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...

Fill those Batteries

Few things are more satisfying (to me) than finding and using a gadget that makes an annoying chore easier or faster. We all know we need to regularly add distilled water to our RV batteries to keep them healthy, but the job is often such a hassle that we tend...

Not Just Blowing Hot Air

I’m a big fan…of fans! No RV is complete without some 12V fans. They move the air, help keep you cool, and even work when you don’t have electrical hookups. I always have one or two small two-speed 12V dash fans mounted in strategic locations in the RV. These fans...

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