March 27, 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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Motorhoming: To toad or not to toad
Our first year RVing, we drove our 1994 Class C motorhome to 48 states without a tow vehicle. This meant Heath drove our rig through cities like Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, Cleveland, San Francisco, and many others. What we liked about NOT having a tow car: We saved a couple of thousand dollars by not having to buy a tow package or tow dolly. Driving without a tow car was one less stress factor as a new RVer. We saved a few minutes of time when leaving campgrounds and arriving by not having to hook up a tow car. Better gas mileage. The ability to visit more places. For example, if we towed a car, we wouldn’t have been able to take the Pacific Coast Highway all the way from LA to Portland because of the 30-foot limit.
The downside of not towing a car: If we wanted to visit major cities, we had to drive our RV into downtown areas. Trying to find a 29-foot parking spot was always stressful. Our RV was our only vehicle for errands. If we wanted to make a quick run to the grocery store, we had to pack everything up and move.
—From Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America.
RV Electricity Seminar Series kicking off June 8
RV electricity authority Mike Sokol will kick off a national seminar series about RV electricity on June 8 just outside Hagerstown, Maryland, sponsored by RVtravel.com. He will teach a basic class in the morning followed by an advanced class in the afternoon. Read more about the seminars and let us know if you are interested in attending in person or via a live stream.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity, and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” —John Muir
MORE QUICK TIPS
Traveling cats? Claw deterrent!
Keeping the claws out of the RV furniture when traveling with felines is like a search for the Holy Grail. One method is to provide a scratching post they’ll enjoy more than sticking their nails in your leather sofa. By nature, cats like to hitch their front paws up high and pull down hard. If your dinette table is supported by a stainless post-in-a-socket, try wrapping a carpet sample around the post (cut to size as required), then using duct tape to hold it tight to the post. More details from fiveinafifth.com.
More space for ‘tater chips? Hang ’em high!
Here’s a most unusual way to store potato chips and the like in your RV pantry. Use skirt/pant hangers to hang the open bags – keeps the chips fresh, and not getting pounded to powder on the shelf. Thanks to petrolhat.com for the idea.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A snail took his car to a paint shop.
He had them paint a giant S on the side. When he was cruising down the street someone yelled out, “Look at that S car go!”
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