RV Daily Tips. Friday, January 22, 2021

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Issue 1520
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

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Blonde Brownie Day!

On this day in history: 1947 – KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood.



Tip of the Day

Appreciate – but don’t mess with – the desert coyote

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
He must be one of Warner Brothers’ favorites: Wile E. Coyote, facing off in those “can’t win” situations with the Roadrunner. No, that poor desert coyote just couldn’t ever seem to get it straight. Sadly, many people – including some well-meaning RVers – can’t seem to get it straight about coyotes either.

If you RV just about anywhere in the U.S., you may have occasion to run into the humble coyote. Come winter, many of the contacts are in the Desert Southwest, where the relatively warm winters bring thousands of RVers out onto the desert and into prime coyote country. 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 DRV Mobile Suites 41 FKMB. As he reports, “The DRV Mobile Suites 41 FKMB was one of those awarded as a ‘must-see’ RV for 2021, and I have no disagreement with that.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Thor Magnitude RB34 Class C? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.


Stay free on private property across America
Boondockers Welcome is a great alternative to expensive, crowded RV parks or even Walmart parking lots. With a membership, you can stay for free at more than 1,000 private property locations across America. And, wow, will you meet some great people! Learn more or sign up.


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. 22, 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.

Last week three readers claimed their $25 gift card: Dale D. of Omro, Wisconsin, Kimberly R. of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, and Larry B. of Oswego, New York.

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.


Inverter shopping? Here’s a handy primer on inverters

Considering the RV boondocking lifestyle? You’ve probably already been mulling over solar panels and bigger battery banks. That’s great for your low-voltage needs – lights, fans, all that typically 12-volt stuff. But today’s RVer generally won’t be satisfied with “just” 12-volt power. There are plenty of uses for “shore power,” and if you truly want to take advantage of your solar system, an inverter is a requirement. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Video: Figure 8 travel trailer races are hilarious!


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Our editor Chuck Woodbury loves these bizarre creatures so much he even wrote about them. We think he needs a pair of these now


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

In the last year, who most often cut your hair?

Snip, snip! Tell us here.


Quick Tip

Concrete pads at campsites

From George Bliss: When you pull into an RV site, you may find there’s a concrete pad. In older RV parks this was a place to put your lawn chairs so you weren’t on the grass or on the dirt. These RV parks were built before the RV slide was invented and the idea was to park your RV off to the side of the concrete pad. Now, with slide-outs, you need to center your RV on the site to have room to open the slides. This might necessitate driving onto the concrete pad – but be careful. The park will probably hold you responsible if you crack/break the pad. If you’re not sure if you can drive/park on the pad, be sure to ask. Thank you, George!


‘Earthquake Putty’ a favorite of RVers, keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.


Website of the day

NADA Guides
Find prices and values for all RVs. A helpful resource for buying or selling!


RV Reviews: For months now we have reviewed a new-model RV every day of the week – on the weekends in our RV Travel weekend newsletters, and every Monday through Friday in our RV Daily Tips Newsletters. Click here to read the dozens of reviews.


Clubs and useful organizations
PLEASE NOTE: We may receive an affiliate commission if you join any of these.

• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Overnight RV parking. Directory of more than 14,000 locations where you can stay for free or nearly free with your RV. Modest membership fee.
Boondockers Welcome. Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees. Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


Trivia

The Amazon River discharges 5 times as much water as any other river on the planet. Impressive, huh?

*How much trash does the average American throw out every day? 
A.) 1.5lbs 
B.) 7.1lbs
C.) 11.4lbs
The answer is in yesterday’s trivia.


Eliminate hose crimping at the faucet!
Sometimes it’s a real pain hooking up your hose to a faucet or to your RV. This Camco flexible hose protector is the answer. Its easy gripper makes attaching the hose effortless. It’s compliant with all federal and state low-level lead laws, too. Every RVer should have one or two of these. Super low price, tooLearn more or order.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Harley, our 10-year-old Weimaraner. He decided that I needed a break driving and decided to take over for a while. Yikes!!!” —Gary & Alice Holtzman

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.


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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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Marilyn
1 month ago

If the RV host escorts you to your parking site, are you liable for damages to the concrete pad if it cracks under your stabilizer jacks?

Thomas D
1 month ago

Because people are stupid or unknowing. 3″ of blacktop will bend. 3″ of concrete breaks

Engineer
1 month ago

Why would you park your RV on what is obviously a patio that is probably 3” deep and your RV will destroy it?

David C
1 month ago
Reply to  Engineer

Because not everyone has common sense.

Thom
1 month ago

This park we’re at in Tucson has concrete pads that are more of a sidewalk, 3-4 feet wide and 30ft long. The problem is that these pads are elevated about 3” above the ground. These things are ankle-breakers! We’ve both had incidents, nothing serious yet.

Wayne Caldwell
1 month ago

Thanks for the NADA RV link. From talking with the original purchasers/owners of our 2001 CrossRoads when we bought it, they showed their purchase agreement of $28,500 vs $32000 MSRP. To see that it is now worth $9,900 – $12,000 is great, considering almost five years ago they wanted $5,000. Then they added a Honda e-2000i generator and Hensley Arrow hitch, plus blankets/sheets/towels/hoses/ spare parts/etc. For it’s time, this CrossRoads is a palace on wheels.

John Crawford
1 month ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

The NADA estimate is usually on the low side to benefit the dealers.

Dan
1 month ago

While I can’t specifically remember using a spot with a concrete pad, I always try to park for the best access to the utilities. We don’t have any slides but if we did I think the hook ups would still dictate where we park. We’ve never boon docked either.