RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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Issue 1499
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.



Today’s thought

“Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold.” —Josephine Daskam Bacon

. . . And a Christmas song that will make you smile!


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Pfeffernusse Day!

On this day in history: 1947 – The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.



Tip of the Day

Use wireless thermometers to track important areas of your RV

Once upon a time, long before wireless thermometers, the only reliable temperature measurement was with a hollow glass rod filled with mercury. As awkward and fragile as these devices were, they were the only choice. Even rough-country explorers had to use them (to measure altitude via the boiling point of water).

But today, modern electronics provide not only glass-free thermometers, but remote measurement and display as well. With this technology, you can easily place both the sensor and the display wherever you like. Everything runs on long-life batteries, and installation is as simple as placing batteries in compartments and selecting the display. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Flagstaff eProToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Flagstaff E-Pro 20FBS Travel Trailer. Tony writes, “Good things do come in small packages even in the RV world, and those small packages aren’t quite as small as they used to be.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Aliner Ascape Plus Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick 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. 23, 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 two people claimed their $25 gift card: Richard G. of Ventura, CA, and Jane F. of Fort Meyers, FL.

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.


Video: Why loading a trailer improperly can lead to danger

In this fascinating 30-second video you’ll see why weight distribution on a trailer matters so much. Watch the short video. (You won’t forget it.)

Yesterday’s featured article: RV electricity expert Mike Sokol interviewed on radio program


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.


Reader poll

Wine drinkers: Do you usually opt for white or red wine?

Take a sip, then tell us here.


Helpful resources

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.


Quick Tip

Two tips on heater floor registers

Most RV heater floor registers are a plain plastic louvered style. They’re fine for a while, but often break if stepped on the wrong way. There’s an easy fix: Remove one and take it to your favorite home center. They’ll be able to match up new ones for you, even if they have to order a special size. SAFETY NOTE: The floor registers in your RV didn’t come with closable registers for a reason. If the airflow is restricted too much, it can cause the furnace to overheat and fail. It is recommended to purchase only registers that do not close, or to remove the closing mechanism prior to installation.


The cutest salt and pepper shakers!
You can’t deny how cute this is – it would be perfect on any RV dinette! This vintage gas station filling pump salt and paper set is so unique! This would make a great gift for anyone who loves classic cars or Route 66! We want one! Check it out here.


Website of the day

Visit the USA: Trip ideas
Consult this website before you plan any trip. Really, it’ll practically make all the hard decisions for you.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Use your RV air conditioner in low-power situations
• “Flushable wipes” users try cleaning up in courtroom
• 10 trucks, all 2020 models, all less than $35,000
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??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
Hey, use 50% less toilet paper and make your butt happy. It’s HappyPo to the rescue! And it costs less than $20!


Trivia

If Earth’s entire history were condensed into 24 hours, here’s what it would look like (and it should make you feel very small): Life would’ve appeared around 4 a.m. Next, a good while later, land plants appear at 10:24 p.m. Dinosaurs would’ve gone extinct at 11:41 p.m., and human history would begin at 11:58:43 p.m.

*Can you guess the most popular type of Campbell’s soup? If you want the answer, look in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“My little Ruby dog goes everywhere with us and has seen many National & State Parks! She loves to adventure and enjoys long walks around the parks.” —Ted Martin

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

You’ve got to watch this video from an Instagram-famous dog. We’re laughing so hard!! Click here to watch (and make sure your volume is turned up!).

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
Oh, and if you missed the latest Sunday News for RVers, make sure to catch up here.


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Rory R
3 months ago

Just an observation re: the poll.. The poll said “Wine Drinker” do you prefer white or red, yet non wine drinkers feel the need to say I don’t drink alcochol.. my question is why reply, since you are not a wine drinker? This happens with many polls, if it doesn’t reference something that pertains to you, do you feel left out, and feel you must comment anyway? Just curious, If the poll doesn’t apply to me, I read it and move on…..

Phil Atterbery
3 months ago

Heat registers in the floor are features I chose to avoid. The copilot in charge & I are both of an age that need to mitigate trip hazards wherever we can. The coach with heat in the cabinet toe kick is my preferred way to do it.

DW/ND
3 months ago

Regarding floor heat registers: I changed all of them to closable types after seeing all the debris in the duct work below. Not finding any warnings about it, but it appeared obvious to me there was a reason the factory didn’t do it; so, I put a warning label on the thermostat “heat vents must be open”!

Remote thermometers: I bought 2 digital on eBay – about 1″ x 2″, batt. operated with remote sensor cables about 2′ long. I carefully cut one in the refrigerator door face and 1 in the freezer door with the sensors running on the inside to the bottom of each unit and attached to the doors. While I can’t read them on my cell phone – all I have to do is look at them – without opening the doors. They work fine, accurate and the batts. last about 2 years. They each cost about $3.00!

Manuel Ramirez
3 months ago

On the trivia timeline, Betty White was born at 5:20 a.m.😷😊

John Crawford
3 months ago
Reply to  Manuel Ramirez

I would like to know who was present when this time line was conseved. It sounds like a bunch of BS to me.

Jeb
3 months ago

Laugh of the day. Owner needs to buy a doll to dress up and allow the dog to be a dog. Poor thing looks embarrassed.

LARRY
3 months ago

Enjoyed “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” by Spike Jones and the City Slickers! I wore out a 78 rpm record by playing his William Tell Overture so many times on my tin record player with mechanical speaker and needle in the early fifties. Now, I have a CD with several numbers.

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago

I’m not sure where all the ‘hate and discontent’ comes from around floor registers. The beauty of the ability to shut them down is what keeps stuff from falling into them during summer months when the furnace is not used. I’m a fan of our metal register covers.

Tony Grigg
3 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Amazon has magnetic register covers that stick on and prevent debris from getting in when not in use. Various colors to match your decor. Great solution!

Gary Machholz
3 months ago

Sorry RV Travel team, but you missed something important today. It’s FESTIVUS! The Festivus for the rest of us! LOL. Happy holidays to all.

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago
Reply to  Gary Machholz

Probably because it’s a parody holiday from a Seinfeld episode. I hope I’m not missing some tongue in cheek on this one.

Last edited 3 months ago by Tommy Molnar
Gary Machholz
3 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

We use it as an all-inclusive reason to celebrate with our diverse group of friends, at least in non-COVID years. Some years it is a winter solstice celebration and some we use Festivus.