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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” —Marcel Proust
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Wine Day!
On this day in history: 1953 – The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston.
Tip of the Day
YUCK! There was green algae growing in the water hose we drink from!
By Nanci Dixon
We had a leak at the end of our drinking water hose that no number of washers would fix. No big deal. It was so firmly attached to the motorhome hose reel that we decided to just cut the old male hose end off and replace it with a repair end.
I cut the leaking end off, glanced inside, and YUCK! The inside of the hose was coated with green goo. Algae! That is the white water hose we drink from! Algae forms with a combination of common bacteria, moisture, sun and heat. Our months in Arizona certainly left the hose exposed to sun and heat. The nutrients that algae thrive in are iron, phosphorus, oxygen and hydrogen. Most tap water has iron and phosphorus and oxygen is in the air in the hose or tanks.
Make sure this doesn’t happen to your hose by following these cleaning steps here.
Yesterday’s tip of the day: 18 brilliant uses for tension rods in your RV
Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Wildwood FSX 190RT Toy Hauler. As he reports, “This trailer is light enough that it opens up the number of vehicles that can easily tow it. I love flexible space and this one’s got it in abundance.” Learn more and peek inside.
Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2022 Winnebago Solis Pocket Class B RV? If you missed it, you can read it here.
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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Truck camper owners: Check out your rims!
Have you “beefed up” your tires to handle the increased load of your truck camper? When you did, did you also check the weight rating of your wheels? Here’s why it is imperative that you do.
Yesterday’s featured article: How to avoid damaging slideouts when leveling an RV
Have you ever continuously stayed 3 months or more in an RV park or campground?
Take a look at some old calendars then tell us here.
Water bladder great for boondockers
If you want to “keep your rig put” in one spot, away from utilities, and haven’t figured out how to get fresh water to it, consider a water bladder. These huge, pillow-like plastic devices rest on your truck bed (or even your car top). Just fill up with fresh water then motor on out to your RV, where gravity (or a 12-volt water pump) transfers its contents to your RV tank. Beware, a full bladder can “pop” a dent in your roof.
Website of the day
Top 10 places for Elvis Presley fans to visit in the U.S.
Well, Elvis fans, this one is for you! Even if you’re not a big Elvis fan, some of these places still sound pretty interesting!
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If you’re in the market for a new one of these, this one looks like it would be the comfiest!
And the Survey Says…
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• 15 percent say they have remodeled quite a bit of their RV; an additional 40 percent have remodeled a few things
• 18 percent will use cruise control when it’s raining or in bad weather – it doesn’t matter to them!
• 38 percent have solar panels on their RV
Recent poll: Most National Park campgrounds have a 14-day limit. Should that be shortened to 7 days to accommodate more campers?
Recipe of the Day
Sweet Red Potato Salad
by Teressa Drenth from Kalamazoo, MI
Know how to jazz up potato salad? Use red potatoes and sweet potatoes! This is an excellent potato salad that pops with flavor. It has a light sweet flavor from the potatoes and tanginess from the vinegar. Onions add a little bit of savory to the dish, while cucumber gives some crunch to the potato salad. One bite and you’ll be surprised at how refreshing and delicious this side dish is.
We like this twist! Get the recipe here.
SEE YESTERDAY’S YUMMY RECIPE: Maple Mustard Pork Chops
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Spiders “tune” their webs to catch prey. They can make their webs tighter and stronger and can tell which insect gets caught by the vibration it causes on their web.
*What is the perfect amount of time to nap, according to NASA researchers? We told you yesterday.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“Sadie is our beloved 11-year-old Brittany Spaniel, who just loves hanging out with us in our RV. She especially loves going on walks at the various RV parks we stay at! She loves people, especially children, and will sit down and lay for that special petting! Whenever we put out the main slide and she is laying on the couch, she will just enjoy the ride either in or out. 🙂 ” —Brian & Joyce Burry
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Stinky sewer dump? This will do the trick!
If a sewer hose doesn’t fit tightly, sewer gases will escape and make the odor when dumping almost unbearable. It’s embarrassing and disgusting! This sewer adapter hose seal plugs the hole. No more stink! Read more about it here or order one here.
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We got sick if buying and lugging packaged water, plus we really do dislike plastic waste.
We went to using the Zero Water system (all drinking cooking and pet water). The large style really takes up no space and is super light when empty.
We just moved up to a class A with a ton of unused space in the (heated) basement so I am really thinking of going RO/DI using the same Express Water system we use at home.
Lastly, a question, I also have enough space for a 10 gallon or more water pressure tank next to the water pump. Is there any reason not to do this with the RV plumbing? Thanks
In third grade a girl in a poodle skirt passed around a survey asking “if we liked Elvis”. I saw Elvis perform twice at arena concerts, I have several Elvis albums. We’re going to Memphis this summer but the hype around him doesn’t interest me.
Sun Records is the only listing in the article that I’ll visit. I wouldn’t stop at the others if I was driving by and they were free.
The green slime in your water hose is why you should include the hose when bleaching you fresh water tank. Attach the bleach dispenser at the water supply so the hose gets flushed with the tank.
Today is National Wine Day! It’s also brown paper bag day, put your wine bottle in bag and drink it from there. I remember seeing people do this 😊🍷
They called them winos in my day.
Re: Water Bladder. At the beginning of each trip to Quartzsite, I purchase a full sized air bed to use as a water bladder. While not suitable for drinking water, I can transport 75-100 gallons of water to my fifth wheel in the back of my truck. $14.95 easy peasy.
Very smart tip. Thanks.
I’ve heard of this and it works well EXCEPT that since I do usually drink from my fresh tank, I can’t do it myself. Flushing the tank and keeping separate drinking water is more trouble than just getting fresh water cleanly. I DO carry absurd amounts of hose for distant spigots…
I really like your name. Just sayin’…
He just came up with that name in response to your name, BadWolfe. Just sayin’… I’ve been wondering when he would do that. 😆 (Hi, GOODWolfe aka Wolfe. 😉 ) —Diane
Plenty of room in the pack! The more the merrier. Waiting for GreyWolf, Little Red and others to join…..
Because we travel with pets, and we have no wish to have ill pets with upset stomachs, we carry packaged water. It is used for pets, cooking and coffee.
Fresh water from unknown sources is used only for bathing and cleaning.
I really appreciate the article on Elvis sites to visit. So … Thangyavaramuj!