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“When life feels too big to handle, go outside. Everything looks smaller when you’re standing under the sky.” —L.R. Knost
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Wear Red Day! Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association’s newly released 2021 Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics. Heart disease kills one woman approximately every 80 seconds, and 1 in 3 women are dying from cardiovascular disease. So we’re not celebrating that fact – we’re bringing attention to this very important health issue.
On this day in history: 1869 – The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the “Welcome Stranger,” is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia. It weighed, gross, more than 2,520 troy ounces (78 kg; 173 lb.).
Tip of the Day
Getting “toad” – Are you prepared to be dragged out of trouble?
By Greg Illes
After more than 50 years of driving, and a lot of it off-road, I’ve had a bit of experience towing “dead” vehicles. But not everyone is well-versed in getting a no-longer-lively vehicle out of the boonies and back to civilization. It is a far more complicated matter than throwing a rope around a couple of bumpers and giving it the gas. Here are some caveats and tips on towing.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Flagstaff 526RK Fifth Wheel. This fifth wheel is an entertainer’s dream with a countertop fit for an entire buffet! See it here.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Springdale 1740RK Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Is this your RV?
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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.
Campground pet peeves – specifically, campground jerks
Liz Wilcox (who doesn’t mince words) lists some “campground jerks” she frequently encounters. We’re sure you’ve run into these folks, also. Do you have any others you’d like to vent about? Read more.
Yesterday’s featured article: What happens when you tear off the black tank valve? Yuck!
These are essential for your RV’s toolbox!
A set of Nite Ize Gear Ties is a must-have in your RV’s toolbox! These reusable rubber twist ties have a soft, grippy rubber coating and a metal inside that allows you to bend and flex them over and over into whatever shape you need. Tony Barthel uses them in his home and RV for many things and suggests you don’t go anywhere without them. Read more.
You may have missed these recent popular stories…
- Boondockers’ dream: Portable device makes water from air!
- Bear and wasp spray: Good or bad idea for self-defense?
- Can snowbirds get shots? A vaccine controversy
- Is the Good Sam Club reneging on a promise to some members?
What beverage do you drink most often around dinner time?
Take a sip then respond here.
Be sure to lock the window by the RV door
When away from your RV, be sure to close and secure the window next to the door. Left open, it’s an invitation for a bad guy to cut the screen, reach through and unlock the door.
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If we met someone who had this in their car or RV we’d want to be friends with them because we’d have the same sense of humor!
Website of the day
Have a vintage camper or thinking about restoring one? This is the site for you! You can find almost every old part you’ll need to fix or replace something in a vintage camper.
Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.
• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
• AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
• Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
• Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
It took 73 years to find the wreck of the Titanic. That’s a long time to search!
*In Iceland, if you don’t know someone’s address how can you get a letter delivered to them? It’s pretty unique, that’s for sure… Read yesterday’s trivia to find out.
Best-selling vent cover!
Keep rain out and fresh air inside your RV
Few add-ons are more enthusiastically endorsed by RVers as MaxxAir vents. This is the original and best-selling model. Install this over your RV vents, then keep them open in any weather. On rainy days, air from inside your RV can exit without a single drop of rain coming inside. Keep your vents open during storage and while driving. Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is Sadie, our 11-year-old French Brittany who just loves to be with us in the RV! In fact, we take the main slide in and out and she lays on the couch enjoying the ride either way. :)) Whenever we go to the water she enjoys floating around with us in her little vest. It is such a joy to have an RV so your pet can enjoy your life with you on the journey!” —Brian Burry
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
Why do ghosts like to ride in elevators?
Because it lifts their spirit!
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