Monday, October 7, 2019
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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day.
Tip of the Day
Oops! The mistakes we make (and hopefully you do not!)
Every experienced RVer has at least one or two RVing moments he’d like to forget. RV insurer Progressive did a survey of 1,000 RVers to ask about their boo-boos. Here’s the short list of dumb things RVers often do:
1. Driving off with steps extended.
2. Backing into a post or other “stationary object.”
3. “Woops!” miscalculation on overhead or side clearance.
4. Improperly connecting tow lights.
5. Running out of fuel.
Down on the list, but certainly one that they’ll never be left to forget: Driving away from an RV stop and leaving behind a member of the group. Typically those left behind were spouses, pets or grandparents. Do this one yourself? Don’t feel bad – 20 of the respondents to the survey reported making this major gaff.
We often recommend preflight checklists for RVers, but obviously some of these boobers just don’t fit on the list.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Predator parallel generator power. A reader questions the power produced by parallel generators compared to what’s claimed in the ad.
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Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2020 Cougar fifth wheels and travel trailers, models 22RBS, 23MLS, 25RES, 26RBS, 26RKS, 27RES, 27SAB, 27SGS, 29BHS, 29FKD, 29RLD, 30RKD, 31MBS, 32RDB, 32RLI and 34TSB. The wiring for the solar preparation kit may have been incorrectly wired to the wrong side of the 12V breaker, potentially allowing an electrical short circuit in the event of damage to the wiring, which could lead to a fire. More.
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Full-time RVing – What about your driver’s license?
Planning on embarking on a lifestyle of full-time RVing? There are lots of considerations and details to be worked out, not the least of which is that little card in your wallet – a driver’s license. How does a full-time RVer who, by nature, doesn’t have a “fixed” address get a driver’s license that shows a “fixed” address? Find out here.
What did we learn about you from our reader polls last week? Find out here.
Camping in cold weather
From reader Elaine Csire: When it’s cold, we will often pull in our slides overnight so we only need to heat the smaller area. We put vent insulators into the skylights as well. These two things make a big difference to our comfort. Thanks for the tip, Elaine.
Random RV Thought
An excellent way to make instant friends in a campground is to walk with a cute dog (heck, even an ugly dog!). Your fellow campers will comment, which opens the door to further conversation and maybe even a new friendship.
Website of the day
Camping in Utah State Parks
If you’re headed toward beautiful Utah, you’ll be in for a treat if you camp at any of its state parks. Here is where to learn about each park, and make a reservation. Two of our favorites: Dead Horse Point State Park and Kodachrome State Park.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
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Over the past half-century, North America has lost more than a quarter of its entire bird population, or around 3 billion birds. That’s according to a new estimate published recently in the journal Science by researchers who brought together a variety of information that has been collected on 529 bird species since 1970.
Leave here with a laugh
Q: Why aren’t koalas actual bears?
A: They don’t meet the koalafications.
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