RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1301

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Friday, March 20, 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

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” — John Muir

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Ravioli Day!



Coronavirus Updates for RVers

Because so much is happening, and so fast, 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!


Tip of the Day

Make your own custom sink-matched cutting board

By Greg Illes
Our RV kitchen came with a small board that filled in part of the sink area. This was handy because the whole sink is not always in use and counter space is at a premium. After a few outings we found out that our water-savings plan meant that the sink was very rarely in use. We also found out that the filler board (made from countertop material) needed an additional cutting surface to prepare food. Thus began a search for a combination counter/cutting board. We soon found that no such off-the-shelf product exists, much less customized for our Itasca sink. Read more.

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Never try to put out a cooking oil or grease fire with water

This video is just over a minute long, but please watch it. If you should ever experience a cooking oil or grease fire in your kitchen, whether at home or in your RV, do not try to extinguish it with water. After watching this video, you’ll see why. The results can be devastating!

Yesterday’s featured article: RV trailer tires: To balance – or not?



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Do you prefer an RV park that does, or does not, allow dogs? Read what fellow RVers said here, and why camping with dogs nearby can sometimes be “ruff.”


Never struggle with opening jars again!
This jar-gripper is a favorite tool for many cooks and kitchen-dwellers. Never struggle to open a jar again! Simply place the gripper around the lid of the jar, lock into place and twist. Your jar will open with ease, and your hands won’t hurt afterward. This handy little gadget works on smooth and grooved lids and will adjust to fit just about every jar out there. It’s great for those of us with weak hands. Learn more or order here.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.


Quick Tip

Time to defrost the fridge?

RV refrigerator seemingly not as cold as it should be? Open the fridge door and examine the cooling fins at the back of the compartment. If they’re coated with ice, it’s time to defrost. Shut off the fridge, remove the food to an ice chest with ice, insert a pan of hot water in the fridge and close the door. Prepare to mop up the meltdown. Restart and reload.


Random RV Thought

There’s nothing better than cooking something that smells really good in your RV. The whole “house” smells amazing, and you know you’re making the whole campground jealous.


Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.


Website of the day

Tips for off-grid solar systems (and more!)
This website is all about solar power, and this article is especially useful for RVers with solar systems. Poke around here if you’re in need of some guidance on the subject.


Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


Trivia

Your left lung is smaller than your right lung. This is because the left lung needs to leave room for the heart.

How big is a bald eagle’s nest, and how much does it weigh? We told you yesterday, and the numbers are mind-blowing!


Pocket-sized Goo Gone is a must-have
Who doesn’t have a bottle of handy Goo Gone in their home and RV? We have several bottles in both. Now you can get this lifesaving liquid in pocket-sized pen form, so you can keep it in your purse or in the glove compartment for easy reach. Goo Gone works to get rid of anything sticky like adhesive residue, gum, stickers (like price tags) and even stains! You’ll definitely want to buy one here.


Leave here with a laugh

“Incontinence hotline … Please hold.”

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cee
4 months ago

Sometimes I’m VERY hot. Sometimes I’m VERY cold. Very seldom am I in the middle. My internal thermostat became stuck about 30 years ago and never resolved. I am always putting on or taking off my jacket.

Randy
4 months ago

Coronavirus TP Shortgage OPTION. I turn 70 on Sat 3/21. My deceased mother, who grew up poor on a MS farm during the depression, had an outhouse. The 9 kids and her parents, either used a corncob or a Sears catalog for TP. In 2020, I have one of those big fat newsprint-type paper campground books from Good Sam’s. As I travel, I could use that when the TP is gone. So then I could say: ” Today I’m wiping with a campground page from the state of . See Good Sams is still good for emergencies. A member feature they never envisioned.

Charlie
4 months ago

Re: yesterday’s post Pismo Coast Rv Village, Pismo Beach,Ca. is now closed ! Announced last nite on FB.

Bill
4 months ago

Re: Oregon closing state park campgrounds .. this is as silly as it gets. Campgrounds are one of the best places to practice social distancing as well as get some anxiety relief.
Same goes for any government sponsored campground .. USFS,Army Corp of Engineers, county parks etc. As far as bathroom maintenance I would have to agree that closure would help workers distance themselves from possible contaminants.

Karin S.
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I totally agree!!! I can see closing the bathrooms and showers, but if we are in self contained RV’s, what is the issue. If we are outside by the campfire, we are at least 6 feet from the next camper.

mdstudey
4 months ago

Follow up post. How many people who run hot are women? Don’t get uptight ladies, I am a woman. LOL

Wolfe
4 months ago
Reply to  mdstudey

I’m not… but I do have Nordic blood… 50s is comfy t-shirt/shorts weather, 30s is pants/long-sleeve, 20s a jacket, <0 a "real" coat. All those are fine by me.

Over 70, I can't work outside for long without getting heat-sick, and can't get any less dressed than naked.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Ha ha, Wolfe! I just noticed your comment awaiting moderation. Huh? Oh, it was held pending approval because of your last word. 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Randy
4 months ago

Todays “Leave here with a Laugh”

“Incontinence hotline … Please hold.”

If you ever get through or not “Depends”.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Randy

😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

walt
4 months ago
Reply to  Randy

we are having a wee technical difficulty. Please continue to hold

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  walt

Hey, Walt. Yep, I knew we’d get some smart aleck remarks when I put that joke in. 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Glenn Zearfoss
4 months ago

The ad placement on some of the articles is overlaying the article copy. On today’s issue, it covered up the section detailing the material to use for the cutting board. I closed the ad, but the space allocated for the ad stayed in place. I also shrunk and grew the display, but the copy stayed blocked by the ad overlay. This in not the first time I had this happen on the newsletter. Just thought you should know.

Tom B
4 months ago
Reply to  Glenn Zearfoss

When this happens, try a different browser. The page looks fine on my computer (Firefox and Chrome-Mac)

Sink Jaxon
4 months ago
Reply to  Glenn Zearfoss

Donate to RVTravel and go ad free!!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Thanks for the suggestion, Sink. However, the ad-free newsletters are just the big newsletters on Saturday and Sunday, not the RV Daily Tips newsletters Monday through Friday. (Sorry, Glenn.) 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Glenn Zearfoss

I apologize for that, Glenn. I’ve moved the image in the article, so maybe that will help with the placement of the auto-inserted ad from Google so it doesn’t cover up the article itself. I hope that helps. Sorry. 🙁 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Richard Baker
4 months ago
Reply to  Glenn Zearfoss

If you click on close, the “ad” will ask why. Covering the content is an option, and will help prevent the same problem in the future.