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“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Teddy Bear Day!
On this day in history: 1972 – In Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, a Cave Research Foundation exploration and mapping team discovers a link between the Mammoth and Flint Ridge cave systems, making it the longest known cave passageway in the world.
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Tip of the Day
This is a gadget every dumpin’ RVer needs
By Nanci Dixon
I am the designated holding tank flusher and I am constantly working at creating a nice gradual downhill slope for the sewer hose. As we all know, *beep* doesn’t run uphill.
We camp in a number of parks that do not have even ground between the RV and the sewer connection. Even with the standard plastic slinky I end up putting down jack blocks, boards, in an attempt to stretch the hose straight or prevent it from dropping down when dumping.
Enter my new favorite sewer hose support. I found it at a big box hardware store when looking for Grandpa Gus’ mouse repellent (different story) and decided it was worth a try.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: 17 useful ways to use Velcro inside and outside your RV
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Cherokee Wolf Pup 16BHS Black Label. As he reports, “Considering the price of this camper, you really do get a lot of value. There are also some really nice features like the MAXXAIR fan and that really, really fancy shower head. Overall, I can see why Cherokee sells so many of these trailers, especially in the more pedestrian model (as opposed to the fancier Black Label edition). There’s a lot of value here.” Learn more and peek inside.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the updates on the 2022 Keystone Cougar 22MLS? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Did you evacuate your home with your RV because of wildfires or Hurricane Ida? Please tell us about your experience in 250 words or less. We’d like to share some with other readers. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org – attach a few pics if you have any.
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 9, 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 card: Claire Dial of Modesto, California, and Theresa Howell of Rose City, Michigan.
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. Monday-Saturday he answers your technical questions.
How can I repair a leaking PEX water line?
What is the best and easiest way to repair a leaking water line made of PEX? And can I buy those fittings at a local hardware store? —Herb
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does RV’s gas range only work intermittently?
Take a look inside this incredible retro RV!
We’ll bet you a brand-new Airstream that you’ve never seen anything as neat as this before! Arno van der Naald (in Belgium) posted these photos of his RV on the We love Old Campers and Motorhomes Facebook page. He writes, “Here [is] an impression of my ’71 Van Hool. It used to be a city bus in Brussels, Belgium. Built it 5 years ago.” He explains to a commenter that it does indeed run and drive. So cool! [I’m ready for a butterscotch malt, too thick to slurp through the straw! —Diane]
Yesterday’s featured article: RV crime video: A look back at the great L.A. motorhome chase
What are your top reasons for stopping at rest areas?
There could be many reasons, but tell us your’s here.
High altitude generator tip
When operating your generator at altitudes above 5,000 feet, it may be necessary to make an adjustment to the automatic choke on the generator engine. Learn how to do this before you need to do it. —From Trailers and Fifth Wheels Made Easy.
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We LOVE a product with more than one use. This could be your living room’s solemate…
Website of the day
9 U.S. National Parks That Are Better in Fall
National Parks are gorgeous any time of year (no one can argue with that!). But here are 9 parks that are just extra magical in the fall. Check ’em out in this list from Forbes.
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 23
Good Sam, Camping World, Let’s Make a Deal? Find out what the owner of all three might do with them, 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 40-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:
• 50 percent say they have a very good first aid kit aboard their RV (and 47 percent have a very basic one).
• 53 percent once smoked cigarettes but do not any more. 4 percent still smoke, and 43 percent never did.
• If given the chance to lose weight, 11 percent say they wouldn’t take it – their weight is just about right!
Protect yourself from intruders, bears and more!
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Recipe of the Day
Meatballs are always popular and this puts a fall twist on them. They’re unique because apples and Dijon mustard are added to the ground turkey. After being baked, the meatballs remain nice and moist. Then they’re coated with a light balsamic glaze that gives the turkey meatballs an amazing sweet and tangy flavor. These make a great appetizer or main dish (serve over long-grain rice).
This sounds like the perfect it’s-almost-fall recipe! Get it here.
See yesterday’s recipe: Chicken Fettuccine With Broccoli
Going to Paris? Which one? There are more than 30 places around the world named “Paris.” There’s a Paris, Arkansas, a Paris, Idaho, a Paris, Maine, a Paris, California, a Paris, Tennessee, a Paris Wisconsin, a Paris, Denmark, a Paris Peak in Antarctica… you get the point. Here’s the full list.
*How many curls are in Shirley Temple’s hair? Is it the same every day? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
Kacee is a white German Shepherd who is nine years old. JJ is two. Both came from Snow Capped Shepherd Rescue in Denver. Kacee was bred as a show dog in Utah, but popped out white and AKC does not recognize white as a breed standard. He was in five other homes before finding us. He was a train wreck and a BIG bully. It took time and patience but he is the best dog. JJ was found on the streets of San Antonio as a small puppy about two months old. She had a bad eye infection while in a high-kill shelter and the doctor had to remove her eye. Now she is our one-eyed monster! Kacee has been in over 20 states while we drag our TT around and JJ is just getting started. Very few people come to our campsites for some reason…” —Gary Machholz
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!
RVT DOGS ON VIDEO! You’ll love this — two minutes of cute dog photos owned by RVtravel.com readers. Watch. And they stay tuned for parts two, three, etc.! Coming soon: RVT readers’ cats!
Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource!
Remove ticks easily from people or pets!
This Tick Twister Remover Set will remove ticks, large and small, without squeezing it, reducing the risk of infection. It does not leave the mouthparts of the tick in the skin. It’s the safest and easiest way to remove ticks and in just a few seconds. Helps prevent Lyme Disease. Keep one of these in your RV. It’s tick season! Learn more or order.
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