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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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California bans overnight stays in some campgrounds over COVID-19 concerns
Californians will see sharp new limits on public gatherings and shopping under a new statewide order issued yesterday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise at dramatic rates. RV parks and other campgrounds in five regions of the state will be prohibited from accommodating overnighters. The parks may remain open for current long term stays. Current guests are not being forced to leave. Read more.
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” —Walt Disney
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Sock Day! Check these out…
On this day in history: 1791 – The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
Tip of the Day
Prep meals at home for RV use
Heading out for an RV trip and don’t want to spend too much time slaving over a hot stove on the road? Here are some tips to help you prep meals at home for your RV use so you “work a bit before you go, less while you’re gone.” Continue reading.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Riverstone Reserve 3850RK Fifth Wheel. As he reports, “This is a floor plan that pays homage to the fact that a lot of people now are able to take their work on the road and combine the enjoyment of this wonderful land with some time behind the desk paying for that adventure.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 inTech RV Terra Oasis? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RV has rooftop swimming pool
It’s true, this travel trailer has a rooftop swimming pool. For those RVers who refuse to swim in lakes or rivers or, heaven forbid, public pools, maybe this is the solution. But there’s one problem. You may have a tough time finding a model like this at your local RV dealer. Read about it here.
Yesterday’s featured article: RV industry executive talks about lack of campgrounds
Don’t let winter keep you in the dark!
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.
You may have missed these recent popular stories…
- RV Electricity – Do I need a surge protector on an inverter generator?
- Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis to star in new TV show
- Street-dwelling RVers now get free honey wagon service
- Video: 2021 Airstream Interstate GT Feature Review – Part 1
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Super easy, multi-purpose potatoes
While we’re on the subject of food (see Tip of the Day above), Rose K. says she scrubs potatoes, tosses them in her slow cooker and cooks them for about four hours. What does she get in return? Hot baked potatoes with extras for potato salad, to chop up for hash browns, add to soup or mash ’em for patties. No need to heat up your RV for all this goodness. She adds that sweet potatoes are really juicy when prepared this way. Thanks, Rose!
Here’s an idea for you: Record your family history on your iPhone or video camera. If you want some inspiration, we recommend you get the book To Our Children’s Children. It will prompt many ideas of what to talk about. Your children and grandchildren will appreciate this when you are gone. Think about it, wouldn’t you love it if your parents could have done this for you?
Website of the day
Women’s RV Forum
This one is for the ladies! Chat with other women RVers in this handy forum about RVing with pets, RV recipes, plan get-togethers, start a book club and discuss recent crafts or DIY projects.
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.
Think the freeway near you is wide? Well, unless you’re near the Katy Freeway in Texas it’s probably tiny in comparison. The Katy Freeway, part of Interstate 10 in Texas, is one of the widest freeways in the world. In some parts, it’s 26 lanes across!
*What color is hippo milk? Betcha don’t know… Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Strengthen your hands, fingers and forearms
Here’s a great, easy way to build up the strength in your hands, fingers or forearms. Perfect for RVers. If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or tennis elbow this is for you. It’s also great for simply building up the strength of your grip. This is a best seller and costs about $8. Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“These are our two rescue cats. Archer and Eli are brothers. We welcomed them to our home three years ago. They love to go camping. Looking out the windshield of our Sunseeker motorhome is one their favorite pastimes.” —Randall Hughes
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. *No blurry photos, please!
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