June 20, 2019Welcome to another 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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Money-saving tips on the road
Here are some ways to save money on the road:
• Stay longer in campgrounds with low rates. Stay a week for an even better rate.
• Drive 55 mph for better gas mileage.
• Use a gas app for cheapest service stations.
• Avoid jack-rabbit starts and sudden stops. It’s all about torque and kinetic energy.
• Keep tires properly inflated — your mileage will suffer otherwise.
• Lighten your load. Do not carry extra weight — it will cost you in mileage.
• Take advantage of tailwinds to improve fuel mileage. Avoid headwinds.
• Avoid ATM fees by getting cash with store purchases.
• Install CFL or LED interior lights. They last much longer and use less energy.
• Boondock more often.
• Install a solar or wind turbine system for renewable free power.
• Maintain your RV to save on repair bills.
• Eat out less — prepare your own meals.
• Treat your batteries right so they last longer.
• Buy from farmers markets, roadside farm stands, U-pick farms and orchards.
• Barter for a campsite if you have something to offer.
• Check out Overnight RV Parking to find free or low-cost campgrounds. For membership information (modest membership fee required) and a free demo of the site, click here.
• Reduce food costs by buying from bulk bins.
• Eat right and exercise (at least 30 minutes a day) to cut down on meds and doctor visits.
• Volunteer or become a camp host, which usually comes with a free campsite.
• Take a caretaking position for free rent. The Caretaker Gazette is a good resource.
• Shop at charity/thrift stores to save on just about everything.
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Listen up! Here are ten great podcasts for the long drive ahead of you. Take a listen and learn something new!
MORE QUICK TIPS
Rig looking tacky? Try Blue Beacon
Been on the road a bit too long and the grime is sticking to your motorhome or trailer? There’s probably a Blue Beacon Truck Wash near you. Are they worth it? Many RVers say they do a good job, and prices starting at $26.50 for a trailer and topping out at $37.50 for a BIG motorhome are seemingly reasonable. They won’t wash (but will rinse) your roof. Many RVers suggest you ask them to only use the brush on tires and wheels. Drying? That’s the 60-miles-per-hour down the interstate method, but hey, compared to a couple hundred or better for the guy to come to your site and do it, what do you want? Here’s their website. —Russ and Tiña De Maris
Elevation and engine performance
A gasoline engine will lose three to four percent of its available power for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Ford Motor Company recommends a reduction in Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and Gross Combined Weight (GCW) of two percent for every 1,000 feet above sea level to maintain engine performance. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
You know the big ones, but do you know all of the National Parks? This comprehensive list from Travel & Leisure mentions each and every one of ’em, so start planning those visits!
Never struggle with opening jars again!
This jar gripper is a favorite tool for many cooks and kitchen-dwellers. Never struggle to open a jar again! Simply place the gripper around the lid of the jar, lock into place and twist. Your jar will open with ease, and your hands won’t hurt afterward. This handy little gadget works on smooth and grooved lids and will adjust to fit just about every jar out there. It’s great for those of us with weak hands. Learn more or order here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
An elderly woman gives her bus driver a bag of peanuts every day.
At first, the bus driver enjoyed the peanuts but after a week straight of eating them, he said, “Please don’t bring me these anymore. Have them yourself. I’m a little tired of peanuts now.”
The old woman answers, “I’d love to eat the peanuts but I don’t have teeth anymore. I just prefer to suck the chocolate around them then give them to you.”
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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