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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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Issue 1438
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

“It’s the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.” —Henry David Thoreau

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

On this day in history: 1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

Tip of the Day

Where do you hitch your breakaway cable?

By Dave Helgeson
Travel trailer owners have debated on where to attach the breakaway cable to the tow vehicle as long as they have debated on tow vehicles themselves. For starters, most everyone agrees that it should not be attached to any part of the hitch head itself. If the hitch head were to fail it would most likely stay coupled to the trailer, failing to activate the breakaway switch.

The second “no-no” is to weave the breakaway cable through one of the safety chains to keep it from dragging on the road. While this keeps things nice and tidy, the extra friction of the cable being woven through the safety chain may prevent the cable from pulling the pin from the breakaway switch in an emergency. Continue reading.

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Where do old RVs go when they die?

If you keep your eyes open as you drive around the USA, you’ll notice an automobile junkyard here and there. If you look closely, you’ll usually see a few junked RVs, too. But, wow! Wait until you watch this drone video from Arizona RV Salvage in Phoenix showing its massive RV junkyard! Watch this short video.

Yesterday’s featured article: RVer’s campsite railroad keeps passerby smiling

Reader poll

Do you plan to buy an RV in 2020 or 2021?
Think about it, then vote in our poll here.

Quick Tip

Fifth wheel hitching tip

Mike Feldman sends along this thought for fifth wheel owners: “I painted the edge of the hitch latch white when it was in the locked position. After hitching up, if I see the white paint I know it is latched correctly.” Thanks, Mike!

Website of the day

America’s coolest hotels
Feel like taking a break from the RV for a night? Here’s a list of America’s most unique hotels and, we gotta say, they’re pretty dang cool.

SECRET PHRASE: Ohio Was Not Officially Admitted as a State Until 1953

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:

• 24 percent have had a DNA test to learn something about their family history
• 69 percent said if they received the wrong change back from a clerk, they’d be honest and give it back or correct them (they wouldn’t keep it)
• 22 percent drink their coffee with milk/creamer and sugar

Recent poll: Have you ever done any damage to your RV while backing up?


Ever wonder what the best-selling item is at Walmart? Bananas. Yup, it’s bananas all right!

*What has happened to the world’s population since 1965? We told you yesterday

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Chloe, our Tonkinese cutie, is a real pal. Wherever we are so is she. Many times she has come quietly to sit at my feet and is stepped on or kicked accidentally because I don’t know she is there. If I’m sitting down she is on my lap. Snoozing on my chest is where she spends much of the night. Chloe chases tin foil balls (but doesn’t bring them back as our first Tonk did), tosses a soft feather ball in the air, jumps into any open box, drawer or large enough bag and always greets guests. We are never lonely since she talks to us. Her  blue eyes contrast with her silvery beige coat and charcoal points. A real prize.” —Sally Weigand

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

At what point can we just start using 2020 as a swear word? As in:
“That’s a load of 2020!”
“What in the 2020?”

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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago

I started using 2020 that way months ago

Last edited 2 years ago by Bob Weinfurt
Connie VH
2 years ago

Sally Weigand … what you say about your beautiful cat is very reminiscent of a Pomeranian🐕 we lost in February. < sniff! > He’d do the same thing .. sneak up on us and lie at our feet when we didn’t know he was there. He too got stepped on and kicked QUITE INADVERTENTLY! and then after yelping loudly enough, and long enough, so we’d know we had just seriously insulted him, would wander a couple feet away, sit, and stare back at us as if to ask, “Why do you hate me?”

I miss that little guy so much. He finally figured out that he had to just go ahead and jump up onto one of our laps without invitation to avoid the trauma-drama. He’d curl right up once lapped, never looking back to see if we agreed that that was OK at that moment… just assumed it was. After all, he was a Pomeranian! And it was much better than getting all his “tail feathers” pulled. Again.

Good little guy. < sniff!😥 >

jeorjia Gooch
2 years ago
Reply to  Connie VH

We lost our black pom in March of this year and we miss him greatly. It took him a while to learn the “art of dodging feet” also.His favorite place seemed to be the kitchen whenever he knew I was there, but quickly learned how to jump out of the way when he saw my size 3 tootsies coming his way!

2 years ago

Chloe is beautiful, and reminds me a lot of our blue eyed Frank.

2 years ago

We just bought our new to us RV and are very happy with it. While getting gas my husband did somehow get the pump between the RV and the road. Tied up the pump for a few hours. Pretty kitty but I am a dog person. Just got a GSP puppy to play with our Malinois puppy, lots of shaking going on in the RV.

2 years ago
Reply to  Deborah

Agree about being a dog person. People own dogs….cats have staff.

Judy S
2 years ago

Beautiful kitty but I’m also distracted by the lovely turquoise couch!

2 years ago

The cat is a lilac point siamise cat. I know my parents had one until a german shepherd attacked and killed it for no reason. Sad but true. Loved that cat.

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