Recommended Products For 2013
Are you ready to hit the road on your next RV trip? Are you really ready? Check lists are important to keep handy whenever you're planning a trip in your RV. If you don't already have such a list, here are some ideas on how to customize that list to meet your own particular needs.
The Companion fifth-wheel hitch by B&W features a fully articulating head, which allows front-to-back and side-to-side pivoting, three vertical adjustments from 14¾ inches to 16¾ inches and 4 inches of front-to-back adjustment with three coupler positions. The cam-latching handle provides easy release, even when parked on unlevel sites. The Companion utilizes B&W's Turnoverball under-bed mounting system, allowing the driver to pull a gooseneck of a fifth-wheel with the same system. There is no need for mounting rails, which means using your truck for more than towing. One-inch thick, wrap-around jaws fit the kingpin perfectly, eliminating sloppy starts and stops. Polyurethane bushings provide a quiet, rattle-free towing experience.
Flex-a-lite's Shrouded Heavy Duty Remote Oil Cooler #45265 is perfect for applications with insufficient ram air, or where positioning an additional cooler in front of other radiators would compromise the cooling performance. The fully shrouded remote unit runs on 12 volts, draws 7 amps and pulls 850 cubic feet per minute. The fan shroud maximizes the cooling surface area and provides additional protection for both the fan blade and cooler. All units include Flex-a-lite's GatorClip mounting brackets for standoff assembly to any hard surface area. The heavy-duty remote cooler is manufactured and tested up to 300 PSI and features 5/8-inch copper tubes for higher heat transfer with high-efficiency turbulators. This unit is rated for 26,000 GVW
and comes from the manufacturer with ½-inch female NPT fittings and mounting hardware. Flex-a-lite products are made in the United States and are backed by a full year warranty.
Camco-RhinoFLEX RV Sewer Kit
The Camco 15-foot RhinoFLEX sewer hose, with pre-attached specially engineered fittings, makes it more convenient for you at the dump station. At the RV end of the hose, there is a super-tough bayonet fitting with four prongs for a more secure fit. At the dump-station end, Camco has added an easily detachable 4-in-1 adapter for fitting to 3-inch slip or 3-inch, 3-1/2-inch and 4-inch threaded pipe. It's a ready-to-use kit made with the toughest hose you can buy. New pre-attached swivel fittings feature a reusable locking ring so that fittings can be moved to a new RhinoFLEX hose. Bayonet cap and elbow cap also included. Camco #39761
Rand McNally Tripmaker
Take the worry out of driving an RV with the first GPS device designed specifically for RVers: the Rand McNally 7-inch TripMaker 7710 GPS. The RVND 7710 builds upon the features available in the RVND 5510, adding traffic predictions, fishing locations and personal points of interest to routing and trip planning, all on a 7-inch, high-definition screen with loud speaker. This device features safe and easy routing, RVer amenities and tools, such as dump station locations and campground finder and RV-friendly suggestions for things to do and places to see.
The Max Energy E-CON Economy Power Programmer is designed for the RVer who needs better fuel mileage and more power, but doesn't want to pay for other high-performance features they may not need. Every E-CON is programmed with Hypertech's Max Energy Tuning, the best optimized fuel tuning programs possible that increase horsepower and torque. Max Energy Tuning extracts every bit of energy possible out of every molecule of fuel giving you more miles at part-throttle and more power at wide-open throttle. In order to increase engine efficiency, horsepower and torque, engineers optimized the spark and fuel curves point by point over the entire rpm band. With the additional power and optimized transmission functions, drivers use less fuel to accelerate and maintain cruising speeds without the torque converter un-locking and transmission downshifting to a lower gear. The results are improved power and maximum fuel mileage. Hypertech's customers are claiming 2 to 6 mpg gains and a substantial increase in horsepower and torque. For an additional charge, the E-CON can be upgraded to a Max Energy Power Programmer via the Internet to include all the Max Energy features available for that vehicle.
Transfer Flow In-bed Tank
Transfer Flow's in-bed fuel tank systems are available in 37-, 50-, 75- and 98-gallon fuel tanks, and are available for diesel and gas pickups. Gas systems meet federal and California Air Resources Board emissions regulations. In-bed tanks are baffled in three places and come with all components needed for installation. They operate using the patented TRAX-II operating system. The 37-gallon tanks easily fit under a roll-top cover, while the popular 50-gallon tank fits beneath a hard or soft tunneau cover.
Bigfoot's Ultra outrigger pads provide a very strong, durable and cost-effective footing for all your RV rigging applications. Made of a UHMW blend, the pads come in six different sizes, from 12 inches by 12 inches up to 24 inches by 24 inches (60 inch by 60 inch sizes are available) and come in 1-inch, 1 ½-inch, 2-inch, 2 ½-inch, 3-inch and 4-inch thicknesses. Stock colors are black and safety orange but custom colors are available. Choice of handles is either rope or chain (5/16 Grade 80). All Bigfoot Ultra pads carry a lifetime guarantee.
Coleman Lawn Chair
Lawn Chair USA is putting many Americans back to work building a lightweight and very durable product. The company offers four recently retooled models: deluxe (high back and longer seat), picnic (shorter back and seat), beach (low to the ground) and high back beach. They are light and easy to carry. The heaviest one is only 4 pounds and in the folded position, all models are just 3 7/8 – inches thick, making them easy to storein your RV. Replacement webbing rolls, re-web kits and clips are available.
InvisiBrake is a fully-automatic, progressive supplemental braking system that uses the electrical connections already in place on your towed vehicle (the towed vehicle's electrical harness) to brake when you brake the motorhome – the same electrical signal that activates the towed vehicle's brake lights also activates InvisiBrake. InvisiBrake is so small it can usually be mounted under the driver's seat, under the rear seat, behind interior panels or in the trunk, without sacrificing any of the vehicle's usable space. When you apply continuous braking force, so does InvisiBrake – the longer you apply the brakes in the motorhome, the harder your towed vehicle will brake (InvisiBrake will not skid your tires). InvisiBrake connects directly to the towed vehicle's battery and constantly charges the battery during towing and never drains the battery. An audible alert warns users if the brakes have been on for too long.
Hijacker 5th-Wheel Hitch
The HiJacker 18K autoslide features a double pivot head with ¾-inch solid steel, positive locking bar, which makes hooking up and disconnecting your fifth-wheel safe and easy. There is no capture plate required to activate the slide mechanism. It provides up to 14 inches of travel to help get into and out of those tight spots! The 18K uses the UMS above-bed mounting system. Already have an Ultra series hitch? You can upgrade to this autoslide hitch without having to change mounting systems. The 18K automatically slides using rack and pinion gear technology. It's powder coated for long lasting, durable finish. There are three vertical height adjustments to help you level the truck and trailer. A gooseneck adapter is available. The 18K autoslide is American made and carries a five-year warranty.
The Magellan Roadmate RV9165T-LM is the latest in a series of popular Magellan GPS devices made for RVers. It features a 7-inch touchscreen, free lifetime map updates and traffic alerts and comes loaded with the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. The Roadmate RV9165T-LM allows you to customize your RV routes and features a one-touch favorites menu.
Microsoft Streets and Tips
You may not have time to visit the 1.9-million points of interest in Microsoft Streets and Trips travel and mapping software, but it's nice to know that so many attractions await at your fingertips. The software provides directions to just about anywhere in the U.S. and Canada with no Internet connection required, and you can even share your routes to a GPS device.
Pop Up King Pin Adapter
Now you can pull a fifth-wheel trailer with a gooseneck ball and enjoy a smoother ride, thanks to a specially formulated shock-dampening cushion from Pop Up Towing Products. The latest model, the RVCC, is adjustable in heights from 13½-inches to 17½-inches with 1-inch increments between steps to accommodate different height trucks and trailers, as measured from the top of the ball to the king pin plate. The weight rating is 24,000 pounds with a 6,000-pound gross tongue weight. The RVCC also has a self-latching coupler that automatically locks when you place it on the ball. It is remotely released with a handy cable assembly.
Honda Portable Generator
Honda generators deliver portable power on the go. With 1000 watts and 120 volts, the EU1000i powers TV, lights, fans, small power tools and more. Weighing in at less than 29 pounds, its silent operation is matched only by its fuel efficiency: 8.3 hours on 0.6 gallon of gasoline. The generator's inverter ensures stable power for computers and other vital appliances. PowerEquipment.Honda.com/Generators
Onan Energy Command Auto Start
Cummins ONAN introduces the newest RV power generation solution–Energy Command AutoStart. The EC-30W is the first autostart system specifically designed for RV owners to install themselves. This provides worry-free control for most Cummins ONAN diesel, gas or LP generators. While high-end diesel RVs have added autostart as a factory option in recent years, most RVers who could use an autostart system on their existing RV don't have one. Because the EC-30W is wireless, the average RV owner can install it on their own without paying for installation. The EC-30W starts and stops your generator as required to maintain battery health. It will only start the generator when shorepower is not present. It can automatically turn on your generator to meet AC needs if your coach gets too hot.
Hobie Mirage i9s Kayaks
Don't camp near a lake, river or ocean without a Hobie Mirage i9S inflatable kayak. Equipped with the foot-powered mirage drive, the Hobie i9S is perfect for fishing or just sightseeing on the water. Short on space? No problem. The Hobie deflates into a compact, rolling travel back. When you reach your destination, the kayak inflates with a high-speed pump.
Husky Power Jack
The HB4500 Brute Power Jack by Husky Towing Products takes some of the sweat out of RVing. Built with hardened steel gears and weather-resistant motor and gear housings, the Brute has a 4,500-pound capacity and 18 inches of lift range at a fast travel speed. The Brute Jack's convenient features include a 6-inch adjustable drop-down leg, three LED lights to illuminate the full-hookup area, a built-in connector storage bracket and an emergency manual crank. The Brute Power Jack is also available with remote control with a 40-foot operating range.
Powerhouse Inverter Generators
Powerhouse inverter generators provide clean, quiet portable power for the campground. Delivering stable, pure sine wave AC output, these generators are reliable-enough to power even the most sensitive electronic equipment. A high-efficiency combustion system produces exceptionally low emissions, making Powerhouse generators environmentally friendly. RVers can choose from the PH2100PRi and the PH2700PRi, which feature a remote start and are parallel ready, making it easy to boost your power output; and the PH3100Ri, which also features a remote start and is powerful enough to operate a 13.5k BTU RV air conditioner.
AMSOIL Synthetic Diesel Oil
AMSOIL's new OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil provides significant fuel economy benefits for applications requiring an SAE 30 or 10W-30 diesel oil. This new addition to the company's OE line offers high-quality protection and performance for manufacturer-recommended drain intervals at a very attractive price point. OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil is API CJ-4 licensed and suitable for modern and older, on- and off-road diesel applications. It's also an excellent entry-level product for customers who want to move up to synthetic quality, but won't pay a significantly higher price than a conventional oil or aren't initially interested in extending their drain intervals. OE 10W-30 meets emission system requirements, performs in extreme temperatures, resists oil consumption and emissions and controls soot-thickening and wear.
PetSafe's electric pet fences for dogs and cats – including the Wireless Containment System and Stay + Play Wireless Fence – are compact and portable. Take it along on a family camping trip and allow your furry friend to enjoy a little freedom wherever you go. The system is designed for dogs 5 pounds and up with neck sizes 6-inches to 23 inches. It covers an adjustable circular area up to ¾ of an acre. The system includes a wireless transmitter with power adapter and a receiver collar with rechargeable battery, training guide and 50 boundary-training flags.
Yamaha EF2000iS Generator
Yamaha¹s EF2000iS generator pumps out quiet, reliable power without disturbing the neighbors. Thanks to its innovative inverter system, the generator delivers up to 2,000 watts of clean AC power for air conditioning, TV, microwave and other necessities for up to 10.5 continuous hours without refueling. The Noise Block technology will allow you to hear the crickets as you relax.