RV Lifestyle eZine




Helping to Make Your RV

Lifestyle Run Smoothly



    April 10, 2016

    Issue #339






  • New Toys for the Summer Season

New Designs in Coolers


The Latest in Small Camping Vans


The TigerMoth: New Tiny Trailer for the Boonies


Smart Rechargeable Lantern

  • Geography Trivia

New Cooler Designs

If you are tent camping or traveling with a pop-up version, keeping food at safe temperatures becomes a priority.

Here are a few super thermal coolers that can do the job:

Pelican ProGear Elite Cooler: 35 Gallon capacity

  • Up to 10 days ice retention
  • Freezer grade gasket
  • 2" polyurethane insulation
  • Dual Handle System (Molded-in & Hinged Handles)
  • Press & Pull Latches (Wide for Gloved Use)
  • Non-Skid & Non-Marking Raised Feet
  • Sloped Drain & Tethered Threaded Plug (Garden Hose Attachable)





Go Anywhere Cooler - Yeti

This cooler can go anywhere you go.


  • One-piece, roto-molded construction is extremely durable just like a whitewater kayak
  • PermaFrost Insulation is pressure-injected, giving you exceptional thermal resistance for unmatched ice retention
  • T-Rex Lid Latches, with patent-pending technology and molded-in keepers, keep your lid securely closed and are built to last
  • The ColdLock Gasket minimizes unwanted air exchange, locking out heat while sealing in cold
  • NeverFail Hinge System includes a full-length, integrated hinge that is self stopping and will not break
  • FatWall Design features extra-thick walls designed to house added insulation for maximum ice retention
  • BearFoot Non-Slip Feet are made from non-marking rubber and help keep your cooler where you put it

Cooler and Air Conditioner

When the coldest drink in town won’t keep you cool, the Icybreeze Cooler and Air Conditioner will do the job. This 38-quart ice chest is a personal portable air conditioner and cooler that keeps you and your beverages chilled by at least 35 degrees less than the outside air temperature.

The built-in rechargeable battery will run the cooler’s fan six hours on low, four hours on medium or
2.5 hours on high speed.


When you’re not using the A/C, ice will last as long as seven days at temperatures up to 90-degrees!


Stores up to 30 pounds of ice and 49 cans of your beverages.

Hiking Cooler

Long hikes are no fun when you get to your destination and don’t have any cold drinks waiting.


The Coleman Treklite Plus Coolerpack Chair solves that problem with a 2-in-1 design that makes it a
backpack or a chair with a built-in cooler!


It’s not a teeny sandwich cooler either: it will hold a case of beer and even has four side pockets with a detachable cargo net for snacks.


"In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing."
                                - William Wordsworth, English Romantic poet (1770-1850)


Small Camping Vans

If you prefer to sleep indoors, here are some new options for you. The Japan Camping Car Show last year featured some great pop-up and actual tent vans.

Below is my favorite of the 2015 show, a small Class C with basic living for enjoying the great outdoors in style. Some of the largest motorhomes in the Japanese market are these Cab Conversions. They’re set on a freight truck platform, which is just a little bigger than the mini-truck.


These full-featured RVs are popular among full-time travelers. This one has what looks to be a convertible dinette (as seen through the picture window) and a cab over sleeper up in the front. More…


Japan loves dogs and dogs love nature, so a final mention goes to the NOAH Cross City Capsule from TUM (Tokai Utility Motor). It's designed to provide a mobile rest space for both humans and animals ... and even has a matching dog-carry cage. This is my favorite from the 2016 show.


Browse through the camping vans at the 2016 show HERE.



TigerMoth Camper
Get Even Closer to Nature

Most campers and RVs are literal rolling houses that form a fortress between the inhabitant and the surrounding outdoors.


But this micro-camper, invented by Taxa, is more of an outdoors kitchen and play area with a transformable interior that sleeps two adults.

Lighting is included, and a 12-volt electrical system can run small electronics. On the road, the TigerMoth is touted as aerodynamic and rugged, including 15-inch tires and a solid 12-inch ground clearance.


That setup makes the micro-camper towable on rough tracks and dirt roads almost anywhere.

It comes to market for $12,990. Not cheap, but the TigerMoth is aiming at a market of campers looking to get off-grid with a utilitarian, small-footprint pod that also exudes a rugged style.


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Let There be Light!

When your camping lantern is smarter than you, that’s when you know you’re destined to be comfy in the great outdoors. For under $80 the 02Tech Smart Lantern can measure the temperature, humidity levels and barometric pressure wherever you go.

Just one charge keeps it powered for up to 30 days, and with a built-in USB port, it will do the same for your other devices. The three-pound lantern’s built-in tripod is a great addition to any campfire party, as the lantern has 16 million different color options to set the mood, which can be controlled by an app on your phone.



Geography Trivia


1. Name the highest mountain in the U.S.
a. Mount Hood, Ore.
b. Mount McKinley, Alaska
c. Pike’s Peak, Colo.

Hint: It is known locally as Denali, or “the Great One.”

2. Name the geographic center of the 48 conterminous (connected) states.
a. Smith County, Kans.
b. Butte County, S.D.
c. Falls City, Nebr.

Hint: Don’t include Hawaii and Alaska

3. Name the southernmost point of the 50 states.
a. Ka Lae, Hawaii
b. Key West, Fla.
c. Brownsville, Texas

Hint: The point is on an island.

4. Name the place to see the best-preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in the United States.
a. Joshua Tree, Calif.
b. Congaree, S.C.
c. Mesa Verde, Colo.

Hint: The name means “green table.”

5. This plantation on the banks of the Potomac River is home to more than a dozen outbuildings, including slave quarters, a kitchen, stables, a greenhouse, four different gardens, and a four-acre working farm.
Name this place.
a. the White House
b. Mount Vernon
c. Monticello

Hint: This site also marks the final resting place of Martha and George


1. Mount McKinley, Alaska. Standing at 20,320 ft high, Mount McKinley is mostly covered in
permanent snowfields, which feed numerous glaciers.
2. Smith County, Kans. There is a spot near Lebanon, Kans., that marks the exact center of the
mainland states—39°50'N lat. 98°35'W long.
3 Ka Lae, Hawaii. The spot 18°55' N 155°41' W lies on Hawaii’s South Cape.
4. Mesa Verde, Colo. A visit to the 52,121.93 acres of Mesa Verde National Park allows a peek
into the ancient culture of the Pueblo people who made it their home from A.D. 600 to A.D.
5. Mount Vernon. Located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America.




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