5 Tips For RV Meal Planning

RV Meal PlanningLooking forward to traveling in your motor home with your family and kids? Great! Then, do you have the on-road meal plans all figured out? The secret to healthy eating on the road is simplicity. The other secret of good eating is planning. Though it means a lot of work, it’s actually fun tossing up some delicious lunch and dinner. Here are five simple tips for RV meal planning:

1. Plan Ahead

When you plan your RV meals, you’ll have more room in your refrigerator and less wastage of food. No matter what you eat during the trip, you should be prepared ahead of time. Even your favorite baked items must be baked, packed and frozen in advance.

2. Consider Cereals

Cereals are a great option when you are hitting the roads in your motor home. They are easy to pack and carry. You can use them as a snack. Packing a few varieties of the cereals will also make for a tasty and healthy breakfast daily.

3. Pre-marinated Meat for Camping

Pre-marinated meat is the best for your RV camping needs. You can look for brands such as MarcAngelo. Freeze them easily. It also ensures fast thawing. Opt for varieties like chicken breasts, beef kebabs or pork tenderloin. Get airtight packaging to ensure quick stacking in your freezer. Feeling hungry? Serve up a lip-smacking salad with corn on the cob or quinoa.

4. Explore Local Finds

What about some local finds? For example, if you’re RV-ing along Oregon’s rich Hood River Fruit Loop, explore the U-pick farms and orchards. Stop by Montavon’s to store delicious blueberries at a throwaway price of around $2. The same blueberries would cost you much more at home. If you are traveling in a fruit country, hit the local farmers markets. Fill your baskets with the fresh produce of apples, cherries, or local wine. Buy homemade jams and jellies from the locals and natural honey from the beekeepers.

5. Pre-made Pancakes and Waffles

Why not pack a bag full of homemade waffles and pancakes before the trip? While cruising down the country roads simply unpack them and put them in your RV toaster. They are ready to eat without any mixing or measuring. Savor your favorite waffles and pancakes with maple syrup. Yum!

Try these RV meal-planning ideas whenever you are on a fun-trip with your family or friends. Enjoy the adventure!

Five Great RV Camping Sites For Stargazing

Camping Sites For StargazingWho needs a telescope or binoculars when you can view a dazzling array of celestial bodies with your own eyes? Of course, that’s difficult in a city where increasing pollution makes it difficult to see the gems hidden in the sky. You must be far from the madding crowd to view the heaven. If you own an RV, you are in an advantageous position, as your home-on-wheels will take you to some of the country’s best stargazing camps and let you stay on until you are fully satisfied with your celestial viewing experience. From north to south and east to west, our country is dotted with dozens of spots ideal for catching the magnificence of the night sky. Here are five great camping spots for stargazing:

Big Bend National Park, Texas

A very dark and clear sky and low humidity are what make this international Dark Sky Park a top draw among serious stargazers. Besides enjoying the brilliance of a night sky brightened by over 7,000 stars, you can get to see the Andromeda Galaxy from this spot. Winter is the best time to visit this park.

Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania

Despite being close to cities, this Gold-Certified International Dark Sky Park is one of the darkest spots located to the east of the Mississippi. Surrounded by dense woods, this hill-top site offers a 360-degree view of a dazzling night sky.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

On a moonless night, you can view 10,000 stars from this camp. No wonder, it is one of the world’s best stargazing destinations. The site doesn’t offer hook-up and has only one dump station which remains closed in winter. This means you may not get top comfort while staying in this campground, but it is worth opting for the adventure.

Death Valley National Park, California

The 3.4 million acres of wilderness forests the stage for viewing those celestial dramas such as meteor showers or lunar eclipses. November to April is the ideal time to visit this star-gazing site. A summer visit is a big no as temperature soars well above 100 degree Fahrenheit.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

A jet-black night sky is what defines this stargazing park. Apart from more than 7,500 stars, you can view the beautiful Milky Way from this park. And if it’s your lucky day, you may even catch the International Space Station crossing the sky. Don’t miss the park’s Astronomy Festival, which is held in August every year.

Stargazing is an excellent way to watch nature’s own light shows. Camp out under the sky in one of these remote spots – get closer to stars that wait for you light-years away.

Healthcare And Medical Issues That RVers Need To Know About

RVers Healthcare issuesOver the years, a large number of Americans have taken up RV-ing as their passion. Seeing new places and living with less stuffs is gradually becoming a popular choice of many. However, there is one thing that every RV-er is worried about – their health. It is still easy to find a stable job that can ensure money for food and fuel. But, with the rising cost of health insurance, it is tough for the RV-ers to afford medical help. Moreover, for someone who is living a life on wheels, availing the insurance facilities sometimes become next to impossible. A full-time RV-er experiences more medical challenges than the occasional campers.

Here is how:

Those who have left their jobs to take up traveling or those who have opted for an early retirement are the worst affected because they fail the eligibility for Medicare. Younger travelers can take up this risk, but for aged RV-ers medical support becomes a concern.

Thankfully, help is at hand and there are a couple of options an RV-er can count upon:

  • There are free clinics available in some places, where you are offered free medical care. So, even if you are running low on fund, these services can help. Check out the nearest Social Services Center and find out if you can avail this facility.
  • A retired RV-er over the age of 65 can apply for medical insurance. And the best thing about this policy is that it follows you everywhere, except when you are traveling out of the US. In case you need to travel out of the country, seek for a coverage policy that can help you outside home. The coverage of the policy depends on the length of the service and your annual income.

Keep your health record updated. Every time you see a new doctor, he can fall back on the medical history and treat your accordingly. Take care of your health, do not ignore healthcare issues even when traveling and stay fit for the next adventure.

5 Tips For An RV Travel To The Rocky Point, Mexico

RV Travel to Rocky PointRocky Point, also known as Puerto Peñasco, is the beach city at the northwestern corner of Sonora, Mexico. . Over the years, the beauty of seaside has drawn attention of tourists from all over the USA. Even though the coastal town has innumerable hotels and resorts, many prefer to bring their RVs here to have a comfortable vacation. This not only saves money, but also gives the option to stay on the beach or move in and out anytime. If you want to live this refreshing experience, here are five tips to travel on your RV to the Rocky Point.

Ask For Maps or Directions

It doesn’t matter whether you are traveling to the Rocky Point for the first time or if you are a seasoned traveler, always ask for direction to know the latest updates. However, you can even carry a map to find out the RV parks. The roads to this beach city are well-maintained on both sides of the border. In case of any renovation on the federal roads and town main roads around the Rocky Point, you need to follow the restrictions. However, the RV ride will be a pleasant and safe one if you follow the speed limit.

Book in Advance

If you are traveling to the Rocky Point at the peak season, do not forget to book a space for your RV. Otherwise, you will have to drive through the city only to search for a parking space. So, if you want to enjoy the waterfront, plan early.

What to Carry to Mexico

Since you have to cross the border to visit Puerto Peñasco, don’t miss out any document that can cause a setback. Usually, the rules of traveling by an RV and a car are the same. However, we still recommend double-checking all the things you need to show at the Mexican Customs, to prevent unnecessary stops.

Consider Insurance

Remember, the U.S. insurance is not recognized in Mexico. So check online and find out how to insure your RV, if you are traveling to the Rocky Point. Once you have the approval papers, both time and money will be saved.

Look for Road Assistance

It is a one-hour drive to Puerto Peñasco from the US border, Lukeville/Sonoyta. You may not get any roadside assistance or repair shops here. So, try to find one in Mexico to check your motor home.

RV-ing all the way to the Rocky Point is definitely fun. But make sure you have all the documents ready, reservations made and have done the last minute checking to enjoy a stress-free journey. And, if you still don’t own a motor home or are planning to upgrade to a newer model, contact us and we can help you out.

RV-ers Don’t Give Up on Gardening Yet – There Are Ways to Have Greens in Your Motor Home

Gardening Tips for RV-ersDo you miss that little patch of green in your backyard whenever you hit the road for a long time? Fret not, because your home-on-wheels will never deprive you of the joy of having fresh green right at your doorstep. Here are two ways you can create a lovely garden right in your mobile home.

Create a Mobile Greenhouse

Invest in a pull-behind trailer, and turn it into a mobile greenhouse. You won’t need a lot of space – the 10 to 12 feet ones will do just fine. By letting you grow a wide variety of fruits and veggies, including potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, even watermelons and cantaloupes, your mobile garden will be your source of green grocery throughout the journey. Here are a few handy tips to make it a success:

  • Use plywood planks for the flooring of your greenhouse.
  • Use two pieces of plexi-glass to create a transparent ceiling. With the help of a technician, give them a sliding mechanism so that they can be moved and opened from time to time for better sun exposure and rain.
  • Install a few buckets around the top to collect rain water, and use it to keep your plants well hydrated.
  • Keep the plants in large plant pots. Put the taller plants in the center to prevent them from blocking sunlight for the smaller plants. Place a table in one corner, and keep your smaller plants there. This will free up a lot of floor space.
  • Consider investing in a small heater to keep the plants healthy during the winter months.
  • Collect and set aside some seeds from your veggies before you eat them, and keep on re-growing.
  • Change the position of plants during the next harvest to keep the soil more fertile.
  • Don’t throw away used egg shells and vegetable skins. Use them to make organic manure.

Create a Bumper Garden

An RV bumper garden is easy to build with a few cedar fence boards, which you can collect from the local lumberyard. The idea is to build a ‘loose” bottomed box’ that fits in your rig’s rear bumper.

  • Instead of just screwing the box-shaped planter into the bumper (and making it unstable), use a custom bracket to fix the box securely. Make sure to have an open space where the bottom meets the edges to allow for water drainage. You can enhance the ‘drainability’ by adding a layer of gravel on the floor and then topping it off with planting soil.
  • If you are planting creepers, add stakes to support the vines. Use garden twine to help support the plants and also to protect them against road bounce. When traveling in the cooler regions, cover the twine with plastic to keep out the cold.
  • Of course, you have to avoid taller plants, such as row corn, as they might not hold their grounds very well. You can farm tomatoes, strawberries and beans, but always use the bush variety. Snip the branches from time to time, otherwise they may obstruct the license plate.
  • Since you are dealing with just a tiny strip of soil, pack more into it for getting a better yield.

Don’t give up your love for gardening for the sake of a mobile lifestyle. How many people have a mobile garden to accompany them wherever they move? Only a few we are sure. Follow our tips to join this rare creed.

Enjoy the maneuverability of a 37’ coach in this beautiful 2013 Dutch Star 40’ with tag axle.

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This new listing is in immaculate condition, is priced to move at $229,900 and comes complete with a four-year, 80,000-mile transferable warranty. Here are just a few of the many reasons it’s such a great deal:

  1. Only 17,500 miles on the speedometer.
  2. Stored in a climate-controlled garage, and only serviced at the Freightliner and Newmar factory.
  3. Mechanical features include comfort drive steering, a 450hp Cummins ISL diesel, six-speed Allison transmission, a special order 8.0 Onan diesel generator on a slide-out tray, and three slides including one full wall slide.
  4. Creature comforts abound like a king-sized bed with bedding and pillows that have never been slept on, Maytag residential refrigerator with ice and water in the door, three flat-screen TVs, Oasis Hydronic heating system with unlimited hot water, stacked Whirpool washer and dryer, dual element flat top range, and one and one-half baths.
  5. Interior appointments include Wicker maple cabinets with glazed doors, a 1,500 watt electric fireplace, combo dinette/computer desk with roll away table, solid surface sinks and countertops throughout, and a queen size fold and tumble sleeper sofa with air mattress.

Want to know more? Visit https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2013-newmar-dutch-star-4018-full-wall-triple-slide/ or give us a call. Call today!

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About Motor Home Finders, is a licensed motor home broker based in Dade City, Florida. Specializing in diesel, luxury motor homes and bus conversions, Motor Home Finders has 50+ years of experience in buying and selling luxury RVs nationwide. Their mission is to eliminate the difficult efforts of private sellers trying to sell their recreational vehicle by orchestrating a seamless RV transaction process. To learn more, call 1-888-783-4009 or visit Motor homeFinders.com.

Can you deduct your RV costs if you’re using it for business?

MHF Island Travels bus wrapIt’s tax time, yet again. Accountants across the country are probably getting asked a similar question, “can I deduct any RV expenses if I use it for business.” While the answer might be “yes,” be aware that you’re venturing into a delicate area of the tax law having to deal with entertainment facilities.

An entertainment facility is any property you own, rent or use for entertainment. Internal Revenue Service examples of an entertainment facility include a yacht, airplane and, although not specifically enumerated, it would also probably include a recreational vehicle. Generally, you cannot deduct any costs relating to the use of an entertainment facility, such as depreciation, maintenance and insurance. While it’s true that a corporate jet can be considered a legitimate expense, it’s because the expense is considered ordinary and necessary in a particular line of business.

Your line of business would be key in determining the legitimacy of the deduction just as it would be for a corporate jet. For example, if you’re a physician or veterinarian and you use the RV as an office to meet with rural patients, then you can probably claim the full amount of the RV as a business deduction. If you could travel around to your clients without the need of a motor home and you have another office available to you, then the deduction is probably not an ordinary and necessary part of your business.

If the RV deduction is considered ordinary and necessary, then the interest would be a business deduction and not a second-home mortgage interest deduction. If the motor home is not a business deduction, you could still claim the interest as second-home mortgage interest. We suggest you get advice from your accountant on how you can reasonably justify the expense of the motor home in your line of business.

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About Motor Home Finders, is a licensed motor home broker based in Dade City, Florida. Specializing in diesel, luxury motor homes and bus conversions, Motor Home Finders has 50+ years of experience in buying and selling luxury RVs nationwide. Their mission is to eliminate the difficult efforts of private sellers trying to sell their recreational vehicle by orchestrating a seamless RV transaction process. To learn more, call 1-888-783-4009 or visit Motor homeFinders.com.

Buying a Flood-Damaged Rig is a Bad Idea – Know Your Rights

flood-damaged RVMotor homes are sturdy. They can withstand a range of conditions, but they can hardly handle water damages. If in a vehicle, water ever reaches the lower levels of the doors, it becomes very difficult to completely fix an engine and fuel tank. It’s not easy to understand if a car is flood damaged or not because a flooded vehicle may look decent on the outside, but could be rusting from the inside. And it can be plain dangerous for the passengers.

Do you suspect that you recently bought a flood damaged used motor home? Don’t panic, because all is not lost. The laws of the country are on your side. If you have the patience to get to the bottom of it, the state and federal lemon laws can help.

The following states have passed the Used Car Lemon Law:

Connecticut

Massachusetts

Minnesota

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

If you have unknowingly purchased a flood damaged vehicle in any of the above states, contact the office of your state’s Attorney General at the earliest for a legal settlement.

If you don’t reside in one these six states you may be protected by one or some of the following federal laws:

Federal Lemon Law – This law relates to warranty disputes, and comes to your rescue when there is a conflict between implied warranty and express written warranty.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Used Car Rule – This law makes it mandatory for used RV dealers to add a ‘Buyers Guide’ form to every ad depicting a car for sale. The guide must state whether the vehicle comes complete with a used car warranty. Most importantly, the list must include all the possible defects that could occur on the vehicle.

Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) – This law makes it mandatory for used vehicles to automatically include an implied warranty that the vehicle is safe to operate on the road. Implied warranty is not applicable if they chose to sell the auto ‘as is’.

If you think you have been tricked into buying a water-damaged rig, you may file a lawsuit against the dealer who sold you the lemon. However, as they say, prevention is better than cure, so always be extra cautious while shopping for a used motor home, especially the diesel rigs, as they are particularly sensitive to water contamination. Buy from a reputable dealer with a long industry-presence and an impeccable track record. In addition, purchase a vehicle history report (VHR) to know whether it had any flood damage or not. Contact us for further assistance.

Tornado Coming – What Should RVers Do?

Tornado AlertWatching a tornado on the television is scary. Now imagine what it is like for people caught in one. Quite certainly it is an experience you will never like to live again. You can always avoid a bad weather by driving away, but you cannot take that challenge when tornado hits a region. So, if you are planning to pass through such an area where there is a chance of tornado, here are some of the things that you need to do.

Warning

If an area has received a tornado alert, you need to get full details about it because the warning signals may differ in different locations. Keep yourself updated constantly regarding the approaching storm. The local radio and television will inform about the constant changes. If your area has received warning or a tornado has been cited look for a shelter.

Plan Survival

It may happen that you received the warning signal through the radio; your immediate step will be planning a survival strategy. Find out the closest locality and change your route, even if it is taking you to another direction. Don’t think your RV can outdrive or outrun a tornado that’s headed your way. Check out if there is any storm shelter and run for safety. If you are travelling in a group and any of the RVs are trailing behind, inform them about the weather and plan a meeting point after the storm gets over.

Tornado Signals

What if your radio fails to work or the mobile network is lost? How will you know about the tornado? You will already know the weather is bad because of the thunderstorm and the dark or greenish sky. Other than these, you have to understand the symbols of tornado like the swirling clouds, large hails and strong sounds of thundering.

Don’t take the risks that an action hero takes in a movie. Turn your RV to the closest safety zone and stay inside until the weather is safe for driving.

Why You Must Carry a Portable Ladder on Your Next RV Trip

RV Portable LadderYou may not need many things while RV-ing, but there are a few stuffs you just cannot travel without. These include your gadgets, toolbox, kitchen appliances, few electrical devices, and so on. Other than these, do not forget to carry your portable ladder every time you plan to go on a long journey. You may think it is useless because it takes too much of space. But to tell you the truth, a foldable ladder can be an excellent tool to make your road trip comfortable. Here are some of the ways in which you can use RV folding extension ladder for your trip.

Cleaning RV

Your RV needs proper cleaning and regular maintenance, even while you are on the road. A portable ladder can help you to climb up the roof and fix minor problems up there. You may not be able to reach the windows for cleaning. A ladder can help. You can even rinse the windshield properly.

Bike Rack

There are many ladders that can be used as bike racks in your RV. Such ladders are hooked onto the steps of the rear ladders and it can carry up to two bikes. Bike rack ladders also have adjustable padded holders to avoid excessive movements while driving.

Shade Stand

Think of a situation when you have parked your RV under a tree and you have opened the roof vent for ventilation. Every time the fresh air enters your RV, it brings along leaves and other debris inside your vehicle through the vent of the roof. A ladder can act like a stand for the shade above your RV, protecting it from unwanted trash.

You will come across a number of folding ladders in the market. Make sure the one you choose is made of material like aluminum. A light ladder is easy to carry. And don’t forget the portable feature because you do not have too much space in your RV.