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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Day of Forgiveness.
On this day in history: 1825 – The world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives, the Stockton and Darlington Railway, is ceremonially opened.
Tip of the Day
Ways to make your RV feel more like home
By Gail Marsh
I was feeling a bit homesick the other day. We’ve been work camping for several weeks now and while I love living in our RV, I sometimes still miss home. I was contemplating the calendar (counting down the remaining days) when it hit me. I loved our RV, but our RV just wasn’t loving me back! I needed to make the RV feel more like home.
Who lives here?
Here’s what I mean. Because making this trip had been a rather quick decision, I hadn’t packed along our Nix play (digital photo frame). The sentimental, handmade quilt for our RV bed didn’t come along with us either. (It was the hottest time of the year, so who needs a quilt, right?) Even the calendar I’d been staring at was from a bank! Why hadn’t I packed the calendar that our grandkids personalized for us? As I gazed around our RV’s interior, I quickly realized that it might as well belong to a stranger. Nothing (and I mean absolutely nothing) gave even a hint about us or our personality. It was as sterile and cold as an operating room.
Today’s RV review…
Tony writes, “Of course, no RV is perfect. But you can spot when an RV company isn’t just building to a checklist, but is listening to the owners. There aren’t really huge changes to this model, but the changes that exist are worthwhile improvements to a floor plan I already liked quite a bit.”
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Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
How do I clean my slide room seals and topper on a permanently parked RV?
I know this is not a typical pull-type RV; however, I have two questions related to the slides. The toppers on the slides are really dirty from sitting in a park. Also, the seals along the sides are black in some areas even though they are supposed to be white! My question is: What product is best to clean them? The second part of this is that one topper is loose and rain pools on it. How can they be tightened properly? It looks like the same mechanism as on our 2008 Lexington motorhome slide. Any help would be appreciated. —Dave, 2010 Hampton
Video of the day
10 American-made mini campers under $10,000
The folks from Mind’s Eye Design have produced another terrific RV round-up video, this time taking on the topic of mini campers.
Like other Mind’s Eye videos, this one is not so much filled with reviews, but rather video brochures of each of the mini trailers and campers. But having this round-up in one convenient place is helpful to compare and contrast what each model offers.
Does tire over-inflation cause so-called “blowouts”?
By Roger Marble
Are “blowouts” the result of running a tire inflated to more than the tire sidewall number? I think people are over-thinking tire over-inflation. Roger explains why he thinks that here.
Are you an only child?
?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
‘Tis the season to be cozy/Fa la la la laaaaa we lo-ooove this. (No, really, we want this.)
Mice in the bumper!
Kirk writes in to tell us about critters he’s found in his bumper, and how to inexpensively dissuade them from taking up housekeeping: “The majority of bumper plugs I’ve seen have a square hole in the center. I’ve also had mice get inside my bumper. Siliconing a piece of screen on the inside to cover the hole took care of the problem.”
On this day last year…
- Tip: Solo camping: Tips for staying safe while RVing alone
- RV review: 2022 Keystone Bullet Crossfire 1900RD travel trailer
- Ask Dave: How should I winterize the RV to use it part-time in the winter?
- Featured article: “Tire dressing” and “Do not use covers.” Where’s the test data?!
- Recipe: Rattlesnake Eggs
Website of the day
The Best National and State Parks in Texas
OK, y’all. It’s time to get yourself down to Texas and start exploring some of these beautiful parks! We’ll meet you down there (and we’ll join you for some BBQ, too)!
Dirty contacts? DeoxIT!
Here’s a comment from electrical specialist Mike Sokol: “I’ve used DeoxIT for decades on my pro-sound gear. We use it on speaker connectors, power connectors such as cam-lok and twist-lock plugs (just like RV power), volume controls, gold-plated circuit boards (like in RV refrigerator control boards), etc. There are several different versions of DeoxIT depending on if you want built-in lubricant for potentiometers, or gold contact refurbishing or simply oxidation removal.” Learn more or order.
And the Survey Says…
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• 27 percent would consider themselves to be organized and say that everything they own has its place.
• The majority of readers, 54 percent, have Verizon as a cell phone provider.
• 20 percent say that within the last year, 100 percent of their clothes purchases were online.
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Recipe of the Day
by Sharyl Maacks from Newfane, NY
Caramel apple flavor in bar cookie form… love, love, love! These aren’t the type of cookie bar you can eat with your hands. They’re ooey gooey, so you’ll need a plate. They have a crunchy cinnamon crust and a caramel apple center. Each bite tastes like fall. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and it’s the perfect autumn dessert.
In old England, 10 families equaled a tithing. 10 tithings equaled a shire. Each shire elected a reeve. That “shire reeve” came to be known as a “sheriff.”
*Why did Taco Bell airlift 10,000 tacos to Alaska in 2012? Well, it’s a funny story… Read about it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“For this curious and excitable puppy, there are always new critters to get to know!” —Linda Gray
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!
Leave here with a laugh
Even though this is a few years old now, you’ll love this! Watch Jay Leno’s interview with this incredibly charming, hilarious 100-year-old woman.
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