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“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Go Caroling Day!
On this day in history: 1946 – The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.
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Tip of the Day
Traveling a long distance in your RV for Christmas or another time soon? You need these tips!
By Gail Marsh
Long gone are the days when our entire family lived within 30 miles of one another. Back then it was easy to travel to Grandma’s house for Christmas. Now? Our family is scattered all over the country and it’s been several Christmases since we all gathered together in one place at the same time. This year, however, we have some family coming to us via their motorhome. Their time off is limited, but a 1400+ mile trip is not to be taken lightly – nor perhaps all in one day. They are younger, and both adults will trade off driving, but still… I have some tips for them (and for YOU, if you’ll be driving a long distance for the holidays).
Here are my RV tips for the “long haul” – at Christmastime, or any time…
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Wildwood FSX 167RBK. Tony asks if this trailer is a lump of coal or a holiday treat. You’ll just have to read his review to find out which one he thinks it is. (Hint: It’s not a holiday treat.)
Reviews from this weekend:
• 2022 Jayco Jay Flight 34RSBS
• Yanko Design Raptor XC German off-road trailer
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Is this your RV?
We are continuing this feature by popular demand!
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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 do my RV’s batteries drain during storage?
I have a ’21 Forest River Geo Pro. When parked, the batteries go dead unless hooked up to my vehicle or dedicated power source. Both batteries are good. It has roof solar panels, which I assume would charge the batteries. Anything drawing power is off. The mobile RV mechanic has found nothing either, including fuses, etc. Any thoughts on this? —David
Did you miss Dave’s column on Saturday where he answered the question: Why don’t RV’s house batteries charge when motorhome is plugged into outlet?
Since there is no RV Travel newsletter on Christmas Day, Mike wanted to be sure and get this into today’s newsletter for you. It’s a very heartwarming story by the great storyteller Paul Harvey. So, back by popular demand, here is The inspiring “This Little Light” story by Paul Harvey – the rest of the story.
One RVer’s wacky way to get rid of toilet odors
This takes the cake. Nobody on our staff has ever seen anyone go to this extreme to dispatch their RV’s toilet’s holding tank odors out of the RV and into the atmosphere. This is the all-time craziest method we’ve ever seen. See it to believe it!
Words of wisdom from this book:
Love carries great expectations.
How many holiday presents will you give this holiday season?
Tell us here, Santa!
What does your liability insurance cover?
Got campground liability insurance on your RV? That’s the kind that “covers you” if somebody gets hurt in your campsite. But what if you’re away from the campsite while on a trip and conk somebody on the noggin with a golf ball? Homeowner’s liability insurance will probably cover you there – provided you have a home. If you’re a full-timer, check with your insurance agent to see where you stand on weird situations.
“Why I love my RV”
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Darla VanAlphen
2000 Tropical by National
“Our Moho is nothing but quality … no particle board or paper-thin walls. It has a very livable floor plan and we have full-timed in it for six years. Whenever we go to a show and see how cheap the construction is in all the new units, no matter what price you pay, we love ours more and more.”
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Website of the day
17 Top Beach Camping Spots in the U.S.
Some of the prices have probably increased on these campgrounds since this was published last year, but they’d still be worth a stay, in our opinion. Just look at those beach views!
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Recipe of the Day
Tuna Steak Salad
by Lynnie Denton from Dublin, OH
This salad is better than anything you’ll find at a restaurant. It’s ridiculously good. We grilled the tuna steak for about 5 minutes per side. We loved the flavor and texture the bell pepper gives the salad. The avocado blended with the tuna is a fantastic combination. Fresh parmesan sprinkled on top adds saltiness and is the perfect last touch. This salad is hearty enough for a delicious meal and comes together in under 20 minutes.
Eating a salad before all the heavy holiday eating we’re about to do isn’t such a bad idea… Get the recipe.
Recipes from this weekend:
• Roasted Pistachio Salmon With Maple Whiskey Sauce
• Peppermint Eggnog Punch
Who invented Dorito chips? The origin of one of America’s best-selling chips can be traced back to the Frontierland restaurant, Casa de Fritos, in Disneyland in the early 1960s. There, the chef came up with the idea to take the extra tortillas, slice them into small wedges, fry them, and season them like chilaquiles, only dry and not wet. The chips were such a hit that the VP of marketing for Frito-Lay struck a deal and began selling them in 1964. They were named Doritos in 1966.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Zeta travels well and enjoys joining us in our adventures. And she makes sure that we pack all the important things.” —Becky McCreary
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Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
What a catch! This is definitely something that would be laughed at… but used often (you can’t deny you’d give it a try).
Leave here with a laugh
On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be. Unable to decide, Nathan entered a department store and in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, “How about some perfume?” She showed him a bottle costing $75. “Too expensive,” muttered Nathan. The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $50. “Oh, dear,” Nathan groused. “Still far too much.” Growing rather annoyed at Nathan’s meanness, the salesgirl brought out a tiny $10 bottle and offered it to him. Nathan became really agitated. “What I mean,” he whined, “is I’d like to see something really cheap.” So the sales girl handed him a mirror.
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My one son likes to fish so I told my wife we should get him the Potty toilet fishing game for Christmas. She didn’t think it was quite as funny as I did. (He only 54)
Off I went to check out the “mystery product of the day”. The very first comment almost made ME ‘poop in my pants’!
Mystery product? Not so much. Many years ago, and maybe still today, there was a product called Potty Pot Shots. They were a selection of paper targets/bullseyes that could be placed in a urinal or float in a toilet bowl to help little guys perfect their aim.
The sales clerk probably does not have a job after that one. As for Doritos? Leave it to Disney to come up with a multi million dollar idea. We have Progressive. I might want to check into that RV insurance. As for home owners we have Nationwide since Progressive doubled our homeowners. What a racket.
You are to be commended in your write ups on the product of the day. It seems you always manage to pique my interest, but, alas the product is always below the expectations.
Mike Sokol has hit a soft spot. I always listened to Paul Harvey for his inspirational and even, at times, incredibly funny stories. This one was especially good. May it bring sunshine and a smile to all that read it.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
Zeta is such a beauty！
I prefer the word “frugal”.
Sorry naysayers but I liked the joke !!!
Getting desperate in the “leave here with a laugh” department, huh? Just kidding. Love the bad ones as much as the good ones,,,
Nathan – Bless his heart 😂
Stay safe, Joe
My wife says the same about me at times.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you !
May all your travels be filled with good times !