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“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Clam Chowder Day!
On this day in history: 1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for his revolver firearm.
Tip of the Day
Do you “Drive Friendly”? You should!
By Gail Marsh
“Drive Friendly.” This was the sign that greeted me as I entered Texas for my first real job. Huh. Back then I appreciated the sentiment but now, as an RVer, I wish every state had the same idea. RVers are some of the friendliest people. In my experience, they are always ready to lend a hand, greet you with a smile, and share stories of their travels. It’s hard to imagine, but sometimes these same friendly people stop being friendly once they hit the road. How can RVers “Drive friendly?” Here’s how…
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Rockwood Geo Pro 16BH Travel Trailer. He writes that these small travel trailers “are not the least-expensive models on the market, but they do have a lot of class-leading features and are built with more premium methods and materials.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 inTech Sol Dawn Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
Live free, get rid of debt and travel
Are you sick of the rat race? Then buy a used van or RV and live affordably on the road. In this book, Bob Wells of Cheap RV Living provides detailed directions on how to live debt-free in a van or RV (or even a car) on a barebones budget. Even if you already have a van or RV you’ll learn ways to live even more affordably. Bob is featured in the new movie “Nomadland.” Buy the book for $7.45 or get it free with a Kindle Unlimited membership.
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, Feb. 25, 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 three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Marty M. of Illinois, Steve T. of California, and Dawn G. of Pennsylvania.
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.
Would you buy a private aircraft built by an RV manufacturer?
Editor Chuck Woodbury fondly recalls flying with his father in his Piper airplane. “When we climbed into the cockpit, we both knew we were about to take off in a very well-built piece of machinery,” he wrote. He recently wondered if a major RV maker were to buy Piper, Cessna or Beechcraft, if he’d fly in one of its planes. Here is what he concluded.
Yesterday’s featured article: Don’t get lost – Find your way back by taking a photo
?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
This would be one heck of a way to get yourself out of bed in the morning!
Will you be comfortable shaking hands with strangers when the pandemic ends?
You don’t have to shake ours, just tell us here.
Another tip to reduce slideout marks on floor or carpet – and a bonus!
Here’s a great tip we received from Paula and Nelson D. regarding the tip in a recent RV Daily Tips Newsletter about slideout marks on the floor or carpet. “We tried the commercial Teflon slides mentioned in the article for our main slide in our 2006 Itasca Meridian and found they were too thick to allow the slide to come in. However, we improvised by going to a local office supply store and bought one of their clear desk floor mats with teeth. We cut two 6”-wide strips long enough to cover the carpet area of concern. We place them under the slide’s lip when bringing it in, and all is well.
“Likewise, we remove and store the slide mats when the slide is out. Perfect! The mat cost around $25, and sometimes there are coupons available. We took the leftover mat piece and cut it so it sits on the carpet under my computer table and chair. Two jobs done for the price of one. Sweet!” Thanks, Paula and Nelson! (And thanks to Robert O. for suggesting glossy woodgrain paneling, and to Bobkat for the carpet protector suggestion!)
Website of the day
This might be the most useful website we’ll ever give you. GetHuman connects you to a real customer service person via phone or email. You can thank us later…
Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers – boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.
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:
• 5 percent say they never or hardly ever drink water, and 18 percent say they drink only a glass or two a day (Reminder: Go drink a glass of water!)
• 11 percent do crossword puzzles often
• 29 percent believe that marijuana should be legalized in every U.S. state
Recent poll: Have you ever flown in a hot air balloon?
Chimpanzees know which plants have medicinal properties, and will use them to heal themselves for illness and injuries.
Check out these 5 apps to help you identify plants. You could be like a chimp!
*What common “beauty” practice causes more cancer than cigarettes? Find out what we reported yesterday, and stay away from those things!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“We adopted Dobby a week before we left Minnesota a few years ago to spend three months in a park near my daughters in Fort Worth, Texas. After we arrived, we put Dobby’s bed in the passenger seat of our Class C where he could keep an eye on everything in the park. He became a favorite of many of the residents, most of whom lived in their RVs all year. Dobby loves to travel, especially in the RV.” —Mary Ihla
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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Leave here with a laugh
And God said to John, “Come forth and you shall be granted eternal life.” But John came fifth and won a toaster.
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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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