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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Sour Candy Day!
On this day in history: 1914 – The U.S. Congress forms the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving official status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time.
Tip of the Day
What’s ready to fall off your RV?
By Dave Helgeson
What’s ready to fall off your RV? More specifically, what is ready to fall off from under your RV?
A couple of recent summers we set out with our RVing friends for an extended RV trek. Both trips almost ended as soon as they started.
During the summer of 2020, we were on our way to boondock and explore the Blue Mountains of Northeast Oregon. After spending one night in transit to our first destination, we pulled off at a rest area near La Grande, Oregon. We needed to dump our holding tanks and fill our freshwater tanks to the brim as we would be boondocking for days on end. Upon filling my freshwater tank to overflowing, I pulled up and parked off the side of the road so our friends could do the same. That’s when I noticed the torrent of water pouring from underneath my travel trailer.
WATCH LIVE THIS EVENING!
Curtis Coleman, a candidate for president of FMCA, will be interviewed this evening, July 18, at 6 p.m. Pacific time (9 p.m., Eastern), by RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury. Gary Milner, the other candidate, declined to participate in what was intended as a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Watch the live one-hour show on Facebook or YouTube. Ask Curtis questions via written chat or just lurk and hear what he has planned for America’s largest non-profit RV club, which is facing the biggest challenges in its history.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
What can I do to restore faded fiberglass and damaged RV decals?
The finish on my RV has lost all its luster and the decals are all damaged. What product can I use to get the luster back? Also, the manufacturer no longer has my particular RV decals. Any suggestions on how I might get a new set? —David, 2015 Thor Chateau
First look: 2024 Jayco Redhawk 29XK Class C Motorhome
By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, Mike Drudge from Vogt RV is going to give us a first-look tour of the all-new 2024 Jayco Redhawk 29XK class C motorhome, a good option for families, especially.
Sporting a modern farmhouse décor, the dinette and the sofa are both inside the slide, which gives this coach lots of interior space.
I especially love the enormous pass-through storage area in the back. It’s big enough to store a bunch of bikes or other toys. Heck, it’s big enough to be an extra bedroom!
Video of the day
Simple and ingenious: Secret DIY RV storage solution
By Cheri Sicard
Jared Gillis from All About RVs was having a problem finding a convenient place to store his RV’s tank dumping accessories. They did not fit in the tubes under the RV meant to hold the black water hose. He had them tossed in a plastic bag and stashed in his RV’s underbelly, but found this less than ideal. So Jared came up with a simple hidden DIY RV storage solution.
Ghost Town Trails – Tunnel Camp, Nevada
By Dave Helgeson
Tunnel Camp, Nevada, is the featured ghost town in this month’s installment of Ghost Town Trails. It is located a day or two drive north from last month’s visit to Bonnie Claire. Tunnel Camp came into existence in late 1926 to support the digging of a nearly two-mile-long “deep” tunnel to connect with the mines in nearby Seven Troughs. Continue reading Tunnel Camp’s interesting history.
NEW FACEBOOK GROUP: The RV Prospector: Gold prospecting for fun or profit on the RV road.
Towable owners: What type of vehicle do you tow with?
Campground etiquette: Tiptoe as you come and go
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
When staying in a campground, our rule is that we check out no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and check-in no later 4:00 p.m. Not only is that to satisfy our own travel limitations but also to be respectful of our neighbors. We realize not everyone has the same schedule, but that shouldn’t negate respecting your fellow RVers.
If you arrive or depart during quiet hours (usually 10:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.), try to do it quickly and quietly. Curtail setting up until the morning after or packing up the night before. Again, allowing your diesel engines to run for more than a few minutes will surely score no points with your neighbors.
Oh, and campgrounds, RV parks and resorts have arrival and departure times for a reason. Don’t make incoming RVers or campers wait for their site because of your poor planning. Likewise, do not arrive before check-in time unless you’ve made prior arrangements with the RV park or campground.
On this day last year…
- Tip: Maintaining your rig: Conduct an RV exterior evaluation
- RV Review: 2022 Jayco Jay Flight SLX8 240RBS travel trailer
- Ask Dave: There’s a crack in my RV’s shower floor. How do I fix it?
- Video: Paging George Jetson: Touring the world’s most futuristic RV
- Featured article: Full-timer pleads, “PLEASE don’t buy me anything!”
- Recipe: Tri-Color Spinach And Artichoke Mac And Cheese
Website of the day
The Best State Fair in all 50 States
We like this list from Reader’s Digest because it tells you a little bit of history, too, along with the best state fair in each state. Get ready, you’ll want to go to a fair after reading this!
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And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 2,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 16 percent say a sewer hose or valve has broken or malfunctioned while they were dumping. Yikes!
• Another 16 percent say they eat eggs every day or almost every day for breakfast.
• 64 percent think the condition of our interstates today is worse than it was 20 years ago.
Recent poll: How old are you?
Recipe of the Day
by Grace Pulley from Gillette, WY
Love the flavors of chicken cordon bleu but not the work? Then this casserole is for you. It’s filled with chicken cordon bleu flavors, but it’s an easy-to-put-together dinner. There’s tang from the Dijon, a bit of smoky flavor from the ham, and it’s filled with chicken. Thanks to the cream of chicken soup and Swiss cheese, it’s super creamy. On top, the Panko/butter mixture forms a tasty little crust. This is very filling so you won’t need any sides. An easy dinner casserole.
Most fans never realized it, but listen again. The theme song, “Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs,” of the beloved TV show “Frasier” (1993-2004), was sung by the show’s main star himself, Kelsey Grammar. Listen here and you’ll say, “Oooooh, yeah!”
*Do all mosquitoes bite and suck blood? Nope, there’s a certain “someone” who doesn’t bite… Learn more in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Sweet Pea (Olde English Bulldogge) loves to go camping and hiking. Today was too much for poor Pea; she was a tired pup.” —Daniel Kalm
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.
Your hands won’t be tired or in pain with this caulking gun
Completing repairs and maintenance is a whole lot easier when you have the right tools on hand. Reseal your RV with the BEST caulking gun! This one is favored by RV technicians. If you’ve ever had to reseal any part of your RV, you know how tired your hand gets. This relieves that hand pain and makes the job easy. Learn more in this article, or buy one here.
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