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“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Cake Day!
On this day in history: 1880 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his incandescent lamp.
Tip of the Day
RV Mods: A place to carry your “grass carpet”
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Plenty of RVers carry a “grass carpet” with them to stick out under the awning. It’s great to simulate a little green when parked at some high-class RV park where your parking area is solid concrete and the nearest green is at the shuffleboard court. Problem is, how do you store your grass carpet?
For years we had to fold ours up, regardless of whether it was wet, dry, muddy or clean. We’d then stick the folded-up mess into a rectangular storage container and shove it away in the bowels of the rig someplace. Here’s another idea that might work a wee bit better.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: You MUST have a set of microfiber cloths in your RV. You can do SO much with them!
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel RV takes us on a tour of the gorgeous Keystone Montana 3791RD totally redone by Cortni Armstrong, The Flipping Nomad. Check out her beautiful fifth wheel here!
Did you read Tony’s column yesterday about Why one reader prefers Coachmen’s Apex Ultra-Lite 300BHS? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
CONTEST! 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.
Does extreme heat make my RV’s wallpaper wrinkle?
Does extreme heat from the sun make my RV’s wallpaper wrinkle? —Jana
Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he wrote a follow-up to the previous day’s question on tire pressure in duallies: More about dually tire pressure
RV travels the highway with slideout extended. Dangerous?
When we saw this photo, we cringed. How can this be safe? How can this be legal? We wondered why anyone would travel this way. Isn’t this dangerous? The slide is only about halfway out. Will it continue to extend with each passing bump and turn? Read more, then feel free to comment (politely, please).
Have you ever come upon a rattlesnake in the wild?
Slither over here and tell us.
How to help avoid mold and mildew in your RV
When winter camping in a humid area, mold and mildew can creep in. Electric dehumidifiers are noisy and eat lots of power. Keeping the air moving in your rig can often chase off the mildew creatures, so try running a fan to keep the air circulating. And don’t let your furniture come up against an outside wall if you can help it.
Sta-Bil Rust Stopper stops rust and corrosion
Of the many gremlins that attack your RV, like mold, mildew, leaks and black streaks, rust is the gremlin that will attack your hand tools, spare parts, door hinges and other vulnerable metal surfaces and moving parts over time. STA-BIL® Rust Stopper prevents rust and corrosion by protecting metal surfaces with a long-lasting barrier while lubricating parts and tools to stop squeaks and sticking. Learn more in this article.
Website of the day
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship: Connected Communities
As the site explains, “The Connected Communities Project is a visionary effort led in partnership with the US Forest Service, SBTS, and community partners to connect 15 mountain towns for economic prosperity through outdoor recreation.”
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.
From: Your Sweetie
“Thank you for taking care of me during all my surgeries! You are my heart and I Love You.”
To: Pookie Pie
“37 years ain’t nothing. Let’s do another 30. Love you most!!”
Having this might save your life
Reader Bill Jeffrey writes, “Add a marine air horn to your emergency pack. Small, light, cheap, easy to use, and can be heard for miles. They are way louder than you can yell. They double as a deterrent to scare away coyotes, bears, and so forth, and can also be used to reunite parties that have gotten separated. You can get them on Amazon for a good price. They weigh only a few ounces and easily drop into your day bag.”
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 78 percent are Amazon Prime members.
• 9 percent only use disposable plates in their RV.
• 74 percent always make sure to bring an electric toaster with them in their RV.
Recent poll: How long have you been RVing?
Recipe of the Day
Ooey, gooey, and oh so creamy, this gooey butter cake is such a treat. It is like a chocolate-covered strawberry, in cake form. Decadent and rich, we loved every bite. Our chocolate chips didn’t swirl as lovely as we would have liked so we ended up spreading them a little bit. Still delicious!
It’s National Chocolate Day, and we think this is a perfect way to celebrate! Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Seafood Pasta in Lemon Butter Sauce
Standardized timekeeping was brought about by the advent of railroads. Before the advent of the railroad system, keeping time wasn’t too rigid—clocks across different towns would vary from each other and nobody was too concerned about the correct time. Time didn’t so much matter… unless you were railroad operators. In Britain in 1847, all clocks were synced to the Greenwich Mean Time. By 1855, almost all clocks were synced to this time too. However, it wasn’t until 1918 that the standardization of time was finally written into law in the U.S. with the passing of the 1918 Standard Time Act. Now you know!
*Who was the very first author to become a billionaire? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“She is a chocolate Lab. Loves to keep an eye on what’s happening outside. Stormy goes on every RV trip. She even gets her own dog toys to bring.” —Bruce Rives
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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This is one of the world’s most popular items, but this one is waterproof, which means it’s perfect for RVers!
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