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“Live all you can: it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t matter what you do in particular, so long as you have had your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had?” ―
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On this day in history: 1916 – The United States National Park Service is created.
Tip of the Day
Mr. and Mrs. RVer happily start out on a trip they’ve planned for months. The rig is packed, fueled up, and ready to hit the highway. As the excited couple merges into traffic, it happens. A guy in a beat-up SUV honks and gestures angrily at the RVers as he passes them. Then, the SUV abruptly pulls in front of the RVer’s Class B. He stomps on his brakes and slows to a crawl right in front of the would-be vacationers.
And so, it begins… Mr. RVer has two choices. If he decides to ignore the road rage, the trip may continue as planned. However, if Mr. RVer decides to return the SUV guy’s honks along with some hand gestures of his own, this trip could take an unplanned detour.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Beware bungee cords!
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new features of the 2022 Jayco Eagle 321RSTS. Tony opens today’s review with, “I’m like the Paul Revere of RVs except without a horse or fame or our new country being potentially taken over. But instead of what Revere is credited with saying, I’m clacking away on my keyboard here with “The 2022s are coming! The 2022s are coming!” Here’s one of those 2022s.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Cherokee 274BRB Bunkhouse Travel Trailer? 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!
What’s the best water purification system for my RV?
“I will be traveling in a brand-new 24′ Class C Conquest RV with a 48-gallon freshwater tank. I would like a water purification system that has at least a garden hose input attachment for filling. Every time I go out, I want to rinse out then fill up the freshwater tank from home. I plan on being out for 6 months, come home, and camp locally during the summer months. … Can you recommend a system to use and what all I’ll need to implement it?” —Randall
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he discussed this reader’s problem: Our RV’s toilet won’t hold water – Help!
Readers speak out: “The RV Life” – a poem by Janet Jackson
One of our readers, Janet Jackson, handwrote this poem and mailed it to us from Lincoln, Illinois. We’ve typed it up for you to read. Click here to read this delightful poem.
Yesterday’s featured article: Travel photos should include location information
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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.
Sta-Bil Rust Stopper stops rust and corrosion
Of the many gremlins that attack your RV, like mold, mildew, leaks and black streaks, rust is the gremlin that will attack your hand tools, spare parts, door hinges and other vulnerable metal surfaces and moving parts over time. STA-BIL® Rust Stopper prevents rust and corrosion by protecting metal surfaces with a long-lasting barrier while lubricating parts and tools to stop squeaks and sticking. Learn more in this article.
A simple reminder which just may save your RV roof (and more)
Don’t bang your [RV’s] head: Make an easy-to-read note and put it on your dashboard or sun visor showing your RV height in feet and inches – and in metric too, if you travel out of the country. It could save your TV antenna, air conditioner – even your roof. Thanks to George Bliss for the tip. [Related: Aug. 19, 2021, Newark, DE – Newark man, 80, cited after crashing RV into underpass. Source: newarkpostonline.com.]
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Tom Edwards
2016 Coachmen Chaparral 361IBL 5th wheel
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OK, this is way too gosh darn barkin’ cute. No impastas here. This is the real doggone deal!
Website of the day
Preventing ticks on your pets
This page on the CDC’s website hosts a ton of information about keeping ticks off your pets. If you have a dog or cat who spends time outside, memorize this information!
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 21
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Run your RV A/C with only normal household power.
It’s now possible!
Recipe of the Day
Since the chicken is cooked in a slow cooker, this is basically a dump-and-go dinner. Perfect for summertime when you don’t want to heat the kitchen by turning on the stove. The chicken soaks up the flavor of the BBQ sauce and is super tender. Setting up a mini salad bar is perfect so everyone can customize their salad. A very versatile recipe that can be thrown together with what vegetables you have. This simple salad reminded us of a lazy summer day.
This sounds delicious and refreshing! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s yummy recipe: Drunken Grilled Peaches
Ever wonder why it’s called Looney Tunes and not Looney Toons? The show was created to promote Warner Brother’s music catalog back in the 1930s. The tunes were the most important part!
*If you were to take a trip to the Philippines in hopes of visiting all their islands, how long would you be gone? Hint: You’d need an extremely large suitcase. Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our black lab, BEAR, is more our kid than our dog. He goes everywhere we go. He loves camping. He is obsessed with chasing the ball.” —Rick Bays
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!
Roll-up drying rack saves precious kitchen space
It’s almost like this was designed for RVs! This roll-up stainless steel drying rack rolls out right over the top of your sink. No more taking up room on the countertop with a bulky drying rack. This is brilliant! When you’re not using it as a drying rack, it can also be used as a colander to wash fruit and veggies, or as a non-slip trivet mat for hot pots and pans. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
Make me one with everything.
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