New Products - New Ideas - Spring 2010
Products For Your Next Travel Adventure
From the July, 2010 issue of Rvmagonline
By Bobby Black
We receive a steady stream of new product pitches throughout the year. Some are simple "Why didn't I think of that?" goodies, while others are designed to advance all aspects of RV travel, from boosting power and towing capability to making camping safer and more enjoyable. From hundreds of submissions, here are 31 of the best for all your traveling needs.
Tie-Down for Propane Safely...
Tie-Down for Propane
Safely transporting heavy propane tanks has always been a challenge. Specifically made to eliminate such a hazard, the Tailgater Strap is a unique tie-down system made of heavy-duty webbing to keep tanks secured to a pickup tailgate. The Tailgater Strap is rated with a 1,200-pound breaking strength, installs in just 30 seconds, and stows easily when not in use. Details: $18.40, (435) 669-3094, www.tailgaterstrap.com
Fold-Down Bike Rack When...
Fold-Down Bike Rack
When towing, the Swagman Rack makes it easy and safe to carry up to three bikes via its special sleeved-hitch mount. It features protective pads and straps. Details: $140, (800) 469-7924, www.swagman.com
Oil of the Future? Green...
Oil of the Future?
Green Oil's high-quality, environmentally friendly synthetic motor oil increases performance and fuel economy while reducing emissions and engine wear. Available for diesel engines. Details: $29.99/5-quart jug, (888) 645-5558, www.getgreenoil.com
Trailer Brake SetUp The...
Trailer Brake SetUp
The easy-to-use BrakeBuddy Vantage trailer brake system sets up in any tow vehicle in minutes, reduces stopping distances, and enables full or proportional braking controls. Details: $1,499.99, (800) 470-2287, www.brakebuddy.com
Hitch Alignment Camera This...
Hitch Alignment Camera
This wireless rearview camera and monitor from Master Lock makes hooking up/backing up a trailer a safe, one-person job. Installation is simple and nontechnical, and the camera sets up easily in minutes. Details: $249.99, (800) 464-2088, www.masterlock.com
Marine-Grade Hitch Lock Every...
Marine-Grade Hitch Lock
Every trailer needs A good lock. The Seasense hitch lock features solid construction, is heat-treated for durability, and will not corrode, rust, or clog. Details: $8.20, (800) 282-8725, www.seasense.com
Knot-A-Bag Create any size...
Create any size waterproof bag to store anything from snack items, trash, wet clothes, and so on with the palm-sized Knot-A-Bag dispenser. It is space-saving and refillable. Details: $7.99, (510) 732-9229, www.davisnet.com
RV Heating System Aqua-Hot's...
RV Heating System
Aqua-Hot's RV Heating System is a highly efficient propane-powered device that provides both cabin heat and unlimited hot water for gas and diesel vehicles. Details: $6,000, (800) 685-4298, www.aqua-hot.com
All-Weather Vent Cover Enjoy...
All-Weather Vent Cover
Enjoy fresh air despite inclement weather thanks to the Maxxair Vent Cover. The no-leak design installs over popular 14-inch vents with no drilling. Details: $29.95, (800) 780-9893, www.maxxair.com
DIY Oil Drain Answer Replace...
DIY Oil Drain Answer
Replace your own oil easily with the Quick Oil Drain Valve. It enables tool-free oil changes and is available for most truck, RV, and marine applications. Details: $22.95-$32.95, (866) 822-5689, www.quickoildrainvalve.com
Cleaner Air Intake Unlock...
Cleaner Air Intake
Unlock hidden horsepower in your vehicle with a smog-legal Airaid clean air intake. It installs easily using a "quick fit" system and boosts power and mileage. Details: $259.99, (888) 876-8494, www.airaid.com
Towing With ATVs Those using...
Towing With ATVs
Those using their ATVs to tow now have rugged hitch/ball mounts available from Valley Towing Products. Available in several configurations and feature integrated hook/strap mounts. Details: $31.55; (800) 344-3112; www.vtowing.com
Bookmark It! Benchmark Atlas/Map...
Benchmark Atlas/Map books cover all 50 states in rich detail, highlighting main roads, off-highway paths, landmarks, topography, and campsites complete with GPS coordinates. Details: $22.95-$24.95, (541) 772-6965, www.benchmarkmaps.com
See -Through Tank The Lite...
See -Through Tank
The Lite Cylinder is a lightweight propane tank that shows how much fuel remains. DOT-approved in 10-, 20-, 25-, and 33-pound sizes with standard fixtures. Details: $85-$180, (866) 412-5483, www.litecylinder.com
Portable Stove & Heater Ideal...
Portable Stove & Heater
Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, the compact, leakproof Heatmate is a portable alcohol heater that doubles as a high-power stove when the lid is removed. Details: $169.95, (888)551-1041, www.contoure.com