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Tip of the Day
A handy TV installation idea for small RVs
By Greg Illes
Our RV floor plan had only one TV, and it was mounted up front, high above the captains’ chairs. Even after we replaced the old CRT monster with a modern flat-screen, it was still an impossible situation, so we had to come up with a new TV installation idea. Maybe this will work for you too.
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“To sleep, perchance to dream …” – but not behind the wheel
Good sleep helps make for a good life, but for some, good sleep can be elusive. Here are some tips to help you get a good night’s sleep – especially important if you’re going to be managing a 10-ton rig going down the highway at 65 miles per hour. Read more.
Yesterday’s featured article: “Dew” away with mildew!
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Don’t winterize the RV yet
With Labor Day just around the corner, many RVers start thinking about winterizing the rig. Hang on! You may want to put that off just a little longer, as fall and RVs are a great combination. Plan a “leaf peeping” trip — just be sure to take the camera and warm clothes (think layers), and make sure your furnace is ready to take the chill off.
SECRET PHRASE: The Geographic Center of the United States is in Lebanon, Kansas
Website of the day
National Park Maps
This website from the National Park Service offers all the park maps for free. It’s an app, too, so you can have them on your phone when you need them.
Now, use your air conditioner in low-power situations never before possible!
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 (with two SoftStarts).
• 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.
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We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 20 percent dine at a fast-food restaurant at least once a week, under normal circumstances
• 30 percent worked on a newspaper delivery route as a child
• 6 percent of our readers are bald
Recent poll: Would you stay a week where there’s no cell or internet service?
The color of the twist tie or tab on packaged bread products indicates which day of the week the bread was baked on. This way, store shelf stockers don’t have to look at the expiration dates every time they move the product.
*Why do crackers have holes? Think you know? Find out in yesterday’s issue.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Hanging on the deck at the campground.” — DG
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.
Turn your wall outlet into an extension cord
Wow, we wish we’d known about this sooner! How neat is this? This outlet cover plugs right into an outlet and doubles as an extension cord. If you’ve got a hard-to-reach outlet in your home or RV, this will help you out greatly. Learn more or order one (or two or three) here.
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It’s snowing here now so the question of when to winterize is always a tricky one for me.
We winterize in October after our last camping trip. We live in Michigan. Once I retire I won’t have to because I am going FT RV.
I love the pet of the day! That little chair looks like it is made just for that little doggy body.
Wait a minute!! Only ‘6 percent of our readers are bald’. Whose not telling the truth?
I agree the link to the National Parks is good. I have bookmarked it.
Yes much easier than looking at individual websites of each park.
I don’t winterize before Thanksgiving unless it gets cold enough to freeze things up.
We are retired and almost 70 years old but we still print our photos and put them in albums.
Looking at the pic of the Pet Of The Day “hanging on the deck at the campground”, the expression looks as if it’s wondering whether or not it’s going to told to “get out of that chair”. Lovely shot. Beautiful dog.
Link for the National Park maps is totally good. Thank You.
Saddened to learn that the New Mexico State Fair, AND the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque have been cancelled this year.
Here are the twist tie colors:
That’s right, the plastic tags or metal ties that are piling up next to your paper clip collection tell you which day of the week bread was baked on. The codes are as follows: Monday – blue, Tuesday – green, Thursday – red, Friday – white and Saturday – yellow.
And Wednesdays and Sundays ??
Bakers and bread drivers’ days off.
I was not aware there are so many national parks.
419 NPS units. Depending on your interests, several of those not designated as national park are more interesting and enjoyable than the 62. We have visited over 340 units
Thanks for info on apps for National Parks – what’s really nice is they are all free!
ummm – no – admission is charged at several parks. Check out Zion national park for example.
The info, i.e., maps are all free.