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10 Tips for Conserving Data on a Capped Internet Bandwidth Plan

November 23, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

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 AdminAs we’ve discussed, we enjoy watching streaming video content in our RV via our Roku box (http://amzn.to/11E4DUX). However, a reader brought to light an unfortunate dilemma that many of us face: Internet bandwidth is often available in limited quantities. Many of us have restrictive data usage plans that cap bandwidth in 5, 15, or 30 GB limits. We love our Roku 3, but beware streaming video if you have a bandwidth cap. Avoid HD at all costs! (Click the pic to check out the Roku.) Bandwidth caps are an unfortunate fact of modern life. You dare not exceed a bandwidth cap, for this gives your friendly neighborhood telecom an excuse to charge you ridiculous sums of money in overage fees. (Remember late fees at video stores? Remember expensive long distance phone calls? Well, now we have Internet data bandwidth cap overage fees to enjoy.) So let’s quickly outline 10 steps RV campers (and really anyone) can take that will reduce Internet data usage and help avoid “bandwidth cap” overage fees. 10. WATCH VIDEOS IN LOW RESOLUTION We all like to watch... Read more



Streamin’ TV in da RV

November 21, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

One of our favorite methods of watching TV in our RV is by using our Roku box (http://amzn.to/11E4DUX). What is a Roku? It’s an Internet streaming video device that delivers 1000+ different channels of video content. In recent years, Roku has added more and more channels and now boasts everything from ESPN to YouTube. The Roku box is tiny, which makes it ideal for use in an RV. (Click the pic for more info.) You simply plug the Roku into your TV, connect to a wifi network, and start adding channels of interest. If you are paying for cable TV, switching to Roku can save you a lot of money. Content is “free” in that there’s no subscription to Roku (of course there may be a subscription for certain premium channels like HBO). The only subscription channels we use are Netflix and Amazon Prime. (Amazon Prime is a fantastic service for Amazon shoppers that offers free 2-day shipping on all purchases, a free Kindle lending library, as well as other benefits. For example, if you are a current subscriber to Amazon Prime, you get access to a huge library of free quality video content on Roku. If you want more info about Amazon Prime click here.) The free channels on Roku range from the weird (there’s an RV news channel?) to the fascinating (I personally enjoy the TED talks channel which is loaded with great public speaking presentations). As for the Roku itself, I admire its design simplicity. First of all, it’s extremely small and lightweight. The size works... Read more



“What Kind of Gun to Shoot Bears?”

September 3, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

From time to time we receive questions about bears and camping. Often these questions mention firearms. For example, “What kind of gun should I carry into national parks to shoot and kill attacking bears?” For most people, we recommend carrying bear spray (http://goo.gl/Cm07tW) instead of guns to repel aggressive bears. In this article we’ll address why. Let me begin by stating that this question has nothing to do with gun rights. We’re not debating the right to bear arms (or the right to bare arms, or even the right to arm bears). This question is about what tool is most appropriate for the job at hand. In this case, the job is repelling bears. You don’t need a gun to repel a bear. In fact, there is arguably a better alternative. Bear spray repels grizzly bears. It's safer, less hassle, and arguably more effective then relying on a handgun (especially a small caliber handgun). Click the pic for more into. FEAR OF BEARS Many people have an understandable fear of bears, especially those of the grizzly variety. “Death by animal attack” is on every Top 10 Worst Ways to Die list. Indeed it would be a terrible way to go. Bears are powerful animals equipped with knifelike claws and sharp teeth. One swat of a grizzly bear’s paw can easily kill a grown man. It’s even worse when the victim doesn’t die quickly, but rather from an extended mauling. We’ve all heard the horror stories. It seems that once every year, some poor soul gets... Read more



Keep Your RV Plumbing Free of Hair & Debris – for Cheap!

June 5, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

If you want to keep hair and other unwanted substances out of your RV plumbing system, pick up some sink strainers (http://goo.gl/Zkg5Ik). These things are cheap and work a treat. Bright colors help the strainers stand out in the sink. (Click the pic to get your own.) Quite simply, the best way to keep your RV plumbing system in good shape is to only put the right things in it. When hair gets through the shower drain into the pipes, it can eventually plug up the works. This creates a mess, and a problem for you to fix. So it’s best to simply prevent the problem from ever happening in the first place. The strainers are available in chrome and multicolored options. The idea is that these strainers are catch-all’s that trap junk while allowing the waste water to flow freely. The bright colors are intended to help prevent the strainers from getting lost in the sink. I like the chrome look as well, but be advised that it is “chromed plastic” and the finish will eventually wear off. The strainers fit one way and can be used in home kitchens and boats as well as RVs. So you might just want to pick up a 10-pack so that all of your drains are covered. This is a simple product that many RV owners are praising. Special thanks to Vinnie Lamica of Vinnie’s Northbay Airstream Repair for bringing this product to our attention.  Read More →



REVIEW: Chamberlain’s Leather Milk

April 15, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Today we’re taking a look at Chamberlain’s Leather Milk (http://goo.gl/2neqnh), a unique leather cleaning and conditioning product that’s a perennial bestseller. If you have leather seats or other leather products in your RV, it’s worth a look. This Chamberlain’s product is touted as “Leather Care Liniment No. 1.” It’s interesting that the company is labeling this product a liniment, since that sounds like something with medicinal value. Is this a magic leather elixir? Indeed, Chamberlain’s Leather Milk promises to do it all. It’s a combination of natural conditioners plus a gentle cleaner. So unlike Lexol, which offers separate cleaning and conditioning products, with Chamberlain’s you can let one product do the work. The gentle nature of the cleaning means the “milk” may be used as often as desired to clean and refresh leather items. It also means that for extra heavy cleaning jobs, you’ll likely want a more robust cleaner. My personal interest is in keeping our tow vehicle SEEMORE’s leather seats well conditioned and looking their best. But Chamberlain’s claims to be effective on all sorts of leather products, including bags, luggage, purses, shoes, boots, saddle/tack, and leather apparel. Just don’t use it on soft leather and suede and you should be fine. Chamberlain’s includes a special applicator pad to ensure you get the best results from the conditioner. The first thing you may notice... Read more



REVIEW: Comfort Sleep Mask

April 11, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

One popular video on our YouTube Channel (http://goo.gl/8iyFmH) offers advice on sleeping in an RV (http://youtu.be/LUSCATWmR8Y). A quality sleep mask like the Lewis & Clark Comfort Eye Mask (http://goo.gl/HEiSdK) really helps one get a good night of sleep. Advice on sleeping? It sounds crazy, at least until the first time you go camping in your RV. It takes a little time and experience for your sleep in a “home on wheels” to be just as satisfying as sleep in a brick-and-mortar home. With any RV comes a few issues with regard to ambient light and sound. We’ve found that keeping a few key items in the RV like sleep masks makes a big difference when we’re on the road. Most RVs have some “light leakage” issues, and a quality sleep mask solves them all. The "comfort sleep mask" is large (that's a good thing as it blocks out light), and the material is nice and soft. (Click the pic for more info.) It’s also true that sleep involves conditioning. If you regularly wear a sleep mask, you become conditioned to it. In other words, the simple act of putting on the mask can put your mind in a more relaxed state, encouraging sleep. The Lewis & Clark sleep mask is a well regarded bestseller. It’s certainly a cut above the average masks you might find in your local department store. The mask consists of a pad of cushioned material that blocks out light. The material is thick and soft. (If you are sleeping in a very warm climate, it... Read more



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

April 9, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

On 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 guess what? If I’d taken the time to RTFM (”read the Ford manual“) I would’ve found that it’s surprisingly easy to activate and deactivate the autolock feature. So we made a video demonstrating just that. Click the pic to watch the video on YouTube. Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel (http://goo.gl/8iyFmH) – over 3 million views and counting!  Read More →



“Zzz” Better with Memory Foam

April 8, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

One of our all-time favorite RV upgrades is our memory foam mattress topper (http://goo.gl/6qy80E). It transformed our lousy RV mattress into a comfy place to sleep. But if we were shopping today, we might replace the entire mattress with a memory foam RV mattress (http://goo.gl/eSWOC8). For a little more than a mere topper, now you can outfit your rig with a complete mattress. With the RV camping season upon us, this may be the best upgrade you can make. Memory foam is the key to sleep in an RV! (Click the pic for more info.) We spend about one-third of our lives asleep. It’s tough to enjoy a day if you didn’t get quality sleep the night before. Yet most RVs are equipped with thin mattresses that provide minimal back support. In fact, the average RV mattress is scarcely more supportive than a pile of dead leaves. Our Airstream mattress, which is simply an average off-the-rack RV mattress, rests on a hard slab of plywood. It’s kind of like sleeping on a lumpy piece of wood. What do you get when you place a thin lousy mattress on top of a hard surface? You get a backache, that’s what you get. You also get grumpy. You get into arguments. Eventually, you get a divorce. Don’t get a divorce. Get memory foam. Lay a mattress topper on top of an ordinary RV mattress for a vast improvement in sleep! (Click the pic for more info.) What is memory foam? It’s another modern material that’s improving our lives. It’s soft yet firm, offering both... Read more



GUMMI PFLEGE: Save Your Rubber Seals

March 19, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Another fantastic “secret” garage product is Gummi Pflege (http://goo.gl/zULDO0). This is a wonderful German rubber care product that is especially popular amongst “in the know” BMW owners. But the protective properties of Gummi Pflege are good for rubber seals on all-American RVs, too. This is "the good stuff" for all things RUBBER - especially door seals. (Click the pic for more info.) Gummi Pflege works wonders on rubber trim and seals. BMW guys love to use it on weather seals that line the doors, hood, and truck of their cars. It helps to reduce squeaks, rattles, and potential water leaks. Any rubber surface benefits from an occasional dose of Gummi Pflege, but it’s especially good with seals. I doubt you’ll ever see this product in a typical retail store. Perhaps one reason that not many people know about Gummi Pflege is the weird name. In truth, the name “Gummi Pflege Stift” sounds quite exotic – until you realize it’s simply German for “Rubber Maintenance Stick!” The product comes in a “shoe polish” style applicator stick. Simply open the cap, tilt the stick, and rub the foam applicator onto the rubber surface. There’s minimal waste; just be careful when opening the container. Gummi Pflege protects rubber from the damaging effects of excessive cold, heat, and UV rays. Gummi Pflege is especially good at preserving the elasticity of rubber. It helps prevent the dreaded drying and cracking... Read more



The SEWER SUPPORT You Always Wanted

November 1, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

On our LongLongHoneymoon.com website, we often inform RV camping newcomers about products that service the RV lifestyle. Take the Camco Sidewinder Sewer Support (http://goo.gl/T7j1rg), 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



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