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Trailers RS Meet in Costa Doce

With the participation of approximately 20 trailers, the Trailistas RS group meets this weekend at Recanto da Lagoa camping in TAPES-RS. The camping, which was once part of the municipal sphere, became private in 2013 after 12 years of being closed. Today it receives tents, trailers and motor homes with a lot of structure and even a sewage treatment plant. In the promotion of caravanning and in the intention of publicizing the locality, the Group of Trailistas RS fraternize toasting the history of camping in Brazil. Soon more photos and reports of the participants here.

Camping, Caravanning and COVID-19

It is already a fact! The coronavirus pandemic was established in Brazil not only in the presence of its dissemination but also in the actions of the State and the movement of policies and the press. It is also not new that the impacts of the economy will also affect the camping and leisure sector and nature tourism. In addition to all the precautions more than reported for those first moments, we must take advantage of the protection to work on the appropriate actions that will be missed in the future. Review and planning!

Camping and Caravanning do not have an official representative entity. The ABRACAMPING is idle, waiting for a renaissance that has never been necessary. She has representation in the government and even has a seat in the Ministry of Tourism. Other State or National associations only represent small niches and groups in the sector. The camp, the highest of camping and Caravanning for 20 years, has been trying to clarify and guide the business community that makes up the sector. Various Tourism bodies.

THE CAMPINGS:

By force of law or the will to protect owners, employees, campers, and the population in general, the overwhelming majority of campsites closed their doors from the last 20/03. But what to do without the receipts? How to honor commitments? What will become of the next holidays that help so much in the annual revenue? These are questions without immediate answers, and only calm and patience will be the right tool to overcome this phase. Tax wages will undoubtedly be made more flexible by municipalities, states, and the Union. Labor issues are already being dealt with, remembering that we are all in the same boat. But what about the future? Unsure as it is, it is time to “take advantage” of the enclosed time to put planning issues into practice. One hour the storm will pass, and the best prepared will come out ahead.

– AMENDMENTS: If you have sold future packages and appointments, make your customers’ lives easier, especially by making the rescheduling process as flexible as possible even without a scheduled date.

PHYSICAL STRUCTURE: Especially for owners who are closely linked to the camping janitorial, how about taking advantage of the fact that there is no way to “leave the house” to put some things in order? Repairs, improvements, paintings, gardening, and everything can be made without the impediments to accessing materials. A lot can be done for when all this is over.

– FUTURE PLANNING: It’s time to put on paper everything you dream of for your business. Even what seems unattainable even more at a time like this. Paper accepts everything, and the best way to make it happen one day is to organize things into priorities. List each topic and underline everything essential to do to accomplish them. It’s time to think about your visibility and what your business has to offer.

– UPDATE YOUR DATA: MaCamp completes 20 years of existence and is the LARGEST and MOST COMPLETE camping guide in BRAZIL. With or without a pandemic, we continue to publicize your camping for FREE via WEB or APPLICATION version for ANDROID AND IOS phones and tablets. SPEND a few minutes to UPDATE this data via a form. The more complete and updated the data in our guide, the greater the response of choice for campers.

– COMMUNICATE YOURSELF: Use your social networks to communicate the camping situation, what they are doing for your planning and improvements. This will make the camper keep his actions and intentions in memory. Count on MaCamp – communicate with us by sending your actions and questions.

INDUSTRY:

We understand that the situation is too complicated. Fixed expenses, suppliers, employees stopped, and their payrolls active, production stopped, without income, and contracts that cannot be fulfilled on time. Many companies still depend on imports that have been paralyzed since January. In addition to running after all these solutions, it is time to PLAN and COMMUNICATE. Take advantage of employees or contractors who can now perform their activities in the “home office” to order which improvements and ideas can be put into practice when everything is restored. The DISCLOSURE question can also become COMMUNICATION making sure that your client does not lose sight of you and keeps track of your positivity during these difficult times.

– PUBLISH your products, your launches (even if they are changed at this time) and your future plans.

– COMMUNICATE with your audience. Show them what is moving in this guard. Certainly your company will be at the top, with the customer.

– DO NOT CUT SPONSORSHIP: Whoever depends on your support counts this for survival and your sector also depends on what he does. Yes, we are talking about MaCamp – the largest entity in the sector. TALK, present your difficulties. A “brake” on support in the face of difficulties does not mean the end or even the stoppage of its dissemination during this period. Remember that you need advertising more than ever.

SERVICES:

They must follow the same steps as the industry. Think about PROMOTING your services to your audience. Certainly weeks or months of “punishment” will result in a desire to travel and entertain. Remember that CAMPING is the most economical modality among the others in tourism and that this may even mean a new audience in view . COMMUNICATE YOURSELF, spread the word and remember that MaCamp lives for this FOMENT.

Manfro Tent

The Manfro plant in Caxias do Sul produced two models of tent-trailers, both made of Fiber: Models: Cri-cri and Machão. Although the copy of the photos is not in great condition, it can show several exclusive differences of this tent-trailer from our friend Juarez Kruger Junior. Unlike the famous “camping star” and “trabucar”, Manfro’s “macho” model was all made of fiber, with a beautiful kitchen molded inside, with a sink, refrigerator and cupboard.

Car luggage racks: What is the legislation?

luggage rack rules

Those who camp know that gear (set of camping equipment and accessories) is something that scales itself as space increases. In addition, the desire to enjoy the modernities and comforts that the market develops for the activity makes us feel the need for even more space. In the case of family camping, transportation is essential and the car is the most used means. The trunk is over and that internal space has also been filled up? Then the time has come to use the roof to take more junk. But it is not all or any size that can be taken there. So let’s get to know the rules. [This article was first published on April 6, 2018]. The resolution 339 2020 only orders to obey the old ones (and referenced below) and withdraws some special authorizations for cases that would exceed the measures.

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There are numerous laws and resolutions for vehicles. Some of them refer to the luggage racks, but others can be encompassed by the effect it causes. In practice, we have the safety of the drivers themselves, that of your luggage a lesser degree of importance and finally the final punishment: “The Fine”. For a traveler, any problem with guards or inspections can not only generate fines, but also problems that hinder the continuity of the trip.

RULE OF RULE: In practice the limitation is in the dimensions of the load on the roof of the car. This is because, in terms of inspection, there will be no weighing of what is in the luggage compartment, so this question should be on account of the driver’s responsibility and safety. Before any doubt, the bicycle is an exception to the rule.

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DIMENSION LIMIT: The law deals with dimensions for a fundamental reason. The car’s center of gravity is very important for its handling. Although there is a need to analyze the legislation on a case-by-case basis [ via link ], there is a defined load limit of no more than 50 cm above the top line of the car (Y). Also, that the load does not exceed the length of the vehicle body (Z) and its width does not exceed the width of the TOP of the car. That is, it is not the mirrors that will be taken into account and not even the lower width of the car.

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NEGATIVE POINTS: If our ability to carry things increases, some things happen at a “loss”. In the case of luggage racks, we have greater friction with the air and therefore less aerodynamics, greater weight of the entire car and greater fuel consumption. In addition, you will be more careful and attentive to the height limit signs at the entrance to parking lots, shopping malls, markets, etc.

CEILING TENTS: Although when armed, they have a height much higher than allowed, when collected in transit they never exceed 50cm. Go easy.

BICYCLES: For an obvious reason, given the circumstances of the bicycle being a metallic, rigid equipment, without resistance to wind and light, an exception is made in the law. So it can be carried on the ceiling, as long as it is well fixed even if it exceeds the maximum height of 50cm.

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FINES: We have two. Average infraction with 5 points in the CNH for those who exceed the maximum dimensions and a serious 7 points for those who let something loose and fall on the track.

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How much does it cost to start camping?

A recurring question for us here at MaCamp is the question of how much is spent to acquire the basic equipment to start camping. The answer can be somewhat complicated, as each pocket profile can have different parameters on how much you can spend to experience the wonderful world of camping. But we will try to put here a content that fits each one of them.

camping tents

First of all, it is necessary to know that camping is like any other activity that requires a little instruction so that everything goes well, but nothing that a good reading does not solve. It is very common to hear stories of wrenches in the first camp, but although it does not require experience, it is necessary to know some maneuvers and behaviors so that certain things do not become problematic in the debut. (Article first published in June 2017)

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We are saying all of this, because if your pocket can’t afford top quality equipment at the start, there will be no problem, but you will need to take action. For example the tent. There are super cheap tents on the market and they can serve very well for your first camp. However, they tend to be of poorer quality and that is why you should always take a tarp as a cover to protect it from the rain. They are also not prepared for extreme windy locations, so the destination and camping to be chosen must be well studied. If you already want to invest in a quality tent, study the waterproofing issue and especially the type, model and size of the tent. Try not to start with a giant, because the bigger, the harder it is to set up and manage.

camping tents

DO NOT GO OUT BUYING! It is especially common for people with greater purchasing power to go out buying everything that is equipment and accessories for camping for the first time. Tables, chairs, stove, pots, canteen, lantern, mattress, camp bed, cooler, sleeping and etc. Remember that camping is a hobby and that it becomes a real passion. So you will really enjoy the new equipment and for that reason it would be nice for you to experience this experience in a very minimalist way, even so that you can better evaluate which types, sizes and models of each accessory to buy with pleasure. MaCamp has a section that deals exactly with the accessoriesexplaining advantages, disadvantages and characteristics for each profile. It is worth reading so that you can get to know the other campers in the camping and choose which one best fits your profile.

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MINIMUM EQUIPMENT: Certainly, the fundamental equipment is the Tent. Chosen, start by buying a simple mattress or mattress so you can see which type is best for your comfort. If it is not a cold place, you can postpone purchasing a sleeping bag and bringing your bedding and blanket—ditto for thermal insulation that is not necessary for hot and mild climates. Lighting equipment is essential, and there are several types. The common lanterns form a beam for the walk, and the tent lamps make a more diffused and distributed lighting. If you already have a simple flashlight, use it while studying which option is best for you. The kitchen issue is extensive. See if you want to cook in the first camp. Some campsites offer collective kitchens composed of a stove, refrigerator, barbecue, and some even utensils. There are also options with canteens and restaurants.

Stoves of various types and options for gas cylinders or cartridges. From there come the pots, plates, and cutlery that will undoubtedly be part of your future junk, but you can initially take your own from home. Dishes are always better if they are made of plastics – light and do not break. The ” refrigerator ” also comes into this idea. There are several types, and the most economical way to start is with the famous Styrofoam and ice. Several campsites offer electrical outlets for equipment. If it is the chosen camping case, you can take a lamp, fan, and other devices, and then it is essential to take an extension of at least 10m and think that most campsites have 220V voltage. Finally, depending on your profile, you can take stools, beach chairs, and other furniture that can be bought or used at home.

WHERE TO LOAD: In the “Nomad” modality, camping can be practiced on foot, by public transport, bicycle, motorcycle, car, etc. Therefore the backpack will be necessary to carry your things, clothes and supplies. This is also an item that presents a diversity of quality and prices. If you go by car you can think about dispensing this equipment for later evaluation. Otherwise, you can start thinking about a backpack that has an adequate size for your belongings and pocket points and anchorage for the paraphernalia. But it’s not just “Liters” that makes a good backpack, but its resistance with the weight carried and especially the comfort that it will offer to the shoulder and back of those who carry it. Do a lot of research.

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PRICES: You certainly expect from this article that we mention prices. It would be extremely delicate to make a specific list of items in the junk. A stall can cost from R $ 70.00 in the supermarket to more than R $ 1,000.00 in specialized stores. An inflatable mattress can go from R $ 40.00 to more than R $ 200.00 and stoves can be purchased for R $ 20.00 up to more than R $ 400.00 a stove more increased. A sleeping bag ranges from R $ 30.00 to more than R $ 2,000.00. Since an illustration is necessary, it follows a very democratic table that proves that any pocket can enter the world of camping.

 CHEAPMEDIANGOOD EQUIPS.MAGNATAS
TENTR $ 70.00R $ 200.00R $ 350.00R $ 2,000.00
MATTRESSR $ 40.00R $ 120.00R $ 280.00R $ 400.00
SLEEPING BAGR $ 40.00R $ 120.00R $ 300.00R $ 2,600.00
FIREPLACER $ 20.00R $ 70.00R $ 150.00R $ 400.00
FLASHLIGHTR $ 5.00R $ 40.00R $ 80.00R $ 200.00
ISOPOR / COOLERR $ 20.00R $ 70.00R $ 300.00R $ 1.0000,00
SCHOOLBAGR $ 50.00R $ 200.00R $ 400.00R $ 1,000.00
TOTAL:R $ 245.00R $ 820.00R $ 1,860.00R $ 7,600.00

As you can see, different pockets, different qualities for different parameters and profiles generate a great disparity in the final price. The best thing is that everything will be equal in the environment of courtesy, friendship and solidarity in the camping

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BEST INVESTMENT: Without a doubt, regardless of the amount spent, the biggest investment will be in yourself and the children. Living outdoors will bring you immeasurable benefits and education will be much richer for living in society.

TENT RENTALS: Although there are not many places that rent tents to travel, there are a few campsites that offer the equipment. Also in terms of protection, there are campsites that offer fixed covers (canvas or thatch) so that you can set up your simple tent underneath. In these cases, we advise you to set up the tent in the open to enjoy the reality of the camp and use the cover in case of any problem.

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GO ONCE! In addition to testing and purchasing products, the most important thing about camping is getting started. Play body and soul. First, be sure to read our beginner’s guide to camping to find out all the details and care. It will be successful and on the way back you will be able to use your experience to build your stuff with great taste and dedication.

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Choosing a Camping

First you will need to choose a camping site for your first camping trip. But first of all you need to understand the philosophy of practice.

Now it’s time to face the “cost” factor for the camp, as all private campings charge lodging fees that can be “daily” or “Overnight”. In recent years the prices of campsites have grown relatively and it is very common to compare the price of camping and simple inns. The true soul camper has camping as a LIFESTYLE and not as a cheap form of tourism. A person who loves camping pays even more than the value of an inn to enjoy the wonders that camping offers. Our goal here will not be to discuss this subject, but to expose this philosophy.

To choose a campsite you will consult our CAMPINGS GUIDE, but before…

First, you must choose whether the destination will be inland or coastal. Study the characteristics of the times of the year for each Brazilian region. For example, we know that the coast in the South is practically sought during the summer season, given the harsh winter. In the southeast, the summer is very affected by the sudden rains on the coast and even in winter the beach is very popular. Also take into account the holiday and its frequencies and for the first camp try to choose a camping that is not crowded, that does not suffer from stormy rains or even avoid empty campsites. With time and experience you will be ready to enjoy a camping trip facing all adversities.

A well-structured camping, with security and leisure options goes very well in the countryside. The coastal campsites already have different characteristics, with the proximity of the beach as a major factor. Choose a well-recommended camping that meets your needs and desires. Pay attention to the type of transport you will use. If any camping appeals to you very much, but you don’t have your own vehicle and the bus is not so close, be sure to ask by phone if someone in charge could not provide a transfer ride from the nearest point to the camping. This is not uncommon.

Pay attention to the level of tranquility you will seek and the type of date that this camp will take. Check the reviews and comments in our guide to make sure that unpleasant things are not part of your first adventure. Be zealous with noise. In camping, preference should be given to the sound of nature and respect for other campers.

ALWAYS make sure the camping works by contacting it first.

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Review: Winegard RM-DM46 Satellite Antenna

With a trailer, motor home or camper, whatever the destination, people who can’t live without their favorite TV channels are well served. We tested the closed-signal mini satellite dish, from installation to end use. The Banda Ku system is already widespread in the market and present in urban and rural homes with packages that include open broadcasters and also subscription channels. The Virtual Parts Store for RV`s MY TRAILER made sure to send the WINEGARD RM-DM46 model for review.

This model was designed to operate only the satellite signal, having no local reception in VHF and UHF. Its main attraction is practicality and compactness. With the fully internal controls, it is possible to open the antenna, adjust the elevation and the pointing towards the satellite. In the guard position, it is lowered and ready for travel, where the plate is lowered horizontally and protecting the LNB rod that has automatic joints. Perfect for not losing space to store an antenna.

We did the full test. The purchase process in the MEU TRAILER online store , installation and end use. Let’s go to the first stage.

THE PURCHASE: The virtual store is very practical and simple to operate. A menu on the left contains all the sections that, by the way, cover a very complete range of parts for trailers, motor homes and the like. Having chosen the “antennas” tab, we chose the product and followed the common steps of any online store. Finalize the order, choose the payment method, calculate and choose the freight modality and the initial registration of those who were never customers. Fast and very clear, we chose the bank slip and delivery via carrier, since this item is not delivered by post due to its size.

It took a few days for delivery on the promised date. The product arrived in perfect condition at our address when we went to open the big box full of curiosity.

EXTERNAL INSTALLATION: At the camping, it is time to install the toy. Studying the product, the manual and especially your RV is essential. Our biggest fear is to miss the hole. In addition to the location of the antenna on the roof in relation to outside interference and also in the correct position in relation to the front of the vehicle, you also have to meet the position of the internal control inside, in addition to the internal structure of the trailer roof. The whole process is simpler in the video illustration below. Basically, after carefully choosing the location, it is time to make the single through hole and fix the base with glue and screws with complete caulking.

INSTALLATION INTERNAL: Once inside, after fixing the base, it is time to mount the internal antenna commands. The first element is the internal base that must be cut by taking the “thickness” of the ceiling by the tip and transferring this measurement to the base. After all the control elements have been screwed, it is time to cut the threaded pipe which will be where we will attach the inner nut. Finally, cut the hexagonal rod where the crank will be fixed.

CABLES AND POWER: There are two cables that come out of the antenna. The main coaxial cable goes from the LNB (receiver of the signals in the focus of the antenna) straight to the decoder of the chosen operator. The second, somewhat thinner, goes from the elevation sensor that is hidden in the rod to the location chosen for the display. Ideally, it should be in a place where you can see both this and the TV screen, as it will help in the process of pointing the antenna towards the satellite. The only supply (12V) of the set will be the internal elevation sensor, and in the absence of this energy the antenna will function normally.

LNB: Before operating the satellite TV, it is necessary to change the LNB that comes with the antenna. Is that Winegard is a foreign brand without official representation in Brazil and the signal receiver that is at the tip of the rod – in the focus of the parable – is original from Direct TV in the USA and does not work with any operator in Brazil. Then you will need to choose the subscription company and then install your corresponding LNB. It will also be necessary to support / clamp the national LNB, since those here in Brazil are not integrated as the original.

+ Descriptions: Weight: 5.5kg; Height raised 76.2 cm and Height lowered 20.3 cm; Internal Commands; Digital elevation sensor; 360º rotation; Band KU; Foreign LNB (which needs to be exchanged)

PRICE: The antenna cost R $ 3,650.89 + shipping in the store MY TRAILER on the date of purchase and this review.

REVIEW – PRODUCT AND PLACE: This equipment was sent by  MY TRAILER who relied on MaCamp’s know-how to test its products in the Reviews section. The tests and photos were performed at Camping CCB in Campos do Jordão in July 2017.

Quechua Arpenaz Folding Chair

Basic camping equipment, for use restricted to family camping, can be used all the time in the residence itself or as a spare seat for those party days.

The Quechua Arpenaz Foldable model has as its main configuration the foldable model in “x” system and low backrest looking for the minimum dimension when closed. That’s why it doesn’t have armrests or cup holders. It is a choice, as other models have these differentials. This model is the most compact to carry.

Armed, the seat is 41cm high and the back is lower than the model that Quechua manufactured in the past. It has thick and resistant fabric with reinforced rubber corners with eyelets that run smoothly through the metal frame at the time of opening / closing. To close the chair, just press the feet in an “X” shape. To open it just separate them and the weight of the body also makes the opening force. The feet have a good support area, since they also articulate two structural supports each. With six of these rods, the product is quite capable for service.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8959365990645001&output=html&h=60&slotname=6374340739&adk=3646161604&adf=3483950181&w=468&lmt=1600676159&psa=1&guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&format=468×60&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmacamp.com.br%2Fcadeira_dobravel_arpenaz_quechua%2F&flash=0&wgl=1&dt=1600676159015&bpp=9&bdt=422&idt=402&shv=r20200915&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dd9c4544eb70c4658%3AT%3D1600673630%3AS%3DALNI_MZi1A9fT5BsdopYbfbKu4gUC7STog&correlator=1936483438164&frm=20&pv=2&ga_vid=2095761607.1600673630&ga_sid=1600676159&ga_hid=1630193856&ga_fc=1&iag=0&icsg=50080431&dssz=42&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=480&u_his=2&u_java=0&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=255&ady=1709&biw=1349&bih=625&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=42530672%2C44723322&oid=3&pvsid=4023643767448729&pem=561&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fmacamp.com.br%2Freviews%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1366%2C728%2C1366%2C625&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CoeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8192&bc=31&ifi=1&uci=a!1&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=HCR6sye1bo&p=https%3A//macamp.com.br&dtd=430

FOLDING CHAIR ARPENAZ QUECHUA
BENEFITS
Light and compact
Carrying handle
DISADVANTAGES
Very low back (justified to look for a smaller dimension)
Lack of transport bag, which would help to make it even more compact
DATA PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER
Seat height41 cm
Tube materialSteel
Seat material600D polyester

Quechua Limited Edition Folding Chair

The differential of this model of chair from Quechua is the armrest that guarantees a lot of comfort in a retractable equipment. A basic accessory for use restricted to family camping that can be used all the time at home or as a spare seat for those party days.

Despite having a print belonging to a limited edition of the brand, the chair model itself will last for a long time having this review well used.

The Quechua Limited Edition model is foldable in an “umbrella” system – an “x” system that causes the rods to run through the eyelets on the seat to make it compact. Closed and attached to a velcro tape, it can be easily transported or accommodated in the luggage compartment

Armed, the seat is 41cm high and the backrest reaches 77cm. It has thick and resistant fabric with nylon bias edges and rubber reinforced corners with eyelets that run smoothly through the metal frame at the time of opening / closing. She already arms with the arm rests in place and in one of them there is a cup holder. The total width when opened is 73cm and a depth of 50cm.

To close the chair, just press the rods or the feet or the backrest inwards. The “X” system will go into action smoothly. There is a velcro strap to wrap the chair around and prevent it from opening during transport and a strap to carry it over your shoulder. To open it, just separate the rods. The body’s own weight also makes the final opening force. Closed it is 81cm long by about 18cm in diameter.

The feet have a good support area, since they also articulate two structural supports each.

One of the most important points in our assessment is the anchoring of the rear rods close to the backrest. In the first versions of the brand, the rubber terminals were torn with weight and pressure and invalidated the chair before it aged. Now the rods are accommodated in a well folded hem and sewn on the back and it seems that it will no longer present that problem.

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QUECHUA LIMITED EDITION FOLDING CHAIR
BENEFITS
Light and compact
Carrying handle
DISADVANTAGES
The second cup holder was missing from the other armrest
Lack of transport bag, which would help to make it even more compact
DATA PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER
Seat height41 cm
Tube materialSteel
Seat material600D polyester
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Review

REVIEW: Sink NTK Folding Sink

The Portable Sink for Camping. In the Tent and Also in the Trailer / Motor-Home

Family camping means the convenience of your home in the middle of nature and with all portability. It starts with the tent and some accessories that soon grow mainly with the composition of the kitchen. Now in addition to supporting all belongings on a practical bench, it is possible to have a sink right there in the gazebo or under the canvas. Nautika surprised us by sending this newest launch that fit us like a glove in the current situation. Called “Pia Dodrável Sink”, the portable sink makes life easier for those who like to practice gastronomy or even make the most of campers’ gororobas.

For those who see it, it looks like a traditional table with a built-in vat. It is more than that, as the height is the kitchen countertop. So it makes chores easier. The washing position does not punish the back, as does the handling of the stove that can be accommodated there. The Nautika kit already includes the metal faucet, the flexible braid, plastic valve (drain) with dirt retainer, cover, accordion siphon and one more piece that we will have to discover the function. Yes, she is heavy. It is a comfort item for camping with a car, but in this case it seems to be better to have resistance and durability with a certain weight as a consequence: 12.2 kg.

UNBOXING: The cardboard box packs the product and has practically the same dimensions as the top itself (1.16m X 60cm). 6.5cm is the thickness of it stored. The feet are folded and folded in the low relief at the bottom. There, the included accessories that accompany the product are also accommodated. The faucet is metallic and of excellent quality and therefore comes packed in a fabric bag. In plastics come the valve (drain) with a retainer and cover, the folding siphon, and the flexible braided metal. A curious little black piece still doubts its usefulness. A sizeable transparent plastic wraps around the top to protect your physical integrity. It arrived for us impeccably whole.

ASSEMBLY:  Extremely simple and fast. The two sets of unfolding feet are being locked in the “French hand” itself. The total height does not require fittings or other joints in the feet. A plastic part helps to fix the retracted feet and must be released at the time of assembly. The faucet has a plastic “nut” that is very easy to be threaded for fixing it on the bench. The same process makes mounting the valve (drain) very easy. Then it’s time to screw the flexible on the tap, through its 1/2 inch tip. The siphon is also threaded on the valve. Ready. Now just connect the hose to a tap using connections and extenders not included. It is worth remembering that the instruction manual is not the most didactic and complete, but comes in three languages.

IN USE: The sink / countertop fell like a glove for us. With the temporary use of the fixed trailer in a camping, external supports are essential. So we already used support for a stove and sideboard, but the external sink was still something extremely missing. Not anymore. In addition to the area for washing dishes and supporting the drying rack, we have extra space for a stove and other belongings. The 86cm height is great for this. No curving your back on conventional tables. The rigidity of the set was also surprising. It justifies the weight of the equipment when compared to aluminum tables.

TAP: The light tap with a “quarter turn” valve is practical and very robust. It does not swing on the bench, it has a high, swivel spout and an aerator tip that gives the impression of more water. It sits well in the corner, leaving space to accommodate sponge and detergent

CUBA: It has great dimensions, even within the physical limitations of its depth, which is 6 cm. The water settles there without splashing too much and its rounded corners prevent the accumulation of dirt. The valve is also very neat. It can be used open or with a dirt retainer that prevents food remains from passing into the outlet tube. Clogging it is difficult, but it prevents it from staining the floor (if the destination of the wastewater is this) or from going to the water catchment bucket. Large pots and jars are well served, since the bottom of the vat to the height of the spout is 23.5 cm.

PIPES: The plastic siphon is folded and easily extended and retracted, being able to make the necessary curves for its correct positioning. It has 30cm when fully retracted and reaches 73cm when stretched. The flexible one could be a little bigger. Its 30cm only serves to facilitate the connection of an external hose that can be made with quick coupling kits that are not included in the product. One end has a 1/2 inch thread to screw in the tap and the other end is 3/4 to facilitate the use of garden taps. A simple adapter (not included) is enough to turn it 1/2.

MYSTERIOUS PIECE: A very curious little black colored piece caught our attention. we spent a long time looking for its real function, since neither in the instruction manual, in the publicity photos or even on the internet we found it useful. It is a semicircular fitting that we easily understand that it serves to grab some tube. In the case of the portable sink it fits perfectly on the feet. However, the piece has a clearly shaped end that fits into a hole. The only use we found for her, even without a clear effect, was to use it as a hanger for our dishcloth.

BEYOND WE FIND! Yes … we found the solution. The piece fits perfectly into the tap hole. We understand that it is for when you do not want to use the faucet, but rather a duchinha or common hose tip. Note that the hand shower in the photo does not come with the product . Anyway, as we prefer the ease of the tap, the little piece will continue to be our dish towel hanger.🤩

GENERAL COMMENTS:The folding sink is a hand on the wheel for those who want to do family camping in comfort. It is just not worth it if there is a lack of space in the luggage or the camper is not arrived in very large or exaggerated equipment. The support it offers is immense with several possibilities. One of them for example is to use it as a bathroom top inside a gazebo, where the sink can be used to brush your teeth and wash your hands for example. For those who like to fish, support to clean fish can be essential, including using a 12V shower pumping water from the river or lake. Even at home, the sink can be useful for that barbecue in the garden, where in addition to the support for meats and spices, the washing area will be important. Rigid, resistant, stable and beautiful material. If you notice well, there is an embossed “ruler” on the front of the top. We don’t take much into account, but in the case of fisheries, the fish can be measured right there. However, the marking besides being in inches, has no numbering, having to count the dashes.

SOME OPTIONS: Those who camp know that the range of options makes equipment famous. The day-to-day facilities are always being sought in the camp whose location we have chosen by hand. The position of the faucet in the corner of the counter does not only facilitate its use in relation to the basin or even when washing larger or taller pieces. It also gives us the possibility to use the water spout to fill a bucket or wash our feet. Just turn it to the outside.

FEATURES: Material: Top in resistant polymer and legs in enameled steel; Measurements: 116cm x 60cm x 86cm; Supported weight: 68kg; Weight: 12.2kg; Folded height: 6.5cm; Internal bowl height: 6cm; Height from the bottom of the bowl to the spout: 23.5cm.

PRICE: On the date of this review the equipment cost R $ 598.40 + shipping on the official Nautika website . As it is a launch, it is not yet found in other distribution stores, but certainly the value will be much lower.

REVIEW – PRODUCT and Location: This equipment was sent by NAUTIKA, which relied on MaCamp’s know-how to test its products in the Reviews section. The tests were done at a camping site in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

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REVIEW: Automatic Mosquito Net for Door – Apolo Trailer

We tested the launch of Apolo Trailer which promises practicality against mosquitoes at the RV’s door.

We tested the launch of APOLO TRAILER. The mosquito net with automatic magnet closure is the novelty that was already equipping the brand’s trailers and which is now launched on the market for trailers and motor homes of all ages and brands. Custom-made, we received an ideal example for our trailer. Tested for three weeks, it was enough for this review article.

Those who camp with a trailer or motor home know that screens and mosquito nets are essential for those looking for the convenience of taking their own home to natural environments. Especially in summer, mosquitoes do not forgive, and screens become practically mandatory equipment in trailers, motor homes, campers, and overland vehicles. In the tents, they are already part of the equipment itself. In windows and skylights, the screens are easily installed in several ways, with rails, slides, velcro, and even systems that incorporate mosquito nets and black-out practically. However, the door ends up being the weak point, since the passage and, consequently, its opening movements, are much more frequent and often with busy hands. A little hesitation and that mosquito came in to keep him company during the night. Faced with a few solutions on the market, Apolo Trailer decided to innovate by equipping its models with a straightforward and effective screen. It is a pair of screens joined by small magnets. When entering the trailer, there is no need to do anything. As advancing the body on the screen, the magnets come apart, releasing the passage. After that entrance, the screen returns to its place being connected again by the magnetic elements.

THE ORDER: In a simple and objective way the order was made via whatsapp. We informed the measures we needed and after the post office deadline, in the combined mode + 1 day of confection, the screen arrived at our headquarters.

UNBOXING: Well packed in plastic inside the cardboard box, the screen is folded and already joined by the magnets in the snap position. Some masking tapes hold the magnets so that they do not come loose before everything is installed.

INSTALLATION: The Apolo screen is prepared with double-sided tapes already attached to the top and side bars. Our old screen (single sheet) had a Velcro system and for that reason we prefer to continue with it not only because of the ease of installation but also to be able to remove and replace it during cleaning / washing. Therefore, we use double-sided tape to glue the velcro tapes that we buy in a haberdashery store. With the double sided, it was not necessary to sew the velcro and they were very well attached.

Provisionally, as our old screen had a right side opening, we keep the Velcro on this side in small segments. In the future it will become integral as in the upper and left side bar. In the bottom bar there is no fixation and the “seal” will be made by the screen bar that will rest against the floor.

USE: We tested the screen for three weeks before starting to write this review. Although we liked it from the beginning, we prefer to test its functioning and possible weaknesses. The screen proved to be immensely efficient. After “getting used” to the central and not lateral opening, I already felt its “automatic” advantages with each trailer’s entry or exit. It is only necessary to “pierce” the passage using both hands, moving the two screens apart and just advancing the body over it. The magnets “come off” immediately without any resistance, and soon afterward, they come back together when the force of gravity pulls the screens back to the “hanging” position. The few times the screen does not return is due to two factors: 1- As the sides of Karmann Ghia’s door are metallic, sometimes (few) the magnets end up sticking there. 2- When our kitchen rug slides towards the door, disrupting the screen to return to its place naturally. That is why it is recommended not only to avoid leaving any screen left on the floor but also to use rugs on the edge of the door.

WIND: We didn’t catch any extreme winds that we could say with certainty that the magnet system can beat it, but with moderate winds in our tests, we can say that the screen has remained very tightly closed.

Just Height – Neither Greater nor Less: When taking measurements to order your canvas, remember that it is necessary to leave the minimum margins for fixing the set both on the sides and on the top bar. When measuring the total height, take into account that the screen is not left over on the floor. As we already said, this makes it difficult for the screen to return to its original position on its own and then receive the reinforcement of the magnets to keep it stretched. if it gets smaller, the gap will be the preferred entry for mosquitoes that fly generally low.

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Portable Toilet in Camping

For many years, the Portal MaCamp has published in its “ accessory tips ” a very interesting item present mainly in Trailers and Motor Homes of smaller size – The Portable Toilet .

What most people do not know is that this equipment is not only used for recreational vehicles, but for several other purposes, such as domestic use in the case of children or the elderly, where it can remain in the dormitory and even for camping. of TENT.

Contrary to what may appear, the equipment does not emit a smell, does not have any unhealthy characteristics, and does not depend on any other accessory to be used. Both at the time of use and the disposal of waste, there is no difference in being at home, in a trailer, or the tent.

Like much other camping equipment, the portable toilet is not a necessary item but a comfort device. With it, campers will be able to count on a toilet inside their tent or advance, always clean and for exclusive use at any time.

The highly sought after item for those with young children. With it, parents can rest assured about their children’s behavior when using public toilets where there is a high chance of contact contamination. After a while the person sees that any adult can make normal use of the equipment with something in the comfort of home. No queues, misuse or lack of cleanliness.

In practical terms, the use is simple. The toilet is equipped with two parts: The upper part is the seat + basin. The area around the vat is a clean water tank to be used for flushing, which is triggered by a manual device, much like an accordion inflator: Press and release. The bottom is the debris tank itself. In addition to serving to raise the toilet’s height, the tank can receive around 10L of waste + water from the flush. This tank uses a particular product similar to those blue liquids present in toilets for planes, trains, and buses. It has the task of transforming any solid into an inert and odorless liquid. What separates the two parts of the portable toilet is a gate that must be opened at the time of use so that the waste passes into the tank.

Disposal / Cleaning: The biggest question about the portable toilet is in this regard. Something very simple whose practicality enhances the advantage of using a product of its own in detriment to the use of public toilets. It is exactly in these that the waste accumulated in the tank will be discarded. A small lid will be removed and the liquid can be poured as if it were any bombona. It is possible to do the whole process without even getting your hands dirty and after adding more deodorizing liquid the toilet will be ready for the next use. At the end of the trip, it can be washed with neutral detergent and stored.

In all these years of dissemination, we have received several doubts about portable toilets. The most common opinions of those who do not know are exactly the initial strangeness and distrust of being something dirty or smelly. Completely contrary to bad expectations, the toilet is very suitable for family camping profiles. Regardless of whether the camping bathroom is good or bad, this accessory can be of great value.

This is not a cheap accessory. With prices starting at around R $ 500.00 for many campers it becomes valid. Durable can last for many years if taken care of.

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REVIEW: GASEG-Ditronic 12V Gas Leak Sensor

Gas sensor ideal for trailers, motor homes and overland vehicles, as they do not require the use of an inverter, being connected all the time directly to 12V.

We tested the sensor 12V cooking gas GASEG of Ditronic especially for vehicles or places with use of solar energy. Promises with minimum consumption and eliminating the inverter, protection against gas leakage at all times. They sent us two models, one internal and one external, both with all the functions available: 12V power, visual alert by LED, audible by siren and with relay output that allows the connection with other complementary equipment.

Safety in a recreational vehicle is paramount. First because they are built mostly with flammable and more fragile materials, such as wood, laminates, insulating foams, fabrics, upholstery and much more. Also because they are equipped with cooking gas that touches the stove, oven and water heating and very close to these facilities, they also use 12V and 110V / 220V electricity to run the entire house. In a very small environment, although safe taking all precautions, a trailer or motor home becomes more susceptible to fire than an ordinary home and for this reason safety items are essential.

KITCHEN GAS: Cooking gas is a product that poses a danger to occupants of a home not only because of its explosive capabilities. Also, because it is a gas that can kill by asphyxiation without us realizing it, often, even with open windows and other breaths, the gas can reach the breath of someone who is sitting or lying down, as it is heavier than air and therefore is always concentrated at the bottom. If the person is sleeping, for example, the gas can choke them without waking them. Another imminent danger may be in the gas leaking while no one is inside the vehicle or the residence. With the high concentration of gas in the closed environment, when activating any light switch, a spark will already be generated there that will result in an explosion. Cooking gas is entirely odorless, that is, mercaptan whose smell is the characteristic that we know. It only serves to become perceptible to human smell as a form of warning.

Well, but the dangers outlined above do not mean that a recreational vehicle poses a significant risk of fire or explosion. Far from it. Taking the necessary precautions such as the seasonal overhaul of the facilities, replacement and renewal of hoses with an expiration date, closing the general register when going away for a long time or during the trip, and installing safety devices. Nothing will happen, and you will enjoy the facilities of warm food, baked goods in the oven, and warm water for bathing.

VISUAL WARNING FUNCTION: Whenever the gas concentration increases and triggers the sensor alarm, the LED on the device’s front panel will be activated. It will light up to alert you that something is wrong with the installation. This can mean a gas leak in the plumbing, hoses, connections, or even a defect in the stove or oven. Not even that may be the cause, but forgetting or hitting the stove knob or even a flame extinguished by the wind or boiling water has spilled. Whatever the case, the sensor will warn of the problem

SOUND WARNING FUNCTION: As well as the alarm and LED trigger, a siren sound (buzzer) on the device panel is also sounded to call the attention that gas is leaking.

RELAY ACTIVATION FUNCTION: In addition to the two warnings that indicate an abnormal concentration of gas inside the trailer, another fascinating function in the GASEG sensor is the relay control. There are three wires, one of which remains familiar to the remaining pair. While the sensor is only in standby, one wire remains disconnected from the common, and the other remains connected. When triggering the alarm, this combination is reversed, allowing you to choose the connection of devices that will act according to this event. It can be a switch to cut the electricity in the trailer. It can be an external alarm siren, an emergency dialer, and many other possibilities.

BUILT-IN (INTERNAL): Already mounted on a “mirror” with a finish identical to sockets and switches models, it already has a hole for fixing it in the four × two boxes on the wall. Similarly, it can be applied inlaid in joinery, since its edge gives a finish to the hole made in the wood. It already comes with the two screws with fine thread. There is no problem to be built-in, as the air intake grid for the measurement of the gas concentration is at the front and central part of the panel.

SURFACE (EXTERNAL): In a smaller box, it is configured to be fixed on vertical surfaces using a screw with a dowel that is already included in the product. Although the sides have ventilation of the circuit, the air intake for the measurement of the gas concentration is also located in front of the panel. In fact, the panels of both formats are identical and have the same elements and positions.

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE ALARM ACTIVATES: First, do not despair, as a gas leak is not an unusual thing in your life. Do not operate any switch or device or run to turn off any. Open the windows and skylights, remembering that the gas is concentrated closer to the floor than to the ceiling. So opening the door is the most important. Run to turn off the cylinder’s general register or even its total disconnection. Get out of the vehicle (or residence) and wait for the gas to dissipate on its own. Then safely, investigate where the leak occurred.

UNBOXING: The sensors were sent by DITRONIC by post. They arrived in a box packed with postage, bubble wrap and the packages that already have all the visual communication. The devices also come packaged in plastic with a screw (s) and a small instruction manual.

LINK: We tested both sensors sent, knowing that nothing differs in operation, since they are only available to be embedded in-wall electrical boxes (or in the joinery) or externally. In both, the opening for the gas inlet is through the front panel. In our electrical system distributed by the trailer, we pulled two wires with positive and negative from 12V and connected. The moment it is energized, two LEDs are lit: “ON” and FL.” The ON button indicates that the device is switched on and the “FL” LED means “Fault / Stabilization.” EVERY time it is energized, the gas sensor will keep the “FL” LED on for 2 or 3 minutes until it stabilizes with the local atmosphere. If, after a few minutes, this LED remains on and does not go out, then the fault indicator will be displayed. From what we measure,

It is worth remembering that the sensors were not fixed during our tests since we intended to try them out in different positions. Also, only one of them will be permanently installed in our trailer.

OPERATION / TEST: Obviously, the first step after connecting and stabilizing the sensors, we started to cause a “leak” of gas over them. We did two things. The first was to support directly on the stove top and activate it without a spark, where at almost the same time the device already triggered the audible and visual alarm of the “AL” LED. The second was to activate the gas from a lighter right on the sensor grid, which after a few seconds has already fired again. At this time, we do not check relay outputs.

Not coincidentally, our cooktop already came from an old defect, which needs to be replaced, where there is a small leak inside it that leaves the cabinet under the sink with the smell of gas. We are used to always closing the register (right there in the closet) whenever the stove is not in use, until we change it definitively. So we tested exactly in this scenario, because sometimes we forget the open register and we always smell gas afterwards. We placed a sensor inside the closed cabinet and another one outside, leaving the register open. After about 10 minutes (the leak is minimal and takes too long to concentrate) the sensor inside the closed cabinet triggered. Not the outside, since even the smell of gas outside was very little.

RELAY TRIGGING: In separate tests with leaks caused, we then check the operation of the relays. There are 3 wires, one “C” (white) common and the other two with the following acronyms: “NA” (green) and “NF” (gray). They mean “Normally Open” and “Normally Closed”. Therefore, in the normal state of the sensor, that is, while the “C” terminal is not tripped, it is short-circuited with the “NF” terminal, and can function as a switch that keeps some device connected (For example, a contactor key that keeps on incoming electricity from the RV). At this point, the “NA” terminal has no contact with the “C”.

When the alarm is triggered, these positions are reversed. The common terminal “C” that was shorted with the “NC” is disconnected and connects to the “NO” terminal and can activate, for example, another external alarm system or siren or even an emergency dialer that will notify you by phone that your gas is leaking. The moment the alarm goes off, the initial situation returns. In time, it is advisable to inform that while the alarm sensor is de-energized or even in a “fault” state in the LED indicator, the situation described initially remains valid for the terminals. “NA” disconnected from the common “C” and “NC” connected to it. All situations were checked on both sensors and everything worked in the most perfect order according to the photos below. (Multimeter measuring “0, 00 ”means that the circuit is shorted and that the measured terminals are closed (connected). Result “1.” it means they are disconnected (open).

POLARITY INVERSION: As the version of our sensor is 12V DC, a possibility of wrong connection is not ruled out, but no malfunction occurs. We tested connecting with the positive and negative wires reversed, where the device showed no signs of functioning. However, when we reconnected correctly, the sensor returned to work without problems.

FEATURES: Made in plastic box and internal electronic devices applied in printed circuit. 12V power supply (there are 110V or 220V versions in alternating current or even in 24V dC); maximum consumption of 2W; Weight ± 180g; Response time: from 2s to 3s; Trigger point: 5% to 10% of the lower explosion limit; Gas type: LPG (there are GN models); Declared useful life of 5 years; Operating temperature range: -10ºC to + 40ºC; Humidity range: up to 85%; Detection method: by semiconductor; Format versions: Recessed (internal) or overlapped (external); Maximum power via relay: 10A; Audible alarm: 2,300 to 3000 Hz, 85 db (at 10 cm).

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REVIEW: Blue Camping Portable Pressurized Shower

Among the different showers and showers for camping, there are those that do not need to be hung and overhead to function. For this it is necessary that it is pressurized for the water to rise. This is the differential of the model that Blue Camping is launching on the market. Even more different is that it is not necessary to use your hands to pressurize the system and bathe with all the water in the reservoir. Blue Camping made sure to send us a sample for testing.

UNBOXING: The product was sent directly from Blue Camping by post with invoice. Along the box, other products accompanied the shower, which will also be an issue for reviews.

CASE: The equipment comes all stored and is transported in its own bag with a satisfactory volume. 24cm in diameter (12cm in radius) with 10cm in height that reaches up to 15cm in the most “full” parts. Closed with a zipper that helps in the shrinking of the components inside the bag, it reveals the main 11 liter tank, the inflator pump (all composed of the same fabric as the tank) connected by a hose and the main shower with hand shower.

The bottom of the case is full of holes so that the equipment can be kept wet … without molding over time. It also has a transport line.

PREPARATION: The components are ready and connected, just open and close exits and entrances. Just take the set out of the case to start the water charge.

FILLING WITH WATER: With the top opening of the bag open, we fill it with a common tap. It is important to say that after full, it will pass 11 kg and this is the main advantage of having a pressurized shower, since we can use it supported on the floor. It is not so heavy to carry, but holding it under a high tap can be uncomfortable, because as it gradually fills it will weigh in your hand. Better to use a small hose. After filling the bag, don’t be surprised if it becomes “wilted” and unstable. It’s time to close the lid so that the pressure doesn’t leak and send pressure. A tip to close easily is to press the center of the lid shell with your thumb.

PRESSURIZING: To pressurize the bag, it is necessary that the upper opening is open and the lower one is closed. This is because the valve only allows air to escape through the hose so that the air will enter the inflator through the upper opening. This, in turn, only allows air to enter and does not come out. The bottom space is only there for the moment that we are going to store the equipment back in the case. Then the air will be “expelled” so that it is as compact as possible.

USE / TESTS: After the first pressurized, press the duchinha for the water to escape. The initial pressurization does not guarantee full use of the water in the bag … far from it. But the advantage of having the inflator on your feet is that it is not necessary to stop using it or occupy your hands to give more pressure in the shower. While using, the feet can pressurize the bag again. The duchinha can work by pressing the trigger or locked with the trigger back.

HOLDING: It is necessary to open the lower cover of the inflator, as well as the upper surface of the bag already duly empty. This will ensure that no volume of air will remain trapped in the pockets taking up space in the case. The zipper should be used to your advantage. Open it whole to leave the “round” of the base of the case in a good mood. The water bag has a more rigid material circumference that serves not only to keep the bag full and inflated upright but also to facilitate storage. Collect the pack inside this circumference and turn it upside down in the case. On the top side, the rim also helps to accommodate the inflator, the connection hoses and finally, wrap the shower hose outside between the circumference and the wall of the case. Finally, place the shower over the inflator and use a zipper to close everything well accommodated.

WARM UP?Well, nowhere does it say that the product is a solar shower. Also, it is not entirely black (the best color to transform heat stroke into heat). However we verified (but we did not make a measurement) that its dark blue color captures sunlight well. But the 11L of water seems too much for the water to heat up fast. Anyway, there are much more practical resources for heating bath water than the so-called “solar showers”. It is much quicker to boil a certain amount of water in the stove and mix it with the rest of cold water or use boilers (heaters / hot tails) if there is electricity in place. There are also 12V boilers and another idea is to place the bag over the car’s engine after arrival. It is time to set up the tent and the entire camp so that the bath water is warm.

DIFFERENTIALS: In addition to the pump differential on the feet, we like the quality and flexibility of the hose very much. It gives an impression of “silicone”, being very flexible without that bending effect. The considerable length is also essential to be able to bathe standing with the bag on the floor. The thin hoses of connections end up bending easily in handling but will be subjected to pressure that will release the flow. It is a light and compact equipment to compose camping gear, even if it is not used continuously.

FEATURES: Hose extension: 2 meters; Material: PVC + ABS; Weight: 980g (measured: 844g)

PRICE: At the time of this review, the product was sold for R $ 246.45 in cash + shipping on Blue Camping’s official store.

WHERE TO BUY: At OFFICIAL Blue Camping store with delivery via post, carrier or pickup in Blumenau.

REVIEW – PRODUCT: This equipment was sent by BLUE CAMPING,  which relied on MaCamp’s know-how to test its products in the Reviews section. Tests were carried out in the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

IDENTIFYING AND HANDLING MENTAL HARDSHIPS ON THE ROAD

We’ve all seen the photos on social media of happy-looking nomads doing yoga on mountain tops or cooking by a river or cuddling under the stars. We’re all aware of the highlights of van life and nomadic living in general.
You can live in the middle of nowhere. You can sleep under the stars. You can go anywhere you want whenever you want. It’s the DREAM.
For the most part, well, yes. We may be biased, but after almost three years of nonstop nomadic living, we’ve got to admit – it is pretty fantastic.
We have become our best selves since committing to life on the road. We have the freedom and flexibility to shape our lives into exactly how they are. It’s a reality of this lifestyle to camp out with a mountain range right outside our door and waking up early every morning to watch the sunrise over those majestic peaks.

Jayme cuddles with her dog Nymeria out the van's side doors.

That doesn’t make every month, every week, every day, or every hour easy. Frankly, if you aren’t careful, life on the road can become very exhausting, stressful and overwhelming in an instant. Even surrounded by all of this beauty and freedom, it’s very easy to get burned out if you’re not careful.

There have been many times over the past few years when it felt like the hardships outweighed the glory. These speed bumps have helped us appreciate the good that much more, but mental and physical hardships are a fact of nomadic living.

So what are some of the mental hardships that full time nomads face on the road?

1. General Discomfort

For starters, there’s the biggest mental hurdle that almost everyone faces when they hit the road, and that’s just dealing with general discomfort. It’s inevitable.

There is not one single nomadic soul in the world who has not had to continuously deal with feelings of discomfort. Whether you are stuck sleeping in freezing temps with no heat, or you are uncomfortable pooping in a self-dug hole, or you suddenly have hundreds of mosquitoes swarming the inside of your van (this actually happened to us), you will have to deal with the mental hurdles of discomfort. And you’ll also need to learn to push through them if you want this lifestyle to work out for you. 

John sits on the bed with his arms wrapped around Jayme who is sitting on the couch. She reaches up towards his face with her eyes closed as he kisses her forehead.

We would have u-turned in the middle of the highway years ago if we allowed discomfort to overtake us. When we first hit the road, I (Jayme) was swimming in unaddressed insecurities. So anytime something became uncomfortable (temperatures inside or outside the van, can’t find a decent campsite, not having cell service, etc), I was close to throwing in the towel. 

Luckily, I had a patient companion who was there to remind me why we chose this lifestyle in the first place. And over time I’ve worked through these discomforts and have even grown to enjoy them. Now I am better at handling temperature control inside of the van, I hate having cell service, and we’ve both become pros at finding the best places to camp.

2. Fear of Others

Another mental hurdle to work through is addressing fear, in regards to things other than you. The who’s and what’s of this may vary from person to person. 

Maybe you are afraid of bugs. Well – spoiler alert – the outside is infested with them! But if you choose living a nomadic lifestyle in the wild, you will be diving head first into the “exposure” aspect of addressing your fear. If you’d like additional help in getting over said fear, read about the bugs in the area you are traveling! You are likely to learn that very few bugs are trying to murder you in your sleep.

Jayme meditates on the couch. Delilah and Nymeria are both on the bed behind her, looking at the camera.

We have had some instances where it was the humans, not the wild, that made us uncomfortable. We pulled up to a campsite in the middle of the woods and there was broken glass, empty alcohol containers thrown about and bullet casings everywhere. We chose to camp there only one night, because even though it was a beautiful spot, the last thing we wanted to deal with was a bunch of drunk people orchestrating their own target practice. 

There was another time near a city that a ragtag group of people stopped us in a parking lot and began asking us a lot of deeply personal questions about the equipment in and on our van. We answered their questions as politely and directly as we could, but their strong curiosity made our guts tell us something wasn’t right. We followed that feeling and skipped to the next town immediately.

Most people and things are not out to murder you. But occasional fears of wildlife and humans can come up from time to time and it’s important to listen to the situation holistically. We have intuition for a reason – to tell us to get out of dodge when things are not quite right. 

3. Where the HELL are we sleeping tonight?!

Finding a place to crash for the night can be stressful, whether you are boondocking in the wild or stealth camping in a city. 

In the wild, most times you have to drive all over the place to find the “right” spot. And lots of factors can play into what makes this spot “right” for you. Do you need cell service? Would you prefer to have a pit toilet vs digging a hole? Is it dreadfully hot and you’re looking to camp near water?

Jayme lies in the bed with Delilah and Nymeria on either side.

Sounds stressful, right? Now imagine your errands took a bit longer than expected and you now have to find your wilderness camp in the DARK! That adds a whole other level of stress to the situation.

City camping is another bag of worms to wear down your mentality. Where am I allowed to park? Am I going to have a cop knock on the door at 3AM telling me to move? Not to mention you then have to deal with street lights coming in through your windows and street noise of the late night traffic buzzing around town. And add to it that you now have to pee in a yogurt container because you’re definitely not going to step outside of the van to pee in the middle of the street.

4. Lack of Groundedness

The ability to travel wherever you want whenever you want can be a hell of a lot of fun, and brings with it another level of freedom. But it can also be similar to when we all finally became adults and were excited to make our own rules and not abide by the ones set down by our parents. 

“I’m going to have cereal for dinner and beer for breakfast! I’m going to sleep in until 3PM everyday!” Sure that all sounds fun and dandy, but three months later and suddenly you’re an overweight alcoholic who’s been fired from every job they’ve ever gotten.

We have found that our lives see the most success holistically when we have a routine. When we wake up at sunrise and knock out A, B, and C and then we do D until lunch and E until dinner and then after dinner we do F, G and H. When we are able to structure routine into our daily lives – we are unstoppable with our accomplishments!

But when you live nomadically it is very challenging to solidify a routine. There’s just far too many things that interfere with your flow. Your vehicle may break down and then suddenly that takes up your whole day (or week)! There may not be a grocery store in this town, so you have to drive an additional two hours to stock up on food. And if you are traveling to new locations every 2-3 days, it is severely challenging to lock in a solid routine. 

Jayme sits on the cajon cross-legged as John holds her from behind.

Lack of groundedness is a serious problem when living nomadically. Not being able to get stable in your flow can throw off many aspects of your life. It may be harder to focus on work. You may become irritable. You may be tired all the time. Finding that balance and establishing a routine as best as you can will help you avoid our final mental hardship.

5. Burning Out

It can be very easy to get burnt out on the road if you’re not careful. There are many hardships that can become overwhelming for too long and may have you sitting there going “I just can not do this any longer”.

Jayme sits in John's lap in the van and they hold a smoking sage bundle.

If you love cookies, then indulging in a cookie from time to time is wonderful. But it’s not the greatest idea to go out and buy three cookie cakes and eat them all in one sitting. Balance is key to avoiding burning out on the road. Constant go, go, go, go, go with no breaks whatsoever will burn you out – most definitely.

By “breaks” we don’t mean crashing at a family member’s place for a month or staying at an Airbnb every other week. We mean just staying still. Find a spot you can camp out for awhile. Set up camp. Put your awning out. Kick your legs up. Re-establish a routine. Get in a flow. Then in a few days (or a week) when you’re feeling rejuvenated, pick up and go again. 

Jayme John and Nymeria cuddle outside of the van's side doors, under their awning, looking at a mountain range.

This balance is crucial to staying on the road long-term. It’s fun to go, but you need to balance it out with some groundedness. Examples 4 and 5 go hand in hand. If you don’t chill every once in awhile, you’re going to float away. And vehicles are not made to float yet, so that’s a dangerous concoction if you’re wishing to stay on the road.

Balance and Honesty will Keep You on the Road Long Term

Living nomadically can be a very trying and exhausting experience. It’s important to check in with yourself holistically to see how you are doing and what you are needing. Sometimes you have the travel bug and it’s time to move. But sometimes you need some roots, and it’s okay to set up camp for a couple days – or a couple weeks – and then hit the road again feeling refreshed.

Life on the road is going to be uncomfortable. Understand this. And when it does get uncomfortable, understand that over time you will learn to adapt and evolve. This also will change. But keep in mind that when one discomfort goes away, one or two new ones tend to arise. Be patient. Learn to embrace the discomfort. It will help you appreciate the rest of the experience that much deeper.

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Review: Hard Top Blue Camping Tent V2.0

Anyone who accompanies MaCamp knows that Blue Camping was the pioneer in bringing to Brazil the rigid “ Maggiolina ” tent called “HardTop”. You also know that MaCamp reviewed the first version in 2017/2018 . However, as is usual at Blue Camping, where the owners themselves are regular campers and users of their products, they always seek improvements with each batch of versions. Anyone who thinks that Blue Camping tents are mere “imports” is wrong. They are developed and improved according to technical analysis including users. It happened with Hard Top. A year after we tested the first edition, the 2.0 model arrived with several improvements, including many of them pointed out in our analysis. Shall we go to them?

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE HARDTOP: The Hard Top is a roof tent that is housed in a rigid fibre module, very similar to those box racks on the market. The first advantage is that there is no canvas cover and no need to remove it. The second characteristic is that the tent is entirely over the projection of the car when open, without using an attached area. The third is the speed and convenience of assembly and disassembly, which is even faster than traditional models.

The LIFTING SYSTEM is simple. There are four metallic joints covered by fabrics, and served by hydraulic pistons (same as those used in the trunk). They make the tent “set up” alone in just 2 seconds after releasing the external clips from the “luggage rack”. Ideally, open one side and then the other so that they rise smoothly. There is no need to fasten or fix anything after opening. As for the first question that arises, about its rigidity, we can say that it does not swing or move with the wind.

The ACCESS LADDER is independent and straightforward. Very resistant it is made of aluminium and in two pieces that slide together to regulate the total height and to collect with half the length. It is kept inside the tent, accommodated in a fabric envelope bag to protect the interior and the mattress and also not to carry any dirt that is stuck to the base. The height adjustment is made by sliding its two parts, and two pegs do the locking with springs. To create new positions, drill new holes in the ribbon. THE DIFFERENTIALThis type of ladder, even about the retractable tubular aluminium model, is the real and carefree possibility of resistance to torsion. It can be super tilted without danger of bending or even bursting with the weight in the middle of it.

The MATTRESS is already accommodated inside the tent and ready for use. It takes up virtually no space and this second edition of the hard top came in thicker. Besides having a waterproof and hygienic cover, it has a zipper for easy washing. It is already cut out to fit and stay on the tent floor.

UNBOXING: The packaging is neither small nor light. Arrived by carrier at our headquarters in São Paulo-SP. This is undoubtedly a very nice difference from Blue Camping, where it delivers throughout Brazil and does not doubt the user’s ability to install his tent in his car. There is obviously the option of installing at the company’s headquarters in Blumenau with the specialized service, but there is nothing like being able to enjoy this moment in peace at your home.

The cardboard box comes securely fastened with plastic tapes, where the tent is wrapped in an ultra thick bubble wrap. In addition to it, there is another thin plastic to protect the Hard Top fiberglass housing. Removing the accessories that come inside it, it comes ready with the fixing rails and closed with the cleats.

Inside it, in addition to a large piece of styrofoam for protection, comes accommodated: The mattress, the ladder, the rods, the side and front closings, the net and the stretchers in position. Fixing items and internal lighting accessories are also accommodated in a sachet.

FIXATION: Very simple and direct. The Hard Top tent already comes with the “pre-rails” arranged longitudinally. Therefore, for this type of roof tent, it will always be necessary for the luggage rack to have crossbars. These agreed, position the tent on them and adjust its position about the car. Remember to test the trunk opening if it opens upwards. Then it’s time to insert the socket set + 2 screws into the rails of the hard-top. The hex head of the screw fits and locks in the socket, and it runs freely along the fence to be able to be fixed in any position on the crossbar. After everything is in place, it is time to use the two-hole planks with the torque nuts. This is the moment that demands the most patience. The working position is not the best. We use a piece of carpet to “cover” and protect the roof of the car, and so we can freely use the spanner. If you have those ratchet star wrenches it will be the best option. The number of the nut is 13. The greater the distance from the crossbars of the car roof, the easier it will be to fix the nuts.

NEWS IN VERSION 2.0: For those who followed the review of Hard Top 1.0, we can point out some improvements that Blue Camping brought in this second version. First the ladder now it can be placed on either side (in the previous version, only the driver’s side as possible). The second improvement was the application of metal rods already known from the brand’s traditional tents to stretch the closing of the doors like an awning. Also, these entries now have two side flaps with Velcro fastening to protect this awning from the side rain and one more in the front. In this way, it is possible to keep the tent well open and ventilated, even under heavy rain. It even happened on our debut trip. (It is worth remembering that both the rods, as well as the side and front flaps, are optional.) Another improvement is due to the other four side plastic clips. Although it didn’t happen to us in the first version, there were reports that the metal clips at the ends came loose. Now, the other four side plastic tabs increase this security. In our use, they proved to be very useful when closing the tent, since we can use them to give a slight lift on each side to collect the leftover canvas that is left out at the closing. Metal clips also gained the possibility of applying a padlock. In addition to these changes, we felt that the mattress was higher and firmer and the tent canvas completely “black-out”. since we can use them to give a slight lift on each side to collect the leftover canvas that is left at the closing. Metal clips also gained the possibility of applying a padlock. In addition to these changes, we felt that the mattress was higher and firmer and the tent canvas completely “black-out”. since we can use them to give a slight lift on each side in order to collect the leftover canvas that is left at the closing. Metal clips also gained the possibility of applying a padlock. In addition to these changes, we felt that the mattress was higher and firmer and the tent canvas completely “black-out”.

THE TENT: Super comfortable, great internal ventilation ratio and totally “black-out” when everything is closed. This item makes it very dark inside even closed only on mosquito nets, but being its own overnight tent, it didn’t make much difference to us. The fabric lining on the ceiling gives a feeling of isolation from sound and heat, maintaining a comfortable environment.

OPENINGS: There are two windows (front and rear) that have permanent mosquito nets and closed with internal access zipper. Although they do not have overhang protection from rain, it can be partially opened and has a tent hat as a protection factor. Ideal for porthole, ventilation and lighting. The side doors / windows have a zipper closure also to mosquito nets and have sun and rain protections that help a lot in internal comfort. In case of heavy rains, the side and front porch protections permanently eliminate any chance of water entering. There are three elements

IN USE: We did both types of camping. More established with five days straight without leaving the place and other camps of daily commuting, just staying overnight in the tent that was open and closed every day. Finally, we made one last camp before the publication of this review in an exhibition of mountaineering festival. During the day we set up the hardtop tent at the show and night we went to a camping area for the night. As proposed by the product, the practicality was enormous. Except for the exhibition, we kept all the accessories inside the tent while closed (by the way, we leave the stove, utensils, sleeping bags, solar shower and other equipment “living in the tent.” So any need or change of plans, we will be well prepared to sleep anywhere.)

IN THE RAIN: We spent almost 4 days of rain without stopping at the carnival camp. The tent behaved very well in terms of tightness, but the space is reduced to stay “stuck” for days. What saved us was Blue Camping’s side awning that offered us coverage in the outdoor area, but its side closings were sorely missed. A good experience was to dismantle it wet, where little area of ​​damp canvas was left to be collected in the hard top fiber box. The day after arrival we opened the tent for its total drying and we were happy to confirm that the inside was neither damp nor wet.

ACCESSORIES: Next to the tent are the two elastic straps that assist in closing the tent by pulling the side sheets inwards. Just connect them to the small handles made for this purpose right next to the entrance doors. It also comes with the upper hammock that can be permanently attached to the ceiling and helps guard various things: flashlight, clothes, junk and even the wet bath towel to dry. Finally, a beautiful case takes an LED strip accommodated in protective support with fasteners at the ends that can be fixed inside the tent and outside it. The kit comes with 12V extension, cigarette lighter plug, digital dimmer module and even a 12V socket adapter that can be plugged directly into the car battery, eliminating the ignition connection to release the car cigarette lighter.

ON THE ROAD: On the road, the tent behaved very well. It is not possible to say that it makes a difference in weight in the car, but it should. The aerodynamics are excellent and do not make any noise, noise or wind resistance. An irritating noise in the first days after installation came from the original Mitsubishi rack, which was soon resolved with a few rubber pads on site. A question that everyone asks us on the road is about tightness. This is because looking closely at the junction of fibre “shells”, it is possible to see some fabric from the tent. It is the small rip-stop “skirt” that is lowered after mounting the hardtop and which protects the “waist” against water. Only there is it possible to see a little dust (the rain does not even pass), but it is precisely the portion that is hidden and lowered at the time of assembly. The tent is entirely protected by the fibre shells when collected. In months of use travelling on asphalt and dirt roads, no clips were released with the aid of new and additional plastic clips.

CLOSING / DISASSEMBLY: Although the closing proposal is straightforward, we need to get the hang of it. If you have two people, each pulling the handles on one side, the process is more explicit. But it is possible to collect the Hard Top by yourself, having an extra job that will not take more than about 4 minutes. This is because, in a single person, it will have to be lowered one end at a time and pulling only one person tries to position itself farther back from the correct resting position. Then we must remove the handle and push the cover forward until it aligns with the lower shell. Then fix the clip to be able to pass to the opposite end. It is possible that when lowering the other side, the opposite fixation is released, which is resolved with the help of an elastic spider. After falling completely, a little fabric should undoubtedly be left on both sides.

FIXING THE SIDE SHEET: To illustrate and also make it clear what is or is not part of this equipment, we installed our Blue Camping side awning next to the Hard Top tent. Although it does not accompany the product, we made a point of adapting it to our luggage compartment. Since the Hard Top when open does not design any shelter for the side, the awning guarantees us a further advance in more structured camps. We fix the canopy directly on the car rack with the aid of metallic “L’s”. We didn’t fix anything in the tent. In this way, in addition to being able to increase the sheltered area in the camps, we can also make use of the awning regardless of whether or not to open the tent.

CONCLUSION: We were delighted with the result of the second version of Hard Top. We were able to test it under a great rain, which was not pleasant for those who took the carnival to rest by the sea, but it was possible to take the leak test. The improvement of the sides turning into awnings was simply categorical and positive. The side flaps worked optimally, as well as the front flap so that rainwater would not enter. The ventilation was satisfactory and even the front and rear windows could remain semi-open, since the fiber “hat” ends up protecting it from drops.

COMPARISON: Even though it is not necessary for this review, we are asked a lot about “which is the best roof tent: Traditional or Hard Top. Our answer is always short: It depends on the profile of the camper. The traditional tent, takes a few more minutes to assemble and disassemble and has more “wettable” canvas area, in addition to having to make use of the canvas cover that usually gets dirty and generates some discomfort in handling. However, it provides an environment more provided with shelters, protection and ambience. In addition to the covered area outside the car that it already forms at its opening, you can still receive the attachment creating a room or dormitory fully protected from mosquitoes and rain. Already Hard Topic is advisable for those who want to stop, sleep and continue their journey. The opening and closing process is faster, eliminates the use and handling of canvas cover and even has a smaller area of ​​wet fabric. Therefore, the best type of roof tent will depend on the style of camping that the person will have and also on the time that they will be camping. In our case (MaCamp team), we also use a floor stand and trailer. So the roof tent is for quick overnight stays and less structured camps, although we too do it. That’s why we prefer Hard Top, even though we miss our Expedition model a lot.

FEATURES: – Support up to 300Kg; – They have a system of easy fitting and removal of the tent with the shell, facilitating its removal and cleaning; – They have a waterproof body, anti-mould and anti-mould, with treatment against UV rays; – Highly ventilated. 1.2M Tent External Dimension: Width 1.25m x Length 2.07m x Height 0.29m Internal Dimension: Width: 1.21m x Length 2.03m x Height 0.98m Weight: 72kg 1.4M Tent External Dimension : Width 1.41m x Length 2.07m x Height 0.29m

Internal Dimension: Width: 1.37m x Length 2.03m x Height 0.98m Weight: 82kg For rustic, economical adventures or in secluded places. It can be set up at campgrounds and in any terrain where the ladder can be firmly supported. Any car is suitable for proper installation of the Expedition model. Hull: Fiberglass reinforced, white colour;

External fabric: Rip-Stop Canvas in Poly-cotton 280g / m², brown colour; Inner fabric: Sponge and flannel; Ladder: anti-slip aluminium – maximum height of 2.0m; For Accommodation: 1 Collection with removable and washable cover 2 Double side pockets 1 Overhead net

2 Hooks for hanging 2 Windows

PRICE: At the time of this review, the product was sold for R $ 7,616.70 in cash at the official Blue Camping store.

WHERE TO BUY: At the OFFICIAL store of Blue Camping with delivery via carrier or pickup in Blumenau.

REVIEW – PRODUCT: This equipment was sent by BLUE CAMPING,  which relied on MaCamp’s know-how to test its products in the Reviews section. Tests were performed in the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

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REVIEW: Portable Refrigerator Resfri AR 18L DIGITAL – 12V / 24V

After the success of the Review of the Resfri Ar 31L refrigerator at MaCamp, the manufacturer made a point of sending us its 18L model. The smaller sister can cause a shallow comparison with the larger model by the proportion between external volume and weight about the internal capacity, which does not let you be accurate, but the real dimensions that occupy the trunk and its well-designed interior space in the doubly surprised, first when you see it live and then when you put it to use daily and when travelling. In this 2020 the model comes with a novelty: Now the RESFRI AR 18L model comes with DIGITAL control panel. Let’s go to the tests?

As we know, the movements of camping and off-road grow too much, and the refrigerator that works both in the car and in the socket is very sought after for these practitioners and families that seek more comfort in the displacements. Although it works basically on 12V batteries (cars and trucks) and 24V (trucks and buses), the refrigerator can be served by the 110V / 220V source sold separately by RESFRI AR itself and operate on four voltages. This gives you the option to connect it to the vehicle and have the facility to connect both at home and the camping served by electric light.

COMPRESSOR: Short and Thick! Refrigerator for the tropical country has to be the compressor. “Peltier” technologies, whose products are commonly called “thermoelectric coolers” do not do the job. They cool the interior, do not make ice and take a long time to lower the internal temperature. Drinks like beers and soft drinks are impossible to refrigerate. The compressor system is efficient even in the most critical situations. It makes ice. The RESFRI AR is equipped with quiet compressor and can be set in the freezer or refrigerator function through the digital adjustment panel ranging from + 10ºC to -17ºC with the voltage control in two schedules to protect the battery charge for car starting.

compressor versus peltier

“FRIDGE” CAMPING: There is nothing better than camping with a 12V electric refrigerator. In the car, 12V battery power is used, which does not discharge while the engine is running and without the use of an inverter, offers significant autonomy when the car is off. In the camping, you can make use of the local electric energy (using a specific adapter), without worrying about the voltage or voltage drop. At home, you can leave the refrigerator on during the week before departure with the supplies and also leave everything on and cooling in the trunk overnight.

REVIEW: It is always a great pleasure when companies that understand and recognize the importance of camp in the scenario of promoting Camping in Brazil send their products to be tested and disseminated in the most extensive channel and reference. Especially in the case of refrigerators, we have a complete range to try it, since we make continuous use of them at home and in the car, in addition to taking on tours and in the camps that we carry out in a tent, roof tent and also a trailer.

DELIVERY / POSTING: This time, the product was not “shipped” to our headquarters. It was delivered “by hand” directly from the owner of Resfri Ar at the motorhome fair. Closed and sealed from the box, it was only opened “at home” at the end of the trip to enjoy the “unboxing” moment.

UNBOXING: Packed in a cardboard box and wrapped in a plastic bag and punctual Styrofoam protections, it has the printed refrigerator wrapper with photo and functions. In addition to the device itself, it comes with the instruction manual, 12VdC cable with lighter plug and specific connector and a gift kit with a glass and cutlery from the brand.

POWER CABLE: The cable is 1.8m long and has a 12V “cigarette lighter” Plug to be connected to the car. There is a fuse in the Plug as commonly happens, in addition to the fuse in the refrigerator panel to increase the level of protection. The Plug is manufactured in BAKELITE that does not catch fire and does not melt at high temperatures; it offers excellent electrical insulation. At the other end is the brand-specific 12V connector that has a threaded system (not to be loosened) and protection against polarity inversion. (Although the refrigerator has protection to avoid burning in case of polarity inversion, it would not work if there was this confusion).

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: When we first reviewed the Resfri Ar brand, we were given the power to choose between the two models. We chose the larger model, as we imagined that the 18L would have, even if smaller, a massive dimension for an internal capacity of almost half. None of this is wrong, since due to the compressor, the external volume of the equipment does not follow the same proportion as the lithium. However, even so, the outer dimensions of the 18L end up being very advantageous when placing it both in the trunk and inside the car (in the seat, on the passenger floor or even on the floor of the rear cabin when there is adequate space) in the vehicle. On the other hand, the interior is also very pleasing due to the internal architecture merging the two internal technical areas (chilled and cooled) with the hollow partition that allows for various positions and interior arrangements. The weight was not so pleasant, as the compressor makes the equipment heavy even when empty, but this is a fact of life in “engine” refrigerators. As we do not use it to carry in our hands all the time, the advantage of efficient cooling outweighs the product’s weight factor.

INTERNAL COMPARTMENT: The internal configuration of the 18L model is what pleases the most. the internal divisions of the cold/frozen and cooled environment merge into a very harmonic and physically intelligent solution. The frozen or frozen sector is all over the top at the edges. There, you must sometimes be careful when touching fruits and vegetables, as they can “burn” with the ice. In the lowest part, in the pit that is next to the compressor compartment is the “cooled” part of the refrigerator. This by the law of physics, despite not freezing, receives all the cold air that descends naturally. This compartment also allows larger bottles and long objects to be frozen.

Another extremely useful and pleasant accessory is the hollow internal partition. It allows to be placed in 3 different positions for an internal configuration suitable for each type of use. It is worth mentioning that it also comes out for cleaning or user option.

Position 1: It can serve as a separator of the freezing / refrigerator environments and the cooled area. In this way, you can put vegetables, fruits and vegetables there without being crushed by the objects in the upper area and on top, you can fill, for example, cans of drinks.

Position 2: In the vertical position, being fixed on the side locks, it separates the internal environment at two heights. In this way it is possible to separate the smaller objects from the bottles, observing a much safer internal organization. We cannot forget that the refrigerator was made to be in motion and if everything is loose inside, it will certainly be a mess.

Position 3: If neither of the two internal divisions are of your taste at the moment, just leave the divider collected on the “floor” of the highest area and make use of the entire inner container of Resfri Ar 18L.

COVER: The cover is another very facilitating factor for use mainly in the car. With its opening in the longitudinal direction, it does not need as much headroom for the complete space. This facilitates your “end of course” in which you keep the lid open without having to hold it while accommodating things inside. If necessary, especially when cleaning, the cover is easily detachable at an intermediate point in the opening stroke. Its locking system is straightforward and functional. Just pull in the same direction as the lid opening to unlock. When closing, press the lid in the order of closing so that the lid locks again avoiding opening on the way.

Using Open: In an atypical situation, we took advantage of the format and characteristic of the model to keep a 5 Liter can of Beer cold. Even when open, the freezing walls of the refrigerator were able to keep the container ultra-cold as required by the Brazilian taste in this regard. So you could have a cold beer for hours.

HANDLE: Retractable and easy to handle, just pull up and load the refrigerator. When you release it, it settles in its resting place without disturbing anything. Whether at the time of cleaning or in any other situation that its removal is necessary, without problems. Just hit the correct position in the middle of the turning stroke and pull it out. In our tests, we even suspected their resistance when we filled the refrigerator with beers and it became heavy. Fully approved, the handle has grooves in its plastic designed and injected by RESFRI AR itself.

THE DIGITAL CONTROL PANEL: The RESFRI AR 18L panel concentrates all visual and adjustment functions on display. The four buttons are sufficient for several positions. To turn ON or OFF keep the “on / off” button pressed for a few seconds. To ADJUST the desired TEMPERATURE, just quickly press the “+” and “-“buttons. The display will flash and show the desired temperature. To ADJUST THE LIGHT INTENSITY of the display, just quickly press the “on / off” button, alternating the three settings (weak, medium and healthy). To adjust the BATTERY PROTECTION LEVEL, just quickly press the “high / low” button alternating between low protection (new stationery or vehicle batteries) and high protection (vehicle batteries). This level of protection causes the refrigerator to be turned off when the battery reaches low voltage levels to prevent it from spoiling due to excess discharge or preserving enough charge to start the engine. HIDDEN FUNCTIONS: To SHOW REAL TEMPERATURE INSIDE THE REFRIGERATOR, just press and hold the “minus” key and then the “plus” key (without releasing the other). To SHOW the SUPPLY VOLTAGE that arrives in the refrigerator, just press and hold the “plus” and “minus” keys for a few seconds.

DIFFERENT FUSE: Unlike the older model and the vast majority of 12V vehicle devices on the market, the Refrigerator Air 18L Resfri has a fuse equal to those used in the car. This makes life easier, as it can be found for purchase more easily, in addition to the fact that most vehicles have some spare parts in the fuse box that can be used in the refrigerator. In addition, the vehicle fuse is easier to remove and replace, and it is possible to check its condition without having to remove it.

USE in Function of Portable Refrigerator: There is nothing more practical than using the portable 18L. It is small, versatile and fits in many corners. Even to “live” in the trunk, it is applicable. We made use of camps where we prepared days before and already working with the food we would take, having your last night already in the car. When we arrive at the camp, it is also great, because we don’t have to rush to pass everything to the refrigerator at home. We just got out of the car and plugged in to calmly make the transfer and clean up after doing everything else. At the camping, it is plugged into the outlet through the source, and when the light ends, we still have good hours of the car battery to keep it cool. The fact that she lives in our car also gives us comfort when we want to take something to eat or else when we decide to buy something cold without being in a hurry to get home. Since there is the constant use of cold medicine, we don’t even need to say when the refrigerator helps us. At barbecues, we take our contribution of ultra-cold beers already in the fridge that continues to cool the cans during the “party” and also those that reach other people’s hands. On these occasions, the refrigerator is a huge success.

USE in FREEZER function: We used the appliance for a few weeks in the “freezer” function. We regulate the minimum temperature of -17º and pack the food to be kept frozen. They were meats, butters and some frozen vegetables. The 18L performs this function with mastery and the frequency of shutdown of the compressor shows that it is in a very cool relation of dimensioning of the motor in front of the internal space and the thermal insulation.

IN THE CAR: The 18L is just perfect for use in the car. Its small dimensions make it fit in corners accommodated both in the trunk, on a bench or floors. The opening in the longitudinal direction makes the arch small, allowing easy access to the interior even when the lid cannot be opened fully. Internally the 18L are very well used. It fits a lot. Suitable for picnics, longer trips, camping and even for a market day or when you buy something that needs refrigeration on the way. There were many occasions when we felt the advantage of having a refrigerator even when it was switched off “living” there in the car. Meats, cold cuts or sausages in the middle of that rural walk were bought without guilt or fear that they would be spoiled by the fact that they had to stay in the car until night. When shopping, don’t rush. We put the “ice creams” at Resfri Ar.

NOISE: The refrigerator was very quiet. Evidently you hear the engine noise, but even more from the fan air than from the compressor itself. Whether inside the car or even at home the noise doesn’t really bother you. The question passed the test when we camped with her inside the tent. Sleep was neither interrupted nor disturbed.

VENTILATION GRATES: It is worth mentioning that the air intake and outlet grilles must never be blocked, since besides being able to cause the system to burn, it will cause the refrigerator to consume much more energy to work.

AC 220V / 110V SOURCE: The fact that the 18L is not “quadrivolt” does not exclude the possibility of being used in the 110V / 220V network. Any suitable source or even the source of Resfri Ar that can be purchased separately allows you to use the refrigerator indoors, in the garage, on the barbecue and even plugged into the camping outlet inside or outside the tent. The Original of the brand has the identical design and operation of a notebook font and already comes with the standard and threadable plug. Do not forget and do not need ventilation being completely closed.

CONCLUSION: The younger sister of the RESFRI AR family surprised her. The size, the internal compartments and the practicality and versatility of mobile use. She serves us at home, on trips, on camping trips, on walks, on barbecues and now lives in our trunk. There were very few times that we passed it over to the 31L that we also own (and we make continuous use at home as a freezer). The proportionality of weight and price should never be confused at the expense of the same proportionality in its size. It makes the difference, allied to the sense of opening the door and other features already mentioned.

CAPACITY WITH DRINK CANS: There could be no mention of this. In the photo below, we unload two boxes totaling 24 cans of 350ml of beer. They all fit and there was still room for two more and one more gap for some complement.

CAUTION / WARNING: It is important to highlight here some precautions that must be taken when cleaning and turning the refrigerator upside down. In order not to go into minute details, we quote here the link of a report we made about it. In short, it should be avoided completely turning it over and, if it occurs, respect the “rest” time before restarting the device. On the road and off road don’t worry. It was made to withstand the bumps.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Storage Volume 18 litres; Voltage (V) 12/24 V DC

Temperature Range From + 10 ° C to -17 ° C; Power (W) Approx. 41w; Current (A) 12V = 3.4 ± 0.5 A / h; 24V = 1.7 ± 0.5 A / h; Dimensions (H x W x D) 405 x 452 x 297 mm; Special Functions Adjustable battery protection system (High or Low); UL Certifications – Inmetro; IPX4 protection – Electrical system with insulation against water ingress; Weight (approx.) 13 Kg; Refrigerant and Quantity R134a; 38g; Polyurethane Foam (PU) insulation; System Automatic protection against polarity reversal; Analog thermostat with temperature regulation; Battery discharge protection system; Hermetic compressor with attached electronic unit; Color Light gray / Dark gray; More info Digital controller with 3 brightness options; Transport handle attached to the refrigerator itself; Room separator grid, which can be vertical,

PRICE: At the time of this review, the 18L refrigerators varied on the INTERNET from R $ 1,839.99 and 2,222.10 + shipping, many of which are still in the analogue version. The source varied from R $ 288.00 to R $ 388.50, with some options of purchase with better value. NOTE: This model does not exist in the “quadrivolt” version of 18L, so when it is so defined, it will accompany the external Ac source.

WHERE TO BUY: There are thousands of physical retail outlets in Brazil, and on the RESFRI AR SITE it is possible to search according to the location. It is also possible to buy over the INTERNET.

REVIEW – PRODUCT: This equipment was sent by RESFRI AR, which relied on MaCamp’s know-how to test its products in the Reviews section. Tests were carried out in camps in the cities of Ubatuba-SP, Socorro-SP and Paraty-RJ and also in trips between RJ, SP, PR, SC and RS.

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REVIEW: 4 × 4 King Trailer Strap

Camping and Off-Road. These are the allied passions that we have in the soul. Nature and distance from civilization require equipment that can get us out of trouble or strife. These will never be an impediment, but part of the adventures. For those who love to get on dirt roads, cross rivers and do not want any puddle to be the end of the route, there is nothing more prudent than having a tow belt (or tape). KING 4 × 4 made sure to send us your model so that we could test it.

Even if you always travel alone, the tow strap is mandatory equipment in the trunk. This is because if you get stuck, you will certainly depend on another vehicle to help. But imagine having a massive help with the provider without having to pull your car? We have already been through this situation. In 2016 on the Figueira trail in the Lagoa do Peixe National Park, we fell into a flooded mire. With the differential stuck to the ground and without having to support any “monkey”, we just had to wait for another vehicle that would save us. Luckily for us, he showed up and had his tow strap, because we were there totally off guard… alone on the trail.

4 × 4 really? It is common to think that having a 4 × 4 is everything. However, for most SUVs and 4 × 4 trucks on the market, it is enough that two wheels are detached from the floor so that the car does not move anymore. This is because each axis has its differential. This means that if (for example) if the left front wheel and the right rear wheel are “in the air”, they will receive all the axle traction just like the passenger car when one of the front wheels is in the air. For this not to happen, the 4 × 4 vehicle must have a device called “axle differential lock”, which most models sold do not count. Other times, even with this device, the car may not break out if the differential or the floor is stuck to the bottom.

REVIEW: We did two types of tests with the KING 4 × 4 strap. One of them was the most common use, unleashing a home engine that fell into a hole inside the camping with its differential stuck to the ground and unable to go out alone. In another scenario, we used the belt to drag some tree trunks down a street. Shall we go to them?

The King 4 × 4 tow strap sent was 6m long for 10 tons. It has two ends with reinforced lace and comes with a Velcro fastening to keep it rolled up. To the touch, the confidence of being sturdy and resistant is passed.

TOWING A JAMMED VEHICLE: It took a while for an opportunity to test the brace. Not that we even expected a real jam, especially since in recent times we have not had time for very severe rides in the “offroad” category. However, on a particular day before the carnival, a motorhome arrived at the campsite and was stranded. In the chosen spot, little did he know that there was a sinkhole cover under the ground. The rear wheel was buried in the hole, leaving the differential stuck to the ground. Even one of the front wheels was lifted with no chance of him getting out of there without help. It was time to test the King 4 × 4 strap. The Van had two tow points at the front where we had no problem hooking up the ribbon loop. As there were two points, we passed the middle of the strap on the Pajero hitch without great care, since the terrain was flat.

Strap stretched it was time to see the traction. With the gear reduced and in the 4 × 4, we ask the motorhome driver not to accelerate. This way we would test the strap with the greatest effort and also avoid any setbacks. Easy enough, the motor home left the hole, leaving it free to find a safer spot in the Paraty Camping. We do not have devices to measure the force exerted on the belt, which is not really the goal of this inspirational review, but we could feel that the tow tape meets what is proposed.

DRAGGING TREES FROM TREES: In a real need to free the front of a property from the remains of a freshly cut tree, we saw the opportunity to use a tow strap to remove some stumps of logs that would be impossible to be removed with the strength of a few people. Using the car’s strong reduced traction, the belt could be put to the test in a slightly different way than usual. This method can even be a test for a real obstacle on an asphalt road or dirt road. It is not entirely uncommon to have after storms, fallen trees blocking the path. With a tow belt and a heavy vehicle, you can try to remove it or move it away, opening the way to the final destination. In this test scenario, it was not an entire tree, but until the pieces of the trunk were quite generous.

CONCLUSION: We are satisfied with the result of the two small tests and are more relieved to know that we have kept an excellent towing strap in the trunk. This can undoubtedly be considered a must-have for adventurers. You never know when we will have a bug or even when we will be able to help a colleague out of trouble.

While going camping with 4 × 4 King Trailer Strap, here also a helpful Megalite Intelligent Lamp

Dark and messy night in the tent. Suddenly you need to find that thing that was in the bottom of the backpack, but you are not sure if it was under the mat. He takes the flashlight and can’t see anything right. It gets worse when you try to hang it, and the focus can’t illuminate the exact corner where you’re looking. Who never… Guepardo sent us its Megalite diffused light for camping, trusting our know-how and we evaluated.

With the essential purpose of being a luminaire for the tent or avancê, the cheetah has this model called by them “Lampião”. It has good versatility with some functions, at first interesting. To begin with it already solves that problem that we talked about above. Is it a couple? No fights … There is for both of you. One can read and the other cook.

It has two parts (halves) that configure a 360º lighting and that can be divided into a 180º beam, both side by side as well as having two different positions or locations. You can choose to hang one on the tent and one on the balcony, even though they are not lying completely alone when hung. For the 360º function, they have a pressure fitting system. In horizontal luminaire mode, they are attached to magnets.

The rods retracted when together, ensure that the set is hung on any crosspiece or hook and also when horizontally arranged together by the magnetic feet.

A disadvantage felt by our team is due to the high amount of batteries to be used in the set. Eight AA-size batteries (small) seemed too expensive, in addition to weighing well in the accessory. On the other hand, we understand that nowadays rechargeable batteries end up being poorly sized and have little durability in view of the economy in manufacturing and its useful life. 4 batteries are used in each of the luminaires and Guepardo guarantees 26 hours of autonomy.

The magnets served, in addition to joining both lamps, also to fix them in more rigid metal parts, as in the car body for example. As only one is magnetized and the other just a metal to fit the magnet of the other, it does not have much strength for totally vertical surfaces.

The illumination is white with two different levels each time you press the button. Pressing for a few seconds it goes out. Interesting that plastics are quite resistant, including the “lens” giving the impression that it will have great durability.

+ Descriptions: Quick-fit magnetic system; Polycarbonate lens with high resistance to drop and impact; Rain resistant – IPX4; Abs + Stainless steel; Luminous silicone button + magnet; Led: 4 Philips 3535 white; Lighting power: 120 Lumens; Battery: 8 AA batteries (not included); Uninterrupted lighting time: 26 hours; Size: 8.0cm x 14.5cm x 8.5cm; White color; Weight: 0.352kg

Price: The lamp cost R $ 109.25 on the date of this article in the online store of the cheetah. In virtual stores it reached R $ 120.69.