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“You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Moldy Cheese Day!
On this day in history: 1936 – Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam) begins to generate electricity and transmit it to Los Angeles.
Tip of the Day
Keep this bug out of your RV to help prevent food poisoning
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Few things will ruin an RV trip faster than a case of food poisoning. Grandma’s dire warnings about keeping the potato salad cold notwithstanding, getting sick with a bug called Listeria could not only make you sick, it could put you in the hospital – and if you’re vulnerable, maybe into the morgue. Happily, there are things you can do to keep your risks down. Learn about them here.
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If you live in an RV, can you still be “homeless”?
What makes an “RV community”? Ten years ago, you might have said meeting fellow RVers, impromptu happy hour get-togethers with the new neighbors, maybe potlucks and outside games. Really, it seems like an RV community evolves anywhere a group of RVers share the same general space and common interests. These days, an “RV community” is no longer comprised of just one group of people; but the group getting the most media coverage is the homeless, which begs the question: If you live in an RV, are you really homeless? Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Is your RV overweight? Weigh it and be safe
You may have missed these recent popular stories…
- Big changes coming to Walmart stores. Will RVers be affected?
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- Here are the top 5 complaints to the RV park office
- Video: RV smashes into vehicle-killer underpass
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Boondock part-time for quick savings
Many RVers on the road driving a few days to get to a destination will often use a campground for one night and boondock – park overnight without any utility hookups – for two nights. You can maintain this schedule with virtually no water conservation. This will, however, reduce your camping costs by approximately two-thirds, or 66% – a significant savings. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com
Don’t let winter keep you in the dark!
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.
Website of the day
On the same note as Drive the Nation, Scribble Maps allows you to draw or write on maps, then save and share them! Very handy when planning a road trip, or trying to give directions to someone who isn’t, well, so good at directions. You could also use it to remind yourself of your favorite restaurants, hiking trails, campgrounds or stops you made on your trip.
SECRET PHRASE: Harvard was the first university in the United States
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.
Every time you shuffle a deck of cards, you get a combination that has never existed. The probability of getting the exact same order as anyone else has a probability of 52 factorial or 52! (52 x 51 x 50 … x 2 x 1). If you ever want to feel unique, just go shuffle a deck of cards!
*What would American’s choose dogs over? We told you this funny fact yesterday.
Soap and water won’t work!
Easily remove bugs, tar, sap and grease
Tarminator Tar & Sap Remover breaks down the complex molecules found in tar and other sticky materials. The unique MicroActive cleaning technology gives Tarminator unequaled ability to remove even baked-on tar, grease, sap and asphalt. Soap and water just won’t do it! Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Mother and daughter rescues, Sissy and Bailey. They are bonded like no other dogs we’ve ever had.” —Jeff Jarrett
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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What’s the difference between a cat and a complex sentence?
A cat has claws at the end of its paws and a complex sentence has a pause at the end of its clause.
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