10 Tips for Conserving Data on a Capped Internet Bandwidth Plan

November 23, 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 AdminAs we’ve discussed, we enjoy watching streaming video content in our RV via our Roku box ( However, a reader brought to light an unfortunate dilemma that many of us face: Internet bandwidth is often available in limited quantities. Many of us have restrictive data usage plans that cap bandwidth in 5, 15, or 30 GB limits. We love our Roku 3, but beware streaming video if you have a bandwidth cap. Avoid HD at all costs! (Click the pic to check out the Roku.) Bandwidth caps are an unfortunate fact of modern life. You dare not exceed a bandwidth cap, for this gives your friendly neighborhood telecom an excuse to charge you ridiculous sums of money in overage fees. (Remember late fees at video stores? Remember expensive long distance phone calls? Well, now we have Internet data bandwidth cap overage fees to enjoy.) So let’s quickly outline 10 steps RV campers (and really anyone) can take that will reduce Internet data usage and help avoid “bandwidth cap” overage fees. 10. WATCH VIDEOS IN LOW RESOLUTION We all like to watch... Read more

Streamin’ TV in da RV

November 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One of our favorite methods of watching TV in our RV is by using our Roku box ( What is a Roku? It’s an Internet streaming video device that delivers 1000+ different channels of video content. In recent years, Roku has added more and more channels and now boasts everything from ESPN to YouTube. The Roku box is tiny, which makes it ideal for use in an RV. (Click the pic for more info.) You simply plug the Roku into your TV, connect to a wifi network, and start adding channels of interest. If you are paying for cable TV, switching to Roku can save you a lot of money. Content is “free” in that there’s no subscription to Roku (of course there may be a subscription for certain premium channels like HBO). The only subscription channels we use are Netflix and Amazon Prime. (Amazon Prime is a fantastic service for Amazon shoppers that offers free 2-day shipping on all purchases, a free Kindle lending library, as well as other benefits. For example, if you are a current subscriber to Amazon Prime, you get access to a huge library of free quality video content on Roku. If you want more info about Amazon Prime click here.) The free channels on Roku range from the weird (there’s an RV news channel?) to the fascinating (I personally enjoy the TED talks channel which is loaded with great public speaking presentations). As for the Roku itself, I admire its design simplicity. First of all, it’s extremely small and lightweight. The size works... Read more

Hey Big Buddy! Meet the Big Boy of “Indoor Safe” Propane Heaters

November 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve discussed the Little Buddy and the Portable Buddy propane heaters. What’s else does the clever Mr Heater have up his toasty warm sleeve? Meet (you guessed it) Big Buddy! ( Taking portable propane powered passion to the next level, Big Buddy boasts an 18,000 BTU/HR capacity and can heat up to 400 square feet. If you own a big rig RV or have larger heating needs, then “Big Buddy” may be your new best friend. Hey BIG BUDDY! Meet the Big Boy of INDOOR SAFE portable propane heaters. (Click the pic for more info.) Big Buddy combines radiant heat with convection heat air flow for maximum heating efficiency. A built-in blower fan circulates heated air. The blower fan operates on 4D-cell batteries or with optional 6-volt A/C adapter. Now, about that fan… Frankly, users have mixed opinions about the effectiveness of the fan. In fact, some would say that the fan is a waste of time and D batteries. But thankfully, the fan is really not necessary because Big Buddy kicks out BIG HEAT. While folks may quibble about the fan, no one denies that Big Buddy is a heat volcano (without all the unpleasant lava). Big Buddy has several heat settings that allow one to control heat levels according to need. The four-position heat control features a camping-style Piezo ignition (you know the type – just push and click). It offers pilot/lo/med/hi settings. Yes, Big Buddy is indoor safe. These units boast a built-in low oxygen sensor and a tip... Read more

Hey Little Buddy! A Tiny Portable Propane Heater

November 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

What’s the smallest portable propane heater? Tough to say, but it’s hard to find anything much more portable than the appropriately named “Little Buddy” ( by Mr Heater. If you want a highly portable but indoor safe propane heat solution, look no further. This is handy inside the RV or out in the campsite. Hey Little Buddy! The Little Buddy by Mr Heater is small enough to take just about anywhere. (Click the pic for more info.) The Little Buddy takes the Mr Heater propane heat concept to the logical extreme. Measuring only 12 by 10-1/2 by 10-1/2 inches, this is a product you can take just about anywhere. Yet it kicks out some 3800 BTUs of heat. That’s enough to heat a 100 square foot room. For many RVs, this heater will be perfect in size and functionality. It would be a great supplemental heat source in many situations. Again, the real upside of this heater is portability. Although the Little Buddy is indoor safe, it’s also made to deliver heat outside. For example, this is a heater you can sit near the picnic table with no reservation. Many people take these heaters on hunting trips or even to the driving range. Little Buddy delivers continuous odor-free heat for up to 5-1/2 hours. It’s controlled via simple on/off buttons. As for fuel, it uses 1-pound disposable propane cylinders. You know, the little green tanks. There are a couple of nice indoor safety features. Little Buddy boasts a low-oxygen sensor and an accidental... Read more


November 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

As winter weather descends, we’re always looking for ways to heat our RV. That’s why the Mr. Heater Portable Buddy propane heater ( caught our eye. This device is unique because it’s an indoor safe portable heater. We have two heat systems on board our RV: an electric heat pump and a propane heat furnace. When the going gets cold, we’ve found it useful to supplement the built-in heat sources on our Airstream with an extra space heater. This "Portable Buddy" heater is powered by ordinary propane tanks. It's made to fit the standard size small green tanks, but is easily adapted for refillable tanks. (Click the pic for more info.) Mr. Heater “Portable Buddy” is an indoor safe propane powered space heater. It’s intended for use at campsites, tailgating, sporting events, on work sites, inside garages, and so forth. Since we often boondock in places without electricity, the propane solution is an appealing idea. Even better, it’s useful outside as well as inside. INDOOR SAFE Mr. Heater “Portable Buddy” is an indoor safe propane powered space heater. The idea here is a heater you can take anywhere, from the picnic table to inside your RV. Some people take these on hunting trips and so forth. It’s made for the little disposable green tanks, but easily adapted for refillable tanks. Of course, refillable tanks are better for the environment and the bank account. A small 4-pound refillable... Read more

Protect Your RV Rig with the Best Anti-Corrosion Lube

November 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We discuss maintenance a lot on this blog. As many of us place our rigs into winter storage, it’s wise to do some RV maintenance. Over time, regular maintenance will save you a lot of money. One of our favorite maintenance products is Boeshield T-9 ( which is simply the best anti-corrosion lubricant we’ve ever tried. Remember, it’s cheaper to properly maintain your equipment than to replace it. So you are best advised to find enjoyment in maintenance. Read more  Read More →

The Secret to Better RV Sleep

November 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Quality sleep is essential to enjoying life. If you don’t sleep well, you probably won’t have a good day. Yet many RVs are poorly equipped in the sleep department. It all starts with an essential product ( that sadly is an afterthought in many RVs. What product are we discussing? No, it’s not the oven. It’s not the refrigerator. It’s not the water heater. It’s the (you guessed it)… Read more  Read More →

From “Shark Tank”… to your Pickup Truck

November 7, 2014 by · Comments Off 

As RV campers, we’re always on the lookout for interesting gadgets that improve the daily experience with our vehicles. One of the most unique is the Drop Stop (, the “original patented car seat gap filler.” Against all odds, this unusual product has become a #1 bestseller in the automotive category. It solves a design problem that we have in all of our vehicles. The package deal includes two Drop Tops and two nice freebies! The Drop Stop is one of those goofy yet brilliant ideas that simply works. The goal of this product is to fill that annoying crack between the center console and car seat, an area the makers of Drop Stop call the “Carmuda Triangle.” (We like a company with a sense of humor.) The Carmuda Triangle is the place where keys, cellphones, spare change, jewelry, makeup, credit cards, bottle caps, pens, gum, and more tend to disappear. Often stuff slips through the cracks and is pretty much gone, sometimes for years, maybe forever. We’ve all dropped valuables into the Carmuda Triangle. Recently we were cleaning out our Ford F250 SEEMORE and we found some clutter from back in 2007 – our first year using the truck! It was nice seeing that old tourist brochure from Santa Fe, New Mexico. But it would’ve been nicer if it hadn’t been stuck on our truck floorboard for several years. Drop Stop is squishy stuff with a universal black neoprene casing. There’s a hole for seatbelts to slip through. Once installed,... Read more

SAVE YOUR RV SLIDE OUTS with this Lubricant

November 4, 2014 by · Comments Off 

If you have slide outs in your RV, a little maintenance goes a long way. You should regularly lube your slide outs with a product like Camco Slide Out Lube ( It’s a nice value at around $10 for a 15-ounce can. Camco’s Slide Out Lube is a dry lube that’s specially formulated for RV slide outs. It will reduce slide rail friction and the problems that ensue from such friction. CLICK THE CAN to get yer own lube! Slide out mechanisms and seals are expensive, so this is a wise investment in long term protection. The spray should be applied to metal rails and gears. This lube will help ensure that your slide outs continue to operate smoothly without sticking. This Camco spray-on lube leaves behind a dry film that repels dirt and grime. Even more important, the film also protects metal surfaces against damaging rust and corrosion. Camco’s lubricant is surprisingly durable and long-lasting. In fact, it’s rated for 336 hours of continuous salt spray (that’s 2 weeks to you and me). The upshot? After a thorough dose of this stuff, you are free to take that two week beachfront vacation. If you are winterizing your rig, it’s a good time to take care of some routine maintenance tasks like lubing your slide outs. Slide outs are wonderful amenities in an RV, but they are often the source of maintenance problems. Headaches often start with corrosion, which left unchecked can ruin the entire assembly. It’s best to take preventative... Read more

How to Pump RV Antifreeze

November 3, 2014 by · Comments Off 

If you’re winterizing your rig, there are a couple of ways to got to pump RV antifreeze into the water lines. The first is to simply use a hand pump kit ( The second and better method is to install a pump converter kit ( Either choice will work just fine, but the latter has some long term benefits. FIRST CHOICE – THE HAND PUMP A hand pump kit will get the job done, while giving you a free arm workout along the way. (Click the pic for more info.) What is there to say about a hand pump kit? Using one of these hand pumps is so easy, even I can do it. You attach the pump’s outlet hose to your RV’s city water inlet. The pump intake hose goes into a container of RV antifreeze. Open the water lines inside your rig and start pumping. Focus on one faucet at a time, first the hot water side then the cold. Pink antifreeze will begin to flow through the faucet. When a couple of pints of pink stuff have passed through the faucet, you can move on to the next faucet. Please folks, don’t forget the shower and porcelain throne. Obviously, it helps to have a friend inside your RV to manage the faucet operation. It helps even more if you have a strong armed friend who will stand outside and do the pumping. While there’s nothing wrong with using a simple hand pump, there’s more than one way to do this job. Yes, some genius invented a way to use your RV’s water pump. SECOND CHOICE – THE WATER PUMP CONVERTER... Read more

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