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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Spouses Day! Awwww.
On this day in history: 1838 – Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States.
Tip of the Day
You MUST have a set of microfiber cloths in your RV. You can do SO much with them!
They aren’t a luxury anymore. No, microfiber cloths have become cleaning staples in many RVs today. Here are some reasons why you should consider adding them to your arsenal of cleaning supplies. (Seriously, there are A LOT of good reasons to keep these cloths around.)
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Dead RV battery issue leaves owner in the dark
Join Mike Sokol for a 60-minute Zoom interview TODAY and Friday at noon EST, featuring live questions from our Quartzsite booth with Tony Barthel. Today Mike will discuss surge protectors, and Friday he’ll discuss lithium battery upgrades. You can find the Zoom link to participate here.
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel looks at the Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 300BHS. Tony writes, “Recently we looked at the Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 256BHS. After it was published, I got an email from a reader who has a similar model but one that’s different enough that it’s a very worthy contender for a few reasons. While they looked at the 256BHS, they prefer, and purchased, the Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 300BHS. Why?” Continue reading to find out.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Cherokee Wolf Pup 16FQBL? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click 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.
More about dually tire pressure
Yesterday, Dave received many critical comments on his post. Today, he explains and goes into more detail. Read it here.
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: How close should the tire pressure on duals be?
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Yikes! There’s a freeze warning. Tips to keep the water flowing
By Nanci Dixon
Yikes! It is starting to get colder in our neck of the woods in Minnesota [Sept. 2020], and just north of us there is a freeze warning. We are full-timers and don’t leave the rapidly cooling north until mid-October, well past the first freeze and the first snow shower. Time to put the heated water hose on, the water filter heater blanket on, check the furnaces, and pull out the portable heaters. Read these great tips, and learn from their mistakes.
How many finger rings do you most often wear?
Take a quick glance to count then respond here.
• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
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• LATEST RV RECALLS
• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
• THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS
Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Tape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.
“Inspect slideout hydraulic systems occasionally for any sign of hydraulic fluid. There should never be any oily spots below the mechanism. Repairs should be made at the first sign of a leak.” —From Motorhomes Made Easy.
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“Why I love my RV”
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Beatriz Ameduri
2020 Keystone Fuzion 373
“I love the floorplan, the color of the interior, and the garage patio setup. He loves that it’s a toy hauler for our motorcycles, has double axles and the Goosebox, which he installed for a smoother ride.”
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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.
“You are the best husband and friend (with benefits!) a woman could have. You are my soulmate and I love and appreciate you. I love you, honey.”
“We hit 44 years of marriage in a week. Want to go another 44? Love you”
Website of the day
America’s Most Loved City Parks
You can tell why some of these are on the most-loved list—they’re beautiful! Go for a walk, hop on a bike, pack a picnic and get out there and explore!
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If you’ve never had these, you’re seriously missing out! However… this may be TOO many of them…
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
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Recipe of the Day
Seafood Pasta in Lemon Butter Sauce
by Sara A from Pasadena, CA
The lemon butter sauce in this seafood pasta is so good. It’s a light sauce with a delicious lemony flavor. We love the blend of shrimp and scallops in this dish. They enhance the flavor of the sauce. Easy to prepare, save this for a special occasion (like Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve) or make this when you’re craving shrimp and scallops. Serve this seafood pasta with a crispy salad, some warm bread, and prepare to smile.
We’re drooling! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Easy Low Carb Chicken and Mushroom Stew
Who was the very first author to become a billionaire? If you’re familiar with the Harry Potter books, you’re familiar with J.K Rowling, who, between the years 1997 and 2007, sold 400 million copies of the books in 67 languages. Wow! Between the books, films and merchandise, the value of the Harry Potter brand and J.K Rowling’s bank account was 15 billion dollars. Again… Wow!
*Where did the term loophole originate? Take a guess then check yesterday’s trivia to see if you’re right.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is my dog, Buddy. He is my traveling companion. Before his first birthday, he had already been around the U.S., across Canada, and to Alaska, all from our home in Melbourne, Florida. Our trips are normally 3-4 months at a time.” —Diane Kaminski
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 First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
Mini finger hot pads great for RV
Ouch, don’t burn yourself! These clever silicone pot holders are just right to grab a heated dish out of the microwave or a hot pan handle off the stove or out of the oven. And being small, they’re easy to store so they’re perfect for a small RV kitchen drawer. Grab a set of these “pinch grips” on Amazon.
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That sounds about right with IKEA even though I love the place I have to stay away from there because I am so tempted to buy them out. Now that we have a 2nd home coming in October the temptation grows. Now I am doing a inventory of what I don’t need.
If you’ve never read the questions and comments on those Haribo gummies, especially the sugar-free ones, you’re in for quite a bit of creative writing about the candy’s intestinal action.
A footnote for that cabin:
“Some assembly required”
Are you kidding me? “How many finger rings do you wear.” If you would like RV Travel to stick with RV related issues rather than these unrelated polls please let Emily Woodbury know by emailing her firstname.lastname@example.org. I used to find solace in RV Travel being a place where I could just veg out on RV related topics. I’m beginning to wonder. It may be that I’m just out of touch with the current RV crowd. But I noted on the poll RV Travel took the other day that most of us wanted RV topics.
Well, just went back to look and found that 1581 people responded to the poll. Yep, I am out of touch :).
Was going to skip that poll today, but I shall go back and vote now.
I considered the poll RV related in that the comments highlighted the dangers of wearing rings around machinery, such as a RV
After a going through a lot of micro fiber towels I found if you dry them in a dryer they no longer work as good. I think the heat screws things up. Now I wash them and hang them to dry
True, I understand the heat will melt the plastic fibers in the towels so if you must use a dryer use the no heat setting, I just hang mine out to dry also.
Also, don’t use fabric softener on them.
I can vouch for the mini-finger hot pads.
Buddy looks like he knows you are writing about him. What did ya say, huh?
Ah, I wanted to be the first to comment about Buddy!
I don’t know what “breed” of dog he is but his wiggle-waggler (aka tail) looks to be going 100 miles an hour! His tail reminds me of my Minnie’s and she is a Chihuahua mix (with what I don’t know). Her wiggle-waggler goes 100 miles an hour also!
Diane, give Buddy a big hug and kiss from Minnie and her doggie mama, please.
My first 5th wheel had a hydraulic operated slide, it didn’t have anything to ensure both cylinders operated together, anything that caused the room to slow down would cause the room to be unequal extending or retracting. I installed variable flow controls on each cylinder controlling the speed, it operated slower but evenly after that. It’s a shame engineers don’t use the products they design.
Interesting read on the micro fiber cloths! Will have to give that tip a try!
Where is the termite treatment?
Where’s the Allen wrench?
Sure hope Ikea gives a parts list and instructions for that cabin. Funny. 😄
log a to aa…
You don’t want the instructions, they were made in China! 🙂