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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Issue 2042
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Today’s thought

“We shouldn’t be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.” ―Noam Chomsky


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Compliment Day! We like your shirt!

On this day in history: 1984 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.



Tip of the Day

Make Welcome Centers your first stop when you cross state lines

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking. 

By Bob Difley

Hi Bob,
We know where most of our state’s best attractions and boondocking spots are, but have a hard time finding them whenever we travel to a new state. Do you have any suggestions? —Jerry and Alicia

Hi Jerry and Alicia,
Whenever you enter a new state on your travels, make the State Welcome Center or Visitor Center your first stop. You will find one in nearly every state, usually at the first or second exit along main highways upon entering the state. They are well-signed and easy to find – and also have parking for big rigs. It will save you time and money if you intend to explore the new area you have entered.

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Ask Dave

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

How long can my RV’s residential fridge run before generator takes over to recharge?

Dear Dave,
I installed a residential fridge in my RV. I have a four 6-volt golf battery setup and 300-watt solar panels with a 3000-watt AIMS inverter. When fully charged, how long should it run before gen power should take over?  —Jimmie, 1984 Vogue II

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Tomorrow: RV repair and maintenance chat

Dave and Dustin answer your RV repair and maintenance questions

Our two tech experts will answer your questions about RV Repair and Maintenance tomorrow 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 newsletter.


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Video of the day

RV fitness equipment: Staying in shape on the road

By Cheri Sicard
For anyone who wants to stay in shape and keep up their fitness routines while on the road, Jared Gillis from All About RVs has some RV fitness equipment tips and advice.

This RV fitness equipment does not take up a lot of space nor does it weigh a lot. Nonetheless, it can still help you achieve your fitness goals, wherever you travel.

Click here to watch



Don’t change the channel! Visit three famous TV sites and relive your favorites

By Chris Epting
All over the country, but especially in California, you can add some fun to any road trip by visiting some legendary TV sites, including those that appeared in the Lone Ranger, M*A*S*H and The Andy Griffith Show. These are three of my favorites… [A little nostalgia, anyone?]


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Quick Tip

Firefighter offers fire extinguisher advice

“As a retired firefighter I am extremely anal about extinguisher annual inspections. A note/plea to all who own any RV, heck, even their own home: BUY A QUALITY EXTINGUISHER FROM AN EXTINGUISHER SERVICE COMPANY. The big box hardware/home improvement store brands are NOT refillable/rechargeable. If you use one, it is a throwaway. Don’t use it!

“At around 5-7 years it should be thrown away as any extinguisher business will not/cannot inspect and certify they are any good.

“A QUALITY extinguisher, such as required in any business, can be refilled after use, inspected annually and verified that the pressure gauge is accurate. Often a frozen gauge on a near-empty extinguisher can leave you with a false sense of security. Perhaps Extinguisher Sales & Service should be added to a Mobile RV Tech’s repertoire of business services provided.

“Spending $75K+ on trailer/fifth wheels or $150k to $1 million on coaches, high-quality extinguishers (yes, plural) can be the difference between a total loss and an inconvenient mess.” —Paul Sumner



On this day last year…


Website of the day

From Covered Wagon to Winnebago: The Evolution of the RV
This article from Cheapism walks you through the history of the RV. It’s easy to read and fascinating!


??  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??
We already love this (seriously, it’s one of our favorites!) but we like this version even more. It’s double, er, doble, the fun!


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:

• 16 percent do not know the exact height of their RV.
• 36 percent have been locked out of their RV—7 percent have been locked out more than once.
• 98 percent know how to drive a manual transmission vehicle.

Recent poll: Did you buy your present RV new or used?


RV People

By Gary Jefferson
RV People are RVers I meet along the way. I always ask permission to take a photo, let people pose themselves, and take a shot quickly. The photos are always in black and white. They are featured Saturdays and Tuesdays at RVtravel.com



Recipe of the Day

Cheesy Cream of Cauliflower Soup

by Heidi Hoerman from Hingham, MA

This cauliflower soup is a beautiful creamy white and shows really well in a dish with some bright color. Serve it hot with crumbled bacon and chunky croutons… maybe even a little extra shredded cheese and you have a winner! Be sure to make the croutons. They make the soup extra special with their crispy crunch and flavor.

Click here for the recipe

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Trivia

The iconic Coca-Cola bottle is shaped to look like a cocoa pod. Even though the drink doesn’t have anything to do with cocoa pods, the bottle designers were fascinated by the symmetry, curves and ribs on the pods and used them as inspiration.

*The deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history was a… what? Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“We got Mao when our grandson was two. Whenever he saw the cat, he would say Mao (the toddler version of Meow), thus the unusual name. We recently took Mao camping for the first time and we weren’t sure how he would do. He absolutely loved it, especially being able to perch on the back of the couch and watch the world go by.” —Andrea Schmidlin

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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Thomas D
4 days ago

Would be great if a company would sponsor a quick clinic on extinguishers. First off, aim for the base of the fire.
Buy a good one, metal works instead of plastic( kidde had a BIG RECALL on the plastic ones.) Years ago I was at a medical clinic and extinguisher co set up a pan of oil to have put out by employees. A young nurse aimed at the fire, pulled the trigger ,it let loose with the powder, she dropped the extinguisher peed her pants and ran all at the same time. Didn’t know what to expect!

Sheri Ken
4 days ago

RV People
By Gary Jefferson
Perhaps you just might meet up with us. Great photos.

M D-B
4 days ago

Love the B&W picture. I enjoy them every time.

Brian Burry
4 days ago

We don’t go “Looking” for Heroes, we HONOR them. We value good ideas, completely different issues!

tom
4 days ago

Manual Honda Fit. Great Towd. 33 mpg, you bet!

Walt
4 days ago

PET OF THE DAY: And here’s a bit of trivia: The Mandarin Chinese word for “cat” is, in fact, “mao.” Pronounced just like you’d think, in first tone (high, level). Yeah, just like Mao Tse Tung, but a different character.

An owl in Mandarin? “Mao tou ying”, meaning “cat-headed eagle”…..makes sense, right? (In a previous lifetime, courtesy of Uncle Sam, I was a Chinese (M) translator.)

Denny L’Etoile
4 days ago

Two sources we use to find unusual sites in states are websites roadsideamerica.com and atlasobscure.com. Best if researched before heading out. Our friends are always surprised at places we visit, especially when state natives were unaware that a site existed!

Ran
4 days ago

As far as extinguishers go, purchasing from other places are fine. Just make sure the extinguisher has a metal head and good rubber hose. The ones with plastic heads/discharge openings are not refillable. These are single use and Extinguisher companies will not fill due to the failure of the plastic head. At a minimum, extinguishers should have a rating of ABC. Class A puts out ordinary combustible fires (wood, paper, plastic, etc.) Class B puts out flammable liquid fires (oil, gas, petroleum, etc.) Class C puts out electrical fires. Class D puts out combustible metal fires (magnesium, titanium, potassium, sodium, etc.). Remember, you should only be trying to extinguish a small fire (trashcan size), otherwise, evacuate and call 911 (if that’s your state’s emergency number).
RC-Retired Firefighter, 40+ yrs.

Snoopy
4 days ago
Reply to  Ran

Great information, on the motor homes I’ve owned, they all came with one 2-12/# BC extinguisher, NOT even acceptable as 90% of your M/H makes an ash & you need a ABC type to put out that type of fire! I upgraded as soon as I could to 5# ABC & I did buy them from a fire extinguisher Co. that I’ve dealt with for over 30 years. One is located by our front door & one in the bedroom, also I just added one where our propane tank is located as there is no lock on the door & the door is labeled “FIRE EXTINGUISHER INSIDE”! Hope I never need them.
Snoopy

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Diane McGovern
4 days ago
Reply to  Ran

Thanks for the excellent info, Ran. Have a great day! 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Pablo Flaifel
5 days ago

In regards to the fire extinguisher article, thanks, learned something today. Also, I noticed there are different types with different colors to identify them (red, white) what’s the difference, which one is correct for the RV?

Tom H.
4 days ago
Reply to  Pablo Flaifel

I have 5 ABC extinguishers. 4 in the RV (1 in the bedroom, 1 in the kitchen (next to the door), and 2 in the basement). I also keep 1 in the truck (right by the door). I hope I never need them!!

Bob Gray
5 days ago

The % of people able to drive a stick shift vehicle will go down substantially in the next few decades.

Bob p
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob Gray

It won’t take nearly that long. That is one of the best anti-theft devices you can buy because most young thieves can’t drive a “stick shift”. Lol

Tom H.
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Truth! 😂😂

phil
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

A 3 on the column makes it 100 percent safe.

David Stansbury
4 days ago
Reply to  phil

That’s called three on the tree- where you been?!? 🙂

Steven N
4 days ago

It’s getting more difficult to find manual transmission trucks. Even over the road truckers I’ve talked to are saying the trucks are going automatic for the most part.

JAMES
4 days ago

👍

Bob Weinfurt
4 days ago
Reply to  phil

I owned a few 4 on the column 60s European cars.

Les
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Commonly called the millennial anti-theft device.

Bob
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob Gray

98% can drive manual transmission? Must have only been people over 55 answering the survey. I learned when I was 14 working in a used car lot. That was 60 years ago.
No one wants a stick shift now. Makes it impossible to hold your cell phone!

George Thaxton
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob

My wife would love a manual in her pickup if she could get one.

Ron L
4 days ago
Reply to  George Thaxton

My wife drives a restored 86 4×4 Toyota pickup with a 5-speed. She would rather drive that than her 2015 Lexus ES300h.

Last edited 4 days ago by Ron L
Glenda Alexander
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob Gray

I have a 2005 Toyota Echo with 5 on the “tree”. Due to the manual transmission and its age, I probably could leave the door unlocked and the key in the ignition switch and no one would steal it! It has served me well and it’s so easy to tow.

Gary
4 days ago

Looks to me like the shifter is on the floor, not the column.