When it comes to buying a new or used RV at your local Nichols, NY RV dealer, there are many choices that you will have to make. Probably two of the biggest choices include your budget and the type of RV that you are going to buy. There are several choices when it comes to buying an RV. You can choose from a travel trailer, fifth wheel, motorhome or pop-up. For the purposes of this blog we are only going to discuss the first three. Each type of RV has their pros and cons and the pros for each are as follows.
Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels: Both of these types of RV’s are towable, however the difference is how you tow them. A travel trailer is hitched to the rear bumper of your truck or towing vehicle, and uses a ball and coupler hitch. A fifth wheel is hitched to the towing vehicle with a pin and jaw hitch mounted in the bed of a truck. Travel trailers and fifth wheels are generally less expensive than motor homes and may hold their value longer. They tend to have more living space than a motor home and since they are towed instead of driven, you can park your travel trailer or fifth wheel and still utilize your vehicle. Since your travel trailer and fifth wheel does not have an engine, you would still have access to your living space even if your towing vehicle is in need of repair.
Motorhome: Motorhomes have their own set of benefits aside from travel trailers and fifth wheels. While traveling, passengers not driving have access to the living quarters and activities. Since the living quarters and driving quarters are all one, it is ideal when traveling in bad weather. You don’t have to get out when you stop. Motorhomes generally come with a self-leveling jack and are typically easier to set up and move. Although you drive a motorhome, there is still the ability to tow an extra vehicle along with you.
When deciding whether to purchase a travel trailer, fifth wheel or motorhome, review the pros and cons of each to determine which is the best fit for you and your family. And when you are ready to make your purchase, come visit us at Jim’s RV!
As a full-time RVer traveling in your new or used RV, there is one more way you can fill your days on the road. As you travel across the country, why not get involved with charity work? There is one well know charity that you can help while traveling, Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for humanity has a special volunteer program for anyone who travels in an RV. It is called RV Care-A-Vanners. The purpose of this program is to help build Habitat Houses and have fun. The program is open to individual volunteers and organized groups including the following:
• Family Motor Coach Association Chapter: Habitat for Humanity
• Escapees RV Club Birds of a Feather: Habitat for Humanity
• RV manufacturer groups
• Travel clubs
There is no previous building experience necessary to join. Some of the projects that you might be involved in as an RV-Care-A-Vanner are house construction, roofing, interior construction, renovations and disaster relief. If you do not wish to work on the construction aspect of the projects, but still want to help you can volunteer in the office or help around the job site.
Should you decide to volunteer, you can expect about a two-week work period with a group of 8 to 20 volunteers. Each day volunteers will build for about six to seven hours and lunches are provided. You should come prepared with good work shoes, gloves, tool belt, hammer, pencil and measuring tape.
There are several projects across the country and throughout the year that you can volunteer to work on. Wherever your RV is headed there is a Habitat project nearby. If you are interested in becoming an RV-Care-A-Vanner go to www.habitat.org/rv. Here you will find all the information you need to register and join a build site. Stop by Jim’s RV in Nichols, NY and let us know about your Habitat for Humanity experience and becoming an RV-Care-A-Vanner.
One of my favorite parts of camping is sitting outside the RV in the evening, after the sun has gone down. A large fire is roaring, giving off just the right amount of heat and light. I’ve got the graham crackers and chocolate in one hand and the marshmallow on a stick in the other. The enchanting fire and delicious s’mores would not be possible without the help of some fire starters. There are many ways to start a campfire, and the following are just some of those ideas.
1. Save an empty egg carton and fill each cup 2/3 full with shredded paper, charcoal, pencil shavings or dryer lint. Pour melted paraffin wax or candle wax over the top until dry. Cut up the carton to have twelve individual fire starters.
2. There are two types of fire starters you can make with cotton balls. One is to roll them in petroleum jelly until they are completely covered. Place them in a plastic container and use two to three at a time for your fire. You can also drop some cotton balls into melted wax until they are completely covered. Remove them, allow them to dry and store them in a plastic container.
3. Line a cupcake pan with paper cups and fill each one about half full with melted wax. Place a wick in each one and press a pinecone onto the top.
4. Save used candles such as birthday and taper candles. Roll these in wax paper and twist to close them.
5. Save your removed dryer lint and stuff it into toilet paper, paper towel or gift wrap rolls. Roll these in wax paper and twist close. You can also then wrap them in newspaper or magazine rolls.
The next time you go camping in your new or used RV from Jim’s RV, try some of these fire starters and see how quickly your fire starts!