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RV Products: November 2006

Bark'n Boots Grip Trex dog bootsMotorhomers who appreciate the companionship of their dog during outdoor adventures can help make the pet's experience safer and more enjoyable with Bark'n Boots Grip Trex dog boots from Ruff Wear.
The boots feature upper design and construction that are said to maintain a consistent size, shape, and fit to assure that the boots stay on the dog's paws for continued comfort. The soles are made of high-performance Vibram material with omnidirectional treads and traction zones customized for the demanding needs of active dogs. Dog Boots

Bark'n Boots Grip Trex dog bootsMotorhomers who appreciate the companionship of their dog during outdoor adventures can help make the pet's experience safer and more enjoyable with Bark'n Boots Grip Trex dog boots from Ruff Wear.

The boots feature upper design and construction that are said to maintain a consistent size, shape, and fit to assure that the boots stay on the dog's paws for continued comfort. The soles are made of high-performance Vibram material with omnidirectional treads and traction zones customized for the demanding needs of active dogs. The combination provides paw protection from rocks, glass, and trail debris that can be picked up during a walk or hike.

Bark'n Boots Grip Trex dog boots are available in blue or red and come in sizes from XX small to XX large. A set of four boots has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $59.95. Replacement boots are available for $15 each.

For more information, contact:
Ruff Wear
561 N.W. York Drive
Bend, OR 97701
(888) 783-3932
(541) 388-1821
www.ruffwear.com

Synthetic Motor Oil

Q TorquePower Full Synthetic motor oilAccording to literature from Quaker State, its new Q TorquePower Full Synthetic motor oil has been formulated to help maximize engine torque in vehicles used for towing or hauling.

Torque is the power the engine delivers to the driveshaft and wheels. But poor power transfer can rob your engine of torque. However, Q TorquePower's heat-activated formula reportedly maximizes power transfer to help motorhomers get the torque to meet their towing and hauling needs.

In addition to maximizing torque, Q TorquePower Full Synthetic is said to protect against friction, to resist thermal breakdown, and to guard against engine stress under heavy loads. The proprietary heat-activated molecules in all Q motor oils are said to create a low-friction, ultra-heat-resistant lubrication film.

Q TorquePower Full Synthetic motor oil is available in 10W-30, 10W-40, 5W-30, and 5W-20 viscosity grades and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $4.99 per quart.

For more information, contact:
Quaker State
700 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
(800) 416-1600
www.qpower.com

Non-Slip Hot Pad

PotSticker non-slick hot padThe PotSticker from Simply Brilliant LLC is touted as a super-sticky silicone pad that has numerous uses in the kitchen.

According to product literature, the PotSticker can be used as a hot pad to keep a table or counter safe from hot pots and pans -- up to 675 degrees Fahrenheit -- and the solid bubbles on the pad's surface keep the hot item ventilated. It also can be used as a non-slip surface under plates, bowls, serving platters, toasters, radios, TVs, or anything else that you want to remain in place while the motorhome is moving.

When not being used for those purposes, the pad makes a great pot holder, garlic peeler, or jar opener. The PotSticker is dishwasher-safe and has a hole in one of the corners for hanging.

The PotSticker, which measures 9 inches square, comes in bright red, royal blue, and white, and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $8.95.

For more information, contact:
Simply Brilliant LLC
P.O. Box 856
Hood River, OR 97031
(888) 557-6464
(503) 922-1313
www.simplybrilliant.biz

Grill Cleaner

GrillScrubber grill cleanerThe GrillScrubber from Golden Gate Alliance Inc. offers an innovative way to clean barbecue grill grates.

The stainless-steel GrillScrubber holds one, two, or three scouring pads to cut through built-up gunk on all types of grill grates. Simply squeeze the spring-loaded handles together, install one scouring pad, and clean between the grates. Load two or three pads to clean a wider area. It also includes a built-in scraper to dislodge stubborn, cooked-on food.

Unlike standard bristle brushes, the GrillScrubber doesn't wear out. It has durable UV-resistant handles and a leather lanyard. The stainless-steel scouring pads are dishwasher-safe and typically last a summer barbecue season.

The GrillScrubber, which comes with two scouring pads, has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $29.99. A four-pack of replacement pads is priced at $6.

For more information, contact:
Golden Gate Alliance Inc.
37569 Enterprise Court, Suite F
Newark, CA 94560
(510) 792-9036
www.ggalliance.com

Interior Cleaning Towel

Dash Gear microfiber cleaning towelClean Tools Inc. has added to its line of auto cleaning products with the Dash Gear microfiber interior cleaning towel. The towel is designed to clean and polish without the use of chemicals.

The Dash Gear, which is made of soft, nonabrasive microfiber, reportedly removes all traces of moisture, dirt, dust, and grime from interior surfaces without scratching. It is said to be ideal for instrument panels, navigation systems, mirrors, glass, and CDs. The Dash Gear can be refreshed by washing it in warm water with mild detergent.

The Dash Gear has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $5.99.

For more information, contact:
Clean Tools Inc.
10 Plaza Drive
Westmont, IL 60559
(800) 654-3933
www.cleantools.net

Multi-Use Tool

Leatherman Core multi-use toolThe Leatherman Core includes 18 different tools in one robust stainless-steel body.

Features include needlenose and regular pliers; three different types of wire cutters; a crimper; a wire stripper; three standard and one Philips-head screwdriver; two types of knives; a wood/metal file; a saw; an awl with a thread loop; a 9-inch ruler; and a bottle/can opener.

The Core includes easy-to-use locks that are said to be 50 percent stronger than the company's original tool locks and features a release system that allows users to pull one tool from the handle at a time, rather than having all of them come out at once.

The Leatherman Core has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $76. A Removable Bit Driver accessory with five double-ended screwdriver bits is available for $20.

Leatherman Tool Group Inc.
P.O. Box 20595
Portland, OR 97294
(800) 847-8665
(503) 253-7826
www.leatherman.com

Moisture-Control Packs

ZoneDry Moisture Eliminator PacksZoneDry Moisture Eliminator Packs from The Rust Store are said to protect property from humidity by absorbing 100 percent of their weight in moisture.

The packs reportedly eliminate moisture from enclosed areas, such as a stored motorhome, and also can protect items from mold, mildew, rust, and corrosion.

The Tyvek packs are individually wrapped in foil to prevent moisture absorption before they are ready to be used. An indicator dot turns pink to signal when the pack needs to be replaced.

ZoneDry packs are available in two sizes: a six-ounce pack that can be used in closets, cabinets, or storage areas; and a 17-ounce pack that is ideal for larger areas, such as the inside of a motorhome or boat.

A five-pack box of six-ounce ZoneDry packets has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $10.97; a single 17-ounce pack has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $3.97.

For more information, contact:
The Rust Store
313 W. Beltline Highway, Suite 20
Madison, WI 53713
(877) 256-9301
(608) 663-2773
www.theruststore.com

Water Filters

3M RV Water FiltersAccording to company literature, 3M RV Water Filters are designed to provide fresher, clearer, better-tasting water directly from your motorhome's tap.

The line includes seven models -- four under-sink models and three that can be installed on the main line or under the sink. All reportedly feature built-in bacteria inhibition and chlorine, sediment, dirt, rust, sand, and silt reduction to help improve the water's taste and smell. The USF-C model also reduces lead and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. Upgraded models are said to reduce common waterborne bacteria, mold spores, algae, and parasitic protozoan cysts by 99.99 percent.

The filter systems reportedly are quick and easy to install and the cartridges are even easier to change. Depending on the model, a cartridge can produce the equivalent of 60,000 16-ounce bottles of filtered water.

3M RV Water Filters have manufacturer's suggested retail prices that range from $49.95 to $299.95, depending on the filter capacity and contaminant reduction capability.

For more information, contact:
3M Company
3M Center
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
(888) 364-3577
www.rvmarinewater.com

Satellite TV Antennas

RoadTrip SD satellite TV antenna from WinegardThe Winegard Company recently introduced its newest generation of automatic domed satellite TV antennas with the low-profile RoadTrip SD (stationary) and SDi (in-motion) antennas. According to product literature, the 12-inch-high antennas, which are no taller than a rooftop air-conditioning unit, can be mounted to any motorhome for a flawless, integrated look.

The RoadTrip system can receive DIRECTV and DISH Network signals throughout the majority of the continental United States and is said to provide consistently clear video and sound. The antenna line utilizes digital video broadcast (DVB) technology, which allows the antenna to automatically identify and lock on to the correct satellite signal for clear, crisp reception. Both the SD and SDi automatically toggle between the primary and secondary satellites, giving viewers a seamless guide to programming on both satellites. This is a new feature for the in-motion unit because previous dome units were able to automatically toggle only when parked.

The RoadTrip SD and SDi antennas have a 32-inch diameter, weigh 35 pounds, and are available with white or black domes. The antennas have manufacturer's suggested retail prices of $1,399 (SD) and $1,999 (SDi). Satellite TV service must be purchased separately.

For more information, contact:
Winegard Company
3000 Kirkwood St.
Burlington, IA 52601
(800) 288-8094
(319) 754-0600
www.winegard.com

Light-Switch Remote

Dual Function Wireless Remote SystemAccording to product literature, the 10-amp Dual Function Wireless Remote System from Innovative Lighting allows motorhomers to operate lights inside or outside the coach from up to 75 feet away.

The wireless two-function remote transmitter has a maximum load of five amps per channel and can be reprogrammed. The 12-volt receiver, which is designed with a built-in fuse and conformal-coated circuit board, reportedly is weathertight, allowing it to be mounted anywhere on the coach. The expandable receiver works with up to five transmitters.

The Dual Function Wireless Remote System with transmitter has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $89.99. Extra transmitter key fobs are available for $29.99 each.

For more information, contact:
Innovative Lighting
109 Progressive Ave.
Roland, IA 50236
(800) 949-4888
(515) 388-1011
www.innovativelight.com
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