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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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