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“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.” —Minot J. Savage
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Veterans Day, of course!
Veterans, gain free access to all National Parks (that’s for everyone!) and many state parks too, such as New Mexico, Colorado, California and Washington. Check your state parks website online to see. Additionally, you get a ton (and we mean a ton!) of free food. Find a list of all those food and beverage freebies here. Thank you for your service—enjoy your day!
On this day in history: 1926 – The United States Numbered Highway System is established.
Tip Article of the Day
Editor’s Note: This article is from Memorial Day last year, but it’s worth re-running and re-reading today.
A Vet’s View: “Camping is therapeutic for military veterans”
By Louis J. Finkle
Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology
“Camping is therapeutic for military veterans.” That is the conclusion reached after many years of observing hundreds of my “brothers and sisters.” As a researcher specializing in handicapping conditions, I find that the benefits of veterans experiencing and sharing recreational activities with other veterans become therapeutic!
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This is so funny!
If we saw someone with this in their car’s or RV’s cigarette lighter, we’d want to be their friend – it’s hilarious! This “FIRE MISSILES” cigarette lighter cover fits into all 12-volt vehicle accessory lighter sockets. It’s just designed for show, but it’ll give anyone in your vehicle a good laugh. Learn more or order. (This would make a great gift for someone with a sense of humor!)
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Any comments about the Alde heating system?
Do you have any experience with the Alde heating system used by nuCamp, Airstream and Roadtrek?
Long story, but based on my personal experience and the multitude of comments on nuCamp forums (haven’t checked any others yet), there are some issues with the Alde heating systems in at least the nuCamp RVs.
Video of the day
DIY mini survival kit: Easy-to-make survival kit in an Altoids tin
By Cheri Sicard
The folks from Wranglestar were challenged to make a DIY mini survival kit for emergencies using only items that could be procured from Walmart. Not only that, the entire kit had to fit into a used Altoids mints tin.
They were up to the challenge. Everyone should carry these mini survival kits.
Get rid of those decal “ghosts”!
If you use a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: decal “ghosts” – shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. The solution? A heavy-duty oxidation remover! Pour the remover onto a rough sponge and scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation will come right up and your RV will look good as new! The remover will also remove stains, scratches and water spots. Learn more or order here.
Got a bad travel itch? How to deal with poison ivy
“Happiness,” wrote the poet Ogden Nash, “is having a scratch for every itch.” We daresay Nash never ran into a patch of poison ivy. He’d have been so busy with the scratches he’d never have time to lift his pen. Poison ivy rash, and the resulting itch, can literally last for weeks. What a way to spoil an RV trip! How can you deal with poison ivy and its creepy cohorts, poison oak and poison sumac? Find out here.
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Did you serve in the military?
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Honor our veterans not just today, but every day. This is a simple way to make a veteran smile!
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Only use distilled water in batteries
When topping off battery cells, NEVER use anything other than distilled water. Bottled water contains minerals (that’s why it tastes so good!). Bottled water may be good for your cells, but it’ll raise wreak havoc with your batteries’ cells!
On this day last year…
- RV Review: 2022 Opus OP2 pop-up
- Ask Dave: All three of my RV’s drain valves are stuck. What’s the solution?
- Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
Website of the day
U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks
All right, folks. Check this out. This site has compiled all (or just about all) military campgrounds and RV parks across the country. Keep this handy!
Brand-new National Park book has everything you need to plan a trip
We all know that National Geographic puts out beautiful, thoughtful work, so it’s no surprise that their brand-new book, “Complete National Parks Of the United States,” is no exception. This 3rd edition is a travel guide to 400+ parks, areas, trails, historic sites, seashores, campgrounds and much more. Learn more or order.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• 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
by Rhonda White from Port Orange, FL
Need a low-carb side dish? Well, this is a fantastic cauliflower one. It’s super hearty and creamy. The cheese sauce and bacon bits really do make this taste like a baked potato casserole. Crushed pork rinds on top cook until golden and adds nice texture. When hot out of the oven the cheese sauce is a little thin but thickens as it cools. This is a great low-carb side dish for any occasion.
Ever wonder why there’s no apostrophe in Veterans Day? It seems like there should be, right? Nope, it’s not “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans’ Day” because it does not belong (apostrophe indicates possession) to veterans—it honors and celebrates all veterans. No apostrophe needed!
*Do polar bears have white fur? Nope! What color fur do they have? If you don’t know, find the fascinating answer in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“I found Wyatt at the local Humane Society and he is the light of my life. He loves living in our Park model RV! He’s especially grateful for the tiny wood stove I installed this year. Cozy winters ahead!!!” —Chiara Colella
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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