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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Coffee Day!
On this day in history: 1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
Tip of the Day
Is it worth it to inflate tires with nitrogen?
By RV tire expert Roger Marble
Regarding nitrogen (N2) passing through (permeating) tire rubber more slowly than oxygen (O2) due to molecular size, are nitrogen molecules really larger than oxygen molecules? According to the Get Nitrogen Institute in their paper on N2 effusion,”The correct answer, with respect to ‘permeation,’ is yes.”
So I imagine your question is: Why don’t I support the effort to “sell” the idea of always inflating your tires with just nitrogen? It comes down to effort and cost versus level of benefit.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: RVers with combo washers, try doing this for cleaner clothes.
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Tiny Honda N-Van Compo camper. Tony writes, “Honda makes a vehicle called the N-Van in Japan. … Honda and a company called White House Camper vans have teamed up to take full advantage of this small space to produce a rather surprising camping vehicle..” Take a look at this cute little thing here.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Bruder EXP-6 travel trailer – A deal at $200,000? If you missed it, you can read it here.
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!
How does a weight distribution hitch work?
How does a load-leveling hitch work? I can’t seem to get my head around it. —Gary
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: My RV’s decals are fading, what can I do?
ATTENTION BIG RIG OWNERS!
2022 Rand McNally Atlas lists low bridges, tunnels to avoid!
The newest edition of the premier guide to off-limit highways for large RVs is a must-have for RVers. It not only offers the best routes for big rig trucks and RVs but low bridges and tunnels you should avoid. This should be a must-have for RVers who travel in unfamiliar territory with RVs over about 11 feet tall. Read more.
Letter to the editor: “Perspective is an amazing gift”
From reader Randy Coleman
Check out this interesting info. Maybe we don’t have it that bad? It’s a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what’s a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria. For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. Read this very insightful post.
Yesterday’s featured article: Showing old photo albums on TV fills your home with memories
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Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Run your RV air conditioner with a small generator
When the temperature heats up and you’re boondocking with only a small portable generator for power, you’re out of luck running an air conditioner. That is, unless you have a SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible. Learn more or order at a special discount.
Another low clearance caution
If you’re relying on the “low clearance” signs on some overpasses, be careful, observes Nikki H., and other readers. Nikki adds, “A paving job may have been done and the sign not changed. That could subtract another two to four inches from the total height.” Highway head-bangers! Thanks, Nikki, et al.!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From John Macatee
1998 Northwood, Nash 22H
“I love the A/C when it’s over 110 degrees out, and the heater works great when it’s freezing out. It has many windows, a 3-way fridge, a very comfortable queen bed, many solid oak cabinets, lots of storage, and the stove and oven are terrific (wife cooked a great 12 lb. turkey). The jackknife bed and fold-down kitchen-table-to-bed are great for our granddaughters. Solar panels keep my battery topped off. The awning is about 20′ long and works great. It only weighs in at 4,200 pounds and my Dodge Dakota V8 4-wheel drive pulls it so well. 7% grade? No problem! We’ll have had it two years and only purchased two tires, nothing wrong and nothing broken! We have had approximately 20 stays all over the West, over 120 nights. Longest was 8 weeks and we didn’t kill each other!! Fresh water tank holds 40 gallons. WE LOVE IT!”
Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.
Essential equipment for RVers!
Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
This best-selling product reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and sediment in drinking water with a 100-micron fiber filter. Use it at your campsite to keep sediment out of your RV water tank and improve the taste and smell of your drinking water. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a big discount.
Website of the day
The 10 Best Small Towns to Retire in the U.S.
If you’re thinking about retiring soon, whether that be from a job or your RVing life, perhaps consider one of these 10 beautiful towns.
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 26
Where to put that pesky sewer hose, 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.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Recipe of the Day
We love the meat that was added to these slow cooker beans. The ground beef along with red beans make these beans very hearty. These are sweet, without being overly sweet, and have a slight tang. Crumbled bacon on top adds the perfect amount of savoriness. Serve these at your next BBQ for a fuss-free side dish.
There’s a secret ingredient in here that we just know will make these beans taste amazing! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Cheesy Cream of Cauliflower Soup
English astronomer Edmund Halley knew more about what was overhead than underfoot. He said a certain specific light streaking across the sky was a comet; he was right. He said the earth was a hollow sphere with an active social life inside; he was wrong.
*What was so special about every single person aboard the Mayflower? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.
This is the highest-rated pet hair remover on the Internet. If you’ve got a pet that sheds, check it out here.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“These are our two rescues. Max, the orange tabby, is 11 years old, and Kadie, our fluffy one, is 5. It took about 10 trips in our RV before they got used to traveling but they are becoming seasoned travelers. They like to lay on the dashboard once we are parked and people-watch. They get a lot of attention from the kids that walk by.” —Jerri Nagy
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!
Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource!
Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
Leave here with a laugh
Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize?
Because he was out standing in his field!
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