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The pace of development in RVs, especially luxury RVs, is really astounding. Some of the better equipped models are nicer than most people’s homes. With the speed of advancements in the realm of RV technology, it can be hard to keep informed of it all. Below is a roundup of the latest technology being used in recreational vehicles today.
LED lights are a great fit for RV lighting. They provide great light at a fraction of the wattage of other lighting options. They are also more reliable for exterior lighting as the failure of a single bulb does not result in a loss of function to the surrounding lights in the array. LED lights also last for several years, reducing maintenance time and costs.
Built in vacuum system
Some manufactures have included a built in central vacuum system that has multiple hook up points throughout the vehicle. This provides an elegant solution to the problem of keeping the RV clean while on the road that stays out of the way when not in use.
Pop Up TVs
TVs that pop up out of cabinets are great for RVs because they can be stored out of the way when not in use in order to leave counter space and windows clears. These TVs can be pulled up for use at the touch of a button. It has become standard to include 40 inch plus LCD or Plasma TVs in luxury RVs.
Some manufacturers have begun adding exterior TVs to the bigger models. This allows owners to enjoy the outdoors and still watch the big game or their favorite program. This is a great feature for tailgating as well. The exterior TV is protected by a locking hatch that doubles as a sun shade when the TV is in use.
Integrated dashboard systems
Modern RV dashboard controls host a huge array of controls and system monitors. A typical RV dash can have:
GPS navigation system
Trip and vehicle computer
Tire pressure monitoring
Hydraulic leveling controls
Rear and side cameras
Modern RVs feature high definition color backup and side video cameras for added safety and ease of maneuvering. Backup cameras automatically engage when the vehicle is in reverse and the side cameras can be set to activate when the turn signal is engaged. Some manufacturers have begun to place a second camera monitor in the bedroom so that these cameras can double as security cameras.
Rand McNally TripMaker RVND
The TripMaker is as RV specific GPS system that offers a wealth of exclusive data for the road warrior. It features:
Starting with a base of award-winning navigation from Rand McNally, the TripMaker layers on all the information needed to have an enjoyable and safe trip in an RV. The routing includes legal (including propane and other RV-only), height and weight restrictions, right or left-turn preference based on eleven different RV types, and a quick reference to the Rand McNally Road Atlas. Turn-by-turn spoken and text directions keep the driver focused on the road ahead.
The Eaton VORAD RV radar system
Eaton has brought real high tech radar technology to the RV lifestyle. Originally pioneered in the trucking industry, VORAD (Vehicle Onboard Radar) provides early warning notification to the driver if the traffic ahead slows or stops unexpectedly. The system also has the ability to detect vehicles that may be hidden in the driver’s blind spots. There are three components that provide this technological safety barrier around your motor home.
With all this amazing new technology out there in the RV world, it is hard to imagine where it will go next. One thing is for sure, hitting the road has never been so easy, enjoyable, and futuristic.
Author Bio: Bill Weston is an avid adventurist and outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, writing, and good conversation with new and interesting people. Bill blogs on the topics of the RV lifestyle and outdoor recreation for Lakeshore RV, a premier RV dealer.
Thought this was an interesting post on what gear is used for winters that are warmer. I personally go above and beyond when preparing for winter hikes so I like to see what others use for it.
Inflatable kayaks tend to have a bad reputation with hardcore kayak enthusiasts. This reputation is well earned, however. Most people that have something bad to say about inflatable or collapsible kayaks have simply never tried them. This type of kayak has many advantages over a hardshell, especially for beginners that want something easy to maneuver or versatile. Here’s a look at some advantages you can enjoy:
1. Increased Portability
Don’t have the room to store a 17-foot hardshell kayak at home? Most people don’t. Inflatable kayaks can deflate to fit in a small bag that fits in a car trunk, making them perfect for any kayak enthusiast that lives in an apartment or small home. Inflating the kayak is also really easy and requires nothing more than a foot pump.
First off, why choose a women’s sleeping bag at all? Aren’t they just the same as the men’s bags but in a softer, more feminine color? Well, hopefully not, and any outdoor gear manufacturer who tries to sell sleeping bags to today’s female climbers, mountaineers, campers and walkers better be prepared to make it highly functional as well as easy on the eye.
Sleeping bags designed specifically for women are usually smaller and slightly differently shaped. One average, women are 5 inches shorter than men, and that’s true of sleeping bags as well. Women’s bags also tend to be wider across the hips and sometimes narrower across the shoulders and at the mouth of the bag. Lower overall volume means lower weight, and while that is a fantastic bonus for anyone who plans to carry their bag long distances, it’s not the only reason to pick a bag that closely mirrors your size. A small person in a big sleeping bag has a lot of cold air to heat up before the bag starts to feel warm and cozy. A smaller bag will warm up much faster.
Of course, a sleeping bag that is too small is no good either. The fill will compress and lose insulating power especially if it’s a natural material like duck or goose down, and a tight fit can be uncomfortable. Before deciding to go for a female-specific bag, take a good look at the measurements. Whether you buy in a store or online, hop in and try a new sleeping bag for size before taking it outdoors. If you have ordered a sleeping bag over the internet and it’s not quite right, don’t put up with it- return it ASAP.
Some women’s sleeping bags also have extra fill across the hip area. Women’s hip bones tend to be more prominent than men’s, and many of us find that sleeping on a thin mat means sore hip-bones in the morning. The point of bone also pokes into the sleeping mat and gets close to the ground, creating a cold point. A little extra padding can go a long way toward increasing comfort if you tend to sleep on your side. A sleeping mat designed to be used by women can also help.
A few bags, like the Mountain Hardwear Women’s Lamina, have extra fill in the foot box too. It’s a generalization but women do tend to feel the cold more than men, and a good sleeping bag should reflect that. If you know you feel the cold more than most, don’t pay too much attention to the rating the manufacturer gives. Your own personal comfort level could easily be 3 degrees warmer. It’s better to hand over a little more money and carry a little more weight than freeze your ass off on a mountainside, get no sleep, and be so tired you can’t enjoy the awesome climbing or hiking the next day.
So, women’s sleeping bags aren’t just smaller and they’re certainly not just unisex bags in pretty colours. Plenty of thought has gone into the best ones, and for most ladies there are some very good reasons to pick a bag designed for the female form. Any good outdoor shop should carry at least a couple of women’s models- try them out and you just might notice a real difference.
Jess Spate works for Appalachian Outdoors, where you can find a bunch of high quality sleeping bags for men, women, and kids. She tends to feel the cold in winter, so carries a -10C bag when it’s only -5C out.
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