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.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Plum Pudding Day!
On this day in history: 1915 – In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.
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
7 common RV owner mistakes and how to avoid them
By Mark Polk, RV Education 101
It does not matter if you are a brand-new RV owner or a seasoned RV owner – we all make silly mistakes at some point in time. I encourage the use of checklists to help avoid making some of the more common RV owner mistakes. When you use a checklist it’s not as easy to forget or overlook a certain step or procedure. With that said, in no particular order I will offer some tips on how to avoid 7 common mistakes RV owners make. Continue reading.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 NeXus Ghost Super C. As he reports, “If you’re in the need of an RV that can tow, a Super C is a good choice. Super C RVs are based on large commercial truck chassis but tend not to be quite as large as many Class A motorhomes. They generally feature substantial diesel engines and systems where towing isn’t going to destroy them, as it might with some lesser Class C RVs.” Continue reading.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Forest River Wildwood Grand Lodge 42DL Destination Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Is this your RV?
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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.
Living full-time in a roomy motorcycle pop-up trailer
Yesterday’s featured article: How to take all your books in the RV
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GPS home security advice follow-up
We have advised that you never put your “home” coordinates in your GPS, so if a crook steals your GPS and keys he won’t know where to go and clean you out. Well, we heard from Steve B., Kurt, and Tony M., who all advised putting in the local police station as the “home” address. (Would that be a case of “poetic justice”?) But then George B. wrote that he lost a handheld Magellan while out hunting 300 miles from home. About two months later another hunter found the device. Turned out the man lived about 12 miles from George and after tracking the coordinates to George’s “home” (in the GPS) he returned the GPS to its rightful owner. George says, “I’ve told this story many times of how my GPS found it’s own way home. One more case of having trust in humanity.”
Easily repair a tear in your RV’s awning
Left on their own, small vinyl RV awning tears can get bigger. Fixing a small tear in an area, barring a person’s physical limitations, is easy. You may already have what you need for a fix. It’s called “RV GOOP” and is made by the same outfit that developed “GOOP” for shoe repairs. Read more about it here.
Website of the day
This website is so cool! It allows you to take part in tons of research projects from the comfort of your own home or RV – no expertise needed! There are so many cool projects on here that we know you’ll want to join!
Clubs and useful organizations
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• 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.
If we were to weigh all the bacteria in our body, it would weigh about 4 pounds. Eww!
*What happens to bears’ urine while they hibernate? It’s, um, interesting… Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Still need a Valentine’s Day gift?
If your travel plans have been canceled and the wife is upset, this earring and necklace combo is the perfect gift to cheer her up! (Or, ladies, you can just buy this adorable combo for yourself!) We think all the ladies of the RVtravel.com staff need this… Chuck? Learn more or order here. (Trust us. You’ll get major brownie points.)
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is our Daisy. She is part American Staffordshire Terrier and part Basenji. She is the most loving dog. She loves all other dogs, from little Yorkies to Great Danes or Cane Corsos. When she sees a dog on a walk she will pull on her leash to get to them. Sometimes this is misunderstood by the other dog or owner, but she just wants to get to them to touch noses and meet them. She loves people with equal exuberance. It’s a rare occasion to hear her bark. She would let another dog bark at her all day and not make a peep. She will just smile at them. She also loves going for rides and hanging her head out the window. She tolerates our Class A because she can’t hang out the window. We may be partial to our pup, but we think she is very special.” —Steve and Joanie Minton
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
They say 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30… All I know is that the older I get the more 9 p.m. is the new midnight!
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