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February 13, 2021
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition

This free edition of the RVtravel.com newsletter is posted at 9 a.m. (Pacific) every Saturday (that’s noon in the East). The member edition is published seven hours earlier, at 2 a.m. (Pacific). Readers who make even a one-time financial contribution to this website and newsletter automatically receive a permanent subscription to the member edition, ready for reading first thing with their morning coffee (or other beverage).


Guest essay

A proper burial for toy soldiers along the road

By Jerry X Shea

From 2002 to 2006, I took part in monthly highway cleanups along a two-mile section of Scenic Highway 1 on California’s central coast. Wearing a reflective orange vest and gloves, and holding a long trash pickup stick with a claw at the end, I placed other people’s trash in my bag. Most was at unofficial pull-off spots with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

I would find baby diapers, shoes, plastic fast food containers, a lot of empty beer bottles and cans right along with just about anything you could possibly imagine. No matter what it was, it seemed someone threw it out their window.

Then it happened: I came to a spot and just froze. There, on the ground next to a set of dually tire tracks and a little bit forward to what would have been the driver’s side window were a bunch of unfiltered cigarette butts. Surrounding the cigarettes were six empty glass beer bottles and the cardboard six-pack they came in. This, by itself, was not an unusual sight. But then I saw something that gave me pause.

Lying on its side in the dirt was an open tin box with plastic toy soldiers falling out of it. Others were scattered about. For a moment I just stood there motionless. I looked at the tin box and the soldiers. My eyes moved over to the cigarette butts, the beer bottles, and back to the tin box. It didn’t take much imagination to conclude that some cigarette-smoking, beer-drinking person grabbed some child’s tin box, full of his best friends, and threw it out his window.

BASED ON THE DEEP INDENTATION next to the cigarette butts and the fact that the box was a good three feet away from that, it appeared to me that it wasn’t even lightly tossed out the window. Oh no, it was viciously slammed into the ground and bounced away. What did the child do or say that caused someone in the car to grab the box of soldiers and toss them to the ground.

I picked up the beer bottles and cigarette butts, put them in my trash bag, and walked over to the tin box. Should I just pick it up along with the soldiers, put them into my bag and move on? No way. I served my country in the Navy and every military person knows you don’t leave a fellow soldier behind. Sure, these little guys were just plastic miniatures; but to the kid who owned that box, you know they had been his best friends. One could only imagine the times he lined them up to fight the enemy, which I bet surrounded him daily.

Obviously, I could never know what happened to that child. But for the moment, I picked up the tin box and put all the soldiers back in. I secured the lid and walked from the parking area toward the ocean and into the brush. I found a flat stone, dug a hole, put the box in it and covered it up – a proper burial for an unknown child’s best friends. They may have only been plastic miniatures of the real thing; but, even so, they didn’t deserve to be discarded out a window, especially when they had been someone’s best friends.

We welcome your guest essays. If we publish it we will send you a $75 Amazon gift certificate. Submit here, 500-600 words.


SEND A VALENTINE TO YOUR SWEETHEART

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Surprise your sweetheart with a love note in tomorrow’s Sunday newsletter. Send us a message of 25 words or less for us to feature in tomorrow’s newsletter! Then be sure your special someone reads the newsletter. Imagine how surprised he or she will be! Learn more and show your love here.


You’ll never need a portable generator again!
Use your car or truck to generate clean 110 power with a CarGenerator. It’s cheaper, more reliable, and light, so easy to carry. Use to power your RV accessories, and recharge batteries for continued use of CPAP machines, etc. Perfect supplement to solar. At home, use for backup power when the power grid goes down. Click the video thumbnail to hear inventor Jonathan Schloo explain how the system works. Learn more.


Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• Propane shortages, skyrocketing prices. Problems ahead?
• Climate change moves Interior Department to action
• Readers’ Valentine messages to their “Special Someones”
PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Latest RV recalls • Stolen RV Report • Free and bargain camping locations • Reader survey • and much more …


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Last week’s Tip of the Day highlights in RV Daily Tips Newsletters

Stop throwing money away on throwaway LP gas canisters
Propane: Do you know these safety basics?
Hot weather? Prevent food from spoiling and melting with this trick



Today’s RV review…

Today, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Palomino SolAire eXpandable 147X. He writes, “It starts life as a small, single-axle trailer that offers everything one could need for a camping adventure. From there, it can be expanded to sleep up to eight people with a bed that folds down from each end of the trailer.” Read more and see all that space here.

Last week’s reviews:
2021 Northwood Arctic Fox 27-5LCoach House Platinum 220 Motorhome • Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers, Kodiak Stealth Travel TrailerForest River Wildwood Grand Lodge 42DL2021 NeXus Ghost Super C 


Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

COPYRIGHT 2021 by Clint Norrell



12 of the weirdest campground rules – You won’t believe these!

By Nanci Dixon
Almost every campground hands out a packet, sometimes a full book, of rules when checking in. There are a lot of rules that make sense: keep your dog on a leash; pick up after yourself, dogs and children; control your children; abide by the quiet hours; follow the speed limit; etc. Those are the rules you wish everyone would read and adhere to. But some campground rules I have come across seem just plain weird. Read these 12 hilarious, weird rules here.

Free phone service helps hard-of-hearing – Good to know

By Kate Doherty
It’s not uncommon for us as RVers to be in a campground or RV park with poor cell reception. Many of us, too, have hearing aids. … If you have trouble hearing someone on the phone, whatever the circumstance, CaptionCall might be just what you need. Learn more about this nifty free service.

Campground Crowding: Thousand Trails? More like “Zero Trails”!

crowded campgroundsMore people than ever are taking up RVing. The result is campground crowding like never before. In this weekly blog, RV Travel readers discuss their experiences. This week we have tips, tips … and more tips about getting reservations, or many alternatives if you can’t find any or don’t want the hassle. Get some great tips here.


Last year at this time, these were the most popular articles

KOA to open new park: RVs not welcome
How to tell if your black tank is almost full
Will your RV be banned from your neighborhood?
The truth about Butt Wipes and RV holding tanks


Hah! Hah!

James Raia spotted this sign along California state route 20 east of Nevada City.


Reader Poll

Have you ever moved from a campsite because of an undesirable neighbor?

Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. CLICK HERE.

The most popular poll in this past week’s RV Daily Tips newsletters:
Did you winterize your RV this winter? 
See how more than 2,500 other RVers responded.

Read other polls we’ve run through the years. There are more than a thousand. It’s fascinating reading.



Brain Teaser

The man who built it doesn’t want it, the man who bought it doesn’t need it, the man who needs it doesn’t know it. What is it?

(Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday news newsletter.)

Thanks to Kathy Traina for submitting! Do you have a brain teaser you think we should use? Send it to us here.


There are two more stargazing events happening this month and one of them is happening early tomorrow morning! Read about it here and get your telescope ready!


More wacky mailboxes along the road! What a hoot!

Here is another installment of Mailboxes along the Road – unique, funny, outrageous and/or otherwise creative mailboxes the readers of RVtravel.com have spotted while traveling North America in their RVs (and sometimes without their RVs). Check out the outboard motor, a miniature USPS delivery truck, some location-appropriate animals, and more here.

Is it time to re-level your RV? Here are some signs to look for

By Gail Marsh
Here’s the scenario: It’s been several weeks since you parked your rig. … When your RV has been sitting in one spot for a while, it tends to settle. … You might be surprised to learn that your RV will often “tell” you when things are no longer level. It’s true! Here are some things to watch for. If you notice one or more of these phenomena, your RV might be telling you it’s time to level up. Read more.


These are essential for your RV’s toolbox!
A set of Nite Ize Gear Ties is a must-have in your RV’s toolbox! These reusable rubber twist ties have a soft, grippy rubber coating and a metal inside that allows you to bend and flex them over and over into whatever shape you need. Tony Barthel uses them in his home and RV for many things and suggests you don’t go anywhere without them. Read more.


OMG! These jaw-dropping vehicles will shock you. How can they drive?

OMG! Our jaw was open the entire time we watched this video! How do some of these vehicles even move? These will shock you! Just when you think you’ve seen it all… A backward truck? A mobile living room? A boat… or a car? A train? Some of these are ridiculous! And look at that cow!! Moooooove over for that guy! And wait until you get to the part with the dragging RV… Check ’em out!

Actor Tim Allen no fan of RVing (just the opposite)

Tim AllenActor/comedian Tim Allen is an RVer. But he is definitely not a fan of the lifestyle. After spending a night in his RV recently with his youngest daughter, he wrote on Twitter, “I spent the night with my youngest in our RV for fun and after doing my service on it I am reminded why RV people never shake each others’ hands.” By “doing service on it” he meant dumping the holding tanks. And there’s more. Continue reading.

“You can’t fix stupid with duct tape.” Funny sign will make you laugh

By Kate Doherty
While traveling last fall on our way south to Pueblo, Colorado, to have our overheating rear radiator problem fixed, we pulled into a truck stop to refuel. Little did we know that there would soon be a truck with a funny sign (not about duct tape) on its side pulling in, along with a truck driver with amusing anecdotes to tell. Continue reading.


Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, Feb. 13, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Norbert D. of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Sylvia E. of Livingston, Texas.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.


Popular articles from last week

MOST POPULAR:
Top 10 campground pet peeves of RVtravel.com readers

PLUS:
Hot weather? Prevent food from spoiling and melting with this trick
Campground Crowding: The campground begged them to stay longer!
COVID at the Quartzsite RV Show? One man’s unfortunate story
Avoid trips to the store – Regrow veggies in your RV from scraps!
The pandemic still rages: Can we travel safely in our RV yet?
Can I use my CPAP machine when I boondock? Yes, here’s how
RVelectricity: How to keep warm in a cold RV
Bargain trucks? Ford, Ram have 2020 surplus inventory
Meet our newest National Park: New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
Check out this incredible DIY RV. It’s a “log cabin” on wheels!
Good News: Things to smile about this week, February 7, 2021



Saturday Giveaway!

How would you like to win these cute wind chimes?

Let’s be honest, folks. Ordinary wind chimes just aren’t good enough anymore! Be different. Hang these by your rig and passersby will think you are absolutely the coolest campers in the park! You’ll be at the top of the invitation list for the park buffet! Everyone will want to meet you!

How to win

We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (February 13, 2021) by 7 p.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email via RVcontests@gmail.com that you won, you have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

Click here to enter or see last week’s winner!


Resources

Stolen RVs — Help us recover these stolen RVs. The more eyes we have searching for them, the better chance of getting them back to their rightful owners, and maybe putting the crooks who stole them in the slammer! See the stolen RVs.

NEW: Check out all our favorite websites of the day! We compiled a list of (almost) all the websites we’ve ever posted, and we update it weekly.

Where to complain about bad RVs, dealers, service, RV parks. This is an ever-expanding list of resources where you can report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.

Best Club for RVers: Escapees. Click here to learn more or join. Endorsed by RVtravel.com.

Directory of RV parks with storm shelters
In case you’re on the road with your RV and the weather report is showing a tornado headed your way, have this list handy.

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

What does financing an RV for 20 years REALLY mean?
In case you missed this article the first time around, here it is again. Important! Click here.

Stuck with a lemon RV? Contact Ron Burdge, America’s premier RV lemon law attorney.


Still need a Valentine’s Day gift? 
Hey, guys, if your travel plans have been canceled and your wife is upset, this earring and necklace combo is the perfect gift to cheer her up! (Or, ladies, you can just buy this adorable combo for yourself!) We think all the ladies of the RVtravel.com staff need this… Learn more or order here. (Trust us. You’ll get major brownie points.)


RV Repair and Maintenance

with Mark Polk, RV Education 101
These tips ran in our weekday RV Daily Tips Newsletter this past week, but for those of you who don’t subscribe (what is wrong with you??), here they are again!

7 common RV owner mistakes and how to avoid them.
Top 5 essential items for every RV trip.


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
Don’t feel too stressed if you run over a squirrel or flatten a possum. It happens to the best of us. Just look at the bright side! Yes, there is a bright side! Huh? Find out.


RV Gadgets and Gizmos

With Tony Barthel

RVSuperbag: A cozy solution for making those tricky RV beds

Making the bed in the RV usually stinks. You’re on vacation to start with (who wants to make their bed on vacation?) and most RV beds aren’t really in a place where they’re easy to make. We came across the RVSuperbag, which can be described as a fancy sleeping bag designed to replace the bedding in your RV. There are sheets that simply attach to the inside of the bag which can be easily removed and laundered. This is a nice feature and makes this feel much more like your bedding at home. Read more

Stinky tanks might need the popular “TubShroom”

One of the ways to keep your gray tank from becoming smelly is to minimize food waste that gets into it. Recently someone recommended using a TubShroom to keep things from going down the drain and this actually seems like a good idea. The TubShroom has been getting a lot of traction in advertisements on social media as a device that pops into your drain and keeps hair and food waste from going down the drain. There are various models depending on the size of the drain including ones for the shower and bathroom sink plus a Kitchen SinkShroom as well. Continue reading


This is a must-have for state park campers!
This newly published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.


RVelectricity

Join Mike Sokol from RVelectricity and Danny Rahner from SoftStartRV™ Tuesday evening, February 16, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time (5 p.m. Pacific), for Mike’s next “Ask The Expert” YouTube Live Webcast. Danny is SoftStartRV’s lead help desk installation expert. If you have any questions about how to hook up a SoftStartRV to any RV air conditioner, you’ll be able to text him questions in real time. Here’s a link to Mike’s announcement and the link to set a reminder. To learn about what SoftStartRV can do for you, read these earlier posts: RVelectricity: More on how SoftStartRV works and  Use your RV air conditioner in low-power situations.

How much battery power is required to make an espresso

Dear Readers,
I’ve had a number of email inquiries about the boondocking power requirement while running on batteries, and one that I found interesting was the desire to run a Nespresso coffee maker without cranking up the generator. As in, “My life would be complete as long as I can make an espresso or latte or some other highly caffeinated drink in my RV from battery power.” Well, I just so happened to have received a new Nespresso coffee maker for Christmas from my kids, so I have a good test subject for a basic test. Continue reading, as you drink your cup o’ joe, for Mike’s test results.

This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

How to keep warm in a cold RV

Dear Readers,
I’ve been seeing a lot of questions about how to stay warm in an RV during these cold winter months, especially while boondocking. While I don’t have any simple solutions for keeping your RV furnace running all night from battery power, I have been recently experimenting with various self-warming fabrics that can help keep not only you warm in a chilly RV, but also keep your pet warm and snugly as well. Continue reading (and check out Mike’s HUGE feet!).



RV Tire Safety

What is a “C” tire?

By Roger Marble
There are a number of Class B motorhomes that are being built on van chassis. Some of these vehicles come with European “Commercial” tires (185/R14C). I had a discussion with one owner who wanted to find the Load & Inflation tables for these tires. Continue reading for this info, in case you have “C” tires.

Have a tire question? Sign up for Roger Marble’s new Facebook Group: RV tire news, information and discussion, hosted by RVtravel.com and moderated by Roger. He’ll be happy to help you.


RV SlippersMAKES A GREAT GIFT!
A cozy gift for your favorite RVer! 

These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so you won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL, so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.


The RV Kitchen

Creamy Artichokes

Artichokes for a change. When you need something different for a side dish, go to your cupboard and pull out a can of artichoke hearts. Buttery and mild, this creamy dish goes with almost any meal from the skillet, oven or grill. To make it a vegetarian main dish, add  more nuts or a couple of chopped hard-cooked eggs and spoon it over toast or big, pillowy, campfire-baked Russet potatoes. Get the recipe.


The Digital RVer

Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? Make a movie!

Do you need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift but don’t have the time or can’t get to the store? If you use Google Photos, it will take you no more than a minute to make a delightful movie with photos of you and your love. Chris Guld tells you how here.


Easily check the tire pressure on your inner dual tires
Do you have trouble reading the tire pressure on your RV’s inner duals? This dual head tire pressure gauge with an extension steel shaft will reach where a standard gauge won’t. Be sure you know the pressure of all your tires, or risk a potentially dangerous blowout. No batteries required. Learn more or order at a discount.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“‘Who are you and where are you taking me?’ This is Sassafras (Sassy), our active and energetic Boxer when she was 5 months old. She is now almost 4 years old and travels with us everywhere we go. Sassy loves to stand on the dash (when we’re parked) and watch all of the outside activity. She’s been the subject of many photographs.”

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
• Monday: Zoey • Tuesday: Aria • Wednesday: Sophie and Tessa • Thursday: Daphne
• Friday: Daisy


Fido needs a valentine too! These are all so cute!


Trivia

Propane cooking results in lower CO2 emissions than electric cooking. A significant portion of electricity production comes from coal or oil-fired generation plants which release CO2 emissions as part of the generation process. Based on typical cooking usage levels and the emissions which electricity generation creates, propane cooking has roughly 30 percent fewer CO2 emissions.

Joke of the Week

On her first day at the senior complex, the new manager addressed all the oldsters pointing out some of her rules: “The female sleeping quarters will be out-of-bounds for all males, and the male dormitory to the females. Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time. Anybody caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $60. Being caught a third time will cost you $180. Are there any questions?” At this point, an elderly lady named Betty stood up in the crowd and inquired, “How much for a season pass?”

Thanks for the joke, “Boat Nutt”!

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RV Travel staff

Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Roger Marble, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, James Raia, Kate Doherty, Gail Marsh, J.M. Montigel, Clint Norrell, Randall Brink and Andrew Robinson. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Deborah
7 months ago

I really enjoyed this news letter, so many good articles. The essay was a hero.

Jim
7 months ago

I live in the northeast, 11 below last night, how much battery power would it take to warm up the inside of an electric car???
I do know that I burn more fuel oil to heat my house in a year then the amount of gasoline I use in my vehicles, and it’s already hard wired. Plus my oil burner doesn’t get yearly emission checks. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t burn as clean as my car.
Ever try using off road diesel fuel on the road to save money, avoiding road tax? Can get in big trouble with that, yet buy an electric car, you beat road tax and get a tax break!! Maybe electric cars isn’t the answer.

Sam
7 months ago

Loved the Little Onion. Sang that with Mom back in ’48. Didn’t Burl Ives make it big? 🙂 

warmonk
7 months ago

regarding the trivia: not true in Canada.

60% hydro, 15% nuclear, 11% natural gas, 7% coal, 7% other renewables

CeeCee
7 months ago

Regarding the trivia fact, this must be why we are moving to electricity powered vehicles.

Gray
7 months ago
Reply to  CeeCee

Amen! I always bite the inside of my cheek* when I read that electric vehicles are “pollution free.” (*It’s considered rude to scream ‘BS’ in these politically sensitive times.) I think of all the charging stations to be installed at every service station, rest area, and home garage, etc.; I visualize the sagging overland transmission lines bearing the hugely-increased electrical load, with up to half of the electricity wasted in transmission losses. I see vast clouds of CO2 from distant generating plants; and lastly, I recall the photos I saw of third-world children squatting in the dirt, hammers in hand, breaking open battery cases shipped in from First World nations for recycling.

Joe
7 months ago
Reply to  Gray

And California wants to have all electric vehicles only on the roads by 2035, that’s 14 years from now. They don’t even have the electrical infrastructure to power their homes let alone all vehicles! Has anyone ever stopped to think about 2 of the most filthy businesses in the USA? Battery and solar panel manufacturing! And what do we do when solar panels burn out? Both batteries and solar panels are filthy to make and filthy to get rid of. But none of the tree hungers want to talk about it!

Ken
7 months ago

Diesel school buses need to be worked to generate any cabin heat worthwhile. I only idled mine for as long as it took to do the safety checks and clear snow. Drive it to work it!

Dennis
7 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Depends on the set up. Though not a standard option, I have driven both school and commercial buses that were equipped with heaters that ran of the diesel fuel tank independent of motor operation. Those were really nice for long down times in cold weather.

Wolfe
7 months ago

Your guest writer’s essay was excellent…

MICHELE
7 months ago

I was in the Navy. I would have taken the soldiers home and cherished them for ever.

Uncle Swags
7 months ago
Reply to  MICHELE

I thought it was also a bit over-dramatic and how does he know the kid didn’t throw them out the window? And someone back home would have gotten a cheap souvenir.

Geo A
7 months ago
Reply to  Uncle Swags

My thoughts exactly. Donating to a children’s dentist or even Goodwill would be a more fitting end to this story.

jillie
7 months ago

I was watching some show I guess called elaborate RV. Should see Simon Cowells RV. Wow. As for jewelry? I happened upon a pair of really well hand made earrings out in Colorado. They look like mini trailers. Love them.

Wayne
7 months ago

Idling a car or truck engine for hours I do not think is advisable.
It can cause damage to an engine.

jillie
7 months ago
Reply to  Wayne

School buses need to idle at least 20 minutes before you get any heat. The mechanic said there was one bus that idled for 3 hours because it took them half hour just to get the monster started. For some cars and trucks I agree idling will or could hurt the engine but if it is diesel won’t hurt none to run for an hour. Trust me at O is an eye opening experience. Almost retired.

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