EDITED BY Tony Barthel
It’s been an interesting month since we last visited. My wife and I attended the FROG (Forest River Owners’ Group) Rally in Elkhart, Indiana, and the FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. We also bought a house in Rio Rancho (near Albuquerque), New Mexico. Oh, and someone rear-ended our new trailer. What a month!
But those rallies also resulted in some nifty gadgets, which we report on here.
And if you have some curiosity about the rear-ending thing, I detailed it in this podcast.
One of my least favorite parts of the RV life that we all get to enjoy is dumping our holding tanks. One of the reasons for that is the concern that the sewer hose is going to go all Mount Vesuvius on us right in the middle of the process. The fear is real, people. The fear is real!
I was thrilled with a gadget that was sent to me called the Dump Buddy®. I have a whole review of this but, suffice it to say, I think this is one of those must-have RV gadgets. Why? Well, read the story!
It’s all about Ryobi …
Yes, it’s a pun. But I really am a fan of these portable 18-volt fans from Ryobi. The more I use them, the more uses I seem to find for them. I’ve detailed all that in this story.
Power to the people! Portable power inverter for camping
I mentioned in the Ryobi fan article that there are a few other gadgets from Ryobi that we’ve looked at in the past. I’ve shared a small Ryobi 18-volt power station that might serve some of you well.
Keeping cool without an AC
I’m not the only Ryobi fan in this house. The RV Electricity Guru, Mike Sokol, also shared a Ryobi gadget that could help you keep your cool during hot weather. Check out Mike’s heat-beating Ryobi gadget.
A while ago I shared with you that I had replaced the lock in my travel trailer with one from RVLock. I literally had to break into that trailer to accomplish the swap. Funny thing, my neighbors at the most recent FMCA Convention had to do the same thing, which inspired me to replace the lock in my new travel trailer with one from RVLock.
If you want to step back in time a bit, here’s the story of the first RVLock installed after breaking into my trailer.
Other stuff we’re liking
We all love to eat, of course, so here are some nifty food hacks you may appreciate.
Thirsty for gadgets?
I met the folks from Dometic at the most recent FROG rally in Indiana and got my hands on this portable self-powered water pitcher which has actually proven quite useful as we traverse the highways and byways. Grab a drink and see what you think.
Getting a handle on my trailer
When I was at the FROG Rally I got a tremendous amount of interest in my Safe-T-Rail RV step rail. Apparently, you all are really interested, as well. For those of you who missed it, here’s my article about the MORryde Safe-T-Rail handle. It’s nifty!
This month’s RV video
I have shared with you that the 12-volt GE RV refrigerator isn’t exactly my favorite. I shared that complaint with the kind folks at Dometic, who actually asked me to test their 12-volt RV refrigerator.
Why would I replace a working refrigerator with a seemingly similar reefer? Well, that’s what this month’s video is all about.
The Book Nook
While we haven’t been sent any books to review this month, there are a few you should know about.
- Chuck and Emily are both nearly finished with “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir. You may be familiar with Weir, who wrote the bestselling-book-turned-blockbuster-movie, “The Martian.” If you like science, outer space, and aliens, you’ll love his newest book. (And, even if you don’t like any of those things, you’ll still love it!) It’s a page-turner. Learn more.
- Don’t forget to have an updated 2023 version of Rand McNally’s Road Atlas at the ready near your dash. It will come in handy!
- Lastly, if you travel with a firearm, make sure you have this recently updated book on firearm laws in all 50 states.
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