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Make a date with this beautiful model.

Looking to upgrade your RV?  How about wishing upon a Dutch Star?  A 2019 Newmar Dutch Star 4369 to be exact, with only 7,800 miles on the odometer and priced to move at $349,900.

The details:

2019 Newmar Dutch Star 4369 on a Freightliner Chassis, with Cummins 450HP ISL Diesel engine. The exterior is resplendent in Seapearl graphics with Seapearl interior decor and Sable Maple cabinetry inside.

This popular Dutch Star model comes with the full wall slide and 2 passenger side slide outs with a large master bath and half bath. Captain chairs include a buddy size passenger chair are power adjustable and heated with folding footrests. The digital instrument panel features 2 wireless charging pads. The living room has 2 recliners and a foldout couch with air mattress, 2 Sony LED TVs, a 43” in front and a 49” 4K model on a Televator behind the sofa with Sony Blu-ray player.

The coach currently has a Winegard SK300 Dish satellite setup. The kitchen has a euro dinette with 2 leaves and extra folding chairs. There is a pull-out cabinet for additional counter space, a recessed 2 burner induction cooktop, kitchen window, appliance garage and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. Cabinets above and below the sinks have pull out shelves. The residential Whirlpool French door refrigerator with bottom door freezer has an ice maker and water in the door. All the pantry shelves pull out and are LED lighted. The master bedroom has a King Sleep Number Premier Mattress, Sony TV and lots of storage, both hanging and drawers. The master bath has the large shower with seat and assist handles, 2 sinks with medicine cabinets, and stacked Whirlpool washer and dryer. A full closet with shelving and a safe across the back of the coach. Both toilets are Dometic macerator style with an RV Sanicon system. The master bath also contains the full-size emergency escape door.

The coach has heated tile floors (3 zones) throughout, central vac, and an Oasis heating system for furnace and hot water. Hot Water Line to Generator.  There are 3 Penguin heat pump AC units, Xite radio with Rand McNally nav and Sirius/XM capability. This is an all-electric coach with a 2800W inverter, a 10K Cummins Onan generator, WIFI Skypro LTE Cell Router and is Solar Prepped with 6-gauge wire. There are MCD power shades throughout. The exterior features keyless entry and power extendable awnings over the entry door and living room and bedroom windows. The Girard Package with Nova awnings with wind sensors and LED lighting provides full shade on the passenger side and over the exterior entertainment center with a 43” Sony TV. The passenger slide outs have LED lighting underneath.

The basement contains a large storage tray and a pass-through storage tray, a Domestic 2.8 Freezer on slides, power locking doors with stainless steel trim and recessed docking lights. This coach is a dream to drive with Comfort Steer and the passive steer tag axle. The PV 360 camera setup provides outstanding visibility when changing lanes or backing up. The HWH auto hydraulic leveling makes setting up or preparing to leave one touch simple! GREAT BUY!!

Features at a glance:

450hp Cummins

Freightliner

Allison MH3000

10kW Onan Diesel

2800 watt

Seapearl

Seapearl

Sable Maple

(3) 15M BTU AC’s w/heat pumps

Oasis Diesel Hydronic Heat

Sleeps 4

Tows 15,000 lbs.

3 full wall slides

Options

Freightliner Chassis

Sable Maple Cabinetry

Electric Heat below Tile Floors

All Electric

Induction Cooktop

2800-watt Inverter

Central VAC w/tool kit

Dishwasher-Dish Drawer

Dometic 2.8 cu Refrigerator/Freezer

Omniview NS360 Camera System

Prep Ground Tripod SAT Dish

Sirius SAT Radio

Wi-Fi Skypro LTE Cell Router

Wingard SK300 SAT

Xite Radio w/Rand McNally GPS

Whirlpool Stack Washer/Dryer

43” LED TV in Side Wall

43” LED TV Overhead

DS F-N-T, (2) Recliners

Euro Booth Dinette

Heated Captain Chairs

Sleep # Premier King Mattress

Storage Shelves in Rear Cap

Recessed Docking Lights

Solar prep w/6 gauge wire

Transfer Switch w/surge protector

Power MCD Shades

Safe in Bedroom

Assist Handle in Shower

Hot Water Line to Generator

RV SaniCon

Flag Pole Bracket

Large Storage Tray

Pass thru Storage Tray

Stainless Steel Ext. Trim

Girard pkg. Nova Awnings

Kitchen Window

 

To see her in her full glory, visit https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2019-newmar-dutch-star-4369/.

 

Motor Home Refresher Course

There is nothing quite like taking to the open road and anticipating all the adventures that await you. Sometimes in our haste to “get out there,” we might forget some of the simplest tasks that make RV’ing easier and more enjoyable. Whether you’re new to RV’ing or a seasoned pro, here are five tips you should always have top of mind when using your vacation home on wheels.

Tip #1: Look before you park.

Whether you were able to choose your campsite or had one assigned to you, it’s important to take a moment BEFORE you pull in to get a lay of the land. Look for uneven areas that could make stabilizing your rig a challenge. Also, consider the size and make sure there’s ample room for your RV and anything you might want to set up on your “patio.” Look for low-handing branches or dead wood that could fall on your RV and damage the roof. Make sure that the site fits your expectations. If you’re looking for peace and quiet and are assigned a slot in the busiest part of the park, you might not enjoy the experience as much as you thought.

Tip #2: Do a “walk-around” before you leave.

Before pulling away, take time to do a thorough check of the area and your RV. Consider creating to-do lists for both settling in and packing up, and follow that list to the letter. Make sure all the slideouts, awnings, and antennas are back to their locked in positions and ready for the motion of the road.

Tip #3: Pack light.

Despite how much room your camper may have, you still won’t be able to pack everything. If you’ve already started packing, you’ve probably realized how quickly your stuff takes up space. You only have so much storage room and trying to fit all the things you might use is probably going to be very difficult. Not to mention, it’ll get very cramped, very fast.

Start by packing only the most essential items without including those “just in case” supplies. You should also try to consolidate in every way you can. For example, instead of packing clothes for every single day you’ll be camping, consider packing fewer clothes and taking advantage of onsite or local laundromats. Only after you’ve packed the essentials should you consider if you have room for luxury items.

Some important issues you’ll want to keep in mind includes weight. There are legal limits to how much your motorhome can weigh overall, including the rig itself, any towed vehicles, passengers, and cargo. Not only can overloading your RV be unsafe, but it can lead to hefty fines, so be careful about how much you pack. Also keep in mind that just because you have extra storage space, doesn’t mean you have to fill every inch of it.

Tip #4: Keep a repair kit on hand.

Keep a toolbox in your RV that contains the basic essentials for a quick fix while on the road. It should include jumper cables, a lug wrench, a tire gauge, spare tire, extra fuses, nuts and bolts, connectors, screwdrivers, hammer, and even spare phone and tablet chargers. It might save you the expense of calling a mobile mechanic or tow truck.

Tip #5: Make reservations.

Campgrounds, especially the most popular ones in desirable locations, can fill up in a hurry. Don’t ever assume that a place will be waiting for you. Instead, plan your journey well in advance and make reservations to ensure a spot will be waiting for you, and that it will be in the part of the park you want to be in.

Membership has its privileges.

  1. Passport America.

Passport America is the first and original 50 percent Discount Camping Club and is the most popular discount camping, RVing, family recreational resource available. Since 1992, it has provided the best discounts on nightly camping rates to thousands of members at hundreds of campgrounds, RV Parks, and resorts nationwide. They currently offer 1,840 campgrounds affiliated with Passport America in the US, Canada, and Mexico for its members to save money while they camp. New campgrounds are joining almost daily. You can join Passport America today for only $44.00 a year and renew your membership online.

  1. Family Motor Coach Association.

Family Motor Coach Association is the world’s largest motor home owner’s club.

This RV club is dedicated to helping motor coach owners to enjoy the motor homing lifestyle to its fullest. If you’re passionate about motor homes and motor homing, you should join FMCA. Some FMCA members live in their motor homes on a full-time basis. In addition, a portion of the membership is from the commercial RV industry: motor home dealers, motor home manufacturers, and RV component suppliers. FMCA’s motor home owners receive Family Motor Coaching magazine, fuel discounts, campground discounts and emergency medical evacuation assistance. They have access to a mail forwarding service, various insurance services, emergency road service at a group rate and many other FMCA member benefits.  There is a special discount on membership available now for a limited time of just $60 per year.

  1. Good Sam Membership.

Members enjoy a 10 percent camping discount at over 2,100 Good Same Parks and Campgrounds.  They also save at outdoor retailers like Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors retail locations.  Fuels savings of five cents off gas and eight cents off diesel at select Pilot Flying J stations can really add up while on the road.  Good Sam’s trip planner calculates mileage, driving time, and more.  Good Sam members also enjoy free shipping on orders over $49, a free RV and boat dump station privileges, and 65 percent off on propane from Camping World, Gander RV and Outdoors, and Overton’s and save over 65 percent on the comprehensive Good Same Campground and Coupon Guide.  You can join for one year for $29, or for three years for $79, and also receive a $30 merchandise certificate and exclusive elite benefits.

  1. Escapees

This club offers fabulous benefits. Escapees has partnered with several other RV organizations to offer shared discounts. Before you sign up, see if your current memberships offer you an Escapees discount. If you’re already part of Escapees, see if they can save you money on other memberships. Escapees members benefit from over 800 commercial RV parks that offer a 15 to 50 percent discount. Benefits also include an online mapping tool, complete with reviews, directions and contact information and 18 Escapees parks with a choice of short and long-term stays. They offer a great community as well with planned events and online forums. Partner discounts, roadside assistance and mail forwarding service are just a few more reasons many fulltime RVers choose this club. Current membership rate: $39.95 per year for US Residents and $49.95 for Canada and Mexico residents. They do offer special discounts for Active Duty Military and Veterans.

  1. Harvest Hosts.

How would you enjoy spending the night at a beautiful winery or peaceful farm? Harvest Hosts allows you to do just that! This membership program is relatively new, but has received rave reviews. At more than 700 wineries, breweries, farms, and museums, dry camp overnight for free. (Patronizing the business is encouraged, but hardly a chore!) The annual fee, which gives you unlimited access to the camping database, is $79.

  1. RV Golf Club.

For $99 a year, RV Golf Club gives members access to 350+ luxurious locations coast to coast. This is all dry camping, but golf courses often allow RVers to stay up to three nights (upon request). There are no restrictions on length or age of RVs.  Member discounts include greens fees, food and beverages, golf shop merchandise, and other services provided at these Clubs.  You do not have to be a golfer to enjoy this drydocking opportunity.

 

Six Spring Destinations to Take your RV to this Year

By Jamie Cattanach of RVshare

Spring getaways are some of our favorites here at RVshare. It’s such a versatile time to travel. Depending which way you head, you can get all the sunshine and sandy beaches of summer or experience slightly cooler weather further inland — which is absolutely perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring. If you’re into exploring nature and visiting the national parks, spring has an arguable edge over summer; the landscapes will be less crowded and, in many cases, covered over in a stunning wildflower bloom.

But enough about why spring travel is so awesome — let’s get planning some actual trips! Here are our best spring travel ideas and destinations for 2021.

Spring Travel Destinations

Luckily for us RV campers, the USA is home to an abundance of fantastic spring travel destinations. Psst — want to save some cash, no matter where in the world you’re headed? A Passport America membership will get you 50% off your campsite accommodation fees at almost 1900 campgrounds across the country, including locations in Canada and Mexico. At less than $50 per year, it’ll easily pay for itself in just one trip.

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina

This stunning national park is a great spot to visit any time of the year — which is probably why it’s the most popular one in America.

But come springtime, the Smokies are extra special: all covered over in a flood of newly-bloomed wildflowers, from rhododendrons to black-eyed susans and lots of others in between. In fact, over 1,500 types of flowering plants call the park their home, which naturalists celebrate by hosting the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage at the end of April. Just make sure you reserve your campsite early! As with all national parks, sites tend to fill up fast when the weather’s lovely.

  1. Florida Caverns State Park, Florida

Think beaches are the only landscape Florida has to offer? Or that you have to go all the way to Kentucky or New Mexico to experience a mysterious cave system?

Think again. Situated in the middle of Florida’s panhandle close by to Georgia and Alabama, Florida Caverns State Park shows you a different side of the sunshine state — and has 35 RV-friendly campsites with full hookups.

       3. Cedar Key, Florida

Don’t worry, we promise not every destination on the list will be in Florida — but it’s undeniably one of the best places to travel in spring. March and April bring some of the best weather the state sees all year; the full, stifling tilt of Florida’s summer heat and humidity has not arrived quite yet. Even better, the beaches and springs are just a little less crowded than they will become July and August.

While any spot along Florida’s endless shoreline will be a winner, we love this west-coast island, which is home to miles of hiking trails and unique wildlife. It’s especially popular amongst the bird-watching crowd.

  1. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

If you ask us, the entire southwest is something of a hidden gem. And if you’re alright with separating the sand from the sea, it’s basically a spring break classic: warm, sunny, and perfect for kicking back.

If you haven’t paid a visit to the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, this spring is the perfect opportunity. The largest field of gypsum sand dunes in the world, you’ll oscillate between feeling like you’ve stepped onto an alien landscape and wondering where the crashing ocean waves might be — all while enjoying the simple fun of sledding down the steep slopes all around you.

  1. Point Mugu State Park

Want a southern California experience without paying the premium for a southern California hotel room?

Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Mugu State Park offers affordable camping accommodations for moderately-sized motorhomes and travel trailers (up to 31 feet). It also boasts five miles of stunning ocean shoreline beaches, bluffs, and sand dunes, not to mention two river canyons. When you’re done with a long day of hiking, go ahead and heed the beckoning water, whether you simply go wading or copy the locals and try out the surf.

    6. Isla Blanca State Park, Texas

Even if you’re far from either coast, a romantic, beachy spring trip is possible — deep in the heart of Texas. Just about as far south as you can get before Mexico, this Gulf coast island offers campsites with both full and partial hook-ups, as well as cabanas and dry camping spots.

Spring Break Travel Deals

These are just a few destination ideas in a country jam-packed with beautiful sites to see this spring. But no matter where your road atlas takes you, you may be wondering: when is the best time to book spring travel?

Although spontaneity is one of the biggest draws of the RVing lifestyle, during popular travel seasons, planning early can help you save money — especially if you’re hoping to use your Passport America membership. You want to ensure there’s a campsite open at a participating campground before you arrive!

Also, keep in mind that campsite fees will vary depending on where you’re traveling and the extent of the campground’s amenities. You can save a ton of dough by opting for less-luxurious sites with only partial hookups, or even by boondocking in a totally undeveloped site. No, you may not have unlimited air conditioning… but the whole point of spring break is to get outside, right? And who needs A/C when you have that beautiful spring breeze blowing back your hair?

Why is there so much to love about a Class A motor home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you looking to buy an RV for the first time?  It’s important to know what the different classes of RVs mean so you’ll know the right one to choose.  At Motor Home Finders, we specialize in offering Class A motor homes.  Why? Because they are the most fully featured, dependable, and luxurious, and give new meaning to the term “glamping.”  Think of them more like a luxury hotel suite on wheels that you can take with you wherever you go.

What makes Class A so classy? 

Class A motor homes are the most massive coaches on the market and they run the gamut as far as extravagance goes. Ranging in size from 26 to 45 feet, they are built on a single chassis that may have more than two axles — heavier coaches will have three axles in total.

The maximum width of Class A motorhomes is around eight feet, though some states allow widths up to eight and a half feet. They weigh an impressive 13,000 to 30,000 pounds, which gives some indication of the range of possibilities of their interiors.

What makes Class A so luxurious? 

Class A motorhomes offer as many luxuries as the average house — and in many cases they can even surpass them! It is not uncommon for these coaches to sport a king-sized bed, two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, a large living area with sofas and reclining chairs, a dining table, a television, a fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, oven, stovetop, refrigerator and freezer.

Many also contain slide outs. These devices, invented in 1990 by Mahlon Miller, are more of a space-creator than a space-saver. At the press of a button, a wall and part of the floor of an eight-foot-wide RV slide outward, creating extra square footage in seconds! Some Class A RVs will feature slide outs on opposite walls of the same room, allowing an eight-foot room to expand to nearly 15 feet wide. Speaking of space, Class As are unparalleled in their cargo capacity. Because the floor of the living space is typically several feet above the chassis, much of the space underneath the camper is reserved for storage. That means packing things like lawn chairs, sporting equipment, bicycles and outdoor rugs is no problem!

The engine of a Class A motor home can be either gasoline or diesel.  Diesels typically have a higher resale value, more torque, a higher towing capacity and a longer lifespan. They are also generally quieter, since the engine is located in the rear of the coach, which is also why diesel engines are nicknamed “pushers.” However, gas coaches also generally cost less to maintain and operate, despite requiring more maintenance in general than diesel.

The main advantage of a Class A motorhome, as you may have guessed, is simply the amount of space it offers. Class A owners do not need to leave any of the conveniences of home behind. Many also offer a fairly turnkey operation, as there are high-tech systems in place for leveling your RV, extending and retracting slides and running the appliances and water/sewage systems. Plus, you can tow another vehicle behind your RV for sprinting about town from your campground.

Looking for a Class A motor home?  We have dozens of gently used luxury models in our inventory to choose from that you’re sure to fall in love with.  Take a look around at  http://www.motorhomefinders.com/inventory.

Two ways to fall in love this Valentine’s Day month.

There’s something quite captivating about the sleek lines of a beautifully crafted luxury RV. From the inside out, it’s a marvel of automotive engineering and a study in the finer things in life. Here are two suitors vying for your attention in our inventory. Go ahead, feel free to look these beauties up and down and maybe make one of them your own?

Meet the 2016 American Revolution 42T.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With only 30,000 gently used miles under her belt, this RV has everything you want in a luxury motor home–style, features, comfort, and a price tag that’ll pleasantly surprise you.  With only one owner, she has three triple full wall slides, a bath and a half, and runs via a 450 Cummins on a Freightliner/Liberty Chassis with an Allison MH300 transmission and a 10kW Onan Diesel Generator with auto start.  Her three 15M BTU air conditioning with heat pumps is sure to keep you at just the right temperature during your travels, no matter where they take you.  Her beautiful exterior is an upgraded diamond merlot, and she also has an exterior entertainment center and power roller shades.  Inside, her cabinets are a rich, full gloss chestnut and the Villa Ultra leather sofa hides a sleeper bed for guests.  The kitchen features a full-size residential refrigerator, dish drawer-dishwasher, convection microwave and two-burner induction stovetop.  She also offers a stacked washer and dryer.  She’s always been garaged and her former owner was not a smoker, so she’s fresh as a daisy and ready to sweep you off your feet and priced at $234,900.

 The 2014 Newmar Mountain Air might just steal your heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She’s a real beauty with only 25,000 miles on the speedometer.  She offers many of the same mechanical features of the American Revolution, like a 450 Cummins engine on a Freightliner chassis and a bath and a half, and has an amazing amount of included options.  These include rich caramel-glazed cherry cabinets, all electric power that requires no propane, a whirlpool residential refrigerator, induction cooktop, central VAC, dash radio with navigation system, and a 2.8 cubic foot freezer on one of her three slides.  You will also fall in love with her sleep number premier mattress, mood-enhancing interior lighting, and the bedroom safe to safely store your treasures while underway.  The perfect lady to accompany you to the beach or the hiking trails, she has tile floors throughout (including in the bedroom) to make keeping her clean a breeze.  Since 2014, she’s been lovingly stored inside and plugged in, making sure she’s ready for adventure when you are.

We have plenty of gorgeous, nearly new RVs to capture your fancy in our ever-changing inventory.  Visit http://www.motorhomefinders.com/inventory often to find the perfect match for you!

 

‘Tis The Seasons For New Year’s Resolutions.

Climate change is a common topic of discussion these days.  People all over the world are striving to reduce their carbon footprint.  Yes, even RVers can take some measures in 2021 that will help to conserve our planet’s resources, so people can enjoy the RV lifestyle for many generations to come. Following are some things we can all can do to make a difference, written in the form of New Year’s Resolutions — perfect timing for the new year!

  1. Drive less.

This doesn’t mean staying home and not using your RV. It means making use of facilities closer to home.  Every area of the country has sites to see and things to do close at hand.  By reducing your driving distance, you’re leaving more time to enjoy something besides watching miles (and the miles) roll by.  Stay an extra day or two when you visit an area.  Not only will it be more relaxing, but you can see that much more in terms of local culture and activities.  It’s always fun to learn something new; try to take the time to do so.

  1. Get the most for the money.

Most RV resorts and campgrounds offer a reduced rate if you stay for a longer period of time.  Is there really a need to move on?  By staying a week or even a month, you’re getting a bigger bang for your buck.  After all, the RV lifestyle is supposed to be “laid back.”  What’s the hurry?

  1. Leave the “toad” at home.

Instead, bring bicycles, strap a canoe on the roof, get some exercise.  By towing a car, you’re burning more fuel to get there.  Plus, you’re just trading one comfortable driving seat for another, which is simply perpetuating your inner couch potato.   Instead, get out there and smell the fresh air you came to enjoy.  Hiking, cycling, walking, and paddling are all excellent ways to get the ol’ cardiovascular system working again.  Exercise; it does a body good.

  1. Travel the byways.

Freeways are for those who are eager to get from Point A to Point B in a hurry.  RVers have no reason to be in a hurry; it’s counter-productive.  The whole point of Rving is to see the countryside.  If you’re traveling at 70 mph, there’s no way you can pull into a roadside fruit and vegetable stand, or stop for lunch at a small-town corner cafe.  Take the time to follow “the alternate route.”  You know the scenery will be a lot better.

  1. Support local growers.

Nothing beats fresh produce and homemade breads, jams and jellies.  Stop at Farmers Markets  along the way.  Not only will you be able to enjoy the freshest foods and eat healthier, but you’ll also be supporting local small businesses and reducing the amount of fuel used to take goods to supermarkets.

  1. Leave no trace.

No matter where you spend time, when it’s time to leave, take it with you.  Be considerate of the environment and other RVers as well.  Try sort and recycle your trash — even if it means taking it back home with you.  Leave your campsite spotless.  And keep in mind, if every camper cut a tree branch to roast marshmallows, the trees around that campsite would soon be bare.

  1. Consider solar power.

Generators are noisy and use lots of fuel. Solar panels are silent and use no fuel.  A win, win situation for the planet, for your pocket book, and for all who are camping around you.

  1. Make conservation a state of mind.

In everything you do, consider the consequences of your actions to the environment and to those around you.  Think about how wildlife may be affected, or the likelihood that future generations might suffer from something you are doing.  If we all took the time to look beyond our own immediate concerns, the planet would be a whole lot better off.

And if you’re looking for an idea that’s not necessarily “green,” but still a lot of fun….

  1. Get lost on purpose.

Adventure, that’s what RVing is all about.  Forget the schedule, and throw the maps away — you have everything you need with you.  Why should your life or destination be predetermined?  Enjoy each day for itself, acting on whims or unexpected opportunities.  You may be surprised what’s down that little side road… Go find out!

 

Ten Ways To Spruce Up Your RV For The Holidays

By Carrie Battles of Trailer Life Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the season of sparkling lights, hot cocoa and cozy evenings around the campfire. Whether you’re a full-time traveler, a stationary RVer, or simply hitting the road for the holidays, don’t let the lack of storage space kill your jollies. Downsizing from a house to a home-on-wheels has obvious advantages, but during the holidays, it can leave some of us scratching our heads. How can I decorate a 150-square-foot space? Where will I fit the Christmas tree? How will I store everything come January? Luckily, in regard to being creative, there is plenty of room to overcome these obstacles.

For a little inspiration… here are 10 RV decorating tips YULE love!

O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree
Let’s face it — the tree is the quintessential Christmas decoration. Can you even have a Christmas without a Christmas tree? Sure, but for many of us, it just wouldn’t be the same. But hey, if Santa can squeeze down the chimney, surely you can fit a tree in your camper! For those who prefer artificial trees, a “pencil-shaped” Christmas tree can fit into tight corners and won’t obstruct your walking space. If you’re pining for a real tree, make it a family affair by purchasing a $5 tree cutting permit from the National Forest Service. For folks who own a compact trailer like a Shasta or an R-Pod, you might not have the room for a full-size tree. In this case, take it from Charlie Brown — size doesn’t matter. Tabletop trees are the perfect addition to your dinette or countertop. Whether it’s store-bought or a clipping from the woods, a little Christmas tree can add plenty of cheer to your RV.

Fleece Navidad
A great way to feel cozy and warm this Christmas is adding holiday-themed pillows and throws into the mix. Adorning the couch with a festive blanket and adding a couple of pillows sets the mood and can instantly brighten the room. To avoid taking up extra space, consider trading out cases rather than buying new pillows; that way, you can easily fold them up and store them later. If you plan on decorating your bedroom, this can also be done with duvet covers.

Pick a Theme That Soots You
When you’re mulling over how to decorate, choosing a theme can be the best place to start. A unified style, color scheme, or pattern can really make the place feel like home for the holidays. For those who enjoy the vintage camper look, thrift stores and Etsy are chock-full of unique heirloom finds, from little knickknacks to lights and ornaments for your aluminum tree. If you want to up your Kitschmas game, get out the hot glue gun and make a wreath out of colorful baubles and tacky Christmas ornaments you find at Goodwill. For trailers with a cabin-chic feel, go rustic with flannel, burlap, pinecones and natural bark candles. When it comes to color schemes, there are so many to choose from. Of course, you can always go the classic route with red and green, a traditional Christmas color scheme never goes wrong! If you want to freshen up the space, a modern take with white and silver can light up the room. For those who aren’t afraid of color, make the place extra merry with a retro multicolor scheme that’ll brighten up those gray winter days. Patterns like plaid and stripes bring even more joy indoors this season, while shapes like stars and snowflakes can be hung on the walls or found in fabrics, ribbon and bunting.

Natural Noel
If you’re traveling fulltime in your RV, having a ton of Christmas decorations lying around might not make sense. There’s an eco-friendly alternative to buying cheap plastic decorations that are likely to be discarded after the holidays. Use natural options you find around you. Foraging your Christmas decor is an excellent way to save storage space while simultaneously cutting costs and will land you on Mother Nature’s Nice List. While out on a hike, collect fallen pinecones, evergreen sprigs, Magnolia leaves and wild berries. But whenever picking up loose wood, make sure you heed local regulations. Back at camp, enjoy some mulled wine and have a craft day.

Dreaming of a Minimalist Christmas
Whether you’re on the road or just prefer keeping things simple for the holidays, you can make a little bit go a long way. A few bows here and there, a Christmas wreath on the door, and a red or green light bulb for the doorway are some festive options for campers on-the-go. If you’re wishing for an effortless light display at the RV Park, consider purchasing a Star Shower, a projected laser light display. The best part of all — you won’t even have to climb a ladder!

Baby, it’s Bold Outside
Sleighing the outdoor decorating game involves a lot of time and effort, but the end results sure pay off! For the Clark Griswold’s of the world, we get so much joy decking out our place for the holidays. For me, this means covering as much surface area as possible. For some, the Christmas decorations become a larger display spreading throughout the campsite. From a synchronized light show to a campsite adorned with Disney inflatables, you’re bound to have your presents known!

Get Lit This Christmas
Transform your home-on-wheels into a winter wonderland by adding some dazzling Christmas lights. Before you break out the lights, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you won’t exceed your available wattage. To conserve energy, LED bulbs use 90 percent less energy than their incandescent counterparts. They also last longer, partly due to the fact the bulbs are made of plastic and not glass, which tend to break more easily. If you plan on being off-the-grid during the holidays, a generator or solar panel can power your lights. Another option is to skip the standard electrical lights and go battery-powered with rechargeable batteries. Indoors, lights can be hung around your windows and doorways or along your countertops and ceiling. While decorating the exterior, there are many routes you can take. Some ideas include lighting the contours of the trailer by creating a silhouette, hanging the lights along the canopy, or illuminating the walkway with some glowing candy canes or rope light. When it comes to attaching the lights, consider suction cups, magnetic clips, command strips and hooks.

Deck the Walls with Garland
For those who decide to skip a tree or simply want to add an extra dose of merriment to their camper, garlands are the perfect pick. Though most RVs have limited floor space, there are many opportunities for wall hangings. Garland can be attached to the ceiling, placed along a mantle or countertop, or hung around a door or window. If you want to add garland outdoors, they can be draped along fencing or hung from a canopy.
You can buy freshly cut garland from the store, or if you’re crafty- grab some free trimmings from Lowes, or forage from the woods and create your own. For those who prefer artificial garland, they can be bought pre-lit, or you can add your own lights. If you want to mix it up this Christmas, Michaels along with several other craft retailers offer colorful alternative garlands to hang for the holidays.

Put a Wreath on It
Hark! The herald of Christmas is undoubtedly the wreath. It’s simple, charming and it makes a home feel inviting during the holidays. Whether it’s hung on a door, over the mantle, or placed on the front of the trailer, it helps bring warmth to the coldest months of the year.These days, you can find an assortment of creative wreaths on the market or by researching DIY tutorials online. Other than the classic evergreen wreath, you can find some made with bows and baubles, sequined appliques and ribbon, pinecones and burlap, or to be extra on-point this season, miniature Christmas trees and vintage campers.

Christmas Island
Who said it has to be a White Christmas anyways? If your plans are taking you south this winter, embrace the warm weather decorations, too. Trade out the Christmas tree for a cactus or palm tree. If you still want the traditional tree, consider decorating it with a beach or desert theme. Beachy add a nice touch, and when you’re dashing through the sand, keep your eyes out for driftwood or shells that can be made into a tabletop tree. In the Southwest, luminaires can brighten up the porch, while poinsettias can add an extra splash of color. Last but not least, don’t forget the RV world’s favorite animal mascot, the pink flamingo!

RV destinations to be thankful for this holiday season.

As every RV’er knows, there’s a big wide wonderful world out there waiting to be explored, and the holiday season is the perfect time to do just that.  We took a look at some of America’s most breathtaking destinations during the holidays, or at any time of the year.

Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area.

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Cumberland Mountain State Park is situated on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, a segment of the great upland, which extends from western New York to central Alabama. It is said to be the largest timbered plateau in America. Cumberland Mountain State Park began as part of the greater Cumberland Homesteads Project, a New Deal-era initiative by the Resettlement Administration that helped relocate poverty-stricken families on the Cumberland Plateau to small farms centered on what is now the Cumberland Homestead community. This 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower. Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is a popular, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Highlands Hammock State Park

As the park with more rare and endemic species than any other Florida State Park, Highlands Hammock State Park is a place where a sense of wilderness and history are preserved. Visitors can walk the trails where the Florida panther and black bear quietly pass beneath the ancient, towering oaks of a magnificent hydric hammock. Deer, alligators and a variety of birds also frequent the park. To see these natural wonders, explore nine trails on foot, including an elevated boardwalk through a cypress swamp. Make sure to travel the three-mile bike loop, or take the tram for those who prefer to sit back and leisurely take it all in. Also on the property is the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum where you can learn about the men who helped build this and many of Florida’s other state parks.

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park is a 2,689-acre Georgia state park adjacent to Tallulah Falls, Georgia, along the county line between Rabun and Habersham Counties. The park surrounds Tallulah Gorge, a 1,000-foot deep gorge formed by the action of the Tallulah River, which runs along the floor of the gorge.  One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge State Park is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging ten-mile trail.

Looking for the right RV to buy in which to visit them all?

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.

 

Thanksgiving in your RV? A few modifications can save the day.

Thanksgiving is a great time to head for your favorite RV camping spot. But if the thought of prepping the “meal of the year” in a small RV kitchen feels a bit intimidating, there are ways to switch up your typical routine and save you a lot of time and worry.

Electrical appliances have come of age.

Probably the one getting the most attention these days is the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot is a Canadian brand of multicookers that can free up your oven and stovetop and help you serve up tantalizing dishes. Because it can be stored away when not needed, it’s the perfect kitchen tool for RV’ers. (Although once you start using it, it could very well become a daily staple in your food prep).

Instant Pot combines all the features of a slow cooker with a pressure cooker.  One model even includes an alternate lid that turns the Instant Pot into an air fryer, making it possible to cook and crisp all in same pot.

The NuWave Oven is a lifesaver if you plan on doing a lot of baking.  The NuWave Oven cooks evenly every time, allowing you to bake a pie or casserole while using your RV oven for other dishes.

Many of today’s modern luxury RVs you can buy feature an induction cooktop, which can help increase your stove space by a lot.  The cooktop also comes in handy later when you want to cook without using up your propane.

Electric appliances can be extremely helpful when trying to cook multiple dishes at once. Just remember that these appliances do pull quite a lot of power. It probably isn’t a good idea to use more than one of these things at a time, especially if you’re on a 30-amp hookup.

Even so, using just one electric appliance in conjunction with the propane oven and stovetop will make things go much more smoothly.

Cook a few dishes each day leading up to the big event. 

This is actually good advice regardless of where you’re prepping your Thanksgiving feast.  Many luxury RVs have full-sized refrigerators, so storing those delicacies that need refrigeration can help free up your time and shorten your to-do list on the big day.  Dishes that can be  made in advance include pies and other baked goods, casseroles, potato and macaroni salads, and appetizers like veggie trays and dips.

Take the fun outside.

Kitchen space is typically limited even in the nicest of RVs. Even generously sized kitchens can seem small when prepping the Thanksgiving meal.  Fortunately, the weather in many parts of the country is crisp and inviting, allowing you to take advantage of your campsite.

Why not eliminate the lack of counter space issue by setting up a folding table outside? It’s a great place to peel potatoes or snap green beans.  You can also use a folding table to hold your electric appliance and let it cook away while you tend to other things.

Other outside methods for cooking a turkey includes the deep fryer method, where you fry the turkey in hot peanut oil.  It’s fast and results in deliciously flavorful bird.  Just make sure the turkey is completely thawed before adding it to the hot oil.

For those looking to get back to serious basics, you can always smoke your bird over an open fire pit.  A cooking tripod over the open fire and the addition of some hickory or oak chips keeps the turkey at just the right level for a good smoky flavor.

Looking for some more inspiration?

Pinterest is a great place to find recipes for these appliances and tips for meal prep in your RV.  Here’s a link to 37 recipes that would complement any Thanksgiving Day table.  https://trekkn.co/recipes-for-thanksgiving-day-in-your-rv/

No matter how you celebrate the official start of the holiday season, few things are sweeter than life in your RV shared with family and friends.

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 RV to buy and to get you on the open road.