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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, January 5, 2021


Issue 1507
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.

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Today’s thought

“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.” ―Joss Whedon

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.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.

Today’s RV review…

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 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, 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.

Reader poll

Is the person you feel closest to a blood relative or not a relative?

Think about that person, then tell us here.

Quick Tip

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. 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!

Ladies, start 2021 in style. You’ll turn a lot of heads with these!

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled 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.

Did you miss the latest RV Travel Newsletter? If so, read it here.
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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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1 year ago

The obvious change of font and poor spacing makes me seriously wonder if the chicken meat photo may be a little more fake news?

1 year ago

My wife’s family had a farm and had chickens, rabbits and other animals. My wife said her mother would serve dinner with wingless chickens (rabbit), which was pretty good (but did not taste like chicken).

Tom Wenzler
1 year ago

You mention to put a red led to make it appear you have a security system, why not have a security system. There are many low cost systems available. I use simply safe.

Brenda G
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzler

Tom Wenzler: I currently have a fairly old SimpliSafe system in my residence and purchased a newer version this year with the purpose of using it in my travel trailer. I’m hoping it’ll be as proficient as to what I am used to having in my home. The only components I’ll be using will be for the entry door and interior motion detector. Will this be doable ?

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

I wonder what country that chicken product is from. Maybe they’re near Chernobyl.

Bill Brogan
1 year ago

Re: thought for the day. Moments big and small just keep coming. Who I am is how I meet them. That often determines what action I take, if any is required, at that moment.
Thank you all for a great newsletter.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago

RE; Trivia…I think the percentages are directly related to those with (or should I say, without) net worth… There are many people that don’t need a trust or a will.

1 year ago

Re: Leave here with a laugh, we used to raise three legged chickens. Don’t know what they tasted like as we could never catch one. But I did buy twelve boneless chickens for $1.99—–it was a dozen eggs.

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Impavid

Hahaha…very good.

Steve Minor
1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

That’s a good one, I like that one!

Tom B
1 year ago

I had a will since I was 20. I know A LOT of people who filled out their first will at 18. Not old enough to (legally) drink, but filling out a will. Think about that..

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom B

It’s hard to remember back that far, but I do seem to remember filling out such an item during Basic Training

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 year ago

Not EVERYONE can boondock. Those that need electricity for medical equipment cannot boondock.

1 year ago

I use a CPAP and have boondocked. It might be possible for others, too.

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael

If it was just for the CPAP it would be fine. He needs an oxygen concentrator at night.

Les Hall
1 year ago

Solar power system can get you boondocking with the need for medical equipment.

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 year ago
Reply to  Les Hall

The batteries will not last the night for his oxygen concentrator.

1 year ago

What is a living trust? I have a will and a medical power of attorney but I don’t have a living trust.

Karin S.
1 year ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Like a will, a trust will require you to transfer property after death to loved ones. It is called a living trust because it is created while the property owner, or trustor, is alive. It is revocable, as it may be changed during the life of the trustor. The trustor maintains ownership of the property held by the trust while the trustor is alive.
The trust becomes operational at the trustor’s death. Unlike a will, a living trust passes property outside of probate court. There are no court or attorney fees after the trust is established. Your property can be passed immediately and directly to your named beneficiaries. 

John C Jackson
1 year ago
Reply to  Karin S.

Just did our Living Trust last year as we had been thinking about it for years. Did a Will 20 years ago and was not aware of Living Trusts then. Good move if you think you’ll have assets when you and your spouse pass.

Brenda G
1 year ago
Reply to  John C Jackson

The cost between a Will and a Trust can be a considerable amount. A Will is less expensive because whatever you “leave behind” after your death must go through court probate which will require an attorney who will bill hourly for their services. A Trust costs more because it’s usually a “one-and-done” document assuring there will be no probate required after your demise. Depending upon your state of residence, your residential property can be transferred via a “Lady Bird” Will. Different states have different rules and requirements. Engage the services of a local, reputable estate attorney.
(Is that an oxymoron?)

Tom McGee
1 year ago

Please fix your Amazon links. Clicking the link in the newsletter gets you to the right Amazon location but when you return to the newsletter, it takes you back to the email. You then have reopen the newsletter and scroll down to find where you left off. A minor problem for sure, but enough of a nuisance that I find myself avoiding checking out the Amazon stuff.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom McGee

Right click on the link and select “Open link in new tab/window”… then just close that tab/window when done and you are still at the same spot on the original page.

1 year ago

Wills go to probate just make it easier. Wills can be contested, living trusts can not.
Have a will but inside a living trust.

1 year ago

I really got a chuckle from today’s Amazon product of the day. Not exactly the fashion statement I’d expect to see sported at the campground!

Bob P
1 year ago

The leave here with a laugh could’ve came from from the experimental farm my late wife worked for a week and half. They were experimenting in gene modification, they had 4 legged chickens and chickens with such big breasts they weren’t able to walk. After a week and a half she said she couldn’t stand looking at all the deformed chickens and quit.

Gail Meyring
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

Bob Weinfurt, your comment is unwelcome.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

“Volunteer at Florida State Parks” ? Thank you for the idea.

1 year ago

Trivia: 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.

I was reluctant to post anything concerning the above Trivia!

This is such an important thing for everyone to have and keep updated!

Without a WILL (in most states) you will be left at the mercy of the Probate Court System and that is just not a good thing!

My Mother died a few years ago and she had a Will and the process was quick and easy. Without her Will being in place it would have taken years in the probate system to have it settled.

Also, Wills are personal things that should NOT be discussed with anyone, except you and your significant other!

Wills are NOT that expensive and will (no pun) give you peace of mind!

Save yourself some Grief and get a WILL made out!

Last edited 1 year ago by Really
1 year ago
Reply to  Really

As a Side Note to this information:

You see many TV Ads about life insurance to protect your family from your debts and obligations.

Simply bad information. Your Family IS NOT responsible for any debts you have created or currently have.

The only way a Family member (son, daughter, etc.) would be responsible for your debts, is if they have helped you pay those debts! NO ONE except YOU is responsible for your debts and obligations.

These insurance ads are designed to Scare You and make you feel as though you are obligated to pay debts that you have no responsibility for.

This is why a WILL is so important!

1 year ago
Reply to  Really

Although others are not responsible for your debts, creditors will be attached to any assets of the deceased. Depending on the sum of those obligations and assets, life insurance could be beneficial to ensure there are assets remaining for loved ones. Not to mention the costs for funeral expenses.

1 year ago
Reply to  Julie

I was trying to DISPEL the Fear Factor that Insurance Company Commercials try to Scare people with.

And many Creditors will write off the debts that are considered Low and Reasonable, since it would probably cost them more in the long run to go thru probate. Of course that doesn’t apply to all creditors!

Having some Life Insurance is certainly a good thing. But, you can also purchase burial insurance as well to cover those costs.

Thomas Bloesch
1 year ago
Reply to  Really

I think most of the commercials Really is talking about are aimed at the surviving spouse if the couple have a home loan. They are pushing life ins to pay off the home loan.

Lindy Maynes-Kolthoff
1 year ago
Reply to  Really

In California, and I’d imagine other states, it is not enough to just have a will. If your assets are over a certain amount, again I am referring to California (ie you own a house, not mobile home) your estate will go into probate without a Living Trust. AND, do not try to go cheap with the documents. Go to an Estate Attorney. Those “off the Web” documents are general, not specific to the state you live in. Most times, when the Trustees die, those “off the Web” documents are not sufficient and the person left in charge will end up spending much more money and time to get everything straighten out. There are four documents everyone should have: Living Trust, Will, Power of Attorney for business, and Power of Attorney for healthcare. No, I am not an attorney but I worked for one before I retired.

1 year ago

Wills can be contested. We have a Family Trust (living trust). It has everything completely spelled out. It lists who has power of Attorney, complete disbursement of personal property and assets. It did cost us much more that a will, but it also is very precise. It also does not depend on you passing away as a will does.