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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Waffle Day!
On this day in history: 1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States nonstop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
Tip of the Day
Beware bungee cords!
Sharon Baron (a lonnnnnngtime RVtravel.com reader) posts this thought for your consideration: “I am a nurse. I have a patient who lost the sight of his eye…. almost lost the entire globe if it were not for the fast-reacting doctors at a specialized eye facility. This injury was not for a standard hospital ER. The injury was from a snap to the eye from a bungee cord. The injury destroyed his cornea and damaged his retina. So far he’s had five surgeries from the damage. I, too, have almost had a disaster from a snapping bungee cord to the eye. I was SO lucky. My professional recommendation is to USE ONLY STRAPS. There are many wonderful adjustable straps you can get with various lengths. Harbor Freight has a good variety of sizes and colors. DON’T USE BUNGEE CORDS. SAVE YOUR EYES!!”
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Duct Tape: The incredible universal fixer and 16 ways to use it
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the 2022 Cherokee 274BRB Bunkhouse Travel Trailer. Tony writes, “This is a larger bunk model travel trailer with a single road-side super slide. The trailer may seem pretty self-evident at first but, as they say in late-night television: Wait, there’s more….”
Did you read Tony’s preview yesterday of The Boulder™ from Colorado Teardrop Campers? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Darlene Getchel of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and Betty Studzinski of Georgetown, Texas.
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.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club, a one-stop go-to online resource for RV enthusiasts. He is also the owner of Passport Media Creations, which has developed several RV dealer and safety training programs.
In Dave’s column Monday-Saturday he’ll address a reader’s technical question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!
Our RV’s toilet won’t hold water – Help!
“2021 Puma destination camper. Toilet doesn’t hold water. Can’t soak to clean, or have water in it so when you do #2, it flushes easier. I cleaned around the seal after we got it and it started to hold water. Now it’s not again. I can hear the water going into the black tank. We got the Puma in June this year.” —Kathy
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered a question about Plugging in your RV at home
Travel photos should include location information
If you take a photo with your smartphone, it can include the location where the photo was taken – IF you have your settings set correctly. It’s super easy! Find out how here.
Yesterday’s featured article: Funny camping photos and memes of the week
How often do you wear a hat?
Two for one! Gentlemen, there’s a poll for you. Ladies, there’s a poll for you too! Click here.
Mystery holding tank smells?
Got a stinky RV and can’t seem to locate the responsible party? Sometimes the “air admittance valve” that prevents a vacuum from forming when you run water down the sink or shower stall quits working and allows gray water tank smells to come back into the coach. Look for these little valves under your sink. They’re a cheap replacement item from hardware stores like Home Depot or on Amazon. As you can see from the picture, they simply unscrew from the plumbing system with a standard “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” twist.
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We are SO guilty of buying so many of these mystery products for ourselves. This one is very neat… and yes, we bought one for ourselves.
Website of the day
Camp In South Dakota
Whether you’re in South Dakota to admire the beautiful Badlands, watch some adorable prairie dogs, or experience the giant jackalope at Wall Drug, this website will help you find the best place to camp.
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:
• 20 percent say they never get headaches and can’t remember the last time they had one
• 40 percent love to dance!
• 35 percent have a current fishing license
Recent poll: About how old are the tires on your RV?
Recipe of the Day
Who knew you can make fresh peaches even better by grilling them? These grilled peaches are simple to make, yummy, and just taste of summer. The marinade smells strong because of the bourbon, but in the end, they do not have a strong alcohol flavor. In fact, once they are grilled, the flavor is hardly noticeable. The bourbon just adds that little something to the peaches. Using a grill pan helps with the caramelization of the peaches and prevents them from falling through the grill grates. In the end, the peaches are sticky and sweet. We could eat them straight off the grill.
Have you ever had grilled peaches? If not, you’ve gotta try them! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s yummy recipe: Outrageous Cuban Sandwich with Mojo Sauce
NEW! ETSY PRODUCT
Handy ladder mount drying rack
Air dry up to 250 pounds of sandy towels or washed clothes with this wooden drying rack. Just hang on the ladder and it’s good to go, no hardware necessary. This Amish-made rack fits into a 30″ x 6″ x 6″ space when folded and expands up to 16′ of space when fully opened. Wall mount option available. Learn more.
Ready to take a trip to the beautiful Philippines? Can you set aside 21 years to do so? The Philippines is made up of so many islands that if you just spend one day on each island it would take you nearly 21 years to visit them all. Now that’s what you call island life!
*What was the first TV show to ever show a toilet? When was the first toilet flush heard on TV? Take a guess then see yesterday’s trivia to learn the answer.
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Hi, everyone. My name is Buddy. I just turned 9. I am a Brindle Greyhound. I love camping! I also love my new antler bone from Uncle Dale.” —Elaine Gallosky
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!
Pet owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!
Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource!
Groove gap cleaning tool keeps bugs, dirt and grime out of windows and doors
This small, handheld groove gap cleaner cleans windows, sliding doors, shower door tracks, oven and sink gaps and more. This two-part gadget has a scraper, for scraping up debris and dirt, and a brush, for brushing it away! The elevated handle has finger grips for an easy hold. If it gets dirty, wash it with soap and water and it’s just like new. Learn more or order.
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