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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, December 30, 2021

Issue 1764
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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Today’s thought

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” ―Albert Schweitzer

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day!

On this day in history: 1927 – The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opens in Tokyo, Japan.

Tip of the Day

10 extremely clever ways to reuse used holiday gift wrap

By Gail Marsh
I love holiday wrapping paper. There is such a wide variety of available papers. They come in eye-popping colors and feature everything from whimsical to realistic to geometric designs. Many of today’s wrapping papers are a real work of art! That’s why I hate to see the paper crumpled and thrown into the trash. Some gift wrap can be recycled, but if the paper features glitter or velvet-like flocking on it, or it’s metallic, you’ll need to keep it out of the recycle bin.

Here are a few ideas on how to recycle or reuse used holiday gift wrap…

Yesterday’s tip of the day: Protecting your RV roof through winter

Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new nüCamp Cirrus 620 half-ton truck camper. He reports that the use of space in the camper is really good, and there are a lot of features found in higher-end RVs and campers. But he again cautions about the “half-ton” truck claim. Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the rpod RP-153 – Finally … Small gets a big bathroom? If you missed it, you can read it here.

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

Is this your RV?

We are continuing this feature by popular demand!

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.

Ask Dave

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.

How do I purge the antifreeze when dewinterizing the RV?

Dear Dave,
In October 2021, we winterized our 35′ travel trailer by putting antifreeze in the fresh water tank and pumping it thru the lines. We did this because we didn’t have any way to blow out our lines and we were working on a quick timeframe because the park was going to put it in storage. Please give me your recommendations for dewinterizing our TT. Thank you. —Bob

Read Dave’s response.

Did you miss Dave’s column yesterday where he answered the question: What can I do to extend the life of my awning?

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RVers and experts weigh in: What are the best days to travel?

By Nanci Dixon
A friend recently asked me which days we prefer to travel on. He said that they like to travel on Wednesdays because they avoid folks going out of town for the weekend and avoid those returning from the weekend or a long trip. That got me to thinking, “What days do RVers like to travel?” I found that travel days are a popular area of discussion among RVers. … Do you agree with Nanci’s findings? Let us know in the comments.

Yesterday’s featured article: How to make Google Maps more accurate

Reader poll

Which do you prefer, a daytime temperature of 90 degrees F or 40 degrees F?

To wear a jacket or not to wear a jacket, that is the question! Tell us here.

Quick Tip

Coping with common cold weather car and RV problems

From PEMCO Insurance:

  • Frozen door lock? Banish ice in a flash with a dab of alcohol-containing hand sanitizer over the keyhole and on your key. (Wipe it up to keep it off your paint.) When you’re back home and if the lock is thawed, spray it with WD-40 to prevent future freeze-ups.
  • Alcohol also can help de-ice your windshield. Mix 1/3 cup water and 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spritz the frost away. You also can spritz the night before to discourage ice from forming. Just be sure to wipe off any overspray so it doesn’t damage your car’s finish.
  • Solid ice on the windshield? As with the frozen door lock, rubbing alcohol also can help clear a windshield without a chisel and scraper. Mix 1/3 cup water and 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spritz the frost away. Be careful to wipe the mixture off painted areas to prevent damage.

Now this would be something to surprise your New Year’s Eve guests with… Appetizers, anyone?

Website of the day

The 10 best road trips to take across the USA
Even though this website is from the UK, they have some great articles, including this one. How many of these road trips have you been on?

And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• The highest percentage of voters, 41 percent, say their RV is model year 2015-2019.
• 78 percent say it’s no problem at all paying bills each month.
• 73 percent always start their day with a cup of coffee.

Recent poll: Will you attend a New Year’s Eve party?

Recipe of the Day

Ham and Swiss Hot Bread Bowl Dip
by Renee W. from somewhere in MI

This dip is so creamy… and delicious. The ranch dressing and the ham add tons of flavor. It’s an easy appetizer for your next party!

Oh, now this sounds gooooood. Get the recipe.

See yesterday’s recipe: Lisa’s Air Fried Salmon With Dijon Dill Sauce

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In the 1920s, Americans saved Ecuador’s economy by consuming millions of Eskimo Pies (now called Edy’s Pie). Yup, that’s right! In the 1920s, Ecuador went through its own depression and was in need of a massive infusion of money. At the same time in the U.S., the Eskimo Pie was invented (if you’re unfamiliar, that’s an ice cream treat covered in chocolate). By 1922, Americans were consuming so many Eskimo Pies that global cocoa prices were driven up 50 percent. Since Ecuador was, at the time, the world’s largest cocoa exporter, they received enough money to lift the entire country out of its depression.

*What soup is named “the soup that won the war”? Yesterday’s trivia tells you. 

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Bentley loves road trips. He’s ready to roll.” —Lydia Daywitt

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!

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Leave here with a laugh

Two elderly gentlemen at a retirement center were talking about their lives: “John, I’m 89 years old now and I’m full of aches and pains. I know you’re about my age. How do you feel?” John answers, “I feel just like a newborn baby.” “Really?! Like a newborn baby?!” “Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just pooped my pants.”

If you missed the latest Sunday News for RVers, make sure to catch up here.

Words of wisdom

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Mark B
1 year ago

I’ve been told by several locksmiths to never ever use WD-40 in a lock. It’ll work great for a short time, but gums up and attracts dirt over time. A bad combo for locking mechanisms.

Sue r
1 year ago

Gail Marsh – thank you for all the tips on reusing gift wrapping. Great suggestions.

1 year ago

The dog of the day is an apple head chihuahua. We know because we had one who died a year ago May. Kylo Ren. What a stinker. Always thinking of ways to keep us guessing. We ended up adopting a Rat Terrier Chuhuahua and boy is always in trouble. But gotta love her no matter what.

Lil John
1 year ago

For frost on the windshield magnets sewn into a tarp work great. Easy on, easy off. I just wish magnets worked on fiberglass!

martin a
1 year ago

When it rains and freezes, often times the ice causes the rubber seals around the door frame to stick tightly. A recommendation I heard and have used is to wipe them with silicone spray on a rag or paper towel, makes a mess if just try to spray it on. This can prevent the ice from sticking and you can open the door(if lock is working) with out tearing the seal. Worked great on side doors of camper shell too.

Marie Beschen
1 year ago

I loved the Trivia this morning! Learned something new! 😉

1 year ago

I just found a lock lubricant called Blaster Dry Lube. It has isopropanol alcohol, a petroleum distillate, and dry graphite in it. Used it for the first time before leaving for the south and my locks work better than using dry graphite alone

Ron T.
1 year ago

Re: Icy locks & windshields. That’s why God invented garages!

Dave Telenko
1 year ago

As far as frozen locks go, I remember my Dad taking out his Zippo lighter & heating the key & inserting it in the lock, usually worked. I know he lubed all his locks with DRY graphite! He was a locksmith & never liked WD-40 for much!!

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Telenko

Yep. I remember my dad teaching me the lighter trick also.

1 year ago

No problem ! I park in a garage.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

Back when I was single (a million years ago in Chicago), a girlfriend was locked out of her car in the morning due to the locks being frozen. She boiled some water, poured it on the door and away she went. When she got to work, she couldn’t GET OUT because all this water froze her door shut. I think she climbed over the center console and forced her way out the passenger door. Lesson learned.

1 year ago

As far as ice and frost on the windshield, I buy the gallon jugs of windshield deicer and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the glass and in about 30 seconds it’s melted.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

That’s a good idea

1 year ago

Coping with common cold weather car and RV problems……some of the worse advice ever to appear in print……really stupid if you care about your vehicles’ finish and your paint protection film…..

Randall Johnstun
1 year ago
Reply to  Engineer

So, what’s your advice?

ln em
1 year ago
Reply to  Engineer

well. you probably don’t have these problems on your locomotive unit😜

Bob p
1 year ago

The tip of the day is confusing, it says if you windshield is covered in solid ice use the same alcohol/water spray to defrost the windshield. If it’s solid ice it’s not frost and the solid ice is not frost and it won’t melt solid ice. Don’t throw hot water on it as that may crack the windshield, use cold water to slowly melt the ice along with the defroster.

Steve T
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

I’ve been filling gallon milk jugs with hot water from the tap and pouring it on cold windshields (Chicago weather down to -20 degrees F) and then turning the wipers on. I’ve been doing it for 55 years and never cracked a windshield. My experience says it’s OK to do. Yours may be different.

1 year ago
Reply to  Steve T

My Dad did the same thing back in the 50s. Hot water right out of the kettle. Never broke a windshield. I don’t think I’ll try it though.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Several sources agree with you, Bob. Including a windshield repair firm, that says yes, windshields can be cracked with hot water.

1 year ago

The Quick Tip articles falls short on the iced windshield matter. I learned long ago to make a cover from a cheap plastic tarp and some bungees that covers the windshield, mirrors, front door glass, and door handles/locks. And dont forget the wipers. It’s time well spent on a sunny afternoon. Roll it up and keep it in the house until the weatherman threatens with overnight snow and ice. Also, when you spray your locks with WD40 (I prefer PB Blaster) spray the latch inside the door jam too. All of our vehicles live in garages now, but I still spray the locks, hinges, latches, etc. In retrospect, maybe I should have moved south 50 years ago.