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“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Make a Dog’s Day!
On this day in history: 1883 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opens with a performance of Gounod’s Faust.
Tip of the Day
Pet owners: Your pet’s toys are a vital part of their lives. Here’s why
The Humane Society says, “For dogs and other pets, toys are not a luxury, but a necessity.” You may have noticed a big change in the pet world within the past five years. During that time, almost every store, from grocery to department stores, expanded their pet toy aisle. And then came the pandemic! Pet adoptions soared as people began working from home and not socializing with others. Parents gave in to their kids who wanted a furry friend for company because the kids were home, away from friends, schooling via Zoom. In short, people were lonely. Pets filled an important gap in our lives. And pet toy sales boomed!
Vets and other animal specialists are pleased that pet owners are getting toys for their furry companions.
Here are some reasons why toys are good for your pet…
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Adjusting trailer brake controllers
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new CrossRoads RV Cruiser Aire 22RBS. As he reports, it has “a lot of things that they really got right,” and those include the kitchen and the implementation of the kng-sized bed. Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Keystone Springdale 282BH? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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 22, 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.
Why doesn’t my 3-way refrigerator work on 12-volt?
Our camper has a 3-way fridge which works great on LP and 120-volt, but on 12-volt it seems to work but doesn’t keep the fridge cool. Temps will start out at around 32 but heats up to 45-50 as we drive. It’s a Norcold N521 SUR. Is there any way to adjust the 12 volts to put out more heat? Thanks. —HT
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Should a hitch ball be greased or not?
A fun way to solve problems with your RV!
This amazing Digital Inspection Endoscope makes discovering problems with your RV fun! This small two-camera endoscope with a viewing monitor allows you to see into tight, small, dark spaces to locate where problems might occur. Have mice? See where they’re coming in. Have a wire that has come loose? Peek at it and see where it needs to be tightened. Have a water leak? Find the source! Read more about this amazing device here. Every RVer needs one!
Is it a cottage or a camper? It’s both, and it’s real cute
Answer truthfully, have you ever seen a cuter, more charming camper? We already know the answer: No, you have not. We found this on the CampingRoadTrip.com Facebook page but don’t know anything else about it. Do you? All we know is that it is darn cute and we’d love to have a morning coffee at that sweet table out front. Check it out!
Yesterday’s featured article: Basement storage disorganized? Fix it!
You may have missed these recent popular stories…
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- What to do if you smell marijuana at the campground. Can you complain? Can you partake?
Tiffin RV is a luxury motorhome manufacturer. Who owns the company? Find out.
Have you ever attended a World Series game?
Take a swing and tell us here.
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Since it’s National Make a Dog’s Day your dog NEEDS this. Only treats, no tricks!
Read your manuals
Got a new RV? Take the time to sit down with all those manuals and read them through. Use a highlighter as you go to “accent” those tiny maintenance suggestions and requirements. Then go back and build your own logically ordered notebook – and give reference points back to the original manual. If you don’t have a manual for something in your RV, look it up online and print it out for future reference. Or just store it in your computer or on a mobile device where you can easily find it if you ever need it.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
“This is one of the best floor plans to ever come out of Iowa. With all three slides in, you can still use the bathroom and shower, which can also be isolated on both ends. We’ve had it for 6 years and have put 30,000 miles on it, living in it for up to 4 months on the road. It’s a gas rig, and it does everything well including towing our 4000 lb. Jeep tug. The only complaint is we wish it had a larger refer, but we are not willing to lose the pantry to expand into that space. Otherwise, no complaints!”
Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.
Website of the day
The most fun online trivia games to play remotely
Gather a group of friends or family and have some fun playing virtual rounds of trivia with them! Here’s a list of places to do so.
You must keep road flares in the RV for emergency
You should always have road flares in your RV in case of an emergency. This pack of three bright, waterproof and shatterproof LED disks are perfect to keep tucked away. These bright lights can be seen from a mile away and can be used for traffic control, as a warning light or as a rescue beacon, and they can also be used for recreational activities such as camping and hiking. Learn more or order here.
Clubs and useful organizations
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Recipe of the Day
The whole Kitchen Crew fell in love with this dish. We loved the crunch of the cashews and the chunky, satisfying chicken. This one deserves a big gold star… and a Blue Ribbon!
Oh, this recipe sounds gooooood. Get it here.
See yesterday’s recipe: Cheese Dip That Will Make You Famous
On average, Death Valley is the hottest place in the world. July is characteristically the hottest month with an average temperature of 116˚F. Quick question: Death Valley National Park is located mostly in which state — Nevada, Arizona, Utah or California? Answer below.
*Is there a specific time of day wildfires most occur? In Maine there is! Find out what time it is in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Tex is a 75-lb., 4-year-old Alaskan Husky who loves road trips and making new friends at dog parks.” —Joe & Georgia Otto
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!
Don’t be left in the dark!
Our favorite electricity guy, Mike Sokol, uses this Caterpillar pocket light for just about everything. He writes, “I bought one of these CAT CY1000 Pocket COB Lights a few months ago and liked it so much that I also picked up one for my dad. I’ve dropped it a bunch of times, and it still keeps working, like any of the other tough-as-nails CAT products.” It easily clips onto your belt, shirt pocket, or anything magnetic, so you can work hands-free. Learn more or order.
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Trivia answer: Death Valley National Park is mostly in California with a small piece in Nevada.
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