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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Take a Hike Day!
On this day in history: 1820 – Captain Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to see Antarctica. (The Palmer Peninsula is later named after him.)
Tip of the Day
5 tips from professional RV washers
By Nanci Dixon
Traveling through the dusty states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, can really dirty up an RV! We pulled into a campground in Amarillo, Texas, and saw the motorhome next to us being washed. The people doing the RV washing were professionals and shared some secrets with us. Of course, we had the road dust washed off ours, too.
Previously we had our motorhome lightly scratched by brush washing it in Yuma, AZ. This time, I insisted that they use the lambswool wash pad we had on hand. The former brush scratches in the clear coat are still visible in the sunlight but at least no more were added.
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My toilet and tank opening overlap. This is not good!
When I open and look down into the toilet, I see a round hole in the toilet that does not line up with the round hole in the tank (or tank pipe). Hard to describe, but it looks like two circles that are offset from one another. The two openings overlap, which creates a small shelf where solid material likes to congregate. I cannot figure out how the toilet is mounted. There is no visible mounting hardware. It is down too far for me to cut away some material, but I’m not sure if I would be damaging the toilet or the holding tank. I think I have to remove the toilet and remount it in a new position but can’t figure out how to do this. Any help would be appreciated. THANK YOU! —Stas, 2004 Fleetwood Tioga Model 23E
Video of the day
Evidence of Sasquatch? 8 years of Alaska Bigfoot video clips
By Cheri Sicard
Keithie6, a metal detectorist who has been living in and exploring Alaska for the last 22 years, has put together a short but fascinating compilation of Alaska Bigfoot video clips he has personally experienced and filmed over an 8-year period.
Whether you are a Bigfoot believer or not, there are some compelling things presented from a low-key source who seems to just be sharing his personal experiences that happened to him while he was out pursuing his metal-detecting vocation.
Inflatable foot rest is comfortable for couch and passenger seat
Now that’s cool! Miss your favorite recliner no more! This inflatable foot rest is perfect for lounging on the couch, in the chair by the campfire, or in the passenger seat for long drives. Take it on a plane ride, or take it to the grandkids’ sports games (we know those can get long). It weighs less than 1 lb. and folds down small for travel. Learn more about this comfy foot rest here.
Roadside stop near Death Valley is an unexpected delight. (This story is delightful, too)
By Rod Andrew
Probably most readers of RVtravel.com have visited the amazing landmarks, natural and man-made, that are part of the RV experience. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon is, well, overwhelming. During our travels, my wife and I have had our share of these majestic moments, but, strangely, it has been unexpected moments of joy that we remember most vividly, and that have had the most lasting impact on us. I’d like to share one of those moments. Continue reading. (You’ll love this.)
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A simple reminder which just may save your RV roof
Don’t bang your [RV’s] head: Make an easy-to-read note and put it on your dashboard or sun visor showing your RV height in feet and inches – and in metric too, if you travel out of the country. It could save your TV antenna, air conditioner – even your roof. Thanks to George B. for the tip.
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On this day last year…
- Tip: This gadget makes draining the fresh water tank quick and easy
- RV Review: 2022 Cedar Creek 291RW fifth wheel
- Ask Dave: Why does furnace function irregularly but works fine outside of its housing?
- Featured article: Stay safe on your RV roof
- Recipe: Broccoli Shrimp Casserole
Website of the day
50 survival tips and tricks for the outdoors
The title says it all! Visit this page (and explore the rest of the website while you’re at it) to learn the best tips about surviving in the wilderness. Lots of stuff here will come in handy!
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:
• The highest percentage of voters, 49 percent, say driving five to six hours is the maximum amount they’ll drive in a day.
• When asked about the top reasons for stopping at rest areas, the main reasons RVers said, in order, were: resting and giving their eyes a break from driving, to grab a snack or a meal, or to get some exercise.
• 39 percent of fifth wheel owners have a Ford truck to tow their RV. The second most popular truck brand was Ram, followed by Chevrolet and GMC.
Recipe of the Day
by Sanity Chek from Annapolis, MD
Trust the process for brining a turkey, and this recipe will produce one of the best roasted turkeys you’ve ever tasted. Once baked, the turkey is nice and juicy, and full of flavor. It’s savory with a hint of garlic and citrus. The breast is not the least bit dry. This apple cider brine does take a little bit of patience and time, but the outcome is well worth the wait.
According to a study done by the Archives of Surgery, doctors who played video games for more than three hours each week made 37 percent fewer surgical errors than those who didn’t. Those same doctors also performed 27 percent faster and scored 42 percent better on a test of surgical skills. Video games can improve fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, attention span, depth perception and computer competency. Interesting!
*If you’re right handed do you tend to chew your food on your right side? What about left? Or is it the opposite? We tell you in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Cooper, our 15-year-old cat, loves travel and is very laid-back and relaxed. He likes to watch the world from the inside of his MoHo.” —Caren Kelly
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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