VIDEO: How to Back Up a Travel Trailer

October 16, 2014 by · 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 AdminA few years ago we posted a video on our YouTube Channel revealing our “secret sauce” for backing up a travel trailer. (Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you’ll never miss an update.) Quite simply, there’s a simple technique that makes things go MUCH easier. Once we mastered this simple technique, any problems with backing up our rig pretty much went away. Now we have created a “sequel” of sorts to that video. Our new video goes into more detail with regards to our own trailer backing technique. If you attend any RV shows or events, you’re certain to see this technique in action. I’m sure that all experienced RV campers have their own routines for this sort of task. Our goal with this video is to outline our own routine. CHILD'S PLAY: With experience and THE SCOOP (tm), you too will master the art of backing up a trailer rig. We’re not saying that we know everything there is to know about backing up a trailer rig. There’s always something new to learn. But at this point, we’ve backed up our own... Read more

How to Program a Spare Ford Key Fob

August 6, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Here’s a straightforward “how to” topic that doesn’t need a lot of explanation. When you buy a Ford diesel pickup truck, the odds are pretty good that you’ll get one keyless entry remote. While keyless entry isn’t exactly necessary for survival in the wilderness, it is a nice feature. It comes in particularly handy late at night, when you want to ensure your truck is securely locked without stepping outside your cozy rig. We carry at least a couple of key rings when we are Airstream camping. One ring is loaded with the full “library” of keys. This includes ignition keys, water compartment keys, hitch lock keys, padlock keys, storage compartment keys, and keys to a number of mysterious items that we probably no longer even own. Unfortunately this key ring weighs about the same as a Smart Car. Read more  Read More →

VIDEO: Greasing Your Trailer’s Wheel Bearings

May 14, 2014 by · Comments Off 

One of the most vital regular trailer maintenance jobs involves wheel bearings. And yes, if you prefer you can buy your own wheel bearing kit ( and do-it-yourself. If your bearings just need grease instead of replacing, get some Royal Purple bearing grease ( Own a trailer? As you prep your rig for summer travel, don’t forget this crucial task. Wheel bearings are a key component of the trailer axle. They are lubricated with grease. It’s absolutely critical that wheel bearings on an Airstream or other travel trailer are inspected and receive fresh grease every 10,000 miles or so. Yes, you can buy a wheel bearing kit and do this job yourself. (Click the pic for more info.) The cost of this maintenance is a couple hours of labor, which usually is around $200-250. No one enjoys shelling out cash for seemingly mundane maintenance items, but it simply must be done. What’s the downside risk to not doing this maintenance? Read more  Read More →

Sony RX100: The Best Compact Cameras Ever Made

May 12, 2014 by · Comments Off 

RV travel and photography go hand in hand. For an outstanding travel camera that’s so small it fits in your pocket, consider the Sony RX100 ( series. To add pro video features and wifi to transfer photos, go for the “sequel” RX100 Mark 2 ( These are being called the best compact cameras ever made. They are loaded with professional features, the most important of which is a large 1” imaging sensor. The sensor is the heart of the digital camera. The best compact cameras ever made. (Click the pic for more info.) We have an RX100 Mark 2, and feel it works especially well in the context of RV travel. When we travel, we want to capture great photos. Smartphone cameras often leave us unsatisfied, but we don’t always want to lug around a bunch of heavy DSLR equipment. An RX100 gives you an image quality that’s comparable to a DSLR, but in a wonderfully tiny package. The essential upside of this camera is its size – it offers a high quality image, but the camera is small – it’s truly pocketable, although it’s a hunk of well built metal. If you are wanting a pocketable pro cam, this qualifies. It’s ideal for taking on a hike or casual walkabout. Alas, the RX100 Mk2 feels clunky in the pocket. It’s a little heavy because it’s made of solid metal. Build quality is excellent. It’s fatter than a smartphone, but it also delivers a much higher image quality. Most smartphones... Read more

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

April 9, 2014 by · Comments Off 

On our YouTube Channel ( we recently demonstrated how to program a spare keyless remote ( 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 ( – over 3 million views and counting!  Read More →

LOSE WEIGHT the Delicious Way

November 1, 2013 by · Comments Off 

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

NASCAR RV Camper Killed by Carbon Monoxide

October 27, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Every RV needs to be equipped with a well functioning carbon monoxide detector like the Kidde KOSM-B ( Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that causes thousands of deaths each year in North America. Breathing in carbon monoxide is very dangerous. It is the leading cause of poisoning death in the United States. RV campers are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure. This is the LP gas detector installed in our Airstream. Since it’s over 10 years old, we’ll add one of the Kidde duel smoke / CO detectors to supplement this unit. (Click the pic for more info.) DEATH AT TALLADEGA Recently a carbon monoxide poisoning tragedy occurred in the RV camping area at NASCAR’s world famous Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. One man was killed, while his wife is in critical condition. The Talladega County Sheriff’s Department said the 46-year old man died at a campground outside the racetrack. He and his 38-year old wife were discovered one morning unresponsive by friends. The wife was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where she remained unconscious and in critical condition. Sadly, the poison managed to shut down many of her internal organs. Even if she survives this ordeal, it’s possible she has suffered irreparable brain and heart damage. What happened? Police said that carbon monoxide apparently leaked from the exhaust system of the family’s RV. The RV had a broken exhaust pipe on its generator, which was left running... Read more

VIDEO: Grease Your Trailer Wheel Bearings

September 7, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Here’s a VIDEO ( we produced with the guys at Dixie RV Superstores about the importance of regularly inspecting and applying fresh grease to trailer wheel bearings. Recently we’ve heard of two separate instances in which trailer wheel bearings have failed due to lack of grease. When a wheel bearing fails, the wheel falls off! This can cause massive damage to the trailer and might trigger a terrible accident. It’s extremely important to regrease trailer wheel bearings every 8000 to 12,000 miles. Click the link to see the video. Enjoy!  Read More →

REVIEW: Trailer Aid Tire Changing Ramp

June 14, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Over the years, we’ve purchased many RV products. Some are more useful than others. The Trailer Aid Tire Changing Ramp has proven its worth on more than one occasion. You can see it in action in our new video. The only thing really predictable about tire trouble is that you will eventually experience it. You don’t know exactly when or where it will happen. But someday you will be stuck on the side of the road with a flat or blown tire. It happens to all of us. It’s a guaranteed event. It happens to all of us. If you are towing a trailer and it happens, you’ll be glad you own a Trailer Aid Ramp. This ramp is specially designed to aid tire changes on travel trailers. Trailer Aid allows you to jack up your trailer without using a jack. After loosening the lug nuts on the failed tire, you simply pull your trailer onto the ramp with the good tire. The failed tire is lifted clear of the road, allowing for an easy tire change. Flapping bits of steel belted radial are not kind to your trailer. When tire professionals are working on our rig, we insist they use our Trailer Aid instead of a jack. Not only is the Trailer Aid ramp easier than using a jack, there’s less chance of damage to your rig. It’s simply a safer method of lifting the trailer. (Sometimes travel trailer axles and undercarriage can be damaged if improperly jacked.) It's simple, easy, and effective. When you need it, you'll be thrilled you have it. The Trailer Aid Tandem Tire... Read more

Do you own a WEATHER RADIO?

June 4, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Do you own a weather radio? It’s that time of year again, when our news is dominated by reports of severe weather nationwide. In recent years, we’ve seen heavy springtime tornado and flood activity. Sometimes the impact upon RV campers is heartbreaking. As much as we love RV camping, we all know that RVs do not offer safe shelter from severe weather. In fact, RVs are just as vulnerable to severe weather as any other vehicle. A powerful tornado can lift the largest Class A motorhome like a child’s toy. Even some thunderstorms possess straight-line winds between 100 and 150 MPH, winds that topple trees and carry dangerous flying debris. VIDEO: PROGRAMMING A MIDLAND WR300 WEATHER RADIO Tornadoes, floods, thunderstorms and lightning are not to be taken lightly. Each of these weather conditions can create life threatening situations. On our own website, Long Long Honeymoon, we have a Severe Weather Survival page with a list of Ten Tips for Surviving Severe Weather – plus a couple of instructional videos (one of which you seen here). It’s crucial that you stay informed of changing weather developments while you are RV camping. That’s why we own a MIDLAND WR300 Weather Radio. We bought it after experiencing severe weather in Michigan while camping in our Airstream. Overall, we have been happy with the WR300. It has never failed to grab our attention when severe weather is approaching. This sucker gets LOUD! The WR300 offers AM/FM functionality along... Read more

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