The Most Extreme RVs You’ll See Today

So, in writing as many blogs as I have lately, I have to scour the internet to research RV topics on a daily basis. Sometimes I know what I’m looking for, but most of the time I stumble across something that might be of interest to someone else and I write about it. In doing my pseudo research today I realized that I’ve developed a peculiar habit looking for really unique RVs and RV videos on YouTube. Every now and then I’ll find something that is worth sharing.

These are Formula One hospitality..uh…RVs…I think they’re RVs anyway. Regardless they are engineering marvels;

Here is a compilation of Formula One hospitality areas.

Ferrari – 3 floors. Ground floor is a conference and meeting place, the upper floor is reserved for Philip Morris + clients and guests.

BMW – Traditional motorhome, modern twist. On either side of the central area are two large multifloored areas. In-between is a multifloored hospitality area with a bar in the centre. The whole thing is covered with a canvas roof.

Renault – The central portion is a dining and press conference area. The two motorhomes are for the team, directors and drivers to work and relax.

Williams – Traditional with two side by side motor homes with offices, joined in the middle by a large hospitality restaurant area.

Red Bull – The Red Bull Energy Station has the largest surface area of all of the motorhomes. But it is a combines both Red Bull and Toro Rosso. 3 floors, several bars, dining areas and terraces.

Toyota – Also traditional style with a large veranda off to the side for dining and hospitality. Inside are offices for the drivers and senior staff.

Honda – Has an “environmental theme” with two bars for eating down either side of the central area.

Super Aguri – Consists of two separate traditional motorhomes side by side, each with an enclosed truck office area and an external hospitality area. This is the former Jordan team’s motorhome.

Force India – An enormous structure with a wall of glass. 3 floors, 350 sqm and a large outdoor entertaining area.

McLaren – 3 stories, with a reflective glass facade. Open-floor on the ground level, offices on the second and a gallery for guests on the top. The drivers also have special rooms with games consoles, showers, and MP3-docking stations.


Wow. Those are way out of my league. Of course these guys are more my style ; )


Carbon Monoxide can still be a danger in a New RV

You know, to be honest, I’ve thought about the hazards of carbon monoxide coming from a running car in an enclosed area like my garage, but I’ve never really given it too much though while RVing. Why? I think it’s because I don’t have a Carbon Monoxide detector in my garage, but I do in my RV.  Just like any safety device, you should make an extra effort to check it regularly because a dead battery or faulty system is not only worthless, but it could mean the difference between life and death.

I found this great article at RVTechTips that I’ve reprinted here for your convenience. Check them out, the give fantastic tips:

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and often deadly gas, the byproduct incomplete combustion. For RVers the source  could be anything from an improperly operating furnace, water heater, oven, generator, or any other gas burner.  Even tiny amounts of CO can make you sick. CO leading cause of accidental poisoning in the US:  Responsible for 10,000 hospital visits every year, at the same time some 200 die from it.

The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and two real bad ones: Unconsciousness followed by death. Carbon monoxide is a tricky thing: A little bit of CO over a long time can do harm you, or a lot over a short period of time can do the same.

So what do you do? The RV industry recognizes the danger, and since December 2004 installs detectors in all RVs.  But what about those of us with older rigs, or with those whose CO detectors have reached the “end of their days.” A detector is only good for about five years–after that, it’s not protecting you.  Industry standards require manufacturers to install detectors specifically designed for RVs. Typical residential detectors can’t hack the vibrations of rig movement; many won’t detect CO outside normal household temperatures and humidity.

To be completely safe, whatever detector you install should be listed as approved for RV use. As you might expect, with that recognition, the price goes up. Camping World lists their recommended CO detector’s “regular price” in the mid 60 dollar range. Want them to install it? Plan on shelling out over $100.00. Ouch! Prices are also affected by features: A “standard” alarm only unit costs less than one that displays the CO level on a digital readout. These are handy, as you can monitor CO levels in your rig–even before they “alarm.”

Proper Use

Read your detector manual carefully. Detectors have a “test” feature, but many of them only test the electrical circuitry–not necessarily the ability to detect carbon monoxide. If your detector “sounds off” don’t ignore it! You probably won’t be having any symptoms, but that’s good–you want to be out of the rig before that happens. Hit the silence button on the alarm and GET EVERYONE (and pets) out of the RV. If anyone shows any symptoms of CO poisoning, get them help immediately–call 911. If everyone seems OK, ventilate the RV before going back inside.

Finally here are a few more tips to help keep you safe:

Always USE a carbon monoxide detector. Test it regularly.

Inspect your motorhome and generator exhaust system any time you “bottom out” or experience any other incident that might jar them.

Regularly check for holes in your rig sidewalls or floor. Seal them up thoroughly.

Park your rig so that exhaust gases will flow away from the RV. Be extremely cautious when camping in snow–it can trap exhaust fumes around your rig. The same is true of nearby tall grass.

Many RVers won’t sleep with the generator running, even if it means discomfort.

Keep a roof vent cracked any time the generator is operating.

Watch your neighbors. Parked at the truck stop in a rest area, fumes from the rig next door could blow over to you and into your rig.

Was this post helpful? lf you have any questions you can contact your Nichols, New York RV Dealer.


Straight Line Winds Can be Your New RV’s Worst Nightmare.

This is just a reminder at how easy it is for Mother Nature to detour your trip. A gust of wind tossed this trailer on its side as a driver behind rolled his video camera.  The 42-foot trailer was being pulled to its new location, the driver had slowed down and was planning to exit the road at the next opportunity, but as you can see he was a little too late. Always be aware of your crosswinds when towing as you can see at how easy things can go wrong!

WARNING: The use of the “S-word” makes this video PG-13…but I believe the safety lesson to be learned far outweighs this. Watch at your own risk.

This can happen with almost any size RV depending on the wind velocity. You are better safe than sorry, so if you feel that you can’t control the lateral movement of your rig due to wind, pull over until winds die down, then proceed to your intended location. There is no way to prepare for something of this nature except adhering to the adage: “You are better Safe than Sorry.”

If you have any questions or comments on how to further avoid hazards such as this leave me a comment, or breeze on by and see me (pun intended).


New RV Recipe: The "OH MY GOSH" Steak


Another great recipe from the RVCookingShow! You can’t beat a great steak cooked in the wild landscape of Oregon.

…and did you know there were so things to do in Bend Oregon? Looks Like I’m be embarking on a RV trip soon!

If you are ready for your own taste of the great outdoors, check out these guys!


Your New RV’s Water Supply and Disposal 101

This is a very simple lesson in water conservation in regards to your new RV. There are basically no differences between your motorhome and your permanent address. You have four walls, a roof over your head, admittedly much less space in your motorhome, but it is a space in which you can live for a lengthy period. Like a domestic house you have running water and power – but these are the 2 key components of the motorhome you must understand. Running water in a domestic house requires no maintenance, unless something breaks. Water in a motorhome needs constant attention. Firstly your fresh water supply comes from a tank within your vehicle. When it empties, you are out of water.

Secondly, your waste water, escapes down your motorhome sink and gathers in a waste water tank. This water tank must be actively managed for two reasons – if it is full, then you cannot use any more running water and stagnant water gathering in the waste water tank can smell after a few days. Just as the motorhome user must not let his supply of fresh water run out, he / she must not let the waste water tank fill up. Managing your water supply in a leisure vehicle does take some care and attention, but once you understand how to manage your fresh water and your waste water, it’s easy

Now I know this is ultra basic stuff, but it always seems to be the same stuff and information they keep forgetting. Remember, when you take care of your RV, it will take care of you.