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“It’s so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it’s taking forever to come. Then it happens and it’s over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed.” ―
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On this day in history: 1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
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Tip of the Day
RV shopping? Run away from water damage!
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Shopping for a preowned RV can make good financial sense. There are plenty of things to look at when shopping, but in our experienced opinion, the very first one is this: Watch out for water damage!
Where does water damage come from? The obvious answer is “water,” but the source of that water may not be so obvious. Water from outside the rig is often the most damaging; but water from inside, leaky plumbing for example, can cause problems, too. When inspecting an RV, do the “top-to-bottom” search method. Learn more.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
How low of a voltage is too low?
I’ve got an EMS surge protector that keeps cutting off our power in the afternoon. It usually comes back on in a few minutes but gives us a low-voltage error. Isn’t it supposed to be 110 volts? So just how low is too low, and what does it hurt? —Estelle
How to sanitize your RV’s fresh water system
Most RVers treat their fresh water tank from time to time to keep the water tasting good and safe from germs. This short video from Trailer Life shows how easy it is to freshen your water supply to keep it in tip-top condition – and spend only pennies doing it! Watch the short video.
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Don’t swelter in your RV anymore!
At RVtravel.com we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run two air conditioners on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.
Get a step up with carpet samples
Use carpet samples (they have a finished edge on them) to put a temporary carpet on the inside steps of your RV. Cut the sample to step-size and use two-sided carpet tape to hold it down. Put the finished edge out (it looks better). Toss when dirty. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Website of the day
63 easy summer recipes
Delish.com has, once again, fulfilled our recipe needs. Here’s a list of easy summer recipes good for any weeknight or to impress guests on the weekend.
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Polish? Head to the windy city! Second to Warsaw, Poland, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world. Pierogis anyone?
Protect your RV “pigtail”
That 7-way connector on your travel trailer or fifth wheel is a critical component. When not plugged into your tow rig, the thing is susceptible to the onslaught of dirt, rain and even bugs. Here’s a plug cover that slips right over your precious plug and keeps out the crud. One user says, “This works perfectly to keep the plug on my RV clear. I remove it when not in use and place it in my ‘RV emergency tool kit.’ This way, it’s not knocked around when driving.” Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our little traveler, Violeta. We brought her home as a kitten from Guatemala in 2012, where we were volunteering. She’s been a traveler ever since!” — Joe Phebus
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.
Leave here with a laugh
Q: How are a dog and a marine biologist alike?
A: One wags a tail and the other tags a whale.
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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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