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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Issue 2118
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

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ” ―Pablo Picasso

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

On this day in history: 1908 – Mother’s Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.

Tip of the Day

Extremely clever ways to use kitchen gadgets in other ways around your RV

By Gail Marsh
Like every other RVer, I look for easier and/or quicker ways to do things in the kitchen. After all, who wants to spend time inside when there are trails to explore and amazing sights to see? Not me! I hope these tips and hacks for kitchen gadgets will help you get outside more often (and more quickly) too!

The longer we RV, the more I realize the importance of judicial packing. Even the smallest item weighs something, right? So, when I discover that a kitchen tool can serve more than one purpose, I’m delighted! Here are some ideas for you to consider.

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Ask Dave

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

Why does my RV’s furnace only ignite when I lift the sail switch?

Dear Dave,
I have determined that my RV’s furnace blower airflow is not sufficient to activate the sail switch. The batteries are new and charged, but it will only ignite when the sail switch is depressed manually. There appears to be sufficient air blowing out of vents. I can’t see any blockages in lines or hoses, and there does not appear to be much dust on impeller blades. I am stuck and would appreciate any guidance. Thanks in advance. —Anthony, 2016 Bigfoot 25FB

Read Dave’s answer

In the RV shop with Dustin

How often should your RV suspension be lubed?

I wanted to share this as a reminder if you own a towable unit to check and see if you have wet bolts or grease Zerks on your RV suspension.

How often should your RV suspension be lubricated? Well, if your unit is so equipped, you should be lubricating the Zerk every 6 months or 6,000 miles. Keep in mind that there is a total of 14 grease Zerks, 7 on each side of a towable chassis with a MORryde CRE3000 system.

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Video of the day

Slide room in a van?! Tour the ultimate DIY RV van build

By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, Bob Wells from Cheap RV Living interviews Kelly, an engineer by trade, who created about the most advanced DIY camper van you will ever see. He even installed a slide out on a van! As Bob says, “Everything you could want in a van is in this van!”

Click here to watch

The funniest camping commercials of all time

If you need a good laugh, play this video to watch the funniest camping commercials of all time. Not only are they funny, but they’re from all around the world, so it’s neat to see how other countries camp. Not all of them are about RVing, but you’ll still be able to relate. Trust us. Watch the video.

Reader poll

Do you own a golf cart?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

No oven in your rig? Here’s an alternative

“Since our RV does not have an oven, we find a medium-sized toaster oven does a great job baking and cooking foods that otherwise you would have to use a stove or microwave for. I don’t microwave food unless in a hurry.” Thanks, Jillie.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Certified Dark-Sky Parks
This list of certified dark-sky parks is brought to you by the National Parks Conservation Association (lots of other great stuff on this site too!). Happy stargazing!

Popular articles you may have missed at

Oh, come on! It’s ONLY six pounds… That won’t put your rig overweight, will it? And, hey, if it does and you get stranded, well, you won’t go hungry!!

Recipe of the Day

Shrimp Kabobs

by Terrie Hoelscher from Harpers Ferry, WV

Need a quick and easy meal? Give these shrimp kabobs a try. The hardest part is waiting for the shrimp to marinate for an hour. After that, you’ll have dinner on the table in 10 minutes. Once grilled, the shrimp are sweet and tangy with a slightly smoky taste. Full of flavor, we love how easy this was to throw together.

Click here for the recipe


The popular TV show “American Idol” is considered responsible for teaching Americans how to text message. When the show first aired in 2002, “American Idol” featured audience participation by call-in voting. If they wanted to vote for a contestant to win, they’d call the “American Idol” phone number and input that contestant’s individual number code. In the second season of the show, they introduced text message voting, provided you had AT&T (a sponsor) cell service, that is. “American Idol” was largely responsible for getting Americans to learn how to text back then in 2003, with more than 7.5 million text messages sent in to the show in just two seasons alone.

*What was so special about Louisa May Alcott’s writing style? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“While waiting to get back on the RV road, Ace took ballet.” —Randy Brown

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28 days ago

ACE 1, 2, 3 Let’s Do The HAPPY DANCE!!! Together, see ya having a Safe Fun Travels!

28 days ago

I found something that works and don’t laugh even the flies hate it when I pull it out. But I was in our stick and brick home and in one of the bedrooms I was in a fly was driving me nuts. I hate those fly sprays and left over from my mothers collection I put bottles of perfume there on a dresser. I grabbed one and sprayed the fly. It died right after. So I tried it on another fly and it died. Let me tell you if you have old bottles of perfume you do not know what to do with? Spray it with perfume. It really works. It may take a few but at least the house smells nice afterwards.

Thomas D
29 days ago

Texting has got to be one of mans most dangerous pastime s. Standing on the corner waiting for a walk light the first 2cars were texting and the third was talking. Can you imagine? Talking to someone.
Well, anyway texting and drive is against the law.

29 days ago

I wish there was a way to remove the oven only and put in a small toaster/convention oven.

Deena Jones
29 days ago
Reply to  Bob

If you have a countertop there are several small toaster air fryer convection ovens out there. I didn’t like my oven, so I bought a air fryer/convection oven and now I use my trailer oven to store pots and pans. My oven stays on my countertop with Alien Tape. It’s great stuff.

28 days ago
Reply to  Deena Jones

I bought a cusine art air fryer toaster oven bake and the whole sha bang all in one for my RV. I use it in the house all the time since its just me. They come in large to small. I got mine thru QVC. I have to buy another one for the seasonal site up north because I want one for it as well. I hardly use the regular oven for cooking since its just me now.

Kit Vargas
29 days ago
Reply to  Bob

I’ve seen renos of taking the stove and oven out and using space for a bigger cooking (air fryer, toaster oven, convection combo). Plan on doing this in a stationary RV we own.

28 days ago
Reply to  Bob

I have one and the thought of pushing a button and sticking my head in the oven to lite it scares me. Thats what the RV people told me. That gets me thinking of all the jokes that go with it.

29 days ago

My custom built 5th wheel will not have a stove or oven. Between the Instant pot, a convection microwave combo and an induction plate I’ll have all the indoor cooking covered.

29 days ago
Reply to  M D-B

No oven – no problem. Between the microwave and the Coleman cook stove we handle all the cooking requirements. Just wish we had room in our Class B for the Traeger portable pellet smoker/grill.

Gloria Sluder
29 days ago

I use the microwave, electric skillet and air fryer. Plus, the portable gas grill. Never used the oven or the cook top, it’s covered and use as part of counter space.

Thomas D
29 days ago
Reply to  Gloria Sluder

Guess you dont like pizza. I miss my oven for nice crispy pizza. Now i have a 2burner propane cooktop

28 days ago
Reply to  Thomas D

My camper neighbors got themselves a pizza oven. It works better then an oven any day.

29 days ago

I have an oven, tho don’t like it as it doesn’t lite like it suppose to. If anything goes on it, I’m not sure I would get another one even tho I love to bake, I found I can do many things in my Ninja Foodie, such as baking. Ninja has the airfryer like oven, maybe get that. All good for now.

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