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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Corned Beef Hash Day!
On this day in history: 1825 – The world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives, the Stockton and Darlington Railway, is ceremonially opened.
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Tip of the Day
Solo camping: Tips for staying safe while RVing alone
By Gail Marsh
We recently ran a survey asking readers: “Couples: Would you likely keep traveling with an RV if your partner died?” The majority, 74 percent, answered, “Yes, I believe I would.” Many men seemed not worried in the least.
That got me to thinking. What would it take for me to feel comfortable (read: “safe”) when solo camping as a woman? After a bit of research to see what other women do (or have done), this is what I found…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Keystone Bullet Crossfire 1900RD travel trailer. As he reports, “I’ve written before about some of the things the Keystone Innovation Lab has done to truly make the ownership experience better. By adding a minimum of 200 watts of solar to the equation just is fuel to the fire of why these will likely continue to be very popular models.” Learn more.
Reviews from this weekend:
• No Boundaries 10.6 travel trailer – A lot in a little!
• Cherokee Alpha Wolf 26DBH-L travel trailer
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Tim Nowak of Elkhart, Indiana.
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. 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!
How should I winterize the RV to use it part-time in the winter?
We live in Long Island and want to use our motorhome part-time during the winter months. Is there an alternative to going through the winterizing process? —Walt
Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: My RV’s front cap is fading. What can I do about it?
RVelectricity™ – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Lithium battery winter storage
I’m getting ready to put my RV in storage for the winter again. Last year I left my original lead-acid battery out in the RV (and the cold) and by springtime it was dead and wouldn’t hold a charge. I did upgrade to the lithium battery and new controller/charger, and it’s been working great. What do I have to do to protect my new lithium battery investment this winter? Should I bring it inside? How about some sort of trickle charger? I have a battery disconnect switch, but is that enough? —Frank P
“Tire dressing” and “Do not use covers.” Where’s the test data?!
Roger Marble has been following a long thread on an RV Forum on the topic of “tire dressing” aka tire treatment or “tire shine.” The good news is that most posters knew to not use any product that contains petroleum distillate. Too bad some RV dealers don’t follow the guidelines on this. Read about tire dressing and whether or not to use tire covers here.
In the past year have you stayed with your RV in a National Park campground?
You don’t need a reservation to visit this page and vote!
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We feel lame that something like this excites us, but it really, really does. You’re going to want this.
Be cautious when opening park pedestal
Martin A. reminds us there’s more than one way to get a buzz when opening up an RV park electrical box. “When hooking up to a shore power pedestal, open the door carefully and look inside before reaching in. I endured a nasty wasp sting while inserting my voltage tester.”
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
It’s easy to drive and is very amenable to smaller or oddly-angled sites. It has sufficient (but not overly-tempting) large compartments and internal storage. The Cummins diesel and Allison transmission should last decades (only 40k miles now). It has lots of windows and wherever in the country we set up, we’re immediately “home.”
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Website of the day
The Best National and State Parks in Texas
OK, y’all. It’s time to get yourself down to Texas and start exploring some of these beautiful parks! We’ll meet you down there!
Temperature gun is “essential equipment” for many RVers
Aim this non-contact IR temperature gun to measure the temperature of your refrigerator, tires, A/C and heater output, or, heck, even your oven (and the list goes on). It turns on and begins reading the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit with one press of the trigger. A laser light aids in aiming, and can be turned on or off. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order.
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 26
Rip it out and start over, says Brian Pursel of “RV With Tito.” Find out why, this week on the RVtravel.com podcast. Brought to you by Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.com, Campgroundviews.com, and RVtravel.com’s Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.
Listen to a short clip of the episode.
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Recipe of the Day
We loved every nibble of this easy appetizer. They’re filled with similar flavors to jalapeno poppers, but easier to prepare. Customize the spice of the rattlesnake eggs by adjusting the jalapenos. With 4, these will be very spicy. We found 2-3 chopped jalapenos to be spicy enough. Dipping the fried poppers in ranch dressing cools things down a bit. Great for game day, or they’d make a great party appetizer.
We’d like to request a whole plate of these, please. Get the recipe.
YUMMY DESSERT: You will love this: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnappy Crust. See complete list of ingredients and preparation directions.
Dirty contacts? DeoxIT!
Here’s a comment from electrical specialist Mike Sokol: “I’ve used DeoxIT for decades on my pro-sound gear. We use it on speaker connectors, power connectors such as cam-lok and twist-lock plugs (just like RV power), volume controls, gold-plated circuit boards (like in RV refrigerator control boards), etc. There are several different versions of DeoxIT depending on if you want built-in lubricant for potentiometers, or gold contact refurbishing or simply oxidation removal.” Learn more or order.
In old England, 10 families equaled a tithing. 10 tithings equaled a shire. Each shire elected a reeve. That “shire reeve” came to be known as a “sheriff.”
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Aslan says, ‘This sink is occupied. You must use the kitchen sink!'” —Robert Whitbeck
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 First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
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!
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