Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.
“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” —Walt Disney
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Garlic Day!
On this day in history: 1987 – The Simpsons first appear as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, first starting with Good Night.
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Tip of the Day
Beat the heat: How to keep your RV cool this summer
By Julie Chickery
Summer is quickly approaching and it’s the most popular time of year to hit the road in your RV. The problem is it can get pretty hot inside. Here are a few tips guaranteed to help you stay cool while enjoying your summer travel. Continue reading.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews truck campers from Capri Camper. Are these the most affordable truck campers? Find out when you take a peek inside here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Warning! Lightning season is coming soon; protect your RV
So, last week a huge bolt of lightning hit a utility pole about 100 feet from my camper. It completely destroyed the pole (literally cut it in half). Well, apparently it followed the electric or cable wire into my camper. And yes, I had one of those surge protectors plugged into my electric source at the plug, and my camper was plugged into it. Apparently it didn’t help. Here is what I know. … Continue reading the letter and Mike’s response.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
This is so funny!
If we saw someone with this in their car’s or RV’s cigarette lighter, we’d want to be their friend – it’s hilarious! This “FIRE MISSILES” cigarette lighter cover fits into all 12-volt vehicle accessory lighter sockets. It’s just designed for show, but it’ll give anyone in your vehicle a good laugh. Learn more or order. (This would make a great gift for someone with a sense of humor!)
Lemon law attorney: “Don’t buy a new RV!”
In this video, Michigan lemon law attorney Steve Lehto discusses the continuing epidemic of poor-quality RVs. Watch the video.
Are you an only child?
• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
• ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
• WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
• CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
• LATEST RV RECALLS
• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
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Wow! Have you ever seen anything like this before? This is neat! We might buy ourselves one…
What to do about a sticky sewer valve
The sewer and gray water valves on your coach should operate smoothly with little effort, but sometimes they don’t. This is because they get dirty, the lubricant fails or something gets jammed in the seals. What’s worse is that this frequently leads to leaking … and a surprise when you remove the sewer cap. If this happens to you, you might need to replace the valve seals. Once the tanks are emptied and cleaned, disassemble the valves using the four bolts around the outside and remove it. Replacement seal kits are available for your particular valve. Clean the entire assembly and then lubricate with Dow Corning 111 valve grease. This is a long-lasting valve lubricant that will help your valves last a long time. Replace the seals, reassemble the valves and test with clean water for leaks. Voila … You’re done!
From Chris Dougherty, Certified RV Technician
Website of the day
Where to travel around the world in a camper van
This list of where to travel around the world (including North America) in a van is super helpful. It even tells you where you can rent vans in each country and how much it will cost you. Get to planning!
If you missed yesterday’s Good News: Things to smile about column, read it here. The video of the grandmother is not to be missed!
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Give your phone or tablet a full-sized keyboard
How neat is this? This tiny, collapsible Bluetooth keyboard connects to your phone and tablet so you can type comfortably. The 5-ounce palm-sized keyboard can be folded into your pocket or backpack to carry around. All you have to do is press “Connect” to quickly pair with your devices. Check it out here.
Southern Style Blackened Shrimp & Grits
by Debbie Elliott Vair from Wake Forest, NC
The flavors in this Blackened Shrimp and Grits are so perfect. This is a true Southern or Cajun dish. The blackened shrimp are seasoned just right. No seasoning overpowers another. You taste the blackened seasoning, pepper, red pepper, and cayenne. Served over creamy grits with a gently poached egg, you could have this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s an impressive meal that’s very easy to make. This recipe takes shrimp and grits to the next level.
We want to make this! Get the recipe here.
The average American spends about 38 hours each year stuck in traffic. Yikes!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is Scully! She loved traveling so much she wouldn’t sit down while we were driving. Sadly she jumped over the rainbow bridge but we still have lots of traveling pictures of her!” —Carol Hamilton
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. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!
Cooking for two? It’s never been easier!
This cookbook from the beloved America’s Test Kitchen brings you 650 delicious recipes specifically designed for just two people! 150 of those recipes can be on the table within 30 minutes or less. This cookbook has it all! Look through some of the recipes, read the amazing reviews, or order here.
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