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Tip of the Day
18 smart ways for RVers to use paper towels
By Gail Marsh
Sure, we all use them to sop up spills, but paper towels can be used in so many additional ways! That’s why we always pack them along whenever we go RVing.
Note: I like Bounty, Brawny, or Viva brands because they handle most jobs without tearing. That said, a lesser-quality paper towel may work for some of the following tips, especially the suggestions that do not require scrubbing.
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Can solar panels charge batteries in storage with disconnect applied?
My Riverstone has four six-volt batteries with one 100-watt solar panel on the roof. For the past three years, I had access to store our rig indoors with access to 110 v electricity to keep the batteries charged with a trickle charger. When doing this, I switched the main battery switch to “off” to avoid any battery drain. Now, unfortunately, I no longer have access to inside storage with electricity, so I must store my rig outside and depend on the 100-watt solar panel for keeping the four batteries charged. …
Continue reading Greg’s question and see Dave’s answer
Video of the day
Winter RVing: Thermal camera shows RV interior in winter
By Cheri Sicard
The Wandering Wagners have produced an interesting winter RVing video below. In it, they explore the interior of their RV in winter with a thermal camera. …
The thermal camera graphically shows just how much the Wagners’ NeXus Wraith Super C rig is NOT outfitted for winter RVing.
Personal landmarks are important to visit; remember the best parts of your life
By Chris Epting
I love visiting historic landmarks. But as I get older I have also started visiting some “personal” landmarks that have helped shape my life. You know the places. Maybe a first date or a memorable ballgame. Where you became a witness to something great or even small. Where you learned to ride a bike. Or where you first fell off.
They may not have plaques or markers but personal landmarks represent our own histories, and if you go back once in a while and even document them, you might be surprised at their power. These are places where memories may still hang; memories that may trigger some strange emotional pulse that helps clarify or make sense of your life today. Continue reading.
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Avoid bird droppings on your RV roof ladder, etc.
If birds are perching on your RV roof ladder and ruining your parade (or spare tire, bumper, chairs, etc.) discourage the little feathered poopers. Clamp a flag pole to the ladder rack and raise your banner. The flapping ensign will send them elsewhere.
Website of the day
Hilarious National Park Tweets
Turns out the National Park Service has hired the perfect social media person. They have quite the sense of humor, and their Tweets are hilarious!
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Recipe of the Day
Chicken Rama in Thai Peanut Sauce
by Vickie Parks from Renton, WA
We see why Vicki is proud of this recipe. This Chicken Rama tastes very authentic. The creamy peanut butter sauce is so easy to prepare. With a very mild spice, its nutty flavor pairs well with the coconut milk. If you like spicier food, add some red pepper flakes. Serving this over spinach adds a nice fresh taste to the dish. It would also be delicious over white rice or Thai noodles.
If you have a morbid fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth, you have arachibutyrophobia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
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When I was a kid, my parents would always say “Excuse my French” after a swear word. I’ll never forget that first day at school when the teacher asked if we knew any French.
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The blue shop paper towels work best in cleaning cast iron frying pans or dutch ovens. The don’t leave paper fuzz behind like white paper towels do.
In the late 1960’s I worked as a logger in Washington State. I guess you could say I was bilingual, English and “French”. I called them my town language and my woods language.
Truman was a sweet soul!!!
Loved the NP tweets! Made my morning! Thanks
Even if your RV states it’s a four season RV, it’s not. See how one is made then you will understand.
I remember that saying , excuse my French, brought back memories.
You’re sure to have some kind of bird issue when you’re parked under or by a tree. Tho trees are great for shade to keep you cooler, we prefer not to be by trees. Besides the birds, the wind and storms give you a better chance of more damage by falling branches. But that’s our choice.
Everyone enjoy yourselves and safe travels
Great leave here with a laugh
Loved those NPS tweets!
The quick tip is only a temporary solution. It may work for a day or so, but the birds eventually get used to the flag flapping. Birds used to nest under the awning on our house. I tried hanging aluminum foil, strips of cloth and even yellow ‘police’ tape under the awning. A few days later the birds were back. Even tried using an Owl decoy. Birds ended up sitting on it’s head.
If you’re afraid of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth, stay away from Jiff peanut butter.
Leave here with a laugh
(Excuse My French)
I still use it today and I am 80 yrs old.
Not proud of it, but I am pretty fluent in French!
You’re excused/pardoned, Mike. 😆 Have a great day! 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com
When I started to speak French, my mom would feed me peanut butter so the French would stick to the roof of my mouth. Kept the French in and me out of trouble.