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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, January 12, 2023

Issue 2034
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

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” ―Yann Martel

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Curried Chicken Day! (How about making a recipe by our own Nanci Dixon, Spicy Chicken Curry Soup?)

On this day in history: 1998 – Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning. (Whew!)

Tip of the Day

What if disaster strikes and you can’t get back to your RV?

By Barry Zander
The rains came. We didn’t think they would stop. Almost 11 inches hit the west face of Mt. Lemmon towering above Catalina State Park in Arizona. We were there.

When it did finally stop, we looked out and saw a 50-foot-wide river of rushing water between us and the exit road to the highway. Too deep and swift to drive or wade across. We were trapped, possibly along with pets in RVs of our fellow campers. What happens if a natural disaster occurs and you can’t return to your RV?

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Ask Dave

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

Does RV’s fresh water tank need to be full for water heater to fill?

Dear Dave,
We just bought a Keystone Montana High Country and we have not been able to get the water heater to work. Does the fresh water tank have to be full in order for the heater to work? We are connected to city water. We’ve been told that when you hook up to city water, the heater auto-fills and we don’t have to do anything else to it. The panel box inside the 5th wheel has a switch to heat the water, but our heater doesn’t fill with water. Any tips? —Debbie, 2022 Keystone Montana High Country

Read Dave’s answer

Check out Winnebago’s lineup of 2023 Class C motorhomes. Click here.

Video of the day

Creative and innovative gypsy wagon DIY RV build tour

By Cheri Sicard
Meet Stefanie Fisher. After finding herself with a lot of time on her hands during the COVID lockdown, she decided to learn some new skills and undertake a new project. The result is her gypsy wagon (also known as a vardo), one of the most creative DIY RV builds we have seen.

Click here to watch

Absolutely DO NOT try to squeeze a 40-foot motorhome into a tent site!

Do not do this! Absolutely do not squeeze a 40-foot motorhome into a tent site. In all fairness (to me), the website didn’t say that Site 74 was a tent site or that b-i-g RVs were not allowed. It was the last 40-foot site at a state park with two days available. It did mention low branches, but how low could they be? Well, they were LOW and very close together. Read more of Nanci Dixon’s “adventure.” We bet you’ll learn from it, like she did.

Reader poll

Have you visited Hawaii in the last ten years?

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Quick Tip

Make sure your sealant is sealing

Check sealants around windows, doors, and roof vents often. Sealant does “dry out,” and cracked sealant can lead not only to air leaks (making it harder to heat and cool your rig), but worse, it can allow water in that can lead to expensive damage.

On this day last year…

Ummmm… This will come in handy if you ever need to fight off a mouse, or a miniature Chihuahua, or a bumble bee or…???

Website of the day

American Heart Association “Find a Course” map
If you haven’t been trained in CPR, the American Heart Association has created a “Find a Course” map where you can find a CPR course near you. Sign up—you might save a life!

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:

• 3 percent own a boat with self-contained living facilities.
• 63 percent have turned away from an RV park upon arrival because its appearance looked junky and/or unappealing.
• 34 percent say they always stop and go out of their way to visit offbeat roadside attractions.

Recent poll: Are you as active in public now as before the Pandemic?

Recipe of the Day

Grilled Chicken Patty

by Dana Beavers from Fort Worth, TX

Want to sneak some veggies onto your kids’ plates… and enjoy it? Try these delicious grilled chicken burgers. There are vegetables cooked within the patty, lending tons of additional flavor and they keep the chicken moist. A tasty alternative to beef burgers.

Click here for the recipe

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Common gray squirrels play the most significant role in the seeding of North American forests. It’s true! The cute little gray squirrels we know and love spend almost half of their adult lives hunting for and burying their food. Unlike other squirrel species, they don’t just hoard their collection in one place but, instead, bury their food in hundreds of locations. Later, they forget where they hid all those nuts and seeds, which results in millions of new saplings each year. They contribute to more forest growth than any other animal, including Mother Nature herself!

*You can thank hats for the creation of the Audubon Society. Why? Read yesterday’s trivia to find out. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Murphy the Bernidoodle. After our last dog passed, we weren’t going to get a 5th dog. Guess who lost that discussion. He was brought to us and we headed on a two-month trip without him even knowing we had a stick house.” —Frank Busalacchi

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!

Now is a good time to clean out your water heater!
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.

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16 days ago

And that is why the squirrel went Ah nuts when he lost his nuts. As for that veggie chicken burger? Uh if you are trying to hide veggies from your children that burger is not doing a great job at it. Mine would see it and pick it all out. Just a thought. Gotta do a better job of hiding the veggies. Otherwise it does look good.

Sheri Ken
17 days ago

Murphy will always have everyone wanting to give him hugs & kisses, belly rubs and just wanting to run hands through the gorgeous curls! Stay happy Murphy and enjoy the safe travels and adventures with your Furfamily.

Brian Burry
19 days ago

We lost our sweet doggie Sammy, a blond Cocker Spaniel, after 12 years (our 2nd dog). Just a few weeks later, we received a call from our daughter, that she found us the perfect dog, and we hesitated as it was just too soon. We then said ok, and we were blessed with the most sweet, gentle, loving dog ever! We know how much love is still in Murphy’s owners hearts, for a dog, and Murphy will give back as much or more love by that adoption!

Sheri Ken
17 days ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

Send a picture to RVtravel of your sweet little one to be highlighted, please. Sharing a loving pet usually makes many smiles.

Lil John
19 days ago

The lady that built the Gypsy RV is really talented. What a great job. So much in so little space, and everything pleasing to the eye. Thanks for the tour.

Donald N Wright
19 days ago

Ah, squirrels. Usually they drop nuts on my RV roof from 10 PM to 6 AM.

Neal Davis
19 days ago

Great funny! The squirrel video is extremely entertaining and gave me considerable enjoyment! Thank you!

Bill Fisher
19 days ago

Regarding the trivia about gray squirrels, I would say that the squirrels are a part of “Mother Nature.”

19 days ago
Reply to  Bill Fisher

You took the words right out of my mouth!

19 days ago
Reply to  Bill Fisher

Exactly what I was going to say.

19 days ago

Murphy is a handsome, and lucky, dog!

19 days ago

Yann Martel is soooo wrong. Doubts breeds investigation which breeds knowledge. Taking anything a “face value” is a road that scammers drive every day.

19 days ago
Reply to  volnavy007

And now you want me to trust your opinion?

19 days ago

Lucky dog! He got to rescue you. Right front brown leg is an interesting addition.