Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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Tip of the Day
Is a “Campground Full” sign always correct?
When you’re looking for an overnight stop don’t routinely drive by campgrounds with “Campground Full” signs at the entrance.
Often, busy campground hosts don’t promptly update their campground’s status and may actually have a vacancy. And if not, they may know which local campgrounds do.
Also, some campgrounds — especially public campgrounds like state parks — have overflow parking available for a night or two, even though they don’t post that information. It never hurts to ask before moving on.
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RV holding tank care
Dear RV Doctor,
I think I’ve seen more words written about holding tank care and operation than any other single subject. You wrote a description of an all-natural, microbial-based holding tank additive that, at least according to the maker, allows the microbes to digest waste such as proteins, oils, grease and paper, all the while preventing odor. If this product does what it says, when I know my motorhome is going to be out of service for a couple of weeks, why wouldn’t I empty my black tank and then fill it up with water, dump in the appropriate amount of this product and let those microbes go to work? Read the rest of the question and the RV Doctor’s answer.
Daimler Vans USA is recalling 1,232 model year 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter vehicles. The airbag systems may not have been activated after vehicle production.
Going “formal” on the road
If you’re on the road often with your RV there may come a time when you need a suit and tie for a wedding, funeral or other occasion. Most RVers don’t carry such attire because it takes up valuable closet space for something they’ll probably never need. If you’re on the road and need to “get formal” for one occasion, you can probably find suitable attire at a used clothing store, or even Goodwill for a downright bargain price. It’s worth looking rather than spending a lot of money on new clothes or even renting for a day (if you can find a place to do that).
Stay warm this winter
- Space heater uses less than two amps! RVtravel.com has one, loves it! More.
- This 12-volt electric blanket will keep your cozy. Click.
- Camco’s insulated skylight cover keeps the heat in your RV from escaping. More.
Random RV Thought
On the last day of an RV trip, if you are hooked up to water and sewer it’s a good idea to wash your tables, counters, floor, fridge and other places inside your RV. If you wait until you get home, when you may not be hooked up, your water will likely be limited and you’ll end up draining water into a holding tank which you’d probably prefer stay empty.
Website of the day
A short history of the campsite
This article is fascinating. It explains the history of campgrounds, why they were created, how they are used, and what the idea of “camping” means to those who do it. It’s not “getting away to experience nature,” but existing in nature in a safe environment. But there is much, much more.
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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:
• Twenty-four percent never listen to a broadcast radio station while driving.
• Eighty-one percent of their dogs are microchipped.
• Eleven percent have been shocked when touching an RV.
Placed end to end, the trails in Florida State Parks would stretch from South Florida to New Hampshire. There are more than 1,500 miles of trails for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.
Leave here with a laugh
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