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.
“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.
From RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget Available on amazon.com.
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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.
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.
From So, you want to be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]. Available on Amazon.com.
RVs & Campers: 1900-2000
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.
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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