New York RVers: Keep Your Laptops Safe

Laptop computers are a major part of the modern RVer community. We have instant communication with friends via things such as e-mail and chat,  access to our bank accounts and bill paying services, and a host of information about whatever we might need in our lives as full-time RV travelers. Unfortunately,  laptops (and other computers or tablets) are certainly an attraction to thieves. Here are some tips to help keep your experience with your computer as safe as possible.

Keeping Your Data Safe: If you store sensitive information on your laptop, make sure if your computer falls into the wrong hands, at least the information is secure. If you have Windows, you may already have a way of encrypting your data to make it impossible to read without the code. Or purchase some data encryption software and use it–you can “Google” for more information on this kind of software. When using public WIFI networks, many experts recommend you don’t transmit sensitive data (including credit numbers or bank account information) but if you must, BE SURE the little “lock” symbol shows on your web browser, and that the URL (address) of the web site begins with https (for “secured”).

– Digital RVer

Make your Password STRONG: Don’t use your name, your child’s name, dog’s name, etc., as a password. Repeated numbers or letters are a sure-enough “breakable” password. Some folks use a phrase they can remember, like “My dog is lazy,” and string it together without spaces: Mydogislazy is the resulting password. Using symbols (%@&!) in your password also makes it tougher to break. And of course, the longer the better. IF you think you will forget your password, I recommend writing it down on a piece of paper that you keep on you in a safe place.

Backup Your System: Lost or stolen, your data is no good if you don’t have access to it. Use a data backup system–the Windows XP operating system has one. Back up frequently, and back up to something OTHER than your computer such as a small “thumb drive,” or an external hard drive. And keep that backup drive safe too. A lost thumb drive with unencrypted information could be an identity thief’s paradise.

Guard Your Laptop: Don’t leave your laptop in plain sight, no matter how tinted your windows are. Hide it in the trunk, stick it in a closet, put it in a secure cabinet with a lock and key. If you travel on a plane with your laptop, don’t put it in the overhead storage compartment, keep it with you at your seat–right in front of you. Find a location in your used or new RV to place it whenever it is not in use.Regardless of what you are doing, make sure that you make it a priority to know where your computer is at all times – this will save you mounds of headache later on down the line.

Do you have any tips in regards to safety for RVers who carry a long a laptop, tablet, or other valuable electronic device?

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Are Fuel Related Loyalty Programs for RVers a thing of the Past?

We came across something that full-time RV Drivers in Nichols, NY will find very interesting at the very least. Who doesn’t look for every opportunity these days  to put some money back in their pockets or to keep some in there. We were beginning to think that the Driver Loyalty programs at some of the big Nationwide fuel stops was a thing of the past. They seem to be dwindling year by year. Then there was Flying J. They’ve rolled out with a new program specific to professional drivers and RVers and this is great news considering that the biggest cost of traveling is in direct relation to fuel consumption. Here are some details, and we are hoping that some other large national chains follow suit.

 

Pilot Flying J is launching Frequent Fueler Advantage, an enhanced loyalty program on Jan. 3 for professional drivers and RV customers.

Frequent Fueler Advantage will allow professional drivers to instantly accrue and redeem loyalty points in all participating Pilot and Flying J travel centers, travel plazas and restaurants across the U.S. and Canada. Added benefits of the new program for professional drivers include extended shower expiration for loyal customers, shower credits for expeditors and in-store rewards. RV cardholders in the program will receive instant discounts on fuel, propane purchases and dumping fees. Coming soon, RV cardholders will receive discounts at the truck diesel islands in addition to the specified RV fueling lanes.

Pilot Flying J will also offer Pump Start to all Frequent Fueler Advantage cardholders. Pump Start will allow drivers paying with cash, a check or a third-party credit card to use their Frequent Fueler Advantage card to start the fuel pumps. Members must register their card at the cashier counter and must have 500 gallons of purchase history in order to activate the Pump Start feature.

Pilot Flying J will continue to honor points accumulated on the Frequent Fueler, RV Real Value Card and Driver Payback cards. Pilot Flying J is asking that drivers register these cards under the new program in order to take full advantage of all benefits.

“By registering for the Frequent Fueler Advantage, our customers will be able to instantly access enhanced benefits,” said Pilot Flying J President and CEO Jimmy Haslam. “In addition, Pilot Flying J will be able to better serve our customers by designing benefits that more closely match their needs and wants.”

Drivers may register their cards at www.FrequentFuelerAdvantage.com or at cashier desks and kiosks in Pilot and Flying J locations.

-Examiner.com

We searched deep and wide online for more such offers and had no such luck in locating one. If anyone else is aware of any other fuel discount or savings programs, please do share in the comments section. It would be great if we could point our fellow full-time RVers to the best and most economical fuel distributors which can really pad your pockets with a little extra spending money during your RV road trips. I’m sure this would help make your trips a little more memorable.

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RVing makes a dream come true

 

One of the most popular charities is the Make A Wish Foundation. I’m sure you have heard about some of the great stories that have come out of the foundation which gives terminally ill children a chance to experience their biggest dream. You may think that most of these kids ask for a chance to meet their favorite sports stars or celebrities. Well, there was one young boy who may make you appreciate RVing even more that you already do.

Eric, a 10-year old living in Canada, wanted to experience a full RV vacation. That’s where Make A Wish and Go RVing Canada came in and made Eric’s wish come true. Here’s more from MotorHome Magazine.

 This donation included a fully stocked Class C motorhome with enough food, drink, gas and campsite bookings for the adventure. Go RVing representatives also assisted Eric and his family plan the exciting five-day trip through Alberta.

Eric and his family will begin their RV adventure in the Dinosaur Capital of the World, Drumheller, Alberta. They will stay at the infamous Dinosaur Park in Drumheller before driving to Banff and Lake Louise. The family will have the opportunity to visit and explore the many popular activities these cities have to offer during the summer months, including an abundance of walking and hiking trails, unique hot springs, and glacier expeditions. Eric and his family’s trip will conclude in Jasper, the largest and most northerly of the four Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks.

So next time you are RVing and feel beaten down by all the loading and unloading, remember that being an RV owner is the dream life for others. Enjoy every moment you have in your RV and you will be a happy camper. If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

 

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Take your camper for a float on the water?

 

If you try to back your trailer into a lake, chances are that it will flood, ruin everything inside, and eventually sink to the bottom. Well, one German company has designed a new RV trailer that will get to the lake, and then get on it. If you are an RVer that likes to go to lake side destinations, then this is an idea that you wish were thought of long ago. Back in the fifties, the idea of amphibious cars that could drive into the water and then flow through the water was a novel idea that died out. Well, this retro thinking camper is here to bring it back.

It is called the Sealander, and it is a towable that allows you to fall asleep to the slow rocking waves. Consumer Reports has more on this water bound sleeper.

This little vessel is small and light enough to be towed by any modestly-powered CUV and features a fully-configurable interior. Inside, there’s space for a four-person table, a kitchenette and a sleeping area, and there’s even space outside for a deck. Why would you want a deck on your tiny camper? Because you’ll need somewhere to stand when you take to the open seas in your home away from home. As its name suggests, the Sealander is completely amphibious. All you have to do is strap on the pint-sized motor and avoid any small craft warnings.

Unfortunately, this camper is only available in Europe for the time being, but if the idea proves to be a popular option, you can be sure that US manufacturers may take notice. Until then, you can find a great camper to stay on the shore at Jim’s RV.

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How to live together in an RV

 

No matter how much you love the person that you are RVing with, there can be such a thing as spending too much time together. While it can be easy to have some quality alone time at home, getting it in an RV can be a little bit harder.  We all have those times where we just want to spend time alone with our thoughts, and it isn’t a bad thing.  Like the old saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder.  So what are some great tips to get used to living with someone in such small quarters?

RVing should be seen as a great way to grow your bond with your special someone. During those long stretches at a campground, especially during bad weather, can really put a strain on things.  One of the best ways to enjoy your own space is finding a hobby with a specified area in your RV to do it in.  This way if you or your loved one is working or crafting, you know that that is time for relaxation.  If you want to watch TV or listen to music, but your spouse is reading, headphones can go a long way in helping out.

RVing shouldn’t cause you to create walls though.  Many camp sites offer activites that both of you can do together and relax without worrying about what to make for dinner or doing the bills, and these times should be used to get closer with your travel partner. If it is time to unwind alone, make sure that your spouse knows this and take a short walk or a quick trip in town.

Living in such close quarters can seem like a big obstacle at first, but with a little understanding and work, it can turn into some of the best times in your relationship.  If you are looking for a new RV to spend time with your loved one, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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Extend your battery life with Coil N Wrap

 

One of the things that you need to keep a regular eye on is your RV’s batteries.  Your batteries will slowly begin to die over time, and you never want to be out boondocking or on the road when it happens.  One of the ways to keep your batteries in great shape is to regularly fill them with distilled water.  Unfortunately, this chore can become a bit of a hassle.  To do this then you have to remove all of the heavy batteries, fill them up one at a time, and then put them securely in place.  This can be a bit of a strain, and it can take a chunk out of your afternoon.

Well, one company has come up with a simple system to keep your batteries water level filled with hardly any work at all.  The company is called Coil N Wrap and it has made a simple device that will not only save you time, but it will also greatly extend the life of your batteries. The video below shows just how simple this can be.

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So if you are looking for a easier way to keep your batteries charged, then be sure to check them out.  If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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