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Tip of the Day
It’s time for that annual fall RV cleanup
By Gail Marsh
Summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. It’s just about time to put the RV away until next spring. But wait! After a fun-filled season of adventures that included numerous extended trips along with several long weekend jaunts, your rig may need to be cleaned first. I’m not just talking about a quick vacuum and brief swipe with a dust cloth, either. I’m talking about an annual fall RV cleanup.
Today’s RV review…
After listing many, many things that he likes about the East to West Tandara 321RL-OK, Tony writes, “The number of detail points where someone clearly was paying attention is quite evident in this fifth wheel. There are a few more things they could easily do, such as better provisions for all the things we bring to bed that we shouldn’t, but this isn’t that big of a deal considering how many things East To West has done well.”
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Black tank handle hard to pull open. How can I fix it?
It has become increasingly difficult to pull open my black water tank handle. I’ve been needing to use a claw hammer to pry it open. (I know that this is probably not ideal.) I have tried lubricating it with RV slide lubricant and that didn’t work. Please help, as I live in my RV full-time and need to dump often. Thank you in advance. —Chiara, 2020 Forest River Wildwood 40FDEN
by Mike Sokol
How many batteries equal a propane tank of energy?
I’m curious just how much battery power is needed to equal a 20-lb. tank of propane? For example, my 3-way fridge can run for a few weeks on propane mode, but when I try to power it from my batteries and inverter, it won’t even last a day before the battery is dead. Can you explain why this happens? —JP
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Video of the day
Vet builds unbelievable super-stealth RV FedEx truck conversion
By Cheri Sicard
You are not going to believe the stealth RV that John, an Army veteran, built out of an old FedEx van.
John plans to live in the RV while using his GI Bill to become a helicopter pilot. He only has about 25K into the build, but this innovative stealth RV is built with both room and function in mind at every step. [You really don’t want to miss this! —Diane]
Beat the campground reservation crunch: Camp with the animals
By Scott Linden
The “campground crunch” is real. You’ve read about it, and you probably have or certainly will experience the mass of competitors jockeying for a campground reservation. … So, how to avoid the mob scene and find a campsite? Why not go just a bit outside the traditional RV park-campground realm and check out a wildlife refuge? Read all about this great idea!
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If this is something you haven’t replaced in a while, we’re suggesting you do. And with this. Because this is just very cute.
How many pets travel with you in your RV?
Easy way to check electrolyte level in “house” batteries
Are your “house” batteries located in such a way that it’s hard to see the electrolyte level when it comes time to check them? Fred C. knows your pain, and has one commercial solution. “I found a product that is relatively inexpensive, readily available, and very easy to install. It is the Qwik-Fill by Flow-Rite. This device comes in various configurations for different size batteries and is expandable if you add more batteries. It is available from Amazon, Camping World and a host of local RV parts dealers. After using this device for two years, I wouldn’t be without it!” Thanks, Fred!
Website of the day
27 Pretty Sunflower Fields to Visit Across the U.S.
Even if visiting sunflower fields doesn’t seem quite up your alley, trust us, once you get there and see these never-ending fields you’ll be so glad you went. They’re so beautiful!
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Recipe of the Day
This is one good casserole and would be perfect to take to a potluck. It’s kind of like having a pizza, but easier to keep warm. I like ground beef, sweet Italian sausage and pepperoni on my pizza so I used all three. Add whatever meats and seasonings to your liking. This dish was really easy to prepare and so tasty!
The very first aerosol can was invented to apply ski wax. In 1926, Norwegian inventor Erik Rotheim filed a patent for the aerosol can in Oslo, Norway, to make the application of ski wax faster and more efficient.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Rocky is a Spaniel mix, Honey is a Husky/German Shepherd/Border Collie mix, Rico is a Beagle. These are our traveling buddies. They love going to Pismo Beach. (Oh, heck. They like going anywhere!) All three are rescues. Rocky is 14, old and grumpy. Honey loves looking out the trailer windows at the neighbors trying to park their trailers. Rico was a lab experiment dog who thinks EVERYONE in the campground wants to pet him.” —Lindy Kolthoff
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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