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Hurricane Preparation Revisited: Leaving Your RV Behind

September is FEMA’s National Preparedness Month and more severe weather is sure to come before the hurricane season is over, so it’s a great time to prepare for natural disasters.

We’re rebooting this article from a few years ago to remind you how to prepare your motor home for a storm. Sometimes you’ll choose to evacuate in your RV; sometimes you’ll choose to leave it in the path of the storm. If you choose the latter option, these tips will help you be sure that your RV is safe from the damaging effects of severe weather.

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

Leave Your RV in a Safe Place

When 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 motor home. That lot you normally feel great about might not be so ideal in nastier weather, so make the move to one that’s safer. In that vein, make sure you have a backup scouted out ahead of time so you know right where to park.

Secure Your Motor Home

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

To prevent your awning from being yanked apart by a strong wind, use 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 a motor home can be a terrific vehicle to take in the event of an evacuation, though. It gives you a comfortable, familiar place to stay while away from home, so if you need to wait out a storm, you can’t beat an 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 to protect this major asset and you’ll have one less thing to worry about while the wind blows.

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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, 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 for Storms in Your RV – Revisited

A few years ago, we covered hurricane preparedness because Harvey’s destruction of Houston was fresh on our minds. This month, we here in Florida are breathing a sigh of relief since we avoided Dorian, so we wanted to take another look at how to prepare your RV for a hurricane when you’re traveling.

Many popular RV vacation spots are in areas that are subject to occasional severe weather. If you’ve made plans to travel to one of these places this season, here are some precautions you can take to ensure your safety and the safety of your RV while you’re out on the road.

Bring an Emergency Kit with You

When you are preparing to leave home, put together a kit with supplies you’ll need in an emergency. Essentials are a good place to start: grab water, non-perishable foods, and extra prescription medications. Bring anything you might need to prepare your RV for a “hunker down.” These include tarps, trash bags, Ziploc bags, rope, and zipties—all of which will come in handy in severe weather. To be extra safe, you can even carry sheets of plywood with you, along with an easy way of attaching and detaching them.

Avoid a Flooded Motor Home

When selecting your spot at the campground, find a spot on higher ground. Flooding caused by rain can cause you to get stuck in mud or can creep into your RV, wrecking the interior. 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 motor home. Moving water may make you lose control of your vehicle and be swept off the road. Once a storm hits, avoid areas of potential flooding at all costs!

Protect Yourself from a Waterlogged RV

Severe weather brings massive amounts of rain, so you can bet that every leak in your RV will be made obvious by constant dripping—and that dripping can do a lot of damage. Cover fabric like clothes, carpet and bedding with plastic tarps and bags. Position pots, pans, and buckets to catch drips, and use towels or a large sponge to sop up puddles as they form. Important documents should be secured in Ziploc bags so there’s no chance of them getting wet.

Above All: Be Cautious

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

September is FEMA’s National Preparedness Month and more severe weather is sure to come before the hurricane season is over, so it’s a great time to prepare for natural disasters. Even if you don’t live in the southeast, you probably have some sort of dangerous natural events that can take you by surprise, so we hope you’ve got something out of this post that can help you prepare your RV for bad weather.
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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, 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.

Did you Know? Motor Home Stats You Won’t Believe

RV ownership looks different than you think. Motor home living and traveling is a trend that’s been on the rise for years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. People love the feeling of freedom and adventure that owning an RV gives them.

Some of these stats, sourced from The Wandering RV, are sure to blow your mind. Things like…

The Average Age of U.S. RV Owners is Just 48

There is a misconception among some people that RVs are just something for old people, like your great-uncle that parks outside grandma’s house on Christmas. This couldn’t be more untrue! The average age of RV owners gets younger all the time, and currently households in the 35-54 year old demographic are most likely to own an RV.

Over 9 Million Families in the U.S. Own an RV

An RV is the perfect way for families to travel, which is why such a huge number of families in the U.S. own one. If one of your goals for your family is to travel together, you owe it to yourself to consider purchasing an RV or upgrading your current one to a model that better fits your needs.

90% of RV Owners Say It’s the Best Way to Travel with Kids

It can be tough when you have a family to keep everyone safe and comfortable, but a motor home trip lets you take the comforts of home on the road. The consensus among RV owners is that RVing is perfect for families with kids. You can save 60% over a traditional vacation and keep everyone comfortable and happy, no matter how far you travel.

Over 1 Million Americans Live in Their RV Full-Time

If you’ve been considering going full-time but have been too nervous to take the plunge, consider that over 1 million other RVers are currently living in their motor home full-time. It can be done, and it just might be the adventure of a lifetime!

There are many more interesting RV industry statistics in the full report, which can be found here:

https://www.thewanderingrv.com/rv-industry-statistics-trends-facts/

Check it out!

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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.

MotorCoach Lots Helps You Find the Perfect Place for Your RV to Call Home

Some RVers like to use their RVs as simply a vehicle to adventure. They drive it around the country on scheduled road trip after scheduled road trip, creating unforgettable moments and seeing sights that few see. In between excursions, they keep their RV out of sight, covered and safe, waiting for the next time it will taste open road.

For others, their RV is an unshakable part of who they are. It is ever at their side, always within reach, because they could leave at any moment. They love seeing it, and home is not a home unless their RV is there. For those people, our friends have created https://www.motorcoachlots.com/

This site is the best place to go to find U.S. real estate properties equipped for the RV lifestyle.

From their website: “MotorCoach Lots is all about RV-specific real estate. A sister site to Prevost-Stuff.com– the recognized online leader in the marketing of Prevost Motorhomes–MotorCoach Lots was established to bring to you the largest selection of RV-specific real estate in the country. Clean. Simple. Easy to navigate. The days of looking at 20-30 different websites to find your ideal RV lot or destination are over.”

There you have it. They have dozens of listings available currently, so make sure you take some time to check out the site!

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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, 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.

A Motor Home Can Help You Overcome Traveling Worries

Traveling is about overcoming excuses. There is always a good reason close at hand to NOT take a trip—or at least, we convince ourselves that they are good reasons. Luckily, as an RV owner, you can get past many of these fears and encourage yourself to set out on an adventure now!

“I’ll Miss Home”

“There’s no place like home,” the classic quote from The Wizard of Oz goes. And it’s true: we set up our everyday living spaces with creature comforts that bring us peace and joy and stability. It can be hard to leave those behind and head out on a long trip, but in an RV, you don’t have to make this sacrifice. Our class A motor homes are equipped with amazing features that let you bring the comforts of home with you. You can cook what you like, bring your favorite pillow and blanket, watch your own Netflix account, and just generally feel like you aren’t a stranger, no matter where you choose to set up camp. Think of an RV as a home on wheels.

“I’ll Miss My Social Group”

Again, there is something to this: our loved ones at home are special to us, and leaving them behind can be tough. You will certainly miss those you are close to when you take a long roadtrip, but let’s try to reframe this as a positive: an RV adventure is a great way to meet new people and form lifelong friendships that would have never been possible if you had stayed at home. Our world runs on social media, and there are many Facebook groups and message boards for RV owners seeking to make new friends and share adventures. You can be sure that you’ll never feel lonely.

“I Can’t Afford to Travel”

It’s true: travel can get pricey, but you’d be surprised how affordable RV travel can be, especially when you choose to go full-time. RVs come in a wide range of classes and price points (most of which are available in our motor home inventory), so there’s one for everyone to afford. When you travel, your utility bills will be minuscule compared to what you’re used to, and many RVs have features that reduce these expenses even further. You never have to pay for accommodations, only campsite hookups if you so choose. Bring your own food and cook like you would at home. Do some research, and you may find that being an RV traveler is cheaper than you think.

There are doubtless many other concerns that run through your mind when you consider RV travel, but hopefully, this blog has illustrated that there are ways to get past even some of the most paralyzing fears. Take the plunge; you’ll be glad you did when you find more priceless memories than you ever imagined out on the road.

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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, 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.

 

Embrace Independence Through RV Ownership

July is the month when we Americans celebrated our freedom. We embraced change and fought for our right to govern our own lives, rather than acquiesce to the way things had always been. It’s this very sentiment that makes the Fourth of July one of our favorite holidays here at Motor Home Finders. We recognize that owning an RV is a way to overcome this same struggle in our own lives.

Too many people succumb to monotony and limit themselves, simply because that’s how the world expects them to live. They work 9-to-5 and take one vacation a year to a place they’ve been dozens of times because it’s all they’ve ever known. They look out their window over a cup of coffee in the morning at the same suburban backyard and try to keep themselves from daydreaming about a more fulfilled life.

This is not how RVers live.

When you own a motor home, the world is your backyard. A different setting of natural beauty greets you at your window each morning. One month it may be Yellowstone, the next, Alaska, and the New Mexican desert the month after that. They are free to enjoy moving about, seeking new adventures whenever the mood strikes. The worries that so often paralyze would-be travelers have no effect on an RVer, because they bring home with them, maintaining a stable living condition amidst constant change.

To the RV owners out there, thank you for inspiring us. Your adventures make us wonder, “Why not me?” You have chosen to embrace freedom, to break the monotony, and follow the spirit of independence. To us, you are the picture of the American Dream: the ability of anyone to make their life whatever they want it to be.

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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, 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.

 

This baby is barely a year old and ready for the road, with all the creature comforts of home and a reduced price tag.

Priced at $489,900, this like brand-spanking-new Newmar Essex 4531 triple slide with full wall slide is ready to take you on the road to adventure!  Here are just a few of the many reasons it’s such a great deal:

  1. Just 5,700 miles on the speedometer.
  2. Custom exterior paint job paint.
  3. Mechanical features include a 605hp Cummins diesel, Spartan K-3 chassis, air Allison MH400 transmission, On Guard Collision Avoidance System and 12.5kW Onan diesel generator with auto start. 
  4. All the comforts of home, including fireplace, an Advantium speed cook oven and range with induction cooktop, and a king bed with premier mattress.   
  5. Other extras added include caramel glazed cherry ultra-high gloss cabinetry, Xite H 360 camera system, 40” TVs in the front overhead and exterior, combo dinette with buffet table, and massaging captain’s chairs.   

Don’t let this one get away!  Want to know more? Visit https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2018-newmar-essex-4531/ or give us a call today!

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About: Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, 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.

Get Ready For Summer RV Trips

Now that the spring thaw is putting a bee in your bonnet to hit the open road, it’s time to prep your motorhome for summertime travels. Keep the following items on your checklist before you set out on the first trip of the season.
7 Tips to Get Your RV Ready for Summer:

    •    Begin by cleaning and inspecting it from top to bottom, noting any damage.
    •    Check the maintenance book and records to determine what items were done prior to storage and what is due now.
    •    Set tire pressures, check the fluid levels in the engine and genset, differential and transmission.
    •    Charge the batteries, clean the terminals and check electrolyte levels.
    •    Flush out the freshwater and holding tanks.
    •    Check the air filter and replace if needed.
    •    Remove any cobwebs or debris, and test the refrigerator and water heater (more on that later).

Water Heater
Have you changed the sacrificial anode in your coach’s water heater lately? Winter storage, when the tank is drained, is the best time to check it. Some RV water heaters, including Suburban-brand models, have an anode that is used up in an electrolytic process, which prevents damage to the tank. It should be inspected annually for deterioration.

Motorhome owners often forget to drain and flush their water heaters.
    •    Remove the drain plug at the bottom of the tank and allow any sediment to escape with the water. Some models also have an anode rod that is part of the drain plug.
    •    Inspect the rod and replace it if it is more than 75 percent depleted. Refer to the water heater’s instruction manual for replacement details.
    •    Reinstall the drain plug and refill the tank before lighting the burner.

Sanitize Your Freshwater Tanks
Freshwater tanks should be sanitized regularly, especially in hot weather. To freshen the water system, follow these steps:
    •    Fill the water tank half full.
    •    Add a solution of 1/4-cup household bleach and 1 gallon of water for every 15 gallons of tank capacity.
    •    Open all the faucets until all air has been bled from the system and the water coming out has the odor of the bleach solution before shutting off the taps.
    •    After three to five hours, drain the water system and refill it with fresh water
    •    Run water through all faucets and then drain the system again.

Refrigerator: Are you having on-the-road refrigerator problems?
Don’t let your food spoil in warm temperatures. Check your refer to see that it is keeping perishable foods adequately cold. If you’re traveling and having problems with the refrigerator in your motorhome, here’s an online source of diagnostic information for do-it-yourselfers. Try www.rvmobile.com. This site has a large section devoted to identifying refrigerator problems, including troubleshooting, technical info and help for finding parts for repairs.

Batteries
Summertime temperatures result in faster water use in batteries. Water-use depends on temperature and charging/discharging activity. The hotter it is, the more water is needed. Also, if batteries are heavily discharged, they will use more water during driving and charging cycles. Therefore, you need to check the electrolyte level regularly and top off with distilled water for longest service life.

Onboard Generator
Make sure you don’t overlook maintenance of your onboard generator when you take your motorhome out of storage and ready it for the upcoming season. Gensets should have their oil and filter changed, fuel filter replaced, and air filter checked and serviced. Check the owner’s manual for any other procedures as well.

Keep It Cool
Radiator hoses and other coolant hoses should be replaced about every five years. Although they may look fine from the outside, many times they deteriorate inside first. They can then burst without warning and if the driver fails to notice the temperature gauge, severe engine damage may result. While you’re at it, replace the thermostat and all hose clamps, and flush the cooling system.

Avoid Overheating When Towing

Driving motorhomes in extreme temperatures while climbing hills and towing a dinghy vehicle can cause overheating. Here’s a tip that may make you uncomfortable, but could just keep your engine’s coolant from boiling. If the engine temperature gets near the danger zone, shut off the dash air-conditioner, open the windows and turn on the heater (not defrost, which runs the air-conditioner compressor, too) as hot as it can go with high fan speed. This often reduces coolant temperatures by 10 to 15 degrees. Never drive with an overheated engine.

Fuel System
Here’s a tip to control bacterial growth in a diesel fuel tank: Bacteria require water and a warm temperature to thrive in a fuel tank. It is important to identify the source of water and eliminate the source, or remove it through dehydration by using additives. Owners should consider adding BioBor or similar diesel-fuel additives, which are available at truck stops and auto-parts stores.

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About: Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, 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.

Some of Our Most-Loved RV Features – and the Models That Have Them!

We LOVE RVs here at Motor Home Finders, so in the spirit of Valentine’s Day this month, we want to take some time to show you some of the beautiful models we have in our inventory right now and highlight the awesome, unique features that will make anyone fall in love with these motor homes!

Motorcycle Lift Included

Everybody needs a tow vehicle, right? If your tow of choice is a heavy-duty hog, though, you need a special rig to make sure that beautiful bike travels safely with you. Enter this amazing 2016 Entegra Allegro Bus 45OP, which has a premium Hydralift motorcycle lift already installed! This is a rare feature on models in our inventory, so if you fancy yourself an easy rider, snatch it up now! https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2016-tiffin-allegro-bus-45op-3/ 

A Better Way to Cook

Induction cooktops are a huge new trend in home kitchens, and for good reason. They are faster, more efficient, and safer than traditional stovetops. This feature is a good barometer to determine how modern an RV is, and can be a huge boon to you on the road if you like to cook. Keep an eye out for this feature in our inventory of motor homes. You’ll find it in great models like this 2016 Mewmar Dutch Star 4018. https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2016-newmar-dutch-star-4018/

Small RV, Big Beds

In smaller RVs, like this nimble 2017 Fleetwood Flair 31W LXE, maximizing space usage is a big deal. At just 31 feet in length, it may seem like it would be difficult to accommodate guests in this motor home, but this model comes with one seriously cool feature: a “hide-a-loft” drop-down queen bed in addition to the standard queen bed and convertible sofa. Travel in an agile, compact motor home without feeling cramped! https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2017-fleetwood-flair-31w-lxe/

One Pantry, Two Pantry

Every RV needs more safe storage space, no doubt. So then what could be better than an RV that has been custom-built with that need in mind? This 2015 American Tradition 42M that we’ve got in our inventory now includes a whole extra pantry for secure storage of food, dishes, supplies, whatever. https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2015-american-tradition-42m/

Auto-Start Generator Has Your Back

Pop-quiz! Your shore power goes out while you are out adventuring, and you come back to an RV that’s been suffering from an outage for hours. What do you do? If you have an RV with an auto-start generator, like our 2015 Entegra Anthem here 44DLQ here, the answer is…nothing! It’s all been taken care of, automatically. The coach is cool, the food in the fridge is safe, and you can switch back to campsite power at your leisure. https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2015-entegra-anthem-44-dlq/

Whatever your must-have feature is, we have it here! Our inventory is full of fantastic motor homes boasting all kinds of awesome features, just waiting for someone like you to fall in love and make them yours! 

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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, 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.

 

Fall in Love with This Beautiful RV – Your New Valentine

With love in the air this Valentine’s Day, will you allow us to try and set you up with our friend here? She’s a real beauty, with lots to love!

She’s tall; 45’ in length with triple full-wall slides. She’s pretty, with a custom exterior paint job that will surely turn heads. That’s not all that stands out about her on the outside. Two double power awnings give you shade while you watch her exterior 40” LED TV and take in the fresh air and romantic sounds of nature. In the evenings, those same two awnings will brighten up your campground with LED lighting.

But, as we all know, it’s not just about what’s on the outside: the inside counts, too. You’ll be pleased to discover that she’s full of amazing features like heated tile flooring, a fireplace, her own WiFi network, an induction cooktop, a speedcook oven, and a buffet. Kick back after a long day of fun in one of her two recliners, and rest easy knowing you won’t have to get up for anything since the entire rig is controlled from your Sony tablet.

She’s been taken good care of, garaged when not in use and owned and operated by non-smokers. Her odometer reads just 5,700 miles, which tells you she’s like-new. And she can be yours this Valentine’s Day for just $489,900. What are you waiting for? Make a move!

Full details on this listing can be found at: https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2018-newmar-essex-4531/

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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, 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.