LiveOutdoors.com unveils new and improved website

CraveOnline Media’s LiveOutdoors.com Unveils Site Re-launch with Expanded Native Ad Opportunities, New Editorial and Sales Appointments

(Source: Press release) Evolve Media's CraveOnline Media (http://www.craveonline.com), the largest online male lifestyle publisher, has re-launched LiveOutdoors.com, the most comprehensive lifestyle destination for adventure enthusiasts.

With a concentration on Hunting, Fishing, Recreation and Motorsports, the updated site features a visually-enhanced format with new content marketing opportunities through its recently launched video and editorial franchises. Additionally, LiveOutdoors expanded its staff with a newly added sales director, managing editor, survival expert instructor, and more.

Whether it’s navigating Class 5 rapids, hunting pheasant, or planning a camping trip with friends, LiveOutdoors delivers premium content while connecting brands with a passionate, engaged audience. As an ecosystem of quality outdoor enthusiast websites, LiveOutdoors is powered by CraveOnline Media’s award-winning advertising solutions. The site’s re-launch includes newly produced editorial and video franchises – such as Adventure Tripping, Get Out Alive, Pushing Limits, and Mother Earth – that provide various content marketing opportunities to marketers who hope to target its adventure-loving readership.

To heighten the content strategy, LiveOutdoors hired Managing Editor David Rosenfeld, who will also oversee the newly bolstered editorial staff. Rosenfeld’s love of adventure and vast experience in journalism has led him to cover a range of outdoor-centric assignments, including salmon fishing in Alaska, exploring a silver mine in Bolivia and investigating an off-the-grid community in the Arizona desert.

Also new to the LiveOutdoors team is lifelong outdoorsman and survival expert, Rich Wright. Having spent years learning primitive skills, Wright has been teaching earth/survival skills to children and adults for the last five years and spent nine years on the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. An avid wildlife photographer, he is involved in several local organizations in pursuit of conservation and nature awareness.

To oversee the platform’s advertiser base, LiveOutdoors welcomes Andrew Macaulay as Sales Director. In this role Macaulay will further develop LiveOutdoors burgeoning client roster, which includes brand marketers such as RAM, Carhartt, BFGoodrich, Texas Tourism, Energizer, John Deere and REI. Macaulay, who worked for parent company Evolve Media in years past, also brings previous media sales experience with Carbon Media Group, Bonnier and Forbes. While at Carbon, he partnered with a variety of agencies and clients targeting outdoor enthusiasts through digital brand marketing

“LiveOutdoors has always been the go-to destination for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts across the country, so we’re excited and proud to present this new elevated version of the site to our dedicated audience,” said John Keefer, General Manager of CraveOnline and Vice President of Evolve Media. “With his expanded team of adventure-seeking writers, we are thrilled to see David take the LiveOutdoors site to even greater heights.”

“Over the years, LiveOutdoors has culminated a roster of brand marketers who know that we are able to effectively tap into and engage this dedicated group of adventure enthusiasts,” said Geoff Schiller, Chief Revenue Officer of Evolve Media, parent company of CraveOnline Media. “With our new series franchises, we are now able to offer advertisers an even larger platform for the type of impactful content marketing solutions that CraveOnline Media is known for.”

Look out for special sections in 2016 that will cover the SHOT Show Conference in January, a Spring Fishing Guide in April, a Summer Camping Guide in June, the Outdoor Retailer Show in August and a Fall Hunting Guide in October.

Top Extended Stay Parks Announced by Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide



For November, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide is highlighting Top Extended Stay Parks as part of the publisher’s 12 Months of RVing promotion.

The parks on this list provide amenities and services that keep RVers comfortable and entertained for long durations. Whether staying for a couple of weeks or putting down stakes for a whole season, long-term RVers seek a place that can serve as a temporary home away from home. These parks have created a niche for snowbird travelers, RVers on extended vacations or business travelers seeking a place to stay near a work location.

The editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide chose the list of Extended Stay Parks from the annual publication’s database of more than 7,000 private parks.

Top Extended Stay RV Parks
Arizona
Destiny Phoenix RV Resorts, Goodyear

California
Golden Village Palms RV Resort - Sunland, Hemet (see video above)


Florida
Paradise Island RV Resort, Fort Lauderdale (see video above)
Shady Acres RV Park, Fort Myers
Road Runner Travel Resort, Fort Pierce
Lakeland RV Resort, Lakeland

Idaho
Hi Valley RV Park, Boise

Louisiana
Hidden Ponds RV Park, Lake Charles



Nevada
Victorian RV Park, Sparks (see video above)

North Carolina
Fayetteville RV Resort & Cottages, Wade

Pirateland Family Camping Resort
South Carolina
Barnyard RV Park, Lexington
Myrtle Beach Travel Park, Myrtle Beach
Pirateland Family Camping Resort, Myrtle Beach

Texas
Treetops Carefree RV Resort, Arlington
Shady Creek RV Park and Storage, Aubrey
Sandy Lake RV Park & MHP, Carrollton
Bluebonnet Ridge RV Park & Cottages, Terrell

Virginia
Americamps RV Resort, Ashland

Washington
Horn Rapids RV Resort, Richland

12 Months of RVing

The 12 Months of RVing lists celebrate the diversity of the RV lifestyle. Regardless of RVing travel preferences, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide helps consumers find the parks that support their interests.

Parks participating in this program are featured in press releases, enewsletters and blog posts. Each of the parks will boast a Top Parks badge in their park information page on GoodSamCamping.com. Click here for a list of all parks included in the 12 Months of RVing.

In addition to in-depth listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide features RV lifestyle articles, travel tips, helpful maps and informative itineraries that RVers can use for a journey anywhere in North America.

Top Tips For First Time RVers

Article from Gemma Hart

Heading out in the Great Outdoors and experiencing the sensation of being closer to nature on an RV vacation really is a feeling like no other, and one that you either love or you hate. For RVers, there is no better feeling like the freedom of being out on the open road in your rig and seeing nature, and the road, stretch out before you. Taking an RV vacation for the first time? Here are a few top hints and tips:

Get to Know Your RV

Regardless of whether you have purchased or hired your RV, it is important that you take the time to get to know it before you hit the road. Knowing how your motorhome drives and a little basic amount of its mechanics will stand you in good stead so that if something breaks whilst you’re on the road, you can fix it without wasting time and money with a mechanic at a garage instead of enjoying your vacation. For the same reasons you should also ensure that you have a good level of RV insurance (regardless of whether you’re owning or renting your RV) so that if you do have a breakdown you are protected, and the financial ramifications are minimized. At the very least, you should ensure that you take a practice drive or two around your local neighbourhood to get to know your rigs controls and how it drives before you hit the open road to your final destination with your whole family along for the ride.

Resist the Urge for Spontaneity

The urge to be spontaneous can be strong, particularly when you get out on the open road and begin feeling like a nomad. However true spontaneity doesn’t work particularly well for an RVer, particularly an inexperienced one. There is certainly great pleasure to be found from having the freedom to go exactly where you want, when you want. However you should only experiment with spontaneity within predetermined and sensible confines, such as where you are planning to spend the night, how much money you have in your budget, and how much food you have in the pantry.

It makes sense instead to have a loose plan and to study and research every inch of your map before you leave home, so that you know where the gas stations on your route are, where the nearest camp sites are, and where there are scenic stops that your family will want to see on the way. By gathering this information and planning at least some semblance of a route, you’re far more likely to have a trip that you will all enjoy.

Write a Checklist

You may well see over RVers setting up camp in minutes, like it is the easiest thing in the world, and expect your experience to be the same. However you have to remember that these experienced RVers are likely to have been packing and unpacking their rig in the same way for several years, meaning that the whole routine has become second nature to them. On your first time trip you’re likely to find it a little more tricky. The most important tool in your armory? A comprehensive check list. Your checklist should include reminders to check your pitch for low hanging branches (which can pose a safety risk) and instructions for how to connect your sewer hose and attach your electrical hook up: it’s important for your protection that you wear protective gloves during both of these processes. Then it’s time to pull out your awning, set out your camping equipment (which should be sure to include a table and chairs and a BBQ) and then sit back, relax, and enjoy your vacation.

Your first every RV trip may seem daunting, and there certainly is a lot of research and preparation involved in taking an amazing and successful trip. But RVing is the very best way to see the country, get closer to nature, and explore the wonder of the world beyond our own back yards: once you try it, you’re sure to love it so much that you’ll never take a conventional vacation ever again!

Guest Post: Self-Guided Bicycle Vacations to America’s Southwest

Pure Adventures Brings Self-Guided Vacations On Bicycles to America’s Southwestern Deserts

(Guest Post) Pioneers of self-guided cycling vacations, Pure Adventures (http://pure-adventures.com/), provides October through May self-guided bicycle itineraries in America’s western deserts offering warm and dry conditions that draw top athletes for winter trainings.

Two itineraries include planned routes with must-see highlights as well as advance lodging reservations secured for riders who cycle at their own pace – not at the whims of a group mentality. Top quality bike rentals from hybrid to elite road bikes are available from their extensive fleet; the largest in the Southwest.

With over 300 days of sunshine and incredible scenery, the conditions in this region are perfect for exhilarating road rides, including challenging climbs to beautiful views of the surrounding desert. The ever present Saguaro Cactus is everywhere, but so, too, are the flora and fauna and wildlife that comprise the most diverse southwestern ecosystem in this country.

Scottsdale Arizona Desert Self-Guided Cycling Tour is available Oct. 15, 2015, through April, 2016. The rates start at $1,495 per person double. Road bikes with GPS are available for rent starting at $170 for the Giant Defy. Trek Madone or Specialized Roubaix upgrades are available. This is a moderate-to-challenging six-day itinerary through the Sonoran Desert that begins and ends at Pure Adventures’ headquarters in North Scottsdale, AZ. Riders cover 45-50 miles per day.  Guests lodge at, among others, Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort in one of Arizona's most magnificent scenic areas, the Tonto National Forest on the banks of the Salt River and made famous by the writings of Zane Grey. Day six of this tour is through the Fountain Hills including a popular KOM ridden last year by Bob Roll during a Gran Fondo.

In Scottsdale and Carefree resort lodging on the edge of the desert offers spa and luxury and fine dining or western night out at one of the local saloons! Rides visit the desert where wildlife spotting is highly likely.  At the end of the tour, the trip finishes with an included use of the recovery suite at Faster®Labs, a unique service for cyclists including 3D motion capture bike fitting, and wind tunnel. Tour guests can use the compression boots, cold plunge, and change before onward travel.


US - Tucson & Borderlands Self-Guided Bicycle Tour starts in the cycling hot spot of Tucson, AZ, before diving farther south into the land once home to Geronimo and Cochise. These desert mountains (or sky islands) still hold pockets of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. This six-day tour is available from Oct. 15, 2015, to Apr. 30, 2016. The per person, double rate, is from $1,395. Road bikes with GPS navigation start with the Giant Defy at $170 with upgrades to Trek Madone or Specialized Roubaix models available.

The program starts in Tucson. The first adventures are in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area and include accessing rides in the Catalina Mountains. A famous loop through Saguaro National Park East passes Colossal Cave before heading south to Sonoita, AZ. This route is along the foothills of the Rincon Mountains before climbing steadily into the rolling grassland hills of Arizona’s wine region. Winery stops along quiet roads tucked into big mountains advance the route to near the border of Mexico. Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico is an overnight for exploring local lore. This ride is rated fit to challenging with rolling countryside and some notable hills with an average riding distance of 50+ miles a day.


The rate for each itinerary includes a personal orientation with a local coordinator upon arrival to go over the route book, set up the bikes and get pointers from local experts; accommodation with breakfast for five nights; luggage transfers; detailed road book with maps, cue sheets and suggestions for visitation and site information as well as restaurant suggestions; pre travel documentation and information; pre and post travel assistance and travel planning. Lunches and dinners are usually on-own.
 
In addition to self-guided programs, Pure Adventures offers other ways to organize domestic and international bicycling and hiking vacations: Guided vs Self-Guided vs Supported, Self-Directed, See: http://pure-adventures.com/blog/2014/06/23/how-to-choose-the-perfect-bicycle-vacation/#.VUk4UvlVhHw
 
For more information on all of Pure Adventures guided, self-guided and supported, self-directed tours, call: 800-960-2221 or 480-905-1235, Email: info@pure-adventures.com, or visit online: http://pure-adventures.com.

About Pure Adventures

Pure Adventures was created to meet North America’s growing demand for high-quality, self-guided cycling tours. Pure Adventures leverages and utilizes local expertise for route development, sites to see, people to meet, where to eat, and shop and experience life as a local would. Pure Adventures award-winning tours are competitively priced and meticulously planned with substantial behind-the-scene support creating a unique combination that makes a bicycle adventure more easily accessible to today’s active traveler.
 
This company pioneered self-guided tours in Europe in 1994 and recently launched its first itineraries in North America. Tours span Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and now the United States with the introduction of 20 programs in the West.
 
Pure Adventures was recently recognized with a Best of Travel 2015 award by OUTSIDE Magazine for their California tours that elevated that state to the top destination in the category of Best Road Biking.

Long, Long Honeymoon videos: Surviving the Dump Station, Moka Pots & Sikk Shades



About the Long, Long Honeymoon
After getting married in the Florida Keys, C.S. (Sean) and Kristy Michael spent their wedding night in their newly purchased recreational vehicle — a 25-foot Airstream travel trailer. Instead of jaunting off to honeymoon on a posh Pacific island, the newlyweds hitched up their trusty Ford diesel truck (nicknamed “SEEMORE”) and started exploring America.

Their “long long honeymoon” journey has stretched over 100,000 miles and 49 States, ranging from Key West (the southernmost point in the United States) all the way up to Fairbanks, Alaska. They have camped in every conceivable environment, from scenic national parks to less-than-exotic asphalt parking lots.

A writer and filmmaker, Sean totes his video camera everywhere, relentlessly documenting the experience. And in addition to Sean’s filmmaking equipment, the couple always pack their sense of humor. Their blog explores the lighter side of RV life; or as Kristy says, “the fun stuff!”

Why do they do it? “Because life should be a long long honeymoon…”

You can catch Sean and Kristy’s latest RV adventures (including all of their videos in glorious high-definition) on their website: LongLongHoneymoon.com. When not aboard their Airstream, the newlyweds divide their time between homes in Alabama and Florida. But you can always reach them via email at HoneymoonShow@aol.com.

Rollin' on TV video: Elkhart Open House



In this episode (#2015-21), Rollin' on TV takes us to the largest RV industry non-show in the country - the Elkhart Open House. Plus we visit with Greg Gerber the publisher of RV Daily Report about his new RV consumer web site Let's RV.com. And Jeff Johnston show us how easy it is to install the Icon Direct Aero Shield.

About Rollin' on TV
Now in its fourth year of production, Rollin’ On TV has become a leading RV, lifestyle television program reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For additional information and for times and days the show airs, visit www.rollinontv.com

For the RV or Tent Camper: Lucis the Portable LED Lamp

Lucis the Portable LED Lamp with Over 16 Million Colors Allows Users to Set the Mood Wherever They Go

(Source: Press Release) Lucis, the revolutionary new portable, lifestyle LED Mood Lamp is live on IndieGogo having already raised over 100% of their fundraising goal within 5 days of launching.

Lucis has pioneered a new category in lighting: portable lifestyle lamps. Boasting over 80 hours of battery life on a single 4 hour charge, the innovative cube design has been engineered for the ultimate in portability so anyone can set the mood wherever life takes them.

“My vision of a perfect lamp is a balance between material, design, lumen output, it needs to be wireless— and that’s Lucis,” said Simon Koop, co-founder and designer, who was previously a designer of Spyker Sports Cars for over a decade.

Lucis was designed around the importance that light plays in people's lives; determining everything from rhythm, atmosphere, and mood. The founders of Lucis believe that people should gain more control over the power of light.

At its core, Lucis is truly the world’s first social lamp. It was designed from the ground up to be shared and played with. The touch sensors allow users to easily adjust the brightness or color, and from lava, candle, or torch mode. To further highlight the playfulness of Lucis, the lamp can simply be shaken to switch on and off.

“Most lamps on the market lack the portability and power of Lucis,” says Koop, “we wanted to design a product that can seamlessly be taken camping, to the beach, or even the backyard for reading.”

Lucis is powered by 250 lumen, adjustable to over 16 million different colors, and measures a perfect 4.3” x 4.3” x 4.3”. The lamp is also splash-proof, making it the perfect choice for summer nights by the pool or on the lake.

The Lucis Light starts at $39 on Indiegogo with premium models and tripod stands available at an additional cost.

The Lucis Lifestyle LED Lamp is now live and available for purchase on Indiegogo.

About Lucis / Innovative Brands

Innovative Brands designs, develops, produces and brands consumer products. The company builds high-end solutions for their clients through a worldwide production and distribution network. As a Holland based company, Innovative Brands has strong Dutch design roots with the highest quality standards. The head of design has more than a decade of expertise designing sports cars for Spyker. The sourcing and production department of Innovative Brands has several years of experience working with production facilities in markets worldwide.

For more information on Lucis visit: http://www.lucislamp.com

Rand McNally innovates RV Travel with new dashboard device

For the first time, Rand McNally’s new RV Tablet 80 brings together the capabilities of multiple devices for RVers all in one.

Designed and built for RV travel, the dashboard tablet brings together Rand McNally’s advanced RV GPS navigation and trip planning with entertainment and information – plus extras like a built-in dash cam. The device also comes preloaded with a suite of unique travel apps from Rand McNally, and Wi-Fi connectivity, which provides access to the Android marketplace to check email, download entertainment, and catch up on social media when stopping along the way.

“Our goal was to provide RVers with a new device that will greatly enhance their road trips. So we combined our popular RV GPS with the functionality of an Android tablet and included tools and content just for RVers,” said Rand McNally CEO Stephen Fletcher. “The result is a device that gives RVers navigation specific to their RV type, trip-planning help with thousands of RV-friendly parks, campsites, and points of interest – all while helping keep them connected on the road and off.”

The RV Tablet 80 features an 8-inch screen to maximize viewing of detailed maps and navigation. Designed for use on and off the dashboard, the device has a handy magnetic mount that powers the tablet when connected and allows for easy removal. Off the mount, RVers can take a closer look at detailed trip content, send emails, watch movies, and interact with apps and games.

Inside the powered mount is a commercial-grade antenna that boosts the GPS signal reception for greater location accuracy, as well as a video-in port for back-up and rear-view cameras. The RV Tablet 80 also includes a forward-facing dash cam on the device for monitoring the road ahead.

Additional RV Tablet 80 features:

  • RV GPS — RV-specific routing, trip tools, and all the resources of Rand McNally’s industry-leading RVND GPS devices: Good Sam Parks and Campgrounds, and millions of points of interest; must-see destinations recommended by Rand McNally editors; live weather, traffic, and fuel prices along the route; split-screen junction view on highway interchanges; advanced lane guidance on surface roads; estimated toll costs; and more.
  • TripMaker — Plan a trip and what to see and do along the way, then add them to a multi-stop itinerary—with 13 different categories of entertainment, shopping, museums, and quirky stops off the beaten path, there’s a little something for everyone.
  • Rand McNally’s Road Atlas — An eBook edition of America’s #1 Road Atlas featuring Best of the Road destinations, with pan-and-zoom functionality on each page.

The RV Tablet 80, which includes Rand McNally’s Lifetime Maps and Traffic, is priced at $499.99 (MSRP) and is available at Camping World locations, RV dealers, select online outlets, and store.randmcnally.com. For more information, visit http://www.randmcnally.com/product/rv-tablet.

Gone with the Wynns videos: Crabbing & Camping in Oregon, Whitewater in Alaska and Ice Climbing a Glacier



About Gone with the Wynns


Jason and Nikki Wynn are a couple of perpetual travelers, RVers and modern day documentarians. Their RV is the home of their discoveries and adventures, all depicting the unscripted tale of the quirky couple who traded in everyday life to satisfy their wear-out-your-shoes sense of adventure. Visit their website.

Top Scenic RV Parks by Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide

Tiger's Run RV Resort
For October, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide is highlighting Top Scenic Parks as part of the publisher’s 12 Months of RVing promotion.

These special parks are situated in some of the most attractive destinations in North America. Also included are parks whose landscaping in many cases rivals the stellar landscapes of the surrounding areas.

The editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide chose this list of Scenic Parks from the annual publication’s database of more than 7,000 private parks.

Tom Sawyer's RV Park

Top Scenic RV Parks

Arizona

Arkansas
Tom Sawyer's RV Park, West Memphis

California
Bakersfield RV Resort, Bakersfield 
Santa Nella RV Park, Santa Nella

Petoskey RV Resort
Colorado
Tiger Run RV Resort, Breckenridge

Florida

Michigan

About 12 Months of RVing

The 12 Months of RVing lists celebrate the diversity of the RV lifestyle. Regardless of RVing travel preferences, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide helps consumers find the parks that support their interests.

Parks participating in this program are featured in press releases, e-newsletters and blog posts. Each of the parks will have Top Parks badge in their park information page.

In addition to in-depth listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide features RV lifestyle articles, travel tips, helpful maps and informative itineraries that RVers can use for a journey anywhere in North America.

FREE eBook now available: 'RVing 101: A guide for novice and veteran RVers'



I have a great new addition to my blog. The eBook above, "RVing 101: A guide for novice and veteran RVers," is full of great information about RVs and is courtesy of ROUTE 66 RV Network (more info on this group is below).

Among the topics covered in this downloadable eBook are:
  • RV Lingo
  • The Evolution of the RV
  • Which RV is Right for Me?
  • Rent an RV
  • How to Buy a Used RV
  • How to Save Money in an RV
  • Unique Camping Destinations
  • Courteous Camping

Looking at the options below the eBook, you'll see that you can download it, share it via social media, grab its embed code to put it on your site, jump to a page, zoom/reduce, and make it the full page on your screen.

"RV 101: An Introduction to the RV Lifestyle" was written by the the creative team with ROUTE 66 RV Network, an association of several dozen North American RV dealers who pledge outstanding and expedited service to one another's customers thus providing some real peace of mind for RVers on the road. In fact, a number of ROUTE 66 dealers have this very same eBook on their website.


RVTravel.com videos: Tow Vehicles, LED Basics, Workamping, Tow Dinghy, and Tire Winterization


About RVTravel.com

RVTravel.com, founded in 2000, is one of the most popular RV lifestyle brands on the Internet. Founded by Chuck Woodbury, who serves as its columnist, editor, and from-the-road ambassador, RV Travel offers a YouTube channel, a weekly RVTravel.com e-newsletter, and an online RV bookstore featuring books, e-books, DVDs, CD-roms, music and magazines all dedicated to the RV lifestyle. 
Follow RV Travel on its websiteTwitterYouTube channel and Facebook.

RV product: Plug Saver is a 7-way plug cover

Recently, Rebecca Hack of GR Innovations LLC, reached out to me with a new product that she thought we'd be interested in. It's called the Plug Saver, and it's a 7-way plug cover for a trailer harness.

I've had to reassemble the male end of my camper's plug several times over the years, mostly due to the metal being bent so that it doesn't achieve a solid connection to the female end on our tow vehicle. At the same time, I've noticed some corrosion taking place, which I've had to file away using sandpaper.

At 16 years old, the plug is definitely showing signs of wear and tear.

I wish I would have had the Plug Saver all that time.

Here's what Rebecca had to say about the Plug Saver: "My family and I love camping in our trailer, but hate having to mess with the lights not working due to bugs and dust getting into the plug. That’s when we decided to do something about it and designed the Plug Saver. The Plug Saver will keep the bugs and dirt out of your 7-way harness, keeping it clean and hassle free."

I have to say, I agree with her. It seems solid and and ready to do the job for years to come. Rebecca recommends using dielectric grease on the inside to keep out moisture. It is perfect for winterizing. I winterized my camper two weekends ago — including two new tires and repacking the wheel bearings — so I went back and attached the Plug Saver to the end of the plug.

GR Innovations LLC is a small family-owned business, located in Waterford, Mich. All of our products are made in the USA. Current Retail price is $4.95 and can be purchased on their e-commerce website.


RV Geeks videos: RV Slide-out Seals, Guests' Privacy & Comfort, and Awning Repair



 


About RV Geeks


The RV Geeks offer RV maintenance, repair & travel tips from “Do-It-Ourselves” full-time RVers. They’ve handled most of their own RV maintenance during more than a decade of exploring North America. While not RV technicians, the RV Geeks are mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. They handle most of our own minor service, repair and upgrade work on our 2005 43′ Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. We also maintained our 2002 39′ Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during our first two years on the road. Visit their website and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Diamond Kote introduces the Most Advanced Rodent Protection for RV's

(Source: Release) Diamond Kote, headquartered in Toronto, introduced Mouse Shield, a dual impact rodent control technology, in a company announcement recently. Mouse Shield Pro combines a durable, automotive grade undercoating shield with a highly concentrated, all-natural repellent that drives rodents away.

A durable, vulcanized rubber-based undercoating, with a super-concentrated, natural rodent repellent, Mouse Shield creates a permanent, non-greasy, non-sticky barrier. Its abrasion-resistant coating effectively seals the most common mice entry points, while the secret repellent ingredient has a smell and taste that effectively deter mice before they can do any harm.

Stephen Clelland, President of WGI Manufacturing, the makers of Diamond Kote, says, "The most extensive damage caused by mice is electrical - a result of them chewing their way not only into your RV but through its wiring. Diamond Kote has engineered the best technology available to protect your investment and your home on the road."

It's a fact that when RV owners move out and store their vehicles for the winter, mice move in. Diamond Kote stops mice at the point of entry, slamming the door on rodent invasion, safely and effectively.

Diamond Kote is Canada's longest serving manufacturer and supplier of automotive appearance and protection products and programs. Founded in 1968 by Charles S. Walker, the Diamond Kote brand has become a renowned product name in North America, Europe and China.

For more information, visit: www.diamondkote.com.

Veteran Outfitter Western River Expeditions Names Top Favorite Whitewater Runs on Colorado River

(Guest Post) Where’s the wild water on the mighty Colorado River?

The legendary Colorado River is just another float trip until it crashes into Westwater Canyon just over the Utah/Colorado border and upstream from Moab, UT, says whitewater rafting pioneer Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/). After this introductory splash, named by National Geographic as “The West’s best short whitewater run,” the Colorado River gains momentum and a well-earned reputation for some real kick-in-the-butt, whitewater rapids that live deep down in the Canyonlands of Utah (Cataract Canyon) and farther down in the Grand Canyon of Arizona.

While every commercial boatman has his or her own favorite, the team at Western River Expeditions got together and agreed upon their top eight most beloved rapids along the course of the Colorado River. While there’s still time to enjoy a trip this season, reservations are already open for 2016, a year that may experience the best spring runoff on record thanks to the predicted effects of an unusually strong El NiƱo, adds Brandon Lake, CMO of Western River Expeditions.
 
8. House Rock Rapid, mile 17, Grand Canyon (rated 8/10 on the Grand Canyon’s 1-10 scale): House Rock is a fun left side run along a sheer canyon wall, with a great hole at the bottom. Rafters can grab as much or as little of the hole as they want. This rapid is a good indicator of what is to come in the way of hits further down river.

7. Skull Rapid, Westwater Canyon (rated Class IV+): Tight canyon walls and a big rock in the middle create a big hole and wave, both obstacles difficult to avoid. Rock of Shock is a canyon wall that splits the current immediately below the initial hole. Billow to the left and you’re done. Billow to right and you enter the “Room of Doom” carved out of the right side wall by the vortex created by the split current from the Rock of Shock.
 
6. Hance Rapid, mile 76.5, Grand Canyon (rated 10/10): Just before the Colorado River descends into the ‘inner gorge’ of the Grand Canyon, it is strained through a wide rock garden known as Hance Rapid. Smaller boats can sneak a line through the left side between medium sized pour-overs and car sized boulders. The typical run enters from the right then quickly darts toward the ‘Duck Pond’ in the center to avoid the main pull of current that cascades over a mess of house-sized boulders just right of center. Below the duck pond is a wedge run between two pour-overs. Anything outside of that pinball line in the center of the froth leads to holding on tight while possibly banging through sideways or even backwards. From a passenger’s perspective it’s a fun ride like most other rapids, but the guide really sweats it out in Hance!
 
5. Big Drop 3, Cataract Canyon (rated Class IV): After Big Drop 2 comes Big Drop 3. In high water, Big Drop 2 and 3 basically merge into just one enormous drop. Left of center in Big Drop 3 is a place to avoid called Satan’s Gut. Often the National Park Service will have in high water levels a rescue boat hanging around the Big Drops -- for good reason.

4. Big Drop 2, Cataract Canyon (rated Class IV): In the spring, with flows of over 50,000 cubic feet per second, it is perhaps the largest of the largest whitewater in North America -- even surpassing that of the Grand Canyon. When a high water year does happen once a decade or so, it is not an overstatement to say the waves in Big Drop 2 and 3 are nearly three stories high. In regular to low water flows the rapids of Cataract Canyon calm down but are exciting none-the-less with difficult rock mazes, punctuated with hard-hitting whitewater. When John Wesley Powell and his men first encountered these gnarly rapids back in late summer of 1869, they lacked the skill and equipment to joyfully navigate them. They lined their boats around all of them, and spoke only of the toil and labor. But today it’s more fun to run them! As rafters set up for Big Drop 2 the river drops out of view. Little Niagara appears on river right; this is a pour over to avoid without dodging too far to the left. The risk is being swallowed by Satan’s Gut where Big Drop 2 flows immediately into Big Drop 3.
 
3. Hermit Rapid, mile 95, Grand Canyon (rated 8/10): What Hermit Rapid lacks in appellation, it makes up for in pure ride. Roughly eight massive roller-coaster-like waves line up with a ‘sky-is-falling’ crescendo on the last one. Adventurers emerge (soaked) with an adrenaline surge they’ve likely never experienced before. Some smaller boats are compelled to avoid the largest of these rolling compression waves but a good oarsman or kayaker who can match the momentum of the wave may get a smaller craft through without getting flipped. Western’s J-Rig rafts were designed with large water rapids in mind, and the J-Rig really shines in Hermit. The way it flexes over the waves with its two-part frame system enhances the ride like no other raft.
 
2. Lava Falls Rapid, mile 179, Grand Canyon (rated 10/10): Lava Falls has a big reputation. Before Crystal came along this was the premier drama-maker. This rapid, sometimes called “Vulcan”, is what is left from dinosaur days of a 500-foot-high lava dam across the river. Today the 15-foot-high and 30-foot-wide ledge hole is enough to strip boats of all their inhabitants, gear, frames, straps and inflation. Although some YouTube fame-seekers have tried (and failed) to prove otherwise, there is no middle run through Lava Falls. It is a big run on the right side of the ledge hole through the boat-swallowing V-wave and then through unpredictably rolling seas that build and crash against the house-sized chunk of lava at the bottom right known as “Big Bertha.” There’s a lot of water, a lot of drop and a very dangerous ledge hole at the top. Knowing where to be and where not to be, and knowing where you are in relation to either of those is the key to any rapid. This one can be very deceiving from above. Whether upside-down or right-side up, don’t underestimate “Son of Lava” just downstream of the tail waves. The left-side run is a narrow Vulcan “trick” with some unpleasant consequences if you don’t get the line just right.

1. Crystal Rapid, mile 99, Grand Canyon (rated a 10/10): All Grand Canyon rafting trips are informally measured in two parts, above Crystal and below Crystal. Many “ABC Parties” (Alive Below Crystal) have been celebrated on any one of the beaches below this rapid. Rated a pure 10 (comparable to a class V+ in the international scale) it begins with a long glossy v-shaped tongue that pours directly into one of the biggest waves in the Grand Canyon.
 
In the catastrophic flood year of 1983 this hole was said to be roughly three stories high from trough to crest. Though considerably smaller today, it is still a factor. The sinewy lateral wave on river right is tough to break through, and many boats prefer to take their chances squaring up to the big wave anyway. Beyond that, much of the current careens for the Slate Creek wall that interrupts the current from the left side, throwing a lateral wave that pitches rafters either squarely into the “Maytag Hole” (so named because it likes to tumble small boats, non-stop, like a washing machine) or spitting them out directly atop Crystal’s acre-sized rock garden. The garden is marked by a large boulder named “Big Red” (a.k.a Shelob) that lies in wait like a giant red-bellied black widow spider for any neophytes unlucky enough to get trapped in her web.
 
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About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).
 
Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah rafting, and Idaho rafting trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for nine consecutive years.