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.
“What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within the span of his little life by him who interests his heart in everything.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Chocolate-Covered Anything Day!
On this day in history: 1689 – Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights.
Tip of the Day
Going solar? Be realistic about your power needs
By Greg Illes
So you’ve decided to “go solar.” Congratulations! You need to be realistic about your power needs, and no doubt you’ve read a lot about panel types and inverter technologies, and maybe received a few quotes. You have probably become familiar with the basic arithmetic of energy management by now, too.
The advice you’ll typically see is to size your panels according to how much power you use each day and, of course, this makes eminent sense. Continue reading.
Do you have a tip? Submit it here.
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23TWS Travel Trailer. This thing is soooo cute! Check it out.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Jayco Jay Feather 24BH Travel Trailer? 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, Dec. 16, 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.
Len Wilcox tells you the story of South Dakota’s Corn Palace, a must-see for anyone visiting the state. It was built as a way to prove to the world that South Dakota had a healthy agricultural climate, and now, some 500,000 tourists visit it every year. Read Len’s article or listen to him read it.
Yesterday’s featured article: Couple confesses their RV buying mistakes. This video will make you mad
Did you decorate your RV for the holidays? Do you have a favorite holiday tradition? What will your holidays look like this year? Tell us! Please submit a photo of your decorated RV, and/or a short paragraph or two telling us about your favorite holiday traditions, or what your holidays will look like this year (if they’ll look the same or different as past years). Show and tell us here. Thanks!
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It’s a hat! It’s a lamp! It’s… this thing!
Do you own an SUV?
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• 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.
Maintain the RV’s exterior to help protect your investment
By Mark Polk
RV EDUCATION 101®
Maintaining the exterior of your RV contributes to extending the life of the RV, and protecting your investment. If you let your RV go, without cleaning it for periods of time, it can be very difficult to get that new look back. I wash our RV after every trip we take. I recommend using cleaners designed specifically for RVs.
MAKES A GREAT GIFT!
A cozy gift for your favorite RVer!
These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so you won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL, so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.
Website of the day
U.S. Military Campgrounds
If you’d like to stay at a U.S. military campground or RV park, this is a website for you! Search many parks by state, the highest rating, or the most viewed.
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.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
• An RV rental horror story: “I was ripped off by an RV rental scam!”
• RV Tire Safety: “Tire dressing” and “Do not use covers.” Where’s the test data?!
• Bear pounces on sleeping campers in Colorado RV park
Snap your fingers. Just do it. Did it? OK, good. When you did that, your fingers moved at about 20mph. Impressive, right? (We bet you’re doing it again now…)
*If your spouse is also your ________. you’ll get more satisfaction from life. Yesterday’s trivia filled in that blank.
Firearms laws guide is a must-have for firearm owners!
The Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States is something you must reference if you own a firearm. The book is always a best-seller among RVers, many of whom carry a firearm when they travel. The annual guidebook helps ensure they stay out of trouble when crossing state lines, where the laws may be different. Learn more in this article or buy a copy here.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Anaya, a future RVer.” —Diane Bilak
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
Oh this morning was awful! I saw my wife trip over and drop a basket of clothes. She had just ironed all of them! I watched it all unfold.
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