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VIDEO: How to TURN OFF the Ford F250 “Autolock” Feature

April 9, 2014 by Loloho.com · 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 AdminOn our YouTube Channel (http://goo.gl/8iyFmH) we recently demonstrated how to program a spare keyless remote (http://goo.gl/BRQow4) in a Ford F250. This got me thinking about our F250’s autolock feature. CLICK THE PIC TO WATCH THE VIDEO! On paper, autolock is a nice feature – the doors automatically lock once the truck moves faster than 5 MPH. It makes sense in theory. There’s only one problem with autolock: it often succeeds in locking me out of the vehicle. Doh! To be more accurate, autolock succeeds in locking both doors – driver side and passenger side. I can’t count how many times I’ve stopped the truck, gotten outside, and approached the passenger door only to find it locked. Our F250 has no keypad entry on the passenger side; it’s only on the driver side. So if I’m locked out on the passenger side, I must make the long long trek back to the driver side. I know it’s a First World Problem, but it’s a problem nevertheless. The upshot? I’d remove an annoyance from my life if the autolock was disabled. Well... Read more



ANGELS IN MEXICO

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



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 →



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



TRAVEL CHANNEL’s: MEGA RV COUNTDOWN

May 18, 2012 by Mark Polk · 8 Comments 

TRAVEL CHANNEL’S: MEGA RV COUNTDOWN High Noon Entertainment, the producers of Cake Boss, Heat Seekers, Bang for Your Buck and Food Network Challenge is thrilled to be producing a no holds barred special for Travel Channel that takes an inside peek at America’s most tricked out, pimped out and over-the-top RVs. From the converted school bus to the Boatorhome and everything in between, America’s Craziest RVS is looking for the most outrageous vehicles and the people who own and design them. Want to share your recreational vehicular creation with the rest of America? If you can drive it and sleep in it, we want to see it! All interested vans, buses, campers, trailers and their owners are welcome to apply. Please contact us at rvshow@highnoontv.com Watch as we feature your favorites voted on by viewers at http://www.travelchannel.com/ Source: High Noon Entertainment Press Release Mark Polk RV Education 101 RV Consumer RV101.TV  Read More →



Vintage Trailer Restoration Project Captured on Video

October 10, 2011 by Mark Polk · 47 Comments 

  Earlier this year video producer Mark Polk, of RV Education 101, decided to produce an online RV series, titled “Mark’s RV Garage.”  Polk explained the goal of the show was to help educate and entertain RV consumers and RV enthusiasts. When considering a feature segment for the new RV series Polk decided to tackle a vintage trailer restoration project. Little did he know at the time the scope the restoration project would entail.  Unforeseen damage, below the surface of the exterior metal, would result in dismantling the project trailer down to the bare frame and rebuilding it from the ground up. Adding to the complexity of an already daunting challenge Polk’s plans included upgrading the old trailer with modern day RV equipment and amenities. As season one of the new RV series progressed each step of the vintage restoration project was captured along the way. What initially began as a 10 episode season evolved into 17 episodes, culminating in the season finale where the finished product was revealed to viewers for the first time. When asked to recap season one of “Mark’s RV Garage” Polk responded, “I think anybody who likes RVs, or is thinking an RV might be in their future would not only enjoy watching the vintage restoration project unfold, but could learn a great deal from the series too. To view season one episodes of Mark’s RV Garage visit this You Tube link Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk RV Education 101 RV Consumer  Read More →



Mark’s RV Garage Season One Finale Released

September 26, 2011 by Mark Polk · 1 Comment 

RV Education 101 releases the season finale of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube            After 16 bi-monthly episodes the highly anticipated season finale is released, revealing the completed vintage trailer restoration for the very first time. Season finale highlights:  * The Old Yellowstone trailer gets a fresh coat of paint. * Polk installs a new 3,500 pound Dexter axle. * The electric brakes are converted to disc brakes with the addition of new brake rotors, calipers, and a Actulink electric/hydraulic brake actuator. To complete the new braking system Polk adds a DirecLink Network Enhanced brake controller. * Before the trailer can hit the road for the first time Polk installs an Equalizer hitch. * Mark Polk reflects back on season one through a series of Q&A. * All of this and more on the season finale of “Mark’s RV Garage”   If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk www.rvconsumer.com www.rveducation101.com  Read More →



Mark’s RV Garage Episode #16 RV Internet Show Released

September 5, 2011 by Mark Polk · 26 Comments 

RV Education 101 releases Episode #16 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube           On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:  * Polk installs stabilizer jacks on the rear of the trailer and an electric tongue jack on the front. * For safety the trailer gets a combinationLP gas and Carbon Monoxide detector. * The trailer gets new LP gas cylinders, and the LP gas system gets checked for proper operating pressure and for leaks. * For entertainment the trailer gets a 24 inch Jensen LCD TV.  *All of this and more on this episode of “Mark’s RV Garage”  If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing Don’t miss the season finale, coming soon Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk www.rvconsumer.com www.rveducation101.com  Read More →



Mark’s RV Garage Episode #15 RV Intenet Show Released

August 22, 2011 by Mark Polk · 7 Comments 

RV Education 101 releases Episode #15 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on  You Tube            * Polk installs the exterior metal and windows in the vintage trailer restoration project.  * Watch the installation of a Voyager Digital Wireless Observation System with WiSight technology  * Find out what Polk considers to be RV Maintenance Mishaps and see what you can do to avoid them.  *All of this and more on this episode of “Mark’s RV Garage”  If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing Episode # 16 will be available for viewing on 05 September 2011. Happy RV Learning, Mark Polk www.rvconsumer.com www.rveducation101.com  Read More →



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