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Space Heaters a Potential Cause of RV Fires

March 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Space Heaters a Potential Cause of RV Fires

Fire safety is essential when camping in your recreational vehicle. In earlier posts I reported on space heater fires that destroyed RVs and caused the death of its occupants—both human and canine. Following are recent reports on four RVs destroyed by fires that were caused by human carelessness. Ohio: Space Heater Cause of Camper Fire Mansfieldnewsjournal.com reports that a camper was destroyed in a fire caused by an electric space heater. A family of four was displaced after a fire consumed their Charles Mill Lake camper. Mark and Amy Snyder and their two children, Savannah, 10, and Taylor, 13, had been living in the camper for the past year. “We lost everything (in the fire),” Mark Snyder said. “But everybody made it out alive, and that’s all that matters.” The family’s two cats and a pet rabbit were killed in the fire, Mark said. The family dog survived. Ashland County’s Mifflin Township Fire Department responded to the camper fire just after midnight, chief JJ Bittinger... [Read more...]

The One-And-Only 1937 Chris Craft Motorhome

December 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The One-And-Only 1937 Chris Craft Motorhome

Art Himsl owns the only 1937 Chris Craft motorhome ever made. Art Himsl and his one-of-a-kind 1937 Chris Craft Motorhome. (Credit: David Krumboltz/Contra Costa Times) I didn’t know Chris Craft made motorhomes, and it turns out that they didn’t. They made one-and-only one—this one—and it is owned by Art Himsl. “They started to build this vehicle in 1937 in San Francisco, probably as a prototype as it took from 1937 to 1941 to complete,” Himsl told David Krumboltz, a columnist for the Contra Costa Times. “It was built with an aluminum skeleton covered with Grade A linen aircraft fabric, like that found on old bi-wing airplanes. The fabric was stretched over the entire body except for metal around the windows. The original power plant was a Plymouth six-cylinder engine rated at 82 hp and the vehicle was registered as a Plymouth House Car.” The engine was adequate as the vehicle was very light because of the fabric body. “Of course, everyone thought the... [Read more...]

Yacht-Inspired Caravisio—The RV of the Future

October 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Yacht-Inspired Caravisio—The RV of the Future

Citing declining registration numbers for caravans in Europe, German manufacturer Knaus Tabbert GmbH decided to rethink camper design by initiating the “Caravisio-The Caravan of the Future” project as an approach to the problem and to provoke thought. Yacht-Inspired Caravisio—The RV of the Future (image courtesy of Knaus Tabbert) The Caravisio reflects a collective vision of what may be technologically possible in the future. Based on both a futuristic and innovative vision of the manufacturer, an expert group of industry-established and external suppliers and designers was established with the objective to develop the caravan of the future. Development work lasted almost two years, from the first sketch to the completely designed and assembled caravan. More than just a single manufacturer’s idea, the Caravisio represents collaboration between more than 20 different companies and industry experts. Like the classic Bowlus Road Chief and Airstream Land Yacht, the Caravisio... [Read more...]

RV Mod – a new entertainment center for our toy hauler!!!

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Mod – a new entertainment center for our toy hauler!!!

Our family of 12 (there are 2 more grown and flown…) fulltimes in a 40′ toy hauler.  Needless to say, our RV, nor any RV for that matter, are made to accommodate our family comfortable.  Necessity has been the mother of many of our many mods!  Our latest one is done for both functionality and aesthetics.           The stock entertainment center in our rv was an eye sore.  Partly because we use things hard, and partly because it was designed for ease of assembly and made of junk wood.   We were missing a cabinet door as we had given it to a cabinet maker last fall, so he could build us some matching doors we wanted; his shop burned down shortly after, with our door in it.  There was square feet of wasted space, splitting face wood, miles of extra wiring, 10 lbs of amplifier that we didn’t use, and the design forced us to put the loft ladder in front of the ‘garage’ (aka boys’ room in our RV) door.  The ladder was a constant... [Read more...]

Cramper Van: Mini-House on Wheels

July 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Cramper Van: Mini-House on Wheels

Dubbed the Cramper Van, the world’s smallest, lightest RV can seat up to four close friends in a pinch although one of the seats folds down over the two-ring hob and sink. It’s the cramper van! The invention of custom car fanatic Andy Saunders, owner of Kampers Kars in Poole, Dorset, Cramper Van is a mash-up of an old Bedford Bambi van and a Butlins-style pedal cart. Saunders, 50, has made a name for himself creating weird and wonderful custom cars including a Picasso-inspired multi-colored Citroen 2CV, a mini Mini, and a 21-inch tall car. Saunders chopped six feet off the front of a Bedford campervan and attached it to the pedal cart before refitting the interior. The only other thing that sets it aside from its bigger brothers is its lack of an engine, instead relying on pedal power to pull it along. With four foot by four foot living space, the Cramper Van is filled with seats, stove, table, and bed. Despite its confined size the pedal-powered mini mobile home still has room to squeeze... [Read more...]

Modding your RV – think outside the box…

January 22, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Modding your RV – think outside the box…

or in this case, Inside the Closet!!! While not everyone travels fulltime with 10 children, most of us with RVs would like to modify them in some little way to meet our needs better. For some, that means adding shelving, or pulling down valances and adding black out curtains, or changing out that plastic toilet for a ceramic one more like the house, or even painting some of your inside walls. In many instances, modding your RV is a lot like remodeling your house. There are certain, very glaring differences sometimes, like making sure of the width of outside walls so any screws you use on the inside don’t go through your gel coat on the outside. Some aren’t so glaring, like remembering that any weight that you add with your mod makes a permanent impact on your GVW. And some are handled just like they would be in a house, like hanging wire shelves or painting. For our tribe, it has taken some permanent, and sometime extensive mods to get our crew to comfortably fit in our... [Read more...]

Homeschooling away from home

May 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Homeschooling away from home

As I am writing this, we have arrived in Toronto for an extended period of time while my husband works on a contract in the area.    We were fortunate to find a campsite close to the workplace where he would be (about 10 minutes of drive) and that was open before the long week-end in Ontario.  It isn’t our first time rving and homeschooling while my husband is working on a contract as we did it two years ago while being in Northern Ontario for a couple of days.   However, this time it is for a longer period of time and I am unsure about how the homeschool will go. When packing for such events – i.e. homeschooling/contracting – we had to be wise for the quantities of things to bring.   I am pleased to say that the math and English curriculum were finished before our departure.  The only books I needed to bring were French as well as science. I had two plastic containers of things to bring for our school time.   This got reduced to one container strategically placed so it... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of a Former RV Rookie :Give a Mother’s Day gift she’ll really like: an iPad docking station.

May 2, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of a Former RV Rookie :Give a Mother’s Day gift she’ll really like: an iPad docking station.

You know those moments: “Oh…how nice,” her glazed eyes shifting from side to side because she loves you and loves your gift efforts, but still…really…what were you thinking? If some of your gifts haven’t been hits and your wife/mom/mom-in-law has an iPhone, iPod, or iPad (known from here on as “iGadgets”), the iHome Docking Station iD9 may redeem you for any past busts. My sweetheart, Renato, completely surprised me with an iHome Docking Station iD9 for my birthday this past April, and it’s changed my life. OK, it’s probably more accurate just to say I love it …and I do. If the women in your life (or you) have any iGadgets, a docking station will change the way they use them, especially the iPads with their stinky volume. The only complaint I have about my iPad2 is the never-quite-high-enough-to-hear-the-actors-on-the-movies weak volume. However, the iHome rechargeable speaker system has more than taken care of that. Now, I can watch a movie or listen to a podcast... [Read more...]

Is Earthbound’s Future in Doubt?

October 24, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Is Earthbound’s Future in Doubt?

Marion, Indiana-based Earthbound Recreational Vehicles LLC shut down production at its factory about six weeks ago. Previously, the factory had been running “smaller” production for three months with 15 employees, reduced from around 50 earlier in the year, according to Earthbound President Charles Hoefer. The City of Marion backed a $2 million bond with county economic development income tax (CEDIT) money to support its startup in 2010. The company never met expectations to hire around 180 employees to produce 400 or more RVs a year. Officials at dealerships across the country say they are concerned about the future of Earthbound Recreational Vehicles, according to a report by the Indiana Economic Digest. Shifts in the company’s business strategy have left some dealers with long-standing ties to the company and its owners feeling left in the dark. “We were always hoping to be a part of their success, but right now I feel that we are in limbo,” said Bill Mirrielees, general manager... [Read more...]

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN! ( The EASY way to Keep Your RV Carpet Clean)

July 6, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN! ( The EASY way to Keep Your RV Carpet Clean)

It easily picks up lint, crumbs, pet hair and tracked in dirt.  The handle lies flat so you can reach under furniture.  The most amazing thing is there is no cord, broom or dustpan to deal with and it does not require electricity – not even batteries! Yep – what is old is new again, and the darn thing works fantastically. What I am talking about is the Bissell Sweep Up carpet sweeper.  I just happened to stumble onto one of these little wonders at Big Lot’s one day for the partly sum of $12.00. Shucks, for twelve bucks I thought I would give it a try. Every RV we have owned had some carpet.  Our current fifth wheel has carpet in the living area and the bedroom.  Even with a front door mat, we continually track in stuff and Oscar, bless his little heart, sheds fine little black hairs all the time. The makers of our RV installed a Dirt Devil central vacuum.  It is a nice accessory but you still have to drag out a bulky 30-foot long hose, tubes and attachments to vacuum the carpets. ... [Read more...]

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