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Today’s thought

“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.” ―Erin Morgenstern


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Boyfriend Day!

On this day in history: 1863 – The last Thursday in November is declared as Thanksgiving Day by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.


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Tip of the Day

10 ways you can use ice cubes while RVing

By Gail Marsh
They are the clink, clink in our glass, for sure! But ice cubes can be used in many other helpful ways as you RV. Read on and see for yourself.

  • Remove carpet dents. We recently replaced our RV furniture. The new chairs do not cover the carpet dents left by our previous chairs. So, I placed ice cubes directly on the dent and waited. Once the cubes melted and the carpet fibers began to dry, I fluffed the fibers up with my fingers and now the carpet dents are much less noticeable.
  • Painlessly remove splinters. Older picnic tables can sometimes have rough wood that can cause splinters. Ouch! Before attempting to remove the nasty splinter, grab an ice cube to numb the affected area. Wrap the cube in a paper towel or soft cloth. The ice will numb the skin and mean less pain as the splinter is removed.

Continue reading


Today’s RV review…

Keystone Passport SOLO Series 15FK—big on small

Tony writes, “Today’s RV review is of the new Keystone Passport SOLO Series 15FK, a whole new small, single-axle travel trailer that Keystone absolutely nailed. This model is so new, there’s almost no details about it yet on Keystone’s website. … But this is a terrific floor plan packaged well. I bet Keystone is going to have a major hit with this. … I really like what they’ve done here—which is take a small trailer and make it very useful and spacious feeling. Good job, Keystone!”

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Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.” 

How many miles before I need to repack RV’s wheel bearings?

Dear Dave,
Is there any basic mileage recommendation for how often wheel bearings on a travel trailer should be repacked? —Andy, 2022 Salem 27RK

Read Dave’s answer



RVelectricity

With Mike Sokol

COVID Nose and propane gas—Danger!

Dear Mike,
I heard that you had COVID last month and couldn’t smell gas from an unlit stove in your house. Glad you’re all right. What happened? —Shelly

Read about Mike’s extremely close call here!


Video of the day

Awesome, easy Halloween RV decorations, recipes, and more!

By Cheri Sicard
If you plan on taking the RV out for a Halloween camping trip, these easy, amazing ideas for Halloween RV decorations, easy-to-make recipes, and outdoor Halloween tips will be sure to spark some spooky creativity.

The folks at RV Upgrades have done a great job. This is a quick video with no words, just short text and photos that show the various ideas in action.

Watch the video


“Improved” RV steps are too heavy and complicated!

By Gail Marsh
I’d like to issue a complaint. It’s about the “improved” RV entry steps. Our newer fifth wheel RV features a Lippert Solid Step system – entry steps that rest inside the RV’s door when in motion. I’ll admit that the steps seem a bit more stable than the ones we’ve experienced before. But in my opinion, the “cons” of the improved system outweigh the “pros.” Continue reading.


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Go anywhere! No, you really can go anywhere… If you do anything with this, just please look at the second picture. We laughed out loud! What a shot!


Reader poll

Pick a place in nature you’d most like to spend time

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Ice is nice—try a portable ice maker

Several RVers have commented on portable ice makers. Not a great deal for boondockers, as they chew up shore power, but if you are where shore power is available, people swear by them. Most make ice very quickly, that is, in a matter of minutes. And of course, most make bold claims about how much ice they’ll make. But when you look at the ice reservoir, you’ll begin to wonder. Here’s the trick: Let the machine make your ice, pull it out, and store it in your RV freezer. That way, you’ll get plenty of ice. What about cleaning them? One RVer says she simply dumps vinegar into hers, let’s it make “vinny-cubes,” then cycles a few flushes of water through before using the ice. Less than $80 for many models. Check some out on Amazon.


Website of the day

These Old General Stores In The U.S. Are A Nostalgic Trip Back In Time
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ general store? The really fun ones are hard to pass up when you travel. Check these out. We want to visit all of them!


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Recipe of the Day

Teriyaki Chicken Nuggets

by Ruthann Cook from Three Rivers, MI

If you have kids in the house, chicken nuggets are always on the most requested list. This recipe elevates chicken nuggets with a sweet and salty homemade teriyaki sauce. Enjoy them as a snack or an easy back-to-school dinner with some fried rice.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

In the early days of television, the industry struggled to define its purpose. Then a small manufacturer of lipstick came along. In the year before Hazel Bishop began running TV commercials her profit was $49,257. Three years later her lipsticks earned her a one-year profit of $10,100,682. Ad agencies were stupefied at what they’d thought was a promising novelty had become the most effective advertising medium in history. And money began to flow.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Zeus, our 2-year-old Great Dane. He loves to go camping. As soon as I start loading the camper he is ready to go and loves all the attention he gets at the campgrounds.” —Micheal Barnett

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!

Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!


Keep your rubber roof clean!
Camco’s Pro-Strength Rubber Roof Cleaner and Conditioner is a one-step treatment that removes black streaks, oxidation and road film buildup on your rubber roof and helps protect it from further damage. The specially formulated blend of surfactants and conditioners deep cleans and conditions, helping extend the roof’s life. Learn more or order at a great price.


Leave here with a laugh


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drc
1 month ago

You left the best spot in the world off your poll! Beside a lake is the best place to be!

Dr.Doug
2 months ago

We LOVE Zeus as well!!! Very cool!! We have 2 Great Danes that absolutely LOVE to go camping with us. It’s pretty cool to see other Great Danes. Thanks for sharing!!

Donald N Wright
2 months ago

Remember, there are differences between Hats and caps. Think Stetson vs a ball cap.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 months ago

That cracked me up when I saw the Leave here with a laugh when I was proofing the newsletter last night. Still cracks me up today! 😆 And I love Zeus! 😀 –Diane

Last edited 2 months ago by RV Staff
Bob p
2 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

A perfect example of todays younger generation, he doesn’t have enough common sense to give up todays style to shade his eyes. Lol

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Too true, Bob! 😆 (Well, it’s either funny or it’s sad, actually.) Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

TScott
2 months ago

If you’re considering getting a portable ice machine, get one. They are worth it. Saves time and money.
Zeus is a handsome fellow!

Jeff Craig
2 months ago

I have a GE Opal nugget ice machine, and it is great! Makes tons of ice, but it weighs about 25lbs, so getting it into the rig for long trips is an effort. That said, it is far superior to those cheap, Camping World/Amazon ice machines.

Ralph Mcdonnell
2 months ago

I just wanted to say how much I love the newsletter. It’s one of my favorite things to read each morning. We just returned from a 7 week trip all through Michigan. I distributed probably 40+ information cards with the link to the newsletter.

Steve Minor
2 months ago

We love our little portable ice machine. It has paid for itself this season alone, not having to buy bagged ice, which half or more just goes to waste. We have the Frigidaire from Amazon, it looks nice, and does a great job!

Glenn
2 months ago

No email again of today’s newsletter. Some days it comes and others it doesn’t. This just started a couple of weeks ago. I guess I’ll have to resubscribe to all of them and see if that fixes the problem. Many thanks again for all the work you put into this site!

Kyle Petree
2 months ago
Reply to  Glenn

I’m not affiliated with RV Travel – but try putting “editor@rvtravel.com” as a contact in your email system. I’m wondering if the emails are getting blocked as bulk or spam.

-Kyle

Glenn
2 months ago
Reply to  Kyle Petree

Already in my safe list and contact list.

Admin
Jessica Sarvis(@jessica)
2 months ago
Reply to  Glenn

We have been having issues with Microsoft based email accounts bouncing which removes them from our lists. We’ve opened a ticket with our email marketing company to see if they can help work with Microsoft to fix the issue. Unfortunately, the only surefire fix to this is to switch to another provider like Gmail or Yahoo

Glenn
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessica Sarvis

Thanks for the heads up.

Lindalee
2 months ago
Reply to  Jessica Sarvis

Didn’t get my Daily Tips email notice but I did get my Beginners notice. Don’t get why one comes through and the other doesn’t!

@BigDogRV
2 months ago

I love Zeus, the Great Dane! We travel fulltime with two Great Danes and love to see others on the road. They are wonderful traveling companions.

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago

“Leave here with a laugh”. I’ve always thought this was the dumbest thing ever. Follow that with the nifty tan spot in the middle of the forehead. Why not just wear a beanie with a propeller on top?

John M
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

My thought also why wear a ball cap if it is turned around backwards,

Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  John M

No neck burn !!!

Johnm405
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Face and nose burn instead

James
2 months ago
Reply to  John M

Less head banging while ducking under front of 5th wheel!

Brad G. Hancock NH
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Right on!!

Sheri Ken
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

LOL! Why even wear a ball cap?

Steve Minor
2 months ago
Reply to  Sheri Ken

So you can go bald headed quicker!! LOL

Curt Rissmann
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Laughed at “propeller on top”. Good one Tommy, however the object here is to look cool🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago
Reply to  Curt Rissmann

Wearing a ball cap backwards removes any attempt at “being cool”.

Bob p
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I always thought someone hit him so hard it turned his head backward. Lol

Tom M
2 months ago
Reply to  Curt Rissmann

I don’t think it is working.

Snoopy
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

You all missed the point “of totally being KOOL”
Snoopy

Curt Rissmann
2 months ago
Reply to  Snoopy

Come on Tommy, Snoopy and the rest, where’s your sense of “style and adventure” 🤦‍♂️🤣

Jesse Crouse
2 months ago
Reply to  Curt Rissmann

You mean a “lack of style”.