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“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Doughnut Day!
On this day in history: 1895 – George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
Tip of the Day
Your RV’s stovetop is disgusting! Here’s how to easily clean it
By Nanci Dixon
I had been avoiding taking our Atwood gas stovetop apart to clean under the vents even though I could easily see how much I needed to. I just couldn’t avert my eyes any longer. When at our motorhome service center, one of the service guys showed me how to slide out the top. Here’s how I cleaned it.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: City water inlet regurgitates – Help!
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Heartland Prowler 240RB. As he reports, it’s “a relatively affordable stick-and-tin travel trailer with no slides but a decently livable floor plan.” It has lots of pluses, but Tony was surprised at the price. Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Stella Vita, a solar-powered experimental motorhome from the Netherlands? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click 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.
What tools should be in my RV’s toolbox?
Would you post a list of tools you recommend to be carrtied in a tool kit for a travel trailer. Thank you. —Jack
Read Dave’s (extensive) list here. Did he miss anything?
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Why does my RV smell like sewage after I dump the black tank?
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When the time comes when this saves your day when RVing, we hope you will write us and say “thank you.” The chances are excellent that day will come and, boy, you will be so thankful you have this.
Make that dish drainer do a better job!
Here’s a quick and easy DIY tip to make your dish drainer drain better. Learn how.
Yesterday’s featured article: This pickup truck drives upside-down – no joke!
You may have missed these recent popular stories…
- Several of my friends are quitting RVing. You can probably relate to why they’re doing so
- Bet you don’t know about the “flying monkeys” near Zion National Park
- Sheet metal, ladders and glue… Missing RV parts aren’t always the big stuff
- These are the spare items you should always have on hand in your RV
Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?
Up, up and away! Tell us here.
Protect your RV’s slideout with this rubber seal lubricant
If you don’t take care of your slideout you’re asking for problems including costly water damage. This Thetford rubber seal lubricant prevents fading, cracking and deterioration. It cleans, conditions and shines, keeping seals flexible and protected from sunlight damage. Also use on door and window seals. The mineral oil product acts as a lubricant. Learn more or order.
Storage tip for small batteries
“Mr. Pinto Bean” offers this addition to your winterization checklist: “With winter closing in and we start winterizing the RV, one important tip I would like to offer. Remove the batteries from all remote [controls] and store the batteries in a small pill bottle your prescription was in. If the batteries leak, the leakage remains inside the bottle, and they are just transparent enough to see what is inside.”
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Richard Davidson
2019 LTV Unity
“Previously owned and loved our 40-foot Mountain Aire but decided to downsize to this 25-footer. Love that I don’t have to tow a vehicle, love that I can stop ANYWHERE I want to and not worry about being able to park, love that I can U-turn at most any intersection, love that I have everything I had in my 40 footer (except a washer/dryer) in a smaller configuration, love that I have enough battery power to boondock anywhere I want, love that washing and waxing takes less than half the time and effort as our previous coach, love how user-friendly and comfortable it is… What’s not to love?”
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Website of the day
50 State Flags of America and the Meaning Behind Them
This fascinating list from Reader’s Digest tells you a little bit about each state’s flag. Some of their stories are very interesting! (Don’t ever say this newsletter doesn’t teach you things!)
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
Recipe of the Day
If you’re a fan of garlic, you need to stop what you’re doing and make these garlic Parmesan chicken wings. They are spicy and garlicky with a hint of Parmesan flavor. We could eat these all day. So good, you’re going to want to make these chicken wings all the time, not just during football season.
Mmm mmm mmm! Sounds good! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Tuna Noodle Casserole
Amazon is working on a smart refrigerator that will monitor its food supply and even order items that are running low. The plan is that Amazon would not manufacturer the fridge but would link up with an appliance company to preinstall the software. SOURCE: Insider
*Do you know what the first vending machine ever invented dispensed? You’ll never guess! Check yesterday’s trivia for the fascinating answer.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Here are my boys relaxing after getting home from an RV adventure. Finny is a Welsh Springer and Annie a Mini-Eskimo.” —Steven Blecic
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!
Device keeps fresh water tank clean
Tony Barthel writes: “The RV Inline Sanitizer is the simplest of solutions. It’s essentially a reservoir in which you put bleach and then use a source hose and a delivery hose to fill your fresh water tank. The sanitizer effectively adds the bleach as you fill the tank. It is truly that simple.” Read more about this nifty device here.
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