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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Salami Day!
On this day in history: 1927 – The first fully electronic television system is achieved by Philo Farnsworth.
Tip of the Day
Beyond the basics—Extra tips for winterizing your RV
By Gail Marsh
Some folks use antifreeze to keep their RV pipes from freezing while stored over the winter. Other RVers use their air compressor to blow water from the lines and then pour a bit of antifreeze down each drain. So … after the antifreeze or compressed air, you’re good to go, right? Wrong! Here are a few extra tips for winterizing your RV.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “I have a surprising number of friends who have r•pod trailers and more than one of them has chosen this model. I can see why. The dinette in the back can be a sleeping space if you have a friend over, it has a dry bath, and it’s small and light enough that everyone I know who has one of these pulls it with a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Everyone.
“So would I prefer this or the Winnebago from yesterday?”
For previous RV reviews, click here.
The 20th edition of our photo contest is here. Click to see if your photo made the cut, then vote in our poll for your favorite photo. Remember, the winner wins a $50 Amazon gift card! Read the contest rules and/or submit your photo here.
Please note: This is the last Wednesday we’ll be running this contest. Our photo contest will only run once a week, on Saturdays, going forward. Don’t forget to check each Saturday to see if your photo has been chosen.
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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.”
Is it OK to tow my older trailer at highway speeds?
I have a 2009 r·pod 171 by Forest River that I tow with a 2021 Toyota Tundra. Since the trailer is an older model, is it OK to tow it at today’s highway speeds? —Robert
Quick RV Tech Tip: The smart way one of our readers added a ladder
We have posted a couple of questions here in the past (like this one) regarding why some RV manufacturers don’t offer a ladder on their rig. We’ve also gotten a couple of suggestions for an aftermarket version and extension.
I got this email from one of our readers and thought it would be good info to share.
Video of the day
Pros and cons of single-axle vs. double-axle towing
By Cheri Sicard
If you have wondered about the pros and cons of single-axle RVs versus double-axle trailers, this video from Josh the RV Nerd will answer all.
“My motorhome blew a front tire! Here’s what I did to avoid disaster!”
By Eric Johnson of TechnoRV.com
I had a blowout on my passenger steer tire doing 65 mph in my 2016 Tiffin Phaeton. In this article, I am going to share exactly what happened and how I was able to control the RV and safely get it off the road. You can watch a video of me explaining what happened below…. Continue reading and watch Eric’s video here.
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While this isn’t just for RVers, we still think it would be *handy* for you to keep this in your RV at all times. You’ll thank us!
• CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
• CURRENT SMOKE AND FIRE REPORT
• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
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• LATEST RV RECALLS
• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
• THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS
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If lightning strikes
An RVer complained that his RV had been parked near a tree that was struck by lightning. Now a lot of “stuff” in his rig doesn’t work, and he found a burned hole in his rig’s shore power cord. What’s he to do? Hope he has good insurance! Perhaps a surge suppressor might have helped, but many RVers report that when lightning strikes, a surge suppressor often sacrifices itself, but still some things in the rig are toasted. Often the damage is taken by control boards, as in your refrigerator. If the appliance won’t operate, shut down all power to the unit, both shore-supplied and battery. After a minute, try bringing the power back online and see if your appliance will work. Sometimes this “reboot” is all that’s required, but count yourself very fortunate if it does.
On this day last year…
- Tip: An easy trick to keep important documents in the RV… without all the paper
- RV review: 2022 SylvanSport GO
- Ask Dave: Is my RV’s water pressure low because the regulator is plugged up?
- Featured article: This campground is top secret. Do you know where it is?
- Recipe: Grilled Mexican Citrus Chicken
Roof vent not doing its job? Here’s a solution…
If you smell your toilet when driving your motorhome down the road, it’s because the odor is being drawn into the RV and not outside via the roof vent. The solution is to get an inexpensive 360 Siphon Roof Vent. It works for all RVs even when the RV is not moving, like in a campground. Keep the stink away.
Website of the day
31 Best Places To Fly Fish In The U.S.A.
Okay, fly fishers, this one is for you! Not only is fly fishing a fun activity, but you also get to catch your lunch or dinner. And, is there any activity that’s more peaceful than wading in a river—just you and nature? We don’t think so!
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Recipe of the Day
by Nickole Smith-Palacios from New York, NY
Wow, the marinade for these beef kabobs is fantastic. It’s savory, tangy, tart, and slightly sweet all at once. The perfect balance of flavors. Marinating the sirloin steak makes the meat tender and juicy. We can’t wait to try this with other cuts of meat. A tasty addition to any grilling menu.
Kangaroos are well known as large, hopping mammals from Australia that carry their offspring in pouches. What may not be so well known, though, is that kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
*What were new Americans arriving at Ellis Island served as a treat to welcome them to America? Take a guess then see if you’re right by checking yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“The girls, all rescue mutts, seem to be getting used to RVing! They are boondocking with us in this picture.” —Nancy Miceli
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!
Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource!
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