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RV Daily Tips. Thursday, May 19, 2022

Issue 1864
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Today’s thought

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” ―Cormac McCarthy


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Devil’s Food Cake Day!

On this day in history: 1911 – Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.



Tip of the Day

The best tips and advice for surviving the family RV road trip

By Gail Marsh
It happens every summer. The family RV road trip. It’s either your favorite trip of the year or the most dreaded event of the summer. Want to make this year’s family RV road trip the best ever? You can! It just takes a little planning.

Continue reading


Today’s RV review…

2022 Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite 221UMD Travel Trailer

Tony writes, “I had very seriously considered the Keystone Cougar 22MLS for our next trailer, and I still really like that floor plan. So that means I like this one, too. There are enough differences in the two that someone who likes one but isn’t convinced should absolutely seek out the other. There will be a clear winner.”

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For previous RV reviewsclick here.



 CONTEST!  Is this your RV?

Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

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.

Why does my RV’s freezer ice over so quickly?

Dear Dave,
Why does my RV’s freezer get frost in it after a couple of days? The freezer is on top. It started about two months ago. We do not live full time in our trailer. —George, 2018 Jayco Jay Flight 24RBS

Read Dave’s answer



Can I use my CPAP machine when I boondock? Yes, here’s how

One of RV Travel’s past surveys told us that 61 percent of readers use, or their partner uses, a CPAP machine. If you’re one of those people and struggle with where to keep your machine at night or while in transit, or don’t know how to use your machine when you boondock, this is for you.


Reader poll

How important to you are online ratings of an RV park when making a reservation?

Tell us here


RV TOOLS: Hundreds of tools specifically for RVers. Explore.


Quick Tip

Keep those air conditioner coils clean

Keeping the coils clean will prolong the life of your cooling unit. Besides dirt and dust, you may also find the “cotton” from cottonwood trees, or the pollen from various other trees, obstructing the coils. The best way to clean them: (1) Turn the unit off while you’re working on it. (2) Use an air compressor to blow out the debris (carefully—don’t bend the fins). (3) Apply a coil cleaning product (here are some on Amazon) and let it soak for a few minutes or the time recommended on the can. (4) Rinse with low pressure water. (5) Use the air compressor again to blow out remaining water. —Thanks to Deanna


“Why I love my RV”

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, RVtravel.com readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs. 

From Sharon Cruzen
Dutchmen Aspen Trail 2860RLS

“I have a 2019 Aspen Trail I bought new for my dog and me to live year-round. Started in Washington state for the first two winters. Moved it to Minnesota to be by my kids and grandkids. I’ve spent a full year here and lived in it all winter. Have not had any problems with it, and it’s very roomy with one large slide-out.”

If you’d like to see this feature continue, tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.


????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
We want to sit and read by this. We want to sit and watch TV by this. We want to sit and admire this… Okay, fine, we just really want this.


Website of the day

Here are the most unusual places to stay in every state in the USA
Ever wanted to sleep in a jail? How about a caboose? A house boat? Well, with the help of this list, you can!


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:

• 57 percent say they are a morning person, not a night person.
• 10 percent feel their RV is too small.
• 27 percent attend a church service at least once a week.

Recent poll: Do you lock your RV when you take a 10-minute walk around your campground?


Recipe of the Day

Ham & Cheese Potato Salad
by Amy H. from Detroit, MI

Potato salad is a must on a cookout menu and we really liked this twist. The addition of peas gives the side dish a slight sweetness. Ham and cheese make this a hearty potato salad. This could be a side or even a meal.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

The official time zone of the South Pole is New Zealand Standard Time. That’s because the only continually occupied location at the pole, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, observes New Zealand Standard Time. Since there are no longitudes at the poll and the sun only rises and sets once per year, it only made sense to give it that New Zealand time zone.

*How do alligators and crocodiles lure their prey? The answer is much more fascinating than you’d think—they’re smart! Find it in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Ava is a rescue Lab/Collie mix that just loves to be with us on the road or at home. When we leave she patiently sits in the window waiting for our return.” —Lawrence Stetz

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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John M
1 month ago

I have trouble just bending over, why would I want to torture my body more with Yoga.

Last edited 1 month ago by John M
Barnjai
1 month ago

Ava’s expression is so sweet.

Bruce
1 month ago

Had to have a knee scoped a couple years ago and the orthopedic surgeon asked do you do yoga. I said no, and he said good, don’t start unless you want to see me again (:

Alan K
1 month ago

You made me look at my calendar when I saw “Why I love my RV” today–isn’t it Thursday over there on the west coast, too?

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan K

I guess Emily decided to give y’all a bonus day, and I wasn’t paying attention when I proofed the newsletter. Oh, well. We’d rather give you an extra day of this feature than short-change you. Have a great day, whatever it is. 😆 –Diane

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan K

Didn’t you read? They are on New Zealand Standard time today.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

Yep. I just checked and it’s yesterday today at the South Pole (May 18). 😆 BTW, the sun is down all day and the moon is up all day down there. (I think I’m getting dizzy.) Take care, Kelly. 😀 –Diane

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I just knew that you had done your research.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 Well, not until you mentioned it, Kelly. But I thought the info was interesting, and I love learning new stuff every day. So, thanks! Take care. 😀 –Diane

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

I stand corrected. Thanks to a comment from Warmonk (which I didn’t notice had come in when I was replying to Kelly previously), I researched this further. Now the websites say it’s actually the 20th at the South Pole, and not the 18th, like the other website said. Sorry I didn’t check further before posting the incorrect info. 😯 –Diane

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Yep, I JUST checked myself. That makes you still right – it IS Friday and you publish that article on M, W, and FRIDAY..

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

Whew! Thanks, Kelly! Either that or you add Wednesday and Friday together and it averages out to Thursday. (I don’t think I got enough sleep last night – getting a little dingy. 😆 ) Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

Warmonk
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Well, you have confused me.

First, I would expect New Zealand to be a day ahead not a day behind given the International Date Line. I recall flying out of Auckland to Vancouver and landing before I took off.

Second, I always thought that lines of longitude went all the way to the pole. Perhaps that is no longer the case. Where do they end now?

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Warmonk

Hi, Warmonk. OK. I’ve done a little more research. Here’s what Wikipedia says about the longitude at the South Pole: “The geographic coordinates of the South Pole are usually given simply as 90°S, since its longitude is geometrically undefined and irrelevant. When a longitude is desired, it may be given as 0°. At the South Pole, all directions face north.” And now, the website I just checked says it’s the 20th, not the 18th (like the one I looked at earlier said). (That seemed kinda strange to me, too. I should have checked further.) Thanks for helping to get me straightened out, Warmonk! Have a good afternoon/evening. 😀 –Diane

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

The problem I see with today’s Quick Tip is that it requires getting up on the roof. I don’t do that anymore!

Tom H.
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Same here! 😁

Bob
1 month ago

Regarding the cleaning of air conditioner coils, make sure whatever you use is safe for the roof. Some cleaners are highly acidic or corrosive. Soaking the coils with a solution of dish washing detergent, then hosing the coils thoroughly will do a good job of cleaning and not harm the roofing material. Always spray off the roof and sidewalls with a flood of water.
Routine maintenance before the coils get bad is the best way to keep them clean.

Bob p
1 month ago

Yes viewing yoga online has convinced me yoga is not in my future. If I ever got into one of those poses it might take surgery to get me out. Lol