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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Issue 1628
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

“You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.” ― George Clooney


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Hydration Day! Go drink a glass of water!

On this day in history: 1960: The first contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S.


Breaking News

Northwest town dangling on peninsula facing humanitarian crisis

The Washington-based staff at RVtravel.com recently became aware of one of the strangest and potentially economically devastating situations being driven by the pandemic and the closure of the border between the U.S. and Canada. Every day, the situation for the residents of tiny Point Roberts, Wash., becomes more dire. “I feel we need to help,” said RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury. Read more.



Tip of the Day

Shade or sun parking? Here are the pros and cons

We have this ongoing debate: Is it better to park under a shaded tree or out in direct sunlight? Which would you choose?

Here are a few pros and cons of each to help you decide…

Yesterday’s tip of the day: A good set of pliers is essential


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Grand Design Imagine 2670MK Travel Trailer. As he reports, “I’ve seen exactly this same floor plan before in the East To West Alta 2810KIK. In fact, the two trailers are so similar you might be hard-pressed to choose if you saw them side-by-side.” Tony does compare them, though, and he does have a favorite. See what it is in his review.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Jayco Seismic 4113 Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

RVs for sale at eBay. 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 23, 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.


We did the one thing we never thought we’d do…

“We did the thing we NEVER, EVER thought we would do – buy an RV online AND buy it new. Boy, was that a learning experience!” Read more in this post from Nanci Dixon.

Yesterday’s featured article: We do not want to own this RV. Nope. 


Give your phone or tablet a full-sized keyboard
How neat is this? This tiny, collapsible Bluetooth keyboard connects to your phone and tablet so you can type comfortably. The 5-ounce palm-sized keyboard can be folded into your pocket or backpack to carry around. All you have to do is press “Connect” to quickly pair with your devices. Check it out here.


Reader poll

Have you ever been bitten by a wild animal?

We hope not, but please tell us here.


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

RV battery dangers

Batteries can be extremely dangerous. They emit gases that are explosive and contain a very corrosive acid. If you perform your own maintenance, then certain precautions must be taken. Do not use an open flame or smoke around batteries. Avoid any electrical arcing or sparks around the battery(ies). Wear protective clothing and safety glasses, and avoid getting any battery acid on your skin or clothes. If you do come in contact with battery acid, flush the exposed area immediately with a lot of cold water. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.


Website of the day

20 Epic Natural Swimming Holes Across the U.S. 
If you’re hot right now, looking at these glorious swimming holes might make you sooo jealous. Swipe through the slideshow and see if any are near you!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• The trashing of our public lands. Case in point.
• Is your RV packing on the pounds? Try these 10 steps to shed some rig weight
• Top 10 complaints RV park managers have about campers


Paint nick or chip on your RV? Easy fix!
Writer Nanci Dixon recently wrote about how to easily fix a paint nick or chip on your RV. The manufacturer showed her how to touch up the spot with mini automotive paintbrushes. “Merely wipe the damaged area clean, dip the paint stick in the touch-up paint, wipe off excess paint and dab the nick.” See the difference and buy the brushes here for about $10.


Recipe of the Day

Blackberry-Honey Ribs
by J. White Harris from Gallatin, TN
Yum! These are really good ribs. We baked them in the oven and they came out delicious. I bet they’d be even better on the grill. The blackberry honey sauce is a great complement to the baby back ribs. It’s sweet, just a little tangy and forms a slight crust under the broiler. Even the pickiest of rib eaters will go crazy for these!

Ooooh, these sound berry good! Get the recipe.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Watermelon Lime Frosty/Margarita


Trivia

Talk about weird jobs! In ancient Egypt, when the pharaoh got indigestion the royal anus blower was called to help. An important task was when the pharaoh was constipated. The royal anus blower would grab a long, golden tube, fill it with hot water, and blow it up the pharaoh’s behind. Yeah, it’s just what it sounds like – an enema administered by mouth. No word on how much the royal anus blower was paid.

*Ever wondered how the “84 Lumber” chain of stores got its name? Yesterday’s trivia tells you!


??????  MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY  ??????
We see a lot of these, but we like the design of this one the most! It would keep a certain annoying something out of your eyes…


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“17-month-old Labradoodle, Huey, rescued September 17th, 2020. Very smart and sweet. Just returned from his first camping trip at Colt Creek State Park near Lakeland, Florida. He really enjoyed it.” —Daryl Bortel

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

Thanks for sending, Seann Fox! Have a funny joke or photo to share with us? Submit it here


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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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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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Ron H.
3 months ago

Geographically, Point Roberts should have been made a part of British Columbia long ago. But, since it’s still in the U.S. and isolated, it seems appropriate that we would provide support for the Americans who live and work there. We send plane loads of supplies to other areas when needed. Pt. Roberts has been cut off for a long time, but it isn’t far across U.S. waters from the major port of Bellingham. A nice big boatload of needed supplies would probably be appreciated.

Judy Castle
3 months ago

For some reason I am no longer receiving my daily dose of RV Travel via email. I can go to your website, but I prefer getting my copy in my email. Any idea why?

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  Judy Castle

Sorry, Judy. I just looked up your account. The RV Daily Tips newsletter was still listed for you, but the check mark next to it was missing. I don’t know why. I put the check mark back on it, so hopefully you’ll start receiving the emails for them again. If not, let me know and I’ll look into it further. Have a great day! 🙂 —Diane

jillie
3 months ago

Now I get what it means to say up yours? Or blow it up your arsenal? Love these mini blurbs.

Betty Danet
3 months ago

Laugh photo is both horrifying and hilarious.

Jeb
3 months ago

I can hear the Royal Blower now. Please don’t eat that you know what it does to you!

Chic Sanders
3 months ago

The link to “Shade or sun parking?” is broke.

Larry
3 months ago
Reply to  Chic Sanders

Error code 404 came up for me… something wrong with link…

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Emily Woodbury (@emily)
3 months ago
Reply to  Larry

Sorry, Chic and Larry! We fixed it. Thanks for letting us know!

Take care,
Emily, RVTravel.com

Sharon L Boehmer
3 months ago
Reply to  Chic Sanders

same here

Barry Hiatt
3 months ago

Trivia Answer to the “pay” for the Royal {bleeped} blower has to be NOT ENOUGH! Just think of the issues associated with that job, horrifying!

Tony Grigg
3 months ago
Reply to  Barry Hiatt

Little known fact … The descendents of many past {bleeped} blowers are today continuing the family tradition by working in Congress, where they now blow smoke.

David Telenko
3 months ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

+10

Betty Danet
3 months ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

😆

Jeff Craig
3 months ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

Popular notion, but I’ll say that since I personally know all my elected reps in Congress, that you are completely wrong. They all do what they do because they are trying to make the world a better place. Some promises just can’t be kept (don’t get me started on certain politicians putting Party over Country) because certain members are more concerned about campaign contributions and being primaried, than in doing their job. Fortunately, we’re not seeing this in our WA State Senators and most of our Representatives. That said, this is a prime reason why we need Publicly Funded Elections.

Dan
3 months ago

The website of the day sounded wonderful. Unfortunately, it’s too tedious for my old nerves to use. Scroll up, scroll down. Try to close the pop up so I can see the screen, then answer questions why you don’t want to see it. Scroll, close, answer questions, repeat, repeat. Arrrgh! Give up, close link. Sorry. I just had to vent a little bit. The internet used to be great, now it’s just another excessive advertising medium.