Monday, March 2, 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
Towing in the dirt – Be careful of your “fog”
By Greg Illes
In 2015, we were fortunate to be able to take off for several months to tour Alaska and Canada. While most of the main roadways were paved for the greatest part of our 14,000-mile journey, there were some stretches of gravel and dirt to contend with.
Our towing setup was pretty typical: a motorhome towing a smaller vehicle, in our case a ’96 Ranger 4×4 pickup. We felt that we’d had pretty extensive experience, having already put 40,000 miles or so on this configuration, with many miles of mountain and desert dirt roads among them. But, as with many other factors in an Alaska journey, there are big differences. Continue reading.
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Re-tire with a used tire?
RVers have lots of tires to maintain — for their safety and others on the road. When it comes time to replace a tire (or several), money talks. Is it safe to buy and run used tires? Consumer Reports recommends against it, but what if you decide you need to buy a used tire or two (or ten)? Here are some things to look for as you carefully examine a potential purchase. Read more.
Readers tell us
Do you or your partner use a CPAP machine for sleep apnea? Find out here, and learn why the cleaning device you use for it might not be effective.
This little tool does so much!
This multifunctional tool is seven in one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.
How a blown tire on an RV could catch it on fire
RV technician Chris Dougherty explains. You’ll travel safer with your RV if you watch this video.
Handy bedside water glass holder
Space tight in the bedroom? No room for a water glass? Your local auto parts store has a great selection of folding cup holders that can screw onto a nearby wall or bulkhead.
Don’t blow out your plumbing!
Sooner or later, usually “sooner,” every RVer comes upon an RV park water hookup with pressure so high it could blow out the plumbing. None of us want that because it causes a lot of damage and is expensive to fix. The simple solution is to be sure when you hook up use a water pressure regulator, like this one that features a lead-free design to prevent lead contamination. Learn more or order.
Random RV Thought
Coordinate your wardrobe around one or two main colors. You can then mix and match them more easily so you don’t need as many clothes – nor as much closet space.
Website of the day
10 U.S. towns that are older than America
Do you enjoy learning about history? Do you want to feel young again? Well, there’s no guarantee of that, but these cities that are several hundred years old would be fascinating to explore and you would certainly feel young in comparison.
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Guide to state firearm laws hot off the press for 2020
The 2020 updated edition of the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States has recently been published. The annual guide contains information about the firearm laws of all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico, and how to prepare, carry and transport your weapons during local, intrastate and interstate travel. Learn more here.
Olympic gold medals aren’t 100% gold. In fact, they stopped being 100% gold in 1912. The gold medals are plated in gold, but both the gold and silver medals are 92.5% silver.
Leave here with a laugh
I’m gonna work on being less condescending. (Condescending means to talk down to people.) (Oops.)
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