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

September 26, 2013 by · 1 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...]

Sustainability at Rest: a Revolutionary RV Concept

September 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Sustainability at Rest: a Revolutionary RV Concept

Sarasota, Florida-based ROBRADY Designs plans to transform the recreational vehicle from a lumbering fuel-guzzler into a lean, green ecologically sustainable luxurious machine. ROBRADY design sustainable motorhome The first step in attempting to take the idea of sustainability and green RVing to a whole new level was to slim down the motorhome and thereby increasing fuel efficiency and consumer accessibility in response to higher fuel prices. But that was just the beginning. Green RVing is not a new concept with solar panels on roofs of RVs becoming more commonplace especially in the Southwest where dry camping is the norm on BLM lands in the Sonoran Desert. What is particularly interesting and noteworthy about the ROBRADY motorhome is how its features mark the next step in the evolution of green RVing. This revolutionary motorhome makes the leap from solar panels to charge the house batteries to a solar-powered engine. ROBRADY Designs’ unique multi-disciplinary culture meant they could... [Read more...]

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

August 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas—often dubbed the Silent Killer— that is toxic and the number one cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. Carbon monoxide can kill quickly if inhaled in high concentrations and can be particularly dangerous in recreational vehicles. It is produced by the incomplete combustion of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels. Appliances fueled with gas, oil, kerosene, or wood may produce CO. If such appliances are not installed, maintained, and used properly, carbon monoxide may accumulate to dangerous and even deadly levels in recreational vehicles, cars, homes, or poorly ventilated areas. The symptoms of poisoning are similar to flu or food poisoning and include headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Although not always experienced, the initial symptoms of carbon monoxide are similar to an upset stomach or the flu (but without the fever). The symptoms include: Dizziness Fatigue Headache Nausea Irregular breathing It is critical... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips – Cleaner Air

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When turning on the ceiling fan in the bathroom of my RV I found it a chore to have to go back later to shut it off. I took care of this by installing a simple timer in series with the fan switch. The timer is installed in the wall next to the fan switch, utilizing an “old-work” box. I removed one wire from the fan switch and hooked it to one of the two terminals on the timer. I then added a short wire from the empty terminal on the fan switch to the empty terminal on the timer. (The wire size of the short “jumper” wire should be the same as the originals.) By leaving the fan switch in the on position, the ceiling fan is now controlled by the timer. When entering the bathroom I twist the timer knob a little and the fan goes off a few minutes after I exit. Frank Woythal, Andover, New York

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...]

AIRTABS

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

AIRTABS

When we got our RV from the dealer, they were nice enough to bring it to our campsite where it would be parked.  Back then, we didn’t have a vehicle to tow it as we had a Venture van.   But the following year, out of the blue, the motor on our van burned and we had to shop around for a new vehicle.   We knew that since we had to purchase something we wanted to have one that would be able to pull our Rv for long trips.   We found a Suburban that was fit to pull it and since then we enjoy going places with the RV. However, as soon as we were able to take the RV with us on trips, we looked for ways to be fuel efficient.   While navigating the internet one day, my husband stumbled on the website promoting Airtabs.   After he read about Airtabs he was so enthusiastic that we purchased some to install on our RV. What are Airtabs?   Well it is a patented shaped vortex generator designed to increase vehicle aerodynamic performance and fuel economy by reducing the aerodynamic pressure... [Read more...]

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Deck the Wheels with Bells of Holly! Whether you are traveling somewhere in your RV for Christmas or are a full-timer, there are many ways that you can decorate your RV for Christmas: like you would a house just on a smaller scale. While walking through a campground in Southern California over Thanksgiving weekend, I already spotted a few RVs that were decked out with their Christmas décor.  These campers wasted no time in getting their Christmas décor out and up in their RVs.  To be honest, I thought it a bit early (being Thanksgiving weekend, I suppose that is not sooo early).  Then upon second look, I realized just how nice and homey it made the RV look from the outside.  You could see the dash board was covered in some kind of lit-up village and there were lights and garland all around.  A small Christmas tree was sitting in a pot in the front and the RV just emanated the warmth and cheer that Christmas seems to bring every year. Decking your RV out with Christmas Décor this... [Read more...]

Stairs: The Hidden Danger In RVs

November 30, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Stairs: The Hidden Danger In RVs

The day after Thanksgiving, the full day of eating whatever we want; we set out for a fun weekend of camping at the beach. The beach camp spot my aunt reserved this year was at Leo Carrillo State Beach, a scenic stretch of canyon leading to gorgeous coastline, where the Santa Monica Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean.  You access it from the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of where we live.  My dear aunt was only one day late in reserving our typical spot at Carpinteria State Beach and, lo and behold, there were no spots left!  So we settled for second best: Leo Carrillo, where I grew up camping and loving every second of it. Leo Carrillo is just off a narrow, windy stretch of highway along the coast with no bike lane, so bicycling with our kids in tow to the campsite was out of the question (although we did enjoy riding around the campground and over to the beach side)! We packed up our bikes and set off with the RV and a handful of tents for two nights at Leo Carrillo State Beach... [Read more...]

RV Dumping: The Unfortunate Learning Curve

July 17, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Even as an RV newbie, I was well aware of the fact that dumping was one of those things you don’t get wrong. The unfortunate consequences of such failure could (and did end up being…well lets just say we can’t use that term). This task was delegated to me by my wife. She has handled most of the RV maintenance, but somehow, this task was mine to do. I thought about complaining about getting all the dirty jobs, but I figured it might be smart of me just to keep my mouth shut (and probably my nose). I noticed that there was all sorts of different types of dump hoses around the campground. Some people had hoses with stilts that looked like caterpillars snaking across the ground. Others had glass openings in them. Why anyone would WANT to see that stuff was beyond me. Then there was that rock. An RV friend told me in passing that it was extremely important to have a rock. I had no idea why. All I knew was that every dump station I had seen had a nice big rock next to it. RV Dumping Education So... [Read more...]

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