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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.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” — Josh Billings
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Teddy Bear Day!
On this day in history: 1776 – The Continental Congress officially names its union of states the United States.
Tip of the Day
RV tire inflation tips
By Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®
Always check and add air to your RV tires when they are “cold,” i.e., before traveling. When tires get hot, the air expands and you get a higher pressure reading. If you let some air out, they will be underinflated when they are cold.
When you check tire inflation always use a quality tire pressure gauge. If you have dual wheels get a gauge with a double-angled foot, and make sure the pressure rating of the gauge is higher than the amount of air the tires are inflated to. After much testing, and research on portable air compressors to keep in the RV, I personally decided on a Viair RV compressor. It can inflate my RV tires to 90 psi with no issues. [Editor: The Viair RV compressor is available on Amazon.]
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Manufacturers can make getting RV parts difficult
One of the things that you as an RV owner may not realize is some manufacturers sell parts only to their own dealers. For example, if you need a part for a Keystone product, you’ll find their parts are only obtainable through a Keystone dealer. For many RV brands, the nearest dealer might be 100 miles away. That means a shop has to get the part shipped to the dealer, then the dealer has to ship it to the shop. That’s a lot of downtime for the RV owner. Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: The world’s longest RV? We think so!
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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.
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• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.
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Pay attention when hooking up your tow vehicle
A common campground “courtesy rule” is not to talk with folks while they are hooking up towed vehicles. Some incomplete hookups are a result of you being interrupted by someone or something during the hookup procedure. For example, the person in the next campsite says “goodbye,” and you look up to acknowledge, and forget to attach something. It happens. The visual double-check helps prevent incomplete hookups. If you get interrupted a second time, do it again. After all, it’s only your car! Ask your co-pilot to double-check the hookup. They may see something you overlooked. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Best-selling small-space organizers
It can be hard keeping everything organized in a small space like an RV, right? Here’s Amazon’s list of best small-space organizers so you can keep everything in check. You’ll find everything from under-the-sink kitchen organizers, to clothing and closet organizers, to tiny little bookcases. Explore these helpful items here.
Website of the day
It’s about time you got a dog or cat (or bird or turtle!). Petfinder’s infinite (well, it feels like it) database of available pets in your area is the perfect place to find your next best friend. Some trivia: Petfinder currently lists more than 315,000 adoptable pets from nearly 14,000 animal shelters and rescue groups. It is owned by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and reports that it has facilitated more than 22 million pet adoptions as of 2013.
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Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Sour cream and onion potato chips? Cheddar and chive? Ranch? BBQ? These popular potato chip flavors are common on grocery shelves now, but what was the very first flavor? The first flavor of potato chip was cheese and onion. Joe “Spud” Murphy invented the first flavored potato chip in 1954. Before then, the only way to eat a potato chip was plain with salt, but his new flavor combo paved the way for all the flavors we love today.
*Yesterday we told you a fun fact about how Hewlett-Packard got its name.
Neat! Monocular telescope connects to phone
This is one of the neatest gadgets we’ve seen in a while! This waterproof monocular telescope connects right to your phone so you can take photos of that bird waaaaaaay over there. You can now photograph anything up to 12x closer than before. Great for birdwatching, concerts or any sporting event. We already bought one! Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
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
I just saw 10 ants frantically running around my kitchen. I felt bad, so I built them a small house. Now I’m their landlord and I collect rent from my tenants.
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