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RV Daily Tips. Monday, December 12, 2022

Issue 2011
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Today’s thought

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ―C.G. Jung


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Gingerbread House Day!

On this day in history: 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter “S” [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland.



Tip of the Day

Creative ways to use PVC pipe while RVing

By Gail Marsh
Polyvinyl chloride, better known as PVC, is best known as the plastic piping you might see under your RV sinks. This PVC pipe is for plumbing and draining—critical necessities for RVers. But there are other ways PVC pipe can be used. Check out these tips and tricks for using PVC pipe while RVing.

PVC pipe comes in various thicknesses. These are noted on the pipe itself. Consider how you’ll be using the pipe and buy the lightest (thinnest) pipe that will work. That way you won’t be adding unnecessary weight to your RV.

Always measure (twice) before purchasing your PVC pipe. Measure the space where you intend to place the PVC as well as the interior diameter of the PVC pipe to make sure everything fits.

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Roof vent not doing its job? Here’s a solution…
If you smell your toilet when driving your motorhome down the road, it’s because the odor is being drawn into the RV and not outside via the roof vent. The solution is to get an inexpensive 360 Siphon Roof Vent. It works for all RVs even when the RV is not moving, like in a campground. Keep the stink away.


Ask Dave

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

What maintenance does an Aqua-Hot system require?

Dear Dave,
What’s the best maintenance for our Aqua-Hot heating system? It’s not working at the moment, but I’m chasing down a repair tech. —Mike, 2013 Thor Tuscany 45XT

Read Dave’s answer


Coming Wednesday: Live video chat

Dave and Dustin answer your RV repair and maintenance questions

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.


In the RV Shop With Dustin

Talkin’ RV Tech short: Use or don’t use Dexter E-Z Lube?

Here is a short from one of our recent shows where one of our viewers has heard conflicting information on Dexter E-Z Lube and wonders if she should use it or not. She says there is conflicting information online. So, what do we think?

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Video of the day

RV do’s and don’ts: Common sense RV tips you might not know about

By Cheri Sicard
Ross from RV Tips & Travels has some terrific tips in the video below in the form of RV do’s and don’ts. In other words, things that you should be doing for your RV, and other things that you should definitely stop doing (if you are doing them).

Click here to watch


What to do if you lose your pet. Everything you need to know

Every year approximately 10 million pets are lost or stolen in the United States. That is a startling statistic! What should an RVing pet owner do if their pet goes missing? What steps should be taken if you are traveling in your RV when your pet gets lost? Good questions! Here are some answers.


Reader poll

How often do you play cards?

Tell us here


Easily clean those stubborn bugs off your RV
The Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge has millions of tiny fibers embedded in the microfiber cloth that grab and hold the dust and dirt. It is so effective it even cleans without chemicals, saving both time and money. The secret of this sponge lies in its unique, double-layer microfiber mesh. Older nylon bug sponges can harm your clear coat, but this one is completely paint safe. Learn more or order.


Quick Tip

LP appliances in slideout warning

A reader, who asked to remain anonymous, passed this along: “Do you have any propane appliances in a slideout? If so, most likely there’s a rubber propane hose that flexes every time you put your slideout out or bring it in. Over time the rubber can dry out and can start to leak. The hose can also become kinked, preventing propane from flowing to the appliance(s). You should periodically check for problems before it becomes serious.” Thanks, Anon E. Mouse!


Website of the day

25 Experience Gifts for Everyone on Your List This Year
Instead of giving your special someone something, give them an experience. This list from Country Living lists everything from Airbnb experiences to cooking classes to audiobook subscriptions. All good ideas!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Is our RV lifestyle doomed? A meaningful look at the long road ahead and the obstacles to overcome along the way
• Did I get scammed? I bought an RV sight-unseen and it had problems! A precautionary tale for buyers
• No: Your RV’s outdoor LEDs are not cool, and they’re affecting your quality of sleep!


??  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??
Well, if you needed a holiday gift for the special lady in your life (or any other special campin’ lady), this is it. This is definitely it!



Recipe of the Day

Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast Casserole

by Phyllis Gesch from Round Rock, TX

If biscuits and gravy are one of your favorite things to eat for breakfast, then you’ll love this casserole. It’s made with similar ingredients (plus cheese!), only turned into a breakfast casserole. A great breakfast option for company or brunch. Just add some fresh fruit, and you’ve got an easy breakfast that will be a big hit.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

Did you know that the blueberry muffin is the official muffin of Minnesota? It was so declared in 1988.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Simba traveled with us on his first trip to the Outer Banks, NC. It was 96 degrees when our A/C stopped working. We had to run to Lowe’s to pick up a window unit to keep him comfortable for the rest of the week.” —Shelley Siemers

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!


Tip of the IcebergA wonderful book for the Alaska-adventure lover
“Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier,” by Mark Adams, tells the incredible story of the 1899 voyage of Edward H. Harriman and his “floating university” among other scientists and writers. Mark Adams sets out to retrace this historic expedition and investigates how the lessons learned in 1899 may still apply today. A fascinating read that will surely have you wanting to visit Alaska. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

Think your dog deserves one of these hilarious balls? You can find it here.


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Lindalee
1 month ago

Did you do away with the rating system? I had just gotten used to making sure I selected the correct star! Usually 5th because I enjoy the articles I read. I ONLY rated the articles I read!

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Lindalee

Hi, Lindalee. That rating system was causing problems with some of our programs, so we’re looking into another one that hopefully works better. BTW, I always love to read your uplifting comments when I’m finishing my work for the day. They’re so refreshing, after moderating sometimes less-than-friendly comments all day long. And you’re obviously a dog lover, like I am. So, thank you for your cheerful comments. They’re always a highlight of my day. Have a good night. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

DW/ND
1 month ago

… and more uses for proper sized plastic pipe could be holders for an umbrella or cane at the entry door! Paint or wall paper it to match your interior, attach with Velcro.

Sheri Ken
1 month ago

LOL…
I bet it will be great for People who can now SMILE without dentures SMILE!

Thomas D
1 month ago

Love the dog ball.
You could add braces (grill) or a gold tooth, a missing tooth or really gross, rotten teeth

Bob p
1 month ago

What happened to the survey like question at the end of each article, did Johnny robot forget it? The biscuit and gravy looks like mold has set in. Lol

John Brown
1 month ago

Creative ways to use PVC pipe while RVing

I found that mounting a piece of pvc pipe next to the door of my RV came in handy to hold a Flashlight. It makes it easily accessible when you need it at night.