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Today’s thought

“Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.” ―David Byrne

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Fudge Day!

On this day in history: 1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.

Tip of the Day

Your RV’s hidden dirtiest places and how to clean them

By Gail Marsh
I rarely clean certain items inside our RV. Maybe you avoid them, too. Besides the things I simply forget to clean, there are items in our RV that are harder to clean than others. Or at least that’s the excuse I give myself for not tackling these cleaning jobs very often.

I know there are specialized products made specifically for certain cleaning chores. However, these products often take up valuable space inside our RV or add unnecessary weight. So, I pack just a few cleaning items when we RV. I use them along with some tips and tricks that make cleaning tasks easier.

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Today’s RV review…

The new Keystone Avalanche 352BH Fifth Wheel

Tony writes that this is “a bunk model fifth wheel that features three air conditioners and a nice upstairs bedroom. This RV also has a surprising amount of storage inside at every station, more than I would typically expect. This new floor plan prioritizes the upstairs bedroom with a decent main living space…”

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Ask Dave

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

How do I disinfect and sanitize my RV’s inline water filter?

Dear Dave,
I just got a new trailer (love it) and purchased a Waterdrop RV Inline Hose Water Filter to put on the supply hose. Now that I am done with my first trip, how do I treat the filter? It retains water and I don’t want it to leak or evaporate while stored inside the trailer. Also, could that water become moldy inside the filter? It could be another month before I’m on the road again. —Kevin, 2022 Jayco 199MBS

Read Dave’s answer

You won’t believe this “mobile toilet”!

Think of all the attention you would get (not to mention the smiles) in the campground or RV park, or just driving down the road, if this mobile toilet were your RV! We can just imagine an “upstairs” bedroom in the tank, maybe enclosing the area below the tank and putting a “bathroom in the toilet”… The possibilities are endless, not to mention very interesting. Check it out here (includes a short video tour).

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Quick Tip

Towing system limits

Every component in a towing system has a weight rating. Never exceed the lowest rated component in the system. For example, your tow vehicle might be rated to tow 7,000 pounds, but if the hitch receiver on the tow vehicle is rated for 5,000 pounds, that is the most you can tow. This can be especially true on motorhomes. The motorhome might be rated to tow 6,000 pounds, but until recently most receivers on motor homes were rated for 3,500 pounds. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

“Dear Vladimir Putin: This is what I think of you! Even though this stinks, and I mean that literally, you deserve the honor it bestows upon you.”

On this day last year…

Website of the day

The Best Fudge Shops in America
Since it’s National Fudge Day we thought we’d make your cravings a little worse by showing you photos of delicious fudge and telling you where to get it! Plus, you know the best thing about fudge shops? Free samples! (Well, usually…)

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:

• 23 percent say they or their partner knits.
• 18 percent would like to travel to Australia and New Zealand to RV.
• 28 percent say that listening to music is a very important part of their life.

Recent poll: Have you considered selling your RV because of high fuel prices?

Recipe of the Day

Balsamic & Bourbon Filet Mignon
by Jennifer H from Portland, OR

Oh my, this is the perfect dinner for a special occasion. The steak is tender, buttery, a little tangy, and sweet. But what makes this great is the mushrooms. They are like tiny sponges and soaked up all the flavor of the marinade. This dish is perfection!

Click here for the recipe

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Sea otters have a favorite rock and carry it everywhere with them. The cute little critters need something to crack open shells to get their food, and what better tool than a rock to help them do so? The otters keep a rock (one they’ve chosen as good and sturdy!) with them hidden under flaps of skin under their arms. Once they’ve collected enough shells, they’ll float on their back, find their rock and start cracking shells for mealtime.

*The National Cancer Institute SEER Program projected there would be 106,110 new cases and 7,180 deaths from what in 2021? Find out in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Lilly. Finding a warm spot on a cool day.” —Paul Breitag

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11 months ago

My mother introduced me to a cleaning product that I thought was a passing fad. Mr Clean sponges clean everything and I mean everything. I used it on a stain that I thought would never come out and it did. Including blood stains. Don’t ask that was a crazy. Nothing serious but it does clean everything.

11 months ago

$12.00 a roll for Putin TP? That’s just 2 gal of gas for my RV, thanks to him. I’ll save my TP money for gas. I wonder if that TP is imported from Ukraine?

11 months ago

Yes, seems like the auto makers have bought into the hype. Of course it’s only because a lot of potential customers have bought into it. Seems to me a hybrid with a engageable generator to charge the drivetrain battery is a more practicable first step at this stage of the game. Greater range and electric motor torque for starts. Plus an external means to power the house in a blackout. Just sayin,,,,.

11 months ago
Reply to  Ray

I have often wondered why they can’t come up with a way to do exactly what you say. The wheels on the vehicle are turning why can’t they have a generator attached? Remember when we used to have the bicycles with the little generator that was attached above the tire that would generate the lights on the bike?

Gary Reed
11 months ago

Pretty Dog, but!
Poor Lilly, has to lay on that cold ground. She need a old rug or dog mat. That will help her joint for later years. Thanks for sharing her photo.

Bob p
11 months ago

Trivia is questionable, I’ve seen many TV shows of otters swimming and have never seen them carrying their favorite rock with them. As a matter of fact the commentator usually states when the otter swims underwater and picks up a particular rock it’s one that will lay on their underside while they hit the shell of their chosen food to crack it open. Ask yourself where do they carry it? I don’t know of any pockets.

11 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Saw this @ Oregon Coast Aquarium, “Sea otters use rocks to crack open clams, crabs and other shellfish on their tummies. They may also use rocks to hammer abalone shells, as quickly as 45 times in just 15 seconds, until the abalone loosen their tight grip on the seafloor. Many otters have a favorite rock that they store in one of their underarm pockets, carrying it with them wherever they go. GIF credit noted in image.”

11 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Bob…I had the same thought, so I did a little online research and found numerous statements from various sources I would trust and all state that SOME sea otters keep a favorite rock in their pouch-like folds of the “arm pits.”

The problem with many trivia statements is they exaggerate the truth with blanket statements that indicate or insinuate something is a given in ALL cases when in fact it is really only sometimes.

Bob p
11 months ago

Interesting lead into a commercial for Mark Polk products using the lead about towing capacity of trailer hitches, at least when Amazon ad appears it says it an Amazon ad.

11 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

I can see a link associated with this hint at the end where it shows a reference just as if for an Amazon ad.
What is see is “Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.”

Jeff Craig
11 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

I don’t believe that Mark Polk has any ‘products’. He reviews items, and shows how-to videos, but his videos are not ‘ads’.

Tony Grigg
11 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

You are correct, Jeff. The only thing he ‘sells’ is his knowledge and experience.

Dane Smith
11 months ago

Electric RV ? For the first time in 45 years our Southern Indiana electrical COOP is warning us rolling black outs are coming from 2 to 8 PM for 2 to 4 hours per area. Go green some say, I say it looks like go Black out.

Bob p
11 months ago
Reply to  Dane Smith

As Elon Musk said 2 years ago, the electrical grid is not ready for massive EV purchases. When you see electric power companies scrambling to spend hundreds of millions of $$ upgrading their part of the grid, then you can buy an EV and be able to drive it anywhere in the country. Until then it’s a rich man’s toy.

11 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Until this country comes to grips with the modern nuclear power option, this is just a pipe dream…

Jeff Craig
11 months ago
Reply to  Engineer

Fusion FTW!

Tony Grigg
11 months ago
Reply to  Engineer

Agreed! Nuke is a great solution. Small plants covering more limited areas, rather than the huge ones for large regions makes a lot of sense. The tech has far surpassed the days from the “old days” that scares so many people.

11 months ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

I think that is how France did it.

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