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RV Daily Tips. Monday, February 22, 2021

Issue 1541
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.



Today’s thought

“Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day!

On this day in history: 1878 – In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of five-and-dime Woolworth stores.


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Tip of the Day

3 items you MUST remember to leave at home

By Gail Marsh
You’ve probably seen the many different RV packing lists. Maybe you’ve even made your own. “Must Pack” lists are long! My “Must Leave” list is much shorter. In fact, I’ve found only three items that you really should leave at home. Every time. Just three items! How easy is that? See what three things Gail is talking about here. (You might not have thought of them!)

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Polydrop P17A Teardrop Trailer. Tony writes, “Let’s face it, there are plenty of other small trailers that can be towed by electric vehicles. But Kyung-Hyun Lew styled this trailer and markets it as specifically designed for being towed by electric vehicles. That’s smart.” Learn more.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
ProLite E-Volt All-Electric Travel Trailer
Luxe LH48FB Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler

For previous RV reviewsclick 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, February 22, 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.

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.


RVelectricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

How dry I am – Don’t let your RV battery explode!

Dear Readers,
These pictures just came in from one of my Facebook Group members. Yes, it is indeed as bad as it looks. It appears that the multi-stage charger might have failed and kept pumping significant current into the batteries, after it should have gone into “float” mode. The poster noted that he only had to add water every 6 months, so he consequently only checked the water level every 6 months.

Continue reading about why you should never leave your battery plugged into a standard trickle charger or old-school RV charger.

• Join Mike’s Facebook group, RVelectricity.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.



Make Welcome Centers your first stop when you cross state lines

How do you know where to go or what to do when you’re in a new place? Here’s a great source of that information and more.


Reader poll

Do you attend church?

Please respond here.


Helpful resources

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


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Quick Tip

Fire extinguisher placement tips

We travel in a motorhome which is typical in that the bedroom is in the rear and the exit door is in the front. The fire extinguisher is mounted by the exit door. I bought another fire extinguisher that I mounted next to the bed. If a fire is severe, then we will bail out of a bedroom window. But for anything else, I would rather fight the fire on the way to the exit door. The prospect of climbing out the window and dropping six feet to the ground is something that I would rather avoid. I also keep a fire extinguisher in one of my storage bays. Thanks to Bill O.


Website of the day

The best spring RV destinations
Spring is quickly approaching. Where will you travel to in your RV? Check out this list from Cheapism on the best spring RV destinations. Can we join you?


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This will make you smile… No, really, we mean it. You will smile after using this. Don’t believe us? Check it out.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• It’s checkout time, your RV has a problem, won’t move. What to do?
• This RV wouldn’t budge in a tornado!
• How sewer backflow can get into your fresh water system
#956F


Trivia

How many languages can you name off the top of your head? Go ahead, try! Bet you can’t come up with 3,384, can you? Well, the Bible can! The Bible is at least partially or completely available to read in 3,384 languages.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“This is Belle, the Mini Aussie. She thinks she can drive the motorhome.” —Jackie Holt

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.


New book for camping areas managed by the NPS
This recently published book from The Ultimate Public Campground Project describes 2,241 camping areas across the United States that are managed by the National Park Service. If you’re looking for new places to camp, this is the book for you. The project has been growing since 2008 and now has a website and an app too. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh


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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Paul Andrews
7 months ago

Just a note on fire extinguishers. Your initial use should be to get all the people and pets out. Once everyone is out then you could try to put the fire out. After 30 years as a firefighter I would get everyone away and let the guys with the big red trucks handle it.
Also remember about every 6 months check the pressure Gauge on the extinguisher and turn it over to make sure the powder in it hasn’t caked. If you don’t feel the powder move replace the extinguisher.

jillie
7 months ago

I love laugh of the day. This sums me up to a T. Looking at a house in NC just to be alone. My family drives me bonkers. As for the house? I seriously found one on the cheap in great condition near the Atlantic ocean. Bring on the hurricanes.

P Bradley
7 months ago

I was anxious to read the article about the best spring RV destinations…until I clicked on it. Between the pop up adds, and realizing I had to scroll thru 51 photos, I decided my time was better spent elsewhere….

dcook
7 months ago

Has anyone tried the “CarGenerator” that is an ad in this newsletter. Some may not like idling their car for hours but after this cold snap and experiencing certain conditions, I’m wondering if anyone used it, what for and how was it. Overall performance.

Jim
7 months ago
Reply to  dcook

My brother is an ASE Master Technician and owns automotive shops. I sent him the link for this device and asked him the same questions. I will post his comments after he reviews.

dcook
7 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Thanks Jim, looking forward to hearing more

Jeff Craig
7 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Yes, please do! I’m curious as well. Looks like most of the YouTube videos are actually from CG.

Claude Denton
7 months ago

Woolworths Five and Dime has morphed over the years is now currently known as Footlocker. Check it out on Google search.

Larry M
7 months ago

I enjoy the poll questions. I would recommend that the current question regarding church attendance should have been more inclusive with the addition of synagogues and mosques. I regularly attend religious services but not at a church. Thanks.

squeakytiki
7 months ago
Reply to  Larry M

Sadly, a lot of people like to think that their particular brand of religion is the ONLY one. The poll just reflects that.

Tommy Molnar
7 months ago

“Is this your RV?”
This is no longer an RV. It’s a home.

Dave
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

My thoughts exactly.

Paul Cecil
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Its an RV and a home. On YouTube there is an RV channel called ” Love your RV”. They are a Canadian couple, that because of current travel issues, are currently stuck in Canada for the winter on the British Columbia coast staying at an RV park. To help protect their RV from the winter weather they bought a skirting kit. The skirting helps keep the freezing winds from blowing under the RV, but by using a small electric heater they can keep their tanks and pipes from freezing. They also closed off the area on the front of the 5th wheel to use as storage.

Tommy Molnar
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul Cecil

I totally understand that. But when I see permanent sewer pipes installed running through the skirting, shelving or storage units built, and most likely a carpenter built stairway and porch (which I can’t see on this one, but guessing there IS one), I’m pretty sure there are no plans to move it.

Understand that I have NOTHING against this mode of living. Who knows – I may do that someday myself. I was just commenting that the description “RV” doesn’t come to my mind.

Paul Cecil
7 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I have to agree with you here. I did not click on the photo so did not see the sewer pipe, and what looks like hard side paneling being used as skirting. My bad.

Cindy
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul Cecil

Love your RV have a Cougar 5th wheel, the 5th wheel pictured is not theirs, we subscribe to their channel.

Paul Cecil
7 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

I enjoy their channel too. Will be curious to see what their plans will be come spring.

Bob P
7 months ago

On the fire extinguisher tips we have a 4 section folding ladder that will adapt to several configurations one of which makes a 6’ step ladder. I place this under the escape window and attach it where it can’t fall over. Now in case of a fire we don’t have to drop 6’ to the ground which would not be a good experience for octogenarians, the ladder only weighs 27 lbs so it’s not difficult to carry and store.

Jack Thomason
7 months ago

Trivia What do you carry in your RV that can do three things? Steam, solid Ice, liquid Water

Jeb
7 months ago
Reply to  Jack Thomason

Liquid

Brad G. Hancock NH
7 months ago

Bill O’s comment about extra fire extinguishers is right on the money. I recently read about RV fires in RVTravel and immediately bought 2 new extinguishers for our motorhome. As Bill mentioned, the 2 new units are for the rear bedroom and one of the outside storage units, making a total of 3 units . I also bought 2 additional carbon monoxide alarms for the RV. You can’t put a price on safety.
Brad G.

Glen & Jeanne Scofield
7 months ago

Congratulations on exceeding 10000 articles.