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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 1066

Issue 1066 • March 13, 2019

Welcome to another fabulous edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here, you’ll find helpful RV-related, and small-space living, tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate your readership.

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Why trailer weight distribution is so critical

In case you missed this in our RV Travel Newsletter recently, reader George Bliss flagged this YouTube video as a “must see” for readers. It’s a truly graphic demonstration of what happens when you don’t keep enough weight over the trailer tongue. Click the image to play. Thanks, George, for a good steer!

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New edition of RVer’s Guide to Dump Stations published. Read more about it here. 


Foam cushions need a cleaning?

Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales

Here’s advice to refresh smelly cushions, from Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales: “Simply take the cushion covers off of the foam and wash those according to the directions. Lay the foam cushions on the driveway or yard on top of an old sheet or blanket. Sprinkle baking soda liberally onto one side of the cushions and allow to sit for a few hours in the sun before flipping over and repeating. After a few more hours in the sun, you will want to get as much of the baking soda off as possible. The best way I’ve found is simply by shaking and beating the powder off. A vacuum is of little use on foam. Next, you will want to fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water and mist both sides of the cushions. Once again let sit in the sun until completely dry.”

Another use for RV leveling blocks

“When faced with puddles, mud or otherwise outside your RV exit just plop down a few blocks if available. If there’s storage room, buy a cheap set.” Thanks to Martine Flory for the idea!

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Unique Camping Recipes

And there are more than 200 of them! Many times we see a lot of the same stuff around the campfire … I mean, how often do you really cook in foil? But this list has some unique recipes we think you might want to try.

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I ordered Chinese take-out food from a local place. On my way home after picking it up, I heard the bags rustling and moving and quickly became terrified as to what was in my food. I thought I could see a little pair of eyes peering out at me but wasn’t positive. I was driving so I leaned forward, picked up the bag, put it on the passenger seat and there it was again, more rustling and little eyes looking out behind the prawn crackers, I thought it was a rat or a mouse or something, so I carefully pulled the bag down to see… And there it was… A Peeking Duck!

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  1. Here’s another groaner for \your consideration:
    Q: “What’s green and has four wheels?”
    A: “Grass!” !!!! (I lied about the wheels!).

  2. You know what I really hate? I hate popups on a web page. Especially when they ask me to subscribe to something that I am already subscribed to and used a link to get to that page. If you’re going to annoy people, why don’t you pick on the ones that haven’t subscribed yet and stop annoying those of us who have already done it.

    P.s. I am a monthly subscriber.

  3. I’d try the foam cushion tip only as a last resort.
    – first you put baking soda on it in the sun
    – then you shake off the baking soda
    – then you add dilute vinegar to neutralize any remaining baking soda
    – that leaves a dilute sodium acetate solution

    Sodium Acetate is listed as: May cause eye and skin irritation. May cause respiratory tract irritation. Hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air)

    Probably not a big deal if you’re able to shake off most of the baking soda. But those with respiratory problems might not want to lay their head on it if the cushion’s cover is made from a breathable cloth.

    I’d run water through the foam to rinse it out and then let it drain and dry in the shade for a few days. (Sun tends to quickly degrade foam.)

    May be easier to just run dish-soapy water through the foam, rinse, drain, dry.

  4. That video was a clever demonstration how inadequate tongue weight can lead to out of control trailer sway but another problem with inadequate tongue weight (especially negative tongue weight), even with a small trailer, I’ve found out (the hard way) is it makes accurately backing a trailer pretty much impossible. The darned thing will go pretty much anywhere except where you point it.

  5. LOVED yesterday’s joke!! AbuDhabi doooooooo! Today’s, yes, it’s cute, too. But yesterday’s was the best 🙂


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