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.
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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Play Outside Day!
On this day in history: 1840 – The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
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Tip of the Day
Blowing in the wind: 7 truckers’ tips for safe driving
By Nanci Dixon
Several interstates are notorious for wind, particularly in the spring and fall. I-40, I-10, and I-8 have all sidelined us at one time or another. I-40 near Winslow and Flagstaff, Arizona, periodically report semi-trucks that have literally blown over along the interstate. So if trucks have a hard time in the wind, what about RVs? What do the truckers do to stay safe while the wind blows? Find out and learn 7 helpful tips to stay safe.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Northwood Desert Fox 27FS Toy Hauler. Tony writes, “Overall, I think that Northwood has done a great job with this rig and made an interior that is a cut above in the toy hauler world.” Learn more.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Don’t plug a 20-amp cord into a 50-amp outlet!
I’ve got a cargo van camper conversion. I just need to plug into a 15- or 20-amp 120-volt socket with my extension cord. Can I use the first adapter to connect to 30-amp and/or connect both adapters in line to plug into a 50-amp socket? Thanks. —Jim
• Read more of Mike’s articles here.
Professional photographer says this is the best tripod for RVers
Writer Nanci Dixon was once a professional photographer and has used every type of photography equipment out there. This is the tripod she uses and says is the best for RVers. It’s lightweight, it collapses, and it can be used with a phone or big DSLR camera. Learn more here or buy one for yourself.
STORY AND VIDEO: In 1976, Orlando Helicopter Airways in cooperation with Winnebago Industries marketed the Winnebago Heli-home, built on a Sikorsky S-55 or S-58 helicopter. Gas-powered, these helicopters were well-suited to become the flying carpets for the RV set, even though few could afford the $300,000 price tag. Learn more.
In the last 20 years have you visited a California redwood grove?
Think about it for a moment, then tell us here.
Clean up those RV power cord contacts
Readers may have heard a bit of back-and-forth about how to clean the brass contacts on your shore power cord connector. Please DON’T follow the suggestion made by one RV park that handed out a strip of coarse emery cloth to each guest, telling them to use it to clean up their contacts. Reader “D ‘n C” suggests something a little kinder, like a Scotch Brite pad. Resident electric specialist Mike Sokol adds: “For gold contacts on circuit boards we use pencil erasers. And I’ve used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser blocks for cleanup chores when I want to remove the crud, but not the metal beneath it. When you do need to resurface the metal, then 400-grit sandpaper is what I use.” Read a tutorial on this topic from Mike here.
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Website of the day
The oldest restaurant in your state that you have to visit
These historic restaurants look so fun (not to mention yummy!). See which one is in your state (or the state you’re currently in) and make a trip for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Recipe of the Day
by Lynn Zak from Pittsburgh, PA
Do you want something special for breakfast but don’t want to spend the entire morning making it? This breakfast lasagna will quickly become a weekend request from your family. We can see why it has become a favorite of Lynn’s family. It’s sweet and creamy with fresh flavor from the strawberries and blueberries. But, customize the berries based on what you like. A delicious and sweet breakfast treat.
What a fun idea! Get the recipe here.
Roadside Emergency Assistant Kit – Every RVer must have one!
This 110-piece Roadside Emergency Assistance Kit should be a requirement to have for all RVers. The kit is for cars and RVs, so you’ll always be safe. The kit includes a 64-piece First Aid Kit, Heavy Duty Jumper Cables, Heavy Duty Tow Strap, Emergency Blanket, 11-In-1 Multi-Tool, Flash Light, Bungee cords, Magnesium Fire Starter, Roadside Warning Sign, Roadside Emergency Tools and much more. Learn more or order (seriously!).
You can visit the Grand Canyon via Google Street View. Seriously. Click here and take yourself on a hike down the trail.
The easiest RV security system
This 2-pack window and door security alarm is a simple, cost-effective security solution to protect you against invasions thanks to the 120-decibel alarms, loud enough to make an intruder think twice. The alarm is easy to use, no matter what your technological skills may be. Attach the alarms with double-sided tape, no wires required! Perfect for the RV! Learn more or order.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Billy the Beagle loves to travel in his RV and he can’t wait to take in all the new smells he’ll encounter!” —Andre Picard
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. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!
Leave here with a laugh
Did you hear about the guy who burnt his house down by cooking a Hawaiian pizza? He should have cooked it at aloha temperature…
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