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“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Gingerbread House Day!
On this day in history: 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter “S” [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Tip of the Day
Creative ways to use PVC pipe while RVing
By Gail Marsh
Polyvinyl chloride, better known as PVC, is best known as the plastic piping you might see under your RV sinks. This PVC pipe is for plumbing and draining—critical necessities for RVers. But there are other ways PVC pipe can be used. Check out these tips and tricks for using PVC pipe while RVing.
PVC pipe comes in various thicknesses. These are noted on the pipe itself. Consider how you’ll be using the pipe and buy the lightest (thinnest) pipe that will work. That way you won’t be adding unnecessary weight to your RV.
Always measure (twice) before purchasing your PVC pipe. Measure the space where you intend to place the PVC as well as the interior diameter of the PVC pipe to make sure everything fits.
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Roof vent not doing its job? Here’s a solution…
If you smell your toilet when driving your motorhome down the road, it’s because the odor is being drawn into the RV and not outside via the roof vent. The solution is to get an inexpensive 360 Siphon Roof Vent. It works for all RVs even when the RV is not moving, like in a campground. Keep the stink away.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
What maintenance does an Aqua-Hot system require?
What’s the best maintenance for our Aqua-Hot heating system? It’s not working at the moment, but I’m chasing down a repair tech. —Mike, 2013 Thor Tuscany 45XT
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Dave and Dustin answer your RV repair and maintenance questions
Our two tech experts will answer your questions about RV Repair and Maintenance from 4-5 p.m. Pacific time (7-8 p.m. in the East). So pick their brains via chat. Ask questions about RV repair and maintenance or just lurk and soak up all the valuable information. Learn where to watch in Wednesday’s newsletter.
In the RV Shop With Dustin
Talkin’ RV Tech short: Use or don’t use Dexter E-Z Lube?
Here is a short from one of our recent shows where one of our viewers has heard conflicting information on Dexter E-Z Lube and wonders if she should use it or not. She says there is conflicting information online. So, what do we think?
Video of the day
RV do’s and don’ts: Common sense RV tips you might not know about
By Cheri Sicard
Ross from RV Tips & Travels has some terrific tips in the video below in the form of RV do’s and don’ts. In other words, things that you should be doing for your RV, and other things that you should definitely stop doing (if you are doing them).
What to do if you lose your pet. Everything you need to know
Every year approximately 10 million pets are lost or stolen in the United States. That is a startling statistic! What should an RVing pet owner do if their pet goes missing? What steps should be taken if you are traveling in your RV when your pet gets lost? Good questions! Here are some answers.
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Easily clean those stubborn bugs off your RV
The Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge has millions of tiny fibers embedded in the microfiber cloth that grab and hold the dust and dirt. It is so effective it even cleans without chemicals, saving both time and money. The secret of this sponge lies in its unique, double-layer microfiber mesh. Older nylon bug sponges can harm your clear coat, but this one is completely paint safe. Learn more or order.
LP appliances in slideout warning
A reader, who asked to remain anonymous, passed this along: “Do you have any propane appliances in a slideout? If so, most likely there’s a rubber propane hose that flexes every time you put your slideout out or bring it in. Over time the rubber can dry out and can start to leak. The hose can also become kinked, preventing propane from flowing to the appliance(s). You should periodically check for problems before it becomes serious.” Thanks, Anon E. Mouse!
Website of the day
25 Experience Gifts for Everyone on Your List This Year
Instead of giving your special someone something, give them an experience. This list from Country Living lists everything from Airbnb experiences to cooking classes to audiobook subscriptions. All good ideas!
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Well, if you needed a holiday gift for the special lady in your life (or any other special campin’ lady), this is it. This is definitely it!
Recipe of the Day
by Phyllis Gesch from Round Rock, TX
If biscuits and gravy are one of your favorite things to eat for breakfast, then you’ll love this casserole. It’s made with similar ingredients (plus cheese!), only turned into a breakfast casserole. A great breakfast option for company or brunch. Just add some fresh fruit, and you’ve got an easy breakfast that will be a big hit.
Did you know that the blueberry muffin is the official muffin of Minnesota? It was so declared in 1988.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Simba traveled with us on his first trip to the Outer Banks, NC. It was 96 degrees when our A/C stopped working. We had to run to Lowe’s to pick up a window unit to keep him comfortable for the rest of the week.” —Shelley Siemers
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!
A wonderful book for the Alaska-adventure lover
“Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier,” by Mark Adams, tells the incredible story of the 1899 voyage of Edward H. Harriman and his “floating university” among other scientists and writers. Mark Adams sets out to retrace this historic expedition and investigates how the lessons learned in 1899 may still apply today. A fascinating read that will surely have you wanting to visit Alaska. Learn more or order.
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