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“If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Noodle Day!
On this day in history: 1884 – The Naval War College of the United States is founded in Rhode Island.
Tip of the Day
Beware buying an RV with evidence of water leak
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Among the pet peeves of a prominent RV technician – customers who bring him an RV with a roof leak. No, he’s not upset because their roof developed a leak; that kind of thing can happen. Rather, it’s the customer who recently bought the RV, only to discover the roof leaks. In many cases, the seller was a private party who swore up and down that the roof was just fine, no leaks.
A roof leak is a serious problem – in many cases a leak can cause serious structural damage. Serious as in “thousands of dollars to repair.” So if you’re shopping for a used rig, BEWARE of a water leak. How can you protect yourself from a leaker? Find out here.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Here’s how to better organize your RV. It’ll make a huge difference.
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S. He writes, “While there are a lot of RVs I look at here, this is one I would have no reservations about suggesting if the floor plan fits your camping style.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Wildwood FSX 270RTK? 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, October 6, 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: Sarah Stranz of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and Melvin Gregory of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
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!
What can I do about fluctuating fridge temperature?
My refrigerator has fluctuating temperatures. What should I look for? —Jeff
Read Dave’s thorough response here.
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Can a water leak be fixed without a whole new roof? Is it even worth fixing?
If you can’t answer these questions, you shouldn’t be towing
By Dave Kendall
I’ve gone from an RV newbie to towing for approximately 37,000 miles in the past five years. I previously had some boat towing experience, but that mainly taught me how to back up a trailer. Towing an RV is a totally different animal. Continue reading, and take the quiz.
Yesterday’s featured article: A wonderful, nostalgic book about the history of the family road trip
Do you plan to sell your RV within the next year?
Be honest, tell us here.
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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.
The Luci Light should be every RVers’ favorite light source
Tony Barthel recently reviewed the Luci Core light and had nothing but glowing things to say about it. He writes, “It’s a large puck with a white lens on one side and a solar panel on the other. At the bottom of the puck is a rubber cap that hides a Micro USB charging port and a button. That button toggles the light through three different brightness settings and a fourth setting that flashes the puck.” Read his review or order one for yourself here.
Not-so-messy oil filter removal
Changing your own oil? Oil filter removal can be a real mess. After loosening the filter enough to move it by hand, cover the filter with a one gallon freezer bag. Oozy oil goes in the bag, along with the filter. Sealed up, it’s ready to take to the appropriate disposal/recycle center.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Chris Beckett
“I love my RV because it’s an Airstream!”
Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.
Website of the day
38 Fall Movies to Get You in the Spirit
Sure, we’re RVers, but we’re also humans! And humans love movies! Here are 38 great movies to get you in the fall spirit. Make some popcorn and enjoy!
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Oh, how we love being lazy! So, so lazy! Things like this make it so easy!
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Recipe of the Day
Oh, this is a lot of yumminess wrapped in a biscuit! The onions and garlic add a huge punch of flavor to these burgers. Cooking the garlic in the pan mellows the flavor a bit, similar to if you were roasting it in the oven. We loved the sauce too … make extra for dipping. It’s the perfect touch. Wrapping everything in a flaky biscuit makes these easy to eat.
A burger wrapped in a biscuit?! Count us in! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Yummy Homemade Chicken Nuggets
The Rüppell’s vulture, found in central Africa, can fly higher than an airplane! That’s right. This large and endangered vulture has been found flying at 37,000 feet (the average cruising altitude for a passenger jet is 35,000). Once, in 1973, a vulture was actually sucked into a jet engine!
*What are the small markers on hiking trails called and why? Find the fascinating answer in yesterday’s trivia.
At last! A guidebook to National Forest campgrounds
This guidebook is badly needed. Not since 2003 has there been a comprehensive guide to these wonderful, and typically very scenic National Forest camping areas — until now! National Forest Camping is fresh off the press, published in late May 2021. Forest Service areas offer some of the best camping experiences in the United States. In this directory, you’ll discover 3,704 camping areas in 41 states. Learn more.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Jessie, my best friend, is always a big help in whatever we do.” —Steve Taylor
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!
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