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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
On this day in history: 1916 – Ernest Shackleton completes the rescue of all of his men stranded on Elephant Island in Antarctica. (There’s a wonderful book about this incredible story.)
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Tip of the Day
Campground neighbors too close? Create privacy with a DIY screen
By Nanci Dixon
This week I came across an RV decked out with a portable DIY privacy screen, lights, and a decorated patio. It goes way beyond a mat and a lawn chair at your average campsite!
The owner had just sold her house, bought a trailer, went full-time and brought her plants with her. She has created a private spot that not only offers privacy but also makes the site her very own. The screen is laced with artificial vines (find these here) and folds flat for easy storage in a bay. The other plants are all real and ride safely in the trailer during transport.
Decorate your site with a DIY privacy screen, add lights, plants and a patio mat to create your own unique space.
Read more and see photos of this amazing setup. You’ll want to create one for yourself!
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Newmar New Aire 3543 Class A Diesel Pusher. The full paint and interior of this rig are exquisite, but is it worth owning a diesel pusher for? See what Tony thinks in today’s review.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Last week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Ruth Ann Foore of Toledo, Ohio, David Needham of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Greg Allen of Pasco, Washington.
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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 addresses a reader’s technical question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!
LP stove and oven won’t light. Why not?
I have a problem with the oven and top burners in my Imagine travel trailer. Neither will light, either by sparker switch or manually by use of a lighter. No gas is reaching the oven pilot either. All other gas appliances are normal and work fine. Could there be a valve behind the stove in-line blocking the gas supply? —Leon
Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: All our lights keep going out, but our appliances work! What gives?
RVelectricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
with Mike Sokol
Emergency generator CO poisoning reminder
Just in the last few days I’ve received a ton of emails about how to connect a portable generator to your bricks-and-sticks house during a power outage. Of course, this is due to Hurricane Ida, which will have struck in full force by the time you read this on Monday.
While I’ve been covering all the electrical issues surrounding powering your house with a portable generator, CarGenerator, your RV’s built-in generator, or even a Ford F-150 PowerBoost’s generator, this JAM session will be about the dangers of CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning due to running ANY generator nearby or even inside of your house. Continue reading this important reminder.
All bottled up! A hilarious story of an RVing newbie…
Steve Korsvall posted this hilarious story on our RV Advice Facebook page. We’re sure you’ll chuckle as much as we did. Here’s what he wrote: “We were jetting out the holding tanks of a 5th wheel of a guy that just got this RV six months earlier. He complained it was compacted. Well, in cleaning it, all of a sudden a 6 oz. bottle comes out with the cap still on it….” Read the rest of the story.
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OK, these seem a little silly, but every. single. time we see someone in one it just makes us want one! What do you think?
Prevent wear between king pin plate and fifth wheel plate
This tip comes to us from George Bliss, long-time RVer and professional RV transporter. For 5th wheel trailer owners, you should grease your fifth wheel plate before hooking up your trailer, or use some type of plastic disc to prevent wear between your king pin plate and the fifth wheel plate. Sometimes the commercial discs are just thick enough that your king pin won’t lock into the fifth wheel plate. You have two options. One, go without a disc and grease the fifth wheel plate. That can be messy and the grease will attract dust and dirt that will cause wear on both surfaces. The option that works really great is to take a thin sheet of plastic and cut out a disc to fit your needs. What I use is a chunk of Crazy Carpet (aka roll-up sleds) that kids use to slide on in the snow. Crazy Carpets are available on Amazon and you can make several discs from one carpet. —What a slick idea! Thanks, George!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Steve Hart
2016 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8244WS fifth wheel
“Perfect length (26’9″) for most National Park and Forest Service campsites. Lightweight enough (8645#) to tow with an HD-payload, max-tow 1/2-ton truck. Sufficiently large tanks to boondock for 3-4 days. Good living area/bedroom separation to allow individual TV viewing/privacy. Comfortable enough for several months of travel or snowbirding for a couple (without children).”
Website of the day
10 Legendary Road Trips to take in North Dakota
The least visited Dakota still has so much to offer. You can take an expert-led paleontology fossil dig (how fun is that?!) or go on an ice-fishing excursion. Check out this list then plan your trip!
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 22
“Phantom reservations” … the damage they do, and some workarounds you can try, this week on the RVtravel.com podcast. Brought to you by Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.com, Campgroundviews.com, RVTravel’s Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.
Listen to a 20-second clip of the episode.
Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here.
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Recipe of the Day
These brownies are a s’mores lover’s dream! This is rich and gooey and has all the flavor of a s’more – just in brownie form. Putting graham crackers on the bottom adds the flavor of the crackers. The warm gooey brownie in the center combines perfectly with the melted marshmallows. This super-rich and easy dessert reminds us of summer, bonfires, and camping.
Are you drooling? We’re DEFINITELY drooling. It’s National Toasted Marshmallow Day, but these will do just fine to celebrate! Get the recipe.
Reusable Bamboo paper towels – good for the environment and wallet!
At first glance, you’d have no idea these weren’t regular paper towels! But these “paper” towels are made from bamboo and are 100% reusable. They’re unbleached and chlorine-free with no added dyes or fragrances. One roll will replace almost 85 rolls of regular paper towels! Buy a two-pack for a great price and save money for months (even years!) to come.
Wondering why eating chicken noodle soup actually does make you feel better when you’re sick? Science says it really does relieve symptoms, especially those of the common cold. There’s a whole description of why here (but it’s in pretty intense medical terms – good luck!)
Introducing our new Pet Vet, Dr. Karel Carnohan! Read Dr. Karel’s first column and ask her a question about your pet here.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Thelma and Louise are rescues and were never tamed so live in their cage. We get them outside when able. Seem to enjoy traveling with us. Thelma has an in-your-face voice and Louise a softer chirp.” —Cheryl Lumley
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!
Camping activity and puzzle book perfect for summer fun
Even though this activity and puzzle book is meant for children, we bet you’ll have fun with it too. All the puzzles are camping-themed. It’s perfect to bring along in the RV to have fun around the campfire or at the picnic table (or maybe inside on a rainy day). Inside you’ll find word searches, mazes, scavenger hunts, animal tracks, hidden pictures, word scrambles, hiking logs and much more! Learn more or order.
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What’s the difference between a literalist and a kleptomaniac?
A literalist takes things literally.
A kleptomaniac takes things, literally.
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