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A Brief History of RVing

June 13, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

A Brief History of RVing

For almost as long as there have been automobiles, recreational vehicles have been traversing America’s roads. The history of RVing starts in the early 20th Century. In 1910, there were few gas stations, few paved roads, and no highway system. But there were RVs. 1910 is the year that America’s leading RV historians cite as the beginning of what has become the modern RV industry. The first RV was Pierce-Arrow’s Touring Landau, which debuted at Madison Square Garden in 1910. Camping trailers made by Los Angeles Trailer Works and Auto-Kamp Trailers also rolled off the assembly line beginning in 1910. The RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, showcases the growth, history, and accomplishments of the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries, with displays and restored units dating back to 1913. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The crash of 1929 and the Great Depression dampened the popularity of RVs, although some people used travel trailers, which could be purchased... [Read more...]

Towable and Motorized RVs

June 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  Making the choice of which type of RV is best for you, may not be simple. Towable and motorized RVs each has their advantages and disadvantages. Much depends on how you plan to use your vehicle. It also depends on your budget. Towable RVs make sense if you plan to stay in the same location for extended periods of time.  That is not to say they don’t work well for traveling the country, as many do. But they do offer more space for less money and tend to mechanically weather better than their motor-powered cousins when not moved for months. Additionally, trailer RV’s allow their motor driven tow vehicle to be used not only as a grocery getter and daily tour tripper, but can serve as a year round daily driver. You won’t find this versatility in a motorized RV, unless it is a smaller type, like a class “B.” The motorized RV on the other hand, offers some advantages too.  Family members may enjoy the additional room and comfort while traveling. The ability to access... [Read more...]

Class B Motor Homes

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Class B Motor Homes

Winnebago Era A look at a popular RV choice, Class B Motor Homes.  There are three classes of self powered motorized RV’s built today.  The class “A”, a bus-like profile available generally from 30 to 45 feet in length. The class “C” type, a vehicle constructed using a cutaway van front end united to a custom built mini coach body. These are primarily found in vehicle lengths of 20 to 30 feet.  There are also Super “C’s” that use a full size truck front-end that rival class “A’s” in size and cost, but these are somewhat less popular.  Finally there is the class “B” coach.  This class consists of a customized van body with extended headroom, additional width and of course, extra length.  Available vehicle length in this class generally conforms to 18 to 25 feet. The smaller of these, the Class B Motor Home, was born in the early 1970’s and has gained in popularity through the years.  Its popularity has been driven in part by the following factors: Ease... [Read more...]

Buying a New RV

May 20, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Buying a New RV

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a new RV, there are countless options to consider when contemplating which RV to purchase.  Here is a quick checklist of things to consider first. Also be sure to know the differences between the different classes of RVs (Class A, Class B, Class C and Super C), including the Towables, such as the Fifth Wheel and Travel Trailers (including hybrids, pop-ups and truck campers).  Familiarize yourself with each kind, while narrowing down your search to the ones you like the best.  Check out these listings to view the various types of RVs and the approximate cost of each class. This type of research is critical and will prove to be a helpful guide for buying a new RV. Once you have done your research and decided which RV will best suit your needs, its time to begin negotiations for your top choice.  Going to the dealership during a special event or during the off season are your best opportunities to get the most for your money.  Obtaining a low... [Read more...]

So You Want to Buy an RV???

April 1, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

So You Want to Buy an RV???

Are you ready to make the investment for your next BIG toy? Considering buying a recreational vehicle? If so, you might want to consider first renting different styles/sizes of RVs, before making a choice on which one to ultimately purchase. There are many things to consider, including price, size (length), and type (fifth wheel, gooseneck, or ball hitch). Not to mention all of the extras, such as sliders, electronic add-ons, and such. To ensure you feel comfortable with the choice you will eventually make, why not take a couple practice runs and rent different RVs from Camping World RV Rentals? This way you will hopefully avoid having buyer’s remorse once the big purchase has been made and you are “stuck” with your choice. Spend a few weekends or even weeks over the summer when you can try different RVs to really zero in on what you would feel comfortable with owning long term. Some things to take into consideration when thinking in terms of size…many campsites have a maximum length... [Read more...]

Getting Ready to Head Out? Don’t Forget the Final Check on your RV!

March 7, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Getting Ready to Head Out?  Don’t Forget the Final Check on your RV!

Have you ever forgotten to do the final check on your RV before driving away from your house or campsite? I have an uncle, whom I love dearly, who drove out of his driveway with his RV still plugged into the wall of his house.  As a fairly new RV-owner and having felt rushed for time when departing, he enjoys amusing  his listeners with the retelling of this story… They were headed to New Mexico from Los Angeles, to visit their son and his family, when it happened.  He didn’t realize it at first, but he was dragging the long electrical cord and cover from the wall, behind him for some time.   At first when he spotted the kids pointing at his RV, he thought smugly to himself: “Yep, they must be impressed with my nice Class-A.”  Only once he noticed that they were actually laughing and pointing, did he begin to think something must be up. Then it occurred to him to check all of his mirrors to make sure everything was as it should be.  This is when he spotted the... [Read more...]

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

November 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

Sitting around a campfire with a group of old friends or new acquaintances inevitably brings out personal stories that speak of the trials, tribulations and adventures we all encounter during our RV travels.  Such was the case last week as a group gathered on a cool November night.   That’s when Allan shared the unfortunate but somewhat humorous adventure he, his dog and wife endured as they crossed the Frances Scott Key Bridge in Washington, D.C.:   We are finally underway to meet our fellow Cedar Creek RV Owners Club friends for our End of Year Rally at   Willow Tree Resort in South Carolina.  Our Terrier, Duffy, and I really needed this getaway.  We had planned getaways earlier this fall but had to cancel them for my hernia operation and my son’s spinal surgery.  Then, we were forced to delay our departure for this trip when Hurricane Sandy caused a blackout at our home. The ride from our home in PA to Willow Tree normally takes about 10 hours.  I was so looking... [Read more...]

WE ARE CHEATERS!

June 7, 2012 by · 7 Comments 

WE ARE CHEATERS!

Yes, I admit it.  We are CHEATERS! No, we don’t cheat on our income taxes or in a card game.  Like thousands of other RV owners, we cheat on what is perceived as conventional camping. For the past week, we have been camping at Big Meadows off of the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  We have a beautiful pull thru site about 100’ long – more than enough space to accommodate our “big rig”.  There is only one problem with our site – we have no hook-ups for electricity, water, or sewage.  This, of course, translates to using our own on-board resources of water, battery power, and wastewater holding.  It is easy to get by with no hook-up for a night or two, but if you have a conventional RV with a refrigerator, water pump, and lights, you will quickly learn that the small battery packs that come with your RV will not sustain your needs.  The amount of water you can store and the capacity of your waste holding tanks will determine just how often you flush the... [Read more...]

DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

May 22, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

Kevin and Debbie Clark own a 2011 Chevy 2500 pick-up with a full-length bed.  The truck is used to tow their 2009 Cardinal fifth wheel trailer. Kevin is extremely proud of his metallic silver truck and is meticulous about how he connects to his trailer.  The fifth wheel hitch is a Reese 22K set on bed rails bolted to the bed and frame of the truck.  The set-up is strong and easily handles the trailer in both braking and hard pulling maneuvers. . Kevin’s checklist includes: ●    opening the tailgate ●    chocking the trailer wheels ●    setting the trailer kingpin to the height of the hitch jaws ●    releasing the handle to close the hitch jaws ●    carefully backing into the trailer kingpin while watching for the actuation of the jaw handle to move out and then back in indicating that the jaws have latched tightly around the kingpin. ●    Push the jaw locking lever down on the release handle ●    Raise the front landing jacks about an inch off the... [Read more...]

WHY ARE GAS PRICES RISING? What is an RV’er to do?

April 14, 2012 by · 18 Comments 

WHY ARE GAS PRICES RISING?  What is an RV’er to do?

With fuel prices surpassing the $4.00 a gallon mark, to say that there is “pain at the pump” is an understatement. Dropping 200 gallons of Road Diesel into the tanks on the Volvo while in Florida required handing the girl at the fuel desk $831.00.  I couldn’t help but think of a time when diesel was considered “junk fuel” and was typically priced well below gasoline.  While I could have completely filled both 150-gallon tanks on the Volvo in my younger days for less than $100, I know those days now exist only in memories held by our over 50 generation. The soaring cost of fuel (gasoline and diesel) has hit the RV travel market hard.  With typical fuel mileage figures for towing a 8,000# trailer behind a gas engine 1/2 ton pick-up ranging from 7 to 12 mpg – even short trips can rack up a significant bill.  For example,  a 200 mile round trip will consume $80 of fuel, up $20 from last year.  The Paradox is that by some estimates the sales of RV towables has risen... [Read more...]

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