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.
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Tip of the Day
Maintain a safe water supply onboard your RV
By Bob Difley
Spend a lot of time on the road? Travel in sometimes “questionable” locations? Here are some measures that have kept my family free of typhoid, diarrhea, pathogenic microorganisms, intestinal parasites, etc., by keeping a safe water supply onboard our RV. As explorer Owen Lattimore noted while traversing the Silk Road in camel caravans, “Water alone, unboiled, is never drunk. There is a superstition that it causes blisters on the feet.” If you don’t want blisters on your feet, continue reading here.
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Livestream event on Lithium battery charging, and much more
Sign up on YouTube now by clicking here for Mike Sokol’s live streaming event next Tuesday, February 2, 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, with Dennis Wieske from Progressive Dynamics, one of the leading manufacturers of RV battery chargers and power centers. Mike explains what they’ll discuss here. They’ll be taking live text questions from the audience.
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Winnebago Voyage 3134RL Fifth Wheel. He writes, “To break into a crowded fifth wheel market, Winnebago took a number of steps to ensure that the Voyage line was competitive.” See what they did to stand above the rest here.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Alliance Paradigm 365RD Fifth Wheel? 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. 28, 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.
RVer wants buying advice. Isn’t it obvious this RV is bad news?
We came across this posting on the Facebook group Full Time RV Living. Why, we wondered, would someone even ask whether it was wise to buy this RV? And the RV dealer just passes off the damage as “common in most 5th wheels due to weakness and pressure/weight from the slide.” Of the nearly 500 comments on the post, about 95% said, “Don’t buy.” What do you think? Read more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Drive your car right into luxury motorhome’s rear garage
Stay free on private property across America
Campgrounds FULL? 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.
Do you have more close friends today than 20 years ago?
Think about it, then tell us here.
Pilot light won’t ignite?
Gas appliance pilot refuses to light? Could be dust in your pilot assembly. “Canned air” is perfect for blasting those delicate parts. Don’t have a can on hand? A bendable drinking straw coupled with your own lung-power can suffice.
Website of the day
fiverr is pretty neat. If you’re in need of a freelancer (need a personal trainer? a photographer? a logo designer? a writer?), you can find them here. And, on the flip side, if you’re a freelancer, list yourself here and find work.
?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
Eating a sandwich while taking a bath seems like a good idea. But that’s not quite the case here… (This one, like yesterday’s product, made us laugh out loud!)
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:
• 19 percent say their RV has been in a service shop for electrical repairs within the last year or two
• 65 percent almost always or very often eat off paper plates while RVing
• 30 percent say their friends call them by a nickname, not by their given name
Recent poll: Did you use your RV more than two months in 2020?
Is it OK to drive with one flat dually tire? Find out here.
When your car breaks down, you might think there are only a few things that might be wrong with it, but did you know the average car has 30,000 parts? Good luck figuring out where that weird noise is coming from…
*What percentage of pilots admit to falling asleep while flying a plane? The answer might shock you… Yesterday’s trivia has the answer.
Where have you been all my life?
A useful quick tip from electricity expert Mike Sokol! “I used to drag out a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels to clean the inside of my windshield periodically, but unless I was home to think about and do the task right then, chances are I would forget about it until the next time I had to drive at night. My wife just gave me a pack of Windex Wipes for my truck, and now I can clean up the inside of my windshield any time it gets a film of streaky dust. Works great.” Buy them here.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Elvis Piercely is the last of our three puppies and is an excellent traveler on our RV outings.” —Kathy Forsberg
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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