RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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Issue 1418
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

“Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.” — Charles Lindbergh


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day!

On this day in history: 1897 – The Tremont Street Subway in Boston opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.



Tip of the Day

Making your RV grocery budget stretch

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Aside from fuel, one of the biggest expenses RVers cope with is that of groceries. Tight budget? Here are some food dollar-stretching tips.

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Museum putty keeps objects in place in your RV

There seems to be a correlation between the size of one’s RV and the effort exerted to make the interior more like home. The larger the rig, the more we tend to opt for free-standing furniture and more loose accessories. Whenever you move it’s necessary to put all the loose stuff securely away where they won’t fall and break. There is, however, a solution to this tedious chore. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Stupid RVer Trick: Mud bogging

Reader poll

How far will you travel by RV this month (September)?
Map it out, then vote here.


Quick Tip

Keep it clean! Vacuum frequently when RVing

When traveling in an RV, plan on cleaning and vacuuming more often than you would living in a house. Your RV will simply get dirtier faster because the size of your RV forces you to live in a smaller space. Dirt will accumulate faster since the traffic pattern is limited. Second, living in a house that may be surrounded by grass, trees and paved streets decreases the potential for blowing dust and dirt. Driving your RV will cause you to be in open spaces more often – such as fueling up or going through construction sites. The potential for blowing dust and dirt to enter your coach is increased with travel. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.


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Website of the day

RVing Guide
This website has great articles about everything RV related. They say: “Real people. Real experiences. Real helpful.”


This space-saving drying rack is a must-have
We feel silly about how excited we are over this retractable drying rack but it’s soooo handy for the RV! This wall-mounted laundry rack can hold up to 27 lbs. of clothes (and comes in two sizes) and folds flat up against the wall when you’re not using it. You’ll definitely want to learn more about this space-saving rack here.


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:

• 38 percent say their favorite way to eat an egg is fried. 25 percent like their eggs scrambled
• 65 percent do not have their RV under warranty
• 25 percent do not have a will

Recent poll: How many motor vehicles do you own? 


Trivia

September is…

Baby Safety Month
Blueberry Popsicle Month
Potato Month
National Piano Month
Classical Music Month
Chicken Month

*Yesterday we told you a funny fact about cow’s dreams. Read it here


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our 15-month-old, Harley. One of 3 dogs that travel with us in our RV. As you can see, Harley isn’t bothered much with traveling, and will pretty much sleep anywhere in the RV, while on the road. Once we stop, well, that’s another thing!!” — Arlene Monnar

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.


Lightweight, waterproof, foldable backpack perfect for RVers
Ultra-light, ultra-durable, and ultra-handy for RV trips, this backpack is perfect for small-space living. Pack folds into a tiny sandwich-sized pouch, perfect for storage or for use on airplane trips. Many pockets, including two water bottle slots, make this waterproof pack great for hiking, camping or day-trips. Learn more and view all of the colors here.


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Q: What happens if you eat yeast and shoe polish?
A: Every morning you’ll rise and shine!

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jillie
2 months ago

Looking back on the funniest moments RV ing has to be with my mother while traveling. There are too many to think about. She passed away last April. Kind of weird not having her around. I guess I need to think about the funniest of all funny travel stories because she was the one that made them happen.

TechiePhil
2 months ago

Re the RVing Guide blog. I’ve been following Curtis for a few years. Always sound, helpful advice. Pretty sure he is full-time in a 5er, so not quite so motorhome-focused. Good tips for those of us in travel trailers. Thanks for the link.

Zoom
2 months ago

I do like a clean RV but it is there to serve me and my comfort! Not the other way around.

Bob Weinfurt
2 months ago

When I go camping, I don’t let a little dust/dirt bother me. If it starts to accumulate, I just sweep it up.

Patricia W Watts
2 months ago

Also, under Trivia, September is also “National Recovery Month”.

Ncgrandma
2 months ago

Has anyone bought the drying rack advertised on here? It looks like a very useful item especially when camping near the beach for swimsuits and towels. What about mounting it outside to the back of the rv? We have a 31ft Keystone Premier.

Betty Wilkie
2 months ago
Reply to  Ncgrandma

We bought a drying rack that mounts on the back of our bumper from Amazon. It has 4 lines and works great for swimming suits and towels. It goes the width of the bumper. Love it

Marie Dalzell
2 months ago
Reply to  Ncgrandma

I was wondering the same thing about on the outside. Our Bullets bathroom is teeny, no room anywhere else inside.

Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC
2 months ago

Yes, shoes left by the door, and a long shoehorn for the elderly, me, who doesn’t bend over in confined spaces. Keeps dirt out.

PennyPA
2 months ago

I, for the life of me, cannot fathom/ understand people who let their pets stay in the rv while traveling (not counting a MH here). Have they never seen what can happen to an rv if it’s in an accident? We travel with a fiver but all the animals travel in the truck with us…2 dogs (weighing in at 90 lbs each), 2 birds (in separate cages), and 2 cats, all in the back seat. I would never, ever even consider letting one of my beloved animals travel in the fiver!

Last edited 2 months ago by PennyPA
Bob Weinfurt
2 months ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Add to that the possibility of CO or diesel exhaust.

TIMOTHY W STITZEL
2 months ago

September is not a “travel” month for my wife and myself. She is still employed, so longer travel plans are off the books until 2023. But the total round trips (2) equal 380 miles. October is the month we will travel with our friends to Virginia and the total is 690 miles.

Larry H Lee
2 months ago

Instead of vacuuming frequently when RVing, we started removing our shoes upon entering. We are amazed at the improvement.

Gary Reed
2 months ago
Reply to  Larry H Lee

Yes we do exactly the same thing in our RV and in our home. I read where 90% of dirt tracked into a home comes in on your shoes. We have placed a small basket next to the doors of our RV and home to place our shoes in when we remove them at the door.

PennyPA
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary Reed

Good idea…but I take it you don’t have dogs. I think I would do that if I didn’t have animals.

Marie Dalzell
2 months ago
Reply to  Larry H Lee

Wish I could get our dogs to wipe their paws lol