Use bicycle bottles for your handy drinking water suppliers

By Greg Illes After many years of anywhere from serious to casual cycling, bicycle water bottles had become a familiar accessory to us. So it was no leap of imagination when we saw opportunities to use them outside of our cycling activities. We’ve found these bottles to be extremely versatile for many venues. They have so many virtues: •  Inexpensive... Read More

Choose the right vacuum cleaner to keep your rig tidy

By Greg Illes Whether we live in stick-and-brick houses or in our cherished RVs, the grime of daily living always seems to intrude. Dust, dirt and debris find their way into our pristine living quarters and suddenly— we just can’t stand it anymore. Break out the broom, hand brush, damp rag or the vacuum cleaner. At home, a vacuum simply... Read More

Traveling to Canada? Here’s how to get Internet connected

By Greg Illes When we began planning our Canada-Alaska trip, we knew we’d need to have Internet now and then — checking emails, paying occasional bills, tending to the various surprises that can come up when leaving home for many weeks.   Normally when we travel we use our cell phones and a 3G/4G hotspot, pay Verizon some extra bucks... Read More

Check your fuel tank plumbing to ensure a fast, easy fill

By Greg Illes For years I struggled with my fuel filling speed. Sometimes, gas would flow into the tank without complaint. Other times, I couldn’t get more than a trickle before the nozzle would auto-shutoff. It was maddening, especially for those 40-gallon fills, which could take (literally) a half-hour. Of course, I checked the filler tube for blockages and kinks — there... Read More

Swing your wall heater out for better coverage

By Greg Illes We’ve been running non-fan-driven heaters for quite a while now, for all the well-known reasons: outstanding propane efficiency, zero battery usage, silent operation. We’ve used ceramic heaters like Mr. Heater, but those have altitude limitations, and we switched over to a true catalytic heater, the Wave from Olympian. But whether the units were ceramic or catalytic, we... Read More

Radiant heaters: An alternative to RV forced air furnaces

By Greg Illes Heating in most RVs is with a forced-air, propane-fired system. These heaters are effective at heating up the trailer or coach in short order but they have disadvantages. A forced-air heater is noisy and it uses a 12-volt driven fan to circulate air. If you’re not on shore power, a long cold day could deplete your battery.... Read More