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Happy (Belated) Canada Day
Oops! We forgot yesterday to wish our friends to the north Happy Canada Day! We love you and your beautiful country!
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” — David Mitchell
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Anisette Day (a liqueur derived from aniseed)!
Attention full-timer RVers and those who want to be
New Facebook Group, RVing Fulltime.
ALSO: RV Parks where you can fish without a license.
Tip of the Day
Five basic tips for safe RV trips
Here are some basic tips from Amica Insurance to keep in mind for safe driving in an RV:
1. Double-check your blinds spots: On an RV, blind spots tend to be bigger than on a smaller vehicle. Using mirrors increases your safety but they don’t always show everything on the road, so always be aware of what’s around you. Continue reading.
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Don’t buy a portable generator
Use your car’s engine instead. Save money. Save hassle. Learn more at cargenerator.com.
It pays to stop at tourist bureaus and visitor centers
All area attractions at one time or another offer either discounts, free days, two-for-ones, or other incentives. Always check at every tourist bureau and visitor information location you find and ask about your specific interests – as well as some things you may not have an interest in at present yet you may find interesting and entertaining. Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: RV Mods: Protect your headlights
On average, how many days a week do you have eggs for breakfast?
Tell us here.
Save power while reading at night
Inveterate bookworm but looking to conserve power? A “Kindle” or other e-reader device with backlight doesn’t need much ambient light to read at night. During the day, plug it in and recharge it while driving.
Here’s everything you need to know about solar basics. Give it a read.
Random RV thought
When the wind is howling, always be careful when opening the door of your RV. A sudden gust can grab the door as if it were a sail and rip it from your hand, thrusting it against the side of your rig, sometimes denting the siding or even smashing a window.
Stay free at more than 1,040 wineries and farms
Stay overnight for free at more than 1,040 wineries, farms, breweries, etc.! Harvest Hosts is an alternative to traditional campgrounds, where members can taste great wines and micro-brews, eat fresh produce and stay in peaceful settings. Save 15 percent on a membership by using code HHFRIENDS15 at checkout. Learn more
Website of the day
Get My Boat
Take a break from your RV for a day and rent a boat! Check out this website, where there are thousands of listings of boats to rent across the country.
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:
• 3 percent travel with five or more animals on their RV trips
• 47 percent level their RV manually
• 13 percent say their RV has performed below their expectations since buying it
Recent poll: Where do you buy MOST of your RV parts and accessories? Tell us here.
New book a must-have for state park campers!
This newly published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The book is a beautiful visual journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history, or an enjoyable hike, the state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.
You are twice as likely to be killed by a falling vending machine than you are a shark, according to the New England Aquarium.
*Was there ever a day in history that the BBC reported that there wasn’t any news? There was… and we told you about it yesterday.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is ‘King Garfield’ and this is his favorite way to sleep. We think he must not have any bones.” — She Wren
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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Don’t worry about missing Canada Day. We’re used to that level of attention from our friends to the south. 😁
Don’t waste your money on the Cable & Hose Grips. I purchased them and they broke after 2 uses, very cheaply made.
1st time for me. Every day is the same, 2 eggs over easy, some kind of meat, small glass of prune juice, small bowl of yogurt, small bowl of hot oats and of course coffee.
We rarely have eggs for breakfast. We do however on occasion have eggs for supper. We enjoy hot cereal for breakfasts.
Supper? You must be from the south. 😁
I’m from the mid-west. As a kid on the farm we had breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper every day but Sunday – we skipped lunch.
From Montana and breakfast for dinner is a treat we do now and then~ yummy
On the car generator some how I think running an 8.1L V8 is not considered economical. I would think a small gas engine generator would far more efficient.
I feel the same with the diesel engine in my RAM 3500!
Agreed. I think the best thing about it is the size and portability. Maybe for emergency use? As mentioned below, the sound would also be an issue. I cringe whenever I fire up my diesel truck first thing in the morning and try to exit the campground as quick as possible.
Regarding sharks vs falling pop machines…. has anyone run the stats on falling sharks? 😉
Or – about a vending machine dispensing sharks…?
No, but when I was in vending, on a college campus, I did have a student pull a candy machine over on herself.
oatmeal, ground flax, chia seeds, hemp seeds, 2 prunes, half of a banana, blueberries,blackberries or strawberries. which ever one is ripe in the garden. half teaspoon of amla and cinnamon everyday. we love it.
We do something similar every morning around 10am. Start with a 1/2 cup of Pom juice (or blueberry or cranberry), add 1/4 cup each of wheat germ and flax seed meal. Add one apple, one kiwi, one small orange (or tangerine) and one carrot. With that, I add 1 cup of non-fat plain greek yogurt and a large spoonful of almond butter. Then while mixing, I add a cup each of frozen strawberries, mixed fruit (mango/peaches/pineapple etc), one frozen banana and a lastly a cup of frozen wild blueberries. This makes about two 32 oz glasses of creamy smoothie that typically has a berry flavor.
Car Generator ? Really? Have you tested it ? The other folks in the campground need you to run your T/V gasoline and diesel engine day & night so you can have A/C and television?
I have tested it. With our last hurricane we lost power. I connected my 2000 watt inverter to my battery in my v6 hundai and started it (at my home). I ran a freezer, a fridge, and three portable fans, a large TV plus several lamps for maybe 12hours at a time (I forget actual time). No problems. Used very little gas.
Bacon & egg on a toasted bagel – twice a week, cereal every other day with fruit and whole milk – that gets me goin.