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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Issue 2077
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

“There really is a kind of insane beauty around us all the time. It’s just a question of learning to slow down, take a deep breath and meet the moment.” —Graham Nash

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Potato Chip Day! Hey, did you ever wonder how potato chips came about? We told you in this article.

On this day in history: 1903 – Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (Florida), the first national wildlife refuge in the U.S., is established by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Tip of the Day

RV spring shakedown primer

By Gary Bunzer
(This originally appeared on RV Travel in February 2020. It was one of Gary’s final contributions before dying from COVID-19 in April 2020. Gary always told us that if something happened to him that we should continue publicizing his articles. He loved teaching and wanted to keep doing it even after he was gone. We sure do miss you, Gary.)

Now that spring is almost here and, hopefully, memories of a long, cold winter begin to wane, many of us get antsy for that first RV excursion of the season. Holed up all winter, we’ve been making travel plans, waiting for the trees to blossom, the birds to chirp and the campgrounds to open.

The majority of us readied our coaches last fall for storage; some fully winterized for colder temperatures. After each period of non-use, regardless if the RV was winterized for sub-freezing temperatures or simply stored in the driveway, every coach must be properly prepped for use prior to simply taking off down the highway.

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

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Dear Dave,
Which company offers the best warranty for a bumper-pull travel trailer? —Tony, 2021 Jayco White Hawk 27RB

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Tomorrow: RV repair and maintenance advice

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Video of the day

Unbelievable house truck converts to fantasy castle

By Cheri Sicard
Get ready for one of the most unusual RVs EVER. A house truck that transforms, when set up, into a castle! The team from Living Big in a Tiny House is here to give you a tour of this one-of-a-kind tiny house on wheels.

When all folded up and on the road, the house truck looks a little unusual but not so much so as to call a lot of attention. It almost resembles a folded-up carnival ride going down the road.

But when stopped and set up, WOW, it is a showstopper.

(Yes, we double-checked. The link to the video is included today. 😉)

This is crazy! Crazy cool!

The Best RV Trip Planner Apps and Tools

RV trip planners can save money, save time and take the stress out of RV trip planning. Campgrounds are crowded, more people are traveling by RV and looking for places to stay and go. Trip planning apps and websites not only help find that elusive campsite, but they can also provide a safe, obstacle-free route, calculate miles and costs, and suggest travel adventures. Learn all about the best RV trip-planning apps and tools in this comprehensive guide.

Reader poll

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Quick Tip

Don’t allow antenna “wings” to contact RV roof

Add this to your inspection list: Are your roof-top antenna “wings” coming in contact with the roof when in travel position? If so, they may rub against the roof with road vibration and can actually chew a hole in your rubber roof. If it looks as if they are, GENTLY bend and flex them upward enough that they lose contact with the roof.

On this day last year…

This is a whole page, not just one product, but once you see it you’ll understand why we couldn’t pick just one! Scroll down.

Website of the day

Bureau of Land Management
Sure, we all know what the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does and we know we can camp on BLM land, but have you ever really explored their website? If you haven’t, check it out for tons of great information.

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:

• Most voters, 57 percent, mostly drink water throughout the day. 25 percent drink the most amount of coffee or tea during the day, and 7 percent drink mostly soft drinks.
• 33 percent have flown in a small, private jet.
• 71 percent would pick 90 degrees F over 40 degrees F.

Recent poll: Did you pay to have your current RV professionally inspected before buying it? Are you in the majority? Find out here.

Recipe of the Day

Irish Soda Bread

by Christine Reardon from Setauket, NY

Many families have their recipe for Irish soda bread and Christine’s soda bread is fantastic. It’s more tender than most loaves of soda bread with a subtle sweetness accented by caraway seeds and raisins. Besides being baked in a loaf pan (and not shaped round), this Irish soda bread is more cake-like than bread-like. Serve warm with a smear of butter alongside beef stew or corned beef. Or, enjoy with a cup of tea for an afternoon St. Patrick’s Day snack.

Click here for the recipe


The letter X appears once a year on the moon’s surface. For just four hours at the beginning of the first quarter moon, the horizon is illuminated by the sun just enough that the walls of the lunar craters, La Caille, Banchinus and Purbach (jeez, who named those?) create the illusion of a giant X on the surface. This X is known as both the Purbach Cross or the Werner X.

*What is the strongest biological substance found in nature? Guess, but you’ll never figure it out. The answer is truly amazing though. Find it in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Shelby the Vizsla mix is so soft, kind, and a good listener lol! Loves to fetch balls and will do it for hours if you are willing to keep throwing them.” —Terra Boroff

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

At a couple’s counseling session, the therapist said that couples these days are so disconnected that 85 percent of all husbands don’t know what their wife’s favorite flower is. The husband in the session turned to his wife and whispered, “It’s self-rising, isn’t it?”

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9 days ago

Laugh: I just checked with my wife. She said I was right — Self-rising. She is such a good baker that Self-rising is my favorite flower too.

Diane McGovern
9 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

Good one, Kelly! 👍👍 Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

9 days ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

Also the reason my gut is self rising too.

Diane McGovern
9 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 Have a good night, Kelly and good-baker wife. 😀 –Diane

9 days ago

On the tip of the day. DONT DO THIS!! Why modify the wing and possibly incur damage that could result in bad reception? Simply buy a few rubber washers or spacers and glue them down to the roof where the antena parks, at both ends of the wing, using a suitable urethane adhesive/sealant to act as vibration isolator. If it is a fixed wing that doesn’t raise or lower, obviously do the same thing where the damage may occur.

Bending the wings will change the air flow while driving and possibly make it worse. Unless you can get your wife onto the roof while your going 65 mph to inspect it’s characteristics under load, you may make it worse.

8 days ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

I used self-adhesive rubber button bumpers from the hardware store and stuck them to the ends of the antenna wings, not the roof.

6 days ago
Reply to  Bobkat3080

Rubber on rubber will probably still vibrate and wear holes in the roof, just slower. Better than bending the wings tho.

Mike Noble
9 days ago

National potato chip day? How ’bout National Pie Day (3.14)!

Dave Gobel
10 days ago

I’m sure I missed something. If you post a comment here, how do you see if anyone responds? I can see if you look the same day but how do you check if you want to look tomorrow. Of course I won’t know the answer to this question because I won’t check until tomorrow!

Tommy Molnar
10 days ago
Reply to  Dave Gobel

Dave, when you leave a comment, check the box next to the Post Comment box with the ‘bell’ and a line through it. You will get an email letting you know someone has responded to YOUR comment.

10 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Learned something today, Tommy, thanks!

10 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

In all the times I’ve checked the response request, I’ve never been notified of a response and I know I’ve had responses, so my experience is it doesn’t work.

Tommy Molnar
9 days ago
Reply to  Les

I should have also mentioned something else. Once you click the ‘bell’, you then check your email. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm that you’re subscribing to that comment and subject. Once all that is done you just sit back and wait for comments to start rolling in – or not. 😊

9 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Hey Tommy, I too learned something new. I’m trying it now. Reply to me as a test. Thanks.

Tommy Molnar
9 days ago
Reply to  nyrngrz

Here you go nyrngrz. Did it work?

10 days ago
Reply to  Dave Gobel

Hi Dave. Just uncheck the bell at the bottom next to Post comment. That will send you an email to subscribe to the comments you’ve posted. Happy reading!

10 days ago
Reply to  Dave Gobel

Top bar of the Daily Tips. Tips/Resources then click on daily tips newsletters.

10 days ago
Reply to  Bob

For the weekend newsletters, click on news and pick the day.

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