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A new twist to board games

October 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A new twist to board games

Board games is a fabulous way to occupy down times and rainy days.  But we find that when you are traveling you need to think about what you pack in order to have place for all that you need.  And with six people in the family it’s sometimes a tricky thing to do.   Back in the day when I was younger and go camping with my parents, a board game or two would be brought as well as books to read. Fast Forward thirty-five years or so and you suddenly have a tablets that can contains numerous games and eBooks for your travels.    Now please keep in mind that in this blog post I will not be talking about electronic games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope or Fruit Ninja.  No I am seriously talking about board games like the ones I used to grow up with – Monopoly, Scrabbles, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Risk, Battleship, Boggle as well as more recent ones like Pandemic and Wits & Wagers. For the purpose of this blog post, I am concentrating on board game apps that can be found on iTunes... [Read more...]

Buying insurance off Kijiji or Craigslist

October 12, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Buying insurance off Kijiji or Craigslist

In an earlier post I reported that an Air Force veteran was scammed when purchasing a motorhome off Craiglist. Aviva Canada, one of the country’s leading providers of home, auto, recreational vehicle, group, and business insurance, is warning Canadians about the risks of insurance deals that seem too good to be true. In cooperation with the Toronto Police Service, Aviva Canada released details of a recent insurance scam that has left individuals without auto insurance coverage and cost them hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of dollars, according to an Aviva Canada news release. “With the anonymity and ease of classified websites, we have seen a sharp increase in the amount of fake motor vehicle liability insurance cards, also known as pink slips, being sold online,” said James Russell, Chief Underwriting Officer for Aviva Canada. “Consumers need to be aware that some individuals have made a business out of defrauding others and use this type of scam as a regular... [Read more...]

Der Bus: Titanic-Sized Motor Coach

October 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Der Bus: Titanic-Sized Motor Coach

Just when you thought you’d seen the biggest and the most decked out motorhomes that money can buy, along comes Der Bus. Der Bus, a German Goliath is for sale. (Source: derbus.de) This luxurious monstrosity palace on wheels debuted in 1975 at the Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt/Main as the Jumbocruiser. The double-deck articulated coach was later presented to the public at the International Omnibus Week at Nice in 1977. Among the biggest man-made coaches ever, this vehicle was able to transport 144 passengers. The Bus is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest, street registered motorhome. As only 12 vehicles were built, it is a unique rarity and has been described and explained in several books and publications since. All indications are that it is the last surviving species of this construction line. The coach has been re-modeled and changed into an “Action Mobile” in the course of several years of renovation (about 25,000 working hours). A new engine—Daimler... [Read more...]

Sustainability at Rest: a Revolutionary RV Concept

September 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Sustainability at Rest: a Revolutionary RV Concept

Sarasota, Florida-based ROBRADY Designs plans to transform the recreational vehicle from a lumbering fuel-guzzler into a lean, green ecologically sustainable luxurious machine. ROBRADY design sustainable motorhome The first step in attempting to take the idea of sustainability and green RVing to a whole new level was to slim down the motorhome and thereby increasing fuel efficiency and consumer accessibility in response to higher fuel prices. But that was just the beginning. Green RVing is not a new concept with solar panels on roofs of RVs becoming more commonplace especially in the Southwest where dry camping is the norm on BLM lands in the Sonoran Desert. What is particularly interesting and noteworthy about the ROBRADY motorhome is how its features mark the next step in the evolution of green RVing. This revolutionary motorhome makes the leap from solar panels to charge the house batteries to a solar-powered engine. ROBRADY Designs’ unique multi-disciplinary culture meant they could... [Read more...]

The convenience of a coffee machine

September 12, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

The convenience of a coffee machine

Starting tomorrow in Canada, it’s the anniversary sale at Wal-Mart.   And on the first page of the flyer, our eyes saw the special for a Keurig machine like the one we have at home.   69$ Canadian.  Hmmmm.   We are seriously thinking of purchasing one of the trailer when we are away from home. Like I mentioned, we have one at home but bringing it back and forth is a little bit inconvenient.   The risk of breaking it increases as well.   We use the one at home often – whether to make coffee, tea or simply boiling water.   My husband especially likes it when we have to boil water for noodles.  We put a bit in the bottom of the pot and start the top of the oven.  Then with the help of the Keurig and the kettle, we boil water and incorporate it in the pot.   Seems silly at first hand but we find that the boiling process is faster when we do so. At the trailer, we have a dinky kettle that sings when it reaches the boiling level when it’s on the gas oven.   It’s my... [Read more...]

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

August 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas—often dubbed the Silent Killer— that is toxic and the number one cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. Carbon monoxide can kill quickly if inhaled in high concentrations and can be particularly dangerous in recreational vehicles. It is produced by the incomplete combustion of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels. Appliances fueled with gas, oil, kerosene, or wood may produce CO. If such appliances are not installed, maintained, and used properly, carbon monoxide may accumulate to dangerous and even deadly levels in recreational vehicles, cars, homes, or poorly ventilated areas. The symptoms of poisoning are similar to flu or food poisoning and include headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Although not always experienced, the initial symptoms of carbon monoxide are similar to an upset stomach or the flu (but without the fever). The symptoms include: Dizziness Fatigue Headache Nausea Irregular breathing It is critical... [Read more...]

All NEW for Summer – the Good Sam Camping App on Android AND Apple!

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Planning ahead or plan as you go – get directions, discounts and information for RV parks across North America with the new Good Sam Camping app, available  for Android AND Apple iOS.  Check Google Play and the Apple App store for it’s release in August. The new Good Sam Camping app provides information, including the exclusive Good Sam 10/10*/10 Triple Rating for more than 13,500 RV parks and campgrounds listed in the comprehensive Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory, North America’s top-selling campground directory printed annually.  Easy-to-use, the app is a perfect companion for your next RV trip. All RV parks and campgrounds listed in the Good Sam RV Travel Guide are included in the app, including 2,100+ Good Sam parks with 10% discount for Good Sam members.  Users can search by city and state or province and filter campground searches based on hookups, swimming pools, pet restrictions and seasonality. Good Sam RV park and campground listings are... [Read more...]

Frogg Toggs will make rainy days more enjoyable!

July 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Frogg Toggs will make rainy days more enjoyable!

Recently, as we were looking for a rain suit for my husband because he wanted to go fishing when it would rain to see how good it  would be, we stumbled on an interesting option for him.  I knew that if he would go with a plastic rain coat, it wouldn’t be a good fit for him.   He also wanted to have something for his legs – some sort of pant to protect him from the rain. While checking the various products offered at the Wal-Mart in Ogdensburg, I immediately saw something that I knew would be perfect for him.   A rain suit made out of material instead of plastic.  The item was a bit pricier than the other ones offered by another company but looked perfect for my husband who wouldn’t have been comfortable in a plastic kind of outfit. So I pointed out the rain suit from Frogg Toggs to him and immediately he said, “That’s interesting!”  He looked at it and decided immediately to try it out to see how comfortable he would be.    The XL was a fabulous fit for him.   ... [Read more...]

The Camco RhinoFlex Clear Swivel – review

June 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Camco RhinoFlex Clear Swivel – review

Last year while we were in Syracuse, my husband saw something very interesting at Camping World.    He thought it was the greatest thing in the world and immediately wanted to have one.    So without hesitation, he put his find in the cart and we purchased it when we left the store. I probably picked your curiosity by now and you are wondering what I am talking about.   The item my husband fell in love with at the Camping World store was the RhinoFlex Clear Swivel fitting in a 90 degree angle from Camco. This fitting can be put directly on your black/grey pipe coming out of your RV so that you can observe whatever is coming out of there – yes everything.     It features a swivel lug and bayonet fittings so that you can be assured that you have a secure connection (because nobody would want it to open… if you see what I mean.).   The clear part of the elbow will allow you to see the discarded water go through which is fabulous apparently to determine if all the “garbage”... [Read more...]

Marchi Mobile eleMMent: World’s Most Expensive Motorhome for Sale

June 25, 2013 by · 6 Comments 

Marchi Mobile eleMMent: World’s Most Expensive Motorhome for Sale

Are you in the market for a futuristic and slightly bizarre luxury recreational vehicle? Marchi Mobile eleMMent Aren’t we all? Taking a rather futuristic leap is the Marchi Mobile eleMMent, which offers luxury and comfort, along with flexibilities of space rarely applied anywhere. Their purposely misspelt eleMMent line, playing up the company’s double-M namesake, is the latest high-end luxury coach to include amenities that no one really needs in a recreational vehicle but would probably love to have given an unlimited pocketbook. What has been dubbed the most expensive motorhome in the world has gone on sale in Dubai for a cool £2 million. That’s the equivalent of $3.1 million U.S. dollars. This state-of-the-art motorhome comes in a stunning gold but it is also available in white. The 45-foot, space-age eleMMent Palazzo comes complete with a colossal master bedroom and 40-inch TV. From the conference/dining table to the entire lounge, you have the option of spreading the chassis... [Read more...]

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