|One man’s trash can is another man’s collapsible storage container. Such is the case with Coghlan’s Pop-Up Camp Trash Can. It can be used at a campsite for trash and recyclables, or to temporarily store things such as toys and household items.
Made of lightweight polyethylene, the spring-loaded can automatically pops up when the container’s storage lid is unzipped. Fully opened, it measures 19 inches in diameter and 24 inches high. When you’re finished using it, push it down flat and secure the nylon ties on the sides. Suggested retail prices are $14.99 (U.S.) and $17.99 (Canada).
|If left exposed to the elements, a trailer plug can be infiltrated by dirt, water, spiders, and other bugs, any of which can corrode the connections and cause issues with the trailer’s lights. WirthCo’s 7-Way Trailer Plug Cover is designed to protect the trailer plug when it’s not in use.
The cover tethers directly to the trailer cord, so you can’t lose it. During towing, the cover attaches to the cord to prevent it from dangling loosely. The suggested price of the 7-Way Trailer Plug Cover is $5.99.
|Every dog has its day. And every pooch-loving RV owner can display his or her affection for Fido or Spot with a dog-themed Trailer Hitch Cover from Dog Is Good.
The hitch cover, made of high-impact ABS plastic, fits 2-inch receivers. It features a polyurethane domed decal, a fade-resistant image, and a built-in locking system. Eight designs are available. The cost of a hitch cover is $17.99.
Dog Is Good
|When cargo in the bed of your pickup truck must stay dry, one option is the Tuff Truck Bag. Each bag is made of waterproof, nonbreathable PVC material and features heat-fusion-sealed seams all along the edges. A heavy-duty, commercial-grade zipper seals the bag, and a waterproof PVC triple-fold flap covers the zipper.
Heavy-duty metal rings in each corner of the bag and four adjustable bungee cords, which are included, secure the bag to the truck bed. The bag is 40 inches wide, 50 inches long, and 22 inches tall; capacity is 26 cubic feet. When not in use, the bag collapses for storage. Color options are black and khaki. The price of the Tuff Truck Bag is $199.95.
Tuff Truck Bag
|The 3,400-Watt Portable Inverter Generator from Champion Power Equipment has a 192-cubic-centimeter engine that runs on either gasoline or propane. From a distance of 23 feet, the unit operates at 59 A-weighted decibels. The generator comes with a battery for push-button electric start.
Using gas, the engine produces 3,400 starting watts and 3,100 running watts, and is said to run for 7.5 hours at 25 percent load. When using a 20-pound propane tank, the engine produces 3,060 starting watts and 2,790 running watts and runs for 14.5 hours at 25 percent load. The generator comes with a standard 30-amp RV outlet and a propane hose. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $1,099.
Champion Power Equipment
|King’s new satellite TV antennas are the third-generation Dish Tailgater Pro (for Dish) and the second-generation King Quest Pro (for DirecTV). A key feature of both: a first-ever clear, smoke-tinted cover that allows users to see exactly where the antenna is pointing, which can simplify troubleshooting.
The antennas can be used as a portable or roof-mounted satellite system. Each antenna weighs 8 pounds and is 13.5 inches high. The suggested retail price of the Dish Tailgater Pro (model VQ4900) is $379; the King Quest Pro (model VQ4800) has a suggested price of $549.
|Not only does the Alpine Slideout Cover from Carefree of Colorado help prevent water, leaves, dirt, and other debris from accumulating on top of an extended slideout, but it also shades the top of the slideout, which helps keep the interior room cool.
The Alpine Slideout Cover opens and closes automatically. It fits slideout extensions up to 42 inches, with lengths from 42 inches to 32 feet. The Alpine features the Billo-Stop inertia lock, designed to improve antibillowing and make installation easier. The slideout cover hardware is available in white or black, and the cover fabric comes in a variety of colors. The price, which depends on the length of the slideout and selected options, typically ranges from $500 to $1,500.
Carefree of Colorado
|With winter in the rearview mirror, RVers can turn their attention to warm-weather pursuits such as sailing. Even many modest-size RVs can accommodate the Tiwal, an inflatable dinghy that packs into two bags and weighs 110 pounds. The Tiwal was tops in the “best innovation” category in Sailing World’s 2014 Boat of the Year competition.
The sailboat can be assembled in 20 minutes with no tools, according to the Tiwal website. It’s a matter of inflating the V-shaped hull, clipping the aluminum framework together, and fixing the framework on the hull using hook-and-loop straps. The maximum load is 440 pounds. The price for Tiwal starts at $5,200.
|Okay, so it’s not the breakfast of champions, but eggs, toast, pancakes, sausage, and bacon — all washed down with coffee — no doubt get a thumbs-up from many RVers. You can prepare all that and more with the ’50s-Style 3-In-1 Breakfast Station from Nostalgia Products.
The Breakfast Station features a four-cup coffee maker; a toaster that holds up to four slices of bread (and can bake a 7-inch frozen pizza, sandwiches, and more); and a nonstick griddle. The griddle and oven tray can be removed for cleanup. The product is 19.3 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 12 inches high, and weighs 13 pounds. It runs on 120 volts; energy consumption is 1,500 watts. It’s available in red and light blue. The suggested price is $79.99.
Nostalgia Products LLC