Mar 25, 2011

Internet for RV's - Your Options for Staying Connected

We live in a time when staying connected to the online world is a staple for the majority of people. We all seem to have our 'breaking point' of how long we can go without needing to check our e-mail, log on to Facebook, or conduct some work online. Your RV is largely an extension of your home and, as such, you want to be able to enjoy the same online activities there that you do when you are in your home, or even staying in a hotel. And the good news is that you can!

Increasingly, travelers want Internet access within the comfort of their RV. And plenty of people are ready to give it to them! If you are looking for access to the Internet while in your RV, here are your options:

RV Parks. Years ago, RV parks were hit or miss on whether they offered Internet access. When they did, it was often a slow dial-up connection, possibly with only one line - and that was in the office! Happily, times have changed. Most RV parks have gone high tech. They offer WiFi, and many have increased their power and range. You should not have any trouble finding an RV park that offers good WiFi. Then all you need to do is bring your own laptop, netbook, or iPad.

Hot spots. There are literally thousands of "hot spots" where you can pick up WiFi across the country. Some of the places you can pick up wireless Internet include Travel Centers of America, Panera Bread, McDonald's, and Bob Evans. If you are not someone who relies on it for work, just for quick check-ins, this may be the best option for you. Often, you don't even need to go inside, as you can sometimes pick up the connection right from the parking lot. Again, you will need your own device for getting onto the Internet.

Satellite connection. If you are serious about always having your own connection without having to worry about finding WiFi, this is the option for you. An RV satellite will give you the connection you need, and you can use it pretty much anywhere. However, this is the most expensive option. The satellite system itself could cost up to $5,000 or more, and there is a monthly connection fee, which could amount to $100 or more per month.

Cell phones. Today, many cell phones and "smart phones" have the ability to provide Internet access. With their small screen and keyboard size, they may not be ideal for conducting the work you need to complete, but they provide a handy way to check e-mail and handle other such tasks.

In the current digital revolution, you don't need to lose your connection to the Internet world just because you are in an RV. Just decide which option for staying connected works best for you, and then go for it! Today, it is easier than ever to keep on surfing, updating your Facebook status with photos, and to keep friends and family up-to-date on where you are and what you're up to. 

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Mar 23, 2011

RV Awnings: Maintenance is the Key to Long Life

Vinyl and acrylic awnings have become an essential part of the RV lifestyle. A patio awning provides some definition to our outdoor living space, in addition to the shade from the sun and protection from the rain.

We crank them out when we settle into our spot (either by hand or by pushing the button on a remote). The awning makes the statement that we'll be here for a while and we're open for visitors. For those pesky insects, some of you have purchased screen enclosures to attach to your awning, but most people are just satisfied with the roof over their head and maybe some patio lights to add a welcoming glow in the evening.

Because awnings are often exposed to rain, and they are also kept rolled up much of the time, mildew, stains and deterioration of the awning material can be a major problem. You can purchase replacement awnings and even purchase awning fabric to do it yourself, if you feel capable, but this should not have to be done if you do some regular preventative maintenance on your awnings.

The first step is to never rollup your awning while it is still wet unless you absolutely have to. It is the moisture that causes the mildew and deterioration of the fabric and you will want to avoid that as much as possible. There are times, of course, when you don't have a choice and you need to rollup the awning while it is still wet in order to travel. In these situations, you'll want make sure you roll it out to dry as soon as you reach your next destination.

Check your awning frequently for mold or stains. Giving the whole awning a thorough cleaning with water and a mild soap will help prevent problem spots from developing. If there are spots you have difficulty getting clean, you may want to use a special awning cleaner and follow the directions for spot cleaning. Even if you're not using your awning, or your RV, on a regular basis, you may want to simply roll out the awning every few weeks just to air it out and keep any moisture from building up inside of it.

The mechanical parts of your awning need to be cared for as well. If a piece does become damaged, do''t give up. RVers have learned to be resourceful. Check with a local dealer or an RV part dealership, there's bound to be remedy for the problem.

Just as with the rest of your RV, the better care you take of your awnings, the longer they will last. See you out on the road!

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Mar 14, 2011

Have you used our new Search?

Have you used our new Search?

Let us know what you think.  While you are searching on look for this link.  Let us know what we can do to make it easier to find the RV you are looking for.  We have already had some great suggestions like adding Slide Outs, and the Number of People the RV can Sleep to search options.  Give us more, we want to hear it all!

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Mar 9, 2011

Looking to Sell you RV? Here are some Tips.

Are you looking to sell your RV but don't know where to start.  Check out these selling tips to make your experience, safe, easy and fast.  Also, download the file for a free printable for sale sign to help get your RV sold.

Click Here for Tips and Free For Sale Sign
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