RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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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

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” — Gustave Flaubert


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

On this day in history: 1914 – In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.



Tip of the Day

RV Education 101: Use correct extension cords for RV connections

With Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®

Avoid using a household-type extension cord when making electrical connections at the campground. The gauge of the wire used in standard household extension cords is not suitable for RV electrical connections. It is a good idea to purchase an RV extension cord that is compatible with the electrical system on your RV.

ONLINE VIDEO TRAINING COURSES BY MARK POLK
Motorhome RV Orientation.
Travel Trailer & 5th Wheel Orientation.

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Book paints dark picture of “work campers”

“Nomadland, Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” is not a feel-good book. If anything, it’s a feel-bad book. It paints a very dark picture of RVers who work as they travel. In the world which author Jessica Bruder portrays, these people are desperate and must work to survive. She does not discuss the tens of thousands of other “work campers” who work because they enjoy being productive and the extra income allows them to live a better life. Still, the RVers Bruder profiles are real. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury found the book fascinating, although disturbing. Read his review.

Yesterday’s featured article: Is reverse osmosis water safe for your RV batteries?



Reader poll

Have you ever had to walk more than a mile for help after a vehicle breakdown?
Vote in our poll 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.

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Quick Tip

Don’t pop your air mattress!

Pat Gerard advises, if you have an air mattress on your bed, be sure to let some of the air out before heading up to higher altitudes. That’ll ensure you don’t have a sudden and unwanted pop due to the change in altitude and pressure. Thanks, Pat!


Heavy duty grill mats master the BBQ!
Been looking for perfect grill mats? Here you go! These mats are the ideal thickness, still allowing that chicken to get those beautiful grill marks, but thick enough to provide durability and heat resistance. Never worry about cleaning your grill again and never worry about veggies falling through those dang cracks. Hassle free grilling every time. Works with any type of grill or BBQ. Learn more or order here. 


Website of the day

Codecademy
For those of you designing a website (or who have always wanted to!), this is the site for you. Learn to code online in an easy and fun way.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

Mr. Heater user dies from carbon monoxide – Could you?
• RV travels down icy highway with slideouts extended.
• 73-foot RV even has an elevator.
#927-1


Workamping? There are more ways to make money from it than you think… Check this out.


Trivia

In Japan, chefs have to train for more than two years to qualify to serve pufferfish in their restaurant. If pufferfish is prepared the wrong way, it can kill someone; however, this dangerous fish is a delicacy in Japan.

*What is Arachibutyrophobia the fear of?
A.) Old books
B.) Chocolate-covered raisins
C.) Peanut butter
We told you in yesterday’s trivia section.


It’s about time you cleaned those headlights…
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 916When was the last time you gave those headlights a good scrub? It’s been a while, huh? Get yourself this 4-piece headlight restorer kit from Turtle Wax for less than $6, and have your headlights looking as good as new in less than 5 minutes. It can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces, and will restore all dull, yellowed headlights. Learn more or order here.


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Artie and Gordy are 6-year-old littermates that we got at 8 weeks old. They roughhouse together, play tug together, love people, other dogs, treats, and looking out of the RV window when we travel. One of our cats interacts with them; the other, 18 years old, runs from them and they chase. They are a mixed breed that a DNA test showed contains PBGV (Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen), Harrier hound, Münsterländer, Akita, Rhodesian Ridgeback, and a few other mixed breeds. Artie loves the water and colder weather, Gordy loves watching squirrels and would chase them if he could. They have a great sense of smell and used to bring us small animal skulls from the field behind us. They both loved romping at the beach in Oregon.” — Janet Shingleton & Rachel Johansen. Davis, IL. 2017 Winnebago Trend 23L 24 ft. Class C. 

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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The worst part about back-in parking is the witnesses.


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Jim
1 month ago

So, regarding the Puffer Fish. Who samples the beginner’s preparation😁

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

Maybe the one who prepared it? If they don’t die, they pass the course. 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Firefighter Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Good answer, Diane.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago

Thanks, Tom. Just makes sense, don’tcha think? 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Herbert Zechman
1 month ago

There are no witness when you do a great park job, only when you don’t! Applies equally to any screwup!

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago

Ain’t that the truth, Herbert? 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Ron L
1 month ago

It’s interesting the number of people who complain everyday about not being able to access the daily poll and blame it on rvtravel’s system. I think if those would provide info as to the type of computer/smart phone they are using along with what browser…. it may lead to a reason. I for one, use a Apple MacBook Air with Safari as a browser and have absolutely no problems at all getting the daily polls.

Bill Coady
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron L

I access on a Windows 10 laptop using either Edge or Chrome and also on my iPhone using Bing and/or Safari. Have never had issues with accessing the newsletter or the polls or any links, unless, of course, I have no Wi-Fi or a bad or non-existent LTE Cell reception.

Butch
1 month ago

How do you celebrate national underwear day?

Admin
Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
1 month ago
Reply to  Butch

Anyway you want, Butch! But it’s your business, so no need to share here.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Jeb
1 month ago
Reply to  Butch

Change them!😁

Don
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeb

You should get 4 days out of a pair of underwear, two if you color code.😁

John R Crawford
1 month ago
Reply to  Don

Is one of the colors brown?

cee
1 month ago
Reply to  Butch

Good question Butch. Do you put it on or take it off?

John R Crawford
1 month ago
Reply to  Butch

Just wear some.

Montgomery D. Bonner
1 month ago

If you want to feel humbled, and know you are small in stature and humans are insignificant, just stand next to a giant sequoia or redwood, then contemplate, those trees were here when Jesus Christ walked the earth.

Alan Goldberg
1 month ago

In A Colombo TV series, one of the shows was themed around the villains use and preparation of pufferfish and it being a delicacy. I always thought it was fiction. What a surprise to find out, after all these years, that it is true.

Lorenz Steinhoff
1 month ago

To: IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen,

Why has the polls not showed up for the past two weeks. It is getting very discouraging. Please give me a answer.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

There’s something wrong on YOUR end. I have no problem seeing and answering the polls. Maybe something in your settings?

Bob p
1 month ago

It must be in your device as the polls have showed up in mine everyday.

Brenda
1 month ago

You are not alone. Many people have been making this comment. I haven’t been able to see the polls on my computer for several months now, despite changing multiple settings. If I want to vote, I have to access the poll on my phone.

Linda
1 month ago

I have not had any problems with the polls on my laptop with Firefox, even when we went out of state and used the RV park internet.

Alan Goldberg
1 month ago

It’s probably due to a change in your browser security settings. You may need to allow pop-ups or something like that.

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

Letting the air out of the air mattress, is a reminder for folks with the Luci solar lights. Learn from my mistake, open the valve !