VIDEO: How to TURN OFF the Ford F250 “Autolock” Feature

April 9, 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 AdminOn our YouTube Channel ( we recently demonstrated how to program a spare keyless remote ( in a Ford F250. This got me thinking about our F250’s autolock feature. CLICK THE PIC TO WATCH THE VIDEO! On paper, autolock is a nice feature – the doors automatically lock once the truck moves faster than 5 MPH. It makes sense in theory. There’s only one problem with autolock: it often succeeds in locking me out of the vehicle. Doh! To be more accurate, autolock succeeds in locking both doors – driver side and passenger side. I can’t count how many times I’ve stopped the truck, gotten outside, and approached the passenger door only to find it locked. Our F250 has no keypad entry on the passenger side; it’s only on the driver side. So if I’m locked out on the passenger side, I must make the long long trek back to the driver side. I know it’s a First World Problem, but it’s a problem nevertheless. The upshot? I’d remove an annoyance from my life if the autolock was disabled. Well... Read more


January 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Yesterday I was macerating.  What’s that, you may ask.  Check out my website at for a full explanation with photos.  I first learned about it six years ago in Key West but didn’t try it until this week.  Monique are I are in the throes of preparing for 10 days in the high desert of Arizona, where we will witness an expanse of nothingness blossom, beginning with the huge white canvas tent already up and awaiting us and up to a million folks with interests common to yours.  That cavernous tent will contain endless RV-related booths [look for us behind booth No. 401 next to one of the western entrances].  Outside on the perimeter of the tent will be more service and product vendors including gem and mineral sellers, plus a long RV repair garage.  Beyond that is free parking flanked by hundreds of flea-market-type booths. Me leaving the show a couple of years ago -- OVERLOADED! Across Interstate-10 is the desert town of Quartzsite, which, in addition to rock and “collectibles” shops now has fast-food restaurants and cafes, groceries, gas stations and other essential services.  On down the road … or really roads … are private RV parks (we’ve heard differing stories about whether there are spaces available or not) and radiating outward even further are miles of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) scrub lands, where RVers park for free, boondocking... Read more

Over 10 Hours of RV Video – FREE!

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you know that Long Long Honeymoon has its own YouTube Channel? ( With more than 100 professionally edited videos, many of them in high definition, the channel delivers more than 10 straight hours of RV and travel related programming. And it’s all free. Over 10 hours of FREE RV camping & travel videos! (Click the pic for more info.) Over the years Long Long Honeymoon has generated some 2.7 million video views on YouTube. If you count other video delivery sources such as Vimeo, we’ve racked up more than 4 million views. That’s not too shabby for a brand that started out as a humble honeymoon blog. Obviously there’s a lot of interest in travel and RV content. If you own a Roku 3 ( you can watch our YouTube Channel on your big screen TV from the comfort of your living room sofa. That’s right: YouTube now has a channel on Roku 3 (coming soon to other Roku models). Of course, you can also use an inexpensive Google Chromecast ( “cast” YouTube onto your TV. In the weeks and months to come, we expect big changes to our YouTube Channel. Expect to see lots of fresh HD content hit the ol’ Tube this year. Long Long Honeymoon is undergoing a bit of a transformation in 2014. If you want to stay up to date on our latest YouTube videos, be sure to subscribe to our channel. Yep, it’s free too!  Read More →

TECH: The New Kindle Fire HDX

November 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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

The SEWER SUPPORT You Always Wanted

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On our website, we often inform RV camping newcomers about products that service the RV lifestyle. Take the Camco Sidewinder Sewer Support (, for example. This is one of those products that pretty much every RV owner acquires, sooner or later. But when you buy your first RV, you may have no idea these things exist. No one grows up fantasizing about someday buying a really nice sewer hose support. In fact, many newbies might reasonably ask, “What the heck is a sewer hose support and why on earth do I want one?” With a sewer hose support, gravity works WITH you to drain your tanks. (Click the pic to get your own.) Here’s the deal. When you empty your RV water tanks, you really want ALL of their contents to flow freely through your sewer hose into the dump station abyss. The less time spent actually handling the sewer hose, the better. (That’s my own personal policy, anyway.) Yet sometimes if the hose is lying flat on the ground, its contents do not completely drain. The Sidewinder model even includes a carrying handle. (Click the pic to get your own.) A sewer support like the Sidewinder elevates the hose from the ground, allowing gravity to work with you instead of against you. When you open the drain valve on your RV, water rushes in a downward direction from your RV along the support before finally emptying into the ground. By the way, my policy is to always empty the black water first. Once the black water has completely... Read more


October 20, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers I was sitting in Anonymous State Park in the early evening hours yesterday, watching the glow on pines and cedars turn to grey as the sun sank behind a mountain crest.  A slight chill in the air reminded me that being in nature in autumn has a feeling all its of own. I call it “Anonymous,” because my point is not to talk about one specific place, but to encourage RVers to hitch up the tow wagon or climb into the Class A and take off for a natural setting.  I’m not suggesting that you drive six hours to “the perfect spot,” just find a nearby state park or quiet campground where you can be surrounded by nature. As I sat in a comfy chair, I looked and felt – looked at the trees; felt the crisp air.   Then I listened, and this is one of my favorite past-times, reminiscent of when I was with my young children.  “Listen,” I’d say.  “What do you hear?”  “Nothing, Daddy.”  I’d press them a bit further, “Listen again and tell me what you hear.”  “A cricket!” As I sat still, thinking about those days, I listened.  The rapid staccato of “Tat-tat-tat-tat” by a woodpecker hammering against a tree behind me somewhere.  A howl in the distance, maybe a coyote, possibly a hound.  High above a raven flew by — the whooshing of his wings in flight is a highlight of this listening game — while his brethren perching in pine trees scoffed at him loudly for leaving them. ... Read more

Use THESE When Backing Up Your RV

September 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 →


August 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Driving visibility is always important, even more so when we are towing our RV and faced with longer stopping distances. Rain-X ( is a product that enhances our safety as we travel down the highway. It improves visibility when we are driving in the rain. This can be the difference between a safe tow and a terrible accident. Quite simply, we spray Rain-X on our windshields to repel rain. Rain-X claims to possess “water beading technology.” Yes, somewhere in this world is a laboratory where Swedish scientists in white coats are dedicating their lives to the science of water beading. I jest, but the science of hydrophobia is legit and has many important applications. This is one. Original Rain-X is a proven product, and enhances safety when towing or driving an RV in the rain. (Click the pic for more info.) With a good coating of classic Rain-X, drops of rain bead and run off the windshield. In theory you can drive in light rain without using windshield wipers at all. (I don’t recommend you do so, but it is possible.) The rain simply beads and runs off your windshield. I know that classic Rain-X works. A few years ago, we experienced a complete failure of our windshield wipers (while driving a car, not our truck SEEMORE) during a rainstorm. We bought some Rain-X and made it through the day just fine. A side benefit of Rain-X is that it helps reduce bugs on your windshield, too. It may not completely repel the carnage (sadly, there’s no “bug... Read more


August 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When you go RV camping, you need to pack light – literally. I’m talking about actual light. You better pack plenty of flashlights because most campsites are dark after sundown, and the tasks don’t end just because the sun called it quits. That’s why we own headlamps ( They have proven to be incredibly useful around an RV. A headlamp looks like something best suited for a coal miner or an engine mechanic. But every RV camper and outdoor adventurer needs at least one headlamp too. Even a cheap one will do. Why? The Lighting EVER headlamp includes 18 LED lights and costs a mere $6.99! (Click the photo 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. You might even need to hitch your rig. A headlamp is incredibly useful when RV camping. (Click the pic for more info.) Whatever the circumstance, having TWO HANDS available is a huge bonus. A headlamp can be the difference between getting a job done quickly and easily, or not. If one hand is occupied by your flashlight, you will end up fumbling through whatever task is at hand. A headlamp gives you enough light for doing work, right where you need it, in a hands free fashion. Genius! I bought my first headlamp on a whim, not know whether it would prove useful. I quickly found myself using the... Read more

Protecting Gas Engines from Harmful Ethanol

August 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Most gasoline nowadays contains ethanol additives. The ethanol is intended to reduce carbon emissions. Unfortunately ethanol has some nasty side effects like increased engine corrosion and clogged fuel systems. We use Sta-bil fuel additive ( to protect our equipment when it is not being used. My wife and I own several pieces of gasoline powered equipment. Here’s a partial list: a 3000 Watt generator we use for RV camping, a lawnmower, a weed eater, a leaf blower, and a pressure washer. Each piece of gear contains a gasoline engine that’s often filled with ethanol laden fuel. CLICK THE PIC FOR MORE INFO. Depending on the season, there are times when the equipment is not used very much. (For example, there’s not much demand for a lawnmower in the middle of winter.) Fuel starts to break down within 30-60 days of storage. If ethanol fuel sits in the engines for too long, it causes all sort of problems. Good luck starting a leaf blower after it’s been stored with ethanol for a few months. We always want our RV generator to fire on the first crank. In the old days we might drain the fuel from all of this gear, which was time consuming and messy. But leaving an empty fuel tank (especially one with traces of ethanol) may just invite corrosion. It’s actually better to leave the fuel in the gear and treat it with Sta-bil. Sta-bil fuel stabilizer keeps fuel fresh for easy starts once we get these items out of storage. It also claims to prolong... Read more

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