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Tip of the Day
Free RV spot? Try caretaking – trade skills, or your presence
By Bob Difley
Caretaking takes many forms, such as simply camping at a remote location to deter theft or vandalism or staying on someone else’s property while they are away. This could often entail watering plants, feeding pets or gardening.
Usually you will stay in your own rig but have access to electrical and water connections and the use of a bathroom facility. Each caretaking position is different and usually involves trading your services for free living and sometimes, depending on the work and responsibility, also some $$.
How do you find caretaking positions? Find out here.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: RVs and WD-40: Unusual combinations that work!
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Winnebago Minnie 2529RG. As he reports, “Occupying about the middle of Winnebago’s travel trailer line, the Minnie is sort of a midsize line of laminated trailers with a rather rich feature set and some terrific cabinetry.” Learn more.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Grand Design Transcend XPLOR 240ML? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club.
Should I use nitrogen in my tires?
We have had our current trailer for 4 years and it came with nitro-filled tires. I was told that adding straight air to fill was not an issue. I would really appreciate being educated on the pros and cons of nitro-filled tires. Thank you in advance, Sir. —Joel
Yesterday, Dave answered: Are new trailers designed for proper weight distribution?
Boondocking gone wrong: One woman’s experience
RVer Suzanne Anthony had recently learned about an “idyllic” boondocking spot near Cloudcroft, New Mexico, in the Lincoln National Forest. She was looking for a place to escape the brutal heat of central Texas. She found the coordinates of the location, and headed off. What she found was horrifying, nothing like what she expected. Read more.
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What’s your favorite beverage to quench your thirst on a hot day?
Take a sip then tell us here.
Tilt electric mirrors for better parking visibility
When preparing to back up your RV, tilt the electric mirrors down to see the lower rear corner of your coach. To practice, use rubber cones in an empty parking lot. Try to align the rear of the rig with the cone, using only your mirrors. When backing up, your concern is no longer with traffic approaching from the rear but with carefully guiding the rear of your coach into a site and avoiding any obstacles. Thanks to Ron Jones at AboutRVing.com.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Ray Austin
2013 Winnebago Vista 27N
“My favorite thing about it is the comfort and having all my stuff with me. Next favorite is the size, under 30 ft. A lot of older national and state parks have limited space for RVs.”
Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.
Still need a Valentine’s Day gift?
If you still need a Valentine’s Day gift for your special lady, this earring and necklace combo is perfect! (Or, ladies, you can just buy this adorable combo for yourself!) We think all the ladies of the RVtravel.com staff need this… Learn more or order here. (Trust us. You’ll get major brownie points.)
Website of the day
50 Romantic Valentine’s Day Recipes for Staying in With Your Special Someone
Okay, love birds. Listen up. Valentine’s Day is just a few meals away, so this weekend is the perfect time to stock up on ingredients you may need to make that special someone a very special meal!
For Lovers Only…
Listen up, romantics. If you have a special someone you’d like to surprise with a secret message right here on this website (could be your wife, husband, partner, child, neighbor, friend, etc.) submit it to us here. Don’t use their real names, use a special name that only they’ll recognize. Oh, how fun it will be when they read it! You’ll make their day! We’ll feature these in our upcoming newsletters, so keep your eyes open.
Here are a couple of responses.
To: Mrs. RBB
From: Mr. RBB
“All my love always“
“God blessed the day I met you in 1975 and every day since for the last 46 years. You’re my first, last and only love, my best friend and help mate. Thank you for showing me I’m still special to you too. I love you to the moon and back. Let’s do another 45 years!“
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The most accurate, most hilarious, card we’ve ever seen. If this doesn’t speak volumes…
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Recipe of the Day
by Sonnie Otto from Dickinson, ND
Fondue sounds very fancy, but this recipe is actually very easy to make. The liquor in this fondue adds a hint of fruity flavor that works lovely with the chocolate. After about 45 minutes, our fondue was thick and luscious. Perfect for dipping strawberries, bananas, and pound cake. When cold, it has a fudge-like texture and would make a decadent sauce for ice cream.
You can thank us for this recipe later. Get it here.
See yesterday’s recipe: Blackened Chicken Breast With Fettuccine Alfredo
If you grew up in the U.S., you most likely told another child they have “cooties.” The term “cooties” first appeared in English from British World War I soldiers that referred to the lice that ran rampant in battlefield trenches. It is believed to be derived from the Philippine, Malaysian-Indonesian, and Maori word kuto or kutu, which refers to a biting insect.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Gracie loves to camp but hates when I have to work.” —Adrian Grove
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!
Pet First Aid: The basic kit you should carry with you at all times. This is important!
MAKES A GREAT GIFT!
A cozy gift for your favorite RVer!
These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so you won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL, so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.
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