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RV Daily Tips. Friday, May 22, 2020

Issue 1346
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

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” ― Albert Einstein

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Road Trip Day! Go for a drive!

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

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

If you were to attend a live event, which of these options would you like to attend?
Please vote here.

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.

Quick Tip

“Clean” firewood

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 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.

💰 Rent your RV when you’re not using it!
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?
—Thanks, Jody!

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Jesse Crouse
2 years ago

WE go to dog trials that are OUTSIDE. All events practice social distance as the norm to keep any issues from happening. Dogs and kids are alike as some don’t know how to play nice. That can be a personality issue or” lack of instruction” from whoever is handling them- take your pick.

Rory R
2 years ago

The laugh of the day is funny, but not all are trying to get away from it all. a RV is a great way to travel, you have your own bed, shower, galley, and salon. No concerns about how it was used or who previously used it…

Mark B
2 years ago

No to 2×4 because of the sparks and chunks shooting everywhere, as noted. Yes to boxed wood like:

In some states, you can’t even transport firewood across county lines. They are trying to stop all sorts of bugs from spreading. This type of wood may be transported and used everywhere (if they actually allow campfires).

Because campfires are prohibited in so many Parks and States, I just bought a Camp Chef Gas Fire Ring. It fits in the garage (at 15″ diameter by 8″ high (with included carrying bag)). It took me years to fully embrace propane grills. The first time I lit this Fire Ring it was a welcome addition. Wood fires have a special place, but no more smokey clothes when I use this. I bought a galvanized trash can lid (for 10 gallon can) to set over the Fire Ring at night, in case it rains. I am guessing this will rust and fail faster than a grill. It wasn’t that expensive. If I get a 3 years out of it I’ll be happy.

Brian Doc Burry
2 years ago

Yes, church, then swimming, then family bar-b-que picnic and restaurants to get a nice dinner and drink with my wife!

2 years ago

BAD IDEA! As stated in previous comment this kiln dried wood Pops and shoots fire starting sparks. Nearly all convience stores, grocerys, and hardware stores sell bundles of fire wood. watch along the highway for signs of people selling firewood.

Billy Bob Thornton
2 years ago
Reply to  Dale

The day I pay good money to just burn it up, hasn’t come yet. Unless your out west, forage for it in the woods. It’s good exercise too!

Robert Miller
2 years ago

It is against Forest Service regulations to bring dimensional lumber into the forest regardless of it’s lenght.

Billy Bob Thornton
2 years ago
Reply to  Robert Miller

Yep, too many rules. You need to post the rule. If your bringing it for a campfire purpose, my guess that was not the intent, if that rule exists at all, just sayin’

2 years ago

A slight correction on the Trivia of today. It wasn’t the residents of Chicago who were thought to be full of hot air, but its politicians. Not much has changed.

Billy Bob Thornton
2 years ago
Reply to  Cindy

Al Capone was from Chicago as I recall. Then there was this other guy, Barry.

2 years ago

Actually he was from New York and moved to Chicago.

2 years ago

I’d like to be able to go to church

Billy Bob Thornton
2 years ago
Reply to  Virginia

Your wish has been granted. By order, the MAJORITY of churches, synagogues, etc. will resume services this Sunday, May 23rd, unless otherwise stopped by the individual state’s governor. Then he better have a darn good reason to prevent you from your 1st. Amendment right, or November might not be so kind to that politician.

CDC has issued guidelines for congregations to follow. Yes, life is returning to normal, pay attention to the details, your rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness never meant more.

Bob p
2 years ago

Clean firewood, since most 2X4s are made of pine you’ll have a very hot, fast burning, and very popping fire that can throw hot sparks several feet from the fire. I tried burning lumber scraps left over from a building project several years ago and we were dodging hot sparks for a long time until the internal sap finally burned out. This was kiln dried lumber, I was lucky this fire pit was on totally dry ground with nothing combustible within many feet, we moved away from the fire by about 4 feet.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

In the west most 2×4’s are fir or hemlock.

Billy Bob Thornton
2 years ago
Reply to  Bobkat

Hemlock is an eastern forest wood. You probably meant fur.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago

And you probably meant “fir,” Billy Bob. But there is a western hemlock. In fact, it’s been the state tree for Washington state since 1947. 😀 —Diane at

Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

I burn a few at a time and never had that problem.

Joseph Call
2 years ago

Re the article/video on big box overnight parking: the article (and I assume the video) is almost 3 years old! That is ancient history as many stores, especially WM have changed their policies in recent years. I’m disappointed you couldn’t provide current and therefore useful information.

Billy Bob Thornton
2 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Call

It was meant as a general rule. You missed the part where the gentleman must have said at least 5 times, check with the individual store, so You are in compliance.

I found it informative myself.

John M
2 years ago

Car show would be my best guess of a live event. My wife would be some sort of Craft show