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RV Daily Tips. Friday, September 11, 2020

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Issue 1426
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

“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe, atomically.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Make Your Bed Day!

On this day in history: 1789 – Alexander Hamilton is appointed the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.

Tip of the Day

“Keep-on-hand” items for RV repair work

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
If you’ve been on the road at all, you’ve experienced it: Something on your rig broke. You can’t always get help with the fixing – you need to do it yourself. Being prepared with a few tools and some of the essential “emergency supplies” can go a long way to making it easier. What should you have on hand? Here are some suggestions.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

A visit to Annie Oakley’s grave

Old West sharpshooter Annie Oakley was born just north of Greenville, Ohio, and lived her final days there. She’s buried alongside her husband, Frank Butler, in Brock cemetery, a short drive north of town just off U.S. route 127. editor Chuck Woodbury visited there and recorded this video, revealing his special “connection” with Annie, who is considered the first American female superstar. Read more and watch the video.

Yesterday’s featured article: Make sure your hike is a safe one

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Is a trip with your RV on Route 66 on your bucket list?
Get your kicks and tell us here.

Quick Tip

Drive smart in gusty wind conditions

If a large tractor/trailer approaches and overtakes you while driving in some gusty wind conditions, try turning your wheel slightly toward the transport truck as they get even with you. This can help offset the effects of the wind force created by the truck, thus allowing you to maintain your straight-ahead driving position. Thanks to Ron Jones,

For peace of mind, use a backflow preventer
Backflow happens when a fresh water system gets “cross-connected” with a source of bad water or other contaminants. You don’t want that! Prevent this from happening by using a backflow preventer. Here’s an affordable one. Use it and rest easier. (You can read more about backflow prevention here.)

Website of the day

Whether you’re planning a trip or just want to learn a little about the world, TripSavvy is a great, easy-to-navigate website about all the cool things to see and do when you travel. Enjoy!

NEW FACEBOOK GROUP: RVing Wacky, Tacky America. This will be fun!

Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


Here’s a cute fun fact for you: Penguins propose to their mates! Not only do penguins mate for life, but they also have a ritual to mark the occasion. Male Gentoo penguins hunt avidly for the smoothest, roundest pebble to present to their potential mates. If the female accepts his “proposal,” she adds the pebble to her nest and the two will breed. Male penguins have been known to fight over the most perfect pebbles!

*What’s the name for an “Average Joe” in Germany? Hint: It’s more fun to say than “Joe.” We told you yesterday.

Easily repair a tear in your RV’s awning
Left on their own, small vinyl RV awning tears can get bigger. Fixing a small tear in an area, barring a person’s physical limitations, is easy. You may already have what you need for a fix. It’s called “RV GOOP” and is made by the same outfit that developed “GOOP” for shoe repairs. Read more about repairing an awning tear here.

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“This is Cooper and Charlie. They keep a look-out for us when we are on the road.” —Lana Stahl

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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1 year ago

We all know the feeling of a big truck blowing past us and the scary feeling trying to keep our rig on the road. We have owned three gas motorhomes. A 31, 36, and now a 24 footer. I discovered if you can see a fast approaching semi coming in your mirror, once the tractor (the truck part) gets to the mid section of your MH just step on your gas pedal and accelerate 2-3 miles an hour. Once the tractor moves past the front of your MH let off the gas. It breaks the wind shear from the big truck. This also works on big box trucks. I have found this to work 90% of the time, just 3- 5 seconds on your gas pedal.

1 year ago

All of the the “turn in/turn out” discussion leads me to fear that people have forgotten how to just “drive”.
When we are piloting any vehicle and especially RVs we should be aware and ready for anything in my opinion. Depending on the aerodynamics and speed of the rig passing you, as well as ambient wind direction and strength we may have to perform either maneuver or none at all. And, if you have your cruise control engaged all bets are off if you have to make a sudden defensive move.

Bob Amoroso
1 year ago

Not sure if this belongs here and if it doesn’t feel free to remove it…..but, The first word in our country’s name is UNITED and I believe we are the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. A politician(s) says we are a Divided Country, and, in my opinion we are divided…… politics. The election is no different then a Football, Baseball Game there are two sides. And usually YOU are for one side or the other……no different with Republicans and Democrats…..You’re for one or the other. So Yes we are United and Yes we are divided. I will vote for my preference, as should you and we ALL we decide who will win in the end.

Gene Bjerke
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Amoroso

Good point. What we need to concentrate on is that despite different preferences in sports and politics, there is more that unites us than divides us.

1 year ago

Very true on the Laugh today! We went 3 months on a fill up on our diesel truck, from the end of February to almost the end of May!

Walter Fuhrmann
1 year ago
Reply to  Linda

Funny, because we have done about 7 short trips, each a couple days, and everywhere we go, it is nearly full. Only short trips as we are keeping an eye on 96 yr old parents.

Bill Brogan
1 year ago

Thanks for the timely quote. We are ALL connected and share the pain of the past and the present. It goes without saying. Stay alert and safe. Help one another.

Nikki Harnish
1 year ago

Please change to read to turn AWAY from the truck. Dangerous to turn toward!!!

Bill J
1 year ago

The Quick Tip says to turn TOWARD the passing truck! Really? It is my experience that as it begins to pass me, the truck actually sucks me toward it. This is called the Bernoulli Effect, which is the same force that causes airplanes to fly. The Effect is demonstrated in high school physics classes by taping a length of string to each of two ping-pong balls, hanging them so the balls are about half an inch apart, and blowing into the gap between the balls. Intuition says the balls will move apart – this is the same intuition that Ron Jones uses in his Quick Tip. But in fact, the balls move toward each other. Turning TOWARD the truck just as Bernoulli begins to suck you toward it – can get you killed.

Last edited 1 year ago by Bill J
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill J

Bob p got it right down several comments.

Stephen Durrett
1 year ago

Hello RV Travel,
I could not open the poll for Route 66.
Might be IT problem.
God Bless

1 year ago

mine worked

Sharon W.
1 year ago

Some people read this newsletter for the great RVing tips and interesting articles. Others read this newsletter with a microscope looking for things that they can argue and condemn the writers for what they did and did not discuss, or how wrong they are. After all, they know everything and only their opinion matters. We all know that 911 is in our history and will never be forgotten. I don’t know a single American that isn’t thinking about this tragic event today and the people that we lost and their loved ones are in our prayers. God Bless America!

1 year ago

Bad link on the poll. 404

1 year ago

Yes, remember 911. I lost a friend in the Pentagon.

1 year ago

September 11th was one of the most important things in our recent history however you chose not to post anything about it in your articles! As a 100% Disabled / Retired Vietnam Veteran I feel we need to remember the sacrifices the people and our country made during this landmark attack on our country! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

1 year ago

9/11 Never forget.

Bob p
1 year ago

The quick tip is only appropriate if you’re an experienced driver, a little early and you’ll swerve into the truck, a little late you’re headed to the shoulder. A better way to say it is when you feel the wind pressure on the rv then steer into it slightly.

1 year ago

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Make Your Bed Day!”
“On this day in history: 1789 – Alexander Hamilton is appointed the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.”

So have we forgot what we said we’d never forget?

1 year ago

Watched the Annie Oakley video – interesting – the real funny part was at the end – the credits for the video – that is a great belly laugh!

Mark C Schaffler
1 year ago

This is Patriots Day…….and not a mention in this RVTravel……..a day to remember for sure!

Debra Rohm
1 year ago

Good Morning RVTravel!,
Just FYI, I joined Harvest Hosts yesterday thru your site. I already have a reservation to “camp” at the “Ford V8 Museum” in Indiana on our way to the U.P.!!
Thank you for the discount!!!

Mark & Vickie Bruzdzinski
1 year ago

We have been suscribers for a number of years now, and gained a lot of helpful information,
however… It disturbs us that you have NEVER mentioned any referance to the tragic event that happened on Sept. 11, 2001. My husband, a retired Firefighter lost 343 brothers on that fateful morning, and spent the next week in New York city, ( We live in Maryland) helping in the recovery etc. I am sure that there are a lot of Firefighters, and Police officers both active and retired that read your publication, I’m sure that they would appreciate a word of thanks, as well as retired Military… Vickie

1 year ago

Good comment, Vickie.
We will never forget it, as our daughter was in a building next to the Towers!
It was a very long, stressful morning until we heard that she was safe!
My thoughts are;
Never Forget and Never Forgive!

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Carl

I know it’s hard to do but Jesus said how can He forgive our sins if we can’t forgive out transgressors. I know I still have bad feelings about the attack but I’m not going to let that keep me out of heaven. I will not forget!

1 year ago

Gratitude for your husband & all of his firefighting family that worked so hard (& have suffered for ever since…..) for this country during such a difficult time. Never forget!

1 year ago

I would have thought that “This day in history” would have said something about “911”.
Maybe we can take just one minute of silence for those lost lives & some still suffering from 911.