Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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“Nature has been for me, as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.” —Lorraine Anderson
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pistachio Day!
Tip of the Day
Taking care of batteries high-tech style
By Greg Illes
Sometimes batteries seem ridiculously simple – we tend to see them as either working or dead. But there is way more than meets the eye in this 2,000-year-old technology. RV batteries are made with lead plates interleaved with lead-dioxide plates. The plates are immersed in sulfuric acid, and the electrochemical reaction creates the battery effect. The whole bundle is wrapped up in a big plastic box with the electrical terminals on top. Read about battery sulfation and desulfators here.
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Backroad RVing: Don’t get ‘er stuck!
One of the great joys of RVing is to get closer to nature and farther away from the noise and problems of “civilization.” Of course, getting away from civilization can also mean getting away from paved roads – and at times that can put you in the way of getting your rig stuck. Russ and Tiña De Maris can vouch for the truth of this maxim: The best way to get your RV unstuck is to not get stuck in the first place. Read this to help avoid getting stuck, or what to do in case you do get stuck.
Yesterday’s featured article: RV Mods: An access door for your cat or dog
Readers tell us
Is being an RVer more or less challenging than it was 10 years ago? Read what you think here, including your thoughts on both sides.
Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Last Saturday, we were reminded of this hilarious video we posted about a woman who insists deer can read deer-crossing signs. If you missed it, watch it here and get ready for a laugh.
It wasn’t me; I have proof!
When coming into a new RV park, you should consider taking a cell phone photo of your site before you pull in. Take another cell phone photo when you leave the site! This will prevent unscrupulous RV park owners and managers from trying to say you damaged something on the site and they want you to pay for it! Believe me, they are out there! —Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey Torsrud!
Random RV Thought
On cold winter nights, it’s nice to climb into a warm bed, not a cold one. An easy way to warm a bed before climbing in is with an electric warming blanket. They’re smaller than full-sized blankets but when placed on the bed will make it cozy warm. They also make good lap blankets while lounging on the couch.
Microwave cover collapses for easy storage
When heating your food you don’t want to spend 10 minutes later cleaning the splatters inside the microwave. Here’s the solution — and perfect for RVers: It pops down flat for easy storage. Lid perforations allow steam to escape to keep food moist. Doubles as a strainer, too! Learn more or order here.
Website of the day
The best supermarkets in the U.S.
You either hate to grocery shop or you love it. If you love it, this is for you. Food and Wine has put together a list of the best supermarkets in the U.S., and some of them truly sound amazing.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Where is the middle of America? You’ll find a historic plaque down a dirt road next to a picnic table and a chapel (with a guest book) two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas. To visit the actual middle of America, though, you’ll need permission. The direct center of the country is on a privately-owned pig farm.
Sea Cucumbers may have the craziest defense against predators out of any animal. Know what it is? We told you in yesterday’s issue of this newsletter.
Leave here with a laugh
Joe and Jenny drove for miles in silence in their new motorhome after a terrible argument in which neither would budge. After many miles had passed, a frustrated Joe pointed to a mule in a nearby pasture. “A relative of yours?” he asked Jenny. “Yes,” she replied. “By marriage.”
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