TECH: The New Kindle Fire HDX

November 7, 2013 by · Comments Off 

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ROKU – for TV in the RV

October 31, 2013 by · Comments Off 

One of our favorite methods of watching TV in the RV is by using our Roku box ( What is a Roku? It’s an Internet streaming video device that delivers 1000+ different channels of video content. You simply plug the Roku into your TV, connect to a wifi network, and start adding channels of interest. If you are paying for cable TV, switching to Roku can save you a lot of money. Content is “free” in that there’s no subscription to Roku (of course there may be a subscription for certain premium channels like HBO). The Roku box is tiny, which makes it ideal for use in an RV. (Click the pic for more info.) The only subscription channels we use are Netflix and Amazon Prime. (Amazon Prime is a fantastic service for Amazon shoppers that offers free 2-day shipping on all purchases, a free Kindle lending library, as well as other benefits. For example, if you are a current subscriber to Amazon Prime, you get access to a huge library of free quality video content on Roku. If you want more info about Amazon Prime click here.) The free channels on Roku range from the weird (there’s an RV news channel?) to the fascinating (I personally enjoy the TED talks channel which is loaded with great public speaking presentations). As for the Roku itself, I admire its design simplicity. First of all, it’s extremely small and lightweight. The size works well in an RV. It’s not as small as a Google Chromecast, but it’s tiny– about the size of... Read more

Use THESE When Backing Up Your RV

September 16, 2013 by · Comments Off 

When we RV camp – especially when we are backing up our travel trailer – we need direct reliable communication. Smartphones don’t always cut it. That’s why we use “walkie-talkies” (two-way radios) like the Midland LTX600VP3 ( We carry a pair in our truck glovebox and use them daily. The Midland LTX600 "walkie-talkies" also include NOAA WEATHER ALERTS, so you get 2-in-1 functionality. (Click the pic for more info.) Walkie-talkies simply work better than smartphones in certain situations. There’s no dialing, no connecting, no signals dropping, no accidentally hanging up. You just mash a button and talk. Bingo! No delays, no fiddling with a Bluetooth or headset. Just talk and go. The Midland LTX600VP3 walkie-talkies are especially handy because they also include NOAA weather alert. So you are getting 2-in-1 functionality with these two-way radios. Our dedicated weather radio is a Midland unit. I would rather own the LTX600VP3 to cover both needs. >We keep our walkie-talkies handy and use 'em daily! (Click the pic for more info.) Walkie-talkies work in rural and urban areas and you can take ‘em places your cell services won’t go. For us, this means Canada – there are no roaming fees with walkie-talkies. In fact, there are no fees of any kind! Walkie-talkies – don’t go RV camping without ‘em. Click here to get your own Midland walkie-talkies.  Read More →

Get More “Cigarette Lighter” Power Outlets with this Handy Device

September 2, 2013 by · Comments Off 

One of the most useful devices we carry in our RV tow vehicle SEEMORE is a 12V socket duplicator. What is a socket duplicator? It’s a little adapter cable that gives us more “cigarette lighter” 12V charging receptacles. This guy gives you FOUR 12V "cigarette lighter" adapter outlets instead of one! (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) These days, it seems we’re always charging something like a phone or tablet. Then there’s our GPS, which requires 12V socket power. We also carry a radar detector. With a socket adapter, we have all the charging recptacles we need. I like the XTG socket adapter, because it not only includes FOUR 12V sockets, but also a USB charge socket (for phones and tablets). If you travel extensively, you need a socket adapter! ‘Nuff said.  Read More →

“One of the Greatest Free Things We Have Left in this Country”

August 1, 2013 by · Comments Off 

If you are located anywhere near a city with TV stations, you can get FREE over-the-air broadcasts of HD programming from the likes of ABC, CBS, NBS, FOX, & PBS – plus scores of other channels. Adding a Winegard “Wingman” RV booster antenna ( to our 2003 Airstream’s existing setup greatly improved the number of free stations we could receive. I love HD programming, and “free” is my favorite kind. This is especially important for RV campers, since many campgrounds do not offer cable service. We don’t watch a lot of TV when we camp, but it sure is nice to have it when we want it. Just because we like to boondock and dry camp, that doesn’t mean I’ve given up my love of college football. When Alabama is playing, our antenna will be raised, and my eyes will be soaking up all the high-def goodness they can see. The RV Wing "Wingman" is a booster that connects to our existing TV antenna. We now get better HDTV signals in our RV. (Click the pic for more info.) There are no downsides to this freebie. The quality of free over-the-air HDTV signals is outstanding. The picture offers arguably better signal clarity than HD cable! One analyst called it “one of the greatest free things we have left in this country,” and I do not disagree. So what does the Winegard “Wingman” booster antenna bring to the table? Our Airstream is a 2003 unit. It included a basic Winegard “Sensar” TV antenna on the roof. The Sensar... Read more

What are YOUR Favorite Memories of the Andy Griffith Show?

July 4, 2012 by · 23 Comments 

As Ramona Wiley once wrote to her Barney Beloved, “the tears on my pillow bespeak the pain that is in my heart.” If you are like me, news of Andy Griffith’s passing left you shedding a few tears. We camp because we want to simplify, slow down, and enjoy fundamental pleasures. In a way, this is what The Andy Griffith Show was all about. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days in Mayberry? We could set up camp out by the lake. (We’d need to watch out for escaped convicts.) If we needed supplies, we might go into town and visit Ben Weaver’s department store. Better watch your speed on Turner’s Grade, because Barney might be writing tickets. We could grab lunch down at the diner (where we’d finally meet Juanita). Our fancy cellphones might not work out at the lake, but in case of emergency we could always get Sarah on the land line. What are YOUR favorite moments from The Andy Griffith Show? Click the pic to tell us on Facebook! Along with many of my generation, I discovered The Andy Griffith Show in the 1980s. The Griffith show thrived in reruns. Heck, there was a time when the show was broadcast locally for three hours a day; at noon, at 5:30, and finally at 10:00. During my college years, watching the show was a daily ritual for me and my friends. Every evening, we’d gather around the TV with our dinners and enjoy an hour of Andy. What made The Andy Griffith Show so special? Read more  Read More →

The DISH Network HD Advantage for RVs

April 18, 2011 by RV Today Archive · 10 Comments 

by Marcel Guajardo, DISH Network RV Products Manager Space for electronics has always been a challenge in motorcoaches. One of the greatest space-saving inventions in recent years is the high-definition (HD) TV.  Just about all new motorcoaches have pre-installed HD TVs.  HD TVs not only have the best picture quality but also they save space compared to standard-definition TVs.  Even if you don’t have a new motorcoach, you should consider purchasing a new HD TV.  To enjoy high-definition programming on your HD TV, you need three items:  an HD mobile satellite antenna, a DISH Network HD satellite receiver, and DISH Network HD programming.  Only DISH Network’s HD programming is compatible with all HD mobile satellite antennas.  DIRECTV’s HD programming operates at a frequency called “Ka-band,” which isn’t compatible with the RV dome satellite antennas. There are many choices when it comes to mobile satellite antennas. Some of the HD dome satellite antennas include Winegard’s RoadTrip® MiniMax™ and King Controls’ King-Dome®.  Both are professionally installed on top of your RV.  All you have to do is turn on the dome antenna, press a few buttons from inside your RV, and the antenna will automatically locate the satellites and you will be watching DISH Network HD TV.  I’ve personally used both of these wonderful products, and can say that they work seamlessly with the DISH Network ViP® 211k HD receiver.  Both products even have a premium version... Read more

Finally, a Pay-as-you-go satellite TV offer made for RVers!

March 22, 2011 by RV Today Archive · 28 Comments 

By Marcel Guajardo, DISH Network RV Products Manager During the last year, I traveled to several rallies and trade shows across the country.  I started at the Winnebago Rally in Forest City, Iowa, speaking to RVers about their satellite TV experiences.   It was obvious that RVers love their TVs, but many travel only a few months a year and don’t want a year-long commitment.   So we launched our new “Pay-as-you-go” program that lets you simply pay for TV service for only the months you travel. RVers can sign up for a no-contract plan in which you only pay a monthly bill for the months that you travel. This presents huge savings for RVers since you don’t have to pay a monthly bill all year long.  You can start and stop monthly service as many times as you want at no charge.    The program offers HD programming and the convenience of having a dedicated receiver in your RV.  There’s no better offer for those who want to enjoy television while they travel! Key features of our Pay-as-you-go program: No contract required No additional monthly service fees No charges to start or stop monthly service HD programming Compact HD receiver View your off-air channels through your HD receiver Have a Ku-band mobile satellite antenna?  Want HD in-motion? Only DISH Network offers HD programming with any Ku-band mobile satellite antenna! To learn more, visit We are also in all Camping World stores!  Read More →

Our Satellite Dish: Part III of 3

June 3, 2010 by Barry & Monique Zander · 71 Comments 

Any two people who consider it a highlight of life to drink $18.00-a-bottle wine from an empty Pringles canister must be compatible.  So, despite the counseling of her four sons to think twice about marrying me, Monique followed her intuition, which is practically 100 percent reliable. There have been three disruptions in our marriage which we have overcome.  Most recent is  the mistake of trusting the GPS 100 percent.  I finally learned to trust Monique’s navigating more than “Camille’s,” the name we’ve given our GPS. Instead of siding with Camille, I just turn left when Monique directs me to (most of the time, anyway).  That has gone a long way toward keeping us happy during our 24/7 together. A second “disruption” was when I bought a 13×12-foot camp shelter that came in about 30 parts.  We erected it for the first time in Joshua Tree National Park, California, in 108-degree heat.  Those steel poles burned our fingers through the gloves for most of the hour it took to get it up.  I told the store manager when I took that confounded Erector Set back, “Either give me back the money or I’m leaving it here anyway to save the marriage.”  He agreed to the refund and life returned to glorious. And most disruptive:  the internet-TV dish atop our first trailer.  When we left our working lives in Southern California, it was with my employer’s agreement that I would continue working from the road, which required constant internet communications with... Read more

Turn your Computer into a TV

January 18, 2010 by Chris Guld · 16 Comments 

by Chris Guld, When we first bought our motorhome, it had 2 TVs.  One in the front, living/dining area, and one in the back – the bedroom.  We got rid of both of them and set up a TV tuner with a projector and a window-shade screen.  It’s great!  We have a big screen with surround sound – a pretty good home theatre for any house, let alone a 30 foot class C motorhome!  When I recently purchased a new Windows 7 laptop, we wondered what to do with my old laptop.  It was still working fine, ( see rule #1 for buying a new computer) so I wasn’t going to send it off to recycling.  How about a TV for the bedroom!  Jim found a stud in the wall and installed a TV shelf bracket that fits my old laptop just perfect.  The antenna connection was already there, all we needed was the TV tuner.  The one Jim got is the ATI  TV Wonder (he got a great deal – $25 – by buying it on the daily special at, but he’s also used the Hauppage.  Just google for USB TV Tuner to see lots of other choices.  Basically this tiny box is the guts of a television!  Just plug one end into the USB port of your computer, and the other end into an antenna.  Of course, there is software as well, and you need to be sure whatever you get works with your computer’s operating system.  Once you have it all set up, you have TV!  Ours even came with a remote control.  And, since it is still a computer – it is even better than a TV – you can get the... Read more

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