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Today’s thought

“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” ―J.K. Rowling


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Sour Candy Day!

On this day in history: 1914 – The U.S. Congress forms the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving official status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Maintaining your rig: Conduct an RV exterior evaluation

By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
For most people, an RV will be the second largest purchase of their lifetime, after a house. For many of our customers here at California RV Specialists, their RV is their home. Whether you have a million-dollar unit or an entry-level rig, our message to you will be the same: It needs to be maintained. Today, we are doing an exterior evaluation on this 2018 Grand Design Reflection 303RLS. Our Exterior Evaluation series was created to help guide you when inspecting your own unit for routine maintenance. So let’s take a look in the video below.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Jayco Jay Flight SLX8 240RBS travel trailer

Tony writes, “For the price point of this trailer, compared to many other offerings, this has a much more pleasant feel than most. There are a lot of Jayco-specific features, too, that make this one to put on your shopping list if you’re looking for an affordable couple’s camper. The added safety features inherent in Jayco’s JaySMART™ lighting is a further bonus, as is the warranty. Overall it’s a good value—which isn’t something that’s all that common nowadays.”

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Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.” 

There’s a crack in my RV’s shower floor. How do I fix it?

Dear Dave,
There is a stress crack in a piece of my RV’s molded shower floor where the bench seat meets the floor. I put tub caulking on it, but it still opens up. Can it be repaired? —Diana, 2018 Cameo Crossroads

Read Dave’s answer



RVelectricity

with Mike Sokol

Up in Smoke: Hemp-powered batteries?

Dear Mike,
I know that lithium is all the rage right now. But if this FYI is possibly true (first I’ve heard of this, so I don’t know any more either), there just might be something else 8 times better on the not terribly distant future horizon. And it’s something we actually grow instead of mining. Will batteries using hemp as the raw material actually get developed? Sure would be nice, wouldn’t it? I am hoping you can take a look at this and give us a little more information on what this test might show in real-life terms.

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Read more of Mike’s articles here.


World's most futuristic RVNEW! Video of the day

Paging George Jetson: Touring the world’s most futuristic RV

Get ready to tour the world’s most futuristic RV! After watching this video, you may ask yourself if this amazing vehicle is Sci-Fi RV or reality. This luxurious futuristic motorhome is real. But it’s not cheap.

Watch the video


Full-timer pleads, “PLEASE don’t buy me anything!”

By Nanci Dixon
I know you love me but PLEASE don’t buy me anything. We are full-time RVers and are packing up the motorhome after five months at the same site. It is amazing how much stuff we have out and how much we have accumulated in a short amount of time. It is also quite dismaying to find my “spots” for everything overflowing with over-abundant Amazon purchases and the wonderful presents that have been graciously gifted to me. Continue reading.



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Quick Tip

Five-fingered hitch ball cover

Tommy Molnar says he read in all different RV sites and blogs about how to cover your hitch ball when not towing: plastic thingies with magnets inside, tennis balls slit to fit, even the ones you buy at RV supply places (that you can’t get on or off in the cold). Tommy says, “Well, you know those boxes of ‘rubber’ gloves you buy at Costco? I keep several boxes around all the time—in my shop, in the garage and in our tow vehicle. I use them for everything to keep my hands from getting dirty, greasy or wet. I always put one over my hitch ball as soon as we unhitch. I can even get more than one use out of one. But even if I only use it once, it’s SO cheap it doesn’t matter. However, it doesn’t keep me from banging my knee from time to time. It just keeps me clean, and the ball, too, if I happen to drive somewhere on a gravel road.” A high-five to Tommy for this tip!


Website of the day

The Best State Fair in all 50 States
We like this list from Reader’s Digest because it tells you a little bit of history, too, along with the best state fair in each state. Get ready, you’ll want to go to a fair after reading this!


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
Are you hungry? Good. Oh, you’re not hungry? That’s okay, you will be!!!


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Recipe of the Day

Tri-Color Spinach And Artichoke Mac And Cheese
by Ronna Farley from Rockville, MD

Sneak some greens into your meal with this one-pot macaroni and cheese. We love the addition of spinach and artichokes to this mac and cheese. They add another depth of flavor to the casserole. Nice and cheesy, with a hint of spice, you won’t be able to stop eating this.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

Most fans never realized it, but listen again. The theme song, “Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs,” of the beloved TV show “Frasier” (1993-2004), was sung by the show’s main star himself, Kelsey Grammar. Listen here and you’ll say, “Oooooh, yeah!”


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Chester, a Tailless Manx, loves to camp and look out the windows. He just does not like the ride to the campground.” —Ken Derr

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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Andrew Kapusta Jr
4 months ago

Eddie Albert sang the theme song in Green Acres, as well.

Lil John
4 months ago

O.K. Diane, so I’m picky! 🙂 The million dollar motorhome is nice, but the article with it has different numbers for engine H.P. and fuel mileage than the post. Which is correct? Sounds to me like the video is. After I turn in the rest of my recycle bottles, I want to check into getting this monster!

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Lil John

Sorry, Lil John. I thought I responded to you hours ago but my reply disappeared. Cheri, the author, is going to answer your question, if she can. She’s already corrected the H.P. in the article. And let me know when you’ve cashed in your recycle bottles. I wanna go for a ride in this “monster.” Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

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Cheri Sicard(@cheri)
4 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

My apologies, some of the numbers did not copy when I formatted the post. I have corrected it.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Cheri Sicard

Thanks, Cheri! Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

Bd2
4 months ago

re: shower floor crack repair.
Usually the floor bottom is flat against the wooden deck below. I am wondering if that deck below the shower floor has suffered water damage leading to a soft floor and then the crack ?? If so, the deck needs replacement [a lousy, hard job]

D. Guthrie
4 months ago

A dry plastic water bottle, sliced in half, makes a perfect hitch ball cover. With a handy handle! Lasts for weeks.

Skip
4 months ago

Not true. NH has two state fairs. The Hopkinton State Fair and the Granite State Fair. One is in Hopkinton the other is in Rochester. Maine has two as well. Russ you missed your morning cup of Joe.

Last edited 4 months ago by Skip
RUSS W
4 months ago

Regarding the story about the best state fair in all fifty states: As far as I know, there is only one “State Fair” in each state. How can you say one is the best in Alaska or Wyoming if each one only has one? What did I miss?

wanderer
4 months ago
Reply to  RUSS W

Whenever you see a ‘best of’ article, you have to suspect Johnny Robot wrote it. I’ve started avoiding them.

STEVE
4 months ago

Using a rubber glove once and then throwing it away is just one more way that RVers hurt the environment. I take the hitch assembly off when not towing.

Snayte
4 months ago
Reply to  STEVE

Removing is what I do. I mounted one of the receivers that you can clamp on to a 4 inch bumper to the tongue and put the hitch in there while we are at camp. The same receiver also carries our empty bike rack when we are in route. The bike (a tandem) rides in the trailer.

Last edited 4 months ago by Snayte
James
4 months ago
Reply to  STEVE

Oh no a rubber glove !!! We’re all going to die .

STEVE
4 months ago
Reply to  James

Just one isn’t the problem. Have you not been keeping up with the discussions about the environment?

John
4 months ago
Reply to  James

I died when I read Steve’s post. Lol

Bob Wood
4 months ago

I use a tennis ball with an x cut in the bottom, works great.

Don N
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob Wood

i cut the X on the top of the tennis ball

Charlie Sullivan
4 months ago
Reply to  Don N

LoL

Bob
4 months ago

I use the typical rubber ball cover that most places sell. One tip, put small hole in the very top of the cover. Makes it easier to put on and take off.

M D-B
4 months ago

Re: hitch ball cover, we use a plastic shopping bag zip tied on.