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RV Daily Tips. Friday, November 20, 2020

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Issue 1476
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

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ―Robert Frost

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!

On this day in history: 1789 – New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

Tip of the Day

Hiding places for valuables in your RV

By Peggi McDonald
There are many places to create “out of sight” hiding places for your valuables in your RV. It’s difficult to steal something quickly when you don’t know where to look. One common “hideout” is small containers buried inside food packages such as coffee, cereal, sugar, rice, etc. Here are several more ideas you might not have thought of.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

2021 Roofnest SparrowToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2020 Roofnest Sparrow. As he reports, these rooftop tents are “a great alternative for the casual enthusiast looking to go somewhere who wants to step up from a tent.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Starcraft Autumn Ridge 182RB Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, November 20, 2020. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV here (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

THIS WEEK, THREE READERS RESPONDED and claimed the $25 Amazon gift certificate. They were Stan H. of Littleton, Colorado, James J. of Salina, Kansas and George B. of Regina, Saskatchewan.

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.

The campground of your dreams? No way!

Oh, this is way too funny — a publicity photo from the REV Group, the third largest motorhome manufacturer in America. Maybe a little Photoshop going on here? If such a scenic campsite did exist, how much do you think it would go for? This ain’t no $60-a-night spot, that’s for sure. You won’t believe where the spectacular scene was actually shot! Good luck finding an RV anywhere near there! Check it out!

Yesterday’s featured article: How to prevent a thief from stealing your RV surge protector

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

Reader poll

Do you listen to broadcast radio more or less often than 15 years ago?

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Quick Tip

Trailer towing? Remember “gross weight” is more than just the trailer

Your pickup or other tow vehicle has set limits as to how much weight it can handle. Typically the number to watch for is gross combined weight rating or gross combination weight rating (GCWR). That’s not limited to the weight of the tow vehicle, the trailer, and the stuff you’ve “stuffed” in the trailer. It also includes passengers and all that stuff you’ve got in the truck bed. Always a good idea to run your tow vehicle and trailer “over the scales” to ensure you’re not overloaded!

Website of the day

The best coffee shops in America
Find your favorite cup o’ Joe at one of these 50 coffee shops across America. Happen to be near one on this list? Go give it a shot … or a double! Wink.

Clubs and useful organizations
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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
• Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
• Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


Video game players make good surgeons! Researchers have found that doctors who spend at least three hours each week playing video games made about 37 fewer mistakes when performing surgeries and worked 27 percent faster than those who did not play video games. We guess good hand-eye coordination pays off, huh?

*Yesterday we showed you the PDF that the CDC uses to classify different types of exercises. Scroll down to yesterday’s trivia section to read it.

The funniest sign for your RV (and a best-seller with readers!). Click here to laugh.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Here’s Boogity, our Boston, at the wheel of our motorhome while we are pulled off the road.” —Gary & Nancy Wise

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 are sad to report that the Pillsbury Doughboy has died.
His funeral will be held at 350 for about 20 minutes.

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Scott Taylor
2 years ago

Cause of death of Doughboy? Yeast infection…

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

Re; Leave Here With a Laugh…I would like to add…everyone to be spaced apart evenly and rise at the end of the service.

2 years ago

Trivia on doctors is revealing . I question mine 6 yrs ago why all these meds I’m on. Did research and took my self all meds. Eating right and the right supplements and enjoying life. Literally running around with grandkids like I am 30 years old. So I researched viruses and found that a healthy person wearing mask is not good. So guess what ? People who make rules that effect lives need to be questioned and challenged . proverbs 18:17 The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him

2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

Not sure Chuck where you found your info or how you re reading it but, the virus kills bottom line or has serious side effects. It helps in slowing the spread of it in mask wearing it didn’t say it will wipe it out or stop it. And no matter what the proverb says I dont find that the almighty man or woman above lending a hand to stop it. Just an opinion.

2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

Hi Skip, not sure where Chuck found his info either, but as far as wearing masks goes he is right. You might want to watch this and trying to do a bit of research on your own instead of listening to the politicians :

Rory R
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary

Hi, the Idea of wearing a mask is not to protect you from contracting the virus but to keep from spreading it. I just buried a 38 yr old daughter, who died from complications from this virus. She worked in a Covid ward, until she contracted the virus. I wish people would stop politicizing a serious illness, maybe we could get past it quicker……

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Rory R

Oh, Rory. I’m so very sorry to hear about your daughter. And yes, it is a health issue, not a political issue. Why can’t people understand that?! My sincere condolences. Hugs. 🙁 —Diane at

John Crawford
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary

That video is connected with Ron Paul and I wouldn’t put my life in the hands of Ron Paul.

2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

The Wuhan virus molecule measures at 60Nm to 128Nm. A cloth mask will allow approximately 95-100% through. A paper surgical mask will allow approximately 80-100% through. A N95 properly fit tested, not everyone can pass a fit test, will let approximately 70-90% through. The Wuhan virus is a complex molecule and can live for over 40 hours in the air, over 24 hours on a warm dry surface and approximately 18 hours in a cold environment.
My career was working for local government in California with water air and blood borne pathogens and disease. And wearing masks for multiple hours at a time can be detrimental to your health.
I’m not saying to not wear a mask if you want, but don’t force those of us that are healthy and know they really don’t do any good.

Last edited 2 years ago by M_J
2 years ago
Reply to  M_J

Your not trying to catch the micron particle, everyone knows this, you are try to catch the spit, saliva from sneezing and coughing. Ever seen a paratrooper caught in a tree, he/she is not hung in the tree, the parachute is, the mask is trying to catch the parachute, wear your mask, it works!

Bill & Judy
2 years ago
Reply to  Skip

Interesting point rarely stated is that less than one percent of those who have a positive Covid test actually die. Also most who test positive have few if any symptoms any worse than a cold. Next, most people wear the mask incorrectly leaving the nose exposed. Do some more research, more people die of heart disease, lung disease, automobile accidents and H1N1 flu of the Obama era and there was no panic about any of these things.

2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

Those who refuse to believe the medical community recommendations might prefer to indulge freely in joining with like-minded friends: drink, dine, and entertain closely together in your groups, the more the merrier. Ignore the fake news reports. Spread whatever comes among yourselves to hasten your goal of herd immunity. But please: if feeling unwell, stay at home to recover or not. Suffer alone in ignorance. Do not call upon our over-whelmed hospital system.

2 years ago
Reply to  Gray

Well said, the few I know that have caught it were all in on “its fake”, now they are tying up a hospital bed that someone who………………..!

2 years ago

Nice seeing Boogity. Reminds me of my Boston’s. They loved to go.

Jacques Marcotte
2 years ago

Chuck: I’ve been a reader of RV Travel longer than I can remember. One thing that has always bothered me ( a bit) is the use of « America » to refer only to the US. Canada and Mexico are also part of America! I know that fact might surprise a few. I was looking, this a.m. for the best coffee house in my town, Montreal, Can. which is also in America, but did not find it. I’m sure there is at least one! Apart from that, keep up the good work, your publications are very enjoyable.

2 years ago

Canada, Mexico and the United States are located in North America. Over the years, inhabitants of the United States of America have used the term “America”. I don’t really understand your “beef”. Canadians are proud of Canada. Americans are proud of the United States of America. North America is a continent. America is a country. Let it go.

2 years ago
Reply to  Barry

America is not a country. America consists of North America yes, AND South America. That would make an American a resident of either.

2 years ago
Reply to  Impavid

It’s all a matter of semantics and not worthy of anymore discussion from me. I am not a Canadian, I am not a Mexican…I am an AMERICAN.

Last edited 2 years ago by Barry
Bernard Higgins
2 years ago
Reply to  Barry

I partially agree with Barry…..the citizens from Canada are Canadians, the citizens from Mexico are Mexican and the US citizens are GRINGOS!

2 years ago
Reply to  Barry

America is not a country.

2 years ago
Reply to  Barry

Agree, America is not a country.

2 years ago

This has bothered me too. I don’t know who started calling the United States, America. It is the United States OF America. When we are referred to as the “Ugly Americans” in Europe and other countries, I guess that Canada, Mexico, and all the other countries in the Americas are glad that they are just referring to US in the USA.

2 years ago

Thanks for letting me know about the Pillsbury Doughboy. I will send flour.

2 years ago
Reply to  Larry

I’ll help. If you knead to get a rise, I’ll donate some dough. You’re gluten for punishment.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ken

Good ones. No matter how I slice it I can’t top those.

Gary Byler
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry

I will say some ‘egg’stra prayers.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

I can’t get past Panther Coffee in Miami.

The list of “dog friendly” restaurants might be interesting, so I know where not to go.

Sharon Boehmer
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

click on the arrows of the photo to advance

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Sharon Boehmer

Right, but is that one of those deals where you have to keep clicking through all the states one by one? I’m not doing that . . .