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The most damaging effect of having a water leak in your motorhome is time, and the best way to help protect your motorhome from water damage is to thoroughly inspect the coach's every nook and cranny. Here are a few tips on where you should be looking and what the warning signs are:
- The most likely points on your coach to start leaking are where the manufacturers had to cut holes for windows, doors, vents, and the like, so make sure to thoroughly inspect all roof and body seams. Consult with your RV dealer for the best sealants compatible with different types of materials.
- Look for any discoloration and feel for any soft spots on the ceiling around roof vents, air conditioners, TV antennas, plumbing vents, and any other openings that were cut in the roof.
- Look for any discoloration or wrinkles in the wallpaper, and feel for any soft spots on the walls around all windows, doors, vents, slide outs, or any other openings that were cut in the side walls.
- Identify the location of items like the water heater, furnace, outside shower, potable water fill and city water inlet on the outside of the RV and then access those areas from the inside of the RV and look for any indications of water damage around these openings.
- Open all overhead cabinets, and look in the top corner where the walls meet the ceiling for any discoloration or feel for any soft spots. This would indicate a leak at the seam where the sidewall and the roof attach.
- Check in all outside storage compartments for any indications of water leaks or water damage.
- Check for any soft spots on the roof itself, especially around the roof seams at the front and rear of the RV. Thoroughly inspect all sealants on the roof around every opening.
- Some Class C motor homes are notorious for leaks in the cab-over bed area. Look for any signs of discoloration and feel for soft spots. Reach under the mattress and feel for water.
- Look and feel on the outside of the RV for any signs of delaminating. Delaminating is caused by water getting between the exterior fiberglass and the sidewall. When this happens the exterior fiberglass separates from the sidewall of the RV. You can stand at the front or rear of the RV and look down the side for any noticeable ripples or what looks like a bubble. You can also press on the sidewalls. If you feel the exterior fiberglass move, it is delaminating.
Dometic, a supplier of RV comfort and convenience products, recently rolled out a free mobile app that provides a simulator program to help consumers visualize their RVs with various Dometic patio awnings.
Theresa Brown, aftermarkets product manager, reported in a press release that the new Dometic awnings app is a boon to the visually-oriented who need a boost beyond standard sales-display samples. “It’s not very effective to expect someone to look at a fabric swatch and just picture it super-sized and hanging from their RV,” she said. “That makes for a frustrating shopping experience.
With the Dometic app in hand, users can select one of 18 colors of vinyl or acrylic fabric awnings from the menu and view it full-sized on a photo of a motorhome, fifth-wheel or travel trailer in an outdoor setting. From there, the user can tap through to the Dometic website’s awning page for more product information or to find a dealer or service center.
A patio awning is a significant purchase that shouldn’t be made sight-unseen, and now you won’t have to,” said Brown. “Our app kind of lets your RV ‘try it on’ first, which gives you more confidence in your investment and prevents surprises or problems at pick-up because the awning doesn’t look how you thought it would.
The app has been in development for about a year, she said, and is the first of its kind among RV suppliers. “With mobile apps being more and more popular, we thought this was a natural next step,” she stated. “We’ll continue adding to and updating this and other such customer conveniences. It’s all part of the innovation mindset and practices Dometic has employed for the last 90-plus years.
The Dometic awnings mobile app for Apple and Android devices is available for free download in the iTunes Store and Google Play Store.
Click here to watch the video below on what to consider when shopping for RVs and motorhomes. Whether you're looking to learn a little more about the fulltime RV lifestyle or are interested in what considerations should be made before purchasing your coach, this video could be very helpful.
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Have you ever been offended by someone else's judgments regarding your motorhome - maybe in particular about where or how you store it? If so, then you probably can relate to these neighbors who banded together to protest others' objections in allowing motorhomes and RVs into the neighborhood.
A motorhome led a caravan through Prairie Village, Kan., Friday (Jan. 9) to protest some neighbors’ perceptions that recreational vehicles don’t belong in the Johnson County bedroom community.
After seeing a report on FOX 4 News last month about a snooty letter demanding that an RV be removed from one Prairie Village neighborhood, a radio host, who grew up in the sleepy suburb, decided to take action.
The president of Trailside RV Center in Grain Valley joined in, bringing a giant motor home to lead a caravan through the streets of Prairie Village.
The group stopped near 71st and Eaton, the neighborhood that received anonymous letters suggesting that RVs belonged in less attractive areas like Gardner, Troost or western Shawnee.
A neighbor told FOX 4 News he’s upset that the letters made it sound like everyone in the neighborhood objects to recreation vehicles.
“I think as long as within reason, I think people have the right to do whatever they wish with their yard as long as it’s within reason,” said Dante Ruiz, who lives near 71st and Eaton. “As long as it’s not hindering any sort of traffic, it’s not a complete eyesore in the neighborhood, it’s up the neighbors themselves to communicate that with each other and figure out what’s best for the neighborhood and what isn’t.”
RV supporters say the motor home costs more than some houses in Prairie Village.
The city council this month amended it’s rules for recreation vehicles, allowing owners to temporarily keep them on their driveways for seven days a month. But Prairie Village does require the vehicles to be screened, and they can’t be covered with tarps.
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Anna Sibal | CampingRoadTrip.com
Many times, RV road trips require driving on mountain roads. Mountain road driving challenges driving skills; you have to fight gravity to push your rig uphill and then fight gravity again when coasting downhill.
Mountain driving is thus a challenge no matter how experienced the RV driver. But by keeping a few pointers in mind and with a little practice you'll be able to confidently and safely climb and descend mountain roads like a champ. Here are a few mountain driving tips for RVers to help you out.
Practice Driving Before You Go on Your Trip
Safe driving on mountain roads begins long before you go on your trip. After all, as that old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. By making sure that you are confident in your ability to drive your RV before you begin your trip, you increase your likelihood of a safe journey.
The first thing you need to do is to become totally knowledgeable with how to drive your RV. If you're a novice driver one of the best places to start is at an RV driving school.
Here is are list of RV driving schools to consider:
- RV Basic Training
- RV Driving School
- Gold Country RV Driving School
- Lazydays RV Driver Confidence Course
If you have the opportunity to practice your RV driving skills before your actual trip we recommend finding a nearby hilly location to spend a few hours driving up and down the hills. These practice runs will give you a better feeling for how your RV will perform on steep ascents and descents.
Another thing to pay attention to before going on your trip is the condition of your RV. Pay close attention to your brakes and tire treads, and make sure your spares are in good condition too.
In addition, check out the weather forecast on the day of your trip. As we all know, the weather can affect the conditions on the road. It always helps to know if you'll have to deal with rain or sleet while mountain driving.
To get your RV through an uphill climb more easily, you need to run your RV within its power band. Your RV's power band is its engine's RPM span that delivers the most horsepower. Depending on your RV's type, the power band can range anywhere between 2,000 to 4,000 RPM. When you drive uphill within its power band, your rig will generate the extra pulling power it needs to ascend the incline.
It is important that you start getting your RV within its power band before you ascend the hill. To achieve this, will have to down shift to a lower gear and then step very gently on the gas pedal. Keep your feet off the gas pedal entirely at times so your engine can do its job more comfortably. If you keep pushing hard on your pedal, you'll end up with black smoke out of your exhaust and the smell of burning rubber from your tires.
What happens when you are out of your RV's power band while you are making the climb? If that happens, there is a risk that your RV will be unable to ascend at all. In case your engine stops in the middle of your climb, the first thing you need to do is not to panic. Pull the handbrake, shift to neutral then restart your engine. Once your engine is running again, release the handbrake, downshift to first gear once more and step gently on the gas.
Experienced RV drivers claim that driving their RV downhill on mountain roads is more difficult than driving uphill. That's because when driving downhill, you need to maintain absolute control of the wheel and be fully aware of your surroundings. Failure to pay attention can be disastrous - think runaway rig.
To drive your RV safely downhill, prepare for the downhill descent while you are still on top of the hill. The first step is to use your engine for braking, as opposed to using your brakes. To accomplish this, bring your speed down to 40 mph and shift to second gear. At this point, you should feel your engine slowing down to a more comfortable coasting speed. If the engine is not slowing down as much as you'd like it to, shift down to first gear and then decrease your speed to 20 mph.
Slowing down, downshifting and using your engine to brake while driving downhill ought to keep you at a safe speed during your descent. If, despite these efforts, you feel that you're still going down too fast, don't hesitate to step on your regular brakes intermittently. Step on your brakes in hard and short bursts instead of pushing the brake for the duration of the descent. If you keep your foot on your brakes, they will end up overheating and your RV's brake components could be damaged permanently.
Other Tips for Safe Mountain Driving
Here are a few more tips to make sure that you'll come out safe and sound from driving your RV on mountain roads:
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Road conditions and sudden changes in weather can affect how you drive your RV on mountain roads.
- Keep to your side of the road and avoid hugging the center line. When you keep to your side of the road you'll have more time and more room to adjust whenever you meet another vehicle coming from the other direction.
- Observe road courtesy. Don't hold up traffic and try not to put yourself in a position where you and your RV are inconveniencing other motorists.
- Keep your eyes on your temperature gauge. If your engine starts to overheat, find a safe spot to pull off the road. Don't turn the engine off, though. This will keep the coolant circulating in your radiator. Never remove the radiator cap until your engine has had a chance to cool off. Otherwise, you will come out of it with serious skin burns.
- Always keep in mind that air is much thinner at high altitudes. High altitudes bring about dehydration and altitude sickness. To prevent this from happening, bring extra drinking water and drink a lot of it while driving.
- Never force yourself to drive when you're tired. Take frequent breaks from driving to give yourself time to rest. If you're too tired to drive and there's someone in your group who is capable of driving the RV in your stead, don't hesitate to ask him or her to drive for you.
RV mountain driving challenges even the most experienced of RV drivers. But if you keep these mountain driving pointers in mind, you will be able to enjoy coasting along mountain roads and come out of your journey safely and soundly.
Whether you've just started researching class A motorhomes, you're driving in your fifth motorhome you've owned, or you're just about to drive off the lot with your first motorhome ever, you might not have spared a thought to this one important detail:
Your tow car.
From Jeeps to SUVS and trucks, how do you pick the vehicle that best fits your needs once you've parked your motorhome at the RV park? How do you prefer to tow your vehicle - flat towing, with a two-tire dolly, or on a towing trailer? How does the tow bar attach to the back of the coach and the front of the tow car?
If you're unfamiliar with the science behind the different options for towing, it can easily sound overwhelming. And that's before you need to consider safety and braking... But here's a handy guide to help you start in the right direction including a listing of all available 2014 tow cars.
Pam Louwagie | October 26, 2014
EAST GRAND FORKS, MINN. – Dusk settled over the campground by the Red River, and inside her spacious motor home, 64-year-old Theresa Delikat was just waking up.
It was time to have dinner with her husband, Tom, back from driving a truck in the frenzied sugar beet harvest here; time to get ready for her own midnight shift at a sugar beet testing lab. After eight straight days of this, the retired couple were exhausted.
“This overnight shift, it’s kicking my butt,” said Theresa, who rubbed her tired face and then grinned. “But it’s a challenge. … You can’t get too soft.”
The Delikats, both retired nurses, are now part of a growing national wave of new migrant workers: retirees who pick up temporary, seasonal jobs around the country doing everything from helping with the fast-paced sugar beet harvest on this flat prairie to selling pumpkins in Arizona to filling holiday orders in warehouses for Amazon.com.
These modern-day vagabonds, who travel in RVs, call themselves work campers. They are becoming a workforce that Moorhead, Minn.-based American Crystal Sugar Company is relying on more heavily as the North Dakota oil boom lures workers away from the Red River Valley.
The company hired about 60 work campers in 2007; this year, that tally soared to 475 — about a third of their added harvest workforce — hailing from 28 states. They expect the number to grow again next year.
“The whole work camper thing has really kind of blossomed in the last few years,” said Scott Lindgren, managing partner at Express Employment Professionals, which finds and vets RV workers for the sugar company. While Lindgren estimates about 80 percent of their work camper hires are retirees choosing to work to support their traveling lifestyles, others need the money to survive. Lindgren said he’s seen the average age decrease over time, with more in their 40s and 50s.
It’s happening amid high anxiety about retirement and falling pension coverage: 65 percent of non-retired baby boomers have little confidence that they will have the means to live comfortably in retirement, according to an AARP survey. The percentage of workers covered by a traditional pension plan has been steadily declining. Meanwhile, 31 percent of Americans have no retirement savings, the state Department of Commerce says.
In Minnesota and North Dakota, RVers have become a “critical component” to the sugar beet region, which has a $5 billion annual economic impact, said Brian Ingulsrud, vice president of agriculture at American Crystal.
‘Traveling is expensive’
Retiree Sally Stanton, 56, had never heard of a sugar beet before arriving in the Red River Valley with her husband last fall.
After earning nearly $6,000 last year, the couple from Abilene, Texas, came back this fall. Working the intense harvest is fun for a few weeks, the Stantons said. Then they can relax a bit, with a few extra thousand dollars in the bank.
“It’s really not hard work,” said Gary Stanton, 61, a retired prison captain who wore a mud-spattered neon green vest to drive heavy equipment at a beet piling site near tiny Oslo, Minn.
“It’s just the long hours that are rough on old people,” laughed Sally, who spent her days at the drive-up window of a scale house greeting and registering a stream of trucks weighing their beet loads.
The Stantons wanted to see the country, so a couple of years ago they paid $139,000 for a used 42-foot Damon Tuscany motor home. With three flat-screen televisions, a kitchen with a convection oven, a washer and dryer and Internet access, they have everything they need to live comfortably, they said. But once they hit the open road, the gas and camping fees started to add up.
“We found out real quick that traveling is expensive,” Sally said as she sat on her plush camper couch with a glass of white wine, a macaroni and cheese casserole underway in the kitchen.
To help offset travel costs, the couple have filled orders at an Amazon.com warehouse in Kansas, taken reservations at a Branson, Mo., campground and performed odd volunteer jobs at an Army Corps of Engineers office in Georgia. They work out of their camper more than six months of the year, they said, sometimes for an hourly wage, sometimes for a free place to park. In between, they sightsee and visit family.
They and two couples who followed them to East Grand Forks plan to use their sugar beet money to pay for fuel to get to Alaska next summer, where they all hope to find other work camping jobs.
Dollywood to Amazon
The jobs aren’t hard to find. Retirees hear about them at campgrounds. They see them on Facebook. Jobs are listed on work camping websites. Some employers set up recruiting booths at RV shows.
Workamper magazine sends out daily e-mails to subscribers looking for jobs. In an unscientific poll taken on a Workampers Facebook page, 93 out of 105 respondents said they were working because they wanted to, not because they needed to.
Work campers do everything from guarding oil fields to setting up Christmas lights to taking tickets at amusement parks. Most advertisements, though, are for volunteer positions at campgrounds offering a free space in exchange for serving as hosts. Few of the jobs include benefits.
At the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show in Arizona, President Kenny King said he’s seen the exhibitor list of work camping recruiters approximately double in the last five to 10 years, to about 25.
At Dollywood amusement park in Tennessee, work campers run rides and serve food.
Mary Fulton, a work camper-turned-full-time Dollywood employee, said the economy has played a role.
“A lot of people that thought ‘We’re going to retire and sit in an RV and camp’ have decided that ‘we need a little more income,’ ” Fulton said.
Lindgren, of Express Employment, said he recruited at RV shows in Florida and Arizona in January. Beginning workers at American Crystal made just over $12 an hour plus overtime. Those experienced in driving equipment and managing people earned $17 to $18 an hour as foremen. Depending upon the weather, an RV worker could earn $2,000 to $5,000 in a month or less.
Amazon.com expanded its CamperForce program this year by adding a fourth location. A company official said Amazon hires “hundreds” of work campers each holiday season, though they declined to give specific numbers.
Work campers say they like the control that temporary jobs afford: If they don’t like their boss or the work, they can either stick it out for the short term or go find something else.
Theresa Delikat said many retired workers she’s come across view the jobs as a mental challenge and test of their physical abilities. “They want to feel useful again,” she said.
Retired chemistry instructor Helmut Koch and his wife set out in an RV from their home in Bangor, Maine. They saw the recruiters for American Crystal at an RV show in Florida and decided to sign up.
“You’ve gotta keep active,” Helmut Koch said.
“It sounded like an adventure,” added his wife, 59-year-old Mairead Stein-Koch, a retired nurse practitioner, as she packed tuna sandwiches for their dinner break.
The two hope to see all of the country’s national parks, so they drove their 30-foot Concord Coachmen to Yellowstone and Badlands national parks before arriving for the sugar beet harvest.
For 10½-hour days, the couple alternated standing and sitting at factory-style lab stations, safety glasses perched on their noses, ear plugs muffling the constant whirring, creaking and whooshing of chemicals and industrial machines.
Koch scraped ground-up sugar beet from a machine into a silver cup to grind it down further; Stein-Koch scooped beet paste into a machine to mix it with aluminum sulfate to measure the sugar content in sampled beets from a harvest that would eventually be turned into granulated sugar.
The work could get tedious, they said, but the company tried to make it fun, rotating the stations and handing out noisemakers to celebrate groups processing 1,000 samples in a shift. They also met like-minded retirees working and camping alongside them.
“We love it,” Stein-Koch said of life in an RV. “I never want to do anything else.”
Some work campers need the jobs more than others.
Tough times have accounted for some of the rise in the RV workforce, said Lindgren, the recruiter: “Some of it’s obviously due to the economy and people not being able to retire the way they once thought.”
Not all work campers are older. Some groups of 20- and 30-somethings, more apt to call themselves “travelers,” rove to work and bunk in pop-up campers or tents. Some families work camp and home-school their kids.
Some RV workers were forced to try something new well before hitting retirement age. David Knapp, 52, once made $64,000 in the aerospace industry in northern Illinois, he said, but after he was laid off he had an epiphany.
“I’ve discovered that sitting in a cubicle is nothing but clock-watching,” he said while he and his beagle, Stella, met their temporary neighbors on the vast lawns of the campground here before his night shift.
He and his wife sold their house and bought an RV in 2008. They’ve worked at a Florida resort and an Iowa amusement park. They’ve acted as campground hosts at 10,000 feet in Colorado. He has worked night security and maintenance.
The Knapps, who now use a $45,000 agile truck camper, try to line up work six months in advance, he said. They take time off to spend with family. He also is trying to grow his own small business selling Critical Eye blacklight flashlights on Amazon.com.
As he ambled through the campground, Knapp said he didn’t choose to forgo his professional job. Now, though, he couldn’t imagine wearing ties and sitting at a desk.
“I don’t know if you could get me back into a regular office,” he said. He rubbed his bristly chin and smiled: “You don’t always have to shave every day. Now that’s freedom.”
A fictitious RV website with a Baldwin County address has caught the attention of local law enforcement officials.
A call came into the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Monday regarding a luxury RV business that didn't exist.
"A gentleman called and said a man from Canada showed up at his address with $35,000 in cash to purchase an RV he saw on the website," said Capt. Brad King.
The website is georgiarvdepot.com. It contains a vast inventory of luxury RV vehicles at ridiculously low prices.
King said the caller was confused as to why the man thought his address was where the business was located.
Listed on the site is the address 3024 North Columbia St.
The report raised red flags, and King decided to check the web site out.
"Shortly after starting my investigation into the business, I was contacted by the Chamber of Commerce, questioning me on the legitimacy of the company."
Staff from the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce reported to King that they had received several calls from people in the area, asking if the business was real.
The website has a professional look to it, but King says there are signs that the business is fraudulent.
"The pictures of the RVs all have different backgrounds as if they have been copied and pasted from other locations online and the only way to get in contact with the business is through email. A legitimate company has different forms of communication available for its customers."
During King's investigation, the location of the website has moved twice in an attempt to make it hard for law enforcement to track.
"As of now we have found the domain provider that is currently hosting the site and are in the process of securing documents to help us determine who the subscriber is and where they are located," he said.
King said the main focus is to gather as much information as possible to shut the site down in order to stop individuals from falling prey to the scam.
The low prices for the RVs it what lures people to the site, says King.
"They have vehicles that typically run from $200,000 to $500,000 listed at prices like $39,000."
Since the business does not have a legitimate location, it offers to ship vehicles to customers for a nominal fee.
"They say they will deliver the RVs to your home, but you have to pay a deposit for the service. Chances are this is where they are making their money. The Baldwin County address was put on the site probably to make it sound more legitimate."
The sheriff's office also received a call from a local resident who alleged that she saw a print publication for the business as well.
The investigation is ongoing as officials attempt to locate the creator of the fraudulent business and put an end to the website and advertised print publications.
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Sep. 22, 2014
The founder of Fifth Wheel St., David Gray, introduces today a new app for RV buyers and dealers, RV Tow Check, that he believes will eliminate towing guides forever.
The web-based RV Tow Check app is available for free and it's accessible on smartphones and tablets at http://RVtowCheck.com.
"Practically all towing guides give RVers just enough information that may cause them to purchase a trailer too heavy for their tow vehicle's capabilities," said Gray. Towing guides listing maximum tow capacity fail to take into consideration the different towing requirements between fifth wheel and conventional trailers. These common guides do not consider the additional payload weight created by the fifth wheel trailer pin weight.
"Even the creators of the most well-known towing guide published by Trailer Life devotes four pages of instructions, entitled Choose Wisely, that spells out the details required for selecting the correct towing combination," he explained. With the RV Tow Check app, you'll never need to read a towing guide again.
Gray said that the minimum requirement for RV Tow Check requires three inputs by the buyer or dealer. They are gross combination weight rating (GCWR), gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and the gross vehicle weight (GVW). The user has the option to select a fifth wheel hitch if it's not already installed in the truck. Users may include any additional unscaled weight for cargo and additional passenger weight. The app does not assume everyone weights 150 pounds, like the manufacturers do, he added.
"The RV Tow Check app may look simple on the outside, but the engine on the inside is strong, and the sophisticated math formulas perform multiple calculations," said Gray. "The processed results will give you the best and safest maximum trailer towing weight based on mid-range tongue and pin weights. With these three minimally required user inputs, buyers and dealers can be confident that the RV purchase or sale will not exceed the vehicle's GCWR, GVWR and GAWR."
"There are two outputs shown, one for the fifth wheel towing combination and the other for the conventional towing combination," he added. RV Tow Check is the first app that displays maximum towing capacity for both fifth wheel and conventional RV classifications simultaneously.
Located at FifthWheelSt.com, Gray said it is one of the fastest growing self-help RV safety websites. It was founded in April 2011 to promote towing safety by providing tow ratings, simplified weighing worksheets, web-based and mobile app calculators as well as important articles and safety information to assist all who tow fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers.
STUART, Fla. — The Love Bug Solution, a spray on eco-friendly barrier and cleaning solution to protect vehicles from Love Bugs and other insects, is now available for the first time in an aerosol can.
The solution requires no masking or taping off of any areas of the vehicle before applying. The bug barrier and cleaning solution that was introduced in 2011 has been refined to add extra protection and bug cleaning options for every vehicle operator who has had to labor to remove love bugs and other insects from a vehicle’s hood, grill or headlights, the release noted.
“States throughout the United States each have their own insect that wreaks havoc on automobiles, trucks, RVs, and motorcycle paint. Florida and most Gulf Coast States, in particular, have the dreaded Love Bug,” said Frank Sheldon, the Florida entrepreneur who developed the spray-on solution that creates a cellophane-like film that protects against insect damage.
“We have fine-tuned The Love Bug Solution and made it easier to use by putting it in a convenient aerosol spray can. We are the only solution that protects your vehicle from bugs BEFORE damage is done, that is eco-friendly, and is removed simply by washing your vehicle,” added Sheldon.
The ease, convenience, and effectiveness of The Love Bug Solution has made The Love Bug Solution one of the most sought after bug protection and cleaning products in the world.
“Our major market is the United States. However, we continue to receive interest from all over the world from people who simply want to place a bug barrier on their car, truck or recreational vehicle to protect its paint from the damage love bugs and other insects can cause,” said Sheldon. “In some cases, the residue left from bugs on unprotected surfaces literally eats the paint off the vehicle. The Love Bug Solution prevents that from happening.”
The Love Bug Solution is engineered to be sprayed on from the new aerosol can. One can of The Love Bug Solution provides up to four applications (depending on the size of the vehicle). When it dries, The Love Bug Solution provides a cellophane-like barrier, literally a bug shield, which protects a vehicle from Love Bugs and other insects. Bugs are trapped on the solution’s surface where they may be safely cleaned by simply washing the vehicle.
Ingredients in The Love Bug Solution magically dissolve into soapy suds that carry bug residue away from your vehicle into bug never-never land.
“The days of scouring your car or truck’s grill, hood, lights and mirrors are gone. The Love Bug Solution takes the major work out of getting rid of bugs that have taken aim at your vehicle while traveling during Love Bug season or any kind of insect swarm your vehicle may run into,” Sheldon added.
The Love Bug Solution is available online in aerosol cans, contains no solvents, is biodegradable, and is made in America.
Dave Adamson, June 26, 2014, Ezine Articles
You can avoid unfixable problems and make an intelligent, wise investment once you know what to look for and when to walk away.
Most motorhome sidewall exteriors are thin pieces of plywood with thinner sheets of fiberglass glued to it, the next layer is an inch to an inch and a half layer of Styrofoam covering yet another layer of plywood, often covered in vinyl. Over time or through damage, these layers begin to separate and is a very difficult, if not impossible, problem to amend. The easiest way to ascertain if the RV you are looking at has problems of delamination is by standing at the rear end of the vehicle and look down the side towards the front - if there are any bulges, or any areas where the siding is no longer attached to the inner layers - walk away. It will be more trouble than what it is worth.
Depending on the severity of the water leak and where it is coming from, it could be a matter of simply replacing seals around the windows. However, if the water leak has resulted in water damage into the interior wall or the floor, you could be looking at extensive and expensive repairs. Check for staining around all windows, doors, the walls, any air conditioning units or vents, sky lights and other areas where water could seep. Sliding doors are notorious for causing water leakage issues. Fill up any tanks that come equipped on the vehicle to ensure there are no leaks. Exterior leaks are easier to get to and cheaper to fix than interior leaks.
Electrical, Engine and Generators
Depending on the type of RV you are buying, you may need to check to see if the generator is running in good condition. If the generator is shot, a replacement can be extremely costly and not worth it in the long run. Make sure all electrical systems are up to date, in good condition and running as it should. The same goes for any appliances that come with the motorhome. The bottom line is figuring out if there is a problem, how much it will cost to repair and weighing that against the purchasing price being asked for the vehicle. If you are knowledgeable and experienced in being able to fix these types of issues, it may be a good buy where as someone who would need to go to a licensed professional will have to figure in the cost of labor as well. Refrigerators and furnaces are often the most expensive items to fix or replace.
You will also want to check out the battery, all cables, the engine if it has one and any mechanical components. If you are unsure what to look or check for, do not hesitate to have a mechanic look it over, it can save you potentially thousands of dollars.
Look for motorhomes that have well taken care of interiors and upholstery. If the interior is shabby, dirty and unkempt, it can give you a good idea as to how the rest of the vehicle was maintained. If there are a few dirty spots, it can be relatively cheap to replace or it may not be a big deal to you. If there are any fold down tables or beds, make sure the mechanical arms are in good shape and function as they should.
Tires should be in great condition, free of significant cracks and any sign of dry rot. While tires do not seem like they would be that expensive to replace, on a standard size class A motorhome, replacing six to eight tires can run upwards of three to four thousand dollars.
Buying a motorhome pre-owned can save you a substantial amount of money over buying brand new. Knowing what to look for can ensure you are buying a quality vehicle.
Talk to other RV owners who have experience in buying used and ask them any pitfalls they encountered or advice they have. Taking the time to look for major problems can save you from making a costly mistake and being able to wisely invest in a motorhome that can bring you pleasure for years to come.
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The Open Road & The Great American Road Trip
Posted on June 8, 2014 by Vogel Talkes RVing
More than 20 million Americans will travel in RVs throughout the summer months, heading to the nation’s 16,000-plus campgrounds and enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.
According to a recent survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 66 percent of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this summer than they did last year, and 28 percent will use theirs the same amount.
Road trips have long remained a classic American pastime, and with the increasing popularity of RV travel these popular driving adventures won’t be going out of style anytime soon.
That’s because there’s no better way to experience the charming waterfront towns, stunning vistas and rugged cliffs that dot America’s varied landscape than from behind the wheel of a recreational vehicle.
The Great American Road Trip is steeped in lore going back to the days of Route 66.
There is an unlimited variety of scenic routes all boasting incredible sights including the stunning National Parks such as Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Yellowstone, Grand Teton,Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Mesa Verde.
There are the towns of the Wild West, like Tombstone and Dodge City, the nation’s uniquely colorful and lively party sports like New Orleans and Las Vegas, and smaller but wonderfully charming cities that might otherwise evade travelers such as Santa Fe and Austin.
There are stark deserts, high peaks, endless sand dunes, broad rivers, and every sort of stunning natural beauty.
Finally, there is endless roadside Americana, from giant balls of twine to rocket ships, all sorts of unique attractions and outdoor adventures.
Whether done in six or 60 days, the Great American Road Trip is a seminal experience, and one that is worth doing over and over again.
So pack the RV and get ready to embark on your summer road trip.
Article by Carol Ann Quibell.
Work while you Travel
Why should you give up your dream of full-time RVing just because you don’t have enough money? I truly believe anything is possible if you want it bad enough but the secret is how much do you want it? It is really easy to sit back and wish for something and not have to do anything about it because you can provide the excuse “We don’t have enough money”. But there is a solution to this problem.
To work while you travel has become a way of life for many people whether it is working in a campground, in the RV industry or by searching for temporary jobs while roaming from place to place. With the internet many RVers have found it is also much easier to become self employed in many different types of businesses.
How much money do you really need? This question is too personal for anyone else to answer for you. Each couple or individual has different expectations or needs which will affect the budget they will follow. Our needs may be more than yours or less, it will depend on whether you are making payments on your RV, have medical expenses, or have any other important factor that will impact your budget. Are you completely dependent on what you make or are you supplementing your income or pension. That makes a difference.
Where can RVers find jobs?
The first thing you should look at is what your skills are and how you can adapt them to other types of employment. It may take a little imagination but it can be done. Is there anything you have always wanted to try but couldn’t before because of time restraints or other reasons? Think outside of the box – I have thought even of working as a dishwasher temporarily to make enough money to keep traveling. Do you golf? Maybe there can be a position for you at a small golf course. Put your thinking cap on and as I said before use your imagination.
Temporary Employment Agencies
Temporary employment agencies can usually be found in most towns or cities and although the wages may be low they are used to working with people on a short term basis and your circumstances will not be foreign to them. You can usually set your own hours or the number of days you wish to work and choose which job you are interested in.
Working in the RV industry
If you wish to work in the RV industry then you probably will search for camphost positions or any type of work in a campground or RV resort whether it is operated privately, federally, provincially or by a state. With the ease of having access to the internet it is easy to search the area you wish you be in and locate possible openings. Either make contact by telephone or email depending upon what you are instructed to do by the employer.
Use your hobbies to earn income
Take a serious look at your hobbies and see how you can adapt them to creating income. Many people who make crafts sell them at flea markets or craft shows and plan their travel around the shows. I would think hairdressers or barbers would be kept busy just by letting people in your RV Park know what you can do. I know this is definitely a fact if traveling in another country such as Mexico where it may be difficult to find someone you like.
Self employment has become much more popular as people adapt their skills and knowledge to creating an income. Internet businesses such as internet marketing, sales, affiliate marketing, virtual assisting and more than I can list have become very popular. Writers or photographers are able to adapt their skills in many ways whether it is working online or in other capacities. When we moved into the area we are currently staying at I went to the local newspaper and introduced myself and within a day I was given assignments. I hesitated at first at going to their office but am really glad I did. Not only have I made money, I have gained more experience and confidence. Work remotely.
Take a chance ~ work while you travel
The above ideas and suggestions are a very small sample of how a person can create an income while traveling. It just takes initiative, desire and a bit of work – but it can be done. There can be other benefits to working on the road – you will stop longer, meet the locals and learn more about the country. It can’t be all bad if you aren’t afraid to take a chance and have a good attitude. You too can work while you travel.
This was first published on the RV living column with RVWest by Carol Ann Quibell.
Attending RV Shows are perfect for learning more about the RV Lifestyle
Last weekend I enjoyed attending the BC Interior RV Show in Penticton, BC and was amazed at the number of RVs on display and the variety of information available for the beginning RVer as well as for the more experienced. For a very small entrance fee of $5, I had access to everything for three days which gave me plenty of time to explore every nook and cranny and talk to as many people as I wanted. What really stood out to me was the amount of information available just for the asking.
Seminars for learning about the RV Lifestyle at the RV Show
Not only were there seminars that taught about propane safety, RV plumbing, how to customize an RV and some very good tips on packing your RV and setting it up in a campground, there was information for snowbirds on the ins & outs of travel medical coverage. For those who were interested or were apprehensive about traveling to Alaska, Duane Pilson (RVWest contributor) provided reassurance and information on what the highways are like, where the campgrounds are, some of the areas highlights and even how to deal with the insects.
Factory representatives make themselves available at RV Shows
Where else can you get many of the large RV manufacturers representatives under one roof? An RV Show is perfect for tire kicking and asking questions about different types of RVs and their features. Plus it’s always fun to drool over a coach that is in excess of half a million dollars. I overheard one fellow say to his friend ”I found the coach I want and it`s only $550,000. It`s too bad I`m $500,000 short.” I think most of us can relate to that statement.
RV Clubs and Parks
One of the best ways to get involved in the RV Lifestyle is to join a club or become a member or strata owner in a RV Park. Anyone who is serious about RVing or camping should check out some of the RV Clubs available because there are clubs for almost every interest or specialty clubs for owners of different types of RVs. Quite often representatives of the clubs will have a booth at the RV Shows and the one in Penticton was no exception. I spoke with a woman from the ‘Newmar Club’ and had a laugh because I couldn’t join since we didn’t own a Newmar. There are other clubs I could join though and some of those include Good Sam, Explorer RV Club and Recreational Vehicle Owner’s Association of BC.
RVs for Sale
There are of course many RVs for sale at an RV Show and that’s probably the main purpose of the shows. The latest, greatest and biggest RVs are on display for visitors to browse through and see all the latest gadgets and features they offer. However, there are also used RVs on display or at least their information can be found on bulletin boards at some of the dealers booths. Not everyone is in the market for a brand new unit but a good used one might be perfect. So the next time you hear of an RV Show in your area or close by, do attend it even if you aren’t shopping for a new RV. There’s always something new to see or helpful information that may make your next trip in your RV even more fun and possibly safer.