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Tip of the Day
Put together an emergency getaway bag right now. It’s important!
By Nanci Dixon
Put together an emergency getaway bag for your RV if you don’t already have one. Several times we have had to flee our motorhome at a moment’s notice. I am always glad to have read this article on preparing for an emergency here on RVtravel.com.
My husband is rather a weather emergency naysayer, so when he says we have to leave I know he means NOW! Being full-timers I have an expanding folder with all our important paper documents—passports, birth certificates, medical histories, wills, etc. I also have a to-go hard drive with scans of tax documents, credit cards, receipts and all our family photos.
Today’s RV review…
2023 Forest River Ibex 19MBH—a cargo master
Tony writes, “This is certainly a decent package that’s flexible enough. You could easily use this as a couple’s camper, if you don’t mind sleeping on the bunks in back. Or bring along friends and flip down the Murphy bed. Or, of course, you could even bring the littles along if you must. Storage is certainly a strong suit here, and it’s a good layout that could serve travelers well.”
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My RV’s windshield has a leak. Where can I get it fixed?
My RV’s windshield had a leak when it rained. We also noticed rust crumbles on the dashboard. Where’s the best place to take it so all the work can be done there and not farmed out to somewhere else? —John, 2007 Winnebago Itasca
with Mike Sokol
Can a solar panel overcharge your battery?
I saw a post on “Will solar panels overcharge my batteries?” I have a slightly different scenario, but I understand now why so many RVs have these small solar panel battery chargers. I read from another RVer that he traced his loss of newer chassis batteries to a continuous overcharge by the OEM solar panel wired directly to his chassis battery bank. I checked mine and, sure enough, there is a red fused wire labeled ‘solar panel’ connected to a positive battery post on my chassis battery bank. …”
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
Video of the day
Is a universal toll pass the answer to too many transponders?
By Cheri Sicard
A universal toll pass that works on all U.S. toll roads would make RV life so much easier!
Have you been frustrated by the jumbled mess that is America’s toll road system? I never used to be until I hit the Midwest and East Coast. (Although California is starting to get trickier, too.)
Watch the video for a solution.
Portable washing machine saves weight for RV. Yup.
By Tony Barthel
This is going to sound strange, but I bought a washing machine to save weight on our long journey to the middle of this country. It sounds nonsensical, but I think my math works out. Continue reading to see how it saves weight, and how well it works.
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Um, sure, it might help us walk on rocky beaches or paths. But if we used this we would fall on our faces… immediately. Wouldn’t you?
Secure your RV!
Always lock the RV when you’re not physically at the campsite. Do not store valuable equipment in outside storage compartments. Believe it or not, a vast majority of RVs use the same exact key as yours for outside storage compartments. If you store valuables, like golf clubs, fishing gear or tools in the outside compartments, you may want to have the locks changed. Read more on this topic here, or watch this video from the late (and very much missed) Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor.
Website of the day
This website has a ton of great photography-related articles. Want to know how to best capture the sunrise? Or a waterfall? Or how to use Adobe Lightroom? Check out the articles here.
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Recipe of the Day
As a pet or in a research lab, mice can live to be up to two years old. But in the wild, they only live for about five months. So if you have a mouse problem… maybe just wait it out five months? (No, don’t do that.)
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our little camping buddy, Thor. He goes with us everywhere when we go camping. We love to show him off to other campers and they are amazed with him, not having seen one in real life.” —Brian and Debbie Richards
Editor’s note: Brian and Debbie submitted this picture of their hedgehog for an entry in our photo contest, but we thought it fit better here. What a cutie!
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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