RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1293

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Tuesday, March 10, 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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Today’s thought

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ― the Dalai Lama

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Blueberry Popover Day!



Tip of the Day

Tidbit Tuesday, with RV Lemon Law Lawyer, Ron Burdge

Buyer Beware: Prior model year disclaimers
“If you decide to purchase a brand-new, prior model year RV, be sure to check the warranty coverage BEFORE you sign the purchase order. Some warranties limit the length of the warranty to just 90 days after the first retail owner takes delivery OR after the odometer reaches 5,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

From the calls we are receiving, there are clearly some salespeople that may not be aware of this new policy or fail to mention this disclaimer and the unsuspecting consumer often learns about it when they are denied service. ASK to see the warranty booklet that comes with the new RV that you are looking to purchase OR go online to check and under the owner’s section, you will see the warranty (not all manufacturers have the owner’s manuals online). Make certain you are aware of the warranty that covers your new RV before you agree to purchase it.”

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Spring RV checklist for boondockers

In Alaska, when spring comes and the ice starts to melt, the daytime temperatures become tolerable, and those who have survived cabin fever venture out once again. For the rest of us southerners, we’re now starting to anticipate bright sun, warmer air and getting out on the open road. But the weather can change in an instant, bringing rain or cold winds. Here is a quick checklist of lifestyle items that you may miss when preparing for your spring camping trips.

Yesterday’s featured article: RVers dodge a bullet from generator exhaust



Reader poll


Quick Tip

Take a photo of your stove before you leave home

Sunil Metcalfe, a travel expert at Black Tomato, has a genius tip: Take a picture. He says, “Similar to forwarding your emails to your colleague or leaving your pet in the care of someone you trust, taking a picture of the locked back door, the closed garage door or unplugged appliance, allows you peace of mind to let go and be fully present,” says Metcalfe. “We’ve all had that gut-wrenching moment en route to the airport where you think you’ve made a critical error in preparing for your trip. Having a picture eliminates this moment of panic.” It’s a good idea, eh? Next time you leave the house for your RV trip, take a photo of your stove, your unplugged appliances, your locked doors, etc.


FOREST RIVER RECALLS SOME SHASTA TRAILERS. Click.


Random RV Thought

Things to do in an RV park to keep other RVers happy:

• Pick up your dog’s poop so nobody steps in it.
• Keep your music and TV volumes down. Your neighbors shouldn’t hear your electronics.
• Don’t run your generator too late at night or too early in the morning.
• Turn off outside lights at night.


A road atlas for kids!
Give this National Geographic atlas to your kids or grandkids before they hit the road. It features simplified yet real road maps of all 50 states, and interesting information on each place and route. There are even themed maps on nature, population, energy, climate, and more, that delve deeper into key issues. It makes a great gift! Learn more or order.


Website of the day

National Park record-setters
Here’s an interesting list of the highest, tallest, hottest, longest, smallest, etc., of the 413 national park sites. It’s fun to see which ones make the record!


Small towns you gotta love…
Hot Coffee, Mississippi
In the early 1800s, travelers to this area along two-lane highway 532, about halfway between Jackson and Hattiesburg, would stop at Levi Davis’ inn, where there was always a pot of hot coffee and ginger cakes made by his wife. One day, Davis decided to put up a big coffee pot and a sign outside that read “Hot Coffee.” Soon, that’s what people started calling his inn, and later when settlers began moving into the area that’s what they called the settlement as well.


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:

• 11 percent have at least one tattoo
• 8 percent are too frightened to speak in front of a large audience
• 26 percent volunteer often

Recent poll: Given coronavirus concerns, have you cut back on participating in activities involving crowds? Tell us here.


This will light up your nightlife!
According to one of our recent polls, 41 percent of you sleep with a nightlight. Free up that outlet with this highly rated wall plate with built-in LED lights. It has no batteries or wires and doesn’t get hot. The lights are energy efficient and safe for children and pets. No tools required to install, just snap on! Learn more .


Trivia

The bigger your brain, the longer your yawn. Or so thinks Andrew Gallup, a psychologist and professor at the State University of New York, Oneonta. According to a report by The Atlantic, Gallup compiled a list of animals like elephants, cats, gorillas, sheep, camels, walruses, etc., and told his students to go online and find as many videos of these creatures yawning as possible. The students found evidence to show that the size of an animal’s brains is directly related to the length of its yawn. A large animal means a heavy brain means a long yawn.

What town in the U.S. doesn’t allow WiFi or cell phones? We told you about the town in yesterday’s issue. Don’t plan on visiting if you want to read your daily RVtravel.com newsletters!


Leave here with a laugh

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Dick Parkans
7 months ago

Random RV Thought
Things to do in an RV park to keep other RVers happy:

• Pick up your dog’s poop so nobody steps in it.
• Keep your music and TV volumes down. Your neighbors shouldn’t hear your electronics.
• Don’t run your generator too late at night or too early in the morning.
• Turn off outside lights at night.

I know. Stupid question. Is this post really necessary? I know it is but, come on people. Be considerate of others!!!!

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  Dick Parkans

It shouldn’t be necessary, right, Dick? But there are many folks out there who just aren’t very considerate (although the reminders probably won’t get through their thick skulls, anyway, unfortunately). 😯 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Pete Jensen
7 months ago
Reply to  Dick Parkans

It is a random rv thought but the ones it pertains to probably do not read the rv travel news

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  Pete Jensen

You might have a point there, Pete. I’m sure the vast majority of our readers are very considerate, and treat others as they would want to be treated, and act as they would want others to act. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Cheryl Bacon
7 months ago

If I ever had the notion to open a RV park, my first step before even building or picking an area would be to contact the Amazon Camper Force division and try to work out a deal with them to build a campground(s) near their distribution centers they use for that purpose. It would have amenities tailored to traveling working families. I then might expand to other large corporations (like pipeline workers, oil industry etc) and repeat the same, but for their traveling working families. It would insure guaranteed funds for additions and upkeep and general operating expenses. It would also have the ability to have accountability for damage and unnecessary abuse to the campground, laundry rooms, bath houses etc etc.. I know this is not a popular idea for many Rvers, but it would free up the regular campgrounds and be a reprieve for the workers from the disdain thrown at them for wanting to work but needing to travel and still have their families with them.

Darrel
7 months ago
Reply to  Cheryl Bacon

Amazon closed their distribution center in Coffeeville Kansas and the local campgrounds are near bankrupt now.

Bd2
7 months ago

The town of HOT COFFEE => I think I found a final place to park my RV !!!!

97TJ
7 months ago

Lights, lights, lights……turn them off at bedtime. Please! There’s no boogie man!

AZDave
7 months ago

I’m pretty good at making sure that all heat-producing appliances are shut off but I did once pull out with the front door still wide open. Fortunately I remembered the door later that day and had a neighbor close it for us. Now I use a printed checklist to help avoid such stupid mistakes.

Bob Weinfurt
7 months ago

I’ve retired and really don’t want my time to be committed to an RV park or pretty much anything so I can enjoy travelling in my motorhome.

Vic Gallardo
7 months ago

Just read some comments, I have changed my mind. I too would rather have time to travel six months. Maybe I could have some younger folks be the operators of Park.

Ron Twellman
7 months ago
Reply to  Vic Gallardo

Our next-door neighbors (in their mid-thirties) just bought an existing RV park in Door County WI just a couple of hours north of us. They’re energetic enough to take this on and we’ve already made plans to visit them later this year. I hope I might still have the stamina to take on something like that, but I’m not about to dedicate the hours that would take.

TravelingMan
7 months ago

Yes, but it’s not easy coming up with $2-5M to put one in.

Plan A:

If we owned a park, we would not cram RV’s slide-out to slide-out. There we would be ample spacing. All provisions would be provided including laundry and sparkling clean restrooms. Parking would be on concrete with asphalt paved streets and wide aprons. It would be located on lake (or at least a moving river). There would be trees that were properly trimmed. Trash pick-up for dumpsters would be on Wednesdays after 1pm. Water pressure would be set at 60 lbs. and properly chlorinated. Dump, water and electric would be located conveniently and at the correct height. Cable would be provided. Wifi would work correctly. It would be a gated park. There would be night time and morning quiet hours. Common Rv Parts would be on site as well as propane. There would be a fire pit area and a non-fire pit area. A small convenience store for items that people forget or run out of. Ridiculous pricing would not occur. Prices would be reasonable. It would be 1st come, first served with overflow parking. Maximum stays would be 14 days. There would be.no pools as there is an awesome lake with a sandy beach complete with tiki tents and reclining chairs to get out of the sun. Cleaned and raked daily. Employees would be uniformed for a professional appearance. The park would be of a manageable size. Not 1000 RVs and growing. Bicycle rentals would be available. Walking trails would be well lit and surfaced to provide easy access. It would be open year round.

A dream maybe.

Plan B:

Open a retirement RV park for 58 and older. Very reasonable rates. Paved with laundry and storage units. A work out room to keep seniors flexible and mobile. There would be an activities center. There would be ample parking. Lots would be deep enough to actually park an RV and 2 cars. Propane would be on site. Larger tanks would be allowed. Water would be included. Grounds would be landscaped and manicured. Cable and professional Wifi would be provided. Mail boxes would be included with someone on site to accept packages. Pickleball, shuffleboard, cribbage, and other activities would be available.

But first, where does one come up with enough funds to start such projects? It’s not like everyone has a spare few million laying around. And if they do, why not buy a big boat and sail the world instead?

I’d also consider an RV Service Center…

Sink Jaxon
7 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

WOW! Love Plan A!! I wonder if anything like that exists in the entire USA?

Bill
7 months ago

Definitely NO on owning and operating a campground. Just like any other business catering to the public .. when would you get the time to go RVing or camping yourself?

Mrs c
7 months ago

I would love to build rv park from ground up. I don’t know how this idea got started that’s it’s ok to have my picnic table right next to your sewer drain. I would build spots with space and privacy with shrubs!! So nobody would be on top of each other!!

Rammer
7 months ago

I answered yes to the question of campground ownership. We had the privilege of owning, improving and developing a campground. After ten years of owning we received an offer we couldn’t refuse so sold to the bidder. It was a great 10 years, if you control the property, select who you allow to camp and limit length of stay, etc. it can be a very rewarding business. Sorry we sold the campground/RV park and constantly dream of having it back!

Irv
7 months ago

The tip makes no sense. The dealer isn’t the first retail owner. Or is the tip supposed to be about 90 days being too short?

M. Will
7 months ago

Would love to be rich enough so that I could buy an RV park and have no campers at all staying in it. Everything except the people and there vehicles. Then I wouldn’t have to sit around listening to all of the BS!!

Traveler
7 months ago
Reply to  M. Will

Boondock. You do own the land.

Tommy Molnar
7 months ago

I USED to think owning an RV park would be fun. That was 25 years ago when we bought our first trailer. Now? No way. It doesn’t look like fun anymore.

Karen Willis
7 months ago

I said no on the poll, but that’s now; think I would have loved to own an RV park when I was younger.

Russell J Hutchison
7 months ago

No thanks on owning a camp ground. To many crazy campers . !!!!!! lol

Roger
7 months ago

We just use a simple pre-departure checklist on an increasingly rare item – a piece of paper, and the stove-off/unplugged toaster/iron/etc. are all on it.

tom
7 months ago

If you install wifi cameras, you can check your house from almost any where. Lots of choices out there, Unfortunately, they do not share a common hub or software.
But you should do a walk around the house as well as the RV before you leave home.

Wolfe
7 months ago
Reply to  tom

All ONVIF protocol cameras can be viewed by iSpy on the PC or Onvifer on android. Don’t use factory software which usually stinks.

retired (cop)
7 months ago
Reply to  tom

absolutely, and the thieves can hack them and take your belongs and their own sweet time.

LB from dabronx
7 months ago
Reply to  tom

The Alfred Home Security Camera app lets you use old smartphones and tablets as security cameras.