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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Issue 1623
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.



Today’s thought

“The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.” ―Swami Vivekananda


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Fudge Day!

On this day in history: 1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.



Tip of the Day

An interesting way to find boondocking spots in the Southwest

By Bob (BoondockBob) Difley
Most of the land in the southwestern deserts, if not occupied with cities and towns, is part of the 253 million acres – about one-eighth of the nation’s entire land mass – managed by the Federal Government’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

You can boondock for free, or very cheap, on BLM land. Even though most boondockers seldom camp outside of designated camping areas, such as the Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) or defined dispersed camping areas, that leaves millions of acres where you can camp for free. The question is how to find these camping areas. Find out how here.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Follow these tips from a veteran RVer


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Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Airstream Interstate 24X Class B Adventure Van. He writes, “I think Airstream has done a really good job with this model. The organization of the back of the van along with the built-in flexibility of the racks and storage and the included features are going to find a lot of fans.” But does Tony think it’s worth the price tag? Find out in his review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Bürstner Lyseo Gallery prototype with inflatable second floor office? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick 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, June 16, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV here (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

Last week one reader claimed their $25 Amazon Gift Card: John Battistoni of Nixa, Missouri.

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.



The strangest road sign we’ve ever seen…

Sometimes when you’re driving down the highway in your RV you get real hungry. You might get an urge for a special food … like cottage cheese, for example. Well, in California, so many motorists crave cottage cheese that the state highway department has set up special cottage cheese directional signs. You think we’re kidding? Do pictures lie? Check it out!

Yesterday’s featured article: Test your RV movie knowledge


Thinking about getting an eBike to use on your RV trips? This Facebook group — eBikes for RVers — might be a good resource.


Reader poll

Did you “go steady” in high school?

Think back fondly (or not) and tell us here.


?????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
OK, now. THIS would be fun to do (and it would make a great gift)!


Helpful resources

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.


Quick Tip

Good sense on the RV roof

Safety first! Be extremely careful whenever you are working on your RV roof. You can be seriously injured from a fall. You have to get on the roof of your RV to properly clean and inspect it for any damage or potential water leaks. The first step is the ladder you use to get up on the roof. If your RV does not have a ladder on the back to access the roof, it probably is not designed to be walked on. In this situation it may be necessary to use a couple pieces of plywood or particle board to help distribute your weight on the roof. Even if the RV is equipped with a ladder to access the roof, you need to walk lightly when you’re on the roof and be careful. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.


Need to get some sleep in a noisy campground? 
Bring in da funk, bring in da noise… Here’s a simple way: white noise. What does it do? Do you remember old-time radio tuners without a mute function, when you tuned between stations you would hear a kind of whooshing hiss. That’s it – or close to it, anyway. Here’s a simple noise machine that costs under $20 and runs on batteries or a wall-wart adapter. It has a white noise setting and calming nature sounds. It’s perfect for drowning out noisy neighbors in the RV park.


Website of the day

Only In Your State
You should keep this amazing travel website bookmarked. It has everything you need to know about every state – best day trips, hikes, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, parks, etc.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• If you don’t like the view out your window … move
• Say what? New Hummer EV will include “Crab Mode.”
• My two favorite black tank dumpin’ gadgets


Recipe of the Day

Frosted Fudge Brownies
by Kelli Thomas from Omaha, NE
I was looking for something chocolate to cook, my family loves chocolate anything. I chose this one for 2 reasons – #1 simple ingredients, things most bakers always have on hand, and #2 directions seemed very easy. This is very simple to make – comes out moist and rich. I followed the recipe for the icing and it was a little thick, which my family likes. If you want a thinner icing, add a little more milk. My husband and three boys loved this. I will never buy a box mix again. Very easy and DELISH!!

It’s National Fudge Day, and these sound like a perfect way to celebrate! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Coconut Beer Shrimp With Sweet and Tangy Sauce

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Firearms laws guide updated for 2021
If you own a firearm, you need the 2021 updated edition of the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States. The book is always a best-seller among RVers, many of whom carry a firearm. The annual guidebook helps ensure they stay out of trouble when crossing state lines. What’s legal in one state may be a felony in another. More than 100 updates from last year. Learn more or order.


Trivia

The average shower wastes 20 gallons of water. Now, what about an RVer’s shower…

*Who regulates space tourism? The FAA? FCC? NASA? Nobody? We told you in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“We travel with a crew! Bing is a 4 1/2-month-old Maine Coon. He’s on the sofa in front of 12-yr-old, Spooky. On the floor is 8-yr-old, Stucky, and on the stool is 8 1/2-yr-old Luna. Spooky, Stucky, and Luna are all rescues and are lucky to have lived past being kittens. They all love having us captive in our RV.” —Debra Coker

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!

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Stay free on private property across America
Boondockers Welcome is a great alternative to expensive, crowded RV parks or even Walmart parking lots. With a membership, you can stay for free at more than 1,000 private property locations across America. And, wow, will you meet some great people! Learn more or sign up.


Leave here with a laugh

A man is at the funeral of an old friend. He tentatively approaches the deceased’s wife and asks whether he can say a word. The widow nods. The man clears his throat and says, “Plethora.” The widow smiles appreciatively. “Thank you,” she says. “That means a lot.”


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Morgan Borrowman
1 month ago

Your article on “Your State” once again ignores all your Canadian Subscribers.

Tim Slack
1 month ago

WORDS!! Gotta love ‘em!

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim Slack

Yep, I do love words! Have a great day, Tim! 😀 —Diane

Gene Sannes
1 month ago

The photo of the VW Van with a travel trailer type back is amazing. A friend in the 70s went home on leave from Korea. He bought a VW Van, opened up the top and added a second level for sleeping. Added a generator, toilet, small shower, and an 8 foot patio mounted under the van that came out in two sections, all in less than 30 days. I first saw it when we were stationed in England together and spent some great camping times in beautiful English countryside locations, and beautiful nights along the north sea. The van was amazing.

Jim&Jerilyn Taylor
1 month ago

Loved the laugh of the day, and the comments of not getting it!

Jopa
1 month ago

Please explain how this joke is funny?

Bob P
1 month ago
Reply to  Jopa

I didn’t get it either.

Walt
1 month ago
Reply to  Jopa

The definition of plethora is…

Jopa
1 month ago
Reply to  Walt

I still don’t get it. For a joke to be funny, one should not have to decipher it.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jopa

Sorry, Jopa. When she said, “That means a lot” it’s referring to the fact that the word “plethora” means “a lot.” The definition of “plethora” is “a large or excessive amount.” I hope that helps explain this joke. Have a great day. 😀 —Diane

Jopa
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I know the definition of “plethora” but I still don’t get the joke. I must be missing something. Please explain.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jopa

Hi, Jopa. It was just a play on words. I don’t know how else to explain it. Sorry. Have a great day. 😀 —Diane

Dan
1 month ago

That joke was a little off center.

I laughed quite a while. 😂

Ron T.
1 month ago

A shower only “wastes” water if you’re not in it. “Uses” would have been a better word.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron T.

“The average shower wastes 20 gallons of water”. When has a shower EVER been a waste of water? Or does it mean that a shower takes 21 gallons of water, 20 of which are wasted?

JEB
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron T.

Exactly. How can it waste water if someone comes out less dirty and smelly than going in? A bath tub uses more but is it wasted as well?

h goff
1 month ago

The quote “if there is no ladder, the roof was not meant to be walked on” is misleading. Ladders are options and irrespective of roof construction. Our TT has no ladder, but its advertised as walkable which I’ve done a dozen or so times. I suggest the author have articles peer reviewed before being submitted.

Bob P
1 month ago
Reply to  h goff

Yep

Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  h goff

You are misquoting the author leading to misleading the readers of your post. You entirely omitted the word ‘probably’ when he explained the lack of a ladder.

Pierre Woody
26 days ago
Reply to  h goff

I agree

Scott R. Ellis
1 month ago

*Particle board* on the roof? Extremely fragile in thin sizes, extremely heavy in thicker ones, and a really bad idea. Suspect the writer meant OSB.

Bob P
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Probably can’t tell the difference.

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