RV Daily Tips. Monday, November 23, 2020

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Issue 1477
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

“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” ―George Carlin


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Eat A Cranberry Day!

On this day in history: 1889 – The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

Dirty RV windshield? Here’s a quick cleaning tip

By Nanci Dixon
My husband had just washed and waxed our motorhome, which gave me a sparkling clean windshield to watch the desert sunrise through, when it sprinkled. Juuuuuust enough to bring the dust in the air down to splotch everything, including the nice, clean, sparkly view. Sigh.

Here is a tip to quickly get the view right again, no ladder needed. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Black Series Classic12Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the 2020 Black Series Classic12 Travel Trailer. As he reports, “The amount of usable interior space considering the diminutive exterior size is impressive.” Learn more.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
2021 Holiday Rambler Admiral 29M Motorhome
2021 Genesis Supreme Overnighter Toy Hauler

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, Nov. 23, 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.

LAST WEEK, THREE READERS RESPONDED and they each claimed a $25 Amazon gift certificate. They were Rick D. of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Stan H. of Littleton, Colorado, and James J. of Salina, Kansas.

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 the newsletters 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.


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

Generator bonding basics

Dear Readers,
I’ve had several emails this week about bonding inverter generators, so now is a good time to rerun this J.A.M. Session from 2019 about how it works. I have a lot of experience with this since I invented the generator Neutral/Ground Bonding Plug nearly 10 years ago, and it looks like it will finally be accepted in the next National Electrical Code® (NEC) cycle. Pretty cool, eh? So here it is with links to other articles I’ve written about the basic principles.

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



How much solar power do you need?

The winter, snowbird season is almost upon us, and a parade of RVers is now underway south (those who are able to travel), many to boondock for months on end on public lands of the Desert Southwest. If that’s you, then you probably already have enough solar panels to power your RV. But if you still need to get equipped, these “Rules of Thumb” from the folks at AM Solar will give you an idea of what you may need. Read more.


Reader poll

Which device do you use the most when reading news on the Internet?

Tell us 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.


Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here. 


Quick Tip

Scheduled roof maintenance pays dividends

Having a schedule of physically inspecting your RV roof every six months is a good idea. Left unrepaired, roof tears or bad sealant around roof openings can let water get through, right down to that chintzy particle board or other roof substrate. Left long enough, water can infiltrate the sidewalls. Mold, mildew and huge repair expenses are the only outcome. Get up there and clean the roof with mild soap and water. Some RVers apply a protectant, too. Check all the seals, around vents, antennas and end-caps.


Website of the day

Trendsmap
This neat map shows you trending keywords and hashtags in each state and around the world. See what people are talking about in Texas, Egypt, Brazil and/or China! Spend a few minutes poking around here, it’s neat.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Oh, the horror! Sewer tank overflows while RVer is away
Have a good laugh: “My Self-Isolation Quarantine Diary” (This is hilarious!)
Products we tested – and which later failed
#944


Trivia

Did you know you can play songs on your phone’s dial pad (if you’re using a cell phone, the volume has to be turned on in order for this to work)? Check out this website and play some tunes! You’ll impress everyone you know! (We just spent wayyyyy too long doing this….)


Go back to school! Attend the RVers Online University!
Thinking about going full-time? Roadmap to Full-Time RVing will teach you everything you need to know about living in your RV! All from the comforts of your home, er, RV! This course covers nine chapters and 72 lessons. It’s fun, easy-to-follow and, of course, informative. Learn more.


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“Two of the greatest adoptees in our RV world. Josh (unknown breed) is a little 3-4 yr. old scamp. He’s rambunctious as well as very loving. Honey (Mini Pekingese) is a little princess, or so she thinks! She’s been traveling with us going on 10 years, while Josh joined us about a year ago. They both travel well and make wonderful companions.” —Bob & Carol Love

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

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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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Jim Brand
5 months ago

Not sure what has happened but this is the last issue I received all week. Monday the 23rd. I have signed up again.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Jim Brand

I’m sorry you didn’t receive the newsletters since Monday, Jim. I just checked the records and it shows that the RV Daily Tips and the Beginner’s Guides were sent to you every day this week, but it also shows that you didn’t open any of them since Monday. So, I don’t know where the rest of the newsletters ended up – out in cyberspace somewhere? Maybe you have a different setting in your email account that’s blocking them? Did you check your Spam folder? Anyway, hopefully you won’t continue to have this problem. Sorry I can’t be of more assistance, since everything looks correct on this end. Good luck! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Stephen Durrett
5 months ago

I just want to thank all of the staff at rv travel. I wake up every morning to read your excellent publication.
It is by far the best in the rv industry.
Please have a blessed Thanksgiving.
God Bless and stay safe!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago

Thank you very much for your very kind words, Stephen. We hope you (and all of our other terrific readers) have a wonderful Thanksgiving, as well. We’re very thankful for all of you and appreciate you more than we can say. 🙂 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Joe & Helen
5 months ago

Chuck, Diane & Emily,
You three and all the staff go over and above every day, and nights too as well to send us all of this wonderful RV News and interesting shorts of all kinds. We are going to ask other fans if they agree that you should take Thanksgiving day off, stay home and eat your turkey and skip the Friday edition or just make it a one pager. Anyone agree??
HAPPY THANKS GIVING TO ALL.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe & Helen

Thank you very much, Joe and Helen! You’re very kind. We’re not skipping any newsletters this week, but we’ll still have time to enjoy Thanksgiving and be thankful for our family and friends, our health, and our wonderful readers like you folks! Take care, stay healthy, and have a terrific Thanksgiving! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Mike Albert
5 months ago

Ok you all! Way too much time on your hands for the musical key pad/dialers.
Keep the fun stuff coming!
Thanks for putting out great articles seven days a week. I know that it takes a lot of time to publish one news letter, but you do SEVEN.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Be safe and wear a mask.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Thanks for the kind words, Mike! And actually, we do 12 newsletters a week, plus a couple of monthlies. You might have forgotten about our Beginner’s Guide to RVing (Monday through Friday), of which we just published Issue #100 today. (No time for us to get into mischief, that’s for sure!) Take care, and Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

jillie
5 months ago

Josh looks Chihuahua Shi Zu. Chi Zoo. He looks like ours before she passed away. She was a Cocka She. To put it mildly. She had {bleeped}.