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ANGELS IN MEXICO

March 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · 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 Admin 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... Read more



Thoughts on YAMAHA Generators

December 28, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

DEAL: Anyone in the market for a nice generator should check out the Yamaha EF2000is (http://goo.gl/Ao1urV), 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



NASCAR RV Camper Killed by Carbon Monoxide

October 27, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Every RV needs to be equipped with a well functioning carbon monoxide detector like the Kidde KOSM-B (http://goo.gl/KVidzj). Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that causes thousands of deaths each year in North America. Breathing in carbon monoxide is very dangerous. It is the leading cause of poisoning death in the United States. RV campers are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure. This is the LP gas detector installed in our Airstream. Since it’s over 10 years old, we’ll add one of the Kidde duel smoke / CO detectors to supplement this unit. (Click the pic for more info.) DEATH AT TALLADEGA Recently a carbon monoxide poisoning tragedy occurred in the RV camping area at NASCAR’s world famous Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. One man was killed, while his wife is in critical condition. The Talladega County Sheriff’s Department said the 46-year old man died at a campground outside the racetrack. He and his 38-year old wife were discovered one morning unresponsive by friends. The wife was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where she remained unconscious and in critical condition. Sadly, the poison managed to shut down many of her internal organs. Even if she survives this ordeal, it’s possible she has suffered irreparable brain and heart damage. What happened? Police said that carbon monoxide apparently leaked from the exhaust system of the family’s RV. The RV had a broken exhaust pipe on its generator, which was left running... Read more



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

September 5, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

One of the handiest purchases we’ve made for our camping in the electrical department is an RV power extension cord (http://goo.gl/PfViBI). 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 Loloho.com · 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 →



RESTORING LOST HORSEPOWER with… Sea Foam!

August 13, 2013 by Loloho.com · 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 (http://goo.gl/33O3rN) 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 Loloho.com · 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 (http://goo.gl/cdER07) 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



The Best RV Generators

June 21, 2013 by Loloho.com · 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



How these wandering technology nomads could change your concepts of electricity

April 6, 2012 by Bob Difley · 585 Comments 

By Bob Difley Things change, in fact they have changed a lot–especially in the technological products available for RVers–since I first started RVing more than 40 years ago. I struggled in my early days of RVing with keeping my batteries charged, the annoying drone of what at the time seemed to be the endless running of my generator trying to re-charge those batteries, and still find electricity to be somewhat mystical. So I was interested when I discovered Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard, a couple wandering America in their 1961 bus conversion. On their website, titled Technomads: Technology Enabled Nomads, they describe their current state as “exploring the confluence of full-time travel, technology, career, and community; all while embracing nomadic serendipity”. It could be said that all of us boondockers and fulltimers are seeking “nomadic serendipity” but Chris and Cherie are putting together their version in large part with the help of combining standard technology with cutting edge technology developments to create and operate the best, most efficient, resource and environment friendly electrical system possible for their bus. And they write with clarity and knowledge about their efforts along with real time examples of their efforts. I was especially fascinated with what they had to say about “boosting inverters”: Boosting Inverter = Smaller Generator RV generators have traditionally been sized so that they can handle... Read more



Tips to a Long Lasting Generator

October 24, 2011 by Mark Polk · 12 Comments 

If a generator is properly maintained and cared for it is quite possible it will last longer than the RV itself. Here are some of my tips to a long lasting generator. 1)      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:  My first tip won’t extend the life of your RV’s generator, but it could save someone’s life. Carbon Monoxide gas is invisible, odorless and deadly. If for any reason your RV does not have a functioning CO gas detector you need to purchase and install one designed for use in Recreation Vehicles (follow the manufacturer instructions for proper installation). Test the CO detector for proper operation prior to each RV trip. Inspect the generator exhaust system before starting the generator, and never run the generator set with a damaged or leaking exhaust system. Do not leave windows open when running the generator and do not park in close proximity to obstacles like buildings or other RVs when running the generator set. Be cautious of other RV owners running their generators close to where you are parked, and never sleep while the generator is running.  2)      Preventive Maintenance: The key to a long lasting generator set is periodic maintenance. When it comes to generator sets we are primarily concerned with two types of maintenance, preventive maintenance and routine maintenance. Both can add years of life to your generator set. Preventive maintenance is maintenance you perform on your generator before a problem exists. These checks are designed to prevent... Read more



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