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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is the Marine Corps’ 248th birthday! Happy Birthday, Marines! [“Si vis pacem, para bellum.” If you desire peace, prepare for war. Oorah!]
On this day in history: 1775 – The United States Marine Corps is founded at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia by Samuel Nicholas. We salute our readers who served (or currently serve) in the Marines. Here’s The Marines’ Hymn (recorded in 1942).
Tip of the Day
Don’t trip the breaker. Colored sticker dots save the day
One of our longtime readers sent this in and we think it’s a great quick tip. Here’s what George has to say:
“Take small colored sticker dots and put one on each outlet that corresponds in color to a dot placed on a breaker in your electrical panel…
My RV’s roof needs replacing. The service center recommends aluminum. Your thoughts?
I had a tree fall on my trailer which will require roof and some rafter replacement. The repair company I will be using to replace the roof is a long-time repair/RV manufacturer. They offer a seamless aluminum roof for an additional $300–$400. They claim there will be minimal weight difference between the aluminum and TPO, but with a longer lifetime and higher damage resistance. Do you have any thoughts as to which product might work the best? —Norm, 2019 Grand Design Imagine 2150RB
Video of the day
Brilliant or wacky? Rooftop tent mounted to trailer!
By Cheri Sicard
Here is an interesting rooftop tent idea from New Jersey Outdoor Adventures that might seem wacky but just might be totally brilliant. As we discussed in an earlier video, there are a number of disadvantages to rooftop-mount tents for camping, and this idea eliminates nearly all of them!
The YouTube short video [20 seconds!] offers a few advantages for mounting a rooftop tent on a tow-behind trailer, and I can think of a few more.
Ghost Town Trails: Greenhorn—Oregon’s smallest incorporated city
Greenhorn, Oregon, is the featured ghost town in this month’s installment of Ghost Town Trails. … Gold was first discovered in 1864 on Olive Creek, leading to the formation of a community known as Robinsonville. Greenhorn was settled shortly afterwards, a short distance to the southwest of Robinsonville. When Robinsonville burned to the ground in 1898, Greenhorn became the supply hub of mining in the area. The town was incorporated as a city in 1903. Continue reading about Oregon’s “smallest [just how small is it?] and highest incorporated city in Oregon.”
Doctor’s order: Coffee!
This coffee mug is hilarious! It’s perfect for yourself or the coffee-lover in your life who just cannot live without coffee. This high-quality mug is made from ceramic and painted to look like a prescription pill bottle – it’s just what the doctor ordered! You can’t order this from a barista, but you can order one here.
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Do you have a crock pot/slow cooker?
A deduction regarding induction (cooking)
In response to a tip on how to keep the inside of your RV cool when needing to cook in a pan or skillet, Rob S. puts in his two-cents: ”We have been using a portable induction cooktop. It is nearly 100% efficient at heating the pan and not the surrounding air. We also use it in the cooler temperatures because, unlike propane, it releases no extra water vapor into the coach.” Thanks, Rob!
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We would absolutely pay money to sit and watch a group do this at a campground. We’d cry of laughter!
Website of the day
The best glamping in the USA
We know we’re not all big “glampers,” but even just seeing these amazing tents kind of makes us want to give it a try and ditch the ol’ RV for a night or two…
Clubs and useful organizations
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• RV LIFE Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
Recipe of the Day
by Jolene Kath from Seattle, WA
You’ll never think boneless pork chops are dry after trying this recipe. Simply seasoned, you only need a few ingredients to make these pork chops. Searing them gives the pork chops a little color. The steam when baking them in the oven makes the pork chops tender and super juicy. This recipe also makes a thin, flavorful gravy you can drizzle over rice or mashed potatoes when serving.
Polar bears have black skin and, nope, they don’t have white fur. The bears have two thick layers of clear fur that appears white to the human eye.
*What’s Barbie’s full name? When is her birthday? How old is she? We tell you all about her in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Glory the Boston Terrier is a retired show dog. ‘I once was always nervous, but now I have found my forever home.'” —Kris Kallaway
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.
Leave here with a laugh
Editor: Emily Woodbury
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