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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pumpkin Day!
On this day in history: 1936 – The first electric generator at Hoover Dam goes into full operation.
Tip of the Day
5 easy ways to make your own campfire starter
By Gail Marsh
You can feel it in the air! Fall is here. The days and nights are getting cooler. It’s perfect weather for a campfire! Do you want to spend time getting the fire going or would you rather spend more time enjoying the campfire with your family and friends? That’s an easy one for me. I’ve never been great at getting a campfire started, so I was happy to discover these simple, inexpensive ways to make my own fire starters at home. All that’s left is to take them to the campground and get ready to enjoy a fire.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: One of the best tips we’ve ever heard. Read this – It could save your life
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Keystone Cougar 24RDS and compares it to the 2021 Cougar 24RS, which he reviewed a few months ago. As he reports, “The single most popular model in the most popular brand of fifth wheels is the Keystone Cougar 24RDS. This smaller, lightweight and well-designed fifth wheel has been a consistently popular model for some time. I caught wind of the updates to the 2022 model – which make the popular unit even better.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Entegra Anthem 44B Class A diesel pusher? If you missed it, you can read it here.
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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!
Does trailer length matter when choosing a TPMS?
I am a widow, and no children to help advise. The TireMinder TPMS-TRL-4 says it is for 25 ft. or less, but I have a 26-ft. Jayco Eagle (1997). I would like to know if I could use this monitor system. If not, I have been unable to find one that says it’s for a longer trailer. Would one foot make a dangerous difference? Thank you. —Shirley
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How do I check the drip tube on my Everchill fridge?
Deep cleaning your RV for a quick sale
By Silvana Clark
“When we listed our Alante Class A motorhome for sale on Craigslist, we had numerous potential buyers look at the RV. I expected that. What I didn’t expect was how many people said, “This RV is so clean! We’ve looked at lots of RVs and none are as clean as this one.” … It’s easy to believe a clean RV has also been well-maintained mechanically. So if you are planning to sell your RV, here are a few tips.
Yesterday’s featured article: Ten most popular vehicles towed behind motorhomes
How was the experience of your first romantic kiss?
Pucker up! Tell us here.
Save your knees with these!
“Have you ever parked on a gravel lot? Hard concrete? Yep, me too. But I have a secret weapon against bruised knees while setting up or digging through my lower storage compartments on the ol’ RV. Not that I am getting old or anything! But I always have a set of knee pads on hand. Don’t leave home without them! So, on your next stop at a home store, get some and save your knees.” Thanks to Good Ol’ Chris N.!
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If you’ve been to the place that this is from, you’ll know this is something you’re going to want to make at home!
Website of the day
Why Are Black and Orange the Traditional Halloween Colors?
Even if you’re not celebrating Halloween, this article is still a fascinating look at why the holiday is celebrated with black and orange colors. Learning a little history never hurt anybody!
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:
• 50 percent say they eat less red meat than they did 15 years ago (only 3 percent said they eat more, and the other 47 percent said they eat about the same).
• 6 percent think a person’s astrological sign affects a person’s personality
• 60 percent say a mouse, rat or squirrel has at one point taken up residence in their RV – 31 percent of those people say it has happened more than once.
Recipe of the Day
Soft and sweet, these moist pumpkin muffins have just the right amount of spices. Cinnamon is front and center while the other spices linger in the background. The cinnamon-sugar topping is just enough to put these over the top. They are what you would expect to find at a coffee shop. A delicious muffin alongside morning coffee or to enjoy as an afternoon treat.
Since it’s National Pumpkin Day, making these seems like a fitting way to celebrate! Perhaps bake some for your campground neighbors? Get the recipe here.
See yesterday’s recipe: Hearty Herb and Cabernet Beef Stew
What is the standardized unit of smell measured as? An “Olf!” Danish professor P. Ole Fanger created the smell measurement, “Olf,” which is derived from the Latin word “olfactus” meaning “smelled.” So what’s an Olf unit of measurement? Well, 1 Olf is the strength of the smell produced by a healthy adult working a sedentary job in a climate-controlled environment with the hygienic equivalent of 0.7 baths per day and a skin surface area of 1.8 square meters. Using that as a base for measurements, other smells can be determined. A heavy smoker generates 25 Olfs, while an athlete generates 30 Olfs.
*Where can you find an exact replica of the Parthenon in the U.S.? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is Max, our 5½-year-old Australian Shepherd. He is 52 lbs., high-energy, and loving. He loves to sit in our lap (his upper half) and give us his warm hug.” —Carla Jean Pugh
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!
Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource!
Easily check the tire pressure on your inner dual tires
Do you have trouble reading the tire pressure on your RV’s inner duals? This dual head tire pressure gauge with an extension steel shaft will reach where a standard gauge won’t. Be sure you know the pressure of all your tires, or risk a potentially dangerous blowout. No batteries required. Learn more or order at a discount.
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