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RV Daily Tips. Monday, January 11, 2021

Issue 1511
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.



Today’s thought

“You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.” ―Chuck Palahniuk


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Apricot Day!

On this day in history: 1908 – Grand Canyon is named a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Recap of RV-related recalls for the previous month.


Tip of the Day

5 tips to increase RV kitchen storage space

By Nanci Dixon
No matter how much or how little cabinet storage there is in an RV it just never feels like enough. When we upgraded our motorhome with more cabinets, I just seemed to fill them up faster. The kitchen cabinets are the worst. I have them packed full and I hardly even cook! Here are five tips I use to increase RV kitchen storage space. 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 2021 Airstream Interstate 19 Class B. Tony doesn’t like this RV as much as he’s liked others in the past. Read why here.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
2021 Little Guy MyPod Travel Trailer
Volvo VNL Sleeper Cab

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. 11, 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.

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.


RVelectricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Please get a meter kit. Here’s why

Dear Readers,
I’ve had more than a dozen inquiries in just the last week about various types of power failures in RVs. Some were due to the batteries dying from a failed converter. At least one (maybe two) of them was because the circuit breaker feeding the charger was tripping due to more current going to the batteries than the breaker was rated for. Several of them had hot-skin conditions they discovered by being shocked. Continue reading, and learn what Mike recommends and why.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RVelectricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.


Having this might save your life!
Reader Bill Jeffrey writes, “Add a marine air horn to your emergency pack. Small, light, cheap, easy to use, and can be heard for miles. They are way louder than you can yell. They double as a deterrent to scare away coyotes, bears, and so forth, and can also be used to re-unite parties that have gotten separated. You can get them on Amazon for a good price. They weigh only a few ounces and easily drop into your day bag.”


Pros and cons of joining Thousand Trails

This is one of the best reviews of the Thousand Trails membership program we’ve seen. John and Mercedes, the RV Odd Couple on YouTube, took a lot of time to analyze the TT program, offering both pros and cons of the various levels of membership. If you’re thinking about becoming a member, you should definitely watch this video. *Note: This video is about a year-and-a-half old, but still has valuable information about TT. 


Reader poll

Have you participated in a Zoom video meeting within the last six months?

Turn off mute and join us here.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
LATEST RV RECALLS
DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS


Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here. 


Quick Tip

Clean your hose before you store it

“A while ago there was an article on sanitizing an RV water system. An item that is probably overlooked is how to store your water hose for long-term storage. I drain it really well and will use my blowout plug with the compressor to push all the water out. I then put about 1/8 cup or less of Clorox in the hose and roll it up and connect both ends together. After that, I keep turning the hose to get the Clorox throughout it and then drain it again and reconnect the ends. The hose is nice and fresh the next time I use it.” Thanks for the tip, Joseph Bulger!


Website of the day

MapCrunch
This is so cool! This website drops you off at random locations all around the world through Google Street View. You’ll never know where you’re going to end up, but you’ll end up walking on roads all over the world! Check it out.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• What works when your housey is lousy with mousies?
Oops! Big boulder loaded on little truck. Watch and weep!
Hilarious video of a granddad who won’t drink water, only wine!
#952-1


100 Drives, 5,000 Ideas. Adventure awaits…
If you like to explore off the beaten path, this book is for you. Inside are 100 epic journeys through all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces offering thousands of sites and roadside attractions along the way. There’s something here to satisfy every passenger. Filled with expert tips, tons of activities, and plenty to see and do as you drive, you’ll want to order a copy for yourself here.


Trivia

If you’re a vegetarian, you might want to plan a trip to India. India has the lowest meat consumption per person out of every country in the world!


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Freeway. She has allowed us to travel with her in her RV for nine years now. Sometimes she even lets me drive! Freeway is half Chow, quarter Bishon and quarter Shih Tzu.” —Matthew Mastin

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

Bob forgot about his 25th wedding anniversary and his wife was very mad about it! She said, “Bob, tomorrow morning I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds and IT BETTER BE THERE!” The next morning when she woke up, she looked out her window and saw a beautifully wrapped gift in the driveway. She opened it and found a brand-new bathroom scale. Bob has been missing ever since…


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Ron Langlois
8 months ago

Chuck we are from Canada great letter on the weekend that is why I donated to your RV Travel my wife served 15 years in the Marines keep telling the truth love your letters thank you

ConnieVH
8 months ago

With regard to today’s “Leave Here With a Laugh”….

And now, on behalf of wives everywhere….. GROAN!
(OK, maybe true… FOR SOME…., but … GROAN!)
😣

Kenn
8 months ago

Statistics show that overweight women live substantially longer than men who mention it.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
8 months ago
Reply to  Kenn

😆 That probably goes for some older women, as well, eh? (Women, don’t jump on me for saying that. I’m one of them [74].) —Diane at RVtravel.com

Greg Thompson
8 months ago

Freeway is a sweetheart.  You are lucky to have such a great traveling partner.

Ron L.
8 months ago

half Chow, quarter Bishon and quarter Shih Tzu”…. wow, I wouldn’t even think that would be physically possible.

ConnieVH
8 months ago
Reply to  Ron L.

Kinda my thought too.
But what a cutie!!

Mike Albert
8 months ago

That would be similar to buying a vacuum cleaner for the gift. Just sayin’

Ronald
8 months ago

Story on Bob was that when his wife sits around the house,she literally sits AROUND the house………poor Bob 😂

Don
8 months ago

Bob’s been found! He’s in an intensive care unit near their home, in traction and a head-to-toe body cast. Doctors say he may recover the use of his arms and legs, but it will require at least 5 years of physical therapy. There’s a moral to this story: “Don’t be a Bob”…

Betty Danet
8 months ago

Funniest laugh of the day yet and there have been some good ones.

Joseph
8 months ago

Poor Bob….

Janet Herrell
8 months ago
Reply to  Joseph

After 25 years you would think he would have learned SOMETHING…lol

Bob P
8 months ago
Reply to  Janet Herrell

He did… he learned how to get out of his marriage without costing a fortune, he didn’t think about the consequences.

J f
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

free at last now he is

Rod
8 months ago
Reply to  Joseph

Not so poor – that’s a significant “weight off his shoulders”.

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