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 winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn.” —Hal Borland
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Chocolate Cake Day!
On this day in history: 1880 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his incandescent lamp.
Tip of the Day
How to get rid of carpenter ants
Here’s a tip from RVtravel.com contributor Roger Marble: “Carpenter ants are a special problem as they are not attracted to normal ant poison that is based on food and sweets. I had an infestation and after lots of research, I discovered that powdered boric acid sprinkled on the entrance and anywhere I could find them eventually (1 to 2 weeks) killed the nest. Boric acid used to be easier to find as it was used as an eyewash so you could get it at a pharmacy, but box stores like CVS, Walgreens near me do not stock.” [Editor: A Google search indicates it is available at most big box stores (sometimes as roach and ant killer), and sometimes even at dollar stores. And, of course, you can get it on Amazon.] Thanks, Roger!
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Alliance Paradigm 365RD Fifth Wheel. As he reports, “What I think is most impressive is how the company tests each unit before it is delivered to the customer. Alliance actually fills the holding tanks and then takes the fifth wheels for a drive on a test course to make sure everything does what it’s designed to do. When it returns to the factory, the unit is thoroughly tested once again.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 East To West Alta 2810KIK Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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.
Drive your car right into luxury motorhome’s rear garage
Oh, come on now. Do we really need this German motorhome? No word on how much it costs but it’s well over a million, that’s for sure. Maybe two million. If you’re filthy rich and can’t stand the thought of RVing in anything short of the world’s most extravagant rig, then here you go. Watch the video.
Yesterday’s featured article: Finding the stuff you’ve “stored” in your RV
How many languages besides your native language do you speak FLUENTLY?
Wow! This is so handy!
What a great idea! Hook this on your steering wheel and you’ll have an instant ergonomic desk. It’s very light, but sturdy enough to support a laptop, lunch or notepad. It mounts quickly on the steering wheel and is easily stowed in the back seat pocket. We love this! Learn more or order.
Here’s an easy way to view your campground reservations on your map… See how here.
• 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.
Protect your RV shower from hard water stains
Hard water leaving its mark on your RV shower? You may be able to chase it away with a product like Lime-A-Way. Once it’s gone, banish it by “polishing” the shower walls with car wax. Putting it on the shower floor could lead to a dangerous slip, so be careful.
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OMG! We laughed out loud looking at the photos of this! We can’t imagine this would end well… but we’d love to see someone try! Look here.
Website of the day
If you’re familiar with Google Maps, this website and app should be fairly easy for you to use. It will tell you every possible way to get from point A to point B. But what’s cool about it is that you can drag the route wherever you want it to go, so if you want to take a detour to make a pit stop, or just take a road you’ve never traveled before, drag the route and it’ll re-adjust to your destination.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
According to BBC News, more than half of all U.K. airline pilots, 56 percent, have admitted to falling asleep while flying a passenger plane. Of that 56 percent, 29 percent said that when they awoke, they found their co-pilot asleep as well. Um… maybe it’s best we stick to RVing…
*What animal causes the most injuries to zookeepers every year? Betcha can’t guess… Find out in yesterday’s issue.
Don’t scream, just fix the screen!
This roll of screen repair tape is just what you need to fix those torn or ripped screens in your home or RV. Don’t waste money on a new screen! Cut as much tape as you need, stick it over the torn patch and you’re good to go. Learn more or order here.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“The traveling beagle! She is spoiled.” —Holly Witt
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
Two cowboys are lost in the desert. One sees a tree that’s draped in bacon. “A bacon tree, we’re saved!” He shouts. He runs to the tree but is immediately shot dead by hundreds of bullets. It wasn’t a bacon tree. It was a ham bush.
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