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Tip of the Day
You can do way more with leaf blowers than you think! Here are 6 other ways to use them
By Gail Marsh
If you think leaf blowers are just for blowing leaves into piles to easily pick up, you’re wrong! We originally packed our leaf blower into our RV’s basement for a work-camping job. It didn’t take long to discover many other handy ways that the leaf blower helped us as we traveled in our RV.
Here are a few ideas for more ways to use leaf blowers.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: What to do about a sticky slideout
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new AT Overland Aterra XL. Is this the ultimate flatbed truck camper? It might be, and Tony sure has a lot of nice things to say about it. Read the review here.
Did you read Tony’s preview yesterday of the Cercle Touring Bike? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Did you know that Forest River currently makes 448 makes/models of travel trailers? That doesn’t count Class C motorhomes and 5th wheels. Read RVtravel.com’s free PDF report RVs: Who Makes What to learn the make and model RV from every U.S. manufacturer.
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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.
In Dave’s column Monday-Saturday he addresses a reader’s technical question with his expert advice. You’ll learn a lot!
Why does the electric tongue jack only work intermittently?
My electric tongue jack won’t operate under load conditions. This is a Husky Brute Jack. It works retracting all the time, but only intermittently extending under load. I have checked that the batteries are good, lifted the jack, scraped the metal frame to ensure good contact as well as ground wires bolted to frame. —Jim
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why did the lithium battery explode and flame up?
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Design flaw allows squirrel family easy access into RV’s roof space
RVtravel.com reader Rod Somppi had never had a problem with his RV until the pitter patter of little rodent feet above his ceiling alerted him to unwanted visitors – a family of squirrels. Read about how the critters gained entry and what Rod did to move them out.
Yesterday’s featured article: Safety device helps prevent RV refrigerator fires
Are you shopping early for holiday gifts this year?
Too bad Santa’s elves can’t do our shopping for us, huh? Answer today’s poll question 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.
Check the drip tube in the back of your fridge
It’s a good idea to occasionally take a peek in the back of your RV refrigerator. They have a drip tube that channels off water from evaporation. Sometimes this tube leads to a drip container (often near the chimney) that evaporates off this water; others may “port” the water out of the rig harmlessly. In any event, if the tube gets loose and starts dripping water onto your RV framework, it can lead to damaging rot.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From James Faber
2020 Tiffin Allegro Red 37PA
“We ordered our Tiffin – our third RV – just the way we wanted it. After being in it for just over a year, we still love the floorplan, the options we picked, and we’re very pleased with the quality. We wouldn’t change a thing!”
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Website of the day
How to Make Cocktails While Camping
If you’re not already a camping mixologist, check out this great guide on how to make cocktails while you camp. At the bottom are some delicious-sounding cocktail recipes!
Don’t be a Halloween grinch – decorate!
Look how festive this “Happy Halloween” flag is with a little vintage trailer! Wouldn’t this look so cute outside your house or RV? Everyone would stop to compliment you on it (and you’d probably have to share where you got it.) For such a great price, you’d sure make a lot of people smile. It’s weatherproof, but it’s also machine-washable so it will look good as new year after year. Get your own here.
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Recipe of the Day
These crab cakes are delightful! The sweetness of the crabmeat is very apparent in each bite. Thanks to the cayenne and horseradish, there’s a bit of heat but the crab cakes are not overly spicy. It’s not the traditional seasoning, but we loved it. Great for lunch or a light meal.
We want this! We really want this! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Game Day Fire Cracker Shrimp
The Addams Family started off as a small, single cartoon that appeared in the New Yorker in 1938 drawn by Charles Addams. The cartoon was adapted for TV in 1964 where the family was finally given their names: Morticia, Gomez, Pugsley, and Wednesday. (Speaking of The Addams Family – check out this RV-themed rendition of the theme song. It’s incredible!)
*Where does the term “freelancer” come from? It has a fascinating history. Read about it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is Cassie, a Black Mouth Cur/Lab mix enjoying the flowers at Palo Duro Canyon, Texas. She is the sweetest dog I’ve ever owned.” —Matt Day
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!
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Leave here with a laugh
Reader Robert Cordy sent us this image and wrote, “I didn’t try it…” Ha! We don’t blame you, Robert. What a sign!
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