I treated myself to the newest craze on the Skinnie Winnie Yahoo Group site-- a pair of Bilstein shocks! (something seriously demented about a middle-aged woman dreaming of filling her Christmas stocking with...of all things...heavy-duty shock absorbers!)
But the men on the Forum all seem to rave about how well they eliminate the "rock and roll" a View typically makes whenever it drives slowly over a curb, so I can't wait to get them installed and give them a try!
Last April, I did a Favorite Things post of my fabulous folding leather ottoman, my full-bed sized camp mattress, and my bargain $7 Crock pot. Recently, some readers have been asking to see some of the other favorite things I've commented on, but have yet to post pictures of. So, here's my next round of "favorite things"....just in case you need a little something else to add to your wish lists!
LED TV with Clamp Mount Arm
I hated the 19" Jensen LCD TV that came with my View. It was heavy (29 lbs) and mounted at an angle that only worked well if you were standing to watch TV (and who does that?!!). So, when the Jensen died a quick death last year, I bought a great super-thin Vizio 22" LED TV ($249, and only 8 lbs!). I had an old Ergotron clamp-mount computer monitor arm, so initially used that:
While that solution was rock-solid and gave me the dual option of mounting it to the dinette table to use it as a laptop monitor while working, the arm was too heavy-duty for such a lightweight TV. I liked that the TV could now tilt and swivel for better viewing angles, but it still seemed too high up to view comfortably (especially when seated at the dinette).
So, I then found a lighter weight Ergotron arm that could also be used upside down. This also came with a clamp mount, but I found that it's grommet screw fit right into one of the screw holes from the original Jensen TV mount, so I decided to mount it that way instead. This solution, not only lowered the TV to a comfortable viewing angle, but it now allowed the shelf to be used for holding my Dish satellite TV receiver!
In travel mode, I store the Satellite receiver in the cabinet next to the shelf. I keep the TV mounted on the arm, and simply wrap a couple bungee cords around it to keep the arm from extending. Now over 5,000 miles of travel-- so far, so good!
I love that the TV also has Internet apps and a built-in Wifi receiver. From my 3G Mifi cellular hotspot, I can watch a Netflix movie, a Flickr photo slideshow, or listen to Pandora and Rhapsody music services through my TV connected to my RV speakers. Geek out!
Table-Mate Folding Table:
When I showed my ottoman in the April post, I forgot to show the folding table I often use with it-- the Table-Mate Classic ($45). Ok, granted, the plastic "fake woodgrain" top looks a little cheezy, but this thing is super strong, lightweight, folds flat, and has no sharp corners or edges. Best of all, you can prop your feet up when using it. The perfect tray table when doing laptop work from the reclining swivel seat. So comfy!
Sodastream Soda Maker:
I've never been a coffee drinker, and always used to hate dragging those big 2-liter pop bottles from the store (especially when camping). So, when I discovered the Sodastream home soda maker ($99) a few years ago, I was thrilled! In addition to their online store, they now sell these at Bed, Bath, and Beyond stores, and other retailers, making it fast and easy to get refill carbonator bottles and soda syrups in what ever metro area I happen to be driving through.
This is an ideal system for RVs. No electricity required. No heavy bottles or cans to store (just the small syrup bottles and the 1-liter soda bottle), and lots of interesting flavors besides the traditional Cola, Root Beer, 7up, and Dr. Pepper choices. Best of all, you'll always have freshly carbonated soda-- no more "flat" stale pop!
This summer, I was hooked on their Strawberry Kiwi Green Tea and mixed it with just regular (rather than carbonated) water -- very refreshing! I like that their soda mixes have a lot less sodium than traditional sodas. It's also fun to create your own more natural mixes, such as carbonating some fruit juice. If you like sodas, treat yourself to this tasty system!
So what's on your RVing "Wish List" this holiday season?