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.
“By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Nutty Fudge Day!
On this day in history: 1941 – Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
Tip of the Day
6 tips for scoring a national park campsite
By Julie Chickery
National Parks are among the most popular places for RV travelers. The National Park Service reported that it had more than 237 million visitors in 2020 at its 423 parks. Add record-breaking RV sales and rentals, and you have a huge demand for national park campsites. Unfortunately, that makes it even harder than ever to actually get a coveted reservation.
Here are some tips for scoring a national park campsite…
Do you have a tip? Submit it here.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: 5 tips from professional RV washers
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Mercedes-Benz Metris Getaway. Tony asks, “I was surprised when I saw that Mercedes-Benz picked up the torch and is planning to offer the first factory-sourced pop-top camper van in almost 35 years. Why has it been this long?” Learn more and see if it holds up to pop-ups of the past.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Rockwood Geo Pro 20FBS 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 time today, May 12, 2021.
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.
Don’t be a sucker: Internet safety for RVers
Kim Christiansen, our “IT wrangler,” explains how not to be a sucker when using the internet, i.e., how to use the internet safely and securely at home or on the road, especially if you’re a full-time RVer. Read, and heed, this important information.
Yesterday’s featured article: 5 mistaken assumptions the new full-time RVer makes
For a snack, if you could choose between a piece of candy or cheese, what would it be?
Mmm… we’re hungry! Tell us here.
If you’re moving from a “house RV” to an “apartment RV,” how do you downsize? Read our ideas.
• NEW: AAA MAP OF COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS (U.S. and Canada)
• 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
Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.
Watch out when backing up
We don’t know the statistics about how many accidents happen while backing up vs. moving forward, but we’re pretty sure there a lot more while backing up. So we have a suggestion. When you do need to back up, only back as far as you absolutely need to and no farther. You may need to swing a little wider once you pull ahead but that’s okay – you’ll have a better view of where you’re going and be less inclined to hit something.
Website of the day
National Parks to visit in May
This list from Full Suitcase lists the 15 best National Parks to visit this month. They break it down by temperature and why it’s a good time to visit. Very helpful!
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Oh, we so badly want to think this is tacky, but we can’t help but think it’s really, really cool. Every RVer will love this!
Recipe of the Day
Easy Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells
by Jennifer J from Seattle, WA
This is cheesy meaty goodness stuffed inside jumbo shells. This whole dish is bursting with Mexican flavors. The stuffing is creamy, cheesy, and seasoned perfectly. It has just the right amount of cheese. The taco sauce and salsa are perfect for baking the shells with. It added so much flavor. This is a fairly quick dish to throw together that the whole family will love.
We love this twist on stuffed shells! Get the recipe here.
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Spring Rolls (My Mother’s Recipe)
The Statue of Liberty in New York City is estimated to be hit by lightning about 600 times per year.
*Right-handed people do this, and left-handed people do that. What is it? (And no, it’s not write!). Find out in yesterday’s trivia.
Get rid of those decal “ghosts!”
If you use a coin to remove old decals from your RV, you may have an unwelcome guest when the job’s done: decal “ghosts” – shadowy after-images imprinted in the Filon siding. The solution? A heavy-duty oxidation remover! Pour the remover onto a rough sponge and scrub the Filon in circles. The yellow oxidation will come right up and your RV will look good as new! The remover will also remove stains, scratches and water spots. Learn more or order here.
Readers’ Pet(s) of the Day
“Not the best image of our traveling pups but the best story. Caught on the ‘dog cam’ while Mom & Dad were away… Reggie just chillin’…” —Tim McRae
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
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were cruising down the coast. Coming around a sharp bend, they saw a beautiful bald eagle in the middle of the road. When Mick swerved to miss it, he lost control of the car and they plummeted off a cliff to their death. It was a tragic case of killing two Stones with one bird.
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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