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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Potato Day!
On this day in history: 1848 – California Gold Rush: The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States about the gold strike in California (although the “gold rush” itself started in January).
Tip of the Day
Why coyotes pose a threat to your pet in campgrounds
By Chuck Woodbury
National parks require pets to be leashed to protect the local wildlife. But where coyotes roam it’s the pets that need protection. As in many expanding suburbs, coyotes in national parks have become so accustomed to people that they often forage in plain view.
Cats and small dogs are easy prey for the quick, powerful predators when left tethered to an RV in a campground. One ranger at Death Valley National Park almost lost his cat when a coyote grabbed it outside his residence. He chased the animal, which dropped the cat and ran off before inflicting serious injury.
Today’s RV review…
No RV review again today, folks. Sorry. Tony has a lot going on right now. (We tried to tell him that he’s only one person, but he wouldn’t listen.) But the good news is that he’s out touring tons of RVs to write about! He’ll be back soon!
In the meantime, ever wonder what Tony’s second-most popular post/review was in the last year? Check it out here.
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Our RV’s entry door is not flush with the frame. How can I fix it?
It appears that our RV’s entry door is not plumb. When the lower left corner of the door is flush with the frame, the door edge of the upper left corner is still 1/2–5/8 inch from the frame. The hinges look tight and consistent/straight. Picture attached. Any ideas on how to correct it? Continuing to slam the door shut does not seem a good solution. —Gary, 2016 Tiffin Allegro 34TGA
Video of the day
Does your RV stink? It might be RV gray water tank odor
By Cheri Sicard
RV gray water tank odor is a problem I had in my old RV. The couple in the video from Changing Lanes had it, and if your RV is stinky and you can’t figure out why, you might be having it too.
I remember when I dealt with this problem. It was making me crazy. I had dumped and cleaned my black water tank. Yet my RV was always smelling stinky. At one point it kind of smelled like a propane leak, yet I could find no such leak. I finally asked my trusty mobile RV repair guy what could be going on. He said, “It’s probably your gray water tank.”
Stay overnight on lava fields in Grants, New Mexico
By Nanci Dixon
A fun and informative stop on our recent travels was the lava fields in Grants, New Mexico. The huge rocks and slabs of lava that oozed out and blew out of volcanoes 3,000 – 5,000 years ago surround the interstate. We stopped for the night at the local KOA and, although the campground was not much different than any small town overnight-only spot, they were situated on a lava field. Read more about this very unique location.
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Store a fire extinguisher in closet
Use a Velcro fastener strap to hold a large-size fire extinguisher in the back corner (or corners) of your closet. The hanging clothes will also help keep it upright. This enables you to store the extinguisher completely out of the way but still easily accessible from the bedroom and bathroom areas. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
On this day last year…
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Website of the day
Want to go on a boat but don’t own one? This is the site for you! GetMyBoat lets you rent boats across the U.S. Have fun and be safe!
Clubs and useful organizations
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Recipe of the Day
This guilt-free taco is yummy! The avocado salad is fresh and creamy. Tomatoes add a pop of sweetness. Lemon pepper seasoning really adds a lovely citrus flavor to the salad and chicken – it’s a must. We loved lightly frying the tortillas. It adds a crisp texture to the tacos that pairs with the creamy filling. Add your favorite toppings and you have a tasty, healthy weeknight meal.
Next time you pass a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the road, think about a blue whale’s heart. Their hearts are about as big as that motorcycle, measuring on average 5 x 4 x 5 feet. Their hearts weigh about 400 pounds.
*What are the top 10 activities that contribute most to U.S. lightning fatalities? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Midnight was a stray cat we took in about 10-11 years ago. He first ran the household in Idaho City, ID, but after our retirement, he runs the household of our motorcoach that we full-time explore our beautiful country in. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!!” —Jane Burgman
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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