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Tip of the Day
Are RV tire covers necessary? Are they worth the money?
By Gail Marsh
Those are the questions I asked our trusted, local RV technician. He didn’t answer with a simple “yes” or “no.” Instead, he said, “That depends.” Here’s what I learned.
Our tech wanted to know how we use our RV. He said, “If you’re always traveling, moving from RV park to RV park each day, tire covers will make you crazy! If you’re constantly taking them off and putting them back on, those covers will end up in a trash can. I guarantee it!”
He went on to explain, “But if your rig is going to sit in storage for several days, weeks, or even months at a time, it’s a good idea to put a cover on them.”
The tech went on to describe the rationale for using tire covers.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
My RV’s slide room flap won’t “flip,” so I use a stick to pull it out
You’ve answered several questions for me—many thanks. Today’s question is: The wipers on my slides do not extend all the way on the opened slide. I have made sure to keep them sprayed with silicone spray. I saw this when we had our walk-through. The salesman said don’t worry about it, with use and spray they will extend. It’s now been over two years. I use a small, long stick to work them out. Thanks again. —Steve, 2021 Reflection 303RLS
A class B RV that won’t break the bank—revisiting Wayfarer Vans
By Tony Barthel
Today’s RV review is a new look at a company called Wayfarer Vans. The Colorado-based company offers very simple, but mostly complete, van conversions. Since the last time we looked at them, they’ve been listening to the many customers they’ve had and made changes.
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Concerns during RV LP safety inspection, and best LP safety gadget
Join me in this video as I discuss some concerns
Video of the day
Semi-truck sleeper cab tour: Sleep in a big rig!
By Cheri Sicard
Have you ever wondered what’s inside those big semi-truck cabs you pass on the highway while RVing? I know I have. Apparently so did the team at Jalopnik. They produced the semi-truck sleeper cab camper tour video below to show what sleeping in a big rig is really like.
Guess what? It’s pretty darn nice and not unlike sleeping in an RV!
Camco leveling wedges don’t always “level up” to other products
By Tony Barthel
One of the easiest things there is to do in the RV world is to level a travel trailer. Essentially, you only have to worry about side-to-side leveling and then use the power tongue jack to level the thing front to back. … Read Tony’s review of the Camco leveling wedges he bought for his new trailer and what he thinks of them. Would he recommend them to others to buy? Find out here.
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Batwing maintenance suggestion
Got a Winegard batwing antenna? Shoot a little silicone lubricant down the crankshaft that leads down into your rig. The lube will help keep a sealing ring from drying out. It’s a twice-a-year job that will help keep the rain OUTSIDE your rig.
On this day last year…
- RV Review: Winnebago Micro Minnie 1808FBS
- Ask Dave: Why did RV’s faucets leak after water pump was replaced?
- Video: RV interior cleaning: How to disinfect and sanitize your RV
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Website of the day
iPhone Photography School
Now, you do have to pay for most of the classes and courses on this website, but if you want to improve your phone photography, this is the place to do it! You’ll learn so much!
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Recipe of the Day
Ham & Cheese Potato Salad
by Amy H. from Detroit, MI
Potato salad is a must on a cookout menu and we really liked this twist. The addition of peas gives the side dish a slight sweetness. Ham and cheese make this a hearty potato salad. This could be a side or even a meal.
During the first quarter of the 20th century, new Americans arriving at Ellis Island were served Jell-O gelatin dessert as a treat to welcome them to America. Gelatin dessert was patented in 1845 and the Jell-O brand was created in 1897. The first flavors were strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon.
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Murphy was rescued at the beginning of camping season, so his first nights with us were in our travel trailer. Happy to have his own people and a home, he settled in and bonded with us almost immediately. We don’t know how old he is as his paperwork says between 4 and 8, but judging from his energy level and puppy-like demeanor, we’re guessing much less than 4. He’s always up for a new adventure with us and loves the outdoor lifestyle. After losing our previous dog last year, it’s great to have an enthusiastic travel, camping, hiking, and boating companion again.” —John McGrew
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