April 10, 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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Campground etiquette: Tiptoe as you come and go
Our own rule is that we check out no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and check in no later 4:00 p.m. Not only is that to satisfy our own travel limitations but also to be respectful of our neighbors. We realize not everyone has the same schedule but that shouldn’t negate respecting your fellow RVers.
If you arrive or depart during quiet hours (usually 10:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.), try to do it quickly and quietly. Curtail setting up until the morning after or packing up the night before. Again, allowing your diesel engines to run for more than a few minutes will surely score no points with your neighbors and handshakes will be nil.
Oh, and campgrounds, RV parks and resorts have arrival and departure times for a reason. Don’t make incoming RVers or campers wait for their site because of your poor planning. Likewise, do not arrive unannounced before check-in time unless you’ve made prior arrangements with the RV Park or Campground staff. The staff and volunteers need time to clean and patrol the site before the next guest arrives. —Courtesy suggestions from the folks at alwaysonliberty.com.
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Which is the largest and heaviest organ in the human body? Answer below.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Keep that A/C squirrel free!
Gary Johnson reports: “We got back to Florida to find out squirrels had taken up residence in our rooftop A/C. I purchased a few pieces of gutter-guard screen at Home Depot and trimmed it to fit under my shrouds. Laced them on with [stainless steel] wire and no more squatters.” Thanks, Gary!
Newbie asks: What do I do with my tow bar?
A new RVer wants to know just what to do with his tow bar and associated electrical wiring when he’s not using the stuff. Several older hands jumped in with advice. First, if just “overnighting” and using the toad car for a bit, simply leave the tow bar and wiring attached to the motorhome. For longer stays, put the tow bar and wiring in the tow bar’s carrying case. One added that he carefully uses bungees to keep the electrical wiring in place, as he once damaged his when dragging the tow bar. Another adds that they put a plastic bag around the motorhome’s electrical connector to keep out the weather.
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The oldest tourist attraction in every state
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The largest and heaviest organ in the human body is the skin. The second largest is the liver, which weighs about three pounds.
Hanging out with mops and brooms
Most RVs aren’t equipped with broom closets. Got a basement storage compartment long or wide enough to stick those long-handled tools? Stick ’em up to the ceiling by attaching spring-loaded broom clips to the lid of the compartment. Here’s the ever-RV-popular Command Strips version.
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The command strips with the broom holders? We use to up lift the television wires over the door or other wires to keep out of being entangled with other things including people. Safer.
Sitcoms are pretty much trash. Laughs are obtained by negative comments, putting someone else down, or laughing at their mistakes. Watch something of interest like a good documentary on how we can reduce our carbon footprint, how to convert your rv to complete solar and rving freedom, watch a foreign flick on Netflix or Youtube and not that Hollywood C”·$P that is built around loud noise, special effects and violence.
Good joke on the semi colon and two sentences.
It is getting very hard to see any reruns of All in the Family.
Bob p, I have never seen that box! Where is it? If there’s something of use for me, I just put the whole newsletter in an RV Tips folder although I could just use Snip-It or take a pic of the section.
What is a sitcom…..lol!
We travel by motorcycle and are looking into getting a B+ RV. We are on the road by 8 am and wherever we need to be by 4 pm. We can cover up to 400 miles a day at that pace. We plan to follow the same schedule when we RV. We think 400 miles a day is plenty if you want to have any energy left to explore once you land at your destination.
Hi Elisa, my wife & I travel in a Class A & try to keep it down to 200-250 miles per day. Gives you plenty of time to enjoy the adventure! Even find an off the road bakery, our favorite!
That’s a lot of driving with an RV especially since many should not go above 55 mph.
I have a 16.5 travel trailer with only 2 wheels so I am always concerned with blow outs even though I am a tire freak and monitor them like a hawk . I know 2 people who lost their entire rigs by going too fast. To be safe I push it a little to 58-59mph and stay out of fast driving lanes.
I think I hear driving 4 hours is recommended.
You young kids can do that but us old folks aren’t in that big of a hurry. 300 miles a day is plenty for us.
I think 400 miles is a lot, why not enjoy life more and slow down to perhaps 200 miles. We did and what a difference it made. Life is good!!
If I had to leave at 9 am and arrive at 4 pm, I wouldn’t get very far in my travels.
Today’s modern diesel and gasoline engines do not need to idle any longer than it takes to retract the levelers and level the airbags. Anything more is a waste of fuel and an irritant to ones’ neighbors.
Some good tips this time. I have been accused of having Bats in my belfry but never Squirrels in my AC.
We have two tvs in our rv. I watch documentaries and my wife watches such shows as Say Yes to the Dress and Cake Boss. Did you ever play the fondant game? Watch Cake Boss and every time the word “fondant” is used you have a drink. You’ll be drunk by half-time.
I made a birthday cake and for the first time used fondant. I made it too thick and should have drank more wine instead.
The only 30 minute sitcoms I watch are Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon. Once Big Bang Theory ends its run, I’ll probably drop Young Sheldon (Mary is pretty hard to take). Other modern 30 minute sitcoms just don’t even start to approach the quality of the old sitcoms.
I still watch some hour long drama and dramedy but I’m watching less and less TV due to the broadcast networks frequently dropping a series as soon as I get hooked on it, splitting seasons, inserting multiple reruns during a season, changing schedules, and the proliferation of so called reality shows and talent contests, and, now, game shows with verbally abusive hosts and physically abuse their contestants.
Amen! Right on! The sat. programming is ridiculous for the money they charge. I watch old sitcoms – All in the Family, Andy Griffith, Home Improvement, etc…… Sad. We are getting very, very close to dropping DISH. Problem is Fox News goes too!
I see no problem with that going too!
I haven’t watched a sitcom since Amos and Andy went away – ha.
I watch them on you tube!
We do watch sitcoms but only two (Big Bang and Last Man Standing). We mostly watch reruns from the 60s, 70s and a few 80s/90s.
We like to watch the sitcoms as they make us laugh. We avoid the dramas like “This is Us”, etc. We still read a lot of books, though. This really makes you escape reality.
My bride enjoys Big Bang and Last Man Standing, but I can easily do without them. Personally, there isn’t much on TV that I care to watch. It’s mostly just background noise.
A man I can agree with. By the way chuck, at the bottom of the page where the box is for save my data, it doesn’t work, I have clicked it on each time I respond but it never saves my info.