Sad but true: Spilled drinks are a major cause of frowny faces. It may happen on a picnic when someone tries to balance a drink on the grass, or at the beach when someone’s drink topples into the sand.
The Great Coaster is designed to prevent such spillage by keeping cans, cups, and bottles — as well as food and snacks — stable on uneven surfaces. The stackable coasters are made of BPA-free polypropylene and are safe for the dishwasher and microwave. They’re available in a variety of colors. A pack of six costs $12.
RVers usually don’t have the luxury of being able to store cooking pans by hanging them. Stacking is more practical, but that can lead to the bottom of one pan scraping against the top of another, damaging the cooking surface.
Range Kleen’s Decorative Cookware Protectors guard against scratches and chips. Each cookware protector has decorative printing that helps to prevent sliding. A set of three includes a 14-inch, a 16-inch, and an 18-inch protector. The cost is $14.99.
4240 East Road
Lima, OH 45807
From pancakes to paninis and from sausages to steaks, the electric Cuisinart Griddler can prepare it all with its five cooking options: contact grill; panini press; full grill; full griddle; or half grill/half griddle. Such flexibility is possible thanks to a hinged floating cover and nonstick, reversible cooking plates (ridged on one side; flat on the other).
Other features include a stainless-steel housing, dual temperature controls, and a drip tray that catches grease from the cooking plates. The Griddler is 13.5 inches long; 11.5 inches wide; and 7.12 inches high. It weighs 8 pounds. The suggested retail price is $99.95.
1 Cummings Point Road
Stamford, CT 06902
When it comes to leaning back and making yourself comfortable, everybody has a personal preference. Some like to recline just a little. Some like to recline a lot. The Infinity Zero Gravity Chair, from Caravan Sports, allows for a multitude of positions that can be locked in place.
The steel-framed chair features a double-bungee suspension system, and it claims a 300-pound weight capacity. It’s made with Textilene fabric and has an adjustable headrest. When not in use, the chair folds to a size of 38.6 inches by 26.4 inches by 6.3 inches. It’s available in four colors. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $69.99.
14600 Alondra Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
Night Vision Device
Humans can’t match the night vision of owls, but we do have the know-how to make devices that allow us to see in the dark. Case in point is the Scout TK thermal night vision camera from Flir Systems.
The water-resistant, pocket-sized device creates a thermal image by detecting invisible heat energy. The result is that users can see people, animals, and objects up to 100 yards away. The Scout TK can capture as many as 1,000 still images as well as four hours of video. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to five hours of operation. The suggested price is $599.
Flir Systems Inc.
27700A S.W. Parkway Ave.
Wilsonville, OR 97070
If you own a King Tailgater or King Quest satellite TV antenna and choose to use it on the ground rather than mount it on your motorhome roof, the King Tripod Mount, model TR1000, may be useful.
The tripod mount not only protects the antenna from ground moisture, it also elevates the antenna so that there’s a better line of sight to the satellite. The tripod mount weighs 4 pounds and folds up for compact storage. Three ground pegs and a carry bag are included. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $99.99.
11200 Hampshire Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55438
Wireless Tow Light
It’s important that a vehicle being towed behind a motorhome have safe and legal taillights, brake lights, and turn signals. TowMate’s RVHW32 Wireless RV Tow Light package eliminates the need to wire the towed vehicle.
The 32-inch light bar mounts to a towed vehicle with magnets. The tow light is powered by the towed vehicle’s 12-volt receptacle plug. When the motorhome’s turn signals or brakes are applied, the tow light receives a signal from a wireless transmitter that is plugged into the motorhome’s trailer light plug. The RVHW32 has a range of 1,000 feet. The retail price is $325.
15704 E. Highway 12
Rogers, AR 72756
To a small animal, those unsealed gaps around your motorhome’s water hose, sewer hose, or power cord can be the inviting equivalent of a “Welcome Aboard!” sign. RV-Critter Guard is designed to reduce the risk that unwanted guests such as rodents or reptiles will enter your RV.
RV-Critter Guard consists of two sturdy ABS plastic tongue-and-groove half rings; a 3/4-inch-thick split foam piece; and thumb latches and screws. Typically, the product can be installed using existing screw holes, but in some cases drilling is required. Sizes are available to fit most motorhomes. Prices range from $14.99 to $25.99.
RTC Technical Services Inc.
8459E Stewarts Ferry Pike
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
RV Step Skirt For Dogs
My RV Dog Park allows dogs the freedom to move from inside an RV to an outdoor enclosed yard. The product includes a skirt made of double-layered heavy-duty indoor/outdoor material that seals all areas of an RV’s external steps through which a dog could escape. The skirt connects to fencing that a dog owner purchases separately from home-improvement stores, pet shops, online retailers, or the like.
Each skirt is custom-made; instructions for measuring an RV’s steps are on the company website. A set comes with mats that zip-tie around the RV steps and remain there; the skirt quickly snaps onto the mats once you reach your destination. The cost is $189.95 for a one-step set; $209.95 for a two-step set; $229.95 for a three-step set.
My RV Dog Park
P.O. Box 6094
Rancho Belago, CA 92554