Showing posts from November, 2013

App of the Week - TripIt

Keeping track of your travel plans can be a bit of a challenge. While I was at HP I used to travel to Europe at least twice a week and it was always hard having all the right flight, hotel and car rental information with me and to hand, especially as I'm not a paper person. I wish I'd had this app back in those days!

The way Tripit works is that it keeps all your trip information in one place (in the Cloud) and also maintains a copy of your phone so it's there, even if you don't have an internet connection. Nothing special so far. BUT, what makes it so very cool is that you very rarely have to manually type in any of your travel itinerary. All you do is forward your travel or booking confirmation email to Tripit and they post it to your upcoming trip. Plus they'll upload other useful information such as a map of how to find the hotel. How cool is that?

Let me show you an example. My daughter Ally (our Office Manager) is coming over to see us in the UK for Christma…

iPhone vs Android - Navigation (Part 6)

It doesn't seem that long ago that I paid over $500 for a TomTom GPS. Now it seems that there are so many to choose from, including the Rand McNally 7720 RV GPS which we have on special right now. But what are some of the main differences, and how do the dedicated units compare to navigating with your phone? And in particular, are there any differences in navigating with an iPhone vs an Android? We're going to take a look and see if we can answer some of those questions.

Dedicated GPS Units The first and biggest difference is that these units are dedicated, so they tend to do one thing (i.e. navigate) very well. They don't ring, pop-up with things to download, receive text messages or play music, which is a good thing. The second big advantage is that they contain all of the map data pre-loaded onto the device which means that they work in the middle of nowhere where there is no cell phone signal. A phone still knows where it is because of its GPS chip, but if it can'…

Gadget of the Week - LED Emergency Triangles

We've been RV'ing for almost 7 years now, but one of the things that I've never thought about is something that could potentially avert disaster, and that's a roadside emergency triangle.

Breaking down is one thing, but breaking down at night in an RV is a whole different matter, and thankfully something I've never had to experience. Normally I try and avoid driving the RV at night, but sometimes it can't be avoided.

As soon as I saw this product it occurred to me just what a huge difference it could make to RV safety. In fact, this is probably the reason why ALL commercial vehicles are required by law to carry 3 emergency triangles (US DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association Regulation 393.95) and the California DMV Recreation Vehicles and Trailers Handbook recommends that all RV's carry emergency triangles.

What makes these Emergency Triangles different is that they have 21 high-visibility LED's which can be either steady or flashing. These LED&…