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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Blueberry Popsicle Day!
On this day in history: 1912 – Arthur Rose Eldred is awarded the first Eagle Scout award of the Boy Scouts of America.
Tip of the Day
A spot for a spare fuse could brighten your day
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
We had a peculiar problem come up. It was after nightfall and we were preparing to make a foray to the Land of Nod, and the wife had already shuffled off to the bedroom. I was busy brushing my teeth when I got one of those “Honey, something’s wrong here” shout-outs. “The light just went out here in the bedroom.” One more thing to do with my spare time. Happily a spare fuse helped in the end. Continue reading.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: 18 things to know about avoiding collisions with an animal while driving
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new CrossRoads Redwood RW3951WB Fifth Wheel. This fifth wheel has won awards for its design, so what makes it so special? Find out in today’s review.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Northstar Campers 600SS Pickup Camper for midsize trucks? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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.
We bet those one-million people in Louisiana without power wish they had a car generator to power to their home. For one, they could keep the food fresh in their fridges.
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!
Why is a fan blowing air around inside the AC?
Regarding air conditioners on most RVs with a six-blade fan: The fan is set about halfway into the shroud. When it’s running, I feel air blowing out the side of my unit near the rear of the inlet slots. It seems wasteful to be blowing air around the inside of the AC instead of through the condenser. Shouldn’t most of the blade be located past the shroud? —Michael
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Is it necessary to level a travel trailer?
Oh, the horror! Sewer tank overflows while RVer is away
Here’s proof you need to pay attention when you are dumping your holding tank, or in this case flushing it. If you don’t … well, this can happen. Be warned, the photos are pretty darn disgusting! But it is worth reading this and seeing the pics for a reminder, so you never do this.
Yesterday’s featured article: Products we tested – and which later failed
Did you choose your RV, at least in part, to accommodate a pet?
Be honest, your pet will understand. Answer here.
Safe following distance driving tip
Reader Myron B. commented on a reader suggestion about gauging safe following distance by using a vehicle length for every 10 mph of speed. Like some readers, Myron finds it hard to gauge a vehicle length: “Tractor trailer or Smart car?” He uses a landmark the vehicle ahead is passing, then counts the seconds until he reaches the same spot. “The usual count is four seconds,” writes Myron. “When I drive my motorhome, I increase that time to six or seven seconds because of the extra weight I’m carrying and the distance I want between me and the next guy.” Thanks, Myron!
Website of the day
15 Fascinating National Monuments Everyone Should Visit At Least Once In Their Lives
These National Monuments are incredible. Maybe you didn’t even know some of these are National Monuments! Check out this list and see how many you’ve been to.
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 22
Beat the bad guys of tech at their own game, 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.
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:
• 84 percent say they usually buy their RV fuel based on price, not brand
• 22 percent eat at a fast food restaurant at least once a week, if not more
• 50 percent say they’d love to RV around Iceland if they had the chance!
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We’re not lying when we tell you we just purchased this for ourselves. It’s brilliant, we tell you!
Recipe of the Day
The aroma of this chicken soup while cooking makes you practically giddy to fill up your bowl and give it a try! It’s creamy and filled with Southwest flavor. Easy to make, this is guaranteed to warm ya up.
The nights are getting chillier, and this sounds like something we’d like for dinner! Get the recipe here.
See yesterday’s recipe: Yam Biscuits
You’ve watched the Oscars, right? You know that long, beautiful red carpet they put out? Well, that red carpet takes 18 people about 900 man-hours to put out. Wooooow.
*If cash money seen on TV or in a movie isn’t real, but it’s not counterfeit either… what is it? We told you about it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Both of our fur babies are Hungarian Vizslas and we adore our ‘Velcro’ dogs. Bella is 12 years and Graham will be 2 years in May.” —Michelle Gottfred
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!
Roadside Emergency Assistant Kit – Every RVer must have one!
This 110-piece Roadside Emergency Assistance Kit should be a requirement for all RVers to have. The kit is for cars and RVs, so you’ll always be safe. The kit includes a 64-piece First Aid Kit, Heavy Duty Jumper Cables, Heavy Duty Tow Strap, Emergency Blanket, 11-In-1 Multi-Tool, Flash Light, Bungee cords, Magnesium Fire Starter, Roadside Warning Sign, Roadside Emergency Tools and much more. Learn more or order (seriously!).
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