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RV Daily Tips. Friday, June 10, 2022

Issue 1880
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Today’s thought

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.” ―Bob Marley


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Iced Tea Day!

On this day in history: 1793 – The Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris. A year later, it becomes the first public zoo.



Tip of the Day

Five benefits of taking an RV vacation

By Gail Marsh
With fuel hitting all-time highs, many RVing families are reconsidering their summer vacations. In order to save money, folks are thinking they’ll simply forgo a vacation this year. That could be a big mistake. Even dangerous. Here are five reasons why you should take an RV vacation this year.

Relationship benefits

Covid. Masks. Social distancing. School closings. Work from home. Covid variants. Return to school. Masks? Return to work. I think we can all agree that the last couple of years have been exhausting. And pressure-filled.

This year’s RV vacation can help rebuild or strengthen your relationship with your spouse and/or your children. Time away from the daily pressures of work and hectic family routines is essential. A vacation gives you a chance to see your significant other and kids in a whole new light. A vacation provides the opportunity for you to experience new (and favorite) things together. These memories often last a lifetime. And time away offers a chance for the family to talk—really communicate—about their thoughts, dreams, and plans for the future.

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Today’s RV review…

2022 Forest River Cherokee Arctic Wolf 261RK fifth wheel

Tony writes, “The Arctic Wolf 261RK is a smaller fifth wheel with a rear kitchen and a nice, livable space. It lives more at the upper end of the travel trailer price spectrum but offers many of the big-time fifth wheel features, including fifth wheel towability.”

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Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.” 

What should I use to clean and protect RV’s fiberglass roof?

Dear Dave,
What do you recommend to clean and protect my RV’s fiberglass roof? I have used Dawn dishwashing liquid and warm water with a soft brush to clean the tent material, but the top seems like it needs something stronger and maybe a stiff brush. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. —John Bilbrey, 2021 Forest River Flagstaff 206STSE pop-up camper

Read Dave’s answer



She’s collected 90,000 postcards. These trailer postcards will make you smile

By Colleen Weum
When you visit that national park gift shop, the souvenir store, the little grocery stop while on your RV adventure, do you notice the rack of postcards? Maybe you even buy a couple to mail or keep as a memento. … Some folks, like myself, have taken it a bit further and collect postcards, including vintage postcards. Read all about the hobby of deltiology and check out some really cool vintage travel trailer postcards here.


You may have missed these recent popular stories…


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Have you ever ridden a horse?

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Quick Tip

Maintain your equalizer hitch: Change the chains

Probably one of the least thought-of maintenance items for the travel trailer crowd is keeping an eye on your weight distribution hitch. But think about it: Every turn you make, the chain links at both the spring bars and at the lift assembly “wear” a little bit. After a few years, those points can fail, leaving you in a dicey position. So, recommends reader George Bliss, it’s wise to replace the EQ chains, and the U-bolts that go through the spring bars. Says George, “I know when I had my travel trailer I found the links, especially at the spring bar ‘U’ bolts were half worn through. Kind of scary.” Thanks, George for helping us keep safe from the weak link!


NEW! On this day last year…


Website of the day

The 25 Best Distilleries in the U.S. 
Even if your partying days are over, visiting local businesses such as distilleries is a great way to experience local culture.



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Recipe of the Day

Mozzarella Jalapeno Popper Biscuits
by Wendy Cook from Salem, OR

Serve these jalapeno popper biscuits as an appetizer or a side dish. They’re so good! They taste like crescent rolls with a creamy and spicy middle. Adjust the amount of jalapenos added to the filling based on your taste buds. They’d make a great game day appetizer that you can make in no time. But, they’d also be good dipped into a Mexican soup. Yum!

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Trivia

You can thank actor Cary Grant for that chocolate on your hotel pillow. As the story is told, in the 1950s, Grant would frequent the Mayfair Hotel in St. Louis, where he would sometimes use strategically placed sweets in this room to endear himself to the ladies. The staff learned of Grant’s romantic ploy and adopted the gesture, which caught on in other hotels, and is still popular today.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“My husband and I adopted Suzie from the Yavapai Humane Society. She is 14 months old. She is a Cattle Dog mix. Loves to be with us and hike.” —Janet Blaes

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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Roger B
25 days ago

Kinda figures that yelp did the distillery list. Two of the oldest and best aren’t on it. Jack Daniel’s is the oldest and one of the best tours. George Dickel also has a fine tour, both just miles apart in Tennessee.

Ernest V Thomas
25 days ago

The article on Equalizer hitch chain replacement, always buy a good quality chain. All chains aren’t created equal.

2 Maridocs
25 days ago

A comment on Dave’s discussion of fiberglass roof care. Washing is good for it but I would suggest waxing it is looking for trouble. If you walk on your roof to clean it, work on it, or just as a high vantage point, wax is likely to give you a quick trip back to the ground. I learned this on a boat, when I waxed the front deck (one time only), which was slightly pitched (like many roofs). I was not just embarrassed by sliding off the bow into the water, but there was no one else on board and the boat was not tied up. Fortunately I never did that when the engine was in gear, so I was able to swim to the stern and crawl back in on the transom. Falling onto a concrete/gravel parking pad might not be so forgiving – a friend had that experience resulting in a femur fracture.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
25 days ago
Reply to  2 Maridocs

You were lucky the boat motor wasn’t running! And you’re lucky it was a boat you fell off of. I had a boss in the late ’60s who fell off a ladder while cleaning a gutter. He was paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life. Doesn’t take much to change a life forever. Have a good afternoon. 🙂 –Diane

Patty
25 days ago

Suzie looks like she might have Dalmatian in her with her brown nose and spots on her ears.. she is cute!! Thank you for rescuing her

Lindalee
24 days ago
Reply to  Patty

Don’t know about Suzie’s heritage but have to agree with you Patty, she sure is cute!