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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1214


Tuesday, November 19, 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

“Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.” —John F. Kennedy

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Play Monopoly Day! *Psst: If you’re looking for a great Holiday gift, try this National Parks Monopoly

Tip of the Day

A case for RV driving school

by Jerry Minchey
Being skilled at driving (and backing) your RV not only makes you safer, but it can add a lot of joy to your RVing experience. When you’re backing into a campsite with half a dozen people watching you and you haven’t backed your rig since last year (or even if it was only last month), you’re probably not going to get it right the first time – maybe not even on the fifth try. This situation takes some joy out of your RVing experience.

The best way to learn to drive your rig is to take a course with a certified instructor and let him or her teach you in your own RV…. Or get some cardboard boxes and go to a Walmart parking lot early on a Sunday morning when it’s almost empty and practice turning, backing, etc. It’s not as good as taking a course, but you can learn a lot this way. And if you run over a cardboard box, it’s no big deal.

Remember, reading a book and practicing is not the same as actually taking an RV driving course; even if you get the book, still make plans to take a driving course as soon as you can.

I’m an instrument-rated pilot with over 2,000 hours of flying time, but I haven’t flown much in several years. I remember reading an article in one of the flying magazines that said that doctors had the highest accident rate of any group of pilots. The reasons the article gave were that doctors didn’t take enough time to do an adequate preflight check of the plane or the weather, they didn’t fly enough to stay proficient, and they were overconfident. In other words, they had more confidence in their ability to fly than was justified.

Make sure this doesn’t describe you when you’re driving or towing your RV. In addition to the safety factor, imagine pulling into a campground and backing your rig (motorhome, fifth-wheel, or camper) perfectly into your camping space the first time – even with everyone watching. That in itself makes the cost of the driving course worthwhile.

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Motorhome Engine Braking 101: What’s slowing you down?

If you’re thinking about a big Class A rig, fired by a diesel engine, listen up. That great big behemoth is mighty comfortable, but once it starts rolling, it can be a challenge to slow down. Read more.

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Quick Tip

Feeling flush? Your toilet likes more water!

Flushing the RV toilet when you step on that pedal, hold it down for a while. Most RV toilets have another pedal position that will allow you to add water without flushing. If the flush contains toilet paper, fill the bowl with water and then flush. More water in the black tank will make it easier for the enzymes to work if you use that type of black tank treatment.

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RVs & Campers: 1900-2000history-757

This entertaining book looks at the history and evolution of RVs and the lifestyle. Hundreds of nostalgic photographs show a wide variety of RVs through the years. See early auto tent-camping, converted buses, fold-out trailers, homemade campers and even traveling chapels with living quarters for pastors! This is a great gift for your favorite RVer! Learn more or order.

Free Camping at Walmart: How to do it
RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury explains how this pavement “camping” option works. Watch the video.

Random RV Thought

Rest areas are like little cities with a constantly changing population. Most RVers love rest areas. They are good places to stretch one’s legs, walk the dog, or to prepare a grilled cheese sandwich for dining at a picnic table.

Do you know where the world’s largest rest area is? Find out here.

New York Times best-selling books: Click.
Going full-time? Need a home base? This is the best.
New and interesting finds on Amazon. Wow! It’s fun exploring here.

Website of the day

Beat the crowds at these abandoned U.S. National Parks
Did you know that there are parks that used to be National Parks but are no longer? If you’re looking to beat the crowds at our popular National Parks, check out these instead. From National Geographic.

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:

• 32 percent believe that RVing will be more popular in 20 years than it is now.
• 61 percent think RV parks should offer “No campfire” zones.
• 11 percent are not a member of any RVing related club or organization.

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After an online vote in 2011, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius was Prii.

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Leave here with a laugh

“OLD” is when you don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along.

“OLD” is when “Getting lucky” means you find your car in the parking lot.

“OLD” is when “all-nighter” means not getting up to go potty!

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3 years ago

Fill your toilet bowl????? No, I don’t think so. Add more water to it….yes, but you sure don’t want to fill it.

Rory R
3 years ago

After reading the short article and seeing the question (Do you know where the world’s largest rest area is?), I clicked on the link expecting to find a story re: the world’s largest REST AREA, instead it was about the largest truck stop. I guess in my old age, I have become too literal……LOL

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Rory R

Hey, Rory. How’s it going? I thought the same thing when Emily put that in there but decided that I was just getting too persnickety so let it go. I then wondered if anyone would mention it — and here you are. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

3 years ago

The link to the abandoned National Parks requires an email address in order to access. To bypass that, I Googled the list. Here they are if you’re like me and strongly dislike having to give my email out.
Beat the crowds at these abandoned U.S. national parks

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma.
Wheeler Geologic Area, Colorado.
Mackinac Island State Park, Michigan.
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, North Dakota.
Fort McHenry National Monument, Maryland.
Papago Park, Arizona.
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Montana.

3 years ago
Reply to  LindaH

Mackinac Island State Park, Michigan. Please get your facts straight before calling this abandoned. It is not. I live in Michigan and here is the skinny. Mackinac Island State Park was established in 1895. For twenty years before that it had been Mackinac National Park, the United States’ second national park. Today, over eighty percent of Mackinac Island is State Park property, and most of this park land remains in its natural condition to be enjoyed. A great variety of historic and natural resources provides something of interest for every Mackinac Island visitor. Historic landmarks, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rock formations, quiet forests and inspiring nature trails are just minutes away. The sites are accessible by foot or bike, rented horse or buggy, sightseeing carriages or horse-drawn taxi. So even though I am bored with this state I am still going to defend her.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  jillie

Thank you for the updated information (direct from mackinacparks.com), Jillie. It really sounds like a great place to visit. I’m sure this was an honest mistake on LindaH’s part. But we appreciate your information. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

3 years ago

Your address to the Abandoned National Parks dos not work…My security software says it is a DANGEROUS SITE…Dont know what is going on , but would like to know about these sites…

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  travilenman

Hi, travilenman. All I can think of is that your computer is set for really tight security. However, the URL for this website begins with “https” — and the “s” stands for “secure.” And this is a National Geographic website, so I sure wouldn’t have any problem with clicking on it. I’m not a techy person, so there might be more to it than that, but that’s all I can think of at the moment. We’re very careful with what we link in our newsletters, so we appreciate hearing from our readers when they get warnings on something we’ve linked. Thank you for your concern and for letting us know. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

bob weed
3 years ago

Wouldn’t the plural of Prius, be PRI”US”, and the singular of Prius would be PRI”ME”..???

3 years ago
Reply to  bob weed

Considering Prius is an adjective, there is no plural. It’s a bit like buying a “Chevy Ugly” or a “RAM Thirsty” and claiming there are several Uglieses and Thirstieses in your campground.

3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

I just say there are Fords in the campground.

Mark B
3 years ago

Your 6 year old video for Walmart overnight could be updated. Estimates are closer to 25% of Walmarts now prohibit RV parking. Some because they are newer “Walmart Neighborhood Stores” with less parking, some because of local ordinance, some because RVs just aren’t welcome.

Walmart leaves the decision to allow an RV in the store manager hands. Unfortunately, at 10pm at night, you might get the MOD (manager on duty) who really has no clue about parking and just shrugs shoulders and says “I don’t know”.

I always do a little shopping first, then with bags in hand ask for manager then say “I’ve pulled over for a rest, would it be ok if I snooze in my RV?”.

3 years ago
Reply to  Mark B

Colorado wants you to park your RV in an RV park. Due to homeless problems. As so stated by the State Police. You will be ticketed.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

With all the motorhomes and trailers ALREADY parked at Walmart, even there, is iffy for practicing. Just sayin’.

3 years ago

Forgot to add the following to my previous comment.
I’ve never bought fuel in Connecticut since, most expensive state for fuel.
If you’re worried about the cost of fuel, then don’t buy an RV or a boat.

3 years ago

Back in the fall of 2012, when my wife and I were leaving for our 6 months of full timing, I budgeted $5.00/ gl of diesel fuel. I believe this was at a time when fuel was expensive. The most I paid over $4.00 ($4.30) was twice. Once in Big Bend National Park in Texas and my last fill up in Connecticut. I put 12,500 miles on my truck during that time.

3 years ago

For years the Beach Craft Bonanza was nicknamed “The doctor killer”