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“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Onion Day!
America’s largest RV show, scheduled for Sept. 16-20 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has been canceled due to potential risks associated with COVID-19. More.
Tip of the Day
Window awnings – Enjoy the shade but keep your view
By Jim Twamley
RV window awnings typically have two positions — deployed or stowed. When the window awning is deployed it can cut your viewing area in half.
Here’s a swift trick to solve the problem.
Do you have a tip? Submit it here.
Best demonstration of travel trailer sway danger
Trailer sway is dangerous and can ultimately prove deadly when it results in a crash. Here, we believe, is the best video demonstration of how trailer sway occurs and how to prevent it. Watch the video.
Yesterday’s featured article: Drive the dirt trail without fear of getting stuck
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Have you named your RV?
Please let us know.
Bugged by mosquitoes?
We haven’t been able to independently verify this one, but some say using LED lamps and flashlights attract fewer of the little bloodsuckers. We know we’ll get the buzz back from you on this one.
Two new guides to free campgrounds
Roundabout Publications has teamed up with the Ultimate Public Campground Project. Discover thousands of designated camping areas in the West and in America’s Heartland – real places – not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various agencies – federal, state, local, etc. Learn more about West edition or Heartland edition.
Random RV thought
When a person buys their first RV (or rents one for the first time), they tend to pack it full. It’s an easy thing to do. People will pack it with things they won’t ever use. It’s good practice to take the RV out for many short trips first, instead of one really long trip, so you see what you use every day (or at least once a week) and what you don’t.
Want to live in an ex-airliner? This could be your RV! Check it out here.
Website of the day
RVers on Reddit
Here’s a Reddit page (like a forum) dedicated to anyone interested in RVing. There are posts on here about everything from road trip routes, campgrounds, advice, buying and selling, and much more. If you’re not a Facebook user, this might be the place for you.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• 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.
Endorsed by Roger Marble of RVtireSafety.net!
An excellent tire pressure gauge
The Accutire MS-4021B digital tire pressure gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display that provides pressure readings from 5-150 PSI. It’s ergonomically designed with an angled head and a rubber-coated easy-grip handle. If you forget to turn off the gauge, don’t worry, it will automatically shut off. And all this for about $12! Learn more or order.
The word/name Yosemite translates to “those who kill.” Yohhe’meti (Southern Miwok) or Yos.s.e’meti (Central Miwok) refers to the Indian tribe that once inhabited Yosemite Valley. Yosemite was used by the surrounding Miwok tribes because the surrounding tribes feared them. The Yosemite people called Yosemite Valley “Awooni” or “Owwoni” for “large or gaping mouth.”
*How many ways can you make change for $1?
The answer is in yesterday’s trivia section.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is my 8-year-old Pomeranian/Yorkie mix, Gizmo. She is my best friend and my sidekick. She was a puppy from an accidental litter my mom’s Pomeranian had with my grandma’s Yorkie. I was always a cat person until I met Gizmo. It was truly an instant bond. She goes everywhere she can with me. Her first ride was a 500-mile trip from Ohio to her home here with me in PA.
“People are amazed that she stays right by my side, follows me everywhere I go. She is the miracle I never knew I needed. She makes me laugh when I feel like crying and makes me smile on bad days. And she is absolutely loving that I am not working right now and she can have mommy snuggles all day.” — Katina Kimmel
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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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. Learn more.
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