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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Mason Jar Day! It’s also National Day of Giving… so perhaps you make jam in a mason jar and give it to someone?
On this day in history: 1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, the Hodges meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman (Ann Hodges) taking an afternoon nap. This is the only documented case in the Western Hemisphere of a human being hit by a rock from space. She survived, with just a large bruise on the side of her body.
Tip of the Day
Give your RV’s medicine cabinet a makeover with these easy tips
By Gail Marsh
I never think to do it. I’m talking about organizing our RV medicine cabinet. In my defense, I’m usually tired when I open that cabinet door. It’s either very early in the morning and I’m still trying to shake off my sleep stupor, or it’s late at night and I don’t feel like tackling a medicine cabinet cleaning project when my bed is beckoning. Reasons, er, excuses aside, I finally decided to tackle the job.
Here’s what I did to clean my RV’s medicine cabinet…
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Getting creative: How to cook like normal in small RV kitchens
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Jayco Redhawk 24B. How does this almost identical Class C compare to yesterday’s Entegra Coach Odyssey? You’ll just have to read the review to find out!
Speaking of which, did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Entegra Coach Odyssey 26M Class C? 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, November 30, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Norm Burgess of Frisco, Texas, and Marty Gauthier of Crossville, Tennessee.
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.
My RV’s entrance steps only work intermittently. What’s the problem?
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. My problem is that my electric entry steps do not work all of the time. I have had the step motor out and it runs fine on the bench, but it will not work when hooked up. The fuse is good and the grounds have been freshened up. Help! —Paul
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Gross! Why did the black water flush valve erupt?
Will Irish Spring soap repel rodents from your RV?
RVers employ a variety of methods to keep mice and other rodents away from their RVs. … [One] popular method of keeping rodents away is by placing Irish Spring soap in areas where the creatures might inhabit. Some RVers swear this works. Alas, others say it does no good at all. Finally, someone has conducted a scientific test to see if Irish Spring soap really does keep rodents away, in this case rats. Read more and watch a short video.
Yesterday’s featured article: Birds build nest on RV. RVers must stay put or face $15,000 fine or jail!
Is your RV out of action right now because it needs an essential repair?
Please, oh please, tell us here.
Don’t forget to check your tire valve stems
Dick G. advises: “Check your tire pressure but also move the valve stems around to check their integrity. While cleaning the wheels on my year-old camper I found a leak at the valve stem. I thought it might be a crack in the rubber of the valve stem, but on a one-year-old camper that is rare. By pushing the valve stem sideways it leaked air – and a lot of it. So off to the shop I went to replace the faulty valve stem. After removing the tire, I found the valve stem was not cracked, but when it was initially mounted the bead of the tire had deformed the base of the stem and allowed it to leak. A new valve stem was installed and potential flat was averted.” Thanks, Dick!
Website of the day
The 60 Most Scenic Drives in America
As you start to plan your 2022 travel, take a look at this list from Town&Country and see if you can squeeze in one (or more) of these incredibly beautiful drives!
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:
• 15 percent own five or more licensed motor vehicles.
• 36 percent say that having an electrical hookup is critical when choosing where to stay for two days.
• 57 percent never stay in a casino parking lot or casino RV park.
Recipe of the Day
This is a great family meal with just enough flavor to not be a boring tater tot casserole. The meat layer is creamy and the Southwestern flavor isn’t too strong – just perfect. The cheese and the tater tots tie it all together nicely. It’s quick, easy, and really good for a family on a budget. Even a picky eater will love this!!
This sounds like a winner! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Cheesy Parmesan Potato Pancakes
Back in December of 2010, the United States Post Office printed 10.5 billion of their newly issued stamps, that of the Statue of Liberty “forever” stamp. It wasn’t until after a few months that people started to notice this wasn’t the real Statue of Liberty. In what was the largest stamp misprint in the history of the post office, the post office printed the wrong Lady Liberty. Instead of printing the real deal (the Lady Liberty in New York), they printed an image of a replica outside the New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sculptor Robert S. Davidson’s Las Vegas Liberty has a fuller chin, a rounded jawline, a softer and wider mouth in relation to the nose, and also a friendlier expression. The use of the photograph on the stamp sparked a lawsuit between Davidson and the USPS that is still going on today. Wow!
*When Sears and Kmart merged in 2005 there were 3,500 full-line Sears stores. How many are left today? Yesterday’s trivia gives you the number.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our sweet 16-year-old Bailey loved traveling with us! She passed to the rainbow bridge on 2-24-20, so her traveling days on earth are over. We live in South Texas and have been retired and traveling in our 21FBRS Flagstaff Microlite for three years (not full-time!). She loved exploring new places, sights, smells, and meeting new dogs! We are assured she is finding much more adventure in Heaven! RIP Sweet Bailey!” —Marsha & Richard Mackerer
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!
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Cozy, cute AND comfy! These will keep Goldilocks’ furry friends warm all winter long!
Leave here with a laugh
A B-flat, an E-flat, and a G-flat walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t serve minors.”
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