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NEWS (Products Follow Below)

Now's The Time To Get Rid of Mold & Mildew With Iosso Products' Mold & Mildew Stain Remover

Outdoor Edge’s New Grill-Beam Tongs and Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula Cast a New Light on Grilling

GermBloc Products Will help Keep You Safe & Healthy

New Febreze Laundry Eliminates Odor During & After Camping

Inspire Tech Savvy Children to Love the Great Outdoors 

Check out the new fun game for ages 6-96 -- RingStix

Trekking's Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towels

COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet Is Perfect Indoors or Outdoors

RedHead® The Hunt™ Folding Saw – small enough to fit in a daypack, tough enough to do the job

Camping is a true American tradition popular among families, students and young adults according to the latest statistics

Perfective Ceuticals' Ultra-light Sunscreen SPR 40 with Titanium Dioxide Not Only Protects Skin, It Improves Appearance

Seth McGinn’s Introduces the Plank Foldable Cutting Boards

Browning's New On Point Flashlights

Leatherman's New P7.2 LED Flashlight is Here!

ciao! Baby Introduces Pink Mossy Oak Portable High Chair

Seth McGinn’s Introduces the Dual-Fuel™ Portable Cooktop--Perfect Indoors or Outdoors

Be Complete Free From Insect Bites with Bug Out Clothing

Leatherman's Juice KF4 Knife Is a Winner

The Armpocket Sport 20 Is A Perfect no-bounce, no-slip carrying device for your iPhone, iPod, keys & More

Browning's New Crossfire Flashlight - Perfect for Camping

Check Out the New "Hot Seat" - The Chaheati All-Season Heated Chair for Warmth & Comfort

Browning's New Fireside Chair

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles will keep you warm for hours

ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Lantern

The Pocket First-Aid Field Guide Will Help When You're In Trouble

Hi Mountain's New Jerky Knife - Great for cutting jerky, meat, veggies and more - and a bargain at less than $10

ACCESSORIES

Outdoor Edge’s New Grill-Beam Tongs and Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula Cast a New Light on Grilling

I've tried just about every grill light known to man or woman over the past few years -- and all failed to please me. They were either bulky to hold, wouldn't stay attached to the grill, or fell apart shortly after purchase.

Now I'm a happy griller -- for Outdoor Edge, the company that combines functional design with the sharpest steels and hand craftsmanship to create high-quality knives and tools, has made the barbequing season a delight --- with the introduction of its new illuminating Grill-Beam Tongs and Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula combo. These innovative, patented grilling tools are so easy to use and lit up my outdoor barbeque perfectly.

The Grill-Beam BBQ tools integrate powerful, 22-lumen AA LED flashlights in their spring-loaded tong pivots to put the spotlight on your culinary masterpiece. Designed for versatility, both the Grill-Beam Tongs and the Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula feature unique sliding shafts that telescope and lock for the option of a shorter, more controllable 14-5/8 inch tool, or expand to a full 17 inches in length to safely work a flaming grill or campfire. Both Grill-Beam models keep the chef happy and hydrated with a built-in bottle opener. The Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula combo feature an added grill cleaning notch and serrated edge to cut into the meat and check for doneness.

Crafted of sturdy, dishwasher-safe, 304 stainless steel, matched with a heat-resistant Zytel glass/nylon handle, the Grill-Beam tools are built strong enough to lift a heavy roast and will ensure a lifetime of use. A clip mounted at the end of each Grill-Beam makes them easy to close and store away. They are also lightweight, weighing in at only 16.6 oz.

The Grill-Beam Tongs and the Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula have suggested retail prices of $35.95 and $39.95, respectively. The Grill-Beams are available at retailers nationwide as well as conveniently online at www.outdooredge.com. For more information on the BBQ sets visit the website or an Outdoor Edge retailer.

About Outdoor Edge: Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Denver, Outdoor Edge is a leading designer and manufacturer of knives and tools. Today, Outdoor Edge continues to innovate and develop state-of-the-art products—not only for outdoor enthusiasts and game processors—but everyday carry tools for survivalists, handymen and others who require the very best knives available for their leisure, work and everyday carry needs. The company prides itself in offering a variety of products that undergo extensive field-testing in harsh, rugged environments resulting in durable, long-lasting products that come with a lifetime guarantee. For additional information on Outdoor Edge and its full line of products, write to: Outdoor Edge, 5000 Osage Street, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80221; call toll-free (800) 447-3343; email moreinfo@outdooredge.com; or visit www.outdooredge.com.

NapAnywhere - The Neck Pillow 'Reimagined.'

Sitting and trying to relax, my head felt heavy and I couldn't find a good position so I could take a nice nap after setting up camp. I was glad I had my NapAnywhere pillow along, because - after taking a few minutes at home reading the instructions on how to adjust it - I simply took it out from its flat bag, relaxed, and was glad it supported my head in the position I chose. And, in case I fell asleep, I didn't have to worry about it falling down and awakening me - because it comes with an adjustable strap similar to a seatbelt configuration. Ah, finally a nice thin neck pillow that is adjustable and fits nicely into my backpack, camping stuff, and more. And, it comes with a 100% manufacturer warranty and 100% guarantee return policy.

Available in crimson, black cobalt and lime, besides the strap, it includes a nice carrying case and step-by-step illustrated instructions. It's sold in numerous stores, but the least expensive price I've found is direct from the company at $49 plus free shipping.

For more information, check web site pr@napanywhere.net.

New Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator

After you've camped out and crammed all your smelly clothing, towels and gear into bags, it's bound to smell terrible when you arrive home. The question will be: How do I get the stink out completely? Most likely you figure that scented detergents, fabric softener and dryer sheets can mask those deep down odors - but they don't always work well. Here comes the new Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator wash additive to give the laundry a fresh clean scent - maybe even if a skunk left it's scent on it.

The Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator has the power to work seamlessly with any detergent, and while the dirt is cleaned away, the Eliminator fights the tough odors and can be used for all ltypes of odors such as smoke, sweat, mildew, pets, cooking, etc., with just one wash.

This product has a cap that is also a measuring cup, and works well for athletic uniforms, gym clothes, job uniforms, curtains, comforters and other materials that can be placed in the washing machine.

Sold at Walmart, Meijer, Kmart, A&P, Pathmark, Stop&Shop and other groceery, drug, mass retailers. It is available in a 50-fl ounce bottle in Fresh Scent for $8.99.

For more information go to web site www.newfebreze.com.

Trekking's Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towels

No matter where you're going or what you're doing, pack up one or more of Trekking's Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towels. It's great whether you're sweating or drying off -- and especially useful if you're involved in archery, boating, fishing, picniking, camping, hiking, shooting and more.

I tried the large 58” x 34” towel that weighs under 6 oz and packs into very small spaces. It’s large enough to wear as a sarong or wrap, and perfect for swimming or bathing! It makes an instant shawl for sun protection, and a wonderful travel blanket for the plane, car or train. I even tried it to cover my legs while paddling my kayak! For the serious backpacker, the 3 oz. half-size 34” x 28” towel is just right. Either size dries so fast, you won’t think you even had it wet.

For traveling minimalists, there’s an even smaller version weighing about 1.3 oz and about 19" square. Use it as a towel, neckerchief or headgear.
The Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towel dries faster than any other towel on the market. Unlike microfiber towels that can take time to dry, the Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towel dries quickly and is ready to use again in no time!

These towels offer superior odor resistance due to their Silver antimicrobial technology, so no need to worry about funky odors that come from bacteria. The Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towel will stay clean and fresher between washings!

Both beautiful and functional, the Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towel comes in vibrant patterns and colors that won’t fade. These towels range from $14.95 to $59.95.

For more information, please visit www.discoverytrekking.com or contact Chicblvd Inc 2, 820 Los Vallecitos Ste A-C, San Marcos, CA 92069 United States

COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet Is Perfect Indoors or Outdoors

Ready to take meal time to the outdoors this summer? The COOKINA provides the perfect barrier when you don't want to place your food directly on those grimy public grills when you are enjoying your picnic at the beach, campground, or park.  COOKINA Barbecue is the first-ever reusable grilling sheet that is 100% non-stick and PFOA free and allows for oil- and fat-free cooking that results in a tender, juicy meal that maintains grill marks.

With the COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet you simply unroll it, place it on the grill, cook up your favorite barbecue meals, wipe it clean and roll it back up. No more having to scrub the community grill clean and no worries about possibly having an allergic reaction to whatever was cooked on the grill beforehand. With the COOKINA the company has broken the mold on the typical picnic menu consisting of sandwiches and chips and now allowing you to whip up hot and ready meals within minutes while still soaking up the sun.

I tried this innovative accessory and found it's the perfect solution offering home cooks a non-stick, easy-clean and healthy grilling & cooking experience. Ideal for using as an alternative to aluminum foil, users can utilize this product by placing the reusable grilling sheet over the grill to cook up dishes without having to use oil or needing to clean the grill afterwards. Additionally, users can still achieve the coveted grill marks on foods. COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet is 100% non-stick and PFOA free, reusable, reversible, easy to clean and easily cuts to size, as well as allows for oil and fat-free cooking for a tender, juicy and tasty meal.

How to Use:
Step 1: Place COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet on grill
Step 2: Place food on the sheet (and notice how none of the sauces seep through)
Step 3: Enjoy the easy-to-use, nonstick surface while achieving grill marks
Step 4: Simply wipe the non-stick sheet off and reuse it again

It is available at numerous stores nationwide, including Home Depot for approximately $14.99.

Seth McGinn’s Introduces the Plank Foldable Cutting Boards

I found the perfect answer when camping and trying to keep my meat nice and clean while cutting it with the new Plank Foldable Cutting Board. I tried two Plank Folding Cutting Boards (they come in three sizes - 8 x 16", 9 x 19" and 16 x 32") and are only .225-inch thick. The cutting boards are excellent quality and very useful for all types of cutting chores. Best of all, they're made from recycled materials in the U.S., are odor-free and stain-resistant, fold to about a quarter of their original width, and are designed with unique no-pinch hinges. Folding to a quarter of their useable size, they're easily stored in a tiny space, are functional, lightweight and, best of all, unbreakable. I used mine for a variety of chores - cleaning fish, slicing brisket and steak -- and surprisingly - when I ran out of counter space in my kitchen, I simply opened the Plank Foldable Cutting Boards and gained extra needed space. They wash easily and look as good as new each time used.

The ability of the Plank to fold, which makes it perfect to use and store in your camper or tent, also makes it perfect to take along on trips. Whether you are hiking, fishing, tailgating or embarking on another kind of adventure, the Plank travels easily. And should your Plank go overboard if you're fishing from a boat, there’s no reason to fret because it floats.

The 9X19-inch Plank, for instance, folds to 9X4.85 inches with a thickness of 0.9 inches and weighs just 20 ounces for easy transport and storage. The Plank is available at retailers nationwide tfor $17.99, $24.99 and $49.99 respectively.

No home or adventure should be without a Seth McGinn’s Plank. Be sure to stop by your local retailer and get one today.

Headquartered in Fremont, NE, Seth McGinn’s originally introduced his CanCooker in 2009. This unique outdoor cooking device allows you to cook a lot of food without a lot of work. Seth McGinn’s has now expanded his food preparation product line with the introduction of the Plank.

For additional information, write to Seth McGinn’s, 925 West 6th St., Fremont, NE 68025; call toll-free 877-844-2772; or visit www.cancooker.com. Visit on Facebook www.facebook.com/CanCooker.com.

Seth McGinn’s Introduces the Dual-Fuel™ Portable Cooktop--Perfect Indoors or Outdoors

Seth McGinn’s new Dual-Fuel portable cooktop is nothing short of groundbreaking with its ability to utilize two different types of commonly available fuel types to cook meals and boil water anywhere, anytime. The Dual-Fuel’s ability to operate on either butane or propane makes the Dual-Fuel extremely flexible, and its electronic ignition makes it very easy to use.

The patent-pending Dual-Fuel is compact, measuring only 12 3/4 X 13 7/8 X 3 5/8 inches and weighing just 5 lbs, including its durable, injection-molded plastic carrying and storage case. The new Dual-Fuel is perfect for camping, hunting, fishing, RVing, tailgating or any outdoor cooking situation, and it is exceptionally quiet during operation. It uses either a standard 8 oz. butane canister or a 16.4 oz. propane canister. No batteries are required.

Seth McGinn’s Dual-Heat will be available at retailers this spring at a suggested retail price of $69.99. Before you venture out to the woods, the lake, the river or your next game, be sure to stop by your local retailer and pick up a Dual-Fuel for your on-site cooking needs.

Headquartered in Fremont, NE, Seth McGinn’s originally introduced his CanCooker in 2009. This unique outdoor cooking device allows you to cook a lot of food without a lot of work. Seth McGinn’s has now expanded his food preparation product line with the introduction of The Plank Foldable Cutting Boards and the new Dual-Fuel portable cooktop. For additional information, write to Seth McGinn’s, 925 West 6th St., Fremont, NE 68025; call toll-free 877-844-2772; or visit www.cancooker.com.

Armpocket Sport 20

Engineered by runners, for runners, Armpocket - developer of eco-friendly, hands-free carrying systems - has introduced the SPORT 20. It is the ideal solution when you demand a sweat/water-resistant, ultra-comfortable, no bounce and no-slip carrying device for your iPhone, iPod, music player, cell phone, ID, keys and energy gels. It's also great for the gym, school, shopping or travelling or anytime you need a hands-free, secure carrying solution.

It has 20 cubic inches storage capacity; is water-resistant, made from recycled plastic bottles (PET fabric) and soft natural bamboo. It is comfortable - a vented arm-strap made with moisture-wicking bamboo for comfortable, extended wear, and is patented ergonomic design with memory foam back-padding that contours to the arm's naural contours. It also has high-visibility reflective piping for added safety; a Flexi-Lock audio port, allowing for the perfect length for ear-bud wires and resists disconnect uring activity.

The Armpocket Sport 20 is available in two styles, in two strap sizes and in eight vibrant colors. The Touch-through Screen for Phone, iPod, touch-sensitive mart phones allows easy device operation when on the move ($34.95) and the Front Pocket with magnetic closure allows for quick access to essentials ($26.95). The strap sizes are Medium for arm size 10-15 inches; the Small will fit arm size 8-11 inches. Colors include Fluorescent Yellow, Orange, Purple, Red, Khaki, Navy Blue, Pink and Black.

About the company - Armpocket: Armpocket Enterprises, LLC, is the indusry leader in engineering and delivering innovative, high-quality and eco-friendly hands-free carrying solutions. Armpocket products are sold in select college stores, running stores, and online at www.armpocket.com.

For more information, please go to Armpocket Enterprises, LLC, Sales@armpocket.com, 3624 Alcantara Avenue, Miami, FL 33178 or call 1-877-276-7628.

Browning's New Fireside Chair

When you have time free from the demands of work, want to rest, enjoy hobbies or sports, or sit around the campfire, the Fireside is going to be a comfortable place for you to escape to. The sturdy design will be reliable time and time again. It is offered in mesh so you can get air flow on hot, humid days. The chair has a powder coated steel frame and holds up to 300 pounds. The chair folds up compactly and slides into the included shoulder carry bag which makes it easy to bring with you to all of your events.

Features

• Sturdy Powder Coated Steel Frame
• Cool Reinforced Mesh Center
• Compact Foldable Design
• Cup Holder
• 7" x 45" Carry Bag Included!
Specs
Seat Dimensions: 27" wide x 16" deep x 38" high
Fabrics: 600D/Mesh
Total Weight: 13 lbs.
Capacity: 300 lbs.
Seat Height Front/Back: 20"F/16"B
Fabric - Seat Width: 22"
Fabric - Seat Depth: 16"
Frame - Seat Width: 22"
Frame - Seat Depth: 16"
Back Height: 38"
Total Width Back/Arms: 27" A
SKU#: Gold SKU# 8507014
Pink SKU# 8517914

Available for $69.99 at sporting goods stores or on-line. For more information contact Browning Camping, 1 White Pine, New Haven, MO 63068; 877-459-2825.

Iosso Products new Lubricant Keeps Zippers Free Flowing

Spending a lot of time outdoors means that zippers and snaps will inevitably become difficult to work with.  E-Z Snap zipper and snap lubricant from Iosso Products reduces wear, friction and binding caused by water, tree sap, insects and more.           

E-Z Snap protects snaps, zippers, hinges and hardware from the corrosion, dust and grime that makes these devices stick.  Its non-hazardous formula does not contain any solvents, silicone or Teflon.  It will not stain or damage surrounding fabric or surfaces.  And it won’t evaporate or run in hot weather.         

The lubricant is also easy to use.  RV owners simply clean the surface removing any sand, dirt or debris and put a small amount of E-Z Snap directly to the head of a snap, along a zipper or on the barrel of a hinge.  It is easily distributed as the zipper or snap is used.  To prolong the life and usability of zippers and snaps, RV enthusiasts should reapply E-Z Snap periodically and prior to storage periods.       

Iosso Products has been supplying innovative and environmentally friendly products to the outdoor and RV markets for over 25 years.   From Iosso Products, a 1.5 ounce tube of E-Z Snap has a retail price of $5.46.

Contact Iosso Products, 1485 Lively Blvd. Elk Grove, IL 60007.  Phone: 847-437-8400; Website: www.iosso.com.

PaceCoach -- First-Of-Its Kind, Computerized Walking Coach Maximizes Every Step for Ultimate Fat Burn

Clinical research performed at the University of Virginia has revealed that mixing the pace of your daily walk can lead to dramatic results.  In fact, simply changing your speed can shed up to four times more body fat and five times more belly fat than maintaining the same speed every walk. 

Walking is the most popular form of exercise in America, with nearly 110 million doing it regularly to stay in shape.  While camping, you certainly do a lot of walking along the campground trails! Until now, the only way to gauge the effectiveness of walking was by using a pedometer, which simply measures what you are doing, not what you should be doing.

Avid and casual walkers can now get the maximum benefit out of each walk with a first of its kind, computerized walking coach.  The PaceCoach™ is revolutionizing the benefits of walking.  It is much more than a pedometer. The easy to wear device is a fat burning accelerator with an onboard, computerized “coach” designed to continuously monitor walking speeds and establish the time goals needed to ensure the maximum benefits out of every walk. Thanks to clinical research, walkers can get the most out of every step and burn up to four times more body fat on their daily walk with Mixed Pace™ walking and the PaceCoach.™

Physiology Laboratory at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “Anyone interested in a mixed pace walking routine and burning more body fat will benefit from a proper aid to support their efforts such as PaceCoach.”Weltman’s study, Effect of Exercise Training Intensity on Abdominal Visceral Fat and Body Compositionhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2730190 was published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal or the American College of Sports Medicine.

The PaceCoach’s memory unit contains the fat burning formula based directly on the results from the clinical study.  PaceCoach creates a personalized, day-by-day walking program customized just for the user.  It mixes shorter, quicker walks, with longer, moderate paced walks.  When the PaceCoach workout program is followed, the results are almost five times more effective than walking at one constant pace. The study’s participants using a Mixed Pace walking program dropped four times more overall body fat, five times more belly fat, three times more thigh fat, and two additional inches from the waist. 

Small and easy-to-use, The PaceCoach automatically guides a uyser during their daily walks and updates a walker every 30 seconds to maximize fat burning results. It sets the perfect pace and helps you burn more fat. The battery operated PaceCoach is easy to wear, durable and is available for $19.95 from web site www.pacecoach.com. EB Sport Group of Yonkers, New York, one of the largest manufacturers of walking pedometers conceived, manufacturers and distributes the PaceCoach.                             -

To obtain more information or to watch a video of The PaceCoach, visit www.pacecoach.com.

For more information on other EB Sport Group products, please visit www.ebsportgroup.com.

About EB Sport Group

EB Sport Group is a leading provider of innovative sport and fitness products for use in and around the home. The Group manages a number of well recognized brands, which products are distributed globally through specialty sporting goods and department stores, mass merchants and catalogs.

Your Umbrella Won't Fly Away Using the SandGrabber

The SandGrabber™ is a Serious Safety Tool with solid patented
engineering.  It's not a toy or gimmick like its competitors that only work in light winds -- but I personally tested it on the windiest day at the beach and found it really held umbrellas in place in winds of 30 MPH! This product is safe and assures you the umbrella won't fly out and possibly cause injury to another person. The company, Bee Tee Incorporated. has tested The SandGrabber™ against some of it’s competition, and The SandGrabber™ clearly outperforms everyone tested. It works simply and quickly:

1)  Twist The SandGrabber™ into the sand until the sand is just below the thumbscrew.
2)  Place the umbrella pole into The SandGrabber™.
3)  Tighten the thumbscrew.

It's that easy and, this product works so well that the New Jersey Institute of Technology honored Bee Tee for inventing this product with its prestigious 'special award.'

For more information, contact Bee Tee Incorporated at P.O. Box 1616 s Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087; 609-296-6660 or check web site www.beetee.biz

Ultimate Key Ring Prevents Sinking of Keys, Tools and More 

Water can be a black hole for boaters, anglers, swimmers and other outdoor enthusiasts' keys and small tools.  And, no doubt, while you're camping, you'll probably rent or take your own boat out on the river/lake -- or stand on a dock. What happens if you drop your key into the water by accident? Nothing anymore, thanks to the innovative Key Buoy from Davis Instruments.  If the Key Buoy should fall into the water, the patented, self-inflating key ring automatically pops open, inflates its air tube and rises to the surface. 

In as little as 60 seconds, owners can get back their keys, small tools or deck plate keys weighing up to 2.8 oz.  A convenient, bright orange 14" air tube makes the versatile Key Buoy easy to spot and retrieve.  It maintains buoyancy for over an hour.

A great, practical gift, the compact Key Buoy measures just 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 1/2" and weighs merely 1.1 oz.  Made entirely out of plastic, it can be recycled after use.  Suitable for single use only, owners should keep a spare on hand.

The suggested retail price of the economical Key Buoy from Davis Instruments is $6.99. 

Contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA  94545.  510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188; E-mail info@davisnet.com; or go to web site www.davisnet.com for more information. 

AWNINGS

Keeping Your Cool on the Road with Girard RV Awnings

For a long time, Girard has been in the business of keeping campers cool while on the road. The company was the first in the industry to introduce motorized lateral arm awnings for RVs. Girard RV awnings combine cutting edge awning and electronics technology with outstanding quality and service, and the industry's best warranty. The company says, "We've got you covered! — so you can keep your cool on the road and leave the rest to us!"

Girard says its customers are happy customers and 'we mean to keep them that way." All of Girard's products come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Hit the road with confidence. Let us help make your journeys comfortable and free from worry.

Girard leads the caravan when it comes to superior RV awnings and RV awning parts and accessories. The company is continually developing new comfort and convenience products to provide customers with the ultimate enjoyment on the road.

A few good reasons to get covered by Girard:

G-2000 Automatic Retractable Lateral Arm Patio Awning
Elite Automatic Retractable Lateral Arm Patio Awning
G-800 – RV Patio Awning
G-2085 Automatic Window Awning
G-1500 Automatic Door Awning
G-1085 Automatic Vertical Window Screen
Girard´s Limited Lifetime Warranty
Peace of mind in windy conditions

The Girard G-2000 awning features a wind sensor control that will automatically retract itself in windy conditions.

For more information, contact Girard Systems at:
1361 Calle Avanzado
San Clemente, CA 92673

BAGS

Knot-a-Bag Portable Plastic Bag Dispensers Helps Pack it In

Now there's a neater way for boaters, hikers and campers to separate wet bathing suits, toiletries, food and other necessities. With the space-saving Knot-a-Bag from Davis Instruments, outdoors enthusiasts have a large supply of any size bag they need. It's perfect for trash, travel, storing fish and even gardening.

Inside the unique 4" Knot-a-Bag Dispenser is a highly compact 32-1/2' roll of plastic bag material.  A blend of high and low density polyethylene provides unmatched strength. By pulling out the desired length of plastic, cutting it with the built-in safety cutter, then knotting the end, users create the perfect bag for any purpose. A tiny bag is ideal for keeping jewelry together; a larger one will tote beach blankets.

Waterproof and recyclable, Davis' Knot-a-Bags have a circumference of 24". Weighting just 3 oz., the convenient Dispenser can be clipped to a belt or backpack. It includes two rolls of polyethylene film.  The Knot-a-Bag Refill Pack provides three additional rolls.

The Knot-a-Bag Dispenser and Refill Packs from Davis Instruments are each priced at $7.50.
Contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. 510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188. info@davisnet.com; www.davisnet.com.

BEDDING FOR CAMPERS

Blackstone Outdoor Gear (previously known as Blackwater Outdoor Gear) Has Introduced A Must-Have Bedroll Protector

Tom Wandel, President of Blackwater Outdoor Gear, conceived the idea of a protector after a disastrous camping trip during which his sleeping bag roll slipped off his back and fell into a creek he was crossing. "My sleeping bag was soaking wet, of course. That night, I was miserable and cold; the trip was about ruined as far as I was concerned," he recalled.

His creation - which no one before ever thought of - let alone made one - is The Bedroll Protector . . .designed to keep sleeping bags and pads clean and dry. It's easy to use (just tuck in the sleeping bag and pad, zip and roll it up) and easy to carry, according to Wandel, besides being water-resistant, double poly-laminated construction and heat-sealed seams. "The beauty of the protector' he added, "is how such an inexpensive, simple product can make such a huge difference in the quality of your camping experience."

Featured in the December issue of BMW Owners News, the magazine of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, Bud Meade says the Bedrolll Protector succeeds both in keeping you "dry in your sleeping bag" and keeping your bag and pad "together and dry while traveling." He points out that inside your tent yu can place other things on the open cover to keep them dry, too.

For more information on where to purchase the Bedroll Protector, check web site www.blackstoneoutdoorgear.com.

Cascade Designs Deluxe Pillow

Whether you’re camping, on a boat, in a plane, or even relaxing at home, the Deluxe Pillow™ by Cascade Designs, manufacturer of Therm-a-Rest® self-inflating camping mattresses, are perfect. Light, soft, and very compact, the Deluxe Pillow can be rolled to use as a neck rest for car or plane trips, stores easily in a carry-on bag or pack, and is filled with Trevira® ProEarth™ recycled polyester fiber — round, hollow fibers that offer an excellent combination of comfort and performance while helping to reduce the use of natural resources. Available in 15x19 weighing 11.5 oz and retailing for about $24, it’s available in teal, and a smaller version, 12x17 inch, weighing 7.5 oz. in solid plum or a colorful brushed cotton print, retailing for about $18. If you prefer the company’s Pocket Pillow so you can stuff a sweater, parka or extra clothing into the flannel-like cover to create a lightweight, portable pillow, it comes in 15x20 inches, weights just 1.5 oz., and is available in blue with a lower retail cost.

Available at outdoor stores or call for a product catalog and dealer locations; Cascade Designs Consumer Information Line, 1-800-531-9531.

BOOKS, CATALOGS & MAGAZINES

BOOKS

The Pocket First-Aid Field Guide -- Treatment and Prevention of Outdoor Emergencies (Skyhorse Publishing)

If you’re camping with your family, fishing or hunting with a friend, or simply chopping firewood at your weekend cabin, being self-sufficient in an emergency situation can be a matter of life or death. Dr. George Dvorchak’s thorough pocket guide goes beyond basic CPR and bee sting treatments. Small enough to carry in your backpack, it’s jammed with detailed descriptions of ailments and how to care for them, anatomy lessons, preventive fitness strategies, and body conditioning tips. Whether you’re a casual hiker or an experienced back-country trekker, The Pocket First-Aid Field Guide is one piece of equipment you can’t be caught without. Learn how to:

· Fend off hypothermia with high-energy food

· Attend to teeth, mouth, and eye injuries

· Make a proper splint for large or small bones

· Take care of all types of wounds, from gunshots to punctures and lacerations

· Handle snake bites and poisonous plant allergies

· Recognize and manage high-altitude sickness and heat stroke

· Implement vital P.R.I.C.E. treatment steps when attending to sprains, strains, and fracture 

· And much more!

Dvorchak, a self-proclaimed “country doctor,” also discusses common footwear myths, tells how to snakeproof or waterproof your shoes, and presents a practical checklist for developing your own first-aid kit. “Accidents can happen anywhere,” writes Dvorchak, “especially in a wilderness environment where there isn’t a medical facility available.” Have more fun on your next fishing trip or rock-climbing adventure knowing you are capable of keeping a minor injury from becoming a major threat!

Available at bookstores or from amazon.com for $9.95. For details contact Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 555 Eigth Avenue, Suite 903, New York 10018 or call 212 643-6816, web site www.skyhorsepublishing.com.

Trailer Life Director (The RVers' 'bible')

If you've been using the 2008 Trailer Life Directory, you know that it is considered the 'bible' of life on the open road. With up to date listings on more than 12,000 RV accommodations and RV service centers, it also lists activities, ratings, WiFi & ATM information. The director covers all of North America, Canada and parts of Mexico.

Now there's another Trailer Life first - virtual V. The V is for virtual, as in virtual tours -- of RV Parks and business. Readers just look for the 'V' logo in the listings and go to the TL website. There it is possible to get a good look around and see your best features while planning the trip.

To order the directory call 800-765-7070 or e-mail dbrown@affinitygroup.com.

CATALOGS

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MAGAZINES

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With a subscription to Woodall's CamperWays (just $24.95 a year), you can have the hidden treasures of the Mid Atlantic delivered right to your doorstep. Armed with a local's insight, you can plan a trip that'll make others envious. In addition, Woodall's CamperWays makes the journey that much more interesting and safe with tips on everything from summer reading to reading maintenance warning signs.

This colorful bi–monthly newspaper includes:

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Camp Club USA aims to become the largest and best discount camping program available to consumers. This goal is accomplished by offering a superior network of quality campgrounds, so that members can save while at the same time always enjoying a quality camping experience.

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CAMP FIRE PRODUCTS

FiAir -- The handy little blower to feed your fires

This is the first and only truly portable, handheld, battery powered blower on the grill and fireplace accessories market, according to the manufacturer. It's designed specifically to nurture wood and charcoal fires with precision and control. It has many advantages over using your breath to get the fire going, including:

-- coaxing lit coals and kindling to life

-- accelerating hot spots

-- rapidly increasing cooking temperature for a quick sear

-- spreading flames to evenly consume fuel

-- stoking waning fires and refreshing fires as new fuel is added

-- it will work for years to come in kindling healthy fires, indoors or outside.

It's easy to use:

Light your coals or kindling in your preferred way. Stand a few feet away, point FiAir toward hot spots at the base of your fire and press the orange button. This is a powerful tool; starting too close could extinguish newly lit fuel. Then, gradually work your way closer to the fire, feeding airflow to hot spots from an optimal distance for about 30-40 seconds. Release the button and pause to see how the fire is developing. Continue by concentrating brief bursts of about 20 seconds each of FiAir on hot spots to make them even hotter. Then aim at areas that still need to catch or use FiAir to push and spread flames to uncaught coals or logs. Continue using FiAir intermittently to stoke and refresh the flames, as needed, especially when you add new logs or charcoal. For charcoal users, when most coals are covered with white ash, spread them out and place any remaining black coals on top, then stoke again with FiAir.

FiAir Tips:

Kindle Close/Stoke Far: FiAir is powerful enough to use at varying distances as your fire progresses. Fresh fires do not put out much heat, so you can kindle as close as you like to get the blaze goiing. As the fire grows hotter, simply pull back a foot or two and continue using FiAir to spread and raise the flame.

Give it a rest: Once your fire is burning well, do not run FiAir continuously. Overfeeding your fire wil burn through your fuel - and your batteries - too quickly.

Stoke responsibly: You'll like using this new tool, but always use absolute care when around open flames. As long as the fire is burning, do not leave it uncared for.

The FiAir uses 3 AAA batteries for the power supply. Using it in brief 30-40 second bursts rather than continuously allows batteries to recover a bit during use. It will continue to provide effective airflow for about 10 fires when used as directed, and excellent instructions come with each FiAir.

Made in America, more information on the FiAir is available at web site www.FiAir.net.

Enviro-Log 5-pound Firelogs Burn Up to Three Hours and are Environmentally-friendly

Enviro-Log®, Inc., an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company known for the greenest, most versatile firelogs on the market, offers 5 -pound firelogs that are safe for fireplaces, fireplace inserets, woodstoves, chimineas and campfires

Enviro-Logs are made from 100 percent recycled waxed cardboard, typically used to transport fruits and vegetables to produce processors, grocery stores and restaurants, to manufacture its earth-friendly firelogs. When compared to firewood, Enviro-Log Firelogs burn cleaner, have no added petroleum products, are perfect for outdoor cooking, are easy to light and very convenient, give off 50% more heat than wood, put out big, tall flames, burn cleaner than wood, emit 86% less creosote, 80% less carbon monoxide, and 30% ess emissions. It's also safe to burn two firelogs at a time.

I tried Enviro-Logs in my chiminea and loved the way they burned and also the heat emitted. They continued to burn despite the freezing temperature outside and the damp conditions in my back yard due to the recent snowfall and snowflakes! An Enviro-Log gives 50% more heat than wood. Next I plan to try them in my living room fireplace and know I won't have the usual odor and soot from regular fire logs.

Easy to store and usable in all weather conditions, they're even safe to cook over. I soon realized that I can take them when outdoor tailgating or for cookout events. The ash from Enviro-Log firelogs can even be used as fertilizer or potting soil. What I also loved about these logs is that they're wrapped in a heavy brown paper and all I had to do was place it, as is, and not get my hands dirty while starting the fire. I didn't have to keep moving regular logs together as the Enviro-Log burned beautifully with gorgeous flames.

Now available individually or in cartons of 6 Five lb. firelogs or 9 in a carton at local hardware stores, supermarkets, farm stores, Walmart, Sears and other stores.

NOTE: Please be sure you use the proper lighting techniques with your Enviro-Log Firelog for maximum efficiency: Place the firelog with the seam face-up. Tear off the long seam down the length of the firelog, tuck the edges to the side and light the ends of the wrapper. This helps release the firelog wrapper properly, allowing the wrapper to flame up and help start the firelog.  You can add a little paper beneath the firelog as needed.  If you have proper fireplace tools, sometimes placing one end on the back of the grate with the wrapper released as explained helps the fire run up the firelog and get started; you can then reposition the firelog in the grate.

About Envio-Log® Inc.

Enviro-Log® is an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company headquartered in Fitzgerald, Ga. Enviro-Log is the largest waxed cardboard recycler in North America and the third largest producer of manufactured firelogs in the U.S. Its firelogs are made of 100 percent recycled materials and burn cleaner than wood while providing 50 percent more heat per pound. Enviro-Log Firelogs can be purchased at select national retail locations including Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, True Value, Rite Aid, Sears, Whole Foods, Walmart, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Shaw’s, select Ace Hardware, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Weis Markets, Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Blain’s Farm & Fleet and many regional retailers throughout the U.S. Enviro-Log Firelogs are also available in Canada at Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Canadian Tire locations. Made from 100 percent recycled eco-friendly wax, Enviro-Log Firestarters offer an alternative to kindling, petroleum- based starter blocks, lighter fluids, and ethanol-based gels. Enviro-Log Firestarters are available at select retail locations throughout the United States, including Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide, Rite Aid, The Home Depot (Northeast Region) and many regional grocery and hardware retailers such as Weis Markets, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. More information on Enviro-Log can be found at www.enviro-log.net or by calling (866)343-6847. Retailers can also send an email to sales@enviro-log.net.

Starting a Wood Fire Is Easy With Enviro-Log FireStarters & They Are Earth Friendly

This environmentally friendly fire starter works everytime whether it's used in dry or wet weather. Simply place an Enviro-Log FireStarter cup under your firewood and light the rim of the cup. No kindling is required and it will immediate take the frustration out of trying to start your fire.

The company offers these tips:

Do not remove the paper cup.

 Assemble your firewood and build towards the middle leaving enough room for the paper cup. Then, place one fire starter paper cup under the firewood. After this step light the rim of the paper cup with a long safety match and watch your fire grow. the fire starter cup will burn for 20-30 minutes.

WARNING: Never add firestarter cups to an existing fire.  Also, always monitor firestarter burning and keep out of reach of children and pets.

To extinguish firestarter in case of emergency, use a UYL dry chemical fire extinguisher or carefully cover with a wet towel or sand. Enviro-Log firestarters are designed to provide large flames to start/ignite wood fires in any sound and approved (UL listed and masonary) fireplace, woodstove, chiminea or outdoor fire pit. Always open the damper before starting your fire and always use a fireplace screen. Check and manage your fire regularly and extinguish all open fires and embers when alone. NEVER use more than two FireStarters at a time & do not store near fires or open flames. NEVER use as a candle or burn freestanding in a candleholder.

This product, made in the U.S.A., is available at hardware & department stores and many supermarkets. it comes in a carton of (24) 1.25 oz cups per box and is safe to use in fireplaces, fireplace inserts, woodstoves, chimineas and campfires. For more information go to web site www.enviro-log.net.

Chaheati All-Season Heated Chair

I tried the new Chaheati Heated Chair and found that it not only works during cold weather when you may be out in the field, but in any season, especially since it helped my backache!

Similar to many of the lightweight, collapsible canvas chairs owned by milions nationwide, what sets the Chaheati apart is the cordless carbon fiber non-wire heating elements throughout the chair. The patent pending technlogy of the Chaheati offers four temperature settings ranging from 98 up to 145F and rapidly heats up in less than 20 seconds. Ideal for use in a variety of settings, including camping, tailgating, hunting, cool weather sporting events and practices, and more.

The Chaheati's safe low-voltage heating technology sports digital circuit protection. The high efficiency, lithium-in rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of heat per charge and lasts for over 500 uses. The warmth of the soft, flexible ultra-thin heating element in the chair can eve help relieve light and aching muscles and joints. Chaheati's heating system is optimally positioned to produce a comfortable even heat across the entire back, buttocks and the back of the thighs.

It is a sturdy chair desiged for comfort and durability. The fabric is rugged and comfortable and is desiged to be fire and water-resistant. The seat is oversized and can accommodate any body type up to 280 lbs. Its dimensions are 23.6" wide x 23.6" deep x 36.21 high. An AC car adapter charger is sold separately.

The inventor of the Chaheati is Kyle Smith with his wife ReAnna. Kyle notes that the idea for the Chaheati came about "On a cold night in front of a bonfire when we were all warm and toasty on the front of our bodies and a block of ice on our backsides. I was watching my frustraed wife repeatedly sit, stand and turn like a turkey on a rotisserie to warm up. I thought she needed a heated chair. After researching the market and not finding one, we decided to create one -- and the Chaheati is the result."

I can truthfully say that after trying and using this chair repeatedly, I've often used it indoors for the help it does for my aching back!

Available for $89.99 on-line or from the company at web site http://www.chaheati.com/store/

Funky Colored Flames Now Available Across The U.S. and Canada

Have you ever wondered how to change the color of fire? Well, Winlow Outdoor Experiences, a brand by BG Distribution and Marketing, did -- and they created a new product called Funky Colored Flames that does just that. This new innovative product creates a brilliant display of blue, green, and purple. It can be used in indoor/outdoor wood fireplaces, bonfires, campfires and backyard fire pits. "I was always fascinated by fire," says Jesse Bleeman, Senior Director of New Business Development. "What a great way to add some life to your fire and watch the reaction it has on individuals."

Funky Colored Flameswas first introduced into the Canadian market at Canadian Tires store nationwide. It is in its second year at Canadian Tire and is proving to be a top seller in its category. Funky Colored Flames is patent pending, and this product can be used year-round. During the winter months when indoor fires are commonly enjoyed, it's especially great for Christmas and other holiday celebrations -- to the summer months of camping and backyard fires. In fact, Funky Colored Flames is a great product for all occasions!

"For the full effect place entire closed packet on top of fire," says
Bleeman. "After 5 minutes, colors will spread naturally throughout your fire. Colors last up to 30 minutes, so sit back and enjoy the magical flames. What's also great is that the product is non hazardous, made up of sulphates and chlorides basically
like food grade salts. With the amount that is used in our packets, it is fully safe for the environment. There is no residue left or ash."
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Funky Colored Flames, retailing for approximately $4.99, are available at Wal- Mart and Target stores across the U.S.; Canadian Tire stores across Canada and other major retailers across North America. For more information, call 1-866-238-5817, or e-mail Jesse Bleeman at jessebleeman@rogers.com.

CAMPGROUNDS & CAMPING CABINS

Lake Mead RV Village Offers Premier RV Sites, View of Beautiful Desert Lake, Just 45 Minutes from Las Vegas

In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, visitors traveling to Las Vegas via RV this year can explore one of the United States’ most visited national parks, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Forever Resorts’ Lake Mead RV Village, offers two locations: Boulder Beach, located just 45 minutes from Las Vegas, as well as Echo Bay, located 95 minutes from Las Vegas. Both offer RV travelers magnificent views of the beautiful lake and its varicolored surrounding landscape.

Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach offers Wi-Fi at most sites, a Bocce ball court, horse shoe pits, picnic areas with barbecue grills, 24-hour laundry facility, onsite propane for purchase and a convenience and gift store. Nightly rates include cable TV service and begin at $30 ($45 for lakeview); weekly rates begin at $180 ($240 for lake view) and monthly rates begin at $575 (no lake view sites are available for monthly use and a six-month maximum length of stay applies). Well-behaved pets are welcome. Reservations at Boulder Beach may be made by calling +1 (702) 293-2540.

At Echo Bay, RVs have access to free Wi-Fi, large restroom and shower facilities, free launch ramp, barbecue and fire pit areas, recreation room with a 40-person capacity, 24-hour laundry facility and convenience and gift store. Echo Bay offers the closest overnight RV accommodations to Valley of Fire State Park—home to extraordinary red rock formations and ancient petroglyphs—making it a convenient place to stay before or after an active day of exploration. Nightly rates begin at $28, weekly rates begin at $154 and monthly rates begin at $462 (a six-month maximum length of stay applies). Reservations at Echo Bay can be made via telephone: +1 (702) 394-4000.

In addition to camping, activities available at Lake Mead include boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, hiking and biking. Black Canyon River Adventures’ smooth-water raft tours depart daily from Lake Mead RV Village and launch just below Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. These five-hour, 12-mile raft trips cost $97 for adults with special pricing for children under 16. Reservations may be made at www.BlackCanyonAdventures.com.  

For boating and kayaking, Forever Resorts’ Willow Beach Harbor, located 23 miles from Lake Mead RV Village, offers a variety of motor boats, canoes and kayaks for hourly or daily rental; hourly boat rentals start at $25 per hour. In addition, bicycle rental shops located near Lake Mead in nearby Boulder City, Nevada, make exploring the park with a scenic bike ride simple.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts, and follow on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

RVing, Camping & Glamping in Western Australia

Escape to a New Style of Outdoor Freedom. Imagine driving on an uncrowded open road, alongside the turquoise beauty of the Indian Ocean, the sparkling Timor Sea in all its 8000 mile glory, or the glistening Southern Ocean whispering hello. There is nothing but you and the adventure ahead that is Western Australia. Gaze in awe at the endless Southern Hemisphere sky, where unfamiliar stars shimmer wildly against a backdrop of midnight blue, undiluted by streetlights. Ancient rock formations rise to welcome you. Camp where a vast array of wildflowers glow in the moonlight, which beckons boab trees to bloom as the stars blink goodnight. Wake to the sounds of birds calling hello from forests of giant trees and rows of tantalizing vineyards as you look ahead to another day of creating your own adventure. You're a guest in a room with an ever-changing view and endless possibilities for the road ahead.

With the largest, most diverse expanse of landscapes in Australia, the opportunities for motor home and camping adventures in Western Australia are endless. Choose 5-star serviced glamping, catered camping, eco stays and outback station farmstay experiences, or simply choose to pitch a tent yourself. The wide variety of camping options and road trips to suit every season means there is something for everyone in the extraordinary destination that is Western Australia.

Best Drives

Experience Perth

Avon Valley Weekender:

This trek is ideal for those wanting to stay close to Western Australia's capital city of Perth. A relaxing, 2-day adventure, this drive takes visitors from Perth to the grand heritage town of York, where they can enjoy museums, cafes and antique shops. The Benedictine Monastery in New Norica, Australia's only monastic town, welcomes visitors to join the monks at prayer times and indulge in the monastery's famous baked goods.

Australia's Coral Coast

Outback Coast - Indian Ocean Drive & Kalbarri:

This road trip takes travelers along the Indian Ocean Drive, from the Pinnacles and Nambung National Park to Kalbarri National Park. Additional highlights also include, Lesueur National Park which boasts over 900 wildflower species, and Jurien Bay Marine Park where visitors can enjoy snorkeling and diving. This 5 to 7 day trip is a good idea all year around.

Australia's South West

Great Southern Wine Trail:

Explore one of the world's biodiversity hotspots while enjoying a mild, Mediterranean climate and some of the best wines found in the country on this 3 to 4 day trip. Highlights include Porongurup National Park, Albany (home to the Great Southern Distilling Company) and a wide selection of the region's wine varietals including Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. From the forest to the sea, this route is a relaxing, indulgent road trip best taken from September to December.

Australia's Golden Outback

Golden Quest Discovery Trail:

This rugged, 6-day journey takes road trippers to Kalgoorlie, Menzies and Laverton, highlighting the gold rush legends, landmarks and eerie ghost towns in one of the world's biggest gold producing regions. Recommended via a 4-wheel drive vehicle, highlights of this trip include the Super Pit - one of the largest open cut mines on EARTH - and one of the biggest displays of wildflowers on earth for travelers between August and October. The best time for this outback adventure is between March and November.

Australia's North West

Gibb River Road: Experience an epic, 4 wheel-drive adventure through one of the world's last true wilderness areas on earth. This 10 to 14 day road trip includes highlights such as Bell Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park and Aboriginal rock art while you drive on a route originally built for driving cattle in the pioneering days. This route is for the true adventurer looking to drive through history! The Gibb River Road is accessible from May to October only.

Top Campsites

Many campgrounds in Western Australia offer motor home hook ups, cabin rentals on the beach or in the forests, onsite kitchens, playgrounds, camp stores, and much more.

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park:

Half way along the coastal Cape to Cape Track, south of Yallingup in WA's south west, you can camp beside a beautiful sandy beach and enjoy world-class surf breaks, excellent fishing and a spot of bird watching. Check out Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Cape Range National Park:

Beside the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, the largest fringing reef on Earth, you'll find the striking contrast of Cape Range National Park's rugged red canyons and caves. Set up camp here and you'll enjoy the best of both ocean and outback worlds - snorkeling the reef, swimming with the gentle giants of the ocean- the mighty whale shark- from April to July each year, and hiking the gorges. Check out camping sites in Cape Range National Park.

Fitzgerald River National Park:

Set up camp in the heart of one of the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Here, just a short drive from Bremer Bay, you can explore 329,000 hectares of beautiful bush landscapes, filled with more than 1,800 wildflowers and plants, many of which are unique to the park. Walk the mountains, red cliffs, inlets and white sandy beaches or navigate the river in a canoe. Go find adventure in Fitzgerald River National Park.

Karijini National Park:

The outback adventure playground of Karijini, one of Australia's largest and most spectacular national parks, has been two billion years in the making. Here, you can hike through deep canyons, swim in clear rock pools and gaze in awe at some of the oldest rock formations on Earth. See more about camping in Karijini National Park.

Beelu National Park:

One of the first stops along the epic 1,000-kilometre Bibbulmun Track, from Kalamunda to Albany, the Perth Hills Centre in Beelu National Park gets you nearer to nature with bush camping and a good choice of hiking trails. See more about camping at the Perth Hills Centre.

What to See & Do

Large Roadside Attractions are part of any great road trip, and Western Australia has them in spades! 

Busselton Jetty- 

Extending 1.8 kilometres across stunning Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber -piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Jump on board the famous Jetty Train to reach the spectacular Underwater Observatory. Descend 8 metres below the water's surface to discover some of the 300 different marine species below the jetty. Take a dip, throw a line or visit the Interpretive Centre. www.busseltonjetty.com.au/

Antony Gormley Statues-

Enter the largest outdoor gallery on earth in Australia's Golden Outback and explore Inside Australia an exhibit created by world-renowned artist Anthony Gromley. Stretching across 10 square kilometers there is a collection of 51 individually cast black chromium steel sculptures that stand against the dramatic backdrop of Lake Ballard's white salt plain. For more information on self-drives or guided tours please visitwww.kalgoorlietourism.com/.

Mount Augustus National Park -

Mount Augustus National Park is home to the largest rock in the world. The rock itself is about eight kilometers long and covers an area of 4,795 hectares within Mount Augustus National Park. The granite rock that lies beneath Mount Augustus is 1,650 million years old. There are a number of longer walk trails available including a return hike to the rock's summit. For more information on visiting Mount Augustus National Park visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Red Dog -

This statue in the town of Karratha commemorates "Red Kelpie," a legendary cattle dog who traveled through the Pilbara region and whose story has been made into a feature film and stars US actor Josh Lucas.

Kalgoorlie Super Pit -

One of the world's most productive gold mines so massive, it can be seen from space. Free for visitors.

Other "big" attractions include:

Bert Bolle Barometer

The Bungle Bungle Range

Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk

The Granite Skywalk in Albany

Wave Rock

World's Largest Collection of Aboriginal Petroglyphs 

World's Biggest Fish - Whale Shark

Take A Break From the Road

Park the RV and try one of these activities for a change of pace, and break from the road...

Indulge in 2 1⁄2 hours of world-class food and wine with Voyager Estates Discovery menu

Monitor Sea Turtles and stay in beach cabins at Eco Beach Resort

Snorkel or Dive Ningaloo Reef with Sail Ningaloo

Swim the Indian Ocean with Whale Sharks, the world's largest fish

Play a round of golf on the world's longest golf course, Nullarbor Links

Say hello to Little Penguins at Penguin Island

Take a scenic flight to an atoll for lunch and swim and fish for supper

Walking/Hiking in Western Australia

With hundreds of trails crossing the spectacular state of Western Australia, visitors have plenty opportunities to discover this state via trails. From world-classlong distance wilderness trails to jaw-dropping gorge walks; forest mountain bike adventures and 4WDs, there's an extraordinary experience
waiting for you.

Golden Quest Discovery Trail- The trail runs through Western Australia's Goldfields from Coolgardie through to Laverton. This true adventure drive explores the 1890's gold rush region to witness classic pubs, remnants of vibrant communities, deserted and reinvigorated mining spots, hotels that were once the center of thriving populations and interesting natural landscapes.

Bibbulum Track- The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walk trails, stretching nearly 1000 kilometers from Kalamunda, in the Perth hills, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. The Track offers a range of experiences from an epic eight-week adventure staying in the 49 campsites along the way, to day walks staying in comfort in one of the quaint rural towns. For more information please visit www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/.

Cape Le Grand Costal Trail --The Coastal Trail is a spectacular but hard 17 kilometer walk trail in Cape Le Grand National Park, a 30 minute drive from Esperance. The experienced walker can hike from bay to bay, enjoying some of the best scenery in Australia; kangaroos basking on pristine white beaches, dolphins surfing the aqua waters and amazing views. For more information about the trail please visit trailswa.com.au/trails/cape/about.

Wildflower Tours: There are more than 12,000 species of wildflowers in WA, making it the world's largest collection of wildflowers. It's a staggering sight to behold, especially when you consider 60% of Western Australian wildflowers are found nowhere else on Earth. What's more, you can enjoy their glorious carpets of color and curious blooms for six months of the year, as the season begins in June, in the north, and sweeps down the State to finish with a flurry on the south coast in November. Let the local flora experts show you the best of the Western Australian wildflower extravaganza on a guided coach or walking tour. Search for wildflower tours from Perth or WA's regional towns online and choose from one-day to extended 15-day options.

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Extraordinary Deals

West Coast Discovery Air/Land Getaway with GoWay

Feel the freedom of Western Australia exploring Perth, Monkey Mia & the Pinnacles in your own Maui motor-home. Hand feed wild dolphins in Monkey Mia and enjoy the spectacular marine life and turquoise waters of the World Heritage listed Shark Bay Marine Park from dugongs, colorful fish, manta rays, sea turtles, and more. See natural wonders even most Australians will never get the chance to see on this very special journey.  

For more information please call us at 1-888-469-2944, or email reservations@goway.com. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA- CARAVAN AND CAMPING HOLIDAY

From the Aussies at AboutAustralia.com

G'day Everyone! By now most of you already know how wonderful, diverse and magical Western Australia is as a vacation destination.There are so many ways to experience Extraordinary Western Australia - the diversity of choice is endless!

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GUIDEBOOKS AND RESOURCES

Tourism Western Australia
Caravan Industry Association, Western Australia
WA Holiday Guide
Big4 Holiday Parks
Australia's South West

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LAKE MEAD RV VILLAGE NAMED A TOP SCENIC RV PARK

Editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory selected the nation’s top eight scenic RV parks from a database of 8,000 private parks, looking for parks with landscaping that rivaled the stellar landscapes of surrounding areas.

“Many RV parks serve as jumping off points to scenic excursion. At Lake Mead Village on the shores of sprawling Lake Mead in Southern Nevada, guests can go on sightseeing tours or hike nearby trails to take in some of the spectacular surrounding scenery,” said Ann Emerson, vice president and publisher, Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

Just minutes from Las Vegas, Lake Mead RV Village offers 115 back-in, pull-through and lake view sites with power, water, sewer, cable TV, picnic tables and fire rings. The RV park also offers 24-hour laundry facilities, restrooms and a dump station. Most sites also have Wi-Fi.

Along with a Bocce ball court, horseshoe pits and picnic areas, Lake Mead RV Village is walking distance to Boulder Beach and the River Mountains Loop Trail. Launch ramps and the Hoover Dam are also nearby.

Lake Mead RV Village has two meeting rooms for group activities with indoor seating and a deck with views of the lake. The on-site store sells firewood, groceries and RV supplies.

For more information about Lake Mead RV Village or to make reservations, visit lakemeadrvvillage.com or call 702-293-2540.

The other top scenic RV parks named by Good Sam include Eagle's Rest RV Park & Cabins in Valdez, Alaska; Indian Waters RV Resort & Cottages in Indio, California; Oak Creek RV Resort in El Cajon, California; Santa Nella RV Park in Santa Nella, California; Deer Creek Valley RV Park LLC in Topeka, Kansas; USA RV Park in Gallup, New Mexico; and Fort Tatham RV Park in Sylva, North Carolina.

Firelight Camps Glamping Proves Not All Camping is Created Equal

Firelight Camps, founded by Food Network star Emma Frisch and her husband Robert, celebrates its first season of hosting glamorous camping or “glamping” this fall. Nestled in the landscape on the grounds of the La Tourelle Hotel in Ithaca, New York, Firelight Camps provides its guests with luxury camping and is taking reservations for the 2014 season, which runs May through October. But this isn’t your typical campground.

With the rise of “Glamping” AKA glamorous camping, there is no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll and no fire to build. Let’s face it, not everyone is an outdoorsmen, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the experience! That’s where Firelight Camps comes in!

Indeed, amenities found at Firelight Camps far eclipse those of recreational camping experiences. Guests can reserve one of six safari-style tents equipped with hardwood floors, a private balcony, a king or queen size bed, and hotel-quality linens. All tents are within hiking distance of the well-known Finger Lake Trail system and Buttermilk Falls State Park. After exploring nearby waterfalls and scenic gorges, guests can feast in the steakhouse, relax at the spa, or share a communal campfire with local wine, spirits, and homemade S’mores prepared by Frisch.

“Camping doesn’t have to mean roughing it. For us, it means spending time with loved ones in a beautiful environment without having responsibilities that break the magic,” said Emma Frisch. For those interested in more than their grandfather’s camping experience, or for those looking for a nontraditional honeymoon destination or just a weekend getaway, Firelight Camps is an adventurous alternative to a hotel.

While the camping facilities are situated on ponds, ravines, and in the forest, Firelight Camps offers a communal lounge where complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning, and where games, a community campfire, and a phone charging station are accessible to all guests. In addition, a bathhouse is a one- minute walk from all tent facilities and boasts two full bathrooms with hot water and a small sauna.

“Firelight Camps promotes lodging with a lighter footprint,” said Frisch. “Parts of our facilities are furnished with repurposed wood and materials, while all of our tents are non-reliant on electricity and use battery-powered lanterns.” Frisch is proud of their efforts in sustainable development and hopeful for the revenue glamping could bring to other local properties like vineyards and farms.

Eco-tourism, preservation, and self-discovery are just a few of the practices the founders of Firelight Camps hope their guests will immerse themselves in during their camping experience this season. Nightly rates start at $155.

For more information on Firelight Camps, please visit www.firelightcamps.com.

Kings Dominion Camp Wilderness Takes Camping to a New Level -- Custom Deluxe Cabins Ready for Rental

You can now have all of the comforts of home while camping right next door to your favorite theme park! Camp Wilderness is adding a total of 32 deluxe cabins. These custom designed cabins are perfect for families or groups of friends looking for a place to stay after a day of fun at Kings Dominion.

The cabins are non-smoking and can accommodate up to 10 guests. Featuring a queen size bed in the master bedroom, two futon sofas in the living room, and two queen beds in an overhead loft, there is plenty of room for sleeping. The cabins also include two full bathrooms and bathtubs, four flat screen TV’s with DirecTV, free wireless internet access, dorm-size refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, outdoor charcoal grill, and a fire ring and picnic table on the patio.

Guests of the campground can also enjoy a newly renovated outdoor pool, camp store and a volleyball court. A free shuttle service is available to Kings Dominion as well as discounts on tickets to the park.

Reservations for the deluxe cabins can be made immediately by calling 804-876-3006 or visiting www.kingsdominion.com/places-to-stay/deluxe-cabins. Kings Dominion is located in Doswell, Virginia.

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.

CAMPING STATISTICS

Camping is a true American tradition popular among families, students and young adults.

According to the American Camper Report, 38 million Americans went camping in 2012, 13 percent of the US population over the age of six. Although there’s been a slight decline in overall camping since 2011, camping is on the upswing for family vacations.

According to a recent survey conducted by Aramark’s leisure division, award winning food and hospitality partner for national and state parks, 56 percent of the respondents camp with kids under the age of 18. Families are camping mostly for recreation and are taking camping trips to spend quality time together as well as engaging their kids in outdoor activities.

Being intimate with nature and enjoying outdoor recreation is a huge impetus to planned camping trips. Seventy-six percent of survey respondents placed a high value on proximity to hiking and biking trails and 83% valued water recreation.  Thus, camping in National Parks is an ideal way to ensure plenty of scenery and access to outdoor activities.

In addition to the importance of outdoor recreation, other things families should consider when selecting a campground include:

Amenities –While some enjoy traditional camping in tents with limited amenities, others are evolving with more modern tastes, placing a large importance on the availability of retail stores, showers, bathrooms, washers and driers, free Wi-Fi or even zip lines and heated pools.

Proximity to recreation – many campers take part in activities such as boating, fishing, ATV riding and mountain biking. Considering distance to one’s preferred outdoor activity is important.

Safety – While camping is meant to be stress-free, safety should always be considered when selecting a site or area. For example, the presence of animals, falling rocks, troublesome plants such as poison ivy, or an area that is a target for lightening are all things to think about when planning a trip.

Scenery – Since being outdoors is the main reason families enjoy camping, selecting a scenic location can make it that much more enjoyable. Properties around lakes, mountains or colorful trails are desired locations for camping excursions.

Proximity to water – Although some don’t mind dry sites and they tend to be more secluded and quiet, it is important to consider how far away the site is from a water source. Being close to water is helpful for cooking as well as providing fresh water for drinking.

Almost 22,000 campgrounds exist across the United States. Below are examples of sites with a large variety of outdoor recreation making for great options for family vacations:

Lake Powell/Glen Canyon Recreation:
Wahweap RV Park & Campground
Bullfrog RV Park & Campground
Halls Crossing RV Park & Campground
Hite RV Park & Campground
Mesa Verde National Park:
Morefield Campground
Lake Tahoe:
Zephyr Cove RV Park & Campground
Olympic National Park:
Log Cabin Resort Campground
RV Park at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Clean Water Solutions Inc.

Clean Water Solutions Inc. (CWSI) Environmentally-Friendly Microbes Control Odor

Cleaning out holding tanks is never an easy or pleasant-smelling job for boat and RV owners. Without the use of harsh chemicals or perfumes, all-natural Microtabs from Clean Water Solutions Inc. (CWSI) eliminate odors and decompose solids to make pumpouts simple.

Ideal for holding tank treatment, innovative Microtabs employ oil-eating microbes to consume and break down odor-causing materials to keep the head smelling fresh. The naturally-occurring microbes are nontoxic, non-pathogenic and are Environmental Protection Agency approved. Instead of just masking odors, the unique microbes digest gases and waste to completely eradicate odors.  

Convenient, water-soluble, pre-measured, biodegradable packets make treatment easy. Boat and RV owners only have to add the necessary number of tabs to the tank each time they pump out for effortless maintenance. A three-pack of economical MicroTabs from CWSI retails for $16.95. One 8g packet works in tanks up to 40 gallons in size.

Clean Water Solutions provides environmentally-sound solutions for hydrocarbon pollution and holding tank odors.

Contact Clean Water Solutions, 40 Parker Ave., Newport, RI 02840. For technical questions call 888-902-4141 or contact info@cwsius.com; www.cwsius.com.

Detail Magic

Detail Magic, A New Line of Automobile Cleaners that Protect & Clean & Are Good for the Environment

For Life Products (<www.ForLifeProducts.com) has announced Detail Magic, a revolutionary line of Earth-friendly automobile care and cleaning products that were created to protect, clean and restore automobiles to their original showroom shine – all without wasting water or putting harmful chemicals into storm drains which creates polluted run-off that has been proven harmful to the environment. The line includes eight new products that will be available exclusively at The Home Depot’s new Automotive Section.  The entire line offers “best-in-class” performance without any of the harsh or harmful agents normally found in cleaning products,

To circumvent the staggering amount of water waste which occurs during a typical car wash (average is 50-gallons of water per home car wash), Detail Magic Waterless Wash & Wax Protectant was designed to create a beautiful shine without the use of water. Priced at $17.97, Detail Magic Waterless Wash & Wax Protectant has three main components that work to clean a vehicle without scratching. The formula also includes Camauba wax which creates a barrier to protect a vehicle from acid rain, water marks, bird droppings and oxidation, while also filling in swirl marks and minor scratches.

The Detail Magic Waterless Wash and Protectant works on all automotive finishes, including clear coats, exotic paint jobs, lacquer, aluminum, chrome, stainless steel, brass, acrylic, fiberglass, gel coat and Plexiglas, and is perfect for colder climates or urban areas where getting a hose wash isn’t easy or the norm.

Additional products in the Detail Magic line:

Detail Magic All Natural Carpet & Upholstery Spot & Stain Remover
Using the revolutionary bio-enzymatic formula, this product is designed to instantly remove stains from carpet, upholstery and fabrics. Excellent for oil/grease, grass stains, food stains, make-up, flavored juices, pet stains and more. "Keeps on cleaning long after you're done!" and is priced at $5.97.

Detail Magic Anti-Fog Window Cleaner
Great for colder or humid climates, this product cleans and improves visibility instantly. Works on windows, windshields, mirrors, and eye/sun glasses and is priced at $7.97. It's a brand new revolutionary formula designed to clean all glass and leave a residue free anti-fog protection without streaking.

Detail Magic Chrome Polish & Re-Plater
Specially formulated to clean and protect chrome surfaces, Detail Magic’s Chrome Polish & Re-Plater is designed for use on chrome wheels, automobile bumpers, trim, and motorcycle pipes and fixtures. Priced at $9.97, this product removes oxidation, re-plates chrome onto chrome plated surfaces and puts a protective coating to prevent further oxidation and prevents dirt and grime from adhering to surfaces.

Detail Magic Leather & Vinyl Cleaner
Give a new car look and feel to any car by using this product that safely cleans your leather and vinyl instantly. Excellent for all leather surfaces and is priced at $5.97.

Detail Magic Lens Renewer Kit (Detail Magic Lens Polish / Detail Magic Lens Protectant) - Twofer.
This two-step system, instantly removes hazing, UV damage, pitting and scratches from headlights, taillights, turn signals, and any reflective lens on an automobile. Priced at $14.97, this product will restore all lenses on one automobile, SUV or pick-up truck.

Detail Magic Leather & Vinyl Conditioner & Protectant
Priced at just $7.97, this product moisturizes and softens with one use. It also prevents cracking and restores a rich appearance. Its purpose is to re-hydrate and soften your leather and vinyl surfaces. Use this product on any leather and vinyl surfaces to make any car look new again.

Detail Magic Rich Leather Fragrance Spray
Say goodbye to any other fragrance refresher and have a car smell as good as a brand new Rolls Royce for the small price of $9.97 – this Detail Magic Rich Leather Fragrance Spray will leave users feeling as if they are always driving a new car.

Additional information on Detail Magic products is available by calling 1-877-959-1234. For online shoppers, the entire Detail Magic line can be found at www.detailmagic.com or direct from the For Life Products website,www.ForLifeProducts.com.

About For Life Products
For Life Products, (www.forlifeproducts.com), is an innovative company offering an assortment of merchandise made of high quality material, sold at more affordable prices. Started by entrepreneur Joe McDonnell, For Life Products is the manufacturer of the Rejuvenate line and other well-known household products.

Iosso Products

Now's The Time To Get Rid of Mold & Mildew With Iosso Products' Mold & Mildew Stain Remover

Summer's when boat and RV owners notice nature taking its toll—inside and out. Between the mold, algae and dirt, things start looking dingy. Iosso Products' Mold & Mildew Stain Remover Cleaner does all the hard work to remove the toughest stains and leave fabrics looking like new. Mold & Mildew Stain Remover Cleaner is ideal for cleaning boat covers, awnings, tents and tarps, indoor and outdoor furniture cushions, carpeting and patio umbrellas. It doesn't contain bleach or chlorine, so it won't harm fabrics or alter their colors.

The product removes algae, bird and insect droppings, leaf tannins, dirt, grease, oil, and even many food and drink stains. And nothing comes close to the job it does on mold and mildew. Unlike harsh chemical cleaning agents, Mold & Mildew Stain Remover Cleaner is gentle on the skin and has no harsh vapors. It's biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

The powder is easy to mix with water and use. Simply wet down the surface with fresh water, sponge or spray on the solution and wait 15 minutes. Then, rinse. Extra soiled areas may require a longer soak time.

One small jar of Iosso Products' Mold & Mildew Stain Remover Cleaner makes three gal. of solution, enough to cover 150 sq. ft. and costs $15.25. The 65 oz. tub makes 16 gal., covers 2,400 sq. ft. and runs $75.

Contact Iosso Products, 1485 Lively Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Toll-free 888-747-4332. iossoproducts@iosso.com; www.iosso.com

CLOTHING

Bug Out Clothing

I, and thousands of others like me, attract every kind of insect on Earth. And they bite, hard, and swell and itch and drive me crazy. But I finally found a solution to this problem - and that is wearing special insect-proof clothing made by Bug Out.

I sampled the head cover, jacket and pants and came away without one bite!! In the meantime, some who laughed at the Bug Out clothing placed over my regular street clothes were screaming and running all over the place away from the tiny insects that were chewing on their flesh and making them bleed - while, for a change, it was I who had the last laugh.

The bug repellent clothing is made of 100% polyester and even the no-seeums couldn't get through while I was taking photographs and not being disturbed at all. Best of all, this clothing could be worn over any clothing beneath it; insect repellent could be used without harming the material, and it was used and tested in the military.

The relaxed fit design features extra long sleeves, a three position pull-over hood with draw strings that provide a complete enclosure for your head, ears and neck. Easy to see through and pull back if necessary. The draw string with cord lock allows you to adjust the bottom of the jacket to provide a secure and comfortable fit around your waist. It even comes complete with a pouch pocket for your hands or for storing items. Available in Olive Drab, sizes samll, medium, large, extra-large, and extra extra large.

Premium Bug Out Pants sell for $20.00
The relaxed fit design features an elastic waist band that comfortably fits under the jacket when the draw string is pulled and the cord lock is secured, adding another element of protection. The pants feature elastic ankle cuffs that fit securely around your boots. It comes in the above sizes.

The Jacket:

This unique design provides you with the ultimate in head and neck protection. Just slide your arms through the elastic straps, put the headnet on and you are ready to enjoy the outdoors in comfort. Its compact size makes it great for easy and carefree storage; and since it uses the same original no-see-um mesh with micro fibers you can relax in comfort knowing that Bug-Out is at work guarding you against biting and stinging insects! This is one of the best face masks available!

Size: One Size Fits All
Color: Olive Drab
 
Bug Out Outdoorwear helps guard against biting and stinging insects like no-see-ums, blackflies, mosquitoes, gnats, ticks - even the nymph stage of the deer tick. So whether you are digging in the garden, fishing at the lake, relaxing in the backyard or doing any other activity that requires you to be outdoors; Bug-Out Outdoorwear offers you ultimate in bug protection. Now you can fully enjoy your time outdoors without the use of potentially hazardous, dangerous, game spooking chemicals, sprays or repellents. The Bug Out System keeps biting and stinging insects out and lets air flow in. The relaxed fit design guarantees you will have time to enjoy the outdoors instead of the outdoors enjoying you.

Bug Out Outdoorwear uses a durable, lightweight see-through mesh that is 100% chemical free and is made of a chemical resistant material. This means if you want added protection you can apply deet or permanone to the material and it will not deteriorate the fabric, unlike some competitors' suits. Not only does the material help guard against biting, stinging, and crawling insects, it is proven to even help guard against the nymph stage of the deer tick, a most aggressive biter that causes Lyme Disease.

The Bug Out System has even passed the U.S. Military's extensive testing and approval process. It has been used in Somalia, Africa, Bosnia, Haiti and South America. Bug Out Outdoorwear is the preferred brand of insect protection. The patented design creates a total enclosure that protects you...but still allows for visibility and comfort.

For details or to order, contact Burleson Sporting Company at 1-800-871-5346 24 hours a day.

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles

Standing on your feet in the cold can be rough and ruin your time on the range. Now, there's help so you can be outdoors for hours with warm, comfortable heated insoles by ThermaCELL offering advanced heat technology providing remote-controlled foot warming comfort as you need it. The insoles are lightweight, durable foot warmers and will definitely make a difference whether you're outdoors for work or play.

Made for men and women, the Heated Insoles are fully rechargeable, allowing you to add just the right amount of heat to your feet as needed. Insert them into virtually any boot or shoe you own and always feel comfortable when heading ooutdoors. The soft cushion design provides additional shock absorption for your feet, while the water-resistant construction keeps the Heated Insoles working in damp environments and are perfect for all types of cold weather outdoor activities. And, I have to admit that because I work indoors on a cold, concrete slab, I put them into my slippers or shoes and feel toasty and can work without feeling cold!

The remote control allows the temperature setting to be changed without removing boots or shoes. With the touch of a button, adjust the temperature setting to Medium (100 degrees F), or No Heat. Use the No Heat setting to conserve battery life when indoors or active. Each remote features a uniquely coded highly reliable, radio transmitter paired to a set of insoles with a range of 7 feet. The remote can be attached to zipprs, bels or used inside a pocket.

The Insoles are made of a durable soft cushion design for years of shock abso9rbing all-day comfort; they are water-resistant protected by water-resistant fabric liner, and customizable - for they can be trimmed to fit most footwear. And, the heat sensors regulate the warmth according to both your body and outdoor temperatures. The battery charge duration is good for 5 hours depending on temperature setting, and the battery life is for 500 cycles.

The insoles are available for men and women in Small, Medium, Large, XLarge and XXLarge at sporting goods stores, amazon.com, and department stores for under $130. For more information, contact ThermalCELL.com or call 781-541-6900.

LED Lighted Camping Gloves

LED Lighted Camping Gloves is great for lightweight cool weather use. A tool for hikers , campers, and backpackers who want to make every ounce of weight count. These do double duty in all seasons - be it Summer, Winter, Fall or Spring. The LEDs are mounted in the knuckle area on the outside of hunting gloves. This puts the light where you need it most - right on your task area. Double duty - your glove AND your flashlight.

They weighs just 4.6 ounce, look like ordinary gloves -- until you pinch the switch - then two LEDs light up and put you in control of where the light is cast.

Features:

* 2 Bright LEDs per Glove
* Microfiber Inner
* Wrist Activated On/Off Pinch switch
* Replaceable CR2032 Coin Size Batteries
* Index Finger Trigger Opening
* Finger and Thumb Opening for fine work (tying fishing line)
* Pull Tight Wrist Band
* 200 Hour Battery Life
* Camoflage Fabric Pattern
* Textured Fingertip and Palm for Enhanced Grip

How to Measure Your Hand

Printable Ruler (No Scaling when printing)
Tip: Upon receipt of the glove, open the velcro pocket near the cuff. You will see the wires and replaceable batteries. Always use care when handling this portion as the wires could be broken by rough handling. Note the rubber "Hunters Hands" Logo - Gently pinching the logo with one finger on top and thumb under cuff turns the glove on and off. A gentle pinch is all that is required. Use care to avoid wires. Breaks due to rough handling can easily be repaired by splicing the wires or with a solder gun - the circuitry is not complex.

Available from web site http://gofastandlight.com for $12.89 plus shipping.

FIRE SAFETY

ENVIRO-LOG Offers Safety Tips to Help You Avoid Outdoor Cooking Accidents

As the days grow longer and the weather warms, activities are moving outdoors, including cooking. To keep those meals from going up in smoke, or worse, Enviro-Log®, Inc., a leader in eco-friendly products for home heating and outdoor activities, offers safety tips to help you avoid outdoor cooking accidents.

Grilling has become more popular than ever. The number of barbecue grills and smokers shipped to North American stores increased 41 percent from 1992 to more than 14 million units in 2012, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA). With an increasing number of people using grills, many of whom may be inexperienced, there’s a greater risk for accidents that can result in serious injury or property damage.

“Cooking outdoors has its risks, but they can be reduced by taking the right precautions and following safety procedures,” said Ross McRoy, president of Enviro-Log. “We urge people not to wait until after an accident has already happened to think about grilling safety. Please consider the following safety tips to help you avoid outdoor cooking accidents.”

Safety first. Never leave your grill or fire unattended and be sure to keep children and pets away from the fire and cooking area. Have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.

Read the Manual.  Not all grills are the same. Always read instruction manuals and consult the manufacturer about the proper use of your grill, firepit, or chiminea before use.

Select the proper location. The National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) said grills are the cause of 3,600 structure fires every year. Grills, fire pits, and chimineas should only be used outdoors and never in a trailer, tent, house, garage, covered porch or any enclosed area. They should be positioned at least 10 feet away from your house. In addition to creating a fire hazard, operating a grill, firepit or chiminea in an enclosed area can lead to the accumulation of carbon monoxide.

Stay out of the wind. Never operate your grill, firepit or chiminea in high winds. High winds can significantly increase the risk of flames spreading to nearby structures including your home.

Charcoal grills.  Never add lighter fluid or any other flammable liquids to a charcoal grill that has been lit. Doing so can result in flare ups that can travel several feet. Consider alternative firestarter products that offer a preselected start that can easily be extinguished. Always let your charcoal cool completely before moving your grill or leaving it unattended. When you are finished grilling, douse the coals or soak them in water before disposing them in a metal container.

Propane and natural gas grills.  The NFPA reported that five out of every six grill fires involve gas grills. To reduce the risk, always check for gas leaks every time you disconnect and reconnect the regulator to your propane tank. Never attach or disconnect a propane tank, or move or alter gas fittings when the grill is in operation or is hot. Never use a propane tank if it contains bulges, dents, gouges, corrosion, rust or other forms of visual external damage. Clean and perform general maintenance on your propane or natural gas grill twice a year. Always turn off the gas at the source (tank or supply line) prior to inspecting parts. Visually inspect hoses for abrasion, wear and leaks before each use. When lighting a gas grill, always keep the lid open to prevent a flash-off from gas build-up. Almost a third of gas grill injuries happen when the grill is being lit, according to the NFPA. Do not lean over the grill when igniting the burners or cooking. If the gas grill does not ignite on the first try, HPBA advises waiting five minutes for the gas to clear before trying again.

Campfires.  The U.S. Forest Service recommends using existing firepits and fire rings at campsites. Always follow your campsite fire guidelines. Never build a fire in hazardous, windy, or dry conditions, and keep campfires at least 15 feet away from tents, shrubs, trees (and low-hanging branches) and other flammable objects. Have a bucket of water and shovel nearby. Never cut branches from live trees, and only use material that is approved for use by your campsite. When finished with a campfire, be sure it is fully extinguished before abandoning it. Dousing it with water is preferred, but dirt and sand can also be used to mix up the embers until they are cooled.

For additional information on outdoor cooking and fire safety, please visit the following resources:
· www.nfpa.org – National Fire Protection Association Web site
· www.fs.fed.us – United States Forest Service Web site

About Enviro-Log, Inc. 
Enviro-Log® is an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company headquartered in Fitzgerald, Ga. Enviro-Log is the largest waxed cardboard recycler in North America and the third largest producer of manufactured firelogs in the U.S. Its firelogs are made of 100 percent recycled materials and burn cleaner than wood while providing 50 percent more heat per pound.  Enviro-Log Firelogs can be purchased at select national retail locations including Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, True Value, Rite Aid, Sears, Whole Foods, Walmart, Shaw’s, select Ace Hardware, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Weis Markets, Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Blain’s Farm & Fleet and many regional retailers throughout the U.S. Enviro-Log Firelogs are also available in Canada at Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Canadian Tire locations. Made from 100 percent recycled eco-friendly wax, Enviro-Log Firestarters offer an alternative to kindling, petroleum-based starter blocks, lighter fluids, and ethanol-based gels. Enviro-Log Firestarters are available at select retail locations throughout the United States, including Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide, Rite Aid, The Home Depot (Eastern Regions) and many regional grocery and hardware retailers such as Weis Markets, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. More information on Enviro-Log can be found at www.enviro-log.net or by calling (866)343-6847.

FOLDING SAWS

RedHead® The Hunt™ Folding Saw – small enough to fit in a daypack, tough enough to do the job

I tried this new product to cut branches in my backyard - and it was excellent at doing a quick job - and safe, too, thanks to the non-slip handle material that's good when wet or dry.

The RedHead® The Hunt™ Folding Saw makes cutting small branches and clearing underbrush a snap. Plus, at just 8.2 inches closed and 14.3 inches open, it’s the perfect size for stowing in your daypack. Because it weighs only 7.7 ounces, you won’t even notice it’s there.

The RedHead Hunt Folding Saw is the perfect tool whether you need to cut shooting lanes around your treestand or clear underbrush to pitch a tent. The Hunt™ Saw can even handle the task of field dressing big game.

The durable 6-plus inch M65 steel blade features wide, double beveled teeth for pinch-free cutting even in the greenest wood. Textured, non-slip handle material is ribbed to provide sure grip in wet or dry conditions.

The Hunt™ Folding Saw from RedHead® is available for just $19.99 at www.basspro.com/ or your nearest Bass Pro Shops® store.

RedHead® The Hunt™ Folding Saw

• Solid construction
• 6.1 M65 steel blade
• Wide, double beveled teeth for pinch free cutting
• Ribbed grip for safe secure cutting in all conditions
• Weighs less than 8 ounces
• Easily packable
• MSRP: $19.99
• Available at: www.basspro.com/RedHead-The-Hunt-Folding-Saw/product/1401100836297/

FURNITURE

Jamberly Group, Inc.

ciao! Baby Introduces Pink Mossy Oak Portable High Chair

Jamberly Group, Inc. the exclusive provider of ciao! baby go-anywhere, portable high chair, introduces Mossy Oak Break-Up® Pink ciao! baby chair.
 
The ciao! baby go-anywhere-high-chair is a patented portable high chair that has been available since 2012.  Since its introduction, 10 colors have been introduced, including two Mossy Oak designs.  Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity® was introduced first and has been a hit with outdoor enthusiasts. Break-Up Pink is now available.
 
The ciao! baby go-anywhere high chair is a foldable, portable, free standing chair with an attached tray.  It easily unfolds, locks into place and folds back up in seconds. It comes in a convenient carrying bag and is ideal for travel, outdoor activities, restaurants, camping, the beach, grandma's house and small spaces.
 
The ciao! baby chair is available online and in many retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada.

For ordering information or to find a store near you, go to www.theportablehighchair.com.
 
Jamberly Group is an officially licensed partner of Haas Outdoors Inc. Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak (www.mossyoak.com). Mossy Oak specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoorsmen. Mossy Oak patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the outdoor industry leader in modern camouflage design, international licensing and marketing. Haas Outdoors Inc. markets its services and products under widely recognized brands including: Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, GameKeepers and Mossy Oak Properties.

GAMES

RingStix (System-Enterprises)

Looking for a game that all ages can play -- from agefs 6-96 -- and enjoy - that will get you outdoors - especially when you're camping or sitting on your lawn outdoors and want something to do?? Then pick up one of the latest creative games -- RingStix! I played it with my grandchildren and adults passing by asked if they could also play. The next question was "Where can I buy it?"

Not only a fun game, it's a sure, pleasurable way to get exercise. It can be played in:

- the water
- it floats,
- in strong winds - it's steady,
- therefore every time you feel like having fun
   you can go and play.

It's easy to learn, it takes you about 2 to 5 minutes and you can play.
You can shoot the ring up to 30 yards and you can build some tricks into the game. Recommended age: 6 - 96 years young.

How to Play: RingStix is played by 2 players passing the ring back and forth using two sticks per player. To launch the ring place both sticks through the ring. Next, pull the sticks quickly apart causing the ring to be launched. The ring begins to spin (stabilizing it's flight).

Play RingStix with multiple players, play it in a park, backyard, at the beach, etc. Play RingStix even solo by shooting the ring up in the air and catching it!

Available at toy stores or on-line. For more information check web site www.RingStix.com.

Rollors (Maranda Enterprises)

I'm always looking for new, outdoor games to entertain my family and came upon a new game - Rollors - that combines the action of Bocce, Bowling & Horseshoes -- combined into an entirely new game that's lots of fun for everyone in the family -- even two-year old kids.

I tested this safe play game outdoors on grass, and can't wait until we try it in the sand. It consists of one red goal and one blue goal, 3 red rollors, 3 blue rollors, one measuring cord and fits into a sturdy carry bag with instructions. My husband and I played with our 15 year-old granddaughter and 9 year-old grandson, taking turns and loving every minute 'rolling' - not throwing - disks at the goal. Instructions were easy to understand, as is the game, and points are awarded to the player/team that positions their disks closest to the goal. As the manufacturer says, "It's a great game of skill with the element of chance:" The handy carry bag can be brought anywhere, and the game is set up in seconds on grass or in the sand.

Rollors is recommended by Dr. Toy, and received the Seal of Excellence from Creative Child Magzine.

Available at stores, amazon.com and others. For more information, contact Maranda Enterprises in Mequon WI 53092, 877-287-8782 or go to web site www.marandaenterprises.com.

The Pocket Disc - A diversion for all ages

What is a pocket disc? Something that all ages and dog lovers are talking about. Why? The Pocket Disc, made from 100% cotton, is a colorful flying disk -- the first true indoor/outdoor disc for everyone. It's safe, portabie, and versatile. Actually, this disc began as a homework assignment in Savanna Groft's third grade class who crochet a round placemat. Afterward, it sat on an end table for over a year and a half until the father of one of Groft's friends stopped by for a vist and casually tossed it across the room at Groft's dad. As it floated across the room, her dad - Patrick Groft - had a eureka moment and the Pocket disc was born. The two men soon launched the company they now co-own, Phd Productions, and began exploring ways to bring this new 'toy' to the mass market. Finally they found gorups of Mayan women in Guatemala to produce the Pocket Discs - and today the money they make crocheting the discs enables over 200 Guatemalan weavers to support and send their children to school.

Today there are a variety of games and uses for the disc, including Indoor Disc Golf, William Tell, Pocket Disc Hockey, Ceiling Fan 500 and Skitzlejinx. The rules to these games and others can be found on the Phd Productions web site at www.pocketdisc.com/games.php.

Available on the Phd Productions web site and at a variety of retailers nationwide, including Dunham's Sports, and over 00 specialty toy, gift and outdoor retailers. Available in a variety of colors and designs, the Cassic Edition retails for $9.99, and the heavier weight Sports Edition for $14.99. For more information visit www.pocketdisc.com.

GRILLS

Magna Products

Magna Products Chefsmate Connoisseur Series Go Anywhere Gas Grill

The exceptional flavor of flame-grilled food is no longer restricted to meals prepared at home.  The first in a new series of lower cost grills offered by Magma Products, the ChefsMate Connoisseur Series Gas Grill has convenient fold-away legs, making it perfect for onboard use or even picnics, tailgate parties or camping.

Constructed for years of flawless use, the portable ChefsMate Connoisseur Series Gas Grill is designed and built with Magma's meticulous attention to detail and performance standards.  The grill features a generous 9" x 18" grilling surface (162 sq. in.).  Simple to use, it comes completely assembled.  Owners just have to add the fuel and start grilling.

Magma's ChefsMate Grill has flexible fuel options.  The grill uses standard 1 lb. disposable propane canisters or adapts to on-board LPG (propane) or CNG (natural gas) systems.  Gas bottles can be quickly and safely changed, even while the grill is hot, thanks to a swiveling, bayonet-mounted valve/regulator.

To avoid burns, an inner safety shell keeps the exterior of the ChefsMate Grill
cooler to the touch.  It reduces flare-up and heat discoloration by funneling grease into the lock-in-place grease tray that doesn't rattle.  The tray is accessible from the front, making it a cinch to empty and wash.

A breeze to remove and clean, the snap-out radiant plate supplies even heat distribution while reducing flare-up. The easy-to-disassemble fractional grill grates fit effortlessly in the sink.

An oversized, lockable lid is perfectly balanced and won't slam shut.  It allows top-down grilling of larger cuts of meat or fowl and secures all inner components for transport.  The ChefsMate Grill's full-length, stay-cool handle gives easy access from either side, and makes mounting and transport a snap.

This sophisticated grill adds an elegant touch to any boat.  Crafted from 100% mirror polished 18-9 stainless steel, it provides unmatched corrosion resistance to withstand outdoor conditions.

A large selection of mounting options is available to customize the grill to a boat, RV, or patio. The grill's legs are tall enough to leave marine mounts in place.

The economically priced Magma ChefsMate Connoisseur Series Gas Grill retails for $199.

The world's largest manufacturer of all-stainless steel grills, Magma Products is the only major supplier of US-made onboard boat grills and accessories. Their product line includes onboard grills, residential stainless steel grills, grilling and propane accessories, serving, fishing and filet tables, fish cleaning stations for docks and boats, stainless steel cookware, boat umbrellas, stabilizers and outriggers. Magma's grills recently swept all classes as the best choice in both Practical Sailor and Power Boat Reports magazines after head to head testing with the competition.

Contact Magma Products, 3940 Pixie Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712; 562-627-0500; Mail@MagmaProducts.com; www.MagmaProducts.com.

HITCHES

Beckson Marine's Hitch-Safe Trailer Hitch & Ball Protective Trailer Hitch Cover Helps Prevent Injury

Exposed trailer hitches can cause a myriad of harm, from torn clothes to bruised and cut legs. These injuries are easily avoided with Beckson Marine's Hitch-Safe™ Trailer Hitch & Ball Safety Covers. Molded of soft, PVC plastic, they fit over the bar and ball to shield drivers and passengers from the protruding hitch.

Available in two styles, the black safety covers are UV-resistant. The convenient HH-TRB model protects 2" rounded hitch bars, while the HH-TSB is made for 2-5/8" squared bars. Both versions can be used with 1-7/8" and 2" trailer balls.

Beckson's Hitch-Safe Trailer Hitch & Ball Safety Covers have a suggested retail price of $14.95.  Beckson Marine also manufactures an array of high-quality pumps, ventilators, deck plates, ports, hatches and equipment holders.

Contact Beckson Marine, 165 Holland Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605. sales@beckson.com; www.beckson.com.

INSECT REPELLENTS/GERM PROTECTION

Don't Bite Me

Don’t Let Bugs Take a Bite Out of You!

Bug bites are often seen as a necessary evil of outdoor activity. They're annoying, causing itchiness, swelling and redness to the skin. But statistics show that they can also be extremely dangerous -- leading to West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Lyme disease and even Malaria. Last year there were over 3,500 cases of West Nile Virus, resulting in 121 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control. With the warmer, high-risk months fast approaching, individuals and families can rely on the innovative Don’t Bite Me! patch to help protect themselves against the annoying and potentially life threatening effects of bug bites.

The Don’t Bite Me! all-natural insect repellent patch offers a first of its kind solution. Available nationally for the first time after they flew off the shelves in limited distribution last summer, the discreet, all-natural transdermal skin patch delivers a blend of protective Vitamin B1 and aloe combination throughout the body, protecting individuals against bites from pesky, disease-carrying mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, chiggers, sand fleas and no seeums for up to 36 hours.

Concerns about increased prevalence of West Nile, Encephalitis and Lyme disease in the United States and also exposure to Malaria and other diseases have helped fuel sales of insect repellent, up over 30 percent since 2001. The potential of disease, coupled with concerns about the possible side effects of DEET, have led a growing number of consumers, particularly parents, searching for insect repellents that work but have low or no toxicity. The Don’t Bite Me! Patch provides the answer.

Vitamin B1 is the key effective ingredient in Don’t Bite Me! Patch, and when applied to the skin, provides protection from biting insects.  The thiamine-based formula is absorbed into the bloodstream through the transdermal delivery of the Don’t Bite Me! Patch. Excess B1 is then secreted through the body’s pores, creating an odor that is almost undetectable to humans, but offensive to mosquitoes.  This odor forms a protective barrier around the body that shields the user from mosquitoes and other biting insects. Aloe, the other active ingredient, accelerates the absorption of the B1 and serves as an anti-inflammatory, and in the event of a rare bite — it helps reduce the reaction, particularly for those who are sensitive to mosquito bites.

“Family and friends rave about the effectiveness and convenience of the patch,” adds Kauffman, whose friends have tried the Don’t Bite Me! Patch during a weekend camping trip with their family. When the mother of the family arrived at her campsite, she discovered she only had two patches with her instead of the four she needed to protect her family. She quickly applied the patches to her two daughters. All weekend, the girls were bite free, while she and her husband were swatting mosquitoes and covered with bites.

Don’t Bite Me! Patch offers the following positive attributes as compared to messy sprays, lotions or towelettes:

No DEET, safe for children and adults alike
Easy, no mess application– just apply a patch to your skin
Protects skin often missed with a spray, such as ears and scalp
Waterproof, no need to re-apply after swimming or exercise
Protects up to 36 hours
Patent pending, all-natural formula
Incredibly effective

Early testing with select Boy Scout groups, members of the U.S. Army, missionaries and healthcare workers in Africa as well as professionals who spend their days working outside in bug-infested areas has brought in rave reviews about the effectiveness of the Don’t Bite Me! Patch. More specifically:

· EODT, a security company for the U.S. government while helping to rebuild Iraq used the patches and re-ordered when they realized the patch works against sand fleas, a larger problem than mosquitoes in Iraq.

· More than 30 soldiers in the U.S. Army tried the product while in the deep woods near the Arkansas river and found they were effective during their three-week stay in the chigger infested woods. They reported NO bites from mosquito, chiggers, or ticks.

The Don’t Bite Me! Patch received the Most Innovative Product Award at the Natural Products Expo East Show in October 2006. At the same show, Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert of The Today Show and Jeff Nibbler from SPINS highlighted the product’s “wonderful innovation.”

The Don’t Bite Me! Patch is available at natural food stores and major retailers nationwide including Kroger, Rite Aid, and select Walgreen’s and Wal-Mart stores nationwide. The product comes in a five-pack for a suggested retail price of $4.99 and a 10 pack for a suggested retail price of $7.99. For more information on where to buy, visit www.dontbitemepatch.com

La Fresh

La Fresh Creates New, Easy-to-Use Insect Repellent Towelettes

The All Natural Biodegradable Insect Repellent Towelettes made by La Fresh are the perfect answer for always having insect repellent on hand - whether it's when traveling by car, train, boat, or bus. Carry the easy-to-use towelettes in yur purse or backpack where it takes up the tiniest space so they're always ready to use outdoors while enjoying your favorite activities. Carry them in your bike bag, too, or even your pocket! DEET-free, they are also biodegradable and TSA friendly.

The La Fresh Insect Repellent Towelettes are $4.99 for six or $19.99 for 30. For more information go to web sitewww.LaFreshGroup.com.

Ben's

Ben's® Wipes Offer Outdoor Enthusiasts Added Convenience & Less Waste

In its ongoing effort to provide hikers, hunters, anglers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts with the most effective tools for defeating biting insects, Tender Corp. introduces Ben’s® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent Wipes. New for 2007, Ben’s® 30 Wipes offer outdoor enthusiasts the same effective alcohol-free 30% DEET-based formula, but in a delivery system that affords greater application control and convenience.

“Windy conditions often accompany our best days in the outdoors, which can make it hard to apply repellent using conventional methods without over spraying occurring,” says Tender Corp.’s marketing director, Jen Cusick.Cusick continued, “Since you can apply the repellent on the Ben’s® Wipes directly to the skin or clothing, neither wind nor rain can disrupt you from fully administering the product and protecting yourself.”

Along with greater control, Ben’s® 30 Tick and Insect Wipes also provide greater convenience. Available in a 12 pc box (MSRP$4.99) and 3 pc clamshell package (MSRP$1.99), Ben’s® Wipes can be easily stowed in your pocket or day pack, when you need to travel light.

Made by Tender Corporation (the makers of After Bite®), Ben’s® 30 Tick and Insect Repellent is comprised of a water-based solution containing 30% of the active ingredient DEET. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recognizes repellents containing DEET as providing consumers with the most effective protection against bites from mosquitoes, including those infected with West Nile Virus (WNV), and from ticks, which are responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease.

Unlike most DEET repellents, which contain alcohol, Ben’s® 30 is a water-based solution -- a significant difference for outdoor enthusiasts for several key reasons. By its nature, alcohol causes the pores of the skin to open, which means that more repellent gets absorbed into the body and there’s less repellent available on your skin to work against the bugs. Plus, alcohol evaporates at a faster rate than water, and when it does DEET goes along for the ride. Therefore, an alcohol-based repellent does not last as long as a water-based one. As such, with Ben’s® 30 outdoor enthusiasts are getting more repellent for their money. Water-based repellents are also safer; since it contains no alcohol, Ben’s® 30 is less likely to catch alight. Lastly, whereas alcohol creates a strong aroma -- that traditional “insect repellent” smell -- Ben’s® 30’s water-based formula offers a milder and much more pleasant scent.

With West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and other dangerous insect-borne diseases a growing concern during warmer weather months, outdoor enthusiasts need a repellent that they can trust will provide effective protection and Ben’s® 30 more than fits the bill. Ben’s® 30 with DEET offers up to eight hours of protection per application and, best of all, it’s also safe to apply to children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, repellents containing a DEET concentration level of 30%, such as Ben’s® 30, are safe to apply to children over two months.

For a stronger level of DEET protection, Tender also offers Ben’s® 100 Max Formula, which keeps you protected for up to 12 hours with just one application. Containing 98% DEET, Ben’s 100 is ideal for hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts who are traveling in heavily bug-infested areas within North America or around the globe. (For additional advice on avoiding mosquito bites this summer, see “Tender’s Top Five Tips for Enjoying the Outdoors” document.) In addition to the Wipes, Ben’s® 30 comes in a variety of other sizes, including a large 6 oz. Eco-Spray can (MSRP$7.99); a 4 oz. pump (MSRP$5.99) for smaller storage areas such as backpacks, hunting compartments and tackle boxes; and a 1.25 oz bottle (MSRP$3.60), which can be stored conveniently in a pocket or glove box for quick retrieval. The 1.25 oz pump and 4 oz are also available together as a Home & Field pack (MSRP$7.99), allowing you the flexibility to keep the 4 oz for backyard use and refill the 1.25 oz as needed for other outdoor excursions.

 Benefits of this product according to the manufacturer:

·      Water-based solution allows less absorption of DEET

·      Less Absorption means higher efficacy - water & Based formulas last longer       

·      Water-based DEET formulas are less flammable than alcohol based formulas

Water-based products are safer for the environment; they contain no VCS's (Volatile Organic Compounds)

About Tender Corporation

Tender Corporation is a privately owned and operated business located in the heart of the White Mountains in Littleton, NH. There are offices and distribution centers in Barrie, Ontario, Rotterdam, Holland and Newbury, England with distribution in over 40 countries. Founded in 1975, the firm manufactures the world-famous insect bite treatment, After Bite®, and a full line of well-known insect repellents, first-aid treatments and sunburn and windburn products and has recently added first aid kits through Adventure Medical Kits. Many Tender Corporation products are packaged in innovative ways that make them extremely convenient to use as well as environmentally friendly. Partial proceeds from the sale of many of the company’s products go to Tender Corporation’s Environmental Scholarship Fund. Complete product information is available on the company's web site: www.tendercorp.com

After Bite® KIDS™

From the maker of the #1 selling insect bite treatment, After Bite® -- The Itch Eraser® -- comes a powerful new treatment just for children, After Bite® Kids.

As sure as the sun will rise this summer, it will happen: kids will be bitten by insects and will feel inclined to scratch at their bites, further irritating the skin in the process. And when parents try to apply any number of existing insect bite treatments the inevitable will occur: their children will experience yet more stinging pain.

Thankfully, this won’t happen with new After Bite® Kids™ - according to the manufacturer. With its special non-stinging antiseptic formula, kids will be happy to have their parents apply it. After Bite® Kids™ provides children with fast, gentle relief from insect bites. Containing Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil (a known natural antiseptic), Baking Soda, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, this unique cream formula will not only provide relief from insect bites but also helps to prevent infections. Being a cream just makes it that much easier to apply directly to the bite area and helps it to stay put on the insect bite. With ingredients that grandma used in her home, After Bite® Kids™ is today’s convenient, ready-to-apply relief from insect bites. Not only a salve for the pain and irritation associated with insect bites, After Bite® Kids™® is also effective at relieving other minor skin irritations.

After Bite® Kids™ will be a must-pack item for any parent with children on the go this summer. Available in an easy-to-apply .7 oz tube, After Bite® Kids™ (MSRP$3.99) fits perfectly in the first aid kit, medicine cabinet, glove box, tackle box and backpack.

ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Lantern -- Camping Just Got Better

ThermaCELL, manufacturer of the only portable, butane-operated, area mosquito repellent, offers an attractive upright lantern that provides not only unmatched protection from insects, but ambient outdoor lighting as well.  No more swatting, no more lotions or sprays, and no need to buy expensive bug tents: the ThermaCELL Lantern is up to 98% effective at warding off mosquitoes, black flies, and no-see-ums.

The ThermaCELL Lantern is silent and odor free, has no messy wax, and turns off automatically if accidentally tipped over.  It operates on a single butane cartridge, which heats a mat releasing Allethrin, an insect repellent that is a synthetic copy of pyrethrin, a natural insecticide found in the pyrethrum flower, creating a 15 x 15–foot comfort zone.  Each mat contains enough repellent for four hours of protection and each butane cartridge will operate the unit for 12 hours.

The Lantern is available in a standard clear, as well as a mood version that provides a vivid, ever-changing “color show” of rainbow light.  The Mood Lantern is best viewed in low-light conditions and adds ambiance to any patio, deck or campsite. 

The Mood Lantern can be used as a Mosquito Repellent Lantern, as a Mood Lantern, or as both at the same time.  The “color show” uses a proprietary battery-operated LED unit imbedded in the base of the lantern and is activated by pressing the “ON” button on the bottom of the unit. The zone of mosquito protection is activated by inserting a butane cartridge and repellent mat and lighting the lantern.

The Lantern comes with one butane cartridge and three repellent mats.  The Mood Lantern comes with one butane cartridge, three repellent mats, and 4 batteries.  Both lanterns are 8.5” tall and 5” in diameter at the widest point. MSRP is $24.99 for clear and $29.99 for the Mood Lantern.  Both are available at mass merchants, hardware stores, and outdoor retailers.

ThermaCELL, a division of The Schawbel Corporation of Bedford, Massachusetts, utilizes patented technology to create cordless, portable appliances powered by replaceable butane cartridges. 

For more information on ThermaCELL’s complete line of products call 1-8-NO-SKEETERS.  For retail locations visit www.thermacell.com. 

ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent System

I'm off to Florida where I'll be camping and kayaking. One thing I won't forget to take with me is Thermacell's new Mosquito Repellent System because, no matter who I'm with, I'm always the one who gets bitten - even through my clothing! With this unique butane-operated mosquito repellent system, I no longer have to use smelly sprays, greasy lotions, or cumbersome netting -- because not only is it highly-effective, but it's small, portable, and fits neatly into a pack or vest pocket.

The unit, which operates on a single butane cartridge, heats a mat releasing Allethrin, an insect repellent that is a synthetic copy of pyrethrin, a natural insecticide found in the pyrethrum flower. Each mat contains enough repellent for four hours of protection and each butane cartridge will operate the unit for 12 hours. The odorless 4.5 x 4.5 meter comfort zone offers up to 98% effective protection against mosquitoes, blackflies, and other biting insects. With the click of a button, ThermaCell is on and repelling these nasty insects, and the complete comfort zone is created in under 10 minutes.

This must-have, especially if you're tired of scratching those horrible, itchy bites, unit has been used by professionals around the world, including the U.S. Army in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, and has been approved by the PRMA for safety and effectiveness. The unit is available in Olive, Grey, or Woodland Camouflage, and the suggested retail price is $21.99 for Olive or Grey, and $24.99 for Woodland. The unit measures 19 cm x 7.6 cm x 3.8 cm at the top, and 19 cm x 3.8 cm x 3.8 cm at the bottom, and weighs only 6.4 ounces with a full butane cartridge.

For more information on this and ThermaCELL's complete line of products, call 781-541-6900, or for retail locations, check web site www.thermacell.com.

Thermacell Introduces Team Realtree Mosquito Defense System

The world’s most effective area insect repellent is now available in the world’s most effective camo pattern--REALTREE® Hardwoods Green HD™.  With the announcement of a new Team REALTREE ThermaCELL® mosquito repellent unit, this important tool can blend in just as well as all your other hunting gear.  

The ThermaCELL system creates a 15 x 15-foot zone of protection that is up to 98% effective against mosquitoes and other biting insects.  REALTREE, a highly regarded brand in the outdoor industry, produces some of the most realistic and recognized camouflage patterns on the market.  With ThermaCELL now available in REALTREE Hardwoods Green HD, not only is the repellent undetectable to game, so is the unit. 

The unit operates on a single butane cartridge, which heats a mat releasing Allethrin, a synthetic copy of a naturally occurring insect repellent.  Each mat contains enough repellent for four hours of protection, and each butane cartridge will operate the unit for 12 hours.  

The REALTREE ThermaCELL appliance , MSRP $29.99, measures 7.5” long and 1.5” thick, and is 3” wide at the top, 1.5” at the bottom.   It weighs a mere 6.4 ounces with a full butane cartridge. 

ThermaCELL, a division of The Schawbel Corporation of Bedford, Massachusetts, utilizes patented technology to create cordless, portable appliances powered by replaceable butane cartridges. 

For more information on ThermaCELL’s complete line of products call 1-8-NO-SKEETERS.  For retail locations visit www.thermacell.com.

ThermaCELLHolster Available in Team Realtree Hardwoods Green

ThermaCELL®, manufacturer of the world's only butane-operated, area insect repellent, offers a convenient way to transport the popular appliance in and out of the woods - the ThermaCELL Holster. This convenient holster, previously only available in Olive Green, is now available in Team REALTREE® Hardwoods Green.

The Team REALTREE Holster is constructed of heat resistant 600D polyester with two polyurethane coatings and a water resistant coating making it durable and water resistant. The holster snugly fits around the standard size ThermaCELL appliance, has two side pouches to carry additional butane cartridges and repellent pads, has a nylon-webbing strap with a quick release snap for ease of attachment, and new for the Team REALTREE version, a nylon-webbing belt loop. The Holster offers a hands-free method of transporting the ThermaCELL appliance and also enables the user to securely attach the appliance to a tree stand or boat.

ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent creates an odorless 15 x 15-foot zone of protection that is up to 98% effective in repelling mosquitoes and other biting insects. The appliance operates on a single butane cartridge, which heats a mat releasing allethrin, an insect repellent that is a synthetic copy of a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemum flowers. Each mat contains enough repellent for four hours of protection and each butane cartridge will operate the unit for 12 hours. MSRP for the Team REALTREE Holster is $12.99.

ThermaCELL, a division of The Schawbel Corporation of Bedford, Massachusetts, utilizes patented technology to create cordless, portable appliances powered by replaceable butane cartridges.

For more information on ThermaCELL's complete line of products or store locations please visit www.thermacell.com or call 1-8-NO-SKEETERS (866-753-3837).

Don't Bug Me

Don’t Bug Me! Skin Patch Provides Effective All-Natural Insect Repellent and Protection for Up To 36 hours; DEET-free and Safe for Children

 Don’t let mosquitoes or other pesky bugs take a bite out of you this summer.  While bug bites are often seen as a necessary evil of outdoor activity, statistics show that these bites can also be dangerous – leading to increased incidence of West Nile, Encephalitis and Lyme disease and even illnesses such as Malaria acquired through international travel.  And then there’s the annoying itching, swelling and redness that also occur when a nasty bug takes a bite out of your skin.

Just in time for summer, the Don’t Bug Me! insect repellent patch offers a first of its kind solution -- a transdermal skin patch that delivers a combination of protective Vitamin B1 and aloe combination throughout the body. One patch protects against bites from pesky, disease-carrying mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, chiggers, sand fleas and no seeums for up to 36 hours.

Concerns about increased prevalence of West Nile, Encephalitis and Lyme disease in the United States and also exposure to Malaria and other diseases have helped fuel sales of insect repellent, up over 30 percent since 2001. The potential of disease, coupled with concerns about the possible side effects of DEET, have led a growing number of consumers, particularly parents, searching for insect repellents that work but have low or no toxicity.  This summer, the Don’t Bug Me! Patch may provide the answer.

Vitamin B1 is the key effective ingredient in Don’t Bug Me! Patch, and when applied to the skin, provides protection from biting insects.  The thiamine-based formula is absorbed into the bloodstream through the transdermal delivery of the Don’t Bug Me! Patch.  Excess B1 is then secreted through the body’s pores, creating an odor that is almost undetectable to humans, but offensive to mosquitoes.  This odor forms a protective barrier around the body that shields the user from mosquitoes and other biting insects.  Aloe, the other active ingredient, accelerates the absorption of the B1 and serves as an anti-inflammatory, and in the event of a rare bite — it helps reduce the reaction, particularly for those who are sensitive to mosquito bites.

Don’t Bug Me! Patch offers the following positive attributes as compared to messy sprays, lotions or towelettes:

Early testing with select Boy Scout groups, members of the U.S. Army and professionals who spend their days working outside in bug-infested areas has brought in rave reviews about the effectiveness of Don’t Bug Me! Patch More specifically:

·       EODT, a security company for the U.S. government while helping to rebuild Iraq used the patches and re-ordered when they realized the patch works against sand fleas, a larger problem than mosquitoes in Iraq.

·       More than 30 soldiers in the U.S. Army tried the product while in the deep woods near the Arkansas river and found they were effective during their three-week stay in the chigger infested woods.  They reported NO bites from mosquito, chiggers, or ticks.

The Don’t Bug Me! Patch received the Most Innovative Product Award at the Natural Products Expo East Show in October 2006.  At the same show, Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert of The Today Show and Jeff Nibbler from SPINS highlighted the product’s “wonderful innovation.”  

The Don’t Bug Me! Patch is available at natural food stores and major retailers nationwide.  The product comes in a five-pack for a suggested retail price of $4.99 and a 10 pack for a suggested retail price of $7.99.

For more information on where to buy, visit www.dontbugmepatch.com

Therapik

Therapik -- The New Way to Temporarily Relieve Pain and Itch from Insect Stings and Bites

I tried this new product that the company advertises as clinically proven, drug-free relief in 30 seconds and is reusable. And, I found that it works and works well in about 20-30 seconds. It is said to also work on the painful stings of bees and wasps. Based on a very simple, scientifically proven principal, Therapik's soothing heat temporarily relieves the pain and itching by increasing localized blood flow to the affected area.

The directions are simple: Make certain the area is dry and remove all moisture with a tissue. Then, immediately after the bite or sting, place the round red applicator tip gently onto the surface of the skin where you were bitten or stung. To acitivate, press and hold the large blue activation button. Keep the button pressed as long as the heat is bearable onto the skin. The average application time is 20 to 30 seconds or more. If you feel the heat may be burning your skin, stop the treatment immediately. If the application feels too hot, you may be applying too much pressure keeping it applied too long. the gentle placement on the treatment area, I found, allows for a comfortable thermal therapy treatment. If symptoms persist, Therapik may be applied multiple times until relief is obtained. Wait at least 60 seconds between each application.

Therapik is powered by a 9-volt battery, not included with the purchase. The product is guaranteed for one year replacement guarantee under normal operating conditions.

For more information contact the manufactuer, Jenex Corporation, Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7L 5K6 or the distributor, More Power 2 U, Sales and Service Department, 4638 N. Hiatus Road, Sunrise, FL 33351; 954-578-6909.

GERM PROTECTION

GermBloc Products Will help Keep You Safe

If you touch something that someone else has handled, you are possibly leaving yourself open to germs, that can lead to serious infections - especially if you get scratches or cut. But don't worry, there's lots you can do to protect yourself. Germ Block makes antimicrobial Nanotechnology against bacteria - whether you're enjoying archery or traveling.

The company's hand Sanitizer Lotion is alcohol-free, won't chap or dry hands, provides protection for 3-4 hours and is non-flamable. Germ Bloc's Antimicrobial keeps high-touch areas clean (like bathrooms, water fountains, etc.) clean and bacteria-free, is non-toxic when dry and EPA-approved to provide 90 day protection against bacteria on treated surfaces.

Everthing is packaged in compact sizes, great for your pocket or sports case - and GermBloc's Hand Sanitizer Lotion and Foam is in a non-greasy formula that leaves hands soft and germ-free with protection for 3 to 4 hours. It is also alcohol-free, non-fammable, with 7 moisturizers, 2 vitamins and 6 botanical extracts and antioxidants plus it's made with 98% natural ingredients.

The company's other useful products include Hand & Skin Cream that will repair your hard working hands with its 4 moisturizers, 4 antioxidants, 4 vitamins and 6 botanical extracts --- Hand Repair Creams -- Laundry Rinse - great for creating a germ-free barrier on your clothes; UltraHand Soap, and much more.

For more information on GermBloc products, check web site www.germbloc.com or e-mail at info@geermbloc.com. The address is WillSpeed Technology, 2121 East Plaza Loop, Nampa, ID 83687

KNIVES

Leatherman Knives

Leatherman Juice KF4 Multi-Tool

Although recently retired, the Juice Kf4 is still available for sale on-line and is one I've used many times. Its luminescent outer panels of yellow or gray anodized aluminum enclose pliers, wire cutters, and four screwdrivers, as well as a saw, awl, and diamond-coated file. The Kf4 gives you a choice of a straight knife blade or serrated. With a slightly thicker size, it also provides a handy ruler and comes with a lanyard attachment. You can find it in "Storm" Gray and "Solar" yellow, with a polycarbonate or leather case, sold separately, and the body is stainless steel.

The Kf4, covered by the Leatherman 25-year warranty, measures • 2.6 in | 6.60 cm (blade length) • 3.25 in | 8.25 cm (closed), and is 5.5 oz | 165 g

HI Mountain

Hi Mountain's Jerky Knife

Hi Mountain says that its new Jerky Knife is a 'Cut Above the Rest.' After testing this knife for cutting jerky, I can honestly say that it is, indeed, a cut above the rest. Not only that, but I also tried cutting fish, veggies and meat with it and am totally impressed.

The nine-inch razor-sharp 420 stainless steel blade ensures superior edge retention and durability for literally decades of use. The knife is  ergonomically designed with a five inch rubberized Kraton handle that  provides a no-slip grip for comfort during long periods of slicing and dicing. Ideal for making the perfect slices of jerky, this knife can also be used for slicing and dicing just about anything you serve in your kitchen.  With a suggested retail of only $9.98, this is one utensil your kitchen can‚t afford not to have.

For additional information, write: Hi Mountain Seasonings, 1000 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501; call toll-free 1-800-829-2285; or visit the company website at www.himtnjerky.com.

LIGHTING - Flashlights/Spotlights & More

BROWNING FLASHLIGHTS

On Point Flashlights From Browning

The 90° angle head design of the new On Point and On Point Max gives users a new way to use a flashlight. The design allow the lights to stand vertically on a level surface and features a deep pocket carry clip that rotates 360° for hands free use.

The On Point Flashlight has a 95 yard effective distance, uses one AA battery and
features a Cree XP-E LED light. The On Point Max Flashlight has an effective range
of 130 yards, uses two CR123A lithium batteries and features a Cree XP-G LED light.
Both On Point lights have a High, Low and Fast strobe output setting. To keep the
lights on, they feature a lockout tailcap switch.

Both lights are made from aircraft grade aluminum and have an unbreakable lens.
The On Point lights are waterproof and are submersible to three feet of water for
30 minutes. The lights also feature a soft rubber lens ring and tailcap ring and
lanyard hole.

Suggested Retail Price:

On Point $78.00

On Point Max $118.00

For more information on all of Browning's innovative products, visit www.browning.com

Browning Crossfire Flashlight

Light up the darkness with the new Browning Crossfire Flashlight. This powerful little flashlight has the same power and distance as a flashlight that uses 2-CR123 lithium batteries but uses two standard AA batteries. Housed in a rugged lightweight polymer body and unbreakable LED bulb, the Crossfire Flashlight is ready for any outdoor adventure.

On High setting, the Crossfire Flashlight 125 lumen brightness reaches out to 100 meters and has a run time of 3 hours. The Crossfire will run for 24 hours on low setting and reaches out to 25 meters. The lockout tail cap helps keep the Crossfire from being turned on accidently. The crossfire also has an O-ring seal making it water resistant.

Available at sporting goods stores and on-line at a suggested retail price of $31.99. 

DAVIS INSTRUMENTS

Versatile Mega-Lights Consume Little Power

Dependable light goes a long way to ensure safety, security and comfort onboard or outdoors. Because of limited battery capacity on vessels and RVs, minimal power draw is a must to keep a light shining. Requiring a miniscule 0.11 amp, Mega-Lights from Davis Instruments can run 12 hours on one amp-hour of 12V power.
Also capable of operating continuously for more than 700 hours on a 12V, 80 amp-hour battery, three Mega-Light models offer multiple features and functions. All feature a bulb that draws just 0.11 amp, roughly 1/10 of an amp, that's visible for two miles when used as an anchor light. Also included is a easily interchangeable, brighter bulb for reading or use as a cockpit or interior light. It draws a mere 0.32 amp, or 1/3 amp.

Convenient and versatile, Mega-Lights are great for marking boats, reading and close-work, inspecting an engine, fishing at night or preparing a campfire meal. The waterproof, dual-function Fresnel lens projects light visible up to two nautical miles. When hung upside-down, the clear 1:1 lens provides area lighting to illuminate decks, cockpits and campgrounds.

A built-in light sensor on the Mega-Light Utility and Masthead models automatically turns the light on at dusk and off at dawn to provide security while owners are away. Unlike inexpensive yard lights, Mega-Lights are completely sealed and won't corrode in saltwater air. Their incandescent bulbs also react more quickly to sensors than LEDs as twilight descends.

The Mega-Light Utility features a new energy-efficient circuit board. It comes with 15' of heavy-duty cord and plugs into a 12V lighter socket. The featherweight light hangs from an adjustable, triangular bracket. Easily installed on a masthead, interior wall, cockpit or bulkhead, Mega-Light Masthead comes fastened to an L-shaped stainless steel bracket. A 12" pigtail simplifies wiring directly into the power source. Along with the two incandescent bulbs, Mega-Light Ultimate Cockpit Light features a red and yellow LED controlled by a waterproof push button. Six modes include steady white, red or yellow as well as blinking and alternating flashing red and yellow. Myriad uses include vessel identification, reading charts at night or creating ambience while entertaining aboard. It comes with 15' of heavy-duty cord, a 12V socket plug-in and sturdy hanger. The LEDs are guaranteed for more than 100,000 hours.

A spare Mega-Light works well in the car for emergencies or for loading and unloading at night. These powerful little lights are perfect stocking-stuffers or for giving on any occasion.

Suggested retail pricing for the Davis Instruments Mega-Light starts at $49.99.
Contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. 510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188. nfo@davisnet.com; www.davisnet.com.

LARSON ELECTRONICS

Magnalight.com by Larson Electronics Announces Release of 6 Watt LED Light with Highly Adjustable Magnetic Mount

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight has announced the release of an LED work light equipped with a 20 inch long bendable goose-neck and double ball joint magnetic mounting system. Designed to provide extreme adjustability for applications where getting a light placed exactly where it is needed is difficult, the LED6W-GNM high output LED light emitter can be attached to any ferrous metallic surface and set to an almost infinite range of positions. Producing as much light as a 50 watt halogen lamp, this high output LED light provides  a high quality flood of clean white light and is ideal for work and temporary lighting applications where the precise mounting and positioning a light important.

The LED6W-GNM LED High Output LED Light Emitter on Double Ball Joint with Magnetic Base from Larson Electronics’ Magnalight provides operators with an extremely adjustable lighting solution that offers the high quality illumination of LEDs coupled with the versatility of a magnetic mounting system. Consisting of a 6 watt LED light head mated to a 20 inch long bendable goose-neck with double ball joint and 100lbs grip magnetic base, this LED light can be attached to any metallic surface that will accept a magnet, then adjusted through a wide range of positions to provide the best illumination possible in difficult to reach places. The bendable goose-neck on this light can be bent into any position desired and will hold that position until the operator moves the unit again. A double ball joint located at the base of the goose-neck provides an additional 360 degrees of rotation and 180 degrees of tilt/pivot. A 100lbs magnetic base rounds out this unique mounting system and allows machinery operators to light work areas, or place this unit underneath vehicle hoods, attach it to metal tank walls, or anywhere a ferrous metallic surface is available so you can position the light into exactly the right placement for optimal lighting of the workspace. The LED light head on this unit can operate with 120 to 220 VAC without the need for a power transformer and produces as much light as a 50 watt halogen lamp, but without the associated heat and fragility of an incandescent glass light bulb. This unit is waterproof, shock and impact resistant and able to withstand the rigors of outdoor use with an ABS plastic housing and a polycarbonate lens to protect the LED lamp assembly from damage. A standard cord with straight blade plug provides simple connection to any standard wall outlet or extension cord. This high output LED light is ideal for work, home, commercial, and industrial applications where a highly adjustable and powerful light is needed that won’t fall over or burn the operator if he accidentally touches it.

“The LED6W-GNM is a high powered LED goose neck light with magnetic base, which makes it ideal as a machine light or temporary task light for industrial environments,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com. “The long flexible neck and adjustable base enables operators to position the light right where it is needed.”

Magnalight by Larson Electronics carries a comprehensive line of LED lights, LED light bars, LED work lights and LED spotlights and continually expands its LED light inventory. Visit Magnalight.com to view the entire line of Magnalight LED lights or call them at 1-800-369-6671 or 1-214-616-6180 for international inquiries to discuss purchasing and special ordering requirements.

LEATHERMAN PRODUCTS

P7.2 LED FLASHLIGHT

This light is one of the most popular LED flashlights on the market today, and Leatherman has updated and upgraded both features and technology in its new P7.2 for the best possible light experience.

The P7.2 flashlight with 320 lumens has simple to remember high/low/off settings, and features the Advanced Focus System™ to quickly cast a far-off spot, or close up spill light for reading. Extremely durable anodized aluminum casing surrounds the four AAA batteries needed to power this impressively bright light, enhanced by a new CREE® LED chip.

The all-new P7.2, with a suggested retail price of $76, is the perfect combination of size, power, reliability and easy-to-use operation – great for camping, hunting, hiking, walking the dog, work and more.

• LENGTH: 5.12 in | 13 cm
• WEIGHT: 6.17 oz | 175 g
• BATTERY TYPE: 4 x AAA
• RECHARGEABLE: no
INCLUDES:
Lanyard
Sheath

WARRANTY

Leatherman takes extraordinary measures so your LED LENSER product will give you many years of dependable service. If it doesn't, the company will gladly repair or replace it, at its discretion, with one of equal or greater value under the 5-year guarantee. This warranty does not cover abuse, alteration, theft, loss, or unauthorized and/or unreasonable use of your LED LENSER product. This warranty does not cover sheaths, accessories, imprinting, or color finishes.

TECHNOLOGY
Advanced Focus System™
Dynamic Switch
Modular System
Matte "Frozen Black" Texture
Improved Rapid Focus
Redesigned Switch

ADVANCED FOCUS SYSTEM™
Traditionally, light-focusing systems have consisted of either a lens, or a reflector. The Advanced Focus System (AFS) is the patented combination of a reflector AND lens to create a light system that provides both a focused beam for long-distance and a homogenous spill-beam for up-close reading. AFS means whether you’re reading a map up close or focusing down the path to a landmark in the distance, your light will be easy on the eyes, clear and bright.

For more information contact web site www.ledlenserusa.com

PAKLITE

Amazing New Light -- Paklite

Do you know of a light source that---

·      does not require any kind of fuel?

·      has no mechanical parts?

·      can be rolled, folded or submerged in water or frozen?

·      can light-up a 5 man tent, yet weigh less than 4 ounces?

·      will last forever?

I found there is such a light, and it's called the Paqlite. The product was first targeted to the hunting and camping markets and has been tested as the Uncle Vernon Paqlite™ by the Hunting & Fishing Clubs of America operated by the North America Media Group (Minneapolis, MN during the 1st quarter of 2011 ---- and most importantly the product has now received both clubs’ Seals of Approval as a product that meets its expectations and is a good value for the consumer.

“This “Amazing New Light” was then recently introduced to the emergency preparedness market at the 2011 Super Emergency Preparedness Show (Utah Valley University-Orem, Utah).  The response was truly amazing . . . ,” states Steve Nagel founder and President of 4EverLight International, Inc. a Montrose, Colorado based company.  “Many attendees purchased on Friday and then came back and purchased more on Saturday---needless to say we ran out of product by Saturday evening and shipped back-orders the following week.”

“Creating a renewable energy based light is quite a break through as the material has been used for many years in various applications such as watch lighting to toy glow Frisbees®, but never taken to function as truly a new light source,” states Nagel. The product is not a light bulb or a flashlight, but provides light at no cost for users to use in their surroundings or markers in dark situations.  The unique packaging allows you to roll it up, fold it, or place it flat in a backpack, tent or sleeping bag for anyone that is camping, enjoying the outdoors, or making preparations for future emergencies. Just great for other spaces that need light—even a night light for kids.  The newest form is in a tube (Uncle Vernon’s Tooblite™) to provide a new type of light stick that you never dispose of and is also great for kids as a play in the dark light.

You can checkout the Company’s website www.uvpaqlite.com and see the product in video.

For more information contact Steve Nagel--4EverLight International, Inc.  59645 Mancos Lane, Montrose, CO 81403;  303-907-2194 

PiSAT's

PISAT'S New K Light

Great in an emergency or lighting up the tent, this light -- usable as a flashlight or lantern -- retails for $49.95 and available at web site www.pisatsolar.com and select retail stores, this light functions as a lantern or flashlight, has a removable cap, 1:1 charging (one hour of light for one hour of charge. It is highly water resistant, has 120 Lumens and two power settings - low and high. Packaged in a safe, durable case with handles that rotate 360 degrees, locking every 30 degrees for 12 different positions. It comes with 16 bright white LEDs (100,000 hours of light), is rechargeable, has 7.2 volt, 1.6 Ahr, a•NiMH battery said to last more than 3000 charges, with a lifespan of ten years (full daily use), and lifetime (recreational and/or emergency use) Furthermore, the 1.5 watt solar panel is unbreakable, lightweight at approximately 22 ounces, and is compliant with regulations for restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS compliant).

About the company: PiSAT Solar, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was founded by four individuals who share a common passion for improving the quality of life for the world's most challenging environments. They believe in renewable energy and the K light, small and rugged, is the company's first commercially available product - and is one of the only solar-powered light emitting diode (LED) lanterns available in the world today. The light is perfect not only for use in and out of cars, but for outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, boating and as an emergency light and is designed to be used either as a flashlight or lantern.

For more information go to web site www.pisatsolar.com or e-mail info@pisatsolar.com.

STREAMLIGHT

Streamlight's Stylus Flashlight

One of the best flashlights on the market right now - whether you need it inside your house if the power goes out, while on vacation, or searching for a lost contact lens - is the Streamlight  Company’s Stylus™ . Its beam can be seen for more than a mile away; it’s equipped with a high-intensity green LED bulb that lasts up to 100,000 hours; has an ultra-slim penlight design capable of delivering low-level lighting to preserve night vision; and its dual switching capability between momentary blink and constant ‘on’ operation offers flexibility in application. For user convenience, it features a pocket clip that can attach to a hat or jacket for quick accessibility (great for spelunkers or if you’re trying to fix a flat tire in the dark) and a non-slip grip for easy handling even in wet conditions. Operational for over 10 continuous hours, the Stylus boasts a waterproof, machined aluminum casing that’s virtually indestructible and, at 6.2 inches and 1.1 ounces, it comes complete with three AAAA alkaline batteries and a lifetime warranty on the body and switch.

Available at sporting goods and hardware stores. For more information, call Streamlight at 800-523-7488 or check web site www.streamlight.com.

LARSON ELECTRONICS

Magnalight.com Adds More Powerful LED Infrared Flood Lights and Spot Lights

Larson Electronics’ magnalight.com offers several new infrared LED emitter lights for military, security and commercial applications. Ranging from ultra-compact infrared LED trailing lights and grill lights to 240 watt infrared LED light emitters for the military MRAP, MATV and HUMVEE vehicles, magnalight.com continues to develop new infrared LED lights that feature low amp draw and high light energy output.

Larson Electronics’ magnalight.com added several new infrared LED flood lights and spotlights. Ranging from single 3 watt LED IR emitters to 240 watt LED infrared lights, magnalight.com offers a variety of configurations to suit a multitude of applications.

The two latest additions come at either end of the size spectrum, with the LEDLB-80X2-VIR infrared LED MRAP light at 240 watts and 14,400 lumens and the LEDLB-1-IR 2 inch square infrared LED light with 180 lumens output. The 240 watt infrared LED emitter light can be configured with all infrared LEDs or 2 rows of visible light and 2 rows of infrared light. With separate power connections for the visible and covert lighting, military personnel can attach one power lead to their black out systems on the MRAP and MATV military vehicles. When they go into black out mode, the visible lighting will be cut, but 7200 lumens of infrared lighting will continue to illuminate the surroundings with night vision support. Measuring approximately 21 inches long, 5 inches high and 3 inches deep, the LEDLB-80X2-VIR can be configured for infrared 850nm or 940nm.

Like the larger sibling, the LEDLB-1-IR can also be configured for 850nm or 940nm wavelength infrared LEDs. Measuring 2 inches by 2 inches by 2 inches, the LEDLB-1-IR infrared emitter is applicable as an infrared grill light or infrared trailing light. Other applications include motorcycles, ATVs and other small off-road military vehicles. A special handlebar mount is now available the for the small infrared emitter light.

Larson Electronics’ magnalight.com offers a wide array of LED lighting, ranging from infrared LED lighting to visible LED lighting. Applications included explosion proof LED lights, handheld LED hunting lights, vehicle mounted infrared LED lights and a wide range of LED boat lights, LED engine room lights and underwater LED lights.

You can learn more about Larson Electronics’ LED lights at magnalight.com or contact 1-800-369-6671 (1-214-616-6180 international).

MAPS

MYTOPO.COM Releases A New Product -- A navigation-Ready TopophotoTM Map

Landowners and outdoor enthusiasts who have for years relied on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic map series now have a new option. MyTopo.com, an innovator in the mapping industry, has created a TopoPhotoTM map, which combines information from the reliable USGS topographic map with a recent color aerial photograph, creating a navigation-ready hybrid map.

"The TopophotoTM maps take the best available topographic data and aerial photographs and combines them to create a more updated map, which we think will replace or at least be a useful supplement to the aging USGS topo maps we have relied upon for years," said Toohill. The maps are available now to order via the company’s online ordering system, and, like the company’s other maps, can be centered any place in the US, printed on large sheets of waterproof or glossy paper, personalized with a name and title, and shipped to the customer’s doorstep within 24-48 hours.

The maps provide the ability to see the elevation contours, roads, buildings, and geographic features labeled on a color aerial photograph taken in 2003-2006. "The TopoPhotoTM maps reveal recent changes on the landscape, including vegetation and development, but they maintain the traditional reliability of the USGS topographic maps," added Toohill.

MyTopo.com specializes in providing an easy and convenient process for outdoor enthusiasts to order large-format printed maps, including topo maps, aerial photos, and the new TopophotoTM maps. Customers use a five step process to customize their maps online; the maps are printed and shipped within 24-48 hours. The ordering process allows the customer to center their map any place in the US, chose the map’s scale, provide a title, and personalize further with the map owner’s name. The maps can be printed in several size choices and on waterproof, glossy or laminated paper. They range in price from $9.95 to $59.95, depending on map type and paper size.

The new TopophotoTM maps are available in more than 25 states, with the remaining states becoming available over the next several months. Current customers can reorder previously ordered topo or aerial photo maps in the TopophotoTM format by logging into their accounts and selecting the option to "start a new map here." The TopophotoTM maps are available in all three sizes and paper types and start at $29.95.

MyTopo.com is a private company based in Billings, MT. The company sells maps directly via web site www.mytopo.com, and also resells its maps via many popular websites including Topozone.com, MapTech.com, Cabelas.com, Remington.com, Realtree.com, the Digital Map Store and many more mapping and outdoor-related sites.

To learn more about the company, visit www.mytopo.com or call 866-587-9015.

RV PRODUCTS

Minimus Kits/Care PackagesWelcome to the Kits / Care Packages page at Minimus.biz.

Even when camping in a huge motor home or trailer, space is needed - particularly when tent camping. Minimus Kits/Care Packages take up barely any space, yet are filled with necessities.

If a baby is on board, try the new Baby Care On the Go Kit - a great gift for expecting parents, too.

For the golf lover, two golf kits are sure to please. . . such as the Golfer Snack Kit and Hole-In-One Kit.

Other interesting kits, the Cold & Flu Care Package (great to send to a friend or family member under the weather as well as carry in your camper - just in case!)
 

For details, prices and ordering information, check web site www.minimus.biz

GREAT STUFF Insulating Foam Sealant

Remember those camping trips where everything seems to fall apart? The kind where rain leaks through the gap in the awning, mosquitoes find their way into the RV through a crack in the window frame or the seal on the waste water holding tank has seen btter days? The kind of trip that makes you ask yourself -- can this weekend in the great outdoors be saved?

What that kind of trip needs is a shot of GREAT STUFF! The insulating foam sealant formulated to fill gaps and cracks in the home where heat or cool air escapes, because it can keep lots of things sealed away on the road, too.

GREAT STUFF Pond and Stone, for instance, is designed to be used in decorative water features, but if moisture shedding bond and inconspicuous black color make it a perfect solution for sealing off that leaky awning. Your cozy RV won't be the buzz of bug-land any longer either with GREAT STUFF Window & Door. Its special flexible formula will seal off their entry while protecting the window frame from bowing with weather and atmosphere changes.

GREAT STUFF Gaps and Cracks will seal off that holding tank issue and leave the RV smelling like fresh air again rather than fresh, well, you know. And while you're at it, you can seal off all lthe gaps and cracks that let the chilly evening air in, so your RV makes a comfortable accommodation for a longer camping season. GREAT STUFF is a quick, easy and cost effective way to solve these and other problems in the great outdoors or, of course, at home.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $5.47 for the 12 oz. Gaps & Cracks; $5.47 for the 12 oz. size of Big Gap Filler, and $6.785 for the 12 oz. size of Window and Door GREAT STUFF. The product is available at home and hardware stores throughout the country.

Air Vents Need Not Be Eye Sores

Until now, airflow vents have often detracted from the stylish décor found in today's boats and RVs. Manufacturers' Select by ITC now offers attractive stainless steel vents to improve circulation anywhere on board, and add a stylish touch in the process.

Two sizes of the unobtrusive, easy-to-install vents measure 3" or 4" in diameter. Thanks to Manufacturers' Select patented friction fit, vents can be compressed into a 3.25" or 4.25" hole cutout, without the use of screws. The built-in hose attachment system eliminates the need for a hose clamp.

The vents are used by several boat and RV builders, in both forced-air and natural ventilation applications. The stainless steel clad is highly polished and corrosion-resistant. The vent body, in neutral gray plastic, becomes invisible after installation. The 3" model provides a net air flow of 4 sq. in. The 4" model's net air flow is 7 sq. in. ITC also supplies a selection of similar vents in both white and black plastic, using the same patented features.

Retail prices of the stainless steel vents from Manufacturers' Select by ITC are $15.50 for the 3" model, and $16.50 for the 4" version.

For more information, contact Manufacturers' Select by ITC, attention Patrick Weiss PO Box 8338, Holland, MI 49422-8338. 888-871-8860; Fax: 616-396-1152.

Water Repellent from Iosso Products

Unless an RV or motor home is used by a full-timer, it may sit for weeks or even months exposed to the elements, including wind-driven dirt and dust, snow, bird droppings, tree sap and acid rain. These factors can cause fabric become stained and mildewed, losing their water repellency while becoming dirty and unattractive. 
          
Water Repellent from Iosso Products is effective on all fabrics, restoring repellency and keeping them looking great. It protects from water, soils, oil and environmental pollutants. It also resists mildew and stains. Protected with Water Repellent, fabrics are easily kept clean and looking like new. 
          
The Water Repellent’s environmentally friendly formula is non-solvent and non-silicon. It will not attract dirt or change the look or feel of the fabric. Ideal for RV covers, the Water Repellent works on cushions, umbrellas, awnings, canopies, tarps and vinyl as well.
    
A 22-ounce spray bottle of Water Repellent can clean up to 25 square feet and retails for $16.48. A larger, one-gallon container covers 150 square feet and is available for $33.07. The company also offers a 32-ounce concentrate, which yields two gallons and costs $59.95. Iosso Products has been supplying quality, innovative and environmentally friendly products to OEMs and consumers for over 25 years. The company is a leader in marine, RV and outdoors markets.
     
For more information, contact Iosso Products, 1485 Lively Blvd. Elk Grove, IL 60007; 847-437-8400, or check web site www.iosso.com

Imagicor Panels Exotic Woods Give Luxurious Look to Luxury Coaches

Motor coach interior design styles are fully tuned into luxury and reflecting the refined taste of the vehicle’s owner. Choosing wood grains from exotic locales like Brazil or South Africa for paneling and trim work further enhances the luxurious feel owners demand in their vehicles. Imagicor panels by Designed Images, Inc. duplicate the unique patterns found in non-traditional hardwoods and remain long-lasting and easy to care for.

Even the names of the Imagicor panels sound exotic. Coach designers can offer choices like zebrawood, ebony, Madagascar ebony and mappa. The grain pattern in zebrawood is a subtle contrast between lighter and darker shades, while ebony provides a dark luster. Madagascar ebony is ebony's darker, richer cousin and mappa grains evoke an old world feel. No matter the taste or personality of the owner, Imagicor panels customize the look of any luxury motor coach.
Imagicor panels will withstand years of travel and use. They will not fade or discolor in direct sunlight and will not warp or discolor from exposure to moisture, so the panels can be used in the galley and in bathrooms. Should the surface become scratched, Imagicor is easily repaired by buffing with polishes found in auto stores.
Imagicor panels are available in various thicknesses of acrylic or polycarbonate and in 68 standard designs. Custom color matching is also available.

For more information, contact Designed Images, Inc., 10121 Stafford Rd., Unit C, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023; 440-708-2526; or check web site www.designedimages.net.

E-Z Snap Lubricant Keeps Zippers Free Flowing

Spending a lot of time outdoors means that zippers and snaps will inevitably become difficult to work with. E-Z Snap zipper and snap lubricant from Iosso Products reduces wear, friction and binding caused by water, tree sap, insects and more.

E-Z Snap protects snaps, zippers, hinges and hardware from the corrosion, dust and grime that makes these devices stick. Its non-hazardous formula does not contain any solvents, silicone or Teflon. It will not stain or damage surrounding fabric or surfaces. And it won't evaporate or run in hot weather. The lubricant from Iosso Products is also easy to use. RV owners simply clean the surface removing any sand, dirt or debris and put a small amount of E-Z Snap directly to the head of a snap, along a zipper or on the barrel of a hinge. It is easily distributed as the zipper or snap is used. To prolong the life and usability of zippers and snaps, RV enthusiasts should reapply E-Z Snap periodically and prior to storage periods.

Iosso Products has been supplying innovative and environmentally friendly products to the outdoor and RV markets for over 25 years. A 1.5 ounce tube of E-Z Snap sells for $5.46 retail.
     
For more information, contact Iosso Products, 1485 Lively Blvd. Elk Grove, IL 60007; 847-437-8400; or check web ite www.iosso.com.

Handy Storage Clamp Gets A Grip on Equipment

In an emergency, there's no time to search for a fire extinguisher that has rolled away or a flashlight that's been misplaced. Equipment large and small is easily and conveniently secured on a boat or RV with the inexpensive Quick Fist by Davis Instruments.

Quick Fist is a one-piece clamp made of heavy-duty transportation-grade rubber. It’s ideal for storing tools, boat hooks, hoses and extension cords. The Super Quick Fist firmly holds fire extinguishers, oxygen cylinders, CO2 tanks and other larger equipment.

Both models are easy to mount with #10 bolts or screws. To clamp, the strap is simply pulled and locked into place. The strap can face any direction and be trimmed for a neat appearance.

Quick Fist stands up to harsh conditions on water or the road. It is UV-resistant, withstands extreme temperatures, and won't rust or corrode.

The standard model holds smaller objects from 7/8" to 2-1/4" in diameter, weighing up to 22 lbs. For loads up to 50 lbs, the Super Quick Fist holds equipment from 2-1/2" to 7-1/2" in diameter.

The retail price of the standard Davis Quick Fist is $9.99 per pair. The Super Quick Fist retails for $9.99 each.

For more information, contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. 510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188. e-mail info@davisnet.com; or check web site www.davisnet.com.

SHOWERS

Super Sunshower II Flexible shower from Basic Designs by Stearns

Ever craved a hot shower after boating and camping, but were out in the wilderness? Now, take one anywhere, anytime, with the Super Sunshower II from Basic Designs by Stearns. It consists of an easy-to-store, flexible water container that, on a clear day, heats 60 degree water to 110 degrees or higher in 3 hours. It includes a liquid-crystal temperature indicator, displaying the shower’s water temperature in degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius. A built-in on/off flow control is on the showerhead.

Available at sporting goods dealers or by calling Stearns, Inc., 1100 Stearns Drive, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379; 800-697-5801.

SUNSCREENS

Coppertone Products

Coppertone Sunscreens Will Protect You from the Sun's Harmful Rays

Today, melanoma cases are on the increase - and is one of the major & deadliest Cancer killers. Be safe, apply sunscreen frequently, and stay out of the sun during peak hours. Coppertone makes various sunscreens to choose from depending on your outdoor activities and preferences, as follows:

Coppertone Sport AccuSpray Sunscreen

The company's Coppertone Sport AccuSpray Sunscreen is available in SPF 15, 30, 50, and 70 6 oz. continuous spray, and has a unique, patented technology that delivers a continuous spray you can control. Coppertone Sport sunscreens stay on strong when you sweat so they won't run into eyes and sting, while protecting skin during vigorous outdoor exercise. This first-to-market innovation from the #1 sport sunscreen brand provides an improved delivery solution designed to help reduce mess and waste through targeted sunscreen application.

According to the company, it is:

-- The only sunscreen product line with patented accurate spray technology

-- Continuous Spray Sunscreen you can control

-- High performance, durable formulas

-- Controlled application designed to reduce waste and mess

-- Stays on strong when you sweat; won't run into eyes ad sting

-- Water resistant (80 minutes)

-- Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection

It is available nationwide at food, drug and most internet retailers for the suggested retail price of $9.99.

Coppertone Sport Lip Balm SPF 30

This lip balm worked great while I was kayaking, feels good on my lips and does the job.

It is a convenient new lip offering from the #1 sport sunscreen brand and helps smooth and soften lips while providing broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

It is portable; photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection; and water resistant (80 minutes).

Coppertone Sport Lip Balm SPF 30 is available in 15 oz., and available nationwide at food, drug, mass and internet retailers for the suggested retail price of $2.99.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion

Available in SPF 30, 50, 80 and 100+. I especially liked the feel of this lotion which protected my skin during my kayaking with bright sun shining down. It didn't run into my eyes or sting and offered, according to the manufacturer, broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays and helped fortify skin's natural defenses by replenishing the antioxidants depleted during sun exposure.

It is water resistant for 80 minutes; photostable, broad spectrum, UVA/UVB protection, is enriched with replenishing antioxidants to help fortify skin's natural defenses and has a no slip grip.

Note: All Coppertone lotions and sprays with an SPF 15 or greater in stores today already meet the newly announced 2012 standard for 'broad spectrum' protection.

This product is available in SPF 30 and 50 in 8 oz. lotions; SPF 80 in 6 oz. lotion; and SPF 100+ in 4 oz. lotion. It is available nationwide at food, drug, mass and Internet retailers at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 55

The sunscreen in this stick stays on when you sweat and protects skin during outdoor activities year-round. It also offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays which can cause sun damage and burning.

It is water resistant for 80 minutes; is portable; photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and specially formulated to provide spot protection for sun exposed areas like the ears, nose and face.

Available in 0.6 oz, at nationwide food, drug mass and Internet retailers at the suggested retail price of $5.49.

Perfective Ceuticals

Perfective Ceuticals' Ultra-light Sunscreen SPR 40 with Titanium Dioxide Not Only Protects Skin, It Improves Appearance

No doubt you've read or heard from your physician how important it is to protect against skin damage - especially when you're outside your tent or camper. Perhaps you don't use a sunblock thinking it's cloudy out? Wrong. You can get severe skin damage even when the sun isn't shining. And, especially while camping when you're outdoors most of the time. Thankfully, Perfective Ceuticals has introduced its Ultra-light Sunscreen SPF 40 with Titanium Dioxide.

This proprietary formula, developed by Perfetive Ceuticals with the help of biochemists and doctors, not only provides protection against UVA and UVB rays, but it improves the texture and appearance of skin the more it's used, according to the company. Perfect to wear alone, over daily moisturizer or as an invisible makeup primer, this sunscreen can help reduce the size of noticeable pores.

Its beneficial ingredients inclufe:

-- Titanium Dioxide: An earth mineral used in sunscreens. Capable of creating a physical barrier to block both UVA and UVB

-- Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract: An herb used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-irritant.

-- Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate: A form of Vitamin C Ester. Works as a powerful antioxidant to prevent cellular aging by inhibiting the cross-linking collagen, oxidation of proteins and lipid percutaneous absorption and stability.

-- Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract: Has positive effects on improvement of noticeable pores, and improvement of skin elasticity.

Using an exclusive ultra-light technology, Perfective Ceuticals' Ultra-light Sunscreen SPF 40 with Titanium Dioxide glides on smoothly leaving the skin with a soft, non-grasy finish. It is non-comedogenic and fragrance-free.

This product retails for $36. For more details and to purchase, go to web site www.perfectiveceuticals.com.

About Perfective Ceuticals:

Perfective Ceuticals is allied with renowned biochemists, medical specialists and doctors in developing the finest and most advanced formulas to provide comprehensive solutions targeting the aspects of skin aging. The company addresses the importance of complimenting cutting edge science with naturally derived ingredients and century old methods that have proven results.

TENTS

Coleman's New Weathermaster Elite Lighted Tent with Industry's First Hinged Door

Coleman has introduced the industry's first hinged door, lighted tents, as part of its 19-model catalog lineup for 2007, adding to the level of convenience and amenities families can enjoy while camping. Seven new models make their debut, including two with the new patent-pending hinged door and innovative lighting system features. Additionally, two of the new tents come with the lighting system, and another comes with the hinged door. One existing tent -- the American Heritage Coleman tent - has been updated to include the hinged door.

The 17x9 Screened Weathermaster Elite tent includes Coleman's new, state-of-the-art tent lighting system, which also is patent pending, and its unique hinged door technology. The hinged door includes a rigid pole frame support structure that is easy to install and take down. It allows the door to be swung open and closed. An overlapping door flap helps prevent insect entrance when the door is closed and held in place with hook and loop fasteners. It also can be zipped tightly closed.

The integrated lighting system, which provides a bright, useful light and not just ambience illumination, is powered by an eight D-cell battery pack. A replaceable 15-watt spiral fluorescent tube produces enough light to read by at night. It can be turned on and off with a push-button remote control from up to 50 feet away, or by using the backlit switches located at the light fixture and the battery pack. Two settings provide brightness options with more than 16 hours of run time on the low setting and 12 to 14 hours of run time on high.

The screened Weathermaster Elite tent features sleeping quarters with a strong, steel-pole cabin frame plus a large screened room with more than six feet of headroom throughout. The open Cool-0Air port allows increased ventilation via bottom-to-top airflow. The tent also has a weatherproof electrical port, two privacy windows with extra ceiling mesh for maximum airflow and multiple gear pockets for storing gear. It also includes Coleman's exclusive six-feature WeatherTec sysem, with its: "Keeps You Dry....Guaranteed" promise.

The new Coleman Screened Weathermaster Elite tent is available at the suggested retail price of $199.99.

TIPS

Inspire Tech Savvy Children to Love the Great Outdoors 

Camping & Education Foundation guides parents on unplugging and reconnecting 

Parents remember childhood as a time when they ran around outside making up games with friends. Passing a love of the great outdoors on to your kids can be difficult to do when it seems like you are always busy. Today’s generation of children are more likely to be found sitting with their faces glued to a laptop, tablet or phone screen than running around outside. While these devices can be necessary for getting homework done and supplementing classroom learning with extra tutoring, a study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers. Other research suggests that screen time can have lots of negative effects on kids, ranging from childhood obesity and irregular sleep patterns to social and/or behavioral issues. For parents who care deeply about the natural world, it can be challenging to pass this love on to their children. 

The Camping & Education Foundation has developed programming at its summer camps that unplugs kids, freeing them from email, social media and gaming for the summer to jumpstart the kid’s starved development of independence, self-worth and other life skills. Parents can mimic this same experience at home and enhance children’s love for the natural world by following these simple tips: 

·       Get children outside as much as possible: When out and about with your kids, try to get them out in nature as much as possible. This may include doing the following: sitting outside at restaurants, with weather permitting you can walk to destinations, or plan family hikes at nearby hiking trails. 

·       Point out the beauty of nature: When you are outside with your children, point out all the great things that can be found in nature. By showing kids things such as weird plants or cool looking birds, parents are engaging their kids learning of the natural world. 

·       Books on the great outdoors: It is important for children to be reading. Try incorporating books about the outdoors or try reading books that have a diverse or interesting setting in nature. 

·       Kick them out of the house: Kids today often want to play indoors (where the electronics are); they say there’s “nothing to do outside.” Insist that they play outside—but also, give them the freedom to roam around within boundaries appropriate for their ages, so they can explore and stretch their imagination. 

·       Get help from an expert.  At a certain age parents just are not cool anymore. Rather than trying to explain the perks of nature to a child who just finds you boring, take a trip and enlist the help of an expert at a local state or national park, arboretum or zoo. Give your child the opportunity to learn about the uniqueness and weirdness of nature from a park ranger or zoologist who can inspire their curiosity. 

·       Discover their interests. By asking your child and finding out what activities they may be interested in, you can appeal to their interests and give them a say in how they spend their time outside. For example, if your child enjoys climbing or biking, encourage these activities and help cater to their general interest.

·       Make an appointment with Mother Nature. Soccer and gymnastics practice, mom’s night out, school festivals and friend’s birthday parties all make it on the family calendar, why not make a date with Mother Nature as well? If you make the effort to block out time in your family’s busy schedule to spend time outdoors, you will be more likely to follow through on your goal. Be sure to leave all tech gadgets in the car or at home.

·       Plan a nature craft. Send the kids outside to collect pieces of nature that can be used in a craft. This could be leaves, pinecones, twigs, nuts, seashells or pebbles. Have them use the found treasures for a craft like building a “log cabin” bird house, decorating a picture frame or have them dip the items in paint and use them as stamps on paper to create one-of-a-kind artwork. 

·       Create a scavenger hunt. Have your kids invite friends over to play and organize a nature-inspired scavenger hunt. Set parameters on where the kids can go to find the items on their list. Then, break them into teams and send them out to race to complete their lists first. 

·       Organize a kid-friendly extreme nature race. Gather your kids and some of their friends and head to a park for a team-based competition. Set up stations where each child must complete a task to help the team finish the challenge and move on to the next one. For example, one challenge could be Twig Soccer. One team member has to pump air into a deflated soccer ball. Once that is accomplished, the second team member must dribble the ball with his or her hands to a nearby tree where the third team member is waiting with a stick that he or she must use to hit the ball to the finish line. 

·       Plan your summers with outdoors opportunities: Whether you plan a family trip to Yosemite or enroll your child in a summer camp that focuses on the natural world, just plan to get them outside. Although your kids might fight you and declare their love for the new and popular theme park, show them that exploring and learning about the world is an adventure.

·       Plan a weekend camping trip. Spending a few days and nights in the outdoors can actually be simple to plan, even if your family isn’t an outdoorsy bunch. Retailers like REI rent camping equipment and if you don’t want to sleep on the ground, renting an RV costs about as much as a hotel stay. Remember to keep things simple your first time out. Try packing sandwiches or a meal that can be eaten cold like pasta salad and tackle cooking on a future trip.  

About The Camping and Education Foundation

The Camping and Education Foundation’s mission is to develop young men and women in body and spirit through wilderness experiences that celebrate a love of the outdoors. This mission is as strong today as it was ninety years ago when Camp Kooch-i-ching first opened its doors on Deer Island in Northern MN. The Camping and Education Foundation supports Camp Kooch-i-ching and Ogichi Daa Kwe, two of the premier summer wilderness camps in North America. For more information, visit web site www.campingedu.org. 

Fire Safety Tips

ENVIRO-LOG Offers Safety Tips to Help You Avoid Outdoor Cooking Accidents

As the days grow longer and the weather warms, activities are moving outdoors, including cooking. To keep those meals from going up in smoke, or worse, Enviro-Log®, Inc., a leader in eco-friendly products for home heating and outdoor activities, offers safety tips to help you avoid outdoor cooking accidents.

Grilling has become more popular than ever. The number of barbecue grills and smokers shipped to North American stores increased 41 percent from 1992 to more than 14 million units in 2012, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA). With an increasing number of people using grills, many of whom may be inexperienced, there’s a greater risk for accidents that can result in serious injury or property damage.

“Cooking outdoors has its risks, but they can be reduced by taking the right precautions and following safety procedures,” said Ross McRoy, president of Enviro-Log. “We urge people not to wait until after an accident has already happened to think about grilling safety. Please consider the following safety tips to help you avoid outdoor cooking accidents.”

Safety first. Never leave your grill or fire unattended and be sure to keep children and pets away from the fire and cooking area. Have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.

Read the Manual.  Not all grills are the same. Always read instruction manuals and consult the manufacturer about the proper use of your grill, firepit, or chiminea before use.

Select the proper location. The National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) said grills are the cause of 3,600 structure fires every year. Grills, fire pits, and chimineas should only be used outdoors and never in a trailer, tent, house, garage, covered porch or any enclosed area. They should be positioned at least 10 feet away from your house. In addition to creating a fire hazard, operating a grill, firepit or chiminea in an enclosed area can lead to the accumulation of carbon monoxide.

Stay out of the wind. Never operate your grill, firepit or chiminea in high winds. High winds can significantly increase the risk of flames spreading to nearby structures including your home.

Charcoal grills.  Never add lighter fluid or any other flammable liquids to a charcoal grill that has been lit. Doing so can result in flare ups that can travel several feet. Consider alternative firestarter products that offer a preselected start that can easily be extinguished. Always let your charcoal cool completely before moving your grill or leaving it unattended. When you are finished grilling, douse the coals or soak them in water before disposing them in a metal container.

Propane and natural gas grills.  The NFPA reported that five out of every six grill fires involve gas grills. To reduce the risk, always check for gas leaks every time you disconnect and reconnect the regulator to your propane tank. Never attach or disconnect a propane tank, or move or alter gas fittings when the grill is in operation or is hot. Never use a propane tank if it contains bulges, dents, gouges, corrosion, rust or other forms of visual external damage. Clean and perform general maintenance on your propane or natural gas grill twice a year. Always turn off the gas at the source (tank or supply line) prior to inspecting parts. Visually inspect hoses for abrasion, wear and leaks before each use. When lighting a gas grill, always keep the lid open to prevent a flash-off from gas build-up. Almost a third of gas grill injuries happen when the grill is being lit, according to the NFPA. Do not lean over the grill when igniting the burners or cooking. If the gas grill does not ignite on the first try, HPBA advises waiting five minutes for the gas to clear before trying again.

Campfires.  The U.S. Forest Service recommends using existing firepits and fire rings at campsites. Always follow your campsite fire guidelines. Never build a fire in hazardous, windy, or dry conditions, and keep campfires at least 15 feet away from tents, shrubs, trees (and low-hanging branches) and other flammable objects. Have a bucket of water and shovel nearby. Never cut branches from live trees, and only use material that is approved for use by your campsite. When finished with a campfire, be sure it is fully extinguished before abandoning it. Dousing it with water is preferred, but dirt and sand can also be used to mix up the embers until they are cooled.

For additional information on outdoor cooking and fire safety, please visit the following resources:
· www.nfpa.org – National Fire Protection Association Web site
· www.fs.fed.us – United States Forest Service Web site

About Enviro-Log, Inc. 
Enviro-Log® is an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company headquartered in Fitzgerald, Ga. Enviro-Log is the largest waxed cardboard recycler in North America and the third largest producer of manufactured firelogs in the U.S. Its firelogs are made of 100 percent recycled materials and burn cleaner than wood while providing 50 percent more heat per pound.  Enviro-Log Firelogs can be purchased at select national retail locations including Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, True Value, Rite Aid, Sears, Whole Foods, Walmart, Shaw’s, select Ace Hardware, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Weis Markets, Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Blain’s Farm & Fleet and many regional retailers throughout the U.S. Enviro-Log Firelogs are also available in Canada at Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Canadian Tire locations. Made from 100 percent recycled eco-friendly wax, Enviro-Log Firestarters offer an alternative to kindling, petroleum-based starter blocks, lighter fluids, and ethanol-based gels. Enviro-Log Firestarters are available at select retail locations throughout the United States, including Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide, Rite Aid, The Home Depot (Eastern Regions) and many regional grocery and hardware retailers such as Weis Markets, Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. More information on Enviro-Log can be found at www.enviro-log.net or by calling (866)343-6847. Retailers can also send an email to sales@enviro-log.net. You can also follow Enviro-Log on Facebook® at <www.Facebook.com/Envirolog, or Twitter at twitter.com/EnviroLogFire for tips and product giveaways.

Enviro-Log is a registered trademark of Enviro-Log, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are properties of their respective companies.

SellMyRVToday.com Offers Valuable Motorhome Safety Tips

SellMyRVToday.com, the number one RV purchaser and consignment RV sales in the nation, has developed a list of safety tips for those planning their summer vacations in a recreational vehicle. While there is no better way to travel than in an RV, the fun can be spoiled in the blink of an eye if certain safety precautions are not taken.

Remember to Buckle Up: There is a lot of wandering room in a motorhome. Nevertheless, all passengers are required to wear seatbelts while the coach is in motion. Even though RV travel is extremely comfortable, it is important to remember that they are still moving vehicles, subject to accidents. Wearing a seatbelt may make the difference between walking away from a crash or being hauled away in an ambulance. If your motorhome is semi-modern, it will most likely be equipped with seatbelts. If not, they can be installed at many RV dealer shops or service facilities.

Refrain From Leaving Valuables In Your Motorhome: While traveling, it is sometimes easy to think that you are exempt from being victimized by malicious acts because you are relaxed, on vacation. It is actually a fact that tourists are one of the most sought out targets for thieves, as they know that travelers tend to let their guard down. If you have anything of value or import, be sure to take it with you when you park your RV. No matter what the design is of your motorhome, thieves are capable of breaking and entering. Also, be sure to lock and secure your motorhome while sleeping during the night. It is just an extra step to protect you and your family.

Exercise Fire Safety: If you choose to smoke in your motorhome, remember to use ashtrays. Never leave a lit cigarette on a table or flat surface where it could roll onto furniture. Never fall asleep with a cigarette still burning. Needless to say, if you are going to smoke, it is always much wiser to do so outside of the coach to avoid any possibility of fire hazards. Also, if you build a campfire next to the motorhome, it is a good idea to keep doors and windows closed so that burning embers cannot drift into the coach and cause a fire. When cooking in the coach, be sure that all burners are turned off before leaving the kitchen, and be sure not to get distracted while food is cooking.

Crossing Borders: Remember that if you are entering or exiting either Mexico or Canada, see to it that all laws are being obeyed, and that there are no illegal substances on board. As a guest of other countries, you and your vehicle are subject to search as you enter. These border crossings exercise “Zero Tolerance” policies. If any illegal drugs are discovered in the motorhome, you can be criminally charged and the coach, along with all assets in the vehicle, can be seized.

Swing Clearance: Always be aware of the overhang past the rear wheels. You should know how much distance is required to clear this overhang and not strike anything as your turn.

Backing Up: No matter how skilled or experienced the driver of a motorhome is, it’s always a good safety practice to have someone stand at the driver side rear corner to guide the driver while backing up. There are so many obstacles that could cause problems when operating a motorhome in reverse, that an extra set of eyes is very helpful.

Overhead Clearance: It is imperative that the driver of an RV be very familiar with how high the clearance allotted for that vehicle is. Great care must be taken when pulling under gasoline station canopies, building overhangs, bridges, tree branches, fast food restaurant drive-thru lanes, etc.

Gerard Pedata of SellMyRVToday.com said, “Motorhome safety is not rocket science, it’s just plain common sense. You are driving a bigger vehicle than the family car; so more precautions have to be taken. You need to drive a little slower and be a little more vigilant about backing up and driving under structures.”

SellMyRVToday.com is a website run by one of the largest RV buyers in the country devoted to one thing: purchasing used RVs quickly and efficiently.
SellMyRVToday.com is not just another of the many consignment RV dealers; they’re professional RV buyers specializing in buying late model recreational vehicles and motorhomes including: Class A, Class B, Class C, Diesel Pushers, etc. If you have ever considered consignment RV sales, visit SellMyRVToday.com and learn the best way to get the sale done quickly and hassle free.

America's Campgrounds Are Increasingly Investing in Yurts to Provide Guests With A Unique Camping Experience

In the late 1200s, when Marco Polo made his historic journey to the Orient, he encountered the nomadic people of Mongolia who lived in circular tent-like structures with domed roofs. Conceived in ancient times, these structures, called yurts, had wood framing and were covered with animal skins, which were stretched tightly to provide protection from the elements. The domelike roof included a circular opening at the top, which encouraged natural ventilation while allowing sunlight to illuminate the interior.

But while yurts were originally designed as shelter for people who lived in some of the most inhospitable places in the world, yurts today are enjoying a renaissance of sorts in growing numbers of America’s campgrounds, which use modern canvass covered yurts to accommodate people who are looking for a unique outdoor experience.

And while families with kids like to stay in yurts for an unusual camping experience, couples like them, too. “They are very romantic and very popular because they offer a unique experience,” said Ande Rappaport, manager of Campfire Lodgings in Asheville, N.C., near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Campfire Lodgings’ yurts are set up in the woods for privacy and come with their own decks with gas grills. The domed ceilings can be opened and closed, depending on whether you want privacy or to enjoy the sunlight, the stars or the evening moon.

Cheri Ault, owner of Wagon Trail Campground in Door County, Wis., said yurts are perfect for people who want to rough it, but not too much. “They appeal to people who like to feel like they’re camping, but have a little more shelter around them,” she said. Ault has six yurts in her campground, which backs up against a 1,500 acre Nature Conservancy preserve along Lake Michigan. Campground operators, for their part, like yurts because they’re easy to book. “Once we get into our business season, our yurt will be booked every weekend,” said Carla Kaser, who owns the Beechwood Acres Camping Resort in Wilmington, Ohio.

GoCampingAmerica.com, the searchable database of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, does not yet have a search function to identify campgrounds that have yurts. However, the association plans to add yurts to its keyword search function this summer as part of a website redesign effort. In the meantime, consumers looking for campgrounds with yurts can do so by running Google searches using the terms “yurt” and “campground” and the state or region they intend to visit. The major yurt manufacturers, including Pacific Yurts and the Colorado Yurt Company, also have listings of campgrounds with yurts on their respective websites at www.pacificyurts.com, www.coloradoyurt.com.

Listings of private campgrounds, online reservation requests and other camping-related information is available at www.GoCampingAmerica.com. Contact information for the parks referenced above include:

Beechwood Acres Camping Resort, Carla Kaser, (937) 289-2202 or beechwoodacres@hotmail.com

Campfire Lodgings, Ande Rappaport, (828) 658-8012 or info@campfirelodgings.com

Merry Mac’s Campground, Dawn Rehwinkel, (608) 493-2367 or camp@merrymacscampground.com

Wagon Trail Campground, Cheri Ault, (920) 854-4818 or wtc@dcwis.com

Yosemite Pines RV and Family Lodging, Mary Bertram, (209) 962-7690 or Yosemite@yosemitepinesrv.comSacred Rocks Reserve and RV Park, located at 3,900 feet in the mountains east of San Diego, is first to offer consumers solar-powered park models. The 163-acre resort and wilderness preserve, located at the 3,500-foot level near the oak- and pine-dotted town of Boulevard, is the first RV Park in the nation to offer solar-powered park models, which can be placed on leased sites and used as a weekend retreat or vacation cottage.

Typically upscale in appearance, park models are 400-square foot movable resort cottages with bay windows and lofts that are designed exclusively for part-time recreational use. And because park models are technically classified as recreational vehicles, they can be set up on leased or purchased sites in campgrounds and RV parks and used as weekend retreats or seasonal vacation cottages.

The park models at Sacred Rocks Reserve are manufactured by Phoenix-based Cavco Industries, which has equipped its cabin- and cottage-style park models with solar panels that can save consumers anywhere between 25 and 75 percent on their utility bills. These environmentally friendly cottages, which are can be made using bamboo flooring and other recycled materials, come equipped with tankless water heaters as well as energy efficient light bulbs and kitchen appliances and dual pane windows.

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Launches Value Kard Rewards program

This is the camping industry's first technology-based rewards program -- similar to loyalty rewards programs offered by airlines and hotels. It is an online-based program that offers campers their own personalized website (www.KOA.com) to monitor their rewards points, track their travels and list their camping preferences. The Value Kard Rewards program replaces the company's former Value Kard program which provided ony discounts, with a more sophisticated program that offers camprs a 10-percent discount on camping fees and rewards poins for each qualified stay at a KOA. Points can be redeemed for rewards certificates good for savings on future KOA camping.

Good Sam Club Tips on How To Avoid The Risks Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As the nights get colder, keeping warm in your RV can be a challenge. Pile on the blankets and layers of clothes; cover the windows and seal all gaps entering your rig; but once you turn on a heat source, remember that the risk of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning rises.

Here are some ways to stay safe while keeping warm this winter…

1. If you haven't already, install a Carbon Monoxide Warning Detector.

2. If you have a CO monitor installed, test it to make sure it's working properly.

3. Never use open–flame heating in your RV without having a reliable Carbon Monoxide monitor.

4. If you use a propane or kerosene heater, always place it in front of a ventilation opening (such as a partially opened window or vent).

5. Yellow flames in propane–burning appliances such as coach heaters, stoves, ovens and water heaters usually indicate a lack of oxygen. If you see yellow flames, determine the cause and correct it.

6. Do not sleep with the generator operating.
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7. Leave a roof vent open anytime the generator is running.

8. Don't park next to snow banks, buildings or other obstructions that might prevent exhaust gases from dissipating.

9. Inspect your RV's chassis and generator exhaust system regularly, especially if you've bottomed out.

10. Do not operate your generator if the exhaust system is damaged.

11. Seal any openings in the floor or sidewalls and apply weather strips to windows and door seals.

12. If you feel the effects of CO poisoning (which are similar to the flu: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness) shut off the generator and step outside for some fresh air.

Read the EPA's Indoor Quality Guide for more information on Carbon Monoxide.

Winterizing Antifreeze Selection Tips Offered by the Good Sam RV Emergency Service

Do not use motor vehicle antifreeze in your RV's water system. Antifreeze designed for RVs is non–toxic and intended for consumption. How do they differ? The chemical propylene glycol (PG) used in RV antifreeze is USP grade – or food grade. RV antifreeze is also blended to prevent pipes from bursting and includes corrosion inhibitors designed for short–term protection.

When selecting antifreeze, use only non–toxic antifreeze designed specifically for RV use. Although there are several brands and types, consider the climate when selecting a specific type:

• Freeze Point – the temperature of the solution where ice crystals will begin forming.

• Burst Point – the temperature where the solution will begin to expand and cause the pipes to burst.

Use a Water-Bypass Kit

The additional time and minimal expense it takes to install a water–bypass kit on the water heater is well worth the ease of winterizing each year. You can purchase a kit at Camping World for under $20 and can either install it yourself or have it installed by a technician (about $75 installation fee). If you don't use a hot–water–tank bypass kit, you'll end up wasting money because you'll have to fill your entire water heater with antifreeze.

Compressed Air Method

An alternative to winterizing with antifreeze is to blow out the water lines with compressed air. Purchase an air–fitting adapter for the city–water connection and blow the air through the city–water hookup until all the water is removed from the hot–water tank. Close the bypass valve to the water heater, then blow the air through each faucet line, including the shower (with the faucets open). Open the toilet valve and allow the air to force any water out. Close all the faucets. Note: Don't exceed 40 psi when blowing out water lines in your RV.

Aspirinpod -- Can Save A Life!

You're on the range. Suddenly, you feel terrible pain spreading across your chest. It may be a heart attack and, heart attacks can kill. The Aspirinpod could make all the difference and save your - or someone else's life should they feel sudden pain coming on. How? it's a fact that chewing aspirin at the first sign of a heart attack can significantly improve the chances for survival, and the FDA reports that taking aspirin immediately when heart attack symptoms occur not only saves lives, but can also decrease heart damage. Studies show that chewing one uncoated 325 mg or four uncoated 81 mg aspirin immediately when heart attack symptoms first occur can increase your chances of survival.

New products are always coming out, but when I saw the Aspirinpod, I knew, immediately, that this product was not only unique, but a 'must have' for every member of my family and for friends as well.

The Aspirinpod is a red plastic tiny heart-shaped tiny container that holds one or two aspirin. It comes with a key chain that it can easily be placed in your glovebox, gym bag, bicycle, tool kit, handbag, yoga gear, ski jacket, golf bag, lunch box, bedside, tackle box, hunting vest, and dozens of other places. In less than a second, the container can be opened, the aspirin inside chewed, and together with calling 911, can save your life or that of a loved one. I placed one on my key ring so it will always be available.

Note: Do not take aspirin if allergic and ask your physician if aspirin is appropriate for you.

Aspirinpod can be purchased at drug stores, sporting goods stores, or is available by checking web site www.aspirinpod.com.SHOWERS

Good Sam Club Tips on How To Avoid The Risks Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As the nights get colder, keeping warm in your RV can be a challenge. Pile on the blankets and layers of clothes; cover the windows and seal all gaps entering your rig; but once you turn on a heat source, remember that the risk of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning rises.

Here are some ways to stay safe while keeping warm this winter…

1. If you haven't already, install a Carbon Monoxide Warning Detector.

2. If you have a CO monitor installed, test it to make sure it's working properly.

3. Never use open–flame heating in your RV without having a reliable Carbon Monoxide monitor.

4. If you use a propane or kerosene heater, always place it in front of a ventilation opening (such as a partially opened window or vent).

5. Yellow flames in propane–burning appliances such as coach heaters, stoves, ovens and water heaters usually indicate a lack of oxygen. If you see yellow flames, determine the cause and correct it.

6. Do not sleep with the generator operating.
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7. Leave a roof vent open anytime the generator is running.

8. Don't park next to snow banks, buildings or other obstructions that might prevent exhaust gases from dissipating.

9. Inspect your RV's chassis and generator exhaust system regularly, especially if you've bottomed out.

10. Do not operate your generator if the exhaust system is damaged.

11. Seal any openings in the floor or sidewalls and apply weather strips to windows and door seals.

12. If you feel the effects of CO poisoning (which are similar to the flu: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness) shut off the generator and step outside for some fresh air.

Read the EPA's Indoor Quality Guide for more information on Carbon Monoxide.

BASS PRO CAMPING TIPS from Larry Whitely

To make your next camping trip even better:

• An anti-static sheet, like you use in your dryer, pinned to your clothes will help keep insects away.

• Don’t drink apple, pear, or pineapple juice within three days of when you go camping. A chemical in these juices will mix with your perspiration and attract bees and wasps.

• Use dental floss instead of thread to repair a rip or tear.

• Always double check your flashlight batteries to make sure they are new or charged.

Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) Camping Tips

Before you leave:

--- Have your vehicle checked by a mechanic to make sure fluid levels are up, belts and hoses are in good condition, tires are in good shape and properly inflated, and other systems are tip-top.

--- If you're towing a travel trailer or fifth-wheel, make sure that everything inside the unit is operating correctly, inspect the tires and bearings, double-check that all components of your trailer hitch are properly secured and in good condition (both on your tow vehicle and on your trailer), and verify that your indicator lights and brake connections are working correctly.

--- If you travel in a motorhome and tow a car or other vehicle, make sure that your tow dolly is in good shape and that the indicator light connections- and brakes, if you have them-are functioning properly.

--- Leave a key with a neighbor or trusted friend who can check your home on a regular basis, care for pets, remove flyers from your door knob or steps, and make sure everything's okay. Leave this person a number where you can be reached, or an alternative means to get in touch with you, if necessary.

--- Make arrangements for all deliveries - mail, newspapers, etc. - to be held until your return. If these items consistently sit on your porch for hours until someone comes to pick them up, it's obvious that you've gone on vacation.

--- Buy electronic timers, and use them to set lamps and a radio to go on and off at various times throughout the day to give the illustion that someone is home.

--- Arrange to have yardwork done on a regular basis while you're gone. If your usually neat yard becomes a jungle, it tells potential burglars that your home is empty and an easy target.

Winterizing Antifreeze Selection Tips Offered by the Good Sam RV Emergency Service

Do not use motor vehicle antifreeze in your RV's water system. Antifreeze designed for RVs is non–toxic and intended for consumption. How do they differ? The chemical propylene glycol (PG) used in RV antifreeze is USP grade – or food grade. RV antifreeze is also blended to prevent pipes from bursting and includes corrosion inhibitors designed for short–term protection.

When selecting antifreeze, use only non–toxic antifreeze designed specifically for RV use. Although there are several brands and types, consider the climate when selecting a specific type:

• Freeze Point – the temperature of the solution where ice crystals will begin forming.

• Burst Point – the temperature where the solution will begin to expand and cause the pipes to burst.

Use a Water-Bypass Kit

The additional time and minimal expense it takes to install a water–bypass kit on the water heater is well worth the ease of winterizing each year. You can purchase a kit at Camping World for under $20 and can either install it yourself or have it installed by a technician (about $75 installation fee). If you don't use a hot–water–tank bypass kit, you'll end up wasting money because you'll have to fill your entire water heater with antifreeze.

Compressed Air Method

An alternative to winterizing with antifreeze is to blow out the water lines with compressed air. Purchase an air–fitting adapter for the city–water connection and blow the air through the city–water hookup until all the water is removed from the hot–water tank. Close the bypass valve to the water heater, then blow the air through each faucet line, including the shower (with the faucets open). Open the toilet valve and allow the air to force any water out. Close all the faucets. Note: Don't exceed 40 psi when blowing out water lines in your RV.

Aspirinpod -- Can Save A Life!

You're on the range. Suddenly, you feel terrible pain spreading across your chest. It may be a heart attack and, heart attacks can kill. The Aspirinpod could make all the difference and save your - or someone else's life should they feel sudden pain coming on. How? it's a fact that chewing aspirin at the first sign of a heart attack can significantly improve the chances for survival, and the FDA reports that taking aspirin immediately when heart attack symptoms occur not only saves lives, but can also decrease heart damage. Studies show that chewing one uncoated 325 mg or four uncoated 81 mg aspirin immediately when heart attack symptoms first occur can increase your chances of survival.

New products are always coming out, but when I saw the Aspirinpod, I knew, immediately, that this product was not only unique, but a 'must have' for every member of my family and for friends as well.

The Aspirinpod is a red plastic tiny heart-shaped tiny container that holds one or two aspirin. It comes with a key chain that it can easily be placed in your glovebox, gym bag, bicycle, tool kit, handbag, yoga gear, ski jacket, golf bag, lunch box, bedside, tackle box, hunting vest, and dozens of other places. In less than a second, the container can be opened, the aspirin inside chewed, and together with calling 911, can save your life or that of a loved one. I placed one on my key ring so it will always be available.

Note: Do not take aspirin if allergic and ask your physician if aspirin is appropriate for you.

Aspirinpod can be purchased at drug stores, sporting goods stores, or is available by checking web site www.aspirinpod.com.SHOWERS

TOILETS

The Travel Toilet comes in mighty handy when you have the urge to go -- and there aren't any trees or cover around

I've found The Travel Toilet indispenable when Mother Nature called and there weren't any bathrooms around. The Travel Toilet comes fully assembled, Made to standard toilet seat dimensions, it feels very comfortable when sitting; it's sturdy construction using a polypropylene seat and stainless teel legs security handles any size or weight; and its broad base design helps avoid tipping. It comes with a retractable stainless steel toilet paper holder and sets up in seconds for when Mother Nature oudly calls your name!

In addition, it comes with a carrying bag for easy transportatin, weighs only 5.8 lbs., folds flat to 2-3/4" high for easy storage. Overall dimensions are 24" x 16" x 2-3/4" and it's designed to use standard size disposable bio bags with 8 included free. The Travel Toilet is perfect for any outdoor activity and is available in Black or White and has a limited lifetime warranty.

For more information, go to web site www.TheTravelToilet.com.

TOOLS

Multi-Plier® 800 Legend® by Gerber

I used Gerber’s newest multi-function tool, the Multi-Plier® 800 Legend® when a screw fell out of my eyeglass frame; when I had to cut a piece of thread caught in a zipper; and when a friend needed a pliers to fix his car. No doubt this tool will come in handy for numerous other chores. The Legend is ideal for anglers, too, for its tungsten/cobalt carbide wire cutter inserts that will cut through hard carbon steel fishhooks or tough stainless steel offshore fishing leader, while the spring-loaded scissors can cut not only all braided fishing lines, but hemmed denim, leather, and more. The eight components-- a knife blade, scissors, interchangeable saw blade, Phillips screwdriver, small, medium, and large screwdriver, bottle opener, and a file--lock open once rotated into place and to unlock, users only have to slide the release button back and close the tool. I found this tool easy and comfortable to use;  its unique handle design has a broad, smooth surface for gripping; it comes with a sheath; and is backed by Gerber’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Available at sporting goods dealers. For details, check web site www.gerberblades.com

Quick Fist by Davis Instruments Handy Storage Clamp Gets A Grip on Equipment

In an emergency, there's no time to search for a fire extinguisher that has rolled away or a flashlight that's been misplaced. Equipment large and small is easily and conveniently secured on a boat or RV with the inexpensive Quick Fist by Davis Instruments.

Quick Fist is a one-piece clamp made of heavy-duty transportation-grade rubber. It’s ideal for storing tools, boat hooks, hoses and extension cords. The Super Quick Fist firmly holds fire extinguishers, oxygen cylinders, CO2 tanks and other larger equipment.

Both models are easy to mount with #10 bolts or screws. To clamp, the strap is simply pulled and locked into place. The strap can face any direction and be trimmed for a neat appearance.

Quick Fist stands up to harsh conditions on water or the road. It is UV-resistant, withstands extreme temperatures, and won't rust or corrode.

The standard model holds smaller objects from 7/8" to 2-1/4" in diameter, weighing up to 22 lbs. For loads up to 50 lbs, the Super Quick Fist holds equipment from 2-1/2" to 7-1/2" in diameter.

The retail price of the standard Davis Quick Fist is $9.99 per pair. The Super Quick Fist retails for $9.99 each.

For more information, contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. 510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188. e-mail info@davisnet.com; or check web site www.davisnet.com.

WATER BOTTLES

SIGG Water Bottles

There's no need to spend money on buying single use water bottles at the supermarket -- when you can simply fill your own bottle with water from your sink and take it with you everywhere. And, you'll be saving the environment, too, when you use a SIGG water bottle over and over again for years to come.

If you recall, the headlines in 2007 headlines read: Disposable plastic water bottles are bad news. Diseases grow in them, landfills are full of them, and people just don’t recycle them.  Single use, disposable water bottles (PET plastic) create millions of tons of unnecessary waste each year. According to the Container Recycling Institute, less than 15% of plastic water bottles used in the U.S. are actually recycled. Over 100 million plastic bottles wind up in landfills – every day- and they take up to 1,000 years each to biodegrade!

SIGG bottles are designed to be reusable and are 100 percent recyclable at the end of their very long lives. Besides reducing the demand for petroleum-based PET bottles, SIGG is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, donating 1% of all sales to helping to preserve our environment.

Each SIGG bottle is designed and manufactured in Switzerland from a single piece of pure aluminum, perfectly extruded for uniform, seamless construction. The proprietary SIGG bottle lining is a water-based, non-toxic coating that is baked into the interior walls and remains flexible and crack resistant for the life of the bottle. This special lining is taste neutral and resistant to fruit acids and energy drinks, ensuring that your drinks taste like they are supposed to taste every time! SIGG bottles exceed FDA requirements for safety and have been independently tested to prove 0% leaching. SIGGs are an alternative to hard plastic containers which studies show may leach harmful BPA. 

These lightweight, leak proof bottles are perfect for everyday use while the high-precision Swiss craftsmanship makes them durable enough for the most extreme adventures. SIGG bottles are beautifully designed, portable works of art that are a perfect blend of function and fashion. In fact, SIGGs can be found on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. New, fashionable styles are introduced each year with over a hundred unique styles. SIGG bottles come in several different sizes, in a rainbow of colors and designs with 3 unique interchangeable tops.

So whether you’re climbing the slopes of the Matterhorn or simplystrolling the streets of Manhattan, make sure you’ve got your SIGG with you to stay hydrated in style. SIGG bottles come in a variety of sizes and designs and retail for $16.99 - $24.99.

For further information or to purchase a SIGG go to www.mysigg.com. SIGG is also available at camping, sporting goods stores, REI, amazon.com, and more.

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