RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1228

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Monday, December 9, 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

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pastry Day!


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday news for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Motorhome shopping most-wanted checklist

Some ideas from Bill Myers:
• Has great curb appeal. Looks good and is something you can be proud to own and drive.
• Feels modern when you step into it. No purple velour on the walls or seats. No puke-green shag carpet, no burnt-orange refrigerator.
• Has no unusual odors – no tobacco smells, no food smells, no pets odors, and absolutely no wet, mildewy smell.
• Has a real bathroom, one that you can stand up in without bumping your head. And a real sink with a vanity.
• Has a real shower – large enough to stand up and move around in.
• Has a full-size refrigerator that runs on electric and propane – with enough room in the freezer to hold at least six microwave dinners.
• Has a large kitchen area with enough counter space to prepare food.
• Has a dinette where you can sit and eat meals or use a computer.
• Has a comfortable couch with reading lights above and long enough to stretch out on.
• Has a side entry door – no rear door entry for me.
• Has enough room inside for me and my traveling companion, with sufficient storage space for all that we carry.
• Is new enough that it has modern safety features like driver and passenger air bags.
• Has less than 40,000 miles.
• Is easy to drive, easy to park, has no squeaks or strange noises, handles well on the highway, in the wind and when big trucks pass by.
• Is not so long or wide that it is difficult to drive and restricted from some national parks.
• Is mechanically reliable – with wide availability of parts and can be worked on just about anywhere in the country.

When I find a motorhome that satisfies all the above, I can be pretty sure it will be one I’ll enjoy. And when I get ready to sell it, it’ll likely appeal to a lot of potential buyers and will sell quickly.

From Buying a Used Motorhome – How to get the most for your money and not get burned. Available on Amazon.com.

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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Move it like a roadie! Moving heavy things easily and safely around your campsite. (Learn from the master – and find out how he knows so much about this.)

• If you missed Mike’s most recent RVelectricity newsletter, read it here.
Sign up for Mike’s monthly RV Electricity Newsletter so you won’t miss it again.
• While you’re at it, be sure to join his popular Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.



A downside to full-time RVing

While most people think about the adventure of full-time RVing, there is another side to full-timing that is most often not talked about and ignored — the disconnection you may feel from family, friends and a community; it can be tough to take for some RVers. Watch this video from David Bott of Outside Our Bubble, with an accompanying article by his wife, Brenda.


Reader poll

What did we learn about you from our reader polls last week? Find out here.


Afraid of water damage in your RV? You need this!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 865
This essential water damage tool helps home and RV owners measure moisture content in wood, concrete drywall and subflooring. Use the pin sensors to find the moisture content in your home. The easy-to-read LCD display will help you know if you need to dry the existing materials or replace with brand-new ones, and can be used as a water leak detector after flood damage. You’ll want to buy this here. 


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.


Quick Tip

Gone fishin’!

Did you know you can fish without a fishing license or stamps in Texas state parks? Just bring your fishing gear and family or friends to a state park, pay the park entry fee, and you’re ready to wet some hooks. If you don’t have any fishing gear, don’t worry. Many state parks loan fishing equipment for use in the park. Learn more.


GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT
Monocular telescope connects to phone, wow!
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 860

This is one of the neatest gadgets we’ve seen in a while! This waterproof monocular telescope connects right to your phone, so you can take photos of that bird waaaaaaay over there. You can n
ow photograph anything up to 10x closer than before. Great for birdwatching, concerts or any sporting event. We already bought one! Learn more or order.


RV and RV-related recalls for November. Is your RV or other vehicle on the list? Read the latest issue of this newsletter here


Random RV Thought

Beginning right after the end of the year, get ready for some RV excitement! It’s RV Show time all across the USA and Canada. Shows usually run a few days long and showcase hundreds of RVs of all shapes and sizes. Even if you don’t want to buy a new RV, it’s fun to attend one of these shows and just look. (*Make sure you’re always reading our Sunday newsletter to see upcoming RV shows!)


The best gifts for RVers!
Check out our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide right here.


Website of the day

The best places to visit in 2020
Conde Nast has released its annual list of the best places to visit in the upcoming year. If you’re looking for a new adventure (and perhaps one outside of the RV), take a peek.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

How to prevent a thief from stealing your RV surge protector.
• Wife objects to hubby’s waste disposal tactics.
Several Q&A’s regarding buying RV tires.
#875F


News for RVers #922, Sunday editionThe cutest ornament we’ve ever seen…
This adorable little camp stove is the perfect addition to your, or a family or friend’s, Christmas tree this year. Makes the perfect gift for an RVer, camper, hiker, fisher…well, anyone! Learn more or order here (and see some other equally cute RV-related ornaments here).


Trivia

The word “PEZ” comes from the German word for peppermint — PfeffErminZ. Failed PEZ flavors include coffee, eucalyptus, menthol, and flower.


Leave here with a laugh

Actual computer tech support question:
Tech support: How may I help you?
Customer: I’m writing my first e-mail.
Tech support: Okay, and what seems to be the problem?
Customer: Well, I have the letter ‘a’ in the address, but how do I get the circle around it?

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

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Butch
9 months ago

at the age of 65 I had a cat scan & found out I only had 1 kidney. I stopped all drinking of alcohol

squeakytiki
9 months ago

I answered other because I like cocktails. Hard alcohol but it’s mixed with tonic or ginger beer or whatever.

Rory R
9 months ago

Bill Meyers has a list of items that seem to say “I want a used bus conversion that has everything my stick and bricks has, plus some” He also wants it to appreciate in value and make a profit when he sells it. The assumption seems to be buy low and sell high. I sure hope I’m alive to see his update when he finds it…..

Gene Bjerke
9 months ago

I guess Bill Myers wouldn’t be interested in any Class B motorhomes. What he wants to do is jack up a house and put wheels under it.

Diane
9 months ago

I checked ‘other’ as I don’t drink straight liquor. My favorite drink is a shot of banana rum in 12 ounces of pineapple mango juice. Tropical and yummy.

Janet Herrell
9 months ago

Love your newsletter. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed.

Alvin
9 months ago
Reply to  Janet Herrell

DITTO!

Diane M
9 months ago

Alcohol – #1 drug, killer, trouble maker. I just can’t understand why anybody drinks it.

Alvin
9 months ago
Reply to  Diane M

#1? Hmmmmm, I doubt it Diane. Have you ever checked the stat on how many folks die in hospitals from HAI’s (Hospital Acquired infections) every year in North America? You’d be astounded, if you knew.
The CEO and I have enjoyed fine wines, and (me) crafted beers for decades, never drove drunk, never will kill me or her, and best of all the family doctor told us both, the type and level (quantity) of alcohol we drink is actually good for us.
Abuse of many things in life is a killer, I’m Canadian and a recent report said the average wage earner in this country is spending $1.74 for every dollar they earn – now that would kill me!

Richard Hubert
9 months ago

Re: Motorhome Shopping List –

Re: Motorhome Shopping Wish List –

(1) One of the most critical items is missing – the manufacturer! Different manufacturers have differing levels in build quality, and in on-going after sales product support. This is huge. In general though one will find that those motorhomes with the best build quality also have the best product support. Speaking from personal experience as both a full timer and former RV tech working on a number of different brands have found huge differences. To name names – found that both the build quality of Thor motorhomes (terrible) and their product support (non-existent!). Have had almost new Thor RVs come in with horrible problems and then when trying to contact Thor technical support they had NOTHING available. No parts listings, no electrical diagrams, no service bulletins, no on-line tech support.

Contrast that to Winnebago – Own and live F.T. in a 2005 Adventurer. Compared to many other brands of RVs worked on this is much better designed and constructed. Not perfect, but have noticed the many details over the years which have made it great. Then – when I have had to contact Winnebago I found that they have parts, electrical and service information available to all for downloading. Have talked with their tech support line and each time they were helpful, informative, and able to send me additional diagrams as needed.

(2) One of the “wish list” items in the article was having airbags. I am not aware of any Class A which has airbags. I could be totally wrong on this, but have looked at hundreds of new RVs at dealers and shows and have not noticed them. Besides, I am not sure how helpful airbags would be in a severe frontal crash in a Class A as there is little structure in front of you.
I do suspect that many Class C RVs do have airbags, especially those built on the Sprinter chassis. But they also have – like the Super C’s – the engine out in front as well.

Ron
9 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hubert

Agree totally… however, I might add that you investigate Tiffin. Can you talk directly to the CEO of Winnebago if you have a problem?? I seriously doubt it. Bob Tiffin (CEO of Tiffin) will talk to you personally and even call you back to insure you have been taken care of.

Alvin
9 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hubert

Agree with you 100% Richard. The brand you mention in #1, we bought new from and quickly found 42 faults, (two before we left the lot) seven of which were safety related! They got it back – but I still pity the poor sucker who ended up with gorgeous lemon – it will never be right it’s simply impossible. Your assessment of Winnebago is bang on “Not perfect but……”

Sharon
9 months ago

Cider. USA has some great cideries.

TravelingMan
9 months ago

Quick Tip
Gone fishin’!

Anyone know of any other State or “other” parks that allow this?

Ronald Payne
9 months ago

Funny thing about drinking,decided in February 2019 to quit for a week,than tried for the month,now into December and not missing it,no particular reason other than to challenge myself.

Tommy Molnar
9 months ago

Rather than the option of “I don’t drink alcohol”, there should have been an “I drink it all” option. Then I could answer truthfully. 🙂

Don
9 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Good answer lol.

Jeff
9 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Agreed! Because I do too!

Ron
9 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Me too.

Daniel Jandon
9 months ago

a dear friend was trying to send an important email . she used “at” instead of “@” .
didn’t understand why email wouldn’t send out . she called me for help , but I could not see what
she was typing from my house , so I saw nothing wrong .
eventually , she realized her mistake . when she got the email address
from the other person , she wrote it on a piece of paper as *****at***.** and did the same on her PC . we had a good laugh over it . I’m pushing 70 , she is past that . I guess we both had a senior moment .

Bill
9 months ago

Just curious, the question asks “When drinking alcohol……”, why is there a choice of “I don’t drink alcohol?”

Bob Godfrey
9 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I’m pretty sure that if that option weren’t offered there would have been multiple complaints.

Dr. Willie Live
9 months ago

You asked what alcohol do I drink. I drink OP. It stands for other people’s. Don t normally travel with spirits. Might have a glass if out for dinner.