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.
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Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Drink Wine Day!
On this day in history: 1885 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is published in the United States.
Tip of the Day
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
If your travels take you to tick country, be on the lookout for these biting and often disease-carrying insects. Adult ticks are most active from March to mid-May and from mid-August to November. They can be active any time the temperature is above freezing. Here are some “tick tips” from Amanda Roome, an expert in ticks with Binghamton University.
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Easy Caravanning TakeOff pop-up trailer. As he reports, “I haven’t looked across the pond in a while, but occasionally some sort of RV I see over there is something I think our industry should consider bringing over here. Such is the case with the Holland-built TakeOff from Easy Caravanning. This little pop-up trailer is one of the best examples of that sort of trailer I’ve seen.”
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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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.
Why does distribution panel buzz and spark with two ACs?
I have a 2002 Southwind 30 amp. Is the back AC supposed to run only off the 20-amp breaker, off the generator? I turned the 20 amp on and it would run the front air but nothing else. Then turned the 20 amp off and the 30 amp on, and it would run either the front or rear AC, microwave, etc. If I turn on both air conditioners with both breakers on, the solenoid behind the fuses buzzes and sparks and it kills the generator within a few seconds. It used to run both fine. —Kellie
If you’re in the Raleigh, NC, area, join Dave today at the NC RV Dealers Association Raleigh RV Show, Feb. 18-20, at the NC State Fairgrounds. He’s presenting seminars all three days!
Device keeps your fresh water tank clean. So simple, yet effective!
Using bleach to sanitize a fresh water tank in an RV is something that has become customary for many. But it’s not as easy to sanitize a fresh water tank when you’re worrying about getting bleach all over you or your RV. Here’s where the RV Inline Sanitizer comes in handy. Read more.
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Keep an extra set of RV keys handy, but safe
From Loren: “After several trips to the RV storage lot only to find I didn’t bring the RV keys, I went to Home Depot and bought a real estate agent door lock box. I got the kind that screws in, not the kind that hangs on the door knob. I screwed it to the floor in the propane bay (no lock on propane bay door). I put the RV door keys in the lock box — and, of course, I have never forgotten the keys since!” Thanks, Loren!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs.
From Terry Enge
Winnebago View Profile 2014 G
“We downsized from a 32′ 5th wheel to a 25′ Mercedes Sprinter Winnebago View, “Bucky.” Love it. Comfortable ride, plenty of power and easy backing in. Two slides with queen bed and large window for viewing, instead of an overhead bed. Accent lights, automatic awning, outdoor speakers, 2 TVs. We carry two electric bikes for getting around and a carrier for our pups.”
Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.
Website of the day
Most Beautiful Scenic Byway In Every State
With spring around the corner (sort of), it’s about time to start planning your road trips. And we think every road trip should be spent on scenic byways, don’t you agree?
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We bet the cave men would be really jealous of inventions like this. Realllllly jealous.
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.
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• Escapees: Best Club for RVers: All RVers welcome, no matter what type of RV, make or model.
• Road Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.
Recipe of the Day
This is a fantastic grits casserole that’s taken to another level. Onions add great flavor, while the cheese makes it nice and creamy. An easy casserole for a weekend breakfast or brunch. It’s filled with ingredients people love. Add fresh fruit for a great meal.
Iconic trivia column “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” began its life as a sports cartoon. In 1918, Robert Ripley was a sports cartoonist for the New York Globe. One day he sketched out a panel of cartoons of various sports oddities. He titled it “Champs and Chumps.” The next year, he began doing more of these and called them “Believe It or Not!” The panel was a huge hit and quickly became a weekly feature. The rest, as they say, is history…
Readers’ Pets of the Day
“Our three traveling companions, Feliz, Travis, and Nisha! These three love to travel and can’t wait to get back on the road!” —Jon Crosier
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!
Easily check the tire pressure on your inner dual tires
Do you have trouble reading the tire pressure on your RV’s inner duals? This dual head tire pressure gauge with an extension steel shaft will reach where a standard gauge won’t. Be sure you know the pressure of all your tires, or risk a potentially dangerous blowout. No batteries required. Learn more or order.
Leave here with a laugh
Since it’s National Drink Wine Day, we figured we’d re-share this hilarious video with you. We posted it a couple of years ago, but even if you’ve already seen it you’ll be sure to laugh again. Watch it here.
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