“Preparing Your RV for Hurricane Season Part 2: Weather at Home”

If you live in a part of the country that experiences severe weather like hurricanes, preparedness is key. Before extreme weather hits, there are steps you can take to ensure the protection of your RV.

Leave Your RV in a Safe Spot

If a storm is approaching, make sure your RV is not parked in a low area that is prone to flooding, because the amount of precipitation a hurricane brings is enormous. The last thing you want is to come back after the storm to a waterlogged interior. Sometimes this will involve moving it to a safer spot, because that lot you normally feel great about might not be so ideal in nastier weather. Make sure you have a backup scouted out ahead of time so you know right where to park.

Secure the Vehicle

Before the storm hits, secure ALL loose items out side of the RV. In the high-speed winds that a hurricane brings, anything can become a window-shattering projectile. Even a small treebranch or bucket can cause significant damage. In the same vein, prepare for the storm by boarding up the large windows of your RV, as you would with the windows of a house. There are several smart solutions for easily covering windows with plywood, including Plylox, which allows you to easily attach and remove plywood planks and is available at any home improvement store.

To prevent your awning from being yanked apart by strong wind, use several zipties to attach it securely to its mounting brackets. Empty your holding tanks, turn off your propane tanks, and cover your regulator, vents, and A/C unit. With all of those items checked off, you can consider your RV secure and feel okay about leaving it behind while you hunker down in your home or evacuate.

Evacuate in Your RV if You Have the Option

Consider that an RV can be a terrific vehicle to take in the event of an evacuation, though. It gives you a comfortable place to stay while away from your house, so if you need to get away for a while to wait out a storm, you can’t beat the RV.

Preparedness is key. If you find yourself in the path of a storm, you should secure your RV much as you would your home. Plan ahead and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

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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 motorhomefinders.com.

“Preparing Your RV for Hurricane Season Part 1: Weather on the Road”

We’ve all seen the devastation a natural disaster can cause recently with hurricane Harvey and its impact on Houston, Irma’s impact on Florida, and the utter devastation being faced right now by Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands. With that in mind, and since September is FEMA’s National Preparedness Month, we would like to give you some tips to prepare your RV for a potential hurricane.

Many popular RV vacation spots are in areas that are subject to occasional severe weather. If you’ve made plans to travel to an RV destination that could potentially be hit by severe weather, there are a few precautions you can take to ensure your safety and the safety of your RV.

Prepare an Emergency Kit to Take with You

Before you even leave home, prepare a kit with everything you’ll need for an emergency. Essentials like potable water, non-perishable food, and prescription meds are a good place to start, but you should also bring anything you might need to prepare your RV to “hunker down.” Tarps, trash bags, Ziploc bags, rope, and zipties will come in handy in case of emergency. Some RVers even carry sheets of plywood with them, along with an easy way of attaching and detaching them.

Avoid Potential Flooding

When selecting a spot at a campground, try to find a spot on higher ground. With the torrential rain you can expect a storm to bring, the low-lying areas can get treacherous. Flooding can cause you to get stuck in mud or creep into the interior of your RV. Furthermore, if you have to evacuate your area, avoid driving in water. Water on the road can be deeper than it looks, and driving into deep water can spell disaster for your vehicle. Water in motion can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and be swept off the road. Avoid areas that can flood at all costs once a storm hits.

Protect Valuables from Water Damage

With the amount of rain a storm brings, every leak in your RV will be made obvious by constant dripping that can cause damage. Cover fabric like clothes, carpet and bedding with plastic using tarps and bags. Prepare pots, pans, and buckets to catch the drips, and use towels or (even better) a large sponge to sop up puddles as they form. If you carry important documents with you, secure them in Ziploc bags so there’s no chance of them getting wet.

Always be cautious. While there are ways to be safe while riding out a storm, sometimes its just safer to get out. A well-timed evacuation will save you a lot of worry and keep you out of danger. You can resume your vacation somewhere safer, or return once the weather has passed. Protect your RV with these tips, but above all, protect yourself!

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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 motorhomefinders.com.

Norma Jean Bauerschmidt – The Nonagenarian Who Ditched Chemo for an Epic Road Trip

The Nonagenarian's Road Trip

Doesn’t ‘Life’ unfold in the present? But most of us just allow the present slip away, worrying about the future unnecessarily or grudging the past. But one frail nonagenarian made sure that her life story stays  far from being mediocre. She decided to take up a cross-country road trip, instead of getting herself confined to the four walls of a cancer hospital. In doing so, she taught millions of Americans so much about embracing the present moment.

Have you always dreamt of taking up that epic road trip, but always had to delay it for the sake of your life’s other priorities? Well, you need to know about Miss Norma. The indomitable spirit of this 91-year-old lady will inspire you to pursue your dream and do it right now.

When diagnosed with cancer, most people would choose to fight it tooth and nail. But not Norma Jean Bauerschmid – a World War II Navy veteran and a member of Women Accepted for Voluntary Service (WAVES). She may remind you of your own grandma, but don’t go by her outer shell. The frailty actually camouflages the passion and willpower that runs beneath.

When told by the doctor that she had cancer and needed chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, Norma decided to forego the treatment and experience adventure. She decided to join her son Tim and his wife, Ramie, who lead a nomadic lifestyle in a motor home. The moment she hit the road on 24 August 2015, Norma became a celebrity, thanks to her daughter-in-law Ramie, who set up the Facebook page, “Driving Miss Norma.” Since then, this unusual travelogue has been followed by more than 400,000 people on the page.

So, how did the trip go?

She made sure that a single moment is not wasted during the journey. So, her itinerary included it all –   Old Faithful, Mount Rushmore, and even the Grand Canyon. She attended a felicitation event aboard an aircraft carrier, looking fab in a hard hat and safety goggles.  What’s more? On the way to Georgia, she even had her first-ever pedicure. During the entire span, she rode 13,000 miles across 32 US states and stopped at 75 different destinations.  According to her family, there was a visible improvement on her health during the span of the journey. And the series of photographs posted on Facebook shows how happy she has been throughout the trip.

Live in the moment and let life take its course– this was what Norma taught the world. Why keep postponing that epic trip? Life is too short to wait for a better,more convenient moment. Your moment comes only now; make the most of it. And if you require some professional assistance for purchasing a suitable motor home for your dream trip, contact us right away.

3 Secluded National Parks You Must Visit in the US

National Parks

The American national parks have some of the scenic landscapes, deep forests, lakes, and rich history in the country. Though many of them remain crowded throughout the year, there are parks, which are hidden and secluded, where the visitor count is only in thousands. Are you looking to camp in places away from your city’s boring skyline?  If yes, say goodbye to the noise, traffic, and crowds to appreciate the beauty of these less-frequented national parks in the US.

1. Dry Tortugas National Park

Located in the Sunshine State, this national park is about 70 miles west of the island of Key West, which is 150 miles south of the mainland. This is one of the secluded parks in the country, where you will find the historic Fort Jefferson. You will have to board a seaplane or a ferry to appreciate its beauty. The seven islands of Key West surrounded by the turquoise blue waters are a treat to every traveler’s eyes. A nature preserve surrounds the fort, providing plenty of snorkeling opportunities for RV-ers. It is one of the least frequented parks in the US. Just so you know, only 65,000 or fewer tourists visited it in 2014. So, gang up with your friends to explore the fort, take a dip in the warm waters, or camp under the star-studded night sky.

2. Katmai National Park

Seated on the Kodiak Island and southern Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, this national park covers four million acres of land that includes the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes; a low-lying area filled with an ash flow from the 1912 volcanic explosion of Novarupta. The place is known for its wildlife including wolves, caribous, wolverines, and moose. It is also home to about 2,000 grizzly bears that thrive on the eggs of salmons.

3. Bryce Canyon National Park

With 1.4 million footfalls in 2014, this national park is popular for its sandstone hoodoos formed due to frost weathering and erosion. Only a handful tourists frequent this beautiful desert landscape, which was occupied by Native Americans initially and afterward by Mormon pioneers back in the 1850s.

Visit some of the US national parks that have breathtaking natural beauty and an abundance of spectacular landscapes. These are some of the most beautiful places to travel in your motor home.

5 Best US Campgrounds You Can Visit to Cool Off This Summer

US Campgrounds

When the temperature pushes 90 degrees and above, your skin burns under the scorching heat of the sun, and your pool feels like a hot tub. But you can always escape to some of the camping grounds in America and stay cool even when the sun is shining bright. Camping by a picturesque lake sounds great, right? Here are five best US campgrounds for a refreshing summer escape:

1. Zephyr Cove Resort

Located just across the border of California and Nevada, this campground gives you a spectacular view of the mountain and Lake Tahoe. You will find RV and tent sites just a couple of minutes away from the Zephyr Cove Resort. The resort offers services like a private beach, a restaurant, horseback riding, lake cruises, and marina boat rentals. It is the best of both worlds, mesmerizing RV-ers with the stunning beauty of an unspoiled mountain and lake setting. The other campsite facilities include full electrical connections, a fire ring, and a picnic table.

2. Moss Creek Campground

Situated in Skamania County, Washington, this campsite is close to the Columbia River, towards the southeast corner of the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest. It is seated next to the White Salmon River, surrounded by cedar, maple, fir, and hemlock trees, the thick canopies providing a cool shade to help you avoid the summer heat. It is one the best locations for motor home enthusiasts who want to explore the river and unwind with their family and friends. You can pitch a tent in this campsite, but it is suitable for campers with smaller rigs.

3. Lake Chelan State Park

Pack your bags and head for this campground in Washington popular for the state’s biggest natural lake. Seated on the south shore, Lake Chelan State Park has cool camping spots for RVs and tents. Have a great time sailboarding, water skiing, swimming, or fishing.

4. Grand Marais RV Park and Campground

Seated on a peninsula between Grand Marais Harbor and Lake Superior in Minnesota, this place is perfect for vacationers looking for some peace and isolation. There are more than 300 campsites with a firebox and picnic table. The camping spots vary from being modern a set-up with full electrical hookups to ancient ones hidden deep in the woods.

5. Lake Mead RV Village

Seated in the Lake Mead Recreation Area in Nevada, this campsite boasts natural sites, full electrical connections, and the best spots with the scenic views of the lake. With the temperatures soaring, this is one of the best campgrounds to take a cool and refreshing dip in Lake Mead. You can also choose to boat and fish in the lake.

Escape to one of these campgrounds to relax with your loved ones this summer. You can swim, boat, fish, and unwind without bothering about the hot summer sun.

One-Off Laundromats That RV-ers Love

Laundromats for RV-ers

Whether you are a full-time RV-er or just use your motor home for occasional summer trips across the US, at one point or the other, you will need to wash your clothes. You cannot wear them for days no matter how much you like to rough it. And if you happen to be in an RV park with no laundry facilities, you need to search for laundromats on the way. But washing your dirty clothes need not be an uninteresting chore if you know where to look. Here are a few unique laundromats that are more than just coin-operated washers:

Igor’s Lounge and Gameroom

Located in New Orleans, Los Angeles, this Laundromat gives you an opportunity to hang out with your buddies at a dive bar. You will find the dryers and washers at the back of the setup, but be prepared for some fun and excitement at the front of the establishment. Chill out with your friends with lip-smacking food and drinks or try your luck at a pool table at this local joint. You will love the karaoke nights at Igor’s Lounge and Gameroom complete with music, food, and drinks, while your clothes go for a wash. And if you are unable to sleep and want to utilize the time getting the laundry done, this laundromat is open round-the-clock and offers drink specials from 5 am to 7 am.

The Laundry Café

This laundromat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is open 24 hours. The place is spick and span with brilliant lights and has more than 145 modern dryers and washers of different sizes. The perks offered by The Laundry Café for bringing your dirty clothes here include free dry loads for garments that have been washed. The staff also unloads your clothes when you arrive, as a free service. You will also find a café where you can savor a sandwich and drink. The Kid’s Zone at this place is the perfect spot for RV-ers with children. You can wait for your laundry to finish while your kids can play safely without bothering others. Adults too can have fun in their play area with music, games, and flat screen TVs with Netflix and Wi-Fi connectivity. With the Game of Thrones Season 7 being aired this summer, you can even catch an episode of this epic fantasy drama while waiting for your clothes to be washed.

Brainwash Café & Laundromat

Situated in San Francisco, California, Brainwash Café and Laundromat is more than an ordinary laundry facility. If you’re an art lover, you will love the beautiful canvases which will give you a taste of the local art community. You can order food and beer to your heart’s content. This place is also known for its comedy shows.

Hitting the roads in a motor home is every travel aficionado’s dream. You enjoy the stunning views and scenic landscapes on the way without worrying about mundane tasks you do at home. But if you get to do your laundry in an interesting and fun way, there is nothing like it.