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Today’s thought

“Sometimes I wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Perhaps I’ve spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high.” ―E.L. James


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day!

On this day in history: 1806 – Pike Expedition: Lieutenant Zebulon Pike sees a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains. (It is later named Pikes Peak.)



Tip of the Day

5 tips to increase RV kitchen storage space

By Nanci Dixon
No matter how much or how little cabinet storage there is in an RV it just never feels like enough. When we upgraded our motorhome with more cabinets, I just seemed to fill them up faster. The kitchen cabinets are the worst. I have them packed full and I hardly even cook! Here are five tips I use to increase RV kitchen storage space.

1. BE SQUARE

There is so much wasted space between items. Rectangular or square containers save so much space in RV kitchen cabinets. I found affordable rectangular food containers that can stack and snug up to each other. I can also put items together in the containers that I normally would not. Anything that has been opened or might spill out, I put in Ziploc bags and force the air out. You can also buy collapsible storage containers that will store flat when you’re not using them.

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Ask Dave

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

“I found the cause of the cold water line trickle!”

I got a question from a reader that had only a trickle from the cold water line going to the kitchen faucet in his RV. That article is here. Here is what Chris found to be the cause after I responded to his question.

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Video of the day

How to fix stripped-out screw holes in your RV: 3 simple methods

By Cheri Sicard
It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned handyman or just a beginner, this invaluable video will show you three practical methods for how to fix stripped-out screw holes in your RV when you DON’T have access to the back of the hole.

For beginners like me, these videos are beneficial because they give me the confidence to attempt simple repairs I previously had no idea how to do. Of course, the DIY methods for fixing stripped-out screws will also work in your sticks-and-bricks home.

Click here to watch


Academy Award winner and Airstreamer Matthew McConaughey’s exclusive interview

You might have seen him in the films Wedding Planner or How to Lose a Guy in 10 days. Maybe you’re a People Magazine reader—he was their sexiest man alive in 2005. His recent flicks include Beach Bum and The Gentleman. He was a busy writer during the lockdown, authoring “Greenlights,” a semi-autobiographical take on life … and RVing. … Read excerpts from Scott Linden’s wide-ranging RVTravel.com podcast interview with this van lifer, boondocker, and Airstream puller—Matthew McConaughey—here.


Camping activity and puzzle book perfect for indoor winter fun
Even though this activity and puzzle book is meant for children, we bet you’ll have fun with it too. All the puzzles are camping-themed. It’s perfect to bring along in the RV to have fun around the campfire or at the table. Inside you’ll find word searches, mazes, scavenger hunts, animal tracks, hidden pictures, word scrambles, hiking logs and much more! Learn more or order.


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Quick Tip

Easily clean and sanitize your plastic cutting board

RV kitchen plastic cutting board looking a bit tacky? A build-up of “organic” material can make it look dingy and harbor bugs. Soak it in a solution of one part bleach to 20 parts water for several hours. Rinse off well.


On this day last year…


?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Oh, you know we love a good pun! And an RV-themed pun? Even better! You’ll love this too.


Website of the day

Smart911
This is a free website that could very well save your life! It allows you to create a profile that is instantly shared with 911 if you ever call – this includes medical information and allergies, pet info, common addresses, phone numbers, photos and more. Sign up!


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 60 percent think drivers with RVs 40 feet or longer should have a special driver’s license.
• 17 percent say they never snack while driving.
• 33 percent say they don’t get a lot of thinking done while they drive, they’re just focused on driving.

Recent poll: Have you spent a free night in a parking lot with your RV in the last year?



Recipe of the Day

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

by Tara Pacheco from Fall River, MA

We love a good bread pudding, and this one is creamy and not too sweet. It’s full of wonderful pumpkin and fall flavors. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream for a delicious holiday dessert.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

New York City has its own species of ant. The “ManhattAnt” appears to exclusively live in New York City where Broadway meets 63rd Street and 76th Street. The ant may have evolved on its own due to isolation in the city, and has adapted to a warmer, drier, concrete-covered environment.

*What language do pilots speak? Yes, they speak their own language! Find out in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“My husband and I love the show Gunsmoke, so we named our new Pomeranian puppy Marshal after Marshal Matt Dillon. This is him taking a dip in Skaneateles Lake (NY).” —Debra Rohm

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!


If you drink wine, and you are an RVer, it is simply not right that you do not have one or more of these. See if you agree.


Leave here with a laugh

A burglar enters a home. All of a sudden a voice pipes up, “I can see you, and so can Jesus!” Startled, the burglar looks around. No one is there, so he gets back to business. Soon, the voice repeats, “I can see you, and so can Jesus!” The burglar jumps and takes a longer look around the room. Over in a corner, partially obscured by curtains, is a caged parrot, which pipes up again, “I can see you, and so can Jesus!” “So what?” asks the annoyed burglar. “You’re only a parrot!” To which the parrot replies, “Maybe, but Jesus is a Rottweiler!”


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TechiePhil
18 days ago

The Mystery Product is cute, but the door is on the wrong side for US campers.

Sue R
18 days ago

Can you tell me how you can get credit when i order something from Amazon.

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Emily Woodbury(@emily)
18 days ago
Reply to  Sue R

Hi, Sue. We get a very small credit when you purchase through Amazon using any Amazon link on our website. If you don’t want to search through newsletters to find an Amazon link each time, you can find a link to Amazon in the very top right corner of every page on our website that says, “RVT Amazon Store.” Thank you for your support–every little bit counts and we appreciate it more than we can express. All the best, Emily

Lil John
19 days ago

The mystery product is great. On our recent trip we purchased a sign that fit us perfectly:
“It’s Crazy to be the same AGE as Old People”

bill
19 days ago

Good “Leave here with a laugh”

tom
19 days ago

Where can I buy that Parrot?

Debra Rohm
19 days ago

Thank you for posting the photo of my beautiful puppy Marshal

Lisa Adcox
19 days ago
Reply to  Debra Rohm

Marshall is very cute. Love seeing everyone’s babies.

Frank Niehius
19 days ago

Problem with low water pressure is always a problem, I had same thing with a toilet that was very slow to fill. I bought a new valve and while changing it found out it was full of construction chips, didn’t need a new valve after all.
Also the suggestion of repairing stripped out holes in thin walls I have a faster and better solution. I take gorilla glue the clear faster drying kind and and take a tooth pick, get a dab on end and insert it into the hole and leave the tooth pick in until morning then cut off excess on inside and install your screw. The glue expands on back side, fills the hole and will do what an expansive anchor does. It also helps bond to screw so it won’t have a tendency to back out bouncing down the road. Has worked for years now and just need that little bottle of GORILLA glue

bill
19 days ago
Reply to  Frank Niehius

You can buy a lot of “expensive” anchors for the price of a bottle of Gorilla glue.
Also, just the toothpick could be used in many loose screw applications.

Bob
19 days ago

As far as the mystery product. I have had this saying on the back of my motorcycle pop up camper for 31 years. Not saying I was the first one, but maybe whoever came up with the one for sale saw mine on the road.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
19 days ago

RV Manufacturers need to hire a retired person, in their 70’s, and have them try out a prototype of a new trailer before they start pushing them out the door to the public to find out how difficult it can be. For example: For me to winterize my Rockwood Fifth Wheel I’ve got to get down on my stomach, which requires that I first get down on my two bad knees. Once I’m down I have access to this little hatch that allows me to turn the water valves and empty the water filter. The hatch opening is very small and there is not a lot of room to work in there. I dread the job each fall and spring. I know what many of you will be saying, “Take it to your dealer and pay them to do it.” My dealer is one hour and forty five minutes away.
Just pointing out a problem I have found.

Roger V
19 days ago

I agree! Not easy anymore even with knee pads and mats. Have to take a stool out there to help me get down and back up. And yes! As far as having a dealership do it, good luck. Leave the rig, pay through the nose and you’re still not sure they do it right. I’d hire a neighborhood kid and supervise the work before I’d trust the dealer. The kid would learn from it as well.

Bill
19 days ago
Reply to  Roger V

Yes, pass on your knowledge to the kid! Keeps it going.

Dave
19 days ago
Reply to  Roger V

My question would be “how do you get these kids off their phones/games long enough to show them anything?”

Bob p
19 days ago

Another possibility exists, take to the Deep South where you won’t have to winterize it, that’s what I did. Lol