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“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” — Luther Burbank
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Tip of the Day
RV Education 101: Trailer hitching and unhitching safety tip
With Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®
Never hitch or unhitch a travel trailer on a grade, or on loose road surfaces, and never hitch or unhitch a trailer without first chocking the tires. It’s a good practice to chock both sides of the tire, or use some type of wheel chock designed for tandem axle trailers.
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• Tow your Travel Trailer Like a Pro
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New Facebook Group, RVing with Dogs.
RV Mods: Protect your headlights!
Traveling on dirt roads (e.g., in deserts or Alaska) can be hazardous to your RV’s headlights from other vehicles tossing stones up off the roadway. Some headlights are expensive and difficult to replace, but here’s a simple and inexpensive solution to prevent breakage.
Yesterday’s featured article: Hotel Walmart: Living in a parking lot
When you read books, do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
• ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
• WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
• CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
• LATEST RV RECALLS.
• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.
Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Internet anywhere – Satellites in the sky … or pie in the sky? Read more here.
Keep bugs from sticking so hard to your rig
Bugs sticking to the front of your rig making you buggy? Get ’em off easily. Apply plenty of wax to the front of your rig when doing your “spiff and clean” routines. Some RVers swear by dampening dryer softener sheets with water, then wiping the front end down with the sheet – bugs practically jump off with a quick wipe down later.
Need another face mask? Check out all these funny ones!
Random RV thought
If you are having a bad day at home and your RV is nearby, escape to it for awhile. Close the door and just sit quietly. The change of scenery plus the “good feeling” of the RV might improve your spirits.
SECRET PHRASE: Mr. Crabby could not keep his big mouth shut!
Website of the day
American Hiking Society
This one is for the hikers out there! The “Hikes near you” feature is a great resource to keep bookmarked. It’s great for local walks too, not just hard hiking trails.
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On April 18, 1930, the BBC reported, “There is no news.” Instead, they played piano music. (Oh, just imagine ….)
*Are you more likely to get accepted into Harvard or employed at Walmart? We told you this funny statistic yesterday.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“My puppy, Blanton. She is an 8-month-old Spaniel and Lab mix that we rescued in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is named after my favorite single barrel bourbon 🥃. She loves traveling in our diesel pusher.” — Chip Galloway
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Tip of the day. Dont ask how I know but using just X type chocks on tandem axles isn’t enough. As tires cool they decrease in diameter, and the chocks loosen and the trailer rolls out of the drive. ALWAYS use tire chocks with x-chocks.
Happy Birthday fellow Canadians! Maple Leaf Forever!
On Today’s Thought…..The one time Flowers don’t make you happy is when they are on your own grave 🤷🏻♂️
Fiction western books
Your Random RV thought is exactly what I do at least once a week. I am 3 years from retirement and going full time in my Winnebago class C. I love to just go inside, sit on the couch, and feel that I am lost somewhere. For me, there is no better relaxation than escaping “life”, putting on some music or a movie and just chilling in the RV.
Oh my! Do you find the Monarch on the boxer funny? Did they find the dead butterfly, or kill it. It IS dead in the picture, the legs and the wings are not in the right position, among others, and looks remarkably fresh. I’d rather see an alive one on a milkweed. If the photographer found a dead one, I guess it would be all right, but ….
My guess is that it was digitally photo shopped! SO much negativity and anger these days instead of looking at the glass being half full. Get a life people!
Oh my! You really need to get a life.
Sorry, Bob. We are now in the Twilight Zone of where you cannot believe everything you see, hear, or read. Unfortunately.
Except Lincoln said, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
I researched this photo further, and apparently it had been staged with a butterfly that had recently died. I certainly didn’t expect a cute picture to cause so much uproar. 😯 —Diane at RVtravel.com
Oh my! The picture of the Boxer and the Butterfly is just beautiful!!!