Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Cheerios Good Combos

Cheerios is on a mission to make the good go round by inspiring kids – and parents – to come together and mix it up at the breakfast table! After all, we can do great things on our own, but so much more good happens when we combine forces. Grab one bowl and two boxes of Cheerios – with 10 flavor varieties to choose from and a little imagination, it’s easy to spark creativity before school! These mixes make the perfect breakfast or snack for kids to enjoy before, during, or after the school day .

  • Pour half a serving of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios together with Frosted Cheerios to create Apple Turnover.
  • Combine 50% Very Berry Cheerios with 50% Chocolate Cheerios for a berry delicious Chocolate-Covered Strawberry treat.
  • Looking for a bite of fall flavor? Mix 20% Honey Nut Cheerios with 80% Apple Cinnamon Cheerios to create Honey Apple Crisp.
  • Chocolate or Peanut Butter? You don’t have to choose when you mix 60% Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios with 40% Frosted Cheerios to create a slice of Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.
  • Not ready to say goodbye to summer? Mix 75% Fruity Cheerios with 25% Frosted Cheerios for a sweet Sorbet.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

What's New? August 26

33 years ago today, I gave birth to my oldest daughter, Ria.  Happy Birthday, Ria- hope your day is wonderful like you!

Our girls are both gone now- Ria spent a few weeks here then went to visit a friend in Alberta, as well as made a trip with her sister to Nfld to visit with her dad, step mom and gramma. Then Ria and Erika both returned here and spent another week.

                                     Our girls- Erika and Ria

We finally got our windshield on our RV done. Was $100 deductible, and at same time the glass guy fixed a few stone chips that Erika had on her SUV while she was here, for free. But Gerry also helped him put the window in our RV so guess a bit of a trade off.

Our weather has cooled off quite a bit. Lots of rain and very little sun. Raspberries are done, tomatoes too. Just have the carrots left. I'm glad we are blessed that we can afford to go south every year. Winters are so cold and long up north here. We are looking forward to traveling to new places again. The weather has been so wonky though all over the world that one has to be careful as well and always keep up with that too.

Seen another mass shooting has happened in today's news. When will it end?

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Rubble Road Soapstone Review + Giveaway(USA and Canada)

Do you like to craft? How about trying new types of craft projects? If so, we have a wonderful crafting kit for you to have fun with.

While Ria ( daughter) was visiting us she had suggested some soap stone carving kits she had her eye on that would be fun  to review on our site. I had never heard of Rubble Road Soapstone till she showed the web site to me. I was quite intrigued with it, but knew she'd love this more than me- she has more patience for things like this- and as well her step-dad could also do one. It would make for a great time for the two of them to sit out in the shop together, carving away at their projects.

Rubble Road has soapstone animal carving kits for all ages and in 3 sizes. They are a family business and believe anyone can create their own soapstone carvings. Kits are reasonable priced and feature Canadian animals. The animal shapes are roughly outlined to give you a head start on your project and the rest is up to you! The kits can be ordered online or can be found at many locations across Canada. Many completed soapstone animals can be seen in their gallery.

Gerry said that he loved working on his carving. It was a new experience for him, he loved the new piece of art he helped create and it brought out his "artistic side"

Ria says it's a great craft to do while spending time with a friend or family member. It was fun she said, and loves that it's a Canadian site with animals of Canadian origins.

You can see their completed pieces below and what a great job they both did with them!

Rubble Road would love to offer a  medium bear soapstone kit to one lucky winner from Canada or the USA.Value $30. Giveaway will be held by Random.org on September 2, 2018.

To Enter: 
Tell us if you have ever tried a craft using soapstone, and if so what it was you made.

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Good luck to all and please leave contact info in case your the winner!

Friday, August 24, 2018

How to Fund Your Retirement with Smart Investments

If you haven't been diligent about setting money aside for retirement, you probably aren't looking forward to its arrival. Instead of looking forward to the time you will have available to discover the best restaurants in town to frequent with your friends, the time you have available to pursue your favorite hobby, and the time you have available to travel to exotic places on your bucket list, you may have a quiet sense of desperation.

Fortunately, there is a solution: find smartways to invest. Some good investments will help you fund your retirement, and you might be surprised by the number of opportunities available in the financial markets when you know how to evaluate them, opportunities that, once seized, will help you retire in comfort after all.

Some interesting options to explore where you can enjoy the benefits of high leverage is the foreign exchange market, also known as FOREX; the equity market, also known as the stock market; or the futures market, also known as the commodities market. Let's take a closer look at each of these ways of earning the money you need for a great retirement.

The Foreign Exchange Market

The Foreign Exchange Market (FOREX), is the biggest financial market of all. It's daily transaction volume is in excess of $5 trillion. In fact, it’s bigger than the equity and futures market put together. This market is where traders buy, sell, exchange, and speculate on the world’s currencies. This financial market works based on the currency exchange rate. This exchange rate is quoted in pairs. For instance, if you wanted to profit from the difference in the currency exchange rate between the Euro and the US Dollar, you would look at the EUR/USD pair.
Still, if you are not interested in active trading in the forex market, you can buy an undervalued currency, hold on to it, and then sell it when the currency revalues. The IraqiDinar is a prime example. After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the value of the Iraqi currency plummeted. But since that time, the country has been aggressively pursuing a policy of economic redevelopment and now financial pundits expect an impressive revaluation. If you happen to have acquired large amounts of the currency, you'll make a handsome profit from selling it at the new price.

The Equity Market

The Equity Market, or the Stock Market, is an aggregation of people who want to buy stocks and people who want to sell them. Shareholders, of course, represent an ownership claim on a business. This may include privately traded securities and those listed on the public stock exchange.
If you want to buy a stock in a particular company, you should open a brokerage account that advertises low fees and offers a variety of useful features. Once you’ve opened up an account, choose your stocks, preferring companies that have demonstrated growth prospects over the long-term. The number of shares you buy, of course, will be based on your budget and your portfolio allocation strategy.

The Futures Market

The futures market, or the commodities market, is based on trading raw materials rather than manufactured products. So, for example, a soft commodity would be sugar, cocoa, wheat, fruit, or coffee. A hard commodity would be gold, silver, or oil. One way of trading commodities is to use afutures contract to hedge your position. If you expect, based on your understanding of technical charts and news reports, that the price of soybeans will go up by a certain date, you will make money if the price does indeed go up. The commodity market is similar to the other financial markets in terms of buying, selling, or trading, and it can be either a physical, virtual, or cyberspace.

Caveat Emptor

When trading in FOREX or equity or futures, you must avoid a get-rich-quick mentality and never risk more money than you can afford to lose. Do your research and understand how currencies, stocks, or commodities move before you trade.

In conclusion, it’s never too late to enjoy a happy retirement. By making some smart decisions, decisions informed by research and backed with a robust strategy, you will be able to earn the money you need to enjoy a wonderful retirement. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Safety Tips for Family Outings with Older Loved Ones

Outings, family visits, and social gatherings play an important role in the wellbeing and health of the elderly. One of the best ways to support an elderly parent, spouse or other close relative is to include them in regular outings and events, but there are some additional precautions you should take when you leave the senior's safe, familiar environment. Proper planning and an awareness of your relative's mobility issues and mental health will help you create a safe and rewarding adventure you'll both enjoy.

Here are the main things you want to watch out for:


Loved ones with mobility issues that are well enough to go on regular outings with a group or family member are likely not suffering from diagnosed dementia, but could still be at risk of wandering. Wandering or eloping is prevalent in pre-diagnosed memory care patients and those who are just beginning to feel the effects of memory loss, but who are still able to hide the problem. Seniors who wander can simply leave the location you are visiting. Even a visit to the mall or a restaurant can become a problem if your elderly loved one heads to the restroom, then forgets where they are or who they are with.

Caregivers can help preventwandering by staying with their relative and walking with them, even if their pace is slow. Make the commitment to the day and plan on taking as much time as they need to get safely around. Memory loss can cause other issues as well; check for coats, wallets, purses and other essential items at each stop of your trip to make sure all items are accounted for.


A fun day for you may not be a fun day for a senior -- and they may not be willing to admit it. Watch carefully for the signs of physical overexertion, including changes in skin complexion (very pale or very flushed), rapid breathing and drowsiness. Elderly men, in particular, may not want to admit they are tired until they are in pain or very ill, so watch and suggest a rest when needed. Consider getting them a sleeping recliner for unwinding and relaxing after a day out and about. Extreme temperatures and lots of walking can quickly lead to overexertion for an older person, so an easy-access way to rest is essential for them to recover.

Slips and falls

Even though you are walking on the same surface, the wet pavement or icy steps are a much larger hazard for your elderly relative. Less nimble muscles, brittle bones, and slow reflexes can turn a simple slip on a wet store floor into a major injury, so be aware of badweather hazards before you leave home. Since an outing can be a big event for a senior, they may dress for the occasion; heels or hard soled shoes can make any hazards you encounter even worse. Offer an arm to assist the ladies -- and request help from older gentlemen, even if you don't need it. Doing so will give them the extra support they need to prevent a fall. Proper planning and an awareness of your relative's mobility issues and mental health will help you create a safe and rewarding adventure you'll both enjoy.

Making the commitment to take an elderly person on an outing will do wonders for you both. Preparing in advance and thinking about how your senior relative will handle your plans is the key to a successful and beneficial outing. Contact us to learn more about making the most of outings and everyday visits with your loved one; we're here to support you both.

Beauty Essentials for Your Summer

Do you feel like Summer has passed us by? I have been having days like that, especially since I have seen one of our trees in the yard starting to yellow. But tomorrow is calling for a warmer day again, and in a few months, we'll be leaving the Fall behind and heading south to Arizona where it stays "summery" year round. 

If you haven't had the chance to try some new Summer beauty essentials, there's still time-

We've rounded a few up and wanted to share with you to keep your eye out when shopping next time your out.

Suave Professionals is addressing the desire for light, voluminous hair that moves with touchable, natural bounce with their Suave Professionals Rose Oil Infusion collection. Infused with pure rose oil, this this lightweight shampoo & conditioner system adds natural volume that’s petal-soft to the touch.

To help counteract the effects of pollution, Dove has transferred the impressive credentials of micellar water technology to NEW Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash and Beauty Bar – becoming the first to bring micellar water technology to the mass U.S. Body Wash market.

The NEW Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash and Beauty Bar with mild micellar technology refreshes skin while gently cleansing away pollutants and environmental stressors like dirt and impurities to reveal soft, smooth skin – making it the perfect cleanser as you travel this summer!

We also know that summer can leave your skin feeling sweaty and at times dried out if you frequently use the air conditioner, but Dove DermaSeries has got you covered. Dove DermaSeries is Dove’s newest line of fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products for people with dry skin including dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. 

The DermaSeries line consists of 8 products, from an expert repairing balm to a non-greasy hand cream and gentle cleansing body wash that will soothe and hydrate the skin, leaving it soft and moisturized. Perfect to use all year-round, Dove DermaSeries products will make caring for your skin easy and help you create a summer beauty routine you love.

And no matter if you’re traveling across the country or commuting to work, Beauty Finish Dry Spray Antiperspirant is perfect for beating the summer heat! It provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and all the care of Dove, while going on instantly dry.

I personally LOVE DOVE products. They never let me down with my beauty routines! Even Gerry loves their men's line too. 

Also BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages offers plenty of first-aid essentials for the great outdoors. BAND-AID Brand HYDRO SEAL Adhesive Bandages for wound care and foot care are 100% waterproof and keep dirt, germs and bacteria out, so your body’s natural healing power can go to work.

And with  summer well under way, the new BIC Soleil Balance razors offer a flawless shave at an affordable price. This budget-friendly 2-in-1 razor will allow you to skip the hassle of shaving cream, with five flexible blades and moisture bars with shea butter for silky smooth closeness. These razors are awesome!

Watch this spot though as we are adding to our product round up very soon!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

RV's, 5th Wheel and Camping- Must Have's Guide

Gerry and I love to travel. Whenever we can, you will find us in our RV traveling from one place to another. It's actual hard for us to stay put here during the winter months, but we don't like to leave our dog Jake in the winter at the kennels, so we usually stay home from October- March. Itching to get out again.

This upcoming Fall, we are hoping to start on Snow birding. Gerry is retiring soon and this is what we've been planning on doing for quite some time. Of course, before we can go on Snow birding, we need to make sure that we have planned everything accordingly. Our home should be secure. Our stuff needs to be stored. And we have a budget that we will stick to while on the road.
Your RV or 5th Wheel is like your second home though and you want to have it all equipped.

First Alert products-

Products like smoke alarms , carbon monoxide detectors- smart, reliable and easy to use in your RV, 5th wheel or camper. First Alert is more than smoke and fire alarms.They are about what matters most- and that is protecting you and your family!

Tiny Big Adventure- Lectica Camping Chair-

YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU WHEN YOU RELAX IN THIS CHAIR INSTEAD OF TRYING TO GET COMFORTABLE ON THE GROUND! Less than two pounds and packs up in its carry case smaller than your forearm – why wouldn’t you attach this to your backpack? Compact size and ultralight weight makes taking this chair anywhere is a viable, easy and convenient option.
SUPER COMFORTABLE AND STABLE. SPECIALLY DESIGNED FEET MEAN YOU WON’T SINK IN SOFT GROUND. Comfortable for kids and big guy tested too – heavy duty strength but super light construction – they can keep up to 300 IBS of hiker comfortable!

Valterra Waste Valves-

Easy to install, comes with installation hardware. Designed for your black and grey water holding tanks.

Valterra Cable Hatch-

• For Use with RV Electrical Cables
• Includes Installation Tape and Hardware

Valterra White 2-3/4" MPT Lead-Free Flush Mount Water Inlet-

Easy press-in dust plug

Plastic flange with U/V guard, White

• Installation tape and hardware

• Swivel connection with gripper

• 1/2” MPT inside connection

• Use PTFE tape on threads


Valterra Awning Buddy-

Installs in a Snap
• Stops flapping noises
• Reduces wear and tear
• Rubberized interior secures to fabric
• Clamp by pushing down levers
• Tighten to side bar with Velcro attachments

Coleman Directors Camp Chair XL-

Coleman's top of the line camp chair for maximum comfort and convenience.
A must have for every camper!

•Weight capacity 350 lbs
•Unfolded dimensions 54 x 41 x 54 cm(21 x 16 x 21in)
•Folded dimensions 54 x 41 x 12.7 cm (21 x 16 x 5in)
•Heavy Duty Polyester Fabric
•Padded back and armrest
•Ergonomic design with slanted armrests
•Continuous heavy duty steel frame and arm support
•Collapsible side tray with recessed cup holder
•Integrated 9 can soft cooler 

•Compact folding design for easy transport
•Weighs 8.48kg (18.70 lbs)

Sniff'n' Stop RV Kit-

"The perfect RV kit to eliminate insects and rodents - they simply stay away! Sniff 'n' Stop's essential oils are not harmful or have dangerous chemicals. This formula provides long lasting protection that saves you time and energy over traditional pest killing baits and sprays. The RV kit includes two different products for specific uses: 1 bag of deterrent granules, 1 large odorant pouch, 6 small odorant pouches and 1 personal protection spray."

Blueline RV Sanitation -

Offering a complete line of quality RV sewer hoses and fittings to create the most simple, secure hookup! With their popular and simple “push-on” sewer hose connections, you no longer need to trouble with clamping devices, tools, or even threading your RV sewer hose. With each Blueline RV Sanitation fitting, you get a leak-free connection every time you hookup. For the most simple, secure connection, nothing is better than Blueline! 


RV Step Rugs from Prest-O-Fit help to protect the interior of your RV while accenting the exterior. Available in several styles to meet the particular needs of RV users. Their brands include Outrigger, Ruggids and Wraparound Brand RV Step Rugs. Each step rug is made of durable, weather-resistant materials that resist sun-damage and fading. All of their RV Step Rugs are easy to install, fitting most manual and electric steps and available in an assortment of popular sizes and colors to coordinate with almost any RV. 

FridgeCool Fan-
By fanning the cold air that falls to the refrigerator floor, FRIDGECOOL helps your refrigerator run more efficiently. Cool down time is cut in half. Food spoilage caused by bottom freezing and top warming is eliminated.
·       Stops food spoilage
·       Cuts initial fridge cool-down time by 50%
·       Runs for more than 30 days on 2 "D" batteries
·       Works great in the top of your ice chest too! The circulating air over the ice drops the cooler temperature up to 25%.

1.     Place the FRIDGECOOL fan on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator
2.     Maintain a 40 degree Fahrenheit temperature in the food compartment
3.     Do not use in the freezer

Phoenix Airfusion Shower Kit By Valterra

The airfushion design uses a vacuum valve built into the bottom of the shower head. The valve creates compressed air bubbles that quickly
expand as they’re forced through the spray head with the water creating a
high pressure spray that feels like home.

* 20%-30% less water than conventional shower heads.

* Available in chrome, brushed nickel, white and clear

*Can be purchased separately or in a kit that includes a 60” hose,

  three position bracket, hose guide ring and flow controller for trickle shut off.

Walex Products Company:

·       Restores sensor function
·       Advanced super-concentrated enzyme formula
·       Removes waste and paper from the tank walls
·       Cleans entire tank in 12 to 24 hours

·       Easy to use dissolvable packet


·       #1 product of its kind
·       Unbeatable odor prevention
·       Formaldehyde-free
·       Biodegradable
·       Breaks down waste and paper

·       Available in fresh and Lavender scents

Smart Solutions "Dually Guard"-

Full-width, all-rubber rock guard is specifically designed for dual wheel trucks.
One-piece design is 94"W at the bottom to cover the full dual wheel base. Tapers to 70” W at the top (bumper width) for maximum towing protection. Allows free exhaust pipe air flow. Made of extra durable 3/8" thick molded rubber with molded-in anti-sail stiffening ribs. Mounts to 2" hitch insert and can be easily installed and removed. Includes 70" angled steel mounting bar and all mounting hardware.

Smart Solutions " The Ultra Guard"-

Ultra Guard is full width, solid protection for towed vehicles. Made of 3/8" molded reinforced rubber the one piece design is extremely durable and attractive. It protects towed vehicle from damage from flying road debris. The motor home models mount to the bumper or frame of the coach. The truck model attaches to most 2" receiver hitches and is easily removable.

The Ultra Guard is shown here with and without the stainless steel Ultra Plate and installs easily onto most motorcoaches. (Ultra Plate sold seperately)

Smart Solutions Add-A-Drawer-

The Add-A-Drawer is the perfect answer for finding that extra space in your motorcoach. It mounts under tables or cupboards and has a double rail design that accomodates both flat or lipped table styles. The drawer is 8"x17"x2" and has self-locking sliding channels. It's a great addition to your table for storing many items. Very useful if you also use your kitchen table as your "office desk" while on the road, and great for pens, paper, tacks, paper clips, tape, scissors and more! 

RV Supply Warehouse-
Road Pro 300 Hour 13 LED Glow Spotlight-
300 Hour 13 LED Glow Spotlight, Clear body.
This flashlight/spotlight/lantern belongs in your emergency kit.  It's also great fun providing a safe lantern in your tent or anywhere.  Leave it on as a night light--it lasts and lasts.  Take it on hikes and when you go boating and fishing.  Not only is it waterproof, it turns on when it hits the water!
  • 13 Super bright LEDS (9 white / 4 red)
  • Waterproof, floats
  • Turns on automatically when immersed in water
  • Glow feature in handle
  • Storage compartment in body
  • Batteries included (4 AA)

 StarKist -

Part of traveling means stocking up on delicious, convenient, portable foods packed with protein to keep your energy level going. Check out StarKist’s new flavored tuna pouches which are healthy and easy to eat right out of the pouch with no mixing or draining required. These pouches are low in calories, high in protein and a great source of  Omega-3 fatty acids.
If you love wild caught salmon, StarKist has you covered with their new Salmon Creations pouch featuring both Lemon Dill and Mango Chipotle flavors.

Hot sauce lovers, now is your time to rejoice because StarKist has released a new Hot Buffalo Style Tuna Creations pouch seasoned with hot and spicy buffalo sauce, making it easy to satisfy your spicy cravings.
In addition StarKist has also released Kid’s Creations pouches to encourage kids to eat more fish and look forward to meal time. These pouches come in delicious flavors including Bacon Ranch and Honey BBQ that contain plenty of DHA Omega-3 fatty acids to support brain development.

Carefree’s Dura-Mat-

The Strongest, most durable Mat Available!  Dirt and Water just filters right through!

Carefree’s Dura-Mats are the most rugged and beautiful mats on the market today.  Colored vinyl strands and reinforcement fibers are loomed into a woven fabric then compacted and bonded for exceptional strength and durability.  They are hemmed all around and the design allows for dirt and water to filter right through the mat.  They also come with reinforced brass grommets for staking the mat to the ground and after use they go into their very own storage bag so they are easy to transport and store.  Available in 4 color options; Gray, Brown, Blue or Bordeaux.  All mats are 8’ deep in widths of 8’, 10’, 12’, 14’, 16’, 18’, and 20’.

Buena Vista + Room-

Lightweight, convenient and easy to setup.  Nearly doubles your living space!  Just attach it to your awning and you are done! 

Setting up the Buena Vista is quick and easy.  The door can be mounted on the left or right side along with the easy to use wall seal, stakes and a one-piece skirt.  Clear weather-view zippered panels on the outside keep rain out, and the zippered panels on the inside offer privacy.    For odd-sized rooms, there is an extension panel to ensure a tight fit.  Ideal for picnics and relaxation outside without worrying about the elements.  When you are ready to hit the road again, it goes back into an easy to use storage bag.  It fits all brand of traditional and 12V Awnings with vertical arms in 10’-21’ and also fits Carefree’s Campout and Freedom Awnings from 3-5 meters.

Durable, Easy to Use, Canopy Protection-

These durable clamps mount to your Carefree, A&E or Faulkner patio awning rafter arm and easily fold out when needed. Soft rubber protects your canopy from flapping in the breeze and ensures the canopy is taut when the awning is fully extended. Since they are permanently mounted to your awning there is never a chance of misplacing them and they fold into the arm so they can remain attached when the awning is open or closed. The installation process is very easy and they are available in Black and White color options.  Please note, these clamps will not work on curved arm applications.

Starter Ladder for RV’s-

Get a leg up on climbing your coach's ladder to access your roof top maintenance with our 48" ladder.  The hardware secures our starter ladder to your coach's exterior ladder so it cannot get knocked off.  This ladder will support up to 300 lbs at a 12° angle.

Extend A Line Clothes Dryer-

The Extend-A-Line is designed to be mounted to 1” or 1 ½” exterior ladders with 9 5/8” - 10 1/8” spacing between upright tubing.
·         Six independent arms can carry towels, suits, or clothes on hangers
·         Supports 10 lbs per arm, 60 lbs maximum load when evenly spaced
·         18’ of line space
·         Actual wire arms are 42” long
·         Wall mounted bracket provided for home use, or RVs without ladders
·         Chrome plated arms and a plastic body resist rust

TRICO RV wiper blades-

With a full line of windshield wiper blades, refills and arms, TRICO has the wiper products for virtually all of your Recreational Vehicle (RV) needs. TRICO® blades and refills feature durable metal construction and a heavy duty natural rubber wiping element for quality performance under demanding conditions. Class C RVs are typically built on a van chassis and require conventional automotive blades like TRICO Exact Fit® blades.

Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs - (from 1-800 Pet Meds)-

Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs provides a safe and stylish way for pets to ascend and descend. The solid wood construction folds flat for easy storage and transport. The stairs require no assembly and can be placed against beds, chairs, sofa, tables or any desired area. The pet steps are perfect for small pets, aging pets and pets with joint issues. Perfect for the RV and 5th wheel for our furry friends!

For: Dogs and Cats

Renogy 200W Monocrystalline Starter Kit-

The Starter Kits are a great introduction for people who have just started getting into solar—a combination of being great on budget, and easy to get set up and running without too much effort. The Starter Kit provides the convenience of having the essential components of a solar system in one kit and because the items are bundled together, you save more than if you were to buy the items separately. Of course, as with having any solar system, the ability to have renewable energy on hand while off-grid is more than a little helpful, even if just to help provide lighting or charging your devices. With our Starter Kit, all the items included are under warranty: the accessories for a year and the panels for twenty-five years. 

If you ever have any questions, our team is more than happy to help assist you and can be reached via phone at 1-800-330-8678 or via techsupport@renogy.com

Orion Bear Deterrent-

Orion Safety Products introduces its new non-lethal sight and sound Bear Deterrent.  The product produces a loud “gunshot” sound, a bright dynamic flash and smoke, and it is designed to scare bears away before they are close enough to be in attack mode.  Field tests in Alaska have demonstrated Orion Bear Deterrent can be effective at 300 feet.  

Though lethal bear attacks are rare, there has been an increase in bear attacks and maulings as more people live in or visit bear habitats according to a 2014 article in National Geographic.  The report also suggests that people who live in or visit areas where bear and other large animals live, can educate themselves and take precautions to reduce risk of an attack.  Bear deterrent products are recommended for hunters, campers, hikers or anyone living in rural areas frequented by bears.    
Orion Bear Deterrent is an excellent, long-distance alternative to bear pepper sprays and other deterrent products available.   “Bear spray products and other deterrent products do not work at longer ranges, and they may not work in all weather conditions,” explained Jay McLaughlin, President Orion Safety Products, “When bears are close enough to use some of these other products, it can be a terrifying and dangerous situation.  Protecting yourself and your family is critical.  Orion Bear Deterrent works at distances as great as 300 feet with both a visual and sound signal to frighten bears away.”     

Orion Bear Deterrent offers additional advantages over currently available alternatives.  It is non-lethal and a safe alternative to weapons, traps and poisons.   While bear sprays may not work in wind, rain or other weather conditions, Orion Bear Deterrent works in all weather conditions with no risk of fire.  It is lightweight (launcher and 4 shells weigh only 6 ounces), waterproof, and compact – a holster is available, so you may quickly access it when needed.  Orion Bear Deterrent produces a loud “gunshot” sound, over 120db and is louder than most audio bear deterrents, and it produces a bright, dynamic flash (over 11,000 candela) and smoke.  This multi-sensory device gives the user a better chance of deterring a bear than a product that only produces a sound, visual alert, or chemical deterrent.  The product is also less expensive than most bear deterent sprays.  
Orion Bear Deterrent is ideal for use when hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping in remote areas.  It is also great for people who live in wilderness areas and other areas where bears may dwell.  Orion Bear Deterrent may also be used to ward off other large animals including dogs.   It can also be used as an emergency signal allowing rescuers to hone in on your location if you are lost or injured.  The product comes with a launcher “gun” and four Orion Bear Deterrent shells.  Replacement shells, launcher holsters, shell holders and other accessories are available separately.    

About Orion Safety Products

Orion Safety Products, Easton, MD, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of highway and U.S. Coast Guard Approved signals.  They have manufacturing facilities in Easton, MD, Peru, IN and Bristol, PA.  For more information, visit www.orionsignals.com. Orion Bear Deterrent is available at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Gander Mountain and other outdoor, camping and hunting equipment retailers or call 1-800-637-7807. In Canada the best way to find this product is by contacting the Orion Customer service department at  mcustomersevice@orionsignals.com


Homcom Torque Multiplier Wrench Set -

This Homcom Torque Multiplier Wrench Set uses gear reduction to help you loosen and remove lug nuts by hand. It is compatible with nearly every heavy duty vehicle, including semi-trucks, RVs, tractors, buses and more. It is capable of generating up to 4800 lbs of torque, allowing you to remove lug nuts without the use of power tools. A perfect companion for emergencies on RV road trips or just for completing some DIY maintenance.
Package includes:
    ·         4 x sockets: 41 mm (1-5/8"), 38 mm (1-1/2"), 33 mm (1-5/16") 6 point sockets and a 21 mm (13/16") - 4 point socket; 75 mm tall
    ·         1 x storage case
    ·         1 x wrench
    ·         1 x speed handle bar
    ·         1 x long bar

*** Gerry has one of these- tried it out on our RV and with minimal effort, was able to remove all wheel nuts. Highly recommended!

and to go with this torque is the  One -Inch Male To  Half Inch Female Socket Adapter by Cheater Wrench-

"Once you've broken a tough lug nut loose with your torque multiplier, you don't want to keep using that tool to fully remove the nut. It takes 58 revolutions of the input shaft to turn the output shaft just once. And removing the nuts by hands can be a bother and take time as well. If you use a 1" male to 1/2" female socket adapter, you can keep your socket on the lug nut and attach that adapter to a 1/2" impact gun. Then you can use the impact gun to very quickly run off the lug nuts. Break each one loose first, then take them off in no time with this adapter."

The Drive 4G-M

Staying connected is essential for all people, but even more so for those on the go. The Drive 4G-M allows people to have a strong reliable signal even where it is extremely weak. The Drive 4G-M  is simple to install and works with all U.S. carriers. Simply install it in the RV, run the antenna to the roof and it immediately starts boosting signal with the RV. The Drive 4G-M gives you faster download speeds and improves battery life. It’s a must for anyone traveling long distances in an RV.

Honeywell HeatBud Ceramic Personal Heater-

The Honeywell HeatBud Ceramic Personal Heater is a portable, energy efficient solution that provides just the right amount of heat for you. This unit is perfect for all personal spaces and can be implemented in home, at school or in the office. Designed with ceramic technology that provides fast, even heating, it is energy efficient and uses only 250 watts. Offered in four fun colors, it has a modern, compact design that fits anywhere. Use on and/or underneath desks, tables and work spaces. With one button manual controls, it is simple to use. It's a great way to keep your space cozy and warm.

ObusForme  1.5” Memory Foam Mattress Topper-

·      This memory foam mattress topper conforms to your body shape to enhance your sleep.
·      No need to worry about mattress creaks or squeaks as memory foam changes shape when you move providing support throughout the night.
·      It reduces pressure points at your shoulders, hips and legs, and also improves your blood circulation causing relaxation.
·      This mattress topper will provide added comfort to an existing mattress without having to spend the price of a new mattress. 
·     It is a quick and affordable solution for a better night’s rest.
      The plush velour cover is also machine washable for ease of use and can also be spot cleaned for your convenience.  

The Bedlocker Electric tonneau from Pace Edwards-

RVers with fifth wheels know just how valuable every inch of storage space is. That’s why the motorized Bedlocker Electric pickup bed cover from Pace Edwards is a must have. It’s built to accommodate your fifth when traveling, and is incredibly easy to use – open and close it with a keychain fob. Park your trailer, then close the Bedlocker Electric to add extra, secure storage capacity. The cover can be opened to any position on the pickup, and when not in use, this hard tonneau conveniently retracts into a canister at the front of the truck bed.

Starfrit's Lock &  Lock Classic containers-

Since 1997, Lock& Lock has revolutionized food storage containers which always seem to have one recurring problem: leaking. With its 4-locking mechanism and a resilient silicone seal, food is kept fresh longer without having to worry about leakage. Containers are offered in two types of plastic: the original version in polypropylene and a transparent version, the Krystal line (no BPA). To its plastic collection, Lock & Lock has added the Glass Lock & Lock and the Ceramic Lock & Lock product lines. All great practical solutions for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food, organizing your kitchen pantry, cooking meals (Glass) and so much more. 

Lock &  Lock Classic (Plastic)
Lock & Lock Classic containers, the original 100% air and liquid tight containers, are essential when it comes to storing and re-heating your food. Each freezer and dishwasher safe piece (container and lid) is also microwave reheatable. They are the perfect practical solution for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food and so much more.


This LED lighting solution from InnoTechRV.com provides both decorative multi-color and white outdoor lighting for your RV awning area.  The waterproof RGB LED light strip kit comes with everything needed to install the LED lighting system using either 12VDC or 110VAC power.  

The 16' LED strip is backed by strong 3M tape to enable it to stick to any clean surface and can be cut to length. Two options for wireless remote control are provided, RF and infrared. The RF wireless remote is capable of controlling the strip through walls and without direct line of sight to the controller. The remote controls can select from up to 16 different colors including white and you can control the brightness by dimming the light output. InnoTechRV.com supplies a range of innovative electronics products for your RV including Tire Pressure Monitoring, Holding Tank Level  Monitoring and Centralized Tire Inflation/Deflation Systems. 

Mr. Heater-The Portable Buddy-

North America's Most Popular Portable Propane Heater! This patented radiant 4,000-9,000 BTU Liquid Propane heater connects directly to a 1 lb. cylinder and is the perfect solution for heating enclosed spaces like RVs or Campers up to 200 sq. ft. The expertly engineered size to BTU ratio is augmented with a fold down handle to give this heater maximum output while retaining a minimalistic footprint. To light the unit, simply rotate the knob to pilot and push. Then the integrated Piezo sparking mechanism will take care of the rest. With the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) and accidental tip-over safety shut-off you can be sure that you will enjoy years of comfortable indoor safe heat.”

We'll need this locking device for our tow dolly- as we wouldnt be without taking our SUV as a second vehicle. We've traveled before with just the RV and you really need the second vehicle to get to those smaller spots where an RV just wont go.

The Master Lock No. 379DAT features a universal trailer coupler lock, designed to fit 1-7/8in (48mm), 2in (51mm) and most 2-5/16in (59mm) couplers. The advanced locking mechanism provides resistance to picking and prying. Resists rust and corrosion! And the Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.

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