Issue 1044 • February 4, 2019
Welcome to another fabulous edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here, you’ll find helpful RV-related, and small-space living, tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate your readership.
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Questions for fulltime wannabes – Part 1 of 2
Kenny and Sabrina Phillips are fulltime RVers and have posted some questions for those who are wondering about getting into the lifestyle to consider. Here is the first set of questions to ponder:
“Do you bend, or do you break? I think it is important to know your tolerance level for when things go wrong. Sabrina and I are exact opposites when it comes to RVing. The whole world needs to be crashing down around us before I even sit up to pay attention; Sabrina not so much. The better you are at going with the flow, the easier it will be to enjoy and even laugh when there are things going wrong with your RV, campsites, road, traffic or even the weather. Not every day will go as planned, and we feel it’s important to be able to make small adjustments quickly to stay on track.
“How are you with downsizing and living small? This can be a big hurdle. Some people go ‘all in’ by selling or donating most of their belongings and some put stuff in storage just in case. Either way, you will have to get accustomed to living with less. Sabrina and I decided to let go of nearly all of our possessions, meaning everything we now own fits in our RV and tow car. When we first started downsizing it seemed easy, but as time went on and we had fewer items to choose from it became more difficult to figure out what stayed and what had to go. Our best advice on this subject is to give yourself plenty of time to downsize. Even now, we look around and say we have too much stuff!” Check out their full post here.
Healthy snacks for the RV road
Trying to stay fit while RVing? Here are some snack ideas from followyourdetour.com: “Every road warrior knows that snacks are a must for long drives. So here are some healthy road trip snacks that we have found to love. They’ll keep your mouth busy, which helps pass the time, and are either high in protein to fill you up, and/or low in calories so it’s okay if you eat a few too many: cherries, edamame, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, mixed nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews – but don’t go too crazy, nuts are high in fat), carrots and celery (dip in hummus for extra flavor!), popcorn (without the salt and butter!), beef jerky, kale or coconut chips and sparkling water (because plain water can get boring!).”
YOU SHOULD VISIT…
Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze on Pier 39 in beautiful San Fransisco. Remember the old funhouse mirror mazes you did as a kid? Well, here’s your chance to relive those memories and do one again! This “psychedelic labyrinth” is described by its founder as “one part art, and one part science,” and is sure to amaze (and probably make you dizzy). On the same pier you can go to an aquarium and see many sea lions, you can watch street performers, and you can grab lunch. There’s also a bar, and nobody said you couldn’t have a glass of wine before attempting the maze… Visit the official website here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Towing system limits
Every component in a towing system has a weight rating. Never exceed the lowest rated component in the system. For example, your tow vehicle might be rated to tow 7,000 pounds, but if the hitch receiver on the tow vehicle is rated for 5,000 pounds, that is the most you can tow. This can be especially true on motorhomes. The motorhome might be rated to tow 6,000 pounds, but until recently most receivers on motorhomes were rated for 3,500 pounds. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
RV park game room sanitation?
“Most of the time, you and your family are as safe in the game rooms of a campground as they are in any other such public business that you might go to for entertainment. But, once again, remember that I am talking about the peak season for a campground. During these times, overall cleanliness throughout the campground facilities can suffer, as barefoot children, teens and adults are constantly traipsing from the pool to the bathrooms and to the game rooms in a steady flow of possibly wet and contaminated bodies. So, when you put your quarters into that electronic driving game, think about who may have just finished using it.” From The Ultimate RV Owner’s Reference.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Gastro Obscura is part of the well-known site, Atlas Obscura. There are tons of wacky food-related articles that will surely entertain you. For example, here’s a particularly interesting article about a man who collects banana varieties, and here’s another article about a church made from wine. See what I mean? Hey, it’s interesting though, so have fun poking around!
ReturnMe is perfect for travelers!
ReturnMe is a lifetime lost-and-found service to help reunite you with lost items. Worried you might lose your phone in Arizona? Think there’s a chance you could leave your wallet in Florida? Stick a ReturnMe “sticker” on your item, and if it’s ever lost, ReturnMe specialists will help reunite you with it via a toll-free international phone number, a text message, or through the app or website. Read more about it, or order it here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
I met this woman today who said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I swear I’d never met herbivore.
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