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RV Daily Tips. Friday, January 20, 2023

Issue 2040
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Today’s thought

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ―Stephen King


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day!

On this day in history: 1929 – The first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, “In Old Arizona,” is released.



Tip of the Day

Don’t leave a trace…

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

We’ve all seen it – the “remnants” from someone who camped in the “outback” before we arrived. Trash in fire rings, dog poop on trails, and the other usual suspects. One of the main reasons that RVers like to boondock is to get away from the ugly side of human civilization – and there it is, somebody rubs our nose in it.  Sometimes bad behavior is just that – a person with a nasty attitude. Other times it’s just a matter of education. How’s your campground courtesy knowledge?

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Ask Dave

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

Dave answers three more short Q&As

Did you know that Dave answers almost every single email he receives? Now that’s what you call impressive! He’s also what you’d call a great guy. That being said, not every email he answers needs a long article like you’re used to seeing here. But he has A TON of other emails that could help answer some of your questions—just in a shorter format!

Dave is busy at the Florida RV SuperShow this week (say “hi” or attend one of his seminars!), so we’re taking some of his shorter email answers and consolidating them into one article.

Today he answers:
• Better water pressure from onboard pump than city water. Why?
• Can’t get Schwintek motors back in after manual retraction
• How much does my new RV weigh and what will tow it?

Click here for Dave’s answers


In the RV Shop with Dustin

When do I set the Air Lift PSI when connecting to my fifth wheel hitch?

Here is a clip from one of our recent shows where one of our viewers asked when they set the Air Lift PSI (pounds per square inch) when connecting to their fifth wheel hitch.

The Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 is a type of air suspension kit designed for use on pickup trucks and other vehicles that tow heavy loads. The kit includes airbags that are installed between the vehicle’s frame and suspension, allowing the user to adjust the air pressure in the bags to level the vehicle and improve weight distribution when towing. This can help to improve the vehicle’s stability and handling, as well as reduce wear on the tires and suspension components.

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Video of the day

Hiking and sledding in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park

By Cheri Sicard
One of the United States’ newest national parks, New Mexico’s White Sands National Park, is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! But in the video below, you can check it out as the team from Through My Lens takes you along on a day’s activities of hiking and sledding in the park.

Sledding in New Mexico? In summer? Yes, you read that right!

At more than 145,000 acres, the park contains the world’s largest gypsum sand dune.

Click here to watch


When you buy an RV for later delivery, when do your payments begin?

That’s the question Josh the RV Nerd answers in this informative video. Do they start right away, or months later when you take delivery? It’s a good question considering so many RVers are placing orders today for RVs that will not arrive for four, five, six months … or longer. And what about when an RV is purchased but the RV is not even built yet (so no VIN number)? Watch Josh’s video here.


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Most modern vehicles idle quietly and cleanly with very low emissions. Don’t be that annoying neighbor with the loud obnoxious cheap generator that people can hear all through the campground. CarGenerator makes no sound except your vehicle engine quietly purring away. Learn more.


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Forget buying your woman jewels and forget buying your man new power tools. This is all everyone ever wants!


Reader poll

Do you eat the filling in an Oreo cookie before the cookie itself?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

How to handle speed bumps

If you take your RV across a speed bump, you may find it pops open cabinet doors. Alleviate this issue by taking on the speed bumps “dead-on” and slow, rather than hitting them at an angle. An angle approach causes more coach rocking.


On this day last year…


Website of the day

10 Fantastic U.S. Zoos With Free Admission
Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! No, really! You can see all of them and many more at these free zoos across the country.


A “cool tool” indeed: The Magnetizer/Demagnetizer
This gadget, recommended by Dave Solberg and Dustin Simpson, instantly magnetizes or demagnetizes steel tools and other small parts. You can convert any tool blade to a magnetic retriever of things like screws, nuts, and metallic particles. No batteries or electricity required. Never lose a screw again! Read more about it here, or buy one for yourself here.


Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
RV LIFE Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.



Recipe of the Day

Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese Potatoes

by Jill McEachern from Mobile, AL

These easy-to-prepare cheesy potatoes are the perfect side for a holiday meal or a weeknight chicken dinner. Once baked, the potatoes have a delicious crispy crust. Parmesan cheese adds a savory flavor and helps with the crust. Buttery and tender, melting mozzarella cheese on top make these potatoes gooey and very creamy. If you want to elevate a potato side dish, give these cheesy potatoes a try.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

If you had to guess what mammal had a fingerprint closest (almost identical) to a human’s fingerprint, what would you guess? Probably a gorilla or a chimpanzee, right? Nope! A koala bear has fingerprints almost identical to those of a human. In fact, even when studied with modern forensic tools, they’re extremely hard to tell apart!

*What country did horses originate from? Take a guess then see if you’re right in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Dozer our Doberman loved to camp and meet new friends. This photo was his last camping trip. He is now camping in heaven and is truly missed.” —Bryan Smith

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!


Leave here with a laugh

Sylvester Stallone says he wants to make a movie about classical music. He says, “I’ll play Beethoven.” Jean-Claude Van Damme says, “Okay, I’ll be Mozart.” Arnold Schwarzenegger is asked to be in the film and he says, “I’ll be Bach.”


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jillie
7 days ago

Yanno something? Your staff seriously needs a vacation after that running pun. As for an RV loan my bank said they can get me an RV loan but if it isn’t built yet but you are waiting for it it is best to wait on the loan until you actually see it. It could be months before you can take delivery of it. I know the new RV I want and my bank told me to apply for it in April so when I am in Maine I can take delivery of it right then and there. I never buy something knowing its not there. But I know the dealership has it and can’t wait to get it. But as for payments? Once you apply approved and sign the deal you almost within a month of it start paying for something you still do not have in your possession.

Don Baxter
8 days ago

To the people who lost Dozer. We have a dog that we love dearly and we know how hard it is to go through this as it has happened more than once . All we can say is just think of all the good times that your pet has given you.

Bob p
9 days ago

Now criminals will be taking a Koala with them to touch everything and leave it’s fingerprints every where, just to drive the police crazy.

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Diane McGovern
9 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

I don’t have discernible fingerprints. Hmmmm. When I went to apply for my concealed carry permit many years ago, the sheriff’s dept. took my fingerprints and sent them in to the FBI (I think that’s where they sent them). The FBI rejected them and said to take them again. Same result. The FBI said never mind, and I got my permit. (I have a gun for protection from some of the animals [black bears, mountain lions, etc.] on my 18 acres of remote mountain property, although my two 6’8″ gun-toting sons are also pretty good protection. 😆 ) Have a great day, Bob. 😀 -Diane at RVtravel.com

KellyR
9 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Then running the DNA thru the data base will really screw with their minds. Maybe not in Australia ?

jillie
7 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

I can see it now. Police….I haven’t seen fingerprints like ever. Suspect….have you met my new pet Koala? Uh huh…..its illegal to own one and let me tell you those things are vicious from what I have heard.

Fred
9 days ago

Today’s joke was so stupid, my wife & I couldn’t stop laughing.

Larry Copeland
9 days ago

Aren’t Koalas marsupials

Rob Sorensen
9 days ago
Reply to  Larry Copeland

yes, but Marsupials are also mammals first.

jillie
7 days ago
Reply to  Larry Copeland

a mammal of an order whose members are born incompletely developed and are typically carried and suckled in a pouch on the mother’s belly. Marsupials are found mainly in Australia and New Guinea, although three families, including the opossums, live in America.

Tommy Molnar
9 days ago

“Cool Tool” really is. I have one and have used it many times.
Joke of the day is funny – if you’ve seen Terminator.

Chuck
9 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Me 2, with the tool