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Today’s thought

“I know of a cure for everything: salt water… in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.” ―Karen Blixen


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Candy Day! (Maybe saltwater taffy?)

On this day in history: 1922 – In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Tutankhamun’s (“King Tut”) tomb in the Valley of the Kings.



Tip of the Day

RV travel tips no one told me about that I wish I knew when I started RVing

Little things can mean a lot, especially if you forget to do the little things as you get your RV ready for travel day. Sure, I have the checklists (like this one). But I’ve learned a few extra little things that can really help travel day go smoother. These are the RV travel tips no one ever told me about. How I wish they had!

Interior doors

Interior RV doors vary from unit to unit. Going up and down hills, along with curving to the left and right, can sometimes cause doors to bang open/shut, causing damage. Travel conditions like rough roads can put a strain on hinges or other door mechanisms unless the door is secured in some way. Check your interior doors to see if there is a way to secure each of them for travel. Here are some tips for the RV doors I’ve experienced.

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Drink the water…anywhere!
We carry our LifeStraw with us everywhere. This little straw filters out 99.99% of bacteria and parasites in any water source. Carry this lightweight lifesaver in your backpack hiking (you won’t have to carry pounds of water, hurting your back), when you travel (sure, you can drink the water in Mexico!) and keep it in the pantry in case there’s ever an emergency or natural disaster. We couldn’t recommend a LifeStraw more. Learn more or order.


Ask Dave

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

Can I run RV’s residential refrigerator overnight when not plugged into shore power?

Dear Dave,
How long will my residential refrigerator run when not traveling or hooked up to shore power? Can I assume it will be fine overnight at a rest area? —Randy, 2022 Flagstaff 8529RLS

Read Dave’s answer


Video of the day

Stranded in a snowstorm in an RV pop-up trailer

By Cheri Sicard
If you have wondered what would happen if you unexpectedly got caught in a snowstorm in your RV, wonder no more and share the experience of Slim Potatohead in this popular YouTube video. Slim got stranded in a snowstorm in his A-liner pop-up camper.

Click here to watch


Build your own pop-up VW camper with 2,207 pieces!

By Tony Barthel
I have always been enamored with RVs for some reason. While other kids would go to the fair and ride the rides or see the animals, I was that annoying kid who would go over to where the RVs were and go through every single one of them. … So while my wife and I are shopping for our next real travel trailer, it’s likely that our next RV is going to be a VW Type 2 Transporter pop-top camper. Read more to find out just what kind Tony is talking about.


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
If we had a life motto this would be it! It’s a done deal… this IS our life motto!


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Quick Tip

Don’t buy an RV that smells musty!

We often hear of RVers who want to know what magic potion can eliminate “that musty smell in an RV.” If you’re shopping for an RV and smell that musty odor, STOP! Musty odors are often attached to water damage – a terminal issue. Look closely for signs of water stains, including inside every single cabinet. If you find water stains or feel a “soft” wall or ceiling, RUN, don’t walk, away from that rig.


Windex WipesWindex Wipes: Where have you been all my life?
A useful quick tip from electricity expert and long-time RVer Mike Sokol. “I used to drag out a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels to clean the inside of my windshield periodically, but unless I was home to think about and do the task right then, chances are I would forget about it until the next time I had to drive at night. My wife just gave me a pack of Windex Wipes for my truck, and now I can clean up the inside of my windshield any time it gets a film of streaky dust. Works great.” Buy them here.


On this day last year…


Website of the day

Main Street of America: Route 66 attractions state by state
Have you ever driven the entirety of Route 66? If so, you’ve probably been to most, if not all, of these attractions. Still, this list is fun to scroll through.


Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.



Recipe of the Day

Chicken Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

by Monica Price from Fort Jennings, OH

An easy meal your family will love. It’s a taco twist on stuffed shells. Pasta shells are stuffed with a creamy chicken mixture that’s full of taco flavor. The combination of ranch and taco seasoning is fabulous and makes the dish. Stuffing the shells takes some time, but it comes together quickly. Pro tip: Use a piping bag or Ziploc bag with the corner cut off to fill the shells.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The first vending machine dispensed holy water. That’s right! A first century mathematician and engineer, Hero of Alexandria, designed a device that would stop people from stealing holy water from the church. The device was an urn with a hidden mechanism that would dispense holy water as soon as a coin was dropped through a slot.

*What came first, the orange fruit or the orange color? Yesterday’s trivia tells you! 


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Minnie & Pearl. We just adopted these two Beagle/Pekingese mixes from Beagle & Basset Rescue of the Heartland. They are products of breeder poor planning. Siblings, yet each shows traits of one parent over the other. Been a long time since we’ve had ‘babies’ in the RV house. Each day is new fun as we all bond, potty train, and learn the ropes of being full-time RV dogs.” —Dick & Patti Hooper

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

At age 6 I went to my first funeral. As the coffin was lowered, the priest said, “In the name of the father, son and the holy ghost.” For years after I thought he said, “In the name of the father, son and into the hole he goes.”

Thanks for sending, Ray M.!


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Kelley Miller
24 days ago

For the “On this day in history”, here’s some trivia about Howard Carter, who found King Tut’s tomb. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon hired Howard Carter to do the excavation work. The home of the Earls of Carnarvon is Highclere Castle, a.k.a. Downton Abbey (for any of you who are fans of the show).

Sheri Ken
24 days ago

Smiling at Leave here with a Laugh! We did, LOL and the comments are great, TY For sharing your memories members!
Mystery Product another great laugh!

Sheri Ken
24 days ago

Dick and Patti! Thank you for finding Minnie and Pearl. It’s Absolutely Wonderful that you opened your Hearts, Love and Home to these adorable puppies. Minnie and Pearl have chosen you both to be their Furparents Furever! Continue to keep your Furbabies and you both Happy, Healthy and LOVED = FURFAMILY!

Deborah Johnson
24 days ago

Love the laugh of the day. When I was little, I thought God sat on a windowsill; “one nation under God on the windowsill, with liver tea and just us for all.”

Mary
24 days ago

I also use and share many of the recipes I have found here. THANKS for that!

Stephen Durrett
24 days ago

Love the “Leave here with a laugh”!!!

Dale
24 days ago

Laugh of the day.
THATS FUNNY!

Michael Thomas Lloyd
24 days ago

I know this is a small thing, but the recipes you list daily can be GREAT! Especially the one-pot recipes and I have used a few. This probably does not generate a lot of comments, but please know how much I appreciate seeing what you put up next. Is there a way to submit a recipe? I have one or two folks might enjoy.

Judy Wiemer
24 days ago

I have enjoyed this also.

Diane Mc
24 days ago

Ditto on using some of the recipes and just enjoying reading some of the recipes.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
24 days ago

Hi, Michael. Yes, there are lots of excellent recipes posted. We pick them from the website Just a Pinch. We used to print recipes from our readers, but they kind of fizzled out so we discontinued that feature. However, I think almost all of the recipes on Just a Pinch are submitted by their viewers. Maybe if you submit your recipes to them, they’ll post them and then we might post them here. 😉 Have a great day. 😀 –Diane