Protect Your Valuable Electronics with an RV Surge Protector

October 22, 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 AdminTraveling from location to location, RV electrical systems are especially vulnerable to damage. That’s why owning an RV surge protector like the Technology Research Surge Guard makes sense. Naturally, RV surge protectors are available in 30 Amp ( and 50 amp ( flavors. A surge protector is an investment in peace of mind for the RV owner. The threat at hand pertains to voltage. Just what the heck is voltage, and why should we care about it? You might think of voltage as being similar to water pressure. We’ve all experienced differences in water pressure. When water pressure is too high, pipe fittings may burst and leak. When it’s too low, you get a lousy shower (amongst other problems). So you might think of voltage as being like electricity pressure. There is an ideal voltage. The standard voltage in the United States is 120 volts. If everything was perfect, voltage would remain at this constant figure. However, in the real world, voltage tends to vary. Even during normal conditions, it might drop down... Read more


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

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Our drive down Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula took us along Hwy. 1, a very narrow and winding passage with no room to move off the blacktop.  Through desert and rocky hills, it passes scarce outposts of civilization where few people, if any, speak English. POW! We heard the blowout on a trailer tire.  I looked to the right and realized we were 10 feet from a Pemex gas station, the Mexican-owned system of fueling stops with mini-markets.  I pulled in just POW! enough to get us out of the road.  Ten minutes later the “Green Angels” arrived to change my tire. The Green Angels is a posse of government-sponsored multi-talented people, ready to help and protect tourists plying the remote spaces of Mexico.  Fantasy RV Tours, with whom we were traveling, had hired them to escort our RV caravan for the entire trip, and, I assure you, no members of our troupe were as thankful to Our heroes -- Tony & Isaiah have them along as Monique and I. I have often written and spoken about how RV caravans are not journeys where rigs all travel in a queue.  That’s obviously not always true, because on our 1,200-mile round-trip, our 14 rigs mostly stayed together, almost always in sight of the rig in front of us.  It’s not a command, but it seemed like the best way to travel these precarious roads. When one travel trailer in our band tried to leave room for a motorhome to exit first from a resort RV park, the truck... Read more

Thoughts on YAMAHA Generators

December 28, 2013 by · Comments Off 

DEAL: Anyone in the market for a nice generator should check out the Yamaha EF2000is (, which is currently on sale $100 off. If I was buying a generator, I’d buy it online for a significant savings. The lack of sales tax (in most states) is especially helpful on such a big ticket purchase. This is a high quality inverter generator that's quiet and reliable. (Click the pic for more info.) We own a Yamaha EF3000iSEB, the big brother of this EF2000is model. These are inverter generators that produce clean current at low noise levels. They are amazingly quiet and ideal for camping. Ever camped near someone using a noisy construction grade generator? Please – don’t be that guy. Nothing ruins a campground atmosphere faster than cranking one of those obnoxious construction generators. A campsite is not a construction site, and those construction generators are best parked next to bulldozers. A quality inverter generator is a fantastic piece of camping equipment. The key difference between the 2000 and the 3000 Yamaha models, obviously, is power output. Those of us who live in the hot humid South need a little extra juice to survive July. On a good day in a lower altitude climate, our 3000W Yamaha will power our Airstream travel trailer’s air-conditioning unit all by itself. Don’t expect the EF2000is to power an A/C by itself. But you can throw TVs, blenders, and hair dryers at it all day long. It will top off your RV batteries, recharge... Read more

SAVE YOUR RV BATTERIES with a Battery Tender

October 18, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Most of us who RV camp own more than one vehicle. Sometimes spare vehicles (and their batteries) sit for a long time. Enter the Battery Tender ( This ingenious little device helps take care of vehicle batteries when they are in storage or otherwise not being used. We use the Battery Tender Junior and are happy with it. For faster charges, consider the Battery Tender Plus. It works for all lead-acid, flooded or sealed maintenance free batteries (AGM and gel cell). Our Battery Tender Junior does the job at a great price. (Click the pic for more info.) Nothing kills a battery faster than letting it drain down to zero with no recharge. Car batteries are designed to be used regularly. They should be cycled (drained and recharged) in order to get maximum longevity. That’s the idea behind the Battery Tender. The Battery Tender Plus offers more power than the Junior for faster charging. (Click the pic for more info.) A Battery Tender is more than a trickle charger. After charging the battery to full power, it switches into “float” or maintenance mode that actually drains and recharges battery power in the same fashion as using the battery with your vehicle. A Battery Tender thus maximizes battery life. Your battery is treated as if it was being used properly every day, instead of just sitting still in storage. If you have a vehicle battery in storage, you need a Battery Tender. CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR OWN.  Read More →

RV Camping is Better with this “Must Have” Electrical Device

September 5, 2013 by · Comments Off 

One of the handiest purchases we’ve made for our camping in the electrical department is an RV power extension cord ( Ours is a 30 Amp cord, but of course extension cords are available in 50 Amp flavors. Once you have an RV extension cord, you’ll never travel without one. It may not be the most exciting purchase of your lifetime, but when you need an RV extension cord - you'll be happy you have it! (Click the pic for more info.) We have a 25-foot length RV extension cord, and it does the trick for us. I suppose a 30 or 50-foot cord might be even better (if you don’t mind hauling around more cord). Ours is a heavy duty cord that has easily survived many seasons of active RV camping. We bought a bright yellow cord that even includes a light in the connection – so you can see when power is being delivered. Why is an RV extension cord a “must have” product? First of all, there’s one thing that all RV campgrounds have in common: they have nothing in common. Every RV campground seems to have a completely different layout. Sometimes the essential power hookups are conveniently located in relation to one’s RV, but oftentimes they are not. With an extension cord, we don’t have any hassle with making our rig reach the electrical power. We always know we can easily reach the outlet. Second, the RV extension cord allows us to place our generator anywhere we please in proximity to our rig. If we want to place the genset... Read more

Get More “Cigarette Lighter” Power Outlets with this Handy Device

September 2, 2013 by · Comments Off 

One of the most useful devices we carry in our RV tow vehicle SEEMORE is a 12V socket duplicator. What is a socket duplicator? It’s a little adapter cable that gives us more “cigarette lighter” 12V charging receptacles. This guy gives you FOUR 12V "cigarette lighter" adapter outlets instead of one! (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) These days, it seems we’re always charging something like a phone or tablet. Then there’s our GPS, which requires 12V socket power. We also carry a radar detector. With a socket adapter, we have all the charging recptacles we need. I like the XTG socket adapter, because it not only includes FOUR 12V sockets, but also a USB charge socket (for phones and tablets). If you travel extensively, you need a socket adapter! ‘Nuff said.  Read More →

Protecting Gas Engines from Harmful Ethanol

August 3, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Most gasoline nowadays contains ethanol additives. The ethanol is intended to reduce carbon emissions. Unfortunately ethanol has some nasty side effects like increased engine corrosion and clogged fuel systems. We use Sta-bil fuel additive ( to protect our equipment when it is not being used. My wife and I own several pieces of gasoline powered equipment. Here’s a partial list: a 3000 Watt generator we use for RV camping, a lawnmower, a weed eater, a leaf blower, and a pressure washer. Each piece of gear contains a gasoline engine that’s often filled with ethanol laden fuel. CLICK THE PIC FOR MORE INFO. Depending on the season, there are times when the equipment is not used very much. (For example, there’s not much demand for a lawnmower in the middle of winter.) Fuel starts to break down within 30-60 days of storage. If ethanol fuel sits in the engines for too long, it causes all sort of problems. Good luck starting a leaf blower after it’s been stored with ethanol for a few months. We always want our RV generator to fire on the first crank. In the old days we might drain the fuel from all of this gear, which was time consuming and messy. But leaving an empty fuel tank (especially one with traces of ethanol) may just invite corrosion. It’s actually better to leave the fuel in the gear and treat it with Sta-bil. Sta-bil fuel stabilizer keeps fuel fresh for easy starts once we get these items out of storage. It also claims to prolong... Read more

A 2500 Watt Power Inverter! (& Less Extreme Options)

July 26, 2013 by · Comments Off 

We’ve been discussing our favorite RV camping gear. Over the years, our DC to AC power inverters have proven to be incredibly useful. We typically use them in our truck, but they are also handy inside the RV. For the uninitiated, a power inverter converts 12V DC current (from a “cigarette lighter” style outlet) into household 120V AC current. This allows us to power all sorts of electrical devices from our truck and RV batteries. We do so in our truck when we are traveling down the road, and sometimes inside our RV when we are stopped for the night. We own two inverters – a modest 150W model and a more powerful 400W model. If I was shopping today for my first inverter, I’d go straight for at least a Bestek 300W or a Cobra 400W. Here’s why. This Bestek 300W power inverter is a #1 bestseller. (Click the pic for more info.) We use our 400W model the most. We originally bought it many years ago to power a portable air pump (inflating an air mattress when tent camping) and it worked like a champ. But there are other benefits to the higher power output of the 400W – for example, it charges our iPhones much, much faster than the 150W version. For this reason, our 150W unit is used sparingly. We typically keep the 400W in our truck and anytime we need to charge devices, we flip the “ON” switch and plug up. We use our power inverter as we're driving down the highway - the 400W charges our tech devices quickly. The 150W does the trick too, just a little... Read more

Is it realistic to think that renewable energy will become common in RVs in our lifetime?

February 23, 2013 by Bob Difley · Comments Off 

By Bob Difley Inventors and inventions are a dime a dozen, as the saying goes. Proof is the number of patents filed in the US Patent Office every year (over 500,000 in 2010). Few ever make it to the marketplace, and even fewer become profitable. But that is where creativity takes root, and if the venture capital flows and the public accepts the product–take the iPhone or iPad for example–sales can go viral. What does that have to do with RVing. I’m sure the inventor of the first commercially viable cell phone was not thinking of how useful a mobile, untethered, phone could be to the RV traveler making his nightly campground reservation on the fly, checking ahead to restaurant seating availability, taking calls from excited grandchildren while cruising down the highway, or calling in emergency services when away from nearby help. It took some RVers to actually look at the new invention and ask, “How can I use this to make my life better?” The same holds true with inventions and progressive ideas today. The shortsighted seldom see the long term benefits, only the short term shortcomings of new ideas that need help along their path to usefulness. And that’s where the electric vehicle industry is today. Many people see the shortcomings–heavy expensive batteries, short periods of use before requiring recharging, long recharge periods, not enough charging stations, etc.–without seeing that with increasing acceptance comes increasing innovation... Read more

Does the future of RVing include smart highways?

January 4, 2013 by Bob Difley · Comments Off 

By Bob Difley There are a lot of smart scientists working on a lot of futuristic projects, many of which will impact RVers and the way we enjoy our lifestyle. Take electric (EV) and hybrid electric (HEV) vehicles that are getting all the media play and new EVs are popping up like spring wildflowers–not only in the US but also in India, China, Japan, Korea and just about every country that makes automobiles. So far, it’s been a hard row to hoe getting people to accept a different concept in their vehicles than what they are accustomed to, such as THE MILEAGE range between fossil fuel vehicles and EVs, time to fill up with gas or diesel fuel compared to chargging a battery, ability of electricity powered vehicles to carry or pull the loads that would be required for RVs, and cost differentials–EVs and HEVs are much higher compared to internal combustion engines (ICE). But these smart and innovative scientists and entrepreneurs are working on this stuff. They’d rather that we changed our perspective on how we look at vehicles but also realize that until electrics are offered that have the same or better range, charge (fill up) time, and cost as an ICE operated vehicle, the populace is unlikely to adopt the new concept. So they are going about their business by inventing better batterties, ones that will weigh less, are smaller, offer more usable power, and charge quicker. And a Dutch firm has re-invented highways with solar powered glow-in-the-dark surfaces... Read more

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