“MUST HAVE” GARAGE GEAR: Battery Tender, Junior

March 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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March 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

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


January 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Yesterday I was macerating.  What’s that, you may ask.  Check out my website at for a full explanation with photos.  I first learned about it six years ago in Key West but didn’t try it until this week.  Monique are I are in the throes of preparing for 10 days in the high desert of Arizona, where we will witness an expanse of nothingness blossom, beginning with the huge white canvas tent already up and awaiting us and up to a million folks with interests common to yours.  That cavernous tent will contain endless RV-related booths [look for us behind booth No. 401 next to one of the western entrances].  Outside on the perimeter of the tent will be more service and product vendors including gem and mineral sellers, plus a long RV repair garage.  Beyond that is free parking flanked by hundreds of flea-market-type booths. Me leaving the show a couple of years ago -- OVERLOADED! Across Interstate-10 is the desert town of Quartzsite, which, in addition to rock and “collectibles” shops now has fast-food restaurants and cafes, groceries, gas stations and other essential services.  On down the road … or really roads … are private RV parks (we’ve heard differing stories about whether there are spaces available or not) and radiating outward even further are miles of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) scrub lands, where RVers park for free, boondocking... Read more

The SEWER SUPPORT You Always Wanted

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On our website, we often inform RV camping newcomers about products that service the RV lifestyle. Take the Camco Sidewinder Sewer Support (, for example. This is one of those products that pretty much every RV owner acquires, sooner or later. But when you buy your first RV, you may have no idea these things exist. No one grows up fantasizing about someday buying a really nice sewer hose support. In fact, many newbies might reasonably ask, “What the heck is a sewer hose support and why on earth do I want one?” With a sewer hose support, gravity works WITH you to drain your tanks. (Click the pic to get your own.) Here’s the deal. When you empty your RV water tanks, you really want ALL of their contents to flow freely through your sewer hose into the dump station abyss. The less time spent actually handling the sewer hose, the better. (That’s my own personal policy, anyway.) Yet sometimes if the hose is lying flat on the ground, its contents do not completely drain. The Sidewinder model even includes a carrying handle. (Click the pic to get your own.) A sewer support like the Sidewinder elevates the hose from the ground, allowing gravity to work with you instead of against you. When you open the drain valve on your RV, water rushes in a downward direction from your RV along the support before finally emptying into the ground. By the way, my policy is to always empty the black water first. Once the black water has completely... Read more

LOSE WEIGHT the Delicious Way

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When our bathroom scale started looking like the national debt counter, we began exploring more healthy ways to cook. Towards this goal, one of the best kitchen gadgets we’ve found is the Chef’n Sleekstor VeggiSteam Silicone Steamer ( Out with the Fry Daddy – in with the Steam Mama! This inexpensive little gadget helps you lose weight in the most delicious fashion imaginable. So easy, even I can use it! (Click the pic for more info.) The Sleekstor is a simple vegetable steamer that works like a charm. It’s great for an RV since it takes up very little storage space, and is easy to clean. Even though it’s microwave safe it also works with propane heat (which is how we typically use it on our Airstream stove). It’s nonstick, and if we had a dishwasher in our Airstream we’d wash it there without worry. The “secret” is in the silicone. The steamer is constructed of heat resistant silicone, another modern material that’s improving our lives. (I guess if we’re giving a Nobel Prize to the guy who invented microfleece, we should also give one to whoever concocted silicone). It withstands heat up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit. It won’t scratch nonstick surfaces, so it’s safe for all of your cooking pots. The Sleekstor is so easy to operate, even I can do it. You simply place a little water in a small pot, insert the steamer, and place your veggies on top. In about 5 minutes you can have perfectly steamed... Read more

Winterizing Your RV Made Easy (or at least Easier!)

October 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The first step to winterizing any RV is to completely drain the water system. A handy tool to help clear the water lines is the Camco RV Blowout Plug with Brass Quick Connect ( This little solid piece of brass helps the removal of water from your RV water lines. Screw this blowout plug into your RV's city water inlet connection, and then attach an air compressor. Open your RV water lines, turn on the air, and voila! Water is pushed out of the lines. (Click the pic to get your own.) How does it work? You simply screw the plug into your RV’s city water inlet, open all drains and faucets, and then connect an air compressor ( quick connect hose. The blowout plug leaves your hands free to open faucets and flush out water lines without assistance. It allows you to completely clear your water lines. Simply flip on the compressor and air will begin pushing excess water through your open lines. Sometimes small gadgets like the Camco RV blowout plug make a big difference when working on an RV. Click here to get your own.  Read More →

Another RV Garage “Must Have” Item

October 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Every RV or garage needs a stack of microfiber towels. Zwipes ( makes a quality product and sells it at a nice price. Amazon even sells their own microfiber towels ( under the Amazon Basics brand (and my wife prefers these colors for use inside our RV). The Amazon Basics towels offer a wife pleasing color palette. (Click the pic for more info.) What makes microfiber towels so useful? They actually save money versus using paper towels, since they are washable and reusable. They work wonders when cleaning a variety of surfaces, from metal to stone to glass. They work on windows, mirrors, and even eyeglasses. You can wipe down your kitchen countertops with confidence. I use them when washing our rig. Zwipes towels are well regarded too. (Click the pic for more info.) The secret is the fabric. They are constructed of a super soft blend of polyester and nylon that works so much better than cotton, polyester, and the various materials of choice in the not so distant past. “Soft” is the key word here. Microfiber towels are soft soft soft (did I mention they are soft?) and don’t scratch surfaces. But they are also durable. These microfiber towels are SOFT SOFT SOFT and work wonders on many surfaces, from granite to metal to glass. (Click the pic for more info.) The Zwipes product boasts 110,000 fibers per square inch, allowing you to clean with or without chemicals or detergents. Obviously if you can clean without detergents, that’s... Read more

STOPPING CORROSION with Boeshield T-9 Drip Bottles

August 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve previously sung the praises of Boeshield T-9 (, the waterproof lubricant that offers such great protection against corrosion. I’ve been using the aerosol spray cans for years on our RV with excellent results. It has also worked wonders on our tools, bicycles, and other metal products that are vulnerable to corrosion. Boeshield is unique because it not only lubricates, it dries to a thin waxy finish – providing long term protective benefits. It was originally developed by the Boeing company for use with aircraft. Recently I was introduced to small one ounce and four ounce drip bottles of Boeshield T-9 – and they are fantastic. In fact, I find the drip application to be surprisingly useful around the RV. Now when I go to apply a dose of Boeshield T-9, I’m more likely to grab a small bottle. Here’s why. Size comparison. The four ounce drip bottles are the best deal. (Click the pic for more info.) Often I’m applying Boeshield to tiny metal parts like screws, bolts, and so forth. For these applications, it makes sense to use a drip bottle instead of an aerosol can. These drip bottles deliver the same outstanding product in a more precise and controlled fashion. There’s no overspray to worry about with these bottles, and thus no wasted product. No wasted product! (Click the pic for more info.) The drip bottles are quite small and thus convenient to carry. They easily fit in tiny storage spaces in my Ford F250 truck,... Read more

Protecting Gas Engines from Harmful Ethanol

August 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Is this the BEST RV SHOWER?

July 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RV camping is all about water management. At the same time, we all love hot showers with good water pressure. That’s why we own an Oxygenics showerhead ( It delivers the best RV shower we’ve found. Life without fresh water quickly becomes intolerable. If you are camping at a campground with water and sewer hookups, then your needs are met. But if you are boondocking or dry camping – camping without any water hookup, which my wife and I do often – you are reliant on a limited fixed supply. It’s critical that you use water wisely. Click the pic for more info. No matter what kind of RV you own, you probably have a fresh water tank. That tank contains a limited supply of water that you use for drinking, cooking, washing, showering, and flushing. Our freshwater tank holds 54 gallons of water. Until a person goes RV camping, they have no idea how much water they use on a daily basis. In the United States, the average water usage per person (amongst non-camping persons) is 80-100 gallons per day. Think about that for a moment. Let me repeat: we have a 54 gallon fresh water tank in our Airstream. The average daily usage for two people is 160-200 gallons. If we used water in the same way non-camping people do, our freshwater tank would be dry by noon every day! We’d constantly be running out of water, and life would be a pain in the buttocks area. But we don’t, and it isn’t. Here’s why. Over the years, we’ve... Read more

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