4 Key Benefits of 5th Wheel Style RVs

With so many different types of trailers and RVs to choose from, it can be hard to understand the difference between them and what style will be the most beneficial for your needs. 5th wheel style RVs are a popular style for several reasons. After some comparison, it is obvious that 5th wheels offer some exclusive benefits that you will come to enjoy!

Maneuverability

Because 5th wheels are hitched to the truck bed right above the rear tires, the traction and handling are dramatically increased. This also allows the trailer to tow easily and be travel friendly. In addition, it can be unhitched easily allowing you to travel freely with your vehicle if you need to leave the campsite.

Luxury

5th wheels are known for offering a wide number of benefits that are often reserved for the most luxurious of recreational vehicles. Some 5th wheels even have full washer and dryers as well as generators on board. The spacious layout of the 5th wheel RV allows for multiple opportunities to add luxurious accommodations in order to make your camping experience comfortable and adventurous at the same time. Many 5th wheels offer a spacious master bedroom equipped with a walk-in closet!

Privacy

The bi-level floor plan of many 5th wheels increases the opportunity for privacy. Many RVs can sleep a lot of people, but bi-level 5th wheels give special consideration to private sleeping quarters. Additionally, the maneuverability allows you to place the trailer in smaller or uniquely angled sites that may be more private at busy campgrounds.

Price and Size

The 5th wheel RV is quite affordable considering the number of people it can sleep, the living space it provides, and the luxury options that can be included. 5th wheels can generally sleep over 6 people comfortably, which makes them well worth the price.

 So, the next time you visit your RV dealer, ask to tour a few of their 5th wheels. You may find the perfect fit for your next RVing adventure!

 

Winterizing: Why It’s Important & What It Includes

Who doesn’t love the smell of burning leaves or the beautiful colors that fall brings to our lives? Autumn is a wonderful time of year for family fun and games! However, with every good thing that comes about, there is always something else that must end. In this case, it is the closing of RV season. For most, now is the time that we are taking our last few trips and get a ways as the weather starts to cool and weather keeps us from taking extensive vacations. With RV and camping season coming to an end, it is important to understand the importance of winterizing your RV.

Winterizing your RV properly is extremely important in order for it to retain its original quality and appearance. Failing to take the necessary precautions can cause costly damages to your RV. Once the temperatures begin to fall below 32 degrees on a regular basis, it is time to winterize. Cold and freezing temperatures can cause extensive damage as your pipes and water lines freeze and expand if not taken care of properly. Cold air isn’t just responsible for damaging pipes and waterlines, it also can damage tires, sealing, windows, and other crucial parts to your RV.

Fortunately, there are RV experts available to winterize your RV for you. Having someone that can inspect your tires, clean and anti-freeze your pipes, and prepare your RV for winter not only benefit your RV, buy also your wallet. By having a professional properly winterize your RV, you avoid the risk of damage and costly repairs when camping season starts again in the spring. Contact your local RV experts for more information about properly winterizing your prized possession.

 

Your RV Fall/Winter Maintenance Checklist

 

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about your seasonal maintenance checklist for your RV. While you may still have a few trips left before it’s time to winterize your RV, it is smart to keep in mind this brief fall checklist:

 

The Electrical System

Be sure to check the battery charge each fall before putting your RV away for storage. You can completely take out the battery and store in a safe place at room temperature or there are plenty devices that keep electricity periodically flowing through the battery in order to prevent complete discharge. Occasionally, check all breakers, fuses, and voltage of outlets to avoid any potential damage while storing in extreme weather. Remember to completely turn of and unplug all appliances in your RV when you do finally decide to store your RV for the winter.

 

The Exterior

While it is still moderately warm, wash your RV while checking for cracks, leaks, or the peeling of caulking in order to catch it before it is too late this winter. Inspect the awning and fabric and remember to get it completely dry to prevent mold and mildew. Next, it is important to inflate your tires to the proper winter pressure and check weekly until you store your RV for tires that dry rot. This ensures that your tires will be safe all winter and ready to go for the spring season!

 

Miscellaneous

Lastly, there are a few other main things to check this fall before you store your RV for the winter. Lubricate hinges and locks while replacing all appliance batteries in order to minimize your spring checklist. Be sure to clean air conditioning filters and air your unit out one last time to get any odors or wetness out. Lastly, before you close the windows for the winter, be sure to inspect each one for air leaks or malfunctions to be sure that melting snow won’t enter your RV if stores in unfavorable conditions.

 

All of these tasks can be included in a professional RV winterization. Check with your RV Maintenance Professionals to find out what they offer.

 

RVs and Glamping

There are a lot of different ways to interpret glamping, or glamorous camping.  Hardcore campers may ask, “What’s the point…. Why not just stay at home?”, but glamping is really for anyone who wants to get away for a while and enjoy the outdoors without giving up comfortable living.

RVing, on the other hand, is more than just comfort: it means freedom.  You can take longer trips, include more people and pets, and do more when you arrive because you don’t have to constantly maintain a tent-camp site.  It allows small children or people with health concerns to enjoy camping without having to sleep on the ground or worry about extreme temperatures and weather conditions.  It is also an easy option for outdoorsy-types to compromise with spouses who prefer comfort.

That said, here are some easy ways for RVers to amp up their camping experience and do a little more ‘glamping’ this summer.

  • Stock your RV with new matching linens, including bedding, towels, and even throw pillows.  Clean, crisp colors like pure white or vibrant turquoise may give your RV a fresh new feel for summer time.  Make an even bigger impact with new curtains.
  • Set up a mini-patio or porch under your RV awning.  Lots of people do this and you can see the wide range from simple to elaborate porch set-ups in any RV park.  If it’s new to you, try starting with outdoor lighting, comfortable chairs, and a big outdoor rug.  Add a couple potted plants to frame the space.
  • Substitute the paper and plastic for metal silverware and real dishes.  Often you can find an inexpensive matching set at a discount store or even Goodwill.  Your RV has the storage space and sink, so why not?
  • Try new recipes.  Hot dogs may be the camping standard, but there are a plethora of other meals that are just as easy to make in an RV as they are at home.  Add a simple garnish like parsley, grated cheese, or a slice of orange to make it feel fancier.

How do you make your RV experience more glamorous?  Share your ideas in a comment below!

 

5 Summertime Camping Tips for RVers

Schools are out and summer vacation is here!  For many of us, that means unlimited family time, unforgettable summer evenings, and memorable family vacations.  For this reason, many people save their longest and most adventurous RV camping trips for summertime.

Here are a few tips to beat the summer heat and entertain the kids.

1. Shade Takes Priority
The first thing you should do (after accounting for all of your children of course) when you arrive at your campsite is to set up your RV awning. Awnings are perfect for instant shade and a cool area to eat, play, and visit while enjoying the great outdoors on your RV road trip.

2. Keep It Cool
Always remember to check your RV’s air conditioning system before you head out on that big trip!  Bring along a portable icemaker and small fans for each RV bed too. This way you can ease up on the AC at night and still be comfortable and rested for your next day of activities.  Don’t forget to pack water guns, baby pools for kids and pets, and water balloons for fun ways to cool off.

3. Set Up Near Water
Choose an RV park that offers a lake, river, or pool and set up your RV nearby.  Being near a body of water will be a little bit cooler for you and give you something to do! Most parks that offer swimming areas also have lifeguards on duty during select hours.  Find out when and plan your swim-time to take advantage of them!

4. Let Them Participate
Allowing your kids to help you unpack set up the RV site is a great way to share your passion for RVing with them.  The satisfaction kids feel from learning the ins and outs of RVing stays with them for the rest of their lives and they will never forget who taught them to do it.

5. Back To the Basics
Sometimes we forget the excitement of cooking over an open fire or sleeping in the great outdoors. Try bringing the outside in by lighting the inside of the RV with small lanterns that will give kids the moonlight feel while allowing them to stay cool and enjoy themselves.  Don’t forget to let them roast smore’s outside for a fun family memory!

 

Get Ready to Go!

Spring RV Maintenance & Cleaning

Before hitting the road this spring, be sure to perform some maintenance on your RV.  It will take more than merely swiping away the cobwebs and washing the exterior.  Let’s take a look at some specific ways that you can prepare your RV for a warm weather adventure.

Inspect
Before cleaning the RV, perform a thorough inspection. Take a look at both the interior and exterior and note any damage and potential problems. Look for holes, deterioration and anything else that stands out. Have repairs performed as soon as possible so that you can hit the road sooner rather than later. While you are getting the RV ready, make sure your tow vehicle is ready.  Have the engine tuned up, the tires rotated, and the fuel injector system (and all other systems) checked.

Don’t forget to take a look at the roof. You don’t want any leaks that drip onto you while you are trying to drive or sleep. Your RV Maintenance Team can perform a roof check and look for any holes/ gaps at the seams and fix them with sealant. Be sure to have the water system flushed out and cleaned so that you have safe and clean drinking water.

Clean
Begin cleaning the interior.  Wipe and dust all surfaces including tables, cabinets, seats and the steering wheel.  Shampoo and vacuum the rugs.  A hand-held vacuum is great for cleaning the drapes and soft seating.  Air it out by keeping the doors open during the daylight hours.  If there is still an odor after the cleaning, you may need to replace the vehicle’s moisture absorbing system. Test out all of the appliances and anything that is electricity operated. Make sure each works along with all of the light bulbs in the vehicle.

Finally, wash your RV.  Once you’ve completed these tasks it will be time to hit the road!

 

Your RV’s Pre-Trip Checklist…

You have just finished packing for your big camping trip this weekend. Your RV is looking beautiful from the two-hour hand washing it received yesterday afternoon and you and your family are overwhelmed with excitement. You arrive at the campsite and get your RV all set up only to discover that the electricity isn’t working and the water isn’t running correctly.

Let’s face it, these things happen over time, but we at Modern Trailer Sales want to do everything we can to prevent it.  To avoid this situation, preventive maintenance is a must. We want to help you take the right steps in providing preventive maintenance service to your RV and avoiding the disappointment that comes with cancelling a long awaited trip. There are 3 key areas that an RV owner should check before a long trip to eliminate potential disappointments.

 

1. Checking Your Battery

For your trailer, you’ll want a deep-cycle battery to power interior lights and other electrical components. Batteries will discharge over time, even if no lights or accessories are turned-on. The latest models of trailers may have various devices that consume a small amount of electricity from the batteries all the time, such as the memory for radio settings. When a battery is left for a period of time without being charged, it will gradually be discharged. A partially discharged battery deteriorates much more quickly than a fully charged battery, so the normal life span of the battery will be shortened if it is not kept fully charged.

Water evaporates from batteries, and if the water level drops below the top the plates the battery will be ruined. Therefore, once a month, check the water in the batteries (if they have removable caps) and top-off with distilled water only to bring the level up to the “full” indicator. Distilled water is available in most grocery stores.

Also, while you are looking at the batteries, take a look for corrosion on the cable terminal connections and on any metal surfaces around the batteries. Use battery terminal cleaner spray to neutralize the acid that is causing the corrosion. After it dries, coat the terminals and the metal areas with battery terminal protector spray.

 

2. Cleaning Your Water Tank

Your RV’s water tank is responsible for the water that you drink and bathe in while you travel, so it should be as clean as possible. Eventually, however, you may notice a stagnant smell, or the water may become less palatable. When that happens, it’s time to clean the tank. Fortunately, this is a simple process.

At the end of every trip, make sure to drain your freshwater tank, including the hot-water tank. Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if there are long stretches between RV uses. Open the tank spigot, if you have one, and run the shower and the faucets until the tank is dry. You will use this same technique when you drain the tank after you clean it.

When it becomes time to clean your water tank, fill it with a cleaning solution. The simplest solution is one that utilizes liquid household bleach, where the ratio is one cup of bleach for every 10 gallons of water that your freshwater tank holds. Therefore, if your tank holds 100 gallons of freshwater, you would need 10 cups of bleach. Fill the tank halfway with freshwater, then add the bleach, after measuring it according to the above ratio. After you have added the bleach, fill the rest of the way with freshwater. Turn on your water pump and run the faucets and the shower until you smell bleach in the water. Turn the water off and then take your RV for a spin. A simple trip around the block will serve to agitate the solution inside the tank and get it into all the corners. Then, leave the solution sitting in the freshwater system overnight.

The next day, turn the water pump back on and run all the water systems in the RV until the tank is drained. Refill with freshwater and drain it again, repeating the process until the smell of bleach has been eliminated. Once the tank is clean, you should leave it empty until your next trip. However, if you perform this maintenance immediately prior to a trip, once the smell of bleach is gone, you can fill the tank up with freshwater immediately and it will be safe for use.

 

3. Testing Your Tires

Tires are another important safety consideration. Tires die when they fail to hold air, either because of a puncture or blowout. Tires need to be properly matched to the load that the RV will place upon them. If the tires are properly matched, and the correct air pressure is maintained, they should last a long time, barring any road hazard damage. Car tires generally are replaced when their tread is worn to an unsafe level. Because RVers do not travel that many miles per year, they typically get replaced due to their age. No matter what kind of shape your tires look like they are in, 10 years is the maximum that you should have them before being replaced.

While these three segments are simple and quick checks, it is still extremely important to consider them before embarking on a long road trip with your family. Each of these simple checks is easily forgotten about in the midst of the excitement. Modern Trailer Sales wants you to be safe and enjoy your trips to the highest level so that you can get the full experience out of your RV.

My RV Experience as a Snowbird

Earl generally leaves around the 1st of the year and comes back mid March or the beginning of April.  His regular spot is Phoenix, AR, but he’s also taken trips up through the northwest and spent time in California frequently with his wife.  They took trips to Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Custer State Park.  They’ve seen Mt Rushmore and been through Northern California’s awe-inspiring Redwood National Forest.

“There was always something to do where we stayed at.  Resorts have golf and opportunities for arts and crafts… plenty of activities for everyone.  We ran into a lot of nice people along the way.

When you have a trailer you can take whatever you want with you and the time you leave is completely up to you”.

Earl has known the folks at Modern Trailer for years.  Regarding trailer upkeep and maintenance, he says, “They’ve been really good to me and they’ve done all the maintenance.  If anything’s been wrong, they’ve fixed it for me”.

Earl Stone has a Thor, Fifth Wheel and stores it at Modern Trailer Sales

Do it right at the site

Have you ever wanted to take your family on a camping trip but not sure you know everything it takes to make the experience a success?

Here are some great packing tips to help you have a safe and comfortable experience:

  • Rest Assured!
    Make sure you have the proper things to help you get a good night’s sleep.
    Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and don’t forget to pack a box fan.
    As peaceful as nature is many times a rented campsite can offer loud nearby camping neighbors.
    A box fan can drown out any noise if you are a light sleeper.
  • Get Fired Up!
    Don’t forget to pack things to help light the campfire.
    Charcoal, matches or lighter, lighter fluid, newspaper and wood.
    A campfire can be the best lullaby to put you to sleep at night!
  • Food for Thought…
    While packing food, try and remember to keep it light during the light of day. While camping, drinking lots of water during activities during the day is the most important thing along with light, healthy snacks. Such things like granola bars, yogurt tubes, string cheese, pretzels and fresh fruit are all good options. However, one of the best things about camping is having great food to chow down on at night by the campfire.
    To avoid stress during meal preparation, be sure to pack meals that can be roasted by the campfire or meals you can through in the crock-pot and cook during the day while at the beach.
  • Cool Pack!
    While packing for your trip, it is important to take enough clothing to make sure you will be comfortable.  In this case, always follow the 2X2X2 rule!
    Plan an outfit for each day you will be gone and then add 2 pairs of shoes, 2 sweatshirts and 2 jackets.
  • Gear Up
    Don’t forget all the camping gadgets to help you have a great time!
    Flashlights, lantern, extra batteries, hotdog or marshmallow pokers for the campfire, screwdrivers, hammer mallet, camp chairs, tablecloth for outside picnic table, maps, atlas, camera, binoculars and coolers.
  • Squeaky Clean
    It’s not rocket science to understand you are going to get dirty while in a woods camping, however, a pale for the shower room can make getting clean a whole lot easier while camping!
    Some things you might want to add to your shower pale are:  Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, washrag, towel and hairbrush.
  • Play it Safe
    There are a few items you will want to take on your camping trip to make sure you stay safe and protected.
    These items include: First aid kit, bug repellant, blister cream, bug bite cream, sunscreen, chapstick, aloe, headache or any other personal medication.

Making sure you have these things packed before your trip can give you more time to rest and relax while you make lots of GREAT memories during your camping experience!