Thursday, March 26, 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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“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” —William Shakespeare
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Spinach 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.
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
Using RV locks safely – and wisely
By Greg Illes
My RV has a LOT of locks. Cargo bay locks, water filler lock, two door locks, ignition lock. And then there’s the toad. At first blush, the way to be safe is to just lock everything up – right? Maybe, maybe not. It depends on where I am and what I am doing.
Personal safety is a delicate and contentious matter. That’s fine – everybody needs to manage their own safety. So I’ll state very clearly that these thoughts are my considerations, and yours may vary. I’m not going to suggest that you do what I do – I’ll just describe my reasoning. Read more.
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Ernie Pyle was a pioneer road-tripper
Ernie Pyle won a Pulitzer Prize as a World War II correspondent. But what many people don’t realize is that he would never have succeeded as a war correspondent had he not polished his writing skills in the 1930s as a roving journalist exploring America. Chuck Woodbury reflects on this remarkable man.
Yesterday’s featured article: RV Mods: Upholstery foam sagging? Give it the bum’s rush!
Easy windshield cleaning
Keep a can or bottle of good-quality window cleaner within easy reach when you stop to fuel up. Before starting to pump fuel, spray your windshield liberally with the window cleaner. Let it sit while fueling and then use the “usually” available squeegee to easily remove the bug guts. The cleaner virtually dissolves and also releases the bug guts from the glass and it saves a whole lot of scrubbing. Our thanks to George Bliss!
“50 States, 5,000 Ideas” – the best book for travelers!
This book from the experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, battlefields, dude ranches, museums and more. Each entry provides detailed travel information and fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. The book also includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories. Learn more or order.
Will ice cubes in an RV sewer tank dislodge waste buildup?
Most of us have heard that putting ice cubes down the toilet will do the job. The idea is the hard cubes will bounce around when the RV is moving, banging all that nasty buildup away. So does it work? See a demonstration.
Random RV Thought
Turn off your water when you leave your RV for the day. You will be very sorry if you don’t and then return to the RV to a broken pipe and flooded floors.
Website of the day
The oldest restaurant in every state
If you want a good adventure, make it a goal to eat at the oldest restaurant in every state. That would be fun (and delicious), wouldn’t it? Here’s a list to get you started.
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:
• 2 percent sing professionally
• 48 percent say socializing at a campground is not important
• 6 percent have a personal blog
Affordable tire tool will save you tons of trouble
What gives when you think your tires are “good to go” but down on air again the next day? Your valve stem valve probably isn’t tight enough. A loose, leaking valve stem can cause a tire failure due to low pressure under load at highway speeds. So do yourself and your vehicles a favor – pick up one of these very inexpensive tools and make sure your valve cores are snugly seated in the valve stem. Click here to order.
Grapes will light on fire in the microwave. In 2011, a video of a physicist at the University of Sydney went viral after he placed a grape in the microwave and filmed the fiery aftermath. Scientists couldn’t explain the phenomenon until recently. A March 2019 study said that the fireball occurs as a result of the loose electrons and ions that cluster to form plasma when grapes get hot.
Where is the toilet paper capital of the world? Find out in yesterday’s trivia section.
Leave here with a laugh
A heavily pregnant woman hobbles painfully into the hospital with one hand on her back. A nurse comes over to her and asks her what’s wrong, but the woman just shouts, “Shouldn’t! Wouldn’t! Didn’t!” The nurse shakes her head and says, “Sorry, I don’t understand.” The woman screams, “Can’t! Won’t! Don’t!” The nurse is terribly confused and turns to a doctor, who says, “Admit her. She’s having contractions.”
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