I wanted to go cycling with my toddler. Working within a tight budget, here’s how I chose the best child bike seat for our needs and an affordable used bike for me. All of my best advice to start family cycling adventures together — including the bike accessories we use most and a comparison of the various ways you can bike with a toddler.
We’ve all heard lightning myths that just aren’t true. I’m going to debunk 7 of them right now…. Here are 7 lightning FACTS you need to know to stay safe — both inside your home and outside or in your car.
There are a few Jeep Wrangler rear window dilemmas that every Jeep owner faces. With my own firsthand experience and the advice of other Jeepers, you’ll now know what to do! Here are 5 clever Jeep Wrangler soft top rear window hacks you probably haven’t tried yet…
RV refrigerators can fail for a number of reasons. A common problem is when the refrigerator stops cooling properly — especially after it hasn’t been used in awhile. See how to solve a number of RV refrigerator repair issues yourself, online repair manuals for Dometic and Norcold refrigerators, and when it makes sense to replace instead of repair an RV refrigerator.
Did you know that you can save money on your taxes if you buy an RV? Yep. Here are all the IRS tax deductions for RV owners. And… if you run your business out of your RV, then the RV tax deduction is even greater!
For your DIY RV van conversion, you’ll want to start from the top down. That way, one step won’t interfere with another while constructing your Class B motorhome. First, determine which amenities you want to include. Then, install everything that you plan to have mounted on the roof before you do anything else. I’ll show you how to install RV solar panels, an RV vent, and a TV antenna on the roof of your RV van.
See how I built a Class B motorhome from a cargo van. Today, I’m covering the first step in my DIY RV camper van conversion series: How to choose the best cargo van for an RV conversion.
A snow squall is a sudden, heavy snowstorm that doesn’t last very long. It’s similar to a blizzard with massive snowfall, strong wind gusts, and whiteout conditions — but it only occurs for a relatively brief time and appears in relatively small areas at a time. With a snow squall, the snow accumulation may or may not be significant. The wind and blowing snow that move through so quickly are the trademark signs of a snow squall.
Do you have to wear a seat belt as a passenger in an RV? Do kids have to wear RV seat belts? See what’s legal & what’s not. Plus, what’s safe for children and adults riding in the back of RVs. Since most RVers travel between states, it’s important that you know the RV seat belt laws in each state.
Your training schedule for a half marathon should start at least 12 weeks before the actual event. As a beginner, you’ll run 1-2 miles 3 days a week, 3-4 miles 1 day a week, cross train 1 day, and have 2 days of rest. The running miles should increase until your shorter runs reach 5-6 miles and your long runs reach 10 miles. A longtime runner shares how to train for the terrain, what to eat & drink, plus tips for success in your first half marathon.
When you’ve got a Jeep, motorcycle, or convertible… you have messy hair a lot. These wind-proof hair products help you look wind-BLOWN not wiped OUT!
RVers share their personal experiences and helpful tips for renting an RV. What you can expect when you rent, RV rental costs & fees, where to rent an RV near you, RV rental insurance, and other little-known facts about renting RVs.
Wondering the difference between partly cloudy and mostly sunny? Or mostly cloudy and partly sunny? Here are the official definitions for all forms of cloud coverage in the sky, according to the National Weather Service.
Here is a list of all the ways the RV Level 4 beats other RV leveling systems I’ve tried: it’s easier to use, it runs on USB instead of batteries, the app works perfectly without changing the settings on your phone, the calibration switch is better than the others’, it’s more reliable (accurate within 1/10th of an inch), and it’s less expensive.
Wondering how to remove Jeep doors yourself? You basically just remove the nuts from the bottom of the pins or bolts that hold the Jeep door in the door hinge, then lift up and out. Here are the 4 easy steps to remove your Jeep doors, how to keep the dome light off after the Jeep door removal process, and how to put your Jeep doors back on — yourself.
Use these off road checklists so you know what to do — and what to take — on your next 4-wheeling trip. Here’s everything you need to consider when it comes to: basic survival gear, first aid kits, safety and recovery gear, camping gear, tools, and parts to bring on the trail. We’ll show you what to pack and how to equip your vehicle BEFORE you go offroad!
Here are 7 weird weather events we’re hearing about lately — deadly heat, record rain, monster hurricanes, firenados, record snowfall, chemtrails, and weird clouds.
Planning a trip to see the Aurora Borealis? Watching nature’s amazing light show up close is an exciting and fun adventure for your bucket list! I have a few tips for planning your Northern Lights trip including — where you can see Aurora Borealis in the U.S. (the best cities & parks with an unobstructed view of the night sky), the best time of the year & time of the day to see the Northern Lights, and the best apps & sites to help you plan your Northern Lights trip.
Is a Jeep Wrangler the right vehicle for you? As the owner of several Wranglers and a Wrangler Unlimited, these are the Jeep Wrangler pros and cons — as I see it. If you go through these 20 reasons to own a Jeep Wrangler + 20 reasons NOT to buy one, and test drive a Wrangler (or rent one!)… then you’ll know for sure if a Jeep Wrangler is the best vehicle for you or not.
If cheap RV living is your goal — as it was mine — here’s proof that you can manage living in an RV fulltime. Even on a fixed income! I’ve found that living in an RV is attainable for about $500 a month — whether you drive and park for free for 1 month, or you spend a month at a time in an RV park. I’ll show you the numbers…
Is it time to remodel your RV? Oh, how I’ve enjoyed remodeling RVs and travel trailers… Here are my best tips doing the RV renovation yourself. Plus where to find RV parts & accessories, and RV renovation companies that will do the work for you if you like.
If you’re searching for a new ‘gently used’ bike, this information should help you find a bike right away, so you too can get back into cycling. Here are the 5 best places to find a free or cheap bike online AND in your local area!
You may find it confusing when choosing fly fishing hooks the first time. However, the type of fly hooks you use are very important. Here’s what you need to know about fly hooks — both freshwater hooks and saltwater hooks.
Do you know your state’s triple towing laws (or double towing laws)?… In many states it’s legal to tow 2 trailers at the same time! Here’s a list of states that permit triple towing. Plus, what you need to know before you pull 2 trailers behind 1 vehicle.
It can be confusing to know when to use the four-wheel drive and when not to. It will help if you know what the differences are between the various types of drive systems, particularly Jeep four-wheel drive systems – because there is a lot of confusion regarding: 4WD, 2WD, Part-Time 4WD, Full-Time 4WD, Automatic 4WD, All-Wheel Drive, and what it means to shift on the fly. Here’s what you need to know!
See why I think a cheap set of spring clamps are the RVer’s equivalent to a Swiss army knife. Here’s my list of clever uses for spring clamps while RVing and camping — from making a DIY camper awning to holding curtains open, keeping your dog safe while setting up camp, and drying a few items on a camping clothesline. There are SO many ways to use spring clamps in and around the RV!
Motorhome towing tips — so you can bring your own vehicle with you whenever you’re RVing. See the pros & cons of flat towing four wheels down vs trailering with a tow dolly, a list of vehicles that can be flat towed, and how to flat tow cars.
Looking for a Jeep Wrangler car rental? We’ve compiled the ultimate list of Jeep rental companies where you can rent a Jeep for a day (or a week) — and take it offroad if you want. This list of Jeep Wrangler rental agencies is organized by state… and country.
RV refrigerator not cooling? I can help you find the problem! I’m going to walk you through the steps of DIY RV refrigerator repair. Then, if it still doesn’t work, I’ll let you know when it’s time to throw in the towel and call a professional to fix your RV fridge. Whether you have a Norcold refrigerator, a Dometic refrigerator, or some other RV refrigerator… I can help!
The Jeep Wrangler has 3 distinctive trim packages: Jeep Wrangler Sport, Jeep Wrangler Sahara, and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. See which Jeep Wrangler trim package is best for your lifestyle. From the engine, to the interior, and offroad capabilities, we’ll help you choose the right Wrangler model for you.
When you own a Jeep Wrangler, every other Jeep Wrangler owner in the world is your friend. No kidding. This camaraderie is identified by something called ‘the Jeep Wave’… or the ‘Jeep Wrangler Wave’. Truthfully, it’s not limited to Jeep Wranglers though… ALL Jeep drivers wave to other Jeep drivers. It’s all in good fun! Here’s how to do the Jeep Wave, the official Jeep Wave rules, and a few other vehicles that have a similar wave.
Have you heard about a major storm being declared the next Category 6 hurricane? That’s fake news! There are only 5 official hurricane categories. See why Category 6 hurricanes don’t exist.
Fun Halloween costume ideas for a weatherman (or a weatherman wannabee). Think along these lines: hurricane, sun, flood, mother nature, global warming, earth day, hail, clouds, snow globe, el nino, weatherman, tsunami, rain, snow, mother earth, blizzard, lightning, wind, stormy weather, rainbow, tornado, weather forecast, snowman, snowflake, wind turbine and solar panel costume ideas!
For the first time ever, I decided to stay in a hurricane shelter. Here’s why I did and what I’ve learned about staying at an emergency shelter during a storm. Plus expert tips to help you decide whether you should stay put at home or evacuate in a hurricane.
Jeep dog accessories… check! Jeep baby stuff… check! Here’s my checklist of offroad Jeep must-haves when you’re a Jeep family with 1 baby and 2 dogs. Offroad Jeeping with kids and dogs is possible (and enjoyable)… as long as you take these things along!
Whether you’ve got a rock chip (that will lead to a cracked windshield in no time, or an RV windshield that needs replaced for some other reason. Here’s what I’ve learned firsthand about RV windshield replacement cost vs RV windshield repair cost.
Here’s a list of 7 Jeep off road accessories that you should always keep inside the vehicle — so you can avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made when taking my Jeep off road! The best part: you’ll be ready to go offroad at a moment’s notice AND you’ll be able to fix anything that the woods can throw at you!
For some, wearing the battle scars you incur when taking your Jeep off-road is a source of pride. But if your Jeep is your daily drive and offroad usage is only a secondary function, then you may want to replace some bodywork from time to time. Here’s what I’ve learned firsthand about replacing Jeep body panels yourself.
Planning to watch an eclipse soon? Me too! Here’s what to look for when buying solar eclipse glasses, how to make a pinhole viewer that’s safe for watching a solar eclipse, and the ONLY time that it’s safe to view a solar eclipse with your naked eyes.
Do you know what to do in the event of a Jeep accident? (I thought I did. But I was wrong.) Your Jeep might be able to take a hit with no problems, but that doesn’t mean you should just exchange insurance info and drive off. Learn from my mistake… Here’s what you should do if your Jeep gets rear-ended!
See how I made a cell phone bike mount for my Android phone. You can do the same with any other smartphone as well. Then, using an app and a GPS-enabled phone, you can track just about anything you want to know about your bike rides. This DIY bike phone mount cost next to nothing!
Before you start a DIY Jeep project at home, be sure to do these 6 things first. Trust me, I’ve learned firsthand what a difference these simple Jeep safety tips have on the outcome! These are my best tips to stay safe when working on your Jeep.
Jim and I have used our Good Sam Club membership card at lots of different RV campgrounds to save on camping costs AND at lots of different Camping World stores (and online) to save on RV parts and accessories. Those discounts alone have more than paid for our membership. Here’s why we think membership in the Good Sam Club is a good thing — especially for new RVers who are planning their first RV trips.
Do you pay attention to the hurricane forecast each year? There are 5 important new storm forecast changes for hurricane season. See what the changes are, why they were made, and how they affect you.
The wood door panels on your RV refrigerator expand, contract, and absorb water — because wood is a living, breathing product that changes with the weather. After spending 8 months in the heat & humidity of Florida, when I relocated to the deserts of Arizona for the winter, it took only a few weeks for the wood door panels on my refrigerator to warp! To prevent this from happening to you, be sure to regularly treat all wood surfaces in your RV with an oil-based furniture polish. See how I repaired the warped doors on my RV refrigerator – and you can too.
For the muddy-minded, adventure-seeking lady, there’s no shortage of dirty fun events in the U.S. and beyond. How fun would it be to give one of these women’s mud run events a try for an upcoming girls weekend getaway?!
I recently did some off-road testing to see just how much capability a dedicated off-road tire adds to a Jeep in mud and on trails. See what I learned. And before you buy Jeep off-road tires… you’ll need to know the answers to these 3 questions!
Small rocks and tree branches can easily take out your Jeep’s windshield (or a window) if you’re not careful! Is your Jeep windshield already cracked? Here’s my advice about repairing vs. replacing a cracked windshield.
You can buy a teardrop camper that’s ready to go with all the extras, you can roll up your sleeves and build one yourself, or you can rent a teardrop trailer and travel freely. However you do it, there’s no time like the present to get on the road and see everything this country has to offer from the comfort of an RV!
Here’s how to enjoy a stress-free day on the beach in your Jeep – what to do before driving on the beach AND what not to do! Sand driving tips, tire pressure advice, and a list of beaches you can drive on.