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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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“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Nut Day!
On this day in history: 1883 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opens with a performance of Gounod’s Faust.
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Tip of the Day
RV resale: Appearance matters, so protect your RV’s looks
Appearance matters when making a sale, so protect your RV’s looks. Nothing ensures a rapid sale more than how good something looks, which leads to this thought. Many manufacturers use decals that are so thin or applied so poorly that you will be lucky if they make it through the first couple of years. When it’s time to sell your RV, peeling and frayed decals translate to an RV that’s likely to languish in the yard for a long time. Try and trade it in and be assured dealers will devalue your trade significantly if the exterior looks trashy. So, since appearance matters so much, protect your RV’s looks. Here are some tips.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Rockwood A213HW A-frame trailer. As he reports, they are an ideal choice for those who camp only a few times a year or don’t have a full-sized pickup. Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Keystone Springdale 242RK? If you missed it, you can read it here.
American Kennel Club provides tips for camping with your canine
Bringing your pet along for camping trips is a fun and adventurous way to enjoy nature and get some exercise together. About half of all RVtravel.com readers report that they travel with a pet, mostly dogs. The American Kennel Club shares safety tips for dog owners to consider before packing up. Read more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Another example how slobs are ruining our campground
How many air conditioners does your RV have?
More air from your ducts?
“We have a 2016 Jayco Jay Flight and our best friend has a 2015 Jayco North Point, both with ducted A/C. In the course of helping my friend troubleshoot poor air flow and cooling, we found the round ceiling vents have two-inch long collars on them that were protruding halfway to the top of the duct, blocking most of the air flow into the room. Measuring from the face of the ceiling to the inside edge of the duct work on most of them we found 1 ¼” to 1 ½” made them even with the interior edge of the duct. We cut them down with one of us holding a Dremel tool with a disc cutter while the other rotated the vent to easily cut them down. Just make sure you don’t cut it short and blow air between the ceiling and the duct work. What a difference!! Greatly improved airflow that we estimate is up to a 50% increase!” Thanks to Gene Cheatham.
This book is a must-have for state park campers!
This newly published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.
Website of the day
Tired of hearing ambulances out the window? Your neighbor’s new puppy driving you nuts? ParkTracks, from the National Park Service, plays a track of sounds from our National Parks to relax you. Sit back, close your windows, then your eyes, and transport yourself to paradise.
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 7 percent plan on selling their RV within the next year
• 28 percent say their RV has a built-in ice maker
• 54 percent have continuously lived in their RV for a year or more
Which George Foreman is your favorite grill named after? Well, the boxer, George Foreman, of course – but also his five sons. Yup, George Foreman named all five of his sons George Edward Foreman too. He says, “I named all my sons George Edward Foreman so they would always have something in common. I say to them, ‘If one of us goes up, then we all go up together, and if one goes down, we all go down together!'”
*Have you ever heard the world’s oldest song? It’s 3,400 years old, and you can listen to it in yesterday’s trivia section.
A fun way to solve problems with your RV!
This amazing Digital Inspection Endoscope makes discovering problems with your RV fun! This small two-camera endoscope with a viewing monitor allows you to see into tight, small, dark spaces to locate where problems might occur. Have mice? See where they’re coming in. Have a wire that has come loose? Peek at it and see where it needs to be tightened. Have a water leak? Find the source! Read more about this amazing device here. Every RVer needs one!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Gem, a miniature red poodle, is the master of his domain. He loves traveling and exploring new territory. Last year we took a two-month RV trip across the U.S. (California to the East Coast and back). Gem got to visit many big cities and national parks, and made friends with lots of friendly RVers. He’s ready to go again.” —Reno DiTullio
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
An old guy walks into a bar and the bartender asks for ID. “You’ve got to be kidding,” he said. “I’m almost 60 years old.” The bartender apologized, but said he had to see the license. The guy showed his ID, then paid and told the bartender to keep the change. “The tip’s for carding me,” he said. The bartender put the change in the tip cup. “Thanks,” he said. “Works every time.”
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