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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1212

Friday, November 15, 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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Today’s thought

“Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.” —Brian Tracy

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Tip of the Day

Route planning tips

Plan your route ahead of time. We discovered that we could get free maps from state Tourist Boards and good advice from local Chambers of Commerce. From the latter you can learn about local, free attractions as well as the best sites within their borders; they may also send you coupons for everything from restaurants to museums. They’re a good source for info on free festivals and fairs that may tickle your fancy.
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Essential items for day to day living
Toothpaste • Laundry soap • Hand soap  • Shampoo • Razor blades • Pet food • Pain reliever pills • Pain creams  • Low dose aspirin • Antacid relief • Lipstick • Reading glasses • Breakfast cereal • Coffee • Tea • Bottled water • Soft drinks

Surviving a tire blowout

Having a blowout while driving your car can be a nerve-racking experience. Now, in your mind, put yourself behind the wheel of a motorhome and the gut-wrenching imagery increases exponentially. Still, a blown tire on an RV, regardless of its size or type, is not a “game-ender.” Keeping a cool head and reacting properly can mean a safe — and stable — outcome. It’s a matter of understanding and applying some simple rules. Read this important information from Russ and Tiña De Maris.

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Quick Tip

Temporary fix for blown skylight

Here’s a “hope it never happens to you, but just in case” suggestion. An RVer had the misfortune of meeting up with a particularly difficult hailstorm, which broke out a skylight. With no RV repair tech available, what to do? The RVer got an umbrella, pushed it up from inside the RV to roof level, then hit the “deploy” button, then pulled it back down tight and secured the handle. Might not be too great if a lot of wind shows up but, hey, for a short spell it may be a solution.

Random RV Thought

Some RVers like a Class C motorhome because of the big bed over the cab. If this is used for sleeping, then more space below can be used for “living.” Thus a 24-foot Class C motorhome may have as much walking around space as a 28-foot Class A or maybe even a larger one. The only problem with the upstairs bed besides being hard to make is that if two people sleep in it, then the one far forward – near the front of the vehicle – can feel trapped. And it is no easy task getting up in the night for a potty break.

Website of the day

50 States gives you official travel guides and tons of information for every state. There’s not much you can’t get here…

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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.
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• 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.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
No-park Walmarts. Best directory of stores that do not allow overnight stays with RVs.


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Leave here with a laugh

Three guys are stranded on a desert island. One day, they find a magic lantern containing a genie. The genie grants them each one wish. The first guy wishes he was off the island and back home. The genie grants his wish and poof, he’s back home. The second guy wishes the same thing and, poof, he’s gone, too. The third guy says, “I’m lonely. I wish my friends were back here.”

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

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3 years ago

I really enjoy the information provided here,,,BUT…an umbrella?!?! Give me a break!

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Barry

Well, Barry, I thought it was a pretty nifty emergency, temporary “repair.” What would you have done in the middle of a hailstorm with a broken-out skylight, even if there were a repairman nearby? He didn’t even have to go up on the roof (during the storm)! 😀 —Diane at

Diane Hawley
3 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

It is a clever quick temporary fix. Better than a bucket on the floor. I’d replace a broken skylight with tempered glass skylight so it won’t break, which is what the factory should do in the first place.

Peggy Mason
3 years ago

Another recourse for low cost and unusual campsites is Hipcamp. They have an app. Friends of mine have used it. Farms, fields, waterfront locations. Some with amenities. Tents, Rvs pr other accomodations.

3 years ago

I’m lucky to have a discount movie theater near me, so I go a lot more often now then I did a few years ago. It’s still a fun outing when you’re only paying $3.50. It’s a lot easier to shrug off the smaller inconveniences at that low price.

Garry Hammond
3 years ago

I have a large home theater system installed in my “sticks and bricks” man-cave.
No real need to go out to the movies.
And… they serve beer in MY theater! 🙂

Joe & Helen
3 years ago

We were going to buy some for Christmas presents but after reading numerous bad reports and damage caused by the Microwave Oven Cleaner right there on the Amazon web site we changed our minds. OIF Microwave Oven Steam Cleaner Easily Cleans The Crud in Minutes. Steam Cleans and Disinfects with Vinegar and Water for Home or Office Kitchens: Health & Personal Care

3 years ago

I stopped going to theaters years ago. Way, way too loud. Then you got the morons disturbing you for more to eat, potty runs, talking, cell phone lights, feet on the chair next to you, etc. I used to go to a lot of movies but all this has gotten to be too much. Better to enjoy at home with a good sound-surround system that you can control and replay a section of a movie if necessary.

3 years ago

With the price of movies today (and the NO-quality of most of them), I think my movie going days are well behind me!

3 years ago

I enjoy seeing movies during the week, matinees, rarely more than a dozen other people in the theater compared to evenings or weekends. So it sometimes is even my own private movie theater, depending on if the movie has been out for more than a week. So even though I have access to Netflix and all the rest, I personally really enjoy getting out and catching a good movie. Just my opinion:))

Sink Jaxon
3 years ago

I think there are +’s and -‘s about going to the theaters, sitting next to a complete stranger for 2 hours is uncomfortable for me, but the big screen and sound effects are exciting! But I rarely go because we live far out in the country. I might go more often if it were more convenient…and of course if there were better movies these days 🙂 if ya knowadahmean…

M. Will
3 years ago

Why would you want to pay good money to go and see a movie in a movie theater and then have to put up with some idiots smartphone ringing during the movie??

Steve flippo
3 years ago

Hollywood is dead to me. I refuse to contribute to that gaggle of degenerates.

3 years ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

With you having 16 “upvotes”, I now know I am not the only one that feels that way. Thanks!

Stay cool

3 years ago

Midnight potty breaks is why I have twin beds.

Diane Hawley
3 years ago
Reply to  tom

Don’t drink liquids after 6pm anymore and hopefully you can stay in bed snoozing all night. ☺️