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10 Tips for Conserving Data on a Capped Internet Bandwidth Plan

November 23, 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 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 · Comments Off 

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



Warmskin Balaclava Only $10.48!

November 19, 2014 by Loloho.com · 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 (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 · Comments Off 

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 · 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 (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 · 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 (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 →



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



FOR SPOILED (SMALL) DOGS

October 23, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Many RV owners are also dog owners. One of the best items we’ve found for small (and we do mean small) dogs is our Alfie Pet Sling Carrier (http://goo.gl/gSWwpn). This is an item especially appreciated by spoiled dogs. Available in blue, pink, and grey, this pet sling carrier is just right for our favorite teacup chihuahua – a 3 ½ pounder we call “Baby Girl.” REAL MEN WEAR PINK DOG SLINGS, but if you prefer they are available in grey and blue too! (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) Yes, Baby Girl is a bit spoiled. Just a bit. Since this sort of review is really all about the dog’s reaction to the product, let’s examine this sling from Baby Girl’s point-of-view. After all, if she didn’t like the sling, it wouldn’t really matter what we think of it. But she does like this sling – she likes it a lot. Baby Girl is a tiny little thing. Although she enjoys sitting on the living room couch, she insists on being placed there by a human being. The leap to or from an average couch or living room chair is just a little too much for her to contemplate. Given her diminutive size, her reluctance to jump is understandable. Leaping from the couch to the floor would be kind of like a grown man leaping from the second story of a building to the ground – it’s not something I’m going to do very often, if at all. Then there’s her issue with hardwood floors. Baby Girl hates hardwood. She finds it too slippery for her tastes. Her fear... Read more



Protect Your Valuable Electronics with an RV Surge Protector

October 22, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Traveling from location to location, RV electrical systems are especially vulnerable to damage. That’s why owning an RV surge protector like the Technology Research Surge Guard makes sense. Naturally, RV surge protectors are available in 30 Amp (http://goo.gl/UkubwF) and 50 amp (http://goo.gl/hmBvXk) flavors. A surge protector is an investment in peace of mind for the RV owner. The threat at hand pertains to voltage. Just what the heck is voltage, and why should we care about it? You might think of voltage as being similar to water pressure. We’ve all experienced differences in water pressure. When water pressure is too high, pipe fittings may burst and leak. When it’s too low, you get a lousy shower (amongst other problems). So you might think of voltage as being like electricity pressure. There is an ideal voltage. The standard voltage in the United States is 120 volts. If everything was perfect, voltage would remain at this constant figure. However, in the real world, voltage tends to vary. Even during normal conditions, it might drop down to 110 volts, or spike up to 126 volts. But the code standard is 120 volts. PROTECT YOUR RV with a surge protector. Here's the Big Boy 50 Amp unit. (CLICK THE PIC for more info.) Most electrical appliances are designed to handle small variances in voltage, say from 105 volts on the low end up to 130 volts on the high end. 125 volts won’t kill your iPad. 115 volts won’t tank your A/C. But problems happen when... Read more



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