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“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chili Day!
On this day in history: 1927 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill by Congress establishing the Federal Radio Commission (later replaced by the Federal Communications Commission), which was to regulate the use of radio frequencies in the United States.
Tip of the Day
Off-grid RV kitchen tips to extend boondocking time
By Cheri Sicard
When it comes to boondocking or RVing without hookups, there are things you can do in every part of your rig that can extend the amount of time you will be able to comfortably live without hookups. Last week I focused on the bathroom; this time we turn towards RV kitchen tips to maximize boondocking time.
Between food prep and storage, cleanups, cooking, and water usage, how you use this area of your RV can have a major impact on how much time you can spend off-grid.
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Can you help draw up a new house battery system for me. I want to do a lot of boondocking, and don’t want to run the gen set a lot to recharge. My house charger is pitiful—undersized. And I’d like to also install PV panels on the roof. I have four 6-volt Trojan deep-cycle batteries, which went south this year and won’t take a charge. Would appreciate all you could do for this disabled veteran. Thank you. Semper Fi. —Bruce, 2015 Precept Jayco Class A 32 ft.
Video of the day
Grand Canyon camping and RVing
By Cheri Sicard
Jared Gillis hosts the video below from Campendium. In it, he covers Grand Canyon camping and RVing options.
Undoubtedly one of America’s favorite national parks, when it comes to camping around the Grand Canyon there are options to suit every RVer’s taste and style, and this overview will help you choose a place that’s right for you and your family.
For Lovers Only…
“So very excited and filled with anticipation for RVing with you this year! There’s nothing better than being with you on our next adventure! Love you to the moon! XOXO”
“My birthday should be Feb 21 because my life began the day I met you.”
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.
Casino Camping: Tons of recommendations for this great campground alternative
Casino camping can be a great alternative to private and state campgrounds, many of which are experiencing severe crowding. Once again, our RVtravel.com readers and social media friends have some great advice about casino camping. Here we visit Oregon, Minnesota, Iowa, Arizona, and more locations. Also, a reader wants suggestions for casinos on the East Coast. Can you help him? Click here.
What’s too much to routinely pay for a dinner entree at a restaurant?
Chilling advice about showering
When using a public shower, like in a state park, always turn on the water before getting undressed. Sometimes, there will be no hot water. And if it’s a cold morning or evening, you will look pretty stupid (and very cold) standing there naked with nowhere to go. Of course, if you are brave and have the cold tolerance of a polar bear, jump right in. Brrrrr. Good luck!
On this day last year…
- Tip: Need shelter from hot sun or bad weather? Use this pop-up canopy
- RV Review: Keystone Bullet 287QBSWE travel trailer
- Ask Dave: What is the best battery for diesel pusher?
- Featured article: Video: Notorious low underpass claims another RV
- Recipe: Green Chile Cheese Squares
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Brilliant idea! This will save you time, money, and coveted storage space. Not to mention it goes great with today’s tip… Check it out.
Website of the day
The Most Beautiful Photo We Could Find of Every U.S. National Park
They’re not lying—these photos are stunning! Trust us, you’ll want to visit every single one of these parks after looking through these.
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:
• Most of our readers wear a size XL T-shirt.
• 74 percent never burn candles in their RV.
• 31 percent say that if they accidentally dropped their wallet in an outhouse toilet they’d absolutely try and retrieve it. 16 percent said they’d leave it there forever.
Recent poll: If you have lost a parent(s), do you dream about them?
Recipe of the Day
Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole
by Laura Yoder from Brunswick, GA
Serve with a side salad and this chicken tortilla casserole is a complete meal. This hearty Tex-Mex casserole is full of spice and flavor. It reminds us of a chicken enchilada casserole. Between the cheese and the crema, this casserole is almost creamy. The green enchilada sauce and green chiles add wonderful flavor to the dish.
Poison dart frogs, highly toxic frogs found in Central and South America, are not poisonous when raised in captivity. That’s right, the frog’s toxicity is derived from their diet, so when they’re not fed the same diet, the frogs never build up a reserve of the toxins they excrete.
*If leafcutter ants don’t actually eat the leaves, what do they do with them? The answer, which you’ll find in yesterday’s trivia, is fascinating.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is our Boxer mix (we think), Cooper, 9 months old, playing jungle in the lilies. He hasn’t been ‘road tested’ yet, but we hope he takes to RVing in Florida as readily as he took to snow.” —Rebecca Niese
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!
Tape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised, such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.
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Our cats would never go to a “dogtor”. Come to think of it, they’re not too fond of going to the kittiatrician either.
XL shirts kind of indicates the probable weight and poor health of the readers, Unless they are a Pro-Football lineman
That’s your takeway? I thought it indicated that most of the readers are men that have fully outgrown middle school sizing and can now reach the top shelf for their spouse. That’s just me though.
Every man I know over 6 feet tall needs an XL. Both of my sons were wearing XL by age 16. Even the skinny one.
Your photos from different National Parks brought back lots of memories. Have visited all within the USA, including several throughout Canada.
Our first drive up-to Alaska was for 80 days and 12000 miles.
Our country has lots of beautiful places to visit.
I’m envious about the Alaska road trip. Two of us are doing a 12 day fly-in fly fishing trip in Sept.
The Alaska road trip is phenomenal. Every RVer should do it at least once.
I’m a bit envious of the 12 day Fly Fishing trip for 2. Have fun. ✌️
Always wanted to do that! Could never find the time. Was always going to take a time management class to solve the problem, but could never find the time.
Going to do that from Michigan this year. About 95 days and 15000 miles. Been trying to do this for 5 years now but Covid border restrictions and some other things kept us from doing it. This year we will finally make it.
The laugh was good, I read it 3 times before I finally read what it actually said. It amazing what our mind sees that our eyes are seeing something different. That’s why police talking to witnesses get different stories about the same thing.