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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Umbrella Day!
On this day in history: 1940 – Cartoon characters Tom and Jerry make their debut with Puss Gets the Boot.
Join Mike Sokol from RVelectricity and Danny Rahner from SoftStartRV™ next Tuesday evening, February 16, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time (5 p.m. Pacific), for Mike’s next “Ask The Expert” YouTube Live Webcast. Danny is SoftStartRV’s lead help desk installation expert. If you have any questions about how to hook up a SoftStartRV to any RV air conditioner, you’ll be able to text him questions in real time. Here’s a link to Mike’s announcement and the link to set a reminder. To learn about what SoftStartRV can do for you, read these earlier posts: RVelectricity: More on how SoftStartRV works and Use your RV air conditioner in low-power situations.
Tip of the Day
Propane: Do you know these safety basics?
By Gail Marsh
Most every child learned to never mess around with guns and matches, but few of us ever received training in the proper handling of propane tanks. Maybe you, like me, learned by watching Dad. Most times we were in the middle of grilling when suddenly the fire would go out. Dad and I would jump into the car and speed off to the nearest gas station. Without much thought of propane safety, we would switch out our empty tank with a new, filled tank. Dad would toss it into the back of the car, and we’d hurry home.
Looking back on those times, our dinner seemed more important than our personal safety. Nothing bad happened, but our actions certainly had the potential for trouble. Thankfully, safety features have since been developed. Continue reading and see if you take these safety precautions when dealing with propane.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers, Kodiak Stealth Travel Trailer. He writes, “All four models share the fact that they are relatively simple single-axle trailers with no plumbing system whatsoever. There are available air conditioners and advanced battery systems, but that’s just about it…” These little trailers have a great family story behind them. Read it here.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Coach House Platinum 220 Motorhome? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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, Feb. 10, 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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Norbert D. of Charlotte, North Carolina.
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.
The myth of full-time RV life versus the reality
By reader K-Barrett
There is a myth about RV Life – sitting by campfires in the sunset daily, happy hour with friends, and constant travel “hither and yon” with no worries except where to stop next. Those thoughts are popular and occasionally they do happen, especially for weekenders and short-term vacation travelers. It’s important to realize when deciding to “full-time” in an RV, whether it’s travel trailer, fiver or motorhome, the myth starts to firm up into real life. Read more.
Yesterday’s featured article: Why did GMC cancel its futuristic GMC motorhome?
Hide dirty laundry, and save space too!
Sometimes where to put those worn clothes waiting for wash day is the pits. Many hide a basket in the shower stall, but here’s another approach: Hang that dirty laundry out – not for everyone to see, but on the back of a closet door. Zippers on this one make it easy to open, and the company includes a couple of different hooks to help you hang it. Find it here for a great price.
Did you winterize your RV this winter?
• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
• ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION
• WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
• CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT
• 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.
Slideout marks on floor or carpet?
We received this slick tip from long-time RVtravel.com reader Tim Slack: “We started getting wear marks in the living room carpet from our DS slideout. I didn’t want it to wear a groove in the carpet. While at an RV service center, I was offered two strips of Teflon about 5″ x 32″ x 1/4″ thick. Each has nonskid backing. Now before I bring in that slide, I place the strips on the carpet where the marks were beginning to show. The slide glides in along the Teflon strip and then rests on it while we travel. When we’re setting up again, push the button, the slide glides back out and I stash the thin strips until next time. No more marks. My Teflon strips cost about $25-$30 total. And they’re thin enough to not disturb the adjustment of the slide. Problem solved.” Thanks, Tim! [Editor: You can shop for Teflon strips on Amazon.]
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Sure, this is weird… but it’s also kind of a big dill! You could prank a kid pretty good with this…
Website of the day
If you like astronomy, you’re going to love exploring this website. Scroll, zoom and read about every star you come across. Not to mention, the visuals are beautiful!
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
When awake, a human’s brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb. If you were to count all the neurons in your brain, it would take you more than 3,000 years!
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Now is a perfect time to get rid of that goop!
For about $11, you can extend your water heater’s life! Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Second time camping for Sophie (White Great Pyrenees) and Tessa. I think they’re getting the hang of it.” —Terry Kester
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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Why don’t ants get COVID?
Because they have tiny little anty bodies!
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