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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cheese Curd Day!
On this day in history: 1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.
Tip of the Day
How useful are fifth wheel king pin stabilizers?
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
One fifth wheel owner we know refuses to set foot in her fiver unless the front end is “supported” with a king pin stabilizer. She knows it’s nuts, but she’s afraid the trailer will topple forward if she puts her weight up there without the support. Not everyone is quite so paranoid, but plenty of fifth wheel folks put a stabilizer under their king pin. Is it worth it? Find out the pros and cons here.
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Your Sprinter RV cost too much? Blame chickens!
If you own an RV built on a Sprinter platform, we bet you don’t know that it would have cost you less if it weren’t for chickens! Learn the story of how a cheap chicken in the 1960s changed international trade and how your Sprinter van is currently built (and why you pay more to buy it). Read all about it.
Yesterday’s featured article: Buying an RV in a business’s name could void warranty
Stay free at more than 1,600 wineries and farms!
The campgrounds are booked! Find places to stay! Stay overnight for free at more than 1,600 wineries, farms, breweries, etc.! Harvest Hosts is an alternative to traditional campgrounds, where members can taste great wines and micro-brews, eat fresh produce and stay in peaceful settings. Save 15 percent on a membership by using code HHFRIENDS15 at checkout. Learn more
How comfortable is the bed in your RV?
Don’t fall asleep yet! Tell us here.
Cushioned steps to bed loft
Lloyd Pilant passed along this great tip: “The rungs on our ladder in our Winnebago View hurt our feet when climbing up to the over-cab sleeping area. My wife suggested we try putting some foam pipe insulation on the rungs to see if that helps. We did, and it does. I used some Gaffer tape to help hold the insulation on the rungs.” Thanks, Lloyd!
Website of the day
Caves to explore in the U.S.
How many of these caves have you been to? This list of 15 incredible caves in the U.S. will surely bring out your inner explorer. Plus, who doesn’t love going into a cold cave especially during a hot summer?
It’s getting dark early. Time to clean your headlights!
When was the last time you gave those headlights a good scrub? It’s been a while, huh? Get yourself this 4-piece headlight restorer kit from Turtle Wax for about $7, and have your headlights looking as good as new in less than 5 minutes. It can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces, and will restore all dull, yellowed headlights. Learn more or order 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:
• 57 percent would drive an extra 10 miles out of their way to save $15 on a campsite
• 21 percent have bought new tires for their RV within the last year
• 11 percent bought their RV for more than $125,000
SECRET PHRASE: There are 182 places in the U.S. that have the word “Christmas” in their names.
Tired of saying the word “tornado”? In the 18th century, tornadoes were called “twirlwinds” or “twirlblasts,” not tornadoes. Those two are more fun to say anyway, so let’s bring them back!
*Did you know the Twitter bird has a name? We told you what it is yesterday.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our Shih Tzu, Brandy. RV traveling companion.” —Merl Bell
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.
That’s connected to … what?
The Klein ET310 transmitter/receiver figures out what electrical outlet is connected to which circuit breaker. Plug the transmitter end into the outlet in question, then scan the circuit breaker panel with the receiver “wand” and voila – you know which breaker is powering that outlet without resorting to flipping random breakers on and off. The transmitter also doubles as a 3-light outlet tester letting you know if there’s a Hot/Neutral polarity reversal, open ground, etc., and it also checks GFCI operation. Learn more or order.
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