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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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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Deviled Egg Day!
On this day in history: 1920 – In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the results of the 1920 United States presidential election.
Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers. Our cover story asked “How safe is your RV in a self-storage lot?”
Tip of the Day
Head to the boonies to photograph wildlife
One of the happier sides of boondocking is getting out where the wildlife is. Face it, RV parks don’t typically attract many wild critters. On the other hand, the farther away from civilization, the more likely you are to find yourself among creatures that prefer the quieter side of life.
Most of us have a smartphone, so that also means we have a pretty good camera, which is suitable for shooting wildlife that’s nearby. There are also several telephoto lenses made for smartphones. A serious wildlife observer, however, will want a more sophisticated camera and telephoto lens.
For simply observing wildlife, a pair of binoculars is essential. The least expensive are in the $20 range and are actually good. But invest a little more money for a better pair and you’ll be rewarded with superior views of creatures farther away.
A field guide to birds and other wildlife is essential if you’re serious about understanding what you’re observing. You cannot go wrong with an Audubon guide.
Many national park visitor centers sell or even offer free field identification guides tailored to observing creatures big and small you see in the park and local area. If you’re lucky a ranger may even offer a lecture and slideshow about wildlife in the park. Don’t miss these!
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Glacier Ice House A164TH. This is one unique RV! If you want to take your RV ice fishing, now you can. Learn more.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Appliance power usage update
My wife has one of those electric hot-water kettles which really heats the water up fast. But when I run it from my Honda 2000 generator the gas engine cranks up to full speed just to boil water. And even if we’re on 30-amp shore power and try to run the electric kettle and the microwave at the same time, the circuit breaker for the kitchen outlet pops off. How do I know how much power my water kettle is drawing? Could there be something wrong with it? —Mustang Sammy
Desperate RVer with lemon RV gets rescued by TV consumer reporter
This video from a Boston TV station illustrates everything we talk about here on RVtravel.com — too many defective RVs rolling out of factories and the runaround their owners often get when trying to get them fixed. Watch this woman’s story about her lemon RV and the battle she had trying to get it fixed. Read more and watch the video.
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• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.
Full-time RVing insurance shopping? It pays to be frank
A full-timer will require personal liability insurance similar to what you had in your sticks and bricks house. Someone can slip on your top step and sue you as a result. This alone could wipe you out without adequate liability protection. Because of the additional cost, you might not tell your RV insurance company that you are living full-time in your RV. Please do not do this. The liability issues alone could cause you to lose your rig and other assets. It’s just not a good idea to falsify an insurance document. Some full-timers rates are actually lower! — From So, You Want To Be an RVer? And Enjoy the RV Lifestyle? [Revised]. Available on Amazon.com.
Website of the day
Bon Appetit’s City Guides
Heading to a new city? What better way to learn about it and experience the local culture than through the food? These city guides will guide you right to the best restaurants, bars and cafes.
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!
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Today’s trivia is just plain ol’ adorable. Porcupines have more than 30,000 sharp quills on their bodies, which is why it makes sense that a group of porcupines is called a prickle.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is Miley. She is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She loves camping and bug hunting.”—John Mitchell
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.
Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers and forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller and costs about $9. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
David Warriner posted this on Facebook and we just had to share with you.
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