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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Human Rights Day!
On this day in history: 1868 – The first traffic lights are installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
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Tip of the Day
Tips to keep you out of trouble when boondocking on public lands
By Bob Difley
Most boondockers know about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) near popular snowbird locations in Southern California and Arizona. But boondocking is also permitted on most BLM land, even if it is not a designated camping or dispersed camping area.
The rule as it now exists allows you to camp/boondock anywhere on BLM land unless expressly prohibited by signs or fences.
But that doesn’t mean you can just go tearing off across the desert mowing down cacti and smashing wildlife burrows – not that too many RVers would do that in their expensive rigs. To keep the rangers off your back, and to set a good example for RVers and RVing in general, follow these common sense tips – not only to avoid trouble with authorities but also to keep yourself out of trouble. Continue reading.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: They’re not just for shoes: Use shoe organizers throughout your RV!
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2891BH. Tony writes, “Just when I thought I had seen it all when it comes to RV floor plans, a unit like this comes along. There’s a lot to look at here.” Read more and peek inside this unusual bunkhouse model.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Keystone Cougar 25RDS? 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!
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.
Batteries won’t keep steps working. And where is the charger?
I have a 1997 Allegro Star. The house batteries won’t keep my steps working. Is it the solenoid or charger for the house batteries? Also, does it prevent the generator from working? Is it time to replace both house batteries? Where is the charger for the house battery located? Do the batteries need water or…? Thanks. —Ellie
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Can I use tow vehicle battery and jumper cables to supplement my trailer’s house battery?
True story: “My RV was a Bloodmobile”
By Nanci Dixon
We outgrew our family truck camper the day the kids and their friends didn’t sleep in the tents outside and we did. My husband said never again, so I was determined to get something bigger with sleeping room for all of us. I had always dreamed of having a motorhome. … Continue reading how they acquired a bloodmobile that just needed “a little more work to finish.” Uh huh.
Yesterday’s featured article: A good place to carry books in your RV
Words of wisdom from this book:
Act the part and you will become the part.
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Have you ever used one of these before? We have, and we love them! The sound they make is incredible (and oh so cozy!).
Adjust convex mirrors to prevent blind spots
Before traveling in your RV, adjust both convex wing-mirrors to allow you and the co-pilot to see down both sides of your coach. Convex mirrors help increase your field of view to see objects and vehicles that might otherwise “hide” in a blind spot. Once set, the convex mirrors usually do not have to be readjusted regardless of the size of the driver. Remember, objects in the convex mirror are closer than you think. Do not use them to judge distance as they can distort distance perception! Always make sure to use your mirrors – even in the rain. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Suellen Jeffrey
2018 Coachmen Freelander 21RS
“There are many things I love about our RV: it’s a Chevy and drives very easily, there’s a roomy loft for the two grandkids, and it has an oven and a full bath. But most of all there is a closet next to the slide-out bed. You see, that space is used for my honey’s dialysis machine. So even with a disability, we are able to travel. Love our Rhodie🌺”
Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.
Website of the day
15 Experience Gifts for the Traveler Who Already Has Everything
We see quite a few lists like this, but this one has some unique options we hadn’t heard of before. Check it out – some of these would make wonderful gifts!
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
• AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
• Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
• Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
• Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
Recipe of the Day
Not only are these black-eyed peas good, but they’re also very easy to make. Cooking the beans with the hambone is key to this recipe. It infuses flavor in the beans. Savory from the ham, these black-eyed peas have a little kick from the Rotel. The whole dish is flavorful. Serve with a slice of cornbread for a delicious meal to ring in the New Year. A great way to use your holiday hambone too.
We will certainly be making this – yummmmmy! Get the recipe so you can make it too.
See yesterday’s recipe: Christmas Crunch
Did you know that the blueberry muffin is the official muffin of Minnesota? It was so declared in 1988.
*Netflix wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for a high late fee on what popular movie? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Duke is a 3 1/2-year-old Groodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle). He lives with us full-time travelers of 11 years in Wander, a Tiffin 34 TGA. We go trail riding in Wilbur, a Jeep Rubicon. Duke helps my wife take walks. He loves his ball and playing fetch.” —Roger Schoenberger
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!
Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.
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