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“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Tell a Joke Day! (Scroll down for our joke of the day.)
On this day in history: 1930 – The first color sound cartoon, Fiddlesticks, is released by Ub Iwerks.
Tip of the Day
Follow these important steps to protect your home while you’re gone RVing
By Gail Marsh
Most RVers can’t wait to get out on the open road. Thieves can’t wait for you to leave home either! It’s estimated that a home burglary occurs every 18 seconds in the United States. That’s an alarming number! But thieves aren’t your only worry. What if a water leak develops? Or the HVAC system malfunctions and causes a fire? Here are a few tips for protecting your home while you’re gone RVing.
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Today’s RV Preview…
2023 Palomino Columbus 375BH—Unique bunk and bath
Tony writes, “This is a large bunkhouse fifth wheel with some truly unusual features, including the floor plan. … [W]e’re all seeing it before even most dealers do and before it even has a chance to get onto Palomino’s website. … There were a few things that really showed an attention to detail on the unusual floor plan of the Palomino Columbus 375BH.”
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There’s a crack near my RV’s fiberglass slide. How do I fix it?
While washing my camper I noticed a crack on the upper left-hand corner of my living room slide. This slide is not that big and only has a couch in it. Is this something I should be concerned about? —Phil, 2019 Coachmen Chaparral 381RD
Video of the day
What is the best RV battery: lithium, lead or AGM?
By Cheri Sicard
Are you thinking about switching out your old lead acid RV or marine batteries to today’s new, modern lithium batteries? I know I have been. Before you pull that trigger on new RV batteries, the National RV Training Academy has some points to consider.
Danger! Check your RV’s mattress for fiberglass! Yes, really!
By Gail Marsh
Many RVers switch out the original bed mattress that comes from the RV factory and purchase a memory foam mattress or “bed-in-a-box” as a replacement. A foam mattress might be more comfortable. But it might be dangerous, as well! Learn more.
On your phone, do you communicate more often by voice calls or text messages?
How much propane do you have?
You can buy a special electronic gizmo that will help you figure it out. But there are less expensive ways. Check your tank early in the morning when dew hits the bottle. Where the dew line on the metal stops, that’s the level of LP left in your cylinder. Some RVers dump really hot water down the cylinder and look to see where condensation forms. If you have a scale, you can weigh the bottle, and deduct the weight (you’ll find that weight marked next to the letters “TW” on the carrying yoke) of the bottle. Propane weighs 4.24 pounds per gallon.
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We dare you to put this on your RV’s door. We bet people would think twice about knocking! We’d like to put up a security camera so we could watch people’s reactions. What do you think?
On this day last year…
- Tip: Unlimited uses for coffee filters in your RV
- RV Review: 2021 Grand Design Solitude 310GK series fifth wheel
- Ask Dave: Gray water tank gurgles. What’s wrong?
- Featured article: Warning! Don’t park in a wash!
- Recipe: Asparagus Chicken Wraps
Website of the day
The Best Seafood Regions in America
Is there anything better than a summer day paired with fish and chips? We don’t think so! This list from Rand McNally tells you about the best regions to eat seafood across the U.S.
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:
• 42 percent wish their RV’s bathroom were bigger.
• 40 percent say they’ve been stuck in their RV during a storm that was so bad they feared for their safety.
• 17 percent own an electric bicycle.
Recent poll: How many RVs have you owned in your lifetime?
Recipe of the Day
These stuffed peppers are moist, juicy, and delicious! They’d make an elegant presentation for a dinner party, but easy enough for a weeknight dinner. The beefy onion soup mix really elevates the flavor of the stuffing.
What U.S. state’s official mammal is extinct? If you guessed California, you’d be right. The California grizzly bear (the same bear on the California state flag) has been extinct for nearly a decade. Starting around 1848, the California Gold Rush put a strain on the bear’s population, and they were hunted for their meat and fur. The last time a California grizzly was spotted was in the early 1920s.
*How long can mice live in the wild? We bet the answer will surprise you. Find it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“We travel in a Class A motorhome. Snowy’s favorite place to ride is in the driver’s side front windshield. Then she barks at everyone that passes us. And she loves to camp.” —Roger Black
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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Roll-up drying rack saves precious kitchen space
It’s almost like this was designed for RVs! This roll-up stainless steel drying rack rolls out right over the top of your sink. No more taking up room on the countertop with a bulky drying rack. This is brilliant! When you’re not using it as a drying rack, it can also be used as a colander to wash fruit and veggies, or as a non-slip trivet mat for hot pots and pans. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
How did the hamburger introduce his girlfriend? He said, “Everyone, meat Patty.”
(We know it’s a groaner, but it’s National Joke Day! What did you expect? Plus, it made us laugh!)
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