July 18, 2019
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TIP OF THE DAY
Shocking statistics about RV tire pressure
Almost a quarter of all RVs on the road have overloaded tires, according to the Recreational Vehicle Safety Education Foundation (RVSEF). Nearly 40% of RVers say they go six months or more between inflation pressure checks, and 85% of motorhomes are unevenly loaded or have out-of-balance loads by 400 pounds or more.
An overloaded vehicle with underinflated tires is bad news. Tires, bearings, suspensions and other components all wear out more quickly with heavier loads. Handling is also compromised and stopping distances are lengthened when a vehicle is overloaded — both of which compromise safe driving. The fact that 40 percent of RV owners admit they go six months or more between checking tire pressures is problematic. Tires, even in good condition, can lose between one and two pounds of inflation pressure per month.
RV CLUB OF THE DAY
Vintage Airstream Club
Is your Airstream 25 years or older? Are you a member of the WBCCI (Wally Byam Caravan Club International)? Then you qualify for membership in the VAC. As a member you will have the opportunity to learn more about your vintage beauty and meet other owners of these classy and historic RVs.
FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION
South Dakota is a spectacular place to visit with an RV. There’s Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, Wall Drug with its 5 cent coffee, and the ever-evolving Crazy Horse Memorial. Send for a free 2019 travel guide or download it for instant viewing.
Tips for maximizing your smartphone battery during a power outage (courtesy of Cummins)
• Hot-weather driving is hard on your vehicle. Travel during the morning and in the late afternoon to lessen impact on you and your vehicle.
• Realize that it might take your motorhome or large fifth wheel the length of a football field to come to a complete stop.
• To avoid headlight glare in a campground, select a campsite inside a curve in the campground road, not outside.
- In Ponca City, Oklahoma, a tornado once picked up a house with a man and his wife still in it. Though the walls and roof were blown away, the floor remained intact and eventually glided downward, setting the couple safely back on the ground.
(Website of the day removed. Totally unintentional “destination,” and we sincerely apologize.)
And the survey says. . .
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• One-fifth would like a built-in bathtub in their RV!
• Fifty-eight percent never stay in a KOA campground.
• Three-quarters always add chemicals or other additives to their RV black tank.
CLUBS & USEFUL ORGANIZATIONS
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
• Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
• Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
• No park Walmarts. Best directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.
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LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
From the police blotter:
• A deputy responded to a report of a vehicle stopping at mailboxes. It was the mail carrier.
• A woman said her son was attacked by a cat, and the cat would not allow her to take her son to the hospital.
• A resident said someone had entered his home at night and stolen bacon from the refrigerator. Upon further investigation, police discovered his wife had gotten up for a late-night snack.
• A man reported that a squirrel was running in circles on Davis Drive, and he wasn’t sure if it was sick or had been hit by a car. An officer responded, and as he drove on the street, he ran over the squirrel.
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