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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chili Day!
On this day in history: 1854 – A Penny Red with perforations was the first perforated postage stamp to be officially issued for distribution.
Tip of the Day
The things you must do before every RV trip
By Gail Marsh
Your rig is packed and fueled up. You’ve found your sunglasses and are wearing your comfy “long-haul clothes.” Your opened water bottle sits patiently in the cup holder and snacks are within easy reach. In short, you are ready to go! But wait just a minute! You’re not fully ready to head out on the road until you perform the following tasks. You must follow these things to do before every RV trip. They are important. Every time. For your safety, the safety of your passengers, and anyone who may travel along your same route—do not skip these simple, but vital actions.
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Coachmen Northern Spirit 2659BH bunkhouse travel trailer. As he reports, this is “a bunkhouse travel trailer with some really unusual features that could make a difference. In fact, this may be a good choice for those who want a larger bunk model and who want to bring along some adventure gear.”
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.
Why won’t my RV’s water pump prime?
We purchased a 2022 Winnebago Travato 59K in October 2021. We took it on one small trip to see if everything was working and now we’re on our first big trip. The first thing that’s gone out, and I’ve had nothing but problems with, is this new water pump all in one unit. I’ve had the technicians come up and look at it twice now. Each time they’re able to get it to prime and to work, but when it gets on the road apparently something goes wrong with one of the levers and we cannot get it to prime. …
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I just spent $106 on a $3 shower replacement part…
By Nanci Dixon
It can be hard to find a part for your RV these days. With brick-and-mortar stores carrying a lot fewer items and online sales the new normal, finding a simple replacement part for an RV has gotten much harder. I just spent $106 to get a $3 plastic bracket that broke on the shower spray bar in my RV’s shower. What the heck?! Read more.
Have you ever ordered a pizza delivered to your RV?
Possible cause of trailer sway
Reader Jim Schrankel read a story we carried earlier about reducing trailer sway. Jim rightly points out that oftentimes, sway can be attributed to too-little weight on the hitch. Industry recommendations range anywhere from 10 to 12 percent of your trailer’s weight should be on the hitch, but Jim likes his at 15 percent. Thanks, Jim, for keeping us (and our rigs) straight!
Website of the day
Raptor rehab centers in the U.S. and Canada
We think there’s a pretty good chance you point out raptors (birds of prey) on your RV travels: “Look at that huge hawk, Honey!” This list shows you raptor centers across the U.S. and Canada. Most of them you can visit, which would be pretty neat!
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:
• 56 percent say their financial worth is greater than it was two years ago.
• 32 percent would re-think staying at an RV park if they found out it was close to train tracks.
• 23 percent take their RV batteries out of the cold each year and store them in their garage or basement.
Recipe of the Day
This lovely beef chili has a subtle sweetness that is a welcome departure from traditional hot and spicy versions. We love the big tender pieces of beef in this chili. Corn throughout is a nice touch of sweetness when you get a kernel.
According to the USDA, a sandwich is defined by the presence of… what? If you guessed meat, you’re correct. So the next time you eat a grilled cheese, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you can’t call it a sandwich! The USDA says that in order to qualify for a sandwich to be a sandwich, it must have at least 35 percent cooked meats and be no more than 50 percent bread.
*When are poison dart frogs not poisonous? Yesterday’s trivia tells you when you could be around these frogs and not have to worry!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“I rescued Lily from Costa Rica in 2010. We were down there on vacation and she befriended us and slept on the porch of our cabana every night. She followed us everywhere. I believe she is a terrier mix (maybe some rat terrier). She has turned out to be a very sweet, loving girl. I am so glad I rescued her.” —Cecile Geary
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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