Take a really nice shower AND save water

By Greg Illes Before we even took a test drive in our first RV, we knew about “the shower rules” — basically, fast and furious, and be sure to turn it off while you’re soaping up. When I was young, we called this the “GI shower” because military guys with limited water supplies would make use of the same technique.... Read More

Use an engine monitor to drive safer and cheaper

By Greg Illes In 1996, the U.S. auto manufacturers began adhering to (another) new standard. This time it was the Onboard Diagnostic Port, or OBD interface to the engine electronics. This port (since evolved to OBD-2) allowed access to a host of engine parameters, from water temperature to fuel flow and other critical operating numbers. The OBD also reads the... Read More

Stretch your battery endurance with LED lighting

By Greg Illes Back in the late ’90s, small, unknown companies were about to make electronic history. New developments heralded a sea of change in the LED lighting market and the world of lighting overall. In succeeding years, bright LED lights have worked their way into every realm of artificial light, from flashlights to traffic signals and even outdoor video... Read More

Tuck some drawers under your dinette for small-item organization

By Greg Illes Every once in a while, you run across a really handy little accessory that makes RV life just a little bit better. Every RV always seems to have a long list of small items — pens, hair clips, Post-it notes, a screwdriver, you name it. The standard large drawers and cabinets in RV furniture just aren’t right... Read More

Try water-cruising by kayak

By Greg Illes Everybody has seen the wild-ride, white-water kayaking adventure films, breathtaking and scary with what these world-class athletes put themselves through. But there is a totally different world of kayaking, as I discovered with my wife a couple of years ago. We had always looked at all the waterways that we passed by and thought somewhat wistfully, “Wouldn’t... Read More

Can WD-40 really do all that?

By Greg Illes The “WD” in WD-40 stands for “water displacement,” and it was reportedly the 40th blend that finally made it to production. Since that time (1953), the simple product has achieved near-legendary status in virtually all walks of life. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that an astronaut was spritzing the stuff on the pivot joints of... Read More