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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