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On this day in history: 1953 – Workers assemble the first Corvette in Flint, Michigan.
Tip of the Day
RV “chain” is as strong as the weakest …
By Russ and Tiña De Maris (but mainly Russ – you’ll see why…)
For years we’ve been talking to the bully pulpit to preach the importance of knowing your weight ratings and scrupulously sticking to them. I don’t know how many obviously overloaded rigs we’ve seen in campgrounds and on highways – sometimes broken down as a result of failing to heed such advice.
Every RV has its own maximum loaded gross vehicle weight rating. If you tow, you have a maximum allowed tow weight. Your tires have their own weight ratings. Every axle has a maximum amount of weight it can safely haul. All of them are important, and as the old saying goes, “The chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Overload the tires, risk a blowout. Overload the axle, risk a break. All this, even if all other parts are perfectly happy.
So it’s with penitent hearts that this article gets penned.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “While there are really good things about this model, like the storage and rear cabinet, there are also things that seem chosen by accountants rather than campers, like the small oven and cheap vent fan over the bed.”
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Black water tank is clean, but there are still smelly odors. Why?
After flushing the black water tank, there are still smelly odors like a sewage smell in the bathroom that seems to come from under the sink in the cabinet. I flush the waste tank until the water comes out clean and there is still a strong smell. Is there a one-way valve or something like that that may be stuck open? Thanks. —Luis, 2020 Winnebago Micro Minnie 1706FB
Tire pressure gauges lose accuracy over time. Here’s how to check them
By Mark Polk
I talk about the importance of checking inflation pressure in the tow vehicle and RV tires all the time, but is your tire pressure gauge giving you accurate information? … A tool every RV owner uses is a tire pressure gauge. But did you know a tire gauge can lose accuracy if it gets banged around in your tool box? Mark explains how to check for accuracy, and recommends the best type of tire pressure gauges here.
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Waste valve out of reach? Build a reach extender!
Ever wish RV designers were forced to use their own products? Might make life a bit easier! For example, how about a waste dump valve located under your slide-out? You end up crawling under the slide to dump the tank—yuck! Here’s a trick from loveyourrv.com that “extends” your reach: “A simple yet effective solution. I bought a section of PVC plumbing pipe and notched out the end in such a way that I can now open and close the galley waste valve from a distance.” Here’s another trick for its use: “Add a line on it at the point where your slide extends too. Now you can use it when arriving at the campground to see if it safe to open the slide without hitting anything.”
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Now this is something that would be very cool to have. Think of all the ways you could use this! And in a few years, you’d be really glad you had this for your favorite memories.
On this day last year…
- RV Review: Grand Design Imagine 2800BH
- Featured article: Video: How to measure your RV before buying a cover
- Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Red, White & Blue Bites
Website of the day
80 Best 4th of July Recipes for Your Barbecue or Cookout
Are you ready for the 4th? Get your grocery shopping done early by knowing what recipes you’ll make ahead of time. These 80 recipes from Country Living look delicious!
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:
• It’s a tie! 50 percent believe marijuana should be legalized nationally for recreational use while the other 50 percent believe it should not be legalized.
• When asked what their favorite part of the U.S. is, the highest numbers of voters, 31 percent, say the West (ID, MT, WY, NV, UT and CO). The second highest percentage voted the Southeast (AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, KY, SC, NC, VA) and the third highest percentage voted the West Coast (WA, OR, CA, AK, HI).
• If offered the choice at breakfast between hashbrowns or pancakes, 73 percent would always or most often choose hashbrowns over pancakes.
Recipe of the Day
Amp up your summer sipping with this frosty margarita. It’s a refreshing way to enjoy fresh watermelon in a drink. Sweet and tangy, make a batch of these when you’re sitting poolside. This is definitely an adult-only cocktail.
49 feet beneath Paris’ famous Louvre museum, you’ll find a secret laboratory. Well, it’s not so secret now that you know about it… The laboratory contains a particle accelerator known as The Accélérateur Grand Louvre d’analyse élémentaire, the only particle accelerator in the world whose use is devoted to the analysis of cultural artifacts. The researchers use the machine to analyze the material content of artifacts of items within the Louvre. This helps to accurately assess their composition and verify their authenticity.
*A spider discovered in 2012 in the Amazon jungle builds a decoy of what? And how does it do it? The answer is so fascinating! Find it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is my boy T Rex sleeping on his bed in the camper. We live full-time stationary in a fifth wheel, but I have a smaller travel trailer to go places with. This was on our trip to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the agility Invitationals.” —Mary Masters
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 owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!
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