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“There is a time for departure even when there is no certain place to go.” —Tennessee Williams
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National I Love Horses Day!
On this day in history: 1916 – In Seattle, WA, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).
Tip of the Day
RV Education 101: Trailer hitch tip
With Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®
With your tow vehicle and trailer connected on a level surface, stand back and look at it. If the lowest point is where the trailer tongue coupler sits on the ball mount, you need to talk to your RV dealer about a weight distribution hitch. If you already have a weight distribution hitch and it is still the lowest point between the tow vehicle and trailer, the weight distribution hitch head and bars may need to be adjusted.
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• Tow your Travel Trailer Like a Pro
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RV park WiFi bad? It may not be the park’s fault
Most RVers have experienced great RV park WiFi, as well as marginally good WiFi, as well as terrible WiFi. It’s easy to blame the RV park when the service is bad. But, as David Bott explains in this video, it may not be the park’s fault. Then, again, it could be the park’s fault. David explains. This is well worth watching.
Yesterday’s featured article: Coyote camping: Your RV at home in the open desert
When you’re on a long RV trip, do you sometimes wash your underwear by hand?
Answer this silly question here (and watch a short video on an excellent laundry tip).
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Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Easy and fun window coverings for privacy
Hate the curtains on some of your windows – like the one in the bathroom or the “relite” in the entry door? Ditch the curtains and simply pick up a chunk of privacy screen contact paper or static cling window film. Cut it to size, pull off the backing sheet (if applicable), and apply to a clean window. Amazon has lots of styles to choose from.
Check for gas leaks often by using this!
Russ & Tiña De Maris write: “We keep our natural gas leak detector tucked in the door pocket of our tow vehicle so we can check for leaks when we reconnect an LP bottle after filling. We also use it whenever we make up a new connection on a gas line, or ‘think’ we might have a leak. Here’s one you can pick up for a good price with lots of good reviews.”
Website of the day
40 garden ideas for small spaces
We know it’s hard to have a garden with an RV, but we found some pretty interesting ideas on this website and think some of them might work for a campsite or even inside your RV. Take a look!
Click here to see how to use Google’s new Photo Map. It’s neat!
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A road atlas for kids makes geography fun!
Give this National Geographic Atlas to your kids or grandkids before they hit the road. It features simplified yet real road maps of all 50 states, and interesting information on each place and route. There are even themed maps on nature, population, energy, climate, and more, that delve deeper into key issues. It makes a great gift! Learn more or order.
Richard Thomas, a wildlife technician, took the famous tongue twister, “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” and calculated a rough estimate of what the answer would actually be. It would be about 700 pounds.
*Even though using a GPS is free, it’s not free to operate the system. See how much it costs in yesterday’s trivia section (hint: It’s A LOT).
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“The 3 stooges. They never enjoy the ride but they don’t mind the destinations.” — Steve Jones
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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With all the RVing newbies, I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot of funny stories like the one of dumping in a gas fill.
Loved the Laugh of the Day. I see so many of these dangling phrases. If people took just one second to proof read as tho’ they were an outsider, this wouldn’t happen. It only takes a bit of rearranging words. And then, what would we laugh at?
We only travel with one cat, he sleeps the entire drive time , secured in his travel crate. He loves to travel along.
Adore your Three Stooges.
We have 1 cat that screams at 18 Wheelers as we go down the road. The other 3 cats do not care, they are asleep.
Our three legged Maltese has a thing about UPS and FEDEX trucks, we were traveling south on I 75, he was napping in his bed on the dash when something caused him to wake up where he saw a UPS delivery van coming down the entrance ramp and literally went ballistic until it was out of sight, then as the van overtook us and started to pass he saw it again and let us know how displeased he was that the truck was still in sight. We don’t know why he’s that way, he’s never encountered a driver except when we had a delivery.
Love picture of the day. Travel with 4 cats like yours not crazy about the drive but love the view in Campgrounds, wildlife😻
We also travel with 3 kitties, one enjoys the ride on the dashboard, the other 2 enjoy it from under the couch till we set up.