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Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

October 15, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

While I love to write, our recent adventures have left little time for sitting down at the computer and keying up a blog.  I have more ideas than hair on my head (BTW – I am not bald) but by the time the opportunity to write gets here I am too doggone tired from all of the day’s exciting activities and end up going to bed! Just to give readers an idea of what is going on, we left the zip code address in Virginia right after Labor Day.  Since then we have traversed across North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and into Kansas.  Our plans are to leave our current spot in Hutchinson and head south to Branson, MO, for a few days taking in many of the shows, exhibits, tours and having some just plain old fun.  From there we may swing north again to Elkhart, IN, to see Amish Country and the birthplace of our RV.  Since we are expected in North Myrtle Beach, SC, by November 1st for a two week stay with friends in  our Cedar Creek RV Owners... [Read more...]

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

September 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

Five years ago, Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corp created the ultimate combination of advanced technology and intelligent design. The Newmar Comfort Drive Steering System is one of the most significant innovations in motorcoach drivability ever… and it’s another innovative feature that defines the Newmar difference. Comfort Drive Steering is an intelligent steering system that decreases driver fatigue often associated with operating a typical diesel pusher over long distances. It also aids a driver to maintain a straight path by compensating for cross-winds and crowns in the road. Comfort Drive creates a positive on-center feel which reduces parking efforts and improves reversibility when backing up a motorhome. Newmar first introduced the Comfort Drive Steering System on its 2007 Luxury products. With Comfort Drive, you’ll exert less effort turning the wheel when you drive, back up, and turn. This advanced technology responds to your steering—then makes your driving... [Read more...]

CAMPING WITH A CPAP

August 19, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

CAMPING WITH A CPAP

CPAP is an acronym for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a mode of respiratory ventilation commonly used in the treatment of sleep apnea. Ten years ago, very few individuals owned or used CPAP machines at home.  Now, the numbers of people using CPAP have risen quickly as sleep study technicians and doctors are prescribing them to their patients. It all started for me last winter. I would awaken in the morning feeling as if I had never been to bed.  I was tired and took frequent daytime naps.  My wife, and bed partner, noticed one night that I appeared to stop breathing (she was still awake – reading a book).  It really scared her because she thought I had a heart attack and was dead.  Fortunately, I was not dead – I apparently had an episode of sleep apnea. I made an appointment with my primary care physician to see about my chronic fatigue.  After he did the customary exam, he told me that he would set up an appointment for a sleep study. How can anyone sleep... [Read more...]

Are You a Mobile Reader?

August 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

  Consider the convenience of mobile readers when camping! I know. I know. On a site geared to camping, I should be talking about hiking to the highest peak or racing down a river in a kayak. However, truth be told, there are many days when I simply like to read on the beach or around the campfire! I love to read and when we are camping, I like to steal a few minutes to just catch up on books and magazines. In fact, I have a cubby in my travel trailer where I keep a collection of magazines and books that come in quite handy for this type of reading. I do some of my best thinking on camping trips! However, now that I have an iPad, I can read many things in many places. Of course, if we don’t have internet access, my reading can be impacted. However, I often download magazines and books onto my iPad before I leave home. Hence, if I want to read one of my favorite magazines, such as Donna Hay or BBC GoodFood, it’s at the ready for me regardless of where I happen to be. When... [Read more...]

Hitting the Road With Microsoft Streets & Trips

July 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Hitting the Road With Microsoft Streets & Trips

A summer road trip is about a lot more than “just getting there.” You can get the most out of your travels by using Microsoft Streets & Trips. One of the things I like best about Streets & Trips is it helps you plan just about every aspect of your trip—directions, multiple stops, fuel costs, start and stop times and more. It’s easy to use and easy to customize, so if your plans change you can update your itinerary at the drop of a hat—no Internet connection needed. Use Streets & Trips to generate maps and directions throughout North America and find interesting stops along the way. Plan your travel by start and stop times, driving speeds or road types to avoid highways or choose a more scenic route. Personalize your maps with notes about planned stops, reservation details, phone numbers and more. Plus, you can share your travel plans with your Garmin device or use Streets & Trips with GPS Locator for on-the-go spoken directions and automatic rerouting. Streest... [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...]

Woodall’s Campground Data Now On Board Rand McNally RV GPS Devices!

April 10, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Woodall’s Campground Data Now On Board Rand McNally RV GPS Devices!

Just in time for the spring RVing season, Rand McNally has added the Woodall’s campground directory into its top-selling TripMaker® RVND™ GPS devices. Woodall’s, part of the Good Sam family of RV clubs, community and publications, is North America’s leading source of campground information for RVers and campers. With the addition of thousands of Woodall’s reviewed campgrounds and amenities, the TripMaker® RVND™ devices now feature more than 250,000 RV-focused locations, such as campgrounds and RV service centers, as well as millions of additional general points of interest. “A year ago, Rand McNally introduced the first GPS device developed specifically for RVers and campers, and the response has been exceptionally strong,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. “The addition of the Woodall’s information provides RVers with a leading source of vetted campground data that no one else provides in a GPS device.” Two weeks ago at The Rally in Phoenix, Rand McNally... [Read more...]

Postcards From The Road – The Black and Decker Powermate 400

March 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Black and Decker Powermate 400 AC/DC Portable Power Station/Jump-Starter/Compressor  - Purchasing this multi-use device was a brilliant decision on my part, if I do say so myself. Just having it sitting in my storage area, fully charged and ready to go, gives me a peace of mind that a set of jumper cables can’t match. It can start my car if my battery is weak or dead and doesn’t require a good samaritan or AAA tow truck. Its multi-stage internal charger keeps it fully charged by leaving it plugged into an AC outlet overnight. But that’s not all its good for:  It’s like a multi-function swiss army knife. During our recent RV trip, it allowed me to: 1- Check the air pressure in my tow vehicle and trailer tires and top them off as needed. 2- Via one of its 2 12-volt receptacles, it ran my 12-volt air pump to firm up our Coleman air mattress. 3- And our 12-volt portable fan inside and outside of the trailer. 4- It has a built in system to check on the health... [Read more...]

WINEGARD Carryout Automatic Satellite Review

March 12, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

WINEGARD Carryout Automatic Satellite Review

In case you didn’t already know, Winegard Satellites is making big moves this year. What kind of moves you ask? Well…big ones! I mean it seems like I can’t go anywhere this year without seeing a noticeable difference in the amount of Winegard Satellite promotions being displayed throughout RV-related stores. And considering Winegard may just be the  (arguably) best option for a RV owner when it comes to finding a mobile TV solution, this is good news for us die-hard travelers. This increase in promotions can mean only one thing…some of the engineering gurus with the company have been busy conjuring up new ideas to and ways to make the lives of all of us RVers easier, at least when it comes to RV satellite options. Winegard prides itself on delivering high quality, user-friendly products which make tailgating, camping, or recreational TV entertainment fast and easy. They feature top of the line antennas like the Winegard Trav’ler series (the ONLY antennas capable viewing all... [Read more...]

Tailgater–RV TV made Easy

February 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Tailgater–RV TV made Easy

So I like to go RV-ing. Don’t we all? Even more, when I’m trying to get cozy after a long day out on the open road in my RV, one of my favorite things to do is watch a good movie with the family.  There is nothing quite better than kicking your feet up, turning on the TV in your RV’s living area and enjoying a great flick before hitting the hay. Perhaps the greatest drawback to enjoying such an experience–it’s not exactly inexpensive to set up a quality entertainment center in your RV.  And if you’re like me, one of the things which driven me nuts when it comes to the RV lifestyle is how expensive RV satellites are. With that said, if you’re like me then you like to do everything you can to save a buck or two. Even more, I would have never guessed I would actually be able to cut costs when it comes to RV satellites. I recently had the opportunity to attend the National RV Show in Louisville. As I was walking through the vendors’ area, I happened to stumble upon a booth... [Read more...]

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