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Today’s thought

“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!

In honor of our heroic servicemen and women on Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, thank you for protecting our freedoms.

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!

Continue reading


 CONTEST!  Is this your RV?

Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.


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!)


Ask Dave

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

Any comments about the Alde heating system?

Dear Dave,
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.

Continue reading Calvin’s question and Dave’s answer


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.

Click here to watch


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.


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


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Quick Tip

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…


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
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

Low-Carb Loaded Baked Cauliflower

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.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

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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Sheri Ken
21 days ago

It’s nice to know so many members have been able to find their Furbabies who need them as much as we need them. Love of a furbaby is wonderful. Wyatt will surely enjoy the comforts of home with his woodstove.

Skip
22 days ago

I think LHWAL was just bad timing. Had it been tomorrow or the day before it wouldn’t have hit the nerve button. Maybe an editor ops that’s all.

Joe Allen
22 days ago
Reply to  Skip

I agree, not the day to put up a joke like this!

Gary
22 days ago

I didn’t know cats were so stupid…

Victor Short
23 days ago

I was in the Army for 10yrs and reserves for 6 years. These politicians are trying to be everything I am against. Hopefully things are about to go back to the constitution.

Joe Allen
22 days ago
Reply to  Victor Short

So true! We are losing our country! God bless America!

Stephanie
23 days ago

The Amazon product of the day has the American map is printed backwards. Hope that RV Travel editors can change the link to a product that has it accurate to truly honor our vets.

Robert Nelson
23 days ago

The salute to our veterans brought tears to my eyes. Will we ever again see such greatness or unselfish sacrifice. God bless them all 🙏

Bd2
22 days ago
Reply to  Robert Nelson

Robert, seems like you forgot those who are serving right now. My son has 15 years in and still serving, deployed to sandbox 4 times, his wife is a DAV from Iraq. And there are hot zones out there still, many we don’t even know about.

Ellen L
23 days ago

The Amazon product of the day has the map of the United States backwards. Want to bet it’s made in China?

alan W householder
23 days ago
Reply to  Ellen L

every product should have country where it is made. might even be made in Vietnam

BillyBogey
23 days ago

Yes; Remembrance Day!! Thank You!!

Debra
23 days ago

A very special THANK YOU FOR
YOUR SERVICE to all of the
VETERAN Members!

Joe Allen
22 days ago
Reply to  Debra

Thank you!

Satah
23 days ago

The photo used for “Need an excuse to celebrate” says it perfectly. I have a 99 yr old WWII veteran, (former POW in nazi Germany) dad. That image perfectly describes him.
We are so very thankful for our veterans!

Tom
23 days ago

Yeah! Dog and fire place. Heaven on Earth.

Joe Allen
23 days ago

Just a short note; leaving here with a laugh is not as funny as you would think. Now days, most don’t get it and don’t feel a veteran is worth thanking. Alas, the woke Z generation. Just my first take on reading that poor choice of a joke. USAF ’62-’66

Ran
23 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Thanks for your service!. The joke was intended to read “THE VET”, not “A VET”!. Like most social media, don’t read into it too much. Yes the generations are different nowadays. Enjoy the rest of your day!

David Stansbury
23 days ago
Reply to  Ran

Nice reply. Joe- lighten up. EVERYBODY knows it Veterans Day and what it means.

Joe Allen
22 days ago

Thank you, appreciate that!

Bob p
23 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

My thought’s exactly.

Joe Allen
22 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Thank you!

JT1111
23 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

I think you’re 100% wrong about the “woke” generation (what ever woke means). I am surprised though that you weren’t offended by the “Fire Missiles” cigarette lighter. That might be funny on any other day but not on Veterans Day. Joe, I’m as old as you but never served. THANK YOU! for for your service to our country.

Doc
23 days ago
Reply to  JT1111

Sorry I find it all funny. Combat Hospital Corpsman. 1968-1974

Bob
23 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

I agree with you. ‘Jokes’ like this are one reason the younger generations do not have any respect for the ones who fought and/or died protecting their freedom. As bad as things are right now, I can’t imagine what it would be like without past and present Veterans.

Snayte
23 days ago
Reply to  Bob

If the younger generations lack respect the responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of the generations that raised them.

KellyR
22 days ago
Reply to  Snayte

Snayte, 100% correct. My daughter has an Army foot locker called the War Chest. In it are uniforms, medals, and other war memorabilia from my Vietnam tours, and both of her grandfather’s WWII tours, along with their and my ration books from WWII. She truly understands and appreciates what we did for this nation and for her.

Joe Allen
22 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Thank you!

Snayte
23 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

I am a 12 year USAF veteran and thought the LHWAL was very funny, it clearly say THE vet. Y’all need to lighten up.

Glenda Alexander
23 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Are you forgetting that “vet” is short for veterinarian?

Joe Allen
22 days ago

No, I did not!

John Macatee
23 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

I disagree. Everyone gets it, however there are a few (yes few) loud, whiners, complainers, victims with chip on shoulders, who live in the greatest, most powerful, most generous, most tolerant, most freedoms, most religious, most opportunities, least racist for everyone. All of which was made possible by hard working individuals who all did /do their part, paying taxes, voting, being good parents, setting a good example for their children (values/principles/character, how to be a good person), family friends, neighbors, standing up/standing strong for what is best for this beautiful USA.
HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

Dan Kruger
23 days ago
Reply to  John Macatee

I served from 66 to 72 as a gunner’s mate in the Navy….some times up and down the rivers of Vietnam …..some people need to get a life….be more funny…be more forgiving…..volunteer to help a little…..each vet that served gave up something so others could do something…..I would not change a thing…..in my time some people went to Canada to avoid the draft in my BOOK they were weak minded people…..got off the subject….my 2 cents…

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
23 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Sorry, Joe. Obviously the cat is referring to its veterinarian (“the vet”) and not to veterans. Thank you for your service. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Joe Allen
22 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you Diane; I did know it was referring to a veterinarian, just that it hit a nerve on a day to remember those who have gone before us. As some would suggest, laugh it off, but I disagree. We have become too attached to material things and I wonder if we will ever have the men and women to serve our country in time of war again. Sad indeed!

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
22 days ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Thank you, Joe. Yes, I interpreted it incorrectly when I first read it, as well. Once again, maybe I should have gone with my gut instinct and pulled it. Sorry. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane