Top

REVIEW: Nikon MONARCH = Great Binoculars

September 9, 2014 by Loloho.com · 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 AdminA few years ago, we decided to upgrade our binoculars from a set of K-Mart Special el cheapos to something better. After a lot of research, we ended up choosing Nikon MONARCH (http://goo.gl/kw7UOr) binoculars. We opted for the 8×42 magnification, but the binoculars are also available in 10×42 and 12×42 flavors. The binoculars may last a lifetime. (Click the pic for more info.) Quality binoculars are a long term investment for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. We use ours for observing wildlife like birds and bears in national parks. They are also invaluable for viewing boats and (for those of you who enjoy following the latest fashion trends) bikinis at the beach. Of course they are fun at the football stadium as well. Why did we choose Nikon MONARCH? If you know anything about cameras and lenses, you know the name Nikon. The Nikkor company has a long history of lens manufacture. It makes sense to trust Nikon in designing and manufacturing a set of binoculars, since binoculars are essentially a pair of telephoto lenses that are customized for... Read more



Monitor Animals (AND PEOPLE!) with Stealthy Scouting Cameras

September 4, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

One of the most interesting camera purchases we’ve made in recent years is our stealth camera. (http://goo.gl/ZcifuD) These cameras are commonly known as hunting cameras, game cameras, trail cameras, and scouting cameras. They are invaluable for taking pictures and video of animals (and sometimes people) on the sly. The Primos Truth Cam 35 is the #1 bestselling scouting camera. (Click the pic for more info.) The typical scouting camera combines a motion sensor, a basic digital camera (often with basic video capabilities), and an infrared flash. The latter feature is important for taking photos and video in the dark, when many animals and criminals like to prowl. What makes these cameras great? You get photos and video that would otherwise be impossible to capture. Animals (and people up to no good) usually have no idea they are being recorded. Most of these cameras record their photos to an ordinary SD card. They are typically designed to run long periods of time on a set of batteries. We use Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries with our unit. Some people report better success with Lithium batteries, but ours works fine with the Eneloop. Since they are designed for the great outdoors, it’s possible to lock most scouting cameras shut. They can be chained to a tree or fence to discourage theft. You can even get camouflage locking systems (like the Master Lock Python series) to handle this task so the whole package seamlessly blends into the environment. Usually scouting... Read more



“What Kind of Gun to Shoot Bears?”

September 3, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

From time to time we receive questions about bears and camping. Often these questions mention firearms. For example, “What kind of gun should I carry into national parks to shoot and kill attacking bears?” For most people, we recommend carrying bear spray (http://goo.gl/Cm07tW) instead of guns to repel aggressive bears. In this article we’ll address why. Let me begin by stating that this question has nothing to do with gun rights. We’re not debating the right to bear arms (or the right to bare arms, or even the right to arm bears). This question is about what tool is most appropriate for the job at hand. In this case, the job is repelling bears. You don’t need a gun to repel a bear. In fact, there is arguably a better alternative. Bear spray repels grizzly bears. It's safer, less hassle, and arguably more effective then relying on a handgun (especially a small caliber handgun). Click the pic for more into. FEAR OF BEARS Many people have an understandable fear of bears, especially those of the grizzly variety. “Death by animal attack” is on every Top 10 Worst Ways to Die list. Indeed it would be a terrible way to go. Bears are powerful animals equipped with knifelike claws and sharp teeth. One swat of a grizzly bear’s paw can easily kill a grown man. It’s even worse when the victim doesn’t die quickly, but rather from an extended mauling. We’ve all heard the horror stories. It seems that once every year, some poor soul gets... Read more



“How to Buy an Airstream” eBook ON SALE THIS WEEK!

July 16, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

If you’re interested in buying an Airstream, or even another brand or style of RV, check out the #1 bestselling “How to Buy an Airstream” ebook (http://goo.gl/uV1gtJ) which is ON SALE this week as an Amazon Kindle Countdown deal. The initial sale price is only 99 cents! As the week progresses, the price will edge upwards, so it’s best to act now. ON SALE THIS WEEK! (Click the pic for more info.) The #1 Guide For Airstream Shoppers The iconic Airstream trailer is a legend amongst seasoned RV travelers. After more than 80 years of production, the classic aluminum skinned pods are found in highways and campgrounds throughout North America. Today Airstreams are more popular than ever, but finding the right one isn’t an easy task. Supply is surprisingly scarce. Independent, Objective, & Opinionated It’s crucial that buyers – especially first time Airstream owners – proceed with caution when leaping into this lifestyle. A mistake in this transaction could cost thousands of dollars in unforeseen repair bills, not to mention much emotional grief along the way. Topics include: How and where to find Airstream bargains How to negotiate with dealers How to win eBay auctions The truth about vintage Airstream prices Airstream inspection tips Advice on tow vehicles Again, the Kindle Countdown sale runs this week only. If you want this book at a bargain price, click here to get your copy!  Read More →



Keep Your RV Plumbing Free of Hair & Debris – for Cheap!

June 5, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

If you want to keep hair and other unwanted substances out of your RV plumbing system, pick up some sink strainers (http://goo.gl/Zkg5Ik). These things are cheap and work a treat. Bright colors help the strainers stand out in the sink. (Click the pic to get your own.) Quite simply, the best way to keep your RV plumbing system in good shape is to only put the right things in it. When hair gets through the shower drain into the pipes, it can eventually plug up the works. This creates a mess, and a problem for you to fix. So it’s best to simply prevent the problem from ever happening in the first place. The strainers are available in chrome and multicolored options. The idea is that these strainers are catch-all’s that trap junk while allowing the waste water to flow freely. The bright colors are intended to help prevent the strainers from getting lost in the sink. I like the chrome look as well, but be advised that it is “chromed plastic” and the finish will eventually wear off. The strainers fit one way and can be used in home kitchens and boats as well as RVs. So you might just want to pick up a 10-pack so that all of your drains are covered. This is a simple product that many RV owners are praising. Special thanks to Vinnie Lamica of Vinnie’s Northbay Airstream Repair for bringing this product to our attention.  Read More →



A FATHER’S DAY GIFT You’ll Actually Use!

June 4, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Want the best outdoors shirt for summertime RV camping? The best I have found is the Columbia PFG “Performance Fishing Gear”(http://goo.gl/9htQfc) line of shirts. They are an ideal blend of style and function, and help keep you cool on hot days. I bought one of these shirts (in the Tamiami II style), and liked it so much I bought a couple more. I wear these “fishing” shirts even though I’m not much of a fisherman. They are amazingly comfortable, and they look nice too. Mine are short sleeve, but Columbia makes long sleeve and a few different styles. Sporting a Columbia PFG shirt (in the Tamiami II style) at the Yukon's awesome Kluane Lake. Never let grizzly bears see you sweat! Click the pic for more info. What makes these shirts so great? They contain Columbia’s “Omni-Dry” moisture wicking technology. The material draws moisture away from your body where it evaporates into the air. I’m sure there’s a little bit of marketing razzle dazzle here, but this stuff really does work. The material has “quick dry” properties for both water and perspiration. This is the lightest weight fishing shirt that Columbia makes, and the material is state of the art. Columbia simply calls the material polyester, which doesn’t sound exciting – but it is strikingly lightweight, soft and stretchy. Build quality is top notch, with robust threading, stitching, and buttons. Available for men & women, in long & short sleeve, these "fishing"... 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 →



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



BIRDFEEDING: How to Attract Large Birds (Like Redbellied Woodpeckers)

May 8, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

If you want to attract even larger birds to your area, consider using suet cakes (http://goo.gl/jZUuxI) and a suet basket feeder (http://goo.gl/l1ey9u). This is a cheap and effective way to go. Cakes can be purchased in bulk, and the baskets only cost a few dollars. Larger birds like this redbellied woodpecker love eating suet cakes from a tree-mounted basket. (Click the pic to get your own.) As we’ve discussed, many birds love the fatty goodness of suet. Fat contains high amounts of energy (I should know – I’m storing large quantities of “energy” around my midsection). Suet cakes are probably the most popular method of delivering suet. We buy the cakes in bulk quantities. A single cake lasts a long time, so long as you can keep it away from the local raccoons. (More on this in a moment.) Each cake comes individually packaged in a plastic container. It’s recommended that cakes be refrigerated before use, simply because cool suet is more easily removed from the container. But room temperature suet is no problem either. To distribute a suet cake, simply place the cake inside a basket feeder. Then attach the basket feeder to a tree. Why own a suet basket? Larger birds, like redbellied woodpeckers, may not want to land on a seed ball feeder. But these same birds are happy to grab a tree trunk and gobble suet from a basket. Unfortunately, so are raccoons. If you have any raccoons in your area, you’re best advised to place this feeder where... Read more



REVIEW: Merrell “Jungle Mocs” Are Perfect RV Camping Shoes

April 22, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

I recently picked up a third pair of Merrill Jungle Mocs (http://goo.gl/36U3Zn). Although my first two pair are still in great shape – they seem to last forever – I wanted to add a different color. (Insert Imelda Marcos joke here.) These are the best shoes I’ve found for RV camping. How so? Let’s consider some of the unique attributes of RV camping. In a typical day, you go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. Get the picture? My wife and I like to remove our shoes when stepping indoors. We aren’t strict about it, but if possible we prefer not to track mud and dirt all over our RV floor. So our preference is for shoes that are easily removable (no laces), comfortable, and versatile. If your shoes have extensive lacing, you’ll spend about five hours a day tying and untying your footwear. Look ma! No hands! (Click the pic for more info.) In ideal weather, my favorite camping shoe is a pair of Crocs flip flops. (Crocs is a longtime favorite, and you can read our ode to these flip flops in a separate post.) In all other weather (including cooler good weather) I choose Merrell, a brand of outdoor foot apparel. Merrell makes everything from running shoes to hiking boots to semi-formal shoes. Merrell’s Jungle Mocs are the best thing for RV camping since fresh water. Obviously I haven’t... Read more



Next Page »

Bottom