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“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” —Aristotle
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On this day in history: 1942 – Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the “Secret Annexe” above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse.
Tip of the Day
Easy ways to make your RV’s entry steps safer
By Gail Marsh
A fellow camper recently fell and broke her arm. It happened on her RV entry steps at night. She simply tripped over the bottom step and the next thing you know, she’s on her way to the local ER. The incident got me thinking about tips for safe RV entry steps.
RV entry steps come in various configurations. There are three main types.
- Platform step. This is basically a small step stool that gives you a step up into your RV. Some platform steps feature fold-away legs for ease of storage.
- Foldable or scissor steps. This kind of RV step is housed underneath the entry door. You pull them out for use, and tuck them away when you’re on the road. Some foldable steps are manual, while others are electric.
- Pull-down solid steps. This stair type locks into the door frame of your camper. When you open the entry door, you unlock the pull-down steps. With a gentle pull, the steps extend out of the camper to the ground. Some pull-down steps can be adjusted to allow for uneven terrain.
So what are the best entry steps and how can you keep yourself safe while using them? Continue reading to find out.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “Today’s review is of the Coachmen Chaparral 336TSIK fifth wheel. This is a fifth wheel you might just brush over as being another of what is the most common fifth wheel floor plan. But it actually has some features that make it worth looking at, if this is what you’re in the market for.”
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Congratulations to Saturday’s winner, Kevin Read! See Kevin’s photo here.
The tire gauge favored by RVtravel.com
The Accutire MS-4021B digital tire pressure gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display with readings from 5-150 PSI. It’s ergonomically designed with an angled head and rubber-coated easy-grip handle. The included lithium battery never needs recharging or replacing. Automatically shuts off, too. Our publisher relies on this gauge. Learn more or order.
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Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
My holding tank gauges never work. Is there another option?
Since the holding tank gauges that detect the levels in the various liquid tanks are so error-prone, what exactly is the gauge? What does it look like? How does it work? How is it replaced? Are there other systems being investigated/researched to make better gauges? Thanks. —James, 2020 Coleman 2515RL
Selling your RV: How to prepare it before listing it for sale
Tony Barthel gives you an insider look at how you can prepare your RV before you list it for sale. How many photos should you take? What time of day should you take photos and what angles should you take them from? Why is lighting so important? What story are you trying to tell with your RV? Who are you selling it to, and why does that matter? All this, plus common mistakes sellers make. If you’re thinking of selling, you’ll want to read this.
Trending on RVtravel.com right now…
Around the Campfire: To grease or not to grease a trailer’s hitch ball?
By Gail Marsh
To grease or not to grease a trailer’s hitch ball? That was the question around the campfire a few nights ago. Everyone seemed to have an opinion about greasing the trailer’s hitch ball, and were eager to share in the discussion. Read more.
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Annual clean out
The more “stuff” you carry in your RV, the more fuel your motorhome or tow vehicle needs to haul it. Once a year, go through your drawers and cupboards and remove things you haven’t used in the last year. With current fuel prices, we need all the help we can get to save on that expense.
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You’d win so many points if you gave this to someone as a gift. Maybe you’d even… get a strike?
On this day last year…
- RV Review: Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB with office
- Featured article: Motorhome sideswiped truck. Video captures it all. Ugly!
- Recipe: Parm Crusted Chicken My Way
Website of the day
The Most Epic Dog Parks in the U.S.
You heard it here, pups! It’s time you put on that leash and take Mom and/or Dad out to the dog park (and make them buy you a treat too, while they’re at it!).
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Recipe of the Day
Cool and creamy, this avocado dip is awesome! Don’t confuse this with guacamole… it’s nothing like it. You can taste the cream cheese base that gives this dip a richness. The avocados add flavor and more creaminess. They also give this easy dip a nice light-green color. Red onions add a nice bite and a little texture. We opted to add the jalapeno and cayenne for a bit of a kick. A fantastic dip to serve at a party or add this to your next taco night.
A whopping 14.95% of Ohio drivers report having a speeding ticket, the highest rate in the USA. That’s 75% above the national average. Residents of Connecticut are apparently more law-abiding: a mere 4.74% of drivers there have received a speeding ticket, the lowest rate in the country. SOURCE: Insurify
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Tucker was an abused rescue when I got him 6 years ago. Today he is a happy-go-lucky, well-adjusted pup. He loves going camping and is right at home wherever we go.” —Bruce Byrd
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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Tim Conway is The Oldest Man
This will surely brighten your day. A businessman (Harvey Korman) doesn’t know what he’s in for when he stops for a hot dog and a milkshake at a shop run by The Oldest Man (Tim Conway). Comedy doesn’t get much better than this skit from the Carol Burnett Show. Click the video to watch.
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