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“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― H
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Tip of the Day
Easy ways to cut down on unnecessary electricity usage
One of the skills for making boondocking more enjoyable if you haven’t installed solar panels is the efficient use of your available electricity, which will reduce the length of time you need to run your generator or engine to recharge batteries. Recharging batteries always takes longer than you think, and the sound of a running engine can detract from the otherwise peace and quiet of boondocking in the wild.
So the simplest and most efficient skill is learning where and how much electricity your rig uses and what you can do to reduce this usage. Here are some tips.
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Full-time RVing – Will your rig haul the weight?
Moving from a sticks-and-bricks home to an RV makes for plenty of challenges. Where will you put all your stuff? That’s a great question, but a critically important related question: Will my rig handle the weight of all my stuff? Do you know how much weight you can carry? Here are some critical considerations when shopping for an RV.
Yesterday’s featured article: Definition of “boondocking” stumps experts
With a Harvest Hosts membership, you can stay overnight at more than 1,000 wineries, farms, breweries, etc., for free! Harvest Hosts offers an alternative to traditional campgrounds, where members can meet interesting people, taste great wines, eat fresh produce and stay in peaceful settings. Learn more.
In self-isolation, do you take more naps than before?
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Check your roof for leaks
If you have not inspected your RV’s roof lately for possible leaks, do so now. Allowing water into your RV can result in large repair bills if not attended to quickly. Do not take a chance – inspect soon or have a professional check.
Random RV Thought
Have you ever been on a whale watch? If you’re near a coast with whales, leave the campground for the day and go on a whale watch. You can find great discounts on Groupon. It’s incredibly humbling to be surrounded by such large, beautiful creatures.
Don’t scream, just fix the screen!
This roll of screen repair tape is just what you need to fix those torn or ripped screens in your home or RV. Don’t waste money on a new screen! Cut as much tape as you need, stick it over the torn patch and you’re good to go. Learn more or order here.
Website of the day
Outdoorsy – Rent an RV or rent yours out
If you won’t be traveling for the rest of the year, make money by renting out your RV! Or, if you’re new to RVing you can rent an RV to test the waters. Outdoorsy says they’re “like Airbnb for road trippers.”
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:
• 19 percent are full-timers, but another 17 percent hope to be full-timing in the future
• 33 percent do not carry a spare tire for their RV
• 11 percent say that if recreational marijuana is legal, they will use it
Recent poll: Will you have trouble making your RV loan payment this month? Please respond here.
Two examples of horrible RV hookups
Here are two examples of what any veteran RVer comes upon from time to time. An RVer who finds him or herself assigned to a campsite like this should demand another site or take their business elsewhere. Read more and see photos.
Let your drill clean your RV, really!
This is so neat! This 4-piece cleaning brush attachment connects right to your drill – no more scrubbing for you! Deep-clean virtually any surface with hardly any effort. The drill brushes are perfect for grout lines, corners, tiles, tubs, showers, carpets, wooden furniture, windows, shower doors, siding, linoleum, stoves, counters, fiberglass, grills, marble, and more. You can even wash your dishes if you want! Learn more or order here.
If you were to write out every number (one, two, three, etc.), you wouldn’t use the letter “b” until you reached one billion.
*How does planning a fake or far-off vacation affect your mood? We told you this interesting answer in yesterday’s newsletter.
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