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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Plan for Vacation Day! Woohoo!
On this day in history: 1838 – Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States.
Tip of the Day
20,000 RV fires occur each year. Here’s how to prevent one
By Gail Marsh
What is the word that brings fear and trepidation to RVers worldwide? FIRE. And no wonder! The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that approximately 20,000 RV fires occur each year. The NFPA says that fire is one of the leading causes of RV loss in the United States. It can take less than 30 seconds for a fire to burn out of control. A midsize RV can burn to the ground within ten minutes. Those are some scary statistics! So what should RV owners do? First of all, be informed! Continue reading to become informed.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 East to West Alta 2810KIK Travel Trailer. He writes, “I have to say, it’s nice to come across a rig that comes from people who seem to actually use their trailers. I understand why this trailer has already received awards….” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Venture SportTrek Touring STT343VIB Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
If you haven’t seen Tony’s favorite RVs of 2020, check ’em out 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. 26, 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.
This past week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Grant C. of Tacoma, WA, Bob & Debby O. of Box Elder, AZ, and Tina S. of Titusville, PA.
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.
Finding the stuff you’ve “stored” in your RV
As we RVers add years to our experience, we also add stuff to our cabinets and lockers. Sooner or later we arrive at one of two choices: (1) buy a larger rig to hold all our stuff; or (2) when something comes aboard, something has to leave. From years of experience, here’s how Bob Difley learned how to store, and then find, everything onboard his RV.
Yesterday’s featured article: Watch a replay of Mike Sokol’s webcast about RV park pedestals.
Have you had your first COVID-19 vaccination yet?
Important air conditioner maintenance reminder
Tom B. took in our video clip on YouTube regarding air conditioner maintenance. He adds a tip not to be missed: “I had a leak which stained the ceiling of my RV because the drain holes in the air conditioner pan were plugged. It is VERY important to be sure that the drains are clear and open while servicing the unit.” Good reminder, Tom!
Website of the day
Since it’s National Plan for Vacation Day, we thought we’d show you Viator, a site that plans the perfect vacation for you. Viator shows you things to do and tours to take all across the country – it’s a handy site to know about!
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This is bacon me crazy! Imagine sitting on public transportation next to someone wearing this…
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:
• 58 percent think the USA should discontinue minting pennies, like Canada
• 35 percent read many Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew books as a child
• 72 percent mostly use their smartphone to take photos (7 people voted that they still primarily use a film camera to take photos)
Recent poll: How long is your RV?
What animal causes the most injuries to zookeepers each year? If you think it’s the lion, tiger or bear, you’re wrong. Zebras are responsible for the most zookeeper injuries each year.
*What does the word “dinosaur” mean? The answer is pretty funny. Read about it in yesterday’s trivia.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is our terrier-mix rescue, Charlie. Handsome, loving, playful, and a great little watchdog. LOVES the camping and RV life – especially when lots of walks or hiking is involved!” —Theresa Reynolds
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.
Run your RV air conditioner with only a small portable generator. Yes, it’s true!
Leave here with a laugh
Hey, did any of you see the joke we made here about a chiropractor? We can’t find it, but it would’ve been about a week back…
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I hope the website of the day doesn’t include the song “The Impossible Dream”
😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com
RE: Readers’ Pet of the Day – “great little watchdog” usually means it barks at anything. :-/
Just what I was about to say!
Strange, isn’t that what dogs do? As long as they are not next door.
Perhaps the bacon-scented mustache is intended for the guys going onto “farmersonly.com”. 🙂
Regarding the Bacon Scented Mustache, I saw this very funny cartoon showing Winnie the Pooh; “Pooh missed his friend Piglett, but he really enjoyed the bacon sandwich”.
Bob Difly must be my “twin brother separated at birth”. His attention to detail and organizational skills are amazing. I’m heading to Ace Hardware – yes, Ace, not the big orange – and stock up on small clear tubs. I already have the label maker.
I’ll add my tip. Do not charge out to buy any containers til after you have measured the inside dimensions of your cabinets and hatches.
If you have a “dollar” store near you try them for the containers .. they have a great selection of clear containers. (Not “Dollar General”)
The article on RV fires was SCARY. I Just ordered the fire extinguisher blankets AND 2 extra fire extinguisher for the coach. Keep publishing stuff like this. RV Travel is the 1st e mail I read every day