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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Issue 1433
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

“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn’t believe in that. Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them. It didn’t even know they were there.” ― Cormac McCarthy

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Elephant Appreciation Day!

On this day in history: 1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.

Oh, and happy first day of fall! If you’re as excited as we are to decorate our RV, check out this adorable fall RV flag.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!

Tip of the Day

Happier full-time RV living with your partner

By Ray Burr,
Thinking about full-time RVing with your significant other? If not full-timing, how about extended RVing? Anne and I have been together over 16 years and lived full-time in an RV for over nine. Thankfully, we’re very compatible and have grown even closer while RVing. We manage to cohabit in 180 square feet of living space. How do we manage it without killing each other? Ray has some great tips here.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Don’t use the wrong math comparing full-time to vacation RVing

If you’re pondering whether you should jump into the full-time RV lifestyle, don’t make the mistake that some do. They think about the times they’ve taken the rig out for a vacation trip, then they do some kind of weird math in their heads and say, “Well, that’s what full-time RVing must be like.” Not! Here are some comparisons between vacation and full-time RVing to consider. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Sagging slideout topper – What’s an RVer to do?

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Quick Tip

Easily keep pet feeding area clean

Travel with a pet? Michael Hoffman passes along a neat tip: “I use a cheap boot tray in an out-of-the-way spot” to rest food and water bowls in. “It collects all the spills and sloppiness,” he adds. Thanks, Michael!

Website of the day

Fall colors state-by-state
Hard to believe it’s already fall, isn’t it? Here from is a state-by-state guide to fall colors. This is handy!

fire extinguisherFire Extinguishing Aerosol, Two-pack
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Learn more or order.

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:

• 40 percent have never broken a bone in their body
• 49 percent received an allowance as a child
• 12 percent carry at least four credit cards with them at all times

Recent poll: For couples, do you get along better at home or on the road?


The first time a toilet appeared on TV was in 1957. The popular show “Leave It to Beaver” had a scene where the main characters were keeping a pet alligator in a toilet tank. They ran into a problem, though, when the Standards and Practices department of TV told them they couldn’t show a toilet on screen. They compromised and were allowed to show the toilet tank, as long as the toilet bowl was kept off-camera.

*What’s so special about an armadillo giving birth? We told you yesterday.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Our Golden Doodle, “Hooch”, loves to relax on our 3rd floor balcony. He may look calm in this favorite way for him to watch the world go by …. until a UPS truck or FedEx truck goes by. Then, those drivers know that Hooch is on post protecting his street corner!” —Greg Johnson

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.

The best book on RV electricity, hands down!
RV Travel Newsletter issue 841
RV Travel contributor Mike Sokol is America’s leading expert on RV electricity. Mike has taken his 50+ years of experience to write this book about RV electricity that nearly anyone can understand. Covers the basics of Voltage, Amperage, Wattage and Grounding, with additional chapters on RV Hot-Skin testing, GFCI operation, portable generator hookups and troubleshooting RV electrical systems. This should be essential reading for all RVers. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

Q:) What happens when you step on a grape?
A.) It lets out a little wine.

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2 years ago

Our Yellow lab Gabby (was featured a few months ago). Loved the UPS and Fed-X trucks because she knew she would get a treat from the driver. She loved them so much she would go inside and lay down in the back and ended up taking a ride to their next stop, the furthest she went was about a mile.

Connie VH
2 years ago

LOL … stepping on a grape.

I almost bought my local supermarket the other day, because I stepped on a runaway grape, a very large one.

Fortunately, I was able to hold on to my cart and didn’t go down, but I bruised my shin when my foot tried to faster, farther, than the rest of me. (Beer rack at the bottom….)

Otherwise, I’d be in the process of rehabilitating my tailbone today… and for the foreseeable future. (Been there, done that.)

Bob P
2 years ago

Hooch has a friend, our Casper, a three legged Maltese has the same feelings about UPS and FedEx trucks and drivers. Once on our way to FL going down I75 as we were going past an on ramp in GA Casper whose traveling spot was in his bed on the dash noticed a UPS truck coming down the entrance ramp and went ballistic until it disappeared behind us. As the truck gained speed and started passing us Casper spotted him coming around and went ballistic all over until it got out of sight.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

And you are proud you cannot control yer dog?

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  WEB

That’s kinda harsh, WEB. My 100+ lb., hyperactive dog gets excited when he hears the UPS truck coming up the street — just in case UPS is going to deliver something to me. My dog is very protective of me, and I think it is because he was severely abused for the first three years of his life. Now that he has a very loving owner, he wants to do everything in his power to protect me as his way of “repaying” me. That’s fine with me because there is a drug house down the street so I am glad Buddy is overly protective (and very noisy) if anyone comes in our yard. 🙂 —Diane at

Connie VH
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

My POMERANIAN could get completely out of control.
IT HAPPENS. That’s what dogs do!

And … if you notice … it always works. The threat always goes away without a fight.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Connie VH

Hi, Connie. I know, right? I always tell Buddy they’re gone, and that he did a good job guarding me! 🙂 —Diane at

Bill Brogan
2 years ago

Today’s thought is perfect for today.

2 years ago

Where oh where have the Standards and Practices Department gotten to?

John Crawford
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

I don’t think it exists anymore.

2 years ago

Hooch is a great looking doodle!

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

The toilet issue on TV is reminiscent of when you had to show two beds (not one) for married couples. Or when old time Tonight Show host Jack Parr walked off the show because the station deleted the part of the show when he told a joke which included the term water closet the previous night.

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