Monday, October 28, 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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“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.” —Dodinsky
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Day!
• Did you miss our Sunday recap of all important news for RVers from last week? Click here to read it.
• Oh, and if you missed Mike Sokol’s RV Electricity Newsletter, also published yesterday, it’s here.
Tip of the Day
RVing in cold weather
If you’ll be using your RV this winter in areas where the temperature can dip pretty low, here are some tips from the RV Industry Association about how to RV efficiently.
• Check your water system. Some RVs are constructed and insulated so the entire water system can be used, provided that heat is maintained in the unit. Look in your owner’s manual to find out if your unit has this feature and how low the temperature can go before a potential freezing problem may occur.
• If you’re not sure about your vehicle’s capabilities, leave the water system winterized and use a portable water source. Also, remember to add more non-toxic antifreeze to the holding tanks, as waste water added to the tanks during the trip will dilute the antifreeze.
• Heating an RV in the winter requires an adequate LP gas supply. LP gas tanks should be full for extended cold-weather trips. RVers should also make sure only propane is used in the tanks, not butane. Butane will not work in temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Winter campers should select a sunny campsite over a shady one, near a wind break if possible. Park with either the front or rear of the RV into the wind. It is wise to make reservations ahead to ensure the campground is open. There may not be many choices in a particular area in the off-season.
• Driving speeds should be kept down on icy roads. RV drivers should frequently check the “feel” of the road when no other vehicles are near to determine limits for safe acceleration and braking.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Why did this plug burn up? A member of Mike’s Facebook RV Electricity group wonders why his RV’s 30-amp power connection prong was charred and semi-melted from his last trip to a campground.
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• While you’re at it, be sure to join his popular Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
Can you afford to snowbird?
Are you an RVer tired of the cold winter weather and ready to become a snowbird? Worried you can’t afford it? Here from Russ and Tiña De Maris are a few things to help you figure out whether or not you can fit the snowbird lifestyle into your financial limits. Learn more.
This nightlight with bears roasting marshmallows around a campfire would look so cute in your RV. Click here
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Women who want to RV after death of a spouse
Women, more often than men, end up alone after the loss of a spouse. At such a time, a woman may decide that she no longer wants to live in her big home. Her thoughts may turn to traveling full-time by RV. But what to do with the house? Should she sell it and give up what amounts to a good investment — and sever the ties with her fixed-foundation past? One solution is to put the home’s contents into storage and rent out the house for a year. After the time has passed, either move back home or keep renting it and continue to travel. Or, as some do, sell the home and its contents and then return to the road as a truly free spirit.
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Random RV Thought
It’s hard to know for sure if you’re in an earthquake when camped in an RV. A few wind gusts can create pretty much the same effect.
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This adorable retro radio charges via USB, and wirelessly connects to all your devices through Bluetooth. It also connects to Alexa, so you can place your Amazon orders, get the weather, listen to the news, and more. It couldn’t be cuter, and it comes in many colors. Order one here.
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Website of the day
Find a National Park
Let this be your guide to locating U.S. National Parks and what they offer visitors. From well-known places like Yosemite and Yellowstone to out-of-the-way National Monuments and historic sites, you’ll find it here. Search by state.
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