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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day!
On this day in history: 1867 – United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
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Tip of the Day
Secret storage? You have tons of it in your RV – just open that cabinet door!
Think you’ve run out of storage space in your RV? You haven’t! It’s right there! Available storage space, just waiting for your modification. Where, you ask? The backside of any cabinet door! Here, take a peek…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Ember RV Overland Micro Series. Yesterday Tony looked at the larger trailers in the Ember RV Overland Series. Today, see how the Micro Series compares to the Overland Series, and who the may be the most suited for each option. Click 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 18, 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.
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.
What are the red specks in my water from the campground?
I recently got red particles in the incoming water screen and also in the hose from the campground hookup to filter. I know I need to change the filter, but what are the red specks? I showed them to the owner of the campground but he blew me off. Are they harmful? —Michael
Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Can I run my roof AC on solar?
RVelectricity™ – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
with Mike Sokol
Don’t burn up your water heater element
I found this post on another RV group page and thought it was an important reminder….
“I went to winterize the trailer (sadness) and decided to get a jump on draining the hot water tank before I even hooked the power. Well, you guessed it. I didn’t follow my normal winterizing routine and simply flip the little on/off switch to off in the hot water tank. The switch was left on in the trailer, which I usually always turn off at the end of any trip. Hooked up power and realized later the switch was on in the trailer. …”
Read the rest of the post and Mike’s advice about replacing water heater elements here.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
Avoid smacking low bridges with this new 2022 road atlas
The new edition of the premier guide to off-limit highways for large RVs is available. While it’s designed for big rig trucks, it should be a must-have for RVers who travel in unfamiliar territory with recreation vehicles more than about 11 feet tall. Learn more.
How old were you when you first got married?
Folks, tell us here!
Easy windshield cleaning
Keep a can or bottle of good-quality window cleaner within easy reach when you stop to fuel up. Before starting to pump fuel, spray your windshield liberally with the window cleaner. Let it sit while fueling and then use the “usually” available squeegee to easily remove the bug guts. The cleaner virtually dissolves and also releases the bug guts from the glass and it saves a whole lot of scrubbing. –Our thanks to George Bliss!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From William Forbes
Newmar Dutch Star 2005
“Comfortable to drive, comfortable camping, comfortable bed, good utilities, and enough space for two of us and occasional guests – we have had up to 28 for drinks. Having had six Class B’s and this our third Class A, each has had improvements over the previous and each previous motorhome has had features we missed.”
Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.
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Celebrate this festive day by making this! If you have kids or grandkids, they’ll love it!
Website of the day
Ghost Tours of New Mexico
If you’ve never been on a ghost (or haunted) tour, you’re missing out! They’re fun and you learn a lot of history! Here are some of the most popular tours in New Mexico.
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Recipe of the Day
These are some perfectly moist breaded pork chops. The Panko crumbs and mustard mixture are a real winning combo. Once baked, the Panko crust is crispy and inside the pork chops are super tender. Blue Ribbon, indeed.
Yum, yum, yum! Get the recipe.
We have bicyclists to thank for our paved roads! The “Good Roads Movement” was a political movement brought on by the availability and sales of bicycles at the end of the 19th century. In 1880, the movement became formal when advocates came together in Newport, Rhode Island, to form the League of American Wheelmen (LAW). They published a magazine, pushed for road improvements, and gave legal protection to cyclists.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is my spoiled Stella girl. She thinks she is in charge of our motorhome. Here she is at Mammoth RV Park and she is ready to take us home.” —Robin Harris
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!
A road atlas for kids!
Give this National Geographic Atlas to your kids or grandkids before they hit the road. It features simplified yet real road maps of all 50 states, and interesting information on each place and route. There are even themed maps on nature, population, energy, climate, and more, that delve deeper into key issues. It makes a great gift! Learn more or order.
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