|Into each life some rain must fall. So, be ready with your sporty FMCA waterproof jacket. The fully seam-sealed jacket is 100 percent polyester, including the mesh-lined body and zip-off hood.
Features include adjustable tab cuffs with hook-and-loop closures; front zippered pockets; and an open hem with locking draw cord. The jacket folds into a drawstring carry pouch. The women’s version comes in dark fuchsia; the men’s jacket is gray. Sizes range from small to 3XL. The price is $40 (larger sizes are extra).
Family Motor Coach Association
|When you’re feeling touristy, souvenirs can be hard to resist. You won’t have a problem lugging them back to the motorhome if you carry a Packable Daypack from Eagle Creek.
The pack, made of nylon, weighs only 5 ounces but has a 13-liter capacity. A lockable main compartment helps secure valuables. Other features: a front-pocket key fob (that doubles as a clip for attaching the daypack to luggage); a side mesh pocket for a water bottle; and breathable mesh shoulder straps. It comes in tan, black, or blue. When the daypack is not needed, it packs down into its own front compartment to a size of 7.75 inches by 6.25 inches by 2.25 inches. The price is $31.95.
|If anyone can appreciate the sentiment emblazoned on the Adventure Travel Tumbler from Zak Designs, an RVer can. It says: “Travel as much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can.”
The 15-ounce tumbler features a snap-tight lid and double-wall insulation to help keep hot beverages hot and cool beverages cool. It fits in most standard cup holders. The tumbler is part of Zak Designs’ new Adventurer line of dinnerware, drinkware, and related products. The price of the Adventure Travel Tumbler is $7.99.
|InstaFire is a fire starter made from volcanic rock, wood pellets, and paraffin. It is said to eliminate the need for kindling. Plus, it’s formulated to start fires under less-than-ideal conditions, such as when the wood is wet or the ground is snowy or icy.
To start a fire, place a handful of InstaFire on the ground, light it, wait 10 seconds, stir slightly, and then place tinder over the flame. A pouch of InstaFire weighs 1.75 ounces; the instructions say that’s enough to start up to four fires (or two fires, if using large tinder or wet wood). Once ignited, InstaFire is said to be able to withstand winds of 20 mph or more. Also, the product description says it’s safe to store near food. The suggested retail price for a pouch of InstaFire is $1.49.
|The bad boys of bacteria are the pathogenic varieties that cause disease. Berkey Filters are designed to remove 99.9999 percent of such contaminants. Viruses, heavy metals, pesticides, and more also are filtered out. Beneficial minerals are not removed.
The Travel Berkey — 19 inches high and 7.5 inches in diameter when assembled — is suitable for many RVs. The empty weight is 6.13 pounds. It holds 1.5 gallons of water, but by refilling, it can produce 2.75 gallons per hour. The portable, gravity-fed system requires no electricity. Berkey filter elements are said to have a life of 3,000 gallons. The price of Travel Berkey (which comes with two filters) is $228.
|The Tank Watchdog RV tank monitor system from Electronic Applications Inc. is billed as a lower-cost version of the company’s successful Tank Watchdog NG system used by Prevost coach conversion companies the past 10 years. The system incorporates ultrasonic sensing technology — sensors never touch the liquid — to monitor up to seven tanks and one battery bank (voltage only).
Tank levels can be viewed on a smartphone using a free app (available for Android and iOS). The app also can be set to trigger a phone alert when tanks or batteries need attention. An intruder alert feature, designed to be used with a door switch and a motion sensor, sends an email when the RV door opens. A tank lug wiring kit — for use when installation of ultrasonic sensors is not practical — will be available soon. The price is $795, which includes two ultrasonic sensors or three tank lug-nut sensors.
Electronic Applications Inc.
|Blind spots are the bane of RV drivers. The latest Voyager Rearview Mirror Monitor, from ASA Electronics, uses a digital signal to display those obstructed areas on a Type B or C RV’s rearview mirror.
The Voyager VOM74MM — the updated version of the Voyager VOM73MM — has control buttons on the bottom of the monitor to make it easier to manually adjust the picture and change the camera source. The monitor’s 7-inch LCD screen supports three camera inputs for rear and side applications. The monitor can be powered manually or triggered automatically by 12-volt-DC power. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $269.
|Home RV Electrical Box 50-30-20 Amp from RVPowerOutlet.com allows you to enjoy 30- or 50-amp service for your RV at home, or turn your RV (or a visitor’s RV) into a guest house. You can even send an electrical box to your kids and tell them you’re coming for a visit.
The box, which is 17 inches high and 9 inches wide, comes fully assembled with 20-, 30-, and 50-amp receptacles and circuit breakers. It’s rated for outdoor use and is UL listed. (Note that the accompanying photo does not show the door that makes the box rain-tight.) Have a qualified electrician who understands RV wiring connect the box to your home’s wiring. The price of the Home RV Electrical Box 50-30-20 Amp is $155.