DEAL: Gift Cards with FREE Gift Boxes & 1-Day Shipping!

December 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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8-in-1 Multi-Function Tool (with Hammer & Axe)

December 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone needs some good multi-function tools. Now you can get a hammer and axe multi-tool ( along with a wrench, screwdriver, pliers, saw blade, knife, etc. This 8-in-1 device is the perfect tool to keep in your RV, truck, garage or kitchen drawer. Build quality is nice, with stainless steel and polished wood. This tool has some heft to it. (Click the pic for more info.) Multi-tools are especially useful because they are time savers. Instead of going to a toolbox and digging out tools (never a quick process with my messy toolbox), you can just grab the one tool and go. We usually keep one of these hammer tools in the driver’s side door of our tow vehicle. It is one of the most useful tools we’ve ever bought. If you draw up a list of the most commonly used tools around any home or campsite, most tasks will be covered by this little gadget. I’d wager that more than 50% of minor jobs can be handled by a Phillip’s head screwdriver, a knife blade, and a hammer. Factor in the axe, saw, and can opener in this tool and you’ll see it offers great utility. If we ever get cast on a season of the Survivor TV show, this will be one of the items we carry with us into the wild. (This, and a towel – never forget your towel.) This nicely finished multi-tool features polished hardwood and stainless steel construction. The set includes a nylon belt pouch. If Santa left one of these inside our stocking, we’d have a happy Christmas morning. Reminder:... Read more

The New Kindle Tablets – Great E-Readers for the Campsite

December 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We discovered the Amazon Kindle ( a few years ago. The Kindle has always been a brilliant e-reader, and a Godsend for any RV traveler who enjoys reading. With a Kindle you can carry an entire library of books in the same storage space as one traditional paperback. The new Kindle Fire 6 is only $99, making it one of the best bargain tablets available today. (Click the pic for more info.) With the Kindle Fire ( tablet, Amazon has built a strong alternative to the iPad. The Kindle Fire is a full featured tablet experience that goes beyond being a simply an e-reader. Note that if you want an e-reader in the classic Kindle configuration go for the Kindle Paperwhite. The screens are not backlit, so the experience is very much like reading a paper book. Heck, if you want a great basic e-reader for cheap, you can get a plain Kindle (×32XTK) for a mere $59. This is a value proposition that’s tough to beat. Kindle Fire is a media consumption device. Pretty much anything you can do on an iPad you can also do on a Kindle Fire. In addition to books, we’re talking magazines, movies, TV shows, and music. The first generation Kindle Fire tablets were a bit underpowered and hampered by a clunky interface. But in recent years, Amazon has greatly ramped up the horsepower of these devices, while also improving the interface software. Today the Kindle Fire is an incresingly mature product with several standout features. Kindle... Read more

Santa’s Trailer Music Box (Christmas Decoration)

December 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If you like to collect Christmas decorations, you may be interested in this vintage camper music box ( that features lights, Christmas music, and a moving train inside. It’s a fun way to celebrate the Christmas spirit and RV travel all at once. It slices! It dices! Actually, it doesn't slice and dice, but it does the next best thing: it lights and plays music, and the train runs around inside. Note that the design of this year's trailer differs slightly from this photo, but the functionality is the same. (Click the pic for more info.) This reminds me of a story about Christmas collecting.  Much like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, this story is a time honored classic that must (by law) be retold every year. So gather ’round, kids, and enjoy this true tale of my courtin’ days… Once upon a time, I dated a girl whose mother collected ceramic “Christmas village” decorations. Perhaps you know the decorations I am talking about? Individual items cost somewhere between $10 and $100,000. They are hand painted ceramics (presumably crafted by fair trade elves in the North Pole), and often available in limited quantities. On a white fabric blanket of pseudo snow, my girlfriend’s mother created an old fashioned village winter scene. It consisted of ceramic buildings (with lights), vehicles, and an assortment of villagers engaging in various winter activities like caroling and shoveling snow. To top it... Read more

Camco Olympian Wave Heater – Use Propane to Heat Your Rig

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Camco’s Olympian Wave LP Gas Heater ( is an interesting heat source option for RV campers. It doesn’t require electricity, so it’s great for boondockers. It kicks out enough heat to warm a 130-square foot area, which is perfect for the average RV. It’s also available at a great price, some 45% off the suggested retail. These heaters are also available in 6000 BTU and 8000 BTU variants. Ahhhhhh. 3000 BTUs of quiet, safe heat. (Click the pic for more info.) These Olympian Wave heaters operate on low pressure propane gas. They can be wall mounted or used as a portable unit. A key upside of Olympian Wave heaters is that (unlike our noisy propane heat furnace) they are quiet. Wave heaters operate silently without any fan or blower noise. A source of LP gas is all that’s required. There’s no electrical drain or battery connection. This makes wave heaters an ideal solution for boondocking and dry camping This 3000 BTU Camco Olympian Wave unit is actually adjustable from 1600 to 3000 BTU per hour. This allows the heater to be used as a primary or secondary heating source. What about safety? The Olympian Wave Heater is equipped with a safety shut-off valve. The valve helps prevent an accidental non-ignition fuel discharge which could lead to a fire. These heaters also produce no harmful amounts of carbon dioxide. These units are equipped with a Piezo sparking starter that’s rated for 20,000 starts. Build quality is solid,... Read more

For Coffee Lovers: A Magical Christmas Tree Mug!

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV camping and coffee go together like Sonny and Cher (before their untimely divorce). We love fun coffee mugs like this Magical Christmas Tree Mug ( What makes it magical? Well, the mug actually changes appearance when you add hot liquid! At only $9.99 with free shipping, it’s a great Christmas stocking stuffer. The MAGIC happens when you add hot liquid. The mug changes appearance to display a colorful Christmas tree! Click the pic to get your own. If you’ve never seen one of these color changing mugs, you are in for a treat. When this mug is cold, the Christmas tree appears a bit dark and dull. It looks like a plain normal tree. Just add hot coffee (or tea, or cocoa, or cider, even some spiced wine) and the tree transforms into a colorful, fully decorated tree. It’s a great conversation piece that always brings a smile. These mugs are made with ceramic. For the best longevity, they should be hand washed. We have owned and enjoyed similar mugs for several years and the “magic” is still working. Click here to get your own Magical Christmas Tree Mug. And when it arrives, be sure to serenade it with a heartfelt rendition of “I’ve Got You Babe.” Reminder: to get the best time sensitive RV holiday deals, CLICK the following link: BOOKMARK the page and CHECK BACK often.  Read More →

10 Great Gift Ideas for RV Campers

December 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Reminder: to get the best time sensitive RV holiday deals, CLICK the following link: BOOKMARK the page and CHECK BACK often. Shopping online has never been easier. So relax! Fix a cup of hot cocoa and settle into your favorite chair. Click, shop, save, and laugh – at all those people fighting crowds in the local shopping malls. TODAY ONLY: Supernova 300 Lumens Camping Lantern – only $27! 10. Memory Foam RV Mattress and/or Pillows Sleep – it does a body good! Alas, the average RV mattress resembles a medieval torture device. Upgrading is the key to survival. Whether you go for memory foam pillows, mattress toppers, or a complete mattress – you’ll sleep better with memory foam. Now you can get full foam RV mattresses at a reasonable price. 9. Battery Tender and/or Charger Like the rest of us, our batteries are born to die. (There’s your deep philosophical thought of the day). A battery tender will keep ‘em in good shape even when they are in storage. A quality battery charger makes for a nice addition to any toolkit. Think of it like vitamins and exercise for your batteries. 8. Tire Gauge / Air Compressor If your significant other has a lousy tire gauge, consider spoiling him or her with a nice one. It’s the sort of thing we might not buy ourselves, but appreciate every time we use it. Along these lines, a nice air compressor doesn’t blow. Well, actually it DOES blow, in a complimentary fashion.... Read more

REVIEW: Holy… Moley. What a Flashlight!

December 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve reviewed some premium flashlights over the years, but the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM ( may be the best yet. When testing the Metal Gear XLM, our first reaction was, “Holy…moley. What a flashlight!” This is not an ordinary flashlight; it is an incredible 618 lumen light canon. It’s really more of a spotlight than a flashlight. It looks like an ordinary flashlight, but the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM produces an incredible 618 lumens of concentrated light - more than many LED spotlights. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT In the case of this light, XLM stands for “extreme lumens.” According to Dorcy, when set to the HIGH setting this flashlight kicks a beam of intense light measuring 618 lumens. The Cree XM-L bulb produces a beam that travels an impressive distance of 363 meters or 1190 feet. The Metal Gear XLM is simply a remarkable piece of equipment that will be useful in any dark setting. We can’t wait to take ours camping. How bright is 618 lumens? Look at it this way: it’s brighter than many bestselling LED spotlights. This flashlight is so bright that looking directly into the light source can potentially cause eyesight damage (so please use some common sense and don’t do that). It generates a genuinely amazing amount of concentrated light. Note that there is also a LOW setting for the light which delivers a more modest (but still tremendously bright) 173 lumens of light. The LOW setting also delivers extended battery life. The... Read more

Repairing RV Trim (with 3M Super Weatherstrip and Gasket Adhesive)

December 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

To properly maintain an RV, you need a few key products in your toolbox. One of these is 3M Super Weatherstrip Gasket Adhesive ( This product is a favorite of boat, car, and motorcycle enthusiasts – and yes, it works great with RVs too. We own an Airstream travel trailer that we try to keep in good running order. One of the great upsides of Airstream ownership, in our opinion, is the trailer’s longevity. Airstreams are not disposable. Over 70% of all Airstream travel trailers ever built (going back to the 1930s) are still in use today. So if you are a “buy and hold” type, it’s a natural fit. In all probability, we’ll keep ours (which we occasionally, and for no apparent reason, call “Liv”) for a long time. Perhaps all of our lives. Naturally, we do our best to keep it in good cosmetic and working condition. Over 100,000 miles of travel have taken their toll, but she still looks quite nice to my eyes. Sure, there are a few gravel dents on her rock guards, but they just remind me of a certain road in a remote corner of British Columbia. Click the pic to get your own! The cosmetics of an Airstream exterior are fairly simple, thanks to that blessed coat of aluminum. Although some Airstreams may suffer from “filiform corrosion” (a separate issue), aluminum never rusts. If it fades, you can polish it. Modern Airstreams are equipped with a clear coat finish, so even fading is muted. But as you’ll... Read more

STOCKING STUFFER: Vintage RV Camper Salt & Pepper Shakers are Great Gifts

December 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Here’s a fun inexpensive ($11.99) gift idea that would make a wonderful stocking stuffer for any RV camper: it’s a Car & Travel Trailer Magnetic Salt & Pepper Shaker Set! ( What’s great about this set is not only the cheery artwork, but also the clever magnetic design that allows the rig to “get hitched.” And of course, they hold salt and pepper too – so this is a gift that’s both fun and functional. Click the pic to get your own! The shakers are crafted in the form of a vintage car (the maker claims it’s a Volkswagen, but we’re not so sure) and a vintage trailer (which looks like an Airstream to our eyes). The art has been so cleverly done, some people use this set as a decorative piece. This fun set of salt & pepper shakers is made of ceramic. Thus, hand washing is recommended. In a brilliant feature, the salt & pepper set is magnetic! The two shakers “hitch” when the magnet on the rear of the car and the magnet on the front of the camper are brought close to each other. The magnets are strong enough to hold the “rig” together when you slide the car across a table. If you are looking for a fun inexpensive gift idea for an RV camper, look no further. Reminder: to get the best time sensitive RV holiday deals, CLICK the following link: BOOKMARK the page and CHECK BACK often.  Read More →

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