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RV Products: March 2007

Wind 'N Go Portable Lantern/RadioThe Wind 'N Go Portable Lantern/Radio from Athena Brands Inc. provides light, radio reception, and much more.
The lantern includes nine white LEDs that operate on high or low and six red LEDs that can be used as an emergency beacon. Cordless Lantern/Radio

Wind 'N Go Portable Lantern/RadioThe Wind 'N Go Portable Lantern/Radio from Athena Brands Inc. provides light, radio reception, and much more.

The lantern includes nine white LEDs that operate on high or low and six red LEDs that can be used as an emergency beacon. The unit also features an AM-FM radio, a 120-decibel siren, a nightlight, a high-frequency mosquito repeller, and a compass. The unit can be charged by winding the attached hand crank or by using the included 12-volt-DC adapter. Also included is an adapter for charging cell phones, along with an audio input cord to use with an Apple iPod or other MP3 device.

The Portable Lantern/Radio has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $29.95.

For more information, contact:
Athena Brands Inc.
1100 Mark Circle
Gardnerville, NV 89410
(800) 272-8603
(775) 782-0136
www.athenabrands.com

Portable Bicycle

from Giatex Bicycles Inc.Stretching bicycles from Giatex Bicycles Inc. combine full-size bike features with convenient storage when the bike is compressed.

The bicycles are available with 16-inch or 20-inch wheels and can be stretched or compressed depending on whether you want to ride the bikes or store them. The bike's adjustable frame reportedly stretches to full size in just 10 seconds. Raise the handle post, adjust the seat, and you're ready to ride. The bikes weigh between 22 pounds (16-inch with alloy stretching tube) and 30.55 pounds (20-inch with stainless-steel tube).

Among the standard features are a Shimano shifter and derailleur.

Three models are available with a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $399.95.

For more information, contact:
Giatex Bicycles Inc.
160 Bradwick Drive
Unit #31
Concord, Ontario
Canada L4K 1K8
(866) 544-2839
(905) 738-3505
www.giatexbikes.com

Cargo Retaining System

Multi-Strap cargo retaining systemThe Multi-Strap cargo retaining system from Quality Plastics is a strapping system that is said to work in storage areas where S-hook or bungee-type straps will not.

The system utilizes wall-mounted tracks that accept specially designed strap Ts, whose teeth interlock with the grooves in the tracks. Once the tracks are mounted, users simply thread the flexible straps through slots in the strap Ts, slide the Ts into the tracks, and pull the straps to tighten.

Multi-Straps are available with 12-inch or 20-inch wall tracks and in various package sizes. The manufacturer's suggested retail price ranges from $19.95 for a 12-inch two-pack to $49.95 for a 20-inch five-pack, while a special cargo trailer pack costs $106.95. Extra straps and strap Ts also are available.

For more information, contact:
Quality Plastics
P.O. Box 2433
Marion, NC 28752
(888) 853-3711
(828) 652-1190
www.campersfriend.com

Exterior Lighting

Manufacturers' Select Hawk Scare Light from ITCThe Manufacturers' Select Hawk Scare Light from ITC Incorporated is said to provide bright, dependable light outside the motorhome.

The rectangular light "” which measures 6-1/2 inches wide and 5 inches high "” tapers from 2 inches deep at the top to 1 inch deep at the bottom, directing light downward toward the camping area. The fixture is said to be easy to wire and install, and its dual 20-watt halogen bulbs provide greater light output than traditional porch lights.

The Manufacturers' Select Hawk Scare Light has a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $32.

For more information, contact:
ITC Incorporated
230 E. Lakewood Blvd.
P.O. Box 8338
Holland, MI 49422-8338
(888) 871-8860
(616) 396-1355
www.itc-marine.com

Wi-Fi Antenna

Smart iAntenna 300 from ANW DevicesThe Smart iAntenna 300 from ANW Devices Inc. reportedly improves wireless high-speed Internet (Wi-Fi) communication for RVers.

The antenna, which mounts to the roof of the motorhome, is said to offer 400 percent more power and 20 times the range of a laptop Wi-Fi setup. An Ethernet connection delivers power from the RV to the antenna and handles data routing between the antenna and the computer, preserving the laptop's power. The Smart system detects open networks and accommodates a LinkGauge, which displays wireless signal strength even when the vehicle is in motion.

The Smart iAntenna 300, which includes the LinkGauge, has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $374.95.

For more information, contact:
ANW Devices Inc.
P.O. Box 85244
Chandler, AZ 85244
(480) 363-8388
www.anwdevices.com

Portable Cloth

CommuteMate InstaClothThe CommuteMate InstaCloth is a convenient way to make sure you have a cloth with you wherever you go.

The InstaCloth starts out no bigger than a tablet, but when a little water is added it converts into a 10-inch-by-10-inch wipe that is great for using around the campsite, during hikes, while working on the motorhome, or during numerous other activities.

The InstaCloth comes eight to a package and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $2.99.

For more information, contact:
Heininger Automotive
2222 Queen St.
Bellingham, WA 98229-4753
(888) 722-5240
(360) 756-2411
www.heininger.biz

Cordless Waxer

Velocity Waxer from HomeRight Inc.The Velocity Waxer from HomeRight Inc. is a cordless orbital polisher that is said to reduce the time it takes to wax a vehicle.

The lightweight waxer features a 10-inch buffer pad and a five-ounce liquid wax reservoir. Users simply push a button and the built-in pump applies wax directly to the work area.

The Velocity Waxer is powered by an 18-volt battery that provides up to an hour of run time on one charge. The kit also includes a battery charger, a terry cloth bonnet, and two microfiber bonnets for polish removal.

The Velocity Waxer has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $79.99.

For more information, contact:
HomeRight Inc.
1661 94th Lane N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55449
(800) 264-5442
(763) 780-5115
www.homeright.com

Stain Remover

Mold & Mildew Stain Remover from IossoMold & Mildew Stain Remover from Iosso Products is said to remove difficult stains from most fabrics and surfaces.

Besides mold and mildew, the product reportedly works well in removing bird droppings, dirt, grease, oil, tree sap, leaf stains, and dead insects. According to company literature, the stain remover can be used on awnings, canvas, tarps, and canopies, as well as indoor fabrics such as vinyl and carpeting.

Mold & Mildew Stain Remover is packaged as a nonchlorine, biodegradable powder. Users simply add a scoop of the powder to a quart of water and work the solution into the soiled area.

A 12-ounce container of Mold & Mildew Stain Remover, which makes three gallons of solution, has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $14.28. A 65-ounce container that makes 14 gallons of solution is priced at $71.66.

For more information, contact:
Iosso Products
1485 Lively Blvd.
Elk Grove, IL 60007
(888) 747-4332
(847) 437-8400
www.iosso.com

Ceramic Cooktop

Contoure Classic ceramic cooktops Contoure Classic ceramic cooktops from InterCon Marketing feature an easy-to-clean glass surface and a sophisticated black finish that, according to product literature, resists scratches and will complement any décor.

The Classic line, which is available in one-, two-, and three-burner designs, includes 1,200-watt HiLight burners that ensure rapid heating, as well as radiant heating elements to supply constant, even heat distribution. Classic cooktops are available in 120-volt-AC or 240-volt-AC designs.

Contoure Classic ceramic cooktops have manufacturer's suggested retail prices of $359.95 for the one-burner, $499.95 for the two-burner, and $699.95 for the three-burner.

For more information, contact:
InterCon Marketing
1540 Northgate Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34234
(888) 551-1041
(941) 355-4488
www.123icm.com

Vacuum Sealer

FoodSaver GameSaver Turbo vacuum sealerThe FoodSaver GameSaver Turbo vacuum sealer from Jarden Consumer Solutions makes it possible to vacuum-pack food, clothing, and other necessities.

The fully automatic unit features two vacuum pumps and a heavy-duty sealing strip to efficiently remove the air from packages and seal them. It also includes a dishwasher-safe drip tray; a built-in roll storage compartment and cutter; a five-level seal touch-pad control that allows the user to adjust the length of the sealing process; and a manual seal control. Another feature is the accessory port, which allows users to vacuum-pack food and supplies in cans, jars, bottles, and FoodSaver vacuum-packaging containers (sold separately).

The vacuum sealer, which is available in white or gray, comes with five-gallon and five-quart bags, two FoodSaver rolls, an accessory hose, and an instruction manual and video.

The GameSaver Turbo has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $319.99.

For more information, contact:
Jarden Consumer Solutions
2381 Executive Center Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(800) 777-5452
(561) 912-4100
www.foodsaver.com
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