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“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” —Michael Josephson
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Napping Day! (Just wait to nap until after you finish reading the newsletter, okay?)
On this day in history: 1906 – Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated.
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Tip of the Day
8 tips for cleaning stubborn spots on glass doors
By Nanci Dixon
It’s no secret that RV shower doors can get gunky fast. They can quickly spot and streak, particularly in hard water. It’s important to clean them – not only for beauty’s sake but because hard water spots and streaks can actually leave permanent spots on the doors.
I just spent an hour cleaning, brushing and polishing our RV’s shower and have a few tips for you. Click here to read those tips.
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews Mountain View Adventure Vehicles. Tony writes, “If you’re looking for a Class B RV that has off-road capability and championship-level off-grid capability, this might be the rig for you.” Read more and take a peek here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Dog-bones for springtime RVing
I’ve just picked up my first RV with a 30-amp plug, and wonder if I need any kind of electrical adapters before hitting the road for my first camping trip the end of March. And do I really need a surge protector? Seems like a lot of money to spend… —Dominique
What to do when encountering a bear in the woods
You’re hiking a woodland trail on a warm, sunny day, the forest alive with the twitterings of songbirds, sunlight dappling the forest floor, when suddenly you come upon a bear. What should you do? 1) Throw rocks and sticks at it to scare it away, 2) Turn around and run, or 3) Faint from fright. Find out here.
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Be like Mike: Don’t forget the fuse!
Mike Sokol says: Your RV has both 120-volt AC electrical systems (like your house), plus 12-volt DC battery systems (like your car). If the power goes out, it could be a circuit breaker (like in your house) or a blown fuse (like in your car). Always carry spare fuses that fit your RV’s battery system. Confirm the exact type and size of fuses your RV needs, then get a set of replacements. Here’s one pack, but be sure to check what your RV actually uses before ordering it.
Poor water pressure? What to do
By Chris Dougherty: What kind of hose are you using? Hose diameter makes a difference. RV fresh water hoses come in 1/2-inch or 5/8-inch ID (inner diameter). The larger the inner diameter, the more water can flow through the hose with minimal reduction in pressure loss. Excessive length, kinks and some hose fittings can further reduce the water flow and pressure.
Don’t be tempted by the kitschy hoses you “see on TV,” like the stretchable hoses or coil hoses. These type hoses are not potable-water certified and have tiny inner diameters, which means they’ll restrict water flow immensely. Is it safe to use any old water hose? No! I was poisoned by a bad water hose when I was younger, so take my word for it! The FDA has rules for potable water hoses, so the “drinking water” hoses you see for the RV and marine markets are designed to be safe for your use. Other types of hoses will often leach chemicals into the water as it stands in the hose, especially if the hose is lying in the sun.
If your RV jacks won’t retract, try this. (This might come in handy one day!)
Website of the day
St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
Even if you’re not cooking for St. Patrick’s Day (in two days), take a peek at this list of fun recipes and food-spiration (is that a word? It is now!) from delish.com. We wish we could try all of these!
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Fireproof bag keeps valuables safe!
This silicone-coated fire-resistant bag will save your money, documents, jewelry, passport and other valuables from a fire. Its two layers of supreme fire retardant fiberglass material make it resist fire and heat up to 1000℉. It’s waterproof, too, so when the hoses arrive, your valuables won’t be harmed. Learn more or order.
Men, need to use the restroom? Why not do so alongside the Berlin Wall? That’s something you can do if you’re inside the men’s bathroom at the Main Street Station Casino in Las Vegas. Yup, a real piece of the Berlin Wall is inside a Las Vegas bathroom. The more you know, right?
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Mitzie, our 12-year-old Pomapoo dog-child, loves to camp and chase chipmunks and lizards but would not know what to do if she caught one. She’s a great traveler but has a little big dog attitude when protecting the camp.” —Larry Flory
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.
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