Wednesday, July 16, 2008

DVD: Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro

Video hosts Mark Polk (RV Education 101) and RVer/tour bus driver Lorrin Walsh show you how to drive your motorhome the correct and safe way. You'll learn unique driving techniques needed to become a safer and a more confident driver. Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro is a complete video guide to professional driving techniques for beginners to experienced drivers. It takes commercial driving training techniques and converts them to layman's terms, and it explains basic rules so you can apply them to any vehicle you might drive. Driving a motorhome, especially for the first time can be very intimidating. The truth is with power steering, automatic transmissions and great visibility almost any experienced driver can quickly adapt to driving a motorhome, but the question is are you driving it the right way? Learn more or order.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

CD-Rom: RV Owner's Travel Pac

This very handy CD-rom will help you keep your RV life organized. It includes 12 full-featured organizing and accounting software programs designed exclusively for RV owners. With this multi-use program you can keep track of expenses, your inventory, phone and email addresses, recipes, your rig’s maintenance, medical information and more. A mileage calculator will help you understand your use of fuel and help you stretch your miles per gallon. The “Campground Plus” program keeps tracks of campgrounds, restaurants and other services you use on your RV journeys -- and there’s plenty of room for your personal notes. You will feel safer with your personal information secure in the Virtual Information Safe. Learn more or order.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

On the Go! Microwave-Convection Cooking

The author of “Microwave-Convection Cooking” has taught classes and written about microwave cooking for decades. She now travels the country giving classes at RV rallies on how to use the microwave-convection oven that's replaced the regular oven in most new RVs. This edition includes information about microwaves and convection ovens, what combination modes mean, cooking utensils, racks, and preheating. The recipes are simple and have minimal ingredients making this the perfect cookbook for RVers and those at home who are also on-the-go. Each recipe includes nutrition/serving information and combination cooking tips. Learn more or order

Guides to Free Campgrounds East & West - Save!

Here are two great guides to free and inexpensive campgrounds packaged together to save you $5.68 over purchasing them separately. These are the most comprehensive guides to free and inexpensive campgrounds in the East and West – "must-have" directories for RVers who want to save money on camping. The East volume, published in 2005, lists virtually every campground in the East (including Missouri, Louisiana, Iowa and Arkansas) where you can stay for free or under $12. The West edition, published in 2007, lists virtually every campground in 17 western states where you can stay for free or under $12. Author Don Wright lists campgrounds operated by state fishing agencies and state parks, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, the Corps of Engineers, regional and local utility companies, county parks, and more. He lists perhaps a couple hundred small town city parks, where RVers are permitted a night stay (or longer in most cases) for free or practically nothing. Learn more order

Thursday, June 12, 2008

2008 Wal-Mart Atlas

Wal-Mart isn’t a campground, but you might think otherwise some evenings when the corner of a store’s parking is occupied by a few dozen RVers "camped" for the night. Most Wal-Mart stores permit a free overnight stay in a self-contained RV, and that’s where this great directory comes in handy. The 2008 Wal-Mart Atlas provides driving directions to more than 4,000 Wal-Mart stores, Supercenters and Sam's Club stores in the 49 states. Plus, all Wal-Marts with their own gas stations that sell diesel fuel (save money) are indicated, along with pharmacies, auto service centers and GPS coordinates. Learn more or order

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

DVD: Alaska: RV Adventure of a Lifetime

Come along on the adventure of a lifetime! Filmmaker John Holod has done a spectacular job on this entertaining 85-minute tour of the best places to see in Alaska by RV. More than 25 years ago John Holod traveled 1,400 miles of dirt road up the Alaska Highway to visit the last frontier by motorcycle. The lure of the great state has brought him back again and again through the years. This time he invites you to come along in the comfort of his motorhome. John shares his favorite places and shows you the best routes to save you time and money on your next Alaska adventure. John begins on the Alaska Highway, then moves onto other routes, pointing out all the highlights along the way. Even if you never plan to travel the routes yourself, you will thoroughly enjoy John’s narration, his wonderful scenic videos, and his stops at the unique and scenic attractions along the way. Learn more or order

Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures (Over 50)

This completely revised and updated edition has even more information about trips, discounts, clubs, programs, and special perks for anyone over 50. "Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50" includes amazing bargains on: Airfares, hotels, car rentals, and public transportation. Vacations designed for grandparents and grandkids. Adventure destinations, tennis camps, golf vacations, ski clubs, bike trips, and walking tours. Free-or almost free-college educations. Learn more or order

Alaska Almanac

Everyone knows Alaska is our biggest state, that Mt. McKinley is North America's tallest mountain, and that Nome is colder than anywhere you should ever want to be. But did you know that your chances of being killed by a bear in Alaska are greater than your chances of being run over by a New York City cabbie? Or that it gets so chilly up there that your tires will go flat? Or that half of all Alaskan “man-overboard” accidents happen because a guy tried to relieve himself over the side? Well these are things you should know. Now you have no excuse, because this 31st edition of The Alaska Almanac will guide you toward a thorough understanding of this weird and wonderful state. Learn more or order

Silver Palaces

Once these silver palaces were on the road, well, the end of the highway was never in sight. Travel back in time and experience America's silver masters of the road with vintage trailer expert Douglas Keister as he explains the simple, historical beginning of the streamlined trailer, its evolution, and the state of vintage trailer collection and restoration today. If Airstream is the queen of travel trailers, then the Silver Streak is a sister, Spartan and Boles Aero were its cousins, and the Hunt and Thompson housecars were the mansions of the road. Photographs of all these and more-plus the vintage automobiles that pull them around the country today-will delight and entertain you. Find out how the many challenges in making mobile spaces for living were addressed, how World War II affected trailer production and evolution, and how the RV and travel associations that sprang up around the country influenced the growth of this incredibly American obsession! Learn more or order

2008 Next Exit Directory

Never take a wrong exit off an Interstate highway again. The 2008 Next Exit lists every exit along every Interstate and details exactly what you will find at each: gas stations (including which brands and if they offer diesel), campgrounds, truck stops, casinos, laundries, retail stores (by name) shopping malls, movie theaters, factory outlet malls, drug stores, hospitals, rest areas, and more. Businesses are identified by name. Looking for a Wal-Mart? The Next Exit will tell you exactly which exit to take to find it. The Next Exit is the most complete Interstate highway directory published and a best seller year after year. Learn more or order

RVer's Guide to Corps of Engineers Campgrounds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages more than 12 million acres of land and water. RVer’s Guide to Corps of Engineers Campgrounds describes over 600 Corps-managed campgrounds on nearly 200 lakes around the country. All the featured lakes have campgrounds with developed sites suitable for RVs. Detailed campground information includes location and directions to each campground, season of operation, fees, amenities and facilities, RV length limit, number of campsites and type of hookups available. Learn more or order

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wow - Postcard from surprised customer

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Yet another happy customer. Thanks so much for sharing!


The postcard reads:


"Wow.


So surprised to receive our order SO quick!


Great Customer service.


This was our first order, but be assured with service l ike this it will not be out last."


Friday, April 18, 2008

America's Best Low-Tax Retirement Towns

It's possible to save thousands of dollars a year in retirement by choosing a tax-friendly retirement town. Your state and local taxes will change if you move in retirement, probably to a greater degree than you’d ever imagine. Learn which towns' taxes are lowest and which are the highest in this easy-to-use guide. The authors tally the total taxes of 203 metropolitan areas and top retirement towns. They included state and local income tax, property tax, personal property tax, sales tax and a slew of other miscellaneous and well-disguised taxes, then rank each city's total tax burden for easy comparison. Learn more or order

DVD: RVing Alaska (with Joe and Vicki Kieva)

What if you had an RVer friend who was a veteran traveler of the Alaska Highway and the Alaska Ferry system, and they were willing to share everything they knew about the trip with you? Well, that’s what you get here. RV travel experts Joe and Vicki Kieva tell you what to expect and how to prepare for an RV trip to and from Alaska. Topics include: road conditions and driving tips, campgrounds, fuel stops, repair facilities, stores and restaurants along the Alaska Highway. They tell you how to prepare for the trip and offer border crossing tips. The Kievas tell you why they like to take the ferry to Alaska and then return home with their RV via the Alaska Highway. In this DVD by producer John Holod, you’ll learn about travel on the ferry, too -- costs, eating and sleeping onboard, the best time to visit to see wildlife (and avoid mosquitos), how to access the Internet along the way, and how to deal with pets if they come along. Really, Joe and Vicki pretty much answer all the questions any Alaska-bound RVer would ask about the trip. Learn more or order

Interstate Travel Guide

The Interstate Travel Guide is the book to quickly and easily locate rest areas, welcome centers, scenic turnouts, Flying J Travel Plaza locations, and RV dump stations, along America's Interstate highways. Rest area listings include amenities available such as restrooms, family restrooms, telephones, picnic tables, vending machines, RV dump stations, designated pet walk areas, handicap facilities, on-site security and wireless Internet access. You'll also find general rest area usage rules. The Interstate Travel Guide is packed with information and is one book every RV traveler should have tucked away in his or her glove box! Learn more or order

Friday, April 4, 2008

Walkthrough Reference Manual

The RV Walkthough Reference Manual is written with the help a certified RVIA technician with more than ten years experience walking new RV buyers through their newly purchased recreational vehicles. New RV buyers who do not have the luxury of an extended walk through (most dealerships will take 30-45 minutes to do the job), will find this handy little book a big help, and save much frustration trying to figure things out. For its low price, this fully detailed and illustrated manual is written concisely, and covers both towable RVs and motorhomes. An RV owner can refer it over and over, for example, when a particular RV’s manual is hard to understand or simply does not address a certain procedure or system. Topics include how to use all systems -- LP gas, electric, water, sewer including specialized topics like water heaters, thermostats, slide outs, jack leveler, awnings, antennas, storage compartments, underbelly and low point water drains. . . Learn more or order

The Green Book

This is an absolutely fascinating book. Get it for yourself or give it as a gift. Or both. You will learn hundreds of ways to change your habits to improve the Earth’s environment, and even money. For example: Don't ask for ATM receipts. If everyone in the United States refused their receipts, it would save a roll of paper more than two billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator fifteen times!

Get a voice-mail service for your home phone. If all answering machines in U.S. homes were replaced by voice-mail services, the annual energy savings would total nearly two billion kilowatt hours. The resulting reduction in air pollution would be equivalent to removing 250,000 cars from the road for a year!

With wit and authority, authors Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen provide hundreds of solutions for all areas of your life, pinpointing the smallest changes that have the biggest impact on the health of our precious planet. This isn’t just a book for RVers, but anybody. Learn more or order

Recreation Vehicle Pre Delivery Inspection

This comb-bound publication is published by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s Standards and Education Department. Until now, it was only available to RV technicians. The 8 1/2 x 11 book introduces and explains the many important steps in inspecting the RV before its delivery to the customer, including checking LP gas systems, pre-testing all appliances and accessories, testing and inspecting the AC and DC electrical system; checking safety items, lighting, window roof molding seals, and wiper blades; checking and lubing doors; visually inspecting chassis; checking lug nuts and tire pressure; testing water supply and drainage systems; and conducting a test drive. The book contains many checklists and illustrations. Learn more or order

Preventative Maintenance

This comb-bound publication is published by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s Standards and Education Department. Until now, it was only available to RV technicians. The 8 1/2 x 11 book examines what services to perform for preventive maintenance, including checking LP gas systems; servicing and adjusting appliances; testing G.F.Is; winterizing and de-winterizing coach; checking safety items; checking and lubing doors; checking exterior lights; checking window roof molding seals; changing oil and filter on power plants; checking wiper blades; Learn more or order

Introduction to Recreational Vehicle Service

This comb-bound publication is published by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s Standards and Education Department. Until now, it was only available to RV technicians. The 8 1/2 x 11 book provides an introduction to the RV industry, the various types of RVs and their structural characteristics and systems, the basic tools utilized by RV technicians, and safety in the RV workplace. Summaries of industry codes and standards and RV technician job classifications are also included as well as basic information on using RV service manuals. Developing and demonstrating solid customer relations and record keeping skills is also addressed. Learn more or order

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Digital RV

Just as an RV is a home in miniature and the product of state of the art technology, so are today’s onboard accessories — cell phones, computers, DVD players, GPS systems, iPods and digital cameras. And that’s where this terrific book comes in. For an RVer who really does want to “have it all,” author Rich Charpentier tells how he or she can — and in the confined space of an RV. Charpentier shows and tells how a laptop computer can basically replace a TV, DVD and stereo system, desktop computer, photo albums and other devices that weren’t feasibile to cart along on an RV trip in the good ol’ days. Learn more or order

Pet E.R. Guide

Being prepared and well informed ‘before’ a pet emergency occurs can help you more confidently obtain the medical care your pet needs. Whether you are at home or traveling with your pets, being able to quickly locate a veterinary facility that is open and nearby can be critical. The 198-page Pet E.R Guide, published by Trailer Life Books in 2008, provides information to help you plan ahead and care for your pet in the event of an emergency. The focus on the book is its extensive state-by-state directory of 24-hour and after hour emergency veterinary facilities in the U.S with addresses, phone numbers, websites and descriptions of the facilities of each. If something happens to your pet while on the road, this directory can be a lifesaver. Learn more or order

2008 Selecting An RV Home Base

For anyone considering the fulltime RV lifestyle, a state to establish a home base can be vitally important. For these RVers, this book from the editors of Trailer Life and Motorhome Magazines is a "must-have" planning tool for selecting a state to call "home." Among the most important issues for RVers are taxes and RV fees. Which states have the best income tax advantages? Which states offer the best rates on RV registration? The fact is, picking the wrong state to establish an official residence could result in spending thousands of dollars a year that could be saved by establishing a home base elsewhere. Learn more or order

CD-ROM: 2008 Trailer Life RV Parks and Campground Navigator

2 Set CD-ROM -- The experts from Trailer Life huddled with America’s top software experts, map makers, satellite gurus, and computer aces to develop the new and improved 2008 RV Parks & Campground Navigator, 2 CD-ROM Set. This user friendly interface provides RVer's with the ultimate travel planning software covering the U.S. and Canada. TL representatives personally inspected all private RV parks and campgrounds for cleanliness, amenities, services, etc., and included all they learned into TL's exclusive rating system, which means no surprises when you pull into one of the thousands of parks profiled in this CD-ROM set. Interactive maps allow you to create, personalize, scale and print your own custom maps specific to your trip. NOT Mac compatible. Learn more or order

CD-ROM: 2008 Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory

If you drive or haul an RV longer than 32 feet, then many campgrounds cannot accommodate your rig. After a long day of driving, it's no fun to learn that the park you selected can't squeeze you in. Eight years ago, full-time RVers Ken and Ellie Hamill decided it was time to do something to help other owners of large RVs: the result was their Big Rigs Best Bets campground directory, which lists RV parks throughout the 48 states and six Canadian Provinces that eagerly accept large RVs. Now, in 2008, the directory is available in an easily navigable CD-ROM format: Click on a state or province on the map and "you're there." Most park listings have the park website "hyperlinked." The reader can browse the park's website without exiting the book. When done they simply exit the park website and are returned to its listing. The publishers believe that this is the only directory in the industry with this feature. Learn more or order Also available as a printed directory.

Foiled by mere bubblewrap

Mikey the office dog.

He's a simple fellow. And talk about easy to take care of - sheesh! A mere few feet of bubblewrap stretched across the open warehouse door is all it takes to keep him inside - while we enjoy a little fresh spring air.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Complete Book of Boondock RVing

Ever feel frustrated by crowded RV parks? Yearn to camp out in the wild beside a babbling mountain brook or before a remote panoramic vista? Authors Bill and Jan Moeller have been doing just that for more than thirty years, and "The Complete Book of Boondock RVing" is their complete guide to camping without hookups (aka "dry camping"). Whether you're planning to spend an occasional overnight in a parking lot or an extended stay in the wilderness, you'll learn how to equip your rig for boondocking, find great campsites, manage waste, conserve electricity and water and camp in complete RV comfort and convenience. Increase your independence by learning how to camp "off the grid." Save money by finding cheap or free campsites anywhere--even in large cities. Learn more or order

Flea Market Trader

Containing over 10,000 alphabetical listings with current values, this unique, full-color, completely revised price guide provides information on the latest market trends. Hundreds of crisp photographs have been added to make identification even easier. Designed specifically for the flea market enthusiast, it includes the well established collectibles subjects, plus many items that are unique to flea markets and not found in many general antiques price guides. This book is organized into categories from advertising to World's Fair collectibles, and comes equipped with a handy index and a directory of advisors. It covers many current, modern categories like Anchor Hocking's Fire-King glassware, Coca-Cola collectibles, and Barbie(R) dolls. Learn more or order

Recreation Vehicle Pre Delivery Inspection

This comb-bound publication is published by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s Standards and Education Department. Until now, it was only available to RV technicians. The 8 1/2 x 11 book introduces and explains the many important steps in inspecting the RV before its delivery to the customer, including checking LP gas systems, pre-testing all appliances and accessories, testing and inspecting the AC and DC electrical system; checking safety items, lighting, window roof molding seals, and wiper blades; checking and lubing doors; visually inspecting chassis; checking lug nuts and tire pressure; testing water supply and drainage systems; and conducting a test drive. The book contains many checklists and illustrations. Learn more or order

DVD: Do It Yourself RV Care

Gary Bunzer’s monthly RV Doctor column has been educating and enlightening RVers for more than 30 years, making it one the longest-running RV technical columns in the industry. Gary began writing and producing training videotapes for RV owners and professional RV service techs in 1988. Six of his original seven productions are still in use today at various technician training venues across North America. This DVD is written and presented at the RV owner level and shows those systems and components that need regular attention. As Gary states, “Today’s RVer understands the necessity for annual preventive maintenance; they just need guidance in how to actually perform many of those tasks themselves.” This production walks the RVer through the proper procedures that are easily handled by the astute RV handyperson. Learn more or order

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Radio on the Road

Have you ever tried to find your favorite talk show host when away from home? Or tried to find the news, weather, or your favorite music - while your scanner zips past everything except static, rap, or heavy metal? Have you ever tried to find a National Public Radio station in an unfamiliar location? Or do you like to listen while traveling to O’Reilly, Prairie Home Companion, or Clark Howard? Then this book is for you - no more dial twisting with “Radio on the Road”. This book lists more than 15,000 AM and FM stations in the U.S. Each is listed by state, city, and broadcast format along with a complete listing of National Public Radio locations. Learn more or order

Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping

Detailed routes and advice for traveling and camping in Alaska, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and British Columbia are provided in "Travelers Guide to Alaskan Camping" for RVers as well as other campers. This grand tour of Alaska covers the infamous Alaska Highway, routes throughout the Yukon and Alaskan outback, and the ferry system in southeast Alaska. Nearly 500 campgrounds throughout the region are listed with descriptions of amenities and recreational opportunities, maps, and contact information for each. Important details are discussed, including border crossings, budget planning, vehicle preparation, appropriate clothing, road conditions, and possible wildlife encounters. Included is recreational information on hiking, mountain biking, boating, rafting, kayaking, and viewing wildlife. There is even RV rental information for renting a camping rig in either Alaska or Canada. Covers Alaska including Southeast Alaska, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Learn more or order

2008 Milepost

This is THE guidebook for RV or auto travelers who are headed to Alaska, the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The first edition in 1949 was a mere 72 pages. Then, there were about 1,000 miles of connected road within Alaska. Today, The Milepost is a full-color book of 800 pages and 300 color photos, and includes lots of attractions, activities and services along 88 scenic highways and roads in Alaska, Yukon Territory and other parts of Western Canada. A popular feature of the book is its fold-out Plan-A-Trip Map. There is also good coverage for the Alaska Railroad and the White Pass and Yukon Route; as well as the Alaska and BC ferry systems. Learn more or order

Monday, March 10, 2008

We've received: 2008 Big Rig Best Bets Campground Directory

If you drive or haul an RV longer than 32 feet, then many campgrounds cannot accommodate your rig. After a long day of driving, it's no fun to learn that the park you selected can't squeeze you in either because of your rig's length or its multiple slideouts. Eight years ago, full-time RVers Ken and Ellie Hamill decided it was time to do something to help other owners of large RVs: the result was their Big Rigs Best Bets campground directory, which lists RV parks throughout the 48 states that eagerly accept large RVs. Remarkably, every park listed in the spiral-bound guide has been visited personally by the authors to ensure the information is accurate. Specific campsite suggestions are mentioned for most parks. So, you'll know before you arrive which sites to request. Also, if there's good fishing (or restaurants or other attractions) nearby, you'll know about it. The 2008 directory even includes a special section of parks that offer wireless internet (WiFi) access and selected Diesel fuel stops. Parks listed range from luxury destination resorts to rustic campgrounds where you can snuggle up with Mother Nature. The 2008 edition covers all 48 states and six Canadian Provinces. Once you receive the 485-page directory, you'll see why the authors are fulltimers. They simply could not produce such a quality and helpful book without living and breathing the lifestyle. Published 2008. Buy yours now.

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