Freedom Express Ultra Lite Travel Trailer Review

If you’re looking for a lightweight travel trailer that offers tons of features and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. These RVs range between 18′ and 28′ and can be towed by mid-sized SUVs and half-ton vehicles. Read our Freedom Express Ultra Lite travel trailer review to learn more.

Great Kitchen

A great kitchen can make all the difference in how you enjoy your RVing experience. The Freedom Express’ kitchen was designed to offer you a delightful cooking experience through high end appliances and unique storage solutions.

One of the best things about this space is the deep sink, which makes washing dishes so much easier and less messy than in a sink that is more shallow.

Features:

  • Congoleum Designer Carefree Flooring
  • Mortise and Tenon Cabinet Doors
  • Stonecast Sink
  • Sink Covers
  • Microwave
  • Oven with Glass Top 3 Burner Cooktop
  • 6 Cu. Ft. Two Door Refrigerator
  • Silverware Drawer (Select Models Only)

Fabulous Bedroom

Freedom Express’ bedroom offers you a lovely space to relax and unwind at the end of the day. You’ll love every minute you spend in this space. Whether catching up on sleep or reading a good book, you can’t help but love Freedom Express’ bedroom.

You’ll love how the overhead lighting above the bed provides soft light for reading after a long day of fun.

Features:

  • 60” x 80” Queen Bed
  • Skylight in Bath
  • 12” LED Step Light
  • LED Light Strip in Pass-through Storage

Lovely Living Room

This living room was made for family time. Whether you’re watching a movie or playing a game, every minute spent in this space will be one filled with fun memories in the making.

Perhaps one of the greatest features is the large entertainment center, so you can watch the big game or your favorite movie with the family.

Features:

  • AM/FM/CD/DVD/Bluetooth Receiver
  • LED TV
  • Satellite Ready
  • LED Interior Lighting
  • Night Shades

If you’re interested in learning more about our selection of Freedom Express Ultra Lite Travel Trailers for sale, contact us. We can answer any questions you have and make sure you’ve got the information necessary to make the best decision for your needs. Our team is experienced in RVing and delighted to share our knowledge with you as you embark on the exciting RV lifestyle experience.

2019 Keystone Springdale Mini Review

If you’re looking for a lightweight travel trailer that offers comfortable accommodations for the entire family, look no further than the 2019 Keystone Springdale Mini. This RV promises big features for a small price and is sure to keep you happy wherever you are. Read our 2019 Keystone Mini review to learn more.

Great Kitchen

The kitchen in the Springdale Mini was designed to make cooking amazing meals for your family fun and enjoyable. From the ample counterspace to the lovely appliances, every part of this kitchen was made with your comfort in mind.

One look at the impressive kitchen found in every Springdale floorplan and you’ll see what makes this an amazing option for families. From ample storage to a spacious booth dinette where you can enjoy freshly made meals with the entire family, this space was designed to make living and eating in your RV a truly enjoyable experience.

Tons of Storage

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The pantry is a small example of the smart storage solutions found throughout the Springdale Mini. With all the storage space available, you’ll love how this RV truly meets your needs.

If you’re traveling with a growing family then you know how important storage is. The large pantry featured in the unit was designed for you to be able to store all of your favorite items and feed your family with ease.

In addition to the pantry, this RV features a wide range of genius storage solutions that allow you to bring along all of your favorite items. From overhead storage to pass-thru storage.

Great Living Room

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This well laid out living room offers you everything you need to enjoy your time on the road. Whether you’re watching a movie or playing a game, every minute spent in this space will be one of fun.

If you enjoy kicking back with your family and watching the game or viewing a movie, then you will love the Springdale’s living room. This space was designed to be warm and inviting, while offering a plush space to kick back and unwind.

If you’re interested in learning more about our selection of Keystone Springdale Mini travel trailers for sale, contact us. We can answer any questions you have and make sure you have the information needed to make the best decision for your needs.

The Show Must Go On Show Discounts Through January 27th

Now through January 27th we’re offering incredible discounts during our Show Must Go On sale. You’ll find spectacular discounts on travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop-ups, and more.

Fifth Wheels

sprinter travel trailer and sprinter fifth wheel

Our selection of fifth wheels is sure to impress. From the Keystone Springdale to the Sprinter Campfire Edition to a HUGE selection of used RVs, you’re sure to find what you need here at Modern Trailer.

Additionally, we would love to walk you through available units and give you an idea of what your vacations in them will be like.

Travel Trailers

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From the Springdale Mini to theWildwood FSX, our selection of travel trailers was hand-picked to ensure you get the unit that best works for you. Whether you’ve got a large family or are a couple hitting the road, we can help you determine which floorplan and brand would work best for you.

Pop-Ups

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Pop-up RVs are a great option for anyone looking to get into RVing and out of tent camping. They are the quintessential entry level RV and promise you a comfortable living experience without breaking the bank. Check out our selection of pop-up RVs for sale and reach out for help determining which would be best for you.

If you’re interested in learning more about our selection of new and used RVs for sale in Indiana, contact us. We are here to answer any questions you have and make sure you’ve got the information needed to make the right choice for your family’s needs. We can also assist with RV financing.

RV of the Month: 2018 Heartland Big Country 3310QSCK

If you’re in the market for a high quality fifth wheel, but aren’t sure where to start, check out the absolutely stunning 2018 Heartland Big Country 3310QSCK. This RV sleeps four people, making it a great option for couples and small families looking to hit the road.

Outdoor Kitchen

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The gorgeous outdoor kitchen makes creating great meals on the grill super easy. Bring on the tailgating, brats, and beer!

If you plan to use your RV while tailgating or want to entertain while outside, then the 2018 Heartland Big Country is a great option for you. It boasts an outdoor kitchen that you can use to whip up great meals for the family. This is perfect when hanging at the game or when the weather is just too perfect to hang out inside.

Features:

  • Sink
  • Refrigerator

King Sized Bed

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A plush king sized bed promises you sweet dreams after a long day out and about. Whether you’ve spent the day getting to your destination or have made memories with the family at your destination, you will fall in love with this space.

RVing is all about feeling like you’re at home, regardless of where you are. Whether you’re in the mountains or at the beach you will feel at ease and ready to relax and unwind in the Big Country. This RV boasts a plush king sized bed in the master bedroom. Put your feet up, enjoy a glass of wine, and remember that home is where the road takes you.

Huge Living Area

living area in heartland big country

The gorgeous living room is located right next to the huge kitchen. You can create delicious meals then kick back and unwind.

A comfortable living area that was designed to make kicking back after a day of fun an absolute joy sits at the rear of this RV. It is located near the kitchen, so you can enjoy a great meal then put your feet up at watch a movie on your huge entertainment system.

If you’re interested in learning more about our selection of RVs for sale or want to look at the gorgeous Heartland Big Country 3310QSCK for sale, contact us. We can help you find the right RV for your needs for a great deal.

RV Fridge Maintenance

One of the best parts of owning and traveling in an RV is being able to take advantage of all the great modern comforts that come with it, especially the appliances. These appliances can make each trip more relaxing and convenient, and one of the most heavily used appliances by far is your refrigerator. Like your fridge at home, your RV fridge will mostly be self-sufficient, but like all machines, it does need some maintenance to keep it running functionally. Modern Trailer Sales has provided some tips for you to cover the basics, but if you need additional help, stop by our location near Indianapolis and Muncie, Indiana, proudly serving Cincinnati, Ohio.

Preparing your Fridge for Travel

Let’s start with what to do before you take off for your next RV trip. If you’re coming off a period of storage, whether it’s over the winter or just a few weeks, your camper may have been shut down while it wasn’t being used, so you’ll need to fire everything up again. This includes getting the fridge to the right temperature. To make this faster, turn your fridge on for eight to ten hours before loading it with food. You should also take this time to inspect the fridge and look for signs of damage or malfunctioning parts so you can get that taken care of before filling it.

Post-Trip Defrost

When you return from your trip, you might need to shut down the RV, either temporarily or for the winter. When this happens, you’ll want to be prepared for your fridge to defrost. Start by removing all the items in the fridge and transferring them somewhere else (hopefully your home fridge). When it’s empty, leave the doors open to make the defrosting process faster. And don’t forget that when the ice in the unit melts, it’s going to go somewhere, so lay down towels to soak up all the runoff from the fridge.

Safety Tips

99.99% of the time, your fridge will not pose any sort of threat to you and your family. It’s designed to securely stay in place on bumpy roads, so there’s not even a risk of the door swinging open and hitting someone. However, you’ll need to be aware of that .01% of the time when it could be a concern. This happens when you start to smell ammonia. Some fridges use ammonia-based products as a coolant and, as is the risk for all parts of a machine, there’s a chance it could start leaking.

The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off the unit. The coolant can start to leak all over the rest of the appliance and ruin the inner workings. The danger comes from the fumes the coolant gives off, that ammonia smell. Ammonia can lead to negative health concerns like headaches, dizziness, and can irritate the lungs. If you start to smell this odor, make sure you open all the windows and doors and have your family leave the camper. Then, contact the nearest RV technician or service center to talk about next steps.

This should be the primary safety concern for all RV owners, but there are some additional concerns you’ll want to be aware of if you prefer to maintain the unit yourself. If you’re working on the fridge, make sure to clear the area of any flammable objects and always refer to your owner’s manual for helpful information on your specific model. Also, if you need to access the roof to work on the vent, follow all the best safety practices for walking on an RV roof, such as having a spotter to watch your back and wear shoes with a good grip.

Then again, not everyone feels comfortable working on the refrigerator in their RV. After all, you spent a lot of money on it and we don’t blame you for worrying about unintentionally breaking something. If your fridge needs repairs or general maintenance, contact the service department here at Modern Trailer Sales and we’ll help you tackle all your RV-related needs. We welcome all current and future RV owners from Indianapolis and Muncie, IN, as well as Cincinnati, OH

How To Keep Your RV Cool

How To Keep Your RV Cool Article from Modern Trailer Sales

Summer camping is where it’s at when it comes to a great vacation that incorporates nature and plenty of freedom. Your RV takes you everywhere you want to go in the summer and provides you with a comfortable and spacious place to stay. You might find, though, that on hot days, your RV becomes pretty stifling inside, particularly if it’s an older model. That’s why Modern Trailer Sales of Anderson has prepared this list of tips for keeping your camper cool on the hottest days. Try these tricks to avoid sweltering in the heat, and come see us if you have any maintenance needs on your trailer or RV.

 

Find A Shady Location

Parking in a cool location will help immensely with the inside temperature of your RV. Whether you’re parking on a campsite or out in nature, try to find a large tree to shield one side of your camper, preferably the western side as the sun will be hottest in the afternoons. Keep the windows of your RV pointed away from the afternoon sun, too. Usually, the door side of an RV has an awning, so this is the best side to park in the sun as you can somewhat shield yourself from it using that covering.

Open Your Vents

One of the best ways to stay cool is to vent out all the hot air inside your camper. You can do this by opening the windows on the shady side of your RV to let in cool air to replace the warmth. Fans will help increase air circulation, as will attic vents, which you should install if your RV doesn’t already come with them. Prop these open to let the hot air out quickly since heat rises.

Install LED Lights

LED lights are much cooler when they’re on than traditional incandescent lighting, and they burn for longer, saving you money long-term. They’re just as bright as normal lights, if not brighter, while expending much less energy and heat. While they can be a pricey initial investment, LED lighting will help keep your camper a little cooler inside while saving energy.

Keep Windows Covered

There are several ways to block sunlight from coming through your windows. One common method is to put up reflective bubble insulation over the windows that blocks out UV rays and reflects light away from your camper. The sun shining on bare glass can heat up your RV pretty quickly, even with the curtains shut, so adding some more protection will help cool things down inside.

Cook Outside

One way to keep the interior of your camper cool is to avoid heating it up at all costs. This means cooking outside whenever you can or simply cooking less. Fire up the grill for fish, burgers, chicken or kebabs and spare your trailer’s interior from the heat. Otherwise, you can prepare meals that rely on cold and raw ingredients, like cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and salads for dinner. Using your microwave can be a good way to steam vegetables and prepare some hot foods without generating any heat indoors, too.

Looking for a new or used RV? Visit our Anderson dealership to see our huge selection of campers, trailers and RVs, including those by the latest and greatest brands. We can help you find an RV optimized to stay cool with climate control and strategic ventilation, too, so you can travel in the summer without overheating. Modern Trailer Sales serves the wider Indianapolis metropolitan area, including the cities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Muncie, Indiana.

Tips for Tailgating in Your RV

Tips for Tailgating in Your RV from Modern Trailer Sales

Fall is football season, and one of the best parts of football season is tailgating. If you’re an RV owner, your RV can serve as the perfect home base for tailgating. Most RVs offer kitchen amenities to make it easy to cook your meals and bathroom facilities that make it so you don’t have to find some porta-putty or miserable stadium restroom. An RV can also be a good place to hang out if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Read on to learn our favorite tips for tailgating in your RV. If you need maintenance for your RV, or you’re looking for a bigger, better-equipped RV that will be perfect for tailgating, stop by Modern Trailer Sales. Our Anderson, Indiana location proudly serves the areas of Indianapolis, Noblesville, Fishers, Muncie, and Carmel, Indiana.

 

Cook Ahead of Time

Even if cooking is your hobby, you probably don’t want to spend the whole event slaving away in the kitchen while everyone is having fun. By taking care of the cooking ahead of time, you can give yourself more time to do what you want. You can put a delicious pot of chili in the slow cooker the night before and then when you get to the event location simply plug it in and let it come back up to temperature. You can also pack hot foods in a cooler, which has enough insulation to keep your food steaming hot even when it’s cold outside.

Set Up a Living Area Outdoors

Tailgating is best when you can have everything you need in one place. Try setting up a living area that has everything you need outdoors. If you’re ambitious, you can bring out a rug, tables, chairs, and even a television. What’s a better way to get excited for the game than watching another game that’s happening live? It’s also nice to keep a cooler of drinks outdoors so you don’t have to march inside every time you want a beer or soda.

Bring the Propane Grill

There are many charcoal loyalists in the world of grilling, but propane grills have some advantages when you’re tailgating. They set up faster than charcoal grills, which gives you more time to hang out and do what you want. They also are much easier to clean. With a propane grill, you won’t have to worry about finding a place to dump buckets of hot ashes and coal.

Set Up a Mobile Handwashing Station

A mobile hand washing station will let your guests clean their hands without needing to go inside the RV. When food’s ready, you won’t have the whole crowd trying to get into the kitchen to wash their hands. Simply set a bucket with a spigot on the edge of a table. Place a collection bucket underneath it, and put some hand towels and soap nearby.

Throw a Potluck

Potlucks are a great way to reduce the amount of work you have to do. Instead of having to think up a menu, shop for the ingredients, and shoulder all the costs, you can have your guests bring their favorite dishes. The menu will end up more fun and diverse, and you’ll save time, effort, and money.

Organize Your Plates, Cutlery, and Cups with a Toolbox

A toolbox can be a great way to organize your cups, cutlery, and plates. Without having a place to keep them, your dinnerware can blow away in the wind if it’s made of paper or plastic. A (clean) toolbox will give you a place to organize everything.

Keep Your RV at a Comfortable Temperature

If the weather turns south or it becomes too cold to hang out outside, having an RV is a godsend. But make sure it’s actually warm! That way, when you head inside, you’ll get immediate relief and shelter from the rain, wind, and cold.

Show Team Spirit by Displaying Your Team’s Colors

Tailgating is all about team spirit, so make sure you display your colors at your party. Try hanging a team banner or picking up some camp chairs with your team’s logo on them. You can even make your food your team’s colors. A little bit of food coloring can turn a boring batch of cupcakes into a display of your team spirit.

Tailgating in an RV is lots of fun, so give it a shot for your team’s next game! Stop by Modern Trailer Sales for all your RV needs. We’re located in Anderson, Indiana and we proudly serve the areas of Indianapolis, Noblesville, Fishers, Muncie, and Carmel, Indiana.

How to Dewinterize your RV

BUTTERFLY RAINFOREST MARCH 7, 2018

It’s time to break out your t-shirts and flip flops because summer is nearly here! With the start of a new season, though, comes the task of prepping your RV for warm temperatures. Whether you winterized your RV or simply put it in storage, now is the time to take action and dewinterize your RV for the summer camping season. This may not sound like the most entertaining summer activity, but these five tips will help you make the process quick and easy, putting you back on the road toward another fantastic summer adventure!

System Check

Batteries – Before you check on anything else, it’s important to inspect the condition of your battery. When batteries are in storage, they lose a percentage of their current through internal leakage, making it vital to replace or recharge your batteries before you hit the road. Without a working battery, your trip will end before it even begins.

Tires – Another critical preliminary action is to check your tires for appropriate inflation. Much like your battery, tires can diminish over time in the form of tire pressure, particularly when they’re exposed to temperature fluctuations. Your tires can lose as much as 2-3 psi per month while your RV is in storage. If your tires aren’t at the proper inflation, you risk reducing your gas mileage, blowing out a tire, and damaging your wheel structure.

Cabin Check
 – The best part about dewinterizing is that you can easily multitask. While you’re charging your battery and inflating your tires, you can perform a multitude of quick checks and tests within your RV. These include inspecting the windows and ceiling panels to check for cracks and damage, while also making sure the sealant is in good condition and not dried out or cracked. Be sure to check for unwanted guests such as bugs, rats, and other critters that may try to inhabit your RV during the chilly weather. There’s nothing worse than finding a surprise visitor wandering around your abode!

RV Water System

Remove Antifreeze – For many, a standard part of the winterizing routine is to add non-toxic antifreeze to the water holding tank. If this is a part of your process, it’s vital to run fresh water through the whole plumbing system until all traces of antifreeze are eliminated. Do this by filling up your water tank with fresh water and turning on every faucet in your RV, one at a time, letting each faucet run for about a minute.

Sanitize the Water Tank – To ensure the safety of your water tank, it’s important to sanitize it after a long period of time without use. Before you begin, ensure that all drains are closed and drain plugs are installed. Take one quarter cup of regular bleach for every fifteen gallons that your water tank holds and mix with water in a one gallon container. Pour the mixture into the water tank and let sit for at least five minutes before draining.

Now that you’re armed with the major steps for dewinterizing, it’s time to get started! If you’re not comfortable with this process, or if you prefer to get a second opinion, you can hire a certified technician who can make sure that everything is operational and in tip-top shape. Once you ensure that your RV is ready to roll, plan your vacation at one of our many Sun RV resorts across the nation!

Pets in RVs

Not much can pull on the heartstrings more than a dog or cat who’s trying to figure out why their humans are packing everything into the new big vehicle out in the driveway. So why not bring them with you? Sure, there’s a lot to consider when adding pet prep to your RV readiness checklist, but it’ll all be worth it when your family camping trip is truly complete with your four-legged friend.

At Modern Trailer Sales, we’re a truly family owned and operated business. So we know a family with a pet isn’t complete without their furry loved ones. We’ve taken some time to put together this short guide for preparing your pet for their adventure as well. If you have any more questions about RVs, pet-related or otherwise, head to our dealership in Anderson, Indiana, where our friendly and experienced family is ready to help yours today.

 

Preparing Your Pet for the Unknown

Whether you’ve got a cat or a dog, you’ll want to start by getting your pet familiar with their new surroundings. Even if it’s not their first time on an RV or trip, a pet will likely be uncomfortable with any new environment. Spend some time with your pet in the RV beforehand, letting them sniff and explore under your supervision while keeping them calm and assured of their safety. Don’t just stick them in there and close the door in the hopes they’ll figure things out for themselves. You can also set up their food and water so they’ll know where to find it later on.

Visit the vet before taking your pet on any kind of cross-state adventure. There could be vaccinations for diseases you might not have in your area, and keeping up to date on vaccination documentation will be necessary if you have to board your pet during a less-than-pet-friendly excursion. Making sure your pet is generally fit and healthy enough to travel is important as well. Certain medications or supplements can help a pet through the stress of travel.

Use the same etiquette for leaving your pet in your RV as you would in a car. Hot and cold extremes can harm your pet, and it doesn’t take long for an RV to heat up in the sun. It’s best not to leave your pet unattended in any vehicle.

Pets in Transit

Confined travel can be just as stress-inducing for some pets as the strangeness of new or unfamiliar surroundings. Once you get going, there are some additional pet tips to consider. As with getting them used to your RV, don’t travel with them left unsupervised. A trailer might seem like a better place for an animal than cooped up in the backseat of a cramped car, but this can cause a lot of issues. Beyond the stress of being left alone, they could also get bumped and knocked around. Take some time to secure your pet. Dogs can be trained to sit in place and be buckled in, and cats are well suited for smaller travel carriers. A pet left roaming free during a trip can be dangerous when they want to jump into the driver’s lap or otherwise provide quite a distraction. You don’t want an uncooperative animal sharing the wheel!

Bathroom breaks are just as important for your pets as they are for you. Unfortunately, it’s not likely they’ll be able to use the convenient facilities provided by your RV. Take lots of breaks so your pets can take care of their business without making it a problem for you and your RV. This will also give them time for a bit of enjoyment from exploring, but make sure they keep safe around other vehicles, especially in rest stops and gas stations. Leash your pet before leaving your vehicle, and don’t let them loose until they’re back on board.

The most well-behaved pet can demand a bit of extra planning and attention during their first RV outing. Take the time to ensure they’ll have everything they need and are familiar enough with the vehicle to comfortably ride along with you. When you’re ready to get everyone in your family excited and wagging their tails over a new RV, head to Modern Trailer Sales. We’re proud to be one of Indiana’s top RV dealership, with over 75 years of experience serving Anderson, Indiana, as well as the areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Muncie, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Come in today and find out why we’ve been named one of RV Business Magazine’s top dealers!