Teaching Technology at the Escapade RV Rally

June 20, 2014 by Chris Guld · Comments Off 

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 AdminThe Escapade is an annual rally for the Escapees RV Club. We’ve been teaching technology topics at RV rallies for 10 years now, but this Escapade had more people who were more interested in the topics of computers, smartphones, maps, pictures, and Blogs than any other we’ve experienced. In this post we’ll take you day by day thru the Geeks on Tour activities at the Escapade rally held in Goshen, Indiana at the Elkhart county fairgrounds. I’ve written this blog post with enough detail that I hope our readers feel like they’ve been to the seminars as well. Pre-Rally Windows 8 Workshop First came a hands-on, 6 hour class on Windows 8.  The people who came to the class saying, “I Hate Windows 8!” had all changed their tune by the end of the day.  We taught them how to make the tiled Start Screen more useable by customizing it, or to bypass it altogether and just use the old-fashioned desktop.  We taught them how to use the OneDrive folder on the computer to automatically backup and/or share files in the Cloud with OneDrive and their... Read more

Sony RX100: The Best Compact Cameras Ever Made

May 12, 2014 by · Comments Off 

RV travel and photography go hand in hand. For an outstanding travel camera that’s so small it fits in your pocket, consider the Sony RX100 ( series. To add pro video features and wifi to transfer photos, go for the “sequel” RX100 Mark 2 ( These are being called the best compact cameras ever made. They are loaded with professional features, the most important of which is a large 1” imaging sensor. The sensor is the heart of the digital camera. The best compact cameras ever made. (Click the pic for more info.) We have an RX100 Mark 2, and feel it works especially well in the context of RV travel. When we travel, we want to capture great photos. Smartphone cameras often leave us unsatisfied, but we don’t always want to lug around a bunch of heavy DSLR equipment. An RX100 gives you an image quality that’s comparable to a DSLR, but in a wonderfully tiny package. The essential upside of this camera is its size – it offers a high quality image, but the camera is small – it’s truly pocketable, although it’s a hunk of well built metal. If you are wanting a pocketable pro cam, this qualifies. It’s ideal for taking on a hike or casual walkabout. Alas, the RX100 Mk2 feels clunky in the pocket. It’s a little heavy because it’s made of solid metal. Build quality is excellent. It’s fatter than a smartphone, but it also delivers a much higher image quality. Most smartphones... Read more

VIDEO: “Top 5 Places to RV Camp” in the USA

March 5, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Subscribers to our YouTube Channel already know about this latest video. (Subscriptions are FREE and found at Our new show will address key questions about RV camping and travel that we’ve received from viewers over the years. Of course, one of the most popular questions is always, “What’s your favorite place to go RV camping?” We decided to answer the question in this video. In a landscape as diverse and beautiful as the United States, we couldn’t pick just one. You can watch the new video here: More to come. Got any more topics you want us to gab about?  Read More →

TECH: The New Kindle Fire HDX

November 7, 2013 by · Comments Off 

We enjoy using tablets to browse the Internet when RV camping. While Apple practically invented the tablet category with the iPad (, Amazon has upped the ante with its Kindle Fire series. The new Kindle Fire HDX ( takes on the iPad Mini ( With the HDX, Amazon has delivered a powerful tablet with premium features that goes head-to-head with the iPad. Yet it costs almost half the price. Over the past couple of years, it’s become clear that consumers love the small 7-inch tablet size. Steve Jobs swore that Apple would never make a smaller iPad; well, even ol’ Steve was wrong about a few things. The new Kindle Fire HDX is powerful and lightweight. (Click the pic for more info.) Shortly after Steve moved on to that great product launch in the sky, Apple unleashed the iPad Mini. For many people, the 7” size simply feels right; it’s about the same as a traditional book. It’s easy to slip into a bag or purse (or “murse” if you’re so inclined) and take it wherever you want to go. Let’s take a look at some highlights of the Kindle Fire HDX. LIGHT WEIGHT The Kindle Fire HDX is light as a 10.7-ounce feather. That light weight means you can hold the Kindle Fire HDX for lengthy periods of time without getting fatigued. It makes a difference when you’re relaxing in bed with your evening reading. BEEFY PROCESSOR This year Amazon has beefed up the Kindle Fire HDX processor to a quad-core... Read more

Protect Guns (and RVs) with CorrosionX

July 22, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Recently we’ve been discussing our favorite anti-corrosion products for use with an RV. In addition to Boeshield T-9, we sometimes use a product called CorrosionX. CorrosionX was developed by a company in Dallas, Texas, for use by the military on metal gear from tools to tanks to guns. CorrosionX claims to be the only product available to the public that meets the US Navy’s tough corrosion prevention requirement. Polar bonding helps CorrosionX stick to metal like a magnet. We use it on our RV to prevent the spread of filiform corrosion. It's also popular among gun enthusiasts. (Click the pic for more info.) Unlike ordinary oils and greases, molecules of CorrosionX stick to metal almost like a magnet. CorrosionX actually kills existing rust and corrosion (keeping it from spreading) and provides long-term protection on any metal surface. Do you carry guns in your RV? Swab a dirty gun bore with CorrosionX , and the product works its way through fouling to reach the metal, lifting dirt out of the metal for easy removal. If you leave a light coat of CorrosionX all over the weapon, it will prevent rust between uses. Polar bonding is the key to the performance of CorrosionX. Due to polar bonding, CorrosionX causes common metals and alloys like iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and bronze to chemically behave more like noble metals such as gold and platinum. The upshot is that when CorrosionX is present on metal, it can’t rust or corrode! Our... Read more

Using an Apple iPad 4 as a Camera

June 18, 2013 by · Comments Off 

For many of us, our favorite souvenirs from RV travel, shows, and events are the photographs we bring home. Over the years doing the Long Long Honeymoon website, I’ve used a lot of cameras – from burly $10,000 professional rigs to rinky dink $100 point-and-shoot models. Since many people ask me for camera recommendations, I thought it would be helpful to put together a series discussing my favorite (and/or recommended) cameras. My first camera recommendation is a surprising one, even to me: the Apple iPad (4th Generation). I have a basic 16GB iPad 4th Generation with wifi only. It’s the cheapest “new edition” of the iPad. This model is equipped with two cameras: a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a 1.2MP camera on the front. Both of these cameras were upgraded from the 3rd Generation version. I must admit that the first time I saw someone using an iPad to take photos, I thought they were crazy. Yes, it does look a little strange to be holding a tablet aloft at eye level, composing a photograph. So why am I recommending using an iPad 4 as a camera? There are several reasons. First, my iPad 4 is capable of surprisingly good image quality. I am impressed by the sharp resolution (2592 x 1936, plenty of detail for making prints) and pleasing color that the camera captures. This is the most important criteria for judging a camera: it can be used to take great pictures. I’ve taken several photos with my iPad that have left me pleasantly surprised. The... Read more


June 13, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Comments Off 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers I’ll devote this edition of the blog to a question from a reader and my response to her.  As you know if you’ve been following this series, we are a little over a week away from hooking up with a caravan for a 48-day trip into the Maritime Provinces on the east coast of Canada. Following is the question and my answer: From Lois Thurston, I was sitting here thinking if I want to do an Alaska cruise when I saw your post that you took a caravan tour to Alaska and I thought thats how I want to see Alaska, so thank you!  I have been doing a little research but do you have any advice on picking the right company to use? Thanks for your blogs I really enjoy them and also learn from them. Barry’s Response In answer to your question about choosing a caravan company, I have two quick suggestions — 1) pick a company that has lots of caravans to different places, and 2) ask the company about the wagonmaster’s style. 1)  I don’t know of any caravan companies that have gone out of business, but I think a well-established company is probably safer.  Among other things, the campground owners and others they deal with are more likely to court their business and try hard to keep them happy.  Ask for catalogs from each of the companies, which can be found by an internet search. 2) We had no desire to sign up with a caravan company until I happened to meet a wagonmaster for one of the big companies and set... Read more

Use Blogger to Keep Your Journals

April 21, 2013 by Chris Guld · Comments Off 

Did you keep a diary when you were a kid?  I did.  I love being able to go back in time and find words that express exactly what was going on.  Many of my paper journals have been lost or destroyed over the years.  I wanted something better for our travel logs.  When we started thinking about traveling in an RV back in 2003 – I found and decided to keep my journals there.  Tioga and George were my inspiration.  A solo, fulltime RVer, George used Blogger and wrote every day!  Because of reading his blog, we met up with George on the road a few times.   We credit Blogger with making us many friends over the years. Most everyone we meet who travels wants some way to record and share their travels.  Some keep a paper notebook just for themselves, some send an email blast to their list of friends.  We think Blogger is the easiest way to keep your journals.  It’s free, and it’s certainly simple to share with your friends – just tell them the link.  They can even subscribe to your blog via email and get a message in their inbox every time you post.  What if you don’t want to share? If you just want a private journal – Blogger has settings for that.  You can even specify a small group of people that are the only ones with access.  You could give each of those people the ability to write in the blog and turn it into a family affair!  You could even have one public blog... Read more


April 16, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Comments Off 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Dear Lug_Nut, We cringed during yesterday’s posting, wondering how we get ourselves into these no-going-back & no-going–forward situations.  We had a few, but, honestly, none that I can remember as harrowing as your knuckle-whitener.  Good writing, Lug! Since “Comments” aren’t active these days, a victim of spammers (who sent me over 400 messages at one time), I’ll relate a few of our experiences in this blog.  I wrote this same type column about a year ago, but Monique urged me not to run it.  I must have erased it, because it has disappeared from my files. First incident happened about the fifth day of our RVing experience, so naturally I was still nervous.  We approached a long, narrow bridge pulling our 22-foot Starcraft Antigua travel trailer.  As we moved on forward, I realized there was a truck with a wide load heading toward us !!! at a high rate of speed !!! and weaving a bit.  I truly white-knuckled it, hanging onto the steering wheel for dear life. We must have made it across, because we’re still RVing.  I may have blacked out as we almost scraped past. Not long afterward, we pulled into a shopping center … only it wasn’t the entrance to the center’s parking lot.  It was the entrance to a small Starbuck’s – no way to back up or turn around, only the narrow drive-thru driveway.  We didn’t order a Frappuccino:  we were just happy with our escape. Still new to the... Read more

Printing Pictures with Picasa

April 14, 2013 by Chris Guld · Comments Off 

I don’t print.  We live in an RV – there’s no place to put printed photo albums!  I love being able to share my pictures by uploading them to Picasa Web Albums / Google+.  (see Member Tutorial Video: Intro to Web Albums)  But that’s me.  I know that some people still like to have prints.  And, I have been known to print some pictures for my Mom to have.    Printing to Your Own Printer Just select the picture (or pictures) you want to print and click the Print button at the bottom of Picasa’s screen (see Member Tutorial Video Printing).  You will have options for print size, Shrink to Fit, printing captions on borders, printer setup options, and number of copies.  For a quick way to get something printed, this works great, but keep reading and I’ll tell you a much better way to print your pictures. Let the Pros do the Printing You will get much better results if you use commercially available photo-printing services like Walgreens, Walmart, Shutterfly, or CVS.  Many people know that already and they export their photos to a USB thumb drive and take them to the store for processing.  Oh no!  It’s so much easier than that!  Picasa will upload your pictures (the edited version) directly to Walgreens, Walmart, Shutterfly, and more.  Then you can go pick up the finished prints in an hour!  Or you can have them mailed to you – or whoever you want to get them. Here’s how:  Just... Read more

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