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Tip of the Day
Have an electric fireplace? Here’s a simple trick to get more heat
By Nanci Dixon
When we bought our motorhome it came with an electric fireplace. I thought, “What a ridiculous thing to put in an RV!” It was so fake-looking, and why would we use it when we could sit around a real campfire, with real wood, outside?
That was before I discovered its heating potential! Once I learned to work the remote, we were in toasty-RV business. This electric fireplace sure is nice on cold nights! However, I quickly learned that the only one getting warm was my husband in his recliner. All the heat was centralized around him and the ceiling … but definitely not the rest of the motorhome.
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How do I reduce condensation on RV’s windows in cold weather?
When camping in cold weather and heating with the unit’s propane heater, a lot of condensation collects on all the windows. Is there a dehumidifier that runs off its own battery power or that can be connected to the unit’s 12v system to effectively remove/reduce the excess moisture? —Tim, 2021 r-pod 192
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Are SumoSprings worth it?
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Video of the day
Fascinating, disturbing and surprising trail cam footage compilation
By Cheri Sicard
The video compilation below from Dread Captures explores some very creepy and strange captures on trail cams, from elusive wild animals to mysterious and unexplained strange sightings. You just never know what you might find when you check your trail cam footage.
For Lovers Only…
“Happy Valentine’s day to the love of my life, 53 years and counting!!”
To: Grandma Rex
From: Papa Wayne
“Love you to our Montana Mable and back! Looking forward to another year of fun, family and adventure!”
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Take a hot shower anywhere; no fresh water tanks required!
By Randall Brink
Water is one of the most important things that you cannot live without while camping. Among the constant and never-ending questions facing RVers, particularly while boondocking, is, “Will I be able to take a shower?” It’s not just about the lack of fresh-running campground water. The other concerns are: How much fresh water do I have onboard? How quickly do I want to fill up my gray water tank? Given the capacity of fresh water and wastewater, how long can I remain in camp? Read more.
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These are very handy for us RVers! Part one thing, part another… with another thing! They would be nice to have.
Do you shower in the morning or night?
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Cut down on interior condensation
Speaking of condensation: Winter condensation issues driving you out of your RV? You can’t stop breathing, so cut it off somewhere else. Avoid using a non-vented space heater (blue flame or catalytic)—each gallon of LP burned releases three quarts of water into your interior atmosphere!
RVers who carry a firearm should pack this along to save them from trouble
The new 2023 edition of the annual Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States is hot off the press. It covers all the basics for armed travel. What is legal in one state could be a felony in another. This book should be used as a reference before entering a new state to avoid trouble. Read more about the book here.
On this day last year…
- Tip: Take care with campfires
- RV Review: Winnebago Voyage V3739RK fifth wheel prototype
- Ask Dave: What do you think of RecPro as a second roof A/C?
- Featured article: Is your RV out of balance? This might be the cause
- Recipe: Cracker Jacks Gone Wild
Website of the day
RV Friendly Casinos
This website lists just about every RV-friendly casino across the U.S. It’s broken down by state, so you can easily see which casino is nearby. You can also read reviews from other RVers about each casino.
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Recipe of the Day
Maple Syrup & Beer Braised Pork
by Bob Wakeman from Dupo, IL
The cooking method for this recipe makes it so tender! Set, forget it and enjoy!
Which country consumes the most bread? Which country has the most diverse variety of breads? If you guessed Germany for both, you’re correct! Most people associate Germany with sausages, chocolate and beers, but Germans really love their bread! They consume more bread than any other nationality on Earth and they produce more than 300 different kinds of bread!
*Where does the word “coach” come from? It’s fascinating! Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Ripley and Lil MoePar, a Golden Retriever and a mixed-breed rescue, love to go camping. Ripley is a 9-year pro at traveling. MoePar was a little nervous but now he loves to go in the Big Ram. I think Ripley gives his little buddy some tips on camping etiquette. They both are quiet and friendly campers.” —Gail Mccreight
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A Rand McNally road atlas for kids—how fun!
Give this Rand McNally Road Atlas to your kids or grandkids before they hit the road. It features simplified yet real road maps of all 50 states, and interesting information on each place. It also has state facts and fun state-related activities. It makes a great gift! Learn more or order.
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I saw one where a dog was painted with spots. Not sure how the joke goes but they painted the dog with black spots. Gotta look that one up.
https://www.rvtravel.com/reduce-condensation-on-rvs-windows-in-cold-weather-rvdt-2053/has gross innacuracies.
“Something that I have used in the past is supplementing the heat with a portable catalytic heater such as the Olympian or Mr. Heater. It uses a smaller propane bottle and has much lower condensation than the forced air standard furnace. You can turn the onboard furnace down and place the portable unit in the bedroom at night or living room during the day rather than heating the entire unit. It’s very safe and produces almost no carbon dioxide.”
“Leave here with a laugh” so funny, would love to see someone walking this dog on a leash in the RV park to see how many heads will turn and jaws drop.
“Leave here with a laugh”, that’s funny and cute, lol!