Thursday, April 30, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 14 -- April 30, 2015




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Down in the Boondocks: Inverters -- Where and How to Safely Install Yours

 In part two of a two part discussion, we discuss how to go about installing your inverter, where to locate it, and why. Click here for charts to help you choose the correct wire gauge and fuses for your install.  And for sources of fuses and fuse holders, click here.




Rookie RV:  Holding Tank Dumping Made Easy

What should be a simple process can be baffling for those new to the RV lifestyle. The thought of making a mistake that could send gallons of icky stuff cascading down the street can frighten even the bravest of travelers. We provide a step-by-step walk through of how to dump your RV holding tanks, without taking a bath.





RV Buying Experience: What Are All Those Motorhomes About? 

In our roll out of an occasional department, we'll help RV buyers sort through the fog and make wise purchasing decisions. First, a primer on motorhomes -- the types, their features, and costs. Upper left: Class C. Upper right: Class A. Lower left: Bus conversion. Lower right: Class B.


Cyber Corner: Fixing Television Interference Problems Caused by LED Lighting  

Is there a high-tech shootout going on in your RV? Some RVers love the power-economy of low-voltage LED lighting, but say their TV can't coexist with it. We help you fix the problem. Here's a link to cool-white LED to replace your old bulbs. Or if you prefer, click here for a warm-white version. Already have LEDs but have interference? Here's a link to the product we refer to that may end your interference problems inexpensively. 



This Week's Feature: The Truth and Consequences of State Map Decals

Many RVers claim bragging rights about, "Been there. Seen that!" with those fancy U.S. maps with the stick-out state decals. Some claim there could be dishonesty afoot -- and some say their could be financial consequences. For those looking for their own state-by-state map with nifty stick-on license plate fill-ins, here's where you can find 'em.  



Music credits for this episode:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major. Theme music for "RV Buying Experience": The Freak Fandango Orchestra performing Hitmans Lovesong feat. Paola G. Both on on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:  Fuse holder, US map decal system: amazon.com. Motorhome collage: Drawings, gorving.org, photo, rvclearinghouse.com. "Max Headroom" on TV interference: Public domain, courtesy wikimedia.org.
 All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 13 -- April 23, 2015




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Down in the Boondocks: Inverters -- Take Shore Power With You -- but Leave the Generator at Home 

Power inverters can help the RVer have power for all sorts of shore-power appliances and tools. Here's how to select the kind your need, and figure out how much power you'll need to "feed it." Click these links for a selection of both low-cost modified sine wave inverters, or for a selection of true sine wave inverters. For worksheets to help you figure it out, click here.





RV Product Review: Finally, a Sewer Hose That Could Outlive Your RV

We've torture tested Thetford's "SmartDrain" RV sewer hose and accessory kit. Here's our candid viewpoint after several years of real-life use. Click here for retail information. 





This Week's Feature: RV Fire -- Can You Get Out in Time?

RV fire safety expert, Mac McCoy, "Mac the Fire Guy" explains just how and why RVs are so dangerous when on fire. He explains what all RVers should do NOW -- practical suggestions that can safe the lives of you and your loved ones. Click here to visit Mac's website for more information.




Music credits for this episode:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major. Fabian Measures, "Music of the Strings" (end of feature story). Both on on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:  Inverter: Anani Sikim on wikimedia org
. Motorhome fire: oliver.dodd on flickr.com All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 12 -- April 16, 2015



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Cyber Corner: Keeping it on the Level -- There's an app for that!

Making sure your RV is level is good to keep things comfortable, but it's also essential so as to keep that expensive refrigerator happy -- and undamaged. We review an app for Android and Apple users that makes the job easier. And if you're an in-cab gadget junkie, this app turns your device into a super inclinometer, too! Android users, click here to go direct to the Play Store to download free. Apple users, here's a link to the app in iTunes.




Housekeeping Hints: Outfitting Your RV -- Without Breaking the Bank

Having an RV is like having a second home. How can you stock your rolling home with the stuff you need (and without having to rob your stick-house) without a financial rupture? We give some great suggestions, and point you to a great product that will save you space in your RV galley. Click here for more information on a collapsible kitchen set. 



RV Tech Talk: Bring Your Sleeping RV to Wakefulness Part 2

In our last episode we walked through a systemic approach to de-winterizing your RV and making sure it's ready to hit the highway, applicable to all sorts of RVs. This week we give special information for trailer users, motorhome owners, and folks with generators.




This Week's Feature: Is Walmart Overnight RV Parking Going Away?
It's a controversial practice. Many RVers love the ability to park free, overnight at Walmarts across the country. But plenty of RV park owners and some municipal governments are making waves. Just when you thought it couldn't get any dicier, a shooting involving "overnighters" in a Walmart lot breaks out in Arizona, drawing plenty of press attention.



Music credits for this episode:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:  App, Google Play Store. All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Program Notes - Episode 11 - April 9, 2015




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Down in the Boondocks: Water Transfer Tricks

 If you've "dug in" to your favorite boondocking spot, there's no need to hitch up the trailer or drive the motorhome to fetch water. Use special equipment and tricks to bring the water to you. Learn more about the 45 gallon water bladder by clicking here.




Rookie RV: Are You Read for On-the-Road Emergencies?

A few thoughts on just what tools and supplies you'll need to bail yourself out of trouble when away from your home base. Even if you feel you're "all thumbs" when it comes to repairs, there are a few things your really "must have." Click here to find out more about a special tape that can really save your day.




RV Tech Talk: Bring Your Sleeping RV to Wakefullness 

Spring is here, and it's time to wake up your own "Sleeping Beauty" RV. We'll walk through a systemic approach to de-winterizing your RV and making sure it's ready to hit the highway. And for a great de-winterizing checklist, courtesy of our friends at rvtravel.com, click here.



This Week's Feature: RV Toilet Paper -- is That Roll Really Shrinking?

Manufacturers are downsizing and holding the prices the same. Think about it -- when was the last time you really bought a full "half-gallon" of ice cream? Is the same true for RV toilet paper? And we answer the perennial RVer question: Just what kind of TP can I safely use in my rig -- with a test you can do on your own.

Music credits for this episode: "Down in the Boondocks" theme: shorthopper, "jack-n-jill-guitar-banjo", on freesound.org under license. "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:   Camel: Alexander_Witt on flickr.com. Tool set: Public Domain Photos on flickr.com. Rooster: Barit Watkin on flickr.com. Toilet paper and RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 10 -- April 2, 2015




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Cyber-Corner: Do-it-Yourself LED Awning Light Strip 

You've probably seen them -- maybe admired them. Long, colorful LED light strips that illuminate, change color, even form patterns. There's no need to spend over $100 to buy one. This do-it-yourself project slashes the cost, and eliminates the need for shore power to operate. Click here for more information and links to a "how-to" video and sources for parts.



Rookie RV: Leveling and Stabilizing Your RV

For personal comfort and to keep your RV refrigerator free from damage, it's critical to level your RV in camp. Listen to hear details on how you can safely and easily level your rig, and how to stabilize it once you've got it level.





RV Product Review: Thetford's Aqua-Foam Foaming RV Toilet Cleaner 

Clean your RV toilet bowl without scrubbing? Is it really possible? We took the claims to task -- in the toilet. Find out just how well this 'miracle' powder proves  up in the pot. Click here for "before and after" photos from our real world test. Here's where you can get your own to try it out.








This Week's Feature: Garnet, Montana: Pretty lively -- for a Ghost Town

Looking for an off-the-beaten track spot to add to your travel itinerary? A once-thriving community today is a historical tour spot. Visit this quaint, 19th century town in northern Montana. Not just a bunch of old foundations, the Bureau of Land Management keeps the town alive, but truly historical. Listen to an interview with the town's chief park ranger and plan your own visit. And if your inner-volunteer is looking for a new place to express itself, Garnet needs your help. For volunteer needs, click here, then enter Garnet Montana in the "City" and "State" boxes in the "Find a Volunteer Opportunity" section.

Music credits for this episode: "Down in the Boondocks" theme: shorthopper, "jack-n-jill-guitar-banjo", on freesound.org under license. "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major on freemusicarchive.org. Jahzarr plays "Fastest Man on Earth" as lead in to segment on listener contributions, from freemusicarchive.org under license. 

Photo credits:  RV awing light strip: FPV Dee on youtube.com. Aqua Foam product shot: Thetford Corporation. Garnet Ghost Town: U.S. Bureau of Land Management on flickr.com Stabilizer jack and RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 


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