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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.
Don’t assume there’s a dump station where you’re headed
Do not assume that a public campground where you are headed has a dump station based on what you read in a directory or other literature. Sometimes you will find it has been closed for repairs or even for good. If you show up with full holding tanks, expecting to dump on arrival, you have a problem. It’s always a good idea to seek out a location to dump before you arrive … just in case.
Use “Truck Entrance” when fueling at truck stop
When approaching a truck stop, look for the “Truck Entrance” sign. Don’t go in the “car” side if you want the truck pumps. You typically cannot drive from one side to the other without exiting the property. You may find “RV Lanes” and these usually have both gas and diesel tanks. Larger rigs may have trouble in these RV Lanes. Truck lanes may not take credit or debit cards. You usually have to pay inside. Thanks to Ron Jones at AboutRVing.com.
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It’s important to know your campground location
Always know the name and location of your campground including your site number (and GPS coordinates if possible). If it’s a public campground with no street address, then know which highway it’s along and the direction of the closest city. In an emergency you may have to call for help. If you don’t know where you are, you may have a serious problem.
Reader Pat Mitchell suggests if you’re concerned about being involved in an emergency situation while away from your rig, you could do what he does. “I usually just pick up a park brochure from the campground office to leave in our truck. It’s always handy and if we are in an accident, the location of our camper and other details are right there with us.” Thanks, Pat!
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Flagstaff E-Pro 20FBS Travel Trailer. Tony writes, “Good things do come in small packages even in the RV world – and those small packages aren’t quite as small as they used to be.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Aliner Ascape Plus Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
“If you could tell someone new to RVing just one thing, what would it be?”
From the editors: We asked our readers this question recently. Here is one response:
“First two nights, stay close to the dealership you bought the RV.” —Antoine Berthiaume
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Random RV Thought
A flashlight is like magic – a beam of light from your hand. There are plenty of neat devices in this world but, really, how cool is it that you can hold a small cylinder in your hand and with the flip of a switch or the push of a button, it will light up the night? If you were lost in a dark forest, what would you rather have, $1,000 in your wallet or a flashlight in your hand?
• If you buy a defective RV and are unable to get it fixed or its warranty honored, here is where to turn for help.
• If you need an RV Lemon Law Lawyer, Ron Burdge is your man.
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