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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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“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” —M. Scott Peck
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Great American Pot Pie Day!
On this day in history: 1806 – Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Tip of the Day
Prepare your RV forced air furnace for cold weather
By Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®
One LP gas appliance that gets overlooked during warm weather camping trips is the RV furnace. Most of the service requirements for the furnace need to be accomplished by a reputable RV service center, but there are a few things we, as owners, can do to prepare the RV furnace for cold-weather operation.
Inspect all of the furnace ducting that is above floor level for any damage, like bent or crushed ducting. Repair or replace any damaged ducts prior to using the furnace. Inspect all furnace vents for obstructions that could affect the operation of the furnace. Keep the furnace vents clean. Make sure the furnace air return is not blocked or restricted. Check the exterior furnace exhaust vent (when cold) for any signs of soot. Soot indicates improper burning, and the furnace should be inspected by a professional. Test the operation of the furnace before you actually need it when you are out camping.
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Avoid black tank “pyramid” problems
Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received a question from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor regarding a “pyramid” which formed at the pipe base in the reader’s RV’s black tank. The reader thought he was taking measures to prevent this from occurring, and asked for suggestions. Read Chris’ response.
Yesterday’s featured article: Don’t use the wrong math comparing full-time to vacation RVing
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Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Be aware of all road signs
Pay attention to road signs that warn against travel by vehicles towing trailers. If you missed the sign that warned of a “Dead End” ahead, would you be able to turn your vehicle around? What was the weight limit for the bridge ahead? Did you notice the height clearance for the overpass? You may not notice these types of signs because you’ve never had to worry about them in your passenger vehicle – you will have to worry about them in your RV.
These socks don’t stink!
If you don’t believe us when we say these compression socks really work, look at the overwhelmingly positive reviews and maybe you’ll change your mind. These socks provide instant relief to your arches and heels and work to increase blood and oxygen circulation, which helps reduce lactic acid buildup and aids muscle recovery in ankle and feet. Click here to learn more.
Website of the day
Top pet-friendly campgrounds
Fido wants to come too! This site, BringFido.com, is a great resource for all things dog-related and this list of the best dog-friendly campgrounds is very detailed and informative.
SWELL CONTEST OF THE DAY
How would you like to win a copy of RV electricity expert Mike Sokol’s book, RV Electrical Safety? Well, this might be your lucky day! In one of this past week’s Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletters we published a secret phrase. Simply email the phrase to us at RVcontests@gmail.com . We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (September 23, 2020) by 11 a.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email that you won, you have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.
LAST WEEK’S WINNER of the Coleman Portable Butane Stove with Carrying Case was John Mifsud of Massapequa Park, New York.
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Think a cloud is light and fluffy? Think again! According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average cloud weighs about 1.1 million pounds (which equals 551 tons). The clouds float in the sky because the air below is even heavier.
*What year did a toilet first appear on TV? It’s a funny story… Read it in yesterday’s trivia.
Come into the light…
Our favorite electricity guy, Mike Sokol, uses this Caterpillar pocket light for just about everything. He writes, “I bought one of these CAT CY1000 Pocket COB Lights a few months ago and liked it so much that I also picked up one for my dad. I’ve dropped it a bunch of times, and it still keeps working, like any of the other tough-as-nails CAT products.” It easily clips on to your belt, shirt pocket, or anything magnetic, so you can work hands-free. Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our little Cocker Spaniel, Bailey, always has to be included in all of our travels and adventures.” —Richard Cunningham
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
My wife and I went out for a drive to see the changing autumn leaves when we noticed that one of our tires seemed to be low on air. We stopped at a gas station to fill it up. The wife was a bit taken aback when I asked her for some change. She asked, “Why in the world did they start charging for AIR?!” I looked at her and winked, “Inflation.”
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