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“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cherry Popsicle Day!
On this day in history: 1791 – John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
Tip of the Day
Moisture under bed mattress not good. A solution!
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
When you think of mods and upgrades, you may think “big” or “techy.” Well, here’s one that’s less dramatic in approach, but could give you real comfort, particularly if you’re a winter RVer.
We RVers sometimes suffer an obnoxious – and health-hazardous – problem: water condensation under the bed mattress. Most often the problem crops up when the temperature under the mattress is colder than the surrounding room air, so cab-over camper owners and fifth-wheeler folks may be especially plagued with the problem, but others have reported it, too. A wet mattress can lead to mold and mildew – yuck! What’s the fix? Continue reading for a couple of easy fixes.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Road rage and RVing: Don’t be a roarin’ rager!
DID YOU MISS THESE RECENT ARTICLES?
• RV in for service stolen from Camping World. Customers left hanging.
• Are “phantom” campers stealing your campsite?
• The case for owning a king-sized RV.
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Grand Design Imagine XLS 22MLE. In this special review, Tony not only looks at the Imagine XLS 22MLE, but he also tells you what goes into writing these reviews and why he does things the way he does. You’ll want to read this one.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Jayco Eagle 321RSTS? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, 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, August, 26, 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 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!
Why does water leak into camper from TV antenna?
On the crank for the TV antenna inside the camper, it leaks every so often. Does it need some caulking on the roof? Or am I tightening it too tight on the inside? Thanks. —Tom
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: What’s the best water purification system for my RV?
6 books to read during the pandemic to really freak yourself out
Sure, many of us are still staying busy during these scary coronavirus times. Many of us are still working, or doing all those projects around the house or RV that we’ve been saying we’ll get to. But many of us may still be feeling pretty isolated and bored, too, and that’s where reading comes into play. Here’s a list of books to freak you out during this ongoing pandemic, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Yesterday’s featured article: Readers speak out: “The RV Life” – a poem by Janet Jackson
If you had the opportunity to go into outer space, would you?
Blast off! Tell us here.
A video tip about dumping your holding tanks
RV technician Chris Dougherty has a 40-second tip about a device that will help make dumping your holding tanks more efficient. The two devices Chris mentions are available at most RV supply stores and at Amazon: Straight. Curved.
Website of the day
We have outer space on our minds today, but we think you’ll find this website pretty neat too. On it, you’ll find news and information about the weather in outer space. It’s a fun website to explore.
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 21
Avoid low bridges and the embarrassment they can bring – with your cell phone … if you know how to use it. The RVtravel.com podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters and TearDropShop.com.
Listen to a 20-second clip of the episode.
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These are so cute! There’s no way you won’t sprout joy when you see one in action!
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:
• 47 percent of people say they enjoy hugging others
• 24 percent have ridden a bicycle within the last week
• 89 percent only speak one language (their native language)
Recipe of the Day
The title of this steak recipe is correct – the skirt steak is awesome. Between the steak and tomato mixture, these flavors make your taste buds come alive. The coffee rub is interesting and a really nice mix of flavors. It leans towards Southwest flavors and leaves a nice, thick crust on the outside of the meat after the cooking process. It’s easy to prepare – just make sure to use a pan that can go into the oven. The tomato mixture is acidic and spicy all at the same time. It’s a wonderful addition to the meat.
We’re drooling! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s yummy recipe: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
Have you ever noticed that Converse (you may know the popular shoes as Chuck Taylors) have a thin layer of felt on their soles? This tiny piece of felt legally classifies them as slippers, which saves the company more than 33 percent on import tariffs. Next time you see someone wearing Converse, tell them to take off their slippers!
*Why is it called Looney Tunes and not Looney Toons? We told you in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Harley is our 10-year-old Weimaraner and Sofia is our 2-year-old Westie Poo.” —Gary Holtzman
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!
Leave here with a laugh
This poor child eats an onion thinking it’s an apple. Now this is what you call a good sport!
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