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“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.” ―
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On this day in history: 1954 – Ellis Island ceased operations.
Tip of the Day
More on eliminating hitch clunk
By Dave Helgeson
Clunk! If you pull a travel trailer you are likely to hear this sound being emitted from your hitch after a few years of use. The culprit? Wear in and around the hitch pin, receiver and hitch shank. The resulting “slop” allows the hitch shank to shift back and forth in the receiver when you stop and start. When you stop, the trailer shifts forward against the hitch pin, and when you start moving again the weight shifts back.
I have experienced this problem on my last two tow vehicles. Both vehicles were still under warranty when the problem surfaced. Continue reading.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the $190,000 Bowlus Road Chief Travel Trailer. As he reports, “This is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and a work of art and it truly is functional in every sense of the word.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Homegrown Trailers Timberline Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Corps of Engineers campgrounds among RVers’ favorites
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation with more than 90,000 campsites across the country at more than 450 lakes and waterways. Many RVers consider COE parks the best places to camp. Military members on R & R are eligible for free camping. Here’s a quick look at Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania, which is a great example of what to expect at a Corps campground. Watch the video.
Yesterday’s featured article: National Parks contain volcanoes with highest threats
Do you have a dash camera on your RV or tow vehicle?
Monocular telescope connects to phone, wow!
This is one of the neatest gadgets we’ve seen in a while! This waterproof monocular telescope connects right to your phone, so you can take photos of that bird waaaaaaay over there. You can now photograph anything up to 10x closer than before. Great for birdwatching, concerts or any sporting event. We already bought one! Learn more or order.
Older motorhome entrance steps
“If you leave the master switch OFF when you drive away, the step should retract when you turn the ignition key ON. But when you park and turn the ignition OFF, guess what? The step is UP and the master switch is still OFF. The step may NOT extend until the master control switch is turned back ON. Watch that first step: It’s a big one! Newer RVs ‘remember’ to extend the step, even if the master switch is OFF, after driving.” —From Motorhomes Made Easy with Bill’s Hints.
Website of the day
Any dog fans out there? This is your site for everything dog-related. Tons of advice about owning Fido, breed information, best gear out there, dog-friendly spots in major cities, etc. If it’s about dogs, you’ll find it on this totally pawsome site.
Save even more on a SoftStartRV!
Check out this special holiday savings offer on the incredible new device that allows you to run your RV’s air conditioner in low-power (or alternative power) situations when you could never run it before. SAVE BIG NOW! Learn more.
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 are active on Facebook and post something at least once a day
• 2 percent have rented an RV in another country (outside of North America) to travel
• 7 percent play golf often, and 22 percent play golf occasionally
Camco vent insulator keeps you warm (or cool)!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.
Nearly 163,000 pints of Guinness beer is wasted in facial hair every year. A research study commissioned by Guinness found that 162,719 pints of the beloved stout gets wasted each year. The study found that 0.56 milliliters of the beer gets trapped on the mustache or beard with each sip, and it takes about 10 sips to finish a pint (for the average person with facial hair).
*The invention of the teabag was an accident. Why? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our grand dog Nova” —Don Plyley
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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*If you’re in need of another laugh, check out this video we posted in early October.
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