RV Daily Tips. Friday, July 24, 2020

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Issue 1391
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

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” ― John Lubbock


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Drive-Thru Day!

On this day in history: 1847 – After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.



Tip of the Day

Save on your RV-lifestyle expenses

By Bob Difley
Here are some ways to stretch your RVing dollars. Many of these tips will help you save money at home, too.

• Stay longer at campgrounds or boondocking sites. Check out the weekly rates, sometimes significantly less expensive than the daily rate. You will also reduce your annual mileage driven and fuel used.

• Drive 55. Lower speeds produce more miles-per-gallon, and you will enjoy the scenery more at lower speeds. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


☀ Be cool this summer. Now use your RV air conditioner when you could never use it before. No kidding!


This RV is pulled by a scooter

This is one way you might have camped in the U.K. back in 1959 — with a scooter and collapsible trailer. Great for a quick getaway close to home. Watch the short video. Fun!

Yesterday’s featured article: Vintage electric car might not be good as a “toad”



You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

If eating your favorite comfort food often would shorten your life by one year, would you still eat it?
Chow down and tell us here.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.


Hold the door open, will ya?
Reader Cliff Thomson recommended this product and we think it’s a great idea. He wrote: “We got tired of the hook breaking on our front door and on the front cargo door on our fifth wheel. So we bought two magnetic door holders from Amazon. Last week the door stayed open in a 35 mph wind. Since the magnet is spring-loaded a push will release it.”


Quick Tip

Don’t overload your extension cord!

If you’re temporarily hooked up to an electrical supply with a lightweight, low-current-capacity extension cord, you surely don’t want to overload it. Here’s a tip from Wolfe Rose to keep you safe: Switch off the breakers to high-current consumers like the air conditioning or electric water heater elements. Thanks, Wolfe!


Here’s a delicious summer recipe, sent to us by one of our readers, Margaret. Check out her grilled polenta bites here (yum!).


Website App of the day

PlantSnap
Out on a hike and wonder what a certain berry is? Can you eat it? What’s that cool-looking plant over there? PlantSnap lets you take a photo of whatever plant you’re wondering about, and it’ll tell you exactly what it is.


Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• 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.


Be prepared if there’s a roadside emergency
Make sure you keep roadside flares on hand in case you need to stop on the side of the road for any reason – you and your RV need to be seen! You should also have traffic cones, collapsible ones like these are great for storage, and a reflective vest so you and the family stay safe too.


Trivia

The slang term for money, “bucks,” originated in the early 1700s when deer skin from male deer (bucks), was used as an informal currency.

*What is one thing an ant can’t die from? Bet you can’t guess… See the answer in yesterday’s newsletter.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Freddie is a 3-year-old Scottish Terrier! It startles many people that he is not black but his color is wheaten and he is a very red wheaten. Freddie is also an AKC conformation Champion and is the first Scottie Champion to have his Barn Hunt Senior title. He is only 1 passing score away from his Barn Hunt Masters title and he will be the first Champion Scottie to attain that as well (if we do it pretty soon!).” — Janet

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

The cops just left. They said if I’m gonna walk around the house naked … I have to do it inside.

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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Susan H
11 days ago

Have used INATURALIST app. No cost and identifies plants & animals.

Michael McCRACKEN
11 days ago

PlantSnap you advertise like all of these type apps charge a reoccurring fee after a free period. Just don’t like automatic billing. So often you forget you subscribed and you get charged again. Over a period of time all the things you have subscribed too can add up.

megan Edwards
11 days ago

I liked that parents wore helments but daughter did not. There are some good ideas on this that could be used today.

Jim
11 days ago

When I clicked on the App of the Day my Malwarebytes security warned me this is a Trojan site. If you downloaded it you might want to run a security check.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
11 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Hi, Jim. Here’s a link to PlantSnap’s Privacy Policy. It sounds like just about any other website out there. https://www.plantsnap.com/privacy-policy And here’s a link to a lot of write-ups where they appear to be very highly recommended: https://www.plantsnap.com/in-the-press/ So I think this is a safe website to use. Have a great day, and stay safe. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Donald N Wright
11 days ago

That’s a cute little trailer. It would be good for motorcycle touring and really small cars.

Bobkat
11 days ago

It is actually a bit bigger than the one we tow behind our 1800 cc GoldWing motorcycle. I pity that poor little Vespa scooter.

Deborah
11 days ago

Congratulations Freddie, I know you will win. You are a handsome boy.

John
11 days ago

RE: Don’t overload your extension cord!
If your cord is wrapped on a cord reel be certain to unwind it before using. The surrounding air keeps the cord cool. If left on reel the cord will overheat. I found this out the hard way but was fortunate and smelled it burning just before seeing the smoke…

Jeb
11 days ago
Reply to  John

That applies to feels on vacuum cleaners as well. Always pull the cord out to the maximum to avoid heat buildup.

Marty
11 days ago

Beautiful Scottie! Editors, how about a comments section under the pet of the day?

Dave
11 days ago
Reply to  Marty

I think you just found it!😁