Saturday, July 11, 2015

How Can I Stay Connected to Younger Family Members While I Travel?

Okay, I have to admit.  Although I try, I know I am not completely up with the times.  My kids often think I am getting old and out of touch, and I am okay with that; however I still want to have a great relationship with them and keep up with what they are doing. For that reason, I decided to try to stay as up-to-date with their technology as I can in order to stay connected with them. In order to do this, I got an Instagram account – one of the most popular social media apps for today’s younger generation. 

Instagram is designed to share photos and videos with others that follow you.  It also allows you to see the pictures and videos of those you choose to follow, which is why I originally got the app.  I was able to keep up with my kids’, nieces’, and nephews’ activities through what they posted.  When my nephew posted a picture of his Friday night football game win, I could “like” it or even make a comment to congratulate him.  When our son posted a picture of him at a college function, we could see how his weekend was going without having to ask.  What better way to keep up with your kids’ and grandkids’ activities when you can’t be there! After a while of just having an Instagram to follow others, I began to post my activities as well to keep my family connected to what was happening at home while they were away, which most of the time was our dog’s antics that they missed while at college.  Now that we travel, it is a way to show where we are and what we are doing to those back home.

Using Instagram is really simple.  Once you install the free app from the App Store, you create your account.  Once you have an account, you can begin following people by searching for them using the search bar.  Once you find the person you want to follow, you can select "Follow" on their profile.  If they are private, they must accept your request, but if they are public, you will be able to see their posts in your daily feed immediately.  In order for you to post something for others to see, you simply take a picture or video and add an optional caption. You can even post pictures or videos that are already in the gallery of your phone.  You have the option to post your pictures or videos where everyone following you can see them or send them directly to one person. Another great thing about Instagram is that although you can only post photos to Instagram using your phone, you can always look at others' posts using your computer. Check out what Instagram looks like on a computer by checking out our profile

Traveling can be fun, but the one drawback is always being away from family.  I find that Instagram allows us to really stay in touch with our younger family members since it is one of the most popular apps used by this generation.  It isn't difficult to use, and it is based around photos and videos, which we travelers have plenty around to capture and share!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Why Buy a TireTraker TPMS?

Here's a basic overview of TireTraker's features: 

  • TireTraker's sensors weigh only 0.3 oz compared to 0.8 oz on other systems. This means that there is less stress placed on the valve stem due to centrifugal force and hence less potential problems in the future.
  • The sensors measure both pressure AND temperature.  This can be useful if you have a faulty wheel bearing or stuck brake caliper.  
  • The system has user-replaceable sensor batteries. ­This can save you $30-$50 per tire compared to other systems which require you to send the sensors back to the manufacturer.  
  • The monitor is very easy to use and has a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Other systems require to be plugged into 12v all the time which can be a problem when trying to install the sensors.
  • Each wheel's baseline pressure can be independently programmed into the system giving you complete control over when you want the system to alert you of potential problems. Other systems baselines are set automatically when you install the sensors which can be a problem on hot or cold days. 
  • Each system comes with a 3-­year warranty and a TechnoRV 30­-day money­back guarantee. 

If you look at all the features and calculate the initial price PLUS the cost of replacing the sensor batteries over 5 years, in our opinion, the TireTraker offers the best all­ around value!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Few Things You May Not Know About LED Lights for Your RV

The History
Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way. History was never my favorite subject, but here it goes. The LED, or Light Emitting Diode, was invented as far back as 1927 by a Russian with the illustrious name of Oleg Vladimirovich Losev. However, it wasn't until 1962 that Nick Holonyak (an equally impressive name) working at General Electric Corporation produced the first practical LED. With advances in technology, the efficiency and light output continued to increase, together with the ability to produce light in a wide variety of colors.

How do they work?
The LED produces light “directly” by utilizing semiconductor technology. As electricity (electrons) move through the semiconductor, they move from one energy level to another and release energy in the form of light (a photon). This compared to incandescent lights which 
produce light by passing current through a filament. As the filament heats up, the hot filament releases energy (heat). Only 10% of this heat energy is what we see as light. (RVers do not like things that create heat inside!)

What is with the different colors to choose from?
Have you ever noticed that the world looks different at sunset than it does at midday? That's because the “color” of the light changes during the day and causes the color of the light reflecting off objects around us to change (this is why people say you should photograph the Grand Canyon at sunset as it enhances the colors). At sunset, things look richer and more orange; at midday, they look whiter. People refer to the color of light as it's “color temperature” using the Kelvin scale. A lower number (e.g. 2,000) is more orange (such as at sunset), and a higher number (e.g. 5,000) would be noon daylight.

When considering LED bulbs, it is therefore very important to think about what color temperature you require as most LED bulbs are available in “warm white” (a lower Kelvin) or “cool white” (a higher Kelvin). Most people prefer cool white in areas requiring more light as they perceive these to be brighter and easier to read by. Warm white LEDs are closer in color to incandescent bulbs and offer a cozier and more “homey” feel. You do not have to have all the same color throughout your RV; it is all up to you. 

What is the attraction of LEDs for your RV?
For starters, LED bulbs are about 10 times more efficient than a standard incandescent bulb. This means that the draw on your battery power is drastically reduced. This means more time between charging the batteries, and less strain on your batteries. It really does make a difference.

The heat output of an LED is almost non-existent. An incandescent bulb can reach 500 degrees in some cases, which is enough to ignite material. The LED bulbs just do not put off much heat.  In fact, I can touch my LED bulbs while they are on; do not try that with an incandescent bulb. Obviously in the summer time we are all trying to reduce heat sources in our RV’s. This is one of the best ways to do it.
LEDs can last as much as 25 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. While they cost a bit more on the front end, once you have them they are actually cheaper over the long haul. For the accountants out there, an incandescent bulb depreciates at a much faster pace than a LED, making the LED more valuable.

LEDs are shock resistant. Don’t you get mad when you see the little filament inside your bulb dangling and hanging on for dear life? Those filaments are very delicate and are prone to break when the bumps of the road set in. LEDs have no filaments to break, and therefore are more RV friendly.

Why buy LED lights from TechnoRV?
Okay, I hope you learned something about LEDs and now for the good stuff, buying them.  So why from us? Aside from the obvious, that we are nice people and we love giving you the products and service that you deserve! If you need more convincing, we sell LED lights that are designed for RVs. Eco-LED is an industry leader 
in LEDs for RVs. The components are high quality and the warranty is exceptional. Cheap LEDs cannot withstand voltage swings that RVs can often get. The Eco-LEDs have a large voltage tolerances and this allows the bulb to burn consistently even when the voltage is not consistent. 

Where to begin?
We have spent a lot of time putting together an easy to read conversion chart for your current bulbs. So you can download our buyers guide to learn more about LEDs, or if you do not need any more convincing you can go straight to the conversion chart below and start figuring out what LEDs you need to replace your out of date, inefficient and hot bulbs. If you need any assistance determining which LED is right for you then email us at It helps to send a picture of the fixture and a picture of the bulb.

Good luck with your LED conversion!