RV Daily Tips. Monday, November 2, 2020

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Issue 1462
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

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” ―Harvey Fierstein


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.

RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury snapped this photo in a campground near Whistler, British Columbia.

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!

And don’t think that all wildlife is only found by looking up or in the distance – there’s plenty to see by looking down, too. If you’re in the Northwest, you’ll be amazed at the beauty of the often multi-colored banana slug.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Glacier 164thToday’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.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
2021 IBEX 20BHS travel trailer
Lance 975 truck camper

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a couple of photos for comparison), then email us at rvcontests@gmail.com by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, Nov. 1, 2020. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate. Include your mailing address and a phone number (in case there is a prize delivery issue).

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). So please be sure to check if it’s yours.


RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Appliance power usage update

Dear Mike,
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

Read Mike’s response.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RVelectricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.


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.


Reader poll

Do you believe humans will establish a base on the moon in the next five years?

Put on your moon shoes and tell us what you think 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.


Quick Tip

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!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• The joy of camping next to a neighbor’s electric palm tree
• RV Shrink: Obnoxious “party animals” ruin state park stay
• RV Tire Safety: Why inflate your tires to their max when parking for a long time?
#937-1


Trivia

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.
Click to enlarge.

Today’s Daily Deals at Amazon.com
Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
. UPDATED HOURLY!


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RV Daily Tips Staff

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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Debby Bradford
2 months ago

John Mitchell, your Miley is beautiful! Please consider joining our Facebook group Camping Cavaliers!

robert
2 months ago

Love the laugh of the day. I too tow a Smart car and wish I had thought of that sign. It would not be so funny if they were towing a big truck.

Raymond Turski
2 months ago

I seen you had a post on how to remove carpet from your RV, and install harr wood or tile,can you repost this please,

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Raymond Turski

Hi, Raymond. Here are a couple of posts which might help you:
“Replacing the RV carpet” https://www.rvtravel.com/rv-carpet-replacement/
“RV Mods: Remove and replace rotted flooring” https://www.rvtravel.com/rv-mods-remove-and-replace-rotted-flooring/
Or you can go to https://www.rvtravel.com and search for “remove carpet” or any other topic.
Good luck with your project. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Jeff
2 months ago

You would think with the world debt after COVID-19 we could spend money on economic recovery and not going to the moon.

Rory R
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Spending money on a moonshot may not sound like such a great idea, but think of the number of jobs it would create in many states.

Bob
2 months ago

Does anyone at RVtravel read their emails? I have sent tow and never got a response.

GeorgeB
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I suspect with their readership numbers in the stratosphere, they receive more than your email in a day. The editor spoke to this issue a couple days ago and said staff reads all emails and attempts to respond, but with overwhelming numbers, its not always possible.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Sorry, Bob. I read the comments but others usually handle the emails, so I haven’t seen your emails. We receive hundreds of emails, so it’s difficult to respond to every one of them. But write to me at diane(at)rvtravel.com and I’ll see if I can help you. Take care. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Ken G
2 months ago

As far as bird books go I quit using my Audubon guide as while it has great information I found it to be not very user friendly. My personal favorites for field guides are Sibley’s and Kaufman’s field guides to birds of whatever geographical area you happen to be in. Sibley’s is arguably the standard and they make a terrific iPad app. Happy birding.

wanderer
2 months ago
Reply to  Ken G

I’ll have to check those out, you’re right the Audubon is nice but not helpful ‘in the field’ much. I’ve been trying to learn a few birds, doing pretty well with a combination of an old paperback Golden guide and Cornell University’s free Merlin app on the iPad.

Ken G
2 months ago
Reply to  wanderer

Agree. I used the Cornell University app for a while and it was ok but I got tired of them asking for $$. I gladly contribute to sites that I think warrant it (like this one) but do get a little tired of always being asked for money by most everyone else.

Vic
2 months ago

Harvey Fierstiens quote would put him at odds with today’s cancel culture who try to bully everyone who they don’t agree with into silence

Kevin
2 months ago
Reply to  Vic

Sort of the way rv travel has done with their Saturday newsletter

Tony Grigg
2 months ago
Reply to  Kevin

Actually, I have submitted a few responses here recently that disagreed with something from the newsletter. These were posted without issue. The proper approach is to do so in the form of offering an alternate opinion, without criticising or being abusive or obnoxious about it. The publishers here are simply trying to create a place for polite and civilized expression of thought. Those who are not capable of doing that can go to Twitter of Facebook to ply their ‘craft’.

Jeb
2 months ago
Reply to  Vic

You have hit the nail on the head.

Alice S
2 months ago
Reply to  Vic

I agree with Vic. When peoples comments are censored because their opinions differ from the authors who write articles that “challenge your beliefs” they are trying to be bullied into silence.

Skip
2 months ago
Reply to  Alice S

I think if you want to have a heated debate (opinion) then that really is opinionated then maybe a sub location where you could do such amongst yourselves would be appropriate. Just not such a conversation in this area. My grand daughters read this to understand what is going on in the camping World so the wholesome of the intent of this sight would be lost with filtering out the crap. I join for valued info and for not personal opinions though I support you can them just some other platform.

Pat
2 months ago
Reply to  Vic

There is a difference between respectful disagreement and snide, sarcastic or insulting comments. The latter is what gets you removed.

Kevin
2 months ago
Reply to  Pat

That’s funny the comment the other day about how the lady that hated people who wear the red caps because she knows what that means was not deleted so it all comes down to a matter of opinion

outlaw
2 months ago
Reply to  Pat

If you don’t like what you read then just leave, when you tell someone how to run their own business and you have nothing at all to do with it, your the one that is wrong!

Randall Johnstun
2 months ago
Reply to  Pat

I agree, I can’t understand why some people can be so rude and disrespectful of others opinions.

Bd2
2 months ago
Reply to  Vic

I totally agree Vic

Barbara Brooker
2 months ago

I would change my sign to read Be patient. I am pushing as hard as I want to.

Skip
2 months ago

Great! I think you right on the money. Getting I think that way going down the road. I get there when I get there not fast enough go around. Rushed all my life not rushing anymore.

Joe
2 months ago

Pertaining to the comment section. What happened to the +\- to indicate like or dislike?

Karen Havran
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I wondered the same thing.

DAVE TELENKO
2 months ago
Reply to  Karen Havran

Exactly, I have been wondering the same thing! Actually a couple of weeks ago I suggested that their be a plus & minus columns, so you could actually see all the responses! PERHAPS they are trying to introduce that & are having technical difficulties!
Snoopy

Michael D.
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I do as well.

Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Just read Kevin, Jeb or Alice above and you’ll get an idea of why. Actually it might make more sense to just have no comments at all.

Sink Jaxon
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Perhaps Diane McGovern (editor extraordinaire) will answer this for us?

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Ha! Good morning to you, Sink. 😀 Chuck decided a couple of weeks ago that that option should be discontinued because it didn’t really add anything to the conversation. And if more people disagreed than agreed with something someone said (if the net number of down to up votes reached 20), the comment was unpublished and held for further moderation — just based on different points of view. But the last I heard, Chuck was going to reconsider reinstating the feature. (I’ll check to see where that stands.) Remember that if you see an offensive/derogatory/hateful/inappropriate comment you can always flag it and it will be reviewed. Thanks, Sink (and others), for wondering about this. Y’all have a great day, and stay healthy, eh? (Trying out different accents this morning. 😆 ) —Diane at RVtravel.com

Sink Jaxon
2 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you for the response Diane, you are truly extraordinary 😉

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Awwww, you’re too kind, Sink. Just doin’ my job (which I love, BTW). Take care. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks for clearing that up. I agree that some comments should be addressed for being rude, obnoxious and mean spirited. This is not the place for them, all most if not all of us just want is to be out in the fresh air and away from all of nastiness that we hear. As a supervisor of trade workers, I would often stop a tailboard or safety meeting to address derogatory comments and explain that they needed to find some other colorful metaphors and ways to express themselves! By the way if you ask me I’m a + to see it back.

Dan
2 months ago

After reading the review of the Glacier Ice House RV, my only response is BRRRR!

Randall Johnstun
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan

😆