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“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Blueberry Popsicle Day!
On this day in history: 1912 – Arthur Rose Eldred is awarded the first Eagle Scout award of the Boy Scouts of America.
Tip of the Day
Ways to “winterize” the plants in your RV
By Gail Marsh
My grandma was an expert gardener. She also had a very green thumb when it came to house plants. Come fall each year, she’d begin the migration—bringing some outside plants inside the house where temperatures would be warmer. She called this process “wintering over.”
Can you “winterize” plants in an RV?
I’ve been thinking about my grandma quite a bit lately. There are several reasons she’s been on my mind—not the least of which is the coming of fall. Soon, the nights will become much cooler. Then later, even cold! If I intend to winter over the plants I’ve been coddling all spring and summer, I’ll need a plan.
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Can I use my inline water filter as a pressure regulator?
Can an inline water filter be used in lieu of a water pressure regulator? —Greg, 2019 Thor A.C.E. 33.1
Video of the day
Astounding overlander RV army truck conversion
The vehicle might have started life as a military vehicle, but you can barely recognize it as such now!
Impressive as it is, Mike says his background is not in building trucks. He credits watching YouTube videos to help him with his many army truck RV conversion accomplishments.
Dog is my co-pilot: Better places to stop for RVers with pets
“Dog is my co-pilot,” says the bumper sticker, and for RV travelers it’s literally true. They share our adventures, buoy our spirits and are best friends on this journey called life. Like ourselves, our four-footed traveling companions need to get out of the rig and stretch once in a while, for physical and mental health and, um, to “do their business.” But where? Scott Linden suggests many places from his 30 years of RVing long distances with dogs.
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Put it back together right—with these tips
Fixing broken “RV stuff” doesn’t always mean you need to know the “stuff” inside-out. Many RV technicians know how every assembly in a rig is put together. But when you do tackle that “something” that isn’t right that requires disassembly, it’s critical you put it back together the right way. A digital camera, tablet, or cell phone cam is just the ticket. Take plenty of pictures as you go through the process of taking something apart. Try and track down a service manual for your item—the internet is full of manuals folks have kindly scanned and posted. Can’t find it? Drop a request on an internet RV forum and ask—somebody may just have one.
On this day last year…
- RV review: CrossRoads Redwood RW3951WB Fifth Wheel
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- Recipe: Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Website of the day
Parks With Forts, National Park Service
Do you enjoy visiting historic forts? If so, this page from the National Park Service is for you.
Hide dirty laundry, and save space too!
Sometimes where to put those worn clothes waiting for wash day is the pits. Many hide a basket in the shower stall, but here’s another approach: Hang that dirty laundry out – not for everyone to see, but on the back of a closet door. Zippers on this one make it easy to open when it’s time to disgorge the dirties, and the company includes a couple of different hooks to help you hang it. You can find it on Amazon for a great price.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
• Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
Recipe of the Day
A refreshing twist on sangria. We loved the tart flavor hibiscus tea gives the cocktail. With the blueberry juice not being overly sweet, it’s a great complement to the sweeter Riesling. This will be great at your summertime BBQ and pool parties.
The Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb, burning since 1901, and almost never switched off. It is at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Due to its longevity, the bulb has been noted by The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and General Electric.
*Yesterday we showed you a wind chart. It’s hard to explain, but you should take a look. It’s interesting!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Gunnar, a one-year-old Cattle Dog mix rescue. Traveling with us since three months old, up and down the East Coast. He’s been in more places than most people. Enjoys being around the campfire and going exploring at our destination.” —Greg Smith
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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