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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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“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Play Monopoly Day! (Psst: This is our favorite version of Monopoly and would make a great gift!)
On this day in history: 1863 – American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Tip of the Day
Another fix for “hitch clunk”
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
We recently talked about an annoying phenomenon that travel trailer RVers sometimes face: hitch clunk. Slop in the hitch system allows the trailer a bit of room to move on the hitch, and as you pull forward from a stop you may hear a “clunk!” and perhaps another when stopping.
Well, as everyone declares, there’s more than one way to quiet a clunk. Reader Mel G. weighs in with a solution of his own, one that he feels might even be a simpler fix. Read Mel’s tip here.
Do you have a tip? Submit it here.
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Starcraft Autumn Ridge 182RB Travel Trailer. As he reports, “For couples looking to get into RVing, this might be a good place to start your search. Or, it’s a good choice even for experienced couples who want a very usable but compact design that allows you to camp in places off-limits to larger RVs.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Imagine XLS 24MPR Toy Hauler? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.
How to prevent a thief from stealing your RV surge protector
If you use a surge protector when you plug in your RV (you absolutely should!), it’s a good idea to secure it so a thief can’t steal it. We hear reports at RVtravel.com quite often from readers whose surge protectors disappeared during the night or when they were away from their RV. Here’s a way to secure it, as well as some more tips from savvy readers in the Comments below the article.
Yesterday’s featured article: Learn everything about your RV, RVing woman advises
Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers – boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.
Do you believe there is intelligent life on other planets?
Turn off “Ancient Aliens” then tell us here.
Do you work remotely from your RV?
Some RV manufacturers are refocusing their designs to cater to customers looking for mobile office space. The rise in remote work prompted by the pandemic has led many people to take up a “work from anywhere” lifestyle. Do you work from your RV? Have you modified your workspace? Please tell us about it, and we’ll share your story and photos with readers. Submit your story and photo(s) here.
Tilted dump station? Level up the playing field
You’d think you’ve seen everything until you get to the dump station where the pavement is tilted off and away from the dump port. How will you ever get all the stuff out of your holding tanks if it’s cowering on the opposite side of the tank? If your rig is equipped with leveling jacks, it’s time for manual deployment. Gently set down the appropriate pad(s) and lift your rig up to overcome the effects of gravity.
Website of the day
RV bloggers give advice to newbies
Well-known RV bloggers give advice on what they wish they’d known when they started.
Ever wonder what complaints RV park managers have about campers? Find out their top 10 complaints here.
Device keeps fresh water tank clean
Tony Barthel writes: “The RV Inline Sanitizer is the simplest of solutions. It’s essentially a reservoir in which you put bleach and then use a source hose and a delivery hose to fill your fresh water tank. The sanitizer effectively adds the bleach as you fill the tank. It is truly that simple.” Read more about this nifty device here.
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 26 percent own a digital clamp meter and use it all the time
• The two natural disasters that readers fear the most are tornadoes and fires
• 13 percent have traveled to Alaska in their RV, and 31 percent would like to
The CDC has a PDF that lists “General Physical Activities Defined by Level of Intensity,” and it’s pretty fascinating (and we’ll admit, somewhat humorous) to look through. Some examples of “Moderate activities” are: walking the dog, jumping on a trampoline, competitive table tennis, snorkeling, pheasant and grouse hunting, twirling a baton in a marching band, and milking cows. “Vigorous activities” might include: wheeling a wheelchair, sledding, “playing a heavy musical instrument while actively running in a marching band,” and coal mining. To see the full, very specific, list click here.
*Benjamin Franklin wrote an entire essay about farting. It’s true. We told you all about it yesterday.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Buddy the Min Pin on his favorite perch in the RV.” —Robert Burnett
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
Last night I had such a weird dream! I dreamt that I weighed less than a thousandth of a gram. I woke up and was like 0mg!
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