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RV Daily Tips. Monday, December 5, 2022

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Today’s thought

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” ―Hal Borland


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is International Ninja Day!

On this day in history: 1848 – California Gold Rush: In a message to the United States Congress, U.S. President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.


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Tip of the Day

Video: Transform RV bedroom into office. No tools or screws needed

This video is about a year old, but the information in it is timeless. You’ll surely get inspired after watching it!

A growing number of people are turning to RVing not only for recreation but also as a place to live and work from remotely. Josh Winters of Bish’s RV is seeing an increasing number of requests for RV office spaces. In this video, he demonstrates how an RV with a bunkhouse bedroom might be repurposed into a surprisingly functional office space quickly, easily, and with nearly no cost or modifications to the RV required.

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Ask Dave

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

Can I use a calcium chloride product to reduce moisture in RV?

Dear Dave,
Is a calcium chloride product like Dri-Z-Air adequate to dehumidify our RV? Or should we use a plug-in dehumidifier? —Bruce, 2017 Sunseeker

Read Dave’s answer


In the RV Shop with Dustin

Cool Tools: A cheater plumbing vent cap

It is common to have items on your RV roof become sun damaged and then eventually break or go missing. A common one would be the plumbing vent. There are many times that you can get away with replacing just the cap, and not the entire vent—where you have to remove the roof sealant and putty tape.

Today, I want to introduce you to a cheater plumbing vent cap.

Click here



Video of the day

RV noises: Stop immediately if you ever hear this sound in your RV

By Cheri Sicard
There are all kinds of RV noises. Some are common and nothing to be concerned about.  Others can signal problems or potential problems, but in the video below, Sean from Long Long Honeymoon shares an experience that recently happened to them, in the hopes that it will never happen to you.

Click here to watch


RV kills young boy. Don’t let this happen in your family

By Chuck Woodbury
I wrote this article nine years ago in response to the death of 3-year-old Landyn Keener, who was electrocuted by simply touching his family’s Airstream trailer. I tell readers about this every couple of years as a reminder of how dangerous an RV can be under certain conditions. And those reminders have paid off: A few readers have reported what they learned saved a life of someone in their family. In this case the family’s trailer was experiencing what is known as a “hot skin” condition. It can happen to any of us, and does, in fact, happen much too often (most often it does not kill). I urge you to read this story. Being aware of what causes this potentially lethal condition could save your life or that of someone you love.


Reader poll

If you have an outdoor TV on your RV, how often do you watch it?

Tell us here


Light-up Christmas camper is a must-have for holiday decor! 
Oh, have you ever seen anything so cute? And not only is it cute, but it also lights up! This adorable hand-painted vintage camper is perfect for adding holiday cheer to your table, mantel, kitchen, bedside table, bathroom and more! The camper comes with a 5′ plug-in light cord and extra bulbs. You gotta have it! (We do too!) Learn more or order.


Quick Tip

Not-so-messy oil filter removal

Changing your own oil? Oil filter removal can be a real mess. After loosening the filter enough to move it by hand, cover the filter with a one gallon freezer bag. Oozy oil goes in the bag, along with the filter. Sealed up, it’s ready to take to the appropriate disposal/recycle center.


Website of the day

22 Awesome Holiday Decoration Ideas For Your RV
Some of these ideas for holiday decorations are just too cute! We’ll have to take some of these and do them around our RVs!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Why RV park owners don’t want every site occupied
• RVers buy motorhome for $1. Then they light it on fire!
• 6 unusual ways to use cupcake liners (no baking required) in and around the RV


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
This is just gosh darn tear-JERKin’ amazing! Holy cow! No, holy beef! Click here to drool.



Recipe of the Day

Kielbasa Pasta Casserole

by Thelma S. from Independence, MO

This kielbasa pasta casserole is a hearty meal. Super cheesy, it’s a snap to prepare after a day at the office or running around with kids. We loved the savory flavor of the Polish sausage. One bonus with this easy dinner recipe is that it makes your kitchen smell like a pizzeria while cooking! It kind of tastes like pizza too… Yum!

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

The world receives enough sunlight in one hour on any given day to provide enough solar energy to fully power the entire world for an entire year.


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Luigi, Arnie, and Checkers, a Min-Pin, and two Chihuahua mixes. All three enjoy visiting different RV resorts as we travel around Oregon. They also are great snugglers on bed or sofa during evenings and nights.” —Chris Nintzel

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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Leonard
1 month ago

I think the “Laugh of the day” got it right! lol

Leonard
1 month ago

Oil filter removal tip.
Brilliant in its simplicity!

Lindalee
1 month ago

I love Luigi, Arnie, and Checkers!! I have a Chihuahua Mix also! They are THE BEST!!

William Anderson
1 month ago

A good warning about the dangers of hot skin voltage; however, there is nothing about testing for hot skin. Linking to Mike Sokol’s testing article from January 23, 2022 would be helpful:

https://www.rvtravel.com/rv-electricity-jam-testing-for-hot-skin-rvdt-1781/

Thank you.

Sheri Ken
1 month ago

Hot Skin – Electrocuted by an RV article IS A MUST READ & WATCH VIDEO – even if it’s a reminder. This is a TEACHING MOMENT. Thank you for sharing this must know information to prevent a deadly outcome. I asked my husband to read and watch the video. We Do Have an electronic measuring device. Now, I know how to use it as well. We checked our rig immediately. We are home. All SAFE!
I especially agree about checking your friend’s rig, just in case. Remember please not only your family and friends, your FURBABIES as well. We rarely stay at an RV park. We will check each time while Boondocking.
Be Safe Everyone.

MrDisaster
1 month ago

Leave here with a Laugh is great today!

Bill Semion
1 month ago

Re: oil change; that works as long as the oil is not hot enuf to melt the bag.

Spike
1 month ago

IRT the “Not-so-messy oil filter removal” tip: There’s an easier way to not have oil coming out of the top of the filter when removing. After draining your oil, move the capture basin under the filter. Punch a small hole in the bottom of the filter. I just use a nail and give it a couple light taps with a hammer to just break through, then pull the nail out. The filter will drain and not ooze all over when being removed.

Snoopy
1 month ago

Todays quick tip, aint gonna work. Think about that slippery plastic bag you now have in your hand & turning & holding the oil filter & the oil is all over the place & soon to be all over you. Nope I don’t think so! A wreck looking for a place to happen. But then again its just my opinion!
Snoopy

Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  Snoopy

No auto parts store that accepts used oil is going to take that bag full of oil and filter.

Sheri Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary

You are CORRECT! Must use the now empty oil containers. Also many oil recycling place will only take a certain amount of used oil.

Diane Mc
1 month ago
Reply to  Snoopy

Well…we’ve used that method and it did help. Not perfect but better than before. Also use for fuel filter.

Last edited 1 month ago by Diane Mc
David Stansbury
1 month ago

LHWAL- woo hoo!

volnavy007
1 month ago

Where did the “Trivia” statement come from? At best, it is misleading (including areas that would be very difficult to “harvest” solar rays, e.g., any body of water), at worst, it is a made up “fact.” Source, please.

Wayne C
1 month ago
Reply to  volnavy007

I suppose the trivia statement is true, but you’re correct, like the energy available in lightning, the trick is how to collect and store it. Nothing in current technology even comes close.

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  Wayne C

I just envisioned the “Around the World in 80 Days” movie. I see someone in some solar powered contraption moving around the world thru the 24 time zones in an effort to stay constantly in the sun, with a long extension cord attached to a battery bank on earth. Elon, put this one on your “to do” list.

Tony Grigg
1 month ago
Reply to  volnavy007

Yes, I’ve seen this ‘trivia’ item before and it has been totally debunked. It is based on .. well, nothing really.
BTW, I’m not criticizing the editors here. They are not obligated to thoroughly research items of this kind, in the same way that we are not obligated to believe them. The readers here are a smart bunch who practice critical thinking.

Gary G
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Totally agree