9 Steps to a Clean RV

You know, giving your pride and joy a little extra attention sometimes is always a good thing. The comfort of a clean rig just can’t be beaten. I searched for the best ways to keep your rig looking and performing like it was new.

I found this great (English) article with 9 easy and simple steps to keeping your RV clean. Check it out.

Any other cleaning tips out there?


New RV Must-Haves: An Awning.

You might not think about it at the time of purchase, but an awning on your rig is well worth the minor additional cost.

Here, let’s judge the worth of adding an awning to your new RV by some simple “Compare and Contrast”

Would you rather enjoy your vacation  under this:

or, looking like this:

Once you install RV awnings, you can leave them there. You simply winch them in and out by hand or by pushing a button if you have a motorized awning. For RV’s, retractable awnings operate by means of a 12 v battery, so you don’t need an electrical hook up to use one. You can also get an RV awning replacement that has lighting included, which makes for the ultimate outdoor setting when you stopped for the night. Enjoy your meal outdoors in the dark or enjoy the beautiful sunset from under the shade of your awning.

…and yes, the canopy support of RV awnings is well able to withstand the force of the wind and the weight of water from the rain.

So, if you’re going to get a new RV…consider an awning. On the extra hot days, it’s worth its weight in gold.

Agree? Disagree?


How Trailer Length Affects RV Towing Stability

So, you’ve just purchased a brand new travel trailer. It was your first step to fulfilling your American Dream…at that moment you don’t think it could get much better…until you take it on the road on a windy day.

Dealing with the wind is a fact of life if you’re going to be any kind of RV enthusiast, you already know how it can affect your car, so make sure you understand how wind also affects your RV.


It’s basic physics really. Remember when you learned about leverage? If your trailer is longer relative to the wheelbase of the vehicle you’re using to tow the trailer, you could be in for some stressful travel

Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, Fifth-Wheels and even Toy haulers have a broad profile in the wind. High wind speeds…even being passed by an 18 wheeler at high speeds,will affect the horizontal stability of your RV. Think about carrying a 4’x8′ piece of plywood in even a moderate breeze. Good luck.

The same way it takes strength to handle that plywood in the wind, it takes a long wheelbase on your tow vehicle to handle the tug of a relatively long travel trailer. If you’ve got a twenty-three foot boxy trailer and you’re pulling it with a small SUV,chances are you’re going to be thrown around quite a bit. However, that same small SUV would have no problem at all with a small folding tent trailer. It’s all relative.

As a general guideline is, to pull a trailer approximately twenty feet long, your vehicle has a wheelbase of at least 110 inches. So that’s about nine feet of wheelbase to handle twenty feet of trailer.

Likewise, add at least four inches of wheelbase for each additional foot of trailer length. That way you’re always making sure to keep the ratio of trailer length to wheelbase close.

Who has some added advice for combating instability with your RV?


What Influences are Important when Purchasing an RV

Which factors most influence RV purchase decisions? there are many different reasons but according to a recent RVDA article, focusing on family togetherness and cost savings now resonate equally with potential RV buyers.

In addition, it uncovered the positive attitudes about health and wellness benefits of RVing,

From the RVDA article:

The survey of 1,006 non-RV owners and 357 RV owners was commissioned by Go RVing to understand how RVs and RV travel are perceived, what benefits RV owners experience, and which of these benefits would be most effective in convincing a non-owner to buy.  This data is being used to fine-tune Go RVing messaging to reinforce the value of RVing to current owners, and to motivate consumers to purchase an RV in the future.

Survey results show that a majority of non-RV owners (67 percent) agree that RVing allows families to spend quality time together, and to spend more time outdoors enjoying nature. Messages about family togetherness also received a strong positive response from past RV owners and survey respondents who said they were considering a future RV purchase.

But, the cost savings offered by RVing also has a strong appeal. Three-fourths (74 percent) of RV owners agree with the findings of RVIA’s Vacation Cost Comparison research showing that RVers save 27-to-61 percent on a typical family vacation. The same proportion (73 percent) of potential future RV buyers said that knowing about the cost savings would make them more likely to buy.

Also appealing to past RV owners (75 percent) and those with RV purchase plans (67 percent) were messages that RVs are becoming smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient. Recent product innovations are positioning the industry to potentially bring back former RVers and to make inroads with non-owners who are considering a purchase.

The survey also offered insight about which benefits of RVing are the strongest purchase motivators. A strong proportion of potential future RV buyers said that these factors would make them more likely to buy:

  • RVers save 27 to 61 percent on a typical family vacation — 73 percent
  • Couples who RV develop stronger bonds with each other — 68 percent
  • RVing allows you to be more physically active — 67 percent
  • RVing provides an escape from everyday pressure and stress — 65 percent
  • Kids who travel with their families by RV receive educational benefits — 58 percent
  • Traveling by RV reduces exposure to illnesses and other health risks — 56 percent

Majorities of past RV owners (61 percent) and potential future RV owners (59 percent) agreed that investing in an RV now will enable people to travel affordably and frequently in retirement.

What are your main influences when purchasing an RV?


Good RV News

I keep hear about and seeing the RV Industry surging ahead. Everywhere I look I see more and more motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, pop ups and even truck campers…and here’s proof:

Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC, a manufacturer of RV’s and travel trailers, announced today that it will expand its operations here, creating up to 265 new jobs by 2013.

…and this

The Earthbound RV Company announced Tuesday it will build a new manufacturing operation in Marion. The announcement means 300 new jobs for Grant County by 2013.

Of course there’s more, much more. I hear something almost daily about how the RV Industry is weathering one of its biggest downturns in history. I’m keeping my hopes up because it appears that RVing is on the rebound, or should I say “Back on the Map”.


The Young Whippersnappers are Buying a RV

That’s right, the age demographic is getting younger and that’s a good thing! Even as baby boomers are boosting RV sales now, it’s the younger generations that are flocking to the RV lifestyle and are becoming increasingly avid supporters of the RV way of life. This creates a good outlook for RV sales in the coming years. Every indication is that RV sales will continue to grow as the worst of the recession passes.

It has been said that RVing is a good test of the strength of the economy, and while RVing continues to gain popularity our economy too shall regain its momentum.

Any thoughts? Are you a Young RVer?


The RV: The 411 on Fun

The term recreational vehicle is an incredibly broad one that includes everything from $10,000 tent trailers to $700,000 motorhomes. There are trailers and fifth-wheels targeted for every price range, lifestyle, towing capacity and family size, coming in every shape, size and options package imaginable.

The one thing they all have in common is they provide people with a chance to get away, have an adventure and enjoy the great outdoors.

Whether you’re the president of a company and you’re out there in your big motorhome or you’ve got a regular travel trailer and you have a young family, it’s an adventure. It’s an investment in your family for some; it’s a way of life for others.


RV and Save Money on Your Next Family Vacation

Taking a family vacation can be an expensive undertaking. Whether you take a plane or train or drive yourself and stay in a hotel, campground, house rental or at a friend or family member’s home, costs can add up quickly. Add in meals, drinks and snacks as well as entertainment and extras, and treating the family can end up breaking the family budget.

Many families have found RVing to be an economical way to travel with kids. According to a 2008 survey done by international travel and tourism research firm PKF Consulting, a typical family can save anywhere from 27 percent to 61 percent by taking an RV vacation compared to other types of vacations.

Experts say now is a great time to invest in buying either a new or used RV, but if you’ve never tried it, you may want to rent first to see if the RV lifestyle is right for your family. More than 460 national chain outlets and local RV dealerships rent RVs, including state-of-the-art, late-model-year units. A growing number of campgrounds offer on-site RV rentals as well.

Rental prices can range from $99 per night in the off season to as much as $370 per night during peak times, according to Family Fun magazine. Keep in mind that campsite prices can vary as well, but families will save on hotel costs and meals by staying in the RV and packing everyone’s favorite foods or making meals in the vehicle.


The Added Frills to Camping in Your RV

Growing up, when we went camping, WE WENT CAMPING! It was different..not better or worse, just different. Today, the great outdoors is filled not only with pools, game rooms and horseshoe pits but giant movie screens, inflatable bounce pillows, cappuccino carts and, of course, Wi-Fi. Tent sites and recreational vehicle parks sharing space with cabins and fully appointed lodges.

Campers need look no farther than the California coastline to find campgrounds such as Manchester Beach, Petaluma and Santa Cruz.

“They’re like department stores,” explained Jim Rogers, chief executive officer of KOA, a leading private campground company in North America. “If you want to set off by yourself and pitch a tent, we have it. Parties of five or six can go in together and park their rigs in the group area. We have cabins overlooking the ocean for wedding parties. We want to be a place for everyone.”

Camping has become an outdoor hospitality industry, but without the $200- or $300-a-night resort price tag.

In 2008, the travel industry slapped the word “glamping” onto this trend of luxury camping. Since then, some of those “glamping” perks have burrowed into even mainstream camping.

KOA offers free Wi-Fi at all its locations and has added more cottagelike trailers, complete with kitchens, bathrooms and lofts. One state park now even includes cabins with kitchenettes and televisions with DVD players. Cable hookups and satellite television are available, often free of charge.

Sacred Rocks Reserve near San Diego has gone a step further, allotting 36 sites for eco-friendly, solar-powered park models that are on sale as year-round vacation homes. “It’s for people who want to escape the noise of the city and hear the owls at night,” said owner Sharon Courmousis.

I’ll be the first to admit — I prefer camping with four walls, a real bed and a private bathroom. But laptops propped up on picnic tables? RVs with outdoor televisions? Texting around the campfire? Has our inability to disconnect from the outside world and our favorite tech toys gone too far?

Courmousis sees it this way: “At least they’re getting some of what nature has to offer.”

Rogers sees an even more valuable upshot: “We’re getting our youth outdoors. If we don’t find some way to do it, we will not have future land stewards.”

The trick, says Pauline Wood, co-owner of Petaluma KOA Camping, is to provide entertainment that will draw campers away from their televisions, laptops and cell phones. To that end, her campground offers a full schedule of events from May to October, including hay rides, pool parties, rock wall climbing and wine tastings.

“We’re like the Disney of camping,” she said. “We offer the full spectrum.”


A Better RV Experience: RVing really is kid’s stuff!

If there’s one thing great about RVing with the kids it’s that you rarely hear, “Are we there yet?” RVing is nothing if not kid-friendly. Think of all the “extras” sported by recreation vehicles. Comfortable beds. Fully stocked, on-board snack center. The kids’ favorite toys, games, books and videos – all within arm’s reach.

Get your kids into the RV lifestyle early and they’ll grow up to really appreciate all of the things that most other children would never have the opportunity to experience. Lessons on the road can be some of the most important things they’ll ever learn.

Here’s a short list of kid-friendly things to do and places to go that you can find in every state.

  • Swimming pools
  • Playgrounds
  • Lakes with boat rentals
  • Movie rentals
  • Fishing ponds
  • Game rooms
  • Tennis courts
  • Square dances
  • Bike paths and rentals
  • Hayrides

Further, RVing is not only a chance to create lasting family memories, it also more affordable than you may think. Besides, your kids will love the freedom to go anywhere they want, any time they want

Does anyone have any great stories about traveling with their kids they’d like to share?