Friday

Campfire Hacks



After a long day of adventure, there’s nothing like coming back to your RV campground to relax by a fire. But if you forgot a traditional fire-starter, you might have a bit of trouble getting one started. Check out our list of campfire hacks that will have your fire blazing just in time to break out the s’mores. 

Corn Chips - Burning your food usually sounds like a bad thing, but not when it comes to starting a fire. Many chips are made of hydrocarbons and fat, both of which are highly flammable. Kind of makes you wonder why we eat the delicious snack... but to each their own!

Toilet Paper Rolls & Dryer Sheets - When you fill a toilet paper roll with dryer sheets, you will have a perfect DIY fire-starter ready to go. You can also use dryer lint instead of sheets. Think twice before throwing out those supplies!

Wine Corks - Don’t throw these away after happy hour. Give them a new purpose by tossing them in a sealed container and soaking them in rubbing alcohol. Leave them in the container until you need to light a fire. They are super small and lightweight to carry if you’re on the go.

Birthday Candles - No cake required here. Head to the store to stock up on inexpensive birthday candles and wax paper. Wrap each individual candle in wax paper and twist the ends to close. Light the ends of the wax whenever you’re ready and you’ll have a sizzling fire in no time.

Duct Tape - Everyone has duct tape lying around somewhere, but if you don’t already have a roll in your RV, it might be time to head to the store. Duct tape can be used for a huge variety of things, including starting a fire. Just rip up a few small pieces of tape and light them on fire to be used as kindling.

Petroleum Jelly & Cotton Balls - Cover a few cotton balls in generic or branded petroleum jelly and (when lit) you’ve got yourself a guaranteed fire. Cotton alone burns very quickly, but the petroleum jelly slows down the process significantly, allowing your fire to build strength.

Hand Sanitizer - When you’re in a camping setting, having hand sanitizer should always be a packing necessity to keep clean in the great outdoors, but it can also be used as a fire starter. If you put just a little hand sanitizer on a cotton ball or tinder you will see flames quickly due to its alcohol content.

*Disclaimer: Please follow all state and local laws and regulations regarding fire restrictions and safety. Be aware of drought and brush conditions, always monitor your campfire, and be prepared with a bucket of water to extinguish it fully at the end of enjoyment.
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Wednesday

5 Things to Do Before Becoming a Full-Time RVer



There’s nothing like hitting the road full time - it brings unparalleled freedom. But there are a few things that you need to do before you become a full-time RVer. Check out our tips and tricks for living life on the road.

Pick the Right RV - Buying an RV is a huge commitment. That’s why picking the right one the first time is so important. You’ll want to consider these quick tips when buying an RV:
  • Determine Your Budget - How much can you afford? Keep in mind that the cost is not only the initial RV purchase but also insurance, maintenance, operating costs to travel, etc.
  • Determine Your Family Needs - How many people will be traveling with you? Will you be bringing pets or specialized equipment on your adventures? A place to sleep may not be the only requirement your travelers hope to check off the list.
  • Decide on the Type of RV - Next consider the type of RV you'd like to have. RV categories include Type A, Type C, or Type B motorhomes, Fifth Wheels, and Travel Trailers. If you are bringing some equipment like ATVs or golf carts along, the Toy Hauler family is another available option. A good place to start researching the types of RVs is on RV Trader.
Looking for more detailed guidance? Check out our RV Buyer’s Guide for more detailed information on selecting your perfect RV.

Minimize Your “Things” - Living life on the road means taking only what you need with you. Space is typically limited in most RVs so you’ll want to consolidate your items to only the essentials. Getting rid of items is always a bit hard, especially if they have sentimental value, but it’s important to maintain a more minimalist lifestyle in an RV. Try creating a checklist of essential items you’ll need during your travels and be sure to stick to it! If you have seasonal items that you need to store, look into storage facilities that can house these items for you until you need them.

Be Ready For Anything… Including Maintenance - It’s important to have a “go with the flow” mentality on the road but it’s equally important to be as prepared as possible. We encourage you to pack a basic safety and tool kit should any problems arise. We also recommend having a budget set aside for any RV maintenance that might be needed as you’re traveling. Maintenance can be costly at times, and you don’t want to deplete your savings at a moment’s notice.

Find Reliable Campsites or Explore Boondocking - After long days of travel, you need to find reliable places to park your RV for the night. Luckily, there are thousands of RV Parks and Campgrounds across the country, but they aren’t always the easiest to find along your route. We highly recommend planning your campsites ahead of time or try downloading apps like Park Advisor, Reserve America, or Allstays to find the nearest sites in an instant. If you are looking to save a bit of money on the road, boondocking or “dry camping” is also a great option to consider.

Prepare to Work on the Road - To most people, the terms “working” and “traveling” don’t always go together but when you are a full-time RVer, they can go hand in hand. When you’re working from the road, you’ll need to make sure you have a reliable source of WiFi. We recommend looking into buying your own mobile hotspot device so you can have Internet access wherever you find yourself. It’s also a great idea to create a dedicated workspace in your RV to increase focus on the road.

If you’ve been curious about becoming a full-time RVer, our friends at Live, Camp, Work are hosting their free Make Money & RV Virtual Summit on October 1-5. Their panel of engaging speakers will cover everything you need to know about living life on wheels including remote work, workamping, small business ideas, and so much more. They will also be sharing stories from the road, practical advice, top tips, and insider info all RVers should know. You won’t want to miss this - trust us.

Interested in this exciting, insightful, and high-value event? Register for the free Make Money & RV Virtual Summit at the link below and get ready to hit the road!





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Top RV Mistakes to Avoid for New RVers



The RV lifestyle is filled with fun and adventure, and those who are willing to take the plunge rarely look back. That being said, if you go into RVing without knowing what you’re doing, you may make some mistakes that you will wish you hadn’t. Fortunately, our friends at FMCA have been RV experts for nearly 60 years, and they are here to help you start your journey on a positive note. Get off to a good start by avoiding their top RV mistakes!

Traveling too far in one day
This is a mistake most RVers recognize. To discover your personal daily driving limit, you may need to have a few rough days where you overdo it and learn the hard way. A good rule of thumb is the "3 or 3 rule" —arrive at your destination by 3 pm, or drive 300 miles in one day, whichever happens first. 

Buying the first RV you look at
This might seem obvious for some, but many people don’t know how customizable some RVs actually are and how many different RV floor plans exist. If you “sort of” like the model but you wish there were more kitchen space, or would prefer a larger bathroom, then speak up! If you’re willing to wait a little longer or travel outside your immediate shopping area, you can likely find the PERFECT model for how you plan to use your RV. If you still feel overwhelmed, check out a few RV Buying Tips.

Check out the latest models on RV Trader.

Packing too much
Part of being an RVer is learning how to be resourceful. Packing too much is an easy mistake to make until you learn how to minimize your tools, equipment, and creature comforts. Efficient RVers become resourceful in how they cook, clean, and pack their clothing. For example, if you will never be cooking for more than two or four people, there is no need to bring along every pot, pan, and dish from your kitchen.

The same goes for your clothes (depending on your laundry machine situation, this may be easier for you) and other camping equipment. Traveling with less is better on your fuel economy, easier to pack and unpack things, and the mental clarity of having less clutter will be very beneficial.

Winging it without a checklist
A well-crafted checklist can make your campsite setup or tear-down process run smoothly and consistently each time. This is handy for those of you who are moving around between campgrounds a lot or who camp infrequently and may forget steps in the process without a reminder. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, FMCA has an app that is available for iPhone and Android where you can download premade checklists or create your own customized checklists.

Not seeking proper RV training
Owning an RV is a learning process, but you don’t want to jump into it without any knowledge at all. You’ll want to start reading up on RVing ahead of making your purchase and hitting the road. There are hundreds of online forums and Facebook groups that you can join to discuss various important topics with other RVers. If you’re serious about improving your RV knowledge, check out the quizzes, lessons, and educational articles at FMCA University.

Not planning an RV-friendly route
If you’re new to RVing, you might not realize that there are certain routes that you simply cannot take due to size and height restrictions. There may be narrow roads, small tunnels, or low bridges along your route. If you aren’t expecting these limitations, you may end up spending multiple hours being rerouted to a safer alternative. There are special GPS devices and trip planning tools that allow you to program in your RV’s size and height so you can ensure that your route will be safe for you to navigate!

Neglecting RV maintenance
You should expect to have regular upkeep and maintenance expenses that come along with RV ownership. If you remember simple maintenance tasks such as checking tire pressure before driving, you can prevent larger, more costly issues from occurring and leaving your RV out of commission for days, weeks, or even months at a time.

Forgetting to secure your belongings when driving down the road
You will eventually develop a routine for this reality, but it is worth mentioning. Make sure that you place all loose items into drawers, bags, closets, or other secure locations since things tend to shift and move around during travel. This includes all of your toiletries and refrigerated items as well.

Start RVing without an FMCA membership
This is the biggest mistake any RVer can make: hitting the road without an FMCA membership! A membership to FMCA can save you hundreds of dollars on RV necessities like batteries, tires, and windshield replacement while connecting you to a plethora of educational resources to ensure your RV experience is easy and smooth. Click here
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Tuesday

RV Buying Guide




If you are considering purchasing an RV, especially for the first time, it’s important that you research the RV buying process so you can make informed RV buying decisions. To help with this, RVTrader.com has put together some helpful buying resources.

RV Trader is a great RV buying resource. Whether you are buying or selling an RV, you will find RV tips, articles, and other useful resources. They also have a huge inventory of new and used RVs to choose from.

In addition to all of these resources, RV Trader offers a free RV Buyer’s Guide that is available to download on any device. In this guide you will learn all about the RV buying process and the steps you will need to take to buy your new RV. Taking some time to review this material will help immensely when it’s time to purchase your new RV.
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Thursday

What to Know Before Selecting a Class C Motorhome



Traveling in an RV is an experience like no other. The ability to have your personal belongings and customizable personal space with you throughout your travels is very convenient and comfortable. It is also much more cost-effective than purchasing airfare and staying in hotels. But with all the different types of RVs, it can be difficult to choose the kind that’s best for you. After all, the individual needs of the traveler are one of the most important factors when selecting a class of RV.

If you are considering purchasing a new RV or switching to a different type, then you have come to the right place. We’ll be covering the features and pros and cons of Class C motorhomes. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about them before purchasing one of your own.


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What is a Class C motorhome?

A Class C motorhome is almost like a combination of a Class A and Class B, or rather a compromise between the two. Class Cs are built on a truck or van chassis that is built specifically for a motorhome. They are usually designed to have an overhang over the cab that is typically an extra bed or additional storage. This class of motorhome is revered for having the most sleeping space. Some of the newer, larger models can sleep up to 11 people.

These RVs usually run between twenty-one and thirty-five feet, making them a more compact solution than a Class A, but slightly bigger than a Class B. Due to their smaller size, they are fairly easy to navigate and park - some only take up a bit more than a parking space.

More recently, manufacturers have increased the size and capabilities of these RVs by designing the Super-C. This RV is built on a Ford F550 or Freightliner chassis. The front of Super-Cs sometimes look like a semi-truck and other types retain the overhang cab. Super-Cs are heavy duty and the largest of this class.


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Features

Class C motorhomes retain great gas mileage, especially the diesel varieties. These motorhomes sometimes have the ability to tow around 5,000 pounds, depending on the model, and Super-Cs can tow up to 35,000 pounds.

Floor plans in these vary greatly, depending on the length and type of Class C. Generally, the newer models include up to four slide outs for additional space. Many Class Cs share similar features, such as a kitchen with a stove and cooktop, up to two bathrooms, and a dining area.

One of the biggest drawbacks of Class Cs is the lack of outdoor storage space. Class Cs are usually lacking in the number and size of outdoor storage bays, which makes packing large items such as chairs and coolers a challenge.


Traveling and set up

Driving a Class C is similar to driving a long van. They are not as high off the ground as Class As, which can ease the fears of some drivers. Class Cs are similar to Class As in their necessary campsite setup, although some Class Cs can back into parking spaces significantly easier than Class As can, due to their shorter length and height. Leveling a Class C is very important, but most do not come equipped with automatic leveling kits. The most efficient way to level these RVs is to use leveling blocks and a bubble leveler.


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Long term

A self-contained RV is both a pro and a con. The pro is that, while driving down the road, travelers have everything they need in the comfort of their own home on wheels. However, with motorhomes, you can expect much more maintenance. If you are towing another vehicle, you can then expect to maintain two engines. In addition, repairs to self-contained RVs are almost always significantly more expensive, and RV mechanics are less prevalent than regular garages.

Depending on the size of the Class C you choose, a towed vehicle may be helpful for navigating tighter roads when your RV is stationary. When deciding whether or not to tow, there are many factors to consider, and many of those can add to the upfront costs of purchasing an RV.
Other considerations

Storing a Class C during the off-season is more expensive than storing a regular vehicle. The height and length of the RV impacts where you will be able to store it, and a specialty RV storage facility is likely your best option.

Class C RVs have most of the features of their big sister, the Class A, and can rival them in size. As we mentioned previously, the biggest drawback to these is their lack of outdoor storage. Owning a Class C is not for everyone, but if a Class C is your dream RV and fits your traveling needs, take a look at the new and used Class C RVs for sale on RV Trader.


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Do you own a Class C or would ever consider owning one? Is the C or Super C more appealing? Let us know in the comments below!
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FMCA Tech Tip: Overlooked Maintenance




Missed RV upkeep and repair items can become costly if you do not catch them in time. 

You have made a major investment in an RV. You take great pride in keeping it clean, waxed, and properly maintained. Have you completely read, understood, and followed the information and instructions in all of the manuals for your unit? Some coaches come with encyclopedia-size booklets, others with just a thin pamphlet. Either way, numerous items require regular attention, some of which you may never have heard of or thought about. I hope that this article will encourage you to look into them.

Some RVers cite cost as a reason they haven't precisely followed recommendations in the manuals. However, many businesses have found it is cheaper and safer to implement a planned preventive maintenance (PM) schedule for their equipment. Even if they trade or sell their equipment often, they know that an attached PM report increases the items' resale value.

Imagine you are out looking at two nearly identical RVs with the same mileage. One comes with documented PM records and costs more than the one without. Which one would you purchase? If you stop to think about it, the one without records may end up costing you more during its life. First, you have to spend money to bring it up to specs before any trips. Second, items that have not been maintained properly will wear out faster than normal, use more energy, and could be dangerous.

More often than not, overlooked maintenance items are the leading contributor to the need for emergency road repairs. You can save time, money, frustration, and maybe your marriage just by following your manuals' recommendations. Many RVs out there receive little or no care; is yours one of them? When they do break down, it may be just a tip of the iceberg of problems to come.

An old saying from the horse and buggy days applies to the RV lifestyle: "Rode hard and put away wet." This means subjecting something to extremely hard use and then doing nothing to care for it when finished. Our RVs can sit for several months unused, and then they are off to the races for a weekend getaway or a coast-to-coast run. After reaching the destination, we shut them down and ignore them until the next expedition. Because of a RV's weight and aerodynamics, the motor, transmission, cooling system, and brakes could be considered as operating in a severe-duty service whenever used. This makes preventive maintenance more important than ever, so follow the manuals' suggestions.

Below is a list of items that are easy to overlook. It is a little long; however, these items deserve attention before they require an expensive solution. Most manufacturers recommend them as yearly checks. Please reference your manuals, the company's website, or its service department for specific recommendations regarding your RV and its components and accessories.


Frame/Driveline

  • Batteries: Far and away, the most common battery repairs technicians make are to resolve loose connections, especially on the ground/negative side and wires. Check all terminals and frame grounds for corrosion and tightness. Wash down battery areas with a water-and-baking soda solution or an approved cleaner. Check electrolyte levels; fill with distilled water if needed, usually just enough to cover the plates.
  • Brakes’ hydraulic systems - Use test strips to check the fluid level and its moisture content. Periodic flushing is required to maintain your safety, approximately every three years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Fluid does break down and can attract moisture over time from the heat generated by braking. A noticeable change in efficiency and required pedal force will occur. More importantly, the calipers and the ABS systems' control module could be damaged, causing a very expensive repair.
  • Air systems: Drain ping/storage tanks completely every month to remove moisture. Some units have a replaceable desiccant filter that is easy to overlook but is extremely vital to brakes and suspension.
  • Pads, calipers, rotors, or drums: Check for usable life left, cracking, or glaze and make sure they all operate properly.
  • Brake lines: Check for severe rust on metal lines. Watch out for cracks or weeping on flexible lines.
  • Grease/Lubrication: Climb underneath your coach and count every zerk fitting you can find. Look at all suspension components; steering linkage, including the connection to the steering wheel; driveshaft; universal joints; transmission; clutch shafts; and tag axle. Keep this number (I have counted as many as 43) in your notes with the owners manuals. After a lube, oil, and filter service is performed, ask how many grease zerks they serviced. If it does not match your number, ask why. Then check one that is hard to find for proof of new grease! You would be amazed at how many dry ones I encounter. Some motors have grease zerks on the cooling fan assembly. Do not forget about sliders, rollers, or bearings on racks (generator, cargo, steps, propane tanks, batteries, etc.).
  • Hydraulic Slideouts And Leveling: Fill the oil level with the proper type oil and look for leaks.
  • Rear End/Differential: Refer to the coach's chassis maintenance schedule; however, if a schedule is not available, change the fluid every 100,000 miles. Check the vent tube for blockage. Check the universal joints when greasing and replace if any looseness is detected.
  • Steering: Check fluid; change when suggested (usually three to five years).
  • Suspension: Springs, control arms, and sway bars all have bushings that can wear out. Shocks that have oil stains on them or more than 50,000 miles need to be replaced.
  • Tag Axle: Check wheel bearings for adjustment and lubrication.
  • Tires: Look for dry rot, bulges, cracking, and correct pressure. Stay away from tire dressings that make them shiny, as they tend to have silicone or petroleum-based ingredients that can accelerate tire deterioration. It's probably best to simply wash the tires with soap and water, and rinse them thoroughly afterward.
  • Transmission: Check the fluid and filter; refer to the coach's chassis maintenance schedule. If a schedule is not available, change at 50,000 to 100,000 miles.
Electrical

  • Generator: Wash with a cleaner such as Mean Green and low-pressure water; air dry before using. Change air and fuel filters; some models have filters or screens on cooling air/compartment inlets. Gasoline types should be run once every five to six weeks under medium load, have their fuel system drained, or have Sta-Bil added to the fuel (make sure it's in the carburetor before shutting down the gen set). Run diesel generators at least every two to three months. Warm them up, operate under a load for 10 to 15 minutes, and cool down for another three to five minutes before shutting off. This keeps the fuel fresh, lubricates the parts, and keeps the generator ready for emergencies.
  • Lights: Check all interior and exterior lights on all vehicles (towable included).
  • Shore Power Cord: Clean and wipe down with silicone spray or a product such as 303 Aerospace Protectant (do not use anything slick on coaches equipped with a cord reel).
Engine And Compartment

  • Lube, Oil, And Filter: This should be a no-brainer, so remember the time intervals also; oil is your engine's lifeblood. Follow change intervals to a tee. Stay with quality name-brand oil and filters, especially on diesel engines when new. Many diesel motors require break-in valve and injector adjustments. According to Caterpillar, Cummins, and Detroit Diesel, this first adjustment is very critical.
  • Air Conditioner: Check pressure and operation of the dash air conditioner before the season.
  • Hoses: Look for rub marks, bulges, cracks, or weeping. Secure hose clamps.
  • Serpentine/Fan Belts: Check for cracking or frayed cords. They should be changed every five to eight years/50,000 to 125,000 miles.
  • Engine Cooling/Radiators - Antifreeze: Fill and have the pH level checked. Change every three to five years/65,000 to 100,000 miles. Use only the antifreeze approved for your engine; there are differences. Diesel owners: It is vital to check the pH level and appropriate buffers.
  • Fins/fan: Carefully check, clean, and straighten cooling fins. If the fan's blades are bent or damaged, replace the fan with a new one.
  • Filters: They are installed in places you never thought of: air, fuel, water separator, cabin, antifreeze, radiator pre-filters/screens, air compressor, crankcase.
Exterior

  • Air Conditioner: Remove the cover of the roof air conditioner; check for mud dauber nests; clean the fins and fans of leaves, sticks, moss, and nests. You will save energy and help the unit last longer.
  • Seams: Check all seams for faulty caulk, especially the roof around antenna mounts, skylights, ladder, and vents.
  • Furnace: Remove the cover and clean. Replace filters if applicable (e.g., Aqua-Hot). Look out for mice and their nests.
  • Horns: Do they work?
  • Refrigerator Covers: Remove the outer cover and vacuum clean. Check for spiders, as they love this area. Find the black drain tube, check for obstructions, and route to drain outside of the cover.
  • Roof Maintenance: Clean, look for, and repair defects. Apply proper protection.
  • Slideout Seals: Clean and lubricate every six to 12 months.
  • Storage And Entrance Doors: Clean and lubricate seals, lifting mechanism, latches, and hinges.
  • Water Heater: Remove the bottom plug and drain the heater. Replace the anode rod. Clean the propane-heating tube. Remove the plug-in 12-volt connector and reconnect (cleans contacts).
  • Windshield Wipers: Check and replace. Better to do this now before you're caught in a big rainstorm. Refill the washer fluid reservoir.

Interior

  • Air Conditioner: Clean or replace filters monthly. Carefully clean/vacuum cooling fins.
  • Detectors: Change batteries in smoke, carbon monoxide, and LP-gas detectors.
  • Furnace: Remove the covers and vacuum the area clean.
  • Water Systems: Check the under-counter and ice-maker filters and replace if necessary.
  • Windshield: Clean the inside as well as the outside. Remember how hard it was to see through when driving into the sun on your last trip?
Even though this list may appear overwhelming, the items are not all due at once. Mileage, hours, and/or age will dictate when attention is required throughout the year and life cycle of your RV.

Consult this checklist when searching for a used RV. Finding one with documented PM schedules included generally indicates the entire rig was properly maintained. If you purchase one with a questionable service record, either you'll become handy at repairs or spend a lot of money for someone who is.

If purchasing an older RV with low mileage, or if you let yours sit unused for extended periods, think about this: mechanical items are designed for use on a regular basis. Using them as they were intended to be used generally makes them last longer, with fewer problems, than those you don't use regularly.

Think about our own bodies. When we exercise regularly, we feel better, move around easier, are more alert, and are less prone to injuries and arthritis. Usually we spend less on health care as a result. If we stop exercising, we gain weight, slow down, and acquire more aches and pains; medical expenses and time spent at the doctor rises dramatically. The same thing happens with your RV. This can become a vicious cycle.

Stop exercising your RV and the seals in the motor, rear, and steering dry out and shrink because oil drains off them. Oil drains off motor parts, causing rust and stuck valves. Additives in the oil break down even with age, allowing suspended acids and damaging particles to settle on critical parts. Tires will dry rot and crack, because they depend upon movement to excrete protective agents to block this. Transmission internals can rust and clutch packs go dry. Brakes can rust or seize up, lock up a wheel, or generate enough heat from dragging to burn out a wheel bearing. Brake, fuel, and air lines can rust through from condensation in the storage area. Critters and insects love to make nests in stationary RVs.

You've probably heard some RVers say, "Hey, I start mine and let it idle once a month." Just starting the motor and letting it idle can do more damage than good, but that's for another time and article.



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How to Boondock: Part I



For many RVers, boondocking is an enjoyable way to camp. Boondocking refers to free camping without the use of hookups and can be done in a wide variety of places, including public lands, parking lots, membership club locations, casinos, rest stops, and more. This style of camping is often more scenic, more private, more affordable, and, for some, more fun.


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FMCA Tech Tip: RV Buying Tips



Buying an RV typically is not always a simple, stress-free experience. After all, it requires a substantial outlay of discretionary funds. During the buying process it’s not uncommon for prospective first-time buyers to seek advice from their family, friends, or even FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) members. More seasoned RV owners also may want information about how to make the process go more smoothly, and our friends at FMCA are here to help these buyers, too.

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Wednesday

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Pets



It’s time to gear up for another adventure, and if you’re anything like us, you couldn’t bear the thought of traveling without your furry friends! Pets have the amazing ability to bring us the comfort of home on the road, but before you load up the whole gang (including Spike) - check out these tips for making your upcoming trip fun, stress-free, and most importantly, safe for your four-legged companions.


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Friday

Vintage Trailer & RV Restoration Hazards



Traveling in an RV or with a travel trailer can be a great experience. It’s a great way to cover a lot of ground and have a comfortable place to stay after hiking, getting out on the lake, or just enjoying the serenity of your campsite. 

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Monday

Tips For Renting an RV For the First Time



With states slowly opening and summer just around the corner, people across America are easing back into the world of travel. But the reality is, summer getaways might look a little different this year, and considering many people aren’t ready to fly to their next destination, road trips are making a huge comeback. RVs give you the option to truly have a home on wheels and are ideal for social distancing. Don’t have an RV, but still want to take a trip this summer? RV Trader Rentals could be the perfect option for you. Our rentals are professionally managed and owned so you can feel confident each step of the way. Before you select the RV rental for your next escape, check out some of our tips for renting an RV for the first time.
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Tips for Appreciating Nature Indoors


By: Cynthia Shackleton


There’s a second pandemic taking hold, especially among those who cherish wide-open spaces: cabin fever. 

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FMCA Tech Tip: RV Battery Types



Our friends at FMCA are breaking down the different types of batteries for an RV. Check them out below.
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Thursday

Mistakes to Avoid When Financing An RV



So, you’re ready to take the plunge into RV life? We’re excited to welcome you to the club - but before you dive head-first into the world of RVing, you’ll need to make sure you’re actually financially ready to make the big purchase. We’ve compiled a quick list of mistakes you should avoid making to make sure you’re ready to finance an RV when the time comes. 

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Tuesday

Five Tips for RV Life



In today’s society, there’s a real urge among a lot of people to cut loose from the rat race and just live life out in the beauty of nature. RV or Van life gives you the freedom to go wherever you like and see the countryside in ways most people never get a chance to. I’ve spent a lot of time out on the open road and learned a thing or two in my time. Here are five things I think anyone considering life on the road should understand before taking the plunge.

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How To Customize Your RV To Be More Energy Efficient



RVs provide an excellent means of cost-effective travel. Whether you are living in your RV or taking your recreational vehicle out for an adventure, energy efficiency is a must.
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RV Staycations as a Cure for Coronavirus Blues



By: Megan Glenn

Stay-at-home orders, self-isolation, quarantine, are pretty much daily words on the news, and the practice of them has us all wanting to file emancipation orders from our families, ourselves... our furniture. So why not try something new?
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Friday

RV Renovations: Updating RV Light Fixtures



When renovating your RV interior, there are so many projects that you can tackle to update and revamp your space. And considering most of us have a bit of extra time on our hands, now is a great time to tackle any renovations or updates you’ve been wanting to make. Each of these projects ranges in difficulty, with some being fairly easy and others being trickier. As you begin to complete each task, your RV will start to look more and more modern over time. Previously, we have discussed painting your interior, installing new flooring, updating your dinette, and installing a backsplash. If you want your RV to look truly modern and like a traditional home, your next step will be to replace your current light fixtures with newer ones.
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Tips for Buying an RV Online



COVID-19 has the majority of the country staying at home. If you had been interested in buying an RV, the quarantine might have put a damper on your plans - but in today’s world, it really doesn’t have to. With all of the technology we have access to, buying an RV is still possible with minimal in-person contact. So, are you still looking to buy? Despite the stay at home orders - it’s still possible with these easy tips.

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FMCA TECH TIP: The Importance of Waste System Venting in RVs




By Gary Bunzer

Proper holding tank venting is required (mandated actually), for both the black and the gray waste systems found on recreation vehicles and the method chosen by most RV manufacturers is to run a length of ABS pipe from the holding tank, up and through the roof of the RV. The importance of proper venting, in both systems, cannot be overstated, especially as it relates to odor control. Additionally, without correct venting, sinks will not drain properly, bacteria can propagate and holding tanks will not drain as quickly or completely.

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How to Virtually Spring Break in a Pandemic



Ahh, Spring Break. A time for RV road trips across the country, lounging on the beaches, or taking time to travel abroad. A time for students to take a break from their studies, celebrate Spring finally being here and the school semester almost ending. However, with the current COVID-19 situation happening across the entire world, Spring Break will be a bit different this year.

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Wednesday

7 Important Things to Consider in Planning Your Next RV Trip



As soon as the coronavirus restrictions are lifted, you’re probably planning to jump in your RV and head off for new adventures in the Great Outdoors. Before you do, here are 7 important things to consider. 

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RVs 4 MDs Helps Front Line Healthcare Workers and First Responders During COVID-19



With all that’s going on in the world today, it can be hard to find the positive. But in the midst of these trying times, people all over the world are stepping up to show kindness to others in big ways.
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Tuesday

Buying a Used RV From Start to Finish



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Thursday

RV Renovations: Renovating a Dinette



In an RV, a dinette is one of the most useful and functional spaces you will find. For many people, this centrally-located space can be used as a kitchen table, a desk or office space, a craft center, or even somewhere to hang out and watch movies and relax. Dinettes can come as a booth with two benches or as a table with four chairs and vary in size, shape, and color. However, in some older RVs, dinette areas tend to be a bit outdated. Often, they are covered in tacky fabrics, dark woods, and textured wallpapers, and, for some people, this can be a bit of a disappointment when they are considering a purchase. Yet, with some simple changes, you can easily transform your dinette space into an area that you will enjoy utilizing for years to come. Follow along to learn some simple tips for updating and modernizing your RV’s dinette cushions, updating your table, and decorating tips.

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Deep Cleaning Your RV, Inside & Out



By Ann Eichenmuller

Summer is just around the corner—and with it, some of the best camping of the year. While the coronavirus has put many vacation plans on hold, you’ll want to be ready to go when campgrounds reopen. With all this extra time on your hands, there’s truly no better time to deep clean your RV.

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How to Find Open Campgrounds During COVID-19



In these complicated times, it's difficult to find anyone who hasn't been affected by the global coronavirus pandemic. And with the closure of many state parks and RV campgrounds, RVers have been left to wonder where to go next. It's hard to "stay in place" when you don't have a place to stay.

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Monday

Boondocking Etiquette



Boondocking is a fun type of camping where RVers ditch the hookups in lieu of beautiful, free campsites that often offer a unique sense of peace and solitude. Now that you have learned the boondocking basics, it’s time to learn a few rules associated with boondocking. Some of these rules are clearly stated, while others remain unspoken, yet equally important. Since there is no one to directly enforce the rules and regulations of boondocking, it is up to individual campers to know and respect them. Follow along with these seven important considerations of boondocking etiquette so that you can be prepared before camping in the wild.

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What to Know Before Buying a Class A RV




Travel is usually at the top of almost anyone’s bucket list, but the cost alone often holds people back. This is where buying an RV can come into the picture. RVs allow travelers to reduce the cost of travel by eliminating the price of a plane ticket, hotel, and the frequency of eating meals out. Because of this, and other reasons, the RV lifestyle has become more and more popular for both travel solutions and for full time living.
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FMCA Tech Tip: Exterior Maintenance



Keep your RV exterior looking its best with these tips from FMCA and the “RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer. Take pride in your home on wheels!

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Friday

RV Renovations: Replacing Your RV's Furniture



Renovating your RV’s interior is an excellent way to modernize the space and make it your own. The list of potential RV projects is endless, and, with each individual improvement, you are sure to add more character and personality to your space. When renovating your RV, it’s important to complete each task entirely before moving on to the next one.

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FMCA’s Sunsets + Saguaros Convention in Tucson, AZ


If you’ve never been to an FMCA convention, or any RV convention for that matter, we’d advise checking one out. It is worth your while. You’ll find countless opportunities to learn, network, and enjoy the comradery that makes RVing such a wonderful lifestyle. 

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How to Find the Perfect RV for You



When you buy an RV, you aren’t just purchasing a camper—you’re investing in a future full of open roads, scenic vistas, and crackling campfires. But choosing the wrong unit could turn those vacation dreams into more of a nightmare. With all of the options out there, how do you know which RV is right for you?

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Tips and Tricks For Working From Your RV



When you imagine living in an RV, it might seem like an endlessly exciting adventure. Every day you get to meet new people, see unique parts of the country and work from wherever you want.
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Thursday

5 Things to Consider When Financing an RV



RVs make for the ultimate road trip vehicles, allowing owners to bypass hotels, restaurants, and other costly vacation expenses. This can make vacations more affordable, fun, and convenient. For these reasons, more people than ever are hitting the road in their tiny vacation home on wheels and loving every second of it. However, this freedom and relaxation comes at a price.

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Friday

Boondocking Basics



If you have been a member of the RVing community for any length of time, you may have heard the word “boondocking” tossed around amongst other RVers. If you are wondering what boondocking is, then this post is for you. Here, we’ll be discussing boondocking basics and all the reasons why so many RVers enjoy it so much.
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Your January RV News Fix



A new year brings new RV headlines and - and as always - we’re here to fill you in on the latest and greatest stories. From new towable units to awesome camper vans at this weekend’s Florida RV Supershow - we’ve got all the news you need to know in this edition of “Your RV News Fix.”

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FMCA Tech Tip: 5 Tips to Make RV Service Less Stressful



It’s time again for RV service. You explain your problem to the service writer, sign the repair order, grab a cup of coffee and wait. And wait, and wait and wait.

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