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“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” ―
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On this day in history: 1922 – United States President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio set in the White House.
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Tip of the Day
Hot weather? Prevent food from spoiling and melting with this trick
Here I go again, learning the hard way. A couple of summers ago we spent time exploring Utah. Many days, the afternoon temperatures remained in the mid-90s well into the late afternoon. After picking up our favorite chocolate bars, fruits, vegetables and other related snacks, we went four-wheeling. Upon our return after 6 p.m., our coach was a comfortable 75ish degrees. We decided to share a chocolate bar. To my amazement, upon opening, the bar was so soft it clung to the wrapper. To salvage the tasty snack, we had to put it in the freezer.
If our cabinets were hot enough that food was spoiling or melting, we needed to find a way to keep them cool. Continue reading and find out how Kate solved this problem.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Northwood Arctic Fox 27-5L. Tony writes, “Northwood makes solid coaches and is the only company that I know of that is actually certifying their trailers for off-road use.” Learn more about these well-insulated and well-built fifth wheels here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
How to keep snug as a bug in a rug…
I’ve been seeing a lot of questions about how to stay warm in an RV during these cold winter months, especially while boondocking. While I don’t have any simple solutions for keeping your RV furnace running all night from battery power, I have been recently experimenting with various self-warming fabrics that can help keep not only you warm in a chilly RV, but also keep your pet warm and snugly as well. Continue reading (and check out Mike’s HUGE feet!).
Your safety while boondocking – your responsibility
One of the many joys associated with boondocking is finding those pristine, backwoods campsites or forest service campgrounds that have a minimal connection with civilization. … Just the way we like it – until a natural emergency strikes. Read more.
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Keep your shower sparkling
Many have heard of the 50/50 vinegar and dish soap method to clean a shower. I “modified” that method a bit and it works fantastically on our RV’s shower – fiberglass, tile, or whatever, this stuff cleans anything.
Here’s my recipe: Mix 1/2 cup plain white vinegar with a little LESS than 1/2 cup Dawn blue dish soap (use ONLY Dawn and ONLY the regular blue stuff) in a large measuring cup. Mix, then microwave the mixture till just hot enough to still be able to put your hand in the mixture (do NOT boil it!). Using a Scotch Brite pad (ones w/sponge on one side, a bit rougher on the other), I simply spread the mixture on the walls, doors and, lastly, even the floor, with a tiny bit of scrubbing. Let the mixture “sit” as long as you can handle the vinegar smell (20-30 minutes is fine; I usually let mine sit ~1 hr). Then get in (as if you’re takin’ a shower) and rinse everything off. That’s it. Your shower will sparkle!
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Website of the day
Where to get the best chocolate in every state
We’re sorrrrrrrry to make you drool but we couldn’t help but share! (Share the link…not the chocolate! We’re not sharing that…). Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so if you’re near one of these places, perhaps this is a sweet chance to support a small, local business? Thanks to Tom Hart for sharing this delicious tip for chocolate treats.
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