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“The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” —Benjamin Franklin
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Tater Day! If you don’t feel like eating potatoes today, how about spending the night in one?
On this day in history: 1918 – Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.
Tip of the Day
RV Mods – Got a spare, there?
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Here’s an RV modification for the travel trailer and smaller motorhome set. It’s an “If you ain’t got it, you need it” mod. When we bought our mid-20-foot range travel trailer, it didn’t take us long to scratch our heads: “Where’s the spare tire?” It was an apt question, because in the years that we had that rig, due to an originally unbeknownst misaligned axle, we needed more than a couple of whacks with a spare tire.
Do you have a spare tire carrier on your rig? No, we’re not talking about behemoth Class A units where not only do you need a spare tire, you need the likes of Samson to ride along in your basement storage to lift and fit the spare. We’re talking about a rig that uses a, say, 15- or 16-inch tire. If your rig is equipped with the typical 4-inch square tube rear bumper, then acquiring and installing this important mod is quick, inexpensive and relatively easy.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “Grand Design does a good job building these trailers with just a few exceptions, which are easily corrected if you care. This offers both good seating and enough sleeping space to where I think this layout makes more sense than a number of bunk models. There is also a huge amount of kitchen counter space in this so you really could serve a larger group 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 does my RV propane regulator whistle for only one tank?
Why does my RV propane regulator whine or whistle when it’s pointed to one tank but not to the other one? —Dennis
10 harsh RV realities for beginners
By Dave Helgeson
Many of us that have been RVing for years have learned the realities of RVing via direct experience (aka school of hard knocks) long before the advent of the “information super highway” aka the internet. Nowadays you can easily perform an online search for any subject and be presented with a huge choice of articles and videos. … Here’s a short video (viewed more than 1.8 million times since March 2018) depicting the “10 Harsh RV Life Realities for Beginners.” How many can you identify with?
Would you rather an RV park have a swimming pool or a hot tub?
Can’t find a good source of campfire wood? Restrictions to keep invasive bug species at bay make it even harder. Hit the “big box” lumberyard and buy cheap “utility”-grade 2x4s. Cut them in foot or foot-and-a-half lengths. They are easy to chop into kindling, if desired, and they light easily, don’t support bugs, and put out plenty of heat and light.
Website of the day
The Best Mountain Towns to Visit in America
It’s hard to say there’s anything better than a gorgeous mountain town, especially on a beautiful spring or summer day. See how many of these you’ve been to, and plan a trip to the ones you’ve never visited.
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:
• 69 percent say they would gladly pay $20 a night to stay in a Walmart parking lot with electric hookups.
• 76 percent have continuously worked for an employer for 20 years or more.
• The majority of voters, 56 percent, say the person they feel closest to is not a blood relative.
Recipe of the Day
Hasselback potatoes sound hard to make, but they’re actually just an easy and fancy baked potato. Originating at the Hasselbacken restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, slices are partially cut into Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes. As the potatoes bake, the slices fan out and allow for melted butter and seasonings to seep inside. The potato skins are crisp, while the slices stay tender. A delicious potato side dish option for your holiday meal or a dinner party. Serve as is or with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
The Kansas state motto is: “Ad astra per aspera,” which translates to, “To the stars through difficulties.” We like that!
*What is the most intelligent freshwater fish? Hint: It’s also the most popular freshwater game fish in the U.S.! Take a guess and see if you’re right by looking for the answer in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Lucee began her travels as an 8-year-old and has settled in nicely! She is fearless in her hunting everywhere we go. And on the way home, she finds herself exhausted. I don’t know how we could live without her!” —Genevieve Arthur
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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If you eat this, you’re going to be the most muscular person in the world! Really, it’s true! And then when you hug someone you’ll be giving them a muscle sandwich!
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If your dentist fixed your cavities with different colors, would it be okay? Or would you have mixed fillings?
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