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Packing Up To Break Camp

September 22, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Packing Up To Break Camp

Packing Up to Break Camp For tent campers, packing up to break camp involves a bit of cleaning, some tent rolling and trying to get that bulky mass stuffed into what seems like too small a bag.  It came out of it, it must go back in.  Once complete and all the tent pegs have been gathered, the happy campers move about making sure they have everything.  They are soon driving through the park toward the main gate passing several large shiny motorhomes.  “That’s the way to camp!” one quips.  “Breaking camp is the twist of a key!” Well, it may seem that easy and quick, but it is not.  Slides that expand the living space must be powered back in.  Leveling jacks must be retracted.  Disconnecting of the water hose, sewage hook-up, and the electric power cable must be done, storing each in its unique place.  Awnings and TV antennas must be stored.  Basement lockers are checked that they are all latched and secure.  Tires are inspected to verify they are ready to go and may... [Read more...]

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

September 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

Dash instrumentation has become more and more precise over the years.  Complex, informative data can be displayed with near pinpoint accuracy.  Digital readouts have become commonplace in everyday automobiles over the past decade.  Engine temperatures can be observed to the single degree as can speed, engine RPM, manifold pressure, boost pressure, transmission temperature and much more.  In the average vehicle, these multitude of real time data information readings are of little value. In most cases “Idiot Lights” would probably suffice. However, for large vehicles, like heavy motor homes and truck trailer combinations, this information can be vital and of great value.  Observing various data trends and digital readout behavior while travelling, can reveal issues that require attention.  That attention may necessitate an operation strategy change, or, if necessary, a physical investigation. But, there is one instrument that every vehicle has and is used daily.  It has not really... [Read more...]

The RV Glass Dash

September 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

The RV Glass Dash

RV Instrument Clusters and Glass Dash The Glass Dash has been solidly endorsed by the aviation industry for the past decade and beyond.  Here the Garmin G2000 offers everything and much more than was ever available to the modern pilot.  In addition to engine data, GPS navigation, flight information and much more, virtual visual terrain can be displayed when required. Not quite as sophisticated, but still very impressive, is the motor coach Glass Dash by SilverLeaf.  The flat panel dash is capable of displaying a host of information and can produce the general operational readouts in either analogue, digital or both.  Digital is great for precise reading down to a single unit.  Analogue can deliver a faster glance study allowing a driver to quickly view the panel taking in only the gauge angles to confirm all is good.  Each method can fill a predetermined need depending on the driving event at hand. The Glass Dash can also display video feeds from the back up camera or GPS mapping... [Read more...]

RV Tech-Tip: Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel

September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Tech-Tip: Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel

The Rattles of RV travel Unlike a towable RV, a motorized unit involves travelling in the RV for the entire journey.  This also means listening to all the silverware, dishes and glasses that tend to rattle, sometimes nonstop. They still do this in a towable, you just don’t hear it. In addition to the annoying clatter, tinkling and cracking sounds that emerge from every cupboard and drawer, your pieces are slowly being destroyed.  Cracks, chips and abrasive marks on your dinnerware are going to become evident and finally be ruined, given time.  So, how can it be prevented?  How can you reduce the rattles of RV travel?  How can peace reign within the coach’s cabin? You may have tried towels, rags or napkins inserted between each, but that’s not the answer.  They still move about until they once again start the familiar clattering chorus. Non-Skid Shelf Liner Material So, how do you reduce the rattles of RV travel?  Well, here’s the answer you have been looking for, and it’s... [Read more...]

RVs From Back In The Day

August 20, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RVs From Back In The Day

Vintage trailers continue their popularity among today’s RVers. There is a certain charm and nostalgia with vintage trailers that is hard to find with new recreational vehicles. Tin Can Tourists, Denver, Colorado (1918) The rolling homes were small – a bed, a kitchen, and a dinette in one room. Over the decades they have expanded into today’s large-sized RVs, but there is an increasing demand for the older trailers. These vintage models are often called Canned Hams, Shiny Hineys, or Tin Cans. Whatever they may be called, classic trailers from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s are rolling back into popularity. When travel trailers first started roaming American roads, their owners were called Tin Can Tourists because they heated tin cans of food on gasoline stoves by the roadside. The Tin Can Tourists formed the first camping club in the United States, holding their inaugural rally in Florida in 1919 and growing to 150,000 members by the mid-1930s. They had an initiation;... [Read more...]

Budgeting For An RV

August 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Budgeting For An RV

Purchasing a recreational vehicle can be an exciting experience, but it can also be an overwhelming one. Purchasing an RV is a far more complicated process than buying a car. What does it REALLY cost to own an RV? Pictured above Las Vegas RV Resort © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved You owe it to yourself to become well informed before jumping in. Uninformed RV consumers are likely to make unwise financial choices. Create a budget for buying your RV. Do the numbers. Think about how you will pay and/or finance your RV? What does it really cost to own a recreational vehicle? You must consider the real cost and not just the initial purchase price. You need to think about the financials that are involved in licensing and registration fees, insurance, sales taxes, roadside assistance plan, off-season storage fees, upkeep and general maintenance expenses. When budgeting for an RV include the insurance cost in that budget. Doing the research before buying provides a clearer financial perspective... [Read more...]

RV Tech Tip: Awning Rod Storage

August 13, 2014 by · 7 Comments 

RV Tech Tip: Awning Rod Storage

I got tired of having to hunt for my awning rod, which had the habit of becoming buried under the other items in my largest outside storage compartment, the only compartment long enough to store it in. If you’re having a similar problem, this RV tech tip can help. I cut two short pieces (about 6 inches long) of PVC pipe, drilled two holes in each (enlarged the holes on one side for the screwdriver shaft) and attached them to the ceiling of the compartment. I measured my rod and placed the pieces of pipe so that the rod tip (bent 90 degrees) would just hang out the end. That way, there is no room for the rod to slide back and forth. Now when I need my awning rod, I know right where it is; I don’t have to hunt for it. Credit: Mike Jones, Wyoming MI

Choosing The Right RV For You

August 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing The Right RV For You

Shop RVs online before you get to the dealer. Which class RV is right for you? Choosing the right RV for your lifestyle requires some research.  Some of the things you need to consider include your intended use, accommodation size, your operating comfort level, and of course, your budget. Let’s look at your intended use.  If you like to attend car races or similar events, you likely need an RV capable of comfortable dry camping, as many of these venues may not have hookup services.  This would also be the case if you enjoy camping in far-out state parks or remote wilderness locations. Travel trailers and 5th wheels are a good choice for this because motorized RVs require both chassis & house batteries and therefore may not be as power thrifty.  Additionally, your tow vehicle can be used to get groceries or scenic touring. How many people will be sharing your RV?  Two adults and three children?  This may require a few beds and a good sized seating area.  Fifth wheel... [Read more...]

8 Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have

August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

8 Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have

Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have Safety triangles We all likely agree that there are several safety accessories that every RVer should have, but there might be some disagreement on what those accessories are. One RVer might consider a shotgun a must have safety accessory, while another might rate an alarm on his temperature-controlled built-in wine storage compartment a necessary safety accessory. However, assuming that there is little likelihood of having to defend ourselves from attack or spoilage of our Grand cru Bordeaux collection, every RVer should have these eight basic accessories that will protect us from the more common on-the-road emergencies. Eight Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have 1. Cell phone – Even though a cell phone is not a 100% guarantee of help in case of emergency (out of range, dead battery, broken or lost) a cell phone is the best and quickest way to get help in whatever situation you find yourself in. Program emergency numbers into... [Read more...]

Towing With Your Motorhome

August 7, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Towing With Your Motorhome

Roadmaster Tow Dolly Large class C and most class A coaches are challenged when trying to tour cities and local tourist attractions.  While the maneuverability is easily managed by a skilled driver, the parking is not.  Generally, parking space for these large vehicles is non-existent, leaving your tour confined to what you can see while driving by.  A car rental may be the only option.  However, there are many campgrounds that may not have the availability of obtaining a rental car.  Take my word for it, not even Enterprise will deliver to many locations. So, what about towing your own car?  Towing with your motorhome is an option that you may want to explore.  You will always have a car with you and it will save on the rental charges.  There are three ways to bring your car with you; full trailer, tow dolly, or flat tow.  Let’s look at the advantages and short falls of each. A full trailer can transport your vehicle with no wear or tear.  However this greatly increases your... [Read more...]

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