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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, December 24, 2020

Issue 1500
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.


No newsletter tomorrow! We are taking the holiday off. See you on Saturday! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you. Your readership is the best gift we could ask for! —Emily, Chuck, Diane and the rest of our incredible, hard-working staff!

And in the spirit of the day, a Christmas song for you that will warm your heart and probably bring back some fond memories.



Today’s thought

“May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.” —Unknown


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Christmas Eve, of course! But it’s also National Eggnog Day…

On this day in history: 1818 – The first performance of “Silent Night” takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.



Tip(s) of the Day

Caution: RV ladders and roofs are slippery when wet

Many RVs come with ladders to access the roof for maintenance, or for accessing a storage pod, etc. The ladder and roof surfaces can be very slippery when wet, especially during the winter when ice forms on horizontal surfaces. Anti-Slip grit tape can help. It’s available in various sizes, colors and forms (i.e., strips and rolls). It can be cut to size to apply to ladder rungs, and used on the aluminum roof of your coach (if roof is designed to hold a person, of course) as stepping spots to help you keep from slipping. Get it at most RV parts and accessories stores, and Amazon, of course.

Lube, Lube, Lube

When two objects rub while moving, it creates friction and wear. Your RV is full of these wear points. Keep them lubed and protected! What wear points, you ask? Well, let’s see… ALL the hinges, like entry door, compartment door, refrigerator, large cabinet doors, etc. RV steps are a big one, especially if you have an electric step. And don’t forget leveling jacks on any RV, pop-up camper lifting mechanisms, and slide out mechanisms including proper treatment of the slide seals. All the locks on the unit need lubrication.

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Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews Santa’s Sleigh. As he reports… You’ll have to read this wonderful review to find out what that means! Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Flagstaff E-Pro 20FBS 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, December 24, 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 Saturday’s 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.


‘Tis the season … for mistletoe

A starling flew to a branch of an oak tree and began scraping the sticky fruits from its beak. Seeds within the small, whitish flesh were jammed into crevices in the rough bark and thus were planted. Upon germination, a small adhesive “foot” would anchor the seedling to its host. The life of a new mistletoe plant had begun.
Read the fascinating history of this holiday plant here.

Yesterday’s featured article: Video: Why loading a trailer improperly can lead to danger



You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

Out of these options, pick a Christmas dessert to eat

Now bring us some figgy pudding… Tell us here!


These RVs are merry AND bright! Check out our readers’ decorated RVs


Quick Tip

Wacky sewer hookup problem solution

At some campgrounds and RV parks the sewer connection may be on the wrong side of your RV, or is too far to reach from your campsite. If so, check to see if the campground has a dump station to use as you depart. That may be easier than trying to connect your sewer hose with the wacky setup. Another idea is to drive through any empty campsite when you leave, pausing long enough to dump your tanks in an accessible sewer disposal.


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This puzzle is hilarious! This will keep you busy into 2021…


Website of the day

Why do we have Christmas trees?
This article from National Geographic tells you “the surprising history behind this holiday tradition” – and it’s fascinating!


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:

• 15 percent say rye is their favorite type of bread
• 20 percent have toured at least one RV factory
• 21 percent pay more than $100 a month to store their RV when they’re not using it

Recent poll: How comfortable are you at the wheel driving of towing your RV?


Trivia

The cost of a haircut can vary dramatically wherever you are. The company Square reported that in 2018, an average women’s haircut was $29 in Wyoming. That would seem like a great bargain to women in Washington, D.C., where the average cut was $75.

*If Earth’s history were condensed into 24 hours, what time would humans appear? It’s a fascinating answer. Read it here.


Need a good book for the new year? “Travels with Charley”: A man and his dog set off in the 1960s in a home-built RV to see America. A John Steinbeck classic that every RVer will love! “One of my all-time favorite books,” says RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury. Learn more or order.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Bernadette, who we call Bernie. She is a 5-year-old Golden Doodle who is a great traveler. Bernie is up for anything – hiking, riding in the motorhome, Jeeping, or just relaxing on ‘her’ couch!” —Christine Gray

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

We posted this video last year on Christmas Eve, too, but we can’t help but share it again – it is just too wonderful! Click to play. There’s no way you won’t smile!


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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RV Daily Tips Staff

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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Tom
9 months ago

To all at RV travel. Wish you a Merry Christmas and enjoy eggnog day

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9 months ago
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Thanks, Tom! A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2021 to you and yours, from all of us at RV Travel (especially from Diane)! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Mark
9 months ago

Merry Christmas and thanks for all your great work with the newsletter!

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9 months ago
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Thank you very much, Mark. All of us at RV Travel wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Mike Albert
9 months ago

To everyone at RVTravel,
Thank you for a terrific publication. I enjoy learning and reading each day about things I should know and things to do. The humor, as well as trivia sections and the other “non-RV” sections and features are eye opening and great too. Even the comments are interesting to say the least.
Here’s wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and an end to Covid in the New Year. Stay safe and remember to tell the ones you love that you love them and cherish them!
See you in our travels!
Mike and Debbie
Punta Gorda, FL and New Hope, PA

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9 months ago
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Thank you very much for your kind words, Mike. We appreciate them and, as always, we appreciate you! A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2021 to you and Debbie and the rest of your clan. And many miles of happy and safe travels! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Neal Davis
9 months ago

Merry Christmas 🙏🎄🎁♥️ and happy new year 🎉, Emily, Chuck, Diane, and RV Travel staff and writers! Thank you for brightening and informing my life daily!

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9 months ago
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Thank you, Neal! Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2021 to you and ours, from all of us at RV Travel. We appreciate you! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Linda
9 months ago

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all at RV Travel!

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9 months ago
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Thanks, Linda! We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2021! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Dan
9 months ago

Author of today’s thought must have grown up and decided to be anonymous. 😋

Gregory Brott
9 months ago

From our home to yours….https://flic.kr/p/2kj4dgB

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9 months ago
Reply to  Gregory Brott

Thank you, Gregory, from all of us at RV Travel and from our readers who see your pretty greeting. Have a Warm and Wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New year! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Robert Jobson
9 months ago

wishing you all a very merry Christmas and thank you for all your work

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9 months ago
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Thank you very much, Robert! All of us at RV Travel wish you and yours a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Donald N Wright
9 months ago

Would it be less expensive to rent a car rather than tow a car ?

Gregory Brott
9 months ago

It is….however not near as convenient.

Bill Dunbar
9 months ago

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of you at RV Travel. My wife & I would like to thank all of you for helping to make this year a little more bearable every day. Reading the news letter is the first thing we do in the mornings. We are looking forward to traveling later on next year in our RV again. Thanks again.

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9 months ago
Reply to  Bill Dunbar

Thank you very much, Bill! We appreciate your greetings and your kind words. And we appreciate you and your wife. Best wishes for a Warm and Wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year, with lots of safe and fun miles RVing, from all of us at RV Travel. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Moresch
9 months ago

It may be national eggnog day, but here in Georgia, we are having an eggnog shortage! We checked four stores yesterday and NO EGGNOG! So Santa, please add eggnog to my Christmas wish list!

I. Ira Hertz
9 months ago

Thank you all for providing daily connection to RVing for us while we are rig-less and searching for our first DP. Merry Christmas and the doggie video was great!

Matt Johnson
9 months ago
Reply to  I. Ira Hertz

DP?

Martin A
9 months ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

diesel pusher

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9 months ago
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Thank you very much, I. Ira! Good luck on your search for a DP, and we wish you many wonderful and safe years of traveling in it! Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2021 to you and yours, from all of us at RVtravel.com. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

blll
9 months ago

Merry Christmas to everyone at RVtravel

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9 months ago
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Thank you, Bill! And all of us at RV Travel wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2021! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Kaeleen Buckingham
9 months ago

Thank you for all the Christmas tidbits today! Enjoy your well deserved day off. Happy Holidays to EVERYONE!

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9 months ago

Thanks, Kaeleen! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2021 from all of us at RV Travel. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

John
9 months ago

Merry Christmas!!

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9 months ago
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Merry Christmas to you and yours, John, and Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2021 from all of us at RV Travel. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

John Vignola
9 months ago

Chuck and the entire RV Travel family,
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Happy Camping…
Safe Travels…

John & Deb Vignola
New Jersey

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9 months ago
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Thank you, John and Deb! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and wishing you a very Happy and Healthy 2021 — from all of us at RV Travel. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Joe Allen
9 months ago

Chuck, wishing you and your wonderful staff of great writers a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. “Remember the reason for the season”
Let’s hope and pray that we can get past this horrible year and set our sites on ’21 and all the memories it will have to offer!

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9 months ago
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Thank you very much, Joe! And all of us at RV Travel wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2021 with lots of wonderful RVing miles! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Julie
9 months ago

Merry Merry Christmas to all the staff. You guys are such a great gift everyday! 🎄

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9 months ago
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Ohhh, thank you very much, Julie! That’s very sweet. Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy 2021 to you and yours, from all of us at RV Travel. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Gloria Sluder
9 months ago

Merry Christmas to you and your helpers.

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9 months ago
Reply to  Gloria Sluder

Thank you, Gloria! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a very Happy and Healthy 2021 — from all of us (including the helpers) at RV Travel. 🙂 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Marty
9 months ago

Thanks again for the pets wish you a Merry Christmas video. And a very Happy Holidays to all at RVTravel.

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9 months ago
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Thank you, Marty! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours, and a very Happy and Healthy 2021 — from all of us at RV Travel. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

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