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RV Daily Tips. Friday, October 20, 2023

Issue 2235
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

“Quite often, while I’m getting up in the morning, I think my warranty is running out on these body parts because it’s not working quite the way it used to.” —John Glenn

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chicken And Waffles Day.

On this day in history: Oct. 20, 1882 – Actor Bela Lugosi—who was famous for his sinister portrayal of the elegantly mannered vampire Count Dracula—was born in Hungary.

Tip of the Day

Will “decision fatigue” stop your RV adventure? Don’t let it!

By Gail Marsh
Just what is “decision fatigue” and how might it stop your RV adventure? Let’s find out!

I was surprised to learn that decision fatigue is a psychological term that’s been in use since 2011—and there’s a very good chance this phenomenon occurred well before a name was even assigned to it. So, what is it?

Psychologists define the term “decision fatigue” as a phenomenon rather than a diagnosable medical condition. Decision fatigue can happen when the more decisions a person makes over a day, the more physically, mentally and emotionally depleted they become. In simple terms, you feel worn out because you’ve had to make so many decisions. Not only will decision fatigue physically, emotionally, and mentally tire you, the quality of your decisions may deteriorate, as well.

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Ask Dave

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

My on-demand water heater has no bypass or drain. Can I use RV antifreeze in it?

Dear Dave, 
I have an Intertek tankless water heater on my 5th wheel camper. We live in the Midwest and have very cold winters. There is no place to drain what little water is in it and no bypass valve either. Is it all right to run RV antifreeze through it? —Dave, 2023 Keystone Cougar 23MLE

Read Dave’s answer

RVers who carry a firearm should pack this along to save them from trouble
The 2023 edition of the annual Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States covers all the basics for armed travel. What is legal in one state could be a felony in another. This book should be used as a reference before entering a new state so you know what to expect as you approach. Clear writing gives you the basics for every state. Plus, each state is rated for its relative freedom, based on its gun laws, from zero to 100. Read more about the book here.

Beginning in November, we will report the news daily
We are discontinuing our weekly news briefs feature on Saturdays in favor of an email recap of the very latest news about RVing every weekday afternoon. We’ll begin the weekday emails next month. Sign up to receive these timely emails
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In the RV Shop with Dustin

Check your exterior RV refrigerator vent door latch

By Dustin Simpson
Join me on the California RV Specialists lot where I noticed a refrigerator vent door latch was broken on one of the RVs currently on our repair lot. In the video below, I show you this very easy repair!

Click here

Video of the day

RV Grilling: How to save more than $80 on ribeye steaks

By Cheri Sicard
There’s nothing like a great steak. And if you are an RVer, there’s nothing like a great steak RV dinner or party whether you cook those steaks over an open flame, or use your cast iron skillet, but good steaks have gotten mighty pricey. In the video below, the Butcher Wizard on YouTube shows you how to save $80 or more on ribeye steaks. The secret?

Click here to watch and find out

Visiting the Airstream Heritage Center and taking the Airstream factory tour

Airstream trailers are known the world over for their high quality and sleek designs. But did you know that every Airstream anywhere in the world is made in a small town in Ohio? It’s true. Jackson Center, Ohio, population 1,500, is the home base, or the “Mothership” as the folks at Airstream like to call it, for all Airstream production. Learn all about Airstreams, the Heritage Center, the factory, and some Airstream oddities here.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Do you bite your nails?

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How many ways can you use this?? We say “Unlimited ways!” In fact, we can envision how this product could save you from a lot of grief, say a trip to the hospital or a major blow to your head. And it’s so darn inexpensive!

Quick Tip

Bring your bedroom slide-out in at night

Here’s a double-header sleeping solution for folks with bedroom slide-outs. Bill and Wanda K. tell us they roll their slide-out in at night (when necessary) to reduce traffic noise – and if the weather is exceptionally cold. Either way, it dampens the noise factor and reduces the need for heat. Thanks, folks!

On this day last year…

Website of the day

How to Make Cocktails While Camping
If you’re not already a camping mixologist, check out this great guide on how to make cocktails while you camp. At the bottom are some delicious-sounding cocktail recipes!

Recipe of the Day

Breakfast Pizza

by Bonnie Roberts from Lewiston, ID

This pizza has all the favorite breakfast fixings on a pizza. The crust is loaded with sausage, bacon, and hash browns. Then, it’s topped with eggs and cheese. Once baked, it’s perfection. Great for breakfast or brunch. This breakfast pizza will be a hit in your house.

Click here for the recipe


The first ready-mix food which was sold commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour. It was invented in 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

*Where does the term “freelancer” come from? Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our little land shark, Belvedere (Mini Labradoodle), loves to go camping! He will sit for hours and watch the squirrels. As you can tell in the photo. Lol.” —Terry Graham

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!

Pet owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!

3-in-1 NOAA radio, flashlight and phone charger must-have for RVers
This emergency hand-crank radio is a necessity for RVers. Keep it somewhere safe—you never know when it will come in handy. The 3-in-1 radio is also a bright LED flashlight and a smartphone charger. The radio can be charged via solar charging, hand cranking or a USB plug. You’ll want to buy one here.

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Neal Davis (@guest_257500)
1 month ago

Thank you, Emily and Diane! Today’s funny was funny. But, the longer I contemplated it, the more depressing and sad it became. My observation is that it is sadly accurate.

Impavid (@guest_257408)
1 month ago

On the piece about “…dramatic decline in human intelligence..”. My first motorcycle Owner’s Manual back in the 1960s told me how to adjust the valves. Now the Owner’s Manual tells me not to drink the battery fluid.

KellyR (@guest_257441)
1 month ago
Reply to  Impavid

Well we do tend to get forgetful as we age. Maybe they gave you the “over 60” manual. (I am sorry, I couldn’t resist. – today is one of those days I guess I should keep my mouth shut.)

Neal Davis (@guest_257502)
1 month ago
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T. Hudson (@guest_257400)
1 month ago

I would love to read the newsletter “one day” without political comments! Come on folks, how about it?

Cancelproof (@guest_257401)
1 month ago
Reply to  T. Hudson

I haven’t read any political commentary here today. Some social commentary though, (and a little theology) which should come as no surprise given that RVing is a very social activity, which we all engage in. If you see politics in social commentary that’s on you. Those who would suggest the silencing of sociological difference is where the politics is actually found.

Last edited 1 month ago by Cancelproof
Cancelproof (@guest_257405)
1 month ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

T. Hudson
I didn’t mean to make that sound personal or aggressive. I just didn’t see or read the comments the same as you I guess.

Tom (@guest_257411)
1 month ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

And most of the UnWoke group are the ones call for the silencing,

Cancelproof (@guest_257415)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

That is soooo funny. Hahaha. OMG. Sure it is Tom. It’s the non woke that are calling for a disinformation board to monitor social media, sure it is Tom. It’s the non woke that push saying outloud, that men can get pregnant and call it hate speech if the woke disagree. It’s the nonwoke trying to silence scientific facts. It’s the non woke that banned effective medical treatments and then censored doctors posting information related to peer reviewed studies. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus here in opposites world.

Brian Burry (@guest_257429)
1 month ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Your observations are very accurate! Thank you

Bill Byerly (@guest_257434)
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

Yes they are Cancel, as usual.

KellyR (@guest_257445)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

I am dizzy. I still don’t know who woke people are and now I have to figure out who un-woke people aren’t? Is Un-woke asleep?

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

It’s all making me sleepy. Uh-oh. That’s probably going to get a lot of political replies.😲 Have a good night, Kelly. 😀 –Diane

Neal Davis (@guest_257503)
1 month ago
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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

😴😅 Have a great day, Neal. 😀 –Diane

bob (@guest_257447)
1 month ago
Reply to  T. Hudson

I agree. This started out talking about pancake mix name change and turned into a political rant.
The word ‘woke, has turned into a political term.

Cancelproof (@guest_257450)
1 month ago
Reply to  bob

I dont agree. Woke is not a political term to the unwoke. Only to the woke that try to control speech through coercive control and censorship. Woke as a term is a red herring to patronize self identified victims by placing them into marginalized categories. It is not organically political unto itself because it could not exist without coercion. It requires the very best BS fertilizer to exist and survive.

Bill (@guest_257514)
1 month ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Which this seems to be good at spreading.

Sandi Pearson (@guest_257396)
1 month ago

There is a breakfast pizza ready made at Wally world…just pop it in the oven (buscuit crust, sausage gravy sauce, sausage, egg, and cheese..I add precooked bacon too) makes 8 nice size pieces…we cut and freeze left overs…reheat in oven on moving day…one 1/8 slice is enough for a quick mess free breakfast.

David Stansbury (@guest_257389)
1 month ago

Bring my slide out in at night?!? Not a chance. Jeez. And Aunt Jemima? Very sad day when they got rid of her. There was nothing racist about her products or her picture. A small minority wanted that, and most people- regardless of color- don’t go for that crap.

DAVE (@guest_257403)
1 month ago

It’s called BLM to the max!

Dan (@guest_257406)
1 month ago

for the individual who dictates what words are appropriate I would like to know when I use the word sh— it is bleeped out but the word crap is OK…don’t get it…..

KellyR (@guest_257443)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan

I know, I don’t think that the word “shoot” is so bad either. And I sure don’t’ understand playing “crap” on a table in Vegas. ???

jillie (@guest_257603)
1 month ago

That was a sad day when they removed something that was a piece of history. Nothing racist about it at all. Wow. And as for the slide out. I think I heard something go bump in the nite.

T & S (@guest_257369)
1 month ago

Our bed slide out is a Schwintek. Not supposed to use them in the retracted position, so that tip won’t work for us.

Forest (@guest_257413)
1 month ago
Reply to  T & S

Yes! Do not put weight on the slide floors while slides are in. I’m not sure that tip should work for anyone.

Dr4Film (@guest_257366)
1 month ago

Laugh of the Day reminds me of the Walking Dead! Basically it’s the same.

KellyR (@guest_257444)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Laugh of the day in fact is walking across any college campus.

Somuch2see (@guest_257363)
1 month ago

First ready-mix food is no longer available.
Won’t buy the new one

Bob (@guest_257372)
1 month ago
Reply to  Somuch2see

The only thing that has changed is the name. Still produced by the original company.
“The original version of the pancake mix was developed in 1888–1889 by the Pearl Milling Company”

Bob P (@guest_257378)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Since they joined the wokism crowd we don’t buy it either.

Cancelproof (@guest_257386)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

Sad but true. Just like Bud Light, I only buy the new one when I shop at Target…..

David Stansbury (@guest_257390)
1 month ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

Good one….

Dale N Roberts (@guest_257388)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

You know Jesus was woke. Sad where our Country has gone to, have a great day.

Cancelproof (@guest_257391)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dale N Roberts

Jesus thought men could get pregnant? Thanks for enlightening us all with that historical tidbit.

Bill (@guest_257420)
1 month ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

I wonder if Jesus stared at the sun during eclipse like the current anointed ones do?

David Stansbury (@guest_257392)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dale N Roberts

I can’t even reply to that stupid comment; might get in trouble.

Tom (@guest_257410)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

Keep sleeping

Sandi Pearson (@guest_257394)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

It’s the principle not the product..I won’t buy it either.

Bill (@guest_257418)
1 month ago
Reply to  Somuch2see

I use Bud light mixed with AJ Pancake mix for my beer batter.

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