A Few Tips to Make Your Mountain RV Trip Safe

Safe RV Mountain TripThere is nothing wrong in being adventurous! We all love mountain trips. How else is it going to be fun and exciting? But, before driving up to the narrow and possibly slippery roads to a mountain, you need to check and re-check your motor home performance. No point in being hasty and facing an uphill battle when your motor home isn’t delivering 100 percent. What to check? Well, here we have compiled a list of things that you need to consider before making your ascent.

Know Where You Are Going: If you are an experienced motor home traveler, then you probably have adopted a habit of getting acquainted with the location you are traveling to beforehand. If you are new to this, then spend some time gathering information about the mountain roads. Knowing about extra narrow paths, where to stop, and where to fill up, can save your time and avoid lots of problems.

Check Your Power Band: Climbing up the mountain can be easy for your motor home if it is operating under its own power band. Wow that’s cool, but what is a power band? Well, it is the range of operating speed and if followed carefully, it can protect the engine from exhaustion and offer tremendous pull on the road. Since pull is what you need to climb up long stretches of road it is wise to stay within the power band.

Check Brake, Transmission, and Tires: Not just during the ascent or decent, you even need good tires and great brakes to park your motor home on a slant. So, check the tread of your tires and examine the brakes before starting the trip. Fill up the transmission and brake fluids to keep the engine running smoothly and improve grip on the road when you need it.

Be Safe on Unpaved Roads: Generally, mountain roads are paved and maintained carefully unless there is a natural hazard at play. But, if you are planning to enjoy the scenic beauty of unpaved roads, then drive slow (as there will be less traction). Also check the local weather and only travel when it is safe to do so.

Make sure you drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and take frequent stops to keep your nerves calm. Mountain RV-ing can be quite an exciting experience, only if you follow a few safety measures. So, keep these suggestions in mind and make your motor home trip a blast.

3 Simple Tips to Improve Mileage While Saving Money

Improve RV MileageYou always knew that RV-ing has more to it than just taking scenic routes and stopping wherever you want. And with the best deal on used RVs, finally you have the chance of exploring everything this on-road (but luxurious) life has to offer. However, you need to be a bit prepared before putting your car in motion. By being prepared, we mean calculating the expenses. Your fuel costs will be one of the primary components that you need to control to keep expenses at minimum. Easier said than done, we know! But here we have a few suggestions that can help you out in making your RV trips mileage-efficient.

Check the Tires

Sure, you will get detailed information on average mileage of you selected RV before buying. But, after that you need to make sure that the tires always have a healthy level of air. Low tires are harder to roll and you will burn more fuel to cover less distance with them. Plus, low tires can wear down the treads faster, adding tire replacement to you expenses.

Keep it at Moderate Speed

An RV trip can offer safety, convenience, and comfort. But it is not for racing So, try not to run the vehicle too fast. Be a friend to moderate speed. Going above 65 mph may reduce more than seven percent of your RV fuel economy. So, take it slow and smooth.

Keep Your Engine Healthy

Check your RV engine and replace the spark plug and wires if they look overused. Checking the air filter once in a while can also keep your engine purring while improving your mileage per gallon. It is also a wise choice to shut down the engine when you are stuck in traffic.

These are a few easy ways in which you can save your RV from burning fuel unnecessarily. Your RV trip can offer you the experience of a lifetime. All you need to do is to keep an eye on these little things and you are golden.

4 Ways to Protect The Color of Your RV

RV Color ProtectionWhat’s even better than a freshly painted RV? A rig that doesn’t need paintwork. Well, it’s not technically impossible you know. Just take care of your RV’s paint and you don’t have to bother about it for years.

Here are four ways to protect the color of your RV and keep it in the best form.

Stay Away from Sunlight

Well, we understand the fact that finding a parking space is very difficult, especially if it is the peak season. But if you do not want to ruin the color of your RV then start early and get the best parking space under a shed. Too much exposure to the elements can take away the radiance of your vehicle. The fresh quote of color will not last long and the van will appear dull and unattractive.

Avoid Parking under a Tree

While parking under a tree can keep your RV cool, there are some side effects. The coolness will let the water sit on your RV roof. What follows next are dew and fungi. The leaves accumulate on the top and further prevent the water from drying up fast, especially from the small pockets. So, even if you park the RV under a tree, make sure you clean the roof properly.

Don’t be Harsh while Cleaning

Of course, your RV is meant to hit the road. Even if you have done the painting job, you cannot keep it inside the garage for long. This means, your RV will be exposed to grease, oil and dirt once again. So, all you can do is wash and clean the walls to get rid of these marks and dirt. But do not be careless while cleaning. Avoid scrubbing. Rather use a gentle soap and water. Harsh chemicals and scrubbers can leave a scratch mark on the paint.

Don’t Miss Cleaning Day

If you have set a date for cleaning, stick to that and try not to forget it. Leaves, bird dropping, dust and oil can degrade the beauty of your newly painted RV. So take care of your vehicle and drive happily.

If you are getting all ready for your road trip, why should the rig be ignored? Take care of your RV and let it shine for years to come. As they say, a thing of beauty is a joy forever.

Traffic Laws for RVs

RV Traffic RulesAn RV isn’t a regular run-of-the-mill car, and neither are the traffic rules governing it. So, if you are planning to buy a motor home, here are a few traffic laws you need to know.

Lane Usage

Unlike the other cars on the highway, an RV cannot take up just any lane of its choice. The RV drivers must always use the right lane. In case the highway has more than four lanes, then the vehicle must take the extreme right lane. Your RV can use the other lanes only while taking a turn, passing or going on or off the highway.

Trailer Light

If you bought a trailer to make your journey more exciting, then here is another traffic rule you need to remember while driving. Usually, the weight of a trailer forces the RV headlight to move upward. This might have a blinding effect on the oncoming driver, causing a collision. Therefore, you need to keep a note on the alignment of the headlight. Failing to do so might attract a penalty.

Parking

Consider this: you park your RV at a parking lot and go away to spend the night at your friend’s place. A weekend party, maybe. When you come back, a ticket stuck on your rig greets you. Surprised? The police must have made a mistake because you had parked your RV at the perfect place, right? Wrong. You made the mistake. Many residential neighborhood homeowner associations allow only a short-time parking, but they deny permission for overnight stay. So, it is better to check the rules against parking RVs when selecting the stops for your road trip.

It doesn’t feel good to start a journey with the highway patrol right at your back. So know the rules of the road and drive safe.

3 Mistakes Every RV Owner Must Avoid

Mistakes of RVer's LifeTo many, RV living is the best living. Of course, you too think the same, else why would you be here? But, things can go wrong in your personal paradise. Why? Because we are mere mortals prone to making mistakes. However, in most cases you can easily bypass them. In this blog, we will discuss about three mistakes that you must avoid to make your trip happy and memorable.

Traveling with TV Antenna Up

It may happen that you went to bed quite late last night after watching an exciting soccer game. You got up early according to your schedule and started driving. But, as the roof of your RV brush against a low branch of a tree, you hear a loud clanking noise and that is when you realize, ‘Oh God, I didn’t pull the TV antenna down last night!’

So, if you have the habit of watching TV or listening to the radio on a trip, make sure you have a pre-trip checklist. You must walk around the vehicle and pull the antennas down before turning the engine on.

Not Monitoring the Height of Your RV

Who doesn’t want to go on a long trip in a big RV! But a bigger RV a bit more planning on your part. Look for RV campgrounds where you can comfortably park your vehicle. Also, check out the route of the trip before setting out. Low bridges might pose a problem, so double-check it. After all, you wouldn’t want to damage the air conditioner or radio antenna due to your negligence.

Neglecting RV Battery Maintenance

If you have been maintaining everything inside your RV except the battery, you better avoid doing so. God save you if the batteries die in the middle of nowhere. Try not to forget recharging the RV batteries or checking their status. Else your RV can sustain technical damages, which will be expensive to repair.

Traveling is fun only if you are doing it the right. So, be watchful and avoid these errors to enjoy a great trip.

Why Must You Know The RV Laws Before Traveling?

RV LawsWhen you decide to travel in your motor home, it’s important to understand the rules of the road. The size of your vehicle matters as there are different laws for home-on-wheels, particularly if you own the largest Class A motor home. However, RV road laws can be difficult to follow or understand. Here is some useful information to ensure that you know about the specific RV laws to make your trip hassle-free.

Finding about RV Laws

Before you hit the road, check out the information provided on the Department of Transportation (DoT) website. Look for the DoT site of the states that you’re planning to visit. You may even research online to find out about trailer or RV laws that are specific to a state. Even if you do not find all the traffic rules listed on a DoT website, you may find about other travelers who were towed, fined, ticketed or warned about the specific rules that they didn’t follow or know about. In case you do not find the information you are looking for, call the county, state or city DoT right away and ask questions.

Different Laws

RV laws can vary from one state to the other, and it’s difficult to understand which law is applicable and where when you’re traveling. The laws can even vary for different towns. Therefore, ensure that you’re well-versed with the routes you are taking, and know whether the road rules apply or not.

Motor Home Parking Problems

The US cities such as Philadelphia, San Diego and Miami have prohibited RV parking in city neighborhoods and streets, including private property. The parking laws are put into effect by the communities and cities, and not the states. If you are parking your motor home in an unfamiliar locality, know how long you can park, to avoid penalties or being towed.

Take your time to learn about the RV laws of your state as well as those of the states you are planning to visit. It will make RV-ing on the road safe and enjoyable.

Turn up the fun this summer.

MHF Newmar ext-entertainment for blog postIf you’re lucky enough to own a model like the 2015 Newmar King Aire 4553 or the 2014 Newmar King Aire 4599 quad slide that we just sold, you have an awesome outside entertainment center. Why not turn that feature into a gathering place while you’re parked this summer? Here are some ways you can utilize and spend time with new friends and neighbors.

Watch a baseball game. Serve hot dogs, have cold beer on hand and spend a day at the ballpark from the comfort of your own pull-through.

Host a movie night. Break out the popcorn and fire up the Netflix for a matinee or evening showing.

Binge Watch. This could be an on-going date with friends. Binge watch something like House of Cards or Orange Is The New Black, and get your neighbors hooked on the series with you. The best shows for summer viewing in 2016, according to Newsday, are America’s Got Talent, Feed The Beast, Rizzoli & Isles, Unreal, and The American West. You’ll always have something to talk about after the binge is over.

Head To Rio. This summer the Olympic Games will be held in Rio from August 5 to August 21. Watch Usain Bolt run to retain his title as the world’s fastest man and as professional boxers are given the historic opportunity to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games. Look for many tributes to a former and what some would argue is the “greatest” Olympian, Muhammad Ali.

Make your own show. If you have a camera and computer that can connect to your tv via an HDMI cable, you can shoot pictures and movies around the campgrounds, and then invite your friends for a slide show. It’s a great way to wrap up your time together.

 

 

Be the life of the party at your RV campground this summer.

Most RVers are highly social creatures. We love meeting new people, seeing new places, and experiencing new adventures. Now that the summer travel season is upon us, here is one way you can bring the fun to your doorstep and be the life of the party while on the road, while you get your neighbors in on the fun.

Throw a progressive dinner.

MHF 2015 Tiffin for blog postIf you drive an RV like this beautiful 2015 Tiffin Allegro Bus 45LP (now reduced in price and available for viewing here: https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2015-tiffin-allegro-bus-45lp/ ) you have the perfect place to host one leg of a progressive dinner.   During a progressive dinner, each participant takes one of the courses, and guests go from RV to RV to sample everyone’s culinary genius.

You can theme a progressive dinner any way you’d like—whether it’s a Mexican fiesta or a Cajun throw down, progressive dinners are the perfect way to share the work and also the fun. For example, a romantic theme makes sense if your party is scheduled mid-February, as does a Cinco de Mayo theme around the fifth of May. Or you could ring in the New Year with your mobile party.

A theme that centers on a geographic location may simplify a few of the planning decisions. If you select Italy as your theme, the wine, food and decor all seem to fall into place. Plan on at least a three-hour evening, in order to allow for 45 minutes to an hour at each stop.

Here are suggestions for potential courses:

  • Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails
  • An appetizer course
  • A first course such as soup, salad or pasta
  • The main course including side dishes Cheese, fruit and nuts
  • Dessert

Here are a couple of dinner themes that can get the fun started:

Around the World.

Have each participant choose their favorite place and favorite recipes for their stop. The first stop could be appetizers from Italy—bread, bruschetta, cheese, and sparking wine. Then it’s on to China where you can be served fried rice, egg rolls and orange chicken, and wash it down with some Tsing Tao beer. Then it’s on to Switzerland for decadent molten chocolate lava cakes and a sifter of Grand Marnier.

Tour The Mediterranean

Start with a humus dip, a brick of feta and some kalamata olives, made even better with a nice shot of Ouzo. Then it’s on to your next stop for a chopped Greek salad and a Heineken (a favorite beer in Greece). Move on to another RV for Mousaka or Spanakopita, washed down with a glass of Assyrtiko, a popular Greek wine made from grapes grown on Santorini Island. Top it all of with Baklava and a shot of Metaxa, a cognac-like blend of brandy, spices and wine.

Use your imagination, and above all, have fun! Choose décor touches that match the theme and be open to trying some new taste sensations!

How to Make RV Travel More Budget-Friendly?

Budget-Friendly RV TravelThe one big question that frets most RV-ers is whether they can travel in their motor homes on a budget. Traveling is expensive if you don’t know the dos and don’ts. Although RV-ing is cost-effective compared to staying in plush hotels, a camping trip in your home-on-wheels is still costly if you are not careful. Here are a few useful tips to make your RV trip easier on your wallet.

Cook in Your RV Kitchen

You’ll end up spending a lot of your money while eating out on a trip, including your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Why waste money dining out when you can toss up delicious meals in your RV kitchen? Cooking your food is not only enjoyable in the company of your friends or family, but it also gives you an opportunity to appreciate the local flavor while looking for a farmer’s market. Stack up enough veggies, meat and staples in your RV refrigerator to save cost. You can always eat out on special occasions, but avoid eating out every day.

Research RV Sites and Campgrounds

Take some time out to research RV sites and campgrounds and learn about the options available for budget camping. Look for information on the RV camping websites, read guest reviews, and find out about the amenities available in these camping sites. It will help you find the perfect RV campground that suits your budget.

Try Free Activities

Indulge in activities that are less expensive or free. Find out about some of the best hiking places and biking trails. Learn about the flora and fauna of the place. You can use free Wi-Fi to get some valuable information about the local species. Carry your camera along and click some stunning digital photographs.

RV-ing doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to travel without burning a hole in your wallet. Do your research well and try activities that don’t cost you much. Have fun!

How Not to Get Stuck in The Sand? Beach Driving Tips for RV-ers

RV Beach Driving How would you like the idea of waking up next to the crushing waves and breathing in fresh ocean air? Indeed, beach camping is a mind-blowing idea for those keen on striking a deeper connection with nature. However, before you head out, review the following tips to avoid an utterly expensive beach-disaster.

Consult Ocean Tide-Tables

Remember, ocean tides rise and fall every day. Before taking your rig straight to the beach, consult the Ocean Tide Tables for the US. saltwatertides.com is a good resource. Wait till the high tide goes out.

Carry Traction

Instead of carrying sheets of plywood, which are heavy and cumbersome, use any sophisticated extraction device. Many campers these days carry a vehicle extraction device called ‘Maxtrax’ for their beach-trips. These state-of-the-art devices can provide both a powerful push and a firm grip to haul the rig out of sand.

Know the Driving-friendly Spots on the Beach

Beach-driving is an essential part of oceanfront camping. However, you must know where it’s fine to drive on the beach and where it’s not. Some parts of the beach may not be firm enough to bear the weight of a heavy motor home. Going off the designated trail may land you in a soup. The less you drive on the beach, the better. Even if you decide to do driving, avoid tugging along a trailer behind you.

Let Some Air Out of the Tires

Lowering air pressure gives more surface area to your tires. This in turn provides better traction. However, don’t forget to inflate them once again after you make your way back from sand to asphalt.

Carry Extra Water

If the tires get struck in the sand, pour a few gallons of water over the driving path. This will ease your driving over a difficult stretch.

Keep Going

In order to gain maximum traction on sand, you have to keep going on a straight line until you reach the spot where you want to park your vehicle. A sudden brake and you may lose the momentum, making it difficult for you to forge ahead.

The service of a professional towing company can be very expensive. Even if you are ready to pay, many towing companies won’t offer you any service when you are more than 100 feet away from asphalt. It is better to be safe than sorry, so remember our tips and minimize your risks on the sand.