Park rangers give techno tips to get you out of trouble

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Rangers at Utah’s Zion National Park say that technology has proven a godsend for some visitors who’ve gotten into trouble. No, we’re not talking GPS systems or satellite phones but, rather, the simple use of cellular telephones. Here’s an example: A Virginia man tried descending a steep trail after dark. The man stepped off... Read More

Chilling while driving your motorhome

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A new reader sent us an email with an interesting question: “Can we run the propane generator while driving?” It’s a great question, particularly for folks with larger motorhomes that, while equipped with factory “dash air,” don’t cool down with that comparatively miniscule-scale air conditioner. Really, operating a motorhome’s roof air system while tooling... Read More

Use wireless thermometers to track important areas

By Greg Illes Once upon a time, the only reliable temperature measurement was with a hollow glass rod filled with mercury. As awkward and fragile as these devices were, they were the only choice. Even rough-country explorers had to use them (to measure altitude via the boiling point of water). But today, modern electronics provide not only glass-free thermometers, but... Read More