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Issue 1460
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 one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ―John Muir

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

On this day in history: 1969 – The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

Tip of the Day

Use your cruise control or overdrive while towing?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
When towing a travel trailer, should or can you use your cruise control or overdrive? These are questions that can puzzle new RVers — and even some veterans. Here’s a school of thought where most folks who’ve had cruise tend to agree: Towing a trailer with cruise control is fine — with certain caveats. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Fleetwood Discovery 36LE Anniversary EditionToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the 2021 Fleetwood Discovery LXE 36HQ 25th Anniversary Edition. As he reports, this 36’ diesel pusher motorhome celebrates the company’s quarter of a century in business by creating a premium model with some noteworthy features. Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Alliance Paradigm 310RL? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviews, click here.

Try these fall and winter national park camping destinations

If you are not quite ready to call an end to your camping season or are looking longingly at becoming a snowbird, consider these national parks and monuments that are too hot for summer camping but are popular with off-season campers and snowbirds for the fall and winter seasons. Read more.

Yesterday’s featured article: The RV Lifestyle: How it all began

Reader poll

When buying food, how often do you choose a generic brand over a name brand?

Think about it for a moment, then respond here.

Quick Tip

Full-timers and health insurance

[Insurance] affordability is in the eye of the beholder, but there are many companies that will provide varying levels of health insurance for a monthly or semi-annual fee. The obvious point here is even a short hospitalization can produce tens of thousands of dollars in costs and an office or urgent care visit with the attending tests can run into several thousands.

If you set out on the full-time lifestyle without health insurance, you are betting everything you have that neither of you will become seriously ill. It’s a crapshoot, my friends. I cannot in good conscience recommend this lifestyle to you without your having adequate health insurance coverage.  From So, You Want To Be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]. Available on

Protect yourself from intruders, bears and more!
 eAlarm lets us explore, sleep, and adventure with confidence! This tiny device emits a 130-decibel alarm which scares away intruders, burglars, and wild animals, and will call for help if you find yourself stranded. Used by the RV Travel staff, you can count on this alarm to keep you safe. Learn more or order here. 

Website of the day

Online resources for RVers
If you’d like to learn about a whole bunch of excellent online resources for RVers, this is a great place to start.

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:

• 84 percent have excellent, comprehensive health insurance
• 41 percent carry a digital multimeter with them and use it all the time
• When buying fish at the store, 56 percent prefer it to be wild-caught, not farmed

Recent poll: How old were you when you met your current spouse/partner?


Next time your partner gives you a hard time about how long it takes you to get ready in the morning, snap back and tell them that cats spend about five hours per day grooming themselves, so they should be thankful you are not a cat!

*What is the deadliest animal on the planet? We told you yesterday.

Lap desk puts your back to rest!
If you find yourself using your computer on your lap, reading your Kindle on the couch, or having a hard time holding that heavy hardback, you need this lap desk! Staff member Emily uses this and highly recommends it. The desk has eight adjustable levels and even has a stopper to hold objects upright. Great for those who have lower back pain or terrible posture. Learn more or order.

Readers’ Pets of the Day

“This is Tayla (dog) and Takota (cat). Tayla is 5 years and a very experienced RVer – she has been to Alaska and back besides several other trips. She loves to ride in front of the passenger on the dashboard (on emergency stops she, fortunately, does not go through the windshield). For Takota, this is his first outing in the motorhome. He seemed to like it. Best part for him was all the miller moths to chase! Don’t have the heart to tell him that will not happen every trip.” —Kaeleen Buckingham

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

Charles Dickens walks into a bar and asks for a martini. The bartender asks, “Olive or twist?”

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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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11 months ago

Brand name or generic?
Depends on what the food item is. Cheese is cheese, milk is milk, and I can even tolerate generic cereal and canned/frozen veggies.
BUT, when it comes to Coke, SPAM and Fritos, I gotta have the real thing!

Bob Amoroso
11 months ago

Regarding name brand vs generic, once you get it out of the can/wrapper/box no one can tell where it came from.

11 months ago

Store brand usually unless there is a sale on brand name product – hey, it’s all about the $$$$!

Gary Broughton
11 months ago

Yes, we buy generic stuff most times. Kroger doesn’t grow or can green beans, they buy from a processor.
We knew each other as children but life happened. She went to college to become a Librarian and I went into Navy.
She taught and I got on Fire Department and we romanced for about 3 months before we married in 74. I retired in 1996 and we traveled in a 5th wheel. 3 trailers and 4th truck later we have enjoyed 4 trips to Alaska and worked several summers in Jackson Hole.
We’ve had a wonderful retirement and still camp in the Tetons and trailer to outings and relatives.