October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminMany RV owners are also dog owners. One of the best items we’ve found for small (and we do mean small) dogs is our Alfie Pet Sling Carrier ( This is an item especially appreciated by spoiled dogs. Available in blue, pink, and grey, this pet sling carrier is just right for our favorite teacup chihuahua – a 3 ½ pounder we call “Baby Girl.” REAL MEN WEAR PINK DOG SLINGS, but if you prefer they are available in grey and blue too! (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) Yes, Baby Girl is a bit spoiled. Just a bit. Since this sort of review is really all about the dog’s reaction to the product, let’s examine this sling from Baby Girl’s point-of-view. After all, if she didn’t like the sling, it wouldn’t really matter what we think of it. But she does like this sling – she likes it a lot. Baby Girl is a tiny little thing. Although she enjoys sitting on the living room couch, she insists on being placed there by a human being. The leap to or from an average couch or living room chair is just a little too much... Read more

Protect Your Valuable Electronics with an RV Surge Protector

October 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveling from location to location, RV electrical systems are especially vulnerable to damage. That’s why owning an RV surge protector like the Technology Research Surge Guard makes sense. Naturally, RV surge protectors are available in 30 Amp ( and 50 amp ( flavors. A surge protector is an investment in peace of mind for the RV owner. The threat at hand pertains to voltage. Just what the heck is voltage, and why should we care about it? You might think of voltage as being similar to water pressure. We’ve all experienced differences in water pressure. When water pressure is too high, pipe fittings may burst and leak. When it’s too low, you get a lousy shower (amongst other problems). So you might think of voltage as being like electricity pressure. There is an ideal voltage. The standard voltage in the United States is 120 volts. If everything was perfect, voltage would remain at this constant figure. However, in the real world, voltage tends to vary. Even during normal conditions, it might drop down to 110 volts, or spike up to 126 volts. But the code standard is 120 volts. PROTECT YOUR RV with a surge protector. Here's the Big Boy 50 Amp unit. (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) Most electrical appliances are designed to handle small variances in voltage, say from 105 volts on the low end up to 130 volts on the high end. 125 volts won’t kill your iPad. 115 volts won’t tank your A/C. But problems happen when... Read more

The Best General Purpose Outdoor GLOVES

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

My favorite pair of outdoor gloves are Head Digital Sport Running Gloves ( Don’t be fooled by the “running” moniker. These are excellent everyday gloves that are useful around an RV campsite, or any other place where you might be using your hands. (Except the shower – they aren’t much good in the shower.) These gloves are warm but not too thick. They allow great flexibility and even work with smartphones and iPads! (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) Although these are labeled “running” gloves, no running is required to enjoy them. The versatility of these gloves is what makes them so great. They are thick enough to provide warmth in winter weather, yet thin enough to allow flexibility. I enjoy wearing them on cool winter days, but they work well on cool autumn and spring days too. These Head running gloves are constructed of durable, stretchy fabric with an extended cuff design that offers ample wrist coverage. The palm and fingers of the gloves are lined with grippy rubber bits that deliver helpful traction for grabbing and gripping objects. This helps make the gloves useful when completing a variety of outdoor tasks. Many outdoor gloves are just too bulky and cumbersome for frequent wear. But these Head running gloves are slender an sleek. I can wear these gloves, for example, when handling digital SLR cameras. Due to their excellent tactile sensitivity, pushing buttons and turning control knobs is no problem. VISUAL PROOF... Read more

Forget Ebola; This is Much More Frightening

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s one of the most terrifying situations an RV traveler can experience. It’s also among the most deadly. And it’s something that happens to almost everyone, sooner or later. That’s why we carry this $7 purchase ( You know you will need it someday; the only question is when. What situation are we discussing, and why is it so terrifying? Here's the Neiko vest in EXTRA LARGE. You may want to go up a size since this vest is meant to be work over other clothing, including coats and jackets. (Click the pic for more info.) Surely we must be concerned with homicide, or war, or grizzly bear attack? My goodness – is it ebola? Not so fast, my friends. Let’s consider some statistics. We have about 319 million people living in the United States (many of them legally). Every year in the United States, 127 people die in military conflict. 16,259 die due to homicide. Grizzly bear attack? Well, yes, there are usually a couple of annual deaths due to bear attack. Let’s chalk up 2 for the bears. Oh, and one more thing: what about traffic accidents? Hmmm. Well, now that you mention it, that topic does merit some concern. 33,561 people die every year in traffic accidents. Yes, more Americans die in traffic accidents than war, homicide, and grizzly bear attack combined. But what about ebola? The media wants to hype ebola as the latest and greatest Monster From Out of Town. Is ebola a scary disease? Yes, it certainly sounds like an... Read more

TODAY ONLY: Merrell’s Best Shoes 40% Off!

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TODAY, OCTOBER 17, ONLY: Merrell Jungle Moc shoes are 40% Off as a DEAL OF THE DAY ( If you want a pair of the best camping shoes (heck, arguably the best shoes, period) this is an excellent opportunity to get a deal. Jungle Mocs are incredibly popular and thus rarely go on such a discounted sale. I recently picked up a third pair of Merrill Jungle Mocs ( Although my first two pair are still in great shape – they seem to last forever – I wanted to add a different color. (Insert Imelda Marcos joke here.) These are the best shoes I’ve found for RV camping. How so? Let’s consider some of the unique attributes of RV camping. In a typical day, you go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. Get the picture? My wife and I like to remove our shoes when stepping indoors. We aren’t strict about it, but if possible we prefer not to track mud and dirt all over our RV floor. So our preference is for shoes that are easily removable (no laces), comfortable, and versatile. If your shoes have extensive lacing, you’ll spend about five hours a day tying and untying your footwear. Look ma! No hands! (Click the pic for more info.) In ideal weather, my favorite camping shoe is a pair of Crocs flip flops. (Crocs is a longtime favorite, and you can read our ode to these flip... Read more

VIDEO: How to Back Up a Travel Trailer

October 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A few years ago we posted a video on our YouTube Channel revealing our “secret sauce” for backing up a travel trailer. (Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you’ll never miss an update.) Quite simply, there’s a simple technique that makes things go MUCH easier. Once we mastered this simple technique, any problems with backing up our rig pretty much went away. Now we have created a “sequel” of sorts to that video. Our new video goes into more detail with regards to our own trailer backing technique. If you attend any RV shows or events, you’re certain to see this technique in action. I’m sure that all experienced RV campers have their own routines for this sort of task. Our goal with this video is to outline our own routine. CHILD'S PLAY: With experience and THE SCOOP (tm), you too will master the art of backing up a trailer rig. We’re not saying that we know everything there is to know about backing up a trailer rig. There’s always something new to learn. But at this point, we’ve backed up our own 25-foot Airstream so many times, the task really isn’t stressful at all. It’s routine. Heck, at times it’s even – dare I say it? – fun! Heck, even as experienced RV travelers, we always like to hear different perspectives and fresh ideas. Maybe some of you grizzled veteran campers will glean some new info here. We hope that newcomers may benefit from this video. It wasn’t so long ago... Read more

RECIPE: Caper Mayo Salmon Burgers with Sesame Sautéed Green Beans

October 3, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Smart Weigh Pro Pocket Food Scale ( by Kristy Michael “Honey, what’s for dinner?” How often are you asked that question? Heck, how often do you ask yourself that question?! If you’re like me, it’s a daily challenge to find something out of the ordinary to cook at meal times. Finding a new and tasty recipe that doesn’t contain a million calories can be the biggest challenge of all. These days we are trying to choose healthy ingredients – and are even weighing the portions with a food scale – but we don’t want to compromise on taste. So if you’re stuck in a rut and need a healthy way to satisfy your burger-and-fries craving, look no further. This recipe for Caper Mayo Salmon Burgers with Sesame Sautéed Green Beans is it! It sounds fancy and tastes FANTASTIC but is easy to quickly prepare in any basic RV kitchen. Here's the finished product: Caper Mayo Salmon Burgers and Sesame Sautéed Green Beans! Caper Mayo Salmon Burgers with Sesame Sautéed Green Beans Main Ingredients: 2 whole wheat hamburger buns (I use the fresh ones from the Publix bakery) 2 (4 oz.) Salmon filets (I weigh the portions with our Smart Weigh food scale) 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I use olive oil mayo, but light mayo is fine too) 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed A few drizzles of extra virgin olive oil (if you need to measure, I consider a “drizzle” to be about a teaspoon) 1 bunch of fresh arugula Greek Seasoning (I like... Read more

SUNDAY ONLY: Energizer 7-LED Headlamp “Lightning Deal”

September 27, 2014 by · Comments Off 

On Sunday September 28, there’s a special “Lightning Deal” sale on the the Energizer 7-LED headlamp ( This is a premium headlamp that includes four light modes plus a strobe feature, a pivoting water-resistant head, and an improved, wider comfort strap. Here's a chance to get a GREAT DEAL on a high quality LED headlamp. (Click the pic for more info.) When you RV camp, you often find yourself going outside at night to address some issue. Maybe you need to retrieve an item from your outside storage compartment. Maybe your generator needs fuel. Maybe you need to empty your water tanks. Maybe you need to hitch your rig. Maybe a grizzly bear is biting your picnic table (err, in that case I suggest you stay inside). 7 LEDs with 4 Light Modes The Energizer 7-LED headlamp features six white LEDs and one red LED that together create four different light modes. Access the white light in the form of area, spot, or flood light; alternately turn on the red night vision with the push button switch. In addition, there is a strobe feature. The headlamp’s LEDs provide a maximum output of 100 lumens of bright white light and reach a distance of 25 meters. Versatile Features The headlamp’s water-resistant construction and flexible headband with comfort cushioning make it enjoyable to wear for long stretches of time in tough conditions. The Energizer 7-LED headlamp pivots up to 90 degrees to aim light where you need it without removing it entirely.... Read more

“TOP 5″ RV Applications for the SECRET SPRAY that’s Taken the Automotive World by Storm

September 25, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Every once in a while, we come across a product that’s so unusual, so ingenious, so… weird? … that we MUST get some for ourselves, even though we aren’t sure exactly HOW we’re going to use it. That was the case with this irresistible stuff (, that for the past few years has been a well kept secret of automotive enthusiasts around the country. It’s sold in aerosol cans and dip containers, but today we’re talking about the spray. You probably see it in use every day. It’s available in many different colors (including no color at all). This stuff has become so popular, in fact, that it’s become a craze. Once we realized what could be done with it, we had to have some. What the heck are we talking about here? CLICK THE PIC to getcha some! Why, Plasti Dip, of course. And no, it has nothing to do with cheese or tortilla chips. Never heard of Plasti Dip? Plasti Dip is a rubber coating that can be easily applied by dipping, brushing or spraying. Spray on rubber? Hallelujah! This is the sort of “miracle in a can” that inspires redblooded American males everywhere to start spraying everything in sight – just to see what happens. Indeed, not since the dawn of WD-40 have there been so many euphoric cries of “Eureka!” heard in greasy garages around the world. Husbands have gleefully rejoiced, while their wives have shaken their heads in befuddled bemusement. What makes Plasti Dip so great? You get all the... Read more

REVIEW: “The Ultimate Portable Task Light”

September 22, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Packed with quality components, the Trie TL3100 ( portable task light has several thoughtful design features that set it apart from its competition. The Trie company recently sent us a TL3100 for review; here’s what we discovered. Is this "the ultimate portable task light?" Who knows, but it's pretty darned good. (Click the pic for more info.) If Apple made a portable light, it might turn out something like the Trie TL3100. This is a premium product boasting a distinctive and well executed design. Any gearhead, grease monkey, or outdoors enthusiast would be happy to have this light in a garage, workplace, or campsite. Trie’s attention to detail starts with the packaging. The TL3100 comes housed in an elegant black box adorned with a minimum of visual clutter. Inside the box rests the work light itself, an AC/DC charging adapter, a sturdy lanyard cord, and a protective silk sleeve case. There’s also an easy-to-read instruction manual that explains the light’s features. Like the packaging, the product boasts a similar minimalist design. Is it weird to call a task light beautiful? Perhaps, but that description applies to the TL3100. When the light assembly rests in the closed position, it appears to be a cohesive triangular block of crimson aluminum. It is slender and sleek and smooth to the touch. The Trie feels solid in the hand. It’s not heavy, but it is substantial because it’s made from quality materials.... Read more

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