Thursday, July 25, 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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“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day!
TIP OF THE DAY
Not all air conditioners are created equal
Advice from JD Sanders, a northern Florida RV dealer
Not too long ago we lost a sale on a new travel trailer to a dealer south of us. That dealer sold the customer the same make and model unit that we stocked, but that dealer sold the unit for about $350 less than we could.
A while later the customer came to us for service complaining that he could not get the air conditioner to cool down the coach. Our service manager examined his a/c unit and found it to be only 11,000 BTUs, too small to cool his 25-foot trailer even in north Georgia, where he lives. If he would have paid the additional $350 for our trailer, he would have 13,500 or higher BTU air conditioner. It cost that customer far more than $350 to replace his underpowered air conditioner.
Lesson: Be sure you know how much “air conditioning” you are buying when purchasing a new RV.
• President’s tariffs crash American RV Industry. Sales are down, trouble ahead?
• Winnebago recalls 2018-2019 Forza motorhomes. Storage doors may open unexpectedly.
• RV park residents in sizzling Mississippi angry about no electricity. Owner behind in bills, that’s why.
RV CLUB OF THE DAY
Loners on Wheels: Loners on Wheels (LoW) is an RV club of legally single men and women who enjoy traveling, camping, RV caravanning and the lifestyle of singles. It is not a match-making or dating service, although love has bloomed at times. LoW has chapters in most U.S. states who have monthly campouts or other activities.
Answer to the Pop Quiz in this coming Saturday’s RVtravel.com newsletter: Bobby Troup. Details in the issue. The prize: A very cool pair of Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones.
Did you buy a lemon RV?
Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Keep stinky odors out of your RV (relied on by the RV Travel staff). Click.
Can you smell the money? In 2017, more than $869,000 was left behind by passengers at U.S. airport checkpoints. —SOURCE: TSA
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Need a dog walker? A dog-sitter or boarder? Use Rover to find locals in your area (they’re background checked and insured!) to watch your pup while you’re out for the day, week or month! We’re big fans of this site. (Psst! Using the link above will earn you $20 off your first booking!)
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-four percent talk on their phone when driving, 23% only rarely.
• Ninety-eight percent of our readers are 50 or older
• Just over half bought their RV brand-new from an RV dealer.
Walmarts. Directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
An RVer named Ray travels with a talkative but foul-mouthed parrot. One day in a campground outside Denver, the bird swore non-stop. Frustrated, Ray grabbed it by the throat and told it to shut up. Moments later, the bird was swearing again.
The next day, the parrot swore so loudly the RV park manager demanded its silence. Desperate, Ray locked the bird in a cupboard. Alas, no help. The next day, the bird was worse. So, as a last resort, Ray tossed it into his refrigerator. After five minutes, all was quiet. Worried the bird might be freezing to death, Ray took it out. “I’m sorry,” said the suddenly-polite bird. “I promise to never swear again.” Ray was astonished. He couldn’t understand the change in attitude.
“By the way,” asked the parrot, “what did the chicken do?”
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