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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chili Dog Day!
On this day in history: 1958 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Tip of the Day
Use a Ford Taurus (and other things) to tenderize steaks (really!)
By Gail Marsh
Yum! Is there anything better than a juicy, tender, grilled steak? Every time I see a Ford Taurus I think about eating a steak so-tender-it-melts-in-your-mouth! (By the way, the Taurus is no longer in production. However, it was a wildly popular car in the ’80s. In fact, the Ford Taurus was named the 1986 Motor Trend Car of the Year.)
Yes, we’re still talking about steak here! The reason I connect the Taurus with tenderizing steak is because my neighbor, Karen, used her car to make the most tender, mouth-watering steaks I’ve ever eaten. No kidding! This is what she’d do…
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Why does RV’s engine battery keep dying in campground?
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Flagstaff Super Lite 524BBS. As he reports, “With the huge amount of cabinets in this rig I could see this actually serving a lot of people. But the overall length is such that it would be manageable in a lot of smaller RV parks and state campgrounds.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Keystone Cougar “Half-Ton” 32BHS Fifth Wheel? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Every Monday through Saturday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs. Today, we hear from readers Sarah Miller and Lisa Adcox. Click here.
Is this your RV?
If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific time today, July 29, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Tom Westerfield of Box Elder, South Dakota.
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.
Pipe thread tape: Use the right color, the right way
When plumbing water or gas lines, many RVers use thread seal tape, or “Teflon tape” as it’s commonly called. … Since it comes on a spool, it’s easy to wind around pipe threads, not only to seal them against leakage but also, since the stuff acts like a lubricant, it makes it easier to tighten up the connection. Russ and Tiña De Maris talk about the different kinds of thread tape and when to use them here.
Yesterday’s featured article: The importance of a good RV water filter
Are you a member of AARP?
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Easy LP “leak down” test
Not sure if you may have a leak in your towable RV LP system? Here’s a simple, inexpensive way to ensure you don’t. With your LP cylinder valves open (and gas in at least one of them), shut off all appliances and pilot lights. Now shut off the valves of your LP cylinders. If you come back in an hour and the “flag” that shows your LP has run out indicates you’re out of LP, you’ve got a leak somewhere. Leave the gas valves shut and find that leak – and fix it without delay.
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O.M.G. Every, and we mean EVERY, RVer needs one of these! We wish we had thought of this! Brilliant!
Website of the day
Awesome Farms and Ranches You Can Visit in Each State
Who can turn down petting a baby goat, buying some fresh cheese and veggies, or learning about sustainable farming? Not us! Check out this list from Travel Pulse with the best farms in each state.
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 17
The RV Geeks solve your problems, and host Scott Linden has industry news on a new Airstream Class B, and total RV sales for the year to date. The RVtravel.com podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters and TearDropShop.com.
Need a step up?
Car or truck roof too hard to reach? Designed to fit over almost any tire, the TireStep allows you to reach three important areas of your truck or SUV: the engine compartment, the roof, and the bed. For fifth wheel owners, the TireStep may be the helper you’ve been wanting for a long time and just didn’t know it. Reaching over the truck bed using the TireStep is not a problem while hitching or unhitching your rig. Learn more here.
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• For couples who quarantined together during the first part of the lockdown, 20 percent say they’re doing better in their relationship than they were pre-pandemic. Wow!
• 16 percent have more than four email addresses that they use on a regular basis.
• When the pandemic “ends,” 36 percent say they will continue to avoid shaking hands.
Recipe of the Day
Chili Dog In A Log!
by Colleen Sowa from La Crosse, WI
These reminded us of something you’d find at a county fair with all the fried food deliciousness. Imagine biting into a melted chili cheese dog fried in a crunchy egg roll wrapper and you have this tasty snack. Fry these up for the big game, sit down and watch them disappear. We suggest serving with extra chili and a bit of mustard for dipping. These are awesome!
Hot diggity dog these sound good! Get the recipe.
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Cilantro Pesto Chicken Pizza
Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller and costs about $10. Learn more or order.
Not to be too intrusive here, but how many times a day do you pee? The average person pees about six times per day. Where do you fall? (Tip: If you’re not going to the bathroom that often, perhaps go pour yourself a glass of water…)
*Who gets the most searches per month?
Amazon, Google or Walmart? Yesterday’s trivia tells ya!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Mitzie is a 3-year-old dachshund mix. She won’t tell us her other half! She enjoys RVing and likes her doggie window.” —Ivan Read
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!
Make sure your pets are safe in an emergency. This Pet Alert sticker, wallet card and keychain will inform first responders if you have a pet at home or inside during an emergency. All pet owners need this.
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