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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thetford RV Wash & Wax Cleans Dirt Without Harming the Surface

Cleaning your RV exterior can sometimes be a hassle, especially if there tough stains on the surface. In the summer when your RV is typically used more often, it can be easy to put it off. You may also wish to avoid harsh chemicals that could potentially damage the surface or harm the environment. Thetford's RV Wash & Wax takes all those points into consideration, with a cleaning solution that works well on dirt without being too harsh on surfaces.
The Thetford RV Wash & Wax can be used whenever your RV needs a cleaning, whether it's from the dirt picked up on a long road trip, or exposure to the elements. Working on more than just dirt, it can also remove bug splatters, streaking and filmy grime. The cleaning solution includes a waxing element, adding a protective layer to your RV's surface. This also saves you a step, making the whole cleaning process go a little faster. It works on several different types of surfaces, and there is no need to worry about it harming any stickers, coloring or decals that may be on your vehicle.
The Wash & Wax works not only on RVs, but can be used for other vehicles, such as trucks and vans as well. It is available in a couple different sizes, as well as the new single use 6 pack. The cleaning solution meets the Design for the Environment standards set by the EPA. This indicates the chemicals used are tested to be safe and will not bring additional harm to the environment.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Franklin Chef 2.7 Cubic Foot Refrigerator Gives You The Storage You Need

Storage space on an RV can be at a premium, likewise it is essential that you have the storage space you need when going on a trip. This is especially true when it comes to food storage, particularly that of perishable items that need to stay refrigerated. Not all refrigerators have the space to accommodate everything, however. The 2.7 Cubic Foot Refrigerator from Franklin Chef gives you the additional food storage space you need without taking up too much room.
This fridge comes with several of the features found in full size refrigerators at home. The shelving is adjustable, so you can fit in almost any size food or beverage container you want. Fruits and vegetables will benefit from the crisper drawer, while individual bottles can stay organized in the door. The door can also easily store single beverage cans. This saves you from having to store a whole box of cans or bottles in the fridge. The inside temperature can be set to whatever level you need, and the leveling legs can make sure the refrigerator is evenly supported. The handle is molded into the door, presenting a smooth appearance and eliminating the disadvantages of having a handle sticking out above the surface.
This Franklin Chef fridge is also Energy Star certified. This means that the fridge has been tested to meet the requirements of energy efficiency and consumption, without sacrificing performance. This fridge can work not only for RVs, but in homes or even offices that need a little extra storage space for their food or beverages.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Useful Picnic Products for that Fourth of July Outing

Though it seems summer just started, Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is only a few weeks away. For many people that means having a day off, with outdoor activities being common, especially when it becomes a 3 day weekend. There is a wide variety of available accessories that prove useful for picnics, cookouts, camping trips and of course, outdoor firework displays.
Picnic Time offers a number of picnic baskets or totes that can accommodate different group sizes. They also can fit the style of outdoor entertaining you desire, no matter how simple or involved you want your outing to be. One such example is the Picnic Time Verdugo, with settings for four. The large cooler space can store enough food for the group, and it includes a cutting board, cheese knife and salt & pepper shakers. A corkscrew is also included for those who wish to bring along wine or other spirits. There's no need to worry about the dishes breaking either, as the cups & plates are plastic, while the silverware is stainless steel.
Once you get to the picnic site, the Son of Hibachi grill gives you a versatile way to prepare a meal. It heats up very quickly and has a grilling surface area of 170 square inches. It can be adjusted to different heights or even be closed to use like an oven. It is also possible to use just one side when cooking for a smaller group. Once heated, you can use the grill to keep food warm until everything is ready. It does not require much cleaning, and is self-extinguishing, using the included Snuff-Out pouch.

There are many different styles of outdoor chairs that can be used during picnics or for watching the fireworks, including ones large enough to seat a group. The Big Bubba chair can make you comfortable while waiting for your neighborhood display. It comes in several colors and features a footrest. The feet are large enough to keep from sinking into the ground and they also feature a non slip surface for added support.

These of course are just a few examples. With the number of options available, it can be easy to make sure you have everything you need for your outdoor activities this Fourth of July.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Winegard Rayzar Air HD TV Antenna Increases Channel Coverage

There are other options for receiving TV signals when you are away from home besides using satellite TV. Satellite TV, while convenient, can sometimes be a costly investment. It can also be impractical if it is not used often. Another way it is possible to get TV signals is through the use of the Winegard Rayzar Air HD TV Antenna. The Rayzar Air can get reception from UHF signals using both the front and back of the antenna head, increasing its channel coverage ability. You can also receive high band VHF as well as HD channels through this device.

The Rayzar Air is made to be switched out with your existing antenna. It permanently installs on the roof of your motorhome, and is made to stand up to strong sun and other weather conditions. This antenna can work with but digital and analog TV sets, however a digital converter box must be used with an analog TV. When not in use the antenna can be lowered to lay flat, parallel to the roof. When raised, it reaches over 26" in height. It has a slim design, with the antenna head being less than 1" thick.

It is important that the antenna be placed in the right location on your RV's roof for optimum performance. If you are unsure where to place it, it is best to check with an RV dealer or your manufacturer. Besides being raised or lowered, the antenna can also be adjusted in the direction that allows for the best reception. Please note that the antenna is not made for use while the RV is in motion or in particularly high winds (70mph).

The Winegard Rayzar Air can prove to be a cost effective to solution to receiving TV channels, and provides an alternative to satellite TV.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Folding Tables and End Tables Add Style and Function to Your RV

Creating a look for the interior of your RV can add the style and comfort that you would find at home. Even if interior decorating is not one of your strengths, it can be quite easy to incorporate a touch of elegance or personality to your motorhome. One way to do that is to include small furniture accessories, such as end tables or folding tables. There are several options available that can meet your needs of functionality as well as the size of your space.
The Table Server ChairSide end tables will work in your home and your RV. They are portable, so they can be moved to wherever extra space is needed, including bedrooms, living areas or kitchen areas. They are available in different styles and wood finishes, such as mahogany or oak. The two cup holders can hold drinks as well as wine bottles and the small size ensures that they will not take up much room. The cup holders can also store other items that you wish to keep within reach.
Table Server also has a collapsible end table, with legs that fold inward as well as a removable top and lower shelf. This table also features drink/bottle holders and is made from acacia wood. Its ability to fold down makes it easy to store when not in use. Once assembled, it appears to be just like any other end table, and can even be used outside. The Table Server end tables work well not only for RVs but also in your own home.  
For a more casual approach when camping or entertaining outside, the Adjustable Folding Table from Prime Products makes an ideal solution. While being collapsible for easy storage, the height of the table can be set to a sitting or standing height. It also features beverage holders to keep drinks in place. The top is covered with durable polyester fabric, so it can stand up to different uses. 
Other types of end tables and folding tables are available to fit your style and needs, including tables for both indoor and outdoor use. They are a simple way to upgrade the appearance of your RV interior or bring some of the indoors to an outside area.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Glendinning Cablemaster Motorized Reel Conveniently Stores Power Cords

Glendinning Cablemaster
Using a cable reel to store cords or hoses makes things much easier when needing to organize supplies. Sometimes you find that cords somehow are tangled up when you retrieve them, even if they were put back neatly. A cable reels such as the Glendinning Cablemaster CRR50-12 can alleviate that hassle by keeping the cord neatly rolled up. It also eliminates the time spent untangling it when you need it again. Using the Cablemaster also helps free up valuable storage space.

This motorized reel is designed for 50 Amp RV power cords and has a 36 foot cord capacity with a 12V motor. Pulling the cord out does not expend any effort, and it uses an easy push button system to retract the cable once you are through with it. The cable is kept on the reel during retraction thanks to the guide rollers that keep it in place. The guides also create a stop for the cord so it won't over-retract. The plug itself is made to be removed without trouble, simply by lifting the handle, while it also features an LED that shows when there is power on hand. It is made to be durable, and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

It is recommended that the entire length of the power cord be checked periodically, even if only a smaller portion of it is used. This helps ensure that the cord is still in good condition. The plug and any connections should be checked as well to make sure they are still safe to use.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Camping Accessories Can Make a Great Gift Idea for Father's Day

Father's Day is coming up fast, and will be here in less than two weeks. For some of us, trying to find the right gift for Dad can be a problem. Ties are always among the most common gift items, but there are other ideas out there. Camping accessories, for example, can make an ideal gift, especially for the type of father who loves to go RVing or spend time outdoors.
Sportula Premium Spatula
For something inexpensive and low key, Sportula's Premium Grill Spatulas are great for grilling at home as well as on the road. They are made to durable, featuring stainless steel construction with maple handles. The bottle opener on the other end will come in handy if your dad needs to open a beverage. You can choose from six different designs, including "Dad" or "#1 Grandpa" options.
Kelty Upland Hiking Poles
Hiking poles are a great accessory for the active father who likes to take long treks outside. The Kelty Upland Hiking Poles are made to be more comfortable while in use, featuring an Anti-Shock Spring that helps when making a descent. They feature a collapsible design so storage during travel is made easier, and so height can adjusted for the person using it. They can be used on rough terrain, as well as concrete surfaces, due to the optional rubber tip that comes included. When used correctly, hiking poles will help take the tension and strain off of the back and knees.
Picnic Time Buccaneer
The Picnic Time Buccaneer is an all-in-one idea that includes everything needed for a tailgate party. It comes with a charcoal grill and a cooler that has the capacity to hold up to 24 beverage cans. Grilling accessories such as a spatula, tongs and BBQ come with the set. The spatula has the added advantage of also having a serrated edge for slicing as well as a bottle opener. The Buccaneer has additional storage for blankets & towels, ice packs for the cooler, or other supplies.

Of course, gift cards are always an option when you are totally unsure of what to do, or wish to add-on to a gift that's already been bought. The Gift Ideas and Outdoor Living sections also include many other ideas for Father's Day gifts.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Handle RV Sanitation like a Pro

RV Sewer Hose SanitationNo one wants to look like a "newbie" when it comes to their RV and sanitation. The good thing is that it's not as hard as it looks, so here are a few tips on how you can handle RV sanitation like a pro.
RV Sewer Chemicals
It will take a little bit of effort on your part to maintain your RV waste tanks and keep them working the way they should. By using the proper sewer chemicals for the type of camping you do, you can keep your RV free from odor. The key to keeping odor under control is water, always begin your stay with your black tank at least a 1/3 full of water with the recommended amount of chemical for your size tank.  If your worried about capacity, you can start out lower, but ensure plenty of water is used during each flush.  Deodorizing chemical available by such brands as Aquachem and Thetford are generally adequate for weekend outings or when you will be frequently dumping your tanks.  These type of chemicals are designed to mask the order, but only if there is plenty of water in the tank.  Digestive type chemicals (also known as bio or enzyme based chemicals) are designed to break down waste and general work best when you only dump once a week or even longer.  We found the Kronen brand of rv toilet chemical to be super fast acting at breaking down waste even during short dumping intervals.  Make sure you are always using the appropriate toilet paper, such as septic tank safe or RV / marine toilet paper, which is designed to break down quicker and won't clog as easily.

Full Hookup Campsites
Just because your at a full hookup campsite doesn't mean you can leave your grey and black tank valves open for the duration of your stay.  Keep them both closed!  By leaving them open you not only are asking for a clog on the black side and soap scum build up on the grey, but you also allow sewer gasses to vent back into your RV from the rest of the campground. By allowing the grey tank to fill each time before dumping you reduce the amount of soap scum that can build up and dry on the walls of the tank causing a nasty grey water smell. If you must leave it open due to a lot of water usage, be sure to make a P-trap in the sewer hose to eliminate the chance of campground sewer gases coming into your camper. Also allow it to fill with hot shower water at some point or flush the tank thoroughly if you have a rinse device.  The black tank should remain closed and only dumped at the end of your stay or when full.  Again water is the key to keeping odors at bay and be sure to use as much as the capacity and your usage will allow.  Most everyone will tell you to always dump your black tank before your grey so that the grey water will rinse your hose clean and I would agree most of the time.  If your using your tried and true sewer hose that you know is capable of handling a rush of 3" sewage, this is the best method.  But, if you are using a sewer hose for the first time or your not sure of your setup, run some grey first to make sure there are no leaks or issues with the connections. If everything is working properly then flush the black and use the remaining grey to rinse the hose. It's a lot easier dealing with a little grey water spillage than it is black water, trust me!  I am also a firm believer in installing tank flush devices into both the grey and black tanks.  You may not be able to use the perfect tank dumping methods in every situation and the flush device will allow you to get them clean once you get to a location that will allow you to rinse the tanks out.  If installing a tank mounted rinser is not possible there are also less convenient wands that you can put down the toilet or a sewer hose connection that allow back filling of the black or grey tank.
Dump Stations
DO NOT pull up to the dump station and pull the dump valve without a hose!  All to many times we see new and old rv'ers alike make this choice and it's a bad one.  It's unsafe and annoying for the next RV'er that needs to use the dump station, even if you rinse down the area which never is done completely.  Either purchase a quick use sewer hose or make one from an old hose you may have laying around that will be used just for the dump station.  It should be approximately 10 feet long depending on your sewer connection and will only need the connector on the inlet side with no connection on the dump station side. This type of hose is easy to handle and can be shoved down the dump station pipe quickly no matter what design they may have. Take the time when the dump station is empty to practice a routine to get you in and out quickly but safely.  On those busy Sunday mornings when everyone leaves at the same time and you have a line of RV'ers waiting to dump their tanks behind you, you don't want to make a mistake that causes a sewage disaster that requires a hazmat suit for clean up.
Sanitation and Sewer Hoses
You don't always need the most expensive sewer hose to successfully maintain your RV's sanitation tanks.  Most RV's will come with an inexpensive sewer hose that can get you through a few trips before making a decision on the best type of sewer hose setup.  The type of camping you do will also dictate what type of hose makes the most sense along with how much you should carry with you.  In most situation 20' of sewer hose in (2) 10' lengths will cover many of the campsite hookup locations.  But the next issue will be carrying that much hose in a sanitary way.  While there are some commercially made carriers some of the best solutions have come from RV'ers who have come up with their own much better sewer hose carrier systems. Here are a few of those in this google search of some of these ingenious setups.    
Not everyone knows where to start when it comes to their RV and that's why we are here to help. For all your RVing needs make sure you Contact Us so we can provide you with everything you will need for your next getaway. Also visit our website to view our inventory and great deals. Whether you own your own RV or are renting one for a road trip, RVUpgrades has made it our duty to make sure your RV and the experiences you have with it are as comfortable and enjoyable as they are supposed to be.