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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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“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Mutt Day! Happy National Mutt day from the RVtravel.com staff mutts, Astor, Archie and Buddy!
On this day in history: 1867 – At Tremont Temple in Boston, Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
Tip of the Day
Extending the life of an RV battery
By Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®
Routine maintenance and recharging a discharged battery as soon as possible will extend the life of the battery. The leading cause of dead lead-acid batteries is sulfation. When a battery is in a low state-of-charge for a period of time, small crystals start forming on the plates. If it remains in this condition for an extended period of time without recharging it, the battery is ruined.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Safari Condo Alto R1713 Travel Trailer. As he writes, “To say that these are unique would be an understatement as these teardrop-shaped travel trailers are very light and very capable given their exterior dimensions.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 CrossRoads Zinger ZR259FL Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Forget insect spray! Just paint yourself with stripes
Here’s news about a new way to keep those bugs away! No, we’re not talking about a new bug spray, or DEET or Avon or anything else you spray or rub on your body! No, we’re talking about a new study which shows that if don’t want insects to take a liking to you, just paint yourself with stripes. Read more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Carry a gun in your RV or plan to? Watch this!
Have you ever shopped for groceries online for home or RV delivery?
• 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.
Spot the spouse!
“After our first trip with our RV, we quickly learned that establishing a setup and break camp routine was necessary. Even after a few years, we have made a few changes but after a trip two weeks ago a new rule has been set in place called ‘where is your spouse!’ Before you double-check the hook-ups and you pull forward to check the brakes…make sure you see your spouse! As scary as the experience was for me, the wife, I hold no hard feelings and I was fine. Two skinned knees, elbows, and arms – but all is good. I want to tell other couples that when moving the RV for any reason, the significant other should be in the seat next to you, or clearly visible in those big mirrors. Stay safe, my RV friends!” Thanks for the tip, Tracee Clepper!
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.
Website of the day
Looking for a nearby dump station? Use this website to find every dump station in your area.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
How many employees do you think Facebook has? Go ahead, take a guess. Scroll down to find out.
*Yesterday we told you the fascinating story of the first vending machine. You won’t believe how old it is! Read about it here.
This trekking pole lights the way…
RVTravel.com writer Tony Barthel reviews (and loves) the WayLight™ Multi-Functional Camping LED Light and Trekking Pole. This neat pole can be used as a trekking pole/walking stick, flashlight, and camp light. This is one nifty camping gadget! Read more about it here.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Chewie loves going on adventures. He is a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix who thinks everyone loves him. His favorite person in the whole world is the pizza delivery person. His favorite day is Saturday, which is soft food (Puppy Crack) day. It got named that because he goes wild when we get up on Saturday until he gets his soft food. He is a great travel companion and he loves chasing the ball when we throw it. He wasn’t crazy about our first RV; however, now that we have upgraded to a fifth wheel he seems to be happy to stay ‘home’ when we have to go get groceries. You couldn’t ask for a better pup.” —Richard Palmer
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
My girlfriend accused me of stealing her thesaurus. Not only was I shocked, but I was also aghast, appalled and dismayed!
Trivia answer: As of June 30, 2020, Facebook has 52,534 employees. Wooooow!
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