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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Scrapple Day!
On this day in history: 1906 – Theodore Roosevelt is the first sitting president of the United States to make an official trip outside the country. He did so to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.
Tip of the Day
Uses for forks while RVing that don’t involve eating
Of course, you use it when you eat! However, the lowly dining fork can be used in many other ways while RVing. Just look and see for yourself all these uses for forks. You’ll be surprised at how handy these are… and who knew?!
Need to top that grilled hamburger? Use a fork to evenly cut tomato slices. Stick two forks side by side into the tomato. Then use a sharp knife to cut in between the fork tines for even slices. This trick also works for slicing onions, and you won’t have smelly hands afterward.
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Can I walk on my roof? Can I add on a ladder? Help!
Since this is not the RV we intended on purchasing, I am learning as I go. It did not have a ladder on the back and was told not to have one mounted, nor a topper on the slide. I have been told it was better not to have a topper on this model and also that the roof was not meant to walk on. My weight is 215. Any ideas on an aluminum retractable ladder? Can my roof take my weight to maintain it? Thank you for your help. I value it immensely. —Sharon, 2021 Forest River Wildwood 22RBS
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Video of the day
Four types of campfire cooking: boiling, baking, frying, and grilling
By Cheri Sicard
Campfires make for a terrific ambiance when RVing, but besides being decorative and warming, they also can be highly practical. The video below, which covers four different methods of campfire cooking, can help.
If you are going to go to the trouble of making a campfire, why not put it to work? Survival instructor Dan Wowak believes in the power of the campfire to cook good meals, and the video compiles his best tips for how to properly cook a meal over a campfire.
Customize your RV’s interior to fit your lifestyle. Here are some examples
By Kate Doherty
This is the second installment in a customizing series focusing on custom and functional cabinetry. Hopefully it inspires you to update your own rig! In our last column, we looked at LED lighting fixtures and accent ceiling molding. Today we’ll take a look at customized entertainment centers, televators, and hidden fireplace storage. Some excellent, and beautiful, ideas here!
Will you go south for the winter in your RV for at least two months?
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• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
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• LATEST RV RECALLS
• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
• THE BEST RV TRIP PLANNER APPS AND TOOLS
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Always keep the battery fully charged
Take the batteries out of the rig and store them in the garage over winter? It’s an old-wives’ tale, provided you make sure the battery is kept charged. Use a battery maintainer to ensure the charge. It’s when a battery falls below full charge that you’d need to worry about it freezing. Read more on winter battery maintenance here.
On this day last year…
- Tip: Tips for getting a stinky RV fridge smelling new again
- RV Review: 2022 Opus OP15 overlanding trailer
- Ask Dave: Can I run a residential fridge on a 190w solar panel and a battery?
- Featured article: What’s better for you: Class C motorhome or Class B van conversion?
- Recipe: Southern Goulash
Wow! Prevent costly mistakes with these RVminders
Check out these RVminders and easily prevent costly mistakes! These bands wrap around your steering wheel and remind you to check things before you drive away. Never leave the steps or ladder down again. Antenna or satellite down? Slide locks in place? Doors, vents and windows closed? Compartment locks locked? Hookups disconnected? These are so easy to use they should be in every RV! Check ’em out.
Website of the day
Louisiana State Parks: Camping
Since it’s National Louisiana Day we figured we’d share the Louisiana State Parks Camping page with you. Look at some of these parks – they’re beautiful! Have you camped at any of them?
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Recipe of the Day
by Lauren Perkins-Boyd from Portland, OR
Cranberry orange is a fantastic flavor combination and this bread is filled with both. The sweet orange pairs nicely with the tart cranberries. Dense and moist, cranberry orange bread is a tasty breakfast or snack. Don’t skip the honey butter – it’s unbelievable and a must. We’ll end up using it on other bread recipes too.
Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. Her birthday is March 9, 1959, the day she was unveiled to the toy industry during the New York Toy Fair. Today, Barbie is 63 years old.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Lilly is a rescue Bichon Frise and has been with us for four years now and loves to travel as long as she has a lap to lay on. She carries her toy rabbit everywhere, even on our daily walks. Smart, playful, loving and has the very rare Apricot coloring.” —Ron Lane
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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