RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1303

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Tuesday, March 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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Today’s thought

“Love the world and yourself in it, move through it as though it offers no resistance, as though the world is your natural element.” — Audrey Niffenegger

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin 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

A macerator pump can resolve your sewage issues

Shanghaied by sewer problems? What’s that? Want to stay on a relative’s property in the comfort of your RV but can’t because your holding tanks won’t let you? Want to stay at a pristine campground for more than a few days but can’t because your holding tanks won’t let you? Perhaps it’s time you purchased a macerator. Read more.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.



Conservation: An RV dry camping key

Dry camp longer than a night or two or spend a weekend in a non-hookup campsite and you may need to think “conservation” and “frugal.” The secret to effective and enjoyable extended boondocking is the wise use and conservation of resources — electricity and water — and reduction of black and gray water into your waste tanks. Learn more in this article from Boondock Bob Difley.

Yesterday’s featured article: You dirty rat! Do mice REALLY hate soap?


Reader poll


Quick Tip

Don’t put anything extra down toilets

What’s safe to put down the RV toilet so as not to create damage or dumping problems? Other than toilet paper, if you didn’t eat it or drink it first, don’t put it down there.


The best 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.


Random RV Thought

If you have a hard time forcing yourself to exercise, get a dog. He or she will force you to get outside at least a few times a day and will be a best friend to boot!


Website of the day

Get out in nature…via live stream!
See some grizzly bears…from your couch! Here’s a list from Forbes of amazing nature live streams. Some of these are more exciting than action movies!


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:

• 44 percent drink their coffee black
• 31 percent mostly read their email on their phone
• 18 percent do not lock their RV when taking a walk around the campground

Recent poll: If asked to voluntarily isolate yourself, will it be in traditional home or an RV? Please tell us here.


These are the most-sold RV-related products online. Click here to see what other RVers are buying.


Trivia

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, New Hampshire residents drank 4.76 gallons of alcohol per capita in 2016, more than any other state. For comparison, the national average was 2.35 gallons per capita that year.

Arizona’s Meteor Crater is named after what?
A) The local football mascot
B) A post office
C) The way it looks

We told you yesterday.


Leave here with a laugh

An elderly couple who’d recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary were sitting on the sofa in their Airstream when the wife asked, “Dear, do you remember how you used to sit close to me?” He moved over and sat close to her. “Dear,” she continued, “do you remember how you used to hold me tight?” He reached over and held her tight.

“And,” she went on, “do you remember how you used to hug me and kiss me and nibble on my ear?” With that, her husband got up and started to walk toward the rear of the trailer.

“Where are you going?” she asked. “Well,” he answered, “I have to get my teeth.”

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J v
7 months ago

I had a macerater on my Thor. Always broke, support screws snapped in half, blades clogged up. After three of the items, got rid of it and went to the standard sewer hose. Would not use those expensive pieces of junk

Richard
7 months ago
Reply to  J v

I purchased a sure-flow macerator 3 years ago and it works perfect. Once, in a parking lot, I ran it 200 ft to a sewer line, and emptied the tanks smoothly and quickly.

Scott
7 months ago

TP in the black tank can shorten your boondocking time too.

Carol
7 months ago

Per your note that NH residents have the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in the US: NH regulates the sale of liquor in NH through state-run stores, many of which are strategically placed along its highways and at state borders with ME, VT, and MA. New Hampshire is the only control state that sells that liquor tax free. That means that New Hampshire draws a significant amount of out-of-state business. This probably skews consumption figures.

Scott Taylor
7 months ago

Under Trivia, the Alcohol per capita in NH is very skewed. NH liquor sales are the only way that can be measured. We have inexpensive liquor compared to surrounding states – out of state residents flock to the stores on the borders to stock up. Not your data, I understand, but goes to show data can be presented many ways to paint false assumptions.

Gene Bjerke
7 months ago
Reply to  Scott Taylor

“There’s liars, damn liars, and statisticians.” — Mark Twain

Ron
7 months ago

Define “cup”.

Irv
7 months ago

Re: New Hampshire liquor consumption.
They’re not drinking it, NH has state stores with cheaper booze than surrounding states (due to taxes)

“Andru Volinsky, a Democrat who serves on the state’s five-member Executive Council…

After being tipped off by a whistleblower, Volinsky says, he recently witnessed two people arriving in a vehicle with New York license plates and spending approximately $24,000 on Hennessy products. At the register, they allegedly divided the sale into three transactions and paid using “a very large wad of cash.”

He suspects people are buying up large quantities of New Hampshire’s tax-free booze to sell elsewhere.”

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  Irv

Gosh darn, you think??????

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

Don’t get snippy with Irv for posting a quote, Alvin. Or is your sarcasm directed to Volinsky? —Diane at RVtravel.com

Wolfe
7 months ago

I realize it’s probably more technical, but the survey should ask mg/caffeine per day or even ounces of what strength… I only drink a single coffee most days — it’s a 60oz thermos that I brew “weak.” I’m pretty sure I’m still getting more caffeine than someone who makes the official (ready for a laugh?) 5oz “cup of coffee.” Then there’s the cocoa, tea (hot and cold), etc I sporadically add.

One other thing to note — in this time of C19, people are more stressed and sleeping worse — both drive up BP. Before we all go the way of RonT, it might be a good time to wean OFF the caffeine unfortunately — many of us are likely spiking MUCH(!) higher BP than our normal right now.

cee
7 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Nobody is going to get in between me and my morning cup of creamy deliciousness. I take my BP at different times of the day, everyday even tho I’ve never had high BP. I won’t wean off caffeine unless my doctor suggests it. Depends on everyone’s individual health conditions; some of us are fortunate enough to be blessed with good genes.

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Wolfe as much as Corona is causing border closing and everything else contributing to the stress, anxiety and so forth. The fact the nations mighty TIM HORTONS coffee chains are closed down ( I understand some drive thrus are still open) is in many minds cause for a similar national calamity.
There’s one big load of Canucks who would never get through a day without their charmed beverage.
Anyone with a TH franchise is rolling in dough – WHY – have no idea.

Rory R
7 months ago
Reply to  Wolfe

i don’t keep track of the number of cups I drink. Why would anyone keep tabs on mg of caffein. I got to my 70’s drinking coffee, why stop now. That’s like not going to church until you’re 60 and expecting that to make up for all the time you didn’t go

impavid
7 months ago

Re: Don’t put anything extra down toilets…I had a sword swallower and glass eater visit me in the RV and did that ever make a mess of my tanks and valves.

Wolfe
7 months ago
Reply to  impavid

I like to put an M80 down the pipe and then open the valve like a potato cannon — FIRE IN THE HOLE! I can drain my black tank in 3 seconds and reach the dump 75′ away!

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

Getting cabin fever, impavid? 😆 Stay healthy! 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Fred
7 months ago

Today’s “Leave here with a laugh” joke is fast becoming an outdated joke. Everyone today gets permanent implants.

Wolfe
7 months ago
Reply to  Fred

I wouldn’t say “everyone” — implants are pretty expensive. What is really sad is our mega-debt society that makes people ignore dental health when young, lose their teeth, and then need to afford implants later in life. So much better to do like we were told and brush-brush-brush before finding out why you like having teeth…

Bob Godfrey
7 months ago
Reply to  Fred

Wish that were so……tried to get implants but my bones were too brittle and the doc said I was not a candidate……..too bad.

Mary Hazel
7 months ago

I’m not so sure getting a dog gets folks out and exercising. In my neighborhood the overwhelming majority of homes have dogs and usually multiple dogs. I myself have 2 big dogs and enjoy our daily long walks. But, I am in a tiny minority. I rarely see another dog and owner out for a walk. Sad. Many of those dogs appear to have behavioral issues from the amount of barking going on day and night. I think folks that get out and walk their dogs would walk anyway. The wonderful thing about walking a dog is that that totally enthused and endlessly curious dog can banish any kind of tiredness or grumpiness of their owners. It is irresistible!

Randy
7 months ago
Reply to  Mary Hazel

I have found that most of the older folks in my neighborhood have larger dogs and they want them to bark for protection. Not even sure there is a companion aspect to it at all. Never walked just kept in the back yard and in the house at night for protection,

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  Mary Hazel

Mary, you think folks would get out and walk “anyway”? Maybe where you hail from, but where i live and pretty much everywhere I go, it is very rare to see someone out just walking – very rare.

I swear to god if I had a dog I’d know everyone in the community with one.

People get dogs today maybe first for companionship, but a strong second would be because they’ve lost the ability to meet a fellow human on the street look him or her in the eye and start a conversation or even just say “hi” in passing.
Times have changed haven’t they?

Greg George
7 months ago

I am also questioning the Good Sam demise, how about the 10% camping discounts, and the “club members” pricing at Gander Outdoors and Camping World. Like everything else, Marcus won’t talk about his plans until some other source tells the world first. I am glad I am in the plus side of my life membership so I have not lost anything.

Dave from WI
7 months ago

I really look forward to and appreciate RV Daily Tips every morning. For some reason it wasn’t in my inbox today. I had to go to the website to find it. Did this happen to anyone else?

Bob p
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave from WI

Mine was there, sometimes I get a second one in the afternoon, send your email and I’ll be glad to fwd it to you.

Edward Wullschleger
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave from WI

Mine showed up in my e-mail as usual.

Steve Alaska
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave from WI

There are many times my RV Travel newsletter and daily tips get stuck in my “Junk” folder. Try looking there first and see if it got diverted!! 😏

Walker
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve Alaska

Yep! Happened to me, too. Had to simply go to ‘Junk’ folder, look up mail from RVTravel and ensure that RVTravel’s address was marked ‘not junk’. The newsletters are flowing again!

Ron T
7 months ago

I had to choose that I never have caffeine, but that’s a recent development due to a mini-stroke a few weeks ago. I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but confess to having the occasional Diet Coke with caffeine and apparently way too much iced tea. So now the Coke and tea are de-caffeinated. I was also reminded that there is caffeine in chocolate, but well you know we have to task some risks in life!

Marty Hudecek
7 months ago

With the apparent demise of Good Sam club would that affect the flying j discount

Al Kemp
7 months ago
Reply to  Marty Hudecek

Good Sam is all about what’s in it for for them. The pittance they give you and I am sure they pocket more than the 8 cents you get, so I can’t see it ending. The “Club” demise was a liability for them and they used Covid-19 as an excuse. My last TSD logistics discount in Michigan bought my fuel on March 19 at $1.59. The program is wonderful and if those that use it use due care hopefully it will continue.