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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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Tempura Day!
On this day in history: 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.
Tip of the Day
RV Mods: Quiet that noisy water pump
RVers away from “city water” connections sometimes complain of a noise when using the RV water system. They may not be used to the sounds produced by the RV water pump. Other times there are genuine issues that can often be resolved to bring quiet back when running water. Here are some ways to quiet that noisy water pump.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Four Wheel Campers Flatbed Camper. See how these RVs are designed for the adventurous who like to be off-grid. Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the RKS Purpose Off-Road 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. 7, 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 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.
Two NYC millennials see an RV up close and personal
If you want to see how RVing has changed, especially how the marketing of RVs to consumers has changed, and how the audience has responded, watch this episode from “The Ellen Show.” Two New York City millennials see an RV up close and personal. Watch their reactions, it’s pretty funny. Read more and watch the video.
Yesterday’s featured article: How to prevent being shocked while swimming
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If one of these were put in front of you would you taste it? We would… but boy, would we be hesitant!
Did you camp with a tent before buying your first RV?
Think back then respond here.
Storage racks and bags
The vinyl-clad wire racks and bins are great for storing towels and sheets since they provide for good air circulation. Stacked racks can be held with plastic electrical ties. For extra blankets, pillows, sweaters or any bulky items, use the plastic storage “bags” that have the vacuum attachment in them. Put your items inside the bag, seal it, hook up your vacuum cleaner hose and suck out the excess air. The bag and contents will seem to collapse to a fraction of the original size. They will expand just fine when you need them. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com. (From the editor: Here are some vacuum seal storage bags that come with a hand-pump. Talk about space-saving for the RV!)
Website of the day
International Space Station
Leave Earth for a few minutes and explore NASA’s fascinating International Space Station website. Learn about everything going on at the station, all of which is incredible when you think about how it’s floating in outer space!
Psst: You can actually see the ISS with your naked eyes. Learn how here.
This book is a must-have for state park campers!
This recently published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.
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:
• 74 percent have a current passport
• 11 percent plan a special drive or trip each year to view fall colors
• 44 percent watch the evening news on TV every night
Stolen RVs: Help us find these RVs for their owners.
It is illegal to own a hamster in Hawaii. Why? The Hawaiian climate is similar to a hamsters’ natural desert habitat, and agricultural officials have expressed concern that if a hamster escapes or is released on one of the islands, it could establish wild colonies and damage crops and native plants.
*One in _____ Americans is from California.
We told you yesterday.
Run your RV A/C with only normal household power. Yes, it’s possible!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“6-year-old Chico the Chihuahua is excited about life in general. He loves our full-time RV life and everyone loves him!! He’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face who needs a little unconditional puppy love. He dances on his back feet for attention or to remind you it’s dinner time.” —Patricia Smith
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
A police officer is interviewing three police trainees. He shows all three a photo of a suspect and then hides it. He asks the first man, “This is your suspect, how will you recognize him?” The man says, “That’s easy! He only has one eye.” The officer says, “That’s because it’s his side profile!” He asks the second man, “This is your suspect, how will you recognize him?” The man says, “He only has one ear!” The police officer is annoyed, “What is wrong with you two? It’s his side profile!” Extremely frustrated, the officer asks the same question to the third man who responds, “The suspect wears contact lenses.” The officer is impressed! The suspect does, indeed, wear contacts! “Good work!” He replies, “How could you tell?” “Easy! He can’t wear regular glasses because he only has one eye and one ear!”
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