RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1141

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Tuesday, July 30, 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

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Father-In-Law Day!

Tip of the day

Eye in the sky for RV security

By Mike Sokol

RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1141While I like to believe that people are generally honest, I’m getting at least a half-dozen emails every week from readers who have had someone steal things from their campsites. Sometimes these are not expensive, like folding lawn chairs. But we all worry about our portable generators, surge protectors and scooters growing wings and flying off in the middle of the night. While none of us like the idea of a Big Brother monitoring our every move, what you really need for your RV is a Little Brother of sorts.

Enter Blink XT2, a waterproof digital security camera that can alert you of movement around your campsite, and provide a recording of the goings-on in question. It will even upload a copy of the video to the cloud if it’s available.

Now, I’ve not used this particular security camera yet, but it does offer real possibilities for campsite security. Read more about the Blink XT2 here and see for yourself if it might be a good fit for you.



RV club of the day

National African American RVer’s Association: Like its names says, this is a group for African American RVers. The family-oriented nonprofit organization meets annually at a national rally. As a result, friendships that may have originated at a rally are kept alive, and new ones are developed among adult members and youth. 


Reader Poll



HELPFUL RESOURCES
NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.


New and interesting finds at Amazon.com. Wow! It’s fun exploring here.


Trivia

My, how times change! In March, 2002, in a survey of the readers of RVtravel.com, 46 percent still used a film camera to take photos. Six percent reported they never took photos. We’re pretty sure the term “selfie” was a long way off.


Website of the day

Roadside America. This the best, most wonderful guide to the oddities along the American roadside. You can spend hours here. If you love weird and wonderful things to visit, bookmark this for sure.


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:
• More than half of our readers (53%) travel with a dog.
• Verizon is their favorite cell service (54%).
• Nearly 60% of our readers consider Internet access very important where they camp.


RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1141Don’t take a break on your brakes! 
Wonder what it would be like to have your brakes go out while you’re going down a long, steep grade? You might find out if you don’t stay on top of your brake fluid levels! Buy yourself a brake-fluid tester for less than $10 to check your levels. Simply dip the tester into your rig’s brake fluid and you’ll be able to see where you stand. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

A turtle is crossing the road when he’s mugged by two snails. When the police show up, they ask him what happened. The shaken turtle replies, “I don’t know. It all happened so fast.”


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M. Will

Don’t want to open up a can of worms but after seeing the item about the NAARVA Association on this 1141 page I’m a bit confused. People a constantly complaining about inclusion of all races in this country and how we are all in this together but I don’t get it. If we are all one then why is there a need for NAARVA? Please let me know what I am missing here? Thanks!

Debbie Peterson Jenson

We have the blink system for our home and it works great via our WiFi, I am not sure it would work where we go camping.

Dave

I answered the survey that I’m both a dog and cat person. That is of course as long as they are in YOUR RV.

HT Morgan

The Thought of the day reminds me of a quote attributed to the Navy Seals. Told by a commander before they went on missions. “It is what it is, you got what you got, do what you’ve come to do.”

Bill Jeffrey

Interesting ad for the brake fluid tester. Although the text assures us TWICE that it tests the level of the brake fluid, that is one thing it does NOT do. Instead, it appears to check the amount of water that has gotten into the fluid, if any. While this can be important, the ad should at least describe it correctly.