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.
“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” ―C
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Meatball Day!
On this day in history: 1842 – The first documented discovery of gold in California occurs at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush.
Tip of the Day
Do you end up paying more for less? These hints might help
By Kate Doherty
Do you fall for those advertising teasers and end up paying more for less? When shopping for groceries do you estimate per ounce or per unit costs? Do you buy those one-use packets versus bulk? I understand the tradeoff – ease of use. I regularly do the back-and-forth questioning myself. Regardless of income level, we need to watch our pennies as we witness the rapid rise in fuel prices. An ominous sign: Increased transportation costs directly translates to almost every item in your grocery cart costing more. It’s inevitable. Continue reading and see what Kate suggests about those sneaky (or not-so-sneaky?) coupons, plus more tips on saving money on grocery items.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Jayco North Point 382FLRB Fifth Wheel. As he reports, “The Jayco North Point 382FLRB is a large front-living, mid-kitchen fifth wheel with two bathrooms, one of which is one of the best RV bathrooms I’ve seen.” Read more and see inside here.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of Bean Teardrop Trailers? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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, March 9, 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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Herb B. from Livingston, Texas.
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.
The shocking truth about RV shore power problems
Few people underestimate the dangers of an incorrectly wired home electrical system, yet RV owners routinely tolerate problems that would raise red flags if they happened at home. From seeing heat-browning and melted plastic around the shore power connection to a light “zap” when touching the RV, warning signs that something is wrong should be taken seriously before someone is injured or something catastrophic happens. Here is advice from SmartPlug Systems, a Seattle-based company and a pioneer in RV shore power safety.
Yesterday’s featured article: How to deal with bugs that go “splat” on your vehicle
Make sure to have this Fire Extinguishing Aerosol in your RV
The First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use and discharges 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. With an aerosol nozzle and portable size, it’s suited for the kitchen, car, garage, boat or RV. The formula wipes away with a damp cloth & is biodegradable. Comes in a one or two-pack. Learn more or order.
How do you feel about paying $50 a night for an overnight stay in an RV park?
We had some technical difficulties with yesterday’s poll. If you missed it, vote here!
Mice, mice, and more mice
The warm season is the perfect time to inspect your coach for signs of rodent damage or places where they can get in and seal the holes up. It’s easy! Local home centers and Amazon (of course!) sell a selection of foam sealants that spray into cracks, crevices and openings. Large openings can be filled with medium-expansion foam but be careful of which foam you use as some can hydraulically damage spaces they’re sprayed into as they cure and expand, pushing the surfaces apart. Screening and hardware cloth can be used in some cases to help keep mice out where other methods of sealing aren’t indicated.
Website of the day
Jaw-dropping photos of all 63 National Parks
Get us back on the road already!! These stunning photos of all 63 U.S. National Parks will have you itching to get out the door. (Although, if you dropped us off at the pictured island in Dry Tortuga NP and left us there, we wouldn’t complain…)
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We guarantee you’ll have WAY too much fun with this (and the kids and grandkids too…). See it here.
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:
• When asked “What were the best years of your life?” the highest percentage, 44 percent, answered “right now”
• 46 percent (men and women combined) served in the military
• 27 percent say they have a very short attention span
Giraffes would not fare well in the United States. In certain parts of Africa, power lines must be at least 39 feet high so giraffes can safely pass below them.
*If you’re a vegetarian, you might not want to read yesterday’s trivia…
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our boy, Willie, an Airedale, is a great watchdog except when we vacuum the rugs in our coach. Then he finds solace in the closet.” —David & Barbara Eberly
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.
If you’re a pet owner make sure you’re keeping your pets safe inside your RV. If you don’t have something like the Waggle Pet Monitor, you might want to get one. Learn why it’s so important here.
Run your RV A/C with only normal household power. It’s now possible!
Leave here with a laugh
At the circus, there’s a terrible accident and two lions escape from their cages backstage. One of the lions attacks the circus clown and begins devouring him. The lion stops, looks at the other lion, and says, “Here, taste this. Does it taste funny to you?”
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