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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Dog Biscuit Day! (Hint: Your dog REALLY wants you to buy this.)
On this day in history: 1927 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill by Congress establishing the Federal Radio Commission (later replaced by the Federal Communications Commission) which was to regulate the use of radio frequencies in the United States.
Tip of the Day
Need shelter from hot sun or bad weather? Use this pop-up canopy
By Nanci Dixon
We travel from extreme area to extreme area—one too hot and sunny and the other cold and rainy. We do try to avoid snow and freezing temps though! One thing that has helped us still enjoy the outdoors in both hot and/or extreme weather is this pop-up canopy tent.
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Keystone Bullet 287QBSWE travel trailer. He writes, “There are a number of things that have been incorporated into this floor plan since I was selling them just a few years ago. Those include a number of features that will really make a difference in long-term use.”
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.
What is the best battery for a diesel pusher?
Our house batteries are having problems and we want to upgrade. We have a 2015 Winnebago Tour. Could you recommend a replacement battery? Thanks for your help. —Gerald
Video: Notorious low underpass claims another RV
Watch what happens when an RVer towing a fifth wheel trailer ignores warning signs and even runs a red light and attempts to pass beneath what is probably America’s most infamous low bridge. It’s not pretty. Watch and weep (and then measure the height of your RV so this doesn’t happen to you).
What’s too much to routinely pay for a dinner entree at a restaurant?
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The reality of loose screws
It seems like all RVers, er, RVs have a few screws loose. Road vibration tends to loosen anything with a thread to it, so be sure to keep a set of screwdrivers and wrenches with you no matter how short the trip.
“Why I love my RV”
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Leonard Rempel
2020 Keystone Montana 3120 RL
“It has all the comforts of home! A washer/dryer combo, a TV that is cabled for Netflix, a big kitchen, great outdoor shade, totally set up for any type of camping we want, and best of all, we can and do change our scenic view every couple of weeks. My retirement gift to myself, and so happy that I was able to do this.”
Congratulations on your retirement, Leonard (and co!). Happy trails!
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Wow! This is so handy!
What a great idea! Hook this on your steering wheel and you’ll have an instant ergonomic desk. It’s very light, but sturdy enough to support a laptop, lunch or notepad. It mounts quickly on the steering wheel and is easily stowed in the back seat pocket. We love this! Learn more or order.
Website of the day
The Most Beautiful Photo We Could Find of Every U.S. National Park
They’re not lying—these photos are stunning! Trust us, you’ll want to visit every single one of these parks after looking through these.
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Recipe of the Day
Green Chile Cheese Squares
by Diana Furman from Las Cruces, NM
Fluffy and creamy, these green chile cheese bars are perfect any time of the day. With the texture of a breakfast casserole, the flavor reminds us of a spicy cornbread. Enjoy them for brunch, a snack, or even an appetizer.
Poison dart frogs, highly toxic frogs found in Central and South America, are not poisonous when raised in captivity. That’s right, the frog’s toxicity is derived from their diet, so when they’re not fed the same diet, the frogs never build up a reserve of the toxins they excrete.
*If leafcutter ants don’t actually eat the leaves, what do they do with them? The answer, which you’ll find in yesterday’s trivia, is fascinating.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Our camp dogs: Lucky the Doxie, and Sammie, a mixed breed Beagle, Australian Shepherd, and Border Collie. They were waiting for their daddy to come back to the truck.” —Joeann Hite
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Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
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Laugh of the day? Some people have way too much time on their hands. Now I could use a good contractor with a great sense of humor.
Regarding your comment about screws getting loose? On self-tapping screws, if you tighten it, it will get loose again! A better idea? Obtain at a hardware store the same length screw but in the next size up. For instance if it’s a number 6 screw, replace it with a number 8. It will likely stay a lot longer!
I thought political discussions were not allowed on this forum? From Bob P on, that is what it has become.
The “11 foot, 8” video. Ok, I got the message. I have a card in my truck with my trailer measurements. Thank You !
O.K., so which is it? The sign at the approach says 12′ 4″. If it’s 11′ 8″ then the hiway department owes a bunch of folks some money. If you were driving a rig that’s 12′ max, then you would think it’s o.k. ??????
Last night I went down the street to get us a hot dog. Two hot dogs frys and one cold-slaw was $17. Prices are going up. We could have made a hot dog at home but sometimes you just want to try a food truck you have heard about.
Smile at to-day’s “Thought”!! At the End of Day just have to say it has been a Ride & Awesome!!
BTW, the “Leave her with a laugh” picture looks like something totally different going on there. Just sayin’.
Yesterday while driving from Little Rock area to Charlotte area it was pouring rain, poor visibility and the likes. I was driving my Ram pickup without my trailer. Just happened to see an older class A come blowing by doing probably 70+mph. Could see it bouncing around and drift some in the wind gusts. Back window said Rent Me call phone #. Thus why I would never rent my RV to anyone. Have no idea what their skill levels are or common sense. Just my thought for the day
Yep they were driving like they stole it. I would never rent or lend our rig.
We’ve noticed that restaurant prices have increased considerably in the past year or two. We now eat out less and take advantage of coupons and “specials”. The continuing COVID threat is also good motivation.
You are right and it is likely to go higher. What I can’t understand is the people that think Sixty dollars is their cutoff to regularly spend on an entree. That is spot of money in my book.
Check your RV screw selection. Not all screws used are flat heads or Philips heads. There are several other types used in construction of your RV. Get one of the bit collections and a handle and you are covered. Harbor Freight is your friend, in this case.
Today’s poll……2 people can’t even go to McDonalds for less than $20!!!!! I know, it’s not exactly “dinner out” going to Mickie Dee’s.
We are finding the same thing… sticker shock at the drive up. We seldom eat out and save money at the grocery by shopping sales and having no waste. Occasionally we get caught with nothing prepared. Yesterday it was a $50 mediocre lunch at the beach and last month a hot dog, hamburger 2 small fries and 2 small cokes for $40 and we bused our own table. I feel bad for the industry and waitresses but for many of us these prices are just to steep. Please dont turn this into a political discussion. It is what it is. We used to eat out a lot and found that for two people it was often more economical to do so. I do not see the restaurant industry recovering.
War on the Middle class