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Photography On The Road

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Photography On The Road

Remember not so long ago when you would come home from an RV road trip with five, eight, maybe ten rolls of film and get 200 pictures of your memories? It was expensive to buy and develop film. The digital age has changed all that. Even novice photographers can click off a few thousand photos on an RV trip. So how to you best meld Rving in the digital age? Plan. When photographing your RV trip you inevitably become a slave to the light. That is not just adjusting your schedule to be in the right place at the right time for sunrises and sunsets but also knowing the best time of day to shoot the spectacular rock formations of the West or catching the perfect angle for monuments and landmarks. Scout the internet before you go to find subjects you want to shoot on your trip. Use an app like Sun Seeker that is ideal for letting you know where the best light or length of shadows will be for any location. Don’t forget that service may be unavailable in many places you are going so develop... [Read more...]

Tech Tip: Give me a Sign

October 15, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Tech Tip: Give me a Sign

GIVE ME A SIGN After seeing the safety benefits of turn signals mounted under side-view mirrors, I decided to install a pair on my motorhome. I purchased two sealed amber LED lamps complete with pigtail wires. I removed the sideview mirror assemblies and drilled the necessary holes in the bottom of the arm, then mounted the lamps. I added crimp-on terminals to the pig tails and fished a set of wires through the firewall. I spliced onto the existing turn-signal wires, connected the crimp-on terminals at the mirrors and re-installed the mirror assemblies. John Theobald, Des Plaines, Illinois

How to Make Chili, Texas Style!

October 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

How to Make Chili, Texas Style!

I hear a lot of different ways to make chili. People try white chili, chicken chili, they add pasta, they add beans. But as a pure bred Texan, I like to think I know a little bit about how to make good chili. After all, we start feeding chili to our kids in baby bottles. I grew up on the stuff. It’s spicy, delicious, and just about the easiest meal to make on the road. And I know without a shadow of a doubt, no person in their right mind would ruin chili by adding beans! That ain’t Texas, and that ain’t happening in my RV. Actually, I know a lot of people love adding beans in their chili. It’s perfectly normal, we just aren’t bean people. If you’re a fellow RVer, probably not a bad idea to skimp on beans anyhow since you’re in a confined space. To make our family recipe, all you need is a crockpot and you’re golden. It’s definitely a fall meal, and if your RV is hooked up to electric it’s the perfect meal to have cooking while you’re out and about. Plus when you come... [Read more...]

Prepping For Snowbird Season

October 6, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Prepping For Snowbird Season

Many Sunbelt parks combine RV sites with park models. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Winter is a time for boots, snow shovels, and icy roads… unless you’re a snowbird who RVs to the Sun Belt. Snowbirds are typically retired seniors who have the desire and financial ability to be away from home for extended periods of time. The entire history of the human race is largely a search for comfort. Warm southern winters certainly rate high on my comfort scale. The snowbird lifestyle is to our liking because we can take our home with us when the cold weather arrives and snow begins to falls. For us the snowbird lifestyle is the best of both worlds. Prepping for Travel Preparing your home for an extended absence requires thorough thought and planning.  Before heading south, snowbirds need to take steps to secure and winterize their homes.  Creating customized checklists is one way to stay organized when prepping for snowbird season.  Consider the following tips as a starting point when... [Read more...]

RV Departure Check List

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Departure Check List

RV Departure Check List People use checklists to avoid missing something during a particular procedure.  Mostly these are used for routine operations, for example, a list of things a pilot may carry out prior to takeoff or landing.  The fact that this procedure is carried out many times is exactly why this is done.  When we get too comfortable doing something, it becomes far too easy to shortcut or miss an item. Along this same line, preparing to depart camp in a trailer or motorhome also requires a list of procedures. Failure to carry out some may lead to damaging the RV, personal injury or other collateral damage.  So, let’s look at some of these items you would need on your RV Departure Check List: Disconnect and store all attachments from the camp services.  Many incidences of pulling away still connected have resulted in damage to the park’s service pedestal and destruction of an RV’s electrical bay door. Retract all TV antennas and physically check that they are stored. ... [Read more...]

RV Privacy Shades

September 29, 2014 by · 13 Comments 

RV Privacy Shades

RV Privacy Shades RV Privacy shades are a necessary item given the closeness often found in many campgrounds.  The standard window shades fitted to most RV’s are “Day/Night” pleated fabric that have a lighter opaque section and a darker full block material.  This allows daytime privacy with the lighter one while the full block provides the same for night time. Some motor homes are equipped with dark tinted windows that provide adequate privacy during the day.  These still require a full cover for night time.  The windows in the front, including the driver and passenger side along with the windshield, have a far less tint and offer little privacy in the day with zero at night.  These normally have a horizontal tracked draw curtain or a vertical rolled blind that provides a solid privacy barrier. Front Area Shades Higher line coaches often are equipped with electric powered shades and automatic front privacy blinds.  These are capable of shutting off the outside world at the... [Read more...]

Off-Season RV Camping

September 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Off-Season RV Camping

Off-Season RV Camping Off-season RV camping can offer advantages and great rewards with few drawbacks.  The need to make reservations for campsites in advance may not be necessary. This allows you to stay where and for how long you desire without worrying about schedules.  Some premium water-view campsites normally impossible to get may well be easily attainable.  All of this at probably a shoulder or off season rate. RV campgrounds and resorts are much quieter during the off seasons.  This can further add to the relaxation normally associated with camping.  Should this also coincide with school being in, the lack of children may appeal to some. While some attractions may be closed for the season, many may not.  Those that are open generally will be less attended allowing easier access and perhaps a reduced admission cost.  Rides and specific shows that require wait times of 10 to 30 minutes at some theme parks may have no wait time. Great restaurants that are normally packed with... [Read more...]

Keeping an RV Log Book

September 23, 2014 by · 16 Comments 

Keeping an RV Log Book

RV Log Book Log books are not only common, but are a requirement on ships, aircraft and commercial vehicles.  While they are not a mandatory item for a recreational vehicle, there are many owners that do maintain an RV log book.  When we look at how they can be used in such an application, it is amazing that more people are not doing it. So, what benefits can be found keeping a log of all your RV travels and events?  Well, a detailed record of repairs and maintenance speaks for itself.  It can help to support warranty claims, fuel mileage variations, maintenance irregularities and much more.  The information can ensure regular scheduled maintenance items get done at the correct frequency while also getting the full use of each.  The study of some repair records can also reveal areas that may require future attention. The daily travel entries generally include the date, mileage and the location as well as any interesting events that occurred that day.  Some people like also to record... [Read more...]

Packing Up To Break Camp

September 22, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Packing Up To Break Camp

Packing Up to Break Camp For tent campers, packing up to break camp involves a bit of cleaning, some tent rolling and trying to get that bulky mass stuffed into what seems like too small a bag.  It came out of it, it must go back in.  Once complete and all the tent pegs have been gathered, the happy campers move about making sure they have everything.  They are soon driving through the park toward the main gate passing several large shiny motorhomes.  “That’s the way to camp!” one quips.  “Breaking camp is the twist of a key!” Well, it may seem that easy and quick, but it is not.  Slides that expand the living space must be powered back in.  Leveling jacks must be retracted.  Disconnecting of the water hose, sewage hook-up, and the electric power cable must be done, storing each in its unique place.  Awnings and TV antennas must be stored.  Basement lockers are checked that they are all latched and secure.  Tires are inspected to verify they are ready to go and may... [Read more...]

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

September 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

Dash instrumentation has become more and more precise over the years.  Complex, informative data can be displayed with near pinpoint accuracy.  Digital readouts have become commonplace in everyday automobiles over the past decade.  Engine temperatures can be observed to the single degree as can speed, engine RPM, manifold pressure, boost pressure, transmission temperature and much more.  In the average vehicle, these multitude of real time data information readings are of little value. In most cases “Idiot Lights” would probably suffice. However, for large vehicles, like heavy motor homes and truck trailer combinations, this information can be vital and of great value.  Observing various data trends and digital readout behavior while travelling, can reveal issues that require attention.  That attention may necessitate an operation strategy change, or, if necessary, a physical investigation. But, there is one instrument that every vehicle has and is used daily.  It has not really... [Read more...]

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