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.
“Bottom line is, even if you see ’em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Bird Day!
On this day in history: 1914 – The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and minimum daily wage of $5 in salary plus bonuses.
Tip of the Day
Play it safe when boondocking
By Bob Difley
Get out of eyesight or earshot of another RV and you’ll find some RVers get a bit nervous. Concerns about personal safety abound. Are there bad guys around every corner? How can you play it safe when boondocking?
First, remember that thieves do not hang out in the boonies, though you should consider the following safety tips to thwart the “thief through convenience” if you make it too easy. Continue reading.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Luxe Elite Fifth Wheels. As he reports, “One of the more unusual things about Luxe fifth wheels is that you get them factory-direct, so that means if you choose to have paint that matches your truck or want certain interior colors or whatever it is, there is a lot of flexibility.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Cherokee Grey Wolf 23MK 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, Jan. 5, 2021. 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 this past week two readers claimed their $25 gift card: Karen K. of Richfield, MN, and Frank H. of California.
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.
Use common sense to become a happy boondocker
Boondocking is not brain surgery. Anyone can camp overnight without hookups. Two or three days takes a little effort — no, not effort, but common sense in the use of your resources. Read more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Three common ways full-time RVers get their mail
Firearm laws guide updated for 2021
The 2021 updated edition of the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States has just been published. The book is always a best-seller among RVers, many of whom carry a firearm. The annual guidebook helps ensure they stay out of trouble when crossing state lines. What’s legal in one state may be a felony in another. More than 100 updates from last year. Learn more or order.
Is the person you feel closest to a blood relative or not a relative?
Think about that person, then tell us here.
Need cash? Redeem your airline miles!
Many of us are not flying much these days, and not planning to anytime soon. If that’s you, and you have a major credit card that rewards you with airline miles, you might want to redeem those miles for cash. This may be especially appealing if money is tight right now. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury recently cashed out his Capital One business Mastercard for a cool $2,700!
Website of the day
Volunteer at Florida State Parks
Florida needs your help! Do you live in Florida, or perhaps you just want to spend some time in the state? Consider volunteering with the State Parks!
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Ladies, start 2021 in style. You’ll turn a lot of heads with these!
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:
• 43 percent have never taken an ocean cruise
• 50 percent do not have a Netflix account
• 50 percent of our male readers answered that they always carry a pocket knife with them
Recent poll: Do you have a generator with you on your RV travels?
Stolen RVs: Help us find these RVs for their owners.
A 2016 Gallup poll found that more than 30 percent of Americans 65 and older didn’t have a will, nor did more than 50 percent of people ages 50 through 64.
*How much sleep do parents of newborn babies miss out on during the first two years of their child’s life? The answer is astonishing. Yesterday’s trivia tells you.
Lap desk puts your back to rest!
If you use your computer on your lap, read your Kindle on the couch, or have a hard time holding that heavy, hard book, you need this lap desk! Staff member Emily uses this when she works and highly recommends it. It has 8 adjustable levels and a stopper to hold objects upright. Great for those with lower back pain or bad posture. Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“My collie, Oscar, with his baby sister, Sadie. Oscar traveled over 12,000 miles with me last year. Sadie joined us in June. We haven’t had a chance to hit the road together but she is getting used to riding in the truck going to the dog park and on short errands. Hope to load up and go in a week or two.” —Vanessa Simmons
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
This company may be the only one in America that raises four-legged chickens! This product is for consumers who prefer back legs. Thanks to Sharry Buckner for alerting us to this unique (and hilarious) product.
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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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