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“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Gumbo Day!
On this day in history: 1792 – In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid.
New wildfire closes stretch of U.S Highway 101, forces campground evacuations.
The Alisal Fire is only hours old but is spreading quickly. Learn more.
Tip of the Day
Don’t let your RV get blown over! Tips for getting ahead of the wind
By Nanci Dixon
It takes a lot of energy and attention to drive an RV safely and when it’s windy, even more so. Spring and fall seem to be the worst for prevailing winds to grab and push the RV. We look ahead to see what the predicted wind speeds and wind gusts will be like. This is something you should do too.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Financing or refinancing? RV loan calculator can give you the info you’ll need
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Winnebago Hike 100. Tony writes, “It’s not often that I see a new model trailer making the scene that’s this radically different in terms of features and floor plan. But the Winnebago Hike 100 series absolutely is. In fact, in terms of trailers under 3,000 pounds, this is quite likely the most well-conceived model on the market.” You’ve gotta check it out.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the EarthCruiser EXP – the ultimate world traveler? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Last week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Deborah Butler of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Jacob Southward of Runnells, Iowa, and Randal Neubauer of Apple Valley, Minnesota.
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!
My gray water tank valve won’t open. Why not?
I can’t get my gray water tank to drain on my Winnebago Era 2020. The black water will drain, so I know the macerator pump is working. I took a video of the valve. It starts with the handle being in the open position. It seems like that big first black block should move but I’m not familiar with it. Thanks for the article. Hopefully, I’ll be able to winterize. I just bought the vehicle used and discovered this problem —Ron
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: What can be done about two AC units that are behaving badly?
At last! A directory of where to camp on public lands!
The Bureau of Land Management Camping book describes 1,142 camping areas managed by the BLM in 11 Western states. Details for each camping area include the number of campsites, amenities, facilities, fees, reservation information, GPS coordinates, and more. You’ll want this book if you camp or are interested on camping on BLM land. Learn more or order.
What works when your housey is lousy with mousies?
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
It all started with a letter from Don Callahan, a long-time RVtravel.com reader, lamenting the fact that mice had eaten away at the Irish Spring soap bars he had placed in his motorhome to deter them when he stored it last fall. So, Russ and Tiña relate what works and what doesn’t work, for them and for other RVers, to stop critters from invading the RV. We’re sure you’ll have your own tips to share. Read more and give us your thoughts here.
Yesterday’s featured article: Want to RV around Canada, eh? Our readers suggest their favorite routes
Do you mostly read printed books or eBooks?
Turn the page then tell us here.
How to tell if the black tank is almost full
Just before the black tank gets to the full stage the toilet will start to sound a little different and a small burp or bubble of air will happen. This means the waste level is above the vent pipe and it’s time to dump! Thanks to Ray Burr at RV Happy Hour.
The most patriotic RVing shirt of all time!
If you’re going to be patriotic, why not do so with an American flag made out of motorhomes? How cool is this shirt? It comes in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes, so you can match with the whole family. And it’s 100% cotton so you know it will be soft! This is so neat! Get one for yourself here.
Website of the day
The best places to visit in California
Check out this list from Lonely Planet and see if you agree – are these the best places to visit in the beautiful state of California? We think so!
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 27
Is the ”RV shortage” pure propaganda? Save your life with electrical system precautions. Brought to you by Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.com, Campgroundviews.com, and RVtravel.com’s Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.
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:
• 52 percent have known their closest friend for 40 years or more!
• When asked how good their singing voice is, 46 percent said we do not want to hear them even try to sing!
• 32 percent have been to Europe at least once within the last 10 years.
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We’ve heard great things about this product, and imagine it would be perfect for an RV! Check it out.
Recipe of the Day
With great spice and big flavors, this gumbo does not disappoint. Worth every minute of preparation. You taste the love in every bite!
It’s National Gumbo Day, so celebrate by making this! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Asparagus and Mushroom Quiche
Bakersfield, California, is the 53nd largest city by population in the USA — larger than Honolulu, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. It’s home of the “Bakersfield Sound,” the distinct genre of country music made popular by Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Billy Mize and others. And, if you must know, it’s home to the nation’s two largest carrot growers.
*How many registered RVs do you think there are in Australia? 75,000? 750,000? 7.5 million? Yesterday’s trivia gives you the answer.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Dusty and Nya love traveling with us. They’re great company.”
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!
By far the coolest bottle opener for RVers!
Look at this adorable vintage trailer bottle opener! You’d be the star of the campground if you opened everyone’s beer or soda with it! It’s a magnet, so you can always find it on your fridge and it comes in two colors. It would make a great gift too! Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
In Britain, we call it a “lift” but Americans call it an “elevator.” I guess we’re just raised differently.
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