Monday, February 24, 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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Tip of the Day
Why you should carry an extra hose
Sometimes as RVers we aren’t sure of what gear to carry. After all, there’s only so much space in the rig – being piled from floor to ceiling isn’t conducive to moving about freely. But there’s one thing you may want to carry more than one of: a water hose.
Keeping a long water hose in the rig is always a given, particularly if you frequent RV parks with hookups. But a short coupled water hose, just a few feet long, can make life a whole lot easier when on the road. Continue reading.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Is my power inverter dying? A reader wants to know how to test if his power inverter is dying.
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• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
Come into the light!
Our favorite electricity guy, Mike Sokol, uses this Caterpillar pocket light for just about everything. He writes, “I bought one of these CAT CY1000 Pocket COB Lights a few months ago and liked it so much that I also picked up one for my dad. I’ve dropped it a bunch of times, and it still keeps working, like any of the other tough-as-nails CAT products.” It easily clips on to your belt, shirt pocket, or anything magnetic, so you can work hands-free. Chuck and Gail bought one too and love it! Learn more or order.
RVer wants to boondock but nervous about isolation
Hi, Boondock Bob,
I have always wanted to try boondocking, but my husband is nervous about being out in the “boonies” away from all support when we’ve never tried it and don’t know what to expect. Is there a way to ease into this way of camping without cutting all ties to civilization? —Joyce A.
Read Bob’s response.
Readers tell us
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The 2020 Rand McNally Road Atlas is better than ever!
Read more about why you should always have this with you here.
Weather app perfect for traveling RVers
“May I suggest an app that might appeal to many RVers? It’s called MyRadar. They have Android, iPhone, PC and Mac versions. Just the free high-definition weather radar is great (which can also show wind directions and intensities), but with a small additional charge, you get additional things like wildfire reports, earthquake locations, and even hurricanes, all shown on the map. It also shows ALL weather warnings/watches in the entire USA. (Like flood warnings, which just might save someone’s RV!) It can even send a notification on your phone for warnings. It’s a great app! I’ve been using it for at least five years on my phone, and at least two on my Windows 10 laptop as well as my Chromebook. Works great and never lets me down. You might want to give it a mention in the newsletter.”
Thanks for the tip, Gary Gilmore! We will certainly give it a mention in the newsletter…wink.
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Random RV Thought
The term “RV withdrawal” might be applied to pulling one’s RV out of the driveway or storage area. But it might be better applied to the anxious feeling one gets when deprived of RVing for an extended period of time.
Website of the day
RV seat belt laws by state
Here’s a comprehensive list of all RV seat belt laws in all 50 states. It even tells you how much you’ll be fined for not wearing one.
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Keep road flares in the RV for emergency
You should always have road flares in your RV in case of an emergency. This pack of three bright, waterproof and shatterproof LED disks are perfect to keep tucked away. These bright lights can be seen from a mile away and can be used for traffic control, as a warning light or as a rescue beacon, and they can also be used for recreational activities such as camping and hiking. Learn more or order here
Champagne can polish your shoes and in the early 20th century, that’s what most people used to do so! Give it a try and let us know how it works.
Leave here with a laugh
My wife and I had words this morning. … Sigh … I never got to use mine. 🙁
—Thanks to Robert Olson for this!
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