November 9, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off
Occasionally we come across a high quality RV product that’s worthy of special consideration. Such is the case with this impressive winterizing tool (http://goo.gl/a1k63F) that’s assembled with pride here in the USA.
These days, it seems like everything we buy is built out of cheap plastic in China. NOT THE CASE HERE. If you winterize your rig every year, you will benefit from owning one of these high quality blow out adapters.
It’s a smart long term investment in a lasting piece of equipment. In fact, this a “wow” product that anyone would be proud to own, at least anyone who appreciates nice garage gear.
As you probably know, a blow out adapter is an essential tool in the RV winterization process. These tools allow you to connect an air compressor to your city water inlet, and “blow out” any excess water from the lines. Once the water is completely removed, it’s times to add antifreeze.
What makes this blow out adapter special? The build quality is top notch. It’s assembled in Andover, Kansas like a commercial grade piece of kit.
Can an RV blow out adapter be beautiful? If you appreciate well made gear that is BUILT TO LAST, then the answer is yes.
All metal parts are solid brass. The hose is made of Goodyear insta-grip and is pressure rated to a whopping 250 PSI.
The flexible hose allows the adapter to access tight spaces and minimizes stress on piping and fittings.
This gear is touted as 100% outdoor rated and is impervious to water and oil.
One end of the adapter has a male garden hose faucet connection which screws directly to the city water inlet on your RV. The other end of the adapter has a quick-connect plug designed to connect to most air compressors.
Note that if your air compressor does not have a quick-connect coupler, you can easily remove the quick-connect plug with a wrench. Doing so will reveal a standard 1/4″ male NPT (national pipe thread) connection, which is a very common connection. If necessary, any hardware store can help you find the proper adapter to connect the 1/4″ male NPT to your air compressor.
Want more evidence of quality? The product is assembled using food-grade vegetable oil and non-toxic plumber’s pipe dope (Anti-Seize AST PPD) in the installation process.
It’s backed by a 120-day money back guarantee and one-year warranty.
November 6, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off
Most every RV contains a certain design feature that also is a serious design flaw. That’s why some clever people created a special $11 product (http://amzn.to/11fspXp) to “fix” the feature. Odds are that your own RV has this feature. Sure, this feature offers some nice benefits in summer, but it also causes problems. And if you are winter camping, this “feature” mostly leaves your teeth chattering.
Have you guessed what ubiquitous RV “feature” we’re discussing? Read more
November 3, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off
With Election Day approaching, more obnoxious political ads are filling our airwaves – which is leading more of us to drink. If you choose to imbibe wine, please do so responsibly and safely – with GoVino Wine Glasses (http://goo.gl/8BHnan). These wine glasses are flexible, shatterproof, and recyclable. They are especially handy around an RV during this time of year.
Drinking and RV camping is always a controversial topic. Indeed, here in “the Land of the Free,” some state campgrounds forbid alcohol entirely. Last year, some friends of ours received a $150 fine for simply enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day. (Sadly, I am not making this up.) They were simply two people relaxing at their RV campsite in front of their motorhome with an open bottle of wine, which apparently was behavior worthy of financial punishment. In this case, I guess “freedom” meant that the local Barney Fife was “free” to take money away from American citizens for engaging in behavior that would be legal throughout the rest of the Western world. So wherever you choose to camp, please review whatever ridiculous legal constraints may exist that prohibit grown adults from responsibly consuming wine at an RV campsite.
But I digress. The topic at hand is Govino wine glasses…
The nice thing about Govino glasses is that they are made of plast… err, I mean, “food safe polymer.” While with some products plastic might be a liability, anyone who does extensive RV travel knows what happens inside RV cabinetry on a bumpy highway.
Traveling along the highway creates a small earthquake effect inside an RV. Often glass is vulnerable to breakage, especially thin glass such as used in wine glasses. These Govino glasses solve that problem. In an RV, plastic drinking containers make sense. Go ahead and call it “food safe polymer” if that makes you feel better.
The Govino glasses are stemless, which makes them easier to store. It also makes them less likely to be tipped over. Personally I prefer drinking from a stemless wine glass. I’m sure there were some valid historical reasons for the evolution of the stemmed wine glass. While it may look elegant, in practice it’s a bit of a pain.
These Govino glasses include a thumb notch in the design that makes them even easier to hold.
Please note that Govino glasses are not dishwasher safe. This is not an issue for us, since we don’t have a dishwasher in our own RV. But if you do have a dishwasher (lucky you!), please refrain from putting these inside. A good sink washing is in order for these glasses.
October 29, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off
Recently, a YouTube subscriber (click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and NEVER miss an update http://goo.gl/7YrpRH) asked us to name a few favorite camping locales we’ve discovered on our Long, Long Honeymoon travels. I’m partial to remote, rural, dry camping sites out West, in obscure places far removed from civilization. But my wife has different tastes. Her favorite is probably that little full hookup spot we found down in Florida. What was its name? Oh, right… Walt Disney World. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?
Any way you slice it, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground offers an outstanding RV camping experience. Here are a few thoughts about camping with Mickey… Read more
October 3, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off
Smart Weigh Pro Pocket Food Scale (http://goo.gl/sqGDMp)
by Kristy Michael
“Honey, what’s for dinner?”
How often are you asked that question? Heck, how often do you ask yourself that question?!
If you’re like me, it’s a daily challenge to find something out of the ordinary to cook at meal times. Finding a new and tasty recipe that doesn’t contain a million calories can be the biggest challenge of all. These days we are trying to choose healthy ingredients – and are even weighing the portions with a food scale – but we don’t want to compromise on taste.
So if you’re stuck in a rut and need a healthy way to satisfy your burger-and-fries craving, look no further. This recipe for Caper Mayo Salmon Burgers with Sesame Sautéed Green Beans is it! It sounds fancy and tastes FANTASTIC but is easy to quickly prepare in any basic RV kitchen.
Caper Mayo Salmon Burgers with Sesame Sautéed Green Beans
2 whole wheat hamburger buns (I use the fresh ones from the Publix bakery)
2 (4 oz.) Salmon filets (I weigh the portions with our Smart Weigh food scale)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I use olive oil mayo, but light mayo is fine too)
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
A few drizzles of extra virgin olive oil (if you need to measure, I consider a “drizzle” to be about a teaspoon)
1 bunch of fresh arugula
Greek Seasoning (I like Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning)
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
Rinse salmon and pat dry
Place filets on foil lined baking sheet (be sure to spray it with a non-stick cooking spray first!)
Drizzle filets with olive oil, then sprinkle with Greek seasoning
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes (depending on the thickness of your filets)
Make your caper mayo by heating a drizzle of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add capers and let them cook down for a few minutes until you start to see them brown. Remove from pan and mash with fork. Then mix them well into your mayonnaise.
Toast buns and assemble your burger as follows:
bottom bun, caper mayo, salmon filet, arugula, top bun (I like to put the caper mayo on the top bun too!)
Blanch the green beans (boil the green beans in a pot of salted water for about 4 minutes, then immediately rinse in ice cold water to stop the cooking process).
Spread blanched beans on a paper towel or dish cloth to absorb most of the water.
Heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a sauté pan and add your blanched green beans and sesame seeds. Allow beans to brown a bit before stirring. Once most of the beans have some browned sautéed spots on them, they’re ready!
These make for a really tasty, crunchy alternative to french fries.
So that’s it—the whole prep should only take 15 minutes or so.
Super simple and super tasty – that’s my kind of combo!
*NOTE: If you prefer a different type of fish, this recipe also works well with seared tuna. Just skip using the greek seasoning and coat the tuna with sesame seeds instead.
December 15, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off
If you like to collect Christmas decorations, you may be interested in this vintage camper music box (http://goo.gl/rKLvOR) that features lights, Christmas music, and a moving train inside. It’s a fun way to celebrate the Christmas spirit and RV travel all together.
In college I dated a girl whose mother collected ceramic “Christmas village” decorations. Perhaps you know the decorations I am talking about? Individual items cost somewhere between $10 and $100,000. They are usually hand painted ceramics.
On a white fabric blanket of pseudo snow, my girlfriend’s mother created an old fashioned village winter scene. It consisted of ceramic buildings (with lights), vehicles, and an assortment of villagers engaging in various winter activities like caroling and shoveling snow. To top it all off, there was a plucky model train running through the village.
In the beginning, my girlfriend’s mother’s Christmas village was charming. She set up a few buildings, plugged in some lights, and called it a day. It occupied a side table in the corner of the living room. But over time, what began as a modest little hobby turned into an obsession…
Every year, at the mother’s direction, the Christmas village grew more complex and elaborate. She added more buildings, and more people. Soon there were farm animals and work vehicles and roadways and trees. More, more, more!
This was not a planned community. It was a shrine to urban sprawl.
Eventually the once humble Christmas village resembled Los Angeles during rush hour. The Christmas village became a vast metropolis, expanding from one corner of the living room to engulf an entire wing of the family’s house.
As the mother’s attention turned to new development, the original downtown area was neglected – marred by graffiti, stray dogs, and drifting vagrants. Every afternoon, a dense blanket of smog drifted across the household. It no longer felt safe.
The last time I saw that family’s Christmas village, the mother was promising to revitalize downtown. She was trying to raise money for a light rail system to connect the suburbs (located in the foyer and kitchen) to the old town area. She pledged to build a domed stadium and a park to bring people back.
Sadly, I don’t know if the lady ever finished her domed stadium. After a dispute over zoning, I broke up with the girl.
And while I personally don’t collect Christmas village items, I can appreciate the utility of owning this little Airstream music box. Not only do you get an impressive vintage RV camper, but inside the camper you get a complete village scene, including train.
BOOM! One item and you’re done. That’s my kind of Christmas decorating.
November 9, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off
Last year our old antisway bar got bent (and I don’t mean it developed a drinking problem). So we went shopping for a new antisway bar and discovered the “Value Friction Sway Control” (http://goo.gl/1fiSvP) which is simply a lower priced antisway bar. We decided to give it a try on our rig.
Why bother with an antisway bar? These bars reduce trailer sway and improve handling in adverse towing conditions. For example, when you’re hauling your rig across a wide open stretch of West Texas on a windy day.
The idea is that the antisway bar improves the stability of your rig and therefore increases towing safety. If you are towing a trailer any substantial distance, you really need one of these antisway bars working for you. It’s a cheap form of insurance. In some scenarios, a humble antisway bar may help you avoid a disastrous accident.
Now on to the bar itself. From the word “value,” I was expecting compromises from this bar. So far, after a full season of camping and literally thousands of miles of towing, I have found none. As Buzz Lightyear might say, the value bar has performed to my expectations – and beyond!
This is a solid, heavy, well constructed piece of gear. The value bar weights 13.2 pounds. The kit comes complete with mounting hardware (should you need it – we did not).
I have found no significant differences between the “value” bar and the heavy duty Reese antisway bar that we owned previously. This new bar has been a perfect fit, which made it easy to mount and use on our trailer’s existing mounting points.
The “value” antisway bar costs about a third the price of the standard Reese bar (http://goo.gl/X4Cu0X). Quite frankly, I can’t see any reason to purchase the more expensive gear. The value bar is a sturdy piece of equipment and it has served us well on the road.
October 26, 2013 by Loloho.com · Comments Off
As visitors to our website (LongLongHoneymoon.com) know, recently my wife and I camped in snowy weather while visiting Grand Teton National Park.
We made a VIDEO about the experience.
Recently ABC-TV’s Good Morning America came out with a list of “The Most Beautiful Places in America.”
In alphabetical order, the list included:
1. Asheville, North Carolina
2. Aspen, Colorado
3. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
4. Destin, Florida
5. Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
6. Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
7. Newport, Rhode Island
8. Point Reyes, California
9. Sedona, Arizona
10. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
Obviously, all of these places are spectacular. Majestic mountains, sweeping vistas, gorgeous sunsets over water – they all very much deserve to be on such a list.
But it got me to thinking: Only one spot from the Great Lakes region? Surely there’s others, right? Where’s Hocking Hills, Ohio … or Door County, Wisconsin … or New River, West Virginia … just to name a few?
Obviously, the Great Lakes/Midwest needs its own list.
I now invite you to submit your nomination for the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in the Great Lakes.” No rules, no limitations, no prizes, and no handcuffing on what places would be considered in the “Great Lakes/Midwest region.” Include reasons why your nominated place ought to make the list.
I’ll compile all the submissions, research them with the crack Gr8LakesCamper staff (which would be me) and then – perhaps over a beverage or two – put together the list and publish the results here in a future post. Winners will receive tremendous notoriety and a slap on the back.
From the companion blog: I continue to post something new everyday, and some recent ones that might be of interest include the one (with videos) about when my wife and I ran the Warrior Dash, a muddy, ruddy 5K that was “the craziest frickin’ day of our life.” Another good one was the two-part post about our camping trip to Montague, Michigan. The first post talks about how, while en route, one of our camper’s wheels sheared its bolts, came loose and tried to pass us on the highway. The second post reviews our campground, White River RV Park, and some of the area attractions we took in (with videos).
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Wanna hear a good one?
I’m trying to get a campsite for this coming Fourth of July weekend.
I know, I know … why wait till the last minute?
To make a long story short, we thought we’d be ferrying my sons to some baseball tournaments this weekend. But too late we were told they only have one game on Friday night, so now it’s a scramble to find a campground with an available campsite. And I’m hoping beyond all hope that these campsites are mostly level, somewhat shaded and not at all close to anyone with a case of firecrackers. That, and clean facilities.
I know, I know … you get what you deserve.
Fortunately, the Michigan Chapter of the Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds just issued a list of their member campgrounds who have available campsites this weekend. I’m saved, although now all my lectures to my kids about not waiting till the last minute to do their homework/chores/ etc. have been shot to you know where!
Campgrounds reporting availability for the holiday weekend include:
Beaver Trail Campground, West Branch (989-345-7745) http://beavertrailcampground.com
Cedarville RV Park, Cedarville (906-484-3351) www.cedarvillervpark.com
Clementz’s Northcountry Campground, Newberry (906-293-8562) www.northcountrycampground.com
Coolwater on the Pine, Wellston (231-862-3481) www.coolwatercampground.com We have stayed at this campground and it is okay. It is heavily used by large groups of canoer/campers during the warmer summer weekends, however. Also, most sites are not big rig friendly and, again, be sure to ask for a site away from the rowdy canoer/campers (although there might not be that many this early in the summer).
Cranberry Lake Campground, Marcellus (269-646-3336) www.campcranberrylake.com
Duggans Canoe Livery & Campground, Harrison (989-539-7149) www.dugganscanoes.com
Emmett KOA, Emmett (888-562-5612) http://koa.com/campgrounds/emmett/
Frankenmuth Jellystone Park, Frankenmuth (989-652-6668) www.frankenmuthjellystone.com
Gaylord KOA, Gaylord (800-562-4146) www.gaylordkoa.com
Holiday Camping Resort, New Era (231-861-5220) www.holidaycamping.com
Indian River RV Resort & Campground, Indian River (888-792-2267) www.indianrivercampground.com
Irons RV Park & Campground, Irons (231-266-2070) www.ironsrvparkandcampground.com
Kalkaska RV Park & Campground, Kalkaska (231-258-9863) www.kalkaskacampground.com
Kampvilla RV Park, Bear Lake (800-968-0027) www.kampvilla.com
Lakeview UM Campground, Lakeview (989-352-6896) www.lakeviewcamp.org
Lighthouse Family Camping Resort, Mecosta (231-972-2112) www.lighthousefamilycampingresort.com
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping, Mackinaw City (231-436-5584) www.campmackinaw.com
Matson’s Big Manistee River Campground, Manistee (888-556-2424) www.matsonscampground.com
Mio Pine Acres Campground, Mio (989-826-5590) www.miopineacres.com
Moscow Maples RV Park, Moscow (517-688-9853) www.moscowmaples.com
Myers Lake Campground, Byron/Linden (810-266-4511) www.myerslake.org
Snow Lake Kampground, Fenwick (989-248-3224) www.snowlakekampground.com
Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, Traverse City (231-947-2770) www.TimberRidgeResort.net
Timber Trails RV Park, Decatur (269-423-7311) www.timbertrailsrvpark.com
Troll Landing Campgr./Canoe Livery, West Branch (989-345-7260) www.michcampgrounds.com/trolllanding
Twin Oaks Campground & Cabins, Wellston (877-442-3102) www.twinoakscamping.com We have also stayed here. Wonderful place! Again, heavily used by canoer/campers during the warmer months, so ask for a site away from their group camping areas.
Waterways Campground, Cheboygan (888-882-7066) www.waterwayscampground.com
Type and date(s) of site availability vary by property. This is not an all-inclusive list. This list includes campgrounds that responded back to a survey indicating availability, as of June 30. Availability subject to change. Reservations are required.
From the companion blog: It’s been a while since I’ve posted at RV.net, so there’s dozens of posts on my companion blog, which I update daily. Some that you might find interesting are: Michigan Legislature names August as Camping & RVing Month; Illinois DNR pumping $12 million into state park improvements; and Summer Festivals and Events in Hocking Hills, a region every RVer needs to visit at one time in their life.
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