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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Issue 2072
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

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” ―Oscar Wilde

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cereal Day!

On this day in history: 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the “telephone.”

Tip of the Day

10 easy ways to fix 10 irritating problems in the RV

By Gail Marsh
Okay, fine. I’ll admit it. After four days cooped up inside our RV because of steady rain, little irritants can really get to me! I’m talking about those small inconveniences that make me sigh in frustration and wish for a simple solution. Maybe you’ve had similar moments and experienced these same problems in the RV, as well.

I’ve compiled simple hacks and tips that can make everyday RV living just a bit easier and hopefully less frustrating. The only criteria for potential solutions to everyday nuisances is that the “fix” must be quick and easy. See what you think and then add your own ideas in the comments.

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Ask Dave

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

My batteries don’t charge when connected to shoreline power. How can I test my converter?

Dear Dave,
My converter does not appear to be working. My batteries are not being charged when plugged into shoreline power. How can I test/check to verify an inoperative converter on my Airstream? —Jay, 2020 Airstream Classic 33

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 every 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 tomorrow’s newsletter.

Video of the day

Essential RV tools you should always carry

By Cheri Sicard
That RV Tech is here with a video about the five RV tools he uses constantly and says that should be carried in every RV. Well, actually, I am not sure about the video’s title as it actually covers MORE than just five RV tools, but these are, nonetheless, important.

This is an RV technician’s opinion of essential RV tools. It matters not whether your RV is a motorhome, travel trailer, or 5th wheel, these tools will serve you well.

Click here to watch

Come upon a moose? Keep your distance to avoid trouble

If you come upon a moose, be careful. Watch this video to learn more about the habits of moose, and how you should react if you come upon one. If you act improperly, you could end up in the hospital!

Reader poll

What landscape do you most like to stay in with your RV?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Handy bedside water glass holder

Space tight in the bedroom? No room for a water glass? Your local auto parts store has a great selection of folding cup holders that can screw onto a nearby wall or bulkhead.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Take it Outside
Take your generator outside! Learn generator safety and know how to keep you and your family safe from carbon monoxide. This is important!

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:

• 18 percent will only eat wild-caught seafood.
• If they could sell their RV right now for a good price, 24 percent would do it.
• In Three Little Pigs terms, 5 percent say their RV is made from straw, 53 percent say their RV is made from sticks, and a lucky 41 percent say its made from bricks.

Recent poll: What are your likely RV plans for 2023? Buy an RV, sell your RV, or both?

Recipe of the Day

Sweet & Sour Pork Chops

by Audrey Musick from Marion, VA

So easy, so classic, so delicious! This is one of those pork chop dinner recipes to keep handy when you’re not sure what’s for dinner. The sauce is sweet, sour, and full of tangy goodness and soaks into the tender boneless pork chops.

Click here for the recipe


If you’ve ever driven across the Golden Gate Bridge, you probably would guess that it’s the longest suspension bridge in the world (and it sure does feel long!). But you’d be wrong. (In fact, it’s just the 19th longest suspension bridge in the world.) The longest suspension bridge in the world is the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge in Turkey, which opened in March 2022. It’s about 2,438 feet longer than the Golden Gate. The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge’s steel cable system contains 100,662 miles of wire (compared to the Golden Gate Bridge’s 80,000 miles). That’s enough wire to encircle the entire world four times!

*Wearing any gold jewelry right now? If so, there’s a pretty good chance it came from where? Almost 50 percent of all gold comes from this place! Find the location in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Marley (6) & Hickory (4), our ‘All American Mutts,’ love agility, rally and learning tricks. On the road, Marley curls on my feet in the passenger’s foot well and Hickory claims the couch. They know it’s an adventure when we ‘ride in the house’—whether it’s a competition trip or a camping trip.” —Deborah Mason

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!

Do you like omelets? Good. Now you’ve just got to find the world’s largest frying pan and you’ll be set! See why you’ll need it.

Leave here with a laugh

Someone recently gave me some good advice and I thought I’d share it with my wife. I went up to her in the kitchen and I said, “You know, Honey, you should really start embracing your mistakes.” She gave me a big hug.

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25 days ago

Hi, as I read this on a lovely clear morning, the whole park is listening to some guy’s giant class A motor run, it’s been 20 minutes so far. The people next to him are also breathing the fumes. He is now slowly dumping his tanks and then he’ll disconnect. Maybe then it’ll be time for a wash-up and a review of the route plan, before he finally leaves.

RV parks are not truck stops. Nobody wants to wake to the sound of your motor idling while you do a long round of chores. So guys, in case no one has ever told you, it’s incredibly rude to leave your motor running while you set up or tear down, or worse, spend 30 minutes fussing with your tow car, while pulled up next to rigs where people are sleeping or living their lives. Forget sitting outside having a cup of coffee.

Ron L
25 days ago
Reply to  wanderer

Yes, there are those who either don’t care about others or are under the false impression that a diesel has to idle a long time (like the old ones). In either case, it’s rude to the neighbors and should be avoided. Sorry you had to endure this.

Last edited 24 days ago by Ron L
25 days ago
Reply to  Ron L

Thanks for doubting my concept of time, that’s real helpful. He just left, so that puts the episode over an hour in total. I am not talking about a quick warmup or putting in slides, I am talking about complete unawareness there are other people nearby.

People, including pickup drivers, simply feel entitled to run their motors while doing chores, having lunch, having a long conversation, checking into a park, etc. It’s ridiculous, it wastes fuel, and it’s rude.

24 days ago
Reply to  wanderer

Holy mansplaning Batman!!!

24 days ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Hey Wanderer, anyone who reads my mansplainig post will scratch their heads but you and I both know the edit that took place, not by you or I. 🤙😎👍

Jack Litwin
25 days ago
Reply to  Ron L

Also, most diesel owners should know that idle time is not good for the emissions system. Only run mine when necessary and always keep idle time to a minimum.

Don H
25 days ago

The 41% who think their RV is made from bricks are hallucinating. About 98% or more of the RVs on the road are literally made from sticks. And the result is easily seen when one is involved in a serious crash. They literally fly apart…

Don H
25 days ago

The Oscar Wilde quote is “wildely” incorrect. Rather, the only thing worth knowing is how to think critically. That CAN be taught, and is really all that higher education actually provides to students. Those who fail at critical thinking are the real losers among us, and these days their numbers seem to be increasing… 🙁

24 days ago
Reply to  Don H

Pretty sure that was how it used to be in higher education. Currently, it is the last thing they learn or are taught, if at all. Higher education is more of a safespace now for victim awareness. More of a spoon feeding I’m afraid. Why teach how to think when it is so much more efficient to teach someone what think?

24 days ago
Reply to  Don H

While you are technically correct, Wilde was more than philosopher.

Consider: how do you teach “love” as in philial or agape?

24 days ago
Reply to  Doug

Or Eros?

For me, philial. Knew my wife of over 35 years as a collegue and friend long before we became romantic.

25 days ago

Just told my wife the Laugh for Today. She got quite a chuckle from it.

Diane McGovern
24 days ago
Reply to  johnm

As she gave you a hug, John? 😆 Just kidding. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at

Gordon den Otter
25 days ago

About “This day in history”: I wonder what Alexander Graham Bell would think about where his invention has gone. It’s weird to realize that people don’t talk much on their phones anymore. And then there’s cat videos… 😊

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