Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. In a small space such as an RV the danger could escalate quickly. It’s critical to have the proper knowledge and preparation to avoid a potential fatal outcome for you and your family. Here are some things to keep in mind to help avoid CO poison in your RV.
Have a working Detector
This may seem obvious but many people have never tested their CO detector to see if it’s working properly. This is especially important if you have purchased a used RV. Because older detectors are very sensitive, they have been known to annoy people by going off when the dog passes gas near it (yes we are serious). Therefor they disable the detector. Another important task is to make sure the batteries are fresh so that if there are dangerous levels of CO you will be warned. Read the rest of this entry »
We all know that RVers love nature as well as a little technology in their lives, after all they are camping in an RV instead of a regular tent. Our love of technology is perfectly displayed by our relationship with our phones. It’s one of the best and most useful tools to have on hand when RVing. It’s a navigator, camera, stereo, computer all compacted into one device that can fit in your pocket. So the question is, which of these smartphones is currently the best on the market for RVers? Well, Apple may be able to answer that question…
After Apple’s big keynote event in the beginning of September, the internet went a buzz with debate over the latest iPhone. After the presentation however, one thing was clear, the iPhone 7 is the greatest phone that Apple has released thus far. One of the biggest draws of the iPhone 7, and generally Apple itself, is it’s meant to enhance your everyday life, including your everyday RV life. Using this pocket sized tool is meant to make everyday tasks a little easier, it’s meant to provide small functions to turn a good day into a great day. We’ll go more into detail, but to quickly give you an overview, the iPhone 7 has a faster processor, incredible camera, is water and dust resistant, and now includes stereo sound.
Phone or Computer?
So most people are attracted to the iPhone’s (slightly) new look, with it’s newly introduced black colors and it’s now hidden antenna line. However, what’s most impressive is what’s on the inside. Apple has placed it’s new A10 processor inside which makes your phone that much faster while simultaneously reduces the amount of energy drained from your battery. It’s incredible and the best of both worlds! This new feature is great for today’s mobile entrepreneurs, managing your business on the road has never been easier for the location independent worker than it is now. Check emails, create spreadsheets, documents, presentations, videos, all done in the palm of your hand at lightning fast speed. Additionally, the iPhone 7 finally removes the 16GB option, and gives you the choices of a 32, 128, and 256GB phone. Finally, you won’t have to worry about getting the “Storage Almost Full” notification every time you pick your phone up. Store all the documents, photos, apps and videos you like on these devices. With a new and innovative processor and more storage this iPhone is practically a computer!
Capture your Favorite RV Memories
More good news for RVers, the iPhone 7’s camera is amazing and the pictures on it look incredible. The iPhone 7 comes with a 12MP rear facing camera and an upgraded 7MP front facing camera, this means higher quality selfies. Additionally, the 7 Plus has a dual lens with the second lens being a telephoto lens, perfect for portrait photos. This also allows users to seamlessly go from a 1x zoom to a 10x zoom! And now that the iPhone registers and displays more vibrant colors, the beautiful landscapes you capture while on the road will look even more realistic.
Tougher than it Looks
A tougher iPhone is just what the modern RVer needs nowadays to suit their rugged lifestyle. The iPhone 7 can tag along with you on almost any adventure now. Since the 7 is water resistant, it can endure your rainy days and can also be handy on those warm summer days by the river. No longer will you have to fret over getting a few splashes on your phone. On top of that it’s also dust resistant, and we all know how dusty some of those campsites can be. So this phone is perfect to have at your side while not having to worry about it getting ruined by your surroundings.
Last, but definitely not least, one of the iPhone 7’s new features is perfect to help any RVer unwind after a long day. Imagine you, the family, friends are all gathered around a roaring campfire, listening to some sweet tunes booming from your… iPhone? That’s right, the new iPhone now has real stereo sound to enhance your listening experience. So jam out all you want around the campfire, of course before quiet hours!
What do you think? Is the iPhone 7 just the smartphone for you on the road? What features do you wish Apple included to improve your experience as an RVer?
“Chasing the Foliage” is becoming a popular event. In fact, most RVers will tell you autumn is the best time to go camping. The beauty of this season is unrivaled in many parts of the country. But that’s just part of the benefits of RVing in the fall. Before you winterize or head south for the season you might want to schedule one last camping trip for these reasons. – note: all of these photos were taken on Fall RV Trips.
This is the big draw for a lot of people. The colors can be breathtaking. With the technology available to give us the exact peak days in the area, you can plan your trips around these peak moments. For some people just driving through scenic roads full of color is enough for them. For others, they want to be immersed deep into the golden woods in an RV.
Most RVs come pretty equipped with cool technology and gadgets. But some things will make life easier or just plain more fun! Here are our tech gear tips for RVers.
A Sound bar
Sound bars are an inexpensive and light way to turn your RV into an audio paradise. They are a great way to upgrade your TV speakers without replacing your TV. (note, the picture below has the sound bar at the top and the weather monitoring above the fireplace)
Weather Monitoring System
If you’re heading out camping there is a good chance that you’ll be out in the elements. Rather than be out hiking, boating, etc and get stuck in a storm, a weather monitoring system will help you predict what the weather is going to be like. Most people use a phone app to check the weather but if you’re in a cell phone challenged area that won’t work. Another key benefit is they monitor multiple areas, the area where the base unit is and where the remote(s) is/are located. This can be neat to know the exact outside temperature but also practical. If you have a separate room such as a toy hauler you can know what the temp is in that room. If you’re concerned about something getting too hot or too cold you may want to put the remote in that area to monitor so you can make any changes if needed. This can be great for cold weather camping to monitor areas from freezing. Read the rest of this entry »
“I Call Shotgun!!!” is often associated with road trips. When an RV is involved there are a few things you need to know before you eagerly jump into the co-captain’s seat. It might have the best view but it comes with a responsibility to the driver.
Making sure the GPS or Google Maps on the phone is on and accurate with the location is critical. If something happens, it’s your role to get it back on right away. You can expect at some point the driver WILL miss the turn or hesitate due to wondering if the turn is do-able, so when that happens it’s critical that you’re not critical. Don’t make comments that will set off the pride of the driver because they need to be focusing on the road. Which leads us to the next point. Read the rest of this entry »
Yamping is a fancy term for Yard Camping. Many times heading out in your RV or Travel Trailer doesn’t mean getting lost into the wilderness. People use their RVs for camping, events, and business. When you Yamp there are a few things you want to consider:
- Will you be staying in the RV or heading into their guest room
- Is parking on the street allowed? Should you park in the driveway or yard? If they don’t have hookups (and most won’t) will you need to run the generator and are there any noise concerns with the generator
- Will your use of the fridge or water heater require propane
- What activities will you be doing? Do you need to pack things like corn hole or a fire pit
There are so many reasons to go Yamping either for adventure or practicality. Here are just a few:
To visit Friends or Family
Often in life we get busy with our daily lives and lose connect with people we’ve known for years. Online tools like Facebook has allowed us to stay in touch and follow our friends but it doesn’t replace visiting them at their home, sitting down and catching up in person. There’s a few things to keep in mind when planning a trip to your friends via the RV. Read the rest of this entry »
Road Trips mean fun and adventure. They also can mean long trips on the highway. Although you may not want to spend your time rushing to a destination, you don’t want to spend your time wasted by taking long stops at a gas station. Many people find that they look up on the GPS of their phone how long a route “should” take them, but they often are thrown off when they miss deadlines and show up late to their destination. Often resulting in leaving people waiting or even getting too groggy to continue and having to park for the night.
To avoid this we’ve realized that there is a better way. Technology has advanced the way we travel so that we can maximize efficiency in our stops and help us get to our camping destination on time.
If you don’t have a strategy for making sure that you are quick in and quick out you’ll realize that time creeps up on you. Here are our top 3 apps that we use to maximize our RV Travel Efficiency. Read the rest of this entry »