Black & Decker PAV1200W 12-Volt Cyclonic-Action Automotive Pivoting-Nose Handheld Vacuum CleanerSo many of you responded to my previous post where I was not so kind to the Black and Decker 18V handheld vacuum. Some of you loved it and other shared my dismay about the battery. Well it turns out there is a new kid on the block the Black & Decker PAV1200W 12-Volt Cyclonic-Action Automotive Pivoting-Nose Handheld Vacuum Cleaner. No battery to go bad but it will likely have the problem where material falls out of the nozzle. At least it is cheaper and no battery!

Black & Decker PHV1800CB 18-Volt Pivoting-Nose Cordless Energy-Star Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

We picked up the Black & Decker PHV1800CB 18-Volt Pivoting-Nose Cordless Energy-Star Handheld Vacuum Cleaner after reading a review in Popular Mechanics. I was disappointed from the start. First it leaks debris when folded, then it really does not have much capacity and finally the battery life was horrible.

I left it in the charger and though I could just bring it a long on trips to do quick cleanup but the battery would not last a few uses. Finally the battery just gave out and would not hold a charge at all. The worst part is how it spilled when it was closed. You are meant to close it to fit into the charger. But when you do close it the stuff you just picked up fell out. I just cannot recommend the Black & Decker PHV1800CB 18-Volt Pivoting-Nose Cordless Energy-Star Handheld Vacuum Cleaner.

3M FAPF02 Filtrete Ultra Cleaning FilterI hate the smell of smoke or dust. I really know my allergies are going to get me when I see those little particle floating in the air when the light hits them just right. So we use the 3M FAPF02 Filtrete Ultra Cleaning Filter in our motorhome. Now we do not have the nice area for it to fit into instead I need to cut it to fit into the air intake of the standard overhead AC. This does not work for the heater since it is a different system and I am not so sure I am as worried about that since we use the AC about 10 times more than the heat.

Anyway you cannot beat Filtrete Fitlers. I buy the 3M FAPF02 Filtrete Ultra Cleaning Filter because I get three filters out of one home sized filter.

Coleman Folding Shovel and Pick

Coleman Folding Shovel and Pick

When we were camping up in Flagstaff we had the charcoal stove going as well as a nice fire after we were done eating. This meant some fire safety. We needed a nice ring of stones as well as something to snuff out the fire when we were done. Now I know there are other uses for a shovel at a campsite, but we were in an RV, so we previously hadn’t needed one. The Coleman Folding Shovel and Pick sure fit the bill. It reminded me of the shovels I had when I was in the Army. Simple and small and easy to stow.

Weber 87886 Chimney Starter1 If you plan on using an outside grill that burns charcoal then you might want to pick up the Weber 87886 Chimney Starter. I am told by “Johny22″ that this makes the process of getting the coals going a lot easier. The photos kinda show that this is the case. Weber 87886 Chimney Starter

I am going to pick one up and use it the next time we go out. This is supposed to make the lighting process easier and quicker. Those who have used the Weber 87886 Chimney Starter really swear by it!

Have you used the Weber 87886 Chimney Starter
before? If so let us know any tips or tricks in the comments. The guys over at LifeHacker have a few posts on charcoal and grilling here to check out too.

We recently took a short trip up to Flagstaff, AZ and stayed at the Williams KOA. I know it is actually in Williams, but if you tell someone you went to Williams, AZ they have no idea where that is. We checked out the Deer Farm up there and overall had a lot of fun.

We wanted to cook at the site every meal and for that we used the Weber 10020 Smokey Joe Silver Charcoal Grill, Black. It was easy to throw on the back of the RV using the hitch mounted pad we have. Picked up some coal and we were ready to go.

The Weber 10020 Smokey Joe Silver Charcoal Grill, Black is your classic grill. It can cook enough food for 4 and is simple to use. The trick is to get the coals hot. Here is what I did. I used regular briquettes. Soaked them with lighter fluid. Waited a few minutes and lit them up. Left to top off to burn. When they are about 1/4 gray then I cover the grill with the vent fully open. I monitor it since this can sometimes cause it to snuff out.

When I get some red or orange glow I know I am ready to cook. I never move the coals around at all. I completely leave it sit. Then I place the food on the grill and let it cook. You get a pretty hot flame so watch the food carefully!

To store the grill I just left it on the rear platform that I removed from the RV.

So sticking with the screen door a bit. We installed the Camco 42183 RV Screen Door Cross Bar. It gives a stronger feel to the door. It installs easily and just makes that little tiny handle unnecessary and gives you a nice big handle to open and close the door.

The only problem I see with the Camco 42183 RV Screen Door Cross Bar is that it might make someone think they can really lean on the door — which they cannot.

So now that we have made the switch to HD over the air my rv antenna is not doing the job. I needed a better antenna. The good news is the new signal is easy to grab indoors — especially inside an RV. So I went with the Terk HDTVa Indoor Amplified High-Definition Antenna for Off-Air HDTV Reception. I can mount it inside easily on a shelf or I have even went on the roof when I was parked for an extended amount of time.

Issues I have with the device is that it does tip over easily and it is rather large. The reception is outstanding and it looks neat. If you are looking to grab the new signals then this is the device for you. Now you still need a tv that can handle the signal, but most newer rvs have that covered.

How many RVs have you been inside where the screen door latch is broken? How many have you struggled to open yourself? Many times this is just due to maladjustment, but sometimes the latch is not used and SNAP! It breaks away from the real door. I like the Camco 43953 RV Screen Door Opener for a replacement.

It is a simple installation and allows you to open the door in a variety of ways. So not only can you replace that broken latch but you can make it a bit more functional as well.

I seem to have about 100 bulbs in about 25 different varieties on my RV. The outside “porch” light is always out it seems and I am constantly looking for a new one. I finally broke down and bought the Dorcy 41-1685 RV Emergency Replacement Bulb Kit. It has a variety of lights, a couple I have used in my actual home rather than my motorhome, but many fit right into the spots I need them most. At $8 it costs about as much as 3-4 regular priced bulbs, so it is a bargain.

A simple and effective kit for replacement bulbs in the coach and engine portions of your RV.