AND never bring up the subject again. That was 10 yrs ago, maybe things have changed. Here in Indiana we have “Dog Bone” roundabouts, 2 roundabouts side by side. If you don’t know how to exit you end up doing figure 8s all day.

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  JT1201

I took the interstate bypass around Indianapolis one year. After what seemed hours I started to recognize exits that I had seen a couple of times before. Thought I would never get to Florida.

Bob
1 month ago

Mystery product. Who are they kidding by showing almost nothing in the crumb tray? Even making grilled cheese on a griddle has cheese oozing out of the bread.

Snoopy
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Exactly what I was thinking!
Snoopy

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

My thought was the same. Cleaning out bread crumbs is not a favorite exercise in the first place, and now covered in melted cheese? Ahh!, but that is why the toaster only comes in yellow.

Skip
1 month ago

I grew up with traffic circles in NH. So they were not an issue while stationed in Europe or Australia. But the people over here really don’t understand whom yields to whom and if more then one lane what position to entered in. Try three lanes or more going in and getting out. And hate to say it but truckers are the worst trying to roll right in not yielding thinking they are bigger with automatic right of way.

Spike
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip

I learned them while visiting Australia on business. Got honked at a few times at first for failing to signal my exit, but my co-workers from down under set me straight.

They are becoming very common now in my home area. I saw a very elderly driver in a big old Lincoln sit at the entrance for quite some time staring. He then proceeded to drive straight ahead and up on the center over the “curb,” put on his left turn signal, and make his sharp turn off the center island! 🙂

Snayte
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip

We are used to yielding to the car on the right. I think this is where people get confused because it is the opposite in a roundabout. Someone in the roundabout sees a vehicle entering from the right and they stop to yield mucking up the whole works. Some of those people will sit at the entrance forever, I think they are waiting for someone to let them in. 🙂

Mike Albert
1 month ago
Reply to  Snayte

If in the driving lane, you DO NOT yield to the right. Traffic ENTERING the flow of traffic, whether for a circle or straight road yields to the traffic flow. That is typically on/from the left. I have seen drivers on an interstate slow down drastically to allow traffic merging from an on ramp into their lane of traffic. That’s why if I’m on a three lane + roadway, I’ll stay in the second lane , as long as I can maintain speed aand not further slow traffic.

Snayte
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

I was referring mainly to open intersections or 4 way stops which around here is where there are using roundabouts.

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  Snayte

Roundabouts were invented by people that drive from the wrong side of the car and travel in the wrong lane. And now someone in the US thinks this is a good idea for us? For gosh sakes, we won the war, let us drive our own way.

Scott Batson
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

False. Modern roundabouts were refined in the UK, that is all.
And safety is not partisan.
North America and UK introduced circular automobile intersections in the early 20th century. The US and UK adopted widespread use of rotaries in the 40’s and 50’s and while both countries found them to be less than ideal, NA walked away from them while the UK kept on tinkering. The offside priority rule (yield on entry) and smaller size with deflection on entry are the key operational and design changes developed by the British. The French and Aussies have applied them more than the US. We’re essentially importing the refined, safer grandchild of the east coast rotary (and playing catch up), thus the preferred name modern roundabout. Look up Frank Blackmore.

jillie
1 month ago

If you love navigating round abouts you should try the one in Brighton Michigan. At the mall there off US 23 it has 3 big ones and boy can they screw you if you are not careful. Otherwise I do not mind round abouts its the other drivers who need their keys taken from them. IMO not yours.

David Stansbury
1 month ago

Roundabouts- that’s pretty much what I see. Then I have to try and negotiate. Jeez. I don’t know if it’s me or not. My wife says it’s me.

Leonard
1 month ago

I am afraid she is right. Common in Europe and now becoming more so in North America. They really do work, but takes some time to figure them out!

M D-B
1 month ago

You’re not alone.

Mary Beth Mixdorf
1 month ago

The best instruction I’ve had is “Look to the left, drive to the right.”

Gary
1 month ago

You couldn’t figure that out for yourself?