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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” —Walt Disney
Need an excuse to celebrate? It’s National Chocolate Day! Did you know that eating an ounce of dark chocolate every day actually has some health benefits, including reducing stress and blood pressure?
On this day in history: 1947 – Aliens landed near Roswell, New Mexico. At least that’s what some locals believe. But the government says, no, they were not aliens, just a weather balloon that crashed. Today, Roswell celebrates the historic day with a UFO museum and street lights shaped like aliens.
Tip of the Day
Pack backwards before heading off on an RV trip
Before you start packing for your next trip, unpack. Use the opportunity to clean the interior including closets, cupboards, and pantry and take everything out of the RV that won’t be needed on the trip. Don’t forget the outside storage compartments.
√ Pack backward. What you load first in the RV should be what you will use last or least. So you can get to them easily, things you’ll need while en route, like snacks, games, maps and other trip aids, should get packed last.
√ Snacks for the road. Munching is a typical activity on RV road trips, but try to keep it healthy! Before you leave on a camping trip, set out bowls of raisins, granola and various nuts and let each person fill a bag.
√ Watch your weight. Be aware of your GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), your GVCR (Gross Vehicle Combination Rating), NCC (Net Carrying Capacity), etc. Realize that what your unit can carry is limited.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Corps of Engineers parks are RVer favorites
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Rivian Truck Camp Kitchen. As he reports, “The idea behind Rivian’s camper isn’t to be an RV, per se, but does pay homage to all the overlanders out there who put a rooftop tent on their four-wheel-drive vehicles and go places that you can’t find on your AAA paper maps.” He adds, “I think this is a beautifully packaged kitchen.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB with office? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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The best way to level a fifth wheel? Make it levitate!
“Ah, look at that, Honey. We’re level!” Do you think these fifth wheel owners had a hard or easy time backing their rig into their spot for the night? We can’t quite decide. Either way, there’s zero tire wear, they’ll have the perfect opportunity to rotate those tires and, hey, they’re completely level. Betcha won’t see such a unique parking job again!
Yesterday’s featured article: Motorhome sideswipes truck. Video captures it all. Ugly! (If the link didn’t work for you yesterday, we apologize. Please try it again today.)
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Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Listen to this week’s RV Travel Podcast. It’s a good one!
Run your RV air conditioner with only a small portable generator. Yes, it’s true! Stay cool this summer!
Have you considered buying a truck camper? Maybe you should… Here’s why.
Website of the day
The 41 American Barbecue Joints You Need to Try Right Now
It’s BBQ season, and instead of doing it all yourself stop by one of these mouthwatering 41 BBQ spots across the country. No way you’ll regret it!
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Two guides to free campgrounds will save you $$$
Discover thousands of designated camping areas in the West and in America’s Heartland — real places, not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various agencies — federal, state, local, etc. Learn more about West edition or Heartland edition.
Recipe of the Day
Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cappuccino Cookies
by Becky Hudgins from Joshua, TX
Coffee flavor enhances the chocolate in these fantastic chocolate chip cookies. No ordinary chocolate chip cookie here. You taste the cappuccino but it’s not overbearing. These are crisp but chewy at the same time. As you take a bite, you get a crunch but the center is nice and chewy. Coffee lovers should give these a try.
It’s National Chocolate Day, and these will certainly hit the spot! Get the recipe.
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Parm Crusted Chicken My Way
America’s first president, George Washington, instructed on his death bed that he not be buried for three days over fear of being buried alive.
*”Amazon.com’s warehouses cover an area about __ percent the size of Manhattan.” What’s that percentage? A.) 32 percent; B.) 60 percent; or C.) 87 percent. Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Cian hikes trails from New Mexico to Maine, from Texas to Wyoming. Cian has visited more National Parks and State Parks than most humans. 15 years old and still going!” —Lucy Condon
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!
The handiest lights you’ll ever have
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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