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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Wiener Schnitzel Day!
On this day in history: 1972 – In Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, a Cave Research Foundation exploration and mapping team discovers a link between the Mammoth and Flint Ridge cave systems, making it the longest known cave passageway in the world.
Tip of the Day
Leaking water heater pressure relief valve? This tool will help
By Dustin Simpson
Do you have a leaking water heater pressure relief valve? Is it normal for it to leak? Sometimes there can be a slight leak from your water heater’s pressure relief valve, especially if you have not used it in a while. This leak can be normal and may indicate that your pressure relief valve just needs to be cleared to free any debris from the seal. It also might mean that you need to replace the valve if the leak continues.
Today’s RV (p)review…
Tony writes, “There are a number of things I really like about these. I believe the assumption that they’re difficult to set up means a lot of people for whom this would be a good choice actually don’t look at them. That’s unfortunate. … The fact that one of these can fold down and be behind the envelope of whatever is towing them means it won’t have as large an impact on mileage as a traditional RV. Plus, you can easily store it in a garage. … You’ll find a few things that might be a surprise, including a window-style air conditioner under the rear couch to keep things cool here.”
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Quick RV Tech Tip: Can I keep trailer parked at home plugged into 120-volt source?
I just cooked one of my two wet cell batteries (Interstate deep cell). Question: Is it a good idea to keep your 30-amp trailer plugged into a 120-volt source while parked at home for 30 days straight? Would it be better to get a satellite battery maintainer? —Paul
Video of the day
How to start a charcoal grill without lighter fluid or a chimney
By Cheri Sicard
If you have ever wondered how to start a charcoal grill without lighter fluid, this extremely short but invaluable video is for you.
I specifically sought out this video because my own recent attempts at BBQ lighting have turned out abysmal. Last time I could barely get it to light and wasted a bunch of charcoal.
Stinky sewer dump? This will do the trick!
If a sewer hose doesn’t fit tightly, sewer gases will escape and make the odor when dumping almost unbearable. It’s embarrassing and disgusting! This sewer adapter hose seal plugs the hole. No more stink! Read more about it here or order one here.
Thinking of buying an RV? Think again!
ADVICE FROM AN RV LEMON LAWYER
If you are thinking of buying your first RV, beware: You will be lulled into a stupor, driven by dreams of the wonderful, charmed life you will live with it. Countless millions of dollars of advertising each year aim to pound this message into your head. And it works! Don’t trust yourself if you feel this way. Take a deep breath. Slow down. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of RV ownership and your motives for taking up the RV life. RV lemon law attorney Steve Lehto has some candid advice in this video about buying an RV. Continue reading and watch the informative video.
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Do you set an alarm in the morning to wake up?
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Hey, pass the dog a beer, won’t ya? No, this isn’t a joke! The dog wants a beer!
Unwanted showers? Tame that slideout swimming pool!
A new RVer complained that when he pulled in his motorhome slideouts, he got a bath. What happened? Rain had accumulated on the slideout and it came right on in with the slide. Yes, slide-toppers will help prevent some of this, but winds can blow rain in underneath slide-toppers and leave you with the same soaking feeling. If it’s been raining, consider de-leveling your rig, forward or back, to allow gravity to dump some of this collected rain off your slideouts before pulling them in. You may still get a bit of water, but it’s better than a bath!
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On this day last year…
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Website of the day
15 national parks for fall color
This list from The Wilderness Society will help you plan your upcoming leaf-peeping trips. We’re getting excited. Are you?
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
by Chantell Byrd
Spice up your Taco Tuesdays with these grilled shrimp tacos. Individually, each component is tasty. Once assembled, they’re delicious. The seasoned grilled shrimp have a slick kick and are full of flavor. Slightly tangy, jalapeno adds a punch of flavor to the cabbage slaw. On top is a smoky chipotle and adobo crema that’s fabulous on its own. Warming the tortillas on the grill is an excellent idea. Once assembled, these are made-at-home, restaurant-quality shrimp tacos your family will love.
The number of children dying from being left in a hot car is on the increase. There have been at least 929 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths since 1998, according to Jan Null, meteorologist and founder of noheatstroke.org. Of those deaths, 53% were because someone forgot a child in a car.
*According to feng shui experts, should your bed be facing a door or not? Yesterday’s trivia answers that.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our baby girl Riley the Aussie was rescued from an abusive home as a puppy. She is now 12 years old and ‘Queen of the Yard.’ Affectionate with those she knows but still very reserved with those she does not know.” —Cliff Chambliss
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