REVIEW: “Valentine One” Radar Detector

July 9, 2013 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 AdminRadar detectors are fascinating devices. These gadgets are used by motorists to detect if their speed is being monitored by someone using a radar gun. In a sense, radar detectors are safety devices that encourage owners to be mindful of speed. Of course, they also help avoid unwanted “speed trap” speeding tickets (although there’s no guarantee on this point) and the resulting hike in insurance premiums. The Valentine One radar detector is among the best money can buy. First sold in 1992, over time its design has barely changed. That’s because it was so darn good from the beginning. These detectors never become obsolete because the software and hardware can always be updated. (If there are significant desirable upgrades, owners can send their old units to the company and pay a fee for the new stuff.) They are built like little tanks, can withstand scorching summer heat, and are packed with thoughtful design features. Valentine One booting up - normally all of these lights are not simultaneously lit. Note the directional arrows, strength meter, and... Read more

Avoid Being a Victim of Fraud

June 14, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 8 Comments 

The RV Industry, unfortunately, is not immune from scam artists. Nobody wants to be a victim of fraud, yet millions of people are, each year. When it comes to purchasing or selling an RV, there are a number of ways that people can get scammed. Each year, some individuals are left feeling the pinch of fraudulent purchases, and the RV industry is no different. From odometer fraud to bounced checks, illegally pulled credit reports, and unclear titles, bad things can happen—and they sometimes do. In two previous posts I reported on stories that were in the News for All the Wrong Reasons—several relating to consignment sales of recreational vehicles: Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Days Are Stones In the News for All the Wrong Reasons During the past two months other scam artists have been trying a make a fast buck. Illinois: Business owner pleads guilty to federal fraud charges The owner of Gebhardt Trailer Sales, Jacklyn Still, also known as Jacklyn Gebhardt, 49, of Lynn Haven, Florida, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore in Springfield to mail fraud and money laundering. Sentencing is set for July 25. Mail fraud carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison. Money laundering carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. The government is also seeking forfeiture of at least $1 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois. Gebhardt admitted that she engaged in various schemes from June 2004 through about April... Read more

Coming soon to a Community near YOU?

May 8, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 27 Comments 

Rarely a week goes without a media story about some community somewhere in the United States or Canada imposing restrictive rules, regulations, ordinances, and general hassles on owners of recreational vehicles. Parking restrictions on RVs Rusty Powers stands with his son-in-law, Anthony Lyles, by his RV, that is in violation of a city bylaw because it is too big and will have to be moved elsewhere. Image courtesy Maple Ridge News Here’s a typical article that appeared in The Palm Beach (Florida) Post News: For years Wellington has enforced its laws so that a recreational vehicle or boat must be parked on the side or rear of a lot and behind a 6-foot wall, fence, or landscaping—the maximum height village rules allow. But, perplexingly, village rules also say that the vehicle must not be “clearly visible” to drivers or neighbors. “If it’s 15 feet high but behind a six-foot fence, then I’m sorry, but my sight says it’s clearly visible,” resident Donna Weaver said. Are RV Parking Restrictions out of Control? In British Columbia, Leeann Costa lives on a quarter of an acre and stores her 12-metre (39-foot)-long recreational vehicle at the side of her house. Last month she received a letter from the Maple Ridge bylaw department and learned she must remove her RV by April 20, reported Maple Ridge News. “We’ve lived here for 25 years. We’ve had an RV ever since we lived here,” said Costa. “All of a sudden because somebody complained,... Read more

Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Days Are Stones

March 28, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 14 Comments 

Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Days Are Stones, was made popular by John Denver in 1981. For the Arkansas couple that recently found a flawless 2.44-carat silver white diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, it was one incredible “diamond day”. The RV lifestyle is like no other but occasionally a stone or two is thrown into the mix. By taking certain precautions and safety checks on travel days, we’re likely to experience mostly “diamond days,” but that’s the topic of another post. The RV Industry, unfortunately, is not immune from scam artists. The following stories have recently been in the News for All the Wrong Reasons—the first three relate to consignment sales of recreational vehicles. Complaints Filed Against Defunct Dealership A dozen customers of Top-O-Hill RV Service Center in Aurora, south of Portland, have filed formal complaints with the Oregon Department of Justice over consignment contracts, according to local television station KGW News. The complaints range from Top-O-Hill selling their RV but not paying them any money for the sale to a camper trailer disappearing without the owner notified where it is or if it has been sold. Some customers who bought RVs from Workman said they found out they could not get a title for their purchase, even though they had paid the agreed amount. The Top-O-Hill sign in front of the large empty lot on one side says, “Thanks for 22 years,” and on the other side, “We’ll miss you Bill.” The owner, Bill... Read more

What’s That Big Thing in Your Driveway?

February 26, 2011 by Barry & Monique Zander · 24 Comments 

 By Monique & Barry Zander, the Never-Bored RVers  What is an RV?  Easy question, since you either own one or are considering which type will best suit your RVing lifestyle. But is it all that easy?  For instance, the Good Sam Club Buyers Guide lists the following types of RVs (and who would know better?): Non-motorized versions include travel trailers, fifth wheels, folding camping trailers and SURVs, which is like an SUV.  Then there are the Motorized RVs, which the Buyers Guide breaks down into Class A Motorhomes, Class B Van Conversions, Class C Motorhomes, Truck Campers and Custom Coach/Bus. But is that all … and are non-motorized vehicles RVs?  On the Wikipedia website, there is a good argument made for 4-Wheel-Drive vehicles being considered RVs.  There was the night when Monique and I were tent-camping in Joshua Tree National Park – the wind picked up dramatically and blew live embers from the campfire into our tent.  The temp dropped into the 30s, so we “camped” in our SUV.  Apparently SUVs are often used as RVs in Australia. Then there is another entry in Wikipedia arguing that park models on wheels are RVs.  Well, maybe. I bring this up to open a forum in the Comments Section below about what you consider an RV, but first, I’d like to share a few experiences. Our home is in a 28-foot travel trailer*.  We parked in front of our son’s home in Huntington Beach last November, where we were cited for parking on the street on a street-sweeping day. ... Read more


February 1, 2011 by Barry & Monique Zander · 10 Comments 

 By Barry & Monique Zander,  the Never-Bored RVers   Need It Or Not, It's Here © All photos by Barry Zander. All rights reserved Our stay in Quartzsite, Arizona, continues until Wednesday.  Monday we swooped by the booths in the area near the RV Show big tent to see if there were any more bargains we couldn’t pass up.  With money intact, we went exploring a few of the nearby attractions. In case you are in Quartzsite now or were here for the RV show, you may be wondering about some of the erroneous statements made in our previous three blogs.  There’s a reason for mistakes – not a good one, you understand – but it’ll have to do, and I’ll get to that in a moment below. But, first, I wrote earlier that there are no banks here.  There is actually one, Horizon Hi Jolly -- Quartzsite's #1 Photo Op Bank, and we passed it everyday without noticing it.  In our sojourning Tuesday, we turned west onto Main Street, where we discovered dozens of businesses we hadn’t seen before, including at least four national fast-food outlets and other restaurants, more gas stations and numerous more flea market-type places, selling everything from farm equipment to … well, just about everything. This place just goes on and on.  It’s overwhelming and can’t be done in two or three days – even if you are gluttons for shopping and actually wanted to. The most interesting “attraction” of the day was recommended to us by a vendor and in comments in previous blogs. ... Read more

Towing Mirrors are NOT optional

I know how it goes. You’ve got your new trailer, you’ve signed on the dotted line (which is never dotted, by the way), and you can’t wait to get your new baby off the lot and to the nearest state park. “Just a couple more things,” says your salesman, a kindly, soft-spoken gentleman sporting just a hint of Old Spice. “You’ll need a brake controller, a hitch, and mirrors to be legal. Bobby over in parts can help you out.” Read more  Read More →

Making Modifications to Your RV

October 28, 2009 by Mark Corgan · 10 Comments 

I get asked these questions alot: “Is it safe to modify my RV? What about my warranty? Will it be voided?” There is a lot of misinformation floating around about what constitutes a safe mod and what will void your warranty if you do certain kinds of mods. Many RV owners tend to be the “do-it-your-self” types and enjoy “doing the mod”. If you fall in to this group, you should carefully consider the implications of certain mods. You know that really expensive extended warranty that covers your RV “bumper-to-tongue” after the factory warranty runs out that you added when you purchased your new RV? It won’t help one bit if you do a mod that causes a failure on a covered part. So let’s look at what mods are safe to do and what just might cause you some grief down the road if you are not aware of your warranty conditions of coverage. Read more  Read More →

RV Weekly Round-Up (June 6-12, 2009)

June 12, 2009 by RV Today Archive · 5 Comments 

Check out these highlights of RV-related news, events and video from this past week. 1. Enter the Go RVing Video Contest: Go RVing is calling for entries in its first Internet video contest, hosted on Facebook. The “Tails from the Road” contest asks contestants to create a positive, humorous video featuring a pet traveling in an RV. Entries will be accepted from June 1 through July 10, by uploading your video to the Go RVing Facebook Fan Page. See the Go RVing webpage for full contest details. Read more  Read More →

Good Sam Club Unveils Model “Lemon Law” Legislation to Protect the Rights of Motorhome Buyers

June 10, 2009 by Sue Bray · 14 Comments 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VENTURA, CALIF. (June 10, 2009) – The Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owners’ organization with nearly one million member families, today unveiled first-ever model motorhome “lemon law” legislation, developed in conjunction with RV industry officials and the International Association of Lemon Law Administrators (IALLA). If enacted by a state, the legislation will provide specific rights and remedies for motorhome buyers against product defects if the motorhome does not conform to material provisions of the manufacturer’s warranty. If the motorhome purchaser can demonstrate that a purchased unit does not conform to the statutory standards prescribed in the model law, the remedy available can include replacement or repurchase of the unit by the manufacturer. Read more  Read More →

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