Posts by RV Gadget Box

EternaBond

RV travel is a series of adventures. Some are the fun and entertaining kind of adventures, and some are in the “oops” category. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some kind of all-purpose, fix-anything gadget in our toolbox for those “other” adventures? With a roll of this stuff, you’ll be prepared...

Collapsible Stepladder

A ladder is a great thing to have along on your RV journey. The only problem is, most ladders are bulky, heavy and hard to transport. You can strap them to your roof access ladder on the rig, or cram them into a compartment somewhere, but why bother when you...

Ease the Pain

Ease the pain—the pain and itching of bug bites, that is. Now I know from experience that, as RVers, we are in a position to encounter more bugs than anyone else as we travel down the road. I’m not talking about all of those bugs on the windshield; I’m referring...

Fire in the Bowl

Over the years, I have looked at a lot of different propane-powered fire pits, and I’ve always found them to be lacking in some way. Either the pit was too big, too heavy, too bulky or even too small. And, in most cases, the visual quality of the fire they...

Tie Down that Tank

I recently received a gadget that generated one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments. It is a well-thought-out tie-down strap for transporting portable propane tanks in a pickup truck. Called the TailGater, it is produced by Steve Woodford #111099, an RVer who saw a need and found a...

Keep a Dinosaur in Your Tool Box

The technology used in RV propane appliances, like the refrigerator, water heater and furnace, has advanced very little in the last 20 years. One of the things that didn’t change is the fact that almost all of these appliances use an electronic igniter board to control the gas valve and...

All Mixed Up

I have a small RV, so I am always looking for gadgets that can do a big job but store in a small place. A little mixer made by BonJour is one of my favorites. It is actually sold as a frother, but I’m not a big coffee drinker, so...

Let There Be Light (Part 2)

It has been a while since we talked about LED lights (“RV Gadget Box,” September/October 2010), so I wanted to share a recent discovery with you. This is about the brightest, smallest lantern I have ever seen: the Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern. Measuring just over seven inches high and...

Batten Down the Hatches

Bumper hatches, that is. Most towable RVs utilize the square, rear bumper for sewer hose storage. Unfortunately, the rubber plugs or caps that are supposed to stay attached to the openings in the bumper rarely hang around. They tend to vibrate loose and wind up on the side of the...

Tech Gadget Organizer

RVs always have a limited amount of storage space, so any gadget that helps maximize storage is a big plus in my book. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that I travel in a 19-foot class-C. Enter the Skooba. No, not with diving masks and stuff, rather...