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On this day in history: 1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine.
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Tip of the Day
Tips for RVers when using Amazon and receiving packages
By Gail Marsh
I love shopping on Amazon! Not only am I able to snap up some incredible buys, but I can also shop on my own time—even if it’s in the middle of the night. That frees our days for traveling and exploring in our RV. Here are some Amazon tips and tricks for RVers.
Did you know that Amazon has an outlet store? It’s true. Click here to browse the most discounted items on Amazon. Clearance and overstock items come from every category and can save you up to 80%! Type “RV” into the search bar at the top of this special page and you’ll see dozens of deals for your rig. Regular prices are listed along with the clearance/overstock price, so you’ll see how much you’re saving.
Don’t forget to look at the drop menu on the left side of the page. This listing will help narrow your search if you’re looking for a specific item.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Does liquid weight in tanks factor into GVWR when sitting in a campground?
I know weight capacities have been addressed, but one question that I have never seen answered in my 36 years of RVing is this: Is the liquid in holding tanks counted against the GVWR when parked? It would when traveling, for sure. But when stationary on jacks or blocks, I’m not sure it needs to be. Thanks. —Dave, 2000 Southwind 34N
In the RV Shop with Dustin
Ways you can prevent RV fender skirt cracks
Prevent RV fender skirt cracks! Join Terry and me as we replace the fender skirts on this 2020 Grand Design Reflection. I’ll show you and explain why fender skirt cracking is so prevalent. The video shows you how we install fender skirts to prevent cracking.
Video of the day
A contractor’s RV advice for maintaining your RV
By Cheri Sicard
Jared Gillis from All About RVs (one of our readers’ all-time FAVORITE RV YouTube channels) used to be a contractor. He says when it comes to looking at RVs he just can’t turn his contractor’s brain off. So in the video below he shares some practical RV advice from a contractor’s perspective.
Important lessons learned from RVing apply to other parts of life too
By Nanci Dixon
Through the years of RVing and the last years full-timing, in particular, the one lesson I learned is to pack light and get rid of stuff. The saying goes, “One thing in means one thing out.” As we start to fill a dwelling again with all the necessary stuff of a stuck-to-the-ground house, I am impressed with how ingrained “keep it light” is. Every year in the RV we pull everything out and if we aren’t using it, well, out it goes. Or at least that is the idea… Read more.
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Tilted dump station? Level up the playing field
You’d think you’ve seen everything until you get to the dump station where the pavement is tilted off and away from the dump port. How will you ever get all the stuff out of your holding tanks if it’s cowering on the opposite side of the tank? If your rig is equipped with leveling jacks, it’s time for manual deployment. Gently set down the appropriate pad(s) and lift your rig up to overcome the effects of gravity.
Website of the day
America’s Eeriest Gold Rush Ghost Towns
If you’re a ghost town lover, or a lover of American history, check out this list from Love Exploring.
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Recipe of the Day
Sam’s Panko Crusted Fried Shrimp with Tartar Sauce
by Sammie Allen from Salisbury, NC
Easy to prepare, this fried shrimp could be a light meal or a snack. The batter coats the shrimp wonderfully. Once fried to a golden brown, the batter is crunchy with the perfectly cooked shrimp inside. Don’t skimp on the sprinkle of salt once everything is fried. The balance of flavors in the homemade tartar sauce is spot on. Perfect for dipping the fried shrimp.
Did you know that a group of flamingos is called a “flamboyance”? This is because of their distinctive bright pink color and their elaborate courtship displays, which involve synchronized wing-flapping and group marching.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“If we are traveling, they are with us. The big one, Cadeau (French for gift), chose this place the first time that she traveled and the passenger seat was occupied. The smaller has been with us for a few years. They are both rescues. Cadeau as far as we can tell is a Rottweiler/ Labrador mix and she is getting to show her 12 years. The little one is Minnie (how original, but it fits). She has a Doxy face and very long legs. She loves to run. The red harnesses are for traveling. When those come out, the girls know why. Each of these harnesses has a tag on the back that has a description of the coach and my cell phone number. Twice, now, this has been a very good thing.” —Matthew Colie
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In the article regarding off-camber dump stations I’d like to have seen a distinction made between “leveling jacks” and “stabilizer jacks”, the latter of which shouldn’t be used to lift any part of the RV.
Thought of the day is excellent! Thank you.
I do try not to be picky, but it is hard to see any thoughts from Hunter Thompson given credence. A man who was a druggie, sexually assaulted a woman, generally lived to please himself, and ended his life in suicide is not a person whose perspective I can respect.
Couldn’t agree more. Worse yet. Have you ever tried to read anything he wrote? Just not worth the effort.
Thank you. Kind of brings some context and irony when answering the question posed in that quote.
Not in my inbox today but I did find it on your site.
Thanks, Jim and T. We apologize that there was a glitch in scheduling the email alert, but we’re glad you found the newsletter on our site. Take care. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com
Just fixed another poor assembly issue. The shelf under the kitchen sink was only secured with pin staples. The stuff stored there didn’t fill it or weigh all that much. Obviously it was still too much for the staples as they pulled free and the shelf tipped. This construction wouldn’t work in a stationary house let alone a bouncing trailer. Only a few appropriately placed screws should do a far better job than the roughly 100 thin smooth shaft staples. Doubt it would have taken much if any more time to do it right at the factory, nor cost any more.
In my current rv the staples penetrated the trim only about 3/1’6 of an inch. All had to be redone. Had the engineers specified a 1/4 longer staple it might have eliminated a costly repair
Not in my inbox or spam today. Went to your site for today’s newsletter.
Sorry, Glenn, and everyone else. There was a glitch with scheduling the email alert today. It’s been sent out. We apologize for the delay. 😥 –Diane at RVtravel.com
No apology necessary. Things happen. Just wanted to give you a heads up. Thanks again for all you do! 👍
Thank you very much, Glenn, for your patience and understanding and for your heads up. All are much appreciated!👍 Have a great day. 😀 -Diane
No problem. By the time I got up and going, the newsletter was there to read with my first cup of coffee this morning!
Thanks, Herman. I’m glad you got your newsletter in time.👍 I jumped in and fixed the issue as soon as I learned about it, and even before I brushed my teeth. Boy, was I glad when I could get back in the bathroom and get my teeth brushed, etc.! OY!😬 Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com
Leave here with a laugh was great. The attorneys for the bugs are called blood suckers.
Hahaha. 2 laughs for the price of 1.
You know what goes through a bugs mind when he hits your windshield?…..
“I won’t have the guts to do that again!” Lol