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OUTSIDE OUR RV AFTER DARK

July 30, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · 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 AdminBy Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers It’s dark, very dark.  We’re in a park with very few lights to distract us from appreciating our nighttime surroundings.  We are cradled in silence.  This is what nature camping is all about. But wait!  As we lay back in our outdoor recliners, letting go of all the cares of the day just passed, we see lights.  We hear sounds. Tiny lights are overhead, thousands of them, maybe millions, maybe billions, but who’s counting?  We pick out a series of stars that we recognized from National Park ranger talks as being constellations.  We never could envision all the mythical arrangements seen by Romans and Greeks thousands of years ago, but we know the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia. Like an exercise in finding familiar figures in the clouds or focusing on the spaces between clusters of leaves, we don’t concentrate for very long on the arrangements we know but rather on the twinkling and steady shining specks across the panoply of sky.  Thankfully, our moon is nowhere in sight. And speaking of... Read more



VIDEO: Greasing Your Trailer’s Wheel Bearings

May 14, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

One of the most vital regular trailer maintenance jobs involves wheel bearings. And yes, if you prefer you can buy your own wheel bearing kit (http://goo.gl/F9gGon) and do-it-yourself. If your bearings just need grease instead of replacing, get some Royal Purple bearing grease (http://goo.gl/kbi7sX). Own a trailer? As you prep your rig for summer travel, don’t forget this crucial task. Wheel bearings are a key component of the trailer axle. They are lubricated with grease. It’s absolutely critical that wheel bearings on an Airstream or other travel trailer are inspected and receive fresh grease every 10,000 miles or so. Yes, you can buy a wheel bearing kit and do this job yourself. (Click the pic for more info.) The cost of this maintenance is a couple hours of labor, which usually is around $200-250. No one enjoys shelling out cash for seemingly mundane maintenance items, but it simply must be done. What’s the downside risk to not doing this maintenance? Read more  Read More →



“Queen of the Campground” T-Shirt

May 13, 2014 by Kristy Michael · Comments Off 

SALE ON: Enter code “LOLOHO15” at checkout to receive 15% OFF ALL ORDERS! All hail the Queen of the campground! One of our new shirts gracing the Loloho RV camping line (http://goo.gl/bu1u5r) is called Queen of the Campground. Ladies, this is a great way to let your place be known, if you know what I mean. HAIL TO THE QUEEN! (Click the pic to get your own!) This unique hand drawn RV camping t-shirt is a lot of fun. The front of the shirt depicts an original camping scene. The artwork includes a vintage camper, a campfire, and a moose lurking in the background! Of course, the most prominent portion of the artwork displays the “Queen of the Campground” phrase, along with a lovely crown. Ladies, this is the sort of subtle message that can’t be delivered often enough. As with all of the Loloho t-shirts, it is available in two fabric styles: STANDARD and VINTAGE DISTRESSED. If you have any doubts about which fabric to choose, you can’t go wrong with STANDARD. These Authentic Pigment brand, 100% ring spun cotton unisex shirts are available in Adult Small to XXL. The standard shirts are “pigment dyed” meaning they have a slightly worn-in hue, making them perfect to wear from day one. Standard shirts are exactly what you expect when you want a nice classic t-shirt. Click the pic to get your own! Standard t-shirt colors include: Periwinkle (light blue), Deep Navy, Willow (green), Chocolate (brown), Smoke (gray), and Flamingo (pink). Click here to get your... Read more



Sony RX100: The Best Compact Cameras Ever Made

May 12, 2014 by Loloho.com · 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 (http://goo.gl/HkYcXg) series. To add pro video features and wifi to transfer photos, go for the “sequel” RX100 Mark 2 (http://goo.gl/sqJ7qM). 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



FOR THE BIRDS (and Birdwatchers!): Going Green Platform Bird Feeder

May 4, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Recently we’ve been discussing the great American outdoor activity of bird watching. In addition to a sphere seed bird feeder (http://goo.gl/obiKPO), it makes sense to own a platform feeder like the Going Green Platform Bird Feeder (http://goo.gl/Xa149x) Solid durable construction, and the birds love it! Click the pic to get your own. Why own a platform feeder? Quite simply, it will attract more birds, and different varieties of birds. We have both types of feeder hanging in the same tree. A platform feeder allows you to use different kinds of feed beyond seeds. We stock ours with suet nuggets and mealworms in addition to black oil sunflower seeds. In my experience, woodpeckers love suet cakes and nuggets (http://goo.gl/z6VVtc). Cardinals, titmice, and nuthatches love black oil sunflower seeds. Bluebirds love mealworms. So what makes the Going Green Platform Feeder a winner? First of all, it’s built to last. It’s constructed from a rugged recycled plastic. The frame is screwed together and seems pretty much impervious to the impact of weather. The floor of the feeder is made of powder-coated metal mesh, which will allow rainfall to easily pass through rather than to collect inside. SMORGASBORD!!! We load ours up with suet nuggets, mealworms, and the ever popular black oil sunflower seeds. (Click the pic to get your own.) The cables and hanging hook are of similar tough build quality. What’s not to like? Well, not much. I suppose the feeder could be a little larger,... Read more



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

April 9, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

On our YouTube Channel (http://goo.gl/8iyFmH) we recently demonstrated how to program a spare keyless remote (http://goo.gl/BRQow4) 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 guess what? If I’d taken the time to RTFM (”read the Ford manual“) I would’ve found that it’s surprisingly easy to activate and deactivate the autolock feature. So we made a video demonstrating just that. Click the pic to watch the video on YouTube. Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel (http://goo.gl/8iyFmH) – over 3 million views and counting!  Read More →



ANSWERING QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM YOU

January 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Comments Off 

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 http://ontopoftheworld.bz/category/barrys-travel-blog-3/ 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 Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Did you know that Long Long Honeymoon has its own YouTube Channel? (http://goo.gl/ScEHgS) 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 (http://goo.gl/NiOQWH) 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 (http://goo.gl/Lb8iqE)to “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 Loloho.com · Comments Off 

We enjoy using tablets to browse the Internet when RV camping. While Apple practically invented the tablet category with the iPad (http://goo.gl/9dyKVN), Amazon has upped the ante with its Kindle Fire series. The new Kindle Fire HDX (http://goo.gl/KkEQ0U) takes on the iPad Mini (http://goo.gl/8huRKu). 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 Loloho.com · Comments Off 

On our LongLongHoneymoon.com website, we often inform RV camping newcomers about products that service the RV lifestyle. Take the Camco Sidewinder Sewer Support (http://goo.gl/T7j1rg), 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



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