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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, November 25, 2021

Issue 1739
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you! What are we thankful for this year? Well, many things, but we are especially thankful for YOU. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Your readership and support mean so much to us. In fact, we appreciate you so much that we give you a newsletter on Thanksgiving! We don’t even want to take a day off! Now, once we start smelling the turkey, though, we’re outta here…!

That being said, today’s issue is a bit shorter than usual to give our extremely hardworking staff a few extra minutes of their day to scarf down some food. You understand, don’t you? See you tomorrow with a bigger belly than today.

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Today’s thought

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” —David O. McKay

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Thanksgiving, of course!

On this day in history: 1952 – Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. It will become the longest continuously running play in history. Unfortunately, the run had to be discontinued on March 16, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanksgiving Articles of the Day

Thanksgiving: What a season of gratitude and hope teaches us

If you missed this last Saturday… Join Nanci Dixon as she tells the history of Thanksgiving and what it truly means to be grateful. Read this wonderful story here.

Historic places to stop and give thanks

Step back in time at these historic places with travel writer Chris Epting. Do you know where the first Thanksgiving took place? Find out here.

Road Signs: My most memorable Thanksgiving meal, in 1971

No talk of electricity here with Mike Sokol. Just a delightful story you’ll absolutely want to read. Click here.

When it comes to cooking Thanksgiving turkey, don’t do this… or this… or this

What’s the best way to cook a turkey? OK, let’s rephrase that… What’s the worst way to cook a turkey? Mike Gast goes over your options (and there’s a funny video in here too). Click here to read.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: How to transport and where to store pet fencing with an RV

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Atia RV GU147 travel trailer. As he reports, “The fact that you can park this trailer in a garage when you’re not using it might make it a great choice for some people. Further, the price is affordable, and the fact that the top drops means it’ll be easier to tow.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the brand-new Rockwood Geo Pro 19FBS, a boondocking champion? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Did you miss yesterday’s Full-Time RVer Newsletter? If so, read it 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, November 18, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Last week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Fred Cwynar of Punta Gorda, Florida, Terri/Claud Hugley of Elbert, Colorado, and Daniel Carter of Martinez, California.

We are discontinuing the contest at the end of November. We’ll have a brand-new contest. This contest will return again after a break.

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.

Ask Dave

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 does RV water heater work on LP but not on 120 volt?

Dear Dave,
I have a 2019 GD Imagine 2500RL which we bought in October 2020. The Atwood water heater only works on the gas mode. From what I have read and viewed online, it sounds as if my heating element has gone bad. How do you change the heating element?

Unfortunately, to get to the rear of the water heater, I have to work through the kitchen cabinet framework after drawers are removed. The dealer gave us spare fuses and they were installed, but there was no change. If the circuit board was bad, would gas also fail?  —Steve

Read Dave’s reply.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Faucets don’t work with pump but do with city water. Why?

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Quick Tip

Transporting leftovers? Try this!

Jennifer Melnick Carota writes, “If you are transporting meals to a loved one use a muffin tin! Perfect portions! So much easier than multiple containers! And they can just throw the tin in the toaster over to heat through or spoon individual servings onto a microwave-safe dish, heat and serve! (EDIT: This post was meant to promote ease in transporting food to others. If you are concerned about safety or reheating issues, please use your best judgment and assist those in the reheating process.}

We love this idea, Jennifer!

Recipe of the Day

Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Casserole
by Marsha Gardner from Florala, AL

If a holiday had a casserole in its honor, this would be for Thanksgiving. This is a wonderful way to use Thanksgiving leftovers. All the comfort of a traditional shepherd’s pie with the vibrant flavors of Thanksgiving dinner. Marsha suggests using leftover sweet potatoes with leftover mashed potatoes. We combined the two and loved the extra flavor the sweet potatoes add. Plus, it makes the topping a beautiful orange color (festive for Thanksgiving). Have extra gravy? You could even pour a little bit of that over the top.

While you’re eating your Thanksgiving dinner today, perhaps save a few extra leftovers to make this tomorrow. Sounds good! Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Cranberry Butter

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4,500. That’s the number of calories the average American consumes at Thanksgiving dinner. You probably didn’t want to hear that…

*How much do aging roadways cost drivers on average per year? It’s quite a bit… Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.

Boy, this would have come in handy TODAY! Wish we would have seen this sooner!

Readers’ Pet of the Day and Leave here with a laugh

No, this is not the pet of an reader. His name is Chuck, and his owner, PINKE (on Flickr), says he is addicted to salmon dog treats. We hope nobody holds a mirror up to Chuck: he might lose his appetite. But you have to admit, he does make a fine-looking turkey, and we hope he brought a smile to your face on this Thanksgiving 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!

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  1. That dog turkey is something my daughter would have done to her chuhuahua and I would have been laughing all day as he would have said laugh it up furball I haven’t been outside yet…..

  2. Excellent thought for the day. We are grateful for the way God has brought us through the challenges life has held, for the joy of spending time with children and grandchildren, and the blessing of having an RV in which to travel and build happy memories with them. (Of course, the days we spend recovering after they head home are a blessing, too!)

  3. Bonnie and I have much to be thankful for, not the least of which is this terrific RV newsletter that has provided tons of quality information and entertainment and has guided us safely down thousands of miles of beautiful highways. We appreciate you and your staff very much.

    • Thank you very much, Ron. We appreciate you and Bonnie, and, of course, all of our other wonderful readers, as well. We hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving. Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 –Diane

    • Thank you, Bruce. And thank you for reading our newsletter, and commenting, on Thanksgiving. We appreciate it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂 –Diane

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to all our Armed Forces personnel who can’t be home with their loved ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers….

    • Thank you for your important message, Alpenliter. And thank you to our servicemembers all over the world for protecting our freedom and ensuring that we have so much to be thankful for. Take care and stay safe, everyone. 🙂 –Diane

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you Chuck, Gail, all your staff, all your readers and supporters. Stay well, Stay safe

  6. To all, Happy Thanksgiving. Realizing the RV Travel Crew is not the caretaker nor the gate keeper of all things RV, does anyone know of a list of Motorhome maintenance providers. Would really appreciate if possible.

  7. What we really need is a contest for what Chuck (dog pictured in this issue) is actually thinking.
    This actually could be a lot of fun and even better if we could get a sponsor of the newsletter to offer a small prize for the best caption.

    • What a fun idea, Dr. Mike. But I have a feeling we wouldn’t be able to print his thoughts in our G-rated newsletter. 😆 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂 –Diane

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone across the nation. God bless those who are alone that they find someone to share time and a meal with on this day.

    • It is a good idea that failed in execution. Does not stay together except by tape. Grater too small to be of use. Bought one some years ago. Do not waste your money. It is not a better mousetrap!

    • Thanks, Donald. I’ll check with Emily to see if she has such a list. I know sometimes we publish a list of the favorite products from Amazon from the previous month, which would include the mystery products. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂 –Diane

    • Thank you, Richard! We at wish you, and all of our other wonderful readers, a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for all of you! Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 -Diane


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