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.
“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you’re gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.”―C
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Yucatan Shrimp Day!
On this day in history: 1935 – The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field.
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Tip of the Day
18 brilliant uses for tension rods in your RV
By Gail Marsh
Storage is always an issue for RVers. At least it is for me. That’s why I use tension rods. Yep, those little beauties come in handy in almost every room of our RV. Tension rods come in various lengths and strengths (light to heavy-duty) and can dramatically maximize space in an instant. These handy rods are inexpensive, adjustable, and versatile too!
Here are 18 ways that I use tension rods in our RV…
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Winnebago Solis Pocket Class B RV. As he reports, “Its size makes it a respectable daily driver but the features make it a really decent camper. Add to that the fact that you can bring along your adventure gear and you have a nice package overall.” Learn more.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RVelectricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Watch Mike Sokol’s Hughes Power Watchdog Surge Protector review with Tony Barthel
What do you think about surge protectors? Is there really any difference between the $100 ones and the $300 ones? I’m a new RVer and keep getting all kinds of different opinions from my friends. —Julie
Read Mike’s response and watch this entertaining and very informative video with Mike Sokol and Tony Barthel as they discuss the Hughes Autoformers Power Watchdog Surge Protector, and why using a surge protector is absolutely necessary to protect your RV.
How to avoid damaging slideouts when leveling an RV
So what’s the correct way to level your rig without damaging the slides – before or after they are extended? The safest (and most warranty-wise) answer: Do what your rig’s manual tells you. But here are some more tips.
How would describe the “yuck” factor in dumping your RV’s holding tanks?
Plug your nose, put on gloves, and tell us here!
Shopping for a motorhome? Advantages and disadvantages of buying used
Advantages of buying used: When buying used, you can expect to pay a substantially lower price for the same make and model of a new motorhome. Often, you’ll find three-year-old motorhomes will be priced 50% to 70% less than a new one of the same make and model. When buying used, you have far more choices in make, model, year and price range, especially if you use the internet to search. When buying used, you can often find the exact motorhome model with the specific features you want (i.e., rear queen-size bed, with kitchen slide on Ford E-450 chassis and Ford V10 motor). When buying used, you’ll often find motorhomes with expensive after-market upgrades you won’t have to pay for (like steering stabilizers and suspension upgrades).
Disadvantages: When buying used, there may be expensive hidden problems with the motorhome that won’t be covered by any warranty. When buying used, you have to rely on the word of the seller about the history and general condition of the motorhome. It is an unfortunate fact that many sellers will be less than truthful about the condition and history of the item they are selling. When buying used, you may find motorhomes that have odors from smoking, cooking, pets and general use. These problems usually won’t be disclosed in the seller’s ads. When buying used, the interior and exterior of the coach are likely to show signs of wear and tear. When buying used, there may be a need to immediately replace tires and batteries – very common in motorhomes four years old and older. When buying used from an individual, there won’t be any financing from the seller. If financing is needed, you’ll have to arrange that yourself before you buy.
From Buying a Used Motorhome – How to get the most for your money and not get burned. Available on Amazon.com.
Website of the day
This is the best state park near you
Aren’t you curious? Don’t you want to know what the best state park near you right now is? We do! This list from Cheapism will tell you.
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
Maple Mustard Pork Chops
by Lindsay V from Southeastern, MA
These pork chops are so easy and so delicious. Sweet and sour, they turn out tender and juicy. They’re easy enough for a weeknight meal, but fancy enough for Sunday dinner with the family. If you like pork chops, this recipe needs to be in your dinner rotation.
We will happily add this to our dinner rotation! Get the recipe.
Recipes from this weekend:
• Best Chicken Fried Steak Ever
• Our Family Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
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You’d really win the game with this one! This is great!
According to NASA researchers, the perfect amount of time to nap is between 10 and 20 minutes (power naps). How does this compare to your usual nap time(s)?
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Quincy and Emma love traveling and live their best life when on the road. They wait in the motorhome on the morning we leave. They just can’t wait to go!” —Terry and Joan Enge
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!
Helpful book for camping areas managed by the National Park Service
This recently published book from The Ultimate Public Campground Project describes 2,241 camping areas across the United States that are managed by the National Park Service. If you’re looking for new places to camp, this is the book for you. The project has been growing since 2008 and now has a website and an app too. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
A husband and wife were dining at a 5-star restaurant. When their food arrived, the husband said: “Our food has arrived! Let’s eat!” His wife reminded him: “Honey, you always say your prayers at home before your dinner!” Her husband replied: “That’s at home, my dear. Here the chef knows how to cook…”
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