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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!
On this day in history: 1872 – Yellowstone National Park is established as the world’s first national park.
Tip of the Day
RV Safety Tip: Merging into traffic… the right way
By Gail Marsh
It happened again. We’d just finished breakfast at a rest stop along the Interstate and were ready to get back on the road. We were not alone. Several other RVs headed out ahead of us. Work trucks and semis joined our lineup. We all approached the highway on-ramp, each vehicle eager to get back on the road. Morning traffic was light and moving steadily on the Interstate. That’s when it happened. The lead RV stopped. It came to a dead standstill. At the end of the on-ramp. One RVer, following the lead RV too closely, had to veer onto the shoulder to avoid causing a rear-end accident. The rest of us applied brakes and shook our heads. It was another case of incorrectly merging.
2022 Heartland North Trail 21RBSS—little trailer, big features
Tony writes, “Today, this review is looking at the Heartland North Trail 21RBSS, a couple’s smaller travel trailer that has a lot of things I’ve seen people ask for, including a true king bed but in a trailer that is easily half-ton towable.”
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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.
Can I run my refrigerator on 12 volts while driving?
Can’t I run my RV’s refrigerator on 12 volts while running down the highway and turn off my propane tanks completely? —Fil Patrick Peterson
SoftStartRV – Run an air conditioner with a small generator
By Dave Helgeson
Earlier this year I installed a SoftStartRV™ on my RV’s roof air conditioner. Impressively, the SoftStartRV allows me to run an air conditioner with a small generator. … I also promised a follow-up report after I had the opportunity to field test the unit over the summer under varying conditions. Here’s my report. (Hint: For me it’s been a game changer.)
Your tires have information molded on the sidewall about Load and Inflation capacity. Do you know what those numbers mean?
Use your turn signals—cut down on accidents
A 2019 study by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) revealed that drivers miss using turn signals two billion times a day. By its account, the missed signals result in an estimated two million crashes per year. Think, then blink!
Website of the day
30 Best Delis Across America
Okay, sandwich lovers! This list from Cheapism was practically written for you! Warning: You will get hungry!
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:
• 10 percent say their current RV is too big for them.
• 71 percent make their bed every morning (and 6 percent never make their bed!).
• 49 percent say they or their partner are very capable of fixing things that go wrong in the RV, and that they can fix almost everything.
Recent poll: Do you read other RV-related newsletters?
Recipe of the Day
Risotto is always a bit labor-intensive… but SO worth it! This recipe is a terrific example of how good homemade risotto can be.
Envelopes are numbered according to their size. The most common business envelope, for example, measures 4 1/8 inches by 9 1/2 inches. In 1876, an envelope manufacturer named William Irwin Martin created a system to identify envelopes by size for a publication called the Stationers’ Handbook. Before that, envelope sizes were determined by individual envelope manufacturers, which caused confusion.
*Roosters wear earplugs! It’s true! See what we mean in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Oliver spent the first year of his life in a cage at a shelter due to a contagious disease. He was shaved head to toe four times. Never had contact with another animal. He has a remarkable personality, a beautiful coat, has traveled all over the USA, and is a big boy. He now celebrates his 11th birthday. Life is good.” —Diane Berke
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!
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Where does a cowboy cook all his meals?
On the range!
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