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Tip of the Day
Be super-careful with gas can usage
By Greg Illes
Gas cans aren’t dangerous, but gasoline certainly is. It burns with furious heat, runs all over the place when spilled, and can explode under some circumstances. It can be touched off with even a small static electricity spark. Despite the dangers, many people elect to carry gas cans (with gas in them) for various reasons – generator gas, spare gas, ATV gas, etc.
If you are going to carry gasoline in containers, there are some safety precautions that will help you avoid some of the most common accidents involving gasoline. Learn more.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Are power strips dangerous? A reader questions if power strips are safe, after one melted when an electric griddle was plugged into it.
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A simple explanation of installing and using RV LED bulbs
This is likely the best video we’ve come across that explains the differences between LED and the standard incandescent bulbs that come with most RVs. So many videos like this are complicated and hard to understand. This one is easy to follow.
If you could go back in time to the day you bought your RV, would you wait and buy another RV or keep the one you bought?
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Neat! Monocular telescope connects to phone
This is one of the neatest gadgets we’ve seen! This waterproof monocular telescope connects right to your phone so you can take photos of that bird waaaaaaay over there. You can now photograph anything up to 12x closer than before. Great for birdwatching, concerts or sports events. We already bought one! Learn more or order.
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Worried about counter drop leaf dropping?
If you’re worried your counter extension drop leaf may “drop” at the wrong time, get a short-length shower curtain rod and use it for extra support. Simply put one end of the rod on the floor under the leaf and rack out the rod until it firmly supports the leaf – coming up “underneath the leaf.”
Run your RV air conditioner with only 20 amps. It’s true!
Random RV Thought
Before you leave on an RV trip, consider all the stories you’ll create. During your trip, and when it’s over, you’ll become a storyteller. Think of all the fascinating ones you’ll bring home with you.
Website of the day
Tour these ancient ruins in America you never knew existed
Ancient peoples built cities in this country long before Christopher Columbus set foot here. Some ancient sites are familiar, but here are five you may not have heard of — including some dating back thousands of years. Fascinating!
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Keep your pets safe in an emergency
Do you worry about what would happen to your pets if you had an emergency and couldn’t get home to them? This Pet Alert sticker, wallet card, and keychain set is a necessity for all pet owners. The kit allows first responders to know that you have pets at home. On the sticker, check off how many cats and dogs you have and stick it on your car or RV window. Also included is a keychain and wallet cards, in case you are hurt and unable to tell responders where your pets are. Keep your pets protected and buy this life-saving kit here.
Reno, Nevada, is farther west than Los Angeles.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Gabby is almost 14 years old and sleeps a lot but on any given day will have some spunk to go for a walk. What she does that just melts me is to put her head on my lap and just look at me with her brown eyes waiting for an ear rub. If mom is away she will sit on the driveway waiting for her, it does not matter if it’s raining, snowing, hot, cold or dinner time – she will not come in until mom comes home.” — Joseph
Update from editor: We are very sorry to report that Gabby died last week.
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.
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My wife and I just had a daughter. We named her JuneJulyAugust. We call her Summer for short.
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Which is why most school buses changed to diesel. Although some are switching to propane. Why I have no idea. So if you see a good school bus burn? It probably has a gas engine. And no I will never drive a propane school bus.
my suggestion to make the newsletter more interesting is for an author (or another author) to do a follow up article based on the questions asked – perhaps one in more depth. the one today about gas can safety just touched the surface of a very important topic. several questions were not answered, and in total they would make a great subject for a follow up article – such as static buildup from liquid transfer, etc.
So sorry to hear about losing Gabby- she’s a real treasure. The trivia statement is interesting….not what I picture looking at a Western States map.
Oh no, Joe!! That is so sad. My prayers go out to you and your wife. That is the hardest part of having pets…having to say goodbye.
Glad to see the return of “Today’s thought”. Greatly enjoy it.
Joe, So sorry for your loss. Our dogs become a part of us and when we loose them it is just short of loosing a child.
That Nano Cloth Ad looked good so I clicked it and when I read the reviews, it sure appears to be a scam – according to people who bought it, the cloth does nothing except subtract $ from your bank account.
I would appreciate it if you could investigate these ads a little and make sure the product is what they say it is. Because this is a “tips” newsletter and it’s easy to read the ads as one of the tips and assume that it’s legit.
Thanks for the newsletter!
After looking again thru the newsletter I could find no Nano Cloth Ad. This is the internet – no privacy. It must be something that was slipped in to your site because you clicked on something else, maybe years ago.
Sorry, Jim. That is not an ad that we put in. It was automatically inserted by Google. If you see an ad with a little triangle and an X in the top right-hand corner, that’s from Google and we don’t have any control over those. Take care, stay healthy, and caveat emptor. 😉 —Diane at RVtravel.com
Sadly, we lost Gabby last week
Condolences I know they become just like a child to you.
She is running , playing and waiting for Mom @ the Rainbow Bridge..
I’m so sorry for your loss. Enjoy your memories and in time the pain will lessen but our memories remain.
So sorry for your loss.
So sorry… can’t think of anything sadder, it’s heartbreaking…
Joe, we’re so sorry to hear that you just lost Gabby. And we apologize that our timing was so unfortunate, although this is like a beautiful tribute to Gabby. You could see that she was a real sweetheart and so devoted to her humans. I, too, just lost my sweetheart of a cat on Friday after 18 years of companionship. It’s very difficult. Our condolences to you and your family. 🙁 —Diane atRVtravel.com
So very sorry to hear that. It’s hard to lose a member of the family.
I’m so sorry for you and your wife’s loss. May you always cherish Gabby’s memory.
Re your Random RV Thought: when traveling and havIng an on road Breakdown, catastrophe, or other problem, know that you will get through it, and will have a story to tell around the next campfire!
I love the rvtravel daily tips. I have one complaint. The links in the articles used to always open in a new tab which made it very easy to read the article, close the new tab, and be right back where we left off in the daily tips. Recently I have noticed that the links open in the same window, or tab. My habit is to read the article and close the tab, but now when I close the tab, I close the whole page. Frustrating, because I then need to go back to the email and open the whole page again.
Please return your new link function to the way it was. Thank you for listening to my trivial rant.
Just hit the back arrow in your browser and it will take you to the previous page which is the main one.
Or [right click] your mouse to get a new tab to open. Close as usual.
This is especially helpful for those who read this newsletter on tablets such as iPad, where a opening a new page Is impractical.
I agree, Dale. It is a pain. I understand they did this for some specific reason, but every other website I visit and newsletter I get, the page links open in a new tab. I have to remember that RV Travel is an outlier and doesn’t work the same. I rarely remember this and end up closing the whole page and need to start over. I too wish they would go back to how it was.
Ditto on Dale’s comment. I much prefer a link opening in a new tab.
On the road again…. I can’t wait to get on the road again……. Safe travels back home Chuck!