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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Issue 2047
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

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ―Henry James

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Plan For Vacation Day!

On this day in history: 1865: The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery, and submits it to the states for ratification.

Tip of the Day

Yikes! There’s a freeze warning. Tips to keep the water flowing

By Nanci Dixon
Yikes! It is cold in our neck of the woods, and there is a freeze warning. It’s time to put the heated water hose on, the water filter heater blanket on, check the furnaces, and pull out the portable heaters. We have only camped in temps down to 15 degrees for short periods of time so these tips may need to be expanded on for lower temperatures or longer times.

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Ask Dave

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

Can I flat-tow my Honda CR-V?

Dear Dave,
I have a Honda CR-V. Is there any way it can be flat-towed behind my motorhome? —Millicent, 2003 Fleetwood Bounder

Read Dave’s answer

Tomorrow: RV repair and maintenance advice

Our experts answer your RV repair and maintenance questions on live webcast

Our tech experts, Dave, Dustin and Zach will answer your questions about RV Repair and Maintenance LIVE 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.

Video of the day

How to avoid, reduce, or eliminate RV driving pain

By Cheri Sicard
RV driving pain—no, not the pain we feel at the pumps, but rather actual physical pain caused by prolonged driving your RV—is something rarely discussed. However, Martin from RVstreet is about to change that.

If you have ever experienced pain in your neck, back, shoulders, or rear end while driving your RV, then the video below is for you.

Click here to watch

Psst: Did you miss Cheri’s recent article about RVers’ favorite YouTube channels? Check out the winners

All about tow vehicle tire wear and TT tire inflation

Tire expert Roger Marble explains why tires wear differently when towing or not. He also explains the preferred tire rotation schedule, and how you can shorten travel trailer tire life by not inflating properly. You’ll learn lots of important information by reading this.

Reader poll

How often do you gamble at a casino?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Help for emptying tanks on a slope

Pull into a dump station with a slope away from the dump? Getting the tanks empty can be difficult—until you crank up your leveling jacks on the far side of the rig to give your sewage a little lift.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Travel Oregon: Free Travel Guides
Heading to beautiful Oregon soon? These free travel guides will be a great help! There’s the Travel Oregon Visitor Guide, the Oregon Scenic Byways Driving Guide, the Oregon State Highway Map and more!

A popular pastime for RVers but this one is… elf-sized? Let us know how using this goes…

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 34 percent have taken an ancestry DNA test like 23andMe or AncestryDNA.
• 7 percent have never ridden a horse.
• 59 percent have served in the military.

Recent poll: Do you have a dedicated work space in your RV?

Recipe of the Day

Pear Cake

by Leah Robertson from Siloam Springs, AR

With no icing, this simple, old-fashioned pear cake is so darn easy to transport… which is good since you’ll be getting requests for it from all corners! It’s a moist and tender coffee cake with chunks of sweet fresh pears that pair well with the cinnamon. The top gets a little crunchy and forms a sugary crust. Coconut and nuts make this cake even better and add a little texture. This cake is delicious alone but a dollop of whipped cream would be tasty too. Perfect for dessert or with afternoon coffee.

Click here for the recipe


The letters M&M on the popular candies stand for the founders of the company, Forrest Mars Sr. and Bruce Murrie. The candy-coated chocolate concept was inspired by a method used to allow soldiers to carry chocolate without having it melt. The company’s longest-lasting slogan reflects this: “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.” More than 400 million individual M&Ms are produced every day in the United States.

*If you have arachibutyrophobia, what are you afraid of? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Cooper. Our two-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He’s telling me he really needs to go out.” —Rodney Lacy

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!

Grip TapeGrip to it!
This heavy-duty grip tape sticks to any surface and gives you traction on things like your RV steps, ladder or roof, and at home on your deck or in your basement, or even on your boat. It’s good stuff to keep around. You can find it for a good price (and in multiple size rolls) here.

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jillie (@guest_221222)
9 months ago

Coming from the other newsletter that had no where to comment on I am piping in here. The Terramor near Acadia and the KOA is really nice. Never stayed there but from the looks of it sounds and looks expensive. As for pipes freezing I did have that happen to me once and realized that yeah NC does get that cold. Happened with the trailer and with the house. One is now winterized and the other has its pipes insulated. Looking forward to getting warm again.

Lindalee (@guest_220694)
10 months ago

Thanks to all of you who commented on Cooper! He is precious, indeed! But, don’t most of us with dogs know their expressions? I know my Minnie’s, for sure, and, in case I miss one – I’ll get told in no uncertain terms!

Bill Byerly (@guest_220689)
10 months ago

We’ve put over 11,000 miles on our 2014 CR-V , flat towing it. Our last trip was over 8000 miles, cross country and back, without any problems, and follow all the recommended steps in the article. Towed with our 2019 Winnebago Sightseer. We use a blue ox system.

Debby (@guest_220677)
10 months ago

Rodney, we would love for you and Cooper to join the Facebook group Camping Cavaliers. Just be sure to answer all the questions. A very friendly group of Cavalier owners who camp!

Karen Bates (@guest_220669)
10 months ago

Does the announcement that Amazon is discontinuing their Amazon Smile program affect any money that you get from purchases?

Emily Woodbury
10 months ago
Reply to  Karen Bates

Hi, Karen. No, it doesn’t affect us. Thanks for asking and thank you for supporting us! –Emily,

DW/ND (@guest_220662)
10 months ago

When dumping my holding tanks, I lift the right side air bag and drop the left side bag down. I do this on every dump, sloped or not. Gets a good initial forced flush and final draining. I start the air process going into the station, takes about a minute – so no waiting or delays in the dumping process.

Brian Burry (@guest_220651)
10 months ago

Cooper is precious!
also as a Combat Wounded Veteran, it is so nice to see that so many fellow Veterans enjoy RVing. Some are now saying to Veterans “ Thank you for our Freedom!”, how wonderful.🇺🇸

Bob p (@guest_220680)
10 months ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

As a Vietnam veteran when I see another vet from that era I always say “Welcome Home”. We never got that when we returned from war, we were despicable “baby killers”. I never killed any babies and don’t anyone who did, but we were accused of it. Those protesters will get theirs come judgment day.

Sheri Ken (@guest_220645)
10 months ago

Cooper with your Big Eyes… All the better to see you with… this is a good attribute!

M D-B (@guest_220640)
10 months ago

Burst out laughing at Cooper’s picture. Nice way to start the day.

Bill Fisher (@guest_220621)
10 months ago

I am impressed by the percentage of us that have served in the military! Well done!

Sheri Ken (@guest_220647)
10 months ago
Reply to  Bill Fisher

Thank you for your Service, Bill! Including all of our RV military family, my Husband and All of our Military Members Retired and Active.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_220648)
10 months ago
Reply to  Bill Fisher

I think that’s because most of ‘us’ are from the generation that experienced the “draft”. But, I AM impressed with today’s all volunteer military even though the leadership is going woke.

Tom (@guest_220653)
10 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, go back to sleep.

Gary (@guest_220658)
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Tommy is correct.

DW/ND (@guest_220661)
10 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Amen Tommy. I am glad my days of service are over (42-7-28). I would have a very hard time with the current policies and training program. I think it will backfire on recruiting – which seems to be happening already and is a problem for all branches. Even pilots. As a member of the Air Force Assn and the Military Officers Assn I keep up with what is going on these days – not pretty!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_220667)
10 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Totally agree DW.

Bob p (@guest_220681)
10 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

I know I couldn’t have served when Obama nor Biden was Commander in Chief. To many draft dodgers in the presidency to suit me.

Ron H (@guest_220682)
10 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

So the previous president’s military record appeals to you?

Dennis Johnson (@guest_220803)
10 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Obama was still in grade school when the draft was around….

Impavid (@guest_220619)
10 months ago

On “Help for emptying tanks on a slope”, are we talking levelling jacks being the same as stabilizing jacks? If so, this is bad advice. Stabilizing jacks are meant to stabilize and are not meant to lift. Instead use the wood you carry to put under the wheels to lift the side of the trailer opposite to the drain.

Spike (@guest_220649)
10 months ago
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Jack (@guest_220660)
10 months ago
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Snoopy (@guest_220615)
10 months ago

If there was ever a facial expression contest “Cooper” would win hands down!!

Sheri Ken (@guest_220642)
10 months ago
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Ken (@guest_220608)
10 months ago

Cooper’s look is soooooo expressive!

Sheri Ken (@guest_220643)
10 months ago
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