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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
On this day in history: 1916 – Ernest Shackleton completes the rescue of all of his men stranded on Elephant Island in Antarctica. (There’s a wonderful book about this incredible story.)
Tip of the Day
Why you need a second shower rod in your RV’s shower
By Gail Marsh
Small spaces like an RV bathroom can always use more storage. That’s why you need a second shower rod in your RV shower. (If your RV doesn’t have a “first” shower rod, you still need one!)
RV showers aren’t big. At least ours isn’t. Newer rigs feature a fold-down teak seat instead of the preformed plastic seat like we have in our rig. Our integrated plastic seat takes up at least one-third of the shower space and the thing is, I can’t even sit on it! Why not? Because all our hair and shower products rest there. We have my shampoo and conditioner plus my husband’s hair products, too. Then there’s the body wash, back brush and loofahs, along with bar soap and washcloths.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “We have looked at a few larger fifth wheels with mid-bunk floor plans. These are really a good idea if you happen to have a larger group that you travel with. But they also work well if you want a separate room for an office or something like that.
“The mid-bunk in this is just what I’ve seen in most of the trailers with this floor plan—there’s a couch and flip-up bunk. So if you did have travelers who wanted their own space, this is a place they could have that. If you wanted a den or something along those lines, you could work that out, as well.”
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Jacks quit working. Can I use a drill to manually override them?
Our Lippert RV stabilizer jacks have quit working using the switch. The front ones quit completely, and the back ones still come up with the switch, but not down. We tried replacing the switches, but no change. Any ideas? What about using a cordless drill if we can’t get them fixed before our next adventure? Thanks much. —Bill and Sue, 2020 Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S
Video of the day
Essential RV driving tips: What are off-tracking and rear overhang?
This RV driving tips video answers the questions: What is off-tracking and what is rear overhang, and how do they affect driving an RV?
It comes from someone with an impeccable record.
Powering safety with the Hughes Power Watchdog
By Tony Barthel
You don’t need a surge suppressor. Until you do. Like a seat belt, or the limit on the bungee cord at the top of the canyon. A lot people have told me that they have been RVing for years and haven’t had a surge suppressor for their RV and everything’s fine. But modern RVs, like so many other things in our lives, are filled with tiny computers that monitor systems and make sure that they’re working properly. Your water heater, refrigerator, air conditioner, and so many other systems have a computer that makes them run. A good spike in the power coming in, or a severe brown-out or over-voltage and those computers are done for. Continue reading.
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A simple reminder which just may save your RV roof
Don’t bang your [RV’s] head. Make an easy-to-read note and put it on your dashboard or sun visor showing your RV height in feet and inches—and in metric, too, if you travel out of the country. It could save your TV antenna, air conditioner—even your roof. Thanks to George B. for the tip.
On this day last year…
- Tip: Campground neighbors too close? Create privacy with a DIY screen
- RV review: 2022 Newmar New Aire 3543 Class A Diesel Pusher
- Ask Dave: LP stove and oven won’t light. Why not?
- Featured article: All bottled up! A hilarious story of an RVing newbie…
- Recipe: S’mores Brownies
Website of the day
The 9 most overlooked road trips in the U.S.
This list is pretty fun, and we think you’ll find some inspiration for your next travels here. Hint: One of these road trips is BBQ themed… ’nuff said.
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First of all, the name for this is brilliant, and second of all, we know for a fact this works. Maybe someday we’ll tell you the story…
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:
• 20 percent often buy souvenir magnets for their fridge on trips.
• 38 percent have encountered a bear at least once while hiking.
• 16 percent consider themselves to be an avid birdwatcher.
Recipe of the Day
Tasty and super easy, this baked omelet is quite good. Once baked, it’s thick, fluffy, and full of flavor. There’s plenty of bacon and gooey cheese to make this super satisfying. It’s rather large and would be great to whip up for a holiday breakfast or brunch.
There are about one trillion bacteria and nearly 200 types of fungi on each of our feet. There are 26 bones in each foot (one less than in a hand), and there are about 250,000 sweat glands in our feet. Feet have nearly 8,000 nerves, many near the skin – which is why feet are so ticklish.
*What makes Magic Erasers so magic? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Kimmie is the kindest, most loving cat ever. She was a rescue cat with a slight deformity in her back legs—she’s knock-kneed. The vet said there is an operation to remedy this, however, if it doesn’t appear to be an issue, then don’t worry. She runs fast and jumps high—there is nothing wrong with this cat. This photo is her posing on a table at Defeated Creek Campground.” —Jerry Tachoir
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!
Get rid of those decal “ghosts!”
If you use a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: Decal “ghosts” – shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. The solution? A heavy-duty oxidation remover! Pour the remover onto a rough sponge and scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation will come right up and your RV will look good as new! The remover will also remove stains, scratches and water spots. Learn more or order here.
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