Choosing The Perfect Washing Machine For Your RV

Washing Machine For Your RV
 

When you’re traveling on the road for a long time or camping, you start missing the simple creature comforts. RV owners are exempt from the rule though, as a rig is basically a home away from home. And depending on the available space, you can install different kinds of appliances to make your lives easier and more convenient. Take, for example, a washing machine. Now, when you’re thinking about purchasing a motor home, a washing machine may not be a priority; in fact, it might’ve skipped your mind altogether. However, you’d be surprised at just how an RV equipped with a washer and dryer can save you from running one of the most boring chores – doing laundry —  on the road. A reliable  RV washing machine will give you access to your personal Laundromat 24X7. If you crave that convenience, keep the following information in mind:

Types of RV Washing Machines

You will find three main variants in the market:

  1. Portable RV Washer and Dryer
  2. RV Washer and Dryer Combo
  3. RV Stackable Washer and Dryer

Each of these models can again be divided into two categories viz. vented and non-vented.

  • Vented: Vented RV washing machines dry clothes using the room air. You need to drill a hole to accommodate the exhaust vent of these appliances in your motor home.
  • Non-Vented: When drying your clothes, non-vented machines increase the temperature of the air inside the drum. While effective, a lot of time and water is required to get the job done.

Portable RV Washer and Dryer

You will find both manual and electrical portable models in the market. While they don’t hold much laundry, they are great if you are working with a limited amount of space inside your RV due to the compact design. What’s more, they consume a minimal amount of electricity and are also quite water-efficient.

RV Washer and Dryer Combo

A popular choice among motor home owners, these machines use a single drum for washing and drying clothes. They can easily switch between operations without any user input. They can fit small spaces comfortable and are easy to use. Both vented and non-vented models are manufactured.

RV Stackable Washer and Dryer

If you have a large family and typically have to do a lot of laundry on a regular basis, this is the washing machine for you. They have an impressive load capacity and can dry and wash clothes simultaneously. These vented units help dry your clothes quickly without using any additional amount of water.

If you take long trips in your motor home, you should know how important it is to have an easy-to-use and functional washing machine. Choose the perfect model from the three basic types of RV washers and dryers described above.  And if you are contemplating an RV upgrade and need additional assistance in buying a rig, feel free to contact us here.

3 Tips for A Cross-Country RV Trip

Cross-Country RV Trip
 

So you’re setting off across the country in your motor home and looking forward to an epic road trip. When you are hitting the great American roads,  so many things are on your mind –  the route you must take, the kind of food you should eat, which places to explore, and more. Now traveling on the open road can be a little daunting when you are clueless how to handle these challenges. However,  with a little planning, you can turn it into the best trip of your life that you will cherish forever. Therefore, do your homework before you take your position behind the wheel. Here are a few tips:

1. Choose the Best Route

Traveling in a motor home is different than exploring the country in your car. Steep mountain roads, underpasses, and lower clearance bridges are a big no, especially if you are driving a Class A rig – the largest of all RVs with an average height of 10 feet. We Leverage  GPS services to plan the best route. Take the less-traveled roads and expressways. Study RV-friendly maps carefully to move from one destination to the other. Taking the secondary roads is also beneficial in other ways because you can meet the locals, taste local food, and experience the country culture first hand.

2. Go Slow

When you are on a cross-country road, take your time to visit the next destination. Make sure you have a couple of week’s time when exploring coastal cities or beach towns. Travel at your own pace to visit places of history in America. Go slow, stop by scenic spots, and enjoy the spectacular views around. Remember you are RV-ing, not participating in a car rally.

3. Do not Pack Too Much Stuff

You will not need half of the things that you pack for a cross-country trip. You will be wearing two pairs of jeans for the entire trip. So why pack ten pairs when you do not need them. Space matters a lot in a cross-country trip. Pack essential items such as medicines, camping gear, hiking shoes, and mosquito repellants if you are planning to pitch a tent outdoors.

A cross-country RV trip is all about the experience. Make sure that you make the most of it. Be a tourist, relax in the lap of nature, and walk around. And if you want to upgrade to a new model, contact us today.

Off the Cord Camping in Your RV

Since March is a green month (happy St. Patty’s Day!), our theme is “going green” in your RV. Earlier this month, we laid out some simple things that you can do to reduce your footprint while traveling in your RV. In this post, we will be talking about “off the cord” camping in your RV—probably the most extreme method of “green” camping.

“Off the cord” camping in your RV means getting way off the grid, out into the wild. There are no hookups out there, so water conservation is a necessity and finding ways to use little or no electricity is essential. Many campgrounds are offering designated “off the cord” sites, so you can be sure that even if you are out in nature, you aren’t spoiling an area that you aren’t meant to disturb.

Your environmental impact while camping “off the cord” is minimal. You are truly “going green” in a very radical sense, but there are other benefits, too. The biggest plus of “off the cord” RVing is a re-connection with nature. The sites at many RV campgrounds are perfectly fine, but aren’t exactly known for offering the stunning views you can find out your window when you go “off the cord.” There is something primal and adventurous about being away from other campers, with limited resources, even if only for a few days. It’s an experience you have to try at least once.

The next time you travel in your RV, especially if you’re traveling somewhere with breathtaking sunsets or mountain views, ask if your campground offers “off the cord” camping, and experience the purest form of “green” RVing.

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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.

RVing and ‘Going Green’ for St. Patrick’s Day

March is the month of green, thanks to St. Patrick’s Day. What better way to celebrate than by “going green” during your RV trips? For the RV adventurer seeking to be more environmentally friendly, we offer these tips for “going green” in your motor home.

The easiest way to go green in your RV is to stay on top of maintenance. A tuned-up RV (and tow vehicle) gets better gas mileage and releases fewer toxins into the air from exhaust fumes. Make sure you know your vehicle’s maintenance schedules and visit your mechanic before any major road trips so you won’t have to worry about any sputtering from your engine.

Installing solar panels is a common move when “going green.” Over 20% of RV owners use a solar panel to power some of their on-board systems, reducing their consumption of electricity from the grid in a passive, easy way. Do you? Several of the RVs available in our inventory have solar panels already installed, so that you can get started using the sun for clean energy while out camping.

Some of the fixtures in your motor home can be replaced to improve efficiency. Try switching out any incandescent or fluorescent bulbs for LED bulbs, which consume less energy and last longer. An added advantage: LED lights are often made to be durable and shatter-resistant, which is perfect for RV trips that occasionally cause things to get tossed around. Another fixture that can be replaced to help you “go green” is your water faucets. If you find yourself using up more water than necessary, try out low-flow faucets, or an aerator that fits on your current faucets. While a low-flow shower is no fun, the sink might be the perfect place to save a little water.

Disposable cups, plates, and utensils are convenient and save you the time of washing, but they are one major place that RV travelers can consider for improvement while trying to “go green.” Bring some plastic or shatterproof glass alternatives instead of making more waste. While washing these can be a drag, just know that minimizing your trash output is helping to make a difference.

Many of the chemicals frequently used to clean gray/black water tanks are actually very harmful to the environment. They have toxic, often even carcinogenic, properties. Try switching to an enzyme-based solution instead. You tank will be just as clean, and so will your conscience.

Finally, when you think “green,” undoubtedly you think of recycling. To make it simple, keep a second place for trash on your RV and only use it for recyclables. On an average trip, you probably won’t fill up more than a bag or two, easily disposed of. Even if the campground doesn’t have a receptacle for recyclables, many local grocery stores do, so you can easily find a spot to drop them off wherever you are.

These are just a few simple steps you can take to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month by “going green” in your RV. These are good habits to get into whether on the road or at home, and you can feel happy knowing you’ve helped make a difference, however small.

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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.

How to Grow An Indoor Herb Garden in Your Motor Home

Indoor Herb Garden
 

There is nothing like culinary herbs when it comes to giving your gourmet dishes a delectable flavor. You can grow most of these herbs right in your kitchen, and even in your motor home. So if you are a full-time RV-er and feel envious of people with a front garden where they can plant what they like from flowering blooms to herbs, you need not feel jealous, anymore. That’s because creating an indoor herb garden in your home-on-wheels is not at all difficult. And it lets you have some DIY fun in the process, too. Moreover, a kitchen- garden is compact, easy to care and maintain. So check out how to grow one in your rolling home.

Choose the Right Herb Varieties for Cultivating

Some herbs are not suitable for growing in small pots. We recommend that you include herbs like basil, mint, marjoram, chives, balm, lemon, rosemary, thyme, and oregano in your kitchen garden. Place your containers near east-facing windows so that they receive adequate sunlight in the morning. Remember that some plants like basil may require artificial grow lights in addition to natural sunshine. You can also put these plants outdoors when you stay for a few days in an RV park.

Use Deep Planters

Always choose deep containers with drainage holes at the base for drainage. Place a thin layer of pebbles below and then potting soil. Herbs you grow in your RV will take around three to four weeks before you use them to season your meals.

Care for Your Greens

Water your plants regularly but first, find out how much watering each variety needs. Use natural fertilizer when required so that the herbs receive the essential nutrients. Prune them on a periodic basis for enhanced growth. Check the soil regularly to ensure that it is not drying out. Your herbs should look beautiful, healthy, and green to add flavors to your meals.

Growing an indoor herb garden is a great way to beautify your RV, and to make your on-the-go meals more savory. With a small herb-garden in your kitchen, you will not have to spend on costly ingredients for preparing lip-smacking delicacies. Add them to your salad or barbeque meals to enhance their taste, aroma and flavor. And in case you need further information about our motor homes on offer for sale, contact us now.

3 Classic Road Trip Snacks That Can Make RVing More Enjoyable

Overnight RV Parking

 

So, you are all set to hit the roads of North America in your newly bought luxury RV! No doubt, you are going to enjoy the experience thoroughly. Perhaps, you will not be in a mood to follow your nutritionist’s advice while holidaying. And the result? You may end up binging on those sinful gas station treats without considering their effects on your poor digestive system. But won’t it be a complete mess if you are down with a stomach upset due to repetitive consumption of junk food? Well, we all know that you can’t imagine RV-ing without those snacking breaks, but that doesn’t mean you have to chuck out all the healthy eating habits while vacationing. Let’s take a look at some of the most classic road trip snacks options that you can gorge on without guilt pangs.

• Beef Jerky – We all know that protein is one of the best hunger satisfying nutrients. Try collecting these dried, lean meat strips from the organic groceries or natural food stores. These healthy, yet savory treats contain a lesser amount of fat and help keep the insulin level of your blood in check.

• Spreads – Nutella and peanut butter are the ideal no-mess snacks for RV-ers. Whether you scoop it out with a spoon and lick or spread it on celery sticks, sliced apples, cookies or crackers, this delicious, healthy oil-rich food paste offers you the most hassle-free way to satiate your between-the-meal food cravings.

• Salads – RV-ing becomes all the more enjoyable when you remain fit as a fiddle throughout the trip. And to ensure that, you must include some green vegetables in your diet. Neatly pack veggies like baby carrots, radishes, cherry potatoes, and sliced green peppers in air-tight boxes. Use separate dressings for each portion and enjoy your veggie snacks without creating any mess.

Keeping some of these snacks ready at hand will help you enjoy RVing the most. And in case, you are on the lookout for a luxury motor home, we can show you some of the best deals. Get in touch with us today and expect to get some of the most exciting offers on RVs.

5 Tips for Overnight RV Parking

Overnight RV Parking
 

When you are new to RV-ing, one of the greatest dilemmas is finding an ideal spot for overnight parking. A few times, your road trip may be longer than expected which means that you need to stop over and rest at some place on the way. People may tell to book a slot in an RV campground in advance.  It is easier said than done, especially during the peak tailgating seasons and you cannot just park anywhere you choose. Here are a couple of ways to find an overnight RV parking space at a convenient location:

1. Ask People

Do not hesitate to ask people about a possible parking space. He or she can be an attendant at a gas station, a local, a security guard or a clerk working at a store with a large parking space. Ensure you choose a safe but private place to rest for the night.

2. Park at Retail Stores and Casinos

Businesses like Walmart and Cracker Barrel would allow you to park your vehicle overnight if you can convince them that you will follow all their parking rules. Even some casinos offer the same facility to RVers. However, not all stores allow it due to the county or city-specific regulations.  And if you are traveling in the snowbird or holiday season, you may find it difficult to park your motor home at Walmart or other global chains in Florida. In the off-season, you will see designated parking spaces at Walmart, and in case you do not find one, have a word with the store manager for assistance.

Tips for Parking

Now that you have found a safe place for keeping your rolling home for the night, do not take this convenience as granted. On your part, be nice and follow rules. Moreover, being patient and friendly ensures that you will be welcomed at these places if you need parking a second time or more. Here are certain things you can do to leave a good impression:

1. Avoid Overstaying

You have permission for free overnight parking. Great, but then it does not mean that you overstay than the time promised. If you have been allowed to stay for a night or two, stick to it. It is enough to rest after a long day’s drive. Get to know the neighborhood, do some shopping, and leave after the promised timeframe. Maintain RV parking etiquettes and do not spoil it for those who are looking for an overnight parking space just like you.

2. Park at the Side or Rear

When allowed to park at businesses, make sure that you do so at the rear or side of the store. Avoid the entrance to let customers get in and out of the store. Parking strategically will also help you leave quickly without a car blocking the way.

3. Avoid Setting up Awnings and Tables

Follow parking rules. Avoid using awnings or setting up tables and grills to have dinner. You’ve been allowed to sleep for the night. If you want to treat yourself to some tasty food, you can do so in your home on wheels. The best option would be to dine at the adjacent restaurant. It will be a great way to say thank you to the establishment.

Before occupying the allotted a parking spot in an establishment, check the rules with the authorities. It will ensure that you do not wake up in the middle of the night only to find that your motor home is being towed. However, if you want to upgrade to a new model or integrate advanced features in your existing unit, contact us today.