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.
“Have you ever seen the stars in the night? See them closely, they will tell you, how to be open, how to love and how to shine and twinkle without any differences and jealousy of other stars.” —
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On this day in history: 1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.
Tip of the Day
Know your RV’s height. What can happen if you don’t!
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
A lot of folks new to the RVing lifestyle are a bit daunted by the size of their rig. They figure all that length can get them into trouble – and it’s true, it takes attention to stay out of trouble. But one of the easier things to forget about with an RV is not so much how l-o-n-g you are but, really, how t-a-l-l you are.
More than one new RVer has returned home from the “maiden voyage” only to report some mishap which has damaged their roof. What’s to be done? Well, 28 grams of prevention is surely worth the old pound of cure. Continue reading.
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Yesterday’s tip of the day: Save money while RVing with these 24 tips
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Cherokee Arctic Wolf 291RL Fifth Wheel. He writes, “I really like this fifth wheel and I do think it has a lot to offer, especially for this price point. But there are a few things that also cause me to take pause.” See what those things are here.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Thor Rize 18T Mini Motorhome? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Let friends know when you’ll get there – using Google Maps
There were several times during their RV travels pre-COVID when Chris and Jim Guld, Geeks on Tour, made arrangements to meet up with friends. When plans changed for one reason or another, such as heavy traffic, they’d have to keep updating their friends by text or phone. But if Chris and Jim shared their location via Google Maps, their friends could see exactly where they were and knew exactly when to expect them. Here’s how easy it is.
Yesterday’s featured article: What you should know about lug nuts
You may have missed these recent popular stories…
- Beware the “death wobble.” It could happen to your truck
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- The best smartphone case for RVers, hands down
- Epic dump station design failure – Gross!
Do you try to minimize your purchase and/or use of plastic?
Please tell us here.
LIFESAVER: Every RVer should carry this inexpensive item in their RV. It could save their life in an emergency. Get this.
Redirecting a/c drip
Use your roof-mounted air conditioner in humid weather and you’ll soon have a stream of water coming off the roof from the a/c unit. If it’s leaking down where you don’t want it to, redirect it! Pop the shroud (outer cover) from your a/c unit and you’ll spot the drip pan that catches the moisture. In the drip pan is a hole that allows the pan to drain. Usually the hole has a lip on it, like a glass measuring cup. Stick an appropriately sized funnel under the spout, hook a piece of tubing to the funnel output, and reroute the liquid to elsewhere – perhaps a roof edge gutter. If your roof is flat, an alternative to the tubing is aluminum “U” channel, carefully adhered to the roof with a sealant appropriate to your roof material.
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We know for a fact (and we have hundreds of photos to prove it! Actually, there’s one in this newsletter right now!) that many of you need these!
Website of the day
The Best Family-friendly Campgrounds in the U.S.
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Clubs and useful organizations
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• Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
Recipe of the Day
Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
by Jennifer Bass from Richmond, KY
These stuffed portobello mushrooms are fresh and fantastic. Super hearty, they’re stuffed with spinach, cheese, and fresh veggies. Red bell peppers add a mild flavor to the cheesy filling while onion gives a little bite. We added the optional bacon and love the saltiness it adds to the filling. Enjoy these portobello mushrooms for lunch or a light dinner.
Mmmmm! Get the recipe here.
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Grilled Chipotle Chicken Pizza Rolls
Tape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.
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Readers’ Pet(s) of the Day
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