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.
“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” —
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Onion Rings Day! But if you’re not into onions, then here’s good news: It’s also National Chocolate Eclair Day!
On this day in history: June 22, 1942
The Pledge of Allegiance is formally adopted by the U.S. Congress.
U.S./Canadian border remains closed
The United States has extended Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico until July 21, according to a tweet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Tip of the Day
An essential part of the RV toolbox is a good set of pliers. Now, you can get a complete set (the ones in the photo are from Amazon), which is economical and functional, or you can pick individually. I like a set like this, as I can think of a time where I have used each one.
The channel locks are ideal for any plumbing connection or nut/bolt that you need a little more leverage on. Needle nose are great for wiring jobs. Electricians’ pliers and wire snips are essential for doing electrical work. Lastly, general-purpose pliers help when securing fasteners. — Chris Dougherty, RVIA certified technician
Yesterday’s tip of the day: These are the home remedies we swear by for bug bite itching
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Jayco Seismic 4113 Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler. He writes, “The objective of this design is almost like a giant party yacht – but with three axles and two bathrooms.” We like the sound of that! Read more here.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Oliver Legacy Elite Travel Trailers for boondocking? 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, June 22, 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Dana Eulert of Huntley, Illinois, and Jay Miller of Runnells, Iowa.
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.
Hiker dies of extreme heat! Let this be a warning
Let this be a reminder that summer is upon us and days are heating up. Last Saturday at about 1:15 p.m., a hiker in the Grand Canyon was reported experiencing heat illness. The 53-year-old backpacker was on a multi-day backpacking trip from the Hermit to Bright Angel Trail. Hiking down the Hermit Trail on Friday, she became disoriented and later unconscious. A day later, she died; the cause of death is believed to be heat-related. On June 20 the high temperature at Phantom Ranch was approximately 115°F (46°C).
We do not want to own this RV. Nope.
If bubble gum and an RV had a baby…. We found this on the CampingRoadTrip.com Facebook page and couldn’t help but share. Saying “Yikes!” is an understatement. Put on your sunglasses before you click here.
Yesterday’s featured article: OK to use cruise control while towing?
Road Atlas: Adventure Edition
As much as we love technology, we still appreciate a good physical road atlas. This highly rated National Geographic Road Atlas: Adventure Edition is certainly one to love. The atlas has up-to-date road maps for all 50 states, plus Canada and Mexico. Cities and metro areas include popular attractions and points of interest. The atlas also acts as a guidebook to National Parks and the top 100 adventure destinations. This atlas is cool! Check it out.
How do you feel about handling non-poisonous snakes?
Do you love the slithery creatures or do they scare the pants off you? Vote here.
Hurricane coming your way?
If you ever get pinned down with your RV when a hurricane is headed your way, here’s a tip about how to help minimize the storm from blowing your RV every which way (including upside down). Fill all your holding tanks – fresh water, gray water and black water (water is fine in the latter: no need to spend lots of time sitting on the pot!). The extra water weight will make the RV heavier, thus slightly more difficult for the storm to topple or blow to points unknown. Of course, if you can drive or tow your RV away from the storm, that’s best. If you are forced to stay in the area, maybe get a hotel room and hope when you return that the RV is where you left it. Check out our directory of RV parks (and other locations) with storm shelters.
Not enough power to run your air conditioner? Think again!
When the summer heat arrives and your 110 power is from a small portable generator or a 20-amp household hookup you’re out of luck running an air conditioner. That is, unless you have a SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible when you never could before. Learn more and watch a video where RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury explains how the product works.
Website of the day
8 of History’s Weirdest Jobs
You’ll love this list of 8 of the weirdest jobs in history. For example, at one time you might have earned your living as a “knocker upper.” What’s that? You’ll have to visit the website to find out!
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 11 percent say they have dropped something down their RV’s toilet by mistake
• 33 percent prefer to stay at a campsite with a fire pit
• 23 percent would prefer to camp at a campground that does not allow dogs
Recipe of the Day
Watermelon Lime Frosty/Margarita
by CC MCCART-FROST from Guatay, CA
Amp up your summer sipping with this frosty margarita. It’s a refreshing way to enjoy fresh watermelon in a drink. Sweet and tangy, make a batch of these when you’re sitting poolside. This is definitely an adult-only cocktail.
How good does that look? Get the recipe and whip one up!
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Chicken Pineapple Kabobs
Have you ever wondered how the “84 Lumber” chain of stores got its name? It’s from the unincorporated village of Eighty Four in Pennsylvania, located 20 miles south from Pittsburgh. The company was founded there in 1956. Today it owns and operates more than 250 stores throughout the USA.
*What is the purpose of “eye black,” the grease that sports player’s apply under their eyes? If you don’t know, find out in yesterday’s trivia.
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This is exactly what families and groups of friends need to stay entertained! What fun!
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“CoCo. Don’t let her small size fool you. She loves humans, but let any other animal around and she’ll readily announce who’s the boss, whether it’s a full-grown deer, Great Dane, or a squirrel. She’s the perfect travel companion and loves being on the road… I swear, there’s a person in there.” —Cynthia Darby
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!
Amazon Live Prime
Sit back and watch the hosts of Amazon Prime Live show off one product after another. And all the while, special offers will scroll across and down the screen. This is great fun! And, heck, you just might pick up a great bargain. Click here to watch.
Leave here with a laugh
You will fall to the floor laughing when you play this 13-second video. Grandpa has some pretty strong feelings about which wine he prefers. Do not miss this. Do not!
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New Facebook Group: Pavement Camping: Share information about where to stay in the parking lots of big box stores and other non-traditional camping places.
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RV Daily Tips Staff
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