Travel Trailer Construction – What You Should Know About Used Travel Trailers

The modern travel trailer, new or used, is a spectacular beast, some of the newer models sporting the latest in design trends and space-age materials. And because of better construction methods, travel trailers have a longer life and can travel further, through harsher weather and terrain, without suffering substantial damage. Lets have a look at the build process for an average RV. It may give you an insight into how your friend functions and how best to deal with it when it doesn’t. Wide variations in price mean wide variations in quality of materials, so its worth checking. And if you are looking for information on new or used travel trailers for sale or rent then visit traveltrailerguide.com

The majority of frames are steel constructions. Steel is strong and tough and makes for an effective backbone for the beast. It will most likely be either welded or riveted. If the metal has been treated or coated in some way it will, of course, last even longer. It’s worth checking with the seller if this is the case to gauge it’s strength.

Wood or metal is the usual choice for walls, floors and ceilings to fill out the frame. But check the quality of the wood when you’re purchasing. The more expensive the vehicle, the more likely a tougher wood has been used. You get what you pay for, and cheaper wood on a cheaper model means a weaker build (though still good enough for many years of reliable service). Of course any wood can rot, so be careful to avoid water getting in between wood joints or where the wood meets the steel frame.

In fact checking that doors and windows will not let in any moisture is always important. Again, more expensive models will have better fitting techniques, otherwise you need to check seals regularly. A good RV will have excellent insulation too in the wall cavity. Important in cold conditions. Polystyrene and fibreglass are common techniques, and both good.

And do your homework on the construction and electrics too. Check that cabinets and furniture are of solid, strong material and that all wires are where they should be. They are usually wired the same time as they are insulated, so if you see wires or insulation poking out anywhere, beware.

EdgeStar Portable Ice Makers

I can honestly say I love my EdgeStar portable ice maker, but there are some faults about it. I have taken my ice maker onto my boat before, and it turns out that it actually counts as an extra person on board. It didn’t really cause a problem for me, but it is kind of a bummer considering the machine is supposedly portable, and is to large for a boat. Of course that is an attempt at a joke :) . On the Pro side though the machine is reliable, durable, and works fast. Even though my EdgeStar ice maker makes ice within twelve minutes, the first batch of ice was soft and melted almost instantly after made. After it was remade though, it was solid enough for my beverage. This happened similarly when I attempted to make large ice. The large ice looked the same as the little ice, but when I attempted to make large ice again it did get larger. The ice i used had no taste which was good, and what else was good was that it was quiet. That is until it ran out of water when my EdgeStar portable ice maker made a horrible rattling noise. On the bright side i just refilled the ice maker with filtered water, and reset the machine and it once again began to work properly. I love my ice maker, and all in all there is more pros to the ice made then cons to the machine.

Reading Ice Maker Reviews Before Buying Saves Money

Before I bought my Edge Star portable stainless steel ice maker with digital display, i read some reviews on the product from Ice Maker Mania. It turns out that some of the peoples ice maker broke down within just a couple of days, or months of having it. My portable ice maker hasn’t broken down yet though, and I have had mine for almost 5 months. I know that one person just called the company for a new ice maker though, and they returned their old one. In less than a week of them returning their broken ice maker the person was sent back a new one which seemed to have worked. Also the shipping was paid for them too, but since when buying the product you do have to pay shipping both ways I feel that should be included. Personally i think a customer should definitely be treated with such respect this company provided, and i think that it is appropriate of them to give refunds, or exchange the ice maker for a new one. Someone noticed that the ice maker could have been better wrapped before sent to the user, and i completely agree with this opinion.

My ice maker has a one year warranty, and to avoid damaging through shipping the ice maker should be packaged more securely. When reading through a different review i noticed that somebodies ice maker smelt strongly of metal, and the scent lingered for many days, affecting the taste of the ice that was made. As mentioned previously my ice had no taste, and i don’t recall any gross metal scents. There were other complaints of the scent from other people to though, yet some people, like me, didn’t have any odours coming from their ice maker. It all depends on the one you get, but it just so happens that you can clean your EdgeStar portable ice maker anyways. I cleaned my ice maker right away before use, and then covered it with juice from a lemon because i read somewhere that doing so prevents rust, and does a better job of disinfecting the product. My ice maker was clean, and ready to use right away, so i was obviously more lucky then others.

So to wrap everything up, i love my EdgeStar Portable ice maker. It works great, looks great, and provides me with more ice in less time just like it should. Just like everything in this world it has its cons, but over all the pros out weigh the cons making this product perfect for me, and probably others as well.

Kitchen Faucets Made By Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay faucets are an alternative to the expensive bathroom and kitchen faucets you can buy today. For low investment they sell these bathroom and kitchen faucets at you local hardware or home centre for quite a bit of years. Lots of major brand names cost a fortune while Glacier Bay kitchen faucets generally cost two to three times less! In fact, some of the major brands can cost ten times more than Glacier Bay, however, Glacier Bay faucets are equally as good. These faucets can be bought pretty much at any hardware store, whether it be your small local hardware store or Home Depot. Big name stores are happy to carry Glacier Bay products since people find them classy, appealing, very satisfying, and above all affordable!

The quality of these faucets are equally as fantastic as Moen and Kohler even though its selection is not a large. Glacier Bay’s commitment to good customer satisfaction is to exceed industry standards. For the do-it yourself installation, the easy to follow instructions makes the Glacier Bay kitchen faucets the perfect faucet. Every box includes drawings that are easy to comprehend and step by step instructions. Also, if you are experiences difficulties installing the Glacier Bay faucet you can always call the toll free phone number and ask any questions and for assistance. So that installation is simple, Glacier Bay makes their instructions easy to follow and understandable for the average home owner.

On the parts and finish of Glacier Bay faucets, they have a limited lifetime warranty. All you have to do is call the manufacturer and get parts sent to your home if you need to find parts to do a small repair to your faucet. You can also search on the internet to find parts. It is as easy as one-two-three to find and get parts shipped to you via internet, which is quite convenient.

In order to suit your decor and style, Glacier Bay faucets offer lots of different models. Different colors and finishes are offered to make your kitchen faucet look fantastic. Some of the finishes available would be brushed nickel, heritage bronze, polished chrome, rubbed bronze, and chrome. Glacier Bay faucets also offer kitchen sink faucets, shower faucets, and bathroom sink faucets. There are widespread designs, two handle, and of course one handle faucets available as well. In order to fit any installation in any tub deck, or sink, choose a faucet with an 8” or 4” spread.

Glacier Bay kitchen faucets are made to be easy to install, use, last, and perform nicely. Lifetime warranties and attractive designs are of course offered as well. One of the best known faucet manufacturers would in fact be Glacier Bay, and because of this they can be found at pretty much any retail store. Your home decor situation is ready to be solved by these lovely faucets. Glacier Bay faucets are considered to be one of the best products in the plumbing industry! They have a well known, long reputation that is backed up by a company that is reliable and strong. Their product is inexpensive and superior!

Bathroom And Toilet Storage Decor

bathroom and toilet storageIf you are thinking that bathrooms are unimportant to show off, and therefore don’t need any decorations at all, then you need to think again. Bathrooms are very busy, if you have friends over, or a large family then it is likely to be used almost the most in your entire house. Bathrooms are used for many things, like baths, showers, shaving etc. How can you expect to go for a nice and relaxing warm bath in a room that doesn’t appear  attractive or is crowded? So, what makes a bathroom attractive you might be wondering? I can help give tips on bathroom decor to make it so you have the most attractive bathroom around.

To make the bathroom attractive, unique, and comfortable, catchy wallpaper and flooring is in order. To  pull together the perfect room colors have too match. Tiles look good in a bathroom, but the wallpaper should match. Shower curtains are necessary in a bathroom. Try to look for something that isn’t exactly like the wall and floor, but similar enough that it adds a sort of theme to the room. Wall decorations, like cabinets, shelves, racks, over the toilet storage and pictures also add an extraordinary look. So, what else? Bathroom rugs, curtain (if there is a window) , lighting, mirrors, and toilet covers would definitely set up that cozy bathroom we are going for.

Not all bathrooms are very big, so if a medicine cabinet doesn’t fit don’t get to stressed out. Razor and toothbrush holders would suffice, along with small forms of shelving. A counter sink and cabinet mirror not only looks good, but offers extra storage in case you have a crowded bathroom. As mentioned, over the toilet storage shelves or cabinets are also a great answer to the storage issues in your bathroom.

Anyways, back on the topic of colors. Here are some examples of colors that flow greatly together, with some other furniture and wall decor to go with it.

1. a beige painted wall with a faint pink tiled flooring would look great in a bathroom. A normal white porcelain bathtub/shower and toilet are suitable, maybe with a darker chocolate brown or espresso over the toilet storage cabinet to suit the same colored shower and window curtains. Marbled counters are usually the best if you are going for a countered sink, but if not a porcelain sink will once again suffice.

2. Linoleum flooring with a matching wall is another perfect start to a stylish bathroom. This time wall decorations like the common “home sweet home” picture would look great, but clocks also are good so you can keep track of time when taking long baths. White, and red are nice color combinations, as long as you can find the right shower curtain to go with it.

3. As a last suggestion go with the same type of flooring, tile or linoleum, but try a matching textured wallpaper design to go with it. Depending on the size of your bathroom decides whether you can fit a large medicine cabinet or not. Like always the matching shower curtain, but if you want to really live in comfort maybe try dimming lights, or color changing shower heads. With a color changing shower head your room should be in the same general colors as the lights: green, red, yellow, blue, and white.

Hopefully you now have some great ideas to decorate your bathroom. Remember to feel comfortable in your new attractive and hopefully unique bathroom.

A Few Tips On Home Decor

An overwhelming task may be home decorating, though it does not always have to be difficult, especially if you take it one room at a time. In order to motivate yourself to decorate all the rooms in your house, it is ideal to start with your living room or family room. Of course you are free to start anywhere, however the largest impact to your home takes place in those rooms. A close second to those would be the kitchen.

Find a piece that you love, such as a rug, a pillow, or even a photograph first, when decorating your living room. This way, it should be easier to figure out the theme and colors you would like to go with for decorations. Themes are important and provide you with a direction to go. Otherwise your home will be just a mish-mash of stuff and decorations.

When picking paint colors, which may be difficult sometimes, try to stick with neutral colors for if you want colorful decorations elsewhere in the room. Though not everybody enjoys them, bright colors can look great on walls, but if you have neutral furniture your best bet may be trying something more along a warm hue. The most important thing to remember is to pick a color you like, when deciding on paint colors. You do not want to be stuck with a color that you hate, or even be stuck wasting time and money repainting your walls.

It would be a good idea to keep the furniture you already have if you are on a strict budget because buying new furniture can be quite expensive. If your furniture could look better, there are some ways to revive its appearance:  a throw or even a slipcover. An old couch can easily look brand new again using a slipcover, which are quite popular right now, too.

Just remember that each room, and each adjoining room if it isn’t completely separated from view, should follow a similar theme in order to create the best over-all home décor.

The Three Main Food Storage Systems

There are numerous ways to store your food and ingredients in your home. These can further be broken down into other categories or terms. For example there is short term food storage for leftovers or sandwiches, there is bulk containers for things like flour or sugar that you generally purchase in large quantities, and there are is long term systems for storing foodstuffs for longer periods of time. In this article we will go over these three systems.

Using Glass Or Plastic Storage Containers

glass food storage containersFirstly, there is the regular old storage for general use. If you make a sandwich and want to set it aside for later, you would place it in a plastic bag like a zip-lock or other package and put it in the fridge. This is short term. Other solutions include simply wrapping the item in plastic wrap or even wax paper. Tin foil is another package that you can use to store food. Of course for some things like baked goods or leftovers a more desirable storage device would be something like glass food storage containers. You can get a decent look at them by clicking the link provided and visiting my lens.

When To Use Bulk Food Storage Buckets

food storage bucketSecond, we have medium term food storage and bulk food storage. This is for things we mentioned previously like ingredients (flour and sugar) and for perhaps large amounts of gravy or soup. Plastic food grade containers like food grade buckets would be ideal for this kind of thing. I have a lens on those as well, so check it out! You can get these from all kinds of places like restaurants and even walmart. Of course Amazon has great prices on them, so as I said, if you are looking for some food grade buckets do visit my lens and see for yourself.

Proper Time To Use Mylar Bags For Storing Food

mylar bag for food storageFinally, there is long term food storage systems. This is for stuff you want to save for a relatively long time and thus must be protected from the elements. Air, water, dust and pests all qualify as contaminents that must not get into your food. The best thing for this is putting your items into Mylar food storage bags. Mylar is impervious to most of those things we mentioned, except for some pests like mice. In the event you need to protect against those rodents, after placing your food in mylar bags you can then place them into plastic containers or something similar. Of course I do have a lens on Mylar food storage bags as well.

So, there is the three main ways of storing food. There are lots of other containers, from wood to steel that can be used. You don’t need to use all of them, but just remember the option is out there.