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“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…” ―
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On this day in history: 1891 – Shoshone National Forest is established as the first national forest in the U.S. and world.
Tip of the Day
Time to replace those cabinet carpets! Do it for under $15
By Kate Doherty
Recently, we decided to replace the carpet under our RV’s kitchen sink. Over the years it had become stained and discolored. It wasn’t looking good any longer. Originally, we were thinking indoor/outdoor carpet for the cabinet, but nothing jumped out saying “Buy me!” Disappointed, we abandoned that thought for another time.
A couple of days later while walking through Costco, my intuitive spouse stopped and picked up an oversize rubber-backed woven doormat, saying, “Honey, what do you think of this? This would work.” See how they used this doormat for under-the-sink carpeting.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Keystone Cougar 24RDS Fifth Wheel. As he reports, “At under 29 feet in total length, with about three of those feet being over the cargo bed of the truck, this could be a logical choice even if you want to stay smaller without giving up the advantages of a fifth wheel such as cargo space and tank capacity. That would be especially true if you outfitted this with the solar and inverter upgrades.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Bushwhacker Plus 17 BH Teardrop? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Funny oil change instructions for men versus for women
These are just too funny! The original author is unknown, but these have been on the Web since at least 2005. This list is tongue-in-cheek, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Read it here.
Yesterday’s featured article: Good solar design will meet most RVers’ needs
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Stop the shower leaks!
One of the great things about RVs is showers and tubs, but they can and will leak without maintenance so you need to keep an eye on them.
At the factory the glass and plastic surrounds are usually silicone sealed to prevent leaks, but two things can happen: either spots are missed or come loose, or because of the twisting and torquing the silicone beads rip open. In either case, rot is the eventual result. Any signs of stray water after a shower should be investigated and fixed immediately to avoid damage.
The glass door should open and close freely. However, especially with neo-angled showers, the twisting of the coach can hang them up. This occurs especially in trailers – that tend to be more flexible than motorhomes. When sealing the shower, a good kitchen and bath silicone sealant like GE Kitchen and Bath Silicone caulk is recommended.
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We’re having a hard time deciding if this is a brilliant invention or a totally gross invention (or maybe just weird)… What do you think?
Website of the day
The Internet map
This is more fun than it is useful, but it is certainly a unique place to spend some time. Can you find RVtravel.com on this visually awesome “map” of websites around the world?
Are you introverted or extroverted? What about your partner? See how introverted Gail Marsh and her “extremely extroverted” husband differ at campgrounds. Click here.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
If you were to drill a tunnel straight through the Earth, all the way through to the other side, and you jumped in it like a slide, it would take you about 42 minutes to get to the other side. Wheeeeeee!
*How many USPS mail carriers are attacked by dogs each year? The 2015 stats might make you gasp! See the number in yesterday’s trivia.
Hang up the heavy stuff!
RV walls aren’t exactly designed for having screws or nails driven into them. Enter acrylic mounting tape. This is a clear, double-sided tape that is sturdy enough to hang heavy objects and can easily be removed without doing damage to the walls. Get some here.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Maggie Mae, ready for a camping trip.” —Don Welch
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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What do you call a dead magician?
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