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The RV Glass Dash

September 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

The RV Glass Dash

RV Instrument Clusters and Glass Dash The Glass Dash has been solidly endorsed by the aviation industry for the past decade and beyond.  Here the Garmin G2000 offers everything and much more than was ever available to the modern pilot.  In addition to engine data, GPS navigation, flight information and much more, virtual visual terrain can be displayed when required. Not quite as sophisticated, but still very impressive, is the motor coach Glass Dash by SilverLeaf.  The flat panel dash is capable of displaying a host of information and can produce the general operational readouts in either analogue, digital or both.  Digital is great for precise reading down to a single unit.  Analogue can deliver a faster glance study allowing a driver to quickly view the panel taking in only the gauge angles to confirm all is good.  Each method can fill a predetermined need depending on the driving event at hand. The Glass Dash can also display video feeds from the back up camera or GPS mapping... [Read more...]

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

June 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

Electronic keypad RV entry is an option that is definitely worth purchasing. No, not the key fob that electronically unlocks the door or arms the alarm system, we are talking about a user keypad that locks and unlocks the entry door. While there is nothing wrong with key fob entry for your car, your RV may require entry by your family members without the need to be confined to locating the key holder. Each member of your family can exit and enter without the risk of losing the key or the need to locate the key holder. Conventional key operation is available on all models should the unit need to be overridden due to a dead battery or other system failure. Electronic keypad locks have been a lifesaver is some emergency circumstances.  One such situation involved a couple that had left their pet in their RV for the afternoon in a campsite. While out that day, they were involved in a serious automobile accident. They were transported to a local hospital where they would both be held at least... [Read more...]

Decorating Your RV

June 20, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Decorating Your RV

Is your RV all set for summer camping? There are so many great ideas for decorating your RV to create style and save space.  Whether its just a sink cover, installing a new drawer, or collapsable bowls, Camping World has the largest online RV supply store to help kick-start all of your RV shopping needs. Start searching here to check out some great ideas for collapsible trash systems, new mattress toppers and lots more. The items that most excite me are the ones that are space-saving or space-creating since RVs can tend to feel pretty cramped when fully packed for camping. Also, as a coupon and sales fanatic, I always focus on the items that have an online special going. In my experience, it pays to buy when an item is on sale and right before you will be using it!   One of my favorite options is the Trash-Ease, which allows you to free up space from having a trash can on the floor and instead provides a mount so you can hook your trash on the edge of a counter top and simply put... [Read more...]

The Good Sam Camping App

June 19, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The Good Sam Camping App

In a recent post, I highlighted the Good Sam Camping smartphone app and discussed using it to plan our next camping adventure (see “Planning our 2014 Travels with the Good Sam App”). Loaded with a multitude of handy features, this app has become the only way I plan our camping trips, but it has another use. There have been times (refer to my June 4th post on “The Joys of Tent Camping” for example) when it would have been smart to stop for the night earlier than planned. One of the reasons that didn’t happen is that the thought of driving around a strange town in search of a campsite didn’t appeal to us. With the Good Sam Camping App, however, we can all easily find a Good Sam Campground and a site for the night, even while on the road. Say you’re headed to your reserved site, but are still six hours away and the sun is beginning to set. You know you should stop for the night and want to find an campground, but don’t know the area. Once, we... [Read more...]

GPS Navigation In RVs

June 10, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

GPS Navigation In RVs

GPS Nav. System Is a GPS nav. system a worthwhile option?  To answer this question, I think we need to look at what possible benefits it may provide. First of all, basic point “A” to point “B” geographical guidance.  This is the primary use for most passenger automobiles, but what about the uses in a recreational vehicle application?  Here, they are somewhat broader and appear to derive more benefits from the features they offer.     Now we have to remember that most GPS navigation systems are configured to normal automobile travel, not recreational vehicles that may have height clearance issues.  So, in large Class C’s, tall 5th wheel trailers, and with Class A motor homes, these may be less than ideal. There are, however, user configurable units available today. One of these programmable systems is the Rand McNally GPS.  It can be user configured to exactly the specifications of your RV type and size. This feature is not only extremely convenient, but also... [Read more...]

Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

Now that the Winter Olympics are upon us, any citizen worth his or her salt is following the action. But what are you to do if you are camping and do not have a television set at your disposal? Easy, stay up to date with your smartphone! There are numerous apps available to enable you to follow the action wherever you are. I will discuss three of my favorites in this post. All three are free of charge and available through either the Itunes store (for iPhones) or Google Play(or Android users). The one to which I refer most often is the official NBC Olympics app. The opening page is simply SOCHI2014 with the NBC peacock logo. This app provides nearly anything you could want to know about the games. Looking at the first open page, you have a choice of viewing “Top Videos”, “Results and Schedules”, and “What’s Hot”. Results and Schedules gives you a schedule for the current day and any results (if you with to view them) of events already completed for the day.  The most popular... [Read more...]

A New Way to Travel

January 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A New Way to Travel

In this age of repeated technological advances it is in our best interest to embrace new tools to make our lives easier when they become available. I have always been a confirmed atlas traveler. While my husband is most comfortable when driving when we are on road trips, I am most comfortable with a road atlas in my hands navigating us skillfully (most of the time) through hill and dale, through cities and countryside. Maps app informed us when we needed to exit I80 and take I235 near Des Moines, IA In the past month, we have undertaken an extensive three-week road trip in order to spend the holidays with family back in Wisconsin and Iowa. I loaded my travel tools in the Dodge Durango, my trusty atlas within easy reach on the dashboard in front of me. Sunrise on the first day of our trip, however, found me playing with my iPhone 5c, exploring new options and applications (aka apps). While I had used the MAPS application to find a particular department store in a new city, I had never used... [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...]

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...]

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