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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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Plugs pulled on Trailer Life and Motorhome magazines
Both magazines will cease publication with their December issues. We’ll have the complete story this coming weekend in the RV Travel Newsletter.
“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” — Paulo Coelho
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Ampersand [&] Day!
On this day in history: 1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited.
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Tip of the Day
RV with your furry “kids”? Some tips to keep in mind
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Never traveled with your pet? Can you take your pals with you? It’s an important consideration. We’re slanting our thoughts on the matter to those who call dogs and cats their pets, but some of the underlying principles will apply to other species as well.
First, some pets aren’t travelers — just by temperament or perhaps illness. Have you taken your pal in the car for a trip? If they enjoy car travel, the adjustment to RVing will likely be a cakewalk. On the other hand, while our cat associates car travel with going to the pet groomer (BAD!), she doesn’t seem to have the same hang-up about the RV. It may be a matter of a psychological adjustment. Continue reading.
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SECRET PHRASE: New York was once New Amsterdam
The world’s longest RV? We think so!
Here’s a photo of a very interesting, and very long, RV. Is this the longest RV ever? Read about this retractable RV and learn more. Check it out.
Yesterday’s featured article: Sticky 5th wheel hitch, Cowboy? Slick ’em up!
Do you carry binoculars on your RV trips?
Zoom in and tell us over here.
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.
Need to clean tall RV windows? Here’s where to do it
Diesel islands where trucks can fuel up usually have long-handled squeegees, ideal for washing very tall windows. Wash your windows while fueling to prevent holding up the fueling line. Don’t forget to wash the driver and passenger windows, mirrors and headlights. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Website of the day
U.S. Military Campgrounds
If you’d like to stay at a U.S. military campground or RV park, this is a website for you! Search many parks by state, the highest rating, or the most viewed.
Dirty contacts? DeoxIT!
Here’s a comment from our electrical specialist, Mike Sokol: “I’ve used DeoxIT for decades on my pro-sound gear. We use it on speaker connectors, power connectors such as cam-lok and twist-lock plugs (just like RV power), volume controls, gold-plated circuit boards (like in RV refrigerator control boards), etc. There are several different versions of DeoxIT depending on if you want built-in lubricant for potentiometers, or gold contact refurbishing or simply oxidation removal.” Learn more or order.
NEW FACEBOOK GROUP: RVing Wacky, Tacky America. This will be fun!
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:
• 23 percent have had something stolen from their campsite
• 50 percent would not pay more than $2 for a cup of plain coffee
• 59 percent say high gas prices will not affect their upcoming travel plans
Are deer flies a problem? Try this easy trick to get rid of them (you might get a laugh out of it too).
Hewlett-Packard was almost named Packard-Hewlett. When founders William Hewlett and David Packard decided to go into business together, they knew their company name would be a combination of their last names, but were unsure of the order. So in Packard’s home garage, they flipped a coin and Hewlett won, putting his name first.
*Yesterday’s trivia told you a fun fact about the man who invented Frisbee golf.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Bruno, our 14 y.o. Yorkie, loves our TT and camping as much as we do!” —Robin Hamilton
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.
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Leave here with a laugh
The COVID-19 situation has been especially stressful for the Flat Earth Society. They fear that the social distancing measures could push people over the edge.
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