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Tip of the Day
RV skid rollers help prevent trailer drag on steep driveways
By Jim Twamley
Sometimes RVing can be a drag, especially when you have a long trailer. RV skid rollers help prevent trailer drag when traversing steep driveways. When I purchased my second 5th wheel I struggled over whether or not to install skid rollers. I decided to drive around for a few months and see if I really needed them. It turns out I didn’t need them.
If you need them, you’ll find there are three skid roller/wheel applications: frame mounted, hitch mounted and receiver hitch protectors. Continue reading.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Roadtrek Zion Class B. He says, “Roadtrek is keen to point out that the Zion is aimed directly at those with an active lifestyle. The standard models leave a large open space in the back for your stuff like bicycles, kayaks and other toys or equipment.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 r•pod RP-202 Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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, December 11, 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 past week three people claimed their $25 gift card: Cheri S. of Spokane, WA, Jim M. of Fort Mill, SC, and Dianne K. of Hollis, OK.
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.
Golf carts? You’re kidding me, right? Really?
No, not kidding. These are “for real” golf carts, sold by LSV Carts of Santa Ana, California. If you need a golf cart — you know, to head over to the potluck at the RV park (when we’re able to), do some errands, heck, even play a few rounds — you’ll be the talk of the town (or golf course) if you’re sporting these wheels. Check ’em out!
Yesterday’s featured article: New RVers: Fifth wheel hitching is easy
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Does the bed in your RV have the original mattress?
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You need this set for your RV’s bed!
Storing big pots
If you occasionally need a large pot (such as a Dutch oven or stock pot), store it in one of the outside compartments, underneath. Typically, there isn’t room inside to conveniently store large pots but you do need one on occasion. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com
Website of the day
50 survival tips and tricks for the outdoors
The link says it all! Visit this page (and explore the rest of the website while you’re at it) to learn the best tips about surviving in the wilderness. Lots of stuff here will come in handy!
Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.
• 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.
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 $9. Learn more or order.
Judy Garland was kept on an insane diet while filming “The Wizard of Oz.” The teenage actress was only allowed to drink coffee, eat chicken soup, and was forced to smoke 80 cigarettes a day. Her diet, imposed by the head of MGM, Louis Mayer, also forced her to take pills and receive adrenaline injections to keep up with the hectic, long filming schedule. By the time then-17-year-old Garland finished filming Oz, she was addicted to pills and battled addiction for the rest of her life.
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Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is our pup, Buddy. As soon as someone leaves their chair at the campsite he jumps at the opportunity to lay down and catch a little nap.” —Dennis Linck
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.
Don’t buy a portable generator
Use your car’s engine instead. Save money. Save hassle. Learn more at cargenerator.com.
Leave here with a laugh
What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa?
A rebel without a Claus!
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