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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Issue 2017
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Today’s thought

“The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.” ―Albert Einstein


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Go Caroling Day!

On this day in history: 1946 – The popular Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is first released in New York City.



Tip of the Day

Traveling a long distance in your RV for Christmas or another time soon? You need these tips!

By Gail Marsh
Long gone are the days when our entire family lived within 30 miles of one another. Back then it was easy to travel to Grandma’s house for Christmas. Now? Our family is scattered all over the country and it’s been several Christmases since we all gathered together in one place at the same time. This year, however, we have some family coming to us via their motorhome. Their time off is limited, but a 1400+ mile trip is not to be taken lightly – nor, perhaps, all in one day. They are younger, and both adults will trade off driving, but still… I have some tips for them (and for YOU, if you’ll be driving a long distance for the holidays).

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Ask Dave

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

What can I run to adequately ‘exercise’ my generator this winter?

Dear Dave,
What all can you run to create a full load when exercising a generator? It’s 5 degrees out, so will running the AC create adequate load? —Kathleen, 2020 Coachmen Beyond

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

2023 national parks and federal land passes explained

By Cheri Sicard
This is an awesome video in that it explains ALL the different national parks passes and federal land and recreation area passes available. It turns out there are a lot of these. Who knew?

The folks from RV Miles have done a terrific job of compiling all the pertinent national parks pass information, including brand-new changes coming in 2023 and beyond, into one comprehensive video.

Click here to watch


How cold does it have to be to set tire pressure correctly?

By Roger Marble
With thousands of new RV owners out there, the answer to the question of “How cold does it need to be for me to check tire inflation” continues to come up. This will be new information for some and a refresher for others.

Some people want to refer to a temperature compensation chart and go through some calculations to learn the “correct” tire inflation when it is 82 F or 62 F outside. This is not what you should do. Continue reading.


Keep insects and bird nests out of your RV furnace
Wasps, mud daubers, birds and rodents pose a serious threat to the furnace on your RV. They can enter through the furnace vents. Their nests can interfere with air flow and cause serious damage. Camco’s flying insect RV furnace screen fits Duo-therm and Suburban furnace vents. Camco offers several furnace screens so check which one will fit your vent. Learn more or order.


Reader poll

For dog owners: Would you pay 20% more for a fenced campsite where your dog could run free?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Water pump whiz

Getting water to your rig without having to move the RV is a blessing if you stay in one place for a while. Many boondockers use a water barrel—a food grade drum—they carry on their truck bed. Getting the water out of it and into the RV is a bit of a trick. Some place their barrels in custom cradles that hold them high enough to allow gravity to drain the water from the drum into the RV tank. Others set them on a bed-mounted tool box and use a siphon action. Using an auxiliary 12-volt pump can eliminate the “high flyer” methods. Immerse an inlet hose into the barrel—possibly taping it to a metal pipe to keep it “stiff” enough to reach the bottom of the drum. An appropriately sized outlet hose fits into the RV water port. Getting electricity to your pump can be done in different ways. You may “tie in” to the battery charge line plug in the truck bed, which normally serves to charge the RV batteries when towing. Or run a 12-volt “extension cord” to the cab and power off the cab’s lighter socket.


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Vital Vegas
All the insider news, information and tips you should know about Las Vegas. It’s the stuff the media doesn’t cover, and the stuff that business owners don’t want you to find out.


??  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??
Okay, this is just plain cute! Do the “look inside” and you’ll want it!


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:

• 20 percent have needed emergency medical care at least once while RVing.
• 13 percent have plans to sell their RV within the next year.
• 17 percent have visited a public library within the last month.



Recipe of the Day

Christmas Peanut Butter Coconut Cherry Balls

by Lynelle Caldwell from Durango, CO

Lynelle’s mom knew what she was doing when she made this recipe. It’s not your standard chocolate peanut butter ball recipe. It’s so much more decadent. The peanut butter filling is smooth, creamy and just melts in your mouth. Maraschino cherries add a lovely cherry flavor while the coconut gives a bit of crunch to every bite. The chocolate coating is perfection. These easy peanut butter balls will be a delicious addition to a dessert table.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

Who invented Dorito chips? The origin of one of America’s best-selling chips can be traced back to the Frontierland restaurant, Casa de Fritos, in Disneyland in the early 1960s. There, the chef came up with the idea to take the extra tortillas, slice them into small wedges, fry them, and season them like chilaquiles, only dry and not wet. The chips were such a hit that the VP of marketing for Frito-Lay struck a deal and began selling them in 1964. They were named Doritos in 1966.

*Ever noticed that there aren’t any living people on U.S. currency? Why is that? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Jellybean is a 4-year-old Basenji mix rescue. Loves going camping and taking walks.” —Rick Latta

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!



If you want to have a wonderful day, send $10, $50 or $100 to a local food bank. We have just heard on the news that donations to Food Lifeline (a member of Feeding America) are down 75% this year. Millions of our fellow citizens, including little kids, are going hungry. If you have ever considered donating, now is the time. If you contribute regularly, thank you! You will feel so good if you contribute — helping people less fortunate than you go to bed without the pain of an empty stomach. Find a local food bank here.


Leave here with a laugh

On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be. Unable to decide, Nathan entered a department store and in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, “How about some perfume?” She showed him a bottle costing $75. “Too expensive,” muttered Nathan. The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $50. “Oh, dear,” Nathan groused. “Still far too much.” Growing rather annoyed at Nathan’s meanness, the salesgirl brought out a tiny $10 bottle and offered it to him. Nathan became really agitated. “What I mean,” he whined, “is I’d like to see something really cheap.” So the sales girl handed him a mirror.


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Alpenliter
1 month ago

Instead of barrels and expensive water bladders, I’ve used a twin size air bed to transfer water. $15 at Walmart. This water is used for clean up and showers, drinking water is purchased at kiosks and distributed via 1 gallon jugs.

Sheri Ken
1 month ago

Jellybean say what? Do we walk? Talk? Are you finished taking my picture? Let’s go!
Extremely adorable expression!

Lindalee
1 month ago
Reply to  Sheri Ken

Isn’t it though (expression)? Jellybean is an adorable furbaby! My Chihuahua Mix looks similar (could the mix be Basenji?).

Dale M
1 month ago

My Motorhome does not have a gravity fill for my water tank. Starting with the water pump turned off I put the “cleaned” winterizing hose into a jug full of water. I turn the winterizing valve to the winterizing position. I select tank fill on my other valve. I turn on the water pump and it transfers the water from the jug to the tank. When the jug is empty turn off the pump. Repeat as needed.

Bob
1 month ago

99% of the time when the word RV is used, everyone assumes MOTORHOME.
Even when questions are asked about travel trailers, MH owners start with answers about Motorhomes.
You are correct that the word RV should be all inclusive, works both ways.

Ron L
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

And the same can be said about “Campers”. Typically, it is used for small travel trailers. But I’ve seen the word apply to all types of RVs…..even huge motorhomes.

phil
1 month ago

KOA in Northampton Mass has some sites like this a great idea for us older folks with active dogs.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
1 month ago

That’s why campgrounds have “dog parks”. Walk your dog over on a leash, let him run around, then walk him back on a leash to your campsite. We’ve been doing it for years and it has worked.

Bob R
1 month ago

Not all pick up after dogs in a dog park, they leave it for maintenance, so having your own area would would push those to pick up that don’t do it normally, and those that don’t, nothing will work. To give our dogs a little more freedom what be great as they are always having to be in the RV (whatever it is) where they can’t really do much.

Ken
1 month ago

The Quick Tip of the Day is clearly written to assist only those who camp with travel trailers or maybe 5th wheels towed with their pickups, but not motorhome units. It constantly refers to a truck bed for where to place the water drum. In the bed of the truck is not a viable choice for motorhomes. RV stands for Recreational Vehicle, not just towed accommodations. Getting water to your rig without moving affects everyone, and tips should help everyone who RVs.

Crowman
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

Feeling left out?

Steve
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

Ken maybe the author has never owned a motorhome. But this idea can work for us as well in a different form. A couple of 5 gallon collapsible containers in the back of our toad and a transfer pump would provide the same outcome. Not all topics work for everyone but sometimes they will get you thinking about your situation. Happy Holidays sir. And safe travels.

tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

RVtravel is for everyone, not just Class A’s.

Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

Never said I had a Class A

Jewel
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

Then it would apply to your toad. Many have trucks as tow behind and if not, a lot of Class A fresh tanks are pretty large and won’t need refill as much as a travel trailer.

Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  Jewel

Don’t have a toad, and never said I had a Class A

Traveler
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

Maybe you need to pen an article on how YOU solved a problem for your RV ( and all other rigs).

Bob p
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

There is a bladder that can be placed on the roof of your toad, filled with water and brought back to you “RV”.

David Stansbury
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

Wahhh! Always gotta be somebody turning a few simple tricks into something.

Spike
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

From tiny popup to 45′ DP is a highly varied group of RV types to try to cover in one QUICK tip. Sometimes tips may apply to my particular rig, sometimes not. I don’t think they need to pen full length articles just to try to cover every conceivable RV type, much less the plethora of various types of systems available within those units.

Last edited 1 month ago by Spike