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.
“No life is a waste,” the Blue Man said. “The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we’re alone.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Rubber Ducky Day!
On this day in history: 1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place: a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci are sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
Tip of the Day
What to do about squeaky slideouts
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
A squeaky slideout can drive any RVer to distraction. There’s just something jarring to the nerves about this noise. Perhaps it’s the same affliction that hits us when fingernails are drawn across a chalkboard. What’s to be done to exorcise those squeaks? Find out here.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Coachmen Freelander 21RS. Tony looks at the advantages of a Class C over a class B. See what he thinks…
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Northern Lite 8-11 Limited Edition Truck Camper? 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. 13, 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 the past week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Frank H. of California, Clint G. of South Dakota, and Mark O. of Plainfield.
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.
RV inspectors: Not all created equal
When buying an RV, whether used or brand-new, it’s important to have it inspected by an independent third party. … So-called RV inspectors – people trained specifically to inspect RVs for buyers – are a relatively new thing, created out of the need for such a service. Alan Warren, of the syndicated radio program “The RV Show USA,” suggests in a recent monologue that people who call themselves “RV inspectors” do not have equal skills. Watch the video.
Yesterday’s featured article: Why NOT to travel with your propane tank on
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You have got to be kidding! But, it’s true – give your dog or cat its own RV. We are not kidding! Who dreams things like this up?
Do you have a landline telephone?
• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
• ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
• WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
• LATEST RV RECALLS
• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS
Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Money-saving sound sleep advice
“If you don’t want to spend $1000 or more on a custom-size RV mattress, you can get a name-brand quality queen size memory foam mattress online delivered for a little over $200. Open the cover fabric at what will be the head, cut it to RV length using your Thanksgiving electric carving knife, and reclose the cover. Re-cover the extra foam that you cut off to make an ultra-comfortable headboard/reading bolster! We got our 10-inch gel-foam queen from overstock.com but other places have sales too. It arrives vacuum packed, like we do to our sleeping bags, easy to place into the RV before expanding. Nice bonus: Just like the wineglass commercials, movement from wind and from other people moving around the RV are completely absorbed by the foam.” Thanks to Wolfe Rose for the firm suggestion.
By RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury
Book for newbie RVers a must-have!
If you are planning to buy your first RV or are just getting started with your first rig, this book by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury should be a must read. The ABCs of RVing answers important questions that newbie RVers don’t even know enough to ask! Read this, and you’ll save countless hours of research and avoid making costly rookie mistakes. It’s available in both a Kindle version and printed edition.
Website of the day
We’re sorry in advance if you now spend your entire day looking at puppies… With the tap of your space bar, this website shows you hundreds (thousands? Who knows!?) of short videos of dogs, puppies, and the occasional cat or two. [If you have something you should be doing, don’t even get started. … And don’t say you weren’t warned. —Diane]
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Is summer your favorite season? If so, you might want to start designing a colony on the planet Uranus. The summer there is 42 years long!
*What’s one thing Elvis couldn’t do? We told you this surprising fact yesterday.
Get rid of those decal “ghosts”!
If you use a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: decal “ghosts” – shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. The solution? A heavy-duty oxidation remover! Pour the remover onto a rough sponge and scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation will come right up and your RV will look good as new! The remover will also remove stains, scratches and water spots. Learn more or order here.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Hi. My name is Buster. I am 14 years old and I weigh 22 lbs. I’m just a big kitty. My vet said he never saw a kitty with a head as big as mine. I’m a rescue. Barry and Sherry rescued me from a shelter that they were volunteers at. My previous owner became ill and could not care for me; at that time I was 10 years old. I love to eat! Love to travel. I have a great home and love my mom and dad! Oh, I have a sister too. Her name is Zena, she is 7 and also a rescue. We are friends.” —Barry & Sherry Monberger
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
I was watching a movie with my husband the other night on our couch. I hear my phone start buzzing and realize I left it in the kitchen. Ugh! I get up to go to the kitchen to see who could be texting me so late. It must be important. I pick up my phone and on the screen is a text from my husband that says, “Please bring the chips on your way back.”
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