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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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Issue 1408
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

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ― Anaïs Nin

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

On this day in history: 1868 – French astronomer Pierre Jules Janssen discovers helium.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!

Tip of the Day

Select your towed vehicle for all-around fun and utility

By Greg Illes
It turns out that “towed” and “toad” are pronounced the same. It also turns out that the RV community, as a whole, has a sardonic sense of humor. Thus it is that towed vehicles in the RV world are almost universally known as toads.

Toads are great! You can leave the big, lumbering RV back in camp and dart about wherever you like. If the RV breaks down, you have an instant “escape” vehicle. You can even use your toad to carry that extra cargo that always seems to crop up. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

RV water: How fresh is “fresh” water?

Having your RV sitting in the driveway, “ready to roll” on a spur-of-the-moment trip, is one of the gifts of our lifestyle. Got propane and gas in the tanks? Holding tanks empty? If you keep a few clothes in the rig, some non-perishable food items, and grab whatever else from your house fridge, your RV is up to an “instant getaway.” Ah, but what about the fresh water tank? How long can you safely keep water in it before worrying about “bugs”? Find out here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Fulltime RVer – Death while on the road

Reader poll

What kind of cell phone do you have?
Dial in and tell us here.

New Facebook Group:
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Quick Tip

Keep insects out of your RV

While RVing, our RV got inundated with large black ants. Upon inspecting just HOW they were getting in, I found I was the culprit! I made it easy for them by creating “highways” to the RV. The water hose, TV cable, and power cable all became expressways to the RV by allowing these crawly guys a direct path to us. I got some dry chemical, Triazicide, and buried the hose and cables in it. I also got some Ortho Home Defense spray for the cables. This kills them on contact. Great for ant nests. So, FYI, do not help them get in. Be prepared! —Thanks to Mike Palmer!

[Editor: If you want to go this route, Ortho Home Defense spray and Triazicide are available on Amazon]

Website of the day

TV Food Maps
Watch an episode of something and wonder the name of the restaurant where they ate? Consult this handy website and see where everyone eats on TV!

Secrets of RVing on Social Security
Author Jerry Minchey takes you on a journey that lets you discover how you can travel around the country and live the fascinating RV lifestyle for far less than it costs to live in your sticks-and-bricks home. Among other things, he shows you step-by-step how to enjoy the RVing lifestyle while traveling and living on just your Social Security income. Learn more or order.

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 16 percent say they go bowling every so often
• When drinking soda, 38 percent say they prefer diet sodas over regular
• 5 percent have stayed at one RV park for a year or longer

Recent poll: Are you happy at your present location or would you rather be elsewhere? Tell us here.


Maine is the only U.S. state with a one-syllable name. Yup, go ahead – try and think of another…

*Which state is misspelled on the Liberty Bell? Yikes… Find out in yesterday’s trivia section

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Say hello to Boomer!!” — Mike

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.

Camco vent insulator keeps you warm…and cold!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy, simply push the fitted foam into your skylight, reflective side up. The reflective surface blocks sunlight, preventing it from heating your RV in the hot months. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14×14 RV vents. Learn more or order here. 

Leave here with a laugh

Q: Why do ducks have feathers?
A: To cover their butt quacks!

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RV Daily Tips Staff

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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Gary Sain
2 years ago

Wrote a rather long winded comment under the water storage article. Short version here: I wouldn’t recommend leaving a FW tank with water in it for 6 months. Chlorine will only last a day or so and the tank brings in outside air (bacteria and bacteria food) as its vented. You can get bacteria/slime growth in the tank. Not necessarily a disease issue but not good either. Source-did water treatment 40 years.

Sharon Baron
2 years ago

Boomer….I love that name. What a cute pooch!

Marilyn M
2 years ago

Have my i6 – my plan is with Mexico Telcel – good in MX, USA and CA all for 200 pesos or $10 a month.

Pat G
2 years ago

Plain and simple Flip phone..Verizon plan..$100.00 for 400 min a year, if min not used they roll have 16 hours {960} min. I am not glued to my phone, on only when I leave the house, that is if I remember..I ride a scooter, & get tired of excusing myself when on the right side of the sidewalk and people are not paying attention to anything but their phone, wandering all over the sidewalk.

Elaine Behrendt
2 years ago

Poll site not working

Ron L
2 years ago

Works just fine… me thinks it’s your device.

Diane Mc
2 years ago
Reply to  Ron L

I read on an iPad. The last week, poll never came up for the first time ever. Then, this weekend, there it was. Never touched any settings before or after. Interestingly, we were traveling last week. This weekend we were home. 🤷‍♀️

Brian Burry
2 years ago

I have an older IPad and the poll works just fine. Check your settings perhaps.

2 years ago

I was having a problem also. After the last windows 10 update and allowing popups for this site in my Brave browser it works fine.

2 years ago

We found a recipe for a bug repellant that is good indoors and food safe.
Mix into a spray bottle:
• 1/4 cup water
• 15 drops peppermint essential oil
• 7 drops lemon or orange essential oil

2 years ago

Hand me down IPhone 6, grandkids have better phone than me – hay it works,
and with Consumers Cellar – real cheap to use.

2 years ago
Reply to  john1470

Agreed! Haven’t found any reason to upgrade from the iPhone 6. It works and does everything I need for now.

Ron L
2 years ago
Reply to  john1470

I too still have my old iPhone 6s…works just fine with no need to spend hundreds to upgrade.

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