Month: June 2014

How to Keep Your RV Odor Free



If you own an motorhome, travel trailer or fifth-wheel with indoor plumbing, then you probably know of the odor of which I speak. It’s neither pleasant, nor that type of odor you look forward to when getting ready to fire up your RV for your next trip. In fact, it’s probably just a constant reminder that you need to do a thorough cleaning of ALL of your tanks.

However, keep in mind that cleaning and disinfecting you grey, or black water tanks really is a temporary fix. That is until your next cleaning.

So, what’s the easiest way to go about helping rid your RV of that “not so fresh” odor? Well, not surprisingly, aside from chemically cleaning your tanks, proper ventilation can vastly improve the odor conditions of your RV. As you are certainly aware of, there are plumbing vents on the roof of your RV. These are most likely capped off and do nothing to actually vent your RV from the stale and sickening odor that being emitted directly into your rig.Source:

As luck would have it, there is a product that addresses this very issue. It’s called the 360 Siphon. It has no moving parts, but instead uses design to create a positive airflow up and out of your RV. Using the 360 Siphon might be the easiest and wisest decision you’ve ever made in regards to keeping your RV odor free. Even better, it’s not terrible difficult to install on your own.  Check out the video below from RV Geeks on how simple it is to actually install.

Odor in your RV is a given. It’s just something that we as RVers have to live with..sort of. Using a product like the 360 Siphon might not make the RVer’s life easier, but it will certainly make it more enjoyable.

All of us here at Hatchlift are always interested in products like our hatchlift and bedlift kits that are designed to make the RV lifestyle even more enjoyable. If you know of any products that make RVer’s lives easier, or more pleasant tell us about it!  We’d love to look into it and possibly share it with the rest of the RV world.








Protect Yourself From The Sun’s Damaging Rays

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Summer vacation is a time to create memories with your family and friends, not a time to wish you had remembered to protect yourself from the sun. Skin cancer rates are rising every year, but there are plenty of ways to protect us. Even if you aren’t outside for very long, you can get a wicked sunburn that demands some aloe vera to alleviate the burning sensation. Here are a few tips to lower your risk of getting burned this year when you’re out on the lake (or anywhere, really).

1. Don’t be afraid of the sunscreen

Sunblock works wonders for keeping the sun’s damaging rays from damaging your skin. A couple of the most common complaints I hear are that it takes too long to apply and that you have to keep applying it. It’s a small price to pay for protection, otherwise you will be one sad RVer. Here within the last few years, sunblock spray has become more popular (I even use it) because of it’s ease of use. You can cover your entire body within a minute or 2. Don’t forget to check the instructions to see how often you need to reapply. It does no good to stay out in the sun for 3 hours if your sunscreen is only effective for 90 minutes.

2. Seek out the shade

Setting up shop underneath a big oak tree is ideal, but you can also stay under your RVs awning, inside your RV, or carry an easy to put together canopy with you when you travel so you always have portable shade. Avoiding the sun during the hottest part of the day and staying directly out of the sun’s rays cuts your chances of getting burned dramatically.

3. Cover up

Cover up? During the summer? Are you crazy? It may sound crazy, but it works. Purchase a wide brimmed hat so that it covers, not only your scalp, but your face and neck, too!  If you can go without being bare-chested while you’re out cooking lunch or dinner, then keep your shirt on, no one likes having sunburn over half of their body.

The Mosquitoes Are Back In Force

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It’s a proven fact. Mosquitoes cause 100% of mosquito bites across the nation. With the weather getting warmer, they’re back and they aren’t going away anytime soon. We can all look forward to sitting around the campfire this Summer and being forced to squash bug on our arms, legs, neck, face and any other exposed parts of our bodies. It’s not fun. But there are a few things we can do to minimize getting bit by these disease carrying insects. Here are a few things I’ve learned:

1. Get rid of their breeding grounds. When you pull up into a campsite, take a few minutes to walk around and get rid of any puddles you standing water that you see.

2. Install a screen around your awning or gazebo. Screened-in areas have significantly less mosquitoes and still allow you to spend your evening outside.

3. Purchase a bug zapper. Sure, it may be bright, but gosh, it’s fun to watch those little buggers get zapped!

4. Try citronella. By placing citronella candles around your seating area, you’ll ward off a good chunk of those pesky biters.

5. Use a spray-on repellant. Nothing works better that a coat of OFF to keep from getting bitten. But you may want to take a shower at the end of the night to avoid having your RV smell like OFF for the rest of the trip.

6. Carry a fan with you. If you are RVing during the hot summer months, more than likely you’re already carrying a fan to keep cool. Post it up outside where you and your family are sitting and you’ll blow the mosquitoes away from you. A good gust of wind will keep them searching for blood elsewhere.

7. Try something new! I’ve heard that the clip-on repellants work well. I’ve also heard that fabric softener sheets, rubbed on the skin and clothes can have an impact.

What have you tried and what works for you?