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“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.” —Mel Robbins
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Coffee Milkshake Day!
On this day in history: 1947 – Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the United States National Security Council.
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Tip of the Day
Here are some ways RVers are making money on the road. You can do these too!
By Gail Marsh
It used to be that the majority of RVers were retired folks. Not anymore! If COVID taught us anything, it’s that many jobs can be done remotely. That means people are no longer tied to the company’s office chair. You can say “goodbye” to the work cubicle and irksome daily commute and hit the road.
“Well,” you may be thinking, “I don’t have the skills to make a work-from-home job work for me.” Think again! Here are just a few of the jobs I’ve seen others do as I’ve traveled. One of the jobs might be a perfect fit for you. Or perhaps one of these jobs will spark a new idea of your own. Continue reading for some great ideas.
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Wayfarer “Walter” Class B van. As he reports, “This is certainly not the van conversion for everybody but it’s one of the most affordable and promising ones that I’ve seen. Considering how many Class B’s I’ve seen that do try to be everything to everyone and come out just badly, I like this much more simplified approach with consistent materials and processes.” Click here to read the review.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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: Tom Westerfield of Box Elder, South Dakota.
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.
NEW! “Why I love my RV”
Every Monday through Saturday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs. Today, we hear from readers Christine Gray and William DeCoste. Click here.
New, innovative way to explore campsites virtually
Now, “drive” through campgrounds virtually — just like with Google Street View. Explore campsites from all angles. See one you like? Click and reserve it right on the spot. Watch a demo. Learn more.
RVelectricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
CarGenerator / Ford PowerBoost comparison
Saw you at the Airstream International Rally last week, and I’m really glad you brought the F-150 PowerBoost truck. It’s very nice, but at $66,000 it’s a little out of my budget. However, I saw the CarGenerator you brought, as well, so I wonder if other than the amount of power output, is the Ford technology that much different than the CarGenerator product? —Linda from Lebanon
Is it safe to leave a deposit with an RV dealer?
RVtravel.com recently posted a message from a reader which was titled, “Is novice RV buyer being ‘taken’ by dealer? Your input requested.” Dave Helgeson, a former RV dealer and avid RVer, not to mention the show director for three popular Northwest RV shows including the Seattle RV Show, explains why it is not only safe but in your best interest to leave a deposit with an RV dealer when looking to purchase an RV. Learn more.
Do you buy your clothes based mostly on their quality or price?
Think about it for a moment, then tell us here.
“Address book” backup plan
Before you leave on a trip, write down all important phone numbers you will need while away and store them in a safe place. Most cell phone users store the numbers in their phones. But if the phone should malfunction or get lost, it’s unlikely they’ll know the phone numbers by memory. So write them down, just in case.
‘Earthquake Putty’ a favorite of RVers, keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.
Website of the day
Travel Nevada – Road Trips
There’s a lot more to Nevada than just Sin City. It’s a beautiful state! This page on the Travel Nevada website tells you about amazing road trips you should add to your to-travel list.
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This is one of the most popular products for RVers, but we’ve never seen one like this before! Wow! Check it out.
Recipe of the Day
As far as tuna melts go, this one is pretty amazing. It may be a bit messy, but it’s very tasty. The base of the sandwich is sweet Hawaiian bread cut into thick slices and buttered. We liked the tuna salad itself – it has many textures and flavors. When it cooks, the melted cheese holds everything in. This seems very fancy, almost restaurant quality… no one has to know how easy it is. Just make sure to have napkins handy.
We want this, and we want it now! Get the recipe.
If you watch a video of someone jumping into ice-cold water, or those videos like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, you may find yourself start to shiver. Scientists have found that watching another person shiver, in person or via an internet photo or video, your body temperature can actually drop too. This is called “temperature contagion.”
It’s time to clean your CPAP machine!
One of our past surveys told us that 53% of you (or your partner) use a CPAP machine. Wow! When was the last time your machine was cleaned thoroughly? They get very dirty! This highly rated cleaning kit will get out all those yucky germs and bacteria. The extendable brush will expand to 7 feet, but folds up into a small plastic bag so as to not take up too much room in your RV. If you use a CPAP, you’ll want to order this here.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Gunter is a 2-year-old all-white purebred German Shepherd. He loves to go for rides, either camping or off-roading. Fetching a ball also gets him excited. People that pass by us on walks always comment on how beautiful he is.” —Dana Lakeman
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
A woman called the Colorado State Division of Wildlife regarding a snake in her backyard. “Can you tell me what kind it is?” she asked. “Can you describe it?” the ranger asked. “Yes,” she said. “It’s long and thin. Oh, and it doesn’t have any arms or legs.” —Charles Loeffler, Monument, Colorado
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