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“No road is long with good company.” —Turkish Proverb
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On this day in history: 1901 – New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.
Tip of the Day
Don’t ever do these 6 things at the dump station!
By Nanci Dixon
Don’t do these things at the dump station! There are a few important rules of dump station etiquette that are for everyone, not just newbies. I was recently reminded of this…
After a season with mostly full hookups and no need to go to a dump station, I was first surprised by the line… until I realized that it was Sunday and the weekend warriors were on their way back to their day jobs. We have been full-time RVing for so long I forgot about the Sunday line. It was taking a very long time and, not known for my patience, I tried to figure out what was wrong. What I saw was a good reminder.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Service center says wrong sealant on RV’s roof, wants $1000 to replace. What?
On a recent maintenance visit to a local RV service shop, the tech inspected the roof and told me that the entire roof had the wrong sealant on it. He said what was there was “Black Silicone” sealant and what should be there is white Dicor lap sealant. They wanted around $1000 to remove all of the existing sealant and reseal with the “proper” sealant.
The RV was probably a little over a year old when I bought it in 2019, so I doubt the previous owner would have replaced all of the sealant in the short time they owned the RV. I haven’t done any repairs to the roof since I’ve owned it. That would mean that Winnebago sealed the roof with the “wrong” sealant (which I also highly doubt).
Continue reading Tom’s question and Dave’s answer
RV Video Tour
$1.6 million 2019 Newell Coach #1637 luxury RV—See it to believe it!
If you are shopping for a LARGE luxury motorhome (or if you just want to see how the other half lives), join Andrew Steele, of RVing with Andrew Steele, for a tour of the Newell Coach #1637 luxury RV.
The Porsche-designed front and rear caps along with the snazzy and classy metallic exterior paint job sets the stage for a truly spectacular motorhome. And with a price tag exceeding $1.6 million dollars, it had better be spectacular.
Video of the day
How to remove RV shower doors
By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, Ken and Pam (aka TheRoadSMITHS) remove the shower doors in their fifth wheel. The motivation for this project started with the need to lose some of the weight they are carrying on the road, but it turned out to have other benefits as well.
Finding the magic in unknown places, the reason we travel
By Emily Woodbury
There’s a special kind of magic that seems to rest in the air in the high California desert. I’ve felt a similar magic before, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but it had been a while and it was nice to be reminded of what it felt like. Continue reading about the magic Emily found in one of California’s most beautiful national parks.
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Easy tip to help back up the trailer
Trouble backing up your fifth wheel or travel trailer? You know that you need to turn the wheel the opposite direction of where you want the trailer tail to go, but training yourself is the hard part. Hold the steering wheel at the bottom with your hand – whichever way you move your hand when there, the trailer tail will follow.
On this day last year…
- RV Review: 2022 Shasta 20RB Travel Trailer
- Ask Dave: How can I restore my RV’s faded decals?
- Featured article: Service attendant overfills propane tank, RV almost goes up in flames
- Recipe: Crock Pot Smothered Chicken
Website of the day
The 39 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America
Think you’ve visited America’s prettiest Main Street? Well, see if it made the list!
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No way you won’t laugh at these! If you’re married or in a relationship, you’re going to relate!
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 2,000 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• In a typical year, 47 percent say they spend 30 or more consecutive days at one campground/RV park.
• 10 percent are so addicted to social media that it would be very hard for them to go without it.
• 10 percent admit to making serious mistakes when buying their current RV.
Recent poll: For couples: Are you or your partner a better driver?
Recipe of the Day
Steak Tips With Peppered Mushroom Gravy
by Ronda Krouch from Riverside, WY
The peppered mushroom gravy in these steak tips is creamy, savory, and filled with mushrooms. Thyme adds a pop of fresh flavor. Once the steak tips simmer, they’re tender and juicy. Serve over a bed of egg noodles for an easy and tasty dinner your entire family will enjoy.
Ever since Amazon launched its “Alexa” in 2014-2015, the name for baby girls has been dropping. In 2022, only 698 baby girls were named Alexa in the U.S., the lowest since 1986. If you have a daughter named Alexa, whose attention do you get when you call “Alexa”?
Why are marathons 26.219 miles? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Without having fur under our feet for two years, this little ball fell into our laps, err… fell into a 10″ iron skillet Mom had on the floor to measure before placing online for sale. No longer for sale. Lacey is still at Mom’s feet under the desk, even though she has outgrown HER skillet. (She’s one-half ‘sheet zoo.’)” —Kelly Best
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Handheld sewing machine is a must-have for RVers
This portable sewing machine is perfect for your RV. It fits in your hand for easy operation. Great for silks, denim, wool, leather, and to hem pants, jeans, hanging curtains and crafts, etc. It can repair drapes without taking them down, repair clothing without taking it off, and repair bedding without stripping the bed. It’s so neat you’ll want to buy one.
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The tip for backing a trailer is something my F.I.L., an OTR trucker, told me decades ago. Made backing and using the mirrors a piece of cake!
I couldn’t get over at how many of those “39 Most Beautiful Main Streets” that we have visited. The shot of San Marcos, TX looks just like the North side of the Square in Washington, IL. I had no idea how well traveled we must have been.
RV may be nice but really, $1.6 M, I didn’t like paying what we paid for either of our rigs. If paying that much, nothing better be wrong with it like it has been on both of ours. If any of you buy one, let me know why it may be worth it🤣
Financing available and a tax write off. Does that change your mind?
Ok, that does it!! I going to Vegas, then on to Florida to pick up my brand spankin new Newell Coach #1637 luxury RV. And the tank better be full! That’s a real beauty. WOWZERS!
NOT IF I GET THERE FIRST!!!
Wow! Can either of you loan me $100 for a tank of fuel?
🤣 Good one, Lil John. Have a good night. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com