Thursday, June 25, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 22 -- June 25, 2015




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Rookie RV:  RVer -- Tilt that Awning!

When you make it into camp and extend that awning for that oh-so-heavenly shade, don't pull out the lawn chairs just yet. It's important to tilt your awning to increase its chances of survival in foul weather. Tips for both manual, and electronic versions.




Down in the Boondocks: Don't Get Your RV Stuck in the Boondocks

If your RV travels take you to the wild side, watch out for the mud -- and anything else -- that might turn your RV trip into an RV trap. Tools and tips to help you come back from your adventures.




RV Housekeeping: Wet Wipes -- They're Not Just for Kiddies Anymore

The common wet wipe has a myriad of uses, other than just the obvious ones. Inside, outside, all around the RV you'll find wet wipes useful for dealing with the RV -- and your own personal care as well.



Something Special: New RV Blog -- ICanRV Blog is Coming

As we mentioned in the show, a new RV blog will soon hit the Internet. Be sure to let us know if you'd like to be added to our notification list. Use the "Contact" button to the right and let us know by e-mail.




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.


This Week's Feature: The Songwriter Who May Have Made Casita Famous

George Chaffee and his ukulele spin a delightful story of traveling in those seemingly miniature travel trailers. We interview George for his interesting -- and somewhat heartbreaking -- background story. See George's wonderful tribute to the Casita on his youtube video here.



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. Paola G. End music on Cyber Corner, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org.  La Casita Me Bonita (on our feature), George Chaffee, by permission. 

Photo credits:

RV awing: U.S. Forest Service. Stuck truck: Ben Towsend on flickr.com. RV awing light strip: FPV Dee on youtube.com. "Blog" logo, public domain image. George Chaffee, by George Chaffee.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 21 -- June 18, 2015




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Rookie RVer: 
Can You Trust Those Holding Tank Gauges? 

Considered by many RVers to be the most prone-to-prevarication device of the entire rig, holding tank gauges are indeed, prone to misinformation. We provide few tips on trying to help them clean up their act. If all else fails, consider installing a new gauge system that's build on a more truthful reporting system -- click here for details




RV Buying Experience: 
Don't be Oversold When RV Shopping -- Get the Right Size for You 

To hear the RV salesman tell it, bigger has gotta be better. There are plenty of good reasons why smaller can be a lot better, but really, the bottom line is your personal needs. We explore how to get just the right size to fit your needs. 



Down in the Boondocks:  
Balancing Shade -- Keeping Cool While Keeping Your Solar Panels happy

Hot weather got you down? How can you keep your rig in the shade, but give your solar panels adequate exposure to Sol? A few suggestions that could help you strike the elusive balance. 








RV Tech Talk: Be Safe When Plugging Into Shore Power

One would think that plugging your RV into a shore power connection is as simple as plugging in a lamp back home. Not so fast -- a miswired or poorly maintained RV park power supply can result in equipment damage, injuries, even death. Check your shore power supply before you plug in with easy tips. Looking for information on products we mentioned in the story? Click here for information on a low-cost circuit tester. Need an adapter for 30 amp plugs? Check here. Or if your rig needs an adapter for 30 to 50 amp, look here. Or go "whole hog" and get a 30 amp analyzer here, or a 50 amp analyzer here. 



Odds and Ends: Changes Coming to Escapees and Xscapers Clubs

If ever you'd thought about joining the Escapees or its associate club for younger, working-age RVers, now might be the best time to do it.  Visit the club's website for more information. 



Feature: Geocaching! The Great RV Sport

If you haven't already tried it, it's time you did. A high-tech hide and seek game that can improve your physical and mental health -- and be fun at the same time. Click here for a link to a wide range of products mentioned in the story.



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. Paola G. End music on Cyber Corner, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:

Oversize pants: mickey.! on flickr.com. Solar panel: Richard Masoner on flickr.com. Big nose: kewl on flickr.com. Geocache: i_am_jim on wikimedia.org. Electric shock warning: public domain image. Escapees logo: Escapees RV Club.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 20 -- June 11, 2015




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RV Tech Talk: Mystery Toilet Splashes

Reports of puddles mysteriously appearing around RV toilets flood the Internet. Could it be small alien creatures mistaking the bowl for the bath? Regardless of cause, it's a frustration for the RVer tasked with drying up the floor. We investigate -- and offer possible solutions. 



Cyber Corner:  Make the Road Shorter With an Audio Book

Driving America's back roads, there's plenty to see to keep the mind occupied and pleased. But what happens when your road travels take you over endless miles of Interstate boredom? Audiobooks can make the journey seem shorter, while entertaining you at the same time. We delve into these auditory lifesavers, and provide tips on where to find a few free ones, or a wide selection of contemporary titles available commercially. The latter offers a free month's membership with two free audio books. 

Down in the Boondocks:  Keeping Your RV Cool, Without Using Tons of Power

Just because the weather is warm doesn't mean you'll necessarily have to fire up that noisy air conditioner -- or a fuel-sucking generator. We provide some simple tips to keep your rig cooler. Follow this link to an evaporative cooler than can keep the temp down as much as 30 degrees below ambient air temperature. Or this link will take you to an inexpensive device that will transform your awning area to a cool space. 


RV Driving Tips: When NOT to Use Your Cruise Control 

Your rig's cruise control can be great for keeping your speed level, and your foot cramp-free. But there are times when your cruise control can turn from being a friend into a mortal enemy. We sort out the details to keep you and others safe on the road.  


Odds and Ends: Full Moon Ranger Tours -- For Lunar-Ticks

Listen to more about how Desert Southwest visitors can still get their hiking in, without perishing from triple-digit daytime temperatures. Click here to visit Joshua Tree National Park



Feature: "Good Sam" Offers Free RV Dump Stations -- Is it Really So? 

The world's largest RV club says "join up" and you'll get a host of great benefits. Included are "free" dump stations available to members. Is the "benefit" all that it's cracked up to be? 



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. Paola G. End music on Cyber Corner, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:

"It's FREE" sign, SpiderWeb Marketing Systems" Detective, Cruise Control, Night Moon, all public domain images. Evaporative cooler, amazon.com.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 19 -- June 4, 2015



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RV Buying Experience: 
Don't Let Air Brakes Take the Wind Out of Your Purchase

For some, the expression, air brakes, is frightening, conjuring up images of truck crashes. But to the contrary, air brakes are extremely safe, and not difficult to learn to operate. With a large number of diesel pusher motorhomes sold with air brakes, don't cut yourself off from a potential rig just because air brakes are part of the package. 


Rookie RVer:  Getting to Know Your RV Air Conditioner

While the principles of RV air conditioners are the same as for those at home, some are a little buffaloed by the controls and a few operational tricks. We take away the mystery. 



Product Review: Endless Breeze RV Fan

Keeping the air moving in your RV can make a world of difference in a comfortable experience, without having to use the air conditioner. We give our candid opinions of a 12-volt RV fan after years of real-world use. Here's a link to where you can learn more, or buy, your own breeze-maker




RV Housekeeping: 
Make Your RV Oven Work Like it Really Should

Uneven baking results? Struggles to light the pilot? Why can't an RV oven be more like the one back home? Learn about some practical suggestions that can make your experiences with your RV oven more like Julia Child's than Olive Oyl's.  In the story we comment about a digital oven thermometer that can make getting along with your oven easier -- here's a link to it


Feature: Don't Let Your Travel Trailer Become a Runaway

Hitching up the trailer for a trip? Listen to some safety suggestions that can help keep your travel trailer where it belongs: Securely hitched up behind your tow vehicle. We explore hitches, safety chains, and more. Some may consider adding an extra line of defense against loosing their hitch ball -- here's a product that can help



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

Photo credits:

Brake alert: webster on flickr.com. Chill pill: mirjoran on flickr.com. Bread in the oven: public domain image. Endless Breeze fan: Amazon.com. Trailer hitch: mass.gov.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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