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“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Tell a Joke Day! (Scroll down for our joke of the day.)
On this day in history: 1930 – The first color sound cartoon, “Fiddlesticks,” is released by Ub Iwerks.
Tip of the Day
Follow these important steps to protect your home while you’re gone RVing
By Gail Marsh
Most RVers can’t wait to get out on the open road. Thieves can’t wait for you to leave home, either! It’s estimated that a home burglary occurs every 18 seconds in the United States. That’s an alarming number! But thieves aren’t your only worry. What if a water leak develops? Or the HVAC system malfunctions and causes a fire? Here are a few tips for protecting your home while you’re gone RVing.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
My RV’s black tank valve used to trickle when taking cover off; now it gushes!
Whenever I dump the RV’s black water tank, usually a small amount comes out when I remove the cap. Because of this I carry a small bucket to catch the spillage. However, this last time when I removed the cap I was met with a flood of black water. Is there some way to clean the valve? I’m not even sure where the valve is, since the belly is covered. —Mike, 2020 Jayco Eagle 27.5
2024 KZ RV Sportsmen 231RK—A smaller 5er
By Tony Barthel
As I navigate my way from my home base of New Mexico to Indiana for the FROG rally, I keep seeing older, smaller fifth wheels in RV parks. This made me wonder why these are less common nowadays. With that in mind, I thought we’d gather ’round for a review of the 2024 KZ Sportsmen 231RK.
Measuring just 24’10” in overall length, I can see some shoppers comparing this to travel trailer offerings, which makes sense. When you think that about three feet of this rig would hang over the pickup truck, you would have a total vehicle length that’s shorter than many truck and travel trailer combinations.
In the RV shop with Dustin
RV water damage repair advice
Repairing water damage in an RV is essential to maintain its structural integrity and prevent further issues like mold and rot. Here are some general steps to guide you through the process of repairing water damage in an RV…
Video of the day
Easy RV plants: No soil, watering, or moving when traveling
By Cheri Sicard
Do you miss having plants in your RV? Robin Barrett of Creativity RV (one of our FAVORITE YouTube RV bloggers) has a solution in the video below. In it she talks about easy RV plants to spruce up your RV’s décor. They need no watering, they need no soil, and they stay put even while you move.
Video: Motorhome ripped apart, totaled, by low bridge
It gets old showing you videos of RVs that have had devastating encounters with low bridges. But we will keep showing them to help remind you to be careful and pay attention to bridges and tunnels along your route that will rip your rig apart if they dare try to pass through. Watch this heartbreaking video and weep!
On your phone, do you communicate more often by voice calls or text messages?
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We dare you to put this on your RV’s door. We bet people would think twice about knocking! We’d like to put up a security camera so we could watch people’s reactions. What do you think?
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Don’t use wheel chocks as speed bumps
Ray over at loveyourrv.com set out a list of “dumb things” he’s done. Here’s one many of us can relate to — and a suggestion to stop it. “I have a mental chock block. This became comical. I must have run over our first set of chocks five to six times and eventually lost one. With one squashed chock left, I sheepishly had to head to the RV parts store and buy a couple more. Next time out I ran over them! Finally I came up with a system that works for me. I use the two new chocks to secure the trailer then place the squashed one on the dashboard. Hey, whatever works.”
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On this day last year…
- RV Review: 2023 Palomino Columbus 375BH—Unique bunk and bath
- Ask Dave: There’s a crack near my RV’s fiberglass slide. How do I fix it?
- Video: What’s the best RV battery: lithium, lead or AGM?
- Featured article: Danger! Check your RV’s mattress for fiberglass! Yes, really!
Website of the day
The Best Seafood Regions in America
Is there anything better than a summer day paired with fish and chips? We don’t think so! This list from Rand McNally tells you about the best regions to eat seafood across the U.S.
Recipe of the Day
by Teena Mathis from Harlingen, TX
These stuffed peppers are moist, juicy, and delicious! They’d make an elegant presentation for a dinner party, but easy enough for a weeknight dinner. The beefy onion soup mix really elevates the flavor of the stuffing.
What U.S. state’s official mammal is extinct? If you guessed California, you’d be right. The California grizzly bear (the same bear on the California state flag) has been extinct for nearly a century. Starting around 1848, the California Gold Rush put a strain on the bear’s population, when they were hunted for their meat and fur. The last time a California grizzly was spotted was in the early 1920s.
*How long do mice live in the wild? How long do they live in a research lab? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“YumYum is getting the hang of RVing and has her own bunk. Loves her nip.” —Scott Zvirzdinis
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.
Book is a must-have for state park campers!
This book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The book is a beautiful visual journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history, or an enjoyable hike, the state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
How did the hamburger introduce his girlfriend? He said, “Everyone, meat Patty.”
(We know it’s a groaner, but it’s National Joke Day! What did you expect? Plus, it made us laugh!)
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Editor: Emily Woodbury
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