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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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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” —Dr. Seuss
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cheeseburger Day!
On this day in history: 1870 – Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn.
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Tip of the Day
RV weight limits can sneak up on you
By Greg Illes
I’ve learned to always drive my RV within its specified weight limits. How I learned this is a long and somewhat sordid tale, but I’ll touch on the highlights.
First of all, know that “stock” motorhomes do not have a reputation as load-haulers. Manufacturers seem to play a minimalist game, buying a chassis (from Ford or whoever) that will just barely hold their coach, its occupants, and a few odds and ends. Add in full water/gas/propane tanks, food and clothing, some tools and toys — it’s way too easy to bust the limits. What are the limits? Greg explains here.
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Gardening for RVers? Yup, right on your bumper!
One thing Tiña De Maris missed when on the road was a garden. Sure, you can put a potted flower on the dinette, but it’s just not the same, and vegetables don’t always lend themselves to a little bitty pot. Russ, being the supportive hubby that he is, not to mention fresh fruit and vegetable lover, constructed the ultimate traveling garden: the RV bumper garden. It’s not too difficult, and maybe you can have one too! Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: RV Mods: Lock your LP cylinders away from thieves
You may have missed these recent popular stories…
- MotorHome, Trailer Life magazines to cease publishing
- Idaho brothers debut campers in a box for pickup trucks
- So did they want a motorhome or a fifth wheel? Don’t try this at home!
- “Keep-on-hand” items for RV repair work
Does your RV have a built-in outdoor kitchen?
Cook something up then tell us here.
Don’t crowd food in the fridge
Arrange food in the refrigerator with space between the items to allow for free air circulation. This will ensure that heat is removed efficiently and quickly. Also, don’t over-pack the fridge. When it is full, it takes longer for the temperature to lower. An overcrowded fridge will take longer to make ice and a heavy load may cause defrosting.
Be like Mike, use silicone!
Mike Sokol says: Never use any kind of petroleum-based products on rubber or plastic components in your RV, such as your trailer connector. That includes products such as Vaseline, WD40 or any other type of spray lubricating oil. Doing so will eventually break down the plastic and/or rubber components causing them to swell up and eventually disintegrate. The proper treatment is anything silicone-based. We use a lot of Heavy Duty Silicone in our shop for general connector cleaning and lubrication. It’s also useful on rubberized door sweeps and such. You can get some of your own here.
Website of the day
Work For RVers
Looking for some work while on the road? This website shows current job postings you can do from your RV, or while you’re on the road passing through. Worth checking out!
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.
Ever just mean to eat a little bit of something, but then finish the whole thing “accidentally”? Well, there’s a word for that. “Shemomechama” is a Georgian word that means, “I accidentally ate the whole thing.” Next time you do that and someone is upset with you, tell them this piece of trivia. By the time you’re done pronouncing the word, they’ll have forgotten you ate it!
*Which state has the most shoreline? It’s probably not what you think… Find out in yesterday’s trivia section.
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Leaving the groomer parlor and headed for sunny Florida in the motorhome.” —Richard Silva
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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