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RV Daily Tips. Friday, June 26, 2020

Issue 1371
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

“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

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 awning overviewWindow 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

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Have you named your RV?
Please let us know.

Quick Tip

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
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.

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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?
A.) 87
B.) 293
C.) 407
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.

An alternative to RV parks: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations. Save 15% on membership. Learn more.

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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2 years ago

I’m kind of surprised that you’re linking your readers to the armpit of the internet (reddit). They’ll probably be fine if they stay in the RV groups but if they go exploring I hope they have thick skins and a sense of humor.

Kenneth Hanigan
2 years ago

I dont know when ill be able to use my rv for a big trip, i cancelled my maiden voyage to florida when the virus hit. I have been researching apps that give you disounted rates at camping sites but there are so many and some quite expensive. Can anyone recom.end the best bang for the buck so when we can travel again i can set out to see our beautiful country, traveling alone with my buddies, 2 dogs and a cat.

Kenneth Hanigan
2 years ago


2 years ago

Stuff in your RV? I’m in my 5th decade of RVing and I work on the WalMart principle. If I don’t have it, you don’t need it. I carry everything…….almost.

2 years ago

We have a pom chi and she came to us at age 9. puppy mill rescue. She does not leave my side ever and if I have to leave her? She is a mess. She was abused.

2 years ago

Want to go full time , however our greatest worry is the wild west show going on in many of the U.S. cities I have not seen comments . Don’t want to scare anyone ,but being retired and a little older, safety is concerning.

2 years ago

How could you not love a face like Gizmo?!

Bob p
2 years ago

Could the reason mosquitoes aren’t attracted to LEDs be that the brightness hurts their eyes, or maybe there isn’t a heat factor? All the “experts” claim they’re attracted to your smell but also the body heat, they only feed on warm blooded beings. You’ll never see a snake with a mosquito bite. Lol Also has anyone used the advertised hi-tech air pressure gage on a outside dual wheel with chrome simulators on a motorhome?

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

I have one and do not use it on my RV. I don’t trust the accuracy nor the reliance on a good battery.

2 years ago

The dog in the wheelchair made me smile. All dogs deserve a chance.

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

For our first three our four RV trips we sent a box of stuff back home after about a week. Twelve years later we still go through and pull stuff out. Simplicity = Happiness.

2 years ago

re: random RV thought. I bet you are right, people pack way more stuff than they ever use. We try to remove stuff more than add. After every trip, clean out your storage areas and remove things you didn’t use or are unlikely to use. You might find that extra storage space you think you need is already in your RV, its just full of junk . Happy Trails

2 years ago

Was there an actual subreddit that you wanted to link to? that feedspot think looks a little hokey.

2 years ago

Have I named my rv? I answered the survey No…However now that I think about it i really have named it… It’s called HOME !

2 years ago

Gizmo is adorable. I sometimes wish I had a SMALL dog instead of the 2 75-lb monsters I have but, at age 78, it wouldn’t be fair to bring a new dog into my “herd”. The snuggling cat will have to do.

Daina Chamness
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Do like we did. Contact your humane society shelter and tell them what you need. Ask for an older dog. We ended up with our adorable Finnegan, an 8 year old Yorkie. He is healthy, smart and loves us as much as we love him.

Frank Fleischman
2 years ago

For the window awnings – better yet use apiece of double sided velcro. Run the velcro through the hook – make a loop – and attach the loop to the hook on the RV. That way its easy to adjust the height of the awning for as much or as little shade or privacy that you want.
For large window awnings its also a good idea to add a second awning strap in the channel. Slide the 2 to evenly space them then run the velcro as above through both loops on the straps. Much better protection on windy days.
Don’t forget to make 1 twist of the straps to stop wind vibration and noise.