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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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“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” —Frank A. Clark
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Jukebox Day!
On this day in history: 1864 – American Civil War: A group of Confederate operatives calling themselves the Confederate Army of Manhattan starts fires in more than 20 locations in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York City.
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Tip of the Day
Tow ratings are lower for 4-wheel than 2-wheel drive
By Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®
A tow vehicle that is four-wheel drive will have a lower tow rating than an identical vehicle that is two-wheel drive. The reason for this is, the transfer case in the four-wheel drive vehicle adds additional weight to the vehicle (usually several hundred pounds), which lowers the tow rating by that same amount. Keep in mind, any weight you add to the tow vehicle takes that same amount away from the tow rating.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Keystone Outback 324CG Travel Trailer. This trailer is designed for people with disabilities and has many thoughtful details. Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Wildcat 368MB Mid-Bunk Fifth Wheel? 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 (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, Nov. 25, 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 (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.
THIS WEEK, ONE READER RESPONDED and claimed a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Congratulations to Dave Adamski of Pasadena, Maryland.
We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s 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 extend the life of an RV battery
The life of RV batteries varies. Factors include how they’re used, maintained, discharged and recharged, and how they’re stored. A battery cycle is one complete discharge from 100 percent down to about 50 percent and then recharged back to 100 percent. Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: You’ve heard of sleepwalking, but what about sleep-driving?
Go back to school! Attend the RVers Online University!
Just getting started learning your RV? RV Foundations – Operation, Safety, and Maintenance is the class for you! Keep your RV out of the shop and on the road! This six-chapter course has 34 lessons to teach you everything you need to know – all from the comforts of your home, er, RV! It’s fun, easy-to-follow and, of course, informative. Learn more.
Has anything worth $100 or more ever been stolen from you?
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Many people will be hungry this Thanksgiving, including many children. If you are financially able, please donate $20, $50 or $100 to a local food bank. This year it’s especially important to help, with millions of normally hard-working people out of work because of the pandemic. You will feel so good if you contribute — knowing you helped people who are struggling now go to bed on one of America’s most cherished holidays without the pain of an empty stomach. Here’s where to donate.
• 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.
Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Traveling with your RV soon? Here’s a firsthand look by one of our writers at what it’s like to travel by RV right now with no reservations.
When shopping for an RV, do a “livability test”
Shopping for a new RV? Don’t forget the “livability factor.” It’s best to do a walk-through of an RV without the salesman present. That way, you should feel free to sit on the pot to check leg clearance, lay on the bed to determine comfort, stand in the shower to confirm you’ve got room for your elbows and shoulders. Have one person stand in the kitchen in front of the sink or the stove – can the partner get by without imitating a fertility dance? Open the fridge – you’d be surprised how many times the door swings the wrong way! Can’t shake the salesman? Do all the aforementioned tests and whatever else you can anyway.
Website of the day
The top 100 camping blogs
Have endless hours to explore the Internet? Start here. These 100 blogs have everything (literally everything) you need to know about camping all around the world.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Haha! There is a book titled “Everything Men Know About Women” written by Dr. Alan Francis. The entire 120 pages are blank. If you know someone with a good sense of humor, you can buy a copy of the book here.
*Where did the word OK come from? We told you about the first time it was used in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“A favorite photo of our rescue Labradoodle, Bella, age 5, and our Miniature Poodle, Sushi, almost 13. They love camping and boating. When either the trailer or boat come out of the shop they are ready to play.” –Mark & Debbie Jenson
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.
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