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On this day in history: 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the “telephone.”
Tip of the Day
10 easy ways to fix 10 irritating problems in the RV
By Gail Marsh
Okay, fine. I’ll admit it. After four days cooped up inside our RV because of steady rain, little irritants can really get to me! I’m talking about those small inconveniences that make me sigh in frustration and wish for a simple solution. Maybe you’ve had similar moments and experienced these same problems in the RV, as well.
I’ve compiled simple hacks and tips that can make everyday RV living just a bit easier and hopefully less frustrating. The only criteria for potential solutions to everyday nuisances is that the “fix” must be quick and easy. See what you think and then add your own ideas in the comments.
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My converter does not appear to be working. My batteries are not being charged when plugged into shoreline power. How can I test/check to verify an inoperative converter on my Airstream? —Jay, 2020 Airstream Classic 33
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Video of the day
Essential RV tools you should always carry
By Cheri Sicard
That RV Tech is here with a video about the five RV tools he uses constantly and says that should be carried in every RV. Well, actually, I am not sure about the video’s title as it actually covers MORE than just five RV tools, but these are, nonetheless, important.
This is an RV technician’s opinion of essential RV tools. It matters not whether your RV is a motorhome, travel trailer, or 5th wheel, these tools will serve you well.
Come upon a moose? Keep your distance to avoid trouble
If you come upon a moose, be careful. Watch this video to learn more about the habits of moose, and how you should react if you come upon one. If you act improperly, you could end up in the hospital!
What landscape do you most like to stay in with your RV?
Handy bedside water glass holder
Space tight in the bedroom? No room for a water glass? Your local auto parts store has a great selection of folding cup holders that can screw onto a nearby wall or bulkhead.
On this day last year…
- RV Review: Flagstaff Super Lite 26FKBS – quality awarded
- Ask Dave: My 2003 furnace is hard to start and noisy. Is this normal?
- Featured article: PBS spotlights RV work campers in excellent report
- Recipe: Ham and Cheese Pie
Website of the day
Take it Outside
Take your generator outside! Learn generator safety and know how to keep you and your family safe from carbon monoxide. This is important!
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:
• 18 percent will only eat wild-caught seafood.
• If they could sell their RV right now for a good price, 24 percent would do it.
• In Three Little Pigs terms, 5 percent say their RV is made from straw, 53 percent say their RV is made from sticks, and a lucky 41 percent say its made from bricks.
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Recipe of the Day
Sweet & Sour Pork Chops
by Audrey Musick from Marion, VA
So easy, so classic, so delicious! This is one of those pork chop dinner recipes to keep handy when you’re not sure what’s for dinner. The sauce is sweet, sour, and full of tangy goodness and soaks into the tender boneless pork chops.
If you’ve ever driven across the Golden Gate Bridge, you probably would guess that it’s the longest suspension bridge in the world (and it sure does feel long!). But you’d be wrong. (In fact, it’s just the 19th longest suspension bridge in the world.) The longest suspension bridge in the world is the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge in Turkey, which opened in March 2022. It’s about 2,438 feet longer than the Golden Gate. The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge’s steel cable system contains 100,662 miles of wire (compared to the Golden Gate Bridge’s 80,000 miles). That’s enough wire to encircle the entire world four times!
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Readers’ Pets of the Day
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Hi, as I read this on a lovely clear morning, the whole park is listening to some guy’s giant class A motor run, it’s been 20 minutes so far. The people next to him are also breathing the fumes. He is now slowly dumping his tanks and then he’ll disconnect. Maybe then it’ll be time for a wash-up and a review of the route plan, before he finally leaves.
RV parks are not truck stops. Nobody wants to wake to the sound of your motor idling while you do a long round of chores. So guys, in case no one has ever told you, it’s incredibly rude to leave your motor running while you set up or tear down, or worse, spend 30 minutes fussing with your tow car, while pulled up next to rigs where people are sleeping or living their lives. Forget sitting outside having a cup of coffee.
Yes, there are those who either don’t care about others or are under the false impression that a diesel has to idle a long time (like the old ones). In either case, it’s rude to the neighbors and should be avoided. Sorry you had to endure this.
Thanks for doubting my concept of time, that’s real helpful. He just left, so that puts the episode over an hour in total. I am not talking about a quick warmup or putting in slides, I am talking about complete unawareness there are other people nearby.
People, including pickup drivers, simply feel entitled to run their motors while doing chores, having lunch, having a long conversation, checking into a park, etc. It’s ridiculous, it wastes fuel, and it’s rude.
Holy mansplaning Batman!!!
Hey Wanderer, anyone who reads my mansplainig post will scratch their heads but you and I both know the edit that took place, not by you or I. 🤙😎👍
Also, most diesel owners should know that idle time is not good for the emissions system. Only run mine when necessary and always keep idle time to a minimum.
The 41% who think their RV is made from bricks are hallucinating. About 98% or more of the RVs on the road are literally made from sticks. And the result is easily seen when one is involved in a serious crash. They literally fly apart…
The Oscar Wilde quote is “wildely” incorrect. Rather, the only thing worth knowing is how to think critically. That CAN be taught, and is really all that higher education actually provides to students. Those who fail at critical thinking are the real losers among us, and these days their numbers seem to be increasing… 🙁
Pretty sure that was how it used to be in higher education. Currently, it is the last thing they learn or are taught, if at all. Higher education is more of a safespace now for victim awareness. More of a spoon feeding I’m afraid. Why teach how to think when it is so much more efficient to teach someone what think?
While you are technically correct, Wilde was more than philosopher.
Consider: how do you teach “love” as in philial or agape?
For me, philial. Knew my wife of over 35 years as a collegue and friend long before we became romantic.
Just told my wife the Laugh for Today. She got quite a chuckle from it.
As she gave you a hug, John? 😆 Just kidding. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com
About “This day in history”: I wonder what Alexander Graham Bell would think about where his invention has gone. It’s weird to realize that people don’t talk much on their phones anymore. And then there’s cat videos… 😊