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On this day in history: 1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Note: Did you know this motel was turned into a museum? Read about it here.
Tip of the Day
A look at the best portable ice makers for RVs
By Dale Wade
A few times a year we spend a month or so on the road. Storing enough ice to enjoy on-demand became a problem. Our small refrigerator freezer lacks space for a bag of ice and the frozen items. What to do? Enter portable ice makers for RVs.
We decided to buy a portable countertop ice maker. I offer you a list of five popular brands for consideration. Note that prices reflect the least expensive found at the time.
NEW! RV Video Review
Tour the 2023 HOST Mammoth truck camper with washer/dryer!
By Cheri Sicard
The RV Guy is here in the video below to give us a tour of the 2023 HOST Mammoth truck camper.
As truck campers go, the HOST Mammoth truck camper truly is MAMMOTH. You are going to need a seriously heavy-duty truck to haul this one.
Not that it won’t be worth it. The Mammoth truck camper has features not often (never?) seen in these types of RVs. Not the least of which are an onboard washer and dryer and a fireplace!
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Can I sanitize RV’s fresh water tank without running solution through water lines?
My coach is fully winterized as I flushed the pink, nontoxic, antifreeze through all lines, and the fresh water tank has been drained. I am about to dewinterize the coach and I will want to sanitize, with a bleach solution, the fresh water system. Given that there has been antifreeze in the lines for several months, do I still need to run the bleach solution in all the pipes? It sure would be easier if I only had to allow the bleach solution to sit in the fresh water tank, drain it after a few hours, and not flush the bleach solution through the pipes. Thank you for your advice and for what you do! —Philip, 2022 Newmar Dutch Star 4081
Video of the day
How to sell your RV for maximum profit
By Cheri Sicard
A lot of folks seem to be getting OUT of RVing lately. If that’s you, the team from RV Lifestyle is here to show you how to sell your RV for maximum profit in this segment from their RV podcast.
While you can use services to help you sell your RV, the most profitable way will be to do it yourself. To be sure, there are pros and cons to doing this, and they discuss these in the video as well as other ways of selling your RV.
Video: Comparison between Ford F-150 and F-250 trucks
This video from PRN_TestDrive will be of interest if you would like to better understand the differences between Ford’s 1/2-ton light duty F-150 truck and the 3/4-ton heavy duty or Super Duty F-250 models. Watch the informative video here.
Would you attend an RV show in the next month if it were within an hour drive of you?
Scraping bottom when exiting a parking lot?
If your RV bumper scrapes when entering or exiting a parking lot or other driveway, try taking the exit with your rig at an angle rather than straight on. Still no help? You may want to add skid wheels to the back of your trailer. Two types: bolt on and weld on. The former sometimes tear off, so the added hassle of finding a welding shop may be worth the trouble.
On this day last year…
- Tip: RVing in severe storms? Do this, and definitely don’t do that!
- RV Review: 2022 Forest River Ibex 19QBS—Small but mighty
- Ask Dave: When do you replace the water heater anode?
- Featured article: Are toxic chemicals in your RV making you sick?
- Recipe: Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu
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What did Bigfoot say when he met the Easter Bunny? Well, we don’t know, but maybe if you click here he’ll tell you. (P.S. You’re going to want this for this weekend!)
Website of the day
The 32 Best Donut Shops in America
Okay, now we’re drooling! We want a donut and we want one now! You will too, if you dare click this link…
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:
• 58 percent have come across a rattlesnake in the wild.
• 56 percent use their RV in the winter; they don’t store it.
• 57 percent have been transported to a hospital in an ambulance.
Recent poll: Have you ever lived in an RV for at least six months in a row?
Recipe of the Day
Norwegian Meatballs and Rice
by Kat Ryan from Clayton, NC
We love old family recipes and these Norwegian meatballs are no different. The mix of ground beef and pork is quite tasty. They soak up all the delicious flavor of the creamy gravy. Serve this over rice or noodles for a comforting meal.
What are the westernmost and easternmost states in the United States: (A) California and Florida; (B) Hawaii and Maine; (C) Washington and New York; (D) Alaska and Alaska? If you guessed (D) Alaska and Alaska, you’d be correct, strange as it seems! According to Wikipedia: The Aleutian Islands of Alaska cross longitude 180°, so Alaska can be considered the easternmost state as well as the westernmost. Thanks to our good friend Tom Hart for sharing this with us.
*The first canned dog food in America was created to dispose of what type of meat? Take a guess and see if you’re right by checking yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Buddy, Festus, and Roper, a mixed terrier and Teacup Yorkies. They love to travel! The motorhome really is their domain and they just rely on us to take them to new places & adventures. They love meeting new people and dogs.” —Alan Sharron Fires
Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Sunday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!
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Wouldn’t go to a RV show while traveling. We were in MS a couple days ago as a severe storm went through, just pea size hail, got very lucky. On our Montana crossing RR tracks, hit the back of rig hit. Took off a bar. Very carefully on those. As for living in RV in the Winter, we are full timers for 11 years, we always live in it🤣. Guess no more “is this your rig”, ours never came up. Thanks anyways.
Hi, Brenda. Yes, we’re still running the “Is this your RV?” contest. It’s now in the Wednesday, Friday and Sunday newsletters, so you still have a chance to win. There just happen to be about 4,000 other RVs in the contest. But you never know… Good luck! Have a good evening/night. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com
I didn’t bother to look at donut prices. WON’T afford them
My neighbors daughter sent cupcakes for dads birthday. Great if you love frosting and have TOO MUCH money. About 1/4 pound, 4 ounces of frosting. $7.50 a cupcake
I’m sure you could get fresh,made that day donuts for $1 or less in most cities. premium ingredients? Flour and sugar, what can be premium?
Joke of the day: great! Donut shops: nah, way overpriced. Grocery stores have the best deals on donuts.
Live a little…. Try a premium donut, with first class ingredients and you will look at a grocery store donut like a McD’s Quarter Pounder compared to perfectly cooked Prime Rib from a high-end steak house.
Sweet Furbabies! Great picture getting all of them together. Safe and Happy Travels.
PET OF THE DAY……….Great picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!