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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, December 15, 2022

Issue 2014
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

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” ―Friedrich Nietzsche


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

On this day in history: 1933 – The 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the 18th Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.



Tip of the Day

How long can you safely keep fresh water in your RV’s tank?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Having your RV sitting in the driveway, “ready to roll” on a spur-of-the-moment trip, is one of the gifts of our lifestyle. One thing you need to consider is how long does the “fresh” water in the RV’s tank stay fresh?

Got propane and gas in the tanks? Holding tanks empty? If you keep a few clothes in the rig, some non-perishable food items, and grab whatever else from your house fridge, your RV is up to an “instant getaway.” Ah, but what about the fresh water tank? How long can you safely keep water in it before worrying about “bugs”?

Find out here


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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 and writers as they move about the country.

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.


RV SlippersStay cozy this winter in RV slippers! 
These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so you won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes S/M and L/XL so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.


Ask Dave

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

Should we replace the water supply hose going to toilet?

Dear Dave,
There was a nick in the flexible water line with white sleeve inside. We have repaired it with a connector and two clamps. No leaks. However, there is now a small amount of water visible between the inner liner and hose. Will this eventually become a problem? Do we need to replace entire water supply line? Thanks. —Ron, 2018 28 ft. Minnie Plus 5th wheel

Read Dave’s answer


Video of the day

7 reasons to RV in Quartzsite and 3 reasons not to

By Cheri Sicard
Every winter scores of RVers flock to Quartzsite, Arizona. In the video below, Bob Wells from Cheap RV Living gives seven reasons why he thinks it is a good idea to go to Quartzsite in the winter, and he does recommend it. Ever the realist, he does balance out the advice with three reasons why a visit to the RV mecca that is Quartzsite might not be right for you, as well.

Click here to watch


You’ve heard of sleepwalking, but what about sleep-driving?

We RVers spend a lot of time driving. We’ve, sadly, gotten good at “distracted driving” – settling arguments with our kids as they scream in the back seat, telling our dog to quit barking at a passing truck, ignoring a ringing cell phone when we just know it could be something IMPORTANT! Anyone who drives knows all about this. But we bet you’ve never heard of something a whole lot more dangerous – sleep driving! Driving while asleep? That’s right. Read more.


Forget single-use hand warmers, these are better
If your hands are always cold, this is for you! These rechargeable hand warmers are a perfect gift for anyone who spends time outdoors in the cold. The hand warmers have three levels of temperatures and warm up on both sides quickly. The warmers are charged via USB and can even be used as a power bank to power your cell phone and other devices. Stay warm with these.


Reader poll

Will you/did you put up a Christmas tree this holiday season?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Another way to store spray cans

“We all have many aerosol cans we use for maintenance and cleaning, etc. I have found the best way to carry them in my motorhome basement is in a plastic ammo can. They are inexpensive and available in many big box stores. They stay in one place, are easy to access, and with the lid closed and latched nothing can leak or spray if something falls on them.” —Thanks to Mark Anderson


On this day last year…


??  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??
If you haven’t already seen this you’re missing out. We recommend it to everyone we know. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious!!


Website of the day

Histography
This website is so neat! It combines sounds, animations and visuals so you can “relive” history through an interactive timeline. There are 14 billion years of history here. The information comes from Wikipedia and new events are added every day.


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:

• 15 percent listen to podcasts very often or somewhat often.
• 86 percent say they would never rent out their RV through a peer-to-peer rental company like Outdoorsy.
• 23 percent say they only refer to their RV as a nickname.

Recent poll: In 10 years, what percent of new-model motorized RVs will be powered by electric engines?



Recipe of the Day

Macaroni & Cheese Comfort Bake

by Monette Peralta from Pacific Beach, CA

Want a fancier macaroni and cheese recipe? Make this the next time you need mac and cheese to serve alongside barbecue, at a holiday event, or just when you want comfort food for dinner. Torn pieces of bread give this casserole a nice buttery and crunchy top. The sauce is so creamy. Smoked gouda adds a smoky flavor and makes the sauce taste like there may be bacon. Rich, savory, and very filling, this will feed a lot of people.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

Avocados do not ripen on trees. They have to be picked first.

*NYC subway ridership set a record on Thursday, December 8. When was the last time it hit that record? Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Pita, a Corgi/Jack Russell mix, likes to sleep like a human. Pita also likes scratches 24/7. She tolerates her brothers (a Corgi and a Chihuahua). She loves being outside at the site to watch wildlife.” —Elizabeth Cashdollar

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!


Where should you camp next? Find out!
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Leave here with a laugh


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Lindalee
1 month ago

Thank you for showing us Pita! She certainly looks comfortable (and having sweet dreams – maybe of being the only “daughter”?)

Skip
1 month ago

The hand warmers shown as an ad and linked to Amazon are excellent. Carry one every hunting season last three years.

Lil John
1 month ago

Why didn’t they have “Histography” when I was teaching? Dang!
What a great site.

Sheri Ken
1 month ago

Pita knows the best place to have sweet dreams. Thank you for sharing.

Impavid
1 month ago

Leave here with a laugh reminded me of the sign painter hired by a psychotherapist. Unfortunately, the font was too big for the door panel and ended up on three lines as:
Psycho
the
rapist.

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Impavid

😆 😆 Have a great day, Impavid. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Jeff A
1 month ago

Quick tip, the “ AMMO” cans actually come in several sizes & some aren’t tall enough. I’ve been using an orange plastic model for a few years now. I also put other items in the can , such as several types of glue , caulk & spare propane bottle among other smaller repair items

Larry
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff A

All good ideas, although I have had the small 1 lb disposable propane tanks leak. I store a few of them in the open to air propane tank storage bay for safety (on my class A).

G13
1 month ago

What happened to your “ratings” review?

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  G13

Hi, G13. That ratings plug-in interfered with our other programs so we had to quit using it. We’re looking for something that won’t mess up our other stuff. Stay tuned. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Allen Cartee
1 month ago

What happened to the star rating system?

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Allen Cartee

Hi, Allen. It was interfering with some of our programs so we had to pull it. We’re looking for one that’s compatible with our stuff so it doesn’t mess things up. (Can you tell by the terminology I use that I’m totally non-techy? Sorry.) Hopefully we’ll get a rating system up and running soon. Thanks for your patience in the meantime. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Dave Lambert
1 month ago

Link to Dave Solberg article would not work.

Crowman
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Lambert

Saw that but the answer is replace it before it fails. I’m a plumbing contractor.

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Emily Woodbury
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Lambert

Thanks, Dave, and sorry about that. We’ve fixed it. –Emily, RVtravel.com

Bob M
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Lambert

It didn’t work for me either. Histography didn’t either.