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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Issue 1428
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

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Linguine Day!

On this day in history: 2000 – The Summer Olympics, officially known as the games of the XXVII Olympiad, are opened in Sydney, Australia.

Tip of the Day

Keep your powder dry — and your landing gear greased

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
We learned the hard way that it’s necessary to keep the landing gear greased on our RV. We were just preparing to head out on the road after a few months hunkered down in the Northwest. We had everything tied down and packed into place, and rolled the pickup into position to hitch up. At that moment, it all ground to a halt – literally: The landing gear refused to budge. Or, rather, it refused to lift the fifth wheel high enough to get onto the saddle. Read more.

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Man asks, “Should I sell my home to travel in an RV?”

Financial guru Dave Ramsey offers advice to a man who calls into his radio show to ask if it makes sense for him to sell his home and travel full-time with his wife and children in an RV. Dave is, shall we say, less than enthusiastic. He explains why.

Yesterday’s featured article: Should you box up your batteries?

Reader poll

What’s used most in your kitchen, butter or margarine?
Spread it here.

Quick Tip

Save water when washing your hands

When you are dry camping and trying to reduce water usage, bring along a foamy soap dispenser. Most stores carry at least one brand. They dispense enough liquid along with the soap that you don’t need to wet your hands beforehand. Just dispense then rub your hands together before a quick rinse under the faucet. When the product is used up, you can refill the containers yourself with a 1:5 ratio of soap to water. Thanks to Mary-Jeanine I. for a clean suggestion.

Website of the day

Indie Bound
While we do love Amazon (we can’t deny it), we do also love supporting small, locally owned bookstores while traveling. This site shows you every independent bookstore near your current location. Shop local!

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 6 percent smoke marijuana, and 5 percent smoke cigarettes
• 13 percent have owned more than six RVs in their life
• 11 percent rented an RV before they bought one

Recent poll: How long have you waited in line at a dump station?


It’s only 2013 in Ethiopia. Ethiopia does not follow the Gregorian calendar, which most of the rest of the world uses. It has 13 months, 12 of which have 30 days and the remaining one with either five or six days, depending on the leap year. The country is seven years behind the rest of the world. I hope their 2020 is better than ours…

*Think teaching English to someone would be an easy task? Think again. We told you why it would be difficult in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is our ‘Big Beautiful Hound’ Jenny. She’s a Harrier Hound and we rescued her around St. Johns, AZ. The Humane Society assumed she was a pack dog used to hunt mountain lions, she is very strong. We’ve had her for 9 years. Here she is relaxing after a long walk in the desert. She loves to travel with us and has logged over 100,000 travel miles. She’s very vocal, howling and talking all the time. She loves food. She’s a gem with quite a funny personality and we love her very much!” —Mary Habil

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.

A fun way to solve problems with your RV!
This amazing Digital Inspection Endoscope makes discovering problems with your RV fun! This small two-camera endoscope with a viewing monitor allows you to see into tight, small, dark spaces to locate where problems might occur. Have mice? See where they’re coming in. Have a wire that has come loose? Peek at it and see where it needs to be tightened. Have a water leak? Find the source! Read more about this amazing device here. Every RVer needs one!

Leave here with a laugh

Q. What’s the only rock group that has four guys who don’t sing?
A. Mount Rushmore!

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  1. BUTTER — margarine is seriously UNHEALTHY it’s nothing but trans fat … you will live longer if you never eat another mouthful of margarine.

  2. A thought came to me when I saw the Website of the Day posting in today’s newsletter. My wife loves reading and I occasionally pick up a book to read. Some places that we visit, the neighborhood residents have book sharing boxes set up along walk paths where you can drop off a book or pick up something that looks appealing.
    Wouldn’t it be nice to have this at each campsite?

  3. I have been thinking that the newsletter has decreased content over the past week or so. Then I realized we live in Western Oregon with fires all around us, death and destruction, smoke so you can hardly breath and decided it was me who lost contact, not you. To top it off our coach is in the shop. The owners had to leave town to get away from the smoke so getting the coach back is delayed. Considering all of the folks that lost everything plus animals, I’ve got nothing to complain about. We will head south mid October or so. Thank you. Love the newsletter. My bad.

  4. When dry camping I use a spray bottle to dispense water wherever needed. I can adjust the spray for volume from a mist to a stream. I started with holes drilled in pop bottle caps(still use this for porta-potti), to sponges, to pump sprayers(second choice, also adjustable). Obviously drain all into a pan for further use. On hot days I use the spray bottle to mist myself, for an evaporation cool down!

  5. As Hurricane Sally is in my backyard, We are glad to have an escape vehicle that provides all the comforts of home. Keeping the RV loaded with fuel, provisions and water is trivial matter. Also provides an alternate in case of house disaster.
    Stay safe.

  6. I suppose it’s different with each family, but we sold our home after dh retired from the Navy,bought an RV (inheritance $) and hit the road with 3 kids. We were home schooling already (2001) so that part was no big deal. The kids now tell us that those are some of their best memories. We incurred very little debt also.

    • Thanks to your husband for his service and to you for your support through the years. Yes, we did much the same thing after retiring from the Air Force (no kids around any more though). A solid income. Paid off RV. RV’ing because you could, not because you had to. Solid plan. The guy in the story is drowning in debt, losing his home and business, taking on a brand new job in an uncertain economy and looking at going into more debt for a truck and RV. Very different scenario. I like Dave’s advice to keep the kids near family during this transition. They could still go the RV route 6 months or a year down the road after he’s got his feet on the ground with the new job.

    • Good for you! I think it really helps kids to get out of their local ‘bubble’. While Dave voiced some good cautions, I think the real answer should have been ‘use hotels for a month or two while you do your research’. Clearly those folks needed to meet some traveling families, and do extensive research on finding the best rig for their buck.

    • Has anyone (Emily? Diane?) contacted the Dave Ramsay show and asked if they could forward this newsletter on to the wannabe RV’er? Especially the Beginner’s Guide!

      Anyone in that guy’s position needs to know a LOT MORE about it. What better way than this newsletter?!


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