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.
Congratulations to Nomadland! The film about “nomad” RVers and van-dwellers took home two Golden Globes at last night’s ceremony for Best Director and Best Drama Motion Picture. The photography of the American West is stunning, and you’ll surely find yourself saying “I’ve been there!” during every scene.
“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is the first day of National Women’s History Month.
On this day in history: 1872 – Yellowstone National Park is established as the world’s first national park.
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Tip of the Day
Block window glare with movable sunshades
By Kate Doherty
Up until 2019, we flew our four-passenger airplane some 250+ hours per year for business. Then we traded in those three wheels for six and slowed down. There’s nothing worse than flying east in the early morning or west facing the afternoon glaring sun for hours with little sunshade protection. It’s more prevalent if you’re short, since sun visors don’t always shield your line-of-sight vision – whether you’re in the seat of an airplane, vehicle, or motorhome. Here’s what helps reduce glare, not vision.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Grand Design Solitude 390RK-R Fifth Wheel. Tony writes, “This is a great floor plan and if this were the place I hung my hat for years to come, I wouldn’t be disappointed with this as a choice.” Learn more.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:
Another electric space heater fire
This mobile home fire caused by an electric space heater happened just last week less than a thousand feet from where I live. … There’s a small mobile home court in Funkstown, and one of the trailers was completely burned out in the middle of the night. The brief version of the report from the Fire Marshal indicates the cause was an electric heater. A further read of the expanded report revealed there was no operational smoke detector in the house trailer. That’s a recipe for disaster. Learn how to avoid a similar tragedy here.
Mike has a treat for you – a special edition of his popular Road Signs series. You won’t believe the beautiful music from “Saxsquatch,” filmed in – where else? – the mountains (well, except when he heads to the beach). Check this out for a calming respite (and a fun distraction) from your “cabin fever” in these isolated and depressing times.
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
Amazing tool does so much!
This multifunctional tool is seven in one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.
Nevada highway celebrates “space aliens” among us
Editor’s note: This article was written by the late Bob Carter. He and RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury were among members of a group of writers invited by the state of Nevada to drive its newly designated “Extraterrestrial Highway.” … Nothing has changed since Bob filed this original report. This remains a wonderful (and very lonely) road to travel with an RV with plenty of public lands for boondocking. Read the article.
Motorhome owners: Does your RV sometimes smell like an outhouse while you’re driving?
Take a deep breath (er, maybe don’t…) and tell us here.
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How about having this with your morning cereal? Mmmmm….. Click here to see.
• 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
Easily reach otherwise out-of-reach controls
Some motorhomes and fifth wheels have high ceilings. For those of us who are “altitude challenged,” reaching the switch on the bathroom fan can be like reaching for the unreachable star. Get a 4-foot section of one-half-inch dowel rod, stick a rubber furniture glide on it, and use it to hit the switch. Bore a one-fourth-inch hole in the other end to turn the vent crank.
Website of the day
Some of these videos are insane! This site compiles all the best GoPro videos for extreme adrenaline junkies. You might have to close your eyes on a few of these…
Eliminate hose crimping at the faucet!
Sometimes it’s a real pain hooking up your hose to a faucet or to your RV. This Camco flexible hose protector is the answer. Its easy gripper makes attaching the hose effortless. It’s compliant with all federal and state low-level lead laws, too. Every RVer should have one or two of these. Super low price, too. Learn more or order.
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The barren and desolate Hans Island in the Arctic North lays between Greenland, a territory of Denmark, and Canada in the 22-mile wide Nares Strait. The two countries have been fighting over the island’s territory since the early 1930s. Each time the Canadian military visits the island they leave a bottle of Canadian Club whisky with a sign that says, “Welcome to Canada.” And every time the Danish military visits the island, they swap the Canadian alcohol and sign for a bottle of schnapps and a “Welcome to Denmark.” The ongoing “whisky war” keeps the good humor between the two countries.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our dog, Bonnie, and cat, Sheba, looking out the window and wondering when they can next go out. They have been full-timing with us for the past 7 years. Both rescues. They thoroughly enjoy the camping lifestyle.” —Melody Thomas
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.
Need a step up?
Car or truck roof too hard to reach? Designed to fit over almost any tire, the TireStep allows you to reach three important areas of your truck or SUV: the engine compartment, the roof, and the bed. For fifth wheel owners, the TireStep may be the helper you’ve been wanting for a long time and just didn’t know it. Reaching over the truck bed using the TireStep is not a problem while hitching or unhitching your rig. Learn more here.
Leave here with a laugh
I can’t take my dog to the park anymore. All the ducks keep trying to bite him! I guess it’s my fault for getting a dog that’s pure bread…
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