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“The secret of life is to let every segment of it produce its own yield at its own pace. Every period has something new to teach us. The harvest of youth is achievement; the harvest of middle-age is perspective, the harvest of age is wisdom; the harvest of life is serenity. —Joan D. Chittister
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Louisiana Day!
On this day in history: 1906 – Theodore Roosevelt is the first sitting President of the United States to make an official trip outside the country. He did so to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.
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Tip of the Day
New to RVing or want to improve backing up hand signals? Read this
By Nanci Dixon
I am always looking for better ways to communicate clearly when guiding my husband in backing up the RV. We have finessed signals over the years from flapping like a chicken (his words, not mine) to much more definable signals.
I just found these two videos, “Hand Signals For Backing Up Your RV” and “This Far To Go” on YouTube and tried them out during our last parking event – maneuvering our 40-foot motorhome into a tight spot complete with low trees, tall water posts, electric pedestals and an unmovable picnic table. Continue reading.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Newmar Canyon Star 3719 Front Diesel Motorhome. As he reports, Newmar continues to deliver beautifully made motorhomes that really do reward the owners with outstanding interiors and good craftsmanship. Learn more.
Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
• Keystone Cougar 24SABWE travel trailer
• 2021 Jayco Jay Feather Micro 166FBS travel trailer
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Water heater woes…
I’m an RV newbie with zero experience, but I’ve just noticed that my hot water heater takes a lot longer to heat up on electricity than when it’s set on propane. Is there something wrong with it, or is that just how it works? —Penelope
Dog scratches its way through RV door
What can we learn from the photos in this article? That some dogs will do just about anything to get out of an RV if left alone? Or do we learn that some RVs are so cheaply made, including their doors, that a dog can, with a little effort, scratch its way out to freedom? Check out the unedited photos.
Do you change the oil in your RV or tow vehicle yourself?
• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
• ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
• WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
• CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
• LATEST RV RECALLS.
• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.
Used motorhome shopping most-wanted checklist
Some items to consider: Has great curb appeal. Looks good and is something you can be proud to own and drive. Feels modern when you step into it. No purple velour on the walls or seats. No puke green shag carpet, no burnt orange refrigerator. Has no unusual odors: no tobacco smells, no food smells, no pets odors, and absolutely no wet, mildewy smell. Has a real bathroom, one that you can stand up in without bumping your head. And a real sink with a vanity. Has a real shower – large enough to stand up and move around in. Has a full-size refrigerator that runs on electric and propane, with enough room in the freezer to hold at least six microwave dinners. Has a large kitchen area with enough counter space to prepare food. Has a dinette where you can sit and eat meals or use a computer.
Has a comfortable couch with reading lights above and long enough to stretch out on. Has a side entry door – no rear door entry for me. Has enough room inside for me and my traveling companion, with sufficient storage space for all that we carry. Is new enough that it has modern safety features like driver and passenger air bags. Has less than 40,000 miles. Is easy to drive, easy to park, has no squeaks or strange noises, handles well on the highway, in the wind and when big trucks pass by. Is not so long or wide that it is difficult to drive and restricted from some national parks. Is mechanically reliable – with wide availability of parts – and can be worked on just about anywhere in the country.
When I find a motorhome that satisfies all of the above, I can be pretty sure it will be one I’ll enjoy. And when I get ready to sell it, it’ll likely appeal to a lot of potential buyers, and will sell quickly. —From Buying a Used Motorhome – How to get the most for your money and not get burned. Available on Amazon.
The cutest camping decor we’ve ever seen…
You’ll make everyone jealous! These battery-operated mini LED kerosene lanterns are by far the cutest piece of camping-themed decor we’ve ever seen. These string lights are perfect for both indoor and outdoor lighting. Wrap them around the trees, patio decks, door frames, or windows for a party, holiday or summer decor. We’re ordering some for ourselves here…
Website of the day
50 ways to make money from home
This article will get you inspired, that’s for sure. Visit this page to learn 50 ways you can make some extra cash without leaving your couch. Really! It’s true!
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Men, watch out! In U.S. National Parks, men are 75% more likely to die a camping-related death than women. Yikes!
‘Earthquake Putty’ a favorite of RVers, keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Lucy and Ethyl. Eight-1/2-year-old Chihuahua/Shitzu’s. Sisters from the same litter.” —Robert Palesch
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
A mummy covered in petrified chocolate and nuts was just discovered in Egypt. Archaeologists believe it may be Pharaoh Rocher…
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