The American Deserts: Gems of the West

December 19, 2014 by Bob Difley · Leave a Comment 

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DEAL (Today Only): 2000W Inverter Generator Only $471!

November 25, 2014 by · Comments Off 

TODAY (November 25) ONLY: For a limited time, the Generac iX2000 2,000 Watt Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator ( is available for a “Black Friday” price of $471. Normally we recommend generators by Honda and Yamaha. The Yamaha 2000W unit ( that compares to this Generac currently sells for $989. We recommend buying Honda or Yamaha generators, but if you want a low cost deal, this Generac is certainly attractive. It's less than half the cost of a comparable Yamaha! (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) Generac’s iX2000 Series is quiet (claimed to generate between 60-65 decibels when running at full steam) and lightweight (this one tips the scales at just over 49 pounds). Inverter technology gives these units less than 3% total harmonic distortion, providing clean and stable power that safely powers laptops, TVs, power tools and other sensitive electronics. Inverter generators are also much more quiet than the norm, making them ideal for camping, tailgating and recreational use. How does an inverter generator work? In short, inverter generators utilize a different type of alternator than standard generators to generate AC power. The raw power produced by the genset is converted from DC to AC power by a computer controlled inverter module. Why are they so quiet? Well, the engine speed varies depending on the electrical demand. This significantly reduces noise and fuel consumption compared to a standard portable. The end... Read more

10 Tips for Conserving Data on a Capped Internet Bandwidth Plan

November 23, 2014 by · Comments Off 

As we’ve discussed, we enjoy watching streaming video content in our RV via our Roku box ( 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 YouTube videos, and videos on other online sites. These videos may have selectable resolution from a low of 144p to a high of 1090P (or even 4k). More resolution requires more data. Therefore, you can save yourself a lot of bandwidth by watching video in the lowest resolution settings. Avoid HD whenever possible. 9. DISABLE AUTOMATIC SOFTWARE UPDATES No matter what operating software you may be running on your computer... Read more

Streamin’ TV in da RV

November 21, 2014 by · Comments Off 

One of our favorite methods of watching TV in our RV is by using our Roku box ( 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

Heating an RV the Old Fashioned Way

November 20, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Recently I was discussing winter storage with an RV owning friend of mine. “We don’t winterize our RV,” he explained. “Instead we keep a DeLonghi Safeheat radiatorhref=””> running during our coldest nights. It helps to keep the pipes and tanks warm.” Understand that we’re Southerners, and we enjoy a relatively mild winter. Even during the coldest month of the year (January), the average daily low temperature remains above freezing (34 degrees, to be precise). We rarely experience sustained periods of temperatures below the freezing point. We have the 1500W DeLonghi Safeheat radiator and it does a great job. (Click the pic for more info.) In the Deep South, it’s not uncommon for RV owners to go a full winter without winterization – we’ve just got to make sure our RV pipes and tanks stay warm throughout the occasional freezing night. We typically run our propane heat furnace (with the thermostat set to a temperature just above freezing) on nights when temperatures are dropping below the freezing mark. But an electric radiator can help accomplish the same goal. I was intrigued by the radiator solution. My parents also have a href=””>DeLonghi Safeheat portable radiator in their house... Read more

Warmskin Balaclava Only $10.48!

November 19, 2014 by · Comments Off 

The key to enjoying winter is staying warm. (Thank you, Captain Obvious.) The key to staying warm? Besides hot chocolate, it’s all about having the right winter gear. There’s a #1 bestselling piece of gear ( that I always bring along – even if it does make me look like a professional criminal. What gear am I referencing? For extra warmth in wintertime, go for a "warmskin" balaclava! (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) Why, it’s my balaclava, of course. The highly regarded Warmskin Balaclava is now available for a mere $10.48 (give or take a few pennies). Yes, I said balaclava. Anytime you must venture outside into the arctic tundra, it’s money well spent. No, I’m not talking about a delicious sweet dessert made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey – that’s baklava. And yes, baklava can be eaten while wearing a balaclava – if you pull the mask up to expose your mouth. A balaclava is a form of cloth headgear that covers the whole head, exposing only part of the face. Often only the eyes are left exposed. A balaclava offers wonderful warmth for the face and head in winter. It can also be an important safety device when windy conditions threaten to invoke frostbite. The name “balaclava” comes from the town of Balaklava in the Ukraine. I’ve visited the Ukraine before – in February. Just say the word “Ukraine” and my teeth... Read more

Make your own Google Maps with My Maps App

November 17, 2014 by Chris Guld · Comments Off 

by Chris Guld, We’ve been living in our RV on the road for 11 years now. Over that time, I’ve had lots of ideas of places I want to go as well as invitations both for work and for fun! I’ve also had lots of methods of remembering them. I’ve had written lists in a notebook, I’ve used Evernote to keep travel ideas, I’ve entered posts just for myself in Facebook, I’ve sent emails to Jim hoping he’d remember these places, I’ve created a Streets and Trips file called Ideas, and I’ve used Google Custom maps on the computer. Nothing worked for me. Evernote was good because, as a smartphone App, it is always with me so I can quickly jot down a quick note whenever the mood strikes. But, I really want them to be viewable in place on a map. So I created a custom Google map with all my idea places marked. I failed at keeping that up though because that needed to be done on a computer and a web browser. I need something on my phone. My Maps is now available as an Android App! Yay! I’m so excited. (Yes, I really am a Geek) This means I can grab my phone at any time I have an idea or get an invitation, open My Maps, create a marker for any place I want to remember. You can enter your own name for the marker, as well as a description. So far, I don’t see a way to add photos – for that you need to use a computer. You can have several of these maps, each for a different purpose. By default they are private, only you can see them – you... Read more

Protect Your RV Rig with the Best Anti-Corrosion Lube

November 13, 2014 by · Comments Off 

We discuss maintenance a lot on this blog. As many of us place our rigs into winter storage, it’s wise to do some RV maintenance. Over time, regular maintenance will save you a lot of money. One of our favorite maintenance products is Boeshield T-9 ( which is simply the best anti-corrosion lubricant we’ve ever tried. Remember, it’s cheaper to properly maintain your equipment than to replace it. So you are best advised to find enjoyment in maintenance. Read more  Read More →

The Secret to Better RV Sleep

November 11, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Quality sleep is essential to enjoying life. If you don’t sleep well, you probably won’t have a good day. Yet many RVs are poorly equipped in the sleep department. It all starts with an essential product ( that sadly is an afterthought in many RVs. What product are we discussing? No, it’s not the oven. It’s not the refrigerator. It’s not the water heater. It’s the (you guessed it)… Read more  Read More →

The Restaurant Industry Secret to Delicious Hot Meals

November 8, 2014 by · Comments Off 

What’s the secret to a delicious hot meal? It’s a “secret” that’s openly delivered in every quality restaurant. Often this is the difference between an average meal and a great one. With a simple product (, we all can enjoy this same “secret” at home or at the RV campsite. Although it’s the key to a hot meal, surprisingly few people seem to realize its importance. Can you guess what we’re talking about here? The answer is… Read more  Read More →

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