Thursday, May 28, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 18 -- May 28, 2015




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Cyber Corner: Hold Down Those Data Overages!

There's nothing more of a spoiler than open your cellular bill and find out it resembles the national debt. With all those "gotta have" downloads, it's easy to roll over the top of your data usage limit. Tips to keep your cell data bill in line. If on-line routing maps are shooting your data charges skyward, here's an app that is resident on your phone or tablet -- no more data charges while driving. Here for Android, or here for iPhone.


RV Product Review: Themacell Bug Repelling Camp Lanterns 

If you're tired of being feasted on by winged bloodsuckers of the insect kind, you wonder if those amazing bug repellers that double as a camp lantern really work. We put one to the test among hoards of hungry mosquitoes -- and lived to tell about it. Click here to get more information on the Thermacell lantern, or here for refill packs



RV Tech Talk: Does Your Engine Play "Knock-Knock" Jokes When You Come Out of the Hills?

Engine knocking isn't any fun -- sometimes it can be downright frightening. We examine the cause of some engine knocking that might surprise you -- one with an easy fix. 


Rookie RVer:  Backing Up the Beast

If you're new to the RVing game, you may rule out buying a travel trailer, simply because you can't imagine how you could back it up. Fear not! We provide simple steps that when applied with a bit of practice, can help you back up a trailer like a pro. 



FeatureState Windshield Laws -- Those Klingons Can Cost You, Captain! 

RVers love their GPS units -- and sticking them to the windshield is a natural. Police love GPS units on windshields -- their a natural for sticking you with a ticket. An in-depth discussion with solutions. For more information on state laws regarding windshield "attachments," click here. Here's a product that will help you stick your suction-cup mounted GPS to your dashboard. Or if you'd prefer, these products will "bean bag" your devices.  Can you use a radar detector? This link will show you the way to a 50-state law consideration


Music credits:  "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, all on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:

Cell phone: espensorvik on flickr.com.  Mosquito; Trooper: Public domain images. Gas long: Muffet on flickr.com. Terrorized expression: Public domain image, courtesy Wikimedia.org. All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 17 -- May 21, 2015




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Rookie RVer:  Fresh Water 101

Dealing with what may be the mysteries and intricacies of both fresh water supplied from a hose in an RV park, to that you haul in your fresh water tank. Click here for more information on where to buy some of the equipment we mention in the story.





RV Driving Tips: Don't Drag Your Tail

Save the whales? Save your tail! Techniques and equipment that can keep your RV's rear end from dragging on the pavement. Here's a source of equipment that you can add to your motorhome or trailer to help





Down in the Boondocks: 
Is a Generator Exhaust System Extension Right for You?

When out in the boonies, running a generator poses few dangers for neighboring RVers. But put the rig into a crowd, and generator exhaust can go where it shouldn't. Is a generator extension system right for the job? Link here to one popular exhaust system. Or here for real safety -- carbon monoxide detectors



Feature

Excuses We Couldn't Have Made Up -- Even if We Wanted to. 

Last week we promised you information on Southern California boondocking spots. But sad to say, we don't have much to share – listen to our segment for something beyond, "The dog ate my homework." Well, here's one Southern California boondocking spot that we did manage to cover -- information on the Mecca Hills Wilderness area


Music credits:  "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, all on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:

Generator exhaust system: Amazon.com  Dragon and water droplets: Public domain. All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 16 -- May 14, 2015




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Rookie RVer:  Is Your RV Overweight?

Fifth-wheel or motorhome, they all have plenty of storage space to stuff – and stuff 'em we do. But just because you have the space, doesn't mean you have the weight capacity to safely load it to the gills. Learn what you need to know about weight limits, and how to determine if you're traveling safe. Click here more information on weight ratings. 


RV Buying Experience: 
What's That Kind All About?

In the final part of our introduction to this new, occasional department, we explore those 'off the beaten path' RVs, truck campers. Want more help matching a truck and camper? Click here. 



RV Boondocking: 
How safe is pavement boondocking at the truck stop?

A real-life experience highlights the importance of taking the right precautions when overnighting at truck stops. 


RV Housekeeping: 
Is Outdoor Cooking for You?

The how and why of cooking outside your RV, and some handy products that help. Click here to learn more about a great outdoor "range," or here to find out about a griddle that can help you feed hungry hoards. 


Feature: New Group Dedicated to Working-Age RVers -- Xscapers

We interview the founders of a new RV interest group, a spin-off of the Escapees RV Club. Links? We got 'em. Go here to visit the Escapees web site, or here to check out more about Xscapers



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. End music on Odds and Ends, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:

Overloaded truck, Peter Krimbacher, Moebius1, on wikimedia.org. Mashed car: Dave and Shirley, by permission. Xscapers: Xscapers.com. All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 15 -- May 7, 2015




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RV Tech Talk: Silencing Noisy RV Water Pumps

If silence is golden, a noisy RV water pump can tarnish your experience. Our tips will help you bring golden silence back to your rig. Here are some thinks we reference that might help: Double-stick Velcro tape. Pipe insulation. RV water accumulator tanks.



RV Buying Experience: Towables -- Putting Your RV Behind You

This week, an introductory guide to towable RVs – what they are, what they cost, and help to see if they're right for you. 

Image: Left to right, top to bottom: Fifth-wheel. Conventional travel trailer. Pop-out trailer. Pop-up trailer. Toy hauler.




RV Driving Tips:  Fear Not Urban RV Driving

If you'd rather drive down a steep grade a dozen times than to try and cross a busy urban streetscape just once, we can help. Tips for negotiating heavy traffic with a big RV.





This Week's Feature: Traveling with your pets.

We interview a traveling pet expert who'll explain just what you and your furry friends need to do to make your RV experience together happy and safe. In the segment we talk about dealing with pet motion sickness. Here's a link to some products that may help.



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:  : 

Ear: osha.gov. Towable collage: gorving.com. Traffic jam: Robert Jack on Wikimedia Commons.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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