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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Issue 2023
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

“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter” ―John Keats


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Card Playing Day!

On this day in history: 1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as X-rays. The achievement earned Röntgen the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.



Tip of the Day

Use the off-season wisely to get ready for next season’s trips

By Gail Marsh
When is the best time to think about camping? When the temp drops, winter winds howl, and the thought of another dreary day is making you stir crazy! The “off-season” can be the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming camping months. After all, there are trips to plan, an RV to organize, recipes to research, and more!

Plan that trip

  • Even if you are a full-timer, you may want to think about traveling to a new-to-you place this year. Never been to the mountains? Maybe this is the year to go! Haven’t seen the East Coast or Maine? Put it on your “To-Do list.” Want to attend this year’s family reunion or see the old home place in the Midwest? Now is the time to plan.
  • Use your favorite app to plan your trip. Many apps offer not only preferred routes to take but also provide information about campgrounds, scenic views, and special places along your way. Here’s an in-depth article about the best RV trip planner apps and tools.

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Ask Dave

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

Why does RV’s rear furnace work but front one blows cold air?

Dear Dave,
My RV has two propane furnaces. The rear one works fine, but the front one blows cold air only. Any suggestions? Thanks. —Ray, 2001 Triple E Signature

Read Dave’s answer


In the RV Shop with Dustin

Kwikee Entry Steps repair diagnosis and critical maintenance tips

My repair facility recently worked on a 2019 Entegra Vision. The customer had one issue for us to fix: their Kwikee Entry Steps.

Complaint

Customer states that the entry steps were intermittently not going in and out and progressively got worse. The steps finally quit working altogether and have remained in the same position. Check and advise.

See the cause, steps to repair, costs to repair, and much more here


Video of the day

6 places to find RV water on the road

This useful video below from Robin Barrett at Creativity RV contains great advice for all RVers, but is especially important for those of us who try to avoid commercial campgrounds as much as possible.

In it, Robin shares her six most important tips for finding water to fill your RV’s tanks, no matter where you roam. Most of her sources will even give you potable water free!

Click here to watch


Where should you camp next? Find out!
This 50-state guide will show you the best campgrounds across the U.S. It gives you a regional, state-by-state breakdown of amazing outdoor accommodations, from campground to RV resorts. It also breaks campsites down by your personality and desired amenities. Now that’s cool! It also highlights regional cuisine, attractions and activities. Learn more or order.


This app lets you read historical markers without even stopping

By Chris GuldGeeksOnTour.com
From the Oregon Trail in Wyoming, to George Washington’s boyhood home in the Chesapeake, we’ve driven by a lot of historical markers in our motorhome this summer. I’m always curious when I see the sign, but rarely enough to pull over. So, I use the app called “Explore Here.”… I’ve been impressed with how complete it is. Read all about it here.


Reader poll

How often do you use swear words?

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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

Tip on fridge temps/temperature sensor

By George Bliss
I’ll not start with “Do you travel with your fridge on or off while you’re driving down the road?” That’s another campfire question that can never be answered to everyone’s satisfaction. Much like if you’re a hunter, then, “Which is the best deer rifle?” Either way, anytime of day, when you’re traveling it’s nice to be able to determine that your fridge is staying cool enough so the contents don’t spoil. Many of us use a wireless indoor/outdoor thermometer when we camp. I place the sending unit for mine on the frame rail of my 5th wheel behind my entry steps. It’s out of the way of direct sunlight and I see it when I fold in my steps before heading down the road. I move that from the frame rail and put it in the fridge. I then take the receiver part, which hangs just inside near my camper door, and place that in my truck. This allows me to monitor the fridge temperature all day long.


On this day last year…



Website of the day

Travel Wyoming: Things to Do
The official Wyoming tourism website is great for finding things to do, trip itineraries, food and drink options, and much more.


Beginning RVing: The Basics

Do most RV parks allow dogs? Most do, but there are rules to follow. Here’s the scoop.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Residential-type vs. absorption refrigerators in an RV
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• My phone got me into “Siri-ous” trouble with the cops! Don’t let it happen to you



Recipe of the Day

Bread and Butter Pickles

by Barbara Alden from Bolivar, MO

Homemade pickles are delicious on a burger, a sandwich, or even just to munch on. We loved the pleasant, tart taste of these. They’re crunchy, sweet, and sour. You taste a slight hint of apple cider vinegar. Easy to make, these bread and butter pickles will be a staple in your fridge. The longer they sit in their juices, the better they get.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

Mount Rushmore is predicted to erode 1 inch every 10,000 years.

*What percentage of German adults are considering taking an RV trip next year? Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We adopted Sophie from Proverbs 12:10 Pet Rescue and away we went on our first trip! What a great little traveler and she loves the RV life! She is a social butterfly and loves meeting all the people and pets!” —Karen Bates

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
30 days ago

For those who can’t cook? That would be fish and chips.Great photo.

DW/ND
1 month ago

I bought two small battery powered black digital thermometers (about 1/2″h x 1″w x 1/2″ d) and mounted them in a cut hole in the refrigerator and freezer doors. I drilled a small hole in the liner and run the sensors down the inside of the door taping in place. Work great on watch batts which last about 1 yr. or so. Total cost about $12.00 on EBay and 4-5 years ago.

Sheri Ken
1 month ago

Sophie is a very pretty girl and her sweet personality is beams!
LHWAL Fish & Chips Great Idea too!

Brian Burry
1 month ago

Sophie is such a delightful doggie and looks so happy!

Jeff Roller
1 month ago

Suggestions for indoor/outdoor sensor for temps as in the quick tip?

Gary Stone
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Roller

Amazon has tons of them. Just search through them until you find one that meets your budget and desired features.

Thomas D
1 month ago

Where is the TARTER SAUCE?

Neal Davis
1 month ago

Our RV refrigerator is always “on.” We have an all-electric DP. We do have small propane tanks for a portable Weber grill, but that’s all the propane we have on-board.

Love the fish and chips idea. No cooking, just open a couple of bags, dump into a bowl, and it’s done. We’ll do this at our next open house or the next time we have people over to our RV. Great idea; thanks!

martin a
1 month ago

Sophie is a pretty girl, good for her to be rescued.
Our sheltie would love the fish and chips!

Bob p
1 month ago

Fish’n’chips, great idea for a party!

Larry Copeland
1 month ago

The article by Chris Guld was very interesting, can’t wait to use it. Hard to pull rig over to read those historical markers. Thanks Chris. Well done.