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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Mutt Day! Happy National Mutt day from the RVtravel.com staff mutts, Astor, Archie and Buddy!
On this day in history: 1867 – At Tremont Temple in Boston, Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
Tip of the Day
Keep warm RVing in winter with these 17 cold weather tips
By Gail Marsh
Brrr! Have you noticed that certain areas of your RV feel cooler than others? I honestly hadn’t noticed until our grandkids slept over on a particularly cold night. They kept waking up because they were cold. I got up each time and piled on another blanket. The next day I read about lots of ideas that could potentially solve our cold spot issues. I thought I’d share some fellow RVers’ suggestions. There really are some good ones here!
Yesterday’s tip of the day: RV covers – Are they a good thing?
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Coachmen RV Nova 20RB – a top notch Class B. As he reports, “If you’re looking for a Class B van where you can actually kick back and relax without having to reconfigure this and that, this Coachmen RV Nova might be a great choice. It’s an extraordinarily well-designed interior that has good storage space but a very usable design, not something that’s typical in Class B vans.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Dynamax Europa 31SS Super C? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Is this your RV?
We are continuing this feature by popular demand!
Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.
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.
Can I just replace my house battery with lithium?
I am considering changing to a lithium battery for my house battery. No solar, just the factory setup. I will change out the charger for lithium. Will my truck have any problems with that? —Chuck
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: What’s the weird clicking in RV’s roof AC when furnace starts?
Gift ideas for owners of small trailers. Click here.
Instant Pots aren’t your mother’s pressure cooker
We’re all creatures of habit when it comes to cooking in our RV. With limited counter and storage space, it’s easy to stick with our favorite easy-to-prepare recipes. We barbecue, cook one-pot meals, and sometimes use the slow cooker. So why would you need an Instant Pot while RVing? Who wants a bulky, dangerous-looking appliance that could explode and blow the roof off your RV? Relax. Today’s Instant Pot cookers are safe, efficient, and suited for RV cooking. Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Yikes! Check out the giant mud tires on this RV!
Do you read in bed when you retire for the night?
Turn the page then tell us here.
Storing cooking liquids
Store bottles of cooking liquids (cooking oils, sauces, vinegar, syrup, etc.) all together in a solid, plastic container or tub. When driving, if one happens to break, the spill will be contained. You will have a small mess to clean but not a disaster. Use an old hand towel or (clean) socks to cushion the glass containers. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Website of the day
Wildlife photography: how to take perfect shots
See a beautiful bird? A herd of buffalo in Yellowstone? Sharpen up your photography skills and get ready to capture the moment!
SoftStartRV makes the perfect gift for RVers!
Run two air conditioners on 30 amps* – Wow!
When the temperature really gets sizzling and your 50-amp rig is stuck with a 30-amp hookup, you’re out of luck if you want to run two air conditioners. That is, unless you have a state-of-the-art SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and works just as promised. Don’t miss watching the short video by RV electricity expert Mike Sokol. Learn more or order.
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:
• 28 percent have taken a trip on Route 66 in their RV.
• 20 percent say they would not stay someplace for a week or more if there was no cell service.
• 10 percent have four or more TVs permanently installed in their RV.
Recipe of the Day
This is a simple and quick one-pan pepper steak recipe. It’s full of savory flavors with a bit of sweetness from the red pepper and onions. If you like a bit of a kick, we suggest adding extra red pepper flakes. Served over white rice, it’s a scrumptious weeknight dinner.
Sounds scrumptious indeed! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Chicken Parmigiana
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the shortage of truck drivers is at its highest since it began monitoring it in 2005. Bob Costello, ATA’s chief economist, recently announced that the current shortage stands at 80,000 drivers and that it’s not getting better. “Over the next decade, the shortage could hit 160,000 at current trends,” he told Editor and Publisher Magazine.
*How many people use Google Maps each month? The answer will shock you! Find it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Harvey, our miniature longhaired Dachshund, is a great camping buddy. He always loves looking out the window when we are camped.” —Marty Dagneau-Bates
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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Not only would having a portable one of these be fun, but it would also keep you warm on chilly winter evenings. Check it out.
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