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.
“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of the air, that emanation from the old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”—Robert Louis Stevenson
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Shrimp Day!
On this day in history: 1908 – Mother’s Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.
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Tip of the Day
What you should know about buying a used RV
Sometimes a used RV can be a great buy. There are many affordable used RVs with little use everywhere. You just need to find the right one. But just like buying any RV, there are things to look out for. You don’t want a disaster on your hands! Note: This video is also helpful if you’re getting ready to sell your used RV! Continue reading.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Jayco Jay Feather Micro 199MBS Travel Trailer. As he reports, “An ever-increasing number of buyers are going down in size to more maneuverable, easier-towing trailers and looking at things that don’t require a heavy-duty pickup as the tow vehicle.” Read more and peek inside.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific time today, May 10, 2021.
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If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.
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.
RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
How many watt-hrs are in a gallon of gasoline?
You keep talking about energy storage for batteries, and energy charging from solar panels, but you’ve never written about how much energy is in a gallon of gasoline for my generator. Any idea? —Karl P.
Win an RVtravel.com coffee mug
In yesterday’s newsletter (Sunday, May 9, 2021), the Secret Phrase was about Melvin and his wife. The phrase began “Melvin’s wife loved _____.” So what was it? We will send an incredibly cool RV Travel Mug to two randomly selected readers with the correct response out of the first 100 readers to email us by 10 p.m. today (May 10, 2021, Pacific Time). We can only ship to addresses in the USA and Canada (sorry to our many readers in far off lands). And remember, we guarantee that coffee tastes better in this mug! Enter the contest here. But only one entry per household!
The world’s largest collection of the world’s smallest versions of the world’s largest things…
(Say that five times fast.) …is in Lucas, Kansas. Read more about what artist Erika Nelson does with her miniature replicas of the world’s largest things (including some of our favorite roadside attractions). Click here to read.
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An overlooked RV weight rating
One weight rating that is often overlooked is the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). This applies to any vehicle pulling a trailer or any motorhome pulling a vehicle or trailer. The GCWR is the maximum permissible weight of the tow vehicle and trailer COMBINED when both are fully loaded for travel. Look for the GCWR on weight labels or in the vehicle owner’s manual. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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HAHA! Betcha wish you could say this to a lot of people on the road…
Website of the day
We love learning about helpful websites! SignUp allows you to plan events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, projects, festivals, etc., all without sending long emails or dealing with the hassle. You create a plan, your friends/family/whoever sign up, and SignUp reminds them of the event, voila!
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Recipe of the Day
Shrimp Au Gratin
by Mikekey from Seattle, WA
Rich, creamy, cheesy, and buttery, this shrimp au gratin is definitely not a recipe to try if you’re watching calories. But, oh my, it’s delicious! Super simple to make, it’s impressive when presented. The sauce just melts in your mouth and Panko crumbs on top add a nice crunchy texture. Simply divine.
Remember, it’s National Shrimp Day, so you’ll want to get the recipe for dinner tonight!
Inflatable foot rest is comfortable for couch and passenger seat
Now that’s cool! Missing your favorite recliner? Miss it no more! This inflatable foot rest is perfect for lounging on the couch, in the chair by the campfire, or in the passenger seat for long drives. Take it on a plane ride, or take it to the grandkids’ soccer game (we know those can get long). It weighs less than 1 lb. and folds down small for travel. Learn more about this comfy foot rest here.
If you have a mustache, you’re not allowed to kiss anyone in Nevada! Yup, it’s illegal. Now we don’t think too many people abide by that silly law…
Readers’ Pet(s) of the Day
“Jax and Stormy. Our pets love camping. They get to meet new dogs and people on our long walks. Occasionally we camp at a park that has a lake and both dogs really love the water. Camp without dogs? I don’t think so.” —Julie Sterling
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!
The best book on RV electricity, hands down!
Mike Sokol is America’s leading expert on RV electricity. He’s taken his 40+ years of experience to write this book about RV electricity that nearly anyone can understand. Covers the basics of Voltage, Amperage, Wattage and Grounding, with additional chapters on RV Hot-Skin testing, GFCI operation, portable generator hookups and troubleshooting RV electrical systems. This should be essential reading for all RVers. Learn more or order
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