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RV Daily Tips. Monday, February 27, 2023

Issue 2066
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

“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.” ―Khaled Hosseini

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Polar Bear Day!

On this day in history: 1964 – The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over. (Guess it worked!)

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Tip of the Day

These are the spare items you should always have on hand in your RV

By Nanci Dixon
Broken, lost or forgotten items can put a damper on or even end an RV trip. After more than six years of full-timing, there are a few spare items we always carry in our RV. Extra weight should always be taken into consideration, but there are a few things that are showstoppers if we don’t have an extra or something to fix the one that broke.

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Ask Dave

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

Can I repair the cracks in the RV’s countertop?

Dear Dave,
My counter is getting little cracks in it. Can it be repaired? Or how and what would you recommend to replace it with? Thanks. —Steve (no RV data provided)

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In the RV shop with Dustin

Has your awning/slide-out topper rail pulled loose?

Has your awning or slide-out topper rail pulled loose from the wall? This piece of aluminum is mounted to an RV wall before the awning or slide-out topper fabric has been installed. There is a poly cord sewn into the awning fabric that fits a channel in the awning/slide-out topper rail to retain and support the fabric connection to the coach side wall. These rails take a lot of abuse from travel, vibration, wind and rain.

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Wednesday: 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday’s newsletter.

Watch a replay of last week’s program.

Video of the day

Tow ratings on Ford trucks changed on already-sold trucks!

By Cheri Sicard
The team from RV Miles is here with the latest RV news and their lead story is pretty darn shocking. It seems that Ford changed the tow rating on Ford trucks already sold and on the road!

This discrepancy will affect a lot of different Ford trucks.

Click here to watch

State residency and tax issues: Here’s how long you can stay in a state before you have to pay state taxes

READER DAVE T. ASKS: “We’re considering spending a summer in an RV park in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Michigan, and were wondering if there were any tax issues to consider. Do these states charge income tax on retirees who are just summer visitors?” Read full-time RVer Nanci Dixon’s answer here.

Reader poll

Are you currently on a diet to lose weight?

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Quick Tip

Are you licensed properly?

In some jurisdictions, if you only possess a regular driver’s license you are not allowed to pull a trailer over a certain weight or size. If you’re not licensed properly, and in the event of a claim, your insurance company could deny you coverage. You could as well be ticketed or shut down on the side of the highway. Don’t put yourself in a position that will cause you grief. If you’re not sure, check with the licensing standards department of your state/province. Our thanks to George B.

Website of the day

14 Destinations to Visit and See Gorgeous Spring Flowers
Tomorrow is the last day of February and then March comes (can you believe it?), and that means spring flowers are just around the corner! Start planning your trips around where the flowers bloom. Trust us—it’s a beautiful idea!

You could scare a lot of people with this. It’d surely make you howl and snort with laughter!

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Recipe of the Day

Shrimp Cakes

by Lisa Johnson from Macon, GA

We have had a lot of crab cakes and tuna croquettes in our lives, but had never thought about chopping up shrimp and using that in a shrimp cake. We love the crunchiness that Panko gives to this dish! If you want to kick the heat up a notch, add cayenne pepper or even chopped jalapenos. This is a super easy and delicious dish to try at your next dinner!

Click here for the recipe


What liquid is considered the most expensive liquid on Earth? LSD? Printer ink? Insulin? Scorpion venom? Yup, it’s scorpion venom. While most of you probably aren’t out shopping for any of that, if you were it would cost you about $39 million for about a gallon of it. Why would you need scorpion venom? It stops you from aging! We’re kidding, obviously. This article explains it all (truly fascinating!).

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Roxie, 3, cuddles up with Boz, 13. Best buds!” —Gloria Nielsen

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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24 days ago

Licensed properly. Glad my residency is in the Live Free or Die state.

Ron L
24 days ago

re: Licensed Properly. Some states have a length of motorhome requirement, such as California’s over 40′ motorhome (they call them house cars) requires a Class B non-commercial driver’s license (NCDL). Unfortunately, many owners (probably most) of owners of motorhomes that have a model 40 in the model number believe that they are not required to have this license even though they are aware that their coach is longer than 40′. Pity those that only have the Class C (normal) license and get into an accident. If the LEO discovers the invalid license, the owner/driver could be ticketed and issued a hefty fine … addition, the insurance company may have issues also and reject any claim and will probably cancel the contract with the owner being responsible for the entire damage.

Brian Burry
24 days ago

Cute! Roxie and Boz prove why it is so good for life to be friends, instead of adversaries!

Last edited 24 days ago by Diane McGovern
Lindalee Sorrells
24 days ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

AMEN, Brian, AMEN!!!

25 days ago

Scorpion venom will probably stop you from aging. When stung, you might die, hence no longer aging.

Bob Weinfurt
25 days ago
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Tim Bear
24 days ago
Reply to  Impavid

Scorpions have a bad rep but most aren’t going to kill you. In fact, most aren’t even going to sting you unless their body feels like it’s going to get crushed. They sting when they feel that kind of pressure…your foot going into your shoe, pressing on one when you clamber over or pick up rocks, etc. I’ve had scorpions walking around on my hand and arm while I’ve been cleaning their enclosure, and then simply let them drop off back into the enclosure when I’m done.

Kenny G
24 days ago
Reply to  Tim Bear

Enclosure as in pet scorpions? Weird.

24 days ago
Reply to  Kenny G

How is that weirder than someone who keeps snakes or spiders?

24 days ago
Reply to  Jim

P.s. I don’t consider any of it weird. Though it’s not for me.

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