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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Fruitcake Day!
On this day in history: 1932 – Radio City Music Hall, “Showplace of the Nation”, opens in New York City.
Tip of the Day
“Dew” away with mildew in the RV!
By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor.
We live in Florida, where high humidity is always present. I try to keep our 25-foot Hi-Lo trailer lowered and covered during the winter months. We use a Damp Rid Large Room dehumidifier and run a 12-volt fan to circulate the air. Even with all this we still have musty smells when I check the condition of the Damp Rid container. I’ve had to remove the ADCO cover and raise the trailer to try and improve the inside condition. Any ideas? —George
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What type under-sink water filter do you recommend?
I’m thinking of putting in an under-the-sink water filter. I am wondering when I winterize my RV, what do I do about the filter? Do you have any recommendations on what type or brand? We are part-timer RVers that go out a week or two at a time. —Chuck, 2019 Grand Design RSL303
Video of the day
RV spare parts you should always carry
Jared Gillis from All About RVs is back with another terrific video, this time addressing RV spare parts.
We all know we should carry spare parts like spare tires. But Jared says it’s important to keep some other RV spare parts on hand, as well, in order to insure you never get stranded by the side of the road, or stuck somewhere far from home waiting on a spare part to arrive.
Testing the GasStop gas safety device
By Tony Barthel
I’m a big proponent of safety stuff, and an even bigger fan of things when they’re simple. Stuff that makes our RV life safer and better that’s also a simple solution scores big in my book. That’s the GasStop, a simple way to prevent a gas leak. But there’s more.
I bought a GasStop at the FMCA Convention in Gillette, Wyoming. The GasStop is a simple device that you put in between your RV’s portable propane tank and the regulator. It’s an easy installation. Just unscrew the tank from the regulator, screw in the GasStop, screw the regulator’s hose on and you’re done, son. … Continue reading why Tony thinks this should be standard equipment on all RVs here.
How fast does your propane furnace heat your RV?
Flushing the RV toilet
When you step on that pedal, hold it down for a bit. Most RV toilets have another pedal position that will allow you to add water without flushing. If the flush contains toilet paper, fill the bowl with water and then flush. More water in the black tank will make it easier for the enzymes to work, if you use that type of black tank treatment.
On this day last year…
- Tip: 16 brilliant ways nail polish comes in handy while RVing (for both women and men)
- RV Review: The top Thor Class C: Thor Quantum Sprinter
- Ask Dave: How can I get better AM reception in my RV?
- Featured article: Okay to let passengers ride in a moving travel trailer?
- Recipe: Asiago & Gruyere Potato Gratin
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While this isn’t necessarily meant for an RV, it’s PERFECT for an RV! Boy, we need one of these!
Website of the day
Yes, we admit we spent too much time on this website, but it’s fun! You’re given a prompt to “draw” (on the computer screen) a thing/object. If Google can guess what you’re drawing, you win that round. Try it.
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:
• 26 percent say they carry every tool they could ever possibly need with them in their RV.
• More people always or mostly always read printed books over eBooks.
• 21 percent get five or more spam calls on their phone every day. Yikes!
Recipe of the Day
by Lou Kostura from Belmont, CA
If you are a Brussels sprout lover, these will make you swoon. When prepared like this, there’s a love affair in the making. These are slightly crisp outside and tender inside after cooking. The garlic adds a nice touch of flavor along with the wild mushrooms. The balsamic vinegar brings this tasty side dish together.
According to a recent study by GfK (“Growth from Knowledge,” a global research company) almost a quarter of adults in Germany are considering taking a holiday (vacation) with a caravan (trailer) or motorhome in the next five years.
*Joshua Tree National Park has a “VIP-only” campground. Why can’t you stay there? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Our grand-dogs, Dexter and Sophie, love to visit our travel trailer when we are camped near them. Dexter left us after 16 loving years in June. Sophie misses him but seems to enjoy being the Queen.” —Mary Ballard
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!
Brand-new National Park book has everything you need
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.
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