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“Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” —Lewis Grizzard
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Tip of the Day
RVers must take responsibility for their own safety
By Bob Difley
RVers must take responsibility for their own safety, especially when boondocking. One of the many joys associated with boondocking is finding those pristine, backwoods campsites or forest service campgrounds that have a minimal connection with civilization. At the same time, they have lots of birds, wildlife, trees, canyons, wild rivers and tumbling streams. Along with those amenities comes difficult access, no cell phone signal, no TV or radio reception, and little, if any, presence of authority. Just the way we like it … until a natural emergency occurs. Read more.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s review, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Solis 59PX class B motorhome from Winnebago. As he reports, the small unit reminds him a lot of the VW Westfalia camper vans of years past. But the new Solis 59PX definitely packs in a whole lot more features than those of the minimal Volkswagen campers. Learn more.
In tomorrow’s newsletter we profile Forest River’s new River Ranch fifth wheel trailer.
RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
My WAG chart on solar panels and air conditioners
Please help me understand this. I’ve been following your recent articles about solar panels and air conditioners, and wonder if there’s a simple chart you can provide that will give us a hint of just how hard/expensive or easy/cheap this is to do. And do we really need a SoftStartRV to run an air conditioner with a 2kW inverter, or is that just sales hype? I really appreciate your straight talk on these complicated topics. —Doug Z.
Read Mike’s response (and find out what “WAG” is, if you don’t know) here.
Spending time with Mother Nature is good for your brain
Those who enjoy the outdoors know that nature can have a positive effect on one’s attitude and feelings of well-being. But now, a professor claims it is also good for your brain. On average, Americans spend about 10 hours a day in front of a computer or other electronic device and less than 30 minutes a day outdoors. That is a claim made by David Strayer, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah, who says that all this time spent with technology is making our brains tired. Read more.
How many burners are there on your RV’s kitchen stove?
If you can’t remember, go count, then tell us here.
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We’ve published a book!
The third edition of The ABCs of RVing by editor Chuck Woodbury has arrived! The book is for RV beginners, those just getting started who don’t even know the right questions to ask about buying or using an RV. It’s quick reading and will get newbies up to speed on choosing the right RV (for them), buying it at the best price, and then using it. It provides important information that will keep them out of trouble, both in the buying process and then on their trips. If you know someone who is considering buying an RV, please let them know about this. You can learn more about the book or order it for instant reading by clicking here. (The print edition should be available by next week.)
Easier backing in after dark
It is always best to get to an RV park in the daylight, but if you ever need to back into a campsite in the dark it helps to have rope lights on hand. You can quickly plug them in and lay the rope lights on both sides of the parking pad to help illuminate and guide backing in. It is less stressful than trying to follow someone waving a flashlight around. Thanks to Nanci Dixon
Website of the day
Time for a new fridge for your RV? Or just curious about what’s available? Check here for the RV refrigerator lineup at Norcold, the most popular maker of RV refrigerators in America.
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Something better than duct tape? Yup.
Duct tape is the greatest thing for on-the-fly repairs of all kinds. But you may want to add Waterproofing Repair Tape to your tape deck. The manufacturer claims this stuff is so good that it’ll stick to almost anything, and it’ll do it even underwater. Read more about this handy tape here. Trust us, it’s sticky, durable, and you’ll want some for yourself.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Duncan was a rescue from the Denton Animal Shelter. He was just a handful when I first got him and all white except for his points. He had been feral and it took quite some time for him to warm up to me. Now he’s the most loving boy ever with his large blue eyes and Lynx Point markings. He’s a big boy weighing in at 13 lbs.” —Gaines
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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