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“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” ―
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Tip of the Day
Look for variety in your travels and you’ll find it
By Greg Illes
A friend of mine has a luxurious 38-foot class A motorhome and it sits, parked, at the back of his property. When I asked him why he had fallen out of the RV life he responded, “Well, ya’ know. One campground looks pretty much like any other.”
Although I tend to agree with him about the sameness of RV park campgrounds, I believe he lost track of the essence of RVing – the campground is just a place to stay while you experience the area. Read more.
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RVers should know about these emergency weather services
As RVers, we often travel in places where disaster may strike, and sometimes we may not even know what’s headed our way. In this article are a few resources that you might find helpful. If you know anyone in any “at risk” areas, pass this information along to them, too. Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Let National Geographic lead you to 125 wacky attractions
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“Reusing” a bumper sticker
Want to remove a bumper sticker and then use it again later? Use a heat gun to gently heat up the sticker, pull it loose, and “stick it” on a piece of wax paper. When you’re ready to reuse it, pull it off the paper and slap it back on the bumper. According to our recent poll, about 24% of our readers have at least one bumper sticker on their RV or tow vehicle, and 1% have too many to count! (Maybe they’d like to use this technique to remove some of them?)
Random RV thought
RVing is an excellent conversation starter. When you meet people who don’t live in RVs, they’re always curious about your life and will often ask you if they can have a tour of your rig. Most people own or live in a traditional home, but not everyone owns a home with wheels, and sometimes even headlights!
Website of the day
Outdoorsy’s National and State Parks Guide
Popular RV rental site Outdoorsy has put together a helpful guide to more than 1,000 State Parks and 40 National Parks. Also included are some Canadian parks, National Forest Parks, and popular COE and BLM parks. Check it out!
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:
• 59 percent would rather spend a little more money at a local store than buy the same item for cheaper at Walmart
• 18 percent have damaged a relationship because of an email message or social media post
Recent poll: Do you most often buy your fuel based on brand or price? Respond here.
Earn money renting out your garage, RV pad or other unused space on your property! Neighbor.com is like the Airbnb of storage. This is easy money if you have extra space you’re willing to rent to others. Learn more.
Mount Rushmore cost just $989,992.32 to carve and erect; however, today that would be about $17 million.
*If you ever read the beloved children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” read yesterday’s trivia section to learn something new about it.
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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.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Here’s Niko, the adventure dog. He’s part Schnauzer, Border Collie, and Australian Shepherd. We adopted him from NOAH in November 2018, coming back from Rasar State Park. He loves camping and hiking with us, so much so that my husband and I need to spell out certain words and phrases like “go somewhere,” “go for a walk,” and when we talk about where we will go next! He knows! — Lydia Bishop, Snohomish, WA
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We have traveled to 44 of the 48 states and will start “round two” after all of the country reopens. We never lacked things to do. Try “TripAdvisor – Things To Do” for a few suggestions. They have lots of tours, museums, events, etc. Happy Travels
Just a note to say I really enjoy your newsletter, and look forward to the next issue. Great stories, informative and links. Thanks
The Jeep spare is probably a spare training wheel.
I am at a loss, as is my wife, on your Today’s Thought that – some people feel rain and others just get wet? What the heck are we missing, everyone gets wet?
I think it’s similar to “Enjoying the journey “
From a Seattle perspective, it might have something to do with a person’s appreciation of the rain for its beauty, it’s essential importance to most living things, environmental values, etc. Much more than just getting wet.
If you have never danced in the rain on a hot summer afternoon, you have missed something.
I tried that Caravan Sensor Cleaner recently — it didn’t work for beans…or anything else that was in the holding tank. Most especially, didn’t clean sensors as is specifically advertised to do. I’ve found that periodically refilling the black tank with fresh water after dumping, adding a fair amount of Dawn and letting it sit for 24 or so hours, then flushing again & using either a built-in tank sprayer or one of those Camco spray wands works pretty well. Works even better if you’re moving down the road while the Dawn is in there – in that case, just don’t fill it quite so much so it has room to slosh.
Dawn and about 15 gallons while moving down the road is the trick.
If you could get one of those old camcorders down there it would take a picture so you could see what is blocking the sensors.
They have camera endoscopes (like the ones they thread through your GI tract to look for tumors and ulcers, etc), to run using your cell phone to see inside your RV tanks, HVAC ducts, behind walls, etc and they are not that costly nor difficult to operate.
That high wheel jeep would be real handy right now in Louisiana with the high water by lake pontchartrain. Where does the driver keep the ladder?
The tires are his ladder, you simply climb up.
I learned something new today! I was not aware that Mt. Rushmore was carved and then erected to its location. I always thought the faces of the presidents was carved out of the side of the mountain. Just goes to prove history teachers aren’t always right. Lol
Maybe the history teacher needs a field trip to a building site to see how something is erected and a field trip to Mt.Rushmore to see how something is carved, maybe a side trip to Crazy Horse monument also…. LOL
Bob: Unlearn it! I don’t know where the erect part comes from – they were carved in place as is Crazy Horse is being carved today. (They didn’t have “Crazy Glue” back then!)
Neither was carved. They just removed the rock to find what was under there.
Would that be like peeling wallpaper??????
I find this interesting. Maybe people use Prime for other than shopping?
– 71 percent have at least one Amazon Prime account in their household
– 59 percent would rather spend a little more money at a local store than buy the same item for cheaper at Walmart
I don’t use Amazon or Walmart.
That is not even a real size jeep spare if it were it would be almost touching the bumper. Clearly this was done for LOLs
Spare tire holder cover.
I don’t think we have ever been leisure at a campground unless I really do not want to do anything. If we go somewhere it is drop and go. We do plan meals at the campground and if it is going to be an all day event I try to have a crockpot meal ready to go when we get back. Nothing like a home cooked meal after a long day. Although this year we are planning a weekend at the local KOA for the 4th. Planning to be around people and crowds.
We stay put awhile in a park for about 1-2 yrs. then we pick a state and move there. Soon we will be able to just take off for good but then I think we will stay for a month in each stop before moving on. I love that no spot is permanent.
More money than brains.
I agree with the response about rving being more than sitting in a campground. We did not buy our TT to sit around the campgrounds. Our goal is to see and enjoy all the wonderful things rving let’s us do.
Needs to be a step ladder, not a tire.
Leave Here With A Laugh:
1) Space saver spare tire
2) Differential Destroyed
3) Cranial/Rectal Insertion
I’m sure the owner of the Jeep did that for a laugh…
Not to mention, I don’t think I’d see his lights, so might as well take those off 🤷♂️
I believe that if they put one of the Large tires on the back of the Jeep, it would tip over backwards! 🙂