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“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” —Josiyah Martin
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is New Year’s Eve! It’s also, of course, National Champagne Day!
On this day in history: 1907 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in Manhattan.
Tip Article of the Day
My most memorable New Year’s Eve – A wonderful time with strangers
By Gail Marsh
My husband and I rarely go out on New Year’s Eve. We much prefer staying home. But one New Year’s Eve we were adventurous – by our standards anyway – and decided on a whim to get Chinese food. There was a restaurant not far from our home and we wanted to “do something nice for ourselves” after surviving a particularly hectic Christmas season with our three small (and very active) children. The memories of that one New Year’s Eve are repeated and embellished and recollected each year as we flip the page on the Old Year and brace for the New Year to come. You’ll see why soon enough …
Yesterday’s tip of the day: 10 extremely clever ways to reuse used holiday gift wrap
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel writes about “Taking a Fleetwood Discovery to Cousin Eddie – That’s a wrap!” As he reports: “… I found a Class A diesel pusher that has such memorable graphics even the manufacturer boasted about it. To some extent. What happened is TJ Bedacht and his wife, Heather, wrapped their 2014 Fleetwood Discovery 40G such that it resembles the motorhome used in the 1989 film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” You have to see this!
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the nüCamp Cirrus 620 half-ton truck camper? If you missed it, you can read it here.
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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.
How can I stop my RV’s roof AC from leaking in the trailer?
I have 1997 Prowler 29S with a single Coleman AC unit, which cools great on the hot days of Texas. However, the unit leaks on the ceiling in the RV when it is running. I have cleaned the holes in the drip pan and tried to level the unit. What can I do to stop the leak? —Shelby
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How do I purge the antifreeze when dewinterizing the RV?
Tips for Wi-Fi and cell data on the road
By Nanci Dixon
As many of us know, when we cut the cable to our internet and TV source, whether a weekend warrior or full-time RVer, our data life changes. Some of us realize how dependent we have been on technology – how hooked into our phones, tablets, computers we’ve been – and say, “Yeah, we are free!” For the rest of us, it can be like cutting off an appendage. Connectivity has become an integral part of our daily lives. Read how to improve your connectivity while RVing.
Yesterday’s featured article: RVers and experts weigh in: What are the best days to travel?
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Use your air conditioner when never before possible!
The SoftStartRV is a game-changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run one RV air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one RV air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run two RV air conditioners (with two SoftStartRVs) on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run an RV air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.
Did you stick to your 2021 New Year’s resolution?
Don’t be shy, tell us here.
Removing an overhead mattress
Need to remove a mattress from your motorhome or truck camper overhead? It can be a tight proposition! Start to roll up the mattress, then bind it around with ratchet-style tie down straps. Cinch them up tight, then pull the mattress out. Or buy your new mattress from an outfit that will deliver and install your new mattress!
Website of the day
11 Lovely Ideas for New Year’s Eve That Don’t Involve Crowds Of People
This list from Buzzfeed really does have some lovely ideas. We like the movie marathon and homemade cocktail ideas best!
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Tomorrow is the first day of the new year, so it’s a perfect time to start something like this. We love this idea!
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Recipe of the Day
Deep-fried mushrooms are a delicious snack when watching football and make a simple party appetizer. Once fried, these are crispy outside and tender and juicy inside. We had leftovers that we placed in the fridge. The next day, they were still yummy. Serve with ranch dipping sauce for a nibble your guests will love.
We want to attend a party where we can eat these! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Ham and Swiss Hot Bread Bowl Dip
Boston Braves pitching legend Johnny Sain was the last pitcher to face Babe Ruth in a game, an exhibition in 1943, and, in 1947, the first major league pitcher to throw a pitch to Jackie Robinson.
*How did Americans save Ecuador’s economy in the 1920s? Hint: It has to do with Eskimo Pies (now called Edy’s Pie). Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“This is Ginger and Lucy. Lucy loves to travel, but Ginger, not so much.” —Rick Gullon
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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Leave here with a laugh
At the beginning of last year, I made a New Year’s resolution to lose 10 pounds… Only 15 more to go!
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