You could be rolling this to the lake next week.

That’s right. It’s time to get out on the water. Fishing season is open pretty much everywhere. Bass, perch, and trout are asking to be caught.

Now, the weather is also getting gorgeous. And gas prices are above $3 a gallon where I’m at. Why break the boat out when you can use a little muscle power with a pontoon boat or a float tube?

These boats will let you go places that you can’t get the trailer to or prohibit motorized watercraft. They’re also a ton of fun. Want to keep your hands free? Just put some swim fins over your boots. No oars necessary, though they are included with the pontoon boats. If you’re a hiker, fish those mountain lakes with the 48 lb Delaware pontoon boat, or, for a lighter load, go with the 15 lb. backpackable Togiak float tube. These craft offer an excellent opportunity to keep the boat in the garage and get out in the sun without shelling out $100 for gas. A great way to spend a day.

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Like Sunbrella. But cheaper.

Who would have ever thought that prescription drugs and RV covers would have something in common?

Everyone is familiar with Dupont, right? The gigantic chemical/textile/materials company that sells Sunbrella and Tyvek, common materials for RV covers? Well, I have a secret. Like a generic prescription drug, they have been knocked off, to the point that the ‘fakes’ are almost as good as the original materials.

Tyvek is used to seal houses, among other things, making it a natural choice to use to cover your RV. Unfortunately, it’s kind of expensive. Not least because the manufacturers have to pay a licensing fee to Dupont for the privilege of making it. Well, what’s one to do? Use Polypropylene! A suitably layered polypropylene RV cover will approach the durability and impermeability of Tyvek with a much lower price tag. Typically, the polypropylene versions are at least 20% cheaper.

Now, if you want an even better cover without the sticker shock of Sunbrella, try treated polyester. The tensile strength of a polyester RV cover rivals that of Sunbrella with nearly the same resistance to UV penetration. Warranties typically meet or exceed 4 years, making them a great buy for those sick of replacing their cover every season.

All-in-all, I encourage you to explore these less-expensive options. It’s my guess you’ll get a very similar level of performance.

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