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RV Daily Tips. Monday, May 15, 2023

Issue 2121
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

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Chip Day!

On this day in history: 1905 – The city of Las Vegas is founded in Nevada, United States.

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Tip of the Day

Rust: How to prevent it from damaging your RV

By Gail Marsh
Left unchecked, rust can quickly ruin more than just your RV’s look. You want to do everything you can to prevent rust on your RV. It has the potential to make your rig unsafe as well. Here’s why: 

  • Driving over roads treated with salt or other chemicals can leave salt deposits all over the underside of your RV. Left unattended, this can lead to corrosion. This corrosion can quickly form rust on the rig’s frame and joints, potentially compromising the integrity of the coach.
  • Similarly, rust will form if your RV is exposed to sea salt (even from the air). 

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Ask Dave

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

Gray water tank is full, valve is stuck. Now what?

Dear Dave,
The gray water lever/pull will not budge and, thus, I am unable to empty the gray water tank. (No problems with the black water tank.) Not sure of the problem, though I know it’s not the rod leading to the open/close tank valve because I checked if there was any tension on the wire as I was pulling the lever, and there was none. I also liberally added lubricant around the backside and frontside of the lever, which made no difference. Lastly, I can turn the lever so the small rod connecting to the lever rotates, but still it will not move forward and backwards. Any suggestions? Thank you. —Lawrence, 2016 Winnebago Travato 29G

Read Dave’s answer

In the RV Shop with Dustin

Reminder: Check that fridge drip tray before it floods into your RV

The below question was posted in one of my many Facebook groups. This one was in Grand Design RV – In The RV Shop, where we have more than 10,000 members. Members post problems and the group members and myself try and help each other out with problems, concerns, products, and upgrades.

One group member, Alan, asked this question:

“Any ideas where to start the investigation? 2022 Grand Design RV Solitude 380FL. Last night we noticed water collecting on the right side of the fridge on the flooring. The inside of the fridge is dry. There are no water lines running under the slide, nor is there water on the underbody of the fridge slide. …

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Video of the day

Professional Tips: How to wash and wax an RV plus detail tips

In today’s video, Andrew Steele from RVing with Andrew Steele is going to show us how to wash and wax an RV plus share some professional RV detailing tips.

Andrew not only shows you all the products he uses to keep his clients’ multi-million dollar bus RVs looking new, but he also shows you his entire process of how he uses them and what to do.

Click here to watch

Around the Campfire: How old is too old to RV?

By Gail Marsh
We were a bit late joining last night’s campfire. Other campers had already gathered around the welcome warmth and were in the middle of a discussion. The topic? “How old is too old to RV?” As we joined our chairs to the circle, I took a quick glance at the other folks there. Whew! Hubby and I were safely within the age range represented: 30s through 80s. … Continue reading this interesting discussion.

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Website of the day

The Creepiest, Coolest Ghost Town in Every State
These are both creepy and cool, that’s for sure! As the weather gets sunnier and warmer, it’s the perfect time to explore these old historic ghost towns. How many have you been to?

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Recipe of the Day

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Marcie Frazee from Jacksonville, FL

Funny story… when making the dough it was dry and a lot of coconut. We thought this may be a cookie fail. Oh boy, were we pleasantly surprised once we took a bite of these coconut chocolate chip cookies. The outside tastes like toasted coconut and the edges even get a little crisp. Inside, though, is nice and gooey. These cookies don’t spread much, so place the cookie how you want it to bake. This cookie is a coconut lovers dream!

Click here for the recipe


Ever wonder what’s actually in Spam? Spam is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation, first introduced in 1937. The labeled ingredients in the classic variety of Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Here’s Nemo the wonder dog (Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle mix)! He loved pillows and sleeping on his back. The happiest guy ever. He’s 15 years old in this photo, but lived to be 18!” —Julz Holmes

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Sunday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!

It wouldn’t be a campsite without one of these on your plate or in your hand, would it? But once you use this to help with it, you’ll never go back!

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Wayne Caldwell
15 days ago

Spam. Bad enough to gag a maggot. We poor growing up (I was #2 out of 7 kids) that Spam and Potted Meat were main courses. I despise those two so much, I would probably starve before eating either.

Bond Shands
16 days ago

Thanks for the Great Outdoors 2023 Turkey Creek disc of 16 selections. Little Tessa doggy and I listened to it while driving home in our RV. She may have been interested in “The Poodle Dog Song” until she heard the “Face like a Frog” line. I suspect that’s when her interests returned to looking out the window at the passing scenery. However, I enjoyed all the selections.

16 days ago

Altitude vs Performance

Last edited 7 days ago by Diane McGovern
Mark Polk
7 days ago
Reply to  Jim

This tip was taken out of context for numerous reasons. I contributed content to RV travel for nearly 20 years. Things change in 20 years. The article this tip came from was written in 2005. In the article I begin with this, “A NA gasoline engine will lose 3 to 4 percent of its available power for every 1000 feet above sea level. Ford motor company recommends a reduction in GVW and GCW of 2 percent for every 1000 feet above sea level to maintain engine performance.” It goes on from there. It was also written 8 years before SAE J2807 was put into use.

Chuck Woodbury
7 days ago
Reply to  Mark Polk

Mark, I’m sorry this slipped through. We have 18,000 articles on this website now and we often tell our readers about older ones that most of them have not seen. But we need to be sure the information is still accurate. It’s time for me to remind our editors about this. — Chuck

Laurie R
16 days ago

What happened to the “Is this your RV” contest? I read that it was going to stop being a part of the newsletter. Then I read it would continue on certain days of the weeks. Last week I didn’t see it in any of the newsletters. What gives 🤷🏻‍♀️?

16 days ago
Reply to  Laurie R

Unfortunately it was dropped. I for one enjoyed it.

16 days ago
Reply to  Laurie R

Did away with it.

David Stansbury
16 days ago

LHWAL- it’s called retirement.

Tom A B
16 days ago

Leave here with a laugh… I guess I’m not that old yet. When I leave the house, I understand the importance of getting out of my house sweatpants and wearing my dress sweatpants.

16 days ago
Reply to  Tom A B

Very Good!

16 days ago
Reply to  Tom A B

The ones I see running around Wal-Mart in pajamas are usually in their 20’s…not older folks!

Joe Allen
16 days ago

Why do these manufacturers continue to install horrible traps in the RV’s they build? One of the worst is the routing of dump cable lines for the grey and black tanks! After several fixes, I cut my cables out, removed the valves and installed normal blade valves out front of the wet bay for easy access for service!

16 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Two Big thumbs up!!!

16 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

I feel your pain on that one. It would be so easy for them to route them in a way that works longer than the delivery. It’s not like they are unaware.

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