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Issue 1411
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

“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” ― Simon and Garfunkel (Play the song while you read the rest of this newsletter.)

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

On this day in history: 1959 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.

Tip of the Day

RVers: Slow down and enjoy life

By Jim Twamley
When not restricted by the pandemic, we enjoy the RV lifestyle for many reasons. Travel and experiencing new adventures is at the top of the list. Seeing old friends and being able to spend time with family members scattered all over the map is also a huge benefit. Being where the weather is nice is also a plus.

Another great aspect of this lifestyle is that I can live slow. I ran in the fast lane so long that slowing down and savoring life was not easy. I still haven’t mastered it, but I’m beginning to catch the vision. Continue reading a couple of funny personal anecdotes from Jim.

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Fairgrounds camping: Alternatives for RVers “on the hoof”

Traveling the backcountry of Idaho, Russ and Tiña De Maris didn’t know where to stay so they asked at a fuel station about the whereabouts of a county fairground. “Just up the road in downtown.” They found the county fairgrounds – where camping was allowed and it was free. This is not the first time they’ve been “rescued” by a county fairground. Read more about this great alternative for a place to put up overnight or even for a few days.

Yesterday’s featured article: No smoking – Especially in shore power connections

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

When was the last time you had a campfire at a campsite?
Roast a marshmallow and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Safety tips for your children/grandchildren in the RV

Show your children or grandchildren where the water heater and furnace vents are located on your RV and explain to them how hot they can get. Keep children away from these vents as they can cause serious burns and injuries. Do not allow children to turn on any hot water faucets. Water temperatures can be extremely high if not set properly. —Mark Polk, RV Education 101 

Website of the day

Best beaches in National Parks
It’s beach time, folks! Dig up that swimsuit and hit the water. Here’s a list of the 10 best beaches in National Parks.

Microwave cover collapses for easy storage
micro-2-flatWhen heating your food you don’t want to spend 10 minutes later cleaning the splatters inside the microwave. Here’s the solution — and perfect for RVers: it pops down flat for easy storage. Lid perforations allow steam to escape to keep food moist. Doubles as a strainer, too! Learn more or order.

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.

NEW FACEBOOK GROUP: Crowded Campgrounds Discussion. Where will we all stay now that record numbers of people are buying (and often living in) RVs? Let’s talk about it.


Getting married? You can join the 300 other couples who get married in Las Vegas every day. Wow!

*How many thousands of spiders live on one acre of land? (Hint: It’s a looooot.) We told you yesterday.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Bella our 6-year-old 160 lb. Irish Wolfhound mix. We have been full-time in our 5th wheel for three years. She loves going to new campgrounds. A 30-minute walk usually turns into an hour walk because we are stopped by other campers who want to know how much she eats, does she have a saddle, etc. Most people have never actually seen an Irish Wolfhound before and are amazed at how gentle she is. We had one man knock on our door wanting to know if Bella could come outside so his wife could see her. She is a great conversation starter.” — Julie Clayton

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.

Eliminate hose crimping at the faucet!
Sometimes it’s a real pain hooking up your hose to a faucet or to your RV. This Camco flexible hose protector is the answer. Its easy gripper makes attaching the hose effortless. It’s compliant with all federal and state low level lead laws, too. Every RVer should have one or two of these. Super low price, tooLearn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

There was a papa mole, a momma mole, and a baby mole. They lived in a hole out in the country near a farmhouse. Papa mole poked his head out of the hole and said, “Mmmm, I smell sausage!” Momma mole poked her head outside the hole and said, “Mmmm, I smell pancakes!” Baby mole tried to stick his head outside but couldn’t because of the two bigger moles. Baby mole said, “The only thing I smell is molasses.”

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2 years ago

on the, best beaches in national parks, that was in this issue ,i was starting to read it and then it said i had to subscribe to finish the article. could you please not tease us like that. respectfully .vernon

Last edited 2 years ago by vernon
2 years ago

This has nothing to do with this subject. I have no idea how to send a suggestion to this RV newsletter. We just arrived at the Moose Creek Ranch Lodge cabins and only 5 RV spots in Victor Idaho and what a cool off the beaten path this place is.. look it up..

Bill Langton
2 years ago

Chuck – Enjoyed your interview on the podcast “RV with Miles!” As always, very informative! It’s gonna be interesting the next few years to see what the fallout is from all these RV sales! I sure wish the industry would move more towards quality over quantity! (I know – never gonna happen at the “consumer” level)

I watched an interesting tour of the Newell factory in Miami, Oklahoma recently. Wow! I had no idea they BUILT their own chassis from the ground up! Like Newmar and others, their employees average many years (decades) on the line and know their units (and their owners) inside and out! I realize that the industry as a whole will never be there but wouldn’t it be nice?

Just watch a YouTube video of a factory tour at Newmar, Tiffin or Entegra and then watch one from Thor! You’ll see immediately who you want to buy your rig from…

Keep up the good work! I enjoy the content 7 days a week!

Sharon B
2 years ago

Wow 160 pound dogie! Enjoy that big girl!

Danny Wells
2 years ago

The first time I heard this “dirty joke” was about 70 years ago and it’s still funny. Thanks for the memories

2 years ago

Thank you for the joke this morning. I’m still laughing. Can’t wait until my beautiful wife gets up so I can share.

2 years ago

As to the Trivia section, I don’t think anyone is getting married in Vegas these days with Covid around.

Last edited 2 years ago by impavid
2 years ago
Reply to  impavid

My brother did, just last week.😆

Kaeleen Buckingham
2 years ago

The propane fire pits are a great idea – unless there is a fire ban. Then even propane fire pits are also outlawed – anything with an open flame.

2 years ago

Depends on the severity of the ban. Always in the small print. We have a fire ban now in Colorado but some state campgrounds have okayed fires if they are in the provided metal or concrete rings. Some bans in the past banned all wood burning but small propane fire pits were ok.

2 years ago
Reply to  Scooter

Most agencies say propane is ok as long as you can turn them off, that’s the key, being able to turn it off.

Matt Johnson
2 years ago

Hosting in Colorado right now with the fire ban in effect. Propane fires are allowed where we’re at but wood burning or charcoal is not allowed.

2 years ago

Just wondering as I think about traveling from WA state to NC for the holidays leaving Nov 1. Have done this many times. But now because of the virus Are some CG’s allowing out of state stay for 1 nighters because of C19. And if one get there virus along the way then what? Will be contacting CG’s we have stayed in before but this yr won’t be traveling as fast or as long each day so wouldn’t be staying at many of the ones we have stayed in before. Also Chuck & some others says more travelers means less places to stay in. We can stay in Truck stops rest stops if needed but if we have to be quarantined if we get the virus plus at our age and health issue ………

2 years ago
Reply to  Denny

We just traveled across the US to be closer to family. We found one night campsites open all along our route. I made reservations, as usual. It was a simple matter of choosing a campground, calling or making online reservation, and writing down the confirmation number. When I was making calls, I encountered only two campgrounds that were not taking reservations. I use – spent the nominal fee one time and have enjoyed regular free updates and the most advanced trip planning application since!

You’re right, scary times! We stayed close to the RV. At fuel stops, masks and gloves were de rigeur. Before we left I filled the freezer with meals, we shopped for all of our food and gathered plenty of hand sanitizer, masks etc. Some places we stopped more wore masks than not, other places it was the opposite. People were respectful and stayed 6’ away though, and we wore masks always when outside of the RV.

Good luck and safe travels!

Chuck Dunn
2 years ago
Reply to  Liz

I have been using RV trip Wizard for years. A great program.

Alice S
2 years ago

I really enjoyed Jim Twamley’s story. It’s really nice to start the day with some humor.

2 years ago

Bella, beautiful girl with a beautiful name! We had Irish Wolfhounds for over 20 years, they are a wonderful breed. We used to go canoeing and camping with our first girl, Meghan. Our toddlers practiced walking clinging to her side. Now we travel with a much smaller PBGV – an IW heart in a much smaller body. Enjoy every minute with her.

2 years ago
Reply to  Pat

What is PBGV?

Vicki Forester
2 years ago
Reply to  Linda

A Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, or PBGV

Debra Rohm
2 years ago

Love today’s “Leave her with a laugh”! MOLASSES!!!!