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.
Happy New Year’s Eve! Stay safe tonight. Wear a mask and don’t drink and drive! Thank you for being a part of our year here at RVtravel.com. You have made it wonderful and we are so grateful for your readership!
“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” —Rainer Maria Rilke
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is New Year’s Eve! It’s also, of course, National Champagne Day!
On this day in history: 1907 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in Manhattan.
Tip of the Day
Nifty do-it-yourself bike rack saves money
By Jim Twamley
No need to spend wads of cash for a commercial bike rack for your rig. My friend Ed Grabman used a little imagination and made this do-it-yourself bike rack out of some 2 x 4s, bolts and screw-in hooks. Learn how easy it is to build!
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 nuCamp T@B 400 Travel Trailer. As he reports, “The 400 line has virtually all the comforts of most any travel trailer and a few especially inviting features….” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Heartland Big Country 3702FB Fifth Wheel? 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. 31, 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.
In the past week two readers claimed their prize: Frank S. of Lincolnton, NC, and Ken W. of Sequim, WA.
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.
You want to tow this behind your truck?
Is this the world’s largest travel trailer? Is it the amazing creation of a man who built it in his backyard from spare aircraft parts? With his tongue firmly in cheek, Chuck Woodbury tells you the story, and teaches you a little lesson when he wraps up.
Yesterday’s featured article: RVtravel.com editor talks about great places to RV in the West
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These SO prickle our fancy! Check ’em out.
Will you celebrate New Year’s Eve tonight?
Fill up that champagne flute then tell us here.
One, two, three, hoist!
“I attached a nautical rope (it has a loop on one end) to the handle of a small bucket. Then, with the necessary tools for the job in the bucket sitting on the ground beside the ladder, I carry only the end of the rope up during the climb. Then, safely kneeling or sitting on the roof, I can hoist the bucket up (and back down) safely to get my tools to do the job.” Thanks for the tip, Judy Glazier!
Website of the day
Become an RV Inspector
If you own an RV, you know how important an inspection is. Why not become a top-quality RV inspector yourself? This post from Living the RV Dream is a great place to start.
LAST DAY TO SAVE!
Stay FREE at more than 1,400 wineries and farms
Stay overnight for free at more than 1,400 wineries, farms, breweries, etc.! Harvest Hosts is an alternative to traditional campgrounds, where members can taste great wines and micro-brews, eat fresh produce and stay in peaceful settings. Now though Dec. 31 (today), save 20% on a membership by using code HHFRIENDS20 at checkout. Learn more
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 they’re considering selling their RV within the next year
• 59 percent have eaten at least one hamburger within the last week
• At a restaurant, 59 percent would prefer to sit in a booth over a table
More than 120,000 girls have joined the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts since the programs became available to them in early 2019.
*Business attire took a big hit in 2020, due to so many people working from home. What percentage decline did the retail industry see in sales of men’s suits? Yesterday’s trivia answers that.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is Keo, our 5 1/2-year-old rescued Shih Tzu mix. He loves traveling in the motorhome, not so much the car. When I’m not in the passenger seat, this is his favorite vantage point. He’s very good at adapting between staying in the motorhome or being at our stationary home. For years he would not go down the stairs in the motorhome, but while out camping last month, we decided to eat outside and that was all the incentive he needed: FOOD. He’s a great companion.” —Kathy Verdino
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.
Don’t toss away good batteries!
Most RVers rely on battery-powered devices while on the road, whether flashlights, radios or cameras. But sometimes you just can’t tell how much life a battery has remaining so you toss it to “be sure.” This small, inexpensive tester will alert you in an instant to the condition of a battery, saving you money from needlessly tossing ones with plenty of remaining life! Works on AA, AAA, C, D, 9V and button-type batteries. Learn more or order.
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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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