RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Issue 1459
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

“When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.”―Margaret Walker


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

On this day in history: 1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony votes to establish a theological college, which would later become Harvard University.



Tip of the Day

RV waste water tips

By Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®

Something RV owners learn through experience is to always keep an assortment of sewer hose adapters and extra lengths of sewer drain hoses in the RV. You never know what type or size of sewer drain connection you might encounter, and you never know how far away the sewer drain will be from the RV.

One of my favorite adapters is the Universal 90-degree sewer adapter. It works on most smooth pipe and threaded pipe sewer drain connections you might encounter at campgrounds. And you can purchase clear see-through adapters that take the guessing out of whether the tank is empty or clean, when you empty and flush the black water holding tank.

ONLINE TRAINING COURSES BY MARK POLK
Owning and Operating an RV E-book Course

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Alliance Paradigm 310RL

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Alliance Paradigm 310RL. As he reports, “There were a lot of things that just made me say ‘wow’ as I looked over this fifth wheel. The build quality, cabinetry, fit, and finish were all first-rate.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Holiday House 18RB? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviews, click here.



The RV Lifestyle: How it all began

Did you ever wonder how the RV craze began, and what were the factors that made it such a popular way to travel, experience the great outdoors, and do it in comfort? Terence Young wrote an article about how it happened.

Yesterday’s featured article: Family’s RV woes inspire hilarious music video


Reader poll

Has your RV ever been in a repair shop for a month or longer?

Please tell us here.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here. 


Quick Tip

Insurance awareness for motorhomers with toads

If you have a motorhome and are towing a car (toad), you must have a policy that covers both car and motorhome. If you are in an accident, most likely both will be damaged. If you have policies with two insurance companies, you are looking at two deductibles and two claims. You are also liable if your car breaks loose from the motorhome and goes off on its own.

Claims will be filed by drivers of other vehicles yours has hit, as well as property owners that have sustained damage caused by your errant car. These claims will most likely be against the liability portion of your RV insurance. Your motorhome insurance does not automatically extend to the car you are towing. This is why you should carry liability coverage on both your motorhome and towed vehicle. From So, You Want To Be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]. Available on Amazon.com.


Website of the day

Drivin’ & Vibin’
This family of three lives full-time on the road and writes great blog posts about living minimally and mindfully.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Reader asks: What to do with nosy busybodies in RV parks?
• Another crazy RV paint job. Wow!
• Full-timer explains “Why I miss a home base.”
#937-1


SWELL CONTEST OF THE DAY

ABC's of RVingHow would you like to win a copy of our editor’s new book, The ABCs of RVing? 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 (October 28, 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 Wright Guide to Free and Low-cost Campgrounds was Jan Montgomery of Woodstock, Georgia. The week before, the winner of the Fire Resistant Document Bag was Aaron Holtz of Wapakoneta, Ohio.


Camco sewer hose wrench
Camco sewer hose wrench

Two of the best black tank dumpin’ gadgets
Tony Barthel writes: “Dealing with the black tank is one of the least enjoyable parts of the RV lifestyle. When a product comes along that makes the process even a little bit friendlier, I’m in. As such, two Camco products have really made my black tank dealings less miserable and have taken some of the frustration out of parts of this process.” Read more about these two helpful products here.


Trivia

Do you know what the deadliest animal on the planet is? Nope, it’s not sharks, or lions, or tigers or bears! According to the CDC, the deadliest animal on Earth is the mosquito. They kill more humans than anything else on our planet. Between malaria, Zika virus, dengue fever, chikungunya and the West Nile virus (and many others), mosquitoes result in more than one million human deaths per year.

*If you’re selling your home, you’ll want to paint your door this color to make an additional $6,000+ on the sale. We told you the color in yesterday’s newsletter


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Rosie. She is a native Montanan and the smartest dog to ever adopt me. Some of the things she loved was laying on a pile of snow and going wherever I was going. I always felt safe while hiking because with one eye blue and one brown she looked like the proverbial ankle-biting protector that strangers did not want to approach. The truth is she would lick you to death. Dogs have the ability to give everything and ask for so little.” —Cee Taylor

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

What’s made of leather and sounds like a sneeze?
A shoe!

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Hook-n-Haul
1 month ago

Regarding the pet “Rosie”; she looks like a darling. What caught my eye is that her eyes are 1 brown, 1 blue. The medical profession has names for everything, or so I thought. I asked my vet once what this different color eye condition was called. Ah-h-h – had no answer; and this guy is a super good vet. Does anyone know the answer? What is the medical name for the condition of eyes of different colors?

Bonita
1 month ago
Reply to  Hook-n-Haul

Heterochromia

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Hook-n-Haul

Hi, Hook-n-Haul. I just Googled it, and the condition is called heterochromia iridium. My son had a dog one time that was part wolf, German Shepherd, and a couple other types — very sweet and smart. He had a blue and a brown eye. It took some getting used to looking at two different colored eyes. I really miss Jack. —Diane at RVtravel.com

snayte
1 month ago
Reply to  Hook-n-Haul

I work with someone that has one brown and one blue eye.

Matt C
1 month ago

Terence Young’s article is interesting and the extra bit about the Sherman’s experience, but what was very interesting to me is just how early “Motor Camping” evolved. There is one Daniel Hershberger that has collected much of the early year’s camping gear and accessories and has been know to show and talk about them at a local (Camp Dearborn) Tin Can Tourist gatherings. If you have a chance, he is a good show. What I thought to be interesting is that some of the early tent trailers had running gear that was compatible with Model T so if you needed parts on the road, they were readily available. We should be so smart……

KateMI
1 month ago

Surely the author of the history of the rv meant to mention Henry Ford. He and some very well-known pals (Firestone, etc.) used to travel in Fords (duh!) with tents promoting auto travel and encouraging states to build paved roads. My grandfather took me as a child to see a 1 mile-long section of road in MI, supposedly paved for Ford.

billyd
1 month ago

Had my five yr old fifth wheel in the repair shop once. Had an appointment, but waited a week for a one day expensive job. Since then have learned to make my own repairs, and there have been a few.

Annita Quiggle
1 month ago

Love the newsletter! Hope people are being respectful 😁