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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Issue 2037
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Today’s thought

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ―Mother Teresa


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hot Buttered Rum Day!

On this day in history: 1920 – Alcohol Prohibition begins in the United States as the Volstead Act goes into effect.


Tip of the Day

Tips for optimizing and organizing your RV refrigerator

By Gail Marsh
Most every RVer I know has things they like and don’t like about their rig. For us? It’s the refrigerator we don’t particularly care for. It’s not a residential model so I feel like a magician when I attempt to put groceries inside—it’s just so small! An “abracadabra” won’t help enlarge our RV fridge, but there are a few tips that have helped optimize our RV refrigerator usage.

Note: Because there are so many different styles and models of RV refrigerators, it’s impossible to offer meaningful tips that will apply to everyone. That said, most of these should be able to be applied to whatever type of fridge you have in your RV.

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What sealant should I use on my RV’s exterior?

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Video of the day

Are new heavy-duty trucks cracking in half? This one did!

By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, Roman and Andre from The Fast Lane Truck have some literal breaking news about heavy-duty trucks cracking in half.

This news will be especially important to those interested in truck campers as that is where problems can happen. And be aware, the broken frame in the photos did not happen overnight, but over time.

To be sure, the cracked heavy-duty truck in the video, dramatically buckled in the middle, is likely the result of user error and miscalculations about payload and the amount of weight you can load in the back of a truck.

Click here to watch



These are the most common ways to die in a National Park

By Nanci Dixon
My husband and I are ticking off National Parks and National Monuments from my bucket list and taking tons of pictures. When our car was too close to a buffalo on the side of the road at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the massive bull turned to look my husband in the eye, I started wondering how many people die in the National Parks. Particularly how many die from stupidly being too close to the wildlife! Get the interesting statistics here.


Reader poll

Are you a caregiver for a relative?

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Quick Tip

Cover your roof top air conditioner 

Is your RV going to “sit tight” in one location for a while and not be used—either if it’s parked up north for the winter, or if you’ve been south for the winter and are heading north but leaving your RV there until next winter? Think about covering your roof top air conditioner. It will protect it against UV damage, especially in the south, and keep debris out of the unit wherever it is


??  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??
How have we never seen this one before? We thought we had seen them all! Actually, all these are quite cute


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Find Free Food and Groceries
If you need help getting food or groceries, Feeding America can help. Put in your current area’s ZIP code and find a food bank near you.


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:

• 36 percent of women and 33 percent of men say they know how to use a sewing machine.
• 16 percent do not have a passport.
• 27 percent are either planning or hope to plan a trip to Alaska within the next two years in their RV.

Recent poll: How often do you use physical guide/travel books to plan your trips?



Recipe of the Day

Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

by Debbie W. from SW, LA

If you love Mexican food, these enchiladas are a must. The sauce is full of Mexican flavor and slightly spicy. It makes the whole house smell like a Mexican restaurant. Coating the corn tortillas in sauce not only softens them but allows them to soak up all the sauce flavor. What meat you use in this recipe is up to you (we used shredded beef since that’s what’s in the name). The sauce is where it’s at for this enchilada recipe

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

Have you ever said a word so many times over and over again that it starts to sound REALLY weird and lose its meaning? If you’ve had this happen, you experience semantic satiation. Parts of your brain can, in fact, become overstimulated causing temporary exhaustion. When you say a word over and over and over again, you tire out that part of your brain and your verbal centers become inhibited. Interesting, huh?

*What’s so special about the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, and why might you need your passport to visit? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Nina. She was rescued from Puerto Rico some thirteen years ago by our friends Mike and Betty Anne. She took to RVing quite nicely and enjoyed traveling around the country, first in their fifth wheel and then in their motorhome. She could always be found prancing down the street or relaxing in her bed. She passed away just before Christmas and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. RIP Nina!” —Gary Johnson

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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Phil
14 days ago

I’ve been using 1Password. Great security, passwords are stored with 256 bit encryption, so even if hacked the data gained is unreadable. A bit more expensive than the cheaper managers but the extra features make it worth it. Been using it for about twenty years and they have never been hacked. Will work with Apple, windows, and android and syncs across all your devices.

Impavid
14 days ago

On the product of the day, I wonder if coffee tastes better in the $18.95 cup than in my $2.99 cup. I won’t be finding out.

bill
14 days ago
Reply to  Impavid

Be calm .. It is actually $9.95 and these tidbits are aimed at fun minded folks not grumps (me?)

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Diane McGovern
14 days ago
Reply to  bill

Hi, Bill. FYI–Impavid is very “fun minded.” He’s just being facetious (but I agree with the point he’s making). Also, the cup may be $18.95 in Canada. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Bob M
14 days ago

Sorry to hear about Nina. My Daisy passed away before Christmas and she is deeply missed.

Bob p
14 days ago

Laugh of the day, yep, DW believes all the hoopla about a different password for every site you go on and then forgets a password and gets locked out. Recently her iPad died of old age so we got a new one. Because it had been 6 years since her original iPad she couldn’t remember her password, Apple put her in Apple jail for 10 business days, she couldn’t do anything with the new iPad or the old one. After 10 days she tried again, the customer service rep was basically a phone answered and she got locked out again for another 10 days. Finally she got lucky and a rep walked her through the steps to get a new password. This went on for over a month, if mine dies I’m just getting a different tablet. I’ve used the same PW for everything for years. I think if you’re really active you may need multiple PW, but for the limited sites I use one is sufficient.

Jim
14 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

She should get a password manager. Then she needs to remember only one password. My passwords are very long and complicated (frequently I need to access financial sites), but my one password has meaning only to me and is easy to remember.

Norb Dusyn
14 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Yes, a password manager helps retain your sanity – only one complicated password to remember and the rest are captured by the PW manager. My preferred manager is BitWarden (https://bitwarden.com/). It comes in a free version, but for $10 annually it includes a few more features I find useful. It integrates very well with all browsers allowing automatic “filling of the fields” for user ids and passwords, and also provides a password generating feature which, since you won’t have to remember any of them anymore, will create VERY cryptic passwords for you.

Tim Slack
14 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Even worse problem with ‘ipasssafe’. I had maybe 50 sites, login names & passwords, worked for several years. Then I did a Windows update on my phone and “POOF!” all my info vanished. Called Apple, they basically said, “Sorry. Apple has to do these updates periodically and it’s up to the app to adapt their own product.” Sent a number of emails thru app for assistance but no response. I now have a paper copy of all logins & passwords.

Steven N
14 days ago

WRT “Leave here with a laugh”…a word of advice; SECURE Random Password Generator website! They are free and you can generate a batch, made of the length you need, of them then select the one you want to use.

wanderer
14 days ago
Reply to  Steven N

Yeah, Lastpass just got hacked last month, so much for that theory.

I think the RV tech expert couple at Technomadia said the best defense is a handwritten list of different, fairly peculiar passwords. Most ID theft now is done online, nobody’s gonna go through your desk drawer looking for passwords. But, if you use one password for everything, they can intercept that while you’re looking at cat videos and then take it to your bank accounts online.

tom
14 days ago

Nina was one lucky dog. Sounds like a great companion.