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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Oyster Day!
On this day in history: 1962 – Actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her home in Los Angeles, lying nude on her bed, face down, with a telephone in one hand. Empty bottles of pills, prescribed to treat her depression, were littered around the room. After a brief investigation, Los Angeles police concluded that her death was “caused by a self-administered overdose of sedative drugs and the mode of death is probable suicide.”
Tip of the Day
Find RV roof leaks? Here’s what’s next
Editor’s note: This information is provided by roof membrane manufacturer Dicor Products. While there’s plenty of “promotion” for their product included, some of the information and principles may be of assistance to our readers, especially if they find RV roof leaks.
RV roof sealant repair and touch-up is a key part of roof maintenance that most people can do with a bit of care. Given the way your RV roof can take a beating from a wide range of weather and climate conditions, it’s a good idea to make regular inspections of how your roof is holding up in protecting your RV from potentially expensive water damage. Don’t let your roof become something that’s “out of sight, out of mind.”
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “This is based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4X4 chassis but with a remarkably different body than what we’d normally expect to see. Yes, the cab is still Sprinter-esque, but the part that Hymer is responsible for is what’s really different.
“The rig is designed to really be off-road capable. You can see that in how the rear tail slants upward to help with going over stuff when you’re beating the unbeaten path out there.”
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Replacement awning motor failed; dealer can’t determine why
My awning quit—would not come in. A new motor was put on under warranty. After using it a few times, that awning motor failed. Took it back to the dealer, and they claim they can’t get it to fail. Used it once, and went out OK, but failed to come in again. It will travel in a few inches, stop, then click a few times. Release button and press again it will go a few inches, stop and click again. … (continued)
A DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent … that works!
If you’re one of those people that mosquitoes love (we all know at least one person like this), this product is for you. A very impressive number of five-star reviews. This awesome DEET-free insect repellent works for mosquitoes, ticks, black flies and fleas. Keep this one handy, folks. As RVers, there’s a good chance you’ll probably need this. It’s safe for kids and infants too! Learn more or order here.
Video of the day
DIY RV carport: How to build a carport to protect your RV
By Cheri Sicard
Join RV expert Mark Polk of RV Education 101 as he assembles and builds a VersaTube Building Systems vertically sheeted RV carport.
Protecting your RV from the elements, especially sun and rain, can extend your RV’s life and especially extend the life of its roof. Keeping it protected should, at least in theory, reduce repair bills in the future. Keeping your RV under an RV port will also help to keep the exterior of your RV looking fresh and new.
Hmmm. When you think about it, RV ports are the equivalent of quality wrinkle cream for your RV’s skin!
Can you RV camp at a military campground?
By Paul Stimers
Are you or a member of your family on active military duty? Are you retired, disabled, or have an honorable discharge? If you are, did you know you’re eligible to camp on military campgrounds? If you’ve never heard of the program, it’s called the MWR branch. And all branches of service have one. It stands for the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) branch. Continue reading this very thorough article.
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We don’t know if this does “really work,” but either way it would provide hours of fun (and laughing!). We’d certainly love to watch someone use it.
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Roof vent raising a stink?
If nasty holding tank odors are invading your space, pop up on the roof and check out your roof vents. Yes, they need to be free of debris, but underneath the vent cap is where the real problem could be. If there’s a gap between the actual vent pipe and the roof itself, holding tank gases can sneak right back into the coach. Stuff the space between the pipe and roof sheeting with fiberglass insulation, then seal over the top of the insulation with no-sagging roof sealant.
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Website of the day
Disneyland Camping: RV Parks and Campgrounds
You’re never too old for Disneyland! These campgrounds and RV parks are just outside the park and are the perfect place to stay when you visit the happiest place on earth. The kids and grandkids will be SO excited to stay at these.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
• AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
• Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
• Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
• Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
Recipe of the Day
We have had a lot of crab cakes and tuna croquettes in our lives, but had never thought about chopping up shrimp and using that in a shrimp cake. We love the crunchiness that Panko gives to this dish! If you want to kick the heat up a notch, add cayenne pepper or even chopped jalapenos. This is a super easy and delicious dish to try at your next dinner!
In June of 1897, the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, an all-Black Army regiment known as the “Buffalo Soldiers,” embarked on a 1,900-mile, 41-day bicycle ride from Fort Missoula, Montana, to Forest Park in St. Louis, as part of an experiment by the U.S. Army to test the effectiveness of using bicycles for troop movement. Nicknamed the Iron Riders because of their heavy one-speed bicycles and for the soldiers’ iron-hard constitutions, they experienced daunting conditions—severe weather and extreme heat, food and water shortages, illness from contaminated water, and racism and hostility from local residents. Still, the Iron Riders successfully reached Forest Park on July 24, 1897, and were welcomed by a cheering crowd.
*Do you know the history of the chocolate chip cookie? Read all about it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Harper is a six-year-old puppy mill Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mama. She came to me with some health issues, common to puppy mills, but once we got them sorted, we took off in the Roadtrek with my other two dogs to show her the way. She adapted easily to new adventures but I need a bigger camp chair because she always wants to sit in my lap. What a sweetie.” —Rhonda Brodbeck
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!
This is so funny!
If we saw someone with this in their car’s or RV’s cigarette lighter, we’d want to be their friend – it’s hilarious! This “FIRE MISSILES” cigarette lighter cover fits into all 12-volt vehicle accessory lighter sockets. It’s just designed for show, but it’ll give anyone in your vehicle a good laugh. Learn more or order. (This would make a great gift for someone with a sense of humor!)
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