Portable Water Softener For RV Campers

Portable Water Softener For RV CampersIf you are an RV owner, then you probably do a lot of traveling throughout different states, regions, or maybe even countries while enjoying the main benefits provided by camping and seeing new places. However, one common problem for most of the RV travellers is water. As you change your place of stay so often, you never know what the quality of the water source at the campsite will be. From my own experience, I can say that in most of the campsites I stayed at, the water was hard. We all know that it’s a common problem in many households across the country and many people have a water softener at home as a solution to the problem. But what if you are always on the road? You can also get treatment for hard water with the help of a portable water softener.

What makes the water hard? The presence in it of calcium and magnesium in high amounts. Hard water can be quite destructive for the RV’s plumbing system and water heater, building up scale and rust. It also leaves film in the shower, faucets and sinks, so you will end up doing a lot of scrubbing if you don’t get treatment to soften the water. Hard water can also affect you, making your skin and hair dry.

If you are an avid camper, a great addition to your camping equipment can be a portable water softener. They are usually available in compact sizes, so you can easily fit it in even the tightest place in your RV. Compared to whole house water softeners, they offer less capacity. For most of the softening systems you don’t even need electricity, you just directly connect it to the water supply.

Some of the water softening models also have water filtering capabilities. Read more on water filter mag. So you will have the benefits of not only soft, but also clean water for drinking. For their work you will need salt. Some require special water softener salt, but some you can run just on traditional table salt.

The model we are using is Watts portable water softener. What we like about it is its compact size. It did take up some space, but still in our RV it fit perfectly. Its other benefit is the use of standard salt, so we don’t have huge bags of salt stored specifically for the water softening. But most importantly, what we like most about this water softener, is its effectiveness and the result we get with the water. After installing it, we saw considerable change in the water. After washing dishes, I don’t see anymore any film building up on the dishes or sink. My skin doesn’t feel dry anymore and the soap lathers better and it’s easier to wash it off. You can have more information at soft water lab.

Water is very important for our lives, so it’s also important that the water we consume and use is of good quality. Otherwise, it can do us more harm than good. But when you are spending a lot of time on the road, it might seem difficult. However, with portable water softeners it’s made very easy to have soft healthy water anywhere you are. When you are staying at a campsite, and using the water from the campsite source for showering, washing dishes and other, you will always have softened water.


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Choosing a Family Camping Tent

Tents are available in all shapes and sizes. In all the stores and catalogs you will find a wide variety of options. But the right one for you might not work for someone else. So choosing the perfect tent for your family, you should first check its certain features and consider several factors.

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Size

The most important feature of the tent is its size. You can find tents sized as two man, one man, four man and so on. However, it’s always better to choose a tent that is sized for at least one person more, better two, than you plan to fit in. The size rating of the tents means only the number of people you can cram into it without also offering any extra space that could be used for gear for example. So there’ll be four of you, it’s best to have a four man tent. A four man tent might fit comfortably four people only if there are two adults and two very small kids. Each person should have at least 30 square feet of floor space.

If you are camping with your kids and camping by car, you can choose a bigger tent, since you won’t have the issue of carrying the heavy load. There are many space tents that will give not just enough space for comfortable sleep, but also enough extra space to store your gear, for the kids to play and to stand up in full height.

Shape

family-tentThere are various standard tent shapes, such as dome, A-frame and others. The most common shape is probably the dome shape. It’s constructed using two or more poles that are intersected and form a round or square form. They usually offer quite good space inside, offer great strength and are not that heavy. They also offer good overhead room, so in some of them you can comfortably stand up.

The A-frame tents feature a two-legged frame at the outer ends, so the interior has triangular space. It provides good headroom, but the poles are quite heavy, which is required for rigidity. This shape is becoming less popular.

 

Fabric

Most of the tents you will find now are made of nylon. It’s a strong material that well withstands the weather. The waterproofing feature is provided by the coated nylon. Check that the tent has good ventilation, for which it should have windows made of nylon mesh. The floor of the tent should be made of stronger and rip-stop fabric.

Weather

Different weather conditions will have different demands on the tent. Strong winds will require the tent to have sturdy poles and strong fabric. Rainy weather requires good waterproofing. So get a tent that has a rain fly and it will protect you from both rain and sun. The floor should also be made of coated nylon and keep the tent dry inside.

If you will be camping in cold weathers with snow, then a better option would be a mountaineering tent or a three-season tent. For cool weather you can also consider a smaller tent, as your body heat will keep it warmer inside than with a bigger tent. However, you might consider using a tent heater. In this case a bigger tent would be more suitable, as in a small tent having it will not be as safe due to the closeness of the walls.

Seams

For the strength and protection of the tent, it should also be reinforced with nylon tape. The stitched tape into each seam makes it stronger and extra weatherproof. For it to be also waterproof, the seams should also be sealed.

Poles

Mostly you will find that all the poles of the tents are made from fiberglass or aluminum. Also, usually the poles are linked with an elastic shock cord, which makes it easy for setting them up together for putting up the tent.

Cost

One more thing to consider is your budget. For a higher price you can find a stronger tent that is made of thicker fabric, stronger poles and is more protected for different weathers. It will be able to better withstand heavy rain and strong winds. Generally they will last longer and will be in your use for many years.

However, if you are just starting out, you might want to start with a less expensive tent. Most likely your first trip will be during a warm season and with some “civilization” close by. After you gain some experience of the outdoors, you can upgrade to a more advanced and a more expensive tent.

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Choosing the Fishing Technique

Your fishing technique should vary depending on the particular species of fish that you are targeting. So for one group of species there are a few fishing methods preferred, which can also vary by season. However, you might that one particular technique is working best for you. So you can try several and find the one that gives bites. You can also the local fishing reports before you go out into the waters and get some insight on what is working best at that place and time.

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Different fishes have their own behavior and your goal is to find the right technique for that behavior. For example, some fish feed on the bottom of the waters, while others only in shallow waters. Also, consider what the fish prefers, can be other fish, insects or just anything on the bottom. The next thing to consider is whether to use natural bite or artificial lure. For certain species one or the other can be better, while for others it doesn’t matter. But if you don’t have particular species to target, your best bet would be to use live bait.

Fishing technique names are usually based on the action of the bait or lire. Below you can get more insight on the techniques that can be used both in salt and freshwater.

Techniques For Live Bait

Live Lining and Trolling

This method is commonly used by new anglers that are just learning to fish. To perform this technique you need to drop the bait into the water and allow it to freely swim at the end of your line. If you are fishing from a boat, you can drop the bait and then pull or troll it behind the boat. To keep the bait down you can hook a weight on the line.

Drifting a Bait

This method is done from a slowly moving boat. You put a weight on your line and drop it into the water, leaving it to drift near the bottom. With the slow motion of the boat, it will also slowly pull the bait. Another option is to drift the bait under a popping cork or bobber.

Bottom Fishing

Some fish are mostly found on the bottom, so to catch it you will need to have the bait down there as well. You will need to use a sinker or a weight on the line. Rig it bellow the hook to hold the bait down at the bottom. Try a 3-way rig, but if the current is strong you might need a heavier one. After dropping the bait, let it float along the boat and wait for it to get a bite. From time to time check that the hook still has the bait.

Chumming

This method is also sometimes called chunking. It’s an additional method to other fishing techniques. It works by dropping into the water chum made of ground up bait. This creates a scent trail for the fish to follow to your baits. As chum you can either use creamed corn, ground fish, cat food or anything else that creates a fish-like scent.

Techniques for Artificial Lures

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Cast and Retrieve

Cast and retrieve involves motions of tossing the lure out and then reeling it back. As for lure, you can choose whatever you like, be it swimbait, spinner or a crankbait. For this method you need to toss out the lure to your target and let it fall to the desired depth. Then reel the fish in, mimicking a swimming fish, for which you can also use varying speeds. After completion, wait for a couple of seconds and then cast the lure again.

Top Water Fishing

For this method you will need to use a floating lure with a variation of cast and retrieve. You cast the lure to get it to your desired location, then you reel it in to mimic a fish’s meal. You can choose different lures, such as poppers with a concave face to make a big splash when jerking the lure on the surface, or it can a lure that has a head shaking back and forth imitating a dying baitfish on the surface.

Jigging

Jigging technique requires a lot of action. You cast or drop down the lure, wait till the spoon hits the bottom and then quickly pop your rod tip up a little. Drop the lure down again and reel down a bit in order to keep the light tight. Keep repeating. This method creates an imitation of an injured baitfish for the targeted fish to bite.

Trolling with Lures

Trolling with Lures is a good method while boating. You drag the lure a good way behind a slowly moving boat. The boat’s motion imparts the lure’s action. Depending on the lure you are using, the length of the let out line and type of the line, the speed of the trolling will vary.

Bottom Bouncing

This technique is also done from a drifting boat. Use a jig or bait to drag it along the bottom. As you drag, the lure bounces along the bottom and creates small clouds of mud and sand.

Whether you are fishing from a boat or from the shore, to aid you in catching more fish you can use a fish finder. More and more fishermen greatly rely on electronics in finding the quarry. It doesn’t matter what you fish for or what your fishing technique is, a fish finder is paramount to making your fishing experience more successful. To keep ahead of the game you should get the most out of technology. My favorite fish finder that I mostly use is the Garmin Echo 551dv. In my opinion it’s the best fish finder with the most helpful features. If you will have difficulties finding the best sounder for yourself, you can check the Fish Finder Guy, where they have reviews of the top products on the market.


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Gearing Up With the Essentials For Camping

If you are new to camping, there are some things that you need to familiarize yourself with. To make your camping trip safe and enjoyable, you should learn more about the gear that you will need. You can go with a seasoned camper and learn everything from him. But if that isn’t your option, then below you can find some useful tips.

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What is the most important gear? First of all, you will need shelter and other gear for comfortable sleep, such as sleeping bags and pads. Other essentials include water, food, cooking utensils and safety gear, such as first-aid-kit, mosquito repellent and other. If you are backpacking, you will need a backpack. For car campers, there’s more possibility of taking a bigger load of gear that could provide more comfort during your camping. For example, you can take a bigger tent with an air mattress for more comfortable nights, a cooler for keeping the food, table and chairs, lantern and other equipment that would not be suitable for a backpacker.

Choosing a tent, make sure that you pick an appropriate one for the type of camping you will be doing. If it’s car camping, then you can choose of the size you want. For a backpacker, the weight of the tent would be one of the most important factors when choosing. Think of how many people you need to accommodate in one tent and find one that will have the appropriate size. The other factor to consider is the weather. Tents are designed for different seasons. So you can find a lightweight summer tent or a 4 season more protected tent that you can use in winter and for mountaineering. The tent protects you against bad weather and unfriendly outdoor pests.

To keep you comfortable during the night in the outdoors, you will also need some type of bedding. Again, depending on the type of camping, the bedding can also differ. Going to your campsite by car, you have more options to make the sleep more comfortable. For instance, while camping you will need something to cushion you from the hard ground and going by car you can take an air mattress, but backpacking you can only take a sleeping pad. However, there are many sleeping pads that will also provide sufficient cushioning and insulation. Some of the good options among sleeping pads are the inflatable models. Whenever you are setting up your bedding, you can have it ready in seconds.

It’s also important to include in your camping gear a good sleeping bag. It should be warm enough for the weather you’ll be camping out in. If backpacking, just like with the rest of the gear, look for the sleeping bag the weight of which you would feel comfortable carrying.

Next thing on the list should be a pack to carry all your gear. For a backpacker, the lighter the bag the better. It should also be roomy enough to fit all your essentials. So depending on if it’s just a weekend trip or a week trip, you might need a bigger or smaller pack. Choosing the bag, check its features. Make sure that is has a quality built design that’s made of durable materials to withstand heavy use.

Additionally, to the four items mentioned above, you will need food and water, as well some utensils to cook in. Also, bring appropriate clothing, a GPS to keep you on the track, chairs and table, portable toilet, fire starter, and other gear that you think is necessary.

Preparing your gear for camping trip, make a checklist. This way you will make sure that no items are forgotten. You can make the list once and use it later every time you go camping.


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How to Select the Right Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

When you are advised to the right classification, try on a few sets. Most runners need to go up a half size from their road shoes, taking into account one-fourth to a half inch of squirm room in the toebox. While you need to have the capacity to move your toes around, make sure your heel is cozy and secure, avoiding any slippage that is unnecessary.

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As a result of different foot shapes, shoe companies have created models to suit runners of all types. In the selection procedure, make sure to adjust your foot type to the best possible shoe classification. Level footed harriers have a tendency to incline toward a higher stability shoe, as they help avert overpronation. Nonpartisan runners can frequently keep running in numerous sorts of footwear, however most often go for a moderate stability shoe. Runners with high curves are most recommended to go for a padded shoe, giving padded sole cushioning flexibility.

If ever you have plantar fasciitis you realize that you can’t ignore the consistent foot pain. Whether you go running or just to get goods from the grocery store. Whatever you do, any place you go, it tails you. In basic words, it makes your life living more difficult than it already is. That matters a considerable measure particularly if you love running. The best weapon you have against it are quality running shoes specifically designed for plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis is fundamentally viewed as a condition where the fascia is liable to excess load and reacts with physiological changes and pain. The sole point is to diminish load on the plantar fascia through footwear choice. This may be a piece of the administration of the condition however can demonstrate exceptionally supportive in lessening side effects particularly in the intense stages.

There are 3 grounds to how you can choose the right pair of boots for Plantar Fasciitis: reduce achilles load; support the arch and reduce effects of the ‘windlass mechanism’.

running with plantar faciitisReduced Achilles Load

Extra load on the calf complex and Achilles tendon has been associated with excess load on the plantar fascia. Utilization of a heel raise has been indicated to diminish Achilles load. The hypothesis then, is a shoe with a reasonably high heel section and heel to toe drop ought to help diminish weight on the plantar fascia.

Supporting the Arch

Research has demonstrated that supporting the curve utilizing orthoses can be successful as a part of managing plantar fasciitis. No doubt then that a shoe that joins curve support may offer assistance and comfort. On a useful clinical note is that inflexible curve supports sometimes aggravate side effects because of weight over the delicate plantar fascia, so a padded curve support may be a good decision.

Windlass Mechanism

The point here is to diminish great toe dorsiflexion by selecting a shoe with a genuinely firm unbendable toe section as opposed to one that allows a considerable measure of movement. Late research analyzed extra toe dorisflexion during strolling. They thought about extent in a standard shoe, the shoe in addition to a firm carbon fiber insole and range when barefoot. Normal great toe dorsiflexion was 28.2° in a standard shoe, this dropped to 24.1° with the expansion of the insole. Whether this is clinically significant and what constitutes a ‘standard shoe’ is difficult to tell from this study on only 10 subjects, none of which had plantar fasciitis. One fascinating discovering however was that, when barefoot, normal toe expansion is higher at 48°, almost twofold the range seen with a standard shoe with insole. This has suggestions for barefoot running where you may expect extra load on the plantar fascia from increased toe extension. Be that as it may it is critical to take note of the limitations of this study, not least the way that it’s looking at walking not running.

Features that good Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis should give:

Super Comfortable Cushioned Back that’ll protect your heel from future damage. This will make your feet feel comfortable.

Shock Absorption Mechanism to disseminate the force, at whatever point you strike your heel on the ground. This guarantees that any specific piece of your feet doesn’t get full effect, while you’re running.

Shoes with strong heel counters, and super adaptable toe-box. Alongside that, a firm padded sole to keep your curve at a right point.

For general maximum safety of the fragile fascia, the shoe should only be able to twist from the front half while staying inflexible at the back half.

All in all, you simply need shoes with great support and cushioning for your feet. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that you need shoes that give maximum comfort.

You might also want to check out BootRatings. They also have great reviews about all kinds of boots.


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