My last post I wrote about my 5 favorite items to travel with…Now I move to phone apps!
There are thousands of apps out there, my phone is full of them! But the truth is I really only use a few…. same goes for travel apps…I have quite a few on my phone but when it comes down to it I only use a few…
**You can find all these apps though your app store on your smart phone
Google Maps - I use Google Maps for twp important tasks, searching for places (campgrounds, grocery stores etc.) and as my GPS….
SEARCHING - I love the simple fact of searching for a grocery store for example, finding the closest, seeing my ETA, get reviews and directions…And if I’m concerned about parking I can take a 360 degree look of the area….all in one app
GPS - I usually always have Google telling me where to go…even when I pretty much know, its nice to have a heads up when my turn is coming when driving a big camper….BUT I have to say Google takes me down roads from time to time my camper has no business going down…and sometimes the directions are just off, or slow/behind….I would be open to finding a GPS that would warn me about rough, narrow roads etc…..any out there??
Spotify - My last post I mentioned bluetooth speakers, the Spotify app is what powers my music….I can listen to pretty much anything, they also have a radio function and playlist I can save to my phone for when I'm off grid…they also have podcasts as well.
Yelp - I was not a big Yelp user before I started traveling, But I love it now! I will still use Google to find places, but after that I will search that place via Yelp to see if they have outdoor seating and is dog friendly….Having a doggy, that's a must!
Weather App - I don't get fancy here, still lean on the side of “Don’t know the weather, look outside” BUT I will glance at the app for planning out future activities and travel. Anyone have a favorite weather app?
Untappd - Being a beer lover and enjoying visiting breweries along the way this app is great! If I go to a city or town with multiple breweries the app is great to help decide which one to visit…usually has to do with their beer list. Then you can also keep a record of all the breweries you have visited, give “stars” to the beers, include photos and notes….can also be friends with others like Facebook…I don't use that part of it but if anyone wants to be beer friends find me at Travelingdesigner.
Harvest Host - There are a bunch of camping / campground apps out there…too many for me, hence the fact I just use Google Maps, But I do love Harvest Host, and being a member I do use the app. If you have not heard of Harvest Host, you get to camp for FREE (but they ask you to buy something) at wineries, farms and other super cool places!! BTW….The price is going up starting Jan. 1, so get signed up…Best $45 you can spend.
All Trails - Cool app for find trails near you. The app divides trails into their difficulty, has maps, trail descriptions, user photos and reviews.
Please share if you have any apps that you use a lot while traveling. I just traveled with some friends and leaned of a few new ones I might try....so this list might change....stay tuned
Being an RVer we all travel in different ways, have different rigs and like to do things in different ways. I think we can all agree that we all have items that make our lives better, easier or we just take pleasure in as we travel.
Here are my top 5 must have travel items:
1. WiBoost - I work as I travel, and I do like to get off the beaten path and camp in places where cell coverage is not great…My Booster is wonderful….The booster usually boosts my signal 2 bars or so….Don’t leave home without it!
2. DC to AC Power Inverter (plugs into lighter) - I do have solar, but a inverter like this is great to power up phone, jetpack and smaller devices…and if I'm in a place with clouds and rain I can plug on computer and charge if I'm lacking sun.
4. Computer / Phone - Most of us are controlled by our devices, right?…No different being on the road…My phone is my camera, GPS, hot spot sometimes, music and entertainment…I use my computer not only to work but stream movies and sports
Taken from eco gear's Instrgram Page
5.Bluetooth Speaker - I love music…my old rig had terrible speakers and a good Bluetooth Speaker with great sound quality is a must. I use it inside and I can take it outside at my campsite.
We at Tough Tops do our best to address questions we get from our wonderful customers to make everyone’s user experience with us the best it can possibly be. One question we get often is also one that is sorta tough to answer: “What is the difference in color between our off-white, champagne and sand colors on our 15oz. fabric?”
First off we have stated that our colors do NOT match A&E Dometic or Carefree of Colorado! The Tough Top colors of off-white, champagne and sand are not far off from each other, but they do have different color shades and this can be important when trying to choose the right color for your needs. On our website we do have color swatches and we also overlay those colors over an awning to give you an IDEA of what the color may look like on your rig.
The Tough Top Awnings website showing colors
We sell 95% of our awnings through our website and this means most of you are seeing the awning colors though the eyes of your computer. And for those who have computer knowledge know that computers show you color differently depending on the room light and glare... BUT more importantly by the color calibration of your computer monitor. We put this to the test one day at our offices and saw that the color swatches on the website slightly varied from the three computers we had in the office.
SO, WHAT TO DO? To be honest, the computer calibration has not been a big issue but wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention….most folks just want to see the differences in the shades between the three….So below are the three colors next to each other for comparison. If you still are not sure, the next step would be to contact us and we can send you a fabric color sample so you can see the color in person to make the right choice.
If anyone has any questions or comments or suggestions about our colors feel free to contact us….We would love to hear from you.
To learn about all our products and see complete product list, clickHERE
*** If you are concerned or interested in the calibrating of your computer screen….First off I would go to a website you know and have a good understanding of the colors….for example, if you shop at Target, go get a Target bag or newspaper ad and compare the red color of the logo with what’s on your screen…if it’s off you know your screen needs calibrating….here is a link to help you out.
We have said many times how much we love the RV industry and feel honored to be part of it, we love meeting all the wonderful RVers and enjoy helping each one of you find the replacement RV awning for your RV or trailer!
We have been in business for over 12 years now, and we have added many new products over the years. If you are a new RVer, or an experienced one we still get questions about what kind of RV awning you need. Below is a list of the entire Tough Top Awning product line with a description of each product to help you decide what awning is best for you.
As always if you have any questions you can email us or give us a call.
WANT TO SEE OUR BUYING CHECKLIST? Go to our homepage HERE and click on the product you are interested in and get all you need to place an order.
SLIDE OUT TOPPER REPLACEMENT FABRIC RV Awning. A fabric that attaches to the coach or a guard to a roller tube that covers a slide out (bump out) room that extends from a coaches side. GO TO PRODUCT PAGE
Patio RV Awning. Either an electric or manually operated awning that comes out over the passenger side of a coach or trailer that extends approximately 8 feet over the main entry door. GO TO PRODUCT PAGE
Omega RV Awning. A discontinued product made by Carefree of Colorado. This slide out topper also, doubled as a window shade to pull down and secure to the side of a slide out to act as a slide topper and window shade. GO TO PRODUCT PAGE: WITH VALANCE WITHOUT VALANCE
Privacy Panel. (RV Awning extension.) A fabric that attaches to the bottom channel of a roller tube to extend your main pull-down patio awning space or provide shade and privacy. GO TO PRODUCT PAGE
RV Awning Accessories
Soft Connect (Made by Tough Tops). A 4.5 inch or 5.5" strip of fabric used to attach a Carefree of Colorado main electric patio awning with an Aluma Guard to the coach. This thin fabric would run the top edge of the guard the entire length the guard. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE
Anti-Bellowing Device. A small kick stand looking leg that mounts on an A&E Dometic slide topper's end cap. Positioned at 1pm on the driver side and 11am on the passenger side with the room in, it would prevent the fabric from unraveling when in transit. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE
Pull Straps (Made by Tough Tops). A thin strap that mounts to the underside of the roller tube on a A&E Deometic or a Carefree of Colorado manual pull down patio awning. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE
Straight Pick. A short stainless steel handled pick. Used to secure a roller tube on an A&E slide out topper or an A&E Electric Main Patio Awning. For the purpose of securing the spring for fabric replacement. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE
Deflapper. A device that sandwiches the fabric on a main pull down patio awning. To stop the fabric from slapping in the wind. This device secures to the structure legs. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE
Fuel filter Vise Grips. A specialized round gripping pair of vise grips designed to grab round items and lock them securely in place. This is a very useful tool for securing roller tubes on Carefree of Colorado Slide Toppers. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE
Silicon. A type of spray lubricant that has been used by professional awning installers to ease the entry of new fabric into old channels. Our CRC brand is good fit for installation as it doesn't leave behind a residue. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE
Windshield Repair Kit. Why slow down on the road to wait for a rock chip repair person or try to find a repair center that delays your travels or risk it and have the chip develop into a crack.. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE
Last year we celebrated our 10th year in business manufacturing and selling RV awnings. Looking back on all the success, some failures, all the wonderful people and businesses we have met we all know how lucky we are, and this is where we belong.
We started kicking around an idea to further connect our community of RV businesses and all the people who support us all. We fully believe in community and even more so from our travels and being is business for 10 years, believe in the RV community.
So, we decided to launch the Tough Top Community! It's simple in nature, we want a place were RV businesses and organizations can promote themselves and introduce themselves to the RV world, and we want a place all of YOU can meet these businesses, connect with them and receive consistent information as well.....under one roof.
We are new and need all the help we can get....We are very forntute to have a few well established businesses believe in our idea and join us. Please take a look at the Community, let us know what you think....But more importantly share with others, connect with the Community businesses and help us make this a powerful tool in the RV industry.
We at Tough Top Awnings thanks you in advance for your help and look forward to grow the community.
Greetings from Tough Top Awnings! We would love to update our customers on what is happening at Tough Top Awnings. In response to our thousands of customers we continue to add products to our inventory in order to better serve your needs.
Tough Top Awnings is Growing
2014 was a break out year for Tough Top Awnings! Our son-in-law Tyler and our daughter Christie have joined myself, and my wife Sandy, to help keep up with our growing customer base. They now handle our day to day operations and you’ll find Tyler’s contact information throughout our website. Our son Rick, a graphic designer and website designer in Boulder, Colorado has been handling our branding, website, and marketing needs for a number of years now. To meet all of us please check our video below we made over the summer in the Pacific Northwest.
RV Main (Patio) Awnings now available
After a number of years searching for the best fabric in a large enough size so we could fabricate “onepiece” main awning (there are no splicing on our awnings), we finally went into production last year. A big Thank You to all of you who have ordered our new RV main awnings. Our RV PatioAwning Installation Video is unquestionably the best and most comprehensive video of its kind on the internet. This project was completed with the help of our friends, the RV Geeks, the premier RV VIDEO “information” and “how to” guru’s on the internet. If you’re not familiar with them do yourself a favor and check them out their website HERE and their YouTube page HERE
RV Window Awnings and Door Awnings
We’ve been manufacturing window and door awnings for some time now and we are excited to have much more information and ordering instructions on our website to make it as easy as possible for our customers.
RV Awning Accessories
We’re also manufacturing “in house” all the RV awning pull straps you need for your RV. These are made out of top grade strapping fabric and are competitively priced. In addition we have Anti Bellowing hardware for A&E (Dometic) slide out awnings as well as heavy duty main (patio) awning Deflappers. Be sure to keep an eye on our Accessories Page for other new items as time goes on.
Tough Top Awnings ONLINE Store
In 2014 we added our online store! Our store allows for an easy buying experience and allows our customers to get an instant quote on all our products. Our main goal is not only for an easy buying experience, but a secure checkout, quality products, and MOST IMPORTANTLY to maintain the high level of customer service we have strived for since day one!
Tough Top Awnings was built on excellent customer service and our “one on one” customer relationships. For those who have any questions or concerns BEFORE you order Tyler’s phone number is readily available on every page of our store and website. From day one we have always stressed our accessibility and have made ourselves available to answer all questions or concerns anyone might have. Very early in our business we received a testimonial from a happy customer because we were doing business “the old fashioned way”. This is but one of the pillars of the foundation for our success, and we will not deviate from it. As I look back to when I was on the phone all the time I must admit I miss talking to our customers. I cherish the many “over the phone” relationships established with many of our customers and through time I’ve come to realize in life all of us face the same trials and tribulations, and in this respect quite often we can help each other out. Hopefully I’ve encouraged some of them as there is no doubt many of them have encouraged me.
In conclusion we sincerely thank our customers for giving us the opportunity to serve them. We have grown beyond our wildest expectations and with that come the responsibility to continue to deliver the best product at the best price with the service to back it up. We will continue to strive to do just that!
Ray and Sandy Oberreuter Owners, Tough Top Awnings