July 4, 2019
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Fulltiming in your future? How to leave sentimental objects behind
First of all, decide who you want to have each of these things when you’re dead and gone. (I know, you consider that to be a long way off, but think about it this way anyway.) Then give the items to that person now. If they won’t take the things now, you know what will happen to them as soon as you’re gone. They will give them to Goodwill, sell them in a garage sale or just throw them away. If you have a few items that you want your grandchildren to have when they’re grown (and you don’t trust your children to keep the items for them), you can put these items in storage, but think about how expensive five or ten years of storage will be before you do this.
I know that it’s hard to accept the fact that a lot of things you cherish will not even be considered worth keeping by other people when you’re gone. That’s just the facts. Don’t blame your children or relatives. It’s not their responsibility or duty to like or value the same things you like. Remember, when you give someone something, it now belongs to them. Be sure to tell them this. If they want to sell it in a garage sale, that’s fine with you. Of course, that’s probably not the way you feel, but there’s no need to lay a guilt trip on them and insist that they keep the item and cherish it. Even if they do keep it for a while, it may get thrown away later.
A lot of the things you will be giving people will be things that they will love and really enjoy having. By giving them the items now, you will get to see them enjoy these things and you’ll know the items went to the people you wanted to have them.
—From Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income
Happy 4th of July!
DID YOU KNOW?
• John Hancock was the only one who actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
• The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.
• Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey as the national bird, but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who suggested the bald eagle.
• Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on the 4th of July.
Read more fun facts about the 4th of July here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Using your noodle to keep the fridge dried out
When the old RV is in a rest-cycle, it just makes sense to keep the fridge doors propped open to let the fresh air roll in. Not only do things smell better when it’s time to hit the road again, but any “misses” in your cleaning efforts are less likely to turn into a mold-rearing farm. We’ve had various suggestions on how to keep the doors open, but here’s yet another take on the issue: Swim noodles, cut to the appropriate length, then a slot sliced lengthwise to fit over fridge hardware. Thanks to vanchitecture.
If you’ll be boondocking for a few days away from home, there’s no need to give up nice meals nor spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Precook some of your favorite dishes, then pack them up in aluminum foil containers or aluminum pouches. Popped in the freezer, they’ll be ready for you to reheat in your range or even outside on the gas grill.
The beauty is, you won’t have a lot of washing up to do afterward — just toss the containers in the trash. Surprisingly, pasta dishes work quite well on the reheat cycle. To determine appropriate amounts, when you cook up your meals, use a standard serving plate. Place the amount you’d serve at a meal on the plate, then transfer to your freezing containers. —Russ and Tiña De Maris
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Dogfriendly.com tells you everything to know about traveling or exploring with your dog. Bring Fido to the RV park, the beach, the restaurant and bar, and even see where he’s allowed to roam off-leash.
A DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent … that works!
Well, it’s that time again (unfortunately.) If you’re one of those people that mosquitoes love (we all know at least one person like this), this product is for you. A very impressive number of five-star reviews. This awesome DEET-free insect repellent works for mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. Keep this one handy, folks. As RVers, there’s a good chance you’ll probably need this. Learn more or order here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
How come there’s no Knock Knock joke about America?
Because freedom rings.
Why did the duck say bang?
Because he was a firequacker.
Which colonists told the most jokes?
What protest by a group of dogs occurred in 1772?
The Boston Flea Party.
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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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