Dec 16, 2016

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Every RV Lover Out There

Happy Holidays, RV Trader family!
Check out these gift ideas for some of our favorite picks this holiday season!

Home, Hearth & Camper

Outdoor & Adventure

2 - Rainbow Firepit Flame Sticks
4 - Bushnell Trophy 8x32 Binoculars
5 - Commenga Phosophorescent Compass

Cooking, Grilling, Brewing

6 - Outdoor Popcorn Popper
7 - Undersink Drinking Water Filter

Glassware & Kitchen Decor

Kitchen Gadgets, Coolers & Appliances

5 - Compact RV Spice Rack (Wall Mounted)

Pets & Animals

1- Collapsible Dog Bowls

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Featured Article: Top 10 Must-Have Gadgets from LoveYourRV

Here at RV Trader, we're always on the hunt for the latest updates from fellow RV'ers on what they think this year's "Must Have's" are. A blogger that we follow recently posted this list of 10 necessary gadgets that they consider the gold standard of things RV'ers should never go without- 

check it out! 

My 10 Must Have RV Gadgets

Since we bought our RV 5 1/2 years ago I’ve tried out all sorts of RV gadgets or add-ons of one type or another. Some have proven to be extremely useful while others end up in a drawer or buried in a storage bin.
To save new RVers some trial and error time, I’ve decided to list for you what are in my opinion the must-have gadgets and add-ons. These are items I use the most, and I would require if I were to buy a brand new RV. Maybe it will give you some ideas for your RV.

1) Screen Door Bar

After damaging the flimsy plastic hardware on our RVs screen entrance door a few times when pulling it shut, I wised up and installed a simple grab bar. A second use we have found for it, a perfect spot to dry a towel.
Screen Door Grab Bar

2) Twist-On Waste Valve

Most RVs, including ours, have their tanks waste gate valves buried inside the underbelly. That is an excellent feature to prevent freeze-ups in cold weather but has a drawback. Any nasty wastewater that leaks past the valves ends up at the end of the sewer output pipe and dribbles out when I remove the cap. Yuck! The Valterra Twist-On Wastegate solved the problem and is one of my favorite RV gadgets I’ve purchased.
Valterra Twist On Waste Gate

3) Roof Vent Covers

We are from coastal BC so have extensive experience camping in cool, wet weather. The first thing I get for any RV is roof top vent covers. After they are installed the vents stay open all the time to help keep our RV ventilated against moisture damage.

Fan-Tastic Vent Cover
The best vent cover I’ve found is one put out by the same company that produces my Fan-Tastic Fan. Though more expensive, I like it for two important reasons. One, the cotter pinned attachment hardware that makes removing it for cleaning a breeze. Two, it has a larger volume of air flow than most competitors. 

4) Roof Gutter Drip Extenders

Another one for us wet weather campers is a set of RV gutter extenders. The OEM gutter spouts are so short so roof water just streams down the side of the RV leading to ugly black streaks. With a little bit of extension, the problem’s solved.
Camco gutter extender spouts

5) Water Regulator

In my mind, a water regulator is an essential item. It helps prevent damage to either your water hose or worse case the RVs internal plumbing from those campgrounds with excessively high water pressure. Some are over 100 PSI! I’ve witnessed the results of not using one with my own eyes. Last summer I observed three hose blowouts and one guy had a new rig ruined when a plumbing pipe burst while they were away.
Valterra Brass Water Regulator
Our Valterra brass water regulator has worked well going on about four years now. I set it at about 55 PSI. Beware the cheapie regulators, they often times won’t supply adequate flow.

6) Stabilizer Jack Socket

As I get older, I appreciate this inexpensive little RV gadget more and more. With the stabilizer jack socket, my cordless drill does all work and speeds up the tedious task of lowering and raising our rear stabilizer jacks. 
Camco jack socket

7) Awning Protection Ball

RV awnings are expensive, mmkay. RV door edges are sharp, eh. This little rolling plastic ball gadget is cheap. Enough said. 🙂
Camco Roller ball

8) EMS Surge Protector

As RVs pack in more and more electrical circuits and expensive electronics, I think some type of surge protection is a no brainer. Even though we are fully insured, I can just imagine the pain in the rear waiting around to have a rig full of burnt out electrical parts replaced. Not to mention always wondering if something was missed and may fail down the road.
EMS-HW30C surge protector with remote display
I went with the Progressive Industries model EMS-HW30C and haven’t regretted it. They are a quality unit built by a reliable US company who stand by their warranty. I particularly like the remote digital readout.

9) Storage Bay Locks

Once I learned that anyone with a CH751 key could open my locked storage bays, I was inspired to change out the locks. The deal was sealed when the crap OEM locks began to get flaky to open only two years into owning the trailer.
Storage bay locks
Since replacing them with a uniquely keyed, higher quality cylinder style lock, I’ve been a much happier camper.

10) Rubber Wheel Chocks

My latest RV gadget purchase is a pair of heavy rubber chocks. For years I’ve put up with those standard yellow cheap plastic units. Wow, what improvement. They have sufficient heft to them to stay in place where I put them, whether that’s on the ground or in the truck bed. And, they stick much better to smooth surfaces.
Rubber RV Chocks
I’ll never go back. Bonus, I won’t crush them the next time I have a cranial cramp and drive over them.

What are your top 10 must-haves? Comment and let us know!

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'Tis the Season to RV: Some of the most impressive RV holiday setups we've ever seen!

If you need some RV decoration inspo, you've come to the right place! These RVers do not mess around when it comes to holiday spirit. Check out a few of our favorite setups.

Placerville, California

We know Santa's jolly, but this one seems pretty huge...


Who says Santa never took vacations?


This one is classic - lights + snowmen + Wildwood 

= golden!

The Fun Times Guide

Don't want to decorate the entire unit? 

Why not just dress up the dash with some carolers and festive characters? 

Add a few lights, and you're ready to go.


These people literally had the drive and determination to put a blow-up ON TOP of their unit.We're not saying it's impossible, but that sure does take a ton of unrelenting will and dedication.More power to the family who accomplished this!


Remember, no one ever said you'd have to sacrifice the timeless feel of your camper for the season. Already like your color scheme? Build around it - a few accent colors that don't crash with the colors of your RV (plus a small, compact setup right outside the doors) will leave a heartwarming impression your motorhome neighbors won't soon forget!


Have your motorhome parked next to your home base, but aren't going to be using it this season for travel? Take these folks' advice and turn it into a full-blown holiday spectacular, complete with the transformation of a regular tree or bush into a glistening ball of light. Great creativity here!

Folks, don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't celebrate the holidays the same way in an RV that you can in a solitary home. The trees may be smaller, and the lights may be a hassle at first, but the memories of traveling and family togetherness that RVing brings will last you a lifetime.

From all of us at RV Trader, Happy Holidays, and here's to an even more adventurous journeys in the new year!

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Nov 10, 2016

Featured Wheels: WINNEBAGO FORZA® 38W

Featured Wheels:

Winnebago’s all-new Forza® 38W takes affordable diesel luxury to the next level, with three slideouts, two full baths and a budget-friendly price tag.

And for those with big families (or lots of friends), the news gets even better: the new 38W comfortably sleeps up to nine campers, including two in the luxurious rear master suite.

Like all three Forza floorplans, the 38W is built on Freightliner’s proven XCS chassis and powered by a 340-hp Cummins turbo-diesel for plenty of get up and go. Winnebago diesels are renowned for their storage capacity, and the 38W delivers here, too, with an enormous 228 cubic feet of exterior storage for all your favorite toys.

With thoughtful design touches and luxurious amenities like Corian galley countertops, Primera swivel cab seats and a residential refrigerator, the Forza belongs on the short list of anyone looking to step up to the diesel pusher lifestyle.

Learn more about the Forza here.

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15 Apps that Every RVer Needs in their Life

Whether you're roadtripping through the mountains or taking a quick weekend getaway to the lake, RVing can show us some of the greatest joys and frustrations that traveling has to give. Now that technology has come such a long way, however, we now have tools that enable us to make the good times even better by decreasing the chances of motorhome issues arising, whether maintenance or traffic-related. The craziest thing: we now have the ability to contain all of these resources in the palm of our hands. 

Check out these 17 awesome apps handpicked by the folks at RV Trader to make the most out of planning, executing, and problem-solving on your next trip!

RV Checklist

This checklist app is a tool providing various lists for the RV owner's use. Covering various phases of the RV adventure, they are crafted by a fellow RV owner who decided there should be a better way to manage RV trips and maintenance than just multiple handwritten checklists - or trying to depend on your memory! Three master lists are now available on the app - two for short and long trips, and one for a maintenance to-do list. Pick what items you want to bring, build a trip list unique for one specific adventure, or select multiple tasks you need to accomplish before you set out on your journey. With AirPrint and Bluetooth capabilities, you can exchange your checklists with others, or send them to other devices of your own. With lists ranging from arriving at and departing from sites, to first aid kits, to RV purchasing checklists, this app is what you need to make sure you never forget any important tasks that come with being an RV owner!


The only digital map built exclusively for adventure-loving travelers, you're always minutes away from something awesome with Roadtrippers. Whether you're planning an epic cross-country road trip or a weekend escape, you can discover millions of places like local diners, quirky roadside attractions, scenic points, national parks and hotels with the click of a button. Plan trips directly from the app, or through the web at - then share them with your friends! Friends can add suggestions to your trip itinerary and travel with their favorite navigational app. Any trips you've saved or places you love will be synced automatically across devices, so you don't have to worry about manually syncing them yourself! What are you waiting for? Get your roadtripping on with Roadtrippers today!

Passport America 

The original 50% Discount Camping Club, Passport America offers 1,800 locations for members to save while camping in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Both members and non-members can browse the directory of participating campgrounds, RV Parks, Resorts, and more. Locate parks near you, or save future parks for later. The app is free, and paid membership with Passport America is surprisingly low cost for the deals you get! Go sign up and grab those 50% off deals today!

Toll Calculator

This app is exactly what it sounds like - one capable of calculating exactly how much toll money you'll need on certain routes, and which roads to take for the lowest tolls. Just enter in two addresses like you normally would with any other digital map, and the calculator provides you with costs for three different potential routes. This little gadget honestly has the ability to save you hundreds of dollars, and covers EVERY toll road in the U.S. Vehicles of all kinds are supported, and it syncs with various payment methods such as cash and E-ZPass. Even time-based toll roads are depicted.

This little guy is one app you need more than any other mobile phone-based GPS platform, to be frank. Voice guided, the app also continuously checks your route for signs of severe weather automatically. Don't just plan routes - plan optimal routes between multiple locations. Featured on a travel segment of the Today Show, inRoute will ease your mind and ensure that you not only know where you're going, but that you also know exactly what you're getting on the paths you do take. Find gas, hotels, campgrounds and food along your routes, and get weather forecasts and road conditions sent directly to your phone. You can even export your custom designed routs to Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze, among others, including many GPS devices. Out of service or lose a Wifi connection? Not to worry - the information on the routes you save is automatically synced and downloaded to your phone, and you can access them any time. 

There are two levels of purchase for this app:
1) Pro ($2.99 monthly or $24.99 annually) - up to 100 locations per route and access to all services
2) Premium ($11.99 one-time purchase) - up to 25 locations and access to all services

Rand McNally Road Atlas

For over 90 years, Rand McNally has provided the classic, go-to roadmap for roadtrippers all over the country. Now, they've turned their navigational expertise into an app. With the Rand McNally Road Atlas app, you get a digitally optimized version of their legendary road atlas, with updated 2017 maps for all 50 states (plus Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, and Mexico). Once you download the map, you digital connection is required. Large cities and national parks are listed with detailed inset maps, the pinch-and-zoom functionality feature provides effortlessly simple interaction. All available maps are available in a drop-down list, and a slide-out legend is supplied for reference. Even more fun? Bonus features include to two classic maps toward the very end of the atlas listings: 1883 and 1920 railroad maps!

Many RVers have been well aware of this for quite some time, but so many seemingly typical places have unbelievable stories hidden amidst their bricks and bushes. With Findery, every place has a story- and every one of those stories is just waiting for you to discover it. It's basically a giant world treasure map- share your favorite places and the stories behind them. Leave notes about the places you've been, what happened in spots around town that you love, and compile a bucket list of locations you dream of visiting one day. Discover the world not through published, marketed advertisements, but through real stories by real people like you. On a mission to develop products for people to cultivate meaningful experiences through global travel and immersion, Findery connects you with your inner wanderlust by exposing you to the intersection between discovery, travel, technology, and personal stories.

National Geographic's National Parks

Who doesn't love National Geographic? In this beautiful, award-winning interactive guide, NatGeo shows us 25 of the nation's most popular national parks. From photo galleries, to maps, to visitor information and more, the full guides can be purchased for an even richer experience, allowing you to explore the parks like never before. The app provides you with everything you need to get the most out of your experience with National Park exploration. From weather to local times and directions to lodging information, each locale has custom stamp you can collect upon your visit to each of the included parks. The app even teaches you how to re-create photos taken by expert NatGeo photographers. More parks are added frequently, but here are just a few to give you an idea!

Acadia / Bryce Canyon / Crater Lake / Death Valley / Everglades / Glacier Bay / Grand Canyon / Haleakala / Hot Springs / Joshua Tree / Mount Rainier / Sequoia and Kings Canyon / Shenandoah / Yosemite


From backyard explorers to backcountry adventurers, Yonder is here to connect you to the people, places, and experiences that inspire. Whether you want to go hiking, kayaking, or rock climbing, Yonder will show you the places and experiences near you to help you plan your next adventure! Thousands of geo-located pictures and videos from around the world are featured on Yonder, covering over 20,000 locations across the globe. 25 different activities are included for these locations, and you can share those you complete (or wish to complete) with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, iMessage and email. What's even better - the app enables you to keep a list of favorite experiences and destinations, essentially building your own little traveler's diary right on your phone. Ready to start your next adventure? Yonder is definitely a must have!


One of the most frustrating things for RV owners to remember is checking for cell phone coverage in certain areas they plan to travel too- before it's too late, and they're already there...without signal. Don't let that happen to you. You never know when certain emergencies are going to pop up, when your niece is going to be having her baby, or when you're going to need to call the nearest mechanic near you to help with a maintenance issue! This app overlays cellular carrier coverage on a map for easy comparison, and is perfect for you to research, record, and remember where you are and aren't covered across the United States. One of the best parts? You don't need an Internet connection needed to access the maps - the atlases are proprietary, and stored directly on your device. Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands are all included, too! Carriers featured with this app are Verizon, Spring, T-Mobile, and AT&T.

Dish Network - DISH Anywhere App

Oftentimes when you're traveling in an RV, you're likely to be covering massive distances, and you'll need to keep yourself entertained while on the road (or in bad weather, when the outdoors aren't as enjoyable or are more dangerous than desirable). You might have a TV in your RV, but what are your plans for staying connected to the channels and platforms you love? With DISH Anywhere, you don't have to worry about that. Both live and recorded programs are available anytime, anywhere, and you can manage your home TV with a full DVR manager and searchable program guide. This is particularly helpful for all you sports fans out there - we know you don't want to miss your team's big playoff game, even if it happens while you're on vacation in the backcountry! Schedule recordings from anywhere you are, search the guide up to a week in advance, and view and adjust your home recording schedule all from the app. You can even transfer your DVR recordings to watch them offline, on other devices. Receiver models include 512, 522, 625, 722, 922, and more, including Hopper and Sling. - RV Owners' Community

Connecting to a community of RV owners? Now it's that much easier, because you can make those amazing connections with people who love RVing just as much as you and your family and, and all from your mobile device. is one of the leading online RV owner communities, and the app grants you access to the forums and discussions that take place within this digital community, even while you're on the road. Ask questions, let other RVers know what you're up to, and chat with industry experts. Get maintenance and towing advice, trailering and advice for diesel pushers, and read about campgrounds near you! 

RV Pocket Reference

This app is honestly exactly what it sounds like - a convenient, compact RV Reference Guide for you to use at any time, anywhere! With a wide variety of information available no RVs and their systems, the app supplies you with all the diagrams and images you need to show you exactly how things work and how to identify them. Calculators are included in the app, which let you quickly and easily solve a number of different mechanical calculations. Just a few things this app provides are:

  • RV Types and Classes
  • Electrical Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Appliances
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Trailer Hitches, Brakes, and Wiring
  • Towing Dinghys / Towing Laws
  • RV Tire Guides
  • RV Weight
  • Leveling and Stabilization Guide
  • Calculators, including cargo carrying capacity, tongue weight, mileage/speed, area/angles/volume, and various conversion, financial, and weather calculators.

RV Education 101

Yet again, we have another app whose name says it all. RV Education 101 is the premier online RV training and instruction provider, actively supplying you with the information you need to RV safely and enjoyable for over 15 years. A number of RV training videos are available, with info covering travel trailers, 5th wheels, and more, covering topics like trailer towing, motorhome driving, maintenance, safety, and beyond. Their how-to's on system operation are also incredibly popular, and now, they even feature options to purchase premium training videos, or custom chapter downloads tailored for what you desire to learn more about. As the folks at RV Ed 101 say, buying an RV is so incredibly exciting...when you pick it up, the only thing on your mind is getting it home and planning out that first exciting adventure. But remember, while the seller may have given you a walk-through of the unit, there is so much to learn about these incredible machines (or homes?) - but that's what these guys are here for. Don't let the task of learning the ins and outs of RV maintenance overwhelm you. With visual, talk-through training, you can relax and learn exactly what you need to know- as many times as you want until you feel comfortable and ready to get on the road!

RV Trader 

We obviously couldn't just end this article without mentioning our favorite app of them all, and one that has become so incredibly popular recently - the RV Trader app! Our new application is GPS-sensitive, and puts more than approximately 90,000 new and used RVs available for purchase at your fingertips. Find a dealer in the RV Trader Dealer Network near you, or search the RV Trader database for RVs by type, condition, price range and model year - in a specific ZIP code or by location! You can view several RV and dealer locations on enhanced Google Maps, and quickly access driving directions to each. 

Every single RV listing provides you with detailed model descriptions, including length and stock number, along with multiple photo angles of the unit for sale. YouTube videos are even available for tours of select listings. It's incredibly easy to contact sellers via phone or email immediately, as well as obtaining maps with driving directions to the dealership, so you can be well on your way to buying that unit of your dreams. Want to share the RV you found with a friend, or save it to your favorites list? You can do both with our new, revamped app. Download it on iTunes or Google Play today!

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