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Tip of the Day
RVs and WD-40: Unusual combinations that work!
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Seems like every RV has at least a can or two of WD-40 for lubricating various parts. But there’s more use for WD-40 than just the occasional thread loosening. Here are a few tips that may make for slicker RV trips.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: Easy ways to decorate your RV without adding much weight
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Grand Design Transcend XPLOR 240ML. As he reports, “I was really taken aback by how very nice this trailer is. … Combining the large holding tanks with the interior design and packaging of this trailer and the way they’re putting them together … and you have one of my absolute favorite couples’ campers.” Learn more.
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Are new trailers designed for proper weight distribution?
Are new trailers designed for proper weight distribution? The right side has a sink, oven, fridge, entertainment center, and cabinets, while the left side has a slide out, weighing as much as 800 pounds, the bathroom sink, toilet, shower, etc. Is there a way to measure the weight on each side of the trailer so when loading you can try to keep the weight even? —Al
Yesterday, Dave answered: New batteries: Which should I get and how do I connect the cables?
Newsreel from 1954: Pint-sized trailer is towed by scooter and sidecar
What a hoot! This black-and-white newsreel film from 1954 shows a British couple on a camping adventure, their tow vehicle a scooter with side car. The trailer is seven feet long, weighs about 200 pounds and is easily towed behind the pint-sized two-wheeler. Watch as they stop by the side of the road to set up camp.
Have you ever had groceries delivered to you in your RV?
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Use window foil for heat/cold and light/dark control
Use bubble foil, like in the car front windows, in your rig windows to reduce heat in summer and keep heat inside in the cold. You can buy it by the roll and cut to fit each window. Also works well in the bedroom to block out early daylight, or for nice darkness during afternoon naps. (Editor’s note: This would also block out late-night car lights through the bedroom window in a campground.) Thanks to Ray Burr at Love Your RV! You can get the window bubble foil on Amazon.
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Website of the day
The Smallest Town in Every State
Sometimes small towns can be the most fun. Go through this list from Reader’s Digest and see how many of these you’ve been to.
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“Happy 50th Valentine’s Day for you and me. Love you to the moon and back.”
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We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
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Recipe of the Day
Blackened Chicken Breast With Fettuccine Alfredo
by Aku N. from Pensacola, FL
The flavors of creamy Italian Fettuccine Alfredo meet blackened Cajun-spiced chicken in this recipe. It’s a wonderful marriage of flavors. The pasta is coated with just the right amount of creamy Alfredo sauce. The seasoning on the chicken breast is where this recipe gets crazy. It’s full of spice and flavor and forms a nice crust on the chicken. A tasty dish to prepare for any occasion from a casual Tuesday night to a special anniversary.
You could do this with blackened salmon or shrimp too. Get the recipe.
See yesterday’s recipe: Over the Moon Pizza Dip
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Readers’ Pets of the Day
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J Lo dress reappeared on an episode of Rhu Pauls drag race. It was stunning to see.
I have been in Arizona for 3 summers now I would love to know where you can buy reflect it and can you see through it? I cover my ceiling fan vent covers and my sky light over the shower with aluminum foil it makes a huge difference. Please let me know of any other products that you can use to keep the heat out!
There are insulated vent covers on Amazon.
Hi, Gary. Here’s a link to the reflective and/or insulated window shade products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gB46MD And here’s a link to one-way see-through heat control sheets: https://amzn.to/3oHdXVE Good luck, and have a great day. 🙂 –Diane
Some bubble insulation stuff could melt plexiglass RV windows in summer
So who has plexiglas for windows in a RV?
I saw where someone put it in the plexiglass shower bubble and it melted it to the point they had to have it replaced.
Laugh of day is great but I fear it would get old very quickly.
My thoughts exactly
End of the day I’d wonder why I wasted my time and money
Had to laugh about the smallest town in my home state of Missouri called Cave. It would be just a few miles from my hometown of Troy yet I’ve never heard of it.
I live in Old Alexandria which isn’t much larger than Cave. Didn’t know that Cave was the smallest, but there are several very small towns north of Troy. Auburn, Davis, Famous, and Briscoe are that I can think of off the top of my head.
Can’t you just see ‘seniors’ trying to balance on the “Mystery Product of the Day”? I’m not sure I could have done that in my 40’s!
I DID love the garage door painting though.
The digital monitor would not do to much good, I would have to get off to see it. With my vertigo I doubt if I could get on it.
I have a number of pictures showing different scenes for garage doors thought they would get a laugh from most passerby’s.
Laugh of the day – The HOAs would probably file a lawsuit over those garage doors.
WD-40 is 2/3rd’s kerosene which moves the oil on your driveway and soon evaporates. Once their secret ingredient dries squeaks return. The use I found it dried the old style distributor caps allowing a car to start if the ignition was wet. I use Fluid Film where squeaks are present or lubrication is required it is a natural product and doesn’t dry out. There are other products that work equally.
Reflectix “window foil” is indeed useful for some things but it almost useless as thermal insulation. If what you need to do is “keep heat inside on a cold day,” play with rigid styrofoam insulation board, instead.
Spent last summer camphosting in AZ ,the reflect it was a life saver,kept the inside temp down 20 degrees, I also lined my food pantry with it .
Pennsylvania RV show us extremely expensive to attend, $15 per person and $10 to park. “OUTRAGEOUS”
We went to the Sport , Boat and Vacation RV show in Louisville Ky a couple of weeks ago, $12 per person to enter no senior citizen discount and $10 to park, Ugg
P.S. didn’t buy anything and did not see any Camper we liked better than our perfect for two 2018 Palomino Real-Lite RL181 with a single slide and queen walkaround bed and dry bath.
Yes it is I quit going to it. I like the one just down the road in Maryland in February.
They always rip people off at the Pa farm show complex for parking at events.
RV show is at Hershey arena not the Farm Show. When we do go to the Farm Show we park across the street at the bread outlet and give the money to the Boy Scouts. But that was a few years ago, the way things are now going I’M not sure the Scout Troop is still active.
The fall RV show at Hershey is just that. This is not the same show nor is it at the same place. This is located at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg.
You should try & get tickets for the SUPER BOWL, now thats expensive. Even saw local neighbors charging $200 & up for parking!