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RV Daily Tips. Friday, December 23, 2022

Issue 2020
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Today’s thought

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” —Laura Ingalls Wilder


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

On this day in history: 1947 – The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.



Tip of the Day

Where to go to weigh your RV

By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. 

Dear Chris,
I have read a lot about checking the weight of your RV. My question is: Where does one go to have your RV weighed one axle at a time? —Bob

Dear Bob,
Checking the weight of your RV is essential, as I’m sure you know.

Staying within the weight limitations of your RV is not only important from a safety standpoint, but it helps to reduce maintenance costs on your coach. Overloaded vehicles suffer from premature wear on critical parts and systems, including the drive train, suspension, axles, wheels and brakes.

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Ask Dave

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

Can a Nissan Titan Platinum XD pull a 7500-lb. trailer?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2020 Coachmen Catalina (just purchased prior to pandemic) that I’ve never really taken out yet. I am purchasing a 2023 Nissan Titan Platinum XD. Will that be enough power to tow in mountains? The “state” says my travel trailer is 7500 lbs. and towing on the truck is up to 9000 lbs., but I want to travel in mountains and such. Does a truck that size meet that criteria? Just want to be sure I am not under-purchasing. I really appreciate your assistance! —Lola, 2020 Coachmen Catalina

Read Dave’s answer


In the RV Shop with Dustin

The importance of RV water pump maintenance

Let this post serve as a reminder to clean your water pump filter. The filter is there to help catch particles to prevent damage to your water pump.

The following pictures show a lot of shavings that came from production. Sometimes it can take a number of uses for them to get into the filter.

Continue reading


Video of the day

How to clean a cast iron pan while camping

By Cheri Sicard
In the video below Amanda from Amanda Outside tackles the often misunderstood topic of how to clean a cast iron pan. While the video says it is about cleaning while camping, the same principles apply if you are cleaning cast iron in your RV or in your bricks-and-sticks home too.

Click here to watch


Mini steam iron is RV-sized!
This tiny iron will have all your clothes wrinkle-free in no time. And the best part? It fits in a drawer! This little iron heats up in 15 seconds and has 3 temperature settings for various fabric types. It’s equipped to travel anywhere in the world since it has dual voltage, and it even comes with its own travel bag. It’s a great price. Learn more or order.


Ladies: An easy, foolproof, affordable way to color your hair while RVing

By Kate Doherty
Many of us weren’t born with the allure of Jamie Lee Curtis in her stunning “au natural” gray. It compliments her complexion. She’s lucky. Most of us aren’t. Like many of us, as my gray began to emerge, my hairstylist recommended simple highlighting. As the years ticked on and gray became more prevalent, it was time for more color, more highlights, and more often. Now I’m hooked and I can’t turn the clock back. … Read Kate’s highly recommended solution here.


Reader poll

Will you do something tomorrow for Christmas Eve?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Watch your washer floor tray

An RVer who had to replace his defunct RV washing machine got to replace more than he bargained for. The plastic spill tray didn’t contain leaks, and he has a nasty floor replacement job ahead of him. If you have a washer, you might want to add a periodic inspection of your spill tray to your maintenance list. Many are screwed down to the floor, and if the sealant around the screws doesn’t stay sealed, ruination could be the result.


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Ain’t this the gosh darn truth! Say it louder! We think a lot of you will relate…


On this day last year…


Website of the day

11 weird and wonderful Christmas traditions from around the world
Yep, some of these are weird and some of these are wonderful, all right! It’s fun learning about how the rest of the world celebrates, though.



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Recipe of the Day

Christmas Bacon Crack

by Dave T. from Cades Cove, TN

Spicy, savory, sweet, and salty, it was hard to stop picking up one more piece. Once baked, it’s crunchy, light, and flaky. Enjoy this for breakfast or as an after-dinner treat. Wrap pieces of this Christmas Bacon Crack in a cellophane baggie for a hostess gift.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

Bing Crosby’s classic song “White Christmas” is the best-selling Christmas song of all time, and also the best-selling single of all time.

*How tall was the world’s tallest Christmas tree and where and when was it displayed? Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Punky aka Princess Fluffybutt rescued my husband and me. I found her tucked into the step of my hot tub as a little kitten. Smart enough to find warmth, she wormed her way into our hearts and was our third child. Here she is watching the neighbor’s dogs from my travel trailer window.” —Becky Neilsen

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!


Leave here with a laugh

How do you wash your hands on Christmas?
With hand Santatizer!

What do you call an elf who sings?
A wrapper!


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Cee Tee
1 month ago

Love Princess Fluffybutt!

Lindalee
1 month ago
Reply to  Cee Tee

Me too Cee Tee! Have one that looks just like her (Sasha). I just wonder how one travels with cats in a Travel Trailer? I have one that it takes a MAJOR operation to get her in her travel crate! Sasha and the other one are no sweat – crate up and into the truck!

Lil John
1 month ago

I guess being old has its drawbacks. “Ask Dave” today says the owner of his new Nissan Titan with 400 hp and a 9 speed transmission should really take out his 7500 lb. trailer and make sure it will pull up grades o.k. Really? Does everyone have to do speed limit up hills today? I pulled an 11,000 lb. 5th wheel with a 350 cu. in. Chevy engine and a 4 speed for 10 years. What’s the hurry? Just enjoy the ride.

Mario Nunez
1 month ago

I have been reading this publication before we purchased our first MH, three years ago. It has been a great resource as newbies! It’s Christmas time and the perfect time to support this publication by making a contribution. Merry Christmas to all the members of RV Travel!

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Mario Nunez

Thank you very much, Mario, for your support – verbal and otherwise. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a terrific 2023! 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Eric Young
1 month ago

Merry Christmas!

Danny Cram
1 month ago

Re: RV weight
I took my 28’’ fifth wheel to a sand and gravel place and asked them if I could unhook it on the scale…gave me an exact tongue and rear wheel weight, they charged me $7 for the ticket.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

Has anyone else had trouble logging into Mike Sokol’s separate site? I get his email asking if he should do daily or weekly articles but I can’t get logged in.

Cee Tee
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I don’t log into his site; I wait for his articles to land in my email.

G Mac
1 month ago

The REAL reason to celebrate today? It’s FESTIVUS! The Festivus for the rest of us!!!

Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  G Mac

👍👍🤣