Halloween is upon us. Here’s some spooky RV things to consider.

For some RV’ers, the scariest part of driving an RV might be parking it.  For others, it’s emptying the black water tank.  This Halloween season, we thought we’d take a look at what can stoke fear in the hearts of people who buy RVs, and not always in a bad way.

The roads to terror.

When you head out in a car,  you set your GPS and head out.  For those who buy motorhomes, that’s not a good idea. It’s alway best to thoroughly research what the roads ahead will serve up.  The blog Cheapism lists 12 of the most dangerous roads you should consider closed to an RV in the U.S.  These are winding, narrow roads that require extra precaution in a Smart Car, let alone a Class A motor home.  Many have weights limits with no warning and low clearances such as bridges and tunnels.

Cheapism recommends avoiding roads like Going-To-The-Sun Road in Montana’s Glacier National Park, which leads to the Logan Pass Visitor Center.  At some points, rocky cliffs jut out close enough to touch an RV.  Another is the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton, Colorado.  It was built in the 1880s, and provides jaw-dropping vistas that are terror-inducing in an RV.  The 25-mile road is narrow with no guardrails and no shoulders.

Thing that go bump (or crawl) in the night. 

When you enjoy the great outdoors, it’s important to remember you are a guest there.  The full-time residents might be curious to check you out if you’re not prepared.  There are ways to keep your RV insect-free.  These include keeping your RV sparkling clean, removing food at the end of camping season, and installing insect screens.  You can also give mothballs a try, keep your sinks and rains covered or plugged, and even try essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, or citrus to repel bugs, spiders and rodents.

Better yet, just embrace the season. 

Just because you’re on the road during All Hallowed’s Eve doesn’t mean you can celebrate the spooky holiday.  Check into a haunted campground or visit spooky U.S. cities like Salem, Massachusetts.  Head to Savannah, Georgia and enjoy a ghost tour of the historic part of the city.

Better yet, celebrate from your own camping spot by decorating your RV with some ghoulish accessories.  Try putting a skeleton in a lawn chair around the camp fire, or hanging some ghosts made out of sheets from the trees.  Some family parks even have trick-or-treating for the littlest ghouls and goblins.  Better yet, it doesn’t have to cost a lot.  From hay bales to Indian corn to candlelit pumpkins, it’s fun and easy to decorate for Halloween on a budget.

Spooked because you can’t find the right RV?

New Port Richey, Florida-based Motor Home Finders can help buyers anywhere in North America find the perfect RV to fit their needs and their budget.  To explore our ever-changing inventory of Class A, B, and C diesel and gas motor homes, click here.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Give us a call at 888-783-4009 and we can search for you.  We’ll bring to bear our vast network of resources to find the ideal model for you and to get you on the open road.

 

RV Sales Surge During Covid-19 Pandemic

According to the RV Industry Association (RVIA), wholesale shipments of motor homes reached their highest monthly total in June of 2020 since October of 2018. For good reason. People who buy motorhomes found the ideal way to social distance and yet still see the world. While many in this country were shutting down and laying low, RV’ers were taking to the road in record numbers and finding a safe, Covid-clean way to cope and still enjoy life to the fullest.

Working remotely for the first time is part of the equation.

Many people who commuted to work each day before the Pandemic discovered that they could do their jobs virtually almost anywhere. As long as they had a laptop and WIFI, they could tackle their to-do list from the kitchen table of an RV just as easily as from a home office. This gave American workers unprecedented freedom and allowed them to explore freedom to see the world and still work on their careers. In fact, some people buy RVs that are even equipped with dedicated workspaces that can be stowed away when it’s time to punch out on the clock.
There are more first-time home RV buyers than ever before.

This new “normal” led to more first-time RV’ers.

During Covid, first-time RV buyers accounted for more than 50 to 80 percent of their buyers, compared with just 25 to 35 percent one year ago. Many dealerships and brokers report that their buyers are younger than ever before as well. RVs gave these new buyers a great way to “shelter in place” while not being restricted in their movements. Plus, RV’ing is a safer option than flying or staying in hotels, which further spurred their popularity over the spring and summer.

Easing restrictions makes Fall a great time to hit the open road.

In the beginning of the shutdown this Spring, many RV’ers arrived to find locked gates at state and national parks and at some private campgrounds. In most states, those restrictions are easing, even though there might be social distancing guidelines and mask mandates still in place. ToGo RV lists a handy treasure trove of national campground information that offers links to the National Forest System, Bureau of Land Management, National Park System, KOA, and more. They also offer helpful guides and links to parks by state you can click on to learn more from the comfort of your desktop.

Ready to upgrade or start RV’ing for the first time?

New Port Richey, Florida-based Motor Home Finders can help buyers anywhere in North America find the perfect RV to fit their needs and their budget. To explore our ever-changing inventory of Class A, B, and C diesel and gas motor homes, click here. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Give us a call at 888-783-4009 and we can search for you. We’ll bring to bear our vast network of resources to find the ideal model for you and to get you on the open road.