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Tip of the Day
Don’t overstuff your RV
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Is your RV overweight? How much does it really weigh? If you have a fifth wheel or a motorhome, you probably have lots of storage space to put lots of stuff. And stuff it we do — right? There’s always that extra tool or gizmo, that “necessary” thing we just can’t do without.
And if you full-time RV then it’s even easier to overdo it. It doesn’t take long to stuff, and stuff and stuff — to the point our rigs look like overloaded Thanksgiving turkeys. Read more for tips on how to keep your RV’s weight legal and safe.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Keeping cool without an AC
We’ve been stuck in a campground for weeks that has very limited electrical power. In fact, sometimes it drops below 100 volts in the afternoon and our EMS shuts down the power for hours until it comes back up. I understand that running on low voltage can be bad for air conditioners and I don’t mind getting out of that tin can of an RV for some fresh air, but how do you deal with 100+ degrees of air temperature? —Soleil
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Clean your RV’s interior with Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are so powerful how can they be used on babies? Really, these things have potent cleaning power. Here are many uses for these handy little wipes for inside and outside your RV. Do you have a use for them that isn’t mentioned here? Leave a comment below the article. Read more.
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Two new guides to free campgrounds
Roundabout Publications has teamed up with the Ultimate Public Campground Project on these two new guides. 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 governmental agencies. Learn more about the West edition or Heartland edition.
Easily reach otherwise out-of-reach controls
Some motorhomes and fifth wheels have high ceilings. For those of us who are “altitude challenged,” reaching the switch on the bathroom fan can be like reaching the unreachable star. Get a 4-foot section of one-half-inch dowel rod, stick a rubber furniture glide on it, and use it to hit the switch. Bore a one-fourth-inch hole in the other end to turn the vent crank.
Random RV thought
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Website of the day
Every Kid In A Park
Did you know that all fourth graders get themselves (and everyone in their vehicle) into thousands of state and national parks for free? Bring the kids or grandkids along and save some money! Get your passes at this site.
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
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.
New 2021 edition Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas is a must-have!
The new edition of the premier guide to off-limit highways for large RVs is now available. Not only does it offer best routes for big rig trucks and RVs, but it lists low bridges and tunnels you should avoid. It should be a must-have for RVers who travel in unfamiliar territory with RVs over about 11 feet tall. Read more.
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Liked today’s pet, but didn’t like that they had it on a picnic table where I would have lunch. Keep them on the ground where they belong. JMO
I thought that at first, too, but then I reminded myself that they are in a place where squirrels, birds, chipmunks, and raccoons also help themselves to the tabletop.
You don’t have any control over the wildlife. However you do control your domestic pet and out of respect for others who will use that table for lunch, you should not let your pet on it. In this case they may have put the dog there for a photo op.
Oh please, that is what table cloths are for.
Margo is right – “oh please”. Did you see the condition of the table top? No one complaining about a dog on the table would eat off that table anyway. The dog probably carried away more germs than it left.
Where is today’s “Free and Bargain Camping” Article? For me, this is one of the main reasons I read your newsletter every Sunday.
Hate to tell you, but you missed a day. Today is Monday. Enjoy it.