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Tip of the Day
Tips and gadgets to make RV laundry day easier
By Gail Marsh
Laundry isn’t my favorite thing to do in our stix-n-brix home. So, doing laundry during RV trips seems especially daunting.
For several years we didn’t have an RV washer or dryer. That meant schlepping our dirty duds to the campground’s laundry room, settling in to wait for an available machine, and then flipping through outdated magazines while waiting for the laundry to finish. Even now that we have a washer and dryer on board, I’ve continued my search for tips to make camp laundry day easier. Here are a few products and ideas that bring a bit of joy to an otherwise less-than-exciting activity.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
Conflicting articles on whether or not to get on RV roof. Which is it?
I see frequent answers that include the term “get on the roof” to find and/or fix a problem. It appears that one should get on the roof fairly regularly to inspect and fix the seals around various equipment. I have read that one should not ever get on the roof because it could damage the roof. I have also read that if the camper/trailer has a ladder, the manufacturer has built the roof to support a person. Is this true? My trailer does not have a ladder, but the camper does. I am capable of getting on the roof and have done so a few times to put the trailer cover on. How do I know whether the roof can support my 160 lbs.? What do I need to be careful of, other than not falling off? —Toni, 2006 Keystone Springdale 20′ trailer, and 2006 Snow River 810 pickup camper
Vengeance Rogue Armored 373 BS13 toy hauler with a patriotic theme
By Tony Barthel
There were a lot of RVs on display at the 2023 FROG International Rally, but one that got a lot of attention was the Vengeance Rogue Armored 373 BS13 toy hauler. This is a huge toy hauler that features a garage area that’s closed off from the rest of the trailer, which could be a good thing if you carry stinky machines and don’t want your rig to smell like gasoline alley.
The model on display was part of a special edition that supports an organization called Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to families of America’s fallen or disabled military and first responders.
In the RV shop with Dustin
A step-by-step guide to checking and cleaning your RV appliances
Regularly checking and cleaning the appliances in your RV is essential for their proper functioning, efficiency, and your overall comfort during your travels. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to check and clean some of your RV appliances…
Video of the day
How to use a multimeter for RVers
By Cheri Sicard
The team from Love your RV & Boat has produced a handy video that shows RVers how to use a multimeter. This inexpensive little tool is a must for your RV toolbox. On the advice of RV repair guru Dave Solberg, I picked one up from Harbor Freight for under six bucks. I then looked for a video on how to use it. Before I could get to it, Dave called me up and walked me through the process of using the tool to diagnose a battery issue I was having.
OK, I didn’t need the video. That time. But I still wanted to understand what this tool does.
RVer warns: Motorized toys can be hazardous. Be safe in campgrounds
By Gail Marsh
It used to be that kids fished or played baseball during campouts. Recently, a fellow RVer, R.J., lamented that those days are long gone. “Whatever happened to regular ol’ bicycles?” he wonders. “The new ride-on toys are just too fast for a campground. Too many kids don’t know how to safely ride them.” I understand R.J.’s concern. Motorized toys can be hazardous when not used properly. Especially in a crowded campground. Read important safety tips here.
How important is an electric hookup in choosing where to stay for a few nights or more?
Headed to Canada?
For detailed information on road conditions throughout Canada, as well as links to provincial government websites, visit the Transport Canada website or the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) website. The CAA honors American Automobile Association (AAA) memberships. U.S. driver’s licenses are valid for visitors in Canada. Proof of auto insurance is required. U.S. auto insurance is accepted for tourists in Canada. It is illegal to take automobile radar detectors into Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, the Yukon or the Northwest Territories regardless of whether or not they are used.
Website of the day
We always seem to have outer space on our minds, but we think you’ll find this website pretty neat too. On it, you’ll find news and information about the weather in outer space. It’s a fun website to explore.
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The description for this product reads, “Not intended for those who do not like fun, or laughing, or parties, or cards, or Moose, especially Moose.” So, in other words, if you’re incredibly boring and don’t like one of the world’s coolest animals… don’t click here.
Recipe of the Day
by Gina Collier from Shelbyville, TN
These cookie bars are fantastic! The bananas with chocolate and peanut butter is a great flavor combination. And, the banana-flavored crust is a great idea. We loved the different textures in the bars and can’t wait to make these again.
If you ever find yourself in New York City, hop on the local 6 train downtown (the subway) and stay on after the last stop. The train loops around to go back uptown, but before doing so goes through the beautiful old, and now abandoned, City Hall station. As soon as the doors close at the last stop, stand up and press your face up against a window on your right side and watch the station go by. It’s neat! Here’s more info about it (scroll down).
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Skye, a Wire Hair Fox Terrier. We rescued her. Lots of training and lots of fun.” —Connie Rubright
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.
A thing that does all things!
This large silicone pad can be used in your microwave under hot bowls to pick them up, or on top of a dish as a splatter guard, on your table as a hot plate, a drying rack, or even as a jar opener. When it gets messy just toss it in the sink for a wash, or even put it in the dishwasher. An affordable price on Amazon makes it a great deal. Talk about a great multi-tasking gadget for your RV (or home) kitchen.
Leave here with a laugh
Chuck and Emily recently watched this video together and couldn’t stop cracking up (and quoting it for hours!). She is so talented (and funny)! Be warned though: There are some “bad words” in it.
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Editor: Emily Woodbury
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