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Tip of the Day
Boondocking and hiking: Be cautious, stay safe
Some time back a 59-year-old woman went missing in a Northern California state park. She went missing for six days before a man and his son found her. When she was finally rescued from where she had fallen from an unmarked trail into a ravine, she said she was uninjured but could not climb out of the ravine and could only wait, hoping to be rescued. Luckily, other than the misery of being unable to sleep at night because of the cold, she was only treated for hypothermia. Continue reading.
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Which big box stores allow overnight RV “camping”?
Jim O’Briant, of Overnight RV Parking, runs down the list of popular big box stores (and a restaurant chain) that do or don’t allow overnight stays. Most RVers know that Walmart is usually accommodating, but what about the other big chain stores? In this short video, learn which ones are RV-friendly.
Yesterday’s featured article: Trailer users – Here’s a front/rear leveling tip
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Readers tell us
Have you been tested for COVID-19? Find out what fellow RVers said here.
Awning De-flapper reduces stress on you and your awning
When the wind comes up — and it will, it will not only be annoying to listen to the flap-flapping of the awning in the wind, but it can also cause it to tear. It’s not necessary to take the awning down only to put it back up again later if you have a Camco RV Awning De-Flapper. Learn more.
GMC motorhomes were way ahead of their time
Most motorhomes built more than 40 years ago are badly showing their age by now — if you can even find one outside a junkyard. Not so with the GMC motorhome, which first rolled off the production line in 1973 and is still very visible on the highways today. Eight thousand of the sleek motorhomes are thought to still be on the road, an incredibly high percentage of the total ever built, about 13,000. Do you have one? Read more.
Can’t find a good source of campfire wood? Restrictions to keep invasive bug species at bay make it even harder. Hit the “big box” lumberyard and buy cheap “utility”-grade 2x4s. Cut ’em in foot or foot-and-a-half lengths. They are easy to chop into kindling, if desired, and they light easily, don’t support bugs, and put out plenty of heat and light.
Random RV Thought
Even today, when we should keep our distance from others, it’s easy to visit with others in the campground or RV park. Everybody just needs to bring their own lawn chairs and space them at least six feet apart. Hey, we don’t need to hug everyone we meet, do we?
Now, use your air conditioner in low-power situations never before possible!
At RVtravel.com we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run two air conditioners on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.
Website of the day
The best places in America to travel back in time
You can learn about history by immersing yourself in a different era by heading to some of the best living-history exhibits, festivals and events across the country. Whether you want to experience traditional colonial crafts or a Wild West gunfight, here are the 40 best places in the U.S. to travel back in time.
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.
Some travel trailer owners earn up to $22,000 a year.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our 2 1/2 yr. old, Iggy.” — I. Ira Hertz
Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter.
Chicago, the “Windy City,” isn’t necessarily called that just because it’s a windy place. The nickname was coined by journalists in the 19th century who were referring to its residents, who they called “windbags” and said they were “full of hot air.”
*Who holds the record for the most world records? Yesterday’s trivia section told you.
‘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? 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 about it here.
Leave here with a laugh
From the game “Apples to Apples” – Card title: Recreational Vehicles
If they’re trying to get away from it all, why are they taking it all with them?
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