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On this day in history: 1897 – Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
Tip of the Day
What’s In The Shop? RV suspension inspection and upgrade
By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
In this “What’s In The Shop?” video, I provide a follow-up for a vehicle’s suspension that we recently inspected here at California RV Specialists. During that original inspection, we found a worn shackle link that was hanging on by a thread. This update shows the worn shackle links along with the worn-out bushing in the center equalizer found during repairs.
Today’s RV review…
No review from Tony today. He is just getting back from a looooong trip, has had some trailer troubles (i.e., fender bender on his way home), and is moving into a new house! He hopes you’ll forgive him.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
… But here’s a video from Josh Winters that might satisfy your craving for an RV review. It’s titled: Coachmen Chaparral 5th wheel RV may be underrated.
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What RV batteries do you recommend for both chassis and house?
What RV batteries do you recommend for the chassis and house? My rig has sat in dry storage for two years and after a jump it doesn’t seem to be recharging. Do “any” Group 24 batteries work for the chassis and “any” Group 31 work for the house? There are two of each. —Kevin, 1999 Fleetwood Discovery
Video of the day
Amazing time lapse DIY truck camper build
By Cheri Sicard
This video channel is aptly named “Ambition Strikes”—as this DIY truck camper project is nothing if not ambitious. Especially when you consider the short amount of time that went into completing it! Although I suspect there was substantial research time before beginning…
It took a husband and wife team only two-and-a-half months to build the expedition off-road and off-grid “RV of their dreams.” But you get to watch the whole thing from start to finish in just eleven-and-a-half minutes.
Finally! A phone mount for car or RV that works and keeps us safe
I would never advocate someone looking at their phone while driving. But I will fully admit that, when a notice comes in, the urge to look is compelling, to say the least. While lots of folks might fault me for this temptation, I’m not alone. … Tony reviews the Nite Ize Steelie phone holders that really work, here.
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Clean up those RV power cord contacts
Readers may have heard a bit of back-and-forth about how to clean the brass contacts on your shore power cord connector. Please DON’T follow the suggestion made by one RV park that handed out a strip of coarse emery cloth to each guest, telling them to use it to clean up their contacts. Reader “D ‘n C” suggests something a little kinder, like a Scotch Brite pad. Resident electric specialist Mike Sokol adds: “For gold contacts on circuit boards we use pencil erasers. And I’ve used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser blocks for cleanup chores when I want to remove the crud, but not the metal beneath it. When you do need to resurface the metal, then 400-grit sandpaper is what I use.” Read a tutorial on this topic from Mike here.
On this day last year…
- Tip: These small insect screens keep wasps and bees from colonizing your RV
- RV review: Forest River Sabre 36BHQ Mid-room Fifth Wheel
- Ask Dave: How do I prepare a fresh water tank for use?
- Featured article: Add another room to your RV with this brilliant mod
- Recipe: “World Famous” Slow Cooker Meatballs
Website of the day
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Recipe of the Day
Tender and juicy, these grilled chicken thighs are an affordable meal. The seasoned skin is perfectly crisp while the meat stays juicy and tender. We loved the white barbecue sauce. It’s slightly tangy with just a little bite. It’s delicious alongside the grilled chicken thighs.
The first European travelers in a hot air balloon were a sheep, a duck and a rooster. Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier, the French brothers who invented the hot air balloon, made this first successful launch and eight-minute flight in 1783 in the presence of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. All three animals survived.
*How many types of fungi are on each of your feet? You might not want to know, but if you do, you can find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Arthur and Bibi have been full-timers most of their lives. They travel well, except Bibi likes to give unexpected yowls once in a while when I am driving. They enjoy sitting on the steps watching whatever is outside.” —Kathleen Gallie
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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