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.
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ―
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On this day in history: 1933 – The 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the 18th Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.
Tip of the Day
Five quick tips about your RV awning
By Mark Polk, RV Education 101®
A patio awning extends the living area of our outdoor world. Similar to the front porch of your home, the patio awning provides us with shade and cover from a light rain when we want to be outdoors without getting drenched.
Here are five quick tips to help protect and extend the life of your RV awning.
Do you have a tip? Submit it here.
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Jayco Jay Feather 24BH Travel Trailer. As he reports, “Considering that these are good for lots of folks with kids or pets, or just a few folks with lots of stuff, it’s no wonder bunk model trailers are in such high demand.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Dynamax DynaQuest XL 3400KD Super C Motorhome? 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, December 15, 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: Dianne K. of Hollis, OK, Rob B. of Helena, MT, and Bruce G. of Texas.
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.
Couple confesses their RV buying mistakes. This video will make you mad
This video will make you mad (maybe sad is a better word) that the buyers of the fifth wheel trailer were so eager to buy an RV that they made all the classic buying mistakes – ones that will ultimately cost them a lot of money and stress. The saddest thing is the mistakes they made are repeated across the country every hour of every day. Watch the video.
Yesterday’s featured article: Fire danger avoided in RV with questionable wiring
Will you mail (or have you already) holiday cards this year?
Write ’em out, then respond here.
Hook up your tow vehicle with care
Establish a fixed routine such as the tow bar arms first, safety cables next, wiring, and breakaway cable last. When you finish hooking up everything, literally stand up and look – carefully look – at each connection just to ensure it is good and complete. This 15-second safety inspection could save your vehicle. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Website of the day
America’s Quietest Routes
Tired of the hustle and bustle? Traffic got you down? Check out this map of the top 10 most scenic, quiet routes to drive around the country.
NEW: Check out all our favorite websites of the day! We compiled a list of (almost) all the websites we’ve ever listed, and we’ll continue to update it.
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We’ve written about this before. It’s the cutest micro trailer we’ve ever seen!
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 67 percent always bring a gas grill with them on their RV travels
• If given the choice to swim in a swimming pool, a lake or the ocean, 45 percent would prefer to swim in a pool
• 41 percent say the holding tank gauges on their RVs are not accurate and they can’t rely on them
Recent poll: Will you travel to see friends or family for the holidays this month?
A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research says that if your spouse also happens to be your best friend, you’ll get about twice as much life satisfaction as those who spouses aren’t. So if you’re not best friends with your spouse or partner, perhaps it’s time to plan a date and go do something fun!
*How dirty is gym equipment? It’s dirty. Find out how dirty in yesterday’s trivia section.
Be like Mike! Use this 3-light and digital voltage tester!
Mike Sokol says: “I found this nifty tester online and have been using it in a variety of voltage checking situations. It performs all of the 3-light tests for outlet polarity, open ground, open neutral, etc., as well as being a 3-digit digital voltage indicator. In addition, it performs a standard 5 mA GFCI safety test – which you should be performing on all of your GFCI outlets once a month (or at least once a camping season).” Read more about it here.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“The most lovable weirdo we know, our beloved Golden Retriever, Bonnie. She loves absolutely everyone and everyone loves her!” —Tony Gotelli
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
I absolutely hate people who talk behind my back. They discussed me!
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You mention in this newsletter that RVs are selling like “hotcakes” and it is hard to find the RV you want. Well perhaps your readers might like to know that SWFL is loaded with RVs on RV lots. When we drive up and down I-75 and go by RV sellers we notice that their lots are over-flowing with RVs – all kinds. So maybe your readers should take a vacation to Florida – we are open for business, just need a mask. And while on vacation you can find your dream RV. Just a suggestion. OH, I have no affiliation with any RV companies or sales people, I just live here. 😉
The epitome of a golden! Would love to have a Bonnie in my life.
I do not want a scenic road, I want the road that is easiest to get an
RV from point A to point B.
Bonnie made my day! She’s beautiful and I love how you called her a weirdo. 😁
The quietest road in Wisconsin may well be SR80 from Hazel Green on the southern edge of the state to Marshfield just SE of the center as the photo and caption show, but the green line on their interactive map that’s marked as 80 appears to be SR13 from Marshfield north to Ashland then US2 from Ashland to Superior. That’s likely just as quiet. Must’ve been a difference of opinion between the map make and the writer!
Loved the RV Odd Couple video. We had the exact same problems with Camping World. We bought our dream rig there only to have it back in the shop for weeks at a time (while “waiting for parts”). We would finally be told that it was ready, but find that nothing had been done, Thankfully, that CW (Fort Worth) is now closed so others won’t have to share our experiences!
Didn’t really close, they just moved down I-35 to Alvarado, next door to MHSRV.
Dogs really can smile!
Bonnie is about the cutest dog ever. Love seeing bv the person pictures but Bonnie has cutest face ever.
Just a Holiday shout out to all the great people at RV Travel. Keep up all the good work ! I start every day with you to keep that travel bug biting. Merry Christmas (if appropriate), Happy Holidays to all !
Thank you so much, Frank! Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy Holidays to you and yours, as well! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com
“The most lovable weirdo….”
With that, and her big beautiful smile….I loved her instantly!
You are lucky people….. very lucky indeed …. Enjoy!
Bonnie is Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing her photo with us and starting our day off with a smile.
Just love dogs and Bonnie is beautiful. Dogs don’t care about money, looks, or power. They want their food, a walk, and their belly rubbed – maybe a warm fire in a warm house. Such simplistic needs, if only we all had such simplistic needs. 😉