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National Day: Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which honors the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. (Today is the 50th anniversary of the date the last combat troops left South Vietnam.) We thank you for your service!
On this day in history: 1886 – John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta.
Tip of the Day
How to stock a small RV pantry for long-term travel
By Cheri Sicard
Food and travel! Two of life’s greatest pleasures combined. In order to take full advantage of this magical pairing, I’ve compiled some tips for how to stock a small RV pantry for long-term travel or boondocking.
All it takes is a little planning and you will always have delicious meals at the ready, no matter where you travel and no matter how far from a grocery store you may roam.
Stocking up on food in an RV pantry is a bit different than stocking your bricks-and-sticks pantry. There’s less room overall, and even less space than usual in the fridge and freezer. Likewise, the RV pantry needs to take on some of the duties you would otherwise delegate to the refrigerator and freezer.
Nonetheless, with some thought and planning, you can have everything you need for extended periods boondocking or on the road. Consider these points…
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How do I keep my RV’s on-demand water heater from freezing?
Grand Design installed a Furrion 2.4 gpm tankless water heater in the Reflection. I did some research on this heater, and the heater manual recommends not using it below 39 degrees F. Well, that is almost impossible in Oregon. My dealer was not aware of this. Bottomline is the heater froze and looks like it’s toast, per mobile repair tech. Question is, do you know if Furrion has done anything to address this issue? I’m probably due a new heater, and dealer has recommended apples to apples for replacement. Thanks. —Steve L., 2021 Reflection 303RLS
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Video of the day
DIY rod and reel storage tube for trucks
By Cheri Sicard
Angling RVers take note! The video below from Prestige Worldwide Fishing features an ingenious and inexpensive DIY rod and reel storage solution you can make for your truck. Highly functional, it holds up to seven different combos!
A portable stovetop oven that actually works
By Tony Barthel
[A]s someone who thinks about baking in an RV more than any sane person should, I came across a video by Bob Wells from Cheap RV Living talking about a stovetop oven called the Omnia Stovetop Oven. As I mentioned, I think about this far too much so I started looking around. There are several Facebook Groups for this device and plenty of YouTube videos, including from a number of van lifers who prepared things in it that really surprised me. Learn more.
Which do you prefer: wine or beer?
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Check roof vents in case of stinky holding tanks
Stinky holding tanks driving you bats? It’s smart to occasionally check your roof vents to make sure they aren’t blocked with debris, bird nests, etc. Many RVers find vent caps such as the 360 Siphon roof vent to help “raise the stink” out of the tanks are really helpful.
On this day last year…
- RV Review: inTech Flyer Pursue
- Ask Dave: What is the best lubrication spray for my slideouts?
- Featured article: Video: 1954 RV rally. Some things change, others stay the same
- Recipe: Fish Fillets With Brown Butter (Pan-Fried)
Website of the day
Stockton Taco Trail
If you’re in or near Stockton, California, you’re going to want to check this out. It’s going to make you hungry!
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Don’t show this one to the kids… or maybe do. You’ll both laugh, that’s for sure!
Recipe of the Day
by Susan Whitley from Miami, FL
Wow, these Texas potatoes are creamy and full of flavor. We love how the fresh onions blend with the creamy soup and sour cream to create a yummy sauce. On top is a buttery cracker mixture that gets crunchy and golden brown. These are good enough to serve for a holiday or special occasion, but easy enough to make any time you feel like a potato side dish.
In 1886, John Stith Pemberton invented Coke and marketed it as a “temperance” beverage, providing an alternative to alcoholic drinks. At the time, alcohol was heavily taxed, and Coca-Cola wanted to ensure that its non-alcoholic beverage did not incur these taxes. To prevent confusion during transportation, the company started painting their barrels red, which also became a distinctive feature for Coke cans and bottles that is still recognizable today.
*What was the very first aerosol can invented for? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“We lost both our rescue goldens four years ago. I have been missing the companionship of a dog. So my wife found 2-month-old Charlie when we were driving back from California. He has occupied our days, and we enjoy him as his personality develops. He will start RVing in October.” —Mike Rodgers
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Keep your glove box organized for once!
This glove box organizer will change your life! Find what you need quickly, when you need it. It has six pockets inside and out for your vehicle or RV’s manuals, insurance cards, registrations and more. It even has space for a pen or tire gauge and comes with a notepad. Learn more or order.
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In the news: Mr. Pickles, a 90-year-old radiated tortoise (a critically endangered species) native to Madagascar, became a first-time father recently, according to the Houston Zoo. He and his partner, 53-year-old Mrs. Pickles, recently welcomed three hatchlings: Dill, Gherkin and Jalapeño. (This is true.)
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My sweet daughter-in-law, who is in the milling and baking department of a state college said to never put bread in the fridge… freezer or counter top only. Seems that the starch in bread recrystallize very quickly at cool temps causing it to go stale faster.
Dill, Gherkin and Jalapeno! Best story in weeks!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
To the Rodgers family, we are so happy for you and your sweet little one Charlie. Happy Safe Travels Always.
Leave here with a Laugh. In this life of tortoises these new parents are just perfect to be 1st time parents. Better late than never. I don’t see the humor. I see a wondrous side of reproduction for life in a distinctive species.
Depends on who’s buying.
Regarding the preference of wine and or beer, it depends on the time of day!