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“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are Spring violets under the snow.”
—R. H. Newell
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Homemade Soup Day!
Mmmm… French Onion Soup sounds good! So does Chicken and Wild Rice soup… And we can’t forget about this Spicy Chicken Curry Soup. OK, now we’re hungry…
On this day in history: 1789 – George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
Tip of the Day
Don’t let your RV fridge make you sick
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
As RVers, we come from all backgrounds and dispositions, but there’s something we all agree on: We like to eat. Reaching into the chilled recesses of my RV’s refrigerator and grabbing something cold to drink or snack on is something I really love about the lifestyle. Your kitchen is always there, but we don’t always think too much about RV fridge safety.
But hang on: “You don’t have to go to a restaurant or to a party to get sick,” said Chin-Fu Chen, Ph.D., a microbiologist at the University of Tennessee. He found a variety of pathogens in a quarter of the refrigerators he inspected during a study. Vegetable bins were the most contaminated. Continue reading.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Springdale 1740RK Travel Trailer. As he reports, “This new floor plan packs a lot of punch in a small and very affordable box. Additionally, the smart touches here make this trailer a great package.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Lance 2465 Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Is this your RV?
If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, Feb. 4, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV here (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.
Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Tina S. of Titusville, PA, and Rodger H. of Prospect Heights, IL.
We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.
What happens when you tear off the black tank valve? Yuck!
Here’s an excerpt from Liz Wilcox’s book “Tales From the Black Tank: A Collection of Hilariously Crappy RV Stories.” You won’t believe what happened to her early one morning on the way to a video shoot. Have you had an experience this bad? Read more and leave your stinky stories in the comments below the post
Yesterday’s featured article: Don’t make these mistakes at National Parks
How often do you watch TV?
Turn it off for a minute and tell us here.
Extend the life of your awning
Awning stretched and sagging? You may be able to avoid the costly awning replacement with a less-expensive addition of a center rafter support from your RV dealer. (We also happen to like Carefree of Colorado’s rafters!).
Website of the day
The best campgrounds in the U.S.
There are tons of websites like this on the web, but we like that this one from The Dyrt lists a specific, beautiful campground in each state. Happy reserving!
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Folks, THIS is what you call a brilliant product. If you don’t have a set of these, you’re going to want one (we do!).
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:
• 5 percent say they never or hardly ever drink water and 18 percent say they drink only a glass or two a day (Reminder: Go drink a glass of water!)
• 11 percent do crossword puzzles often
• 29 percent believe that marijuana should be legalized in every U.S. state
Recent poll: How good are you at telling jokes?
If you don’t know someone’s address in Iceland, you are legally allowed to draw a map of the location on the envelope, and it will be delivered to that destination.
*Medical errors are the ____ leading cause of death in the U.S. Have a guess? Find out if you’re right in yesterday’s trivia.
Firearms laws guide updated for 2021
The 2021 updated edition of the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States has just been published. The book is always a best-seller among RVers, many of whom carry a firearm. The annual guidebook helps ensure they stay out of trouble when crossing state lines. What’s legal in one state may be a felony in another. More than 100 updates from last year. Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is my Cooper and my teeny little one, Addison. They love to travel, especially Cooper. Cooper is a rare colored Yorkie, a “Parti Yorkie,” and the little one is a Morkie.” —Laurie Romano
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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