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“Quite often, while I’m getting up in the morning, I think my warranty is running out on these body parts because it’s not working quite the way it used to.” —John Glenn
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chicken And Waffles Day.
On this day in history: Oct. 20, 1882 – Actor Bela Lugosi—who was famous for his sinister portrayal of the elegantly mannered vampire Count Dracula—was born in Hungary.
Tip of the Day
Will “decision fatigue” stop your RV adventure? Don’t let it!
By Gail Marsh
Just what is “decision fatigue” and how might it stop your RV adventure? Let’s find out!
I was surprised to learn that decision fatigue is a psychological term that’s been in use since 2011—and there’s a very good chance this phenomenon occurred well before a name was even assigned to it. So, what is it?
Psychologists define the term “decision fatigue” as a phenomenon rather than a diagnosable medical condition. Decision fatigue can happen when the more decisions a person makes over a day, the more physically, mentally and emotionally depleted they become. In simple terms, you feel worn out because you’ve had to make so many decisions. Not only will decision fatigue physically, emotionally, and mentally tire you, the quality of your decisions may deteriorate, as well.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”
My on-demand water heater has no bypass or drain. Can I use RV antifreeze in it?
I have an Intertek tankless water heater on my 5th wheel camper. We live in the Midwest and have very cold winters. There is no place to drain what little water is in it and no bypass valve either. Is it all right to run RV antifreeze through it? —Dave, 2023 Keystone Cougar 23MLE
RVers who carry a firearm should pack this along to save them from trouble
The 2023 edition of the annual Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States covers all the basics for armed travel. What is legal in one state could be a felony in another. This book should be used as a reference before entering a new state so you know what to expect as you approach. Clear writing gives you the basics for every state. Plus, each state is rated for its relative freedom, based on its gun laws, from zero to 100. Read more about the book here.
Beginning in November, we will report the news daily
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In the RV Shop with Dustin
Check your exterior RV refrigerator vent door latch
By Dustin Simpson
Video of the day
RV Grilling: How to save more than $80 on ribeye steaks
By Cheri Sicard
There’s nothing like a great steak. And if you are an RVer, there’s nothing like a great steak RV dinner or party whether you cook those steaks over an open flame, or use your cast iron skillet, but good steaks have gotten mighty pricey. In the video below, the Butcher Wizard on YouTube shows you how to save $80 or more on ribeye steaks. The secret?
Visiting the Airstream Heritage Center and taking the Airstream factory tour
Airstream trailers are known the world over for their high quality and sleek designs. But did you know that every Airstream anywhere in the world is made in a small town in Ohio? It’s true. Jackson Center, Ohio, population 1,500, is the home base, or the “Mothership” as the folks at Airstream like to call it, for all Airstream production. Learn all about Airstreams, the Heritage Center, the factory, and some Airstream oddities here.
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Bring your bedroom slide-out in at night
Here’s a double-header sleeping solution for folks with bedroom slide-outs. Bill and Wanda K. tell us they roll their slide-out in at night (when necessary) to reduce traffic noise – and if the weather is exceptionally cold. Either way, it dampens the noise factor and reduces the need for heat. Thanks, folks!
On this day last year…
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Website of the day
How to Make Cocktails While Camping
If you’re not already a camping mixologist, check out this great guide on how to make cocktails while you camp. At the bottom are some delicious-sounding cocktail recipes!
Recipe of the Day
by Bonnie Roberts from Lewiston, ID
This pizza has all the favorite breakfast fixings on a pizza. The crust is loaded with sausage, bacon, and hash browns. Then, it’s topped with eggs and cheese. Once baked, it’s perfection. Great for breakfast or brunch. This breakfast pizza will be a hit in your house.
The first ready-mix food which was sold commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour. It was invented in 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
*Where does the term “freelancer” come from? Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our little land shark, Belvedere (Mini Labradoodle), loves to go camping! He will sit for hours and watch the squirrels. As you can tell in the photo. Lol.” —Terry Graham
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!
Pet owners: Here are a few excellent resources to find a veterinarian while on the road. Keep this handy!
3-in-1 NOAA radio, flashlight and phone charger must-have for RVers
This emergency hand-crank radio is a necessity for RVers. Keep it somewhere safe—you never know when it will come in handy. The 3-in-1 radio is also a bright LED flashlight and a smartphone charger. The radio can be charged via solar charging, hand cranking or a USB plug. You’ll want to buy one here.
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