Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Fit RV videos: Winnebago Era 170M, Campfire Defender, Flatpack Grill, Truma, & Lithionics RV Lithium Batteries



About The Fit RV

Meet Stef & James: Travato-owning outdoor enthusiasts keeping fit and active on the road. Get inspired, be entertained, & find (sometimes) useful RV tips! Follow The Fit RV on their websiteblogFacebook pageTwitter account and on Pinterest.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Part 4: REI videos about camping are the perfect cure for cabin fever

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Part 3: REI videos about camping are the perfect cure for cabin fever

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Like Crocs? You'll love Floafers



Editor's note: Crocs are the ultimate oxymoron. They're ugly and they make my feet sweat. But they clean up easy and they're indestructible. I don't wear mine anymore, but my camping friends and relatives wear them constantly around the campsite. For them and Croc-lovers everywhere, here's some info about Floafers, a new product from a startup company. (Although, I have to admit, the white ones have a sort of Cousin Eddie look about them.)


Floafers, Lightweight, Waterproof Shoes that Combine the Elegant Look of a Loafer with the Versatility of a Croc, Launch on Kickstarter

Floafers, versatile shoes that feature the style of driving loafers with the utility of true, slip-resistant water shoes that can literally be worn anywhere, today launched on Kickstarter.

For Floafers co-creator Hayes Brumbeloe, the idea for the unique shoes has been three years in the making.

“My wife and I were planning a trip to the Bahamas and I really wanted a pair of loafers I could wear to the beach, in the water or on a boat… a pair of shoes also stylish enough to fit right in, even when worn at a restaurant or an office,” Brumbeloe said. “What we eventually came up with was stylish loafers combined with the utility of crocs.”

Developed as a stylish lifestyle shoe brand, Floafers are made of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam – an environmentally-friendly material that is lightweight and waterproof. The soles of the shoes are made with scruff-proof and slip-resistant Thermoplastic Copolyester (TPC) rubber – which makes them ideal for wearing on boats or any kind of wet surface.

“When it comes to vacationing, especially on short weekend outings, with Floafers, you only need one pair of shoes,” Brumbeloe said. “They even have a utility hole in each pair that allows you attach your Floafers to your backpack, your bike, your golf bag – or even to a tube as you float down a river. Floafers even float.”

While Floafers have the versatility to be worn at the office, they are ideal for many outdoor activities including: 
  • Boating: sailing, yachting, power-boating, windsurfing, kayaking & canoeing
  • Fishing: recreational, competitive, deep-sea & weekend warriors
  • Leisure: Biking and walking, tubing & paddle-boarding
  • Outdoors: hiking, backpacking & camping
  • Travel and cruises: resorts, beaches, water parks & pool parties
  • Golfing:19th hole approved!
Since they have the stylish look of loafers, and with their slip-resistant soles and comfort, Floafers can also be worn in doctors’ offices by nurses, X-ray/lab technicians, etc.; at restaurants by chefs, line cooks, wait staff, dishwashers; or at any job, like retail, where employees are on their feet for long hours.

They are breathable, designed with strategic vent holes and side gills to allow for fast drying, and are also anti-microbial and odor-resistant.

Brumbeloe also notes that Floafers were made to be very affordable compared to crocs and other similar shoes on the market today.

For more information, visit the Floafers Kickstarter campaign page.

About Floafers 
Floafers is a startup shoe company based in Dallas founded in 2014 by Hayes Brumbeloe and Daniel Rubertone with a mission to produce attractive, stylish and functional shoes for both men and women, with plans to offer a line of children’s shoes. The company’s first line of Floafers have a patented design that includes strategic vent holes and side gills for breathability and fast drying, and are offered in several stylish designs which make Floafers a “lifestyle shoe brand, perfect for any occasion.” For more information, visit floafers.com.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Goodyear launches American-made 'Endurance' trailer tire

Editor's note: This press release from Goodyear is huge news for RVers everywhere. Google "RV Tire" and you'll be bombarded with hits about Chinese-made tires prone to blowouts. Just last summer we had a blowout on our way to a campground in Cooperstown, N.Y. If these Endurance tires from Goodyear are any good at all, they will quickly dominate the market.

For years, hobbyists who tow boats, jet skis and snowmobiles to recreational destinations have asked for an American-manufactured trailer tire to help carry their cargo with confidence. Millions of workers who haul equipment from job to job have echoed that desire.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has answered that call with the new Endurance trailer tire, which was unveiled this week during Goodyear’s 2017 Customer Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“Goodyear is proud and excited to introduce the Endurance, the only radial special trailer tire built in the United States,” said Ryan Patterson, president of Goodyear’s North American consumer tire business.

A tire capable of transporting the heaviest and most crucial cargo, The Goodyear Endurance features Goodyear Durawall Technology, which helps resist sidewall cuts and punctures.

Available in Load Ranges D and E to accommodate larger trailer load capacities, the entire Endurance trailer line carries the N speed rating allowing consumers to travel at highway speeds. The Endurance also contains a wide range of features, including:
  • An optimized tread depth and decoupling groove, which help it remain cool while towing heavy loads;
  • Rugged fabric-steel construction, which offers improved durability and carrying capacity while remaining compatible with tire pressure monitoring systems and typical tire inflation stations;
  • A specialized inner liner, which minimizes air loss in trailer applications; and
  • A scuff guard, which helps protect sidewalls.

In addition to introducing the new Endurance, Goodyear has unveiled a brand new, special trailer size: ST 255/85R16. The Endurance is the only tire on the market available in that size.

“The launch of the Goodyear Endurance is an exciting development for consumers who want a durable, domestically manufactured tire that they can trust to carry their important cargo,” said Patterson. “Goodyear is proud to meet this need with the new Endurance.”

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

(More) Love your RV videos: RV Thermostat Upgrade, Wire Shelving, Kofa NWR Palm Canyon, & Replacing A Suburban Water Heater



About Love Your RV
Three and one half years ago Ray and Anne Burr sold their home in Victoria, British Columbia, and bought a brand new fifth wheel trailer. They set off on an amazing one-year journey traveling all around the U.S. and Canada. About three months into it, they knew this was the life for them and became full timers traveling south in the winters and retreating to the north for the summers. They regularly update their blogsite of their travels and adventures.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rollin' on TV: RVBusiness Magazine RV of the Year Awards


On this week's program (#2017-xx), Rollin' On TV presents a special episode for the 2017 RVBusiness Magazine RV Of The Year Awards show held at the RVMH Hall Of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Ind.
As you may know, I'm the managing editor of RVBusiness magazine so I make several appearances in this video. Be sure to pay attention at the 11:43 mark, where I expertly itch (not pick) my nose with my knuckles.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Love your RV videos: NOCO GB150 Battery Booster Review, Boondocking Power Tip, Lensun Remote Solar Ground Panel Mod, & Cibola National Wildlife Refuge



About Love Your RV
Three and one half years ago Ray and Anne Burr sold their home in Victoria, British Columbia, and bought a brand new fifth wheel trailer. They set off on an amazing one-year journey traveling all around the U.S. and Canada. About three months into it, they knew this was the life for them and became full timers traveling south in the winters and retreating to the north for the summers. They regularly update their blogsite of their travels and adventures.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Midwest Outdoor Expo coming Mach 24-26 to Indy

If you boat, ride, travel or just simply enjoy the outdoors, mark your calendars now to attend the Midwest Outdoor Expo on Friday to Sunday, March 24-26, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium. This exciting expo will feature hundreds of exhibitors from all over the Midwest including those from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio showcasing RV's, boats, bicycles, power sports, outdoor living, accessories, and much more!

The Midwest Outdoor Expo is debuting in Indianapolis this year by bringing together over 30,000 outdoor adventure lovers, young and old alike, under one roof. What started as a simple conversation between Jay & Lincoln Hine from Hine Productions and Brett Cole from Lucas Oil Stadium quickly became one of the premier outdoor enthusiast opportunities in the country.

For the first time ever, experience Indianapolis' amazing skyline from one of two tethered Hot Air Balloons at Lucas Oil Stadium and see the Indianapolis skyline like no one has before.

The 1st Annual Midwest Outdoor Expo spans three days in conjunction with the Nike Midwest Qualifier Volleyball Tournament held on Friday, March 24 through Sunday March 26, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center. It is a mingling of ages and interests with the purpose of showcasing all the greatest outdoor lifestyles – from a Vintage RV Showcase to the biggest Midwest Tiny Home Exhibit and alternative housing, including Yurts, to a variety of seminars all with the purpose of educating, connecting, and inspiring. The very heartbeat of the concept behind the event is to connect the outdoor community. Nowhere else will all outdoor enthusiasts have the best outdoor vendors and premier lifestyle providers together in one place; at the spectacular Lucas Oil Stadium.  Plan a trip today to experience Indianapolis' all-inclusive recreational outdoor sports showcase.

In addition to a great line-up of exhibitors, the Expo will be hosting seminar speakers, demonstrations, and entertainment for the whole family. Daily activities for children of all ages include balloon sculptures, face painting, magic shows, and live music. For the more adventurous family members, rock wall climbing, bungee trampoline, zipline and an inflatable park can be found in the Family & Kids Zone.

It comes as no surprise to outdoor enthusiasts that the recreational and outdoor industry has experienced tremendous growth in the past 3-4 years. Join us in welcoming Camping World, Pete's RV, Total Value RV, Marine Center of Indianapolis, Denny's Marina, Just Add Water Boats, Yurts of America, Behr, and the Disabled American Veterans to our Exhibitors deck.  For a complete list of exhibitors, visit us online at www.midwestoutdoorexpo.com.

General admission is $12 for adults. Children 15 and under are $3 and our 3 and under children are free.

This Year's Midwest Outdoor Expo Hours:

  • Friday, March 24: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (First Responders Day)
  • Saturday, March 25: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (Veterans Day) 
  • Sunday, March 26: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Family Day)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fireworks-Free Fourth of July offers veterans, others quieter camping options in several Michigan State Parks



The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan
Veterans Affairs have partnered for the third year in a row to offer
Fireworks-Free Fourth of July in several state parks and recreation
areas. Leelanau State Park, in the northwest Lower Peninsula,
is one of 11 state parks accepting reservations. (DNR photos/info)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) again have collaborated to offer Fireworks-Free Fourth of July alternative camping options for veterans and other visitors seeking a quieter holiday this season. Several Michigan state parks and recreation areas will participate July 1-4.

For the third year in a row, the DNR and the MVAA have worked together to offer alternative camping options for those veterans and other visitors, including pet owners, looking for a calmer Fourth of July. These participating campgrounds are located farther away from traditional community firework displays.

“We are pleased to help honor our veterans by offering alternative camping options for veterans, or anyone, who wants a quieter experience in Michigan's great outdoors,” said DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson. "It's early enough that campsite reservations are still available in all of these parks."

Fireworks-Free Fourth of July offers alternative camping options
July 1-4 for veterans and other visitors seeking a quieter holiday
this season. Eleven Michigan state parks and recreation areas are
participating this season, including Wells State Park in the
Upper Peninsula.
Camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance, which means that the window to reserve these campsites is already here. To check camping availability and make a reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

“We are proud to partner with the DNR to offer those veterans seeking quieter Fourth of July alternative options,” MVAA Director James Robert Redford said. "Post-traumatic stress injury, also known as post-traumatic stress disorder, can occur after a person has been through a traumatic event. For some, fireworks and other loud, unexpected noises can trigger intense feelings of stress, fear or anger, and Fireworks-Free Fourth provides an alternative when celebrating our nation’s freedom.”

The following parks will host *Fireworks-Free Fourth of July, July 1-4:



*Fireworks-Free Fourth of July parks are located far from community displays; however, the DNR cannot guarantee that fireworks will not be set off near the state parks. Aerial fireworks such as Roman candles and bottle rockets are not allowed in Michigan state parks at any time, but small, low-impact fireworks such as fountain fireworks, sparklers and ground spinners are allowed.

To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/FireworksFreeFourth. Learn more about services for Michigan veterans at MichiganVeterans.com or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

Join the conversation online and spread the word about Fireworks-Free* Fourth of July with the hashtag #FwF4th. For more information, contact Stephanie Yancer (DNR) at 989-274-6182 or Jason Wilkinson (MVAA) at 517-284-5228.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Rollin' on TV: A Closer Look at Livin' Lite RV & a Vintage RV Resort



On this week's program (#2017-02), Rollin' On TV's Bob Zagami visits with Robbie McClure of Livin-Lite and learns all about the companies line of all aluminum trailers. Then Jeff Johnston takes us to the Vintages RV Resort in Dayton, Oregon, where you can spend a night or week staying in a vintage RV. Also, we visit KR-RV, the new owners of Livin' Lite RV trailers.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.

RV & Camping Gear (Part 2) from Camco