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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Issue 2027
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

“I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.” ―Jonathan Safran Foer


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day!

On this day in history: 1957 – The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.


Tip of the Day

A few of the many uses for WD-40

There are few RVers who don’t consider a can of WD-40 an essential item in their tool arsenal. This “can do” lubricant has a wide range of uses, making it a very handy and useful product. Need to get rid of some road tar and grime from your RV or car? WD-40 can come to the rescue. Is the zipper on your favorite jacket refusing to work without lots of pulling and tugging? Spray on WD-40.

Here are some uses for the product that may come in handy, some of them especially relevant to RVers.

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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.


Ask Dave

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

All outlets work except the galley top and bottom. Why?

Dear Dave,
The outlet at the RV’s dinette is dead, as is the one in the overhead cabinet directly above it. All others work. The circuit breakers at the control center at the foot of the bed are hot. Somewhere between the two is mostly hidden and inaccessible. What do you think? Thanks. —Jack, 2017 Winnebago Via 25P

Read Dave’s answer



Coming tomorrow: Live video chat

Dave and Dustin answer your RV repair and maintenance questions

Our two tech experts will answer your questions about RV Repair and Maintenance from 4-5 p.m. Pacific time (7-8 p.m. in the East). So pick their brains via chat. Ask questions about RV repair and maintenance or just lurk and soak up all the valuable information. Learn where to watch in tomorrow’s (Wednesday) newsletter.


Video of the day

Visiting National Parks: Expert tips for planning the perfect visit

By Cheri Sicard
Visiting national parks is one of the greatest tourist draws America has. And it’s no wonder. With so many parks and such a diversity of sights and attractions, America’s national parks have something to offer nearly everyone.

In the video below, the experts at the America’s Parks YouTube channel share their tips for planning the perfect national park getaway, regardless of which park(s) you hope to visit.

Click here to watch


Is the Blackstone Griddle worth all the hype? Oh, yeah, it is!

By Nanci Dixon
We were on the lookout for a new grill as our decades-old one was rusting through and literally falling apart. We bought a smaller version of it and it worked well. However, as camp hosts, we have the opportunity to ask a lot of people what they like. As we do our rounds around dinner time, we get to see and smell them in action, too. The Blackstone Griddle name came up so often I wanted to know what all the love was about. You can find out here.


Reader poll

Do you have a favorite place to camp that you return to often?

Tell us here



Quick Tip

Secure the water heater door

“While taking a walk with our dog recently, I found a metal water heater door which fell off some RV driving along. I thought about a tip: Take a small, metal key ring loop and thread it though the plastic closure which secures that door in place. This will prevent it from coming off if you hit a bump.” Thanks to Dennis N.!


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Exercise Plan for Seniors
Even if you’re not a senior, this page from healthline.com has a great, easy-to-follow workout plan everyone can benefit from (plus many more exercises as you scroll down the page).


??  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??
Pedal your way through 2023 with this amazing thing. This is a brilliant way to (maybe) lose weight like magic—and you don’t have to step foot outside!


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:

• The majority of readers, 59 percent, first got married between the ages of 20-25. The second highest percentage, 20 percent, got married in their teens.
• 10 percent have a habit of always biting their nails.
• 35 percent have recently thought about giving up RVing. Of that 35 percent, 9 percent plan to hang up the keys soon.



Recipe of the Day

Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

by Vanessa Marie Milare from Hilo, HI

You can’t get easier than these chicken kabobs. They marinate in a simple bottled teriyaki sauce that adds tons of flavor. The chicken has that classic flavor, but a slightly sweet flavor. They grill to perfection in about 15 minutes. A quick and easy summer meal.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

In Venezuela, where the Catatumbo River meets Lake Maracaibo, you’ll find one of the most electrically active places on Earth. About 300 nights out of the year, lightning strikes across the sky almost continually all night. Lightning flashes occur more than 500 times per square mile per year! Wow!

*Speaking of lightning… How fast does it move and how does that stand up to the speed of light? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.  


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Maizee, my sweet little rescue. She is 9 years old, a perfect camping companion and loves to hike. Here we are back at the campsite and she is on the lookout for the chipmunks who seem to know just how far her tie-out cable reaches!” —Mary Beth Mixdorf

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!

HAPPY DOG OR CAT: That’s what your little pal will be if you give him or her one of these.



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jillie
26 days ago

Here is my expert opinion on visiting the national parks. If they have a bus system? Use it. The bus drivers have enough problems navigating around cars and having to navigate around pedestrians. Trust you me. I drove last summer for Acadia? And yeah we had some crazy drivers who got stuck trying to park their vehicles. It’ll be fun next summer watching you all go nuts trying to park around sand beach. Buses are free and easy to use. Just an FYI

Sheri Ken
1 month ago

Recipe of the Day. TY for having this because we’ve been successful trying many recipes that have been featured here. So much so that we joined this FREE Site, shared recipes and actually established a group called “Your Recipes Reviews”. This featured chicken recipe is certainly an easy one to make and enjoy. Just think what you can do with a twist of your own! We must admit that we do change-up some recipes to our liking more. We found while RVing just like this recipe it works well for a fast easy meal. Again thanks!

Snoopy
1 month ago

On tip of the day, there’s no comment section!
Snoopy

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Snoopy

Sorry, Snoopy. I just looked at it and can’t figure out what’s going on, so I’ve asked one of our IT folks, Jessica, to check into it. I’m sure it’s something simple that I’m just overlooking. There’s some weird stuff going on this morning. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

OK. Jessica figured it out. That option wasn’t turned on on the post, and I didn’t notice it was missing when I edited it. It’s back on now. Thanks for calling it to our attention, Snoopy. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

John V
1 month ago

Another quick tip:
When winterizing your RV, attach the outdoor shower hose to the black tank flush to easily fill it with the pink stuff. I always spray with bleach after detaching the hose. Easy peasy…

Bob p
1 month ago

I love the exercise plan for seniors and they use a 20 something demonstrator, why not use an octogenarian with arthritis to demonstrate. Lol

Tom H.
1 month ago

Regarding the Quick Tip about securing the Water Heater cover, another good idea is to replace the plastic latch that is installed on almost every RV water heater cover. You can get a 4 pack of metal latches at Amazon for $10. The plastic degrades over time and becomes brittle, which allows the door to fall open and off.

John S
1 month ago

Not sure how funny the “Leave here with a laugh” is considering how true it is and how much worse it’s going to get.

Purple Bob
30 days ago
Reply to  John S

Oh, John, try to keep up. If we keep voting for those same clowns, everything will be free! No problem! Unicorns for everyone!

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Diane McGovern
30 days ago
Reply to  Purple Bob

Oh, Purple Bob. Try to be nice. Just sayin’. –Diane at RVtravel.com

Bob p
1 month ago

Since WD40 is petroleum based I would be hesitant to spray the zipper on a nice piece of clothing.

Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

Rubbing the zipper with a piece of candle wax works great and doesn’t stain the material. I do this to my tent zippers at least once a year.

Regular WD40 also attracts dust. Using it in locks will actually gum up the moving parts.
There are many ‘dry’ lubes out there, WD40 makes one. The liquid evaporates and only the dry lubricant remains.

Snoopy
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Hi Bob, ya beat me to it. My Dad was a locksmith & he never used WD-40 on locks for the same reason & got lots of repair work when people used it on their car door locks! WD-40 has lots of uses but not on clothing, it leaves a lousy smell thats hard to get rid of!
Snoopy

Bob M
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

I think what he meant was WD-40 Specialist Dry Lube. Which they say is Safe to use on wood, paper, fabrics, leather, metal, rubber and most plastics. I’d have to try it on a old pair of pants zipper first.