Multipurpose Outdoor Instrument
Silva Tech4O Handheld Outdoor Data CenterThe Silva Tech4O Handheld Outdoor Data Center from Johnson Outdoors Inc. was designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind.
The unit features a digital compass; an altimeter with graph display; a barometer with 24-hour trend display and weather forecast; and a thermometer. It also displays the time and date and includes an alarm, stopwatch, dual-time, and timer features. The instrument’s LCD backlight and optional night mode feature make it easy to read in any lighting conditions.
The Tech4O Handheld Outdoor Data Center has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $99.99.
Johnson Outdoors Inc.
555 Main St.
Racine, WI 53403
(800) 572-8822 (U.S.)
(800) 263-6390 (Canada)
Gear Keeper Multi-Tool Security TetherThe Gear Keeper Multi-Tool Security Tether from Hammerhead Industries Inc. is said to make multi-tools easy to use and nearly impossible to lose.
The product features a self-contained canister that houses 36 inches of nylon-coated stainless-steel cable spooled inside and accessible via a spring-loaded retractor. The canister mounts on the wearer’s belt or waistline with a stainless-steel clip that rotates 360 degrees for maximum comfort. A quick-connect lanyard with a 3/8-inch split ring attaches the multi-tool to the tether.
The Multi-Tool Security Tether has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $21.99.
Hammerhead Industries Inc.
1501 Goodyear Ave., Dept. P
Ventura, CA 93003
Service Compartment Seal
RV-Critter Guard from RTC Technical ServicesAccording to product literature, the RV-Critter Guard from RTC Technical Services Inc. will prevent small animals, rodents, and reptiles from gaining access to the inside of the motorhome through the gaps in the openings used for the power cord, sewer hose, and water hose.
The seal consists of a tongue-in-groove plastic ring that is installed around the opening and a durable, water-resistant, split-foam seal that wraps around the hose or cord to fill the gap. The RV-Critter Guard is available in numerous sizes to fit most applications, with other sizes available upon request.
The RV-Critter Guard has manufacturer’s suggested retail prices ranging from $19.99 to $29.99.
RTC Technical Services Inc.
8459 E Stewarts Ferry Pike
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Smart AC 120 USB InverterAccording to product literature, the Smart AC 120 USB Inverter from Wagan Corporation can run or charge portable electronics through a vehicle’s DC accessory port.
When plugged into the vehicle, the inverter supplies 120 watts of 110-volt-AC power, which is enough to operate a laptop computer, a DVD player, a game console, a digital camera, and more. The unit also includes a USB power output to charge and run MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and cell phones. The inverter, which comes with a vehicle/airline adapter and carrying case, includes safety features such as over-voltage, overload, short-circuit, and over-temperature protection, along with low-voltage shutoff.
The Smart AC 120 USB Inverter has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $49.99.
3589 Yale Way
Fremont, CA 94538
Motion Control Unit (MCU) from SuperSteerThe Motion Control Unit (MCU) from SuperSteer, a division of Henderson’s Line-Up, reportedly helps reduce the sway, roll, and bounce experienced by air-bag-equipped motorhomes when driving on uneven surfaces such as driveways.
The MCUs, which install on the air bag supply lines, contain an orifice that helps slow the movement of air into and out of the air bags. According to product literature, this provides improved air bag compression and rebound characteristics leading to a smoother, more predictable ride. The units, which can be installed on both front and rear air bags, have four different orifice sizes to achieve the desired ride quality.
The Motion Control Unit has manufacturer’s suggested retail prices ranging between $175.14 and $250.14 per axle, depending on the coach.
458 Redwood Highway
Grants Pass, OR 97527
(888) 898-3281, ext. 311 or 314
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Mobile Awareness wireless Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemThe Mobile Awareness wireless Tire Pressure Monitoring System is said to automatically and continuously monitor tire status, signaling the driver of abnormal conditions with an audible alert and LCD display indicator.
Drivers are alerted to low- and high-pressure levels and hazardous tire temperature conditions (all programmable by the user) via miniature valve-stem sensor transmitters. The externally mounted sensors allow the tires to be inflated through the built-in valve stem without removing the device.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System is available for motorhomes with six to 10 wheels and has manufacturer’s suggested retail prices ranging from $520 to $720. Monitoring system configurations for towed vehicles also are available.
34305 Solon Road, Suite 51
Solon, OH 44139-2660
All-In-One Laundry Sheet
WashEZE laundry sheet from Consumer SolutionsWashEZE from Consumer Solutions Inc. is said to be the only travel-friendly, all-in-one laundry sheet for the washer and dryer.
Each sheet includes a pre-measured amount of laundry detergent that dissolves in the water when placed into the washing machine. Once the wash is completed, the clothing and WashEZE sheet are tossed into the dryer, where the product’s softening and static control elements perform their job. The sheets are reportedly safe for all washables, including natural, synthetic, and blended fabrics, and the detergent does not contain phosphates, making it safe for gray water tanks.
WashEZE sheets are available in original and unscented versions. A 10-pack of original sheets has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $4.95, while a 10-pack of unscented sheets is priced at $10.95.
Consumer Solutions Inc.
15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 112
Houston, TX 77094
UltraMean-2 Super Power PowderUltraMean-2 Super Power Powder from Rhino Hide LLC is a highly concentrated cleaner that reportedly has the strength to tackle the most obstinate mold and mildew stains.
The environmentally friendly cleaner is said to be safe for nearly any water-washable interior and exterior surface, and chlorine-free formula won’t harm aluminum, glass, or delicate surfaces. When mixed with the appropriate amount of water, it can be used to clean, sanitize, and deodorize nearly any part of the motorhome.
UltraMean-2 Super Power Powder has manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $4.95 for a 1/2-pound pouch (makes up to two gallons); $16.95 for a 2.7-pound tub (makes up to eight gallons); and $69.95 for a 12 1/2-pound pail (makes up to 50 gallons).
Rhino Hide LLC
P.O. Box 909
Eaton Park, FL 33840
Deka Battery Cleaner SprayDeka Battery Cleaner Spray from East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. is said to help reduce voltage leaks due to impeding contaminants, thus optimizing current flow, performance, and service life.
The spray reportedly penetrates, loosens, and neutralizes surface acid and corrosion deposits on batteries, and also includes an indicator that reveals residual acid that remains on the surface. When sprayed, the cleaning agent originates as a yellow color. As it detects acid, the spray changes to a pink-colored foam, indicating where acid is present. When the spray remains yellow, the battery is free of acid.
Deka Battery Cleaner Spray has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $4.99.
East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Lyon Station, PA 19536-0147
Swiss Spice spice containerThe Swiss Spice from Industrial Revolution is touted in product literature as the only salt-and-pepper shaker that completely locks out humidity, keeping spices dry and clump-free no matter the environment.
The compact, lightweight container is made of highly resilient, waterproof clear plastic and includes a stainless-steel spring system that keeps the caps from opening accidentally. The container also can be used to protect pills and other items that must stay dry.
The Swiss Spice has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $15.
9225 151st Ave. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052