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Tip of the Day
10 helpful tips for driving an RV at night
By Gail Marsh
A family emergency recently prompted us to drive our RV at night. We prefer to travel during daylight hours, but this time it just wasn’t possible. Here are some tips that may come in handy should you need to travel in the dark some time, too.
- Slow down. Nighttime travel is more dangerous than traveling in the daylight simply because your view of the roadway is limited. You can only see ahead as far as your headlights illuminate. By traveling at a slower rate of speed you’ll be better able to control your vehicle, especially in the case of emergencies. (Think: deer or obstruction in the road.)
- Stay alert. Sure, there may be less traffic on the road at night, but this can also be a negative. You won’t have cars ahead of you to forewarn you of upcoming situations. Eliminate distractions so that you can fully concentrate on driving. (Think: Safely secure children and pets.)
- Avoid two-lane highways. If possible, travel via four-lane or divided highways if you must drive at night. This will reduce the glare from oncoming cars and should avoid sharp curves and steep hills, as well.
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RV Quality: What RV manufacturers don’t want you to know
Most RVers buy their RV based on the “Bling” — what it looks like. “Oh, I just love the floor plan,” she says. “I love that it has a Cummins engine,” he says.” And (with stars in their eyes) they talk about how they can manage the monthly payments if they’re careful. But wait: They may be cruisin’ for a bruisin’ because of all the secret ways that RV manufacturers cut corners to keep the price of their RVs down. Don’t miss this live webcast. Join Dave Solberg and Dustin Simpson and RVT readers (by chat) in what will be a fascinating discussion. Learn more.
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RV furnace has low airflow and isn’t hot. Why?
The RV furnace has always worked well, but this last week it seems it isn’t heating the interior as quickly as it did a few months ago. I checked the vents and nothing is blocking them. The air blowing is warm but used to be much warmer. And while the heat is on, I can’t light the stove burners; I have to turn the furnace off, and then the stove will light. That has never happened before so I think the two may be related. —Cheryl, 2016 Coachmen Leprechaun 220QB
Video of the day
Terrifying park ranger stories: Yosemite mysteries and missing persons
Ready for some spooky fun? The video below from “What Lurks Beneath,” a channel specializing in storytelling of the mysterious and supernatural, contains some hair-raising tales of Yosemite. A number of the Yosemite mysteries come from accounts gleaned from park ranger stories and experiences.
In Yosemite, missing persons scenarios are surprisingly frequent. As are sightings of Bigfoot and other cryptozoological creatures and strange entities. The video below features stories in both of these categories.
Fridge Fixer keeps residential refrigerator doors closed in RVs
Americans are an ingenious lot. We see a problem. We solve a problem. Whether that problem be big or small, we don’t hesitate to provide a cool solution. And speaking of cool, one of the problems many RVers have is that their residential refrigerators don’t stay closed when going down the road. Solution? Fridge Fixer™. Read what Tony Barthel thinks about this nifty gadget, and watch a short video, here.
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Important first steps with a new motorhome or tow vehicle
Got a new, or new-to-you, motorhome or tow vehicle? First rule: Read the manuals! They’ll answer a lot of your questions with what the manufacturer recommends – not necessarily what other guys around the campfire recommend. Next: Take pictures of the engine compartment. Later, if something goes wrong (like a broken belt) you’ll have a guide to help you put it back together. Brand-new rig? Write down what your “normal” operating temperatures are, put them in your owner’s manual, and you’ll have them to refer to a couple of years down the road, which might help you diagnose a problem.
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The best places to visit in California
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Recipe of the Day
Mom’s Southern Sausage Gravy
by Rene Stevens from Brainerd, MN
Rene learned from her mom how to make sausage gravy very well. This sausage gravy is so yummy. Every Southerner has a jar of bacon drippings in their fridge – it makes everything better. This sausage gravy is easy to whip up and most of the ingredients you probably have in your fridge. Serve over freshly baked biscuits with some eggs on the side for a delicious and hearty breakfast.
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Trace the Lab is my companion adventure dog for 13 and 1/2 years. As we’ve slowed down our hiking a little, I bought a folding kayak to take on our adventures. He seems to love riding in it and then getting out for a little swim or romp on land.” —Terry Cuyler
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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