Every now and then you get a product that does EXACTLY what it is supposed to do and does it very ..... very well. The Schumacher DH139 is that product. This handy generator runs off the internal 750Wh Lithium battery which creates 110v power (up to 500w) for your electrical needs. Great for camping, tailgating and more. Benefits of this little generator? There is NO sound from the internal inverter. None.... But that's not all. There's no messy gas tank to fill, no o
After 15+ years of buying Trojan "Flooded" batteries for our RV's, we made the move to Lithium. Why did I wait so long...??? I know these have been available for a while and I've always thought they were nice, but never really considered making the move nor the investment. Last summer we camped in 100 degree weather for over 8 days straight. This caused us to run our generator everyday to keep the batteries charged. We decided it was time to make a BIG change. We spe
We recently wrote about adding Rear Lights to our Bighorn. We added this feature as we typically arrive at our campsite in the dark during winter camping trips. The rear lights did an amazing job of providing light at the back of the RV, yet we still had some blind spots on the side of the RV. Luckily, when running the wire for the rear lights, we added additional wiring for side lights just in case....!! In the pictures below, you can see the door side (with the stairs) a
We can connect to our 5th wheel hitch and the King Ping with ease. Easy....breezy. However, attaching that DARN emergency brake cable from the King Pin to our truck/hitch...NOT FUN. It's the one step that I don't look forward to. You have be 7 feet tall to reach over the wheel well and get the cable!!! For the record....I'm not 7 foot tall. To complete this task, I have to step up on the tire, pull myself up and then quickly reach under the nose of the 5th wheel to gra
You think about it during storms...you hope it doesn't happen...but sometimes it does. ...POWER OUTAGE... Now what? First, you make sure everyone is safe, then you start to think about how to manage through it. Forget those headaches! The Storm 700 by Schumacher will power critical items during a power outage, keep you safe and out the dark. Other great places to use the Storm 700: Football tailgater - Say goodbye to loud and gas smells from generator Camping in remote loc
We didn't think about the quality of our water while camping because we installed what most RV campers do.... a Camco water filter. Yet, when we dug a bit deeper into this issue, we discovered that it wasn't doing the job as much as we thought. Our sense of security with our water was washed away!! Sure, sediments over 100-microns were being filtered out with the Camco filter....but it wasn't removing the harmful contaminants such as Silt, Bacteria and Giardia. ICK!! We
If you have an RV with the self leveling feature, you probably are using a LCI (Lippert Components Inc.) controller. This controller acts as the brains of the leveling system, ensuring your RV is level, regardless of the ground conditions. Now what happens if this controller goes bad....well, you have to replace it of course. In the video below, we walk you through this quick 5 minute process. If possible, make sure your RV is level before starting, as this will help onc
Flashlights come and go, but sometimes along comes advancements in battery technology and design enhancements combined with a simple, yet unique feature that leaves all other flashlights in the dark. Listed below are is the full feature set of SL137R Flashlight. But the feature that stands out and above all others is the addition of a STRONG magnet at the base. Combine that with the 360° swivel and tilt ball joint, and this flashlight can hold itself in countless positions.
It's the season of giving....and everyone is on the hunt for the perfect gift. Gifts for the RV can sometimes be tricky. To help out, we selected 15 items from our RV in hopes that you also find them useful in your RV life. This list includes suggestions from"stocking suffers" to "OMG...Best Gift Ever!!"....and several in-between items. Most are practical, some are fun yet some can really help out in difficult situations. Enjoy the video below! And, Happy Holidays! Link
While we love "boondocking" (camp with no hook-ups).... we still have a few items we need to keep charged in order play music or our GPS that we use riding our dirt bikes. We've used a Schumacher "Instant Portable Power" unit for about 6 years. I can't count how many times we've used it over the years. It is a solid "work horse" and has never failed to perform. It's an impressive tool! We've used it for big jobs such as jump starting cars and filling tires to the proper
Camping during the winter is possible in Oregon as we typically don't have severe weather conditions that require an RV to "winterized" with RV Antifreeze. This means we can leave after work on Friday and come home Sunday afternoon! However, camping in the winter months usually means we are arriving to campsites in the dark. Arriving to the campsite in the dark is not so bad....it's the parking that provides its own set of challenges and struggles. We determined that usin
It will happen... most likely, when you least expect it! The water pump in your RV will....just....stop.....working. (Nooooooooo!!!) Or perhaps, after a long winter with freezing temperatures, there was a bit of residual water in the pump.....which led to cracking within the internal parts the pump. (Boooooo!) For whatever reason, your water pump needs to be replaced. It may seem like a daunting task...but it's really quite easy! We have been researching water pumps.
Melinda asked me during our last trip, "Why do we always have to flip on 3 light switches in the bathroom? Why can't it be just one switch"? After thinking about her questions for just a split second....I said, "You're right. Great Idea!" Here is the new master switch installed above the three existing switches. I guess they put in 3 switches in case you are REALLY trying to save power when dry camping, but I fixed that!! Here is my solution....very easy.
1 - Disconnect a
While camping at Wickiup Reservoir last year, a hummingbird visited the painted red sections on the outside of our trailer. He would buzz by, stop....hover near the trailer.....zip to the other side....and then would take off! This would happen several times a day. We were surprised by the visits... as this never happened before during our trips to Wickiup in previous years. While driving home from our trip, we decided to put a hummingbird feeder on our list of items, so
We installed a 2000 watt Go Power Inverter to go along with our 3 Trojan T-1275 batteries in our Bighorn, but after a while we felt the need for a more efficient converter. We also wanted to cut down all the extra wiring in the RV. Go Power! IC-2000 was the answer! It's a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter with a built in converter/charger (100 amp) and built in transfer switch (Dual 50 amp). As an added bonus, it also comes with a battery temperature sensor and the remote