Every RV Traveler Needs This Tool (Pray You Never Use It)

November 24, 2014 by · 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 AdminRIDDLE TIME: “I am a device that every RV owner should carry, yet no one ever hopes to use.” There’s a certain tool that everyone needs to carry in their vehicle. This simple tool ( can literally be a life saving device. It’s small and inexpensive, and yes it makes a great stocking stuffer type of gift. If you or your loved ones are ever faced with the prospect of using this tool, you’ll probably consider it the best $5 you ever spent. Yet hopefully it will never see serious action. The best case scenario is that you place this tool inside your vehicle glove box, where it resides for years without incident.  What tool are we discussing today? Of course, we’re talking about an… Read more  Read More →

Upgrade Your Rig with a TITAN Large Capacity Fuel Tank

July 11, 2014 by · Comments Off 

We’ve been pulling together a list of tips for RV travelers who might want to go to Alaska. One of the best involves upgrading to a large capacity fuel tank ( by Titan. Install one of these bad boys in your truck and you are pretty much guaranteed to save money. You can almost DOUBLE your fuel capacity with a Titan tank. (Click the pic for more info.) Here’s the deal with a trip to Alaska, or any long trip: you gotta buy fuel. The Titan fuel tank gives you a much larger fuel capacity in your truck. So you can load up on fuel when you find it at cheaper prices. This is crucial for any American who ventures into Canada, where fuel prices can be extremely high. In the Yukon Territory, we have paid $8 a gallon for diesel. Even in more urban areas of Canada, fuel costs are high. You see, Canada offers “free” health care. The way “free” health care works? You pay for it every day, every time you buy any product or service, whether you use said health care or not. “Free” health care is one key reason that Canadian fuel prices are so exorbitant. (To my Canadian friends: please don’t shoot the messenger.) So it makes sense to load up on fuel in the USA before venturing into the Great White North. We met an American traveler in the Yukon territory once who combined a Titan tank with an additional fuel reservoir in the bed of his truck. “I never buy any fuel in Canada,” he told us. “I buy enough in the States to drive through Canada... Read more

10 Severe Weather Safety Tips for RV Travelers

April 29, 2014 by · Comments Off 

1. Get a NOAA weather radio ( and put charged backup batteries inside it. We use Sanyo Eneloop ( rechargeable batteries. A weather radio is always a wise investment in severe weather safety. (Click the pic to get your own.) 2. Develop a disaster plan for you and your family. 3. Identify a safe place for you to take storm shelter. 4. Know the county in which you are visiting, so that you can get accurate weather information. 5. It only takes two feet of water to float away most cars. Do not drive into a flooded area. 6. Respect severe thunderstorm winds, as they can reach speeds of 100 to 150 MPH (faster than some hurricanes). 7. 30/30 Rule – if the time between lightning strikes and thunder is less than 30 seconds, you need to take shelter. 8. Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle; instead you should take shelter immediately. 9. If caught outside during a tornado, lie flat on the ground and cover your head with your hands – most deaths and injuries during a tornado are caused by flying debris. 10. No place is totally safe during a tornado, but your best option is usually underground.  Read More →

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

April 9, 2014 by · Comments Off 

On 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 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 ( – over 3 million views and counting!  Read More →

GET A WEATHER RADIO! (Sorry for Shouting)

April 7, 2014 by · Comments Off 

It’s that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and tornadoes are violently spinning past (and sometimes through) campgrounds. That’s why we carry a Midland WR300 weather radio ( Every year severe weather claims the lives of innocent people. What can you do about it? GET A WEATHER RADIO! (Sorry for shouting.) A weather radio won’t stop the tornado, but with a timely alert at least you’ll have a fighting chance to find shelter. The Midland WR300 weather radio offers a lot of nice features in a small RV-sized package. (Click the pic to GET A WEATHER RADIO!) And no, my friends, an RV doesn’t really cut the mustard as storm shelter. Even the sturdiest RV may get smashed like a tin can by the weakest tornado. We’ve owned our Midland WR300 weather radio for several years and have been pleased with its performance. My general advice regarding weather radios is simply to get one. (Please note that I’ve lowered my voice.) Any weather radio is better than no radio at all. We chose the Midland WR300 because it’s a little nicer than average in terms of features. This weather radio offers many features that combine a traditional radio experience (AM/FM tuning, so you can catch National Propaganda Radio or the big ballgame) with modern weather functionality. It accepts S.A.M.E. Codes, which means that weather alerts are specific to your local county (assuming you mastered collegiate level engineering... Read more

A Sometimes Overlooked Motor Home Safety Tip

November 30, 2013 by Lug_Nut · Comments Off 

Lug_Nut, with an eye on safety. All motor home owners observe certain procedures prior to taking off from a camp stay. Things like, disconnect all connections, slides in, jacks up, antennas down, and more, are standard rituals they are all accustom to. A vehicle walk around after everything is set, is a good policy and hopefully is done by every RV’er. These often reveal issues that need attention such as open compartments, obstacles beneath the coach or wheels, awnings not locked, etc. A little time spent completing this can save a lot of time and possibly costly repairs later. Okay, all checks out as ready for the road, but, what about loose items within the coach? Those items like toasters, coffee pots, cutlery and other personal things that we all carry, are they safe? They create little or no danger while driving down the road outside of possibly rattling in harmony with the bumps on the road surface. However, in the case of a sudden deceleration caused by a collision or even a panic braking action, these items can become lethal. The sink with several dishes, knives and forks, can be tossed up and become ballistic household shrapnel. Many makes of class “A” RV’s do not fair well in a collision, and in some impact instances, the body may practically disintegrate, offering little or no protection for the occupants. Unlike automobiles, trucks and even buses made today, RV’s do not have to meet the same crash test safety regulations. But, even if they... Read more


November 7, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Comments Off 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers We were fortunate to have several highly experienced nurses among the travelers on our caravan trip to the Canadian Maritimes this summer, including Sarah from Seattle, who gave me good advice when I was having severe heartburn.  With that in mind, she forwarded this article, which I found very interesting.  Maybe if you read all the way through it, Sarah may save your life (and it’s not just for females).  At the end I have printed comments to previous blogs. Female Heart Attacks The Emergency Room nurse who wrote this, begins … I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I’ve ever read.  Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have … you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in movies.  Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack. I had a heart attack at about 10:30 p.m. with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on.  I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, “Aah, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.” A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, like when you’ve been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich... Read more

The Tool You Pray You NEVER Need

October 29, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Everyone needs an escape tool in their vehicle. The original is called the Lifehammer ( Now lower cost alternatives such as the generic Emergency Tool ( are available for around a five spot. There’s also a more premium one called the Houdini ( that has a uniquely clever design. What is an escape tool? It has two functions and one goal. It slices seatbelts and shatters automotive window glass in order to vehicle occupants to safely escape in case of emergency. The Lifehammer is the original escape tool. It comes with its own mounting bracket. (Click the pic for more info.) The most likely emergency situation would be a sinking vehicle. From time to time, we hear reports of vehicles being accidentally driven into large and/or deep bodies of water. This is a terrifying situation that requires quick survival reflexes. When a vehicle plunges into water, its occupants may only have a few precious moments to get out alive. Seatbelts can become stuck (especially those with electronic controls that fail to operate when wet). Similarly, electric windows may not lower once the vehicle is sinking. Here's a rather generic escape tool that may be the best five bucks you ever spend. (Click the pic for more info.) Another emergency situation might be an accident in which the vehicle doors have been rendered useless, and the only means of escape is through a window. An escape tool contains a sharp blade that’s designed... Read more

NASCAR RV Camper Killed by Carbon Monoxide

October 27, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Every RV needs to be equipped with a well functioning carbon monoxide detector like the Kidde KOSM-B ( Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that causes thousands of deaths each year in North America. Breathing in carbon monoxide is very dangerous. It is the leading cause of poisoning death in the United States. RV campers are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure. This is the LP gas detector installed in our Airstream. Since it’s over 10 years old, we’ll add one of the Kidde duel smoke / CO detectors to supplement this unit. (Click the pic for more info.) DEATH AT TALLADEGA Recently a carbon monoxide poisoning tragedy occurred in the RV camping area at NASCAR’s world famous Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. One man was killed, while his wife is in critical condition. The Talladega County Sheriff’s Department said the 46-year old man died at a campground outside the racetrack. He and his 38-year old wife were discovered one morning unresponsive by friends. The wife was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where she remained unconscious and in critical condition. Sadly, the poison managed to shut down many of her internal organs. Even if she survives this ordeal, it’s possible she has suffered irreparable brain and heart damage. What happened? Police said that carbon monoxide apparently leaked from the exhaust system of the family’s RV. The RV had a broken exhaust pipe on its generator, which was left running... Read more

Don’t discard those cans of food squirreled away in your RV as study reveals flaws in food expiration dates

September 20, 2013 by Bob Difley · Comments Off 

By Bob Difley In previous posts I wrote about shelf life of food, and whether the shelf life recommended by manufacturers was valid. As I found out in my research, canned food had a virtually endless shelf life regarding safety, as evidenced by meals canned for the military back in WWII and still edible. By edible, I mean mainly safe to eat, though some–but not all–of the taste may be compromised by the length of time in the can. Bulk foods kept in airtight containers also have a long shelf life. Now the San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington correspondent, Carolyn Lochhead, has written a piece for the Science section of the Chronicle this week titled Masses of food wasted – ‘use by’ dates mislead in which she reports on a study by Harvard University Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The date labeling system is not a system at all,” said NRDC staff scientist Dana Gunders, co-author of the report, the first to assess date labeling laws nationwide. Americans send to the compost pile or landfill 40 percent of the food they purchase–often because “of misleading expiration dates that have nothing to do with safety” the report says. For RVers that are concerned about the food stored in their RVs ready for the quick getawway or as a hedge against natural disasters, the article should provide... Read more

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