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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” — Rabindranath Tagore
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Corn Fritters Day!
On this day in history: 1790 – The District of Columbia is established as the capital of the United States after the signature of the Residence Act.
Tip of the Day
Simple shade cuts temperature inside your RV
One of the easiest ways to stay cool in your RV is to extend your awning. Reflecting the sun away and shading one side of your RV really cuts down on the heat. To make your rig even more enjoyable add a curtain to your awning tube. Find out how here.
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How to easily remove old, ugly decals from your RV
If your RV is getting up there in age, there’s a good chance its decals are not looking so good — faded out, cracked, even peeling. Here’s an easy way to remove them using a blow dryer and WD-40. Easy! Watch the short video.
Yesterday’s featured article: RV park WiFi bad? It may not be the park’s fault!
What size T-shirt do you wear?
Tell us here (and no judgment).
Not-so-messy oil filter removal
Changing your own oil? Oil filter removal can be a real mess. After loosening the filter enough to move it by hand, cover the filter with a one-gallon freezer bag. Oozy oil goes in the bag along with the filter. Sealed up, it’s ready to take to the appropriate disposal/recycle center.
Hang up the heavy stuff!
RV walls aren’t exactly designed for having screws or nails driven into them. Enter acrylic mounting tape. This is a clear, double-sided tape that is sturdy enough to hang heavy objects and can easily be removed without doing damage to the walls. Get some here.
Website of the day
88 weird tourist attractions
If you’re looking for something to do that’s off the beaten path, consult this list. We’ve found some things to add to our list for this summer (especially since many can be done while social distancing!).
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And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 10 percent buy most of their clothing from thrift and used clothing stores
• 45 percent say they do not get tired of living in such a small space
• 18 percent would consider living in a tiny home (not an RV)
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Can your A/C beat the heat? Find out in this recently published article.
Swedish meatballs aren’t from Sweden. They originated from a recipe that King Charles XII brought back from Turkey in the early 1800s. (Who’s going to be the one to tell that to IKEA?)
*How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if…. Well, you know the rest. But really… how much wood could he chuck? We told you the number yesterday.
Run your RV air conditioner with only 20 amps. This is a game-changer!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
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What do you get when you mix beans and onions?
ANSWER: Tear gas.
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I’ve only changed my oil in the F350 6;7l a few times. The first was a disaster. Since then learned to punch a hole in the bottom of the filter to allow it to drain into the collection pan. Then, when the flow stops I can bag the filter to get it to a recycle center.
I use a plastic masons pan that is used to mix mortar and plastic gloves when changing oil in my diesel pusher. Loosen the filter just enough to get the oil to flow and it greatly reduces the mess. When I had a gas motorhome with the Ford V-10 I used a pan for washing dishes. it sat on top of the front axle and the lip of the pan rested on a cross member. I cut a section out of the front so I could access the plug and also drilled a 3/4 inch hole in the corner of the pan and was able to drain the oil into a larger pan on the ground. When the oil stopped flowing I put the plug back in and slid both pans under the oil filter. Made it easy to change oil with out spilling a drop. As far as the oil in the filter I turned it upside down for a few days and threw it in the trash (that is what most if not all garages do). All of my used oil goes to my local mechanic and he burns it in a waste oil heater.
Cute doggie but we didn’t get her name. Sounds like she has fun traveling.
There’s an IOS app for weird tourist attractions. (but not for Android) Roadside America.
It finds them near a location you enter or along a route. You specify the distance from 1 mile to 25.
A wood chuck would chuck as much wood as a wood chuck could chuck, if a wood chuck could chuck wood.
I saw an interesting thing in one of those paper catalogs many of us get in the mail. Some items are unique. One that caught my eye was a long small hose that is inserted in the dipstick hole. This gadget is intended to suck up the oil for an oil change. There was nothing noted about the oil filter.
Just wondering if anyone saw this thing and used it
If Chuck could chuck woodchucks, how many woodchucks would Chuck chuck?
Or, How high could a horse fly fly, if a horse fly could fly high.
Oh, WAY too messy to think about. You think bird droppings are bad……..
The oil filter in a bag really works good but don’t have the oil TOO hot. The bag seams may melt and run oil down your arm. Trust me on this.
I’ll say 700 pounds of wood for that busy woodchuck.
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
the answer my friend is blowing in the wind the answer is blowing in the wind
I say it this way: If a woodchuck would chuck wood at Chuck, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck at Chuck?
In the trivia section, if you are referring to the king of Sweden, I believe Charles XII died in 1718?
The problem here is someone decided to rephrase a few words. Yes, Charles XII did die in 1718 which was the 18th century. When you change 18th century to 1800’s all of sudden the facts are no longer facts and you move 100 years into the future.
I believe that was the point I was trying to get across to the articles author.