Best Cleaning Supplies to Keep in Your RV

Whether you just bought a new RV or you have one that you’ve had for a while, you know that keeping it clean while you’re on a trip is not always easy, especially when the family has been on sandy beaches, fishing, riding ATVs in the mud and otherwise having some fun in the dirt. Having the right cleaning supplies with you helps you keep up with the mess.

Small Vacuum

Find a small vacuum – a canister vacuum takes less space and you can store it in the basement storage. If you have enough closet space, you can get a smaller upright vacuum. Or, better yet, when you buy a new RV, opt for something that has a built in vacuum. If you have tile or linoleum throughout, a broom is handy enough, but if your RV has carpets, a vacuum is a must.

Rags

Many RVs have wood trim, a wood entertainment center and wood cabinets. Keep a can of your favorite duster along with some soft rags for dusting. You’ll find it easier to keep up with the dusting when you run a rag over everything every day, especially if you are parked in an area with lots of gravel or it’s so dry the dirt is dusty under the grass.

Sponges

Keep a couple of different sponges with you. Use a soft sponge with your favorite bath and tile cleaner every day in the shower and the rest of the bathroom to keep from doing a ton of work after soap scum piles up. Keep a sponge with a scrubber in the kitchen area for stubborn pots and pans and to clean up burnt on or baked on messes on the stove and in the oven.

Cleaning Chemicals

While you’re packing, be sure to have your favorite cleaning supplies on hand including bath and tile cleaner, your favorite bleach spray or wipes, furniture polish, wall cleaner, bathroom cleaner and dish soap.

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Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV to walk through our many floor plans if you are looking for your first RV or if you’re ready to trade in your old RV for something different. And, stop by our accessories department to pick up any accessories you may need for your next trip.

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Get your RV ready for the coming cold weather

 

With the weather getting colder you need to make sure your RV is ready for the coming season. This is not the same as winterizing your RV, only making sure that you can enjoy the cooler fall nights without problems while camping. Just like how you need to change your wardrobe from summer to fall, your RV needs to prepare for the coming change in the elements. Unlike winterizing your rig, giving your RV a cold weather check only takes a few hours at most, and it allows you to hit the road and get back to camping when you are finished.

The first thing that you should do is inspect your batteries. Give them a good cleaning with a baking soda and water mixture, and check and refill with distilled water if necessary. Also, check their charge with a voltometer to ensure that they will continue working in the cooler weather. Next, it is time to check your engines antifreeze and coolant system. With winter coming, you want your coolant mixture to be around 70% anti-freeze and 30% water. You can check this with testing strips or a refractometer. Also, be sure to check all the hoses and lines for your colling system to make sure there are no leaks or holes.

No one wants to freeze in their RV, so be sure to check your rigs furnace and heating system. If you haven’t run it yet, turn it on high to get rid of any mold that has developed in your furnace over the last 6 months. Also, make sure that you are not losing any of that warm air due to holes or open seals in your roof. Make sure that your roof has no leaks or hole in it, and give the roof a good was while you are up there. Finally, check all your devices inside your RV. Fire detector and carbon monoxide batteries, appliances, and any other electrical advice. You don’t want to lose power when you are in the middle of no where with a cold front blowing in.

Keep your RV ready this fall and winter, and enjoy the off season if you are keeping your RV in storage. If you’re looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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Stay warm on those cold nights

 

With the weather starting to get colder, and the days shorter, you are probably experiencing a bit of a chill at night now. This is also the time of year where you are still RVing in cooler climates before either heading south for the winter or storing your RV until next season. Staying warm and comfortable in your RV is a key to have a great trip this time of year. No one likes sleepless nights shivering the whole time, so how should you stay warm? The easy answer is your RV furnace, but you may be out at a camp site when that breaks down, so what are you back up options?

The two most popular choices are heating strips and portable heaters. Like all things, there are pros and cons that go with both, and it is more of a preferential choice. Let’s look at portable heaters first. The great thing about these are that they do a good job heating a small space. At night, shut the door to your room and turn one of these on and you will stay warm through out the night. They are also quiet, which is key to falling asleep. The problem with them is that they tend to break down easily over time. If you buy one you can expect to buy another after a few years. Also, there is always to risk of fire with these heaters, due to the exposed heating coils. If you use one, be sure to put it in a safe place out of contact with combustibles.

Another option is a heating strip. A heating strip is installed in the air conditioner and it is a 1500 watt heater. This option is goo because it is generally more reliable than the portable heater, and it doesn’t take up any extra space in the RV. The not so great part about them is that you have to run your A/C fan through the night, and it doesn’t heat your rig nearly as well as the portable heater. You won’t freeze to death with one, but you won’t be toasty.

If all else fails, keep extra quilts and blankets in your RV and bundle up for warmth. If you are looking for a new RV ta stay warm in, be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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In your RV Pay Attention to Clearance

 

If you are new you RVing, then you have probably had the thought go through your mind about how much bigger it feels behind the wheel than it looked at the dealership.  There is nothing wrong with buying a large Class A sized RV.  They come packed with features and accessories, but it can be a huge shock when you start driving it from place to place.  One of the biggest things that you have to deal with is all the new rules that go along with owning such a large vehicle.

One of the things that you need to know is how tall your rig is.  From fast food joints to bridges, you have probably already noticed height warnings before you even bought an RV.  It is important to know how tall your RV is, and be sure to measure again if you add anything to your roof such as solar panels or air vents. If you hit something that is too low it will cause a large amount of damage to your rig and may put others around you in danger as well.

One of the lesser known issues that you have to be aware of in your RV is the width.  While like height it is important to know so you don’t cause any RV damage, but it is also important to know because some roads have width restrictions.  While the road may look about the same size as most others, a width restricted road may put other cars in danger because they do not have enough clearance around you while passing.  Many of these roads will have signs alerting drivers of these rules.

It is important to know the dimensions of your rig so you can become a safer driver.  Your owners manual should have these measurements listed inside, but if not, be sure to carefully measure yourself. If you are looking for a great new RV, no matter the size, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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Extend your battery life with Coil N Wrap

 

One of the things that you need to keep a regular eye on is your RV’s batteries.  Your batteries will slowly begin to die over time, and you never want to be out boondocking or on the road when it happens.  One of the ways to keep your batteries in great shape is to regularly fill them with distilled water.  Unfortunately, this chore can become a bit of a hassle.  To do this then you have to remove all of the heavy batteries, fill them up one at a time, and then put them securely in place.  This can be a bit of a strain, and it can take a chunk out of your afternoon.

Well, one company has come up with a simple system to keep your batteries water level filled with hardly any work at all.  The company is called Coil N Wrap and it has made a simple device that will not only save you time, but it will also greatly extend the life of your batteries. The video below shows just how simple this can be.

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So if you are looking for a easier way to keep your batteries charged, then be sure to check them out.  If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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