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“I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.” —Andy Rooney
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Professional House Cleaners Day!
On this day in history: 1920 – The National Football League is organized as the American Professional Football Association in Canton, Ohio.
Tip of the Day
How well is your RV air conditioner working?
Steve Savage submitted this article to RVtravel.com when he was a Master Certified RV Technician with Mobility RV Service.
One of the calls we often receive during hot weather focuses on complaints about air conditioners needing Freon (more correctly, refrigerant) or a concern the AC is not working as well as it should.
Here is a simple test you can do at home or in the campground to make your own assessment using nothing more than your kitchen thermometer – and possibly save a service call. Read more.
Do you have a tip? Submit it here.
RV Mods: Lock your LP cylinders away from thieves
Most travel trailer owners have their propane cylinders mounted up-front, right on the trailer tongue. While that makes for an easy access for refilling, it can also make for easy access for people with bad intent. Our long-time reader Tommy Molnar provides us with a security mod he uses to keep his LP cylinders from walking off. Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: RV owner stymied by stuck-out step
How often do you prefer to bathe?
Hey, no judgment. Tell us here.
Easy-to-open hose connection cover
“We have a Montana, and it can sometimes be a pain to open the bottom screw-on hatch cover for the hose connection. To combat this, I have taken a small screw-on screen door handle and bolted it to the cap. Now it’s a lot easier to remove or re-attach the cap, especially at night.” Thanks to Mark Burzinski!
Website of the day
The prettiest town in every state
How many have you been to? Is one along the route of your next destination? This would even be a good list to plan a road trip around.
Hanging out with mops and brooms
Most RVs aren’t equipped with broom closets. Got a basement storage compartment long or wide enough to stick those long-handled tools? Stick ’em up to the ceiling by attaching spring-loaded broom clips to the lid of the compartment. Here’s the ever-RV-popular Command Strips version.
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:
• 7 percent have been pulled over by the police in the last year
• 17 percent of full-timers can go more than a week without plugging into electricity, but can’t make it a whole month
• 29 percent have a checklist for their RV that they run through before each trip
SECRET PHRASE: London Bridge is in Arizona
According to National Geographic, Minnesota has more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. Hard to believe, huh? But Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” really does have more shoreline.
*What phrase reads the same upside down, but uses completely different letters? If you’re stumped, we told you yesterday.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Here is a picture of Lily enjoying the fire behind our coach in Maggie Valley, NC.” —Bob Schlesinger
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.
Inflatable foot rest is comfortable for couch and passenger seat
Now that’s cool! Missing your favorite recliner? Miss it no more! This inflatable foot rest is perfect for lounging on the couch, in the chair by the campfire, or in the passenger seat for long drives. Take it on a plane ride, or take it to the grandkids’ soccer game (we know those can get long). It weighs less than 1 lb. and folds down small for travel. Learn more about this comfy foot rest here..
Leave here with a laugh
We won’t share the photos here, but please take a look at this year’s winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. You’ll smile and laugh, we’re sure of it. Click here to see them.
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An addition to “Today’s Thought”:
Time flies like arrows.
Fruit flies like bananas.
Thank you, Mark Burzinski, for the tip about adding a handle to the screw-in cover for the sewer hose opening! Our Bounder uses the same sort of cover for the power cord as well. There are now two screen door handles on my shopping list! (I’ve only been RVing for 20 years and never thought of this……)
Fantastic “leave here with a laugh”. What great expressive photographs.
Well I had to say goodbye to one of our traveling buddies around midnight last night. Our Buffy got very sick very fast, she has traveled everywhere with us and was 14 1/2 yrs old. We will miss her so much.
Sorry for your loss. I know its hard to say good by to them.
I’m so sorry for your loss! Buffy was a lucky gal to have been with your family.
So sorry for your loss & it is very difficult & very emotional. It is so hard when you are strongly bonded. Wishing that you find some peace and comfort, knowing that Buffy will be waiting for you. I do believe that. One day.
I’m sorry…when they go they leave a hole in your heart where the love used to be, and it hurts terribly, but the hole will heal and it turns into a fond memory.
sorry for your loss.
“Leave here with a laugh” made my day! Thanks.
Mine, too! Those pictures are priceless!