iRV2 – Banned forever

As a tech nut, operator of a few forums, and moderator of a few others, I’m no stranger to the potential headaches of managing a forum and keeping things civil and helpful. I also recognize and commiserate on the desire to protect members from spammers and scammers or those just there for commercial profit. There is, however, a bit of logic that should be kept in mind when maintaining these communities. iRV2 appears to not subscribe to this logic.

Today, friend, fellow RVer, and geek David Bott was banned from iRV2 until January because someone asked him for where to find a video he’d created on the topic of better RV Wi-Fi, and he posted a direct link to it on his blog. Like most bloggers, David does have a small Amazon search on his site and uses affiliate links when he’s talking about a specific product. In the eyes of iRV2, this made his site ‘commercial’ and they banned him for the link.
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We Be Grillin’*

Spoiled from the built-in grill at our Las Vegas Lot, we found ourselves wanting a portable grill setup. I started, as always, researching the bejeebus out of things (Lehnanne’s words, not mine).

Here are the thoughts that went into the decision:

  • We have an all-electric coach, so I didn’t want to deal with little (or big) propane bottles.  The smell, need for inspection ( at certain bridges & tunnels ), the cost of propane, yet another fossil fuel, etc..  Thus, propane was out.
  • Natural Wood grills seem to need a LOT of tending to maintain temperature. They also take a while to get up to temperature and are large and/or heavy. Sure, there are add-ons and modifications to ease this temperature maintenance chore, but what if there was something.. smarter.. and more integrated that just works out of the box?
  • This lead me to Pellet fired grills, of which Traeger  Grills seem to be the reigning champ.  However, their portable unit doesn’t get very good marks compared to the rest and the grill isn’t particularly “smart”.  The Traeger also require 120v AC power to operate.

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Hitting the Road

Today and tomorrow are travel days. We are leaving AZ and heading to Ruidoso, NM.  You can follow along on the live Our View cam. (Featured photo is of Jacob Huie helping get us ready to roll in 2014)

LVM Resort Lot 62 — For Rent!

We’re going back on the road starting Saturday, March 25th.  As such, our lot at the Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort will be available for rent while we’re gone! Along with all the benefits described at the LVM Resort web-site, as an added perk, we are leaving our 300mbps / 30mbps Read more…

Have Pet, Will Travel

As RVers we know the stress that can come with rolling into a new place and have to find a vet. Some times it is just a matter of asking a simple question. But, we’ve all been there. WoofTrax knows what that is like so they teamed up with Ask.Vet Read more…