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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1161

From the editors of, “The RVers’ Voice of Reason.”

Tuesday, September 3, 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, tips on 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

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” —Abraham Lincoln

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Welsh Rarebit Day.

Tip of the Day

Buying a home? Can you park your RV there?

With the interest on mortgages so low these days, many people are buying new homes. But RVers should be careful about where they buy their new home if they plan to keep their RV in the driveway or elsewhere on their property. Not a week passes that a community somewhere in North America doesn’t enact a law restricting where a property owner may park an RV.

In some cases, an RV is simply not allowed on the street for more than a day or two. In others, an RV can’t be stored on a driveway, or anywhere else where it can be seen by the public. In some cases, RVs are not allowed anywhere on the property or on the street at anytime except for loading and unloading. So if you plan to buy a new home, be sure to check with local authorities about zoning laws regarding RV storage. And even if there are no restrictions, ask around to see if there is talk about enacting any.

Did you miss the latest RV Recalls newsletter?
Read August’s recalls here and see if your RV or vehicle is on the list.

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Helpful resources


Random RV Thought

“While the sight of a bald eagle has thrilled campers for generations, the sight of a bald man does nothing for the eagle.” Submitted in 2002 by reader in Jim Schrankel (who’s still a reader, BTW. Thanks, Jim!), and published in issue 35.

Website of the day

North American Truck Camper Owners Association
Part of the International Truck Camper Owners Association. A non-profit RV organization dedicated to promoting the truck camper as an RV lifestyle, with forums, rallies and more.

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• Attention Big Rig RV owners! This annual road atlas will keep you away from too-narrow roads and low bridges. Learn more or order.
 Camping at Corps of Engineers Campgrounds. Many RVers consider these the very best places to stay. Learn more or order the directory.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• Only six percent consider 20-amp service all they need when hooking up.
• Seventeen percent travel full-time with their RV.
• Fifty percent paid cash for their RVs, so no payments. Five percent still have 15 years or more until their loan is paid off.

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Dogs are susceptible to theobromine poisoning, typically from ingestion of chocolate. Theobromine is toxic to dogs because, although the dog’s metabolism is capable of breaking down the chemical, the process is so slow that for some dogs even small amounts of chocolate can be fatal, especially dark chocolate.

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Leave here with a laugh

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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3 years ago

man who stands on toilet could be from china (a lot of national parks have signs posted in bathrooms on how to use them for the chinese visitors)

Bob H
3 years ago

Man who run ahead of car is tired.
Man who run behind car is exhausted!

Tim Bear
3 years ago

can parking – transitive verb 1: Lining up three or more cans in a linear arrangement.

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim Bear

So, I guess that’s how those that own “tin can” trailers and members of Tin Can Tourists park at rallies, etc.? Boy, I opened up a can of worms with this one. 😉 😀 —Diane at

Jim Schrankel
3 years ago

Wow, I’ve been “a reader since 2002”! Can’t believe how time flies. And yet after all those years and issues, I’m still learning new things from your newsletters! Thanks Chuck! Regards, Jim

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Jim Schrankel

Thank you, Jim! And I’ll just bet we could learn a few things from you, too. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

3 years ago

Buying a home? Can you can park your RV there?
(copied from above)

Does anyone know what “can parking” is?

3 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

I can not.

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

Dang! I’m picturing parking in a Quonset hut-shaped shelter? That would look sort of like parking in a can. Thanks for catching that, Robbie (and Bill). 😯 —Diane at

3 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Don’t correct it! It made perfect sense to me if you have watched some people parking their RV.

can parking – kan par-king – verb
1. Backing a vehicle until it strikes the trashcans, either by accident or as an auditory navigation aid. Hard of hearing folks should not utilize this method.
2. Continuing to back the vehicle into the garage wall, at which point the rear end crumples like a beer can. This especially applies to tin RVs.
3. Poor parking in general. eg. “He really sh**-canned that parking job!”

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

😆 😆 😆 Thanks, Wolfe! That was worth the oversight! 😀 —Diane at