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On this day in history: 1942: The Pledge of Allegiance is formally adopted by the U.S. Congress.
Tip of the Day
Using ketchup to clean your RV’s BBQ grill, plus other tips to keep it like new
By Gail Marsh
Everyone loves to use it, but very few of us like to clean it. What is it? A BBQ grill. This trusty workhorse helps RVers enjoy yummy burgers, steaks, and hotdogs all season long. And that’s exactly why we all need some tips, tricks, and hacks to easily clean our RV’s BBQ grill.
Clean grills are good grills
Even a top grill master can have trouble cooking on a dirty gas grill. Excess carbon deposits, burned-on food, and grease buildup all can cause a grill to heat unevenly. And no one wants to taste last night’s grilled fish when they bite into today’s veggie shish kabobs.
Experts advise that grill owners thoroughly clean their propane grills at least twice a year. (Clean even more often if you notice grime building up on your grill grates.) The first cleaning should happen before you grill the first burger of the grilling season. If your grill has spent the winter in the RV’s basement, it might have cobwebs, dust, and even mouse droppings inside. Nobody wants that kind of “seasoning” on their meat, so get it cleaned up!
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
It’s 89 out and my RV’s air conditioner only “cools” it to 86. Help!
My air conditioner is working and blowing cold air but can’t keep up with outside temperatures. Both compressors seem to be working. I just had the Freon checked and that’s good. We are camping now, and the outside temperature got to 89 and the thermostat in the camper said 86. The unit didn’t turn off all day until about 10:00 at night, when the outside temperature dropped. I’ve also changed filters and cleaned the condenser. Any suggestions? —Tim, 2006 Winnebago Adventurer 37
Tour the 2024 Big Buggy travel trailer by Modern Buggy
By Cheri Sicard
The team from Princess Craft RV is here to give us a tour of a unique tiny trailer, the 2024 Big Buggy by Modern Buggy.
The trailer in the video sports an elaborate mountainside scene exterior. I personally kind of like it, but there are lots of other exterior colors and design choices should your taste be more subdued.
The inside appears larger and more roomy than possible in such a small trailer. It’s partly the light-colored décor, but it’s also an unusual floor plan.
Video of the day
RV pet care: 7 OTC medicines that are safe for dogs
By Cheri Sicard
There is nothing so heartbreaking as watching a beloved dog suffer when ill. But sometimes, depending on where your travels take you, it might be difficult to get to a vet. In the video below, Dr. Andrew Jones from the Veterinary Secrets YouTube channel shares seven over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that are safe for dogs.
Even if you are close to a vet, trying an OTC medicine first, if the condition isn’t serious, might even save you an expensive trip to the vet.
Life lessons in cleaning toilets. What years as a work camper have taught me…
By Nanci Dixon
My husband and I have come to the end of our six-year run as work campers (volunteers) at a regional park in Arizona. I have learned more than I thought possible. It has been wonderful, though sometimes trying and definitely hot. It’s been stinky and dirty at times, but I have learned a whole lot during our time as work campers. … Continue reading this very open and honest account.
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High altitude generator woes
When operating your generator at altitudes above 5,000 feet, it may be necessary to make an adjustment to the automatic choke on the generator engine. Learn how to do this before you need to do it. —From Trailers and Fifth Wheels Made Easy.
On this day last year…
- RV Review: 2022 Lance 1995 Travel Trailer—worth it
- Ask Dave: Should vinyl plank flooring in RV be glued down?
- Featured article: RV jacks won’t retract? Try this
- Recipe: Stuffed Green Peppers
You didn’t miss yesterday’s brand-new Full-Time RVer newsletter, did you? We sure hope not! Read the latest issue here.
Website of the day
Travel Montana Now
There’s a whole lot more to Montana than Yellowstone! Check out this website for other things to do in beautiful Montana.
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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:
• 20 percent say they never get headaches and can’t remember the last time they had one.
• 40 percent love to dance!
• 35 percent have a current fishing license.
Recent poll: Do you like your first name?
Recipe of the Day
by Hidemi Walsh from Plainfield, IN
Hidemi turned shrimp cocktail into one amazing sandwich! I was expecting the cocktail sauce to have a lot of heat, but it did not. There’s some spice, but it adds to the flavor of the sandwich. Avocado and fresh mozzarella added different textures. The basil/olive oil mixture adds the last pop of flavor. This is delicious!
Yesterday’s poll asked you about visiting hot springs and that got us to wondering… How many hot springs are in the United States? According to themanual.com, there are 1,161 known hot springs in the U.S. According to tophotsprings.com, Idaho has 130 hot springs, the most of any state.
*Where’s the “Tower Tree” and what’s so special about it? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Ranger is always up for play, especially when he hears a squeak from his toys. Cricket loves her stuffed monkey. Together with my husband and me, they love to go on adventures and never meet a stranger.” —Julie Lawson
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!
• RVing with Dogs group on Facebook. You’ll love it.
Test the RV park water before you drink it!
How pure is the water at the RV park you just entered? Is it pure enough to drink or full of contaminants? This TDS meter provides an inexpensive and convenient way to instantly check your overall water quality. Don’t risk drinking bad water! Use this hand-held device to check the condition of your water filter, too. Every RVer should have one of these! Learn more or order.
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