RV Daily Tips. Monday, September 7, 2020

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Issue 1422
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

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  — Mark Twain


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Labor Day! It’s also National Salami Day!

On this day in history: 1916 – U.S. federal employees win the right to Workers’ Compensation by the Federal Employers Liability Act.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Some pointers for choosing an RV storage facility

By Jim Twamley
I know my neighbors weren’t happy when I stored my RV next to my stick house. I tried to keep my RV looking good so it wouldn’t stand out in the neighborhood. The unfortunate reality is that stick-house neighborhoods and RVs just don’t mix — the houses really make the RVs look bad! For this reason, many RVers prefer to store their rigs at commercial storage facilities. Continue reading for Jim’s 6-point list to help you select the safest storage unit for your RV.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Be prepared for hurricanes

Hard to believe, but hurricane season has just begun this year and we’ve already had one of the largest weather systems to hit the United States in 150 years. Yikes!!! The only good thing about hurricanes is that, unlike tornadoes, you generally get a few days’ warning. … Read about an essential piece of equipment Mike recommends to help you prepare for and survive a hurricane here.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RV Electricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.

Sticky 5th wheel hitch, Cowboy? Slick ’em up!

One of the most neglected areas for fifth wheels, the hitch, can be one of the most cantankerous. Having a “stuck” hitch release can really take the joy out of the lifestyle, yet it’s easy to care for problems before they come up. Find out how to prevent a stuck hitch release.


Casino Camping: Your input wanted
We are starting a new weekly column in RVtravel.com with information about casinos that welcome RVers for overnight stays. Some offer full-hookup RV parks while others provide space in their parking lots for free overnight stays. We welcome your tips about casinos that welcome RVers. Learn more and submit your tip here.


Reader poll

Are you doing anything special for Labor Day today?
BBQ us a hot dog (please) and then tell us here.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.


If you can’t answer these questions, you shouldn’t be towing. Take this quiz and see how you do.


This wonderful, nostalgic book should be your next read… 
Don’t Make Me Pull Over: The Informal History of the Family Road Trip” by Richard Ratay is a wonderful, nostalgic story of the golden age of family road trips. With the birth of America’s first interstate highways in the 1950s came the rush of the family road trip. Ratay and his family were a part of that packed-back-seat, souvenir-shopping, attraction-seeking era, and he’s here to tell you about it. Read more about it here.


Quick Tip

Feeling a bit cranky

If you manually crank up your TV antenna or satellite dish, hang only your ignition key from the crank. That way, you can’t drive away without remembering to lower these items. The best way is to have the key in hand when you crank. TV antennas are one of the most common repair items in the RV world since they frequently are knocked off by tree limbs when leaving a campground. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.


Website of the day

35 delicious dutch-oven camping recipes
We’re drooling just looking at these! Anyone feel up to cooking? We can be there in 10!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• We did the one thing we never thought we’d do
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#930F


The neatest RV “safe” we’ve ever seen…
Fear losing your keys? There’s no perfect place to hide your keys in your campsite or RV that thieves can’t find. But HitchSafe may solve that problem. The HitchSafe slides into your hitch receiver and locks. When open it is large enough for not only keys, but also an emergency credit card, cash or driver’s license. Then hide it with an ordinary-looking dust cover. Read more about it here.


Trivia

The inventor of the popular sport Frisbee golf was turned into a Frisbee when he died. Edward “Steady Ed” Headrick asked his family to cremate him and mold his remains into a Frisbee. He said, “When we die, we don’t go to purgatory. We just land up on the roof and lay there.”


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sissy Marie is our 10-year-old Shih Tzu daughter!! She loves full time RVing & thinks everyone she meets is her friend. She loves going on walks & playing with her friends in the dog parks. She loves every new place we go!! She’s a well-traveled companion for sure!” — Sharon Severe

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.


Leave here with a laugh

Q: What music genre are national anthems?
A: Country


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Bill Cantell
2 months ago

For the Cranky advice, I bought one of those red “remove before flight” lanyards and place it on the ignition key when the antenna is up. Had to replace one, but only one. That works for us.

Gordy
2 months ago

The towing quiz is to make you think and realize there is more to towing than being able to back up or push pedals and steer. With 3,000,000 + commercial miles and 227,000 towing all shapes and sizes of TT’s ( delivered RV’s for 2 1/2 yrs) I still learn new things almost daily. The gist of the quiz is research, research, research learn all you can, so that when a situation arises you have something to help deal with it. Be safe and enjoy.

Brian Burry
2 months ago

To never drive your RV away “ Forgetting” to take down your satellite your intent to disconnect something use the Camco RV Steering Wheel Check Bands” ($16 bucks on Amazon” ) you just snap them on the steering wheel, for any reminder, for up to 16 items from; slide outs, to turning off the gas, to disconnect the electric, to bringing down your antenna, and more, even a couple you can fill in a couple that are blank! Really a big help to our family!

Paul F Schwengel
2 months ago

Hope everyone reads the towing quiz!!!!!

Mike Albert
2 months ago

It sure was f there is an issue, it I did not receive my emailed copy if today’s (Monday) newsletter as if 9:35am. I downloaded it so I don’t miss anything.
Thanks

Jim O'Briant
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

It may be a glitch…. I got mine. (The internet works in mysterious ways….)

Mike Albert
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim O'Briant

Just got it at 12:26 pm. Trying to decide if I need another cup of coffee to read it again or maybe something stronger.
Now I have two copies.
Happy Labor Day.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Hi, Mike. Sorry about the delivery issue with your newsletter today. Just out of curiosity I looked up when it was sent to you, and it shows it went out at 2:11 a.m., Pacific time — about as scheduled. No idea why it took so long to reach you. Too much smoke between here and there and it got lost? Gremlins? No idea. Have a great day. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Deborah
2 months ago

Sissy Marie is the cutest. It is always nice to have a little baby to travel with. We have 4.