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“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!
On this day in history: 1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks and sinks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. (Herman Melville’s 1851 novel “Moby-Dick” was in part inspired by this incident.)
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Tip of the Day
How to stay free overnight in your RV in a small town
By Gary Jefferson
My wife and I have become pretty good at finding places to stay in our van for free. Early on we learned about the Walmart, Home Depot, Cracker Barrel and fitness gyms that everyone uses. We’ve used all of those. However, we are on the road right now and at the end of two weeks, we’ve not stayed in any of these, and have only paid for one night ($15 for spot, dump and shower). We paid because it was like paying for a dump and shower and staying for free. In other words, it was a bargain we couldn’t let pass us by.
My RV’s roof feels “gooey.” Since there’s no ladder, I assume it’s not safe to walk on?
I don’t usually get up on the roof of my 2016 Heartland E292 Elkridge 5th wheel. There is no ladder, so I assume it’s not safe. When cleaning, I noticed that the roof is soft, sort of gooey like. When I did get on the roof, my feet almost got stuck. Any thoughts on why it’s so sticky and soft? Is the roof not safe to walk on? —Charlie, 2016 Heartland E292 Elkridge 5th wheel
Encore RV ROG 14RKB—A small trailer with a potty… and axes
By Tony Barthel
In a lot of the groups I belong to on social media, folks ask me about small travel trailers that they can tow with small SUVs and such. That’s pretty easy to find as there are smaller trailers of all sorts out there. But then they have to throw in the fact that they want a bathroom and, well, the field is far smaller. In a field of few, we have today’s review of the 2024 Encore RV ROG 14RKB trailer. This is a smaller trailer at just about 17’ in length and one that might even be garageable. But it also comes with something you might not expect in one of these overlanding trailers—a bathroom.
In the RV Shop with Dustin
How to remove EternaBond tape
A question we get asked a lot is, “Can the EternaBond tape be removed?” Yes, it can be removed if it fails or if necessary for replacing items that have been sealed with it.
Follow these easy steps to remove EternaBond tape.
Video of the day
Two clever RV fan screw hacks to add functionality to your RV
By Cheri Sicard
The folks from the Sagebrushers YouTube channel share two creative RV fan screw hacks in the video below. They travel in a pop-up truck camper and space is limited, so they say these hacks add more functionality to their RV. They used them on their Fantastic vent fan but they should work with other types as well.
Camping at this Montana campground was a pleasant surprise
By Nanci Dixon
Downstream Campground near Fort Peck, Montana, is a great out-of-the-way campground right on the banks of the Missouri River. When we turned off Hwy. 2 onto a smaller road and the sign said 11 miles, I was beginning to doubt my trip scheduling. It had been a long day of driving through North Dakota and I knew my husband was tired. We checked in with one of the friendly camp hosts and proceeded to our amazing site. Continue reading.
Which kind of chocolate is your favorite: dark, milk, or white?
?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
Does your wife need this? Does your husband need this? No, definitely your wife. No! Definitely your husband! Oh, we’ll stop arguing, but just look and decide for yourself.
Using your noodle to keep the fridge dried out
When the old RV is in a rest-cycle, it just makes sense to keep the fridge doors propped open to let the fresh air roll in. Not only do things smell better when it’s time to hit the road again, any “misses” in your cleaning efforts are less likely to turn into a mold-rearing farm. We’ve had various suggestions on how to keep the doors open, but here’s yet another take on the issue: Swim noodles, cut to the appropriate length, then a slot sliced lengthwise to fit over fridge hardware. Thanks to vanchitecture.
Website of the day
85 DIY Thanksgiving Decorations to Celebrate the Holiday in Style
There are some gosh darn adorable ideas on here to spruce up your Thanksgiving table and home or RV.
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Recipe of the Day
by Janis McRae from Central, LA
This carrot souffle tastes like dessert, not a side dish. It’s sweet, light, and creamy. Serve this at your holiday meal and we guarantee you can get kids to eat their veggies. This copycat recipe does taste like the souffle you can find at Piccadilly restaurants.
Ayanna Williams, a resident of Houston, Texas, set the record for the world’s longest fingernails. They each measure between 20-26 inches long and she’s been growing them for 24 years. Click here to watch a video of her… if you dare.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“All of our dogs go crazy when they know we are moving. These three, Pita (Corgi/JRT), Yogi (Chihuahua mix), and Stutz (Corgi), wore themselves out shutting up the RV. They slept through the drive to the next park.” —Elizabeth Cashdollar
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.
MAKES A GREAT GIFT!
An ornament for the National Park lover!
Choose from a selection of beautiful National Park ornaments for the National Park lover in your life. Aren’t these so neat? We want them all! See this one and more here.
Leave here with a laugh
A man is finally ready to start his own backyard beehive. He walks into the local pet store where they sell bees and asks for a dozen. The clerk carefully counts 13 bees out onto the counter. “That’s one too many. I only wanted 12,” the man says. The clerk replies, “It’s a freebie.”
Editor: Emily Woodbury
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