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On this day in history: 1956 – The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II at Sellafield, England.
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Tip of the Day
Dry-rotted floors in RVs and what it would take to fix them
By Dustin Simpson, California RV Specialists
Last week, our RV repair shop received the below email from John W. regarding his RV’s dry-rotted floors:
We have a Riverside Retro 186R with an area of rot in the subfloor. I know you guys are busy, but you come highly recommended and I would appreciate an estimate for repairs. I can bring the RV to you for an estimate if needed. I’ve included a photo, the rot is in the area marked by green tape.
Thank You, John
Well, John and others, join me as I sit down with my Service Manager, Zach. In this video, we share our initial thoughts on how extensive the water damage may be in the dry-rotted floor and what it would take to fix.
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Good RV water pressure with city connection, none from onboard pump. Why?
About a week into a three-month trip, my Shurflo water pump suddenly stopped providing RV water pressure (barely trickles out, then no water flows). The city water connection/pressure works fine. No water is leaking out of the check valve. I have no water leaks. I have blown air through the water lines between the pump and fresh water tank, and through the water line from the outflow side of the pump. I can manually (with my mouth) suck water from the fresh water tank through the pump’s intake line. The pump strainer has no obstructions. Pump water line connections are tight.
Continue reading Greg’s question and Dave’s answer
How many batteries are in a tank of propane?
By Mike Sokol
I found that question over on the Rockwood Facebook group, and saw that Tony Barthel was quoting a number I must have told him about the amount energy in a tank of propane compared to a 100 aH battery.
At the time I pulled a number out of my head, which was a bit of a SWAG (scientific wild-a** guess) since I already knew the energy equivalent of a gallon of propane, but I never showed my work. So let’s see what Tony said that I said, and we’ll find out if I knew what I was talking about or if I’m actually full of bologna…
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Video of the day
15 incredible camping inventions: Useful but unusual camping gear
By Cheri Sicard
The camping inventions and unusual camping gear covered in the video below will be useful to all kinds of campers, both RVers and tenters, and anyone in between. These camping gadgets might be unique, but they’re still incredibly useful.
The folks from Top Fives say no matter which level of outdoor adventure suits you, there are some camping gadgets that you should never leave home without. The video represents their camping essential picks, along with some unique and innovative RVs.
Roadside Assistance gave us the wrong tire – on purpose!
By Kate Doherty
On May 27th, my spouse and I were approaching an RV park in Provo, Utah, for the night on our trek north for the summer. After settling into our pull-through site, we began our routine hookup. As I walked around the back of our motorcoach to open the electric bay, I noticed a narrow “v-shaped” gouge in our left rear tire. Almost new, having no more than 3,000-miles wear on the back tires, I called to my spouse: “We’ve got a tire problem.” He walked back, looked at the tire and said, “We’re not driving on that.” He continued our hookup and I called Good Sam Roadside Assistance. Continue reading for an important heads up. Have you ever encountered this situation?
Have you ever stayed at a nudist resort with your RV? Would you?
?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Seriously?? This has existed this whole time and we’re only NOW finding out about it? Trust us, you’re going to say the same thing!
It’s important to know your location
Always know the name and location of your campground including your site number (and GPS coordinates if possible). If it’s a public campground with no street address, then know which highway it’s along and the direction of the closest city. In an emergency you may have to call for help. If you don’t know where you are, you may have a serious problem.
Reader Pat Mitchell suggests if you’re concerned about being involved in an emergency situation while away from your rig, you could do what he does. “I usually just pick up a park brochure from the campground office to leave in our truck. It’s always handy and if we are in an accident, the location of our camper and other details are right there with us.” Thanks, Pat!
Website of the day
Ghost Tours of New Mexico
If you’ve never been on a ghost (or haunted) tour, you’re missing out! They’re fun and you learn a lot of history! Here are some of the most popular tours in New Mexico.
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Recipe of the Day
Blueberry Apple Crisp
by Samantha Bideau from Louisville, KY
Apple crisps are a popular fall dessert. We love the addition of fresh blueberries to this sweet treat. The combination of apples and blueberries adds fresh flavor to this easy dessert. It’s filled with spice flavor thanks to the cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. On top of the fresh fruit is a buttery and crunchy oat streusel topping.
President Andrew Jackson’s pet parrot, Poll, attended his funeral service. But he had to be removed from the room when he started cursing at the mourners.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Our fur babies, Myka and Katie, a Wire Hair Fox Terrier and Airedale, love to travel.” —Connie Rubright
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Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
Dirty contacts? DeoxIT!
Here’s a comment from our 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.
Leave here with a laugh
In this old Saturday Night Live skit, “The French Chef,” Julia Child (Dan Aykroyd), has an accident with a very sharp knife, so she tries to improvise a tourniquet out of a chicken bone and kitchen items. This is hilarious!
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SNL can never repeat those grand ole days. Now its not as funny as it use to be. Need to go look those up again.
The people who go to nudist camps are the last people you’d want to see naked
AMEN James, AMEN!!! LOL
James must be a young guy speaking from experience ?
An observation about Facebook… Yes, a LOT of people participate. I’m not knocking any of them. Yet when I am brave and announce to a group that I don’t have a Facebook account, I’ve stopped being surprised by the number of people who then volunteer that they don’t either. Specifically and intentionally don’t. Yet based on the rest of the technology they have, they obviously are not luddites; they either like better privacy and/or don’t like a steady stream of notifications that don’t interest them.
It was frustrating to me the number of businesses who won’t build a public website without tracking implants to provide specifics about their business these days, or their website is mostly a limited functionality Facebook ad without pertinent business information unless I join Facebook. I’ve stopped being frustrated and decided these businesses just really don’t want me as a customer.
I only signed up recently because our son, wife & 3 granddaughters moved from 30 minutes away to 1500 miles away. This way I can see what is going on with them and cuts down on the number of pictures my DIL has to send me. So far ok. It also has Messenger so I can message my granddaughters and do video calls. It is set up to be private. Have no desire to use it for anything else.
Nudist camp..NO but I did find a GREAT!! RV Park called Sonoran Desert, in Gila Bend, Arizona. Beautiful and great rates. If your in the area check it out.
That was when Saturday Night Live was funny and not political!
A nudist camp? Really? Poor taste.
Oh come on! They are not promoting nudist parks, they are simply asking for statistics.
I’ve never laughed at a SNL skit and I didn’t laugh this one, I also thought as a teenager the thee stooges weren’t funny. I just don’t see the humor in stupidity.
We’ve been using the “tuna crusher” for years. It sure beats pressing the lid down into the can!
I watched the short video about the ghost tours of NM. One of the first things they show is the “extraterrestrial highway” sign from NV.
Why is it that in the last few polls. I get no where to vote in the poll.
I lost my ability to vote in the polls after I installed anti-tracker software from Norton.
I installed the Nord VPN and have the same issue. I found I have to pause the VPN for a few minutes, look at the poll and then resume the VPN.
Try this … Go into the ‘Settings’ of your browser, click ‘Privacy/Security’ and clear your Cache. That will likely solve your issue.