Saturday, December 9, 2017

Last Minute Gift Ideas For RVers

To help you with your last minute holiday gift giving following are some great holiday gift ideas for your favorite RVer.

Pizza Stone is a great gift because it spreads out the heat of the RV oven so that there is not the typical hot spot when baking.

Pizza Stone
  • Heats evenly to prevent burning
  • Distribute heat to keep center from remaining undercooked
  • Made of ceramic stone material
  • 3/8" thickness
  • Measures 12-inch length by 15-inch width

How about a 110v AC powered Mattress Heating Pad for the bed to keep everyone warm during cold weather camping?
Mattress Heating Pad
  • 100% polyester
  • Made in USA and Imported
  • Theraputic Heat
  • 100-Percent Polyester Skirted Mattress Pad
  • Machine Wash and Dry
  • Zipper Bag with Handles
  • 5 Year Warranty

Following is a 12v battery operated Mattress Heating Pad.  This one plugs into a 12 volt socket in the RV and operates off of the RVs 12 volt system.

12v battery operated Mattress Heating Pad
  • 100% polyester
  • Made in US
  • Radiant heat from below relaxes tired back and legs, induces deep, restful sleep all night.
  • No fumes, noise, vibrations
  • Made in USA

Let's keep the warm and fuzzy feelings going with a Micro-plush Throw Heated Blanket just wrap it around you while sitting in the RV and enjoy the warmth and softness of this heated blanket.
Micro-plush Throw Heated Blanket
  • The blanket measures 50"" x 60"" inches and is machine washable for easy care.
  • Made from ultra-luxurious micro-plush, the fabric of this blanket is incredibly soft and cozy.
  • It automatically responds to body, bed or room temperature changes.
  • The Prime Style controller is easy to grip, includes 3 warming settings and 3-hour auto-off for 

Listed below is the 12 Volt Heated Throw Blanket.  If you Boondock this is the blanket that will keep you warm without using up your Propane Gas.
12 Volt Heated Throw Blanket
  • Ideal for travelling in your car, truck, SUV or RV
  • Great for roadside emergencies
  • 42 inches x 58 inches blanket made of comfort polar fleece material
  • Makes a great seat warmer
  • 8 foot cord

How about something nice and soft to sleep between?  That really fits your RV Queen Bed Sheets.
RV Queen Bed Sheets

  • Short Queen Sheet set
  • Made specifically for Campers, RVs, Motorhomes & Travel Trailers
  • Color: White, Camel, Ivory, Sage Green
  • Made of 100% cotton 300 thread count
  • Easy care! Machine wash & Tumble dry.
  • Proudly Made in the USA!
These sheet sets come in White, Camel, Ivory, Sage Green.  The great thing about this sheet set is it has been designed to fit an RV Queen Bed.  There are other sizes available for Bunk House Beds and King size RV Beds as well.

Now for something that you can sit in and relax the Zero Gravity Chair .
Zero Gravity Chair
  • High strength and durable powder coated steel frame
  • Long lasting outdoor grade fabric (textilene 2X1)
  • Folds down to only 5-1/2-inch thick
  • Smooth recline function that locks in any position
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Dual finger tip locking system
  • Durable textaline fabric suspended by double bungee system
This very comfortable chair comes is a variety of colors as well.  This is the one I have and really enjoy while camping.

While you are outside enjoying the RV Life Style you might want to enjoy a safe and legal campfire by using the Little Red Campfire .
Little Red Campfire 
  • Includes 8-foot propane hose for use with standard LP gas cylinders
  • 11.25" fire tray diameter
  • 65,000 BTUs per hour
  • RV campground approved
  • Sturdy lid and security latches make it safe and easy to transport.

While we are out at the fire, why not fire bake some great pies? We will use some Pie Irons .
Pie Irons
  • The Original Pie Iron Since 1964
  • Heavy Duty Round Cast Iron Design
  • 28 inch Overall Length
  • Toasts Pies and Sandwiches With Ease
  • Great Fun For Fire Pits and Staycations Fire Places

With any luck, I will get one or more of these great gift ideas for the 2018 RVing Season.

Until Next Time

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

RVers Stocking Stuffier Ideas From Facebook

I am sure most of us have gotten the big RVer Christmas Gift for this year and just need a few odds and ends to fill in.  If that is the case and you need some small RVer gift ideas here are a few that have been suggested by people on Facebook.

A. First is smoke and fire alarms for the basement storage of a TT or 5th wheel.  Are you protected in those areas?  I wasn't but I am now.
Here is the single unit if you only need one. RV Storage Area Smoke Detector

B. Next is a product that is used to replace that foam filter stuff that you find when you clean the Air Conditioner cover.  You don't do that?  Never knew that there was a filter behind the ceiling A/C grate. Well now you do.
You will need to cut the filter material to match the current filter.

C. How about a protectant that you can spray on just about anything on a RV to protect it from Sun and weather.
Regular use gives 100% prevention of UV caused slow-fade
303 Aerospace protectant keeps UV-sensitive materials "like new" year after year.

D. When you have a squeak what do you use to get rid of it? When something is hard to turn what do you use to free it up?  You should not be using WD-40. You should be using.

Contains PTFE for long-lasting protection

Withstands extreme load carrying situations

Displaces moisture and seals out corrosion

E. For those black tank watchers.

ODOR FREE: absolutely no chemical or sewer smell
ORGANIC: biodegradable, environmentally friendly, septic tank friendly
EFFECTIVE: in extreme hot & cold temperatures ( over 100°f )
EXTENDED DUMP INTERVAL: keeps on working ( don't have to add more before dumping )
LIQUIFY: waste solids & most ordinary household tissue ( no expensive special tissue needed )

F. To repair a tire on the road or dry camping you need one of these Tire Repair Kits.
G. When you need to wash off your tow vehicle the front of the RV and you don't have or can't use any water.
Can be used as Waterless Wash or Just spray on after wet washing to Wax As You Dry. Works on wet or dry surfaces. Kit includes 1 full 32oz spray bottle , 1 mini bug scrubber and 3 Microfiber towels. Waterless Wash up to 8 cars or Wax As You Dry 12 cars. Leaves a non-stick UV protective coating on ALL surfaces

H. To keep things frozen while going to your campground try this.
Nu-Ice is a non-toxic, non-hazardous, chemical freezer pack capable of maintaining a sub-zero temperature "charge" in a freezer or other insulated environment for an extended period of time. This is accomplished by charging the pack to initiate the simple chemical reaction within the pack. The pack immediately begins to absorb energy (heat) and emit sub-zero temperatures once environment temperatures begin to rise. These packs are safe, environmentally friendly and re-usable up to five years! Therefore, the Nu-Ice packs are a great alternative for gas emitting dry ice as our pack do not require special handling, training or costly haz-mat shipping fees. 5 lb.

I. With all the rubber weather seals our RVs have we need a rubber protectant.

Gummi Pflege is a special rubber treatment that conditions rubber weather seals on car doors, windows and trunks reducing squeaks, rattles, wind noise and potential water leaks. Gummi restores color to dried out rubber and keeps them elastic while protecting them against the damaging effects of heat, freezing temperatures and UV rays. It uses a petroleum free, water-based formula. Easy-to-use shoe polish type applicator makes application simple without the mess.

J. To dry you off quickly and then dry itself quickly you need a special quick drying towel.
Microfiber with super soft ultra-suede finish
Remarkably absorbent and fast drying. Machine washable
Features a silver-ion antibacterial treatment. The microfibers are given a permanent coating of silver ions, which prohibit the growth of bacteria and other microbial life. The result is a towel that doesn't smell or transmit germs
Packaged in Mesh Bag
Sizes XS: 12" x 24", 1.3 oz; SM: 16" x 32", 2.2 oz; MD: 20" x 40", 3.6 oz; LG: 24" x 48", 5.1 oz; XL: 30" x 60", 8.1 oz

K. How about a nice flag or turn it into a picture to hang in the RV?

L. All most every RVer that I know likes Donuts.  With below you can make your own fresh daily.
Pan makes 6 standard donuts at a time, each 3.5 inches/9cm diameter
Durable nonstick coating helps ensure effortless food release
Recipes and instructions included
Hand washing recommended

Until Next Time.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Top 10 Christmas Gifts For RVers From Facebook

Here is a list of the Top 10 Most Requested Gifts, that RVers are asking for on Facebook.  I sure hope I get some of these for the 2018 camping season.

10. The Cuisinart Griddler Gourmet.
Cuisinart Griddler Gourmet

  • Multiple cooking options: One set of reversible nonstick plates - Grill and Griddle
  • Open it to use as regular grill or griddle. Close it and it's a panini press or contact grill
  • Extra-large, nonstick grill plates and griddle plates let you cook more servings of a wide variety of foods in less time.
  • Pop-out plates are easy to remove and dishwasher-safe. Housing wipes clean with a damp cloth
  • Includes: scraper for cleaning grill and griddle plates, two removable drip cups, and instruction/recipe book.

BBQ Accessory Organizer
  • The BBQ Accessory Organizer will have you cooking like a pro with all your accessories grill-side and close at hand.
  • Features four double-sided hooks for holding your most important barbecue tools.
  • Includes a mounted paper towel holder, a must have when grilling up your favorite messy sauce or marinated recipes.
  • Attached shelf to hold spices, food, and all your cooking gadgets; shelf also functions as a cover for the paper towels against the weather.
  • Large 3-1/2-Inch screw clamp mounts to any grill or table; made of painted steel for strength and durability.

Gerber Multi-Tool
  • Suspension Multi-Plier multi-tool with 12 integrated components
  • Saf.T.Plus component locking system guarantees safety
  • Lightweight open-frame stainless steel handle
  • Includes a ballistic nylon sheath
  • Weighs 9.6 oz; Closed Length: 4 inches; limited lifetime warranty.

7. RV Heated Hose
  • No more frozen hoses
  • Provides constant source of water in freezing temperatures
  • Thermostatically controlled
  • Turns on when temperatures are below 45 degrees
  • Turns off when temperatures are above 50 degrees
  • Made from drink-safe PVC
  • Keeps water from freezing down to minus 42-Degrees Fahrenheit

Heavy Duty X-Chocks
  • Provides added stabilization and prevents tire shifts by applying opposing force to tandem, tire applications.
  • As opposed to other chocks, the X-Chock works with the tires natural movement instead of against them.
  • Rust inhibitive coating.
  • Plated ratchet wrench with comfort bumper included.
  • Lightweight and easy to store.

    Anderson Levelers

    • Level your trailer on the first try!
    • Precise leveling at any increment between 1/2 inch and 4 inches
    • Lifts up to 4 inches
    • Works great on trailers up to 30,000 lbs
    • Made in the USA

    4. Hand Operated Can Opener (GOOD One)

    Hand Operated Can Opener
    • Manual can opener safely and efficiently opens cans of all sizes.
    • Powerful stainless-steel cutting mechanism; ergonomic rubberized handles.
    • Magnetic lid lifter eliminates handling sharp edges and releases lids with the touch of a button.
    • Hinged design opens wide for easy cleanup by hand; compact size stores efficiently.
    • Measures approximately 7 by 2 by 3 inches; 5-year limited warranty.

    Oxygenics Shower Head
    • Put jet engine power in your shower with this attractive handheld shower head.
    • Patented technology increases oxygen content in your water and self-pressurizes for the best shower experience possible.
    • Comfort control adjusts from soft to stimulating.
    • No clogging guaranteed. Includes a wand, 60-inch hose, wand holder, comfort regulator, washers, Teflon tape and easy installation instructions.
    • Limited lifetime warranty. Oxygenics BodySpa Kit has shutoff valve; water-saving, self-pressurizing, handheld shower, WaterSense 2.0 GPM, White or Brushed Nickel.

    Portable Ice Maker
    • Convenient, compact design is ideal for use in small kitchens & other compact spaces like RVs, boats & more.
    • Produces 26 pounds of ice a day - never run to the store for a bag of ice again.
    • Offers an easy-to-use LED control panel that allows you to choose from 2 ice size settings.
    • Portable ice maker requires no installation - just plug in unit, add water & wait up to 15 minutes to enjoy fresh ice.
    • Flawless design boasts an excellent reputation, offering consistent & dependable ice production that has been continually perfected.

    And the number one request RVer Christmas Give this year is.................

    1. The  Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker
    • Brew using single-serve packs, coffee grounds or soft pods
    • Compatible with K-cup packs
    • Better coffee extraction than the leading competitor
    • Adjustable cup rest allows for standard-size cups or travel mugs
    • All removable parts are dishwasher safe

    Here are a couple more items that just missed the Top 10 but are just great gift items for the RVer in your family.
    NuWave Induction Burner 2
    • The PIC2 has 6 different pre-programmed temperature settings but has the flexibility to cook at 52 different temperatures between 100F and 575F, adjustable in 10-degree increments.
    • The PIC2 is equipped with programmable stage cooking functionality with up to 100 hours of program memory and performance.
    • Versatility to boil, simmer, deep-fry, stir-fry, saute, steam and sear, slow cook, barbecue, melt, and grill.
    • Uses up to 70% less energy than conventional gas or electric ranges. Lightweight and portable.
    • The PIC2 boasts state-of-the-art safety features such as automatic shut-off when an induction-ready pan, (pan sold separately) is removed from the base.

    B. Halogen, Infrared & Convection Oven
    Halogen, Infrared & Convection Oven
    • 16-quart countertop oven bakes, boils, broils, air fries, steams, grills, and roasts.
    • Cooks up to 3 times faster than a conventional oven; no need to defrost frozen foods first.
    • Uses halogen, infrared, and convection heat; food stays moist on the inside and browned and crispy on the outside.
    • Adjustable temperature; 60-minute timer; stay-cool handles; 2 stainless-steel cooking racks included.
    • Measures approximately 15-4/5 by 13 by 12-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty.

    C. Cordless Ultra-Compact Vacuum Cleaner
    Cordless Ultra-Compact Vacuum Cleaner
    •  Ultra-compact, cordless vacuum cleaner with a high-performance motor.
    • 4-foot flexible hose, long crevice tool, nozzle/brush tool, and pet-hair cleaning tool.
    • 3-stage filtration system for clean air exhaust; easy-empty dirt canister.
    • Charger, storage caddy, and dishwasher-safe filter included; Energy Star approved.
    • Measures approximately 12-1/5 by 6-2/5 by 10 inches; 2-year warranty.

    Well, there it is the Top 10 most requested Holiday Gift items currently on the RV Facebook pages.  

    Until Next Time

    And finally, please remember that this blog is an Amazon affiliate. When you order something through any of the Amazon links, it doesn’t add anything to your cost, but I do earn a small commission on everything you buy. Just click on an Amazon link, then shop as usual.

    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Living In Your RV In The Winter Tips

    We have talked about staying warm in your RV during the cold winter months. First by moving South to warmer weather but, for many that is not an option. If you have to say in the cold for whatever reason what should you do to help your RV not to freeze. Let's look at the different areas of the RV and what can be done to keep that area from freezing.

    First the outside perimeter.  Ok, let's get it on the table, do not use bales of hay to surround the rig.

    Why, they're are cheap and easy to stack?
    Because of  FIRE, rodents, and bugs. If for some unknown reason the hay should catch fire there would be little chance of survival.  And don't forget that many outdoor creatures would love to come inside your RV and spend the cold winter months.

    What can be used?  You can use skirting for your specific RV. Which is shown below;
    While this is expensive it is a good solution to the problem of cold air getting under your RV.  There is another solution for the DIYer and that is 

    Foil-Faced Foam Sheathing board is rigid polyisocyanurate foam sheathing that provides exceptional heat, moisture, and air control.
    • 4'x8' sheet (9' and 10' available via special order)
    • 3/4" thick
    • R-4.4
    • One side has a reflective foil face typically installed toward the warm air surface to reflect energy back toward the dwelling and the other side has a white non-reflective foil face typically installed toward the exterior.
    • Can be used in residential construction as insulated sheathing in above grade exterior walls, above and below grade interior walls crawl spaces attic, sand cathedral ceilings as well as Type I-V commercial applications
    • Highest R-value per inch of any rigid board insulation.
    • Does not melt when exposed to flame versus other types of rigid foam board (ASTM E84)
    • Reflective aluminum foil face blocks radiant heat and prevents penetration of air and intrusion of moisture

    Dimensions: 3/4" x 4ft x 8ft Cost as little as $9.25 per sheet

    This type of foil backed foam board can be cut to fit and close-in around the RV to protect the underbelly of the RV from freezing. This type of insulation is available at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, etc.
    You would secure the foam to the RV and to itself by using aluminum heating duct tape.
    The area under the RV that you create by enclosing the area needs to be heated with a low heat generator such as this mini heater.

    This heater uses about 200 watts of AC power and I would use two of them for a 40ft trailer.  The heater should be placed off the ground several inches in case of water flow.

    Second is the water and control compartment.
    Yours may look different,  but the issue is that it needs heat.  This area should be kept warm by a Mini Heater or 60 watt light bulb.  The concern is the water hookup to the trailer and the ability to release the black and grey water tanks valves. One problem you can encounter with a light bulb as a heat source is light.  In many articles that I have read on winter camping one solution to heating, a small area is using a 60 watt light bulb.  But at no time does anyone offer a solution to the light pollution that is given off by the bulb.  Here is one solution you might consider,  a
    60 Watt Non-Lighting Heat Source
     This non-lighting heat source can be used by screwing into a clamp on-light fixture or using just a bulb socket and cord.

    Following is a sample of a clamp on a lamp base.

    For the fresh water lines, you will need to use the shortest hose you can to go between your rig and the fresh water source. 
    • Provides constant source of water in freezing temperatures
    • Thermostatically controlled
    • Turns on when temperatures are below 45 degrees
    • Turns off when temperatures are above 50 degrees
    • Made from drink-safe PVC
    • Keeps water from freezing down to minus 42-Degrees Fahrenheit
    • Tougher thermostat
    Do not let the hose lay on the ground.  You can do this by wrapping the water hose in pipe insulation. You can get some from Home Depot, Lowes Menards etc.
    Use some of the Aluminum Tape to seal the pipe insulation and do not forget to wrap the water source with pipe insulation to help keep it flowing.  Some people even build a box out of the foil foam board to cover the water source to further insulate.
    Next the sewer and sewer hose. "DO NOT LEAVE THE DRAIN VALVES OPEN" Open as needed to dump the gray or black tank.  Use the shortest sewer pipe you can and you need to support it off the ground.  Wrap the sewer hose with heat tape first.
    Next wrap the sewer hose and heat tape in a blanket made from a Hot Water Heater Insulation blanket
    You want to wrap it tight and then tape it very well to hold it together.  Leave an overlap at both ends to go over the sewer connection and the sewer pipe that comes out of the ground and be sure the heater tape is wrapped around the end of the pipe that is attached to the RV as well as the water heater insulation blanket.
    To keep the sewer hose off the ground and well supported you can use rain gutter pipe or you can use,
    Some RVers even put a gallon of RV antifreeze down the black tank after dumping the tank to help ensure that nothing gets frozen between dumps.
    I have not tried this myself, but there is no reason it would not be a good idea.  It is an added expense that would need to be considered.

    I believe that covers the outside of the rig now let's move inside and see what can be done to keep out the cold and keep in the warm.
    You need to check all doors that you go in and out of the rig with.  If you can see daylight around the edge of the door with the door closed. You will have cold air coming into the rig.  You need to put door weather seal around the door to seal the door better.
    What about the windows you say.  You are right if your rig windows are single pane, as most of them are, you will need to winterize them as well.  The easiest way is to us the small bubble pack wrapping material that you can find almost anywhere.

      • Cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window pane with scissors.
      • Spray a film of water on the window using a spray bottle.
      • Spray a film of water on the bubble side of the bubble wrap using a spray bottle.
      • Apply the bubble wrap while the window is still wet and press it into place.
      • The bubble side goes toward the glass.
      • To remove the bubble wrap, just pull it off starting from a corner.
    Next let's look at the vents in the rig. All of the vents through the roof allow warm air to rise into a cold space and chill the air.  We need to block the upward movement of the air but still be able to use the vent when needed.  A vent pillow is just the thing.  You can make them if you are handy or buy some cheap pillows you can stuff into the vent opening or you can get these.

    Fits standard 14" RV vents

    Reflective surface blocks the sun's damaging rays
    Full 2.75" of foam to help stop heat transfer
    Durable and easy to store
    Keep your RV cooler in the Summer and warmer in the Winter

    Now that we have sealed the rig against the cold air we have now trapped water vapor from cooking, propane heating, showers, and human breathing inside the rig.  You will begin to see water or moisture on the walls of the rig and anything that is colder than the inside air.  This is not good and can cause mold.  To get rid of the moisture and reduce the humidity we need a dehumidifier.  Several ideas come to mind.

    Quiet Small-Size Dehumidifier with No Moving Parts

    Removable 16-oz. Water Tank & Washable Air Filter

    Features 'Tank Full' Indicator Light

    Auto-Shuts When Water Reservoir is Full

    Measures Just 5.75" x 5.32" x 8.78" in

    You might need two of these in a large 40ft rig.  They do work and keep the air drier but not completely dry.

    Next is the Goldenrod Heaters.  You also will need several of these in larger rigs but they are smaller and you do not need to dump them, like the one above.

    This unit comes in different sizes up to 36 inches in length.  It consumes about 1 watt per inch and is mounted along the wall at the floor level.  You will need several in a large rig as they can dehumidify approximately 200 cube feet of air. So if you have a bunkhouse then that room would have its own unit. The main living area would have one and the master bedroom would have one.

    Something I have used is DampRid in closets and drawers where moisture is not wanted and maybe harmful to the contents of the surrounding area.

    That should do it.  You have done your best to get the rig ready for winter and now the daily grind begins.  In a separate blog post, we cover how to keep you and the kids warm when it is cold outside.

    Until next time.

    And finally, please remember that this blog is an Amazon affiliate. When you order something through any of the Amazon links, it doesn’t add anything to your cost, but I do earn a small commission on everything you buy. Just click on an Amazon link, then shop as usual.