There are two things that make me want to spend money on a new RV product, and that is usefulness and versatility. There just isn’t room for items that don’t get used on a regular basis, and the more reasons to lug around an item, the better (hence why we’re in love with our Instant Pot!).
We shopped around for new RV essentials and found some really useful items that should be in every rig. These must-have items will give you extra space where you need it the most!
1. A stovetop cover for extra counter space
Some RV kitchens come with a stovetop cover, while others could use the extra space for meal prep. These hardwood covers fit over most 3 or 4-burner stoves and include a cutting mat to protect the finish. You can set them up in minutes by attaching their rubber feet to the grates.
When you want to use the stove, the covers can be removed just as easily. They can also help silence annoying stovetop rattles during transit.
2. An extending shower rod
Most RV showers could use more elbow room. These handy rods by Stromberg Carlson can extend out to give you more space while showering and pushed back after you’re done.
The extra space keeps the curtain from billowing in and sticking to you while you’re trying to lather up. The shower rods also work great for air-drying laundry.
3. Hidden storage keepers
Install one of these Anything Keepers under your kitchen cabinets or tables for your everyday items. This could be your phone, keys, medicine, glasses, or even important receipts. A lot of RVers have also used these bins as charging stations for phones or tablets.
They’ll keep the items out of sight and from getting lost or cluttering up your counter space. Installation is quick and easy using the included screws or double-sided adhesive.
4. A portable trash bag holder
Portable trash bag holders are a lighter alternative to garbage bins. The Trash-Ease holders can be set up inside or out on kitchen counters, picnic tables, and more.
No tools are needed to set up the holders. Just slip the holder and a bag on a table near you and you can clean up wherever you go.
5. Tissue box holder
During allergy season, having quick and easy access to a box of tissues is much needed. These Pop-A-Tissue holders will help clear up counter space by moving the tissue box to an open space on your RV wall or cabinets.
You can set them up to dispense sideways or downward. The dispenser can be installed using the included screws or double-sided tape.
6. A portable washer
If your RV is without the luxury of its own washer/dryer, you may want to consider investing in a portable washer like the Wonderwash. You’ll save time on laundry trips, not to mention loads of quarters. Plus, you’ll never have dirty laundry piling up until you can find a laundry room or laundromat.
These non-electric units are powered by a hand crank and use less water than regular machines. You can read more about the washers & accompanying dryers in our previous article on Do It Yourself RV.
7. A multipurpose shoe tray
A boot/shoe tray can be used for all sorts of things around the home and RV. You can use them to store dirty or wet shoes or even to prevent gas or oil spills on the carpet.
They could also be used as a paint tray or for an indoor garden. Pet owners can also use the trays to set down a litter box or pet food/water that spills often.
8. Shelf bins
These shelf tracks with sliding bins will help organize your pantry storage in less than 20 minutes. They provide easy access to small items (like gum, toothpicks, or salt/pepper) that you don’t want to lose in the cupboards.
The sliding bins can also hold small containers of aluminum foil, plastic bags, and plastic wrap. They’re available online for only about $5.
9. Stackable cabinet organizers
Shelf organizers can also make a big difference in your cabinets. Use them to organize anything from pantry items to your cups and plates.
When you’re moving to a new RV, they can easily be folded down and removed. The organizers are available in a two-pack on Amazon.
10. A screen door handle
RV screen doors are notoriously flimsy and expensive if damaged. This handle will give the screen door more stability and also gives you something sturdy to hold on to while making it down the steps.
The bars extend from about 21 to 28 ⅝ inches. They come with a mounting template and all screws needed for installation.
Climate change forecasts grow more dire by the day. But a new all-electric motorhome could shine a bright spot in the bleakness when it hits the European marketplace in early 2019.
The RV of the Climate Change Age: Iridium, the All-Electric Motorhome is Here
By the time you read this article, a real world all-electric motorhome will be on its way to the January 2019 CMT travel trade show in Stuttgart, Germany.
The exciting clean energy breakthrough in the European campervan industry is the result of a partnership between two German automobile companies, WOF and ElektroFahrzeuge Stuttgart (EFA-S). Both are known for their work in the country’s robust electric vehicle marketplace. The campervan’s electric-powered chassis is built by WOF, while the drivetrain and battery technology is made by EFA-S. Swiss RV designer, Maurer Fahrzeugbau built the RV body. The end result is a sleek motorhome that’s a leap forward in the clean energy vehicle marketplace.
Images of the interior won’t be released until after the January reveal. But this promotional video of a conceptual solar-powered RV design highlights what Iridium’s European-style living quarters might look like:
Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries: the Electric RV Breakthrough
Until now, the biggest obstacle in creating an all-electric motorhome has been wind. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to move a heavy, tall vehicle at 65 miles per hour. A RV’s wind resistance places a huge load on batteries. This limits most large electric vehicles to a short driving range, typically under 100 miles of travel before they need recharging.
Lithium iron phosphate batteries are the new kid on the block. They weigh less, are more efficient than lead acid batteries, have a longer life expectancy, and require less maintenance than old-school lithium ion batteries. This video explains more lithium iron phosphate battery advantages:
Meanwhile the Iridium RV has a travel range of about 125 miles — for now. Company representatives say that rapidly changing developments in the RV battery marketplace will give buyers’ driving range a boost in in the near future.
“Iridium customers can benefit from the fact that battery capacity is rapidly increasing,” says EFA-S Managing Director Bastian Beutel in the press release. “The same vehicle can, therefore, more than double its range in the near future with the same battery weight by replacing the battery”.
Travel distances aren’t as much of a problem in the densely populated areas inside Europe. Thankfully, Iridum buyers won’t need to worry too much about where they recharge the batteries. Each of these units comes with an integrated charger. This component enables owners to charge batteries anywhere from campgrounds to electric vehicle charging stations.
Meanwhile Across the RV Pond . . .
Back in the States, Winnebago is currently toying with their version of an electric specialty motorhome vehicle. The experimental RV is so new it doesn’t even have a name yet, but Ashis Bhattacharya, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development, and leader of the Specialty Vehicles Division, says this is just the first step in a marketplace Winnebago will be a part of. “We believe that all-electric vehicle applications continue to evolve to serve numerous end-user needs and this is our first step as a participant in this space,” says Bhattacharya.
On January 1, 2019, golfers around the world will begin using a revised Players Edition of the Rules of Golf. The latest updates include the most significant changes in the last 60 years. Golf’s governing bodies—the USGA and R&A—pared down the number of rules from 34 to 24.
Not only are there fewer rules to deal with, but they are also now easier to understand, thanks to the addition of graphics and photos to help illustrate the rule.
A few significant changes include:
In a bid to speed up play, local golf clubs will be allowed to install a local rule where golfers can drop a new ball in the vicinity of where their ball went out of bounds, with a two-stroke penalty.
Scratch golfer Paul Dawson from Cork, Ireland, shared his opinion on the new rule:
“It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace-of-play when a player is required to go back and hit the ball again (from the same location). The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions, but it does support pace-of-play at the club level.”
When taking relief from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, golfers will now drop from the height of the knee. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop.
“I think this is a great new addition as it will ensure a fairer drop, and will stop the ball plugging or even bouncing on impact,” said Paul.
Removing the penalty for a double hit
As of January 1, the penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball. Making a double hit is always an accident and it very rarely benefits the golfer.
“In my opinion, a one stroke penalty was too harsh a penalty,” shared Paul, who’s played some of the most incredible tracks in Europe.
Other changes that will help speed up the game include:
Allowing three minutes instead of five to search for a lost golf ball.
Recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke.
The flagstick no longer has to be attended or removed when putting; there will be no penalty if a golfer hits an unattended flagstick in the hole.
With the New Year comes new RVs and accessories. Winter is the prime time to visit a local RV show and see the latest RV models and aftermarket products. You can get a look inside the RVs and trailers on display, talk to industry experts, and watch live product demonstrations and seminars.
These winter RV shows will have everything from motorhomes and campers to boats and accessories for sale. If you’re looking to upgrade (or downsize) your RV, now’s the time to get a great deal on the special show prices.
1. 2019 Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show
Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX When: Jan. 4 – 6, 2019 More info:www.austinboatshow.com Tickets: Adults: $10; Seniors (60+): $6; Children (7-12): $6; Kids under 12 are free. Get a coupon here.
2. Indy RV Expo
Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN When: Jan. 5 – 13, 2019 More info:www.indyrvexpo.com Tickets: At the door — Adults: $8.00; Seniors (60+): $7.00; Kids (16 & under): Free with an adult. The regular admission tickets are buy one get one free Monday – Friday. Get a coupon here.
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL When: Jan. 16 – 20, 2019 More info:www.frvta.org/show/florida-rv-supershow/ Tickets: $10 per adult, each ticket is good for a free 2nd-day return. Children under 16 are free. Parking is $8 per car, $14 per RV.
7. Toronto RV Show and Sale
Where: Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario (Canada) When: Jan. 17 – 20, 2019 More info:https://www.rvshowsontario.ca/ Tickets: Thursday & Friday (Jan 17-18) Half-price tickets: $7.50 per ticket. Saturday & Sunday (Jan 19-20) – $15.00 per ticket. Children 16 and under are free if accompanied by an adult.
8. Pittsburgh RV Show
Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA When: Jan. 19 – 27, 2019 More info: www.pittrvshow.com Tickets: Adults: $12; Seniors (55+): $10; Active Military: $10; Children 6-16: $5; Kids 5 & under: Free
9. Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show
Where: 700 S. Central – Quartzsite, AZ 85346 When: Jan. 19– 27, 2019 (9 am – 5 pm daily) More info: www.quartzsiteRVshow.com Tickets: Admission and parking are free!
10. Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow
Where: Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY When: Jan. 23 – 27, 2019 More info:http://www.louisvilleboatshow.com/ Tickets: Buy them in advance online for $10. They will also have a one-day-only special on January 24, 2019, with tickets at $5 for show admittance after 5 pm. Group admission is $9.
11. 31st Annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale
Where: Spokane Fair and Expo Center, Colbert, WA When: Jan. 24 – 27, 2019 More info:www.spokanervshow.com Tickets: $8.00 cash only. Kids 12 & under are free with an adult. Admission is good all weekend. Free parking available.
Where: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI When: Feb. 6 – 10, 2019 More info:www.marvac.org
14. Seattle RV Show
Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle, WA When: Feb. 7 – 10, 2019 More info:https://seattlervshow.com/ Tickets: Order them online and receive a free parking pass for the Mariner’s baseball field parking garage. For each ticket purchased at the gate, $1 will be donated to Washington State Parks. However, free parking is not included with tickets bought at the gate.
Where: EY Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) When: Feb. 8 – 10, 2019 More info:https://www.rvshowsontario.ca/ Tickets: Friday (Feb 8) – $7.50 per ticket. Saturday & Sunday (Feb 9-10) – $12.00 Per ticket/per day. Cash/debit only for box office tickets (No Visa/Mastercard)
17. 50th Annual RV Super Show
Where: Bennett Event Center, Oklahoma City, OK When: Feb. 14 – 17, 2019 More info: http://okcrvshows.com/ Tickets: Admission is $12, and free for police, firefighters, first responders (with ID). Kids under 12 are free with a parent. Print this coupon for $2 off admission!
18. 45th Annual Northeast RV Show
Where: Rockland Comm. College Field House, Suffern, NY When: Feb. 15 – 18, 2019 More info:www.showoffice.com Tickets: Admission is $10 at the gate, $3 for juniors (10-15), kids under 10 are free. Sign up on their website ahead of time for discount coupons!
Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA When: Feb. 28 – Mar. 3, 2019 More info: http://www.phillyrvshow.com/ Tickets: Adults: $11, cash only. Kids under 12 are free with an adult. Lots of free parking is available. Fill out this form on their website for a free coupon.
25. Fredericksburg RV Show
Where: Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, Fredericksburg, VA When: Mar. 1 – 3, 2019 More info: www.fredericksburgRVshow.com Tickets: In advance: Adults: $9; Seniors (60+): $8. At door—Adults: $10; Seniors: $9. Friday, March 1 is Senior Day with $5 tickets. Children 12 and under are free.
26. Port Huron RV & Camping Show
Where: Blue Water Convention Center, Port Huron, MI When: Mar. 7 – 10, 2019 More info: www.marvac.org Tickets: Adult admission (Ages 17+) is $6; Senior admission (55+) is $5; Children 16 and under get in free. Parking is free!
27. York RV Show
Where: York Expo Center, York, PA When: Mar. 8 – 10, 2019 More info: http://www.yorkrvshow.net/ Tickets: $8 at the door, free for kids 12 and under.
28. FMCA’s 99th International Convention & RV Expo
Where: Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, Perry, GA When: Mar. 13 – 16, 2019 More info: https://site.fmca.com/
29. Flint RV & Camping Show
Where: Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, Flint, MI When: Mar. 14 – 17, 2019 More info: www.marvac.org Tickets: Adults (13 & over): $6; Seniors (55+): $5, Children 12 & under get in free. Parking is free.
30. Northwest Michigan RV & Camping Show
Where: Howe Ice Arena, Traverse City, MI When: Mar. 22 – 24, 2019 More info: www.marvac.org Tickets: Adults (13 & over): $6; Seniors (55+): $5, Children 12 & under get in free. Parking is free.
Much like Quartzsite, Lake Havasu City in Western Arizona is a haven for snowbirds in the winter. This city along the Colorado River has year-round sunshine and endless ways to get outdoors. You can find lots of local shops to browse, restaurants to choose from, and RV resorts with 5-star amenities. The city also claims home to the iconic London Bridge, relocated from England, which now connects the mainland to an island on the river.
The area hosts over 300 events throughout the year, including a few RV rallies coming up soon in Lake Havasu State Park. Make sure you add these events to your calendar for January-February 2019!
1. Buses By The Bridge
Date: January 17, 2019
Cost: Admission: $2 per person (good all weekend). Camping: Thursday-Sunday: $40, Camping Friday-Sunday: $30, Camping Saturday & Sunday: $20
All kinds of Volkswagen buses will be rounding up at Buses By The Bridge. Over the last two decades, this event has become a popular VW rally with classic buses coming in from all over the country. Keep an eye out for panel vans, seven and nine-passenger microbuses, Kombis, and cab pickups.
Besides vintage eye candy, this weekend-long event will have activities for all ages. There will be a bouncy house for the kids while adults can partake in hot air balloon rides, raffles, a chili cook-off, and a cornhole tournament. On Sunday morning, the event will wrap up with a pancake breakfast.
There will be a parking area designated for RVs, campers, motorhomes, trailers, and non-VW vans. The 500+ spaces are first-come, first-served, and pre-registration is not required. You can learn more about the 23rd annual event and see the full schedule from Go Lake Havasu.
2. Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair
Date: January 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – January 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Hot air balloons will again be soaring over Lake Havasu City at the 9th Annual Balloon Festival. You can watch mass ascensions of hot air balloons take off and float over the London Bridge and the Bridgewater Channel. There will also be a Balloon Night Glow, air shows, skydivers, special shape balloons, antique cars, and live entertainment.
Dry camping will be available at the festival just steps from the activities, carnival rides, and vendors. The RV parking includes pricing for 5 nights and 2 festival entrance wristbands.
Tickets are $15 through their website and will also be sold at the gates. Alternatively, they have Gondola VIP tickets available with exclusive food, drinks, VIP parking, and prime views of the balloons.
Vintage campers will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday (February 1 & 2) from 10am-3pm. They will have dry RV campsites with no hookups, restrooms and showers, and limited power for medical devices.
Pets will be permitted at the event on a leash, but they are not allowed on the beach. You can learn more about the upcoming Vintage Trailer Campout from Go Lake Havasu.
After 35 years of business, Chula Vista RV Resort in Southern California is permanently closing on February 1, 2019 to make room for a billion-dollar city project. This resort has been long cherished by RVers for its scenic waterfront location on the San Diego Bay.
Chula Vista Resort includes over 33,000 square feet on 17 acres and their own 552-slip marina. The upscale RV park is located south of San Diego, across the bay from Silver Strand Beach and a 2-3 hour drive from attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios.
Sadly, the time has come to say Goodbye. The Port of San Diego has grand plans for our Harbor. They will be building a new hotel/convention center at Chula Vista Harbor, and they need to use the RV Resort’s acreage for much of this development. As such, we must vacate the premises by March 1st, and will be closing our doors to guests as of February 1st in order to allow enough time to completely vacate by the March 1st deadline.
Over the years, Chula Vista Resort has hosted countless parties, events, and Happy Hours. The resort also opened their own restaurant, Galley at the Marina, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has live entertainment and dancing many nights.
The Bayfront Project replacing Chula Vista Resort has been in the works for several months, and land clearing and construction have already started in the immediate area. According to CBS News, the new project was approved by the Chula Vista City Council and the Port of San Diego. Their plans include a 1,600 room hotel, a 275,000-square-foot convention center, two parks, and also a fire station.
The RV resort sent out a notice this week and issued full refunds to anyone staying after February 1, 2019. The Port of San Diego did, however, approve another RV park a few blocks away on the bayfront, the Costa Vista RV Resort, which could open as early as late 2019.