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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...]

RV Tech Tip: Electric Inverters

August 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Tech Tip: Electric Inverters

Many RVs today are available with electric inverters and chargers, standard or as an option.  The inverter is a great accessory for having AC power while travelling and for dry camping.  Today’s RV tech tip will give you more knowledge about different types of inverters and what they do. These units offer a battery charger to maintain your house batteries and an inverter that converts 12 volts D.C. (direct current) to 120 volts A.C. (alternating current) when shore or generator power is not present.  Inverters can power residential refrigerators, microwave ovens, TV’s, satellite receivers, crock pots, toasters, coffee makers, and much more. There are many inverter manufacture models with a variety of power sizes.  The battery charger outputs are generally rated in ampere hours while the inverter power output is stated in watts.  However, getting the right size outputs to meet your needs is not the only decision.  Inverters are not necessarily all equal. There are two types... [Read more...]

Which Type of RVer Are You?

July 30, 2014 by · 13 Comments 

Which Type of RVer Are You?

Two RV Lifestyles There are many different ways to RV, but today we’re going to discuss two RV lifestyles. There are RV touring folks and there are RV destination campers.  RV destination campers go to a given destination for their entire vacation. Touring folks spend their time traveling from one location to another.  The latter group of “Rolling Stones” may feel they find it more adventurous to keep moving, spending only a night or two at each stop.  Many of them do not reserve a site, except an occasional same day phone call during busy times. Those people that choose to remain at one campsite for extended periods of time may have a larger family accompanying them.  Children, for example, get bored quickly while motor touring and would far prefer playing outside or perhaps swimming at a beach or on-site pool.  This method of RVing is generally less costly as you are not continually consuming fuel moving to the next site. These two types of RV campers gravitate naturally... [Read more...]

Travel Trailers vs. Fifth Wheels

July 6, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Travel Trailers vs. Fifth Wheels

Okay, you have decided your first or next RV will be a trailer.  Now that this decision has been made, there are many more features and options, like 5th wheel or conventional hitch type pull trailer, size and weight, make and model, and of course, the floor plan preferences. Before purchasing, you should know the differences between the two class selections, travel trailers vs. fifth wheels. The Classic Tear Drop Trailer Fifth wheel trailers are the big boys of the RV towable class, in both available length and weight load.  They do, however require a truck to pull them, generally starting at the size of a three-quarter ton unit and going up from there.  As the trailer’s connection to the tow vehicle is directly over the truck’s rear axle, this RV combination generally rides and drives extremely well and is much easier than conventional trailers to back up.  Some of the larger 5th wheel trailers can be tall and therefore require special attention to overhead clearances.  You must... [Read more...]

RV Toy Haulers

June 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Toy Haulers

  RV Toy Haulers, whether 5th wheel, tow trailer or self-powered motor home designs, are a unique breed of recreational vehicle.  They are becoming increasingly popular with sales driven, in many cases, by a younger age group.  Active outdoor couples and young families are attracted to RV toy haulers for their ability to transport personal land and water craft with them.  Additionally, these vehicles can accommodate a large family and can be very affordable considering what they can deliver. Though they may look similar to conventional fifth wheel, tow trailers or class A motor homes while they are going down the road, but once the rear ramp door is opened it becomes evident this is a different breed.  In choosing a toy hauler, whether towable or powered, there are options that are very unique to these SURV’s that you must consider.  An on-board fueling station can keep your toys ready to go and keep them rolling.  A charging port can assure your battery equipped mobile... [Read more...]

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