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“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Gorgeous Grandma Day!
On this day in history: 1903 – The Ford Motor Company sells its first car.
Tip of the Day
Sticky LP problem: Valve not passing gas
Here’s a nightmare: It’s a cold day, your rig is freezing and you’re out of LP. So you refill your gas cylinders, hook them back up, and try lighting the furnace — with no success. It’s like you never refilled those cursed LP tanks. What’s the matter?
Gas valves on LP bottles can stick “shut” after refilling, even if the valve handle is opened to full. There are a couple of reasons, and usually it’s a simple fix. Read more.
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Vintage electric car might not be good as a “toad”
The oil crisis of 1973 changed gas prices forever and made an electric car that costs about a penny a mile to operate look attractive. In its two short years on sale, 1974 to 1976, the radical CityCar sold better than any electric car in history, about 2,600 units. Check it out!
Yesterday’s featured article: Need storage for your stuff or RV?
If you were offered rattlesnake as an appetizer, would you eat it?
Rattle over here and tell us.
Outdoor grilling tip
From reader Herb Brumbach: “When cooking fish on your outdoor grill, try putting it on a layer of onion slices along with seasoning on the fish. There is very little onion flavor but it adds moisture and the fish turn out great. I have done this with fresh salmon and halibut.” Thanks, Herb!
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Website of the day
67 summer salad recipes
Here’s Bon Appetit’s list of great salad recipes to keep you cool and refreshed this summer. Your body will thank you later.
Be like Mike! Use this 3-light and digital voltage tester!
Mike Sokol says: “I found this nifty tester online and have been using it in a variety of voltage checking situations. It performs all of the 3-light tests for outlet polarity, open ground, open neutral, etc., as well as being a 3-digit digital voltage indicator. In addition, it performs a standard 5 mA GFCI safety test – which you should be performing on all of your GFCI outlets once a month (or at least once a camping season).” Read more about it here.
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:
• 48 percent prefer their hot dogs with only mustard, no other condiments
• 9 percent never swear
• 6 percent have a serious food allergy
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Ants cannot die from falling. They can fall from any height, and due to the slow speed and the strong exoskeleton, which helps shield it from impact, it won’t die.
*What is the most common letter in the English language? Think you know? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Here’s Calli. People love seeing her on the dash.” — Jo Ann Reinhardt
Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter.
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The rattlesnake poll doesn’t allow a choice like they usually do?
Hi, Maurine. If you click on the link under the poll question in the newsletter it takes you to a page with the actual poll on it, where you can select your choice, as more than 1,900 readers have done. Here’s a link to that page: https://www.rvtravel.com/poll1390/ I hope that works for you. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com
I see on Facebook that someone else is having trouble filling their diesel tanks. I reported a few weeks ago that when filling my tank it back splashes and the lever will not stay on. Results in holding the lever to fill at a very low speed. Takes 30-40 minutes to fill a tank.
Requested personnel from both Pilot and Love’s to inspect to no avail. Very very strange.
Can not believe no one else is having this problem. My coach is three years old and until recently never had this problem. What gives????
I have a ’03 Beaver Monterey that does the same thing. I discovered the fill line enters the tank about half way from the top of the tank. When fueling, I remove both fuel tank caps and that seems to help fill a little faster. So, when the tanks are fuel, there is standing fuel in the tank fill lines until approx 36 gallons has been used. (found this measurement when I had to replace the flex fuel fill hose after discovering a leak after filling to the full level and having to drain 36 gallons to get below where the fill line entered the fuel tank)
It is a design issue and I have just accepted it.
Be careful opening both fuel caps. I did that one time and didn’t realize my coach wasn’t level so the fuel just ran out of the other side on the pavement. Lesson learned! 😁
I have a Thor palazzo class A and I have to turn the fuel nozzle upside down to fill my tank. You have to stand there and hold it in place but it will work on full blast. Try it!
Thanks for your comments HOWEVER why all of a sudden is this happening. I
have a 2018 Thor Tuscany 42 GX with NO previous problems. Something has gone wrong and not sure why this is happening ?!?!?!? I will try opening both fuel caps and also turn the nozzle upside down – like I say – it’s always something !!
I had the same problem. The return hose (it allows the air to escape while filling) had a sag in it. The sag filled with gas, hence a hard time for the air to escape. Hope this helps.
The joke off the day is so cute…and hilarious…especially after the poll asking if we would eat rattlesnake!
Calli is beautiful!