Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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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“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Dress-Up-Your-Pet Day! (The UPS driver costume on this page totally has our vote. Hilarious!)
Tip of the Day
Save water when cleaning “real” dishes while boondocking
Hubby and I don’t like the paper and plastic waste involved in using paper plates to eat and plastic bags to mix stuff. We simply use a rubber spatula to scrape away food scraps, then spray the plates and bowls with a mixture of mostly water and a bit of dishwashing liquid that we keep in a spray bottle., then wipe with one half of a paper towel. We put the dishes in a dish tub, let them pile up until we’re ready to wash, spray again with the bottle, use the sponge, then rinse with boiling water. Works like a charm, saves water and paper. Boondocking is the best way to camp! 🙂 —Thanks, Karen and Hubby
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Why so few RV boondockers?
Less than 1 in 4 RVers boondock, preferring to stay in organized campgrounds. Bob Difley, aka Boondock Bob, explores why this might be so, while debating the pros and cons of boondocking versus staying at a campground. What are your thoughts on the subject? Read this, then let us know.
Yesterday’s featured article: Video: Motorhome tows two trailers, stretches 122 feet!
Pilot light won’t ignite?
Gas appliance pilot refuses to light? Could be dust in your pilot assembly. “Canned air” is perfect for blasting those delicate parts. Don’t have a can on hand? A bendable drinking straw coupled with your own lung-power can suffice.
Be like Mike Sokol, use silicone!
Mike says: Never use any kind of petroleum-based products on rubber or plastic components in your RV, such as your trailer connector. That includes products such as Vaseline, WD40 or any other type of spray lubricating oil. Doing so will eventually break down the plastic and/or rubber components causing them to swell up and eventually disintegrate. The proper treatment is anything silicone-based. We use a lot of Heavy Duty Silicone in our shop for general connector cleaning and lubrication. It’s also useful on rubberized door sweeps and such. You can get some of your own here.
Random RV Thought
In the early days of the automobile industry, before only Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler were left, thousands of companies came and went. Anyone with a toolbox and a garage could open a shop. A similar thing occurred in the first half-century of the RV industry. Today, just as it happened to auto makers, one by one the weaker RV makers have closed or been bought out – survival of the fittest in action.
Website of the day
The best burritos in the country
Want to know a little RVtravel.com secret? We love, and we mean loooove, burritos. We sure hope you do too. Here’s a list of the best burritos across the country by Food Network. Mmmmm…
Inflatable foot rest is comfortable for couch and passenger seat
Now that’s cool! Miss your favorite recliner no more! This inflatable foot rest is perfect for lounging on the couch, in the chair by the campfire, or in the passenger seat for long drives. Take it on a plane ride, or take it to the grandkids’ sports games (we know those can get long). It weighs less than 1 lb. and folds down small for travel. Learn more about this comfy foot rest here.
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:
• High gas prices will affect how far 11 percent of our readers will travel.
• 16 percent read more e-books than printed books.
• 28 percent do not walk their dog on a retractable leash.
Horseshoe crabs have ten eyes, which sit all over their bodies. They have a few near their mouth, some on their back, and some down their tail.
What do clam chowder and the presidential inauguration have in common? If you read yesterday’s issue, you’d know.
Your RV needs this! Fire Extinguishing Aerosol, Two-pack.
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
Need a good chuckle? Watch this short video from America’s Funniest Home Videos (be sure the sound is turned on):
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