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“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.” —Betty White (1/17/1922 – 12/31/2021. RIP, Betty White. You left more footprints than can be counted.)
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Bird Day!
On this day in history: 1914 – The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and minimum daily wage of $5 in salary plus bonuses.
Tip of the Day
Don’t waste any wall space in closets or cabinets – maximize it with canvas cubbies
RV closet and storage space – there never seems to be enough of it! When downsizing and downsizing again, it’s easy to talk yourself into keeping excessive items that accumulate. Like shoes you haven’t worn in over a year, or a collection of ballcaps, or more socks than will fit in a drawer. So, instead of downsizing, how do you maximize closet space? Find out here.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Record-breaking winter storms sweep across U.S. What RVers need to know to keep their pets safe
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 274RKS. As he reports, “I think the huge amount of storage space in this rig along with the very usable kitchen (except for that oven) and open feeling are huge pluses here.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Cherokee Grey Wolf 24JS? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Is this your RV?
Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig.
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.
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.
Attend Dave’s free seminars at this week’s Greensboro, N.C. RV Show, Jan. 7-9 at Greensboro Coliseum.
The wood in my RV’s roof is separating. What can I do?
I have a 2009 Mobile Suites 5th wheel. There are two areas on the roof where the wood under the rubber roof are separating from the cross studs. They have not pierced the rubber but they move up and down when walked on. I previously repaired a cut in the rubber from a tree branch with Eternabond applied over the existing damaged rubber and it worked incredibly well. My question is this: Is it advisable to cut away some of the rubber roof above the loosened wood, refasten the wood to the studs, then repair the area with Eternabond or some equivalent? Or, do you have a better suggestion short of replacing the entire roof? —Ron
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How do I eliminate “poop pyramids” in the black tank?
By Nanci Dixon
Deer flies … an RVer’s enemy! Deer flies can be unbelievably irritating at times. So bad you just really, really want to stay inside your RV and never get out. They bite! Hard! The “Bucket of Death” can help. Read how.
Yesterday’s featured article: Knowing this hidden key trick could save you a road service call
Do you carry tire chains in your RV or tow vehicle?
Please tell us here.
• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
• ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
• WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
• LATEST RV RECALLS
• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Don’t allow antenna “wings” to contact RV roof
Add this to your inspection list: Are your roof-top antenna “wings” coming in contact with the roof when in travel position? If so, they may rub against the roof with road vibration and can actually chew a hole in your rubber roof. If it looks as if they are, GENTLY bend and flex them upward enough that they lose contact with the roof.
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Men, you need these! Or ladies, If you need a gift for your hubby, this would be it! Actually, all the options here are pretty nice…
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
“Absolute beast for up-north Michigan boondocking. 6x Goodyear G-622 RSD tires, heated basement (-22f with running water), Mindy board sides (gel coat would scratch where I go), no slides (couldn’t expand them or retract them where I go) and stone-cold reliable. This coach would make it to BCS (Baja California Sur) in a heartbeat. Extremely proud of how I maintain this unit.”
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Website of the day
15 Cool Abandoned Places in the USA You Need to Visit
If you’re like us, you enjoy visiting ghost towns and other long-forgotten historical sites. Well, this website is for you! We’re adding these places to our travel bucket list.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Recipe of the Day
Beth is right, cauliflower has never tasted so good as it does in this casserole. Crunchy, creamy, cheesy, with bits of smoky bacon in every delicious bite. You’ll be going back for seconds… maybe thirds. If you need a vegetarian dish, just leave out the bacon. So good!
This sounds like the most delicious way to get in your serving of veggies! We’ll be making it! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Turkey Tortilla Soup
8-track music players were originally invented for use in jets. Bill Lear, the founder of the Learjet Corporation, wanted to improve the experience for passengers in his jets. One of those things he wanted to improve was the ability to listen to music, and a record player wasn’t going to do the trick. One of his designers, Richard Kraus, built the first 8-track player and in 1964 the Learjet Corporation built 100 models and distributed them to others in the industry. The rest, as they say, is history!
*How many insects do bats eat in a day? The number will surprise you. Find it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Luigi, Arnie, and Checkers. Three rescue dogs that are totally part of the family. They love to travel in the RV and help keep things warm on chilly PACNW nights.” —Chris Nintzel
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!
Leave here with a laugh
Last night I ordered a glass of wine with my dinner. I was a little surprised when the waiter asked to see my I.D. “Do I look that young?” I asked. “No,” he responded. “I was checking to see if you qualified for the senior discount.”
Thanks to our staff member and writer Russ De Maris for this laugh!
Words of wisdom from this book:
Don’t take life or death too seriously.
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