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“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” — Jack Kerouac
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Junk Food Day!
On this day in history: 1865 – In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first Western showdown.
Tip of the Day
Grow mushrooms in your RV? Best to keep water out of your rig
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Face it – RV maintenance does mean work. For many RVers, this means an exercise in do-it-yourself. Happily, most of this maintenance is not out of the realm of the self-doer and, when kept up, is not expensive.
While allowing some things to “slide” or fall into the category of deferred maintenance makes for simple inconvenience, other stuff you “let go” can lead to a disaster. In the latter area, you simply can’t afford to let up on keeping moisture at bay. A leaky door or window seal isn’t just inconvenient: It can destroy your RV in a hurry. Continue reading about one RVer’s unexpected mushroom crop.
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Grand prize: A SoftStartRV (run your A/C on household current or a small generator), plus five 360 Siphon roof vent caps (keep stinky toilet fumes out of your RV). Plus five copies of Mike Sokol’s book RV Electrical Safety, and two memberships each in Harvest Hosts (camp for free on farms, at wineries and other quiet, scenic locations) and Overnight RV Parking (#1 resource of where to stay for free in your RV). Learn more in Saturday’s RVtravel.com newsletter.
Why would you want a lithium battery pack?
Lithium batteries have truly extraordinary advantages for certain types of RV life – but they have their “dark side” as well. You need to be very well informed to make the “lithium decision.” Read the pros and cons in this article from Greg Illes, veteran boondocker and retired systems engineer.
Yesterday’s featured article: RVing will not make you happy
Do you know your RV’s license plate number by memory?
Remember the answer and tell us here.
Regularly check plastic plumbing fittings to avoid leaks
Reader Mark Cote hopes you’ll learn from his experience: Be sure to regularly check plastic drain lines under sinks, etc. He’s had them come loose and dump water everywhere. Hand-tighten all screw-on plumbing fittings. Thanks, Mark!
Website of the day
This is a great website for those of us who need a little help learning new technology. There are lots of articles on here that make learning new phones, computers, programs and applications simple.
This wonderful, nostalgic book should be your next read…
“Don’t Make Me Pull Over: The Informal History of the Family Road Trip” by Richard Ratay is a wonderful, nostalgic story of the golden age of family road trips. With the birth of America’s first interstate highways in the 1950s came the rush of the family road trip. Ratay and his family were a part of that packed-back-seat, souvenir-shopping, attraction-seeking era, and he’s here to tell you about it. Read more about it here.
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:
• 22 percent have both a washer and dryer in their RV
• 33 percent say they have been in the same profession their whole life
• 16 percent have all their updated medical information and directives in an easily accessible place in their RV
Recent poll: How loyal are you to a particular RV tire brand? Tell us here.
The British Queen’s handbag is used as a communication device between her and her staff. For example, if she is done speaking to a guest, she will switch her handbag from one arm to the other, and her aides will step in and politely end the conversation.
*What country has more landmass than Pluto? We told you in yesterday’s newsletter.
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.
Neat! Monocular telescope connects to phone
This is one of the neatest gadgets we’ve seen in a while! This waterproof monocular telescope connects right to your phone so you can take photos of that bird waaaaaaay over there. You can now photograph anything up to 12x closer than before. Great for birdwatching, concerts or any sporting event. We already bought one! Learn more or order.
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