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Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

Now that the Winter Olympics are upon us, any citizen worth his or her salt is following the action. But what are you to do if you are camping and do not have a television set at your disposal? Easy, stay up to date with your smartphone! There are numerous apps available to enable you to follow the action wherever you are. I will discuss three of my favorites in this post. All three are free of charge and available through either the Itunes store (for iPhones) or Google Play(or Android users). The one to which I refer most often is the official NBC Olympics app. The opening page is simply SOCHI2014 with the NBC peacock logo. This app provides nearly anything you could want to know about the games. Looking at the first open page, you have a choice of viewing “Top Videos”, “Results and Schedules”, and “What’s Hot”. Results and Schedules gives you a schedule for the current day and any results (if you with to view them) of events already completed for the day.  The most popular... [Read more...]

A New Way to Travel

January 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A New Way to Travel

In this age of repeated technological advances it is in our best interest to embrace new tools to make our lives easier when they become available. I have always been a confirmed atlas traveler. While my husband is most comfortable when driving when we are on road trips, I am most comfortable with a road atlas in my hands navigating us skillfully (most of the time) through hill and dale, through cities and countryside. Maps app informed us when we needed to exit I80 and take I235 near Des Moines, IA In the past month, we have undertaken an extensive three-week road trip in order to spend the holidays with family back in Wisconsin and Iowa. I loaded my travel tools in the Dodge Durango, my trusty atlas within easy reach on the dashboard in front of me. Sunrise on the first day of our trip, however, found me playing with my iPhone 5c, exploring new options and applications (aka apps). While I had used the MAPS application to find a particular department store in a new city, I had never used... [Read more...]

Der Bus: Titanic-Sized Motor Coach

October 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Der Bus: Titanic-Sized Motor Coach

Just when you thought you’d seen the biggest and the most decked out motorhomes that money can buy, along comes Der Bus. Der Bus, a German Goliath is for sale. (Source: derbus.de) This luxurious monstrosity palace on wheels debuted in 1975 at the Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt/Main as the Jumbocruiser. The double-deck articulated coach was later presented to the public at the International Omnibus Week at Nice in 1977. Among the biggest man-made coaches ever, this vehicle was able to transport 144 passengers. The Bus is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest, street registered motorhome. As only 12 vehicles were built, it is a unique rarity and has been described and explained in several books and publications since. All indications are that it is the last surviving species of this construction line. The coach has been re-modeled and changed into an “Action Mobile” in the course of several years of renovation (about 25,000 working hours). A new engine—Daimler... [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...]

Frogg Toggs will make rainy days more enjoyable!

July 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Frogg Toggs will make rainy days more enjoyable!

Recently, as we were looking for a rain suit for my husband because he wanted to go fishing when it would rain to see how good it  would be, we stumbled on an interesting option for him.  I knew that if he would go with a plastic rain coat, it wouldn’t be a good fit for him.   He also wanted to have something for his legs – some sort of pant to protect him from the rain. While checking the various products offered at the Wal-Mart in Ogdensburg, I immediately saw something that I knew would be perfect for him.   A rain suit made out of material instead of plastic.  The item was a bit pricier than the other ones offered by another company but looked perfect for my husband who wouldn’t have been comfortable in a plastic kind of outfit. So I pointed out the rain suit from Frogg Toggs to him and immediately he said, “That’s interesting!”  He looked at it and decided immediately to try it out to see how comfortable he would be.    The XL was a fabulous fit for him.   ... [Read more...]

The Camco RhinoFlex Clear Swivel – review

June 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Camco RhinoFlex Clear Swivel – review

Last year while we were in Syracuse, my husband saw something very interesting at Camping World.    He thought it was the greatest thing in the world and immediately wanted to have one.    So without hesitation, he put his find in the cart and we purchased it when we left the store. I probably picked your curiosity by now and you are wondering what I am talking about.   The item my husband fell in love with at the Camping World store was the RhinoFlex Clear Swivel fitting in a 90 degree angle from Camco. This fitting can be put directly on your black/grey pipe coming out of your RV so that you can observe whatever is coming out of there – yes everything.     It features a swivel lug and bayonet fittings so that you can be assured that you have a secure connection (because nobody would want it to open… if you see what I mean.).   The clear part of the elbow will allow you to see the discarded water go through which is fabulous apparently to determine if all the “garbage”... [Read more...]

Tefal Actifry – a fabulous appliance to have

June 3, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Tefal Actifry – a fabulous appliance to have

May 2013 – Linen Chest, a chain of store in Canada, is having a new contest.   Actually it is their first ever Pin It and Win It contest especially created to celebrate Mother’s Day.   The contest was simple.  All I had to do was to like their contest page, follow their Pinterest account, pin the items I really like from their Mother’s Day Contest, and voilà.    Since I had a Pinterest account, I pinned a few things in a board with my wish list of things I would like to have.   Once I was done I sort of forgot about it… Mother’s Day came and went by.   Fast forward to two weeks ago and I realized that I have a message in my junk folder.   As I check it out I realized that I won the prize for the contest – a 250$ gift card at Linen Chest.  All I had to do was to let them know which store was closest to me.   I emailed them and waited for their reply. Meanwhile, I wondered what we could purchase… New towels?  Costco has better prices on these.  New small... [Read more...]

Cooking Concepts plates review

May 27, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Cooking Concepts plates review

On a beautiful spring day, my family and I decided to drive across the border for a little bit of shopping.   Living in Ottawa, ON we have the privilege to be about 40 minutes from the nearest border crossing in order to get into the USA.   So we packed the kids, brought our passports, and proceeded to go to Ogdensburg, NY that morning.   We occasionally do this trip in order to pick up some groceries and other little things.   Did you know that cheese is way less expensive in the US?   Have huge cheese lovers in the house make the trip itself necessary… So that day, we had a few stop to do apart from the Wal-Mart (which isn’t a Superstore by the way).   One of the stop was the Dollar Tree where my husband was hoping to find some neat things for the kitchen in the RV. We were in need of plates.  But we didn’t want to have ceramic plates because when you are driving well the shock might break them.  I know some people would put something between the plates and bowls but... [Read more...]

PocketMonkey – World’s Thinnest Utility Tool

April 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

PocketMonkey – World’s Thinnest Utility Tool

PocketMonkey – World’s Thinnest Utility Tool By Zootility Tools What if I told you that you can have a small tool that would fit in your wallet and that possess about twelve functions that could make your day a little bit easier?  You would probably think that I am crazy and wouldn’t believe me in a second… But wait – this tool does exist now and it is known as the PocketMonkey.   It is made of stainless steel and is about the size of a credit card.  It weighs only one ounce, is about one millimeter think and will fit in any kind of wallet. Now that I got your curiosity, you must be wondering what it can do.   Here’s the list of it’s abilities: Phone kickstand when you insert a credit card.  This will allow you to work at a comfortable angle on your touch phone. Bottle opener if you need it.  Here in Canada we mostly have twist bottles but I guess it’s not the case in the US.  Still you never know when it might be useful…. A flat screwdriver which would be useful... [Read more...]

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

March 9, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

The only thing better than ‘right now’ will someday be the memories of right now! Digital is not difficult to shoot and good results are achievable, but one must know the basics of photography as the fundamentals remain the same, irrespective of the recording medium. Pictured above is Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved You’ve probably an RVer because you love to travel, you want to see the natural and manmade wonders of North America, or you just don’t like being tied down to one place. Whatever the reason, are you keeping a visual record of your RV travels? Do you take photos of your RV memories? If not, why not? Traveling in an RV allows us to move at a slower pace, which gives us a chance to see things that often times go unnoticed. RVing gives us an opportunity to get closer to and experience the beauty of nature. In addition to hiking, biking, boating, nature study, and birding; photography is a natural activity to... [Read more...]

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