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“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Check Your Wipers Day!
Happy 50th Birthday, Marcus Lemonis: On this day in 1973, Marcus Lemonis, now the CEO of Camping World, was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
Tip of the Day
How to make your RV warm and welcoming to guests for the holidays
By Gail Marsh
It won’t be long now. Soon, out-of-town relatives and friends will descend on your home for the holidays. It’s expensive to put them up in nearby hotels, but if you don’t really have space for them inside your sticks-and-bricks home, it’s time to put that RV to an alternative use! Use your RV to accommodate your out-of-town guests. You can take it to a nearby campground or park it in your driveway. Either way, your guests will have a place to “escape,” and you can find downtime inside your home, as well! Face it, holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about extra folks underfoot 24/7. Let your RV come to the rescue!
Before you think that bedding guests down in an RV is less than hospitable, there are ways you can make the RV space quite comfortable! Plus, it might be fun for your non-RVing guests to stay in their own house-on-wheels for a few days!
How do I install new wallpaper in my RV so it doesn’t peel?
How do I keep my new wallpaper from shrinking and peeling? I will be applying peel-and-stick wallpaper over the existing wallpaper in my Itasca and don’t want it to shrink and peel. —Janet, 1995 Winnebago Itasca
Tour the 2024 Jayco Jay Feather 22BH travel trailer
By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, join Adam Kreutzer of Saskatchewan’s Four Seasons Sales for a tour of the 2024 Jayco Jay Feather 22BH travel trailer, a small, lightweight RV with a terrific floor plan that manages to fit a lot into a small space.
That starts on the outside with an extra large, extra wide pass-through storage space, unusual for a trailer this size. There’s also an outdoor kitchen that includes an outdoor fridge and griddle.
Video of the day
Senior creates amazing RV van build in Nissan NV2500
By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, the team from Cheap RV Living introduces us to Wilford and his incredible RV van build in his 2021 Nissan NV2500 van.
Prepare to be amazed at what a DIY RV can be! Of course, it helps to have skills like Wilford, who had a lifetime of experience building boats before tackling his RV van build project and giving it the feel of a comfy, homey cabin in the woods.
If you heat your RV with a heat pump…
A SOFT START ISN’T JUST FOR SUMMER COOLING!
The most efficient way to heat an RV is with a heat pump that’s part of a rooftop air conditioner. And by adding a SoftStartRV™, more appliances and other electric-powered devices can be used at the same time by freeing up more amps. Learn more here or order a SoftStartRV™ at a big discount.
How far do you travel in a day? One man’s perspective
By Gary Jefferson
I have three modes when it comes to traveling in our Sprinter. When we traveled in our SUV, I didn’t do it like I do today in the van. In our SUV, the location of a good motel usually determined how far we were going that day. I knew we’d be stopping for photographs, meals, and before dark, so I’d factor all that in when I looked on the map for a probable destination. It was usually between 125 and 250 miles; more often closer to the 125 number. Continue reading.
Motorhome owners: How would you describe your rig’s suspension?
Bungee cord caution
Sharon B. posts this thought for your consideration: “I am a nurse. I manage many medical cases that originated from injuries. I have a patient who lost the sight of his eye. He almost lost the entire globe if it were not for the fast-reacting doctors at a specialized eye facility. (This injury was not for a standard hospital ER.) The injury was from a snap to the eye from a bungee cord. The injury destroyed his cornea and damaged his retina. So far, five surgeries from accumulated damage. I, too, have almost had a disaster from a snapping bungee cord to the eye. I was SO lucky. My professional recommendation is to USE ONLY STRAPS. There are many wonderful adjustable straps you can get with various lengths. Harbor Freight has a good variety of sizes and colors. Don’t use bungee cords. Save your eyes!”
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On this day last year…
- Ask Dave: Quick RV Tech Tip: Will a 30-amp outlet charge my RV’s batteries this winter?
- Video: RV rubber care and maintenance
- Featured article: Born in the USA: Famous things and where they started
Website of the day
The 50 Best Luxury RV Parks in the U.S.
This list from Outdoorsy is giving us some serious wanderlust. Have you been to any of them? Do you agree and think they’re the most luxurious?
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 2,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 11 percent do not eat breakfast on a daily basis.
• 34 percent say both they and their partner snore.
• 38 percent change the oil in their RV and/or tow vehicle themselves; they do not take it somewhere to have it done.
Recipe of the Day
by Karen Vandevander from Manassas, VA
When you hear biscuits and gravy, sausage gravy typically comes to mind. This is not that, but it is quite good. Filled with chicken and bacon, it’s super creamy and versatile. Everything simmers in the Crock Pot, which makes this a great recipe when short on time. You will be happy if you eat this for breakfast (over biscuits) or dinner (with pasta). Delicious comfort food.
Right-handed people tend to chew food on the right side of their mouth while left-handed people tend to chew on the left side. (You just fake chewed to see which side you chew on, didn’t you?)
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Puffin is a perky little mixed-breed rescue who loves Airstreaming.” —Claudette Theuriere
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.
LED hat lights the way and assists in dark places
Staff writer Randall Brink was wearing this hat at our weekly writers’ meeting awhile ago and we all loved it! Gail Marsh admitted she has one too. This baseball cap features LED lights that turn on with the press of a button. Randall says he uses it in dark places like his RV’s closet or under the hood, but it could also be used for night walks, biking, fishing, or any other activity that requires hands-free lighting. If you already wear a hat often, why not add lights to it? Check it out.
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Editor: Emily Woodbury
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