RV Daily Tips. Monday, August 3, 2020

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Today’s thought

 “A full appreciation of the beauty and wonder of the world calls us to action. If tis is the way the world is – beautiful, astonishing, wondrous, awe-inspiring – then this is how we ought to act in that world: with respect, with deep caring and fierce protectiveness, and with a full sense of our obligation to the future, that the world shall remain.” — Kathleen Dean Moore


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Watermelon Day!

On this day in history: 1900 – The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is founded.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Make those reservations

RVs are selling at a record pace during the Pandemic. Traveling with a recreational vehicle is the safest way to travel in these times and isolate from coronavirus exposure. While the RV industry celebrates these sales, and many campground owners do, too, be aware that campsite reservations are now essential more than ever before heading off on a camping trip.

Today, especially in commercial RV parks, every space is filled during the busy summer months.

The crowding is worse in campgrounds and RV parks where hookups are offered, as many of today’s RVs are very dependent on electricity to run their many appliances and devices. Primitive campgrounds off the beaten path are far more available. What it boils down to is that before heading off on a trip, plan ahead to be sure you have a place to stay. Of course, there is always a Walmart parking lot, where a free overnight stay in a self-contained RV is okay (but even that is not a sure thing these days).

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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Where did the Power Pal 50-amp tester go?

Dear Mike,
A company with the name “Pal” in it produced a tester that plugged directly into a 50-amp pedestal outlet that allowed you to check both legs of power. I can’t find them online and wanted to know if they are still available. Do you know of them and have you ever tested one? Thanks. Bob

Read Mike’s answer.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.


Keep mosquitoes, flies and ticks away from your dogs with this spray


A few of the many uses for WD-40

There are few RVers who don’t consider a can of WD-40 an essential item in their tool arsenal. This “can do” lubricant has a wide range of uses, making it a very handy and useful product. Here are some uses for the product –  some of which you may not have previously considered. Learn more.


☀ Run your RV A/C with only normal household powerYes, it’s possible!


Reader poll

Are you missing dining out at restaurants because of the pandemic?
Please 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.


Is this thing a boat? Is it an RV? Or is it a boat-RV? One thing is for sure, it’s weird!


Hanging out with mops and brooms
Most RVs aren’t equipped with broom closets. Got a basement storage compartment long or wide enough to stick those long-handled tools? Stick ’em up to the ceiling by attaching spring-loaded broom clips to the lid of the compartment. Here’s the ever-RV-popular Command Strips version.


Quick Tip

Inspect an RV park before you even get there

Before booking a campsite somewhere you have never been to before, be sure to check it out on Google Maps to determine its location and appearance. Look at it on the aerial view to see what’s nearby (like train tracks a stone’s throw away), and how much space is available between sites. And pay attention to the access roads to get there. Look at the street view, too, to see if the neighborhood meets your expectations.


Website of the day

33 best burger recipes
What says summer better than a juicy, charred burger? Food & Wine features 33 of their best burger recipes. You won’t want to pass these up!


SECRET PHRASE: Fred likes llamas


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Not all RV antifreeze is created equal.
• For New RVers: Video explains RV electrical system basics.
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Never get bit by a mosquito again!
What if we told you we had a solution for all those mosquito bites and bee stings? We do! This LED lantern (and flashlight) lures mosquitoes and other flying bugs and zaps them as soon as they fly up and touch it, providing a 16×16-foot mosquito-free zone. Neat, huh? Never swat away a bug again! It’s waterproof, non-toxic, and harmless to humans. Learn more or order.


Trivia

The letter “A” doesn’t appear in any written number until you reach “one thousand.”


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Bernie, a Goldendoodle, whose full name is Bernadette. She is smart, sweet, never met a dog or person she didn’t love, and is ‘dangerous’ because she’ll lick you to death. She’s a great traveler, having accompanied us while we full time the last three years.” — Chris Gray

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 residents of this site in a Tucson RV park are not very happy with dogs that leave a little gift when passing by.

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Ron Seidl
1 month ago

I strongly agree with the article about “Make Those Reservations”. We have been doing that for years. Each place we go we ask ourselves if we want to come back next year. And we then make the reservation. We also take side trips to check out other places nearby and again ask if we want to go to that place. We live in the pacific northwest which has some of the most amazing places. I even made a spreadsheet for all the favorite places we go and note the reservation address, phone number and the allowed lead time to making reservations. This is great for the one place we like that has sites that seem to be reserved two seconds after the reservation window opens.

Snayte
1 month ago

This will get me down-voted but rather than WD-40 I prefer to use the correct tool for the job.

Bob Bullock
1 month ago
Reply to  Snayte

Duct tape?

Elizabeth Ann Stafford
1 month ago

Totally agree with today’s thought. I was always taught, if you borrow something from someone, you return it clean and/or in better shape than before. We should all do that with our campsites as we are just borrowing them for a time. If there’s litter, pick it up, if there’s other types of things that need fixing, then by all means let us clean it up whatever it may be. Let us keep our America beautiful and for others to enjoy who may come after us.

Sheryl
1 month ago

We have only recently started going TO local restaurants to eat. And then only if all the staff is wearing masks and they have tables marked off for social distancing. Also, only to restaurants that we feel (based on past history with them) are taking the necessary precautions. We’ve also tried to go just as they open around 11 a.m. on the weekends so there are fewer people inside. Or later in the afternoon–same reason. It is still extremely uncomfortable to us to be inside a restaurant, but sometimes when you’re out it’s more convenient. And we wear our masks everywhere we go, including to any restaurant. We do a LOT more curbside pickup still, and cooking at home.

Paul
1 month ago

Nope, we have been going to restaurants since early May. 50% capacity but the quality of food and service is the same as always.

Jeff
1 month ago

We found a going back to our favorite restaurants that the atmosphere is not the same anymore. With all the rules and changes. The food does not seem to be as good as it was. And prices are higher. On a positive note it’s nice to sit at the table without other diners crowded all around you.

Chic Sanders
1 month ago

The article “Inspect an RV park before you even get there” reminded me of a campground in Portage, IN. It was sandwiched between an active train track and a sewage treatment plant where the sludge was spread on a pad daily to dry. We stayed 2 nights using it as a way it see Chicago. We still can’t understand why it was at capacity.

Bob
1 month ago

That sign should read the OWNER of the last dog to poop in my yard. Too many irresponsible owners.

Jim Anderson
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Perfect
Your Right on!
It’s the INCONSIDERATE Pet’s
Owner!!!!