Issue 1056 • February 25, 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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Don’t make these national park visit mistakes
Former park ranger Ash gives her take on five common mistakes of National Park visitors. We boil ’em down, but for a more detailed take, visit her blog.
Sleeping in: Be in the park by 7:30 a.m. and hit the most popular spots first! The early morning hours provide the best opportunities to see wildlife, get from Point A to Point B more quickly, and enjoy the most popular areas in the park without the overwhelming crowds.
Never turning off technology: Take a few technology-free minutes for yourself whenever you are experiencing something new. Turn off your phone or camera and just allow yourself to be in the moment! Experiencing a national park from behind a tiny screen is limiting your ability to truly connect to a life-changing place.
Showing up without a plan: Do some research and make a list of things that you absolutely don’t want to miss while you are there! You don’t have to plan out every second of every day (in fact, I wouldn’t recommend that either), but it is a good idea to have some type of itinerary or plan for your national park vacation.
Driving too much: Make things easier on yourself by planning your day of activities by region. For day one, do everything that you want to do in Region One. Then on day two, drive to Region Two and do everything that you want to do in that region. By compartmentalizing your days, you will have more time to enjoy the great outdoors! This mistake is often made when planning things to do within the park. Driving Yellowstone’s 142-mile Grand Loop, for example, can take as long as 7 hours because of wildlife crossings and overflowing parking areas. And that is without stopping the car to get out and see the sights.
Not being flexible: Be prepared for as much as you can and then enjoy the experience, come what may! Turn the unanticipated events into fun memories. Flexibility is critical on a national park vacation. Most of your time will be spent outside and you never know what may happen. Preparation is key. Always bring rain gear. Always keep stuff in your hiking bag like snacks, water, a headlamp, sunscreen, an emergency blanket, and a first aid kit. Being prepared with the right equipment increases your flexibility when things unexpectedly change. Preparedness also helps you to be in the right frame of mind to make the most out of your vacation. Make a plan and then plan to be surprised! Experiencing the unpredictability of nature can be an incredibly rewarding adventure … one that you will always remember!
Used RV shopping – What about paying for an inspection?
Ask for an inspection. Worth every penny – and likely less than $200. Ask the owner if you can have the rig professionally inspected before buying. We didn’t buy a truck camper because we made this request and were vehemently denied. If the owner isn’t hiding anything, they’ll likely acquiesce. This is good mostly for your peace of mind about buying a used RV. If your rig passes the third-party inspection, I’d say you’re ready to start negotiating on the price! —From Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America.
When is 99 more than 100? Answer below.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Proper use of your RV slideouts
Here are a few tips on using your slideouts from the folks at letsrv.com.
• Make sure all travel locks, travel nuts and spring locks are in the proper position before attempting to operate a slide.
• Cabinet doors, drawer fronts, etc., can create problems when extending or retracting slides. Be sure they are positioned properly for this purpose. I have seen some pretty ingenious ideas to keep them from opening while traveling. Often they can come out and when the slide is extending they are not visible. If they have come out, you will not know. This is the reason for these devices.
• Do not use the top of a retracted slide for storage.
• Make sure there is no debris on the top of the slide before retracting or extending. Clean the top of the slide awning or slide. This is a good idea each time.
• All lower compartment doors should be closed and the area below the slide clear of obstructions before retracting.
• A slide is designed to operate properly with the weight the factory installs. A small amount of additional weight is acceptable. Use judgment when storing additional weight on the slide. This is also true for slide bays. Put the rock collection elsewhere. On a side note, be aware of overall weight factors for your RV.
• Always check for obstruction in front of the slide before retracting. The same is true for extending.
Stop cupboard shift – with a doorstop!
Open the cabinets after bouncing down the road and you may never know what hit you. Things just tend to “float around” in cabinets. Here’s an idea to put a “stop” to that: Screw a spring-style door stop down to the cabinet floor to help stop the shifting. Thanks to rugged-life.com.
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Use your car’s floor mats (especially if they’re rubber) to get traction when you’re stuck in the snow. Click the image to watch a video of how this works.
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
If you don’t have a lot of time to plan a trip, or just want a weekend getaway, check out this list for some trip-planning inspiration.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Jake was dying. His wife sat at his bedside. He looked up at her and said weakly, “I have something I must confess.” “No, there’s no need to,” his wife replied. “No,” he insisted, “I want to die in peace so I must tell you. I slept with your sister, your best friend, her step-sister, and your mother!” “I know, I know,” she replied. “Now just rest and let the poison work.”
On a microwave. When you press 99 on a microwave, it will go on for one minute and 39 seconds; when you press 100, the microwave will go on for one minute.
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