Friday, October 25, 2019
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and 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. Please tell your friends about us.
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Tip of the Day
Free fishing across the USA
If you love to fish, but are frustrated that there’s no national fishing license to allow you to fish in every state, then here’s a tip. Seek out RV parks that have their own private fishing lakes where no state license is required. Generally, no public waters flow in or out of these lakes and ponds. In most cases, the policy will be “catch and release” but sometimes it’s okay to keep the catch if you pay for it — per fish or per pound. Often, the park’s store will provide you with fishing gear or rent you the basics. A nice benefit to this setup is that the fishing hole is typically a short walk away from your campsite.
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Alternatives to expensive RV resorts and campgrounds
It’s easy to find an amenity-filled campground when traveling. But what do you do if you are on a tighter budget and can’t afford campgrounds that have excess funds to spend on advertising and camper magnets like swimming pools and golf courses? Or would you just like a little more space for yourself and don’t need a bunch of amenities? Veteran RVer and boondocker Bob Difley (“Boondock Bob”) explains some alternatives here.
You may have missed these stories last week…
- National Parks may slash benefits to Senior Pass holders
- The weirdest RV you have ever seen. And it’s for sale
- “Abandoned” Seattle RV – Truth is stranger than fiction
- Transporter shutdown may become a Camping World headache
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Gamble on a casino?
Many casinos welcome RVers to “come on in” and drop a little cash. Oftentimes they’ll allow free overnight stays on their parking lot. Sometimes there’s an actual RV park on the premises. Even if you’re not into chancing your money on “Lady Luck,” casino restaurants often have low-priced meals and sometimes even free entertainment. If overnight stays are free, then go for the sure bet and stay overnight and use the money you save to help fuel up down the road.
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Random RV Thought
How many pots and pans do you carry in your RV? Which ones have you used in recent times? Those you have not used you likely don’t need: leave them at home from now on. They’re just extra weight.
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Website of the day
The most famous home in every state
If you’ve got a little bit of time to kill, read this list of the most famous homes in all 50 states. There are some neat lookin’ houses here with fascinating histories.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
• Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
• No park Walmarts. Best directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.
Essential equipment for RVers!
Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
This best-selling product reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and sediment in drinking water with a 100-micron fiber filter. Use it at your campsite to keep sediment out of your RV water tank and improve the taste and smell of your drinking water. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a big discount.
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As to the Reader Poll: I like to drive my RV. However there has been two times that it has been towed, and evidently it became a toad.
Interesting that you would feature a piece on casinos today. Just this morning, a woman angry for being kicked out of a local casino came back about 6 a.m. and rammed her RV through the front door of the casino! One employee was seriously injured, and still hospitalized…. the woman is under arrest.
Only 61 days until Christmas. For us guys that means we only have 60-1/2 days until we need to get out and do our last-minute shopping.
I HATE CLOWNS!
What happened to the Reader Poll?
Hi, Nancy. The Reader Poll was there, and working, when I proofed the newsletter, and it’s there now. There have been more than 1,900 votes on it, so it appears to be working for most folks. Perhaps you have popups blocked on your device? I’m not sure, but I’m sorry you’re having trouble with it. —Diane at RVtravel.com
I had the same problem when I clicked on “read Issue” in the email, but I have found that if I click to “view in the browser” that I then see the Reader Poll. (Not a computer person so don’t know if I make myself clear.) BUT this “change” took place for me after you were redoing something on you site.
Thanks for your explanation, KellyR. I’ll mention this to our IT folks and see if one of them knows why it’s doing that. (I’m not a computer person either but maybe they can figure out what changed.) 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com
it’s great that you have a 36,000# DP some of us are not that lucky. what i get out of it is not just pots & pans but anything that you haven’t used for awhile take out. no need to have the extra items in your RV if you don’t need them and reduces overall weight.
Technically, if you carry 2 extra pounds one thousand miles you have effectively moved the equivalent of 1 ton 1 mile.
When your coach is 36,000 lbs or more a few extra pots and pans don’t mean squat for costing you extra fuel. The same goes for fresh water. I carry a full tank of fresh water which is 80 gallons. You never know what may happen while traveling especially if you break down someplace and will need to hole up for a number of days. At least we will be able to flush the toilet and take showers without worrying about water.
I always travel with water tank full, I have even refilled at small stores
“Been there – Done that” no water in tank, end of driving day and no CG scheduled, and no place to get water…. dry camped in parking lot somewhere. Wont happen again.