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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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“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Candy Day!
On this day in history: 1922 – In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Tutankhamun’s (“King Tut”) tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
Tip of the Day
Protect your battery during storage
By Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®
RVs have parasitic loads that can slowly discharge a battery. Some but not all of these loads are LP gas leak detectors, the TV antenna power booster, clocks, stereos and appliance circuit boards.
If your RV is equipped with battery disconnect switches make sure they are in the “off” position when you are not using the RV, and during storage. If your RV does not have some type of battery disconnect, I recommend you get one. The cost savings will be realized when you don’t have to purchase a new battery(s) every one to two years.
Editor: Here are some battery disconnect switches on Amazon.com.
ONLINE TRAINING COURSES BY MARK POLK
• RV Battery Care & Maintenance E-Book Training Course
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Happier Camper HC1 travel trailer. As he reports, “It may not be for everybody but the idea of being able to reconfigure your RV at a moment’s notice is really a neat idea.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the AVIA travel trailer by nuCamp RV? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Is this your RV?
If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (if you submitted the photo to us we probably already know it’s yours), then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, Nov. 4, 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. Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.
Trailer-towing nightmares revealed
This heart-stopping video shows a travel trailer swaying along a busy New Jersey highway before crossing lanes of traffic and flipping over. The video is one of many that show how dangerous it can be to improperly attach a trailer or camper to a vehicle. If you pull a trailer or tow any other vehicle, please take two-and-a-half minutes to watch this video. You may save a life – yours or someone else’s.
Yesterday’s featured article: The clash of tribes: RVers vs. hardcore outdoors people
Have you ever loaned your RV to a close friend or family member?
• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
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• 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.
For peace of mind, use a backflow preventer
Backflow happens when a fresh water system gets “cross-connected” with a source of bad water or other contaminants. You don’t want that! Prevent this from happening by using a backflow preventer. Here’s an affordable one. Use it and rest easier. (You can read more about backflow prevention here.)
RV journal writing
A journal is not necessarily a diary with your innermost thoughts. It can be a chronological list of what happened in your life. Not everything, of course – just the things and events that you think you might possibly want to know a year from now. Here is a partial list of the kind of things and events that you should consider recording: What went wrong with your rig. What you did to fix the problem with your rig. What date you installed that new refrigerator. When you replaced that tire that blew out and how much you paid for it. (Of course, if you keep a maintenance log for your RV, you don’t need to put this information in your journal. There’s no need to list things in two places.)
Also list when you bought that new keyboard and how much you paid for it. The names of the camp hosts where you stayed when you were in AZ. The names of people and the names of their dogs you met at different campgrounds. Nothing impresses people and makes them feel like you really remember them than knowing their dog’s name. Basically, jot down anything you think you might possibly want to know a year from now. Three to five minutes a day is all it will take, and you will be surprised how much you will use and appreciate this information. —From RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget Available on amazon.com.
Website of the day
RV Trip Diary
This is an app (for iPhone and Android) that allows you to keep a written (and photo) diary of RV parks you visit. Answer questions like: Was the park clean? Did it have hookups? Would I return? Take photos and check the location off on your personal map. (Fun fact: This app was developed by the 20-year-old son of one of our readers!)
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Need a step up?
Car or truck roof too hard to reach? Designed to fit over almost any tire, the TireStep allows you to reach three important areas of your truck or SUV: the engine compartment, the roof, and the bed. For fifth wheel owners, the TireStep may be the helper you’ve been wanting for a long time and just didn’t know it. Reaching over the truck bed using the TireStep is not a problem while hitching or unhitching your rig. Learn more here.
The beloved baseball song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer in 1908. The funny thing? Neither of them had ever been to a baseball game!
*How fast do raindrops fall? Probably a lot faster than you’d guess. We told you yesterday.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is Cali. She wandered into our campsite when we returned from a cross-country trip. She never left and eventually, she decided to adopt us. She loves being in the RV but hates the driving part. Some parks are great for exploring while on her harness and leash and other parks are just fine watching through the windows, especially the windshield. Her favorite pastime is chasing squirrels when she is home and off the leash. We often wonder what traveling was like before she chose us as her new parents.” —Chuck Baier
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
We posted this video a couple of years ago, but laugh every single time we see it, so we thought we’d share it again. Click to play this hilarious video of a Scottish grandmother read “The Wonky Donkey” to her grandson. If you want to buy the book for yourself or someone you know, you can do so here. We can’t stop giggling!
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