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.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day!
On this day in history: 1702 – The Daily Courant, England’s first national daily newspaper, is published for the first time.
Tip of the Day
Tax Corner: Keeping track of income and expenses for a business
By Neil Seidler, CPA, CMA
As a new full-timer I’ve begun operating a small business from my RV while we travel. How can I keep track of my income and expenses so I don’t just have a shoebox full of receipts to give my tax professional at income tax time?
Do you have a tip? Submit it here.
RVelectricity: Ask the Expert with Will Russell from SmartPlug
By Mike Sokol
Join me on Tuesday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) for my next Ask the Expert live stream interview with Will Russell from SmartPlug. You’ll be able to text your questions about RV shore power connectors to us in real time, and Will will do his best to answer them for you. Make sure to sign up for a YouTube reminder here.
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Venture Sonic Lite SL160VBH. Tony writes, “If you’re in the market for a smaller travel trailer but don’t have youngsters traveling with you, does it make sense to get a bunk model? The obvious customer for these would be someone traveling with children, but what if that’s not you? You might actually still consider this floor plan, especially in a smaller trailer. Here’s why.”
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Cruiser Embrace EL 260 Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click 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, March 11, 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.
Two examples of horrible RV hookups
Here are two examples of what any veteran RVer comes upon from time to time. An RVer who finds himself or herself assigned to a campsite like this should demand another site or take their business elsewhere. Read more and see photos.
Yesterday’s featured article: Stopping full-time RVing like a “hot potato”?
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Were you born in the country where you now live?
Did you see this improper trailer hitch extension? It’s a disaster in the making! If you missed it last month, check it out here.
Thermostat not working right?
Reader Steve Willey says: “Our digital thermostat kept the furnace on too long in cold weather and got over 80 inside. The culprit was the location of the thermostat on the panel side of the refrigerator enclosure. The refrigerator is isolated from room heat and vented to outdoors. In freezing weather cold air was surrounding the refrigerator and entering the thermostat through an overly large wiring hole behind it. Sealant and a sheet of foam behind the thermostat cured the problem.”
Website of the day
America’s most beautiful springtime destinations
If you’re near any of these beautiful locations, know that we’re jealous of you! These are some of the most beautiful places to visit in the spring. Now just try to not let all that pollen make you sneeze in a crowd…
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This product does not stink! Check it out, and get a good laugh out of it.
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:
• 11 percent go see a movie in a movie theater fairly often or all the time (pre-pandemic, of course)
• 63 percent do not attend church services while on the road for an extended period
• 13 percent say they love to dance
Bring back some fruit! If you’re leaving Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines, the airline will let you travel with a box of up to 10 pounds of pineapples or papaya for free. No baggage fees for fruit!
*If the cables on the Golden Gate Bridge were stretched around the equator, how many times around would they go? The answer is shocking! Find out yesterday.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Our two cats enjoy traveling with us in the Alpine RV 5th wheel. We traveled to AZ last winter from ME, and each day we put them in a large carrier in the back seat of the truck and in the RV when we stop each night. Headed back in Nov. They always travel when we take many 4-5 night trips around Maine. Blaze and Bonnie are brother and sister.” —Bob Duplessie
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
“How do you like your steak, sir?” my waiter asked me. “Like winning an argument with my wife!” I answered. “OK, rare it is!”
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