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“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” ―
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On this day in history: 1972 – Cumulative sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model T.
Tip of the Day
Making these small changes will make a big difference when RVing
By Gail Marsh
Ever feel like you’re in a rut? You know … same ol’, same ol’. I never thought it possible, but you can get into a rut when RVing. The good news? You can make small changes. And small changes can make a big difference to your RVing experience.
Change up the route
We’ve been fortunate to travel to Florida for the past several winters. Our RV has made it possible to enjoy warm days filled with sunshine. It’s been great! All except the drive to and from the Sunshine State. You see, we’ve taken the exact same route for years now. It’s a fairly direct route and the roads are no worse or better than those we travel at other times of the year. The thing is, we no longer enjoy the journey as we have in the past. Our “Whoo-hoo!” has become “Ho hum.” We’re definitely in a rut.
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Is it possible to overcharge my RV’s batteries?
My Pinnacle is solar and generator prepped. I have three roof panels connected to a 60-amp Renogy solar controller, and I just installed an Onan 5500 generator. Do I need to disconnect my solar system from the battery bank while connected to shore power or running the generator? Regarding the generator, if I start the generator while connected to shore power, will it switch over without causing a disaster? … —Jim, 2019 Jayco Pinnacle
Read the rest of Jim’s question and Dave’s answer
Video of the day
Best dog exercise pens: How to safely contain dogs at your RV site
By Cheri Sicard
As the new adoptive mother of an Australian Cattle Dog rescue who needs lots of exercise and mental stimulation, this video was of particular interest. But I bet it will be for anyone who RVs with a dog or dogs. After all, even with small dogs, an RV is a small space. With larger dogs that space shrinks. I know my Benito and I are constantly doing do-si-dos in my travel trailer’s narrow living space. A dog exercise pen could be just what we need.
The RVing pet experts from Paws to Journey gave me a probable solution in this video. In it, they show their favorite brand of pet enclosure (they did not sponsor the video, it is just an unbiased recommendation) along with how they use them to safely contain multiple dogs while RVing.
For Lovers Only…
“Storm, when you came into my life it was just that, a storm. Looking forward to our travels in our first RV. Happy Valentine’s Day my love, my Storm. XO.”
From: Angry Bird
“Happy Valentine’s and happy anniversary! Love, me!”
Even though Valentine’s Day is over, we’ll continue this feature throughout the month since we got so many submissions. No more new submissions will be accepted, though.
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This isn’t just a mystery product. This is an absolutely-must-have product. We’re being serious. You MUST have this in your car or RV at all times.
Beat-ing feelings of isolation while on the road; find what keeps you company
By Sandi Sturm
“I spend a lot of time alone. Being a traveling entrepreneur and digital nomad has me spending hours and hours at a time inside the RV reading, learning, creating, and typing on the keyboard. This is something that I have had to get acquainted with because it goes against everything that I am. …” Read Sandi’s tips for relieving feelings of isolation and adapting to constant change here.
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Thermostat not working right?
Reader Steve Willey says, “Our digital thermostat kept the furnace on too long in cold weather and it got over 80 inside. The culprit was the location of the thermostat on the panel side of the refrigerator enclosure. The refrigerator is isolated from room heat and vented to outdoors. In freezing weather cold air was surrounding the refrigerator and entering the thermostat through an overly large wiring hole behind it. Sealant and a sheet of foam behind the thermostat cured the problem.” Thanks, Steve!
On this day last year…
- Tip: How to manually adjust your trailer brakes
- RV Review: Forest River XLR Micro Boost 29LRLE toy hauler
- Ask Dave: What is the best pet monitoring device?
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Website of the day
The Coziest Restaurant in Every State
It’s February, and that means having dinner in a rustic lodge or a saloon by a fireplace sounds pretty nice, right? Well, this list from Food & Wine has you covered.
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Recipe of the Day
Fried Cabbage With Bacon
by Kadijah James from Washington, DC
We loved how this fried cabbage with bacon uses three types of cabbage (green, red, and savoy). They all taste the same, but each has a slightly different texture. Frying down the cabbage in bacon grease is a fantastic way to cook cabbage. There’s plenty of flavor thanks to the bacon and seasonings. You can serve this side dish with just about anything. It would be delicious with corned beef, burgers, steak, or roasted chicken.
Ever wonder why Lyme disease is called Lyme? Well, when the disease was first diagnosed in 1975 it was done so in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Jethro is a 20-year-old Golden Retriever and patriarch of the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary in Alhambra, Illinois. He’s a faithful companion to Shawn and Kathy, owners of this amazing wild mustang and burro rescue, rehab, and adoption organization. He’s the sweetest boy. I loved petting him. These Harvest Hosts are so worth visiting. So kind and compassionate. (Picture taken August 2022.)” —Sarah Stranz
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Bless precious Jethro!❤️
As to Leave here with a laugh, a wonderful comedian named John Pinette (now deceased probably from being overweight) said “salad is promissory note that food would soon follow”. You can find him on youtube. He has/had great presentations.
He was so funny and had a unique perspective. Sadly, his weight did cause health problems, and he ended up dying from a pulmonary embolism after several surgeries. At least we can laugh with him over his love of food. After all, he was famous for saying, “My cholesterol count has a comma”.
LOL Hippopotamus meme! So funny 😆
My wife and I have been RV’ing for 20 years, we keep it interesting by trying to keep to the rule of NOT traveling on the blues…
The blues, of course, are the interstate highways! Travel the side roads and be amazed at what you are missing when at 70 miles an hour.
It’s hopeless to try to tell cannonballers this. They are wired to ‘make good time’ and cannot change.
Not all of us have the time to reach a destination and back in the time available. We take our toyhauler to visit our children but have to use the interstates in order to make it there and back in the 8 days we have available. Once our schedule allows, we’ll take the side roads and enjoy more sights.
I believe if you’re retired you have more time to enjoy the view and therefore travel the backroads and enjoy the view. iMHO.
My second 5th wheel had the thermostat mounted 18” above the TV shelf back in ‘99 before flat screen TVs, so the heat off the tube type TV interfered with thermostat settings. In the fall it would prevent the furnace from running until the inside temperature was down to 55 degrees and summer time the a/c didn’t come on until it was 82 degrees inside. Solution: leave the TV off or fabricate a heat shield to deflect the heat away from the thermostat, that worked.
My fancy blue backlit thermostat is mounted in the entryway above a heater outlet. The small entryway traps the heat and the thermostat shuts off about 10° early. Solution: fit a heavy cotton sock over the thermostat after setting. This also helps keep the cold from activating the thermostat when someone enters the rig😕😨😡
Fried cabbage with bacon. Goes best with fried chicken.
You didn’t finish the story on Lyme Disease. East Lyme, CT is across the sound from Plum Island. Plum Island is a highly guarded biological research center not opened to the public. Many believe Lyme Disease escaped. Sound familiar?
This is EXACTLY why I always wear a tin foil hat. ☺️
I thought that I had read on the internet somewhere that tin foil actually attracted Limes– or was it Plums?
Better go get another jab then.