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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday that celebrates the January 15, 1929, birthday of the civil rights leader.
On this day in history: 1896 – An X-ray generating machine is exhibited for the first time by H. L. Smith.
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Tip of the Day
Have a paint nick or chip on your RV? Here’s an easy trick
By Nanci Dixon
After many miles and a few gravel roads, our motorhome had a number of paint nicks and chips. I blame it on the road and not on the fact that more than a few times I have opened our bay storage doors too close to a chair or table and WOMP! Oops…
The last time we were at the manufacturer’s to have a few warranty items taken care of, I had the nicks fixed too. They showed me an easy fix – use mini automotive repair paint sticks or brushes. Works like a charm. Continue reading.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Armadillo Backpack Travel Trailer. He writes, “For those RVers who want a simple, lightweight RV, perhaps the Armadillo trailer might be a good choice. What’s an Armadillo, you ask?” Well, find out here.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Feel the heat – Staying warm in your RV
I’m trying to boondock without a generator running at night, and am constantly running out of enough battery power overnight to run my RV furnace. I’ve been thinking about getting an electric blanket to keep warm, but how does that compare to running an electric space heater from battery power? Is any of this practical without adding a bunch of batteries? —Sue in Sioux City
Be like Mike! Use this 3-light and digital voltage tester!
Mike Sokol says: “I found this nifty tester online and have been using it in a variety of voltage checking situations. It performs all of the 3-light tests for outlet polarity, open ground, open neutral, etc., as well as being a 3-digit digital voltage indicator. In addition, it performs a standard 5 mA GFCI safety test – which you should be performing on all of your GFCI outlets once a month (or at least once a camping season).” Read more about it here.
The many brands of Good Sam head honcho Marcus Lemonis
If you are a member of the Good Sam Club, you may wonder whatever happened to all the member benefits — the wonderful magazine, Highways; the national rallies; the lobbying efforts the club undertook to protect members — in fact, all RVers. … Well, wonder no more. Just look at all of the “brands” of Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of the club. Read more.
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Check for gas leaks often by using this!
Russ & Tiña De Maris write: “We keep our natural gas leak detector tucked in the door pocket of our tow vehicle so we can check for leaks when we reconnect an LP bottle after filling. We also use it whenever we make up a new connection on a gas line, or ‘think’ we might have a leak. Here’s one you can pick up for a good price with lots of good reviews.”
Five-minute freezer defrost – without heat!
From Walt K.: “Go to Walmart or another box store. Buy 4 of the very thin, flexible cutting boards. Cut the boards to fit the walls, floor and ceiling of your freezer. Put the panels in place – the food in the freezer will hold them in place. When ready to remove frost, simply take the food out, remove the thin panels, shake the buildup off them and replace. Total time for defrost: about 5 minutes.” Thanks, Walt! [Editor’s note: These super-thin cutting boards are also available at Amazon.]
Website of the day
Tired of all that sun? (Not us up here in WA!). If you’re missing the sound of rain, head to this website and get your fix. We hate to admit it but… it is soothing…
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American households headed by people 65 years and older spend an average of $14 a month on pork. They spend about $12 a month on chicken and other poultry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“My 16 YO cat, S**thead, has been full-timing for 6 years now. We spend hours a day outside with him on a harness and leash.” —John Schag
Editor’s Note: John, we nearly spit out our coffee when we read that! Is that really your cat’s name? HA!)
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