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I have always wanted a dog with me for my adventures, but since I like to travel internationally, it might not the best idea for me. You, however, serious pet owners want to accumulate the best travel gear for your dogs. If you have a dog, you want to see your pet happy and comfortable with any kind of road trip. Proper planning and expertise will help the trip go by easier than they had planned before now. Travel gear for dogs is made by several notable brand manufacturers out on the market. Do some preliminary research before choosing travel gear for dogs. That will be a worthwhile asset that everyone wants to consider in time.

First and foremost about campground etiquette:

There are some camping locations that have opted to ban dogs outright because some dogs can actually bark a lot or be getting out of control. You should research campground rules and prepare the pet to behave itself. You do have a lot of assets available to make that happen. Consider getting a muzzle for the dog that fits snugly as intended. That will prevent the pet from barking or biting on location. Manufacturers are working to make products that fit the needs of dogs everywhere. Travel gear for dogs is more valuable than some might think over time.

Buy A Custom Travel Bowl

Your dog needs to stay hydrated during the lengthy trip. A custom travel dog bowl could be exactly what the pet needs. That custom travel bowl features neat designs that the owner will enjoy. Print your dog’s name right on the side. You can gear up for the next big trip at any location in the area too. A custom travel bowl is just what people want to get for their next destination. Dogs lap up water and stay healthy when they get a chance as well.

Pet Mesh Safety Net

This safety mesh will keep your dog safe while you are driving your RV. Some dogs can sit in the front seat and be fine, but some others needs to be kept in the back. It is created to fit almost any vehicle including RVs, cars, vans. By setting up this “see-through” barrier, the pet has visible access but is kept from interfering with the driver.

Quilted Seat Cover

Your dog may be riding in your RV for a long time now. This quilted seat cover is spread out so the dog can ride comfortably. That also keeps the car seat clean and clear of fur. The dog can easily sit or lay down on the seat as is needed. The quilted seat cover is also handmade to feature a certain design element. The dog will sit down with ease on the quilted seat cover when they need it most. Browse a selection of designs that people want to see with the quilted seat cover. Order a few sets to change out the quilted seat cover during a lengthy car ride.

Leash And Collar Set

You want to have control of your dog while on a stroll. A leash and collar are fairly typical for the modern dog owner. That helps people control their dog when they are on the go. A leash and collar set is a must for anyone who wants to take their dog outside.

You should do some research and stay in the loop for the best dog travel gear. 

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Anyone that owns an RV should understand the importance of toppers. They are the best way to protect your coach especially as your rig starts to age. With age, the seals around your slider start to break down and once damaged you run the risk of water leakage. Slide toppers help to protect the slider and the seals so that it lasts longer and protects you for more camping trips. The best toppers will prevent mildew buildup and will protect your RV slider from harsh weather as well as any debris.

Having a topper for your slider has more advantages than disadvantages:

• It protects your slider from sun damage as UV rays are known to weaken materials.
• It protects your slider from falling debris or materials that get thrown around during harsh weather.
• Easy to clean. As you close the slider, the topper allows anything on top to just roll off, so you don’t have to climb up to clean odd the debris.
• Keeps moisture of snow or rain away from the slider seals, thus protecting the inside of your RV from water.

With all these benefits, there seems to be every reason to get a slider topper for your RV. The biggest complaint you may hear about topper sis that they tend to flap around in the wind. Depending on the angle and strength of the wind this can be a nuisance, but it doesn’t really outweigh the overall benefits you get from having one.

Slider covers or toppers are easy to install and come in a variety of colors so you can get something to match your RV. It is best to meet with an RV specialist so they can help design the right configuration for the topper that you will need. Here is how to measure and order your slide topper. It is important to have the right fit in order to get maximum protection. As with anything, time and aging will wear a product down, and eventually, your topper will need to be replaced or repaired. Parts and materials are readily available at RV dealers and supply shops.

So long as you properly care for the slider topper, it should give you many years of coverage. Regular cleaning in between trips is the best way to ensure debris does not build up and weaken the materials. While most debris will fall away as you roll the slider in, some may get left behind and this will need to be cleaned. This is easy to do using a ladder and a long handle broom or windshield wiper brush with some soap and water. Leaf blowers are also a great tool for quickly cleaning off a topper.

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I used to think my life on the road wasn’t that different than everyone else’s. I just happened to live in a house on wheels. But as I travel more, meeting new people and trying new things, everything has changed.

Life is nothing like it was 2 years ago when I worked 9-5 and lived in a guest house in LA. RVing a has changed the way I approach life, changed my mentality.

I met many RVers who all have different reasons for living in their RV. And if you think RV life is weird, believe it or not, there are people who live on boats or digital nomads who live in Thailand and even people who have no home but travel full-time house sitting around the world.

We talk about “The American Dream” being the white picket fence and 2.5 kids in the suburbs, but the more people I meet, the more I see that everyone has their own idea of what life should look like. Sadly, most who live the conventional life is drowning in debt, commuting hours and working jobs that they don’t like just to maintain their lifestyle… It is a never-ending cycle. 

There’s no right way to live your life. There’s no perfect path to follow. You must choose your own path but remember:

Time is your most valuable asset

We have limited time while we are on Earth. There’s more to life than just growing wealth. There’s life itself. There’s the time side of the ledger. You get less and less. It matters how you spend it. 

I realized that I can always go back to work at a traditional 9-5, if necessary. I can always make more money later if this lifestyle won’t work out. But the time I have now will never be mine again. Every second that ticks away is a second I’ll never have again. And this is a fundamental truth that you should always remember: You can always make more money in life, but you’ll never be able to make more time.

So why not now? I know, you might start thinking of excuses, but there is never a perfect time. You’ll always have an excuse why not to do it and no one’s ever going to reach out and give you a golden ticket saying “Take a year off and travel the world! Chase your dreams! You’ve got this!”

When people talk about bucket lists and dreams, travel is almost always at the top. But we have so many excuses for why it can’t happen. Don’t let those excuses keep you from exploring the world.

It slows me down

Living in an RV and working remotely slows me down. All that extra time that I don’t have to spend with unnecessary meetings, buying more stuff gave me more time for things I enjoy. I enjoy being in the present more. Of course, I still have a schedule (which changes often) and I believe having some kinds of routine help to achieve my goals; but now I am able to set this routine up myself instead of living by someone else’s. 

A life of full-time travel is more attainable than you think.

All too often when I explain that I live in an RV and travel full-time, people say “oh, that must be nice.” It is everyone’s natural assumption that I must be rich.

Americans view travel as decadent or indulgent. It’s something they do for maybe 14-days a year. Traveling full-time is viewed as reckless or expensive or, more often than not, impossible.

You may think you can’t travel because you can’t afford it, but I average around $2000-2500 a month although this could be way cheaper if I choose to stay more on public BLM lands. Many of my friends are able to live off $1000-1500/Mo.

You may think that you can’t travel because you need to work, but I’ve met many who works full-time while traveling. They have to log in to their computer each work day of course, but it’s doable.

You learn a lot while traveling

You also learn about RVing. How? You Google things. Ask questions from others. Attend events. Spend crazy amounts of time on Youtube trying to figure out to fix your door after you break it. You become handy. You figure it out.

RV lifestyle has changed the way I approach everything in life. No matter the issue you can always figure it out.

I let things go now

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” 

I don’t have much stress since I’ve been living the RV life. Of course, annoying things come up occasionally (especially driving in LA traffic) but I learned not to worry about tomorrow. Letting go means to release anything that disrupts your happiness and no longer serves you. Letting go is about accepting what is happening right now and not worrying about what will come up tomorrow.

I also avoid drama. It doesn’t make sense to me. Such a waste of time. Of course, it’s possible to have a disagreement with someone but now I focus on the solution instead of blaming the other person.

Being outdoors and moving more

Now I spend a good amount of time outdoors. Nature makes me happy. When I am hiking, I don’t hurry, but stop and look around often. I sit down and enjoy being in the present. I usually go to parks either in the mountains, the desert or at the beach. Sometimes I like to go to a nice RV resort where I can just rest by the pool all day.
 

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What does Xscapers mean to me?

I love full-timing but it’s been way more fun since I belong and attend Xscapers’ events. It has changed my life. Xscapers is my tribe. The tribe that makes feel the most me. They understand me, my lifestyle and don’t think I’m crazy when I tell them I live in an RV. I have been a member since 2016 and first attended the Annual Quartzite Convergence. I met other solos (and couples), that I am still friends with today. We meet, we talk and support each other. I love how fast I can build deep connections and friendships with the people I meet. We are all coming from different walks of life but this way of thinking, the minimalist mentality is a huge part of our lives so we become friends quicker. Talking with an Xscaper for a half hour is like knowing them for a long time. It’s friends, it’s a community. These are people who think alike, who think freedom and our time is our most important asset.

Why did I decide to get an Xscapers tattoo?

Each tattoo should have its own meaning to the person who bears it. When it comes to tattoos, finding inspiration is everything. I never had anything that I wanted to put on my body and have it displayed there forever. Honestly, it has never really crossed my mind to have any tattoos. This is my first one and probably the only one… (Never say never though). I saw my friend Shane did it and I thought to myself, what a great idea! Having this tattoo represents a community, a tribe, friendships, mentality, freedom and a way of living to me. When someone asks about my tattoo I can tell them a story, it’s a great conversation starter; I can proudly talk about how Xscapers changed my life. After thinking about it for a week or two, I knew that I wanted to do it. So, I decided to go for it.

My Story 

I always loved road trips, discovering new places, and being on the road. I’ve seen gorgeous beaches and beautiful parks, but there is so much more I wanted to see. I’ve dreamed of living a nomadic lifestyle, working remotely, buying an RV and hitting the road with no particular destination and no specific timetable. Instead of living a life tied down to a 9-5 job, expensive rent and debt, I wanted to be free. After thinking it over, I decided it was time to make my dream a reality. After all, with no family in this country, I’m not tied down to any particular spot and in an RV I can actually feel at home anywhere I go. As an added bonus, I work in the internet marketing field, which gives me the opportunity to do most of my work remotely. Sure, most people wait until they are older and retired to make a big change in their life, but I wanted to do it now, while I was younger and able to enjoy it. It’s an idea I couldn’t get out of my head. After all, who knows what will happen in the distant future? Life is too short. 

I am now the 9th member who got this tattoo. Now I am displayed on the Xscapers’ Hall Of Fame and got a lifetime membership. You can read all about it HERE.

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If you are thinking of buying a recreational vehicle, good negotiation skills and buying strategy will help you get a good deal. Buying an RV is an important investment because it will cost you thousands of dollars depending on whether the RV is old or new, location and current market trends among other factors. If you want to negotiate for better RV prices, follow these 9 tips:

Watch auto finance rates

Financing rates usually depend on the current market trends. If you want to get a better deal, you will have to research well to know if the market is favorable to buy an RV. You should understand that RV loan rates and auto loan rates are closely related and they determine the amount you will pay to buy an RV. If you cannot be able to get a good rate from your bank or credit union, don’t consider buying an RV. However, if the market has favorable auto loans, you stand a chance of getting a good RV loan.

Leave your options open

Although you’ve been buying new or used cars from the same dealer for a long period of time, you are not guaranteed you will have the best deal always. You should keep your options open by looking at as many prices as possible from your longtime dealer, their competitors and online dealers before you decide where to buy your RV. Loyalty to a specific dealer will only help you negotiate for a good price but when you have several options to choose from, you might end up having the most affordable price.

Try RV shows

The main objective of dealers in these RV shows is to sell RVs and get an income or commissions. If you are considering buying an RV, you are advised to go to an RV show where you will get an exposure of what to expect when buying one. You can spend some time scouting around RVs that interest you, note your options and then wait until the last day of the show. Most dealers will offer you a great deal to avoid towing or shipping the RV back.

Buy at the end of the season

Just like auto dealership, RV dealers have monthly and annual schedules and targets to meet. If they have not met their sales quota, they tend to sell more RVs. This could be the opportune time for you to negotiate a deal from the dealer or salesperson.

Become friends with your salesperson

Although salespeople tend to be very friendly to get you to buy whatever they are selling, you also need to be polite and friendly to the salesperson. This will not only create a rapport but also a great sense of understanding each other and this might help you get a good RV deal. In addition, if you are good friends with your salesperson, he or she would end up giving you a better deal.

Wait for the deal

You should wait for friendly deals offered on RVs to buy one. Even if a third party institution can give you a better deal, dealers always offer the best deals if they are willing. Promotions and special offers from dealers are better deals than getting your RV financed through a bank!

Find the right incentives

Most salespeople will try to sweet talk you into a deal by throwing a number of incentives at you. You can consider these incentives to determine whether it’s worth spending a bit more and get good incentives. When you are closing a deal, you can ask for a real incentive that will help you reduce the cost of maintenance or repair of the RV in the long term. These incentives might include free oil changes for a year or getting interior upgrades from your dealer.

Take risks in negotiations

When having a price negotiation, always take a risk and start as low as possible to avoid spending a lot of money buying the RV. Being in sales business for years, dealers and salespeople are quite experienced and skilled on selling. They can mark their starting price with over 50% of the original price. You should research about prices of RVs to help you when negotiating. When a dealer recognize you know what you are talking about, they will be realistic and you will end up with a good deal.

Walk away

You are not obliged to take any deal if you don’t like or feel like it’s the right deal. Therefore, if you feel like your salesperson is not offering the best deal, you can just walk away and look for another dealer or salesperson. Don’t feel compelled to buy an RV because of what a salesperson has done for you, you might end up regretting why you accepted the deal rather than looking for an alternative.

For you to get a good deal, you need to have researched well to negotiate better prices. You can as well ask your friend to help you if you feel like you need any help.

 

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I live full time in an RV so I travel all the time. For those who are summer RVers it’s soon time to hit the road. There are numerous adventures and exciting places to head towards. On the open road, you can go wherever you want and go as fast or as slow as you like. The fun about full-timing is that I can take time traveling around the country. Spending the night anywhere that looks interesting and having the freedom to go and see everything is what every RVer lives for. AS many destinations as there are for the intrepid RVer, there are a few well-kept secrets that need to be on your list for 2018.

  Colonial Williamsburg

The historical area of Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 301 acres and includes 88 original 18thcentury structures, representing a true trip through history. Hundreds of the houses, shops and public outbuildings have all been reconstructed on the original foundations, keeping the history alive. Some of the buildings are public and others are private residences or for administrative offices, but either way, there is plenty to see. You can step right from your into history as you walk the paths and streets of former Presidents. There is a designated RV park for travelers which offer a lending library, park, laundry facilities, game room and a fenced dog run for the family pet. Staying here also gives you access to the nearby Jamestown, Yorktown and Busch Gardens.

  Blue Ridge Parkway

The scenery and wildlife of Blue Ridge Parkway make it one of the most sought-after destinations for RVers. This stretch of road winds for 500 miles along the Blue Ridge chain of the Appalachian Mountains. There are several stops along the way perfect for RVs, but be sure to check ahead as not all of them offer water and electrical hookups. Once there, you can enjoy any number of hiking trails, museums, and visitor’s centers. The Parkway is divided into five distinct regions, each offering their own attractions. The summer season is always crowded and winters can get cold, so the best time to visit is spring and autumn. The weather will be nice and you can avoid many of the summer crowds.

  Arches National Park

Arches National Park preserves over 2000 natural sandstone arches including the famous Delicate Arch and some other unusual and unique rock formations. Thousands of years of geological history are revealed here all thanks to the forces of nature. The landscape created consists of contrasting colors, unique landforms, and multiple textures, unlike any other destination in the world. RV parking and setup is offered at several locations as this region is friendly for RVers and campers alike. Campgrounds facilitate campsites, campers, and motorhomes, so everyone is welcome year round.

 

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People who live full-time in an RV are most likely minimalist. It is hard to buy them gifts. Most weekend RVer, however, do like special type of gifts. I am talking all things RV today, and more specifically, the 6 best gifts for the RV lover in your life. Here is some stuff I would love to have but for some of them I don’t have space for:

Remote Control Cooler

If you know an RV owner who is also a kid at heart, this is the most thrilling and amazing present you could possibly give them. This remote control cooler has the cool, multitasking ability that you have been looking for, featuring a durable exterior with built-in lights and speaker system, a cooler that can hold up to 30 cans as well as ice, and is also controlled completely by a remote control. This will definitely be the dream gift for anyone who loves to take full advantage of relaxing when on vacation with their RV.

Rocking Chair

You can never have too many outdoor chairs, especially when you are the avid adventurer all throughout the year. That being said, some of the best outdoor chairs that you can gift to anyone are rocking chairs; Not only that, opting for zero gravity rocking chairs will take that gift to the next step. These chairs offer easy portability, along with the ultimate sense of relaxation from several different and easy to adjust positions. The fabric is also perfect for any outdoor conditions and can also be cleaned quite easily.

Portable Washing Machine

 What is the one problem that many individuals face when they are out on the road in their RV for an extended period of time? They don’t have enough time to stop and wash their clothes. Especially families where they need to do laundry each day! Plus, paying to use machines at the laundromat can really add up after a while. This is why this next gift is truly genius. We are looking at portable washing machines! These washing machines also feature a spin dryer and offer a more eco-friendly solution by using less water. They also hold up to about 8 or 9 pounds of clothing at a time, allowing you to still keep up with all of the dirty laundry while out on the open road.

Outdoor Wireless Speakers

When you are out camping or enjoying time adventuring with the RV, one thing you truly can’t leave home without is music. It is something that helps us all to relax, and enjoy the surroundings that we are in with our family and friends. That is why one of the best gifts you can find for the RV adventurer in your life are a pair of outdoor wireless speakers. These speakers can be used indoors or out and can hook up with any Bluetooth connection to allow you to play the music that you love best. They also have a weatherproof design that will help to extend their life, while also enabling you to listen to music literally wherever you please.

Folding Bed Chair

Although many RVs nowadays are coming bigger and more equipped than ever, there are still some circumstances where there just isn’t enough space. This is where innovation and creativity come in, and why a great gift to give to someone for their RV is a folding bed chair. This folding bed chair is made with the softest memory foam for ultimate comfort, and also features 6 legs for extra stability while you sleep and relax. This chair also allows for space saving when not in use with its ability to compact and easy to fold mechanisms that are built in. Just use it as an ottoman when not in use!

Outdoor Fire Pit

Finally, when you are out camping, the one thing that you honestly can’t live without, even in your RV, is a campfire. Whether for cooking your meals, roasting marshmallows, or for gathering together to catch up, a fire is a necessity when you’re out in the wilderness, and why an outdoor fire pit is an outstanding choice for gifting to your RV adventurer. This outdoor fire pit offers a smokeless and clean burn, and is also lightweight for easy portability when out on the road. It can also be used in all types of weather, and will definitely stand the test of time with your camping crew.

There are so many options when it comes to adding the perfect appliances and furniture to your RV experience. Get yourself or your family/friends ready for the upcoming summer season with these amazing products that we have talked about today. They won’t believe what a wonderful gift they have been giving, and you will rest easy knowing you have finally found the perfect gift giving list for your adventurer.

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I’ve been living full-time in my RV for almost two years. I met many full-timers on my adventures and people who live the “normal” brick and mortal life. While there are a number of stories out there depicting happiness and enjoyment from living in an RV, there are some limits. Most people cannot consider what it would be like to live full-time in a trailer or RV. I personally love it and I would not voluntarily go back to normal life. However, certain things can make living in an RV difficult. There are a few things that the full-times wish they had known before starting the whole adventure. It turns out it is not as bad as most of us might think.

  • An RV can feel more at home than you expect. Even though your backyard changes, the basic comforts of home are right with you. Most RVs are equipped with all the amenities of a home so you really are not missing much. And with the whole family along for the ride, it is really a home away from home.
  • Travelling around opens up your world to so many new places and adventures. There is so much to see that it is not possible to see everything in one visit. This means you get to come back for another visit, so you don’t really miss out on anything.
  • It is important to research and learn about your RV before going full-time. The mechanical systems are different and there are limitations with batteries and holding tanks. You need to familiarize yourself with your unit so as to not come across any unexpected problems as you travel. 
  • Take your time. Many people head off on a long road trip and then rush. Doing too much, too fast causes you to miss out as many first time full-timers discover. Take a few lazy days as you travel and keep your schedule fluid because you never know what opportunities will come up.
  • Take time when it comes to picking an RV. Do your research and consider your everyday needs and preferences. By narrowing down your choices to a top 3 must-have items, you are guaranteed to pick an RV that will keep you in comfort during a full-time travels. I bought a small Class B RV first then I upgraded to a bit larger Class C. Some people do it all the way around. Buy first something that you can afford, so you won’t commit to paying back a loan before you really know what you want.
  • You are not as remote as you think. Many people worry about not being online or reachable while on the road, but the fact is that with most RVs you can get online connections over 95% of the time. See my article how.
  • Be prepared for breakdowns. It is recommended by professional full-timers that you keep a toolkit on board because things do fail at the most inopportune times. Just like you keep a first aid kit for yourselves, be sure to have a first aid kit for the RV too.
  • Be sure to try out the RV on shorter test runs and really test every appliance and feature. Some full-timers have experienced disappointment in their RV once it was a full-time adventure. Insulation can vary greatly, so make sure you test heating and cooling before opting for a longer term or full-time trip.
 

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Most of the time RV owners may get carried away enjoying the shelter a camper provides and forget one critical aspect; roof inspection and maintenance. You never know how important it is to care for your roof until one day you are out camping and then comes a heavy downpour of rain. If you were kind to your camper roof, it would do a great job protecting you. Again, regular maintenance will save you a lot in repair bills. If you are the proactive type and want to get a long life out of your camper roof, here are some tips on how to care and maintain it.

First thing before doing anything is to determine the material your roof is made of since the maintenance varies with the different types. This information is readily available on your RV’s manual (or just taking a look at the roof). Materials for making RV roofs include;

Rubber– this is perhaps the most common roofing material for a camper roof. However, there are two variations of rubber used; EPDM rubber also known as Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer or TPO which stands for Thermal Poly Olefin.

Fiberglass– this kind of roof is less popular compared to the one made of rubber reason being that they add extra weight to the camper. On the other hand, the maintenance is easy, making it preferable to some.

Aluminum– like the fiberglass, its maintenance is not hard although it also adds unnecessary weight to the camper.

Once you know the material that makes your camper roof, it is now easier for you to determine the kind of maintenance required, the frequency and the type of RV roof products you will need to make the maintenance.

How often you maintain your roof may depend on where you park your RV and the conditions in which you’ve used it.

When caring for your roof, regardless of the material always remember to;

  • Inspect the roof for weak seams, cuts and degrading sealants.
  • Clean the roof of any debris.
  • Use the right cleaners and sealants and carefully follow the product instructions.
Rubber RV Roof Maintenance

Inspection and maintenance of EPDM roofs should be done on a quarterly basis. This is to remove the dirt, debris, and mold. Due to its light nature, it is easily prone to damage, and you should be extra cautious of any elements that could damage your roof when parking it or driving.

Collecting dirt is also easy for this kind of roofs because of their porosity. It is also likely that after every 12 months, these roofs show signs of chalking.

When cleaning, all you need is a non-abrasive cleanser and a soft brush. Stay clear of all petroleum-based products. Once the roof dries up, follow up with a sealant for the damaged areas you noticed during the inspection.

For TPO roofs, you may have an easier time as they are less likely to absorb dirt and have a smoother and shinier appearance. These kinds of roofs do not chalk up easily as well. Apart from the sealants, care, and maintenance of these roofs are similar to EPDM.

Aluminum and Fiberglass

Maintenance for these two is much easier. Make sure you clean your roof gently on a regular basis. After cleaning, inspect the sealants around all the seams on the roof. Reseal anywhere on the roof seams you may suspect a leak.

In a nutshell, routine inspection and maintenance of your camper roof will improve your camping experience as it is friendly to your pocket and safe. Take care of your RV, and it will take care of you.

*** About the Author:

Tom Brown loves spending time outdoors with his wife and two kids. He regularly shares his camping tips, hiking experiences and survival techniques on thriftyoutdoorsman.com.  


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I just got a new RV a few months back but I must say proper maintenance not only keeps your RV in great working condition but it also helps to retain its value. The manufacturer’s manual will provide recommended tips for keeping your RV in the best condition and you can always schedule maintenance and checkups with any certified RV technician. In between checkups, there are a few things you can do to make sure your RV goes the distance.

Most Important RV Maintenance tips:

Just the same as your cars, RVs need regular oil and filter changes. This is recommended and necessary to keep the engine running efficiently and if neglected, the engine could seize. If this happens, you are looking at costs as high as $10,000, which is why most RV manufacturers recommend oil changes every 3000 or 4500 miles. Every vehicle is different, so be sure to check the recommendations given in the user’s manual for your specific make and model. I usually do this every 5000 miles.

You also need to check the generator according to the user’s manual recommendations. The filters need to be changed regularly so you don’t end up facing $9000 in repairs should damage occur. You need to remember that your generator needs to run regularly even when the RV is in storage; otherwise you could be looking at $400 to remove any build up on the carburetor.

  • The air, fuel, coolant and hydraulic filters also need to be changed regularly. Damages can cost close to $2500 because of increased fuel usage or overheating issues with the cooling system or oxidation in the hydraulic system.
  • Be sure to inspect the roof seals and seams of the RV every six months or so. Water damage can be very costly if not noticed and addressed right away.
  • Make sure the brakes are maintained for your safety as well as the safety of others on the road. Brake damages can cost close to $2000 for motorhomes and $500 for trailers.
  • You can prolong the life of your wastewater system and keep maintain optimal performance levels by using biodegradable RV toilet paper.
  • If the RV has a rubber roof, you want to have the roof treated at least once a year. This prevents the sum from causing too much damage. Regardless of the roofing material, you should plan to have the roof inspected at least twice a year.
  • Make sure you check your tire pressure and lug nuts before every trip.
  • Before every trip, you also want to check the batteries. If you have deep cycle batteries, these last between 3 and 5 years and need to be replaced after the life cycle is complete.
  • If you are not living full time in your RV during the months you are not using it, remove the battery and store it somewhere warm. They can be damaged by cold weather and freeze or break which will void any warranty and render them unusable.

 

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