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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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Today’s thought

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” ―Henry David Thoreau

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Microwave Oven Day!

On this day in history: 1884 – The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed.

Tip of the Day

Keep warm while winter RVing with these 17 cold weather tips

By Gail Marsh
Brrr! Have you noticed that certain areas of your RV feel cooler than others while winter RVing? I honestly hadn’t noticed until our grandkids slept over on a particularly cold night. They kept waking up because they were cold. I got up each time and piled on another blanket. The next day I read about lots of ideas that could potentially solve our cold spot issues. I thought I’d share some fellow RVers’ suggestions. There really are some good ones here!

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Ask Dave

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

Quick RV Tech Tip: A new twist on why GVWR does not match GAWR

I received an email from Jesse regarding my answer posted last week about the truck combined gross axle weight rating (GAWR) being higher than the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) posted. His response is interesting and could possibly have some merit.

I wanted to share it with you.

Read Dave’s answer

Live chat tomorrow about RV repair and maintenance

Dave Solberg and Dustin Simpson return Wednesday at 4 p.m. Pacific time (7 p.m. in the East), for their weekly, live one-hour video program “Talkin’ RV Tech”. Stop by and ask these RV experts a question or just soak up all the great information about RV repair and maintenance. The program appears on several YouTube Channels and Facebook groups including the RV Travel YouTube channel.

Video of the day

Easy RV freshwater hack for safe drinking water

By Cheri Sicard
You might be putting drinkable water into your RV freshwater tank, but is it really safe and drinkable when it comes out of your RV’s faucet? Do you know what’s lurking in your dark, wet, warm RV freshwater tank? That environment is perfect for bacteria to grow. Eeewwww!

You really should disinfect your freshwater tank every six months. It might seem like a daunting and intimidating job, but it does not need to be. Robin Barrett from Creativity RV is here to help!

Click here to watch

Campground etiquette: PLEASE turn off that noisy generator!

By Nanci Dixon
As a campground host, after having camped next to three different campers this week who left their noisy generators running ALL day long and had to be told to turn them off at the quiet, no generator hours, I am hoping that these folks are all newbies and just don’t understand the etiquette of keeping the noise and the gas fumes to a minimum. As more and more people are camping and electric sites are harder to get, I have noticed a significant uptick in generator use. Read more.

Reader poll

How do you most often pay for groceries?

Tell us here

At last! A directory of where to camp on public lands!
The Bureau of Land Management Camping book describes 1,273 camping areas managed by the BLM in 14 Western states. Details for each camping area include the number of campsites, amenities, facilities, fees, reservation information, GPS coordinates, and more. You’ll want this book if you camp or are interested in camping on BLM land. Learn more or order.

Quick Tip

This may save the toad car battery from dying while being towed

Toad car battery go dead from leaving the switch on to keep the steering wheel unlocked? For SOME tow cars this may work: Turn the ignition switch all the way ON, then all the way OFF, but leave the key in the switch. For some vehicles this will still leave the wheel “free” but eliminate the power drain. Check to make sure your steering wheel remains UNLOCKED before towing!

Keep your glove box organized for once!
This glove box organizer will change your life! Find what you need quickly, when you need it. It has six pockets inside and out for your vehicle or RV’s manuals, insurance cards, registrations and more. It even has space for a pen or tire gauge and comes with a notepad. Learn more or order.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

The Best Diners in America
It’s hard to beat a good diner. It’s even harder to beat a huge plate of melt-in-your-mouth pancakes, or ham and eggs if that’s more your thing. Here’s a list from Food&Wine of the best diners in America.

This would look so beautiful at night in your RV! We want this as we curl up with a good book!

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:

• When asked if social media has been a blessing or a curse to society, 85 percent answered “curse.”
• 56 percent prefer sleeping in the dark rather than with a nightlight or other light source.
• 28 percent do not drink alcoholic beverages. For those that do, the highest percentage, 28 percent, say beer is their alcoholic beverage of choice, followed by wine, then hard liquor.

Recent poll: How would you feel about being in the campsite next to a lit-up RV?

Recipe of the Day

Healthy Chicken Tacos

by Sena Wilson from Lake Jackson, TX

This guilt-free taco is yummy! The avocado salad is fresh and creamy. Tomatoes add a pop of sweetness. Lemon pepper seasoning really adds a lovely citrus flavor to the salad and chicken – it’s a must. We loved lightly frying the tortillas. It adds a crisp texture to the tacos that pairs with the creamy filling. Add your favorite toppings and you have a tasty, healthy weeknight meal.

Click here for the recipe

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When someone says they have a “butt load” of something (ex: “I have a butt load of apples from my tree this year!”), how much do they really mean? Well, if you happen to come into possession of a “butt of wine,” derived from the Italian botte, you’d be the owner of 126 gallons of wine. So, when someone says they have a butt load of wine to drink, you can assume they mean 126 gallons! Not really… but you get the point!

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Willy, our seven-month-old Whippet. He’s just getting settled into life on the road.” —Gary Smith

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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1 month ago

When my parents moved to Michigan years and years and years ago they adopted a Whippet. OMG that dog had energy. Brindle markings on his shoulder and ear. He had to be put to sleep for biting a mover and destroying the house when left alone. What a mess. He was 10 but I sure do miss him. My mother regrets that decision but she was living alone and couldn’t handle him and his energy even at age 10. Sad but it happens. But thanks for the memory. I do enjoy having dogs to travel with. Going back to Maine with 2 and hoping to adopt one more. Maybe. Happy tails everyone.

1 month ago

Gary Smith – Willy looks like a very happy guy! He also looks secure in his surroundings (thanks to YOU). Willy is one very lucky guy (as are you)!!

Sandi Pearson
1 month ago

One year we received the wrong personalized Christmas cards in a postal destruction occurence…we sent them out any way…no explanation but the usual required hope you are doing well Merry Christmas note.
To extend our humor , we put one on our card “tree” …friends visited…oh..you know them too? Who are they? LOL never told the truth..LOL

Bill B
1 month ago

Re Best Diners: Washington’s Frank’s Diner is great and lives in Spokane, WA.

Sheri Ken
1 month ago

Willy appears to be enjoying life with his loving Furfamily. Willy’s smile and laying position says it ALL! HAPPY, relaxed and knowing he’s Loved! Great picture thank you for sharing. Happy Safe and Fun Travels Always!

Marie Beschen
1 month ago

I love the laugh of the day….wonder if I have the nerve to try it? 😉

Sheri Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie Beschen

Agree! Now for our LOL Moment. Our Sweet friends moved their family to another State. The 1st Holiday card she was holding a new baby! We called immediately (confused not knowing she was pregnant). They had five kids & we were with them each time. The fabulous news and new tradition… Foster and Emergency home placement! From that time on they put in adoption process for each child. Their family grew to 11 kids over the years! Adoption ages range from infant to 12 years old. Announcements each time with a Holiday Card and update letter of their beautiful family! Present time a loving mixed family of 13.

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Sheri Ken

What a heartwarming story, Sheri Ken. Thank you! And what an exceptional family to read about. Wow! Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

John Brown
1 month ago

Keep warm while winter RVing with these 17 cold weather tips Word to the Wise: I had a job that took me to Austin Texas and to save money on rent, I bought a used 27-ft. Jayco Mallard travel trailer with a large slide out. It worked very well and I had it parked in a RV park outside of Georgetown. This was my first trailer of this type and not use to gauging the amount of Propane although I had them refilled several times before I did not check the levels before a Freezing rain shut down the city for about 2 days. About 3 a.m. it happened, Out of heat and both tanks were empty. No electrical heater backup and the local Wal-mart had already restocked for the Spring, No heater, No propane. As soon as the roads were passable, I headed to the local propane provider. In addition to getting my tanks filled, I purchased a third tank as a back-up. After that I kept one of the tanks locked down in the back of my pick-up.
The moral is that to always check tanks and keep a spare on hand.

Last edited 1 month ago by Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  John Brown

Always fun to drive around with a small bomb strapped to your pickup, right?

Edward J Wullschleger
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

In the 1970’s, that was the only way I had to get a 100 lb propane tank to my house trailer. Used one a week. Never had a problem, but of course it was just a couple of miles in the city. Also, my gas tank probably had more total energy when it was full.

Rodney Lacy
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

What about vehicles that run on l.p. also automotive gasoline explodes also. People need to think before they talk.

Tony Grigg
1 month ago

I suggest one more poll option for buying your groceries these days:

– With a mask and a gun

1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Those are only used by fuel and grocery wholesalers…sorry, the fuel wholesalers don’t bother with masks.

1 month ago

We have never been in a campground where you didn’t see any or hear anyone obeying the rules. At least one, but here where we are for the winter we have a few. Tho they are permanent, you would think those would be the non rule breakers. Well no, our neighbors don’t keep their dog on a leash, party till after 11, and don’t keep their space picked up. Can’t wait to leave.

Robert Wood
1 month ago

We have camped in many places but our two cats have never drank the water from any of the campgrounds, they smell it and walk away. We have a well at home and bring them their own water. This is mostly State Parks, so what are they telling us. Same goes for bottled water, won’t touch it.

Last edited 1 month ago by Robert Wood
1 month ago

We do not use the “fresh water” tank for human or pet consumption. Bottled only.

Scott R. Ellis
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

Good for you. But you’re wasting money and resources.

1 month ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

I wonder. You can refill gallons of water for 20-50 cents. An inline filter costs $18 last time I checked, lasts 3 months. Plus whatever you pay for to clean your fittings at every campground; wipes, bleach, bottles, whatever.

When you sanitize tanks, you use bleach, and an ungodly amount of fresh water gets wasted in the cleaning/draining process, and people send that stuff down storm drains or into the ground. Do it often enough and you’re wasting plenty of resources.

Thomas D
1 month ago
Reply to  wanderer

I found the inline filter too expensive and bought a whole house filter for around $24 plus the cost of fittings required. New replacement filtier around $4. I use the activated charcoal 5 microns. More capacities and a whole lot cheaper.
Menards Home Depot lowes all have them.

Rodney Lacy
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

It’s his money.

Ramon Milam
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

Must be from Seattle.

1 month ago
Reply to  tom

We love our Berkey water filter..best money we have ever spent..no more plastic landfill bottles.bought my kids and my sister one for Christmas 2 years ago…my kids say their pets will not drink city water anymore….check them out..

1 month ago

We installed a battery disconnect at the battery. Solves the problem very quickly and positively.

Rock & Tina
1 month ago

Quick Tip – Your wheels should not be UNLOCKED for all tow dollies. The Master Tow dolly has a floating pan which requires your steering wheel to be LOCKED or held rigidly in place.

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 month ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

I felt the article was for those that flat towed. Could be wrong.

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

Good luck getting people to turn off their generators.