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On this day in history: 1910 – The first complete, self-contained electric washing machine is patented.
Tip of the Day
Is it safe to camp in a desert wash?
By Bob Difley
Setting up your boondocking campsite in a desert wash is considered by many RVers to be foolhardy and should be avoided. Many real-life stories circulate about hikers being washed away in flash floods, and boulders, trees and splintered RVs tumbling down washes ahead of a raging torrent.
But these tales do not in themselves prove that every wash (“a dry creek bed or gulch that temporarily fills with water after a heavy rain, or seasonally” – Wikipedia) is unsafe to set up camp. To make an informed decision whether to camp in a wash, you need to study several factors about the wash.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “While pricing hasn’t been announced yet (although probably in the upper-$40,000 range), these will be at the upper end of the small trailer world—that’s a good thing. We have lots of Cherokees and Springdales already. Some campers want a trailer that is high-quality with premium features in a smaller package. This absolutely nails that.”
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Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Should adjustment brackets on slide rail be adjusted?
What are the adjustable brackets at the outer end of the slide rails for? Do they ever need to be adjusted? If so, why and how? Thank you. —Ed, 2005 Homestead
Video of the day
RVing with cats: How to train your cats for RV life
Do you long to go RVing with cats but worry that your cats can’t or won’t adapt to RV life?
This video from Radar Road Warriors will have you rethinking that premise. In it they share the secrets of how they got their four cats, two indoor cats, and two outdoor feral cats, to adapt to nomadic life. That’s right, these folks are not just RVing with cats, they are successfully RVing with multiple cats!
AirLight insulates your RV – Keep the cool or warm air inside!
By Tony Barthel
With summer and camping season [here], one of the things we all think about is air conditioning. Keeping our rigs cool and less humid is something we all think about, some more than others. In fact, Jim Phelan of AirSkirts thinks about the inside temperature of RVs quite a bit and now has a second product to help with this, the AirLight. Learn more.
When traveling with your RV, do you visit antique shops?
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Is it hot outside right now? If it is, this may help keep you (and your RV) cool.
“Pirate” light stealing your precious gas?
“Unless you are using your oven a lot, leave the pilot light turned off when you are not cooking. It uses a surprising amount of propane.” From “Motorhomes Made Easy”
On this day last year…
- Tip: The importance of tire and wheel balancing
- RV review: Black Series HQ21 overlanding trailer
- Ask Dave: Winterizing the RV’s water system
- Recipe: Rice Pudding
Website of the day
Podcast: National Park After Dark
For those that love true crime, mystery, and the beautiful U.S. National Parks, we think you’ll enjoy this podcast. Two friends, Cassie and Danielle, host this podcast about the dark things that go on in our parks… and the people that never leave…
Our best-selling products in July
These are the products our readers are buying! Check ’em out.
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 72 percent say there is no “yuck” factor in dumping their RV’s holding tanks. They say it’s an easy process with seldom any mess.
• 20 percent have stayed three months or more in a campground or RV park at one time.
• 19 percent have hiked more than 15 miles in one day.
Recipe of the Day
Want an impressive dinner that takes no time to make? Then this shrimp in garlic sauce is for you. The garlicky, buttery sauce soaks into spaghetti for a wonderful bite. After being quickly sauteed, the shrimp are soft and flavorful.
If you ever find yourself in Japan in the fall, specifically in the Osaka region, you may be treated to fried maple leaves! That’s right, it’s a long-standing tradition to eat the beautiful fall foliage. Every fall, people gather the leaves of Japanese maples, clean and dry them, then coat them with a sweet tempura batter before deep frying them. Take a look at these pictures—it looks delicious! Would you try it?
*You know that piece of cloth on the back of airplane seats? Do you know what it’s called? Find the answer and the fascinating story behind it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Misty is a real trooper when it comes to RV adventuring. When she is not sleeping, she is navigating on the cell phone.” —Lynn Poirier
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!
Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
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