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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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“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Be safe: Disposable face masks. Many choices at Amazon.
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Son and Daughter Day!
On this day in history: 1929 – Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tip of the Day
RV fueling etiquette at the truck stop
By Jim Twamley
We RVers often use truck stops for refueling because they are designed for large rigs and it seems that RVs are getting larger every year. Did you know that there is a proper way to use a truck stop refueling station?
When you are finished filling up your tanks and washing your windows, you should pull your rig forward enough to allow the truck or RV behind you to pull in and begin refueling.
Once you pull forward, then you can go into the truck stop store pick up a soda and pay the cashier for the hundreds of dollars worth of fuel you just pumped.
This simple courtesy will go a long way in helping with RVer/trucker relations.
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The mystery of the melting RV cover
Here’s a situation that you have likely never encountered: a brand-new RV cover, in this case a high-quality one from ADCO to cover a 37-foot travel trailer, that began to melt in an arc-shaped pattern across the cover for no apparent reason. What caused it? Find out here.
Yesterday’s featured article: Nine easy steps to holding down fuel costs
Did you ever take a typing class?
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Don’t run from bears…
Editor’s note: We recently found this on the National Park Service Facebook page about what to do if you see a bear. We thought we’d share!
Do not run from bears or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself.
If you come upon a stationary bear, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears. Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Like dogs, they will chase ﬂeeing animals. Do NOT climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees. Do NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course).
Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Identify yourself by making noise so the bear knows you are a human and not prey. The bear may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.
Don’t swelter in your RV anymore!
At RVtravel.com we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run two air conditioners on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.
Mice in the RV? Try mint oil. Read about it here.
Website of the day
All For Good
One of the largest sources for volunteer positions, simply type in your nearest town or city and see hundreds of opportunities appear.
Welcome to the Motor Oils Store!
Yes, there is such a store, and it’s at (where else?) Amazon! You’re just one click away from a wide range of motor oils for your vehicle at great prices. Whether you need synthetic, conventional, diesel, hybrid, recycled, or bio-based engine oil, Amazon can provide you with sufficient alternatives. Motor oil is your vehicle’s lifeblood, and that makes it an important part of your life too. Learn more or order.
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:
• 15 percent say more than one pet sleeps in bed with them at night.
• 10 percent play either board or card games all the time.
• 33 percent say their favorite way to eat a potato is baked. Their least favorite form of eating potatoes is potato chips.
Recent poll: Do you prefer to move around often with your RV or stay put for months on end? Please tell us here.
Every day in the United States about 84.8 million people, 37 percent of the population, consume fast food.
*Yesterday we told you that the U.S. has all five of Earth’s what?
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Here are Lacey & Zoey, two well-traveled pets we rescued from an animal shelter several years ago. Lacey is part Pomeranian and part Chihuahua, while Zoey is a full Pom. These guys love RVing about as much as we do, so much so that they hop in the motorhome frequently when it’s parked in our driveway at home. Every time I go out to do some work or just take things to the RV they hop in, ready to go. We’ve taken them cross-country and into Canada.” — Tad & Sharyn Fogel, Brevard, NC
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.
For peace of mind, use a backflow preventer
Backflow happens when a fresh water system gets “cross-connected” with a source of bad water or other contaminants. You don’t want that! Prevent this from happening by using a backflow preventer. Here’s an affordable one. Use it and rest easier. (You can read more about backflow prevention here.)
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