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Wi-Fi in Campgrounds

November 26, 2014 by · 12 Comments 

Wi-Fi in Campgrounds

Wi-Fi at the campsite has become a necessity. There are very few campgrounds today that do not offer wireless internet, or Wi-Fi.  In some cases they rely on a third party’s service for which the camper must subscribe and pay for.  But rest assured, even for those free Wi-Fi offers, you still are actually paying.  The service costs money and is built into your daily camping rate.  Here the old saying “you only get what you pay for!” really applies. One of the more current issues faced today when using Wi-Fi in campgrounds is very slow and sometimes no service. This issue does not seem to happen, or at least happens far less, on a third party’s subscriber-based package. In some RV resorts, they offer a choice of Wi-Fi or wired modem.  A small rental fee normally applies to the modem, but it may be well worth it.   Generally, the modem plugs into the service pedestal, and then to your computer via Ethernet cable, or direct to a wireless router.  The advantage here is usually... [Read more...]

Fuel Consumption Trip Computers

November 22, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Fuel Consumption Trip Computers

TripTek Fuel Consumption Trip Computers Fuel consumption trip computers are now commonplace in many automobiles, trucks and recreational vehicles, but are they accurate? Do they really display the actual miles per gallon that you have been achieving? Well, yes and no.  The auto industry’s O.E.M. standard on-board computer display is not a scientific measuring device.  Some of its input data comes from the E.C.M. (engine control module) through the OBD (On-Board Diagnostic system) and calculates the requested information to be displayed. Regardless of marginal error, these onboard readouts can be very helpful.  While 100% accuracy is not attainable, the calculation repeatability is quite good.  Therefore, generally they are a reliable fuel consumption indicator and certainly far more accurate than your fuel gauge. There are two MPG (miles per gallon) readings that people primarily use: instant and average.  Instant is exactly that, nearly real-time MPG.  I used the phrase “nearly... [Read more...]

Understanding Shore Power

November 1, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Understanding Shore Power

RV Shore Power Service Understanding shore power is essential to properly manage your electrical usage in camp.  Motorhomes, depending on size, may be capable of using a 30 amp or a 50 amp service maximum.  With adaptors all will operate on a 15/20 amp, albeit a minimum service. There are three basic service sizes provided in campgrounds in North America. 15/20 Amp Duplex will provide 15/20 amps at 120 volts or about 1,800/2400 watts of power. 30 Amp RV receptacle will provide 30 amps at 120 volts or about 3,600 watts of power 50 Amp RV receptacle will provide 50 amps at 240 volts or 100 amps of 120 volts or about 12,000 watts. You will notice that going from a 30 amp to a 50 increases the available power by 333%.  That’s over three times more power.  This is due to the 50 amp service has four contacts.  These are ground, neutral and two 120 volt hot lines.  Providing these two hot lines, L1 and L2 are out of phase, they will deliver 240 volts when used on a 240 appliance, like... [Read more...]

Travel Tips: How To Protect Yourself From Food Borne Illness

October 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel Tips: How To Protect Yourself From Food Borne Illness

One of the best things about traveling to another country is trying local, authentic cuisine. However, it pays to know a few basic rules so you don’t become one of the 10 million overseas travelers to suffer a bout of traveler’s diarrhea or other foodborne illnesses each year.  Luckily, you can protect yourself from food borne health problems (and spending half your trip visiting restrooms) with these easy-to-follow travel tips: 1)      Know before you go: Understand that the food you eat at home isn’t necessarily “safer” than food abroad; it’s often simply that your body just isn’t accustomed to foreign fare. According to Independent Traveler, one important difference between home-grown and foreign foods is the use of more “natural” fertilizers abroad, which can carry bacteria that could cause intestinal distress. One of the most important measures you can take to avoid getting sick overseas is to research the quality of food in the specific region you’ll... [Read more...]

The RV Glass Dash

September 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

The RV Glass Dash

RV Instrument Clusters and Glass Dash The Glass Dash has been solidly endorsed by the aviation industry for the past decade and beyond.  Here the Garmin G2000 offers everything and much more than was ever available to the modern pilot.  In addition to engine data, GPS navigation, flight information and much more, virtual visual terrain can be displayed when required. Not quite as sophisticated, but still very impressive, is the motor coach Glass Dash by SilverLeaf.  The flat panel dash is capable of displaying a host of information and can produce the general operational readouts in either analogue, digital or both.  Digital is great for precise reading down to a single unit.  Analogue can deliver a faster glance study allowing a driver to quickly view the panel taking in only the gauge angles to confirm all is good.  Each method can fill a predetermined need depending on the driving event at hand. The Glass Dash can also display video feeds from the back up camera or GPS mapping... [Read more...]

The Truth About “Glamping”

September 5, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The Truth About “Glamping”

The Truth About Glamping is…why not make yourself as comfortable as possible while camping?? Especially considering the rising nightly rates, outlandish gas prices, and the booked and sometimes overcrowded campgrounds? Quite honestly “Glamping” is the way to go! To look more into the phenomenon of “glamping,” we must first look at the definition and meaning behind the term itself.  According to the Urban Dictionary at http://www.urbandictionary.com, “Glamping” is defined as “Shorthand for glamorous camping; luxury camping.” So although it may have a bad connotation, it is actually just camping with a luxurious spin on it. Whether it means your RV is decked out like these unique ones or you simply wouldn’t consider camping in anything other than an RV, there is absolutely nothing wrong with “Glamping” despite the negative connotations surrounding this term. It is common for women, especially, to be known for glamping,... [Read more...]

RVs From Back In The Day

August 20, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RVs From Back In The Day

Vintage trailers continue their popularity among today’s RVers. There is a certain charm and nostalgia with vintage trailers that is hard to find with new recreational vehicles. Tin Can Tourists, Denver, Colorado (1918) The rolling homes were small – a bed, a kitchen, and a dinette in one room. Over the decades they have expanded into today’s large-sized RVs, but there is an increasing demand for the older trailers. These vintage models are often called Canned Hams, Shiny Hineys, or Tin Cans. Whatever they may be called, classic trailers from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s are rolling back into popularity. When travel trailers first started roaming American roads, their owners were called Tin Can Tourists because they heated tin cans of food on gasoline stoves by the roadside. The Tin Can Tourists formed the first camping club in the United States, holding their inaugural rally in Florida in 1919 and growing to 150,000 members by the mid-1930s. They had an initiation;... [Read more...]

RV Satellite Dishes

July 13, 2014 by · 9 Comments 

RV Satellite Dishes

If your RV option choices will include a satellite dish, you need to decide which type will best suit your needs.  There are at least four styles of RV satellite dishes available. First, let’s start with the stand-alone portable.  These are not really an attached RV option, but more an added accessory.  Consisting of a simple tripod, this dish is placed and aimed manually at the desired satellite. The stand-alone is also available in a “Cube” style which features automatic satellite acquisition.  These portable units are great for use in heavily treed areas as they can be positioned remotely from the RV in a location that has a clear view of the satellite.  From here, a cable connects the dish to the RV receiver. Next, there are units that remain fixed on the RV roof.  They are manual operated antennas that require aiming from inside the cabin.  These offer only a single LNB (Low Noise Block) signal feed, meaning only one satellite can be accessed at one time.  These... [Read more...]

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

June 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

Electronic keypad RV entry is an option that is definitely worth purchasing. No, not the key fob that electronically unlocks the door or arms the alarm system, we are talking about a user keypad that locks and unlocks the entry door. While there is nothing wrong with key fob entry for your car, your RV may require entry by your family members without the need to be confined to locating the key holder. Each member of your family can exit and enter without the risk of losing the key or the need to locate the key holder. Conventional key operation is available on all models should the unit need to be overridden due to a dead battery or other system failure. Electronic keypad locks have been a lifesaver is some emergency circumstances.  One such situation involved a couple that had left their pet in their RV for the afternoon in a campsite. While out that day, they were involved in a serious automobile accident. They were transported to a local hospital where they would both be held at least... [Read more...]

Decorating Your RV

June 20, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Decorating Your RV

Is your RV all set for summer camping? There are so many great ideas for decorating your RV to create style and save space.  Whether its just a sink cover, installing a new drawer, or collapsable bowls, Camping World has the largest online RV supply store to help kick-start all of your RV shopping needs. Start searching here to check out some great ideas for collapsible trash systems, new mattress toppers and lots more. The items that most excite me are the ones that are space-saving or space-creating since RVs can tend to feel pretty cramped when fully packed for camping. Also, as a coupon and sales fanatic, I always focus on the items that have an online special going. In my experience, it pays to buy when an item is on sale and right before you will be using it!   One of my favorite options is the Trash-Ease, which allows you to free up space from having a trash can on the floor and instead provides a mount so you can hook your trash on the edge of a counter top and simply put... [Read more...]

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