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.
“I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.” —Zsa Zsa Gabor
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Meteor Watch Day!
On this day in history: June 30, 1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published.
Tip of the Day
Roof air conditioner leaks during a heavy rain
This reader letter was received by certified RV technician Chris Dougherty while he was technical editor of RVtravel.com.
I have a 2011 Keystone Copper Canyon 5th wheel and have had trouble with a water drip from the air conditioner when we get a heavy rain. Air conditioner is not on. Is there anything that we can do other than a pan to catch the drip? —Duane
Yes, you can fix this. It could be because the air conditioner bolts have loosened up, releasing the compression on the air conditioner gasket. To retighten you have to remove the ceiling assembly cover completely which will expose the metal ceiling plate. There are four bolts, one at each corner. EVENLY tighten the bolts to a torque of 40- to 50-inch pounds. This will compress the roof gasket to approximately 1/2 inch. Make sure the gasket is evenly spaced all the way around. Reinstall the ceiling assembly and you’re all set!
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Defeat the slope! RV leveling tips from the experts.
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Keystone Passport SL 219BH. As he reports, “‘The Swiss Army knife of travel trailers’ is how Keystone describes the Passport SL 219BH. I don’t disagree with that. This is a relatively small, no-slide travel trailer that offers a lot of functionality at a price below $30,000.” Learn more and peek inside.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Forest River Cherokee 284DBH? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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• AAA MAP OF COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS (U.S. and Canada)
• 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
Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Idea: Listen to the RVtravel.com podcast while you’re a passenger in an aeroplane.
RV parks will advertise that they have free WiFi. But don’t be a sucker and think the WiFi actually works. Our experience is that more often than not, it’s worthless for anything more than receiving and sending email. It’s not always the park’s fault. It may be located in a remote area with limited options for Internet service. If you really, really need good WiFi, be sure to read reviews about the park and pay attention to what previous campers say about the service. You can call the park, but the person who answers may consider what’s “good service” a lot different than you!
Website of the day
U.S. Drought Monitor, Western states
This is alarming — a map of nine Western states showing drought conditions in each. This is more than just alarming, it’s frightening.
Tiny LED button lamp perfect for RV’s small, dark spaces
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.
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Recipe of the Day
Bruschetta Pasta Salad
by Mikekey, from Seattle, WA
Fresh tomatoes and basil give this pasta salad a fresh flavor and mimic the flavors of a Caprese salad. Yum! It’s different than most pasta salad recipes. Boiling the pasta in the seasoned water adds a ton of flavor to the pasta. There is not a ton of dressing in this salad – just enough to coat the pasta and give everything a nice tang from the balsamic dressing. We loved the nuttiness and slight crunch toasted pine nuts give the pasta salad. You can serve this as a light summer dinner or a BBQ side dish. If you chill this salad, we recommend mixing in a little more oil and vinegar. The pasta really soaks up the dressing.
The perfect summer “salad”! Get the recipe.
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles With Blueberry Sauce
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No ifs, ands or butts… everyone will laugh at this!
The yo-yo is an ancient toy with proof of existence since 500 BCE. In 1933, yo-yos were banned in Syria because many locals superstitiously blamed the use of them for a severe drought. The Duncan yo-yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.
*How long does it take for someone to form a first impression of you? The answer is surprising. Find it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Tori says, ‘Dad, it would make a great pool!'” —Mitchell Dennett
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!
Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.
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