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The new 2019 Vibe travel trailers are getting ready to arrive, and we need to make room on our lot. So right now, you can find savings of up to $14,600 on the 2018 Vibe travel trailers for salehere at A&S RV Center! Let’s check out these amazing RVs and see what you can take with you to the campground for a fraction of the regular cost.
Save $1000s on our 2018 Vibe Travel Trailers!
Your Perfect Floorplan
Our 2018 Vibe RVs come in four different floorplans to help you find what you need for your family. With options of up to two slides and sleeping spaces for up to ten people due to the addition of bunks beds or bunkhouses, you can get a camper with as much space and as many amenities as you desire.
Get the perfect RV for your family with the bunkhouse floorplans.
Luxury Inside and Out
Whether you are sitting outside just enjoying the beautiful weather around you or watching a movie inside, these travel trailers will have items to help. The one touch electric awning and exterior speakers will make a shaded space for you to enjoy when reading a book, taking a nap in your lawn chair, or just listening to music. And with a full kitchen, full bathroom, multiple sleeping spaces, and an optional flat screen TV with cable and satellite functions, the Vibe will truly be your home-away-from-home.
Enjoy all of the comforts of home.
The key thing about the Vibe travel trailer that makes it so special is that you can all of this and more in a lightweight and easy-to-tow package. Towing with a smaller vehicle will make the trip easier and save money on gas mileages. But even with this lower weight, you will still have some of the most innovative construction features like the high efficiency air conditioning cooling system and heated and enclosed underbelly to make this a functional RV that you can enjoy all year long.
Enjoy complete comfort all year long in this lightweight RV!
Many people place their trailers, fifth wheels, or truck campers on their auto policies to save money in the short-run, but in the event of claim, this could result in thousands of dollars out-of-pocket due to insufficient coverage. RVs have different insurance needs than regular automobiles.
Specialty RV insurance is designed for RV-ers and includes coverages not typically available in a standard auto policy including:
Damage to awnings
Damage to satellite dishes
24-hour towing and roadside assistance
Replacement of personal items (clothing, cameras, tools, electronics, etc.)
Emergency vacation expenses (pay for temporary lodging, auto rental, travel expenses if you are involved in an accident when away from home)
Vacation liability (protection you from liability if others are injured in or around the RV)
Optional full-timer coverage
Total Loss Replacement or Agreed Value (protects you from depreciation in the event of a total loss – this could mean thousands of dollars of difference in a total loss settlement)
Now is the time to check your RV policy and make sure you have adequate coverage. If you would like a free quote or more information, please contact us at 248-373-5811 or through our website.
You may wonder if it is possible to be environmentally conscious while driving a 35 ft motorhome. The answer is, you most certainly can be! In The Nation (a weekly magazine) the author of an article stated that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted by jets during air travel is 270% more than emissions released when driving the same distances. Thus making air travel one of the most destructive things we can do for the environment. If you have ever wanted to save energy and be environmentally conscious, here on some ideas on ways you can do that.
Improving Fuel Economy
The first step to improving your fuel economy is easing up on that lead foot of yours. When you accelerate quickly and speed to get where you’re going, you are decreasing your fuel economy anywhere from 5-33% depending on your driving habits.
Replace your air filter. Using a clean air filter can improve your overall fuel economy by about 10%.
Using overdrive whenever you can will save you fuel by decreasing engine speed. Also, by using cruise control you can save fuel because it keeps you going at a constant speed instead of fluctuating. This is really only true if you are driving on a relatively flat surface.
Keeping your RV in tune and in top running condition will help as well. An engine that is poorly tuned can lower your fuel economy by 10-20%.
A faulty oxygen sensor with poor emissions can cause a 40% reduction in fuel economy! Yikes!
Added weight of course is another culprit. So try to only bring what you need to keep the weight down.
Renewable Energy Source: Solar Power
If you really want to reduce your carbon footprint, using a renewable energy source is your best bet. We’re going to talk about how you can utilize the power of the sun to keep your appliances powered.
First off, what is renewable energy. Renewable energy, unlike fossil fuels, can never run out and does not cause pollution. One of the most logical sources of renewable energy for RVers is solar power. Solar energy is produced by using the suns rays. Using solar panels, batteries and inverters you can harness solar energy for use in your RV.
A typical system for your RV would consist of solar panels, batteries, an inverter and a charge controller. The energy captured from the suns rays produce a direct current, this is also known as DC power. The power from this is then captured by the RV’s auxiliary batteries. The purpose of the charge controller is to make sure that the batteries are fully charged but not overcharged. Then the inverter converts the DC power that has been stored in the batteries, into alternating current or AC power that the RV’s appliances will use. You can find many inverters in today’s RVs that are inverter/charges, meaning they are inverters, battery chargers and a transfer switch all in one.
To start conserving water, it is best if you plan ahead to save yourself some time. Before getting into the RV shower, trying washing your hair over a tub in the sink. This will save you gallons of water.
You could also try a solar shower. A solar shower is a bag you fill with water and is warmed up by the sun. The bag typically holds around 5 gallons of water and can be attached to a tree or to the side or something such as a building. It is coated with flexible PVC and has an opening hatch at the top which allows the user to direct the water flow. You can hang your solar shower and use once heated which generally takes about 3 hours.
Let A&S RV Get You Started
With these helpful tips you now have the knowledge to get started with energy conservation. Take these tips and begin making your RV more environmentally friendly. If you enjoy the outdoors as much as we do then we all must do our part to keep it looking as beautiful as we found it. A lot of the items talked about in this blog can be found right here at our parts store! If it’s time for an RV tune up, let our experienced service staff answer any questions you may have about getting your RV engine tuned. Keep up with our blog to stay in the know with all things RV!
Easter is right around the corner and whether you’re at home or out on the road we’ve got some great ideas to keep the family entertained. We know that being on the road during the holidays can be hard, but you don’t have to miss out on all the fun! This easy recipe and activity is sure to please all ages. Even if you aren’t camping out this Easter, you can still have fun with these amazing Easter treats!
Campfire Easter S’mores in a Cone
½ cup of milk chocolate chips or more to taste
1 box of 12 ice cream cones
½ cup of colored marshmallows
12-12×12 inch squares of heavy duty aluminum foil
Wrap aluminum foil around each cone tightly.
Heat the foil-wrapped cones over the campfire until all ingredients are melted. This should take about 3-5 minutes.
Put 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips into the bottom of the ice cream cone. Add a layer of mini colored marshmallows. Keep layering chips and marshmallows until your cone is full. Repeat this step with the rest of your ice cream cones.
Viola! Now you have the most delicious and colorful s’mores in a cone that everyone can enjoy!
Easter Egg Hunt with Clues
Plastic Easter eggs (As many as you want)
Pastel Construction paper
Candy or coins
1. Cut construction paper into small strips so they will fit inside your Easter eggs.
2. Write a clue on each strip of paper that helps the participant find the next egg.
3. Place small amounts of candy or coins in the eggs to begin with and add more then the egg before, that way the more eggs the player finds the more candy or coins they end up with in the end.
4. Hide your Easter eggs in order of the clues they contain.
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We hope that this gives you some fun ideas and activities to keep the kids entertained this Easter. If you need any last minute parts before heading out on your road trip, make sure you stop by A&S RV Center where we have tons of great parts for all of your camping needs!
Have a safe and Happy Easter from your friends at A&S RV Center!
In Michigan, we are blessed to have some incredible wildlife in our parks and around our state. With thousands of different species in the water, on land, and in the air, camping in Michigan can always leave you with breathtaking sites.
So how do I go about watching animals without scaring them? What are some rare animals living in Michigan? We are here to answer all of those questions and more!
How to Watch for Wildlife
Watching wildlife has become increasingly popular over the years. If you want to watch wildlife, the key is to first know what kind of animals you want to see, and then to pick out certain areas that might have your animals. If you want to see more underwater creatures or birds, you may want to look into the shorelines of the Great Lakes or one of many majestic waterfalls Michigan offers. For mammals or land creatures, state parks and open areas are best. Wherever you go, make sure you know what wildlife are located nearby, so you won’t be surprised upon arrival. When watching wildlife, there are some important things to keep in mind.
1. Keep Your Distance Many of the animals you may encounter while viewing will be in their natural habitat. Often times they will be feeding or going about their business and would not like to be bothered. The goal of wildlife viewing is just that, to view. So don’t chase or try to get super close to the animal because you might scare it, risking its life.
2. Remember The Golden Rule You know the rule, treat others how you want to be treated. The same goes for animals. You wouldn’t want people scaring you and chasing after you while you try and eat dinner, so don’t do it to the animals and everyone will be happy! 3. Stay on the Trail If you are in state parks or wildlife viewing areas, there may be marked spots that require you to stay on the trail. While you may get the urge to wander off the path, remember that these rules are in place to protect natural habitats of several species. Staying on the path not only gives you the best chance to see animals, it also benefits the habitats of the animals as well.
Rare Michigan Animals
While viewing wildlife, you may stumble upon some creatures that are rarely seen. Some of these you may have not even known live in Michigan! Here a couple cool creatures we thought would be fun to find!
1. Flying Squirrels These small squirrels do not truly fly, but they are excellent gliders. They appear to fly because they run along branches and leap into the air, spreading their loose skin like the wing on a hang glider. Though fairly common, these squirrels are shy and rarely seen. If you are lucky enough to see one, you are in for an amazing site!
2. Martens Yes we know, our hearts melted as well when we saw this photo! Another elusive creature, the Marten is about two feet long, including their long, bushy tails. They usually have orange colored throat patches and look like a mink. Martens spend most of the time in the trees and are rarely seen, just like the flying squirrel!
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Next time you hit the road to camp in the Michigan outdoors, be sure to look for these creatures and remember our tips on how to watch for wildlife safely! If you need any help gearing up for camping season, let A&S RV Center help! We offer a wide variety of new, used and rental RVs to fit any budget! Does your RV need some service or parts to help it run this season? At A&S RV Center, we offer a full service department as well as parts store! For any of your RV needs this season, think A&S RV Center!
We all know there are sometimes on a road trip where a little peace and quiet is needed to survive.
When the kids get cranky and your patience is running thin, just remember that with the great blessing of technology, your kids can give you a break while they also play fun and educational games.
Here a few of our favorite kid-friendly apps that are sure to keep your family happy when the road trips get long.
One of the coolest apps available is Google Earth. Not only can your kids explore the world and actually see what it is like on the streets in certain countries, they can also learn where you are going and see the lay of the land.
Showing them Google Earth can open their eyes and let them see the world in a whole new way.
You can zoom around the earth, select layers, and see photos of actual land and streets where you search. Your kids will be amazed at what they can do and see all in one app!
Stack the States
Stack the States is a United States geography game that helps kids learn about states through fun games. Kids can study the information first before playing some of the fun mini games like Puzzler and Capital Drop. More than one family member can enjoy playing because the game allows six different profiles and varied avatar choices.
The creative state images and fast-paced games that allow you to select the type of questions provided to each player make this app highly engaging. Kids can choose which state they want to represent their user account and what types of questions they want to be asked.
If you are looking for a fun way for your ids to know this great country, this game is for them!
LeVar Burton is back to offer kids the chance to get to read in a fun environment! Just like the popular TV show, Burton guides kids through the app, but let’s the kids and books take center stage.
The app offers tons of topics of books for kids to read, or they can choose to have them narrated so they can just listen. A great app for fun reads, Reading Rainbow does it again.
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If you are taking the kids out on the road this Memorial Day Weekend, make sure to download these apps and let your children’s imaginations run wild!
If you need anything for your big Memorial Day trip, let A&S RV Center help you out! We offer a full service station as well as a great online parts store that offers several things that you may need for the upcoming holiday weekend.
Camping season is on its way and we can’t be more excited! In order to get you ready for the 2018 season, we have listed out a few of the top National Parks to visit around the Michigan area. These destinations are sure to fill your 2018 with adventure, serenity and overall camping joy!
Isle Royale is not your average national park. This isolated island is surrounded by Lake Superior and offers a great landscape for backpacking, hiking, boating and much more! Isle Royale is made of 132,018 acres of remote wilderness that is surrounded by over 450 smaller islands. Sounds pretty ideal, am I right? There are a few species to look out for while you are exploring, mostly consisting of birds, gray wolf, moose, fox and other forest creatures such as squirrels and toads. The island is only accessible by ferry, seaplane or private watercraft, so be sure to make transportation arrangements before you go! Check out more information here.
Photo: NPS/Paul Brown
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers everything you would want in weekend adventure. You can enjoy the scenic views including cliffs, beaches, dunes and forests or you can hike some of the many trails to find beautiful waterfalls. With over 100 miles of trails to explore, your day will be filled with stunning views and unforgettable experiences. This is one of the only places on Lake Superior where you can sit on the beach and then go walking through the forest. Get more information and travel details here.
Photo: NPS Photo
North Country Scenic Trail
Although this might not be your typical National Park, it is still a sight to see! The North Country Scenic Trail will, when completed, be the the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States (4,500 miles long!). It stretches from New York to North Dakota and passes through our home state of Michigan. As you are traveling through Michigan, you can choose to travel along the completed paths or do a little off-road trail exploring.
The Crystal River is located in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The river is very popular among kayakers, rafters and canoe enthusiasts, with two outfitters located in the village of Glen Arbor. For the most part, the depth of the water is no more than 1 foot and averages 15 to 20 feet in width. The gentle current is easy for everyone to handle, although it does have a few obstacles along the way. The warm water is home to bass, sunfish and pike. The Crystal is popular with fly fishermen and has a large population of brook and rainbow trout. There is also a swimming hole down river where paddlers can take a quick dip.
2. Big Manistee River
The Big Manistee River has long stretches of undeveloped, forested banks and clear, clean water. The river is used extensively for recreation, offering excellent conditions for canoeing, boating and fishing. This easygoing, predictable river is a favorite choice for groups of young paddlers, like the Boy and Girl Scouts. The river also offers abundant fishing, a sandy bottom for swimming and incredible views of the valley. The river is considered among the finest trout and salmon rivers in the country.
3. Pine River
The Pine River flows through a valley in the Manistee National Forest. Spring water, wildlife and beautiful forests make paddling the PIne an incredible experience. With rapids in some sections and calm waters in others, anyone of any skill level can enjoy this river. Entry points and campgrounds are scattered along the banks which means you can take a day trip or spend several days moving down the river. The river has several camping spots along the way and is abundant with fishing and hiking opportunities.
4. Huron River
The Huron River winds its way past Ann Arbor, Detroit and many small towns, yet still feels wild because of the public land that lines much of its banks. A large system of parks along the river make it easily accessible at many points. A moderate current and few hazards make it a safe trip. Camping and picnic areas are scattered along its route as well. The river is heavily fished by sportsmen for rock bass, sunfish, bluegill, black crappie and a whole lot more.
5. Sturgeon River
The Sturgeon River is not recommended for beginners. It’s the fastest flowing river in the Lower Peninsula. There are also several obstacles in the water, such as rocks and narrow passages that must be navigated quickly through the swift current. Advanced paddlers seeking a thrill will love the exciting Sturgeon.
If you haven’t started decorating for Halloween yet, what are you waiting for?!?! Unless, it’s because you have no idea how to decorate your camper or campsite for the spooky holiday? If this is true, then you are in luck, because we’ve got some great ideas for Halloween crafts and decorations to spruce up your campsite!
I’m starting with the fun and easy Halloween crafts because you can use a lot of these as decorations when finished! Check out these great spooky craft ideas that are fun for the whole family.
Decorating for Halloween can be easy, fun, and cheap using many craft items that you may already have lying around. Pinterest is full of ideas on how you can accomplish the best decorations without breaking the budget.