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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Peanut Day!
On this day in history: 1899 – Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.
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Tip of the Day
Amazing Dawn Powerwash uses less water – a huge benefit to RVers
By Gail Marsh
This stuff is amazing. Really. Amazing! I’ll admit that when I first saw the television commercial for Dawn Platinum Powerwash™ Dish Spray, I was skeptical. I think I may have even grimaced and shuddered a bit. It just didn’t seem right to spray a bit of the stuff onto our greasy plates, wipe ‘em down, and then rinse and dry. I guess I equated this kind of mostly dry-dish-cleaning to when our kids let the dog lick plates “clean” before they’d stick the dishes into the dishwasher. Yuck!
But then I tried it. Yes, I plunked down almost five bucks for one pint (16 oz.) of the “miracle mixture.” I may have even grimaced and shuddered a bit at the checkout. But I could hardly wait to try it! And it worked! Dawn’s Powerwash made the greasy residue from our grilled burgers melt right off the plates. The next night’s steak kabob mess was clean in record time, too. What a game changer!
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 192RBS travel trailer. He writes, “The size of this trailer is a nice balance between maneuverability and interior space, offering a relatively livable amount of interior space without requiring a huge vehicle to tow it.” Check it out.
Reviews from this weekend:
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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. 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!
Should I cover my RV when stored outside?
We are storing our 2018 Coachmen Prism at home and outside in the usually wet Issaquah, WA, area. Do you think buying a cover for it is a good idea? And what type of cover would you recommend? And if we are to cover it or some portion of it, when should we do it – after all the leaves are down? Does it have to be dry to cover? I’m not sure how that is possible. All suggestions will be very much appreciated by this newbie. —Stephanie
Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Why won’t the water heater heat water?
RVelectricity™ – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Power two trailers at the same time with the ProPower 30-amp outlet
I’d like to ask you a question about some adapters you may use for the F-150 PowerBoost hybrid… I own one with the 7.2 kW built-in generator and I’m interested in splitting the 240v/30amp outlet into two separate 120-volt, 30-amp circuits. It would be really cool to be able to provide power for two 30-amp trailers at the same time. How did you do it with your demo truck? —Gregg S
Husband says “No” to danger; wife says, “Let’s go!”
By Tom Mitchell
“Is it true that in every relationship, one partner is more wild and adventurous than the other? If true, I’m not that person. I suffer from Acrophobia, an irrational fear of heights… And I swim like a rock. So, I’m not the guy that says let’s go swimming in the ocean or let’s get on a roller coaster. Nope.” Read about Tom’s harrowing experience at the ocean, thanks to his adventurous wife. (Includes a poll.)
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Well, this sure makes things easier… a lot easier!
What do you know about the history of RVing? RV history expert Al Hesselbart shares some fascinating stories:
Do you ever go geocaching?
We’ll give you a hint: Click here.
Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers – boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.
Time to open your awning? Sometimes finding the awning pull loop at the end of the strap can be difficult. Get a large, colorful carabiner like those used by climbers and sailors. The “snap lock” hardware makes it easier to find the end of the strap, and you can grab it with your awning hook. Find them at most big box stores. (Or, hey. How about at Amazon.com?)
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
“We custom ordered our third 40-foot Class A DP in late 2014. It has a bath-and-a-half, which we had on our second coach. Once you have a bath-and-a-half it is hard to do without it. It has a mid-entry separating the living portion from the bedroom portion. Directly across from the mid-entry is the half-bath so that party guests from the outside do not have to walk through our coach to use the toilet facilities. We ordered it with a stacked washer/dryer, residential fridge, two ACs and two furnaces for two separate cool and heat zones (living and bedroom area). It has 4 TVs (one outside) with auto satellite, all LED lighting and a central vacuum system. It has a 340HP Cummins with over 9 mpg, and is under 13 feet tall. It has Marine-style toilets that macerates all waste while using very little water. Drives like a Cadillac, taking hills and mountains with ease. Works for us.” Jeesh! Sounds nice, Dick. When can we move in?
Website of the day
Your Ultimate Guide to State Parks in the South
If you don’t already have a trip planned to the South, trust us, you’ll want to after reading this list. Look at these places – they’re gorgeous!
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 24
Tony Barthel shares his top picks for the coolest RVs coming on the market, on this edition of the RVtravel.com podcast. Brought to you by Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.com, Campgroundviews.com, RVtravel.com’s Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.
Listen to a 10-second clip of the episode.
Picture your special lady wearing these!
Face it, guys. When it comes to sexy nighties, it would be hard to top these casual pajama bottoms! And, ladies – if your partner seems a little disinterested in cuddling these days, wait until he sees you enter the room wearing these! Wowwie! What a great gift these would make. Learn more or order.
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Recipe of the Day
One taste of this rich and decadent banana bread, you may never want it any other way. The addition of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips is an amazing flavor combination. Enjoy this for dessert or with afternoon tea. Easy to throw together, you will be hiding bananas to ripen just to make this moist banana bread.
And just when we thought banana bread couldn’t get any tastier… Get the recipe.
When looking at or into a large crowd, the human eye and mind can only recognize two faces at a time, according to a study published in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. You can read more about the study here.
Don’t toss away good batteries!
Most RVers rely on battery-powered devices while on the road, whether flashlights, radios or cameras. But sometimes you can’t tell how much life a battery has remaining so you toss it to “be sure.” This small, inexpensive tester will alert you in an instant to the condition of a battery, saving you money from needlessly tossing ones with plenty of remaining life! Works on AA, AAA, C, D, 9V and button-type batteries. Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Willie is a 9.5-year-old Lab mix and Callie is a 6.5-year-old Wheatenish Terrier. Both are enthusiastic travelers and inseparable. Wonderful companions and family members.” —Bill Brogan
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!
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