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

September 5, 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 AdminOne 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... 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 →


August 13, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Lately our 3000 Watt generator has been having trouble powering our air-conditioning unit. It runs the A/C for a while, then overloads. So we’re now using “Sea Foam” fuel additive ( with the generator. Hopefully this will clean out whatever carbon & ethanol gunk might be clogging the carburetor. This begs the question: what the heck is Sea Foam? Sea Foam has been been around since 1942. Many people swear by it. It’s a 100% pure petroleum product for use in all gasoline and diesel engines, including 2 and 4-cycle jobs like lawnmowers and generators and motorcycles. Like many fuel additives, it’s so easy to use, even I can do it. "Sea Foam" is a serious engine cleaner. It wipes the gunk & sludge out of your engine. We add it to our generator. (Click the pic for more info.) Sea Foam claims to clean dirty engine parts internally by removing harmful gums, varnish and carbon build-up. It also removes moisture from oil crankcases and fuel tanks, stabilizing and conditioning fuel to prevent it becoming stale. Many people use Sea Foam for engine storage. Sound familiar? Yes, these benefits are similar to those offered by Sta-bil, which we add to our equipment before putting it in storage. However, these products are similar but different. The focus of Sea Foam is upon the cleaning benefits, whereas Sta-bil is more about stabilizing the fuel. I think it makes sense to own both. "Sea Foam" - it's not just for boats... 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

Why Use Cetane Boost in a Diesel Pickup Truck?

July 30, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Why do we use cetane boosting fuel additive ( in our diesel pickup truck? Last year our diesel truck “SEEMORE” suffered a catastrophic engine failure. Specifically, the EGR cooler failed. We ended up needing to replace both the EGR cooler and the oil cooler with new units. It was quite an ordeal, and not easy on the wallet. As we were leaving the service center, I had an interesting chat with an engine technician. We're now running this diesel fuel supplement in our Ford F250 pickup truck. One 80 oz. container treats about 250 gallons of fuel. If it delivers the claimed fuel economy benefits, the additive pays for itself! (Click the pic for more info.) “What should we do,” I asked, “to help maintain our engine in the future? Are there any products you recommend?” “Get a cetane booster fuel additive,” he replied. “It will really improve the fuel.” He then went on to say some unflattering words about what the government has done to diesel fuel in recent years. So I picked up 80 ounces of this stuff: Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement. This 80 ounce container treats 250 gallons of diesel, so that’s about 10 fill-ups in our truck. It's a sad day when your tow truck gets towed. This is exactly what we're trying to avoid happening again. Will a fuel additive help? It doesn't seem to hurt! (Click the pic for more info.) What are the claimed benefits? It cleans dirty fuel injectors and prevents injector sticking. It boosts... Read more

The Best RV Generators

June 21, 2013 by · Comments Off 

We’ve owned our Yamaha inverter generator for several RV camping seasons. As I prepare to do yet another oil change on our unit, I’m prompted to look back on the ownership experience. This has also led me to look at other generator options that are available. While I hope our unit lasts many more seasons, it never hurts to do a little research. We love owning a generator. It comes in handy even when we’re not camping. OUR YAMAHA GENERATOR Several years ago we bought a Yamaha EF3000iSEB. This is a 3000 Watt generator that includes a special “boost” feature. The boost delivers an additional 500 Watts of current when you need it, for up to 10 seconds. The extra power helps start your air conditioner or other appliance quickly and efficiently. Inverter technology reduces size, weight, and noise. It allows for the engine to run at varying speeds, significantly reducing fuel consumption. It provides “clean” current that’s safe for sensitive electronic devices such as computers. Perhaps most important to me for RV camping is that it’s QUIET. It does not adversely impact the camping experience for us or our neighbors. Yamaha 3000iSEB (click the photo for more info) Overall we’ve been satisfied with our Yamaha 3000iSEB. It has been able to power our air-conditioner in most environments. Only in high altitude climates like the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone does it struggle. A couple of years ago we had a serious problem with the unit and had... 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

Your Next DP May Have Spark Plugs!

December 9, 2012 by Lug_Nut · 5 Comments 

Lug_Nut, with a look at what’s coming.  In the near future your new Cummins powered coach may have spark plugs or like designed igniters.  It will also operate a whole lot cheaper.  It will be like lowering the price of diesel by $1.50 to $2.00 a gallon.  It will not need a DEF system that current produced large diesel engines require.  It sounds too good to be true?  Read on! Cummins Westport has developed and tested a natural gas (CNG) powered engine using the current Cummins series diesel engine line up.   The ISL G, natural gas powered prime mover has been tested and run since 2007 with about 13,000 in operation today.  The ISX 12 G will be marketed to the trucking industry in 2013.  This engine size, the 11.9 liter, is the biggest selling over the road mill.  While both the ISL G and ISX 12 G will be available in North America in 2013, it is not clear if the “B” and “C” series will be. One of the biggest issues currently is the availability of fueling stations throughout the country.  The majority of these are in southern California at this time, but that’s about to ramp up.  Until now, CNG powered vehicles were confined to urban areas where services were readily available. Some big name truck fueling stations, like the Flying J, have already installed the needed equipment and tanks at some locations, with more following. Environmentally, this fuel burns green, with little to no pollutants.  However, there are concerns over the leakage of unburned... Read more

The Weak Link In RV Dash Instrumentation

December 7, 2012 by Lug_Nut · 1 Comment 

A Lug_Nut Thought.  Dash instrumentation has become more and more precise over the years.  Complex informative data can be displayed with near pin point accuracy.  Full “Glass Dashes” like that used in aircraft today are finding their way and showing up on some high end motor coaches.  Digital readouts have become common place in everyday automobiles over the past decade.  Engine temperatures can be observed to the single degree as can speed, engine RPM, manifold pressure, boost pressure, transmission temperature and much more.  In the average vehicle, these multitude of real time data information readings are of little value, outside of a cool looking gimmick.  In most cases “Idiot Lights” would probably suffice.   However, for large vehicles, like heavy motor homes and truck trailer combinations, this information can be vital and of great value.  Observing various data trends and digital readout behavior while travelling, can reveal issues that require attention.  That attention may necessitate an operation strategy change, or, if necessary, a physical investigation. But, there is one instrument that every vehicle has and is used daily.  It has not really evolved operationally over that available when we were born.  While some sensor changes have been made, it is still about as inaccurate as they were 30 years or more ago.  That instrument is the fuel gauge.     Every vehicle I have ever owned, or driven, seemed to have the same inaccurate tendency. ... Read more

An Innovative Idea For RV Transmission Control

November 12, 2012 by Lug_Nut · 16 Comments 

  An innovative product idea from the Lug_Nut file. Automatic transmissions are quickly replacing the mechanically clutched manual gearbox in the world’s high performance automobiles. While many are equipped with single or dual action hydraulic clutches, all are capable of shifting gears automatically. For the positive control of spirited performance shifting, these newer systems employ steering wheel mounted paddle switches. These spring loaded momentary contact levers are located behind the wheel at about nine and three o’clock. They are easily operated with your fingertips while your hands are comfortably gripping the steering wheel. The left one toggles the downshift while the right the upshift. The main transmission control provides a selection of either fully automatic or paddle control shifting. The automatic or manual modes can also be toggled back and forth on some models using just the paddles. Generally the paddle shift feature is not available on the average automobile, other than as a sales gimmick, as it would have little operational value. But what about a large vehicle like a truck or motor home? The ability to manually select the gearing, in this type of unit, is often a need when operating in very hilly or mountainous terrains. Currently, diesel pusher owners control user input shifts by depressing one of two buttons on the Allison keypad. The control keypad is generally located to the driver’s left, often near waist level about equal to the operator’s... Read more

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