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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Issue 2008
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

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ―George Bernard Shaw

Need an excuse to pause to remember? Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. “A date which will live in infamy.” —President Franklin Roosevelt

On this day in history: 1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Tip of the Day

7+ ways to use a delivery service on the road

By Sandi Sturm
Innovation provides solutions to the multitude of issues that follow any worldwide event, such as our current pandemic. Home delivery is not a totally new idea, but it has made a tremendous comeback from the days of the milkman.

Over the past 18 months, I have been finding new ways to use these services. I found it convenient. Now I see that I can use delivery services to feel a little less isolated from family and friends who are many miles across the country.

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.” 

Does my LP tank need to be recertified?

Dear Dave,
Does the permanent propane tank on my rig require recertification after 12 years, as the portable 20 lb. tanks do? —Dennis, 2005 Pleasure-Way Lexor MH

Read Dave’s answer

 NEW! In the RV Shop With Dustin

In this new column, head into the RV shop with Dustin Simpson and his wife, Ashley, of California RV Specialists. Each Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Dustin and Ashley will walk you through what’s going on in and around their shop. They’ll share their favorite tools, gadgets, DIY maintenance projects, RV tech talks, what they receive in their inbox, and much, much more.

Talkin’ RV Tech Short : Can I keep my RV plugged in while not in use?

If you have questions, we have answers! Join us LIVE every Wednesday @ 4pm PST for Talkin’ RV Tech (that’s today!), presented by RVtravel.com. Here is a sample from one of our recent shows where one of our viewers wanted to know if he could keep his RV plugged in while not in use.

Click here to watch

Today: Live video chat

Open Mic: Dave and Dustin answer your questions about RV repair and maintenance

On today’s live Talkin’ RV Tech, our two tech experts will answer your questions from our online video studio about RV Repair and Maintenance from 4-5 p.m. Pacific time (7-8 p.m. in the East). So join them and pick their brains via chat. Ask questions or just lurk and soak up all the valuable information.

Watch and ask questions here. RV Travel on YouTubeRV Travel on Facebook California RV Specialists on YouTube.

Thetford’s toilet seal isn’t crappy!
Nobody wants to talk about a yucky toilet, but nobody wants to actually have to deal with a yucky toilet either… Enter Thetford’s Toilet Seal Lube and Conditioner. It works on all RV and boat toilets and protects the seal from drying out. If your toilet’s seal dries out, it can prevent it from sealing and holding water. You don’t want that! This is one of those products you should really use, even if dealing with your toilet isn’t your all-time favorite thing to do. Check it out.

Video of the day

RV Christmas tree hack—Small space, big tree!

By Cheri Sicard
Decorate your RV for Christmas with the team from Five2Go! Yes, you can even have an RV Christmas tree with their clever idea presented in the video below—no matter how small your space is!

Because there is so little floor space, they instead use a wall to hold their DIY tree. In order to create the RV Christmas tree, you will need one flat wall in your RV. In the video, they simply removed a photo from one of their walls.

Click here to watch

Are Idaho RVers crazy?

By Dave Helgeson
After a recent trip to the wilds of Idaho I find myself asking, “Are Idaho RVers crazy or just more seasoned than the rest of us?” I have always thought of myself as a rather rugged RVer, but after what I experienced I am beginning to think I am a bit of a wimp! … Dave writes about a few of the “surprises” that awaited him and his wife on their recent trip. Read about them here, then feel free to add your thoughts.

Reader poll

Have you ever attended an NFL football game?

Tell us here

‘Earthquake Putty’ a favorite of RVers, keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.

Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Quick Tip

Keep your ceiling light covers in place

RV fluorescent ceiling light covers often pop off on bumpy roads. Get out your tube of acrylic or silicone sealant and put a dot on each end and in the middle of both sides of the jumpy covers. Let the goop dry, then reinstall the shade. The dried goop should provide enough friction to keep things in place.

On this day last year…

We recently watched someone use one of these and it was neat! It’s like bringing the campfire inside. You’d be the fanciest person in the campground, that’s for sure! Cheers!

Website of the day

We mention Goldbelly in today’s Tip of the Day, but it’s worth checking out. Goldbelly ships popular meals and treats from around the country straight to your door. Maine lobster roll, anyone? New York pizza? Philly cheesesteak? They’ve got it!

Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

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Recipe of the Day

Crock Pot Lentil Soup

by Laurie Sanders from Seattle, WA

So easy, yet so tasty! Don’t let the simple ingredients fool you; this is one dynamite lentil soup! The ease of preparing it in a Crock Pot makes it even better. Lentils are like little sponges and soak up the fantastic flavor of the ham hock and the medley of veggies. This slow cooker lentil soup has well-balanced savory flavor. Perfect with a little dollop of sour cream.

Click here for the recipe

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Between 1946 and 1958, the United States tested 23 nuclear devices on Bikini Atoll, a ring-shaped coral reef island located in the Pacific Ocean within the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The nuclear testing made world news, and French automotive engineer Louis Réard made note of the explosive tests. It was then that he invented the modern two-piece swimsuit, the bikini. He was so sure it would explode in popularity, just like an atomic bomb, that he named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll island.

*When someone has a “butt load” of something, how much do they really mean? Yesterday’s trivia tells you the history behind this silly, or not so silly, measurement. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“7-year-old rescues from the same litter, one long-hair (Molly), one short-hair (Max). Both love RVing. This one is Max. Molly will be in another photo. Stay tuned!” —Dorrin Birch

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

Loved your Chihuahuas Dorrin!! My rescue will be 9 on Christmas Day! Aren’t they just the greatest dogs??

Dorrin Birch
1 month ago
Reply to  Lindalee

Thank you! Happy birthday to your little doggie, Linda! They ARE great!

1 month ago

So is December 7, 1941, the day that will “live in infamy” too obvious to be listed on this day in history? Apparently it wasn’t that infamous.

1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

Thank you for pointing this out! That’s the problem with our country today(for some). Things like this need to be remembered.

Lil John
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

Being a Veteran I was disappointed that RVtravel did not at least show the American Flag and put up a decent sized notice of those that gave their all that day. Many of the young people in America need to remember and acknowledge what their grandfathers did for them back then. I will always respect our military. Bless them all.

1 month ago

Nobody told me when you get a wife there’s no volume control.

Bill Bamber; Edmonton Alberta
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard


Steve Minor
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard

AMEN and again I say AMEN!!! LOL

1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Minor

Defiantly no volume control!

1 month ago
Reply to  Richard

Volume control isn’t necessary when the ears aren’t attached

Tom Gutzke
1 month ago

When traveling I always checked the local AM stations at noon to listen to Paul Harvey’s news broadcast. A truly great broadcaster.