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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Compliment Day! You know what to do…
On this day in history: 1984 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.
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Tip of the Day
Bucking the trend: Heading north for the winter (Part two)
Before you continue reading, read part one of this series here if you haven’t already.
Camping in the winter in the northern U.S. requires special preparation. Blizzards, extremely cold temperatures, and blustery winds are just the beginning of potential hazards facing winter campers. How do they prepare? Here are a few answers…
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new American Coach American Eagle 45E. Tony writes, “It’s pretty rare that I get press information and stop and have to show my wife. But that’s just what happened with the American Coach American Eagle 45E which debuted at the Tampa RV show. When I saw the interior shots I was really taken aback, again with the understanding that interior design is subjective. But, seriously. Wow.” See what he’s talking about here.
No reviews from this weekend. Tony is running our media booth at the Quartzsite RV Show. If you’re in the area, stop by the show (now through Jan. 30) and say hello!
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Ask Dave: Video
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.
I have my motorhome in storage. Is there anything I need to do before bringing it out for spring?
I have my motorhome in storage for the winter. Is there anything I need to do or to be aware of before bringing it out for spring? —A reader with spring fever
Did you miss Dave’s video column on Saturday where he answered the question: Can my RV battery overcharge with solar?
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Testing for a dangerous hot-skin voltage
I recently pulled into a little country showground in my motorhome and plugged into a 240V pedestal. Went to check my tire valve extensions and on touching the vehicle rims I was getting a heavy tingling on my fingers. That’s never happened before or since, after connecting up to 240V. What could cause this to happen? Have alerted the showground manager just in case of faulty wiring somewhere. —Phillip
Read Mike’s important information (and watch the video) about hot-skin voltage here.
• Mike’s Saturday column: How to check 30-amp outlet polarity
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
Join Mike Sokol for a 60-minute Zoom interview this Wednesday and Friday at noon EST, featuring live questions from our Quartzsite booth with Tony Barthel. Wednesday Mike will discuss surge protectors, and Friday he’ll discuss lithium battery upgrades. More info to come.
7 handy uses for RV shelf liner you probably haven’t thought of
Most RVers are familiar with the cushioned shelf liners that protect our dishware when we travel and bump down the road. Beyond lining shelves to cushion and grip objects, the leftover pieces can be used for a lot of things around the RV. Learn about some of them here, then please add your tips in the comments below the article.
Do you carry a shovel in your RV?
Start digging and tell us here.
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Give us a pizza this!! Actually… we’re not sure we would use something like this. Would you?
An easy way to find historical markers
We camp most weekends and some longer weeks during the year. We move from place to place frequently (sometimes daily). Since I was first able to read, I liked to read the roadside historical markers. So when camping in a new place, I would drive the tow vehicle around and look for markers. Here in the East, they tend to be everywhere. I found a neat website with a map that shows where markers are. So now I can plan a route to look at the markers wherever I am. Here’s the link. Be prepared for a slow page load in the East if you are looking at a large area. Be patient—it’s worth it. —Betty
Thanks for the tip, Betty!
For Lovers Only…
Listen up, romantics. If you have a special someone you’d like to surprise with a secret message right here on this website (could be your wife, husband, partner, child, neighbor, friend, etc.) submit it to us here. Don’t use their real names, use a special name that only they’ll recognize. Oh, how fun it will be when they read it! You’ll make their day! We’ll feature these in our upcoming newsletters, so keep your eyes open.
Here are a couple of responses.
To: Honey Bunny
“Thank you for 35 years of happiness – I love you to the moon and back!”
To: My Navigator
“You are the perfect navigator for me, not only as we navigate our rv travels but also as we navigate life. I love you!”
“Why I love my RV”
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Steve Perkinson
2015 Allegro Open Road 32SA
“It has a king bed. The television is in front of the couch with the fireplace under it. The kitchen is set up without an oven so we have more storage. Our model has a slide-out table and chairs/desk. It is much more convenient and takes up less room than a booth.”
Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.
Coffee, tea, water, or other beverage will taste better in this!
Isn’t this the coolest mug/thermos you’ve ever seen? We can’t imagine a more perfect vessel for your drinks if you’re an RVer, car or truck lover! The stainless steel liner will keep your hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for two hours – no more cold coffee! If you buy this as a gift, make sure to get one for yourself too!
Website of the day
From Covered Wagon to Winnebago: The Evolution of the RV
This article from Cheapism walks you through the history of the RV. It’s easy to read and fascinating!
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
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• Rig trouble? Beware the roadside rip-off
• Want to buy an RV? Buyer beware!
Recipe of the Day
Creamy Lemon Oatmeal Bars
by Aurora McBee from Great Falls, MT
Yummy! Perfectly sweet and creamy.
Well, that’s not the most descriptive of descriptions (we take the descriptions from the Just a Pinch recipe page), but they look yummy so we still think it’s worth a try! Get the recipe.
Recipes from this weekend:
• Pasta and Pancetta and Peas in a Gorgonzola Sauce
• Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
The iconic Coca-Cola bottle is shaped to look like a cocoa pod. Even though the drink doesn’t have anything to do with cocoa pods, the bottle designers were fascinated by the symmetry, curves and ribs on the pods and used them as inspiration.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Bandit began camping when he participated in Jack Russell Terrier Club trials. His favorite place to relax after a busy day of competition is on the back of the double recliner.” —Donna Roue
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 owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!
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Why couldn’t the sailor learn his alphabet?
He kept getting lost at C.
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With regards to historical markers, Texas has an app that will follow you along the road you travel, inform you of the location of the next upcoming historical marker and show and read the marker to you, all before you pass it up. No more missed markers.
What is the name of this app?
I miss opening the newsletter and being greeted with “Welcome to another fabulous edition”!
No to using the shelf liner to open jar lids. It is the only time my wife calls me her big strong man!
Love it Phil!
Dare we ask just WHAT she calls you the rest of the time????