7 RV Tips & Tricks

When you buy a new RV, the vital thing that you must know is that buying and RV is not same as the purchasing a car, RV’s definitely comes with a bundle of issues. When you purchase new RV, it comes with limited warranty period, so, if there is any problem, it is important to find the problem before your warranty period so that you can avoid to pay for the repairs from your own pocket. You can save lot of money and time by avoiding more trips to the repair shop. Here you can find a few suggestions and tips for RV owners.

Tips for Luxury RV Road Trips
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1. Inspect All Doors of new RV

It is good thing to start with the basic steps. Check all the doors, exterior-bay doors and interior locks, and the cabinet doors are opening and closing properly and check they are aligned properly or not. Open and close all interior, exterior doors not just once but multiple times all the way through your trip, particularly after leaving your RV at a campsite. Sometimes it is almost necessary for you to replace and adjust some latches after you comeback from your first trip in your new RV.

2. Check out the Slide out

Check your RV’s slide, pull and push the slide the entire day to find if there are any squeaks, pops, cracks and other odd sounds. And also, look for alignment issues like as one side is moving slower or faster than the other. Many times new RV’s will have slide issues from the day they’re delivered from the factory.

3. Check Awnings

Check your RV’s sunshades or awnings a few times. If you have European style sunshades, then leave the awnings out during light rain, to check if water rolls-off the fabric. If your awning is of a standard style, make sure that you place one side slightly lower to make a hurl for rainwater fall off. Check if the awning has an auto retract during the windy weather, when the company sells the RV, they are very particular about this feature. The vital suggestion, don’t leave the awning open if you are not there to supervise.

4. Power UP

Power up your Recreational Vehicle for several hours with generator, and then use it. Turn on TV, Air Conditioner, verify your appliances are all working perfectly with this power supply. Once you are confirm with generator, then check the inverter. Remove the power supply, unplug the RV from power sources. Now turn on the inverter and decide which appliances and outlets require power. Use the power according to your invertor’s capacity. The best suggestion, don’t overuse the invertors power for unnecessary things.

5. Check the Electronics Systems

Check your new RV’s electronics systems, how they are working, how much power supply is required and etc. Check headlights, compartment lights, taillights, running lights, etc. Check all electronic and electric items like the cooler, heat pump, etc are working properly. It helps you notice if there is any major issue, so that you can approach the manufacturer immediately.

6. Check Water Systems and Propane

Check how the propane of your RV is working; test all the apparatus that run on propane including fridge, water heater, stove, etc. To check the display level works, fill the water tank till the level. And check all the dump-systems are functioning properly and the readouts are precise, so that it will help you know exactly when boondocking is required. You will understand in how many days you actually refuel the tank and dump the tanks.

7. Observe Water Heater

Supply power through propane to the water heater one day and heat the water with electric one day. Check to see that the water is hot enough, and how long it stays hot when you are taking a shower. Drain and refill the water in the heater and check how much it is taking to heat the water.

These basic steps help you travel safely in your new RV and knowing your RV completely can help you manage it in any kind of weather. Enjoy your long journeys in your new RV!

Best Places In Southern Utah To See Fall Colors

Autumn is approaching fast! That means scenic drives are about to get that much more beautiful with the fall leaves change in color. So where should you go in Southern Utah to capture the best fall foliage? Though most of Southern Utah is a Desert, there are many parts of it that offer up a spectacular Autumn show!

Southern Utah is much more desert than the rest of the state, and that means the Autumn is very subtle and mild here, with few places to see the beauty of natures more colorful seasons. No worries though! There are still places to go to see the colors, you may just need to take a quick little road trip out of the city.

If you’re sticking to the southern areas of Utah, check out Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks, Pine Valley, and Brian Head for the best fall results. Cedar Breaks is absolutely stunning with its red rock formations, meadows, and forests all contrasting against the stunning reds, yellows and oranges of the autumn leaves.

Zion National Park is like the perfect image of fall that you’d see hanging in an art gallery, with the Virgin river capturing fallen leaves of all shades, Pine Valley and Brian head offer the mountain feel of autumn that most search for, with forests and rivers and streams, they are really some of the best places to go especially if you are interested in camping out.

Autumn Woods
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So although Southern Utah is a desert landscape and you might think all we have are palm trees, cacti and dirt, you are mistaken. It just takes a short little drive (which makes the experience that much more fun) to get the full effects of Autumn. So load your loved ones up in the RV and take a road trip to camp in some of Southern Utah’s best fall foliage.

How To Keep Kids Busy While Traveling In Your RV

Traveling with kids can be pretty rough, especially younger children and toddlers. So what do you do to keep them busy while on the road? Obviously the excitement of traveling in an RV cross country or even a short distance will wear off and they will start to get antsy. Luckily we have gathered some good tips to help alleviate some of that boredom that your little ones will feel.

Pack Favorite Toys/Games

Make sure you instruct your kids to pack some of their favorite toys and games to play with while driving.

Activities – At Least One A Day

Kids get restless and struggle to sit back and relax in the RV. So try planning at least one activity stop a day where you can let the little ones out to run, play and stretch those legs! Research places along your route to stop at, museums, parks, shops, etc.

Games – Family Fun

Playing road games will help keep those minds from wandering into boredom land! Play lots of road games, I-spy, License plate game, 20 questions, etc. Keeping those active minds busy while traveling (especially through rugged, ugly, desolate terrain) will help keep you sane and not having to hear “are we there yet” every 5 minutes!

Kid Friendly Camp Sites

Try finding campgrounds along the way that have amenities that suite your children’s recreational needs. Things like pools, game rooms and other fun activities for kids.

SplashMor @ CMoR Central Front Yard
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Quiet Time – This One Is For The Adults

Set a certain amount of time each day that the kids will either need to read, color, take a nap or do something quiet and relaxing. This will help keep the adults sane while traveling.

So next time you venture out in the RV, be sure you have planned accordingly to keep the kids entertained as well!

Choosing The Perfect RV

When it comes to buying an RV there are several questions you should ask yourself before you make your final decision. There are so many factors that go into RV living that you need to make sure you cover all your bases before you choose which one to buy. Here are some important questions every potential RV buyer should ask themselves before making the purchase.

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1. What Sort Of Camping Will We Be Doing?

This is an important question to ask yourself. Some people prefer the primitive style of camping, for those we suggest the pop tents or pull trailers. Other prefer GLAMPING. Yes, glamping is a real thing in this day and age. For those who prefer to still live comfortably while traveling and camping, go for a class A, airstream or vintage.

2. Where Do We Want To Set Up Camp?

This may be one of the more crucial questions you ask yourself. Why? Because the size of your RV will easily dictate where you are going to park it. So think about where you plan on parking most of the time. If you plan on staying in the State or National Park RV camp systems, you are going to want to look for something smaller, most would suggest 32ft at most, just because the camping spaces are compact, parking a big rig there would be quite the challenge. If you are looking to stay in full-amenity RV Parks, then a big rig is fine.

3. How Much Will I Be Traveling?

RV’s are more like vehicles than homes, remember that. So that means that you need to be prepared for maintenance. If you are wanting to live off the beaten path, make sure you find an RV with larger holding tanks, solar capabilities and one that can handle the off-the-grid lifestyle.

4. Who Is Going With Me?

This is one of those questions that effects the purchase quite drastically. If you are planning to travel with your family, then the larger big rig’s would be your best bet. If you plan to travel alone, maybe a pop tent and if this is a retirement plan and it will be just you and your significant other, then there is no harm in choosing something a little more compact but still livable.

RVing can be tricky and you may not find your perfect fit with your first purchase. Some buy big and downsize, other small and upsize. But if you make sure to ask yourself those questions and cover all your bases before making your final purchase, you will have close to exactly what you need!