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...

Unclog the Drain

I was watching a show on the History Channel recently, called “101 Gadgets that Changed the World.” It was an excellent show, and if you want to see the list for yourself, check out http://www.popularmechanics.com and look under “Technology/Gadgets.” However, it was their definition of a gadget that really caught...

Fun with Cones

No, not ice cream cones, those orange traffic cones! First, we have a neat, new cone idea that’s perfect for RVers: the DisposaCone. They come three to a package and are 18-inches-tall folding traffic cones. Disposacone They are bright orange with reflectorized surfaces, and the package is small and flat...

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