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On this day in history: 1620 – The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in North America. (Old Style date; September 16 per New Style date.)
Tip of the Day
Have these RV water heater maintenance tools on hand
By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
The task of replacing an RV water heater element may seem difficult, but most RV owners can make this repair themselves. Having the right RV water heater maintenance tools on hand will not only help save time but also save money on repair costs.
Is your RV water heater slow to heat? Does it seem like you run out of hot water quickly? Does it not heat up at all? There’s a good chance that your heating element is not working properly. Please see your appliance owner’s manual for instructions on how to safely remove and replace your heating element.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes this is “…a smaller trailer that may be a good choice for some people who hope to tow with something other than a large pickup. Or just want something smaller. … With Winnebago’s longer (three-year) warranty and generally better build quality, I can see these being a logical choice for a lot of travelers.”
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Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Why did RV’s faucets leak after water pump was replaced?
Last winter the RV service center winterized our motorhome. We had told them that we already purged all water from plumbing so they only needed to put antifreeze into the plumbing. They forgot and burned out our pump, so they replaced it on their dime. When we dewinterized it, all of a sudden we had leaks in most of our faucets so had to replace them. My question is whether the pump is adjustable for water pressure, or if it is set at 40 psi. I’ve tried calling them, but they never answer or return my calls. Thanks, Dave! —Genevieve, 2005 Itasca Meridian
Video of the day
RV interior cleaning: How to disinfect and sanitize your RV
By Cheri Sicard
Mark Polk of RV Education 101 made this video about RV interior cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing in response to the COVID epidemic. He covers two main topics: sanitizing surfaces in the RV as well as protecting against airborne germs.
Campground pet etiquette: Should you bark back?
By Kate Doherty
As campgrounds become more and more crowded, are new RVers less likely to practice social etiquette with their neighbors when they own incessantly barking dogs? Perhaps they were remiss and have not trained their dog(s), believing the portable pen outside their RV is adequate. Read more about pet etiquette in parks and then please participate in our poll here.
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You see a lot of these around neighborhoods and sometimes at campsites around the holidays. Well, um, this one is…. interesting…
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If you find the bayonet mounts for your sewer hose connections are getting a bit hard to twist off and on (hate so say it, but it sometimes comes with age), here’s a tool that might help. An adjustable oil filter wrench, made to get a grip around automotive oil filters can also provide a handy grip and plenty of leverage on the bayonet fitting of your sewer hose, and the termination cap as well. Here’s one on Amazon.
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On this day last year…
- Tip: Water only coming from the RV shower, not the sink. Why?
- RV review: 2022 Wolf Pack 325PACK13 fifth wheel toy hauler
- Ask Dave: How do I adjust the RV door deadbolt so it works?
- Featured article: Who is responsible for educating the uneducated RVers?
- Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
Website of the day
iPhone Photography School
Now, you do have to pay for most of the classes and courses on this website, but if you want to improve your phone photography, this is the place to do it! You’ll learn so much!
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:
• 41 percent never have nightmares and can’t even remember the last time they had one.
• 14 percent do not allow shoes to be worn inside their RV.
• 19 percent say they would never handle a snake, even if it was non-poisonous.
Recipe of the Day
by Amy H. from Detroit, MI
Potato salad is a must on a cookout menu and we really liked this twist. The addition of peas gives the side dish a slight sweetness. Ham and cheese make this a hearty potato salad. This could be a side or even a meal.
During the first quarter of the 20th century, new Americans arriving at Ellis Island were served Jell-O gelatin dessert as a treat to welcome them to America. Gelatin dessert was patented in 1845 and the Jell-O brand was created in 1897. The first flavors were strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon.
*Yesterday, we told you all about the voice of Siri, the robot behind your iPhone. Find the fascinating story in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“George, a Basset Hound/Pittie mix, is about 10 years old and loves to go on trips! He travels in a ‘cove of comfort.’ We have been without his brother, Buck, since February, so George is a solo doggo adventurer for now. He is so funny with his one-ear-up and cases of the zoomies [editor: bursts of energy]. He loves treats and long naps, but who doesn’t?” —Brianna McGraw
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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