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On this day in history: 1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind,” one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published. Did you know that Mitchell did not write the book from front to back, but in random chapters and then stitched them together later to form the book? True!
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Tip of the Day
You replaced your RV dinette with what?!
By Gail Marsh
Remember the days when teens tried to see how many people could fit inside a phone booth? (Gosh! Do you even remember phone booths?!) Back then, the goal was to set a world record. (I think.) “How many people can comfortably fit around your RV’s dinette table?” was the topic of an RVtravel.com poll. (You can see the poll results in this article.)
Just like squeezing folks together in a phone booth, it’s certainly possible to squish a family of four into an RV dinette, but that doesn’t mean they can actually eat a meal there. Or even enjoy a hand-held snack, for that matter—at least not “comfortably” in our dinette. And I know we’re not alone. Comments from RVers who took our poll demonstrate why so many folks are removing their RV dinettes and replacing them with … well, other things that make more sense.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Can my RV’s air conditioner filter out wildfire smoke?
We are planning to replace the air conditioner on our class B Sprinter Leisure Travel van. My question is: To what extent will an RV air conditioner help to filter out wildfire smoke? It seems to me that the air conditioner would need to be able to have a recirculation mode and a fresh air intake mode. Is there a clear choice out there for one that does a better job than others in keeping the interior relatively smoke-free? Thank you so much for your help with this. —Leslie
In the RV shop with Dustin
Inverter vs. converter – What’s the difference?
In this video, Dustin and Zach discuss RV electricity basics—specifically, the difference between an inverter vs. a converter. They also cover what items run off of 12 volts (DC) and what items run off of 110 volts (AC). Knowing the difference will not only help you manage your RV electricity, but can help you troubleshoot problems when you are out on the road.
Video of the day
Every dog owner should know these 5 signs of heat stroke in dogs
By Cheri Sicard
As the weather heats up, we humans are not the only ones to feel its effects. If you are a pup parent, it’s important to know the five signs of heat stroke in a dog. The team from McCann Dog Training is here to help in the video below. They reached out to Dr. Alex Avery of the Our Pets YouTube channel to get his expert opinion.
How to be an RVer and still pursue your hobby
By Gail Marsh
Can you travel in an RV and still pursue your favorite hobby? I didn’t used to think so. But now I know better! My husband has many hobbies. … The best part? My husband can pursue many of his hobbies as we travel in our RV all around the country. I used to envy Hubby. “So many hobbies. So little time.” That seemed to be his motto. And then there’s me. … Find out how Gail learned to travel without giving up her hobbies here. Do you have some tips to offer on your hobbies while RVing?
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Trailer tow ball height
If your tow vehicle is too low or too high, the trailer weight isn’t distributed evenly on the axles, which can lead to damage. Adjust the height of your tow ball so that the trailer is level when hitched to the tow vehicle and on level ground. Your trailer axles will love it, and so will you—much easier walking about in a level rig.
On this day last year…
- Tip: Sparkling clean RV window screens without water
- RV Review: ATC Game Changer PRO 4023 fifth wheel—appropriately named
- Ask Dave: Why are many RV ovens so tiny?
- Recipe: Steak-n-Cheese Stuffed Biscuits
Website of the day
The 30 Best Drive-In Movie Theaters in America
Drive-in theaters have made a comeback! And hey, who says you can’t park your RV in the back row (well, maybe some theaters have rules against it… but not all of them!). And if you happen to be in the Midwest, here are the best ones.
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Forget the view out the front dash, you’re going to want to sit in the back with this! This is great (and we’re so happy to be learning about it now instead of later!)
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Recipe of the Day
by Shery Adams from San Antonio, TX
Fresh strawberries make this easy cobbler wonderful. It’s a light and refreshing summer dessert. The crust is sweet and crunchy. When combined with the macerated strawberries, it’s a wonderful bite. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a simple strawberry dessert.
Want to know how big your brain is? Make a fist with each hand, then put them together, knuckle to knuckle. That’s the size of your brain. It weighs about 3 pounds.
*What machine is in the secret laboratory beneath Paris’ Louvre Museum and what does it do? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“While helping our friend on his ranch in Tombstone, Arizona, a cat appeared and was in dire straits of needing medical help. He was lucky he found his way onto the ranch because of the coyotes and javelina that roam this area in packs. He was emaciated, had a broken leg, fever, and a severe urinary tract infection. The vet said he just had several days of life left in him. After surgery and several weeks of rehabilitation, medicines and loving care, he became our travel cat. He gives us a lot of love and affection and walks on a leash and harness. Cowboy goes to work with me every day as I do my ranch chores. He loves to ride in the ranch’s Kawasaki Mule. He loves to be vacuumed too!” —Angela Klinger
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• RVing with Dogs group on Facebook. You’ll love it.
Here’s everything to do if you lose your pet. This is an excellent resource!
Make sure to have this First Alert EZ Fire Spray in your RV
The First Alert EZ Fire Spray portable fire extinguisher is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth and is biodegradable. Learn more or order.
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