Quick mod: Stop annoying water pump noise

  By Bob Difley If your water pump makes any noise other than the sound of the running motor, such as a vibration noise, it may be time to remount your pump. If it isn’t already mounted on a rubber mat or shock-absorbing rubber pads, do that first. Second, check both the water in and out connections and if either... 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

Sportneer’s lightweight, compact and cozy sleeping bag

  By Bob Difley Some folks feel that true camping requires sleeping outdoors in a sleeping bag by a campfire to ward off the creatures of the night. But we RVers don’t necessarily think so: The feel of sheets and a quilt over a comfortable mattress qualifies as camping – and we don’t have to keep an eye open for... 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

Overnight with prehistoric graffiti near Phoenix

  By Bob Difley Most historic or recreation sites managed by the BLM don’t get a lot of publicity and even less advertising. So you may zip on by such a location and not even know it existed, or that you’ve passed within a stone’s throw from it. Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, about 90 miles southwest of Phoenix, is typical.... 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