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RV Daily Tips. Friday, July 16, 2021

Issue 1645
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

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” —Napoleon Hill


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Corn Fritters Day!

On this day in history: 1935 – The world’s first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.



Tip of the Day

What you need to know about first aid for burns

It can happen at the campfire, near the RV’s outdoor grill, or inside your rig with the microwave oven. It can happen as you relax on the beach or as you work on your truck. What is it? A burn. It’s important to know some basic first aid treatments for burns, especially when you’re camping.

Along with knowing what to do, it’s also a good idea to carry basic burn treatment items inside your RV.

Here’s what you need to know.

Yesterday’s tip of the day: The 7 C’s of Camping and RVing


Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Safari Condo Alto F2114 Travel Trailer. He writes, “As we sadly meander our way back home from our two-month journey, we found ourselves in an RV park for the first time in 11 days. While I have a small travel trailer, next to us is a trailer that looks even smaller – a Safari Condo Alto F2114.” (It’s a family of four, including two teens, touring North America.) Continue reading.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Thor Sanctuary 19P 4X4 Class B Van? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.


Keep your RV fridge from growing mold when your RV is stored. Very clever.


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 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 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.


The worst RV crashes and disasters we’ve ever seen!

Yikes! These are by far some of the worst RV crashes and disasters we’ve ever seen. You can’t help but cringe and cry out while watching this. Click here.

Yesterday’s featured article: What you didn’t know about RV tire pressure



You may have missed these recent popular stories…


Reader poll

In the last year, about what percent of your clothes purchases were online?

Come check out over here.


Quick Tip

Do you have extra space under the closet?

Need a little more storage space in your rig? If your hanging closet is over a wheel well, you’ll probably find the closet bottom covers the wheel well. There could easily be more space in the well. Carefully cutting away carpeting (as needed), boring a “thumb hole” in an appropriate spot, and carefully cutting away at the “floor” may give you access to that otherwise “dead” space. If you encounter heat ducting, wrap it with insulation to prevent unwanted heat damage to what you squirrel away in the space.



Website of the day

The U.S. Forest Service
OK, surely you know about the U.S. Forest Service, but have you ever spent time exploring their website? It has some pretty neat features, like showing you all the National Forests or Grasslands near you at this very moment. Check it out.


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.com podcast is brought to you by SoftStartRV power management, Clear20 water filters, TearDropShop.com, and RV Travel’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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• Harvest Hosts: Stay free at farms, wineries and other scenic and peaceful locations for free. Save 15% on membership.
AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible.
Boondockers Welcome: Stay at homes of RVers who welcome you in their driveways, yards, farmland or other space on their private property. Modest membership fee.
Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
Ready for a laugh? You’ll be in tears after looking at the photos in the reviews of this product (scroll down under reviews and click, “see all customer images”). We are LOLing! Look here.


Recipe of the Day

New York Style Corn Fritters
by Anthony Nicometi Jr from Cheektowaga, NY

When fresh corn is available, make sure to pick up a few ears and make this easy corn fritter recipe. They went fast in the Test Kitchen. Outside the fritters are crisp but the inside stays soft. We did drizzle a little balsamic reduction on top and it was perfection. These are easy to prepare and easier to eat.

It’s National Corn Fritter Day, remember? Get this perfect summer recipe here.

SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Caprese Chicken Stacker With Reduced Balsamic


Trivia

The winner of the very first modern Olympic Marathon stopped at a tavern halfway through the race for a glass of wine. (But can you blame them?)

*There is a specific part of the U.S. where there are more species of oak trees on a single hillside than anywhere else in the world. Where is that? Yesterday’s trivia tells you.


Helpful book for camping areas managed by the NPS
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.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Peekaboo aka ‘Peekie’ is an experienced camper, having been from central Montana to the Oregon coast and back twice as well as numerous trips around Montana. She travels well without complaint and is always happy to scamper around the trailer as soon as we get set up. She enjoys watching “kitty cat” TV through the screen door and enjoys stroller rides around the campground. Her favorite kitty bed is the hard shelf above the bed.” —Susan F.

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

I got a great new job last week and I can’t wait to start it. I’m the new head of the Old McDonald’s farm. I’m the CIEIO.


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dcook
4 months ago

Looks like most o f the fish tailing started with a sudden over reaction of the steering wheel that compounds itself with light hitch loading. Some drifted over into another lane and jerked the wheel back starting the reaction. Cant get complacent when towing these humongous bumper pulls.

Last edited 4 months ago by dcook
Pete
4 months ago

Love the Maine Coone cat, a beautiful animal- had two in my lifetime and they are the most loyal cats I have ever come across.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Pete

Sorry, Pete. I had to misspell your reference to Maine Coone intentionally (like here) or our sometimes overzealous filter bleeped it. 😯 Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

Brenda
4 months ago

Early entry fees are not the only thing parks are adding, when looking around here in NY, I have noticed that more of them are setting their rates just for two people, and I’m not talking adult only ones. While I was looking to plan a trip with my two boys who have campers and children, I noticed parks charging extra for children. Paying $8-$10 a night each. It use to be a family, then went to a family of four, now this. It would have cost them an extra $20-$30 dollars more on top of rising park site prices. I know NY is seasonal, I’m originally from NY, but really. Do family rates, most are weekenders only.

Tom
4 months ago

Dash cam video is pretty good. Lots of “tail wagging the dog.” I have dash cam on rv, plus a rear facing one on the towd.

Ed D.
4 months ago

Normally, you have some pretty good “Quick Tips” but today’s is a total dud! Who, in their right mind, is going to deface their RV to gain a minute amount of space in a wheel well?

Bob p
4 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Probably the same type of person in the videos of RV accidents, the first one was the only one that wasn’t caused by stupidity as it was blown over by a wind gust, and that shouldn’t have happened because if the wind is blowing that hard they should be parked, not driving with a 35+’ travel trailer. YOU CANT FIX STUPID!

Stephen Malochleb
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

You can’t fix it Bob, but you can LAUGH at it…..

Ed D.
4 months ago

This is truly laughable Stephen! 🙂

Ed D.
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

True!

Lil John
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

It’s interesting that most of the trailers had their axles very close to the center of the trailer length. They build them that way for less hitch weight and to make them turn sharper corners. Built right, the axles would be back 3-5 feet so the trailer would fish tail less. But then you have to have a larger tow vehicle, and a driver that knows how to turn corners. It’s sad the dealers don’t tell the customers that. 50 years of towing, and never had tail wag. Selective buying or building. Wish the manufacturers would wake up.

Richard Davidson
4 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

I have to agree with Bob below. Much trailer tail wagging is caused by overloaded and improperly loaded trailers. To look for more places to put more stuff and more weight in is not a good thing. Especially on or behind the rear axels.

Ed D.
4 months ago

Which agrees with my initial comment!

Roger V
4 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Not in all cases. This sort of thing is a very common modification among us Class B owners. In a van, every square inch of storage space is precious and overloading is not usually an issue. We’ve found several spaces that provide valuable storage. Some have even been implemented in later versions by the manufacturer after they read about the mods on Facebook groups.

Last edited 4 months ago by Roger V
Ed D.
4 months ago
Reply to  Roger V

If there isn’t enough room in a Class B, maybe you need to consider a Class C. Like we have purchased! My whole take is, that when you purchase an RV, it should meet ALL of your criteria and needs without having to modify (sometimes unsafely) the unit! Then there is the possibility that you may in fact void your Manufacturers Warranty when you make a modification on the structure!

Dalton Mccormick
4 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

he was talking about the space at head of bed,pass threw/under bed corners, alot of rv,s have draws already installed in that dead space

Ed D.
4 months ago

Need a little more storage space in your rig? If your hanging closet is over a wheel well, you’ll probably find the closet bottom covers the wheel well. There could easily be more space in the well. Carefully cutting away carpeting (as needed), boring a “thumb hole” in an appropriate spot, and carefully cutting away at the “floor” may give you access to that otherwise “dead” space. If you encounter heat ducting, wrap it with insulation to prevent unwanted heat damage to what you squirrel away in the space.”

Where in that statement does it mention anything about a Bed? You are not accurate with your assessment.