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“Try to find pleasure in the speed that you’re not used to. Changing the way you do routine things allows a new person to grow inside of you. But when all is said and done, you’re the one who must decide how you handle it.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is U.S. Bowling League Day!
On this day in history: 1944 – Holocaust: Diarist Anne Frank and her family are placed on the last transport train from the Westerbork transit camp to the Auschwitz concentration camp, arriving three days later.
Tip of the Day
Skip the repair shop – Do it yourself with a “how-to” notebook
By Nanci Dixon
We bought a new RV with more bells and whistles, electronics and do-dads in it than our previous landlocked home had. In the past, if I couldn’t find the info I needed in the RV manuals, I called the manufacturer’s service center (and often). They have patiently walked me through each issue, step by step. I realized that I was getting more information from the service folks than was online or written in the manuals, so I started my own “how-to” repair notebook. It’s become a lifesaver. Continue reading.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: A spot for a spare fuse could brighten your day
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel writes a Feature Review: Which RV has the best mobile office? Tony says the Sunlight RV “… repositions the mobile vacation home into a mobile office. The cornerstone of this is a foldable table/desk that is equipped with a computer monitor as well as charging options for smartphones and such.” If you think this sounds neat, it’s because it is! Check it out.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the CrossRoads Redwood RW3951WB Fifth Wheel? 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, September 3, 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 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.
We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Travel 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 addresses a reader’s technical question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!
Can we stabilize the steps so the trailer doesn’t rock?
We recently purchased a 2014 Dutchmen Denali 30-foot travel trailer. The main door in and out of the trailer is located at the back of the trailer. Whenever we exit, the trailer rocks a lot – like we don’t have stabilizers. They are the original 3 steps attached to the underside of the trailer. …
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why is a fan blowing air around inside the AC?
How to get rid of “the corner of death” in your RV
We saw this posted in the Facebook group RV Tips and couldn’t help but giggle. We know everyone has at least one “corner of death” in their RV. How many times have you bumped your head on yours? Read what Mandy Roberson-Slayback posted here (our article) and get ideas on how you can get rid of your own “corner of death!”
Yesterday’s featured article: Oh, the horror! Sewer tank overflows while RVer is away
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Keep insects out of your RV
From reader Mike Palmer: “While RVing, our RV got inundated with large black ants. Upon inspecting just HOW they were getting in, I found I was the culprit! I made it easy for them by creating ‘highways’ to the RV. The water hose, TV cable, and power cable all became expressways to the RV by allowing these crawly guys a direct path to us. I got some dry chemical, Triazicide, and buried the hose and cables in it. I also got some Ortho Home Defense spray for the cables. This kills them on contact. Great for ant nests. So, FYI, do not help them get in. Be prepared! —Thanks Mike!
[Editor: Ortho Home Defense spray and Triazicide are available at Amazon.com.]
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This, this, this… We can’t even formulate our words. This changes everything in the kitchen!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Mark Pullmann
“I have always liked the smaller RVs. I had a Winnebago Rialta. It was the perfect size but the Volkswagen drivetrain was getting unreliable, parts were hard to find and you couldn’t find anyone to work on them. I bought a Rialta that had a blown head gasket. Then we chopped off the VW cab where it was mated with the chassis at the factory. We then bought a 2019 Ford Explorer that had rear-end damage. We cut off the damage and mated it to the Winnebago Chassis.
RV sticker-mania gone wild (and win a prize)
Here’s a challenge. Find an RV with more stickers than the one posted here — or at least a LOT of stickers — take a photo and send it to us. We’ll send a $50 Amazon gift certificate to the person who submits the photo showing the most stickers! See the super-stickered RV and learn about the contest.
Run your RV A/C with only normal household power. It’s now possible!
Website of the day
Need someone to assemble furniture for you? Go grocery shopping for you? Stand in line for you? Clean your bathroom for you? TaskRabbit does it all! Hire a local “Tasker” to get your job done.
This is so funny!
If we saw someone with this in their car’s or RV’s cigarette lighter, we’d want to be their friend – it’s hilarious! This “FIRE MISSILES” cigarette lighter cover fits into all 12-volt vehicle accessory lighter sockets. It’s just designed for show, but it’ll give anyone in your vehicle a good laugh. Learn more or order. (This would make a great gift for someone with a sense of humor!)
Clubs and useful organizations
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Recipe of the Day
If you’re looking to incorporate more fish into your diet, add this baked cod to your menu. The batter is light and crisps up in the oven. Paprika adds a touch of color and flavor to the fish. Once baked, the cod is perfectly flaky. Just make sure to shake the excess flour off the cod before baking so the coating does not end up soggy.
Oh my cod this sounds delicious! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
If you buy a new leather purse that says “Genuine Leather,” are you getting real, high-quality leather? Nope! “Genuine Leather” isn’t reassuring you that the item is in fact genuine leather, but that it’s a distinct grade of leather (that happens to be almost the worst quality of leather!). If the bag you’ve been eyeing is marked “Genuine Leather” you might want to think about a new bag…
*How long does it take to set up the red carpet at the Oscars?
A.) 3 man-hours B.) 40 man-hours C.) 900 man-hours. The answer is in yesterday’s trivia.
Keep your rubber roof clean!
Camco’s Pro-Strength Rubber Roof Cleaner and Conditioner is a one-step treatment that removes black streaks, oxidation and road film buildup on your rubber roof and helps protect it from further damage. The specially formulated blend of surfactants and conditioners deep cleans and conditions, helping extend the roof’s life. Learn more or order at a great price.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is my Pomeranian, Sophie. I got her right after I got my camper. She is used to camping.” —Vicky Eubanks
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
What did the police officer say to his belly?
You’re under a vest!!!
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