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RV Daily Tips. Friday, January 13, 2023

Issue 2035
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

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.” ―Albert Einstein


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Rubber Ducky Day!

On this day in history: 1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place: a live performance of the operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.



Tip of the Day

A reminder to perform these basic RV maintenances often overlooked

By Gail Marsh
We have no problem remembering the “big things” in RV maintenance. Examine and clean the roof? Check! Care for slide outs? Check! Regularly inspect the RV’s tires and wheels (air pressure, tire age/wear, torque)? Check! Inspect and apply seal conditioner on black rubber seals? Check!

The basic RV maintenance chores we tend to overlook are the ones that remain largely out of sight. If this describes you, too, perhaps these reminders will help.

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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.” 

Is a 12-volt compressor refrigerator best for me in my RV?

Hi Dave,
While attending an RV show recently, I noticed some units have a Furrion battery-operated refrigerator. Do you recommend the battery-only power source? Thanks. —Norman, Looking for a new RV

Read Dave’s answer


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


In the RV Shop with Dustin

My RV water heater clicks multiple times but won’t light. Why?

Here is a sample from one of our recent shows where one of our viewers asked for help diagnosing their Suburban water heater. It’s a common problem: “My water heater clicks multiple times, but won’t light.”

If the water heater attempts to light but is not sensing the flame, it’s a telltale sign that something is wrong with the electrode…

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Video of the day

NM State Parks Pass—The cheapest RV camping rent ever!

By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, Brian Gifford is reporting for Cheap RV Living about one of the best deals available to RVers: the New Mexico State Parks Pass.

I first discovered this deal more than a decade ago while on a travel writing press trip to Las Cruces, but every time I tell people about it they are surprised. Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that the NM State Parks Pass is one of the best-kept RV secrets out there.

Click here to watch


RV Mods: An access door for your pet

Russ and Tiña De Maris have some ideas (and instructions) about adding a pet access door, in their case for their cat. Some great ideas here.


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


??  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??
Does this sound familiar: “Oh, shoot! Where did I put my glasses now?!” or “Honey, have you seen my glasses?” Well, never ask those questions ever again!


Reader poll

When was the last time you saw a movie at a movie theater?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Simple custom-sized trash cans

Finding suitably sized trash cans for RVing can be a hassle. Visit the plasticware section of your local discount store and pick up a plastic cereal storage container. The same bag the cashier packs it in fits great for a trash can liner. If it threatens to slide around, use double-stick Velcro tape on the bottom.


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022
These photos are truly something–they’re beautiful and incredible and wow-inducing! You won’t believe some of them are real (but they are!).



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RV LIFE Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.



Recipe of the Day

Colby Jack Cheesy Bread

by Anthony Nicometi Jr from Cheektowaga, NY

This savory bread is a must for any cheese fan. It can be served with anything from spaghetti to barbecue. Enjoy it fresh from the oven, toast it with a bit of butter or add a little garlic spread on top for cheesy garlic bread. The amount of Colby Jack in this bread is perfect. Yum!

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

Which popular electronics company originally sold noodles? If you guessed Samsung, you’re correct. The original Samsung Trading Company, founded in the 1930s, specialized in the distribution of groceries and specialty noodles. It wasn’t until the 1960s that they ventured into the world of electronics.

*What popular animal plays the most significant role in the seeding of North American forests? Take a guess then find the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Cole, a Border Collie mix, knows when we’re nearing a familiar place, and shows his happiness. He understands 20+ words and is always ready to do whatever’s asked of him. A great companion, and my friend.” —Keith Peterson

URGENT! Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We’re almost out of photos! If you’ve submitted a pet photo in the past it’s okay, send it again (as long as your pet wasn’t featured recently). 

We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please!


Camping activity and puzzle book perfect for winter fun
Even though this activity and puzzle book is meant for children, we bet you’ll have fun with it too. All the puzzles are camping-themed. It’s perfect to bring along in the RV to have fun around the campfire or at the picnic table. Inside you’ll find word searches, mazes, scavenger hunts, animal tracks, hidden pictures, word scrambles, hiking logs and much more! Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

What happens if you eat aluminum foil?
You sheet metal!


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Sheri Ken
14 days ago

LHWAL “SMILING” oh my GOODNESS. When I read some of the laughs posted here, I get to jump back to my childhood! Another memorable laugh makes us SMILE today. TY 😊!

Cole is a handsome pup! We share the same sentiments with our pup as you do. Thank you for sharing. Safe Travels to you all.

martin a
15 days ago

Aluminum foil and old fillings do not mix well its a shocking experience. I remember reading that China was the main buyer for our recycled plastic, not so much any more.
Mike Sokol has a mailing list you can join and get a tip daily or a Sunday compendium of all for the week. This is the header you may be able to link to it. Mike Sokol from RVelectricity <rvelectricity@substack.com

Sheryl Hendrix
16 days ago

We switched to 12volt when our residential went out. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I do have to defrost twice a year. But it freezes my milk I LOVE IT!

Charlie Sullivan
16 days ago
Reply to  Sheryl Hendrix

Why do you want frozen milk?

Sarah
16 days ago

Cole is a beautiful dog!

Evert
16 days ago

The trash can liner article posted here today would not work in Canada. Stores are not allowed to give out plastic bags when you shop. It’s an environmental issue.

Thomas D
16 days ago
Reply to  Evert

It amazes me that we can’t have bags but think of the plastic we use daily and dont think about. Freezer bags, lunch bags,the plastic your meat comes in from the grocery store, the foam tray the meat comes in. The plastic wraps the meat comes in to the butcher that you dont see. The soap and shampoo bottles. Endless.
All made of oil the contains heat that could be burnt to provide electricity. Sweden does it, why can’t we?

Roger Marble
16 days ago
Reply to  Thomas D

Until the US takes reducing the use of single-use plastic seriously, the best we can do is to be aggressive with recycling whenever possible. We do not full time and our local community recycles many plastics. We do a simple rinse and recycle all the plastics they accept any plastic container numbered #1 through #7 is accepted for local pick-up. They ask that we leave the caps on water and soda bottles. Our local grocery, Lowes and Meijers do take plastic bags and plastic film and if you can the Recycling center has a container specific for plastic bags.

Russ
16 days ago

I’m really jonesing for the daily RV review column

Warren G
16 days ago
Reply to  Russ

You can go the the Stressless Camping website for them.

Bob M
16 days ago
Reply to  Russ

I also miss the daily RV review column as well as Mike Sokol’s column on rv elect.

Larry
15 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

Good point, is Mike Sokol no longer providing content to RVT?

martin a
15 days ago
Reply to  Larry

See my other post for Mike info