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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand
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On this day in history: 1776 – Church bells (possibly including the Liberty Bell) are rung after John Nixon delivers the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence of the United States.
Tip of the Day
How to help defeat would-be RV burglars
By Bob Difley
RVers, and especially boondockers, take safety seriously. We tend to camp out in the hinterlands, often far from any possible response from law enforcement and well beyond the possibility of an RV burglar being caught in the act.
Safety can be broken down into two issues: personal safety and protection from burglary. Here I will offer some ways to deter or prevent the chances of break-ins when you are boondocking and away from your rig – auto touring or going to town for supplies, for instance.
You can take some basic security measures to thwart any but a dedicated thief, which you are not likely to run up against.
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Can I connect Weber grill to RV’s LP valve with low pressure?
Can I use the LP gas connection on the side of the coach to supply a small Weber grill? I have been told that this supply is at low pressure and will not work for my intended purpose. Thank you! —Paul, 2021 Rockwood 2109
Portable oxygen: Keep fresh air in your pocket
By Tony Barthel
The recommendation from the description tells us to start the day with a shot of pure oxygen which, I can imagine, would be quite the pick-me-up. Forget coffee. A shot of 100% pure oxygen might be just the trick to get you to start the day – perhaps like a finger-in-the-toaster kinda thing.
Many reviews state that this has been helpful at high altitudes and while climbing and hiking and other outdoor activities. Another reviewer, who has COPD, says they like this because it’s better than dragging a larger oxygen bottle around stores. Read more about this breath of fresh air here.
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Furnace troubleshooting tip
Leigh read a story on furnace troubleshooting. This alert reader adds to watch out for flow from the tank. “If the valve at the tank is opened too quickly it can trip the limit switch—a safety feature designed to limit the flow if the line is cut or burned allowing a surge in gas. Simply closing and reopening slowly for the first quarter turn may solve the problem by allowing adequate flow. One can also check the flame on a stove burner. If the flame is weak, there won’t be enough gas for the furnace.” Thanks for the LP pointers, Leigh.
On this day last year…
- Tip: Secret tips to make sure thieves won’t steal your RV
- RV Review: Grand Design Imagine 2970RL travel trailer
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- Recipe: Club BLT Dip Brandy’s Way
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Website of the day
Your state’s most beautiful state park
Scroll through this slideshow and get ready to plan a lot of trips to a lot of state parks – some of these (OK, all of them…) are gorgeous!
Clubs and useful organizations
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Recipe of the Day
Make these tacos in a Dutch oven or over an open stove if you’re camping. Either way, you’ll have a great meal. After the meat simmers with the beans and seasonings, it’s rich with a smoky flavor. The meat and bean mixture soaks into corn chips. Basically, they’re open-faced tacos everyone will love.
If you happen to be camping somewhere where there are wild cats you might not want to wear the cologne Obsession for Men by Calvin Klein. Wildlife Conservation Society researchers experimenting with different scents attracting wild cats found the scent proved irresistible to a wide range of wild cats, more than any other scent. Whatever you do, stay away from Obsession for Men!
*What’s so special about the lampposts in New York City’s Central Park and how can they help show you which way to go? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Bailey (aka Damnit Dog, Her Royal Highness) says, ‘I’m a ball of energy. Love my Mom and Dad. I’m only 8 mos. old but really enjoy RVing.'” —John Martin
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!
Coffee, tea, water, or other beverage will taste better in this!
Isn’t this the coolest mug/thermos you’ve ever seen? We can’t imagine a more perfect vessel for your drinks if you’re an RVer, car or truck lover! The stainless steel liner will keep your hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for two hours – no more cold coffee! If you buy this as a gift, make sure to get one for yourself too!
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