RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1137

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Welcome 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 you.


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Today’s Thought

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt


TIP OF THE DAY

Don’t rush to get going or this could happen

By Chuck Woodbury
I’ll never forget my first trip in my first motorhome. Before I had logged two hours, I had nearly killed a Reno, Nev., motorcycle cop. “You changed lanes and nearly ran me off the road,” he said as he wrote my ticket. 
My problem, I later concluded, was that I did not properly adjust my rear view mirrors on my new rig before rushing off on my trip. If I had, I would have seen the policeman and not changed lanes right on top of him. The point: Don’t be in a big rush to get going (and also, to check your mirrors).

Driving or towing an RV is a whole lot easier than many newcomers think. Most RVers say that after a few days at the wheel, they feel about as comfortable driving or pulling their RV as they do driving the family car. Read more.


Breaking NewsStock market website issues warning to sell or avoid buying Camping World stock, citing its many problems.
•New tariff’s taking toll on RV manufacturers, forcing higher prices to consumers.



RV CLUB OF THE DAY

Bounders of America

BOA is a non-profit international organization with U.S. and Canadian chapters formed in 1991 to promote camaraderie, pride of ownership, and use of Fleetwood Bounders for pleasure. Its members share information, go to rallies and have fun. Members receive the Bounder Beacon, a bimonthly newsletter providing the schedule of national and chapter rallies, rally reports, safety articles, technical help and more.


READER POLL

FREE TRAVEL INFORMATION

2019 Missouri Travel Guide
There’s plenty to do in the Show Me State, including plenty of great places to visit and camp with your RV. If you’re planning a trip there, send for a free travel guide. Or if you are in a hurry for the information, download it for instant reading and reference.

One of Missouri’s best-known recreation areas is the Lake of the Ozarks. Here’s a lot of great info about what to do there.

OTHER RESOURCES:
NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.


Seven brutally honest truths about full-time RV travel.


Don’t scream, just fix the screen!
This roll of screen repair tape is just what you need to fix those torn or ripped screens in your home or RV. Don’t waste money on a new screen! Cut as much tape as you need, stick it over the torn patch and you’re good to go. Learn more or order here.


QUICK TIP

Handy leveling tools
Got levels? Having bubble levels on the side and front or rear of your rig makes it easier to level up when you’re setting up. Or use a small “torpedo” level. With your rig known to be level, see if your storage bay trim or windows are also level. If they are, you can use a torpedo level lined up on the trim anywhere it’s convenient.

VIDEO TIP: SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
The active ingredients that give rise to severe thunderstorms. 16 minutes.


Pay as you go Dish TV. Designed with the RVer in mind. Click


TRIVIA

  • Florida has more toll roads and bridges than any other state in the Union.

WEBSITE OF THE DAY

My Itchy Travel Feet. This is dubbed “The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel.” Since May 2008, the authors have reported on active travel adventures covering both international and domestic destinations, small ship luxury cruises, national park adventures and more. What started as a boomer travel blog has evolved into an award-winning online travel magazine for baby boomers.


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:
• Thirty percent say $50 a night is too much to pay for a campsite.
• Forty-one percent often take a nap. Fifteen percent never do.
• Fifty-nine percent store their RV on their property when not traveling with it.


CLUBS & USEFUL ORGANIZATIONS
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• 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.


Towing and leveling equipment for your RV? Look here.
The best mail forwarding service in America. Click here.


LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH

You know you’re a mom when picking up another human to smell their butt is not only normal but totally necessary.


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18 COMMENTS

    • Well, Rory, since I have nothing better to do 😯 , I Googled toll roads. Looking at the chart in Wikipedia, it lists 10 toll roads in Oklahoma and 25 in Florida. I would guess Oklahoma just doesn’t have as many roads as Florida does (or maybe they’re longer, so there are fewer road names), but I don’t know how it ranks for the number of toll roads. Gotta get back to work. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

  1. I am letting everyone here know that in the state of Colorado you need to find an RV park because due to the homeless crises in Colorado there is no over nite parking anywhere. And if you decide to park at a truck stop? Watch your wallet and possessions. There is a truck stop off I 70 east of Denver that is a haven for criminals. We got robbed in a bathroom of all places. Still fighting the bank but at least its been taken care of. So do not get gas at a truck stop and if you need to rest? Find an RV park. Good luck.

    • Some areas of CO are hostile to RV parking, even on private property. For instance, Larimer County (Fort Collins) allows RV parking for only half the year on private property, which must also have a permitted dwelling. The other 180 days? Elsewhere. Fort Collins bans overnight RV parking; Colorado Springs just passed a no overnight curbside parking, and cops can confiscate the RV. However, this past month we found Loveland (south of Fort Collins) to be much more RV friendly. WalMarts there do allow overnight RV parking with store permission. So… as everywhere, it depends on the local city/county attitudes and ordinances.

      We’re currently back in our home state, but still in the truck camper, supporting our daughter who just lost her Vietnam vet husband. The city, Lakewood, WA, is another RV-hostile community. Overnight curbside RV parking is prohibited, so we’re backed into the yard for our emergency stay.

  2. My wife and best friend pointed this out: You drive very considerately and never seem to be in a hurry or as critical of others when we are in the RV. (seems I sometimes am a bit aggressive behind the wheel of our car). The fact is my mindset automatically changes when driving the RV as I suppose I instinctively understand the limitations of my RVs handling as opposed to a smaller vehicle. Not surprising I guess after 35 years+ of driving several different sizes of RV. I still don’t want to be the “lumbering RV holding up all the traffic”.

  3. There is more to be safe than just adjusting your mirrors. You need to use them and make safe choices. I feel that most drivers need training for RV,s. There is a big difference with RV,s and Mini vans

    • The most valuable mirrors on my truck are the glue-on wide-angle “spot” mirrors in the lower corner of my extended rear view mirrors. They cover the blind spots, and a glance confirms whether someone is running alongside. (Don’t depend on the double-sided self-stick ‘patch.’ Use a dab of good contact cement or ‘shoe-goo’ glue.)

  4. I see Pampers has a new Hi Tec diaper that will remove the smell test from new parents and deprive them of the smell test pleasures.

  5. Good on you C.Woodbury to admit that gaff,driving a car vs rv has different challenges in my opinion,you sure dont want to drive it like a sports car!

  6. Hope Camping World goes under and I’m glad to see the slowdown in RV production. Hope this provides parks and campgrounds, state, federal and private, the opportunity to catch up on much needed upgrading and maintenance.

      • I gotta say, Bob, if we lived “back east” instead of here in Nevada, I don’t think we’d even OWN an RV. Out here it’s pretty much ‘find a view – park the house’ for us.

    • Do you have any idea of how many people Camping World employs? Yeah, hoping they go under is a good thing (being sarcastic).

    • Disagree. I love CW more then anything in the world. Has helped us out in a pinch more times then I can count. Support your local CW and do not listen to the nay sayers.

    • The American free market will decide if CW makes it or not. But I wouldn’t wish it on the families who rely on a CW pay check to survive.

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