Adventure is in our blood. We have traveled the world and found that our own backyard has as much beauty as anywhere else out there. We use Campendium exclusively to find the best boondocking and RV locations since we love to be off-grid whenever we can.
After sailing across the Pacific Ocean twice, my wife, Melissa and I decided to sell our boat and live full-time in an RV as we traveled across the United States, Canada and Alaska. We love every minute of being on the road. Here are a few of our favorite RV and camping gear goodies.
When we finally arrive at our off-grid boondocking location, our batteries are topped up from all the driving, however within a day, the house batteries deplete and we need to charge them quietly, without running our generator. Even in snow (once you dust the snow off), this solar panel does an amazing job. We can go our hiking all day and know that when we get back our batteries will be topped up.
This solar light is incredible. It provides a sense of security at night when we are sleeping in the boonies and one time we saw it click on when a bobcat or mountain lion cruised by our RV while we were watching a Netflix show. Waterproof, small and charges fast. We take it on all our trips.
Have you ever watched the show, “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”, well, we have and almost each and every time, these people could have been saved quickly by having this GPS SOS device. It works so well. We sync it to our iPhone and we can text message anyone in the world, even 1,000 miles out at sea or in the most remote hiking trail. We always have a backup to a backup and having this device sets our minds at ease.
A knife is something everyone should carry when outdoors. I use it all the time for a variety of reasons and the knives from Spyderco are my go-to cutting tool. Not only am I an avid RVer and hiker but I’m also a 100 Ton Master Captain, so I have this knife on me when sailing too. The knife is essential and on me at all times.
The WeBoost device boosts our cell signal about 32 times depending upon the strength of the cellular strength in the area. We mounted the receiver on the roof of our RV, which allows it to be higher and unobstructed in most environments. We have had one bar of cell signal and once we turn on this device, BAM! three or four bars!
When RVing, you will run into life’s little pleasures, like a cut hose when you are trying to fill the water tank. This little device helps quite a bit. It connects a hose to unthreaded faucets or those with stripped threads. It’s not great if you need a lot of water pressure but it works great in a pinch.
When we are not taking our RV out on the road ourselves, we rent our RV (and others) through our website. Our renters are great, however we want to minimize our risk to our RV and one of the best investments we’ve made it the APR Fridge Defend, which will turn off our fridge before it overheats if the RV is on unlevel ground. RV refrigerators are delicate in some situations and we would rather be safe than sorry. It has worked flawlessly.
If you’re like us, once you get to your favorite camping destination, you want to get out and blaze some trails. My favorite boot so far has been the Vasque Hiking Boot. Comfortable, great traction with heal support, lightweight and waterproof. I can wear these in the desert, snow, or just about anywhere!
At the end of the day, we love to relax and enjoy a cocktail under the stars and have some of the comforts of home. After hiking on trails all day, we love to relax on our nice mat and not have to worry about tracking a lot of dirt into our RV. Durable, easy to sweep and clean, these large mats are perfect underfoot.
It’s amazing how much money you can save by changing your own oil and filter. Using this drain pan and purchasing an oil filter and oil from an inexpensive store like Walmart can save you almost $100, depending upon how much oil you use. I only use synthetic oil in our RV which will last much longer than standard oil you get at an oil change franchise. Here’s a quick video on how easy it is.
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