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On this day in history: 1958 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Tip of the Day
Coffee-can your sewer odor away
If your RV is connected to a sewer drain most of the time, you probably keep your gray water valve open. This can lead to a smelly problem. Sewer gases rise from the sewer hose into your gray tank and slowly migrate up through the tank and out the roof vent. At times those same evil essences can somehow infiltrate your RV with a negative impact on your olfactory organs.
Worse still, if there are any “vague” connections in your gray water venting system, those nasty little essences can also make their creepy way out, carrying not just the odor of gray water (as bad as that is!) but with a direct connection to the city sewer (or local septic system), that really horrific scent of black water can invade your premises.
What to do? Enter the Folgers P-trap solution. If you leave your sewer hose connected and the dump valve open, stick a P-trap between the sewer and you. Simply obtain a coffee can (or a large rock) and make a bend in your sewer hose. Gray water will advance over the bend, but the water trapped in the hose on the “rig side” of the coffee can will prevent the odoriferous fumes from crossing over.
Mind you, when you dump your black water you’ll want to temporarily remove the coffee can to allow a free-flow of black water, et al., to make the trip down the sewer unimpeded. One more thing: If your travels take you to the cold country, don’t use this lash-up in below-freezing weather—you’ll get more than just stink back!
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “This is a couple’s larger camper but in Keystone’s most affordable range. For the base price of this camper you really do get a lot. But the overwhelming thing, to me, is that it doesn’t feel like a more affordable rig. … Overall, a decent package with huge living space at a price that’s lower than many things I’ve been seeing lately. No wonder Springdale campers sell so well.”
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Video of the day
10 of the coolest, grooviest retro RVs you’ve ever seen. Which one do you want?
By Cheri Sicard
The video below is so much fun to watch! It features the top 10 coolest, grooviest, most retro RVs from the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
They sure don’t make them like this anymore, but we can reminisce and dream!
[Another] Video: How to avoid burning food in your RV oven
Many RVers complain that their factory-installed ovens do not cook evenly. RV technician and well-known journalist Chris Dougherty has a quick tip about a simple way to help avoid hot spots in an RV’s oven that can cause what’s being cooked or baked to heat unevenly or even burn. Watch the 2-minute video here.
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Mini can opener is perfect for your keychain
If you served in the military, you’re probably familiar with these ingenious can openers — they were included in ration kits. Nowadays they’re popular with campers, but trust us, if you attach one of these on your keychain there will come a day when a can needs opening and nobody has a can opener — except you. The publisher of RVtravel.com has carried one of these on his keychain for decades, and it saved the day more than once. You’ll find them at sporting goods stores and Amazon.
On this day last year…
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- Recipe: Chili Dog In A Log!
Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller and costs about $10. Learn more or order.
Website of the day
Only YOU can prevent forest fires. It’s true! Smokey would love it if you would visit his website and spend a few minutes learning about how you can be fire-safe this summer.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
Recipe of the Day
We are always looking for new ways to prepare asparagus, and this is a super easy and tasty way. The garlic butter sauce is packed with flavor and coats the asparagus while cooking. Shaved Parmesan adds a nice flavor with a bit of savoriness. You can’t go wrong when something is topped with cheese!
Escalators in various forms were invented by different people all over the world in the late 19th century. In England, french manufacturer Piat gets the escalator inventor title, and their first escalator was installed at the Harrods store in Knightsbridge, London. The experience for new riders was apparently so exhilarating and so disorienting that Harrods employed an attendant to stand at the top of the escalator and sell brandy to help the riders stop, take a sip, and regain their composure.
*What was duct tape originally invented to seal? The answer is very interesting. Find it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Mazie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is our loving foster dog who was rescued from a puppy mill. She is blind and deaf, but her nose still works! She loves sitting in the sun and loves exploring the smells at the campground and begging fellow campers to give her some love.” —Rachel Smith
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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