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“Successful people make a habit of doing things that unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” —Bob Bowman, coach to Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps
Need an excuse to celebrate? You may not want to actually celebrate this, but today is National Clean Your Floors Day. Okay, so maybe that’s not how you want to spend today. So go ahead and celebrate National Watermelon Day instead!
On this day in history: On this day in 1963, Allan Sherman releases the hit song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.”
Tip of the Day
How to know if your RV fridge is leaking ammonia
By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
If your RV refrigerator smells like ammonia you need to take action. It’s not something where you can wait three or four days to finish your camping trip before dealing with the issue. Ammonia is a toxic gas and can be harmful in the confined space of an RV or camper.
While the smell of ammonia is oftentimes enough to alert your senses that something is off, there is something else you can look out for: yellow staining near the refrigerator.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “I have liked the TAXA Mantis since I first looked at it, and the changes they’ve made for 2023 just make it that much better. The idea of using a Lagun table to make a sit/stand desk is absolutely brilliant.
“Another thing I like is that this will fit into most garages but offers a lot of functionality and usability. You can take this on a longer adventure or just a few-day getaway. With the easy flexibility of this design it would be a good choice for both.”
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I’m looking for a cold weather RV. What do you suggest?
I’m looking to buy my first RV for cold weather camping. It will be a travel trailer and I’m looking at a true 4-season RV. I am driving a 2020 Ford F-150 with towing package, 4×4, and super crew cab with 5.0 motor. Do you have any trailers that you would and would not suggest? Also, how much RV can I tow with my truck? Thank you. —Joseph
Video of the day
Pros and cons of an RV composting toilet
It comes with a lot of built-in credibility as the couple is speaking from personal experience after installing and using a composting toilet in their camper van over the course of a year.
The video begins on a high note by sharing some truly compelling reasons to choose a composting toilet, especially if you live in a van or a very small RV. It’s also advantageous for cold weather RVers because composting toilets use no water. Likewise, there’s no plumbing to freeze.
Scare away thieves: Paint your cat!
We recently shared with readers a news item that police in Saint Paul, Minnesota, had a free clinic to prevent catalytic converter theft. Their answer? Paint your cat! Before our feline support group has a collective heart attack, picture, please, nice policemen sliding under cars and painting – not furry friends – but catalytic converters. Continue reading.
How often do you have ice cream in your freezer?
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You know you can drink out of your toilet, right? Hey, would we ever lie to you? It’s true!
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Go for the shade in the hot summer
In summer, when the temps are high, try to camp where the hot afternoon sun will be blocked by a tree or a nearby hill or anything else that will provide shade. Ideally, position your RV so your awning can also provide shade. It will make a big difference in the temperature inside your RV.
On this day last year…
- Tip: 17 unusual uses for dryer sheets in your RV
- RV review: Airstream Pottery Barn Special Edition Travel Trailer
- Ask Dave: Air conditioner unit works, then doesn’t. What gives?
- Featured article: How to add an instant bathtub to your shower
- Recipe: Crock Pot Mango Chicken
Website of the day
Best Fall RV Camping Destinations in September, October and November
Can you believe next month is already September?! We can’t! This list from KOA will get you started on deciding where to head next for the beautiful fall months.
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Recipe of the Day
Nothing basic about this baked beans recipe. Slices of hearty, savory kielbasa sausage pair well with the sweet bean mixture. Picking your favorite BBQ sauce is what makes this side dish special. You can’t go wrong with the sweetness and spice of BBQ sauce. We guarantee everyone will gobble these baked beans up fast at summer cookouts.
In 2019, 87% of wildfires were caused by humans.
*How many giant sequoia groves have burned due to wildfires? The answer is heartbreaking. Find it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Sadie, a Lab/Cocker mix, loves our times at the lake in our travel trailer. But camping is hard!” —Andy Bowen
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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Mrs. Jones was reading a letter at breakfast. Suddenly she looked up suspiciously at her husband. “Henry,” she said. “This letter is from my mother. She says she isn’t accepting our invitation to come and stay. She said we do not appear to want her. What does she mean by that? I told you to write and say that she was to come at her own convenience. You did that, right?”
“Er, yes, I did,” said her husband. “But I couldn’t spell convenience, so I went with ‘risk’ instead.” —Thanks, Nelson Bailey!
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