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“As it has been said:
Love and a cough
cannot be concealed.
Even a small cough.
Even a small love.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Burnt Ends Day! (These are those smokey “burnt ends” of brisket BBQ. Yum, yum, yum!)
On this day in history: 1897 – The Tremont Street Subway in Boston opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
Tip of the Day
Keep your RV drinking water safe
By Bob Difley
There are two kinds of RVers: those that drink raw water right out of the tap and those that don’t. If you are one that doesn’t, you don’t have to concern yourself with waterborne illnesses. Of course, depending on what you do drink – wine, beer, tea or coffee – you may be confronted with other issues.
For those of us that do drink water and spend a lot of time on the road and in questionable locations, the following measures have kept my wife and me free of typhoid, diarrhea, pathogenic microorganisms and intestinal parasites. As explorer Owen Lattimore noted while traversing the Silk Road in camel caravans, “Water alone, unboiled, is never drunk. There is a superstition that it causes blisters on the feet.”
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “Just over a year ago Keystone introduced a whole new line of fifth wheels and travel trailers under the Arcadia brand. These mainstream rigs offer a lot of new features along with some of the cornerstone features that are part of what sets Keystone apart.”
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Indoor lights only work when ignition is on. How come?
My husband, David, can’t figure out why, when our RV is plugged in for power, all of our indoor house lights do not come on at all unless we have the ignition key turned on partially or turned on completely and also have the engine on. Please help us. We live in our RV full-time and have almost no $$$ to spend. Thank you so much!!! —Christina, 1999 Georgie Boy Chevy Pursuit
Video of the day
SUPER RARE VW bug gooseneck trailer, parts I and II
It was not known if the gooseneck VW Bug RV conversion seen in the video above [in the post] was a prototype or was ever actually in production.
That’s because, until recently, the 1974 promotional video for the El Chico gooseneck trailer from International Travel Trailer, Inc. was the only one anyone had seen. And a cool and compelling video it is.
Work camping tips from the experts
By Julie Chickery
With the boom in RV sales, there has never been a better time to try work camping. It is a great way to fund some of your RV travels while you’re exploring the country. In this week’s article, get some work camping tips from the experts. This includes where to find potential jobs, how far in advance you need to apply, and how to make your application stand out. Continue reading these great tips.
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Hooking up your water? Use your elbow!
Something as small as a three- or four-dollar part may not seem like a big deal, but you’d be surprised by how these little things can make a big difference. This part can pretty much be found at any place selling RV parts, but I’ve been surprised by how many people don’t use it. This part is simply a ninety-degree brass fitting from your water hose to your RV exterior water hookup.
Why is this part important? It will make your life so much easier as these exterior RV water hookups stick straight out from the side of your RV, putting a lot of pressure on your water hose and RV threaded fitting. So the result is usually a water hookup that leaks. At first it will not leak, but over time, it will get worse and worse. This simple ninety-degree brass fitting takes a great deal of pressure off the RV hookup and water hose fittings. Since I started using this part several years ago, my exterior RV water connection has never leaked when properly tightened. From The Simple Life Guide To RV Living: The Road to Freedom and the Mobile Lifestyle Revolution, available on Amazon.
On this day last year…
- Tips: 18 things to know about avoiding collisions with an animal while driving
- RV review: Northstar 600SS Pickup Camper for midsize trucks
- Ask Dave: Is it necessary to level a travel trailer?
- Featured article: Products we tested—and which later failed
- Recipe: Yam Biscuits
Website of the day
The most breathtaking view in every U.S. state
We have to say, we do agree with many of the views on this list. Of course, it’s hard to choose just one in each state though!
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Do you ever find yourself snacking? You can’t help but love a good snack? Good, then you need these.
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:
• 13 percent have been bitten by a wild animal.
• 10 percent say they play board games in their RV very often, and another 18 percent say they play them every once in a while.
• 16 percent admit to singing in the shower.
Recipe of the Day
This cavatini recipe will make your house smell like a pizzeria! We loved using whole wheat pasta, ground turkey, and turkey pepperoni. It helps to make this recipe a little healthier. The contrast of the meat sauce mixed with the creamy meat mixture is perfectly balanced and divine. Butter some garlic bread and toss together a green salad for a completely delicious meal.
Did you know each of those red/orange and white sections meant something? If not, now you do!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
Marianne Barrett submitted this photo for our photo contest, but we wanted you to see it here. She wrote, “Ranger making a new friend at the Yemassee KOA in Yemassee, SC.”
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!
Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
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