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.
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Um, this one fits the bill…
On this day in history: 1892 – Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Tip of the Day
Use self-fusing tape for weatherproof connections
Standard vinyl electrical tape has been around for a long time – too long, some would say. The problem with this commonly used product is its adhesive. It doesn’t really stick very well and after awhile it starts to peel loose, leaving a gooey mess behind.
Some years ago, a worthy alternative appeared – a silicone rubber tape that was self-fusing. It bonded to itself with enthusiasm and had no adhesive to age or create a mess. Furthermore, it was impervious to many chemicals, ozone and UV, which age and deteriorate lesser products. Continue reading.
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Oh, my goodness! What a fantastic collectible! Hint: Think lovely green hair! It can be yours!
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Time Out Deluxe Folding Trailer. As he reports, “Time Out Trailers are specifically designed for the smallest of tow vehicles and might be something you’d more likely see at a Sturgis motorcycle event than an FMCA gathering…” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Riverside Retro 225 Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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.
Ever wish a road you traveled had a sign like this?
Have you ever driven down a road for a while and then realized it was not the road you thought it was? What a pain! Sometimes you need to backtrack a long way. When this happens, you might wish that a sign like this would have been posted early along the route.
Yesterday’s featured article: Are deer reading “deer crossing” signs and putting motorists in danger?
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The funniest book for the kids (you’ll laugh too!)
If you haven’t seen the video of the grandmother reading her grandson the hilarious book The Wonky Donky, watch it here. You’ll laugh through the whole thing, we promise! If you want a copy for yourself, or your kids, grandkids, or your favorite campground neighbor, you can buy it here for less than $6.
You may have missed these recent popular stories…
- RV parks with fishing lakes. No state license required
- RVing and autopsy tables
- Diesel truck owners know how to cheat – big time
- Neither snow, nor rain, nor progress should stop the mail truck
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Cleaning the black water tank
Keeping the rig’s black water tank clean is always a big issue. Jerry D. writes, “For those who have an attachment to clean the tank here is a better way to save time. Use a Y connector and run a small hose from the Y to the flush inlet. In this way you don’t need to pull out an extra hose, etc. I also use a pressure regulator with a quick connect fitting to speed up campground hook-up.” We’ve included a photo of Jerry’s setup, and add: It might be best to put a back-flow preventer on the hose that runs to the flush inlet. We’d hate to have a little “treat” from the black tank make its way into the fresh water system.
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An RV gift for the jewelry lover in your life
These earrings are soooo cute! If your travel plans have been canceled and the wife is upset, these are the perfect gift to cheer her up! (Or, ladies, you can just buy adorable earrings for yourself!) We think all the ladies of the RVtravel.com staff need these… Chuck? Learn more or order here.
Website of the day
It’s about time you got a dog or cat (or bird or turtle!). Petfinder’s infinite (well, it feels like it) database of available pets in your area is the perfect place to find your next best friend.
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.
When you hear about a wonderful project such as Operation Santa, you just have to tell as many people as you can about it. Read about it here – it’s just wonderful!
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.
The eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, was the loudest sound in recorded history. When it erupted in 1883, it was heard up to 3,000 miles away. If anyone was within 10 miles away, they would’ve gone instantly deaf. The sound waves rounded the globe three and half times and the ash was propelled 260,000 feet into the air. Wooooow!
*Have you ever tripped over your pet? If so, you’re one of the __,000 people who do each year. Find out that number in yesterday’s trivia.
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Want a boat but don’t have space? Try an inflatable one!
Inflatable boats became quite popular among RVers and outdoor enthusiasts this year. They’re affordable and fold down small so they can be stored in car trunks, on cargo racks, in RV underbelly storage or in a closet! If you’re skeptical, just read the reviews (or visit a nearby lake and ask someone in person!). Here’s a Kayak (single and tandem options).
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Meet Deja, our 6-yr-old Dobie who travels with us everywhere along with our 3 cats in our RV. Deja is a rescue and is the sweetest dog anywhere. She loves to travel and meet other people and their dogs.” —Jerry & Pat Brick, Northern Calif
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
The most COVID of Christmases… A Christmas tree made out of TP and masks – brilliant!
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