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Tip of the Day
Use your hair dryer these 13 surprisingly helpful ways while RVing
By Gail Marsh
Of course, you use it to dry and perhaps style your hair, but did you know that there are many unusual, but handy uses for your hair dryer while RVing? It’s true! Read on and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about (even though it’s hard to believe!).
Defrost RV fridge
If I’m short on time, I use the hair dryer to help defrost our RV’s refrigerator. I’m careful not to use the hottest setting and to keep moving the dryer so as not to overheat and damage the plastic interior panels. The warm air quickly melts the ice buildup, and the job is finished in no time.
Separate frozen foods
A hairdryer can help separate steaks that have become tightly frozen together. Blow warm air on the meat just long enough for them to become unstuck. Once separated, the meat will thaw much more quickly.
Defog RV bathroom mirror
Our RV’s bathroom is small. When someone showers—even quickly—the bathroom mirror fogs over. My husband used to wipe the mirror with a towel, but now? We use the hair dryer to remove the “fog” from the mirror. A quick burst of warm air and the view is restored—with no streaks or smears.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
My RV needs a new roof. What are the pros and cons of PVC vs. TPO?
I have to get a new roof on my RV, scheduled for September. The RVgeeks recently did an article on TPO (what I have) and EPDM roofing, describing the pros and cons. My guy wants to use PVC. What are the pros and cons for this roofing material? —Jim, 1999 Fleetwood Discovery 36T
Grand Design Momentum 25G toy hauler review—a mostly grand design
By Tony Barthel
Today’s review is of the Grand Design Momentum 25G toy hauler. I’m not sure who would be better suited to this RV—someone who is looking to haul some toys of some sort or someone who loves boondocking and just wants a solid travel trailer. Then there’s someone who loves crafting and needs some space, and this could also be a good rolling office.
Whatever the case, this is a fairly large trailer but with some outstanding features and a layout that could serve you very well. But the most important thing is a feature exclusive to Grand Design. For now.
In the RV shop with Dustin
RV roof damage assessment, maintenance and repairs
Join me in the video below as I hop up on the roof of a 2021 Grand Design Reflection. During the inspection, we found a torn roof and some minor areas that need some attention.
If you’re dealing with RV roof damage due to a fallen tree or because of an RV collision, here are some steps to consider…
Video of the day
Flash flood safety tips: How to survive a flash flood
By Cheri Sicard
With all the recent flooding going on around the country, the video below from “ABC News” and “Good Morning America” about flash flood safety and how to escape a flash flood seems especially apropos. Do you know what to do should you ever be caught in a flash flood situation on the road or while camping?
Visit Wedding Row in Las Vegas!
In 2021, on average about 230 couples got married every day in Las Vegas, the “Marriage Capital of the World.” The town’s many chapels are now officially honored with banners flying on light poles proclaiming “Wedding Row.” Vegas visitors will get a kick just driving by these shrines to marriage, maybe even stopping to renew their vows. Read all about it.
Are you doing anything special for Labor Day today?
By Bob “BoondockBob” Difley
If you plan on boondocking in one of BLM’s Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) this winter, be especially sensitive to your neighbors when you set up camp. If you plan on running your generator a lot (because you don’t have solar panels or a wind turbine), park far enough away from others so the frequent running of the generator doesn’t impact their solitude. Many boondockers like peace and quiet, and not the drone of a generator. Or look for others who have their generators running and park near them since a running generator will be less offensive to those who are already running theirs. You can find Bob Difley’s e-books on boondocking on Amazon Kindle.
Website of the day
History.com: Labor Day 2023
How much do you really know about Labor Day? This page on History.com tells you facts, the meaning behind the day, and its founding. It’s fascinating!
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Even though this is funny, it actually holds some very important weight. It would be good to put on your desk or hang on your fridge.
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Recipe of the Day
by Tara Pacheco from Fall River, MA
A refreshing twist on sangria. We loved the tart flavor hibiscus tea gives the cocktail. With the blueberry juice not being overly sweet, it’s a great complement to the sweeter Riesling. This will be great at your BBQ and pool parties.
The Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb, burning since 1901, and almost never switched off. It is at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Due to its longevity, the bulb has been noted by The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and General Electric.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Ruger, the brown one, now 14, is happy to have his little sidekick, Asti, black, white and gold (as in Spumante, a very bubbly personality). They love traveling and living in the RV with their pack always close by. Asti keeps Ruger young by insisting that he play with her some each day. They snuggle together in Ruger’s bed while we travel.” —Joni Weed
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It’s Labor Day today, but be patriotic year-round!
If you’re going to be patriotic, why not do so with an American flag made out of motorhomes? How cool is this shirt? It comes in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes, so you can match with the whole family. And it’s 100% cotton so you know it will be soft! This is so neat! Get one for yourself here.
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Too funny! Thanks for sending, Tom C.!
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Editor: Emily Woodbury
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