We’ve been living the “on the road RV life”” since April 29th of this year. We lived the “off the road parked in our own driveway RV life” for 5 months prior to that and we’ve learned so much about this unique lifestyle we and millions have chosen to live. We’ve made several RV specific purchases and thought I’d review some them in case someone else is thinking about purchasing one of these items and wants some user information.
For our outdoor cooking grill we chose the Weber Q 200 with the separate rolling stand. I read a lot from other RVers and product reviews on the web before we purchased it. When it arrived I was able to put it together and I am very low on the mechanical ability poll. Roy has often said how much he loves cooking on this grill. He said it doesn’t flame up like others and it cooks very evenly. It also folds up to fit very easily in a small part of the under RV storage. I love the flavor of the food cooked off of it too! We purchased ours from Camping World for $199 but they sell it lots of places.
We purchased a two burner electric GE cook-top unit which lasted a little while but it was soooooo slow we started looking for an alternative. I wouldn’t recommend spending money on that one unless you don’t mind really slow cooking and always just looking ugly after it was used for a while. We found, again at Camping World, an electric induction cook-top and love it especially for it’s speed of cooking and ability to keep it clean. It’s a Fagor induction. It came with a medium sized induction frying pan. The old two burner is now strapped in under the sink for those times that the induction skillet doesn’t work for a larger size pot, like maybe a pot of gumbo that you don’t mind cooking slow! I cook almost all our vegetables and pasta inside in it and Roy does all our frying outside in it. In case you aren’t familiar with induction cooking I copied the details from the Camping World website. The cost of this appliance was $89.
- Cooktop uses safe, efficient, flameless induction cooking technology
- Lightweight and compact — only 11 3/4″W x 14″L x 2″H and weighs only 5 pounds
- Crystal glass panel is easy to clean because it stays cool and food won’t stick
- Display panel chart relates cooking levels to temperature and cooking function
- Soft touch controls with 10 power settings from 140ºF to 430ºF
- Shuts off automatically if no cookware is detected
- Convenient built-in 150-minute digital timer
We recently purchased and received a Garmin GPS model RV 760 LMT. I can’t do a review on that yet since it just arrived and we aren’t on the road but this one is specifically designed for RVs but can be switched over to automotive mode. Roy’s entered information into it about Dora and one of it’s features is that since it knows her height it will guide us away from overpasses that are two low for us to go through. It also has a much larger screen than our telephone GPS which we previously used and had difficulty seeing since the screen was about 1/4 the size of the Garmin. When we’ve had a chance to use it we’ll review it. Roy did a lot of research before he decided on this one. It’s cost was $400 and it was purchased straight from Garmin.
One very small yet important purchase was the dozen or so little round plate like rubbery things that you put between the dishes and pans so they don’t rattle when driving. They are called Grip-It China and Dish Separators. Before we purchased those everything rattled up a storm when we’d go down the road. Now it’s much quieter and are nerves are saved a lot of rattle too!
I wrote about the satellite dish we recently purchased in a post at: https://rosalynandroy.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/satellite-dish-upgrade/. We spent $761 off Ebay including delivery. It would have cost $1400 new. I would highly recommend this dish. We never lose reception any longer and it’s always clear. Big improvement over the other one.
We purchased a front window screen for when we’re parked and while I previously wrote about that I’ve copied it to here and updated the information with new pictures in case you are interested.
Roy ordered this front screen from a company that makes sunscreens for Dora’s front window. It is used in place of closing the curtains since you can see out of it but no one can see into the RV except at night when the lights are on. I like the curtains open most of the time but it gives you no privacy and this will. We picked out a design that is the face of a White Siberian Tiger. It’s silver and black with blue eyes and will go perfectly with Dora’s black, silver and grey sides and now Dora has blue eyes like me! If you’d like to look into getting one for your RV, the company’s website is www.heritageartltd.com. They have lots of designs and other purposes you can use these for, like hanging one from the end of a patio so it’s not just for RVers. Our managers, Rick and Debbie, have one which is where we first saw it. Theirs is a Bengal Tiger and no they are not LSU fans, they picked it because the colors match their RV. We’ve gotten several compliments about it and it works very well thought we don’t see through it as clearly as we hoped but still well enough to see what’s going on outside.
The table we use outside is a compact expandable aluminum table. It also was purchased at Camping World for around $70. We use it to eat on, fry food on, make crafts, work on plants and all sorts of things and it still looks brand new. It’s very easy to clean and still looks brand new even after frequent use these last few months. It’s also very lightweight and easy to move around plus it can be smaller for normal use and expand if you need it to. We always use it expanded since we’ve been here. Camping World’s website description is here: