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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!'” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate-covered Anything Day!
On this day in history: 1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
Tip of the Day
Keeping your powder – er, paper – dry in a wet bath
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Our first big RV, when we moved away from a teeny-tiny truck camper, was an even bigger truck camper. Just what the dear-heart wanted: An air conditioner and a bathroom! No more porta-potty blues for her, no sir! But the big old camper had a big-old bathroom problem: Wet bath.
Yes, some RVs have a bathroom situated in such a way that you can sit on the pot and take a shower at the self-same time. For some, that’s a mighty convenient thing, especially for those of us with bad knees or sore feet. But it does tend to create one unintended consequence. How do you keep those bathroom roll goods from turning into a pulpy mess, and useless for their intended purpose? Find out here.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Here are some things I do to make camp cooking easier
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Rockwood Mini Lite 2514S. As he reports, “This is a nifty couple’s camper with a lot of legitimately usable features. It has all of the things I like about this brand.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday where he compared three trailers with similar floor plans from Coleman, Dutchmen and Springdale? 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.
How can I get internet service in my RV?
The RV park I’m staying at has very poor internet service. I decided to sign up for internet service. However, I couldn’t get it to work. The internet service guy said, “You have no signal because your RV connections don’t support anything other than analog.” He also said other RVers have cables all over their RVs in order to jimmy rig internet service. Can you explain this? And how do I remedy the situation? —Carol
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: Should I seal around RV’s windows before looking for a leak?
It’s all about the light: Easy tips for taking better photos
Light matters when taking photos, whether with an expensive SLR camera or on a pocket-sized cell phone. The light can make or break a shot and move the mundane to art. One of the easiest ways to improve your photography is to start actively looking at how the light is illuminating a subject or the objects around your subject. Get some great tips here.
Yesterday’s featured article: Road food: Ask the locals where NOT to eat!
Words of wisdom from this book:
Grab happiness in the passing moments of life.
Have you ever had a bear in your campsite?
Ruuuuun! No, wait, don’t run! Just safely come tell us here.
Leave a penny in the freezer
If you are leaving home for some time, put a glass of water in your freezer. Once frozen, place a penny on the ice. When you get home see if the penny is still on top. If it is down in the cup, you may have lost power and everything melted. Throw out any spoiled food from the freezer and refrigerator.
Thanks for the tip, Pam W.!
Website of the day
35 Easy and Festive Christmas Crafts for Kids That Will Keep Them Busy Until Santa’s Arrival
We try to avoid posting too many websites like this because you may not have kids or grandkids and you may not celebrate Christmas, but there are some easy craft ideas on here that are too cute not to share!
Lap desk puts your back to rest!
If you use your computer on your lap, read your Kindle on the couch, or have a hard time holding that heavy hard book, you need this lap desk! Staff member Emily uses this when she works and highly recommends it. It has 8 adjustable levels and a stopper to hold objects upright. Great for those with lower back pain or bad posture. 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:
• 45 percent say that hotter weather will deter them from traveling to traditional snowbird destinations.
• 20 percent of couples say they get along better while out traveling in their RV than they do at home.
• 9 percent admit to being totally addicted to their cell phone.
Recipe of the Day
Your holiday meal will be a little sweeter when you serve this delicious and simple baked ham. The glaze, that’s sweet, citrusy, and tangy all at once, is what makes this ham special. Poking holes allows the glaze to seep into the ham while basting. The cola and orange marmalade flavors permeate the meat. As the ham bakes, the glaze gets thick and delicious. Don’t let it go to waste… after slicing the ham drizzle a little of it over the slices.
We like the sound of this! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Crock Pot Christmas Crack
The well-known Chinese food takeout containers were originally designed to hold what? Hint: It wasn’t Chinese food! Although the little funny-shaped containers are now mostly associated with take-out Chinese food, Frederick Weeks Wilcox originally designed the little pails in 1890 as a mass-produced substitute for wooden oyster pails. Yup, they were designed to bring oysters home from the market and the waterproof, waxed-lined containers helped make that possible! It wasn’t until after WWII that the container was widely adopted by restaurants for take-out food.
*In what country would someone purchase Hole-in-One Insurance, and why? Yesterday’s trivia tells you this interesting answer.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Kisko is a mix of Flat-coated Retriever and Border Collie. He loves to travel with us.” —Jan Smith
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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You’d have a lot of fun with this! You have to use it responsibly, of course, but boy, it would be neat to get a different perspective!
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