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.
“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day! [Editorial comment: Wouldn’t it be nice if this were every day?]
On this day in history: 1972 – Cumulative sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model T.
Tip of the Day
Add this to your home departure checklist to prevent damage
By Steve Greer
We have always turned off the home ice maker in the refrigerator when we leave for a trip of any length. It always seemed like a good idea, but I didn’t realize how much until recently.
While at home the other day, I heard the ice maker dump the ice and a few seconds later the water started running for the refill as usual… And then it just kept running and running!
Continue reading and see why this happened.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews Tiger Adventure Vehicles, The Bengal. He writes, “It seems that the folks at Tiger really understand this market. The feel of the interior is very warm and welcoming but the trucks themselves are big and beefy and quite capable of finding those Instagram-worthy out-of-the-way places.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Leisure Travel Vans Unity FX Class C? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Bob B. of Eloy, Arizona, and Sylvia E. of Livingston, Texas.
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Try out a propane campfire when burning wood won’t do
A wood campfire is the ultimate outdoor experience in many ways. The dancing flames, flickering light and smoky aroma all bring out the caveman in us. We feel soothed, safe, warmed and Zen’d all at the same time. But what about those times and places where burning a pile of wood isn’t going to work so well or is prohibited? How about a propane fire?
Yesterday’s featured article: The many uses of WD-40
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Help keep dust out of your RV while on dirt roads
To keep dust out of your camper while traveling on dirt or gravel roads, turn your front roof vent around to open frontwards. Leave the vent lid wide open when traveling and it will pressurize your RV and keep dust from coming in all the little nooks and crannies. I did this for many years and never lost a vent cover. Just make sure it’s open all the way. If it starts to rain, stop and close the cover. —Thanks, George B.!
Website of the day
Reader Larry Patterson sent us this website and we thought we should share it. Larry wrote, “Pop-A-Lock company has a program where they will give you a numbered tag to put on your keychain(s). It has a message on it that says ‘If you find these keys, drop them in a mailbox. Pop-A-Lock will pay the postage’ – and they will return the lost keys to you.” Not to mention they duplicate keys, help you with stuck ignition keys, etc.
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Think of the pasta-bilities! For the Italian (or pasta-lover) in your life. They need this.
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*Where is the coldest place on planet Earth, and how cold is it? We told you yesterday.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Wilson and Agnes…ready to get on the road again. 8-year-old Goldendoodle siblings.” —Lorie Schink
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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This book from the experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, battlefields, dude ranches, museums and more. Each entry provides detailed travel information and fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. The book also includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
Esther lived in a tiny travel trailer next door to Murray who had a small fifth wheel. She knocked on his door and said, “Murray, I’m having a problem. I have one of those 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, dumped all the pieces on the table and have no idea where to start.” He replied, “What does the box show as the finished puzzle?” “It’s a rooster.” He went next door, looked on the table and said, “Esther, make us a cup of tea and I’ll help you get all the corn flakes back in the box.”
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