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.
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” — Benjamin Franklin
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National I Love Horses Day!
On this day in history: 1916 – In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporate Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).
Tip of the Day
The 7 C’s of Camping and RVing
Whether you are visiting a state campground or commercial RV park, the camping etiquette guidelines below are meant to enhance your camping and RVing experience.
- Care: Care how you camp by being considerate of your fellow campers or RVers and use campground manners.
- Caution: Be cautious in the use of or camping equipment both on the road and at campsites. Improve your camping skills, knowing the right way is the safe way.
- Courtesy: You are never so sensitive to others as when we are camping and that is why courtesy is so important. Practice politeness because it enhances the camping experience. Respect the privacy of others, control your children, leash and pick up after your dogs.
- Cleanliness: Be clean in your camping habits and teach your children the importance of cleanliness. Pick up litter no matter who left it and be proud of the campsites you leave behind.
- Cooperation: Observe the letter and spirit of camping regulations and the rules established to protect your enjoyment of the outdoors. Since camping at its best is sharing, work cooperatively with others to make it better for everyone.
- Conservation: Protect the environment in which you enjoy camping and help those whose job it is to guard and wisely manage your country’s natural resources. Leave a better outdoors for those who follow us.
- Common Sense: Apply common sense to every situation knowing that reason, understanding and humor make camping better for you and others.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: 5 unique uses for elastic hair ties in an RV
Discount coupons for As Seen on TV products. Some of these are neat!
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Thor Sanctuary 19P 4X4 Class B Van. He thinks this van comes close to being pretty terrific, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark. See why in today’s review.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Palomino Backpack SS-1251 Pop-top Truck Camper? 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, July 15, 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: Bonnie Pascucci of Stevensville, Montana, and John Wilkins of Pilesgrove, New Jersey.
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.
What you didn’t know about RV tire pressure
Here’s a great post by Eric Johnson at TechnoRV about tire pressure and tire pressure monitoring systems. He explains how different factors affect tire pressure and how important it is to have a TPMS. Learn more.
Yesterday’s featured article: A campground in the clouds and a slice of pie. Paradise
Use your air conditioner in low-power situations never before possible!
At RVtravel.com we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run two air conditioners (with two SoftStartRVs) on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.
What cell phone provider do you have?
No calling or texting, just tell us here.
Be prepared to manually retract slideouts
Find out the exact procedures for emergency manual retraction of your slideouts before you need to use them. Write them out in language that you can understand and keep them where you can find them. You probably will never use them, but Boy Scouts have a good motto: Be Prepared! —From Trailers & Fifth Wheels Made Easy
Website of the day
Best Vet Hospitals in America
This is for your pets, folks, not your favorite veterans. If your pet is sick, has an emergency, or just needs their booster shots, see if you’re near any of these amazing pet hospitals. They’ll take good care of your furbabies!
RVtravel.com Podcast Episode 15
This week on the podcast, Mark and Julie Bennett, YouTube’s ”RVLove” personalities help us learn from their hard-won experience, sharing the things they wish they’d known before they started RVing. The RVtravel podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.com, and RVtravel’s RVs: Who Makes What guide to manufacturers and RV brands.
It’s radio on the Internet! Listen to the episode here.
Clubs and useful organizations
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• Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
Recipe of the Day
Caprese Chicken Stacker With Reduced Balsamic
by Stephanie Beacham from Jacksonville, NC
This recipe is a Caprese salad with a chicken breast added… and the chicken is a yummy addition. It tastes like summer and is a great dish to make with tomatoes and basil when they’re abundant. The balsamic vinegar reduction drizzled on top is slightly thicker than if you didn’t reduce it and adds a pop of sweetness to the dish. The marriage of flavors in this easy dinner is wonderful. Pretty when presented, this is a restaurant-quality meal.
Mmmm, we want this! Get the recipe.
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: AnnMarie’s Buffalo Chicken Wing Mac and Cheese
Keep your RV fridge from growing mold when your RV is stored. Very clever.
There are more species of oaks on a single hillside on the banks of the Alabama River than anywhere else in the world. The Mobile River Basin makes Alabama home to more species of freshwater fish, mussels, snails, turtles and crawfish (or crayfish) than any other state.
*What do birds do in their dreams? We told you yesterday.
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This is something we’d like to sit around the campfire with for a few hours…
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Annie (R) and Jake (L). On guard duty.” —Frank Heim
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!
If your dog or cat gets hot in the summer, why not buy them a cooling bed? There are tons of options available on Amazon, and Fido and Fifi will thank you!
Leave here with a laugh
My fitness goal is to get down to what I told the DMV I weigh.
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