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.
Each year just before Christmas I make sure to publish a wishlist of RVing goodies and gadgets I’ve been pining after. I figure you never know Mrs. Claus may be reading. 🙂 Well, this year it worked! I was happy to receive several products on my list from my lovely wife, Anne. Number one was a VIAIR 450P-RV portable 12 volt DC air compressor. I’ve been lusting over it since I seen one close up my friend had. Over the years I’ve made do with a cheap Slime air compressor, but it takes a long time to inflate each tire and is
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
A few months back I went to turn on the trailers AC unit, and it made a funny sound. It was muted compared to normal, and no air was blowing out the vents. I headed up on the roof for a look see. After removing the plastic cover, I had Anne turn on the AC again. Right away I noticed the fan motor wasn’t turning. I had her shut it down, and I tried to move the fan. It moved, but I found it took a little effort to get it going. I spun it a few times back and
Well, the 2017/18 Snowbird trip is now in the books. We finished it off with a few days near the town of Port Angeles camping on new RVer friends rural property. While visiting, we enjoyed two beautiful day trips. One was a scenic drive through parts of Olympic National Park to the mighty Sol Duc Falls buried deep in the dense rainforest. The second was up a twisty road south of Port Angeles to a spot known as Hurricane Ridge. Hurricane Ridge sits above 5000 feet and offers a jaw-dropping view of the Olympic Mountains. Then on May 3rd after 180 days visiting
As our 2017/18 Snowbird travels draw to a close we’ve spent the last 2 weeks meandering up the Oregon Coast. The weather for April has turned unseasonably mild and sunny. We’ve taken full advantage touring the gorgeous coastline and even up into the rainforest. In this post, I share three videos and a pile of photos from three unique outings. First a day trip to Cape Arago State Park and a second to the Sweet Creek Falls Trail. After all this nature I needed to have a “guy day” to immerse myself in some man-made beauty. Touring the Evergreen Aviation
As we hit the home stretch of our 2017/18 snowbird adventure, we found ourselves on southern Oregon coast in the town of Brookings. We’ve driven through Brookings numerous times on previous trips, but only every stopped briefly for fuel. This spring we decided to make a point of staying a few nights. My first choice for camping was Harris Beach State Park. We love the Oregon State Parks and were eager to camp at a new one. Unfortunately, the campground was under heavy construction leaving only a few sites open. So we changed our minds and went with the second choice: the Beachfront RV Park down
In this video, we travel from the Mojave desert of southern California north through the Great Central Valley and west over the coastal mountains to the Pacific Ocean near Redwood National Park. I show you our route using Google Maps satellite views and camp locations using still photos, and video clips. In between the desert and the coast, we stop over at two casinos to take advantage of free overnight RV parking. We also visit the private lands of friends near Hollister and Tracy, CA. Being springtime the scenery is full of bright green hills, leafy trees, and colorful blooms.