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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Road Trip Day!
On this day in history: 1930 – The 1,046-foot (319 m) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.
Tip of the Day
The importance of an insert molding screw cover. Have you inspected yours?
By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
In my experience, one of the most missed items on an RV is the insert molding screw cover. This protective plastic covers the screws at the roofline edges as well as the vertical and horizontal side seams of all RVs.
Unless you visually inspect under the insert moldings, you will not see the potential for water damage until it’s too late.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “For the money, these are certainly a decent, garageable option whether you’re a young whippersnapper or someone in their 80s. I like what Braxton Creek is doing and, based on the number of their trailers I saw being loaded up at the factory, so do customers.”
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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.
How to override Schwintek controller and move slideout
Can you feature an article on how to bypass the Schwintek controller to electronically bring in (or out) the slideout when trouble is not fixable on the spot? I had to do this once with help from Tiffin. It was a lifesaver for me, until I was able to get home and fix it! This would be a huge help to all your readers. Thanks in advance! —Randy, 2016 Tiffin Allegro Open Road
Free phone service helps hard-of-hearing – Good to know
By Kate Doherty
It’s not uncommon for us as RVers to be in a campground or RV park with poor cell reception. Many of us, too, have hearing aids. … If you have trouble hearing someone on the phone, whatever the circumstance, CaptionCall might be just what you need. Learn more about this nifty free service.
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Do you wear your regular, outside shoes inside your RV?
Why trailer weight distribution is so critical
Longtime RVer and RVtravel.com reader George Bliss flagged this YouTube video as a “must see” for our readers. It’s a truly graphic demonstration of what happens when you don’t keep enough weight over the trailer tongue. Watch the 30-second video here. Thanks, George!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Martha Vredeveld
2019 Newmar Canyon Star 3722
“We are retired teachers and have been full-time for about a year. We love our rig named FANSI (Free Adventuring Nomads Seeking Inspiration). We have it set up just as we like it and we now consider it our home (hopefully, for the next 10 years or so). We have learned to live more simply and make every moment count. It has given us the ability to travel and see all the places we have on our bucket list. This is the lifestyle for us!”
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This will surely be a hole-in-one hit with whoever you enjoy it with! We’re sure of it.
NEW! On this day last year…
- Tip: RVing with a pet? Here’s a pussycat’s perspective
- RV Review: Grand Design Imagine 3100RD Travel Trailer
- Featured article: Why you can’t ever find a space at some RV parks
- Recipe: Chubby Hubby Bars
Website of the day
35 American Towns That Look Straight Out of Europe
If you want to feel like you’ve gone to Europe without all the hassle of flying there, these 35 towns right here in the states will do the trick!
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Clubs and useful organizations
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• Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
• Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
Recipe of the Day
If you like fish tacos with a little kick you will love these! The blackened seasoning on the tilapia is great. But the sour cream/jalapeno sauce on top is fabulous and makes the taco. The sour cream is what holds the fresh sauce together. Even if you’re not a fan of fish, we suggest trying these fish tacos. The tilapia has a very mild flavor. Delish!
The U.S. ranks 13th for the fastest internet speeds (hey, that’s not that great). If you’re reading this up in Canada, your country ranks 33rd! In 2020, the country with the fastest internet speeds was Liechtenstein, followed by Hong Kong (not China), Denmark, Switzerland, then the Netherlands. See the full list here.
*What law came into play because of the U.S. fuel shortage in the 1970s? Hint: You probably already practiced it within the last 24 hours! Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“We adopted Suzie at our local Humane Society. She is just over one year old. She will be camping with me on my next trip. Such a sweet and loving pet.” —Janet Blaes
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!
Leave here with a smile
This isn’t a laugh of the day, but it will surely make you smile! (click to enlarge)
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