Owning an RV has many benefits. Though an uphill battle, keeping your RV in great condition is of the upmost importance. With most people not having the capacity to maintain their RV indoors, maintaining the outside can be difficult. Rain, snow, changing temperatures, sunlight, and falling debris such as acorns and bird droppings can really take its toll on the exterior of the RV. Luckily you can find an array of RV covers around to aid protect against such damage.
If you intend to store your RV for a long time, the best option is to buy a custom fitted cover. When selecting the cover for your RV, it is important to take the measurements of the RV from one end to the other, while ensuring that you provide an allowance for the 5th wheel, bumpers, ladders and propane tanks attached to the vehicle. If you have to choose between two RV covers which near the size of your RV, select the larger cover. This is because it is better to have an over-sized cover than a small one which you have to stretch over the RV. Stretching the RV cover is likely to lead to damage due to stress.
When shopping for an RV cover, you should look for one which is able to block sun damage, is water resistant, and fits well onto your unit. Some RV covers are quite functional even when the RV is in use, and are thus able to protect your unit even while you are out in the park. Always remember to remove your cover before driving off in your RV. There are also covers available for your RV tires. These slip over the tires when not in use and are able to protect the tire rubber against damage when in storage.
Always keep a patch kit for your RV cover in the event that you get tears or rips. Taking some time to patch up your RV cover while on the road is much more cost effective than having to buy a brand new cover. For this reason, you should ensure that you conduct regular inspections of your RV covers to check that they are in tip top shape. Be sure to replace any cover which has lost its overall integrity and can no longer withstand the vagaries of harsh weather.
With all the external forces facing your RVs facade, a cover could be the difference between a clean coat and a dinged door. Unlike a tarp, they are made to keep water off and allow the right amount of air flow. I found a great article on what to look for in RV covers from rvwheelcovers.org.
I would urge all RV owners to consider buying an ideal cover to guard your investment, especially if it stays outdoors for long periods of time. If you use a cover, let me know in the comments what you think.
Longhorn Caverns off Park Road 4 near Burnet, TX is a wonderful experience for the entire family. Although the caverns are part of the park systems, the concessions and tours are operated by a private company so your State Park pass does not work for the same discounts you get at most Texas State Parks. The tour takes about an hour and a half and is well worth the time and money. It’s hard to imagine that this beautiful part of nature was once a meeting place of Comanche Indians, the Confederate Army, a club during the prohibition era and even a bomb shelter and Presidential office during the 60’s. The rock formations are fascinating. A must see!
I was recently asked what type music I enjoy when we’re in the RV and the answer is “oldies”. Whether it’s old time rock & roll or old time country, it just seems to fit my relaxed mood. We picked up a wonderful station out of Marble Falls, Real Country KBAY radio. It had a mix of old country from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and todays hits. Clear reception at Inks Lake State Park.
LBJ National Park and Museum was a fun and educational part of our trip. It has changed so much since I was there 20 years ago.. But everything has changed in the last 20 years. The tour is now a driving tour, narated by a CD and you get to actually see the home and Presidential plane now. The National Parks Service has done a great job renovating the home to bring it back to it’s original glory. There is a wonderful Junior Ranger program here for the kids. They are given a booklet with questions about the tour and, upon complettion, were sworn in as official Junior Rangers complete with their own badges.
A fun way to learn.
Now for the real fun…visiting wineries in the Hill Country. Our first stop was a small winery on Park Road 4 near Inks Lake State Park, Perrisos Vineyard. We enterd this little piece of heaven and as we exited the truck we were greeted by Charlie, the family dog who apparently one main goal in life…to be charming and laid back! Seth and Laura Martin, the owners of this vineyard, both greeted us nd, before we knew it, we had been there a couple of hours having a great time and enjoying some wonderful wine. The grandkids made themselves at home running through the vineyard and playing with the dog while the four of us sampled and enjoyed the day. They have tastings every Friday and Saturday and our favorite was the 2008 Vintners Blend. It became the preferred beverage at the campfire this trip. http://www.perissosvineyards.com/wines.html
Have you taken your RV to any of these places? Please share…
Inks Lake State Park is beautiful and a very busy area. Hidden in the hills between Burnet and Marble Falls, this little piece of heaven is a must see for RVers. Whether your interest is water sports, fishing, hiking or sightseeing, this is a beautiful area. A great base camp for short day trips to nearby enchanted rock,caverns, wineries and even a little bit of history in Johnson city.
We have traveled throughout Texas and visited many of the state parks and I have to say that the staff at Inks Lake State Park is one of the friendliest groups I have ever seen at any park. From helpful hints to tourist info for the area they were all eager to help and smiles were abundant. Of course this was the first day of Spring break week. They might not be smiling in 10 days!
I’ve never been a big one for purchasing the gadgets that are only shown on TV, but the combination dog leash, flashlight, poop bag holder is a great idea for those of us who go camping with our dogs. It is the perfect size for my 20 pound beagle and has everything I need all in one light weight leash.
Now for the not so pretty side of this trip. Inks Lake State Park is wonderful, picturesque, spacious campsites and some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met, but they do not have full hook ups. This means that you really appreciate that Tote N Stor you purchased and never used. If only we had left it packed in the RV. We saw pick up trucks, driven by people much smarter than we were, driving to the dump station with their Tote N Stor, hooked on their hitch. Fortunately, we were only there 4 days and the showers were beautiful so full hookups were not necessary, but this is now one of those things we should never leave home without. Have you been? Tell me what you thought of it…
Walking in the rain…..In our case shopping in the rain was the way to go when looking for a used RV. It is the perfect time to see any leaks that may have appeared around the vents and side walls of the vehicle. I recommend that you take time to look inside every upper compartment for evidence of current or prior leaks and pay close attention around vents and windshields. Keep in mind that just because a vehicle leaked in the past, it does not mean it leaks now. An owner may have had a roof resealed and the stains are the only reminders of the leak. Roof leaks are a common problem. After all, an RV gets baked in the sun, frozen in the winter, damp in the rain and is then driven down the road over all the bumps. No wonder leaks happen. Maintenance is the key to keep your RV dry, but don’t forget that RV shopping in the rain can be rewarding.
Anyone would be surprised by some of the huge over the top 5th wheels,travel trailers and RVs
that are out there. Even though, for many people these rigs just aren’t realistic for daily use. Yet the giant class A motor homes are nicer than most homes (and the size of a small apartment) some folks would prefer something a bit smaller. Why? There are many reasons for the increased popularity of smaller RVs including, but not limited to:
Everyone does not have a huge truck to pull their camper along. Now, many travel trailers and pop-ups are out there which can even be pulled by cars and minivans. If you don’t have a vehicle capable of pulling a trailer over 7,000 pounds, and don’t want to buy a new vehicle just for this purpose, there are numerous choices of light and smaller campers on the market. RV manufactures now have the ability to build high quality rigs out of light material.
Smaller RVs or travel trailers usually equals better gas mileage. With the price of gas increasing, a flight to more efficient motor homes has become common.
Quality of class B and class C RVs have dramatically increased over the last few years. Yes, they don’t have all of the amenities or the space of a Class A RV
, but they are very nice.
Smaller means easier to move around in most cases. If your main goal is to have an easier time down the highway or to fit into any spot in the woods a smaller motorhome is the way to go.
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What a great idea. Travel across the country in a vehicle similar to a home? The American people have been doing just that since 1910 in recreation vehicles of all different sizes. The year 2010 marked a century of RVing, and the occasion didn’t go unnoticed. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) dubbed the year the “RV Centennial Celebration,” meant to commemorate the joy people get from RVing.
One of those people is now first-time author, Evada Cooper, who recently completed The RV Centennial Cookbook: Celebrating 100 Years of RVing. Cooper, who runs an online school called MobileRVacademy.com with her husband, Terry, who is a life-long RV enthusiast. Naturally, the centennial celebration was something she couldn’t let pass.
“It was late 2009,” Cooper said. “Knowing the RV Centennial was coming, I wanted to do something different to honor this event.”
It was difficult to come up with an idea that hadn’t been done before with more than 100 years of RVing, until a spark ignited a fire one night as Cooper was watching TV.
“I had watched a show about this woman reporter spending time with a large fire department wanting to write a feature story on the lives of those concerned,” Cooper said. “She decided to do a cookbook because of all the unique and wonderful recipes that were cooked, as these people were well taken care of in the culinary division.”
Cooper then developed the idea to commemorate the RV Centennial celebration by compiling a cookbook with 100 recipes. Not just any recipes, but ones submitted by fellow RV lovers from across the country. After a little research and finding out her idea was something unique, Cooper met with Publisher Mark Long of TSTC Publishing, and the two decided to turn Cooper’s idea into a reality.
Information provided in this article from RVD@ilyReport
Evada will be featured in the launch of her new Internet program “RV Kitchen with Evada Cooper.” The program will air on RVNN.TV, which is Internet TV for the world of recreational vehicles. Cooper is also the co-owner of Mobile RV Academy. You can also find her this weekend at PPL Motorhomes where she will be doing a book signing. So don’t waste any time and mark it on your calendar to go meet her!!
With eight state parks, The North Shore Drive of northeastern Minnesota, with its eight state parks, rocky backdrops, and vast inland coast, makes this destination unlike any other. The Lake Superior shoreline is a welcome place for snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the country due to its yearly snow covered countryside.
The crown jewel of northeastern Minnesota is the North Shore State Trail System. It extends all the way from Duluth to Grand Marias. A 153-mile system along Minnesota’s Sawtooth Mountains is full of various terrain. From ridgelines, hillsides or woodlands, it is a sledders dream. View staggering cliffs over the forested, rocky shoreline of the world’s largest freshwater lake or listen to ice sheets crack and grind their way along the waves crashing by the glacial shoreline.
The “Lake Superior Ice Train” is known as this since it seems like a crumbling building. But be cautious while observing, because ice storms are known to roll through the area. Make sure though that you stop along the cliffs edge and catch that amazing sunset.
Have you ever taken a refresher course on driving your RV? We found a video that will refresh your mind on things you may have forgotten.
Professor of RVing, Jim Twamley, narrates this video. There are some pretty good tips here so listen closely!
If you have more questions about driving an RV, come by and see me. I bet I can help you out.
I love our Montana Fifth Wheel and am a big fan of the Montana product, but the decals have been a real problem on this one and the last one we owned. I did find that Keystone has been very helpful by sending us new decals. Apparently they had a real issue a few years ago with all of their decals, something out of their control, and they are still hearing from owners today with peeling decal issues. I have heard that if you keep a good coat of wax on your RV it will prevent this peeling, but we were too late and one of ours was bad on the Mountaineer so we had it removed and buffed out. You can see a slight discoloration on the front cap where this was removed but the sun has to be shining in just the right angle to see it. Don’t let the decal ruin your Keystone RV experience, call Keystone RV and see what they can do.
UPDATE: May 30th, If you are still searching for new Keystone decals you can contact Retail parts sales at Keystone RV at 866-425-4369. They should be able to help you out.
That may sound a little silly, but thousands of RV owners winterized their RVs and added RV antifreeze a few months ago. Now it’s Spring and time to do a little Spring maintenance on your RV. If you have a Suburban water heater take time now to unscrew the drain plug and look at the anode rod. If it looks like a skinny clothes hanger wire, then it’s time to invest in a new anode rod. For less than $20 you can replace the anode rod and extend the life of your water heater. The anode rod attracts the corrosive elements in water. RV antifreeze and minerals in tap water eat away at the anode rod and when the anode rod is gone, it starts eating the interior of your water heater and, before you know it, you’re spending a lot more than $20. When replacement is necessary, unscrew the old one and insert the new one.
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