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Streamin’ TV in da RV

November 21, 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 AdminOne 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... Read more



Heating an RV the Old Fashioned Way

November 20, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

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=”http://amzn.to/1yu4C0U”>http://amzn.to/1yu4C0U) 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=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TGDGLU/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000TGDGLU&linkCode=as2&tag=loloho-20&linkId=I2NDQHSKTMFC4NOM”>DeLonghi Safeheat portable radiator in their house... Read more



Warmskin Balaclava Only $10.48!

November 19, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

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 (http://amzn.to/11Cxx94) 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 · Leave a Comment 

by Chris Guld, GeeksOnTour.com 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 Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

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 (http://amzn.to/1v8DarH) 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 Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

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 (http://goo.gl/LvKlkh) 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 Loloho.com · 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 (http://goo.gl/e1fMlG), 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 →



Are RVers about to lose their freedom to camp on public lands

October 31, 2014 by Bob Difley · Comments Off 

Special interests are increasing the pressure on the federal government to turn over to the states public lands that fall within their bouondaries. So far these efforts have failed, as they should. As an RVer and boondocker, I have a particular intererst our public lands and have been an advocate of thier use by RVers for camping and boondocking for many years. Even my nickname, “boondockbob,” comes from my love of camping on the millions of wide open acres of public lands managed by the National Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). But if the special interests that are trying to transfer these public lands out of the American citizens’ hands and into the coffers of opportunistic politicians in the states, imagine what could be the ramifications of what would follow. First, the states would have to start coughing up the money required to manage these lands. The federal wildlife management agencies spent almost $4 billion in 2014 alone to manage just the wildlife refuges. And isn’t the enjoyment of our beaautiful and scenic public lands the very reason why many of us have chosen the RV lifestyle? Do you think the states, in the current political climate, are going to suggest raising taxes to manage these lands? Of course not. So what will they do? The only possible option is to start leasing or selling the public lands (which are our lands) to the highest bidder, whether it be amusment part developers, hotel chains, mining and exploration... Read more



Where Am I? An App for Frequent Travelers

October 27, 2014 by Chris Guld · Comments Off 

Ever ask someone to write down a local phone number, and later notice they didn’t include the area code? Or how about watching a weather alert that tells you about a tornado warning in xxxyyy county? If you travel all the time like we do, you have no idea what county you’re in, or what the area code is for local phone numbers.  Now you do! All you need to do is tap the icon for an App called “Where Am I?” and all the information in the screenshot here will be displayed. We use this all the time,mostly for the county name, zip code, and sunset/sunrise time. It’s so simple! Another feature that could come in very handy in an emergency, is the ability to tap on the share icon and send your location to a friend via email. If your friend opens it on their smartphone, they can tap on your location and Google Maps will navigate there! App Name: Where Am I? Author: Ejelta LLC Price: Free Available for Android (a similar, but not as complete, App is available for iOS: Where am I at?) To learn more about Smartphones and Tablets, watch the Geeks on Tour weekly show: What Does This Button Do?  Read More →



What RVers can do to avoid animal/vehicle accidents

October 24, 2014 by Bob Difley · Comments Off 

“FALL is the season of apples, frost, turning leaves and roadkill” write  Amanda Hardy and Renee Seidler on the New York Times Opinion Pages.  ”A 2008 congressional study found that one in 20 reported motor vehicle collisions is animal-related, and the numbers peak in autumn. Annually, these incidents result in about 26,000 injuries and 200 human deaths. Across the country, collisions with deer — the most common type of animal-related incident — cost more than $8.3 billion per year, including vehicle repair, medical services, towing, law enforcement time and carcass disposal.” The article also points out that most reported animal related accidents are collisions with large mammals and that the “toll on smaller creatures like squirrels, salamanders and birds goes largely uncounted, but a recent study estimated that as many as 340 million birds are killed by vehicles annually. For 21 species listed by federal authorities as threatened or endangered — including the Canada lynx, the red wolf, the Florida panther, the crested caracara and Florida scrub-jay — road death is a major threat to survival.” Though most wildlife authorities conclude that reducing such animal/vehicle accidents could be prevented by installing safe corridors over or under roads that lie across migration routes, these solutions are expensive. Though a study shows that the cost can be recouped in about 12 years the original funding can be problematic. It seems also,... Read more



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