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RV Daily Tips. Friday, July 17, 2020

Issue 1386
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

“And a softness came from the starlight and filled me full to the bone.” — William Butler Yeats

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Peach Ice Cream Day!

On this day in history: 1902 – Willis Carrier creates the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York.

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Tip of the Day

Carry some basic tools – even if you can’t use them

Well, that’s sort of a joke title – why carry tools if you can’t use them? Actually, the answer is simple: You will use them when you have to.

This article is not for the accomplished do-it-yourselfer, who likely can give us all advice on tool kits. This tip is for the people who can’t remember the last time they picked up a screwdriver. The list which follows is meant to give you a small working tool kit, with only a small investment, which will allow you to fix a lot of simple problems that crop up on an RV. Continue reading.

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Trim your RV weight and increase storage space, too

There is a direct connection between reducing the weight inside your RV and increasing the mileage for every gallon of expensive gas you purchase. Storage space is limited, but you can make the best use of the space you have by thinking outside the box or can. Learn how here.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to easily remove old, ugly decals from your RV

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

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If you had the opportunity to own one of these businesses, which would it be?
See your options and tell us here (hint: we’re sticking to a theme…).

Quick Tip

Only use distilled water in batteries

When topping off battery cells, NEVER use anything other than distilled water. Bottled water contains minerals (that’s why it tastes so good!). Bottled water may be good for your cells, but it’ll raise Cain with your batteries’ cells!

Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.

Website of the day

Slang across America
What the heck did that guy just say? He’s going to “wrench” the chicken? I hope not! This is an entertaining list of slang terms used across the country.

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.

Keep mice out of your RV
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 899The positive reviews on this product from Earthkind make it the best bet for keeping your RV mouse-free. It’s the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 90 days with a “woodsy” scent that’s pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It’s safe around kids and pets, too. 98% biodegradable. Learn more or order.


The average American child is given $3.70 from the tooth fairy per tooth that falls out.

*Yesterday we told you the origin of Swedish meatballs… and it’s probably not what you imagined. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Coulter, a spoiled Bichon Frise who wants to be in his master’s lap all the time. Full of love and barks at anything that moves beside the RV.” — Ralph & Marketa Burns

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.

Leave here with a laugh

A Texan farmer travels to Australia on vacation and meets a local farmer. They get to talking. The Aussie shows off his huge wheat field and the Texan says, “Oh! We have wheat fields twice as large.” Then the farmer shows off his cattle. “We have longhorns twice as large as those,” boasts the Texan. A few minutes later the Texan spots some kangaroos hopping through the field. “And what are those?” he asks.” “Don’t you have any grasshoppers in Texas?” asks the Aussie.

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  1. In Texas they are always ‘fixin’ — not ‘repairing’, but ‘getting ready ‘
    or ‘about’ to do something, like “I’m fixin to go to the store. Wanna go with me? “

  2. Are there any pet free campgrounds out there? I`m really tired of cleaning up the lot I rent before we can lay out the mat or just take a walk. I see it all the time with women they let their prefect darling crap in the vacant lot near their camper and just walk away just to let the next guy in that spot clean it up for them. Yeh I know you always clean it up, sure.

    • ABSOLUTELY not… it’s a good theory, but every drop of rain condenses on pollution before collecting more particles on the way down and running down your roof/awning to collect in your most likely open to air container. I once thought that the water from my dehumidifier would be good (literally, condensed-distilled like rain was intended to be), but even there it picks up metals and dirt on the way to the tank. If you wanted to literally distill water with clean glassware, you could do that — but we’re getting insane now.

  3. Re: Slang Across America …. In and around the New Orleans area, there are several regional terms that likely require interpretation … here are a few to ponder: Going to the grocery store is called “making groceries” If you walk on the sidewalk it is often referred to as the “bankette”, and if you are crossing a boulevard and stop in the middle, you are safe because that’s called the “neutral ground”. Should you go down to the Mississippi River, the land between the water and the levee is called the “batture”. And if the river gets too high, they open the “spillway”, a river flood control structure up river from New Orleans which diverts river water into lake Pontchartrain and ultimately into the Gulf of Mexico, protecting the city from flooding, Most of these names originate from the rich French and Spanish heritage of New Orleans. There are more, but these are very common to overhear in conversation. One last thing, don’t be insulted if you are called “Sha” that is Cher in Frenc


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