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Today’s thought

“You are not rich until you have a rich heart.” ―Roy T. Bennett


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Fossil Day! Check out these fossil-finding locations you can camp near.

On this day in history: 1792 – In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid.



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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Today: Live video chat

RV Quality: What RV manufacturers don’t want you to know

Talkin' RV TechMost 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.


Today’s RV review…

Tony’s schedule is changing a little bit. We’re working on the details. Stay tuned!

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Ask Dave

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

RV furnace has low airflow and isn’t hot. Why?

Dear Dave,
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

Read Dave’s answer



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.

Watch the video


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.


Reader poll

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Helpful resources

CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
CURRENT SMOKE AND FIRE REPORT
NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS

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Quick Tip

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.


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
It took us a minute to figure out what this was (if it’s not a toothbrush, then ???), but once we did we immediately thought of a million ways to use it! Handy!


On this day last year…


Website of the day

The best places to visit in California
Check out this list from Lonely Planet and see if you agree—are these the best places to visit in the beautiful state of California? We think so!


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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.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

In the 1400s, a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick thicker than his thumb. Hence, we have the “Rule of thumb.”

*What is the origin of the word “panic”? It’s quite interesting! Find out in yesterday’s trivia


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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Cee Cee
1 month ago

The idea that “rule of thumb” is derived from a law pertaining to spousal abuse is a feminist “urban legend”, as a little research will reveal. It originated with the custom of a brewer testing the temperature of a batch of beer by inserting his thumb into it. Today, the term has come to mean a generalized method or standard that is “accurate enough” to pass muster.

Brenda
1 month ago

A lot of RVers, including us stay at an RV Park for 3 or more months during the winter. As full timers, October or November is usually when we find a place for the holidays and leave shortly in April or May and start traveling. This year with fuel prices traveled less and medical issues had us get a spot early this winter.

Lexi's Mom
1 month ago

A puppy dog or toddler will always steal the show at a wedding 🙂

David Stansbury
1 month ago

And a good rule it was!

David Stansbury
1 month ago

Of course that was tongue-in-cheek. Figured I better add a disclaimer or people would start crying…