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Today’s thought

“It is dangerous to pretend that we know more than we do. But it is even more dangerous to pretend that we know less.” ―Jonathan Safran Foer


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pickle Day!

On this day in history: 1889 – Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completes the trip in 72 days.


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Tip of the Day

What to know about driving a large vehicle through a roundabout

By Gail Marsh
Roundabouts (also known as traffic circles) are becoming more and more common where I live. You may see more of them as you travel the country in your RV, as well. Developed in the United Kingdom in the ’60s, modern-day traffic circles were designed to promote safer and smoother traffic flow. Since its inception, the U.S. and other countries worldwide have adopted this unique roadway concept. All sizes of vehicles can use roundabouts. However, maneuvering a large vehicle like your RV through a traffic circle can be a bit tricky. Perhaps a few tips would be helpful.

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Ask Dave

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

This will make you think twice about the Alde heating system

This “Ask Dave” is a little different. Last Friday, reader Calvin wrote in about his Alde heating system and wanted more information, which Dave provided. Today, Calvin details (in great depth) the issues he’s had with his system. This is certainly worth a read if you have, or are considering, the Alde heating system for your RV.

Read all about the Alde heating system here



Video of the day

RV safety advice from truckers: high winds, passing, breakdowns and more

By Cheri Sicard
In this fun and informative video, Robin Barrett of Creativity RV chats with people in the know about RV and big rig safety: truckers!

Robin picked the brains of truckers from TruckersReport.com. The professional big rig drivers have a whole lot of knowledge that can benefit RVers, so the video presents some truly beneficial information from people in the know. In it, they give practical and actionable advice and also talk about their biggest concerns surrounding sharing the roads with RVers.

Click here to watch


Take your RV back in time along these historic trail routes

At one time or another most of us long for “the good ol’ days.” The call of a simpler time often echoes in an RVer’s mind. Why not answer that call? Yes, your RV can serve as a time machine if you take it to the many places where history was made. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.



Reader poll

Which of these camping places do you prefer?

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Quick Tip

Easy way to check trailer brake magnets

Not sure if your trailer brake magnets are working? Have an assistant hold an old-fashioned magnetic compass a few inches away from the hub. Step on the brake, and the needle should jump. No jump? Magnet isn’t working—neither is the brake. Get help.


Website of the day

National Park maps
The National Park Service publishes tons of great free maps. Matt Holly, a park ranger with the NPS, has collected them all and posted them on this site, where you can download PDF and image files of any U.S. national park map. This site currently has 1,761 free high-resolution national park maps to view, save and download.


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Oh, these are just too cool! Ladies, you’re going to want this! (And if your partner is a lady, know that she wants this! Nudge nudge.)


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Recipe of the Day

8 Cans Taco Soup

by Cindi M. Bauer from Marshfield, WI

No matter how much (or how little) experience you have in the kitchen, you can make this taco soup recipe. It’s a basic dump-and-go recipe. The taco and ranch seasonings add all the flavor to this simple soup. There’s plenty of meat for it to be hearty. The combination of beans is perfect. Corn gives the soup just a touch of sweetness. We served ours with tortilla chips and cheese, but that’s just a suggestion. Sour cream and avocado chunks would be great too. If you think your soup is too thick, just add one can of water to thin it a little.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

All pilots must speak “Aviation English,” a 300-word language, no matter where they’re from or what language they speak. (Hey, we think RVers should have RV English, too!)


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Fredo will turn two on Dec. 28th and is a feisty little boy! He’s the most loving Schnauzer we’ve ever had and lets us do anything with him! But he’s always trying to stretch his boundaries!” —Colette Shelley

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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Marv
19 days ago

Frontier Times Museum ($5.00) in Bandera, TX 35 miles west of San Antonio is great for the Old Spanish Trail. It is called the Cowboy Capital of the World. They run the longhorns thru town every Memorial Day. Many rodeos throughout the Summer in Mansfield Park. Town was established in 1853 and cattle drives went to Dodge City, KS to catch the trains to the meat packing plants in Chicago. The Mexican Vaqueros began the Cowboy Era cattle drives that ended sometime in the 18880’s. Many kiosks along the trails (now roads) explain the Indian and bandit locations that caused ambush trouble. Army forts were established along the route for protection.

Gary Pisel
19 days ago

English is the official language of aviation. At the ICAO meeting in 1939 the subject was
voted on. English had one more vote than German, thus English is the official language.
I have flown all over the world and luckily I can talk to towers and control centers.

Gary W Mayberry
18 days ago
Reply to  Gary Pisel

English also should be a requirement to be able to operate a Commercial vehicle There are commercial truck drivers that do not speak English. How safe is that behind the wheel of an 80,000# truck?

Sheri Ken
20 days ago

Obviously by our comments, we certainly enjoy and look forward to Furbabies. Fredo good job and spread your wonderful love and personality to all.
Leave here with a Laugh, we can relate to the position of that Furbaby on the couch!

Lindalee
19 days ago
Reply to  Sheri Ken

Oh, Sheri Ken, so can we (dog on couch)! Although if somebody knocks on the door she’ll kill you trying to get there first! She is an almost 9 yr old (9 on Christmas Day) Chihuahua so she’d certainly bite someone’s ankle off LOL!!

Thomas D
20 days ago

Lucky us
We have 5 round a bouts in a row and 3 lanes each.
Basically we were told “if an accident happens, it usually is less severe.” True. And no running red lights

Al K
20 days ago

According to Google Round-abouts were developed by a Frenchman but first installed in 1907 in England. It failed in America in 1910 as it gave traffic entering the circle the right of way. They certainly keep traffic flowing. Not all Round-abouts have 2 lanes as shown regardless my biggest issue is that driver’s throw the rules of the road out the window and do not signal their intentions.
Al

Ron T.
20 days ago
Reply to  Al K

Since you are essentially making two gentle right turns (one entering & one leaving the circle) and always yielding to traffic from your left, signals are not required.

Bob Palin
20 days ago
Reply to  Ron T.

Not true at all, if you signal your exit from the roundabout a vehicle at the next entry knows they may enter ahead of you.

I learned to drive in the UK and signaling to exit a roundabout was required.

James
20 days ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

Never trust someones signal and pull out in front of them, unless you are absolutely sure they are really turning

Al K
19 days ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

Thanks Bob! Exactly, and anyone that thinks they are a pro at them has not driven in Britain. Signal in Signal out!
Al

warmonk
20 days ago
Reply to  Ron T.

Signals are mandatory. It is my biggest peeve about roundabouts that drivers fail to signal.

If you are staying in the roundabout you should be showing your left signal

If you are leaving the roundabout you should be showing your right signal

warmonk
20 days ago
Reply to  warmonk

I knew I had seen an animated gif about signalling in roundabouts.

Go to wikipedia ’roundabout’ and watch the little cars go round with signals on.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout

Bobkat3080
20 days ago
Reply to  Ron T.

Signaling is required on your exit. On entering, you are just following your lane. On exiting, you are changing to a different lane (the lane you are in continues around the circle forever). Anytime a driver changes to a different lane they are required to signal.

Brad
20 days ago
Reply to  Al K

My experience with roundabouts is that many drivers hesitate when it’s appropriate to go & thus often creating a backup. Cities are building these because they are less expensive than installing a traffic light. Some cities have engineered their roads so that fewer traffic lights are necessary. Those places where traffic lights are maybe 1200 feet apart lead to a great deal more congestion.

John Carroll
19 days ago
Reply to  Al K

During rush hours in Miami, FL the drivers tailgate going through the traffic circles. Entering from any direction not in the flow of rush hour traffic is almost impossible!

Glen Cowgill
20 days ago

“Cleared For Takeoff”

Tony Grigg
20 days ago
Reply to  Glen Cowgill

I like the idea of an RVer’s language. But I suggest that it include a few hand gestures as well.

Spike
20 days ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

I was thinking the same thing and have used a couple from time to time on the road! :-))))

Sheri Ken
20 days ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Nice! We wave hello to as many RVers while driving. More than 70% of RVers do NOT wave in acknowledgement. How about we start with a friendly 👋. Safe Travels, 👋.

T. Hudson
20 days ago
Reply to  Sheri Ken

I’m on board with that!

Chuck
13 days ago
Reply to  T. Hudson

So sorry I don’t wave. Just a bit busy driving a big rig than trying to see thru a windshield to see if you wave back. I think it is a little more important to watch the road than to look in your window.