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RV Daily Tips. Monday, July 17, 2023

Issue 2166
Welcome to RV Travel’s Daily Tips Newsletter, where you’ll find helpful RV-related tips from the pros, travel advice, RV videos, product reviews and more. Please tell your friends about us.

Today’s thought

“Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.” ―Mark Twain

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Peach Ice Cream Day! That sounds goooood.

On this day in history: 1902 – Willis Carrier creates the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York (and we’re so glad he did!).

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Tip of the Day

A truck stop makes the perfect stop, even overnight

By Gail Marsh
Perhaps you’ve been there… It’s fast approaching dinnertime. Everyone is getting a bit hangry (hungry and angry) and needing to stretch. Face it. You tried to cram too much travel time into one day. What to do first? Get food? Try and find an RV park in the area and hope by some miracle they have a site for your rig? Pull over at the next rest area and try to catch a few winks? Before your fellow travelers get too overwrought, find the nearest truck stop. Yes, you read that right!

What makes a truck stop so great? Take a look at the RV-friendly amenities offered at many of these highway respites, like Love’s Travel Stops, Pilot Flying J, and more.

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Curtis Coleman

Curtis Coleman, a candidate for president of FMCA, will be interviewed tomorrow evening, Tuesday, July 18, at 6 p.m. Pacific time, by publisher Chuck Woodbury. Gary Milner, the other candidate, declined to participate in what was intended as a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Watch the one-hour show live on Facebook or YouTube. Ask Curtis questions via written chat, or just lurk and hear what he has planned for America’s largest non-profit RV club.

Ask Dave

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

Should I lubricate the cables on my RV’s slide room?

Dear Dave, 
Our trailer has a cable-driven slide out. Is there any maintenance I should be doing on the system? I can’t see where lubricating the cables would work. —William, Heartland Mallard M301

Read Dave’s answer

In the RV shop with Dustin

Looking at the Demco 21K Recon Slider 5th Wheel Hitch.

Today, my team and I want to introduce you to the Demco 21K Recon Slider 5th Wheel Hitch.

I caught up with Biggin’ doing a Demco RV Products Manufacturing hitch installation on this Toyota Tundra and thought you’d enjoy taking a peek at it.

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Video of the day

Certified RV tech exposes 4 RV maintenance myths!

By Cheri Sicard
Jacob, a certified RV technician from Rigor RV Repair, produced the video below to set the record set about 4 RV maintenance myths he sees clients of his repeating over and over. Of course, this is but one expert’s opinion. See if you agree.

Click here to watch

A big “yikes” mistake: Pumping the wrong fuel

By Gail Marsh
You know it. The problem is that you didn’t know it soon enough. It’s getting late. You’re hoping to arrive at your campsite before dark. This should be the last fueling of the day. You’re in a hurry, anxious to get back on the road. There! Fueling’s done. But … wait! No. Nooooooo! You suddenly realize that you’ve accidently pumped from the wrong fuel nozzle. You just put $75 worth of regular gasoline into your diesel truck. … What to do? Find out here.

Reader poll

Which two natural disasters do you fear most?

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Quick Tip

To all RV owners: Get a free CDL manual

This suggestion came in recently from Bob Walter: “I’m the Director of CDL Training at Spoon River College. All RV owners should pick up a CDL manual at their local DMV (free of charge) and study all sections – good information for any RV owner on inspections, speed and space management, and adverse weather driving. There’s also a section on testing standard hydraulic brake systems.” Excellent suggestion. Thanks, Bob!

Website of the day

The Best Sushi in Every State
Mmm… sushi. (If you don’t like sushi, you’re missing out! [To which Diane says, “I don’t think so.”🤣]) Here’s the best sushi in every state, according to Eat This, Not That!

By far the best tow vehicle we’ve ever seen. You’ll agree. BY FAR the best (not to mention the most unique)!

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Recipe of the Day

Homemade Ranch Dressing

by Kitchen Crew from Nashville, TN

You absolutely won’t believe how easy it is to make a creamy ranch dressing at home. Our version adds lemon juice, hot sauce, and fresh parsley to brighten the flavors. This recipe is adaptable for different eating lifestyles. For Paleo, use a compliant mayo and swap the sour cream for full-fat canned coconut milk. To make this Keto-friendly, use almond milk or a slightly watered-down heavy cream to thin the dressing. Whether drizzled on a salad or served in a bowl alongside fresh veggies or Buffalo wings, this super easy homemade ranch dressing is going to become a staple in your kitchen.

Click here for the recipe


Ladies, it’s time we give the men a break. Well, the men of the mosquito world, that is. Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite and suck your blood? Males feed exclusively on nectar, much like a bee or hummingbird.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sadie (Teacup Chihuahua) and her friends travel everywhere with us. At 3.4 lbs., she is a ball of energy and very fast. She insists that her friends always go along to keep us company!” —Edward Thomas

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!

RVing with Dogs group on Facebook. You’ll love it.

Roof vent not doing its job? Here’s a solution…
If you smell your toilet when driving your motorhome down the road, it’s because the odor is being drawn into the RV and not outside via the roof vent. The solution is to get an inexpensive 360 Siphon Roof Vent. It works for all RVs even when the RV is not moving, like in a campground. Keep the stink away.

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Janice Smith
2 months ago

Please reconcile Mr. Solberg’s Flex Seal glowing recommendations for RV use to the “do not use” Myth 4 included in the newsletter Monday, July 17.

Pamela Holt
2 months ago

I once had chocolate sushi (coconut rolled in chocolate, lol).

2 months ago

I prefer my sushi to be in the nearest body of water.

“Illegally parked cars will be fine.” But will you then be able to later “fineD” them?

Mystery Product, Tow Vehicle: I expected to see a TOAD behind it.

I had better not say anything about the female of the species when it comes to sucking blood, because, as a male, I would like to continue enjoying the nectar.

2 months ago

For the most part, “Sushi grade” in FDA speak refers to the raw fish having been frozen to -4, for 7 days or -35 for 15 hours in order to kill the natural parasites in the fish. That’s the “Grade” in Sushi Grade.

Common misconception is that it is “fresh fish”. It is not.

Before you snap back at me, i’m not trying to change anyone’s mind about injesting fancy raw fish at $120.00/lb in a restaurant because it is “Fancy”.
$120.00 worth of fish should feed a platoon, IMHO.

Last edited 2 months ago by Cancelproof
Bob P
2 months ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Only fish I’m eating is fried, mostly catfish!

David H
2 months ago

That sushi stuff is real good after you deep fry it!

Diane McGovern
2 months ago
Reply to  David H

😅 Yep, I think I could handle that. Sounds much better! Have a great day, David. 😀 –Diane at

Thomas D
2 months ago

I don’t eat raw fish. A particular fish is the white bass. People say they don’t eat them later after the spring run. It’s a big deal here in Wisconsin. They get worms that look like maggots. NO THANKS. I’ll take mine deep fryed

Charlie Sullivan
2 months ago
Reply to  Thomas D

I’m pretty sure white bass is not on any sushi menu. In Wisconsin all their fish is fried – some of the best fried fish I’ve ever had. Seems like every little township in Wisconsin has a local fish fry on the weekends.

Tom Hosack
2 months ago

Friday is for Fish Fry’s. Saturday is Prime Rib night.

Jim Johnson
2 months ago

Ah, let me be the first on a Monday morning to say ‘No comment’.

Sven Yohnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Johnson

But didn’t you just leave one?

2 months ago

Tornado and storms that bring hail are really the two we hate most. Hurricanes we don’t care for, tho we usually try to travel away from the coast at that time. Then it would be fires. More worried about man made than natural ones, made made can be your neighbor in the park😳. Floods, we try not to park anywhere near rivers or places where there’s water to worry about. Earthquakes, we actually have been in areas where we had them, just a wake-up call, last one happened in NC. Just watch the weather, watch where you travel and stay. Be safe out there.

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