RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1300

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Thursday, March 19, 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 we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is the first day of spring!



Coronavirus Updates for RVers

Because so much is happening, and so fast, starting today we are separating our daily coronavirus news updates into its own file.

There is so much interest now on how the virus is impacting our lives as RVers, our staff is devoting more time to keeping you informed of critical matters that affect how you use and travel with your RV.

Read today’s coronavirus news updates for RVers.

New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!


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Tip of the Day

A backup camera for your RV? “Wireless” may not be best

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

If you’ve bought a car in the last few years, chances are it came with a rear view or “backup” camera system. Does your RV have one? They’re a really handy innovation, not only from the standpoint of the safety of kids and pets (not backing over them) but for ease of backing your rig into a campsite or other area. There’s another great “handy” to add to the list: We put one on the back of our tow rig, and now hitching up the travel trailer is easy – the pilot peers into the monitor and slides right under the hitch – no shouting, and no endangering a spotter. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


RV trailer tires: To balance – or not?

If informal polling holds true, the majority of trailering RVers probably don’t balance their tires. Many have never thought about doing it, others say their dealer never recommended it, and some don’t think the expense is necessary. How about it? Find out what a director with the Tire Industry Association has to say. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Maneuvering big RVs in tight fuel stops


Easily check the tire pressure on your inner dual tires!
Do you have trouble reading the tire pressure on your RV’s inner duals? This dual head tire pressure gauge with an extension steel shaft will reach where a standard gauge won’t. Be sure you know the pressure of all your tires, or risk a potentially dangerous blowout. No batteries required. Learn more or order here.


Reader poll


Quick Tip

Keep your battery terminal clean

It doesn’t take much crud on your battery terminal to shut things down. Make it part of your regular maintenance to keep them clean – and your electrical system operating at optimum. Wire brush ’em, and shoot them with terminal spray from the auto parts house.


Random RV Thought

An RVer should always have a good pair of binoculars handy. You never know what you’ll come across that you want to examine more closely. (We just bought a pair of these, which we’ve heard are excellent.)


Clean your microwave with no hassle! 
Is it hard to scrub off all that crusty gunk in your microwave? Admit it, when was the last time you cleaned it? Angry Mama, the miracle microwave cleaner, is here to do the dirty job for you! Add water and vinegar (maybe some lemon too) to this feisty lady and watch her steam away the mess. Within minutes your microwave will be sparkling! Click the image to watch video. Be right back, we’re buying one here!


Website of the day

Movie filming locations in every state
Here’s one for the film-lovers! Movie-locations.com is a resource that shows you many popular movies and their locations across the U.S. If you’re looking for something to do in a town nearby, see if there are any locations you can scope out.


RV History: The evolution of campgrounds. Click here to read.


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:

• 25 percent would prefer a nice piece of seafood to a steak
• 13 percent believe a special license should be required to drive or tow any RV
• 96 percent are registered to vote

Recent poll: Do you take the coronavirus threat seriously or believe its dangers are way overblown? Please tell us here.


Trivia

Bald eagle nests weigh, on average, as much as one ton. The nests can be 6-12 feet wide and 6-12 feet high. The largest bald eagle nest on record was in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was 10 feet in diameter and 20 feet tall.

What does sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia mean? We told you in yesterday’s newsletter.


Fire Extinguishing Aerosol, Two-packfire extinguisher
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

Business slogan spotted in Kingman, Arizona, for Kingman Septic Pumping: “If your dumper is in a slumper, call the #1 pumper!”

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Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
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Charlie
3 months ago

Pismo Coast RV Village, Pismo Beach California ( Central Coast ) is still open ! We store our TT there & go at least 6 times a year. Check it out right on the ocean, check it out ! We luv it !

John
3 months ago

Calif. just closed all State campground camping, day use only

jillie
3 months ago

Before going to a camp site please call. KOA is shutting down some of their campgrounds.

Carole Miller
3 months ago

From Texas Parks and Wildlife: After careful evaluation of the ongoing public health situation, Texas State Parks will be limiting park programming and closing public access to park headquarters, visitor centers and park stores starting at 12 p.m. Thursday, March 19. As part of these operational changes, parks will be suspending all cash transactions where feasible. Visitors are encouraged to utilize the self-pay stations, the online reservation system and credit card transactions at this time. Other reduced services include the suspension of equipment rentals and interpretive programs.

Alvin
3 months ago

Re: Survey says. Good thing I don’t make the rules as I’d reverse the 96% “are registered to vote” and 13% “believe a special license should be require to drive or tow an RV”.

Those two items are very telling why in so many ways modern man is in big poo poo.

David & Linda
3 months ago

Re: the survey
We have a short list of places we want to see that will most likely have lots of people. We prefer to be out hiking in nature away from the crowds.

Bob
3 months ago

I don’t consider museums, monuments or historical places tourist traps.
Most Amusement parks are questionable. The places that have “cheap” gift shops, and attractions that let you waste your money without any actual intellectual benefit are traps.

WEB
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob

What about that Washington Monument snow globe that says “Made in China” on the bottom?

Ron T
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob

As a retired museum curator, I agree when it comes to museums, monuments and historical places. On the other hand, we are not “campers”. We are “travelers” and most definitely “tourists” and love the tourist traps as well.

Lee
3 months ago

We see most public campgrounds are closed. We fulltime as do many others. Private campgrounds hopefully stay open. If closures continue, where do we go, Walmart? I think campgrounds are as safe as your s&b home, especially if you have full hookup and keep to yourself. Why are all these campgrounds closing? Another thing to worry about. We are lucky, arrived yesterday in Tennessee at our usual great private park, open for business but office is locked, desk personnel just work alone in the office, check-in packets are taped to the front door. I think this is a safe practice for us all. Now where do we find groceries???

Alvin
3 months ago
Reply to  Lee

Lee, many CG’s are closing because few operators want to accept the liability due people/ campers who have never and will never understand the importance of good sanitary procedures.

Believe me as a long time tech in the automotive service industry, I’ve seen plenty of pig sties on wheels. As well on the road for more than half a century, having been in hundreds, of vehicles of all kinds including RV’s, I can tell you some folks don’t live like the queen is dropping by unexpectedly – and – SURPRISE – they’re the last ones to recognize it.

Smart operators know this will never change and because of that simple fact they aren’t taking chances on you getting sick on their property, or you suing them for failing to operate a clean site, or for failing to take precautions necessary to mitigate the danger present.