The Evolution of RVing in New York

Nichols NY RVers, don’t you agree, we’ve come pretty far from the olden days. From interior and exterior design, amenities, materials used, and more – the RV has certainly evolved. Many RV’s today are more luxurious than stationary homes.  Let’s take a blast back to the past and check out some old RV designs.

So exactly how have RV’s Changed? 

Ultra-Low V.O.C. & Recyclable Materials

High levels of V.O.C.’s exist in the standard materials  used to manufacture RV’s, automobiles, and homes, so many manufacturers have not been willing or able to incur the cost and time in research associated with the development of low V.O.C. or lightweight, recyclable materials until recently.

Better Quality From The Start

Most U.S. consumers are plagued by low final assembly quality and poor material content from RV manufacturer’s old school of design and basic construction methods. This had a negative impact on the Customer Satisfaction Index in the industry overall. Due to state of the art equipment, space-age materials and companies like Jim’s RV who provide experienced management teams and state of the art service departments, a new standard of quality is now the norm.

Innovative, Lightweight, More Fuel-Efficient Designs

The industry has evolved into innovative floor plans in lighter, more durable, more fuel efficient designs. With sleek, futuristic designs, travel trailers and RV’s weigh much less than conventional designs thereby having a long term effect on the wallet.

Perhaps this is where we will land in the future.

Nichols, NY RVers, what is your most favorite feature of your new or used RV?

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Jim’s RV Do-it-Yourself Edition

While Jim’s RV can take care of any maintenance needs for your new or used RV in Nichols, NY. We also share tips and hints for work you can do yourself, so when you’re out of town, you can still care for your RV properly. Here are some practical do-it-yourself directions:

1. How to dump RV waste water holding tanks and thoroughly clean the black tank. Keeping your sewage tank super clean requires following a few simple procedures which will make it stay odor-free.

These step-by-step instructions will ensure that your RV holding tanks stay clean and fresh providing a healthier environment for your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel.

2. How to install your own window awnings. Window awnings can help tremendously to keep your RV’s interior cooler on hot days and to also reduce the fading of the fabrics on your chairs and couch from the sun. This video by Carefree of Colorado shows how easy it is to install your own window awnings using only a few handy tools.

RV Window Awning from Webster City RV on Vimeo.

3. How to hang things on the interior walls of your RV.  Most walls on RVs and motor homes in Nichols, NY are the same thin material that isn’t strong enough to hold wood screws. Without access behind the wall panels, there’s no way to use bolts, since you can’t tighten down the nuts. Velcro generally only works for lightweight items. The solution as demonstrated in this video: Pop Rivets.

We enjoy helping our customers with the little details that make owning and personalizing your RV an exciting experience. From maintaining the sanitation, to the cosmetics – we do our best to leave no stone unearthed. Feel free to share with us any other great Do-it-Yourself videos to add to our blog. And if or when your D-I-Y RV project becomes overwhelming, stop in and see us. We love to help out our customers!

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Germs and Your RV New York, Prevention is Key!

There are several common areas where germs lurk around campsites. One source of contamination comes from the misuse of your  RV’s black water tank — which holds waste. There are many diseases that are spread through contact with human waste – cholera, dysentery, hepatitis, measles, polio, typhoid fever, amoeba, giardia, hookworm, pinworm, roundworm, tapeworm, trichina worm – to name a few. Gloves are a must when handling black tank hoses and valves.  Always be sure to close the valve and tip the drain hose below the valve to catch any spillage that may continue to flow. After draining the tank, rinse the drain hose and drain area with water. Do not use the same hose you use to connect to your RV for fresh water. The key is to isolate clean from dirty.

The water supply (city water connection) to your RV can also be a source of germs. Before you go ahead and hook your hose to your campsite water hydrant, you may want to give it a wash down with some bleach or disinfectant spray. Dogs are a staple in most campgrounds and they tend to use the water hydrant for purposes other than drinking, if you get my drift.

Prior to using your fresh water holding tank disinfect it with chlorine bleach or an RV product made specifically made for this purpose.  Always use cleaners according to the specifications in your Jim’s RV manual.

The galley is a typical area for germs. Your RV kitchen can be a playground for cross contamination of foods.  After you have handled uncooked meats wash your hands, this will keep germs from being a part of the meal at your dinner table.

Germs that can cause disease or illness include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Germs really can’t harm you until you come in contact with them, so it’s a great idea to focus on prevention. Germs typically enter the body through the nose, eyes, and mouth; often transmitted from our own contaminated hands and fingers.

The key to prevention is to create a barrier between your hands and the infectious matter. Caution should be used when dealing with anything that can possibly be contaminated. Sanitary gloves can go a long way in these scenarios. There are many styles and materials to choose from. I, however,  recommend a disposable sanitary glove so that you can just trash it when you are done.

With so many odd bugs and illnesses surfacing from time to time, hand sanitizer is all the rage.  Therefore, another preventive measure is to sanitize your hands following any contact with germs. Oddly, people pass their hands through a faucet of running water and then rub them against a hanging towel which only makes the germs “wet”. To effectively control the spread of germs you must use soap. If there is none, then a bottle of hand sanitizer or antiseptic hand wipes are the next best thing.

Is this approach to germs obsessive compulsive, is it over-kill? It is up to you whether or not you want to fight this war, traveling sick isn’t optimal. Prevention is necessary and gives you a one-up in the battle with germs.

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Capture all your RV adventures with a Hero

RVing is a lifestyle that allows you to do many different kinds of activities. When a lot of people hear that you are RVing, they probably think that all you do is set up camp, pull up a lawn chair and watch the grass grow. They probably wouldn’t believe that you do things like hiking, canoeing, biking, and other outdoor activities. Why not just tell them about it when you can show them that everything you do instead. The problem with many regular video cameras is that they aren’t made to take the abuse of heavy outdoor activities. That’s where the GoPro Hero 2 can come in handy.

The Hero2 is the followup to their very popular and successful GoPro Hero. This camera is made to handle dirt, dust, water, and snow while providing a high quality HD video. With its small size and ability t clip on to almost any object, you are sure to be able to capture every minute of your RV travels. You can put the camera on your dash and film what life is like driving through the beautiful country scenery, of put it on your helmet and show some great biking trails. The Hero 2 will be able to go anywhere you want to.

Not only will you be able to record things to the camera for later, but you will also be able to sync the camera to your smart phone and broadcast your adventures live around the world. This is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family in real time when they want to know what you do when you hit the open road. No matter how you choose to enjoy your RV, you’ll be able to show the world how much fun RVing can be.

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Tips to Cover Your RV for the Winter

 

Lots of RVers like to head south for the winter, but that isn’t an option for some of us. While there are still a few good weekends left for camping this year, you are probably getting ready to shut down your rig for the cold season. If you are able to store your RV in a covered garage or storage center, then there is not a lot that you have to do to protect your RV from the elements.  Those of us who use an RV cover to keep our RV safe while not in use know there is more that goes into getting your cover on properly than simply throwing it over your rig.

The first thing that you should do before putting your cover on is wash your RV. Dirt, grease, and any bugs left on your RV’s exterior can set in and ruin your rig’s paint and body. Give it a good wash and dry it completely before you put your cover on. If you have anything with sharp corners on your roof, such as antennas or solar panels, remove them. If not, cover them with towels or blankets so the sharp edges won’t rip your cover.

The biggest challenge of getting your RV covered is getting over the top. Instead of using a ladder and your hands, tie a rope to one side of your cover and pull it over on the other side. If you do choose to use a ladder, be very careful. Falls and accidents are quite common. And if you get onto the roof to center everything, watch your step. You may not be able to see air vents or other oft spots on the roof.

Letting your RV hibernate for the winter may be a necessity, but be sure to use a quality cover to make sure that it is safe when not in use. If you are looking for a good quality cover, just ask us for help in finding the right one. If you are looking for a new RV in New York, then just stop by 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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