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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, August 25, 2020

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Issue 1413
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

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” ― Anthony Burgess

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Park Service Founders Day!

On this day in history: 1989 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Neptune, the second-to-last planet in the Solar System at the time.

Tip of the Day

Master your cruise control for smooth traveling

By Greg Illes
Most RVs have cruise control capability, either on the steering wheel or one of the steering column controls. Most drivers have a basic understanding of this feature; some may have had awkward experiences with cruise control and may have abandoned its use.

But the cruise function is really useful and should be a part of every driver’s skill set. When you master this handy feature the miles will melt away, you will spend less time staring at your speedometer and you will have more attention for traffic and scenery. Read these useful cruising tips.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Why vultures poop on their legs (and more)

It’s something we’ve all seen. We’re cruising down the highway and see a dark speck ahead by the road. Closer, we see it’s a gathering of vultures dining on a bloated deer carcass. Yuk! They are such disgusting birds, right? Well, yes, but vultures are Mother Nature’s clean-up crew. Hey, somebody’s got to do it! Learn (lots) more.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to sanitize your RV’s fresh water system

Reader poll

Do you envision ever owning an RV with two bathrooms?
Think about it, then vote in our poll here.

Quick Tip

Be cautious when opening park pedestal

Martin A. reminds us there’s more than one way to get a buzz when opening up an RV park electrical box. “When hooking up to a shore power pedestal, open the door carefully and look inside before reaching inside. I endured a nasty wasp sting while inserting my voltage tester.”

Website of the day

Camp California
Everything you need to know about camping in beautiful California. Search campgrounds, destinations and activities.

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:

• 44 percent do not have dental insurance.
• 22 percent believe that we’re the only intelligent life in the Universe.
• 20 percent would not stay somewhere for more than a night if they did not have Internet or cell service.

Recent poll: How often do you camp where your nearest RVer neighbor is at least one mile away? Tell us here.

You DO NOT (we repeat: DO NOT) want to drive on this road… do you?


There is enough fuel in a Boeing 747 to power a car around the planet four times. Wow!

*Chicago has the second-highest population of what European nationality after its country of origin? We told you in yesterday’s trivia section


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Meet Tui. Tui is an eleven-year-old male Havanese. He is a retired champion show dog, JanJems Soldier Boy. Tui can fetch an egg from the hen house and the egg will remain unbroken. Other than eating, he loves attention. He’ll show you attention by sitting on his bottom and waving his arms up and down like a drummer. He’ll talk for you too. Tui is a good traveler in the motorhome.” — Ken Wahl

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.

This book is a must-have for state park campers!
This newly published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

The doctor has given me two months to live. I’ve chosen August and December, because I like summer but don’t want to miss Christmas.

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2 years ago

Enuff fuel to circle a car around the globe 4x……??
I can supply enough gas to do that after eating some re fried beans !

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Bd2

Well, alrighty then. Thanks for sharing, Bd2. 😆 —Diane at

Robert Nelson
2 years ago

Once in Florida I found a snake in our pedestal. I connected to our generous neighbors.

Kelley Miller
2 years ago

For the “this day in history” section, it states that Voyager 2 made a flyby of “Neptune, the second-to-last planet in the Solar System at the time.” As far as I’m concerned, Neptune still is the second-to-last planet. Even Alan Stern, principal investigator for the New Horizons mission, says that Pluto is still a planet. So, I’m with the scientist. 🙂

Bob p
2 years ago

I have my doubts about enough fuel in a 747 to power a car around the world due to the fact I don’t know of any cars that burn jet fuel. Lol

Matt Johnson
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Chrysler and Ford both made jet powered cars and trucks. I think it was in the early 60s.

S. Lange
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

May not have been “jet” technically but turbine powered. Absolutely they dabbled with that power source. Garrett Air Research also adapted a semi-tractor and made tractor-trailer runs between its LA area and Phoenix area facilities to exhibit the merits of the turbine. Abrams battle tank are turbine powered. Lighter, more power, more compact but thirsty.

Does raise a question – can an internal combustion engine be adapted to jet fuel and maintain reliability?

2 years ago

Tui is adorable! Do you think he misses showing at all?

Tim Bear
2 years ago

As to black widows, be very careful when removing wheel covers too. Found a huge one sitting 3” from my hand when I reached in to lift cover over the tire. Close call!

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

RE; Quick Tip…I once opened a pedestal at a campground in New Mexico and there was the biggest black widow I have ever seen!

Deb T
2 years ago

A bath and a half would be perfect but I don’t want to drive a larger rig. Our 30 ft Winnebago Aspect is big enough for us. BTW, Tui is adorable!

William Johnson
2 years ago

Having problem opening the poll? This is not uncommon. There are times when it will not open at all. Like today.

Tony Grigg
2 years ago

For those of us who have had issues opening the poll segment here from time time, try this … Go into your browser settings and clear the cache. You may need to look around a bit to find the option. but it’s there. You won’t be losing anything, just clearing some old unused data. It worked for me.

2 years ago

We own a Renegade Verona with a bath and 1/2. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Now I say the front is ladies and the back is men.

2 years ago

Tui is a sweet looking guy!

2 years ago

I only need 1 bathroom to clean, thank you. This is very good, my precious, a ring order collie would bring me our duck eggs unharmed every day. Dogs are so amazing that we have 4, 2 big ones and 2 little ones, all girls.

2 years ago

In the South, Wasps really like to build their nests in power pedestals. Be careful out there.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I just discovered they like to build nests under our propane cover! What a surprise that was!

Chuck B
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Besides wasps, we have found Black Widow spiders in the boxes too. Chuck

2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck B

You HAD to mention them … thanks for the upcoming nightmare!

Karen West
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Underneath the compartment latches are another favorite of those little yellow wasps. I know this from multiple experiences! One would think I would learn!

2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

i have been using ‘skin so soft’ to keep stinging bug away. i spray it anywhere i have found nests in the past. did just a few days ago and hit the swing set, step opening – fridge vent – hitch – tire cover, under pool top rail and power box, and the edison boxes. mix it 50-50 in spray bottle.

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