Often in my many RV mods and upgrades, I use solder instead of butt or crimp connections for my wiring jobs. I guess it’s a personal preference from having spent so much time as an electronics repair tech. Right or wrong, I trust a solder connection more. Lately, I’ve been asked by a few fellow RVers to do a video demoing how I make a good solder connection. I guess some have tried and it didn’t turn out so well. In this video, I give you a few of my tips and tricks for soldering wires and connections. There are
Over the last few months, I’ve collected a fair number of new items for use in our RV. Some are not worth a full-scale review, so I thought I group them into a single post and video. Let’s call them Love Your RV! mini-reviews. I have six for you. It sort of a hodgepodge of products but all useful in our RVing endeavors. Two items, the LED Road Flares, and the AC filters were provided to me as free samples. The other four things were purchased by myself. 1) True North Electric Heater Our previous electric heater fell off the
In this video, Anne, the Beagle and I take an evening walk out on the Tyee Spit near the Thunderbird RV Park in Campbell River, BC. We spend our RVing summers here and absolutely love it. We wanted to see the Disney Wonder cruise ship pass by on its way south from Alaska and give the old beagle Angie a walk. I hope you enjoy the footage of this beautiful and calm July evening on Vancouver Island. Just a little taste of why we love BC so much. Links to things mentioned in the video: Tyee Club Fishing Strathcona Park
In this video, I go into detail about why I’m not fixing our old 1994 Ford F350 and buying a brand new truck instead. If you saw my previous video – Sad News Our Old Blue Ford Truck is Toast you’ll notice a lot of the YouTube commenters thought I should be repairing old Blue. Even though it looks like the engine needs major repairs or a replacement. I try to explain my thought process and the pros and cons of buying new versus fixing the old beast or buying a newer used tow vehicle. Finally, I ask what you feel
For a while now I’ve heard hear folks rave about an RV kitchen gadget called the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot appliance is an all in one multicooker. It’s mainly a pressure cooker but also can be a rice cooker, steamer, slow cooker and even a yogurt maker. In pressure cooking mode it dramatically speeds up cooking times. Over the years pressure cookers have gained a reputation for being unsafe, but it appears the Instant Pot has worked out the bugs. The Instant Pot uses modern microprocessor controls and sensors to simplify the pressure cooking experience and keep things safe.
About a year and a half ago I installed and reviewed a new offering from Winegard called the ConnecT. The ConnecT is a WiFi extender designed to take weak WiFi signals and boost them for better reception inside the RV. The ConnecT antenna is placed high up on the RVs roof giving better line of sight to the WiFi signal source. It then amplifies the signal and rebroadcasts it inside the whole RV. Basically, you connect all your devices like smartphones, laptops, tablets, TV, etc. to the ConnecT and it shares the WiFi source (e.g. campground WiFi) to each. The
In this video, I show you why our beloved 1994 Ford F350 truck is dying. The 7.3L IDI diesel engine has severe blowby and is leaking oil. The local diesel repair shop figures its a cracked piston or bad rings. Maybe more, but a total motor tear down would be needed to figure things out. Anyway, we have determined it’s not worth the money and effort to repair because it’s nearly 25 years old. Many parts are now obsolete. Having a reliable tow vehicle is crucial to us as full-time RVers who spend a good portion of the year traveling.
When we started RVing full-time seven years ago, I knew we would like the ability to camp off the grid. For ten years before purchasing our Cougar fifth wheel, we enjoyed many trips into the boonies with our old 1989 Ford campervan. RV parks can be lovely and all, but we didn’t want to be tied to the power pedestal all the time. Therefore, a must-have item was a portable generator to recharge the rigs batteries and power high wattage appliances. At the time the portable inverter generator market was relatively small. You had the big boys Honda and Yamaha.
Well, our 7th snowbirding adventure in a row is in the books. This year we once again visited the southwestern United States spending the bulk of our time in sunny California and Arizona. We spent much of the time off-grid free camping in desert BLM areas and casinos along the way which sure saved on camping fees! One question I’m often asked is “How much does it cost?” So, I’ve gone through our receipts from the 6-month trip and organized our basic expenses into categories. The figures aren’t 100% exact but in the general ballpark. Hopefully, you’ll find it useful as