This year we’ve been examining all those products that have made our RV travels enjoyable. After wading through the stack of posts, here are 20 great ideas for RV campers…
20. Inverter Generator for RV Camping
Let’s think big, shall we? One of the most useful devices one can own is an inverter generator for RV camping. We have a Yamaha generator (EF3000iSEB) and it has served us well. But many RV campers swear by their Honda generators. Honda benefits from a large dealer network and readily available parts. Whatever you choose, this is a gift that keeps on giving – in the form of clean electrical current!
19. Camco Leveling Drill Socket Extension
We thought big, so now let’s think small. A great item for those RV campers who have manual stabilizer jacks is this little guy. With a Camco adapter, you can use an ordinary electric drill to extend and retract the stabilizers. It saves time – and your back!
18. Pink Flamingos
Guaranteed to get a smile (and probably a laugh), every dedicated RV camper needs a pink flamingo. This is a RV camping tradition that dates back to the 1950s. It’s kitschy, it’s retro, and it’s fun. Not to be taken too seriously, but they actually come in handy around fish ponds.
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By Bob Difley
Most snowbirds have fled their winter desert hangouts and have moved or are moving north to their stick house or, if fulltiming, into their favorite summer destinations. Most will travel between favored campgrounds, but some will be heading into the national forests to boondock at their secret campsites, providing they haven’t been eliminated by the Forest Service’s new Travel Management Plan (TMR).
That’s another story, but briefly, new rules for driving and boondocking in the national forests now define where you can drive and where you can camp. Make sure you pick up the particular forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that defines the approved roads and dispersed camping areas.
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By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers
It’s 1,300 very interesting, often thrilling miles from the Silver Strand below San Diego to Whidbey Island in Puget Sound north of Seattle. I picked those two spots because they are among our favorite places to camp and represent the north-south extremes of the western contiguous U.S.
After getting ourselves involved in putting an addition on a mountain cabin we bought last year, which had limited our days in the travel trailer to about four months, we finally had a chance to shake off cabin fever for a road trip from Southern California up to Washington State for my daughter’s college graduation.
I’ll save you the agony of reading about a father’s pride in his daughter’s day in cap-and-gown, focusing your attention on those marvelous snowcapped peaks that we passed on our 2,900-mile round-trip.
We’re enjoying another great year of RV travel, news & product reviews at LongLongHoneymoon.com. Here are 10 of our favorite items we’ve got around the RV.
Gaffer’s Tape (http://goo.gl/O3UhyC)
This is the “secret” tape used in Hollywood by lighting technicians. Everyone should have a roll in his or her toolkit. Why? It’s like masking tape and duct tape had a baby. It tears, yet is strong and durable. It’s easily removed and leaves no residue behind. Quite simply, it’s probably the most amazingly versatile tape on the planet. It even fits inside a stocking. Heck, you can probably use it to hang the stocking.
Power Inverter (http://goo.gl/0ihkK9)
We use power inverters both inside the RV and in our tow vehicle. They come in handy for a variety of purposes, from recharging electronics to powering television sets. Of course, if you want to run appliances you need to favor one of the more powerful “mac daddy” models. If you just want to juice your phone, the smallest of these devices will do. Some even fit inside cupholders (just don’t try filling them with hot coffee).
Carbon Monoxide Detector (http://goo.gl/Y5YoAi)
One of the most feared threats to RV campers is death by king cobra attack. But a close second is carbon monoxide (and CO is actually much more common in North America than the king cobra). Since most (all?) RVs have a compact living space, interiors can quickly fill with silent but deadly gas – and you can’t blame this one on the dog. Carbon monoxide leaks can originate from many different sources, from on board generators to neighboring vehicles. A new carbon monoxide detector is always a wise investment. It’s not the most fun gift, but you’ll sleep better with this peace of mind. Read the rest of Top 10 Useful Items for RV Campers »
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