Tuesday, April 21, 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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“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” — Gustav Mahler
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day!
New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.
RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “The Adventure From Hell (Or: Don & Sue’s Excellent COVID Adventures)”
We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days.
“We like to tell folks we’re ‘rainbirds.’ We get away from the dark, wet Northwest winters in our Country Coach, heading to South Carolina and our younger daughter’s place for even-year Christmases or just SoCal and Arizona in odd-years, when we do Christmas with the eldest here in WA before heading south. This year was going to be different…” Continue reading Don and Sue’s story for just how different it turned out to be!
Tip of the Day
RV grill connection confusion
By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor.
I have purchased a Class A motorhome that has an LP accessory, which is also low pressure. Therefore, I cannot use my existing grill as the flame control and regulator is one piece. I was told I need a grill that has a separate flame control and no regulator. I have checked all over Phoenix and Las Vegas and no one has that type of grill or any type of conversion product. Why would Winnebago put this accessory on a coach if there is limited product availability? Can you give me any suggestions to solve this issue? —Jerry
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RV driving: Understanding grade signs
If you’re new to RVing, or have spent your time in the Midwest flatlands, first hitting mountain country can be a bit of an eye-opener. Those yellow warning signs that talk about a “steep grade,” often accompanied by a percentage number, can be confusing. Road grades seem mysterious at first, but really are simple. Learn more in this article from Russ and Tiña De Maris.
Yesterday’s featured article: Keep little kids from falling out your RV’s front door
‘Earthquake Putty’ keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. Learn more or order.
Are you licensed properly?
In many jurisdictions, if you only possess a regular driver’s license you are not allowed to pull a trailer over 10,000 lbs. (4600 kg). If you’re not licensed properly, and in the event of a claim, your insurance company could deny you coverage. You could as well be ticketed or shut down on the side of the highway. Don’t put yourself in a position that will cause you grief. If you’re not sure, check with the licensing standards department of your state/province. Our thanks to George Bliss
Random RV Thought
Here’s an idea for you while you’re self-quarantining: Record your family history on your iPhone or video camera. If you want some inspiration, we recommend you get the book To Our Children’s Children. It will prompt many ideas of what to talk about. Your children and grandchildren will appreciate this when you are gone. Think about it, wouldn’t you love it if your parents could have done this for you? Don’t put this off.
Website of the day
America’s abandoned rest stops
This list from Thrillist is incredible. Take a look at these abandoned rest areas all over the country. You’ll want to plan a few stops at these once you’re traveling again!
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:
• 15 percent would go to Mars if they had the chance
• 94 percent do not have a security camera for their RV
• 22 percent take six or more medications daily
Recent poll: Are you doing your major grocery shopping online to be delivered to you? Please tell us here.
What state are you in right now? Does the name of that state contain the letter Q? Nope. In fact, not a single U.S. state has a Q in its name.
*How many paintings did Van Gogh sell while he was alive? We told you yesterday.
Hide dirty laundry, and save space too!
Sometimes where to put those worn clothes waiting for wash day is the pits. Many hide a basket in the shower stall, but here’s another approach: Hang that dirty laundry out – not for everyone to see, but on the back of a closet door. Zippers on this one make it easy to open, and the company includes a couple of different hooks to help you hang it. Find it on Amazon for a great price.
Leave here with a laugh
Don’t tell secrets in the garden. The potatoes have eyes, the beanstalk, and the corn has ears!
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