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“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day! (What about this?)
On this day in history: 1954 – The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
Tip of the Day
Move your RV TV for comfort
By Greg Illes
Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones and your TV is perfectly situated in your RV for the best viewing comfort. But all too often, the TV is placed more for décor reasons and less for ergonomics. Here are some tips to move your RV TV for your comfort.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Keystone Montana High Country 280CK Fifth Wheel. Tony writes, “I had a difficult time finding things not to like about this unit. Okay, I don’t like floor vents for heaters, but it’s not a big deal in a couples’ camper. This layout, the kitchen with a larger oven, and just the overall thinking that went into this model are going to have Montana with another big hit on their hands.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Coachmen Freelander 21RS Motorhome? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
NEW! Keystone debuts Arcadia, fifth wheel innovation. Read Tony’s initial thoughts. Click here.
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How RV manufacturers hide production shortcuts from you
Here’s a great example of how an RV manufacturer can cut costs without the customer finding out. They save a dime wherever they can when the work will be hidden from view, where few buyers will ever bother to look. Here’s one example how some lazy production work affected an RV’s heater performance.
Yesterday’s featured article: RV inspectors: Not all created equal
Lightweight, waterproof, foldable backpack perfect for RVers
Ultra-light, ultra-durable, and ultra-handy for RV trips, this backpack is perfect for small-space living. Pack folds into a tiny sandwich-sized pouch, perfect for storage or for use on airplane trips. Many pockets, including two water bottle slots, make this waterproof pack great for hiking, camping, or day-trips. Learn more and view all of the colors here.
How often do you use an alarm clock to wake up in the morning?
BEEP, BEEP, BEEP… Tell us here.
Outdoor rug anchors and garden/patio lights all-in-one
Many RV parks do not allow putting stakes in the ground. To anchor down our outdoor rug we paint large coffee containers black, fill them with cat litter and use the containers to weigh down the rug edges. You can cut a slit in the top and place an inexpensive solar-powered garden light in the container to provide outdoor lighting. You can also use the containers and lights even if not putting out the rug. Thanks for the outdoor lighting and “stay put” tip to Jim G.
Website of the day
The Ultimate Route 66 Travel Guide
We’ve seen a lot of Route 66 travel guides, and we’re not sure we’d say this is the “ultimate” one, but this state-by-state breakdown of the famous route by Travel + Leisure does have a ton of great ideas for things to do and see.
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What the heck would you do if you saw these hanging in someone’s RV window? We’d probably scream … then call the police!
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:
• Of the men who answered, 72 percent say they never wear a neck tie
• 77 percent have taken a CPR class
• 69 percent have never taken a self-defense class
In Florida, it is legal to break a car window to save a pet from overheating. Note: Do not leave your pets in cars on hot days!
*On the planet Uranus, how long does summer last?
A.) 10 months
B.) 2 years
C.) 19 years
D.) 42 years
We told you yesterday.
It’s time to clean your CPAP machine!
One of our past surveys told us that 53% of you (or your partner) use a CPAP machine. Wow! When was the last time your machine was cleaned thoroughly? They get very dirty! This highly rated cleaning kit will get out all those yucky germs and bacteria. The extendable brush will expand to 7 feet, but folds up into a small plastic bag so as to not take up too much room in your RV. If you use a CPAP, you’ll want to order this here.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Dakota, our rescue dog, seems to be praying to the rain gods to ease up on this Colorado monsoon season. We are spending the summer in Westcliffe, CO, and the rains come every evening.” —Sylvia Elders
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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