Monday, December 23, 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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“The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” —Terri Marshall
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pfeffernusse Day! (Fun fact: That’s one of editor Chuck’s favorite cookies!)
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Tip of the Day
Do not store valuables in outside storage compartments
Always lock your RV when you’re not physically at the campsite. Do not store valuable equipment in outside storage compartments. Believe it or not, a vast majority of RVs use the exact same key as yours for outside storage compartments. If you store valuables like golf clubs, fishing gear or tools in the outside compartments you may want to have the storage compartment locks changed, possibly to a combination lock. Watch this short video from Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Space heaters and the hair of the dog. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury sent a picture to Mike of what he found when he took a space heater apart after smelling burning hair.
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• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
Trailer goes out of control. Dash cam catches it flipping over
If you own a travel trailer, watching this video might hurt. Motorists traveling behind a travel trailer watch in horror as the RV gets slammed by a gust of wind and flips on its side out of control, whipping its tow vehicle 180 degrees. The message here: If the wind is strong, pull over and wait for it to calm. And the other message: Never, ever, allow passengers to travel in your trailer (or other towable). Watch the video.
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GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT!
Keep your brain sharp and your knives sharper!
Tired of dull knives? This easy-to-use knife sharpener (used by staff member, Emily) sharpens your knives with a few quick strokes. You’ll feel like a professional! It has two settings: one for fine blades and another for coarse. Its small size is perfect for an RV, and it’s about $6. Says Gail of RVtravel.com: “Wow! This works great!” Learn more or order here.
Where to store an RV when not being used
For many RVers, where to store an RV when it’s not being used is a big deal. It’s not always easy to find a place. RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury has some advice. Watch the video.
The best phone mount for an RV
Endorsed by the RVtravel staff!
This phone mount suctions or clips to your dashboard or windshield, and is a sturdy, safe place to keep your phone while driving. Perfect for using the GPS while going down the road. The mount is cushioned for a wobble-free phone and can rotate 360 degrees. We highly recommend this one! Learn more or order.
Why you might want to have a CB radio
If you’re RVing and a major disaster strikes, how will you communicate? Cell phone systems can go down, and land lines become useless. Consider getting a newer portable CB radio that plugs into your 12-volt socket and uses a short whip antenna. CB will continue to work even when other services go down
Random RV Thought
RVers who drive motorhomes or tow vehicles with loud diesel engines who leave a campground at daybreak often wake up their neighbors.
Where to camp for free or less than $20. Thick guidebook from Don Wright lists thousands of locations.
Website of the day
The best towns in the U.S. to spend Christmas
Here are the top 55 towns in the United States to visit around Christmastime. Every place on this list looks pretty dang festive. There’s still time to explore!
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Easily clean those stubborn bugs off your RV
The Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge has millions of tiny fibers embedded in the microfiber cloth that grabs and holds the dust and dirt. It is so effective it even cleans without chemicals, saving both time and money. The secret of this sponge lies in its unique, double-layer microfiber mesh. Older nylon bug sponges can harm your clear coat, but this one is completely paint safe. Learn more or order.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are 2,106 million children under the age of age 18 in the world. The average household has 2.5 children, so that means that Santa would have to make 842 million stops on Christmas Eve, traveling 221 million miles. Considering all the different time zones, Santa has 36 hours to deliver gifts, which means his average speed would be approximately 650 miles per second.
Leave here with a laugh
What kind of music do elves like? Wrap.
What is Santa’s favorite kind of potato chip? Krisp Pringles!
Why do Dasher and Dancer love coffee? Because they’re Santa’s Star Bucks!
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RV Daily Tips Staff
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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