Avoid ‘frying’ appliances, electronics at RV parks

  It’s not unusual for your RV to be exposed to faulty campground electrical wiring like open neutral, open ground and reverse polarity. If ignored when hooking up at a campground or RV park, such conditions can damage or destroy appliances and expensive electronics. In this short video, Mark Polk demonstrates how several inexpensive Surge Guard RV Power Protectors can... Read More

Truma’s decalcification tablets solve water heater issues

  By Bob Difley Truma’s AquaGo hybrid instant water heater has set a new level of excellence in terms of technology, operating ease, safety and design, the company announced. Truma’s new decalcification tablets were developed to extend the life of the AquaGo water heater and to maintain its performance, states a Truma press release. “The Truma AquaGo is the only... Read More

New foam car debuts: Your next dinghy?

  You’ve likely never seen a car like the new electric drive Spira, which debuted at the L.A. Auto Show. The enclosed three-wheel electric trike is steered with a tiller with an exterior that looks like a toy car covered in styrofoam. It carries two passengers (but just barely).  The body is constructed of recyclable light foam, fiberglass and plastic. Top speed is 75 mph.... Read More

Never get lost with Avenza maps – use even offline

  By Bob Difley Imagine being out in the boonies somewhere, as we RVers tend to do quite often, and you find yourself just a little lost. So you open your smartphone to get directions and — no Internet connection. Also imagine that you had already downloaded the Avenza Systems map for your area through its free app, and voila!... Read More

Protect your RV’s finish with long handle neoprene sleeve

  By Bob Difley Accidentally scratching the paint on an RV with a metal handle while washing it is a thing of the past with Shurhold Industries’ new Handle Mate PFD. It protects RV surfaces from scratches, dings and other blemishes that can be caused by unintentional slips. The Handle Mate PFD is a durable black neoprene sleeve that fits... Read More

Make plug-in electric heaters safer with SmartPlug

  By Bob Difley Portable heaters are a convenient way to ward off the season’s chill, but these devices increase amperage loads that poorly maintained electrical systems can’t handle. SmartPlug Systems, maker of the revolutionary SmartPlug, offers tips to identify potential safety hazards in a shore power system, and ways to safeguard against overheating and possible fire. With a traditional... Read More

Portable collapsible outdoor LED camping lantern

  By Bob Difley Etekcity’s portable outdoor LED lanterns are perfect for emergencies or for camping. They feature an omni-directional design with 30 low-current, energy-saving, bright white-light emitting diodes, yielding 360 degrees of high-intensity, long-lasting illumination. The low power consumption keeps the lantern glowing in regular brightness for up to 12 hours. When the battery power of the lantern runs... Read More