Category Archives: Gadgets We Love!

LevelMatePro- awesome leveling tool-app

Let’s face it, Kevin and I are not known for our geekie-ness (just ask my thirty-something kids!) but we have fallen in love with this Tech-savvy, easy to install and use tech instrument and app (for Iphones, Ipads and Androids) that make leveling your Motorhome or in our case, our trailer a breeze!

The LevelMatePRO is a level guidance system that once the receiver box is installed inside your rig, it sends a signal to your cell phone or Ipad in your car via Bluetooth that allows you to quickly and clearly see how level (or NOT) you are in a particular spot.

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Kevin is a prolific YouTube maestro and uses reviews and how to videos to learn about new gadgets that especially full timers have found useful.  This LevelMatePro came to us via the RVGeeks.com channel/website.  These guys offer no nonsense reviews, practical tips and how to’s on a myriad of tech related gadgets as well as other RV accessories and tools.

Of particular greatness is for folks who are swooping in for a quick overnight of boondocking in a parking lot, you can literally drive around with this thing on and see a spot that is the most level possible—thereby saving you even having to haul out one leveling block!

For us…it is a time and labor saver (not to mention stress saver).  Before the LevelMatePRO Kevin would park the rig, leaving the Suburban (a.k.a. Darth Vader) running.  Shoot back to the trailer, open her up, pull stuff out of  my freezer in the refrig to then place is 11 inch bubble level on the freezer shelf to ensure level sitting.  UGH….not level….back to the car, forward a scootch….backward a scootch…up onto the leveling canoe (as i call it) inch, inch…OK!  The back and forth into the freezer shelf could be done multiple times. YIKES!  Why you ask was I not doing this part….trust….its a guy thing….He felt he had a better handle on it because, well after all–it involved a tool. LOL.  2017-09-10 11.52.23

Ahh…..so now with the LevelMatePro we simply sit in the car together, read the screen.  We take out the one, or two leveling canoes (another blog post about them…far better than the stacking blocks) and while I do stay on the outside to monitor, we BOTH have our leveling apps running and can be assured of perfect fit.  And best of all…the food stays in the freezer!!

We bought our gadget on Amazon through the RVGeeks.com referral so they get a little perk for the order, which is fine with us since they do a lot to bring these things to fellow RVers.  Cost is about $130-150 and the item is entirely wireless!

The set up was very easy for us.  The manufacturer suggests with trailers that you mount as close to front of the rig as possible.  It can face either front, to either side or to back but should be mounted on a vertical surface.  Since our rig is curved we opted to mount our receiver on the side of our wooden front hanging shelf.  This shelf is very sturdy and we faced it towards the driver side since the instructions said that the driver side installation is optimal.  Two screws and we were done (after putting the batteries in of course!).  On/Off button is easy to access and reach.  The App guides you through the set up as does the very good and graphic instruction manual that comes with the equipment.  YES! I did say that it comes with printed instructions and graphic screenshots of what you should see.  Amazing in this day and age as so many things you buy now want you to go online for any installation or instruction manuals.  How refreshing!  and….I have frozen food!

PS:  There is also a hitch memory setting too so once you have your rig level, and you want to unhitch to take your tow vehicle out to dinner or siteseeing…use the hitch memory setting and when you go to rehitch up, the level pro will let you know exactly when you have lifted your rig just enough to get underneath to hitch up.

Check it out!  LevelMatePro is a great gadget!!  (good for Class A,B’s and C’s too)

*note, we do not get paid or receive any other type of enumeration or free products for our reviews of our “great gadgets”.

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Best little non-electric toaster ever!

In my quest for a toaster that could function well in the event of boondocking, I took to the proverbial pages of Amazon.com to see what others have reviewed.

I had visions of the old fashioned pierced plate style with four wire holders that prop up towards the middle, remembering somewhere in my life seeing and using this many moons ago.  Found tons on Amazon all with horrible reviews.  Ok…new search on.

Found it!  This little guy, the Camp-A-Toaster CT1 is fabulous.  I have LP stove/range so I cannot comment on this toaster’s use on an electric range.  Reviews from Amazon customers were very good and hit at the heart of what I was looking for which was:

  • even toasting,
  • easy to store and clean up–
  • and well made

Price is quite a bit more than those plate styles but I can tell you it is well worth it.  This is very well made and so far has done an amazing job with english muffins, bread and bagels.  Stows easily (I keep it in the bubble bag it was sent in) and on the shelf in my oven in the trailer (which i rarely use, but affords great handy storage!).  It does only toast two slices at a time but once it is heated up, it toasts so fast that this should not be a a problem for multiple people.

Product Details

Camp-A-Toaster CT1 Camp-A-Toaster

by Camp-A-Toaster
Get it by Tomorrow, Aug 10

NOTE:  You are best to pre-heat it for a minute on the burner, as suggested but then once you put your breadstuff down there be careful because you will burn your toast quickly (unlike the plate one that reviewers said took forever and really never did a good job).

How do I know this??  I have triggered our smoke alarm twice in one week!

Enjoy this great gadget!

At some point in the near future, we will be starting to host an Amazon direct store from this website so you can order through that link and we get a little perk from Amazon towards our future purchases (but it does not cost you any more)—so we will appreciate your support.  🙂