Jason’s 2011 RV Friendly Holiday Gift Giving Guide
So you have someone in the family who lives in an RV, now it’s almost Christmas and you have no idea what to give them. Giving a gift to an RV’er can be difficult due to the lack of space inside their home on wheels. Here are a few items that made our 2011 RV trip across the US a little more fun…..according to Jason:
For the Eco Friendly:
Product: Solio Bolt
Cost: around $70
Why I like it: The bolt is a small wallet sized solar panel with built in battery. You stick it on the dash of your RV, or clip it on a backpack when hiking, and it charges the internal battery with the suns rays. If your cell phone, e-reader, camera, etc runs out of juice just plug directly into the USB port on the Bolt and voila! you have instant charging power ANYWHERE! Pretty cool, and a perfect gift for the environmentally friendly, or green, RV’er.
For the Practical:
Product: Thetford Smart Drain
Cost: around $90 for the “kit”
Why I like it: When we first purchased a new RV it came with a free sewer hose. I had to purchase an elbow, connector & fasteners. After using this hose a few times a hole appeared! Since I had invested in the other parts I purchased another cheap sewer hose similar to the one provided by the mfr. A few uses later the same thing. To make a long story short, I eventually purchased the smart drain from the camping store. I’ve owned the hose for nearly 2 years without any issue. I’m sure there are other super duty hoses out there, but this is the one we use and we highly recommend you get one too! I also purchased a 15′ extension, and it is a must have, the last thing you want is to be stuck with a hose too short to dump, yikes.
For the Techno Savvy:
Cost: around $400 + installation & monthly membership
Website: no longer available…sorry.
Why I like it: We installed the RV-ID in June and have been playing with it’s features since. The device is a cell phone sized electronic device that attaches under the dash. Once installed you can track the location of your RV, setup alarms that warn you if your RV has moved, and share your adventures with friends and family. The RV-ID will even send you a text message (or email) if your battery is getting low! The company has recently released a new version of the software that allows you to connect with other RV-ID owners. We’re excited to see what this new company comes up with for RV-ID owners in 2012!
For the Paranoid (or the Better Safe-than-Sorry type):
Product: TireMinder Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Cost: around $300 + additional transmitters
Why I like it: This small wireless device monitors the tire pressure & temperature saving you from a blow-out! I have to be honest the initial setup may seem a little overwhelming (trying to get your psi to an exact number) but once you use it a few times its quite simple. Just screw on the transmitters to the tire valve, turn on the receiver, and bam! you can monitor ALL of your tires. We have transmitters on all 6 wheels of our RV, and the 4 wheels of our tow car. I’ve been using the system for nearly 1 year and can honestly say it’s saved my butt a few times therefore paying for itself (at least in my mind). If you’re like me and forget to check your tire pressure before you drive off each day, this is a product that can keep you and your family safer on the road.
If all else fails:
Just get them some fancy chocolate, coffee, or tea. Really anything that’s edible or consumable, and to their quality standards is a great gift. Good luck.
Oh yea, if you’re looking for a more female friendly holiday guide check out Nikki’s 2011 RV Friendly Holiday Gift Giving Guide
On a side note, we oridinarily stay away from pushing specific product brands, however for this post we wanted to share with you our favorites. Please know these recommendations were not paid for, and are truly our personal selections for the 2011 holiday season. Finally pricing may not be exact, so make sure you do your research online before purchasing. Happy Holidays from Gone With the Wynns