Disappointed with the Napier Sportz III



With online reviews stating that the Napier Sportz III is one of the best tents for a pickup truck you wouldn’t think this would be a negative review, but after its disappointing performance there are very few positives to write about.

It is true that the Sportz III from Napier is affordably priced, as you can see on Truck tent center, and there are a few convenient features associated with it. The main problem with the truck tent was its advertised size, and the fact that its actual length was not even close. According to the product description and other review sites this truck tent should be able to fit easily in the bed of a Chevy Silverado. This is one of the most common trucks on the road, and it only makes sense that this tent would promote its ability to fit this make and model.

Unfortunately the advertised measurements are slightly off, and this proved to be problematic on this camping trip. The floor on the tent may come with a patented design, but since it was too short for the truck bed this really didn’t matter. Leaves and other debris were able to get inside the tent, and all over our gear which caused additional problems. We  were able to set the tent up and the color coded sleeve and pole system did make this relatively easy, but size was a problem again when it was time to inflate the air mattress.

Since the actual length of the tent floor is only around 6 feet, the air mattress stuck outside the door. The mattress fit perfectly in the truck bed, but was too long for the tent. This gave us the option of sleeping on the hard metal surface or choosing between letting our feet or heads hang outside. Thankfully it wasn’t raining or this could’ve have been a serious problem, though our feet and ankles did get covered with mosquito bites. While this review is not saying you should not buy this tent you do want to be careful and measure everything to ensure the fit is not a problem, especially if you plan on using it with an air mattress. We should also mention that the width of the Sportz III was not an issue, at least for two people so that is a benefit that can be associated with this Napier truck tent.

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Setting up your RV GPS for the first time

It is never fun getting lost on a long journey. The challenges faced by RV travelers are many; from tunnels and bridges to raised railroad tracks. Blood pressures will rise, tempers flare, and the good times will cease as you are down a one-lane highway that seems like a never ending road. Of course, you can unfold your map or ask someone for directions. Best option is to have a guiding unit you can use to set the dimensions of your vehicle. You must customize the GPS according to the gross weight, width, height and the overall length of your RV.

Global Positioning System devices can be relied upon pretty heavily with their up-to-date maps, a user-friendly setting and options to make your travel easy. RV GPS Units can save you a great deal of time and headache when you are on the road. Setting up the best RV GPS Units is just easy as 1, 2, 3.

Some models are more versatile than others. They allow the user to set an RV setting. After providing the important dimensions, the unit is programmed to adjust the trajectory of the trip depending on the size of your RV.

When you take your RV GPS out of the box, you will notice that is has a suction cup and a dashboard disk. A suction cup is used for fixing the RV GPS on your windshields while the dashboard disk has an adhesive back so you can place it on any flat or smooth surface. To mount your RV GPS Units on the windshield, a bracket is required that can work with joints or adjustment nuts. After setting the bracket, you can mount your RV GPS on it.

Once the GPS is installed, you have to power it on. Input your time zone and a personalized password, so that your RV is protected against getting stolen. Some RV GPS units do not require a password or a PIN, but you can use your home address as your selected safe location.

You have to get familiar with the GPS menu and easily navigate through its features. Knowing how to enter destination is very important and it is one of the things that you must learn first. You can also adjust the volume of the speaker. Some units have day and night modes that you can switch on as you like. You also have to keep the quick start guide close by if you have no idea how to return to the default settings.

Learning to work with a new RV GPS Units takes time and patience. Just make sure to learn about all the features of your device before hitting the road.

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My recent trip to Mexico


Millions of US citizens have already visited Mexico for tourism, study and business and this includes over 150,000 who cross the border on a daily basis. Thankfully, the government of Mexico has consistently dedicated a significant portion of its resources to ensure the safety of visitors to their major tourist destinations. What really enticed me to travel recently to Mexico is the fact that there has been no evidence of organized criminal groups targeting US visitors. I only heeded the advice to keep a lowered profile and to avoid displaying any indications of wealth, so I did not bring any expensive-looking watch, jewelry or camera. I also kept aware of my surroundings while traveling, and gratefully, I am back safe and sound to tell you about my recent holiday in Mexico.

Mexico boasts steamy jungles, palm-fringed beaches, fiesta fireworks, and teeming cities. One can enjoy chili-spiced food, the true mark of authentic Mexican cuisine. Calling to mind vivid and diverse dreams, Mexico features the impressive works of pre-Hispanic civilizations that constructed the some fantastic archaeological monuments in the world, from the awe-inspiring Mayan temples of Palenque to the towering pyramids in Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This exceptional soul food also includes beautiful towns of the Spanish colonial era that have numerous tree-shaded plazas plus wonderful stone mansions and churches filled with rich sculpture. An abundance of great art from Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and others of the same caliber can be feasted on by the eyes. Mexico City boasts underground street art and dance clubs and also serves as a lovely backdrop for the handicrafts of the indigenous population.

Mexico first attracted me as a teenager when I first read about Cortés and the Aztecs. It was easy to find some sort of a spiritual home in this fantastic location. I have been to many trips already to Mexico, but I have never gotten my fill of its exceptionally tasty food prepared with a genuine love for family and hearty, healthy eating. I already own a top quesadilla maker that I have optimized to prepare and enjoy Mexican-style quesadillas at home, and my most recent visit to Mexico has only served to reinforce what I love about the place, which is nothing less than its remarkable food prepared in taquerias by hospitable, charming and very real people.

Mexicans are never less than courteous and are more often absolutely charming. They know very well how to please guests, serving special agave-based liquor and super tasty, sensationally chili-filled food. Mexico is definitely one place I will never tire of visiting!

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