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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, December 14, 2022

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Today’s thought

“The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.” ―Michel de Montaigne


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Bouillabaisse Day!

On this day in history: 1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.



Tip of the Day

Finding extra storage space on your RV’s ceiling

Wait. What?! Store things on the CEILING of my RV? What could possibly go up there?! Well, it’s true, your RV’s ceiling has plenty of storage space. Read on to discover where… and how.

First, a few tips…

Before purchasing supplies always check to see that your ceiling storage solution isn’t going to become a “head thumper.” Even the very best ceiling storage trick isn’t good if it impedes people’s movements within the RV.

Use a stud finder to ensure that you are fastening into a secure spot in the ceiling and walls near the ceiling. After all, you don’t want everything to suddenly fall on your head!

Be careful about weight and weight distribution. Balance the load and do not overload your ceiling storage solution.

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Ask Dave

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

Will a ‘trickle charge’ ruin lithium batteries?

Dear Dave,
I replaced my lead acid batteries with two Ampere Time 200-amp-hour lithium batteries. I replaced the converter with a Progressive Dynamics converter, and 14.6-volt output that goes down to 13.6 when charged. The manufacturer says not to trickle charge them. Any advice would be great. —Rodney, 2022 Twilight Signature 3100

Read Dave’s advice


In the RV Shop with Dustin

Cool Tools: Cord hangers from an inner tube

Every Wednesday we meet for a livestream called Talkin’ RV Tech. We not only answer technical questions, but we also share what we like to call “cool tools.” These are tools and gadgets that we actually use! We believe they will be helpful to you.

Here’s a clip of one of our latest videos where we discuss cord hangers made from inner tubes.

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Today: Live video chat

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 hereRV Travel on YouTube • RV Travel on Facebook • California RV Specialists on YouTube.

Missed last week’s program? Watch the recorded program here.



Video of the day

RV Christmas decorations—Easy tips for festive fun!

By Cheri Sicard
Do you plan on spending Christmas in your RV? The Happily Ever Hanks are here to help you keep things festive with some easy RV Christmas decorations and ideas.

Yes, it is a small space, but that does not mean an RV Christmas can’t be merry and bright. The video below will help show you how.

Click here to watch


A praying GPS, a marinated possum, a few bad omens… and a wonderful story

By James Swickard
It was a day most any RVer who is worth his salt would recognize. Six hours on the road, assuming the word “road” is accepted as valid terminology for lanes, rutted trails and cow paths. We had reached the ends of our proverbial ropes, maybe even at the end of the earth as we know it. Our patience was worn to the quick and we were desperately in need of a campsite for the night. This day had started to go bad early on, apparently preparing to punish us for ALL of our past sins, with what appeared to be a simple construction detour. … Yes, this is a wonderful and very funny story. Y’all oughta read it here (and y’all will shorely end up with a Southern drawl).


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??  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??
If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and/or smarter, this absolutely eggcellent gadget will speed up the process!


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS

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


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Quick Tip

Trailer rocking?

If your trailer rocks, even with your stabilizers engaged, check your leaf springs. Worn leaf springs can create quite a seismic disturbance!


The cutest ornament we’ve ever seen…
This adorable little camp stove is the perfect addition to your, or a family member’s or friend’s, Christmas tree this year. Makes the perfect gift for an RVer, camper, hiker, fisher… well, anyone! Learn more or order here (and see some other equally cute RV-related ornaments here).


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Fodor’s Travel: National Parks Directory
Fodor’s Travel lists all the U.S. National Parks. Click on whichever one you’re most interested in, and every article and guide they’ve ever written about that park comes up. Very handy for park trip planning!



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Recipe of the Day

Easy Butterscotch Pound Cake

by Teri Dunaway from Auburn, AL

If you want to bake with your kids or grandkids, this butterscotch pound cake is a wonderful recipe to make. It’s rich and buttery with a hint of caramel flavor. Leftovers remain moist for days.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority set a pandemic-era subway ridership record Thursday, December 8, with 3,925,280 passengers. The last time the subway system carried more than 3.9 million riders was March 12, 2020.

*How much more trash do Americans throw out during the holiday season? 10 percent? 25 percent? 50 percent? Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Bandit, a Boxer/Hound mix, was a foster fail. He is such a comforting presence and loves his hugs as much as we enjoy giving them! He has to be a co-pilot to help my hubby watch the road.” —Sharon Branson

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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jillie
1 month ago

I will remember that next time I walk into an IKEA

Sheri Ken
1 month ago

Bandit is in the right spot to be a “foster failure” because you kept him! Bandit a terrific co-pilot, loves hugs and Best of All Bandit decided you both are his Furever Furfamily!!!
Beautiful Furfamily 😍

KellyR
1 month ago

IKEA snowman. What a clever mind. I’m still laughing.

cee
1 month ago

Thanks to all at RVTravel.com for another great newsletter!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  cee

Thank you so much, cee! We appreciate your kind words and very much appreciate YOU – and all of our other wonderful readers. Thank you all! 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Neal Davis
1 month ago

Bandit is sooo cute!

Lil John
1 month ago

Thinking of getting an electric bike. You have a lot of ads in your newsletters. Could you have someone do an article about the do’s and don’ts, along with the good and bad? I think it would really be helpful to a bunch of us.

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

Hi, Lil John. Go to our homepage at rvtravel.com and in the search box type in “electric bikes”. Several posts will come up about them. There’s quite a bit of info in them, so I think they will help you and others considering getting an ebike. Take care. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

The advertisement “Free Cremation cost guide”. So, if the cremation is free, what is the cost guide for? Urn, shovel ?

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago

Hi, Donald. That’s one of those auto-inserted ads from Google. We have nothing to do with what goes into those ads, or who sees which ads. But that’s a very good point! Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

James
1 month ago

The guide is free. Your humor is priceless

Lexi's Mom
1 month ago

Looks like Bandit found the “perfect” Dad & Mom 🙂