Things to consider when planning a cross country trip

 

So you’ve bought a new RV and want to go out and hit the open road with your family before summer ends.  One of the more popular things to do  is to plan a cross country trip, stopping along the way to see the beauty of the country, eat some great food, and come across the bizarre.  While cross country trips in RVs are great, there are things that you need to keep in mind before throwing in all your things and hitting the pavement.

There are plenty of reasons to want to go out across the U.S.A., and they are all great reasons to want to go out and see the changing landscapes.  The best reason is that it offers plenty of great family bonding time.  Instead of seeing your spouse or kids for only a few hours a day, everyone gets to spend quality time with each other, and this helps a family grow.  Not only that, but there is no end of things to do.  You can stop at parks and go hiking or bike riding, hit a body of water and go fishing, or stop by great landmarks of nature and architecture along the way.

There are some things you need to first consider though.  The main thing is that you are the person who will have to get to these places. On paper driving 600 miles a day may look easy enough, but that equates to over ten hours behind the wheel.  If you are not used to long distance drives, then this may seem like an eternity.  Not only that, but you are not driving your normal car across the country.  There is a drastically huge different between driving your rig and your normal car, and this may make driving a little difficult to perfect.  Finally, while your RV may have plenty of room and accommodations, but it is significantly smaller than your home, and people living in close quarters can start to get old after a while.

Be sure to let everyone in your family know what to expect, and make a plan on what to see together.  Most importantly, drive safely, and have fun!  If you are looking for a new RV to take across the country, then be sure to come by Jim’s RV.

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Great tips to save money for full time RVing

 

If you are a full time RVer, then you are probably looking for ways to save money while living on the road.  Although being a living in your RV full time can be a lot less expensive than living in a permanent residence, with the economy in a crunch and gas prices climbing, any extra cash in your pocket is always welcome.  Well, there is one thing that you can do that can cut down on your insurance costs, as well as yearly registration costs for your RV, no matter the class or size.

It all starts with your permanent address.  Most full time RVers will have there permanent address run through a post office or mail carrier that is close to their old permanent residence.  That is because it is easier to go a few miles away to your postal carrier and change your address rather than driving across the country.  Well, living in an RV means that you are driving across the country anyways, so why not use that to your advantage?

States such as South Dakota, Texas, and Florida, have much better RV insurance costs, as well as no state taxes levied against you and your vehicle for road maintenance.  Many states use the weight of your rig as a standard for how much to charge for your yearly registration.  This means that you are saving money every year that can be put towards more travel.  If you are a full time RVer, you should take advantage of this and take a road trip to one of these states and create a new permanent mail receiver to help save a few dollars.

If you are looking for a new RV to start off your new life as a full time RVer, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV!

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Keep your important belongings safe

 

If you are an RVer, especially a full timer, then you probably have a lot of important documents and possessions that you take with you.  Things like wills, birth certificates, jewelry, and other valuables that you can’t lose need to be safe and secure in your RV.  They don’t only need to be safe from theft, but also from fire, water, and any other damage that may destroy your RV.  While no one likes to think about these things happening to their rig, you always have to be prepared for the worst.  So what are the best was to keep your valuables safe in your rig?

If your permanent residence is your RV, then your best bet is a fire proof safe.  These can be bought at any large retailer or online, and they not only keep your things safe from theft, but also fire and water.  While there are cheap safes that are portable, it’s best to buy on that can be installed directly into your RV’s floor or walls.  A thief can easily take the safe with them and break into it later if it is not hidden and secured.  If you choose to install a safe in your rig, be sure that it is being secured to an area that won’t ruin any structural supports.

If you have a permanent residence or storage space, then keep your belongings there.  There is no reason to risk anything happening to them on the road if you can help it.  If you don’t have either of those options, then rent out a bank locker at your home base.  This way you know your documents and belongings will be safe from any threat.  Whether you use a safe or a secondary location, be sure that family members know where it is in case they need to access it.

RVing should be a relaxing time, and that can be hard if you are worried about your belongings, so please find the best way for you to keep them safe.  If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come to Jim’s.

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Learn the signs to prevent heat related illnesses

The dog days of summer have hit the country with a vengeance this year.  With heat indexes across the country hitting well above the 100 degree mark, it is important to know when your body is no longer just hot, and instead getting dangerous.  For RVers, staying cool is a bit harder than staying inside at your homes with the A/C on high.  This is especially true if you are a sneior or traveling with children, since heat related illnesses can hit faster and harder.

The best thing that you can do is stay hydrated.  Drinking plenty of fluids like water and sports drinks is a great way to keep the heat at bay.  The big problems with heat stroke and heat exhaustion come when your body is dehydrated, and it starts to shut down.  If you are incredibly hot and realize that you are no longer sweating, this means that you are extremely dehydrated.  Be sure to go inside your rig and cool down and drink plenty of water.

Dress for the temperatures with cool clothes that breeze easily.  Remember that lighter colors reflect more light than darker ones, so be sure to pack plenty of white shirts with you.  It is a good idea to have a wide brimmed hate to keep the sun off of your face, and remember to stay lathered with sun screen.  While wearing jeans is a good idea if you are in areas with deep brush or poison ivy, you should only do so if it is necessary.

Finally, be sure to pace yourself for activities.  You may have a list of things that you want to do at the campsite, but wearing yourself out in extreme temperatures is not a good idea.  If you are playing a game like volleyball, basketball, or any other high energy sport, be sure to stay hydrated and take breaks if you start to feel tired.  If you experience any dizziness or nausea, then find a cool place to relax.

Please be safe this summer wherever you choose to travel, and if you are looking to beat the heat in a new RV come by Jim’s.

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So you decided to become a full timer. What’s next?

 

After retiring, you may have decided that now is the time to live the dream and become a full time RVer.  Whether you are buying your first RV for the task, or if you have owned an RV for some time, it is a big transition to live on the road.  There are no rules set in stone on what to do next because circumstances are different for each person, but there are things that you should plan and take into account after the decision was made.

The first question mark is also the biggest, and that’s, “What should I do with my home?”  While selling your home may seem like the best solution, that sometimes sounds a lot easier than it is, especially in today’s housing market.  Another good idea may be to rent the house to not only pay off whatever is left of your mortgage, but also bring in some extra money every month to help you on your journeys.  This is especially useful if you decide to make your new home base site near your old house so you can check in with the renters or take care of any problems that need to be attended to.

Along with selling your home, you will need to get rid of everything inside that you no longer need.  While it is smart to rent a small storage space for things that you need to keep but can’t take with you, such as family heirlooms and other valuables, you will want to sell everything else.  Holding a large yard sale before you leave is a great way to put a little extra cash in your pocket.  Be sure to advertise it very well, and whatever doesn’t sell, donate it to thrift stores or charities and try to give the rest away.

Finally, make sure that you have plans made for how to receive mail and health care while on the road.  There are many great mail services that will take care of bills, checks, and other snail mail, so be sure to look around your new home base and ask other full timers what they use. The same goes for health care.  Finding a good doctor near your most permanent area is best, but also check with your health care provider to see where else you are covered all across America.

Becoming a full timer is a big decision, but one that will make your new life amazing.  If you need a new RV to get you started, then be sure to come by Jim’s RV.

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Stop problems at the top with roof care

 

One of the most forgotten about areas of care and cleaning on an RV is the roof.  While it may be out of sight, out of mind , your RV’s roof is one of the most important areas to take care of.  If you do not make sure that your roof is clean of debris and grime, you will end up with tears, corrosion, and weak spots that will result in leaks and even bigger problems.  Your rig’s roof takes a beating nearly day from direct sun light, rain and moisture, and road grime.

While there are many different types of roofing materials, it can get confusing on how to properly clean yours.  The video below will help you get started on taking care of your roof.

Roof care is of vital importance, and should be taken care of every few weeks along with your regular cleaning of your RV exterior.  If you want to look at new RVs and their mint conditions roofs, then be sure to come to Jim’s RV.

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Stay on the level with these easy tips

 

Chances are, when you get to a camp site, the ground around it will not be a perfectly paved and leveled surface.  Simply setting your fifth-wheel or RV will not only make your stay uncomfortable, but it may also damage or disable parts of your rig.  A great example of this is your refrigerator, which will only run properly if it is level due to it being run by propane.  While everyone has their own way of leveling or stabilizing their RV, it may not always be the best way.

The most common way people level their trailers is with blocks of wood wedged under the tires until their surface level says that everything is even.  While this may be the way you have done it forever, it is not the smartest solution.  The wood you are using may not be perfectly straight and level itself, so it may shift under the weight of your rig and cause all sorts of problems.  Instead, look into buying RV leveling blocks.  These are designed to easily stack together uniformly to hold your RV level, and also support all the weight that you may need.

Once you have the RV level, it may still not be stabilized.  Leveling is for getting even from front to back, but you still need to stabilize the left and right sides.  The basic tool for this job is jack stands, but you may not know that there have been advances to make your life easier.  You can install stands on the sides of your RV which are guaranteed not to slip off the sides.  If you want to take it a step further, then you should look into the new electric stabilizers which can move up and down with the push of a button.

No one likes to be on uneven ground, and you should always fix the problem in the safest manner possible.  To see the newest leveling and stabilizing features in RVs, then be sure to come to Jim’s RV.

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Wanting to bond with fellow RVers? Go to the track!

 

There are lots of ways to meet other great people in the RV community.  Meet people at the camp grounds, a chat at the gas station, chatting on a ham radio, or joining an RV club.  The great part about meeting fellow RVers is that you already both already share a deep passion for life on the road.  Well, there is always one place every summer to meet hundreds of fellow RVers, and be entertained at the same time.  I am talking about the race track.  If you have never attended a race, it is a great experience, and it can be made even better if you own an RV.

All the major racetracks open up the middle of their field for RVers to come and stay for the weekend’s worth of races.  This means that you don’t have to beat traffic and find a parking space the day of the race, but can instead spend all weekend camping in some of the most unique camping areas you will probably experience.  The NASCAR experience for an RVer is a lot like tailgating a football game, only there is one major difference.  Instead of only enjoying a few hours grilling and meeting other people, you get to do it for a whole weekend.

If you are looking for a fun way to spend a weekend while on the road, I would suggest looking at the race schedules and try to make a weekend race series.  You get to meet many fellow RVers, watch a few races, and a weekend full of fun.  Of course, I caution you to bring some ear plugs, because it can get loud.  I you are looking for a new RV to follow your favorite driver in, then be sure to com to Jim’s RV.

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Great tips to keep your belly full on the road

 

Life on the road can start to lead to bad habits if you aren’t careful.  Among RVers, one of those bad habits is going out to eat more than staying in your rig and making a home cooked meal.  Not only are you paying more per meal, but chances are that you are eating less healthy.  If your RV has a kitchen, then you should try to use it as much as possible.  If you are unsure or inexperienced with RV cooking, then you should know that it can be quite a bit different than cooking at home.

One of the best ideas for any RVer who is looking to take their cooking on the road is to pre-make meals.  From pre-cooking and cutting your proteins such as chicken and beef, to preparing whole meals like stews it’s a great idea to bring a meal with you.  Not only will this cut down on the time it will take to fully prepare a meal, but it will help keep your RV clean.  If you prepare your basic ingredients before you hit the road, you will save space, time, and energy when you get to your destination.

One thing you should always do before making your prepared meals is to do research on where you are staying.  Some campgrounds may not have full electrical connectivity, and that may leave you with raw and inedible ingredients.  This will allow you to not make food that will end up going to waste, and give you more options on what you need to bring with you.

The most important thing when it comes to cooking on the road is preparation.  Doing a little research, and a little bit of work before you leave for your next trip may go a long way in making you a happier, healthier RVer.  Add that to the potential savings and you may be able to spend an extra day or two on the road.

If you want to see the latest advancements in RV kitchens, then be sure to come to Jim’s RV.

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Take a trip north of the border to celebrate 100 years of parks

 

If you love to travel across the country and experience the beauty and serenity of the National Parks system, then you may want to take a trip to our friends from the North to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the creation of the world’s first national Park system.  You may be surprised to learn that Canada was the first country in the world to create protected lands and open them to the public to see the natural beauty that is all around.

John Muir and other naturalists would help spawn this idea at home and abroad, with the foresight of knowing that if lands were not federally protected, then they may disappear into city and industrial growth.  The great park about living in New York is that it is easy to experience some of Canada’s National Parks, which are among some of the most beautiful in the world.  With their temperate climates, it’s a great place to go camping while still staying comfortable.

So if you appreciate the National Park system, then be sure to plan a trip north to experience the oldest parks in the world, and give a big thank you for starting a great trend to keep nature alive across the world.  If you want to find a great list of Canada’s parks, then click here. If you want to see these great parks in a new RV, then be sure to come visit me at Jim’s RV, and we’ll get you ready for a great trip in comfort.

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