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If there’s one thing most RVers wants, it’s more space and storage!  Every RV can benefit with these tips.  Increase the amount of storage you have, get better organized, and be able to take everything you need with you every time you hit the road!  Read through this awesome list of ideas you wish you knew about years ago.

 
1. Replace your garbage with an over the door receptacle.  These clip over cabinet doors, hiding your refuse and getting the can out of the way! 2. Tired of losing the remotes?  Use Velcro to get them up out of the way and staying put!

3. Take items such as brooms, mops, and umbrellas, and use brackets to mount them to the ceiling.  No more tripping over these necessary items! 4. Have you seen jars mounted to the ceiling or shelves?  Store small items using this secure, out of the way method.   5. Put up a pegboard in the kitchen to hang pots and pans, utensils, etc.  Make sure to put some sticky hooks on the inside of cabinet doors as well for pot holders or other small items. 6. Store more in your cupboards with dish cradles.  These ingenious items allow you to make use of the vertical space while keeping your dishes safe and secure. 7. In the sleeping areas, try out a mattress caddy.  These organizers attach to the side of the bed, eliminating the need for bulky nightstands and keeping what you need close by.   8. Hanging shoe organizers are perfect to hang anywhere you have space, letting you organize a variety of items quickly and efficiently! 9. Install slide out drawers to counter spaces and underneath counters for even more storage that take up additional room.


Be creative and utilize every inch of your RV.  You’ll find plenty of places to store everything you bring!  Once you start thinking outside the box, you’ll be amazed at what your RV can hold.

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It’s not fun to think about, but when you’re driving an RV, you’re driving a potentially dangerous vehicle!  A malfunction with the propane and/or gas in your RV could have disastrous results if you don’t follow protocol.  To help you stay safe, here are some propane tips to consider.

1. Shut Off All Appliances

Take the time to shut off all appliances when you stop to refuel.  When running, your stove, refrigerator, water heater, etc. could have pilot lights that if on, could come into contact with the gas/propane fumes.  This contact may set off an explosion that can injure or kill everyone in the RV or in the immediate area. While doing this can be a pain, always make sure to do this!

 
2. Check for Propane and/or Gas Leaks

When you’re walking around your RV or doing your regular maintenance, check for propane and/or gas leaks.  We recommend you test this at least once a year with a professional to ensure that the RV is safe.  Schedule this test when you get the rest of your work done.

3. Smell Gas/Propane?

If you happen to smell gas or propane, do not take the chance and turn on electrical appliances.  If you’re not familiar with the smell of propane, it often smells like sewer gas or even rotting flesh. Evacuate your RV if you smell any noxious odors and get it checked out.  If you ignore the smell and use the electrical equipment, it could set off an explosion!

There are plenty of disaster stories out there of people who ignored the safety tips and warning signs of propane and/or gas.  Be smart and take the time to have your RV routinely checked.  Don’t ignore telling odors or think they’re coming from somewhere else!  Always use caution – your RV and family will thank you! 

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One of the greatest benefits to come with an RV is the kitchen.  You won’t have to worry about finding somewhere to eat, or trying to cook over a campfire.  Being able to cook while in the RV saves you money when you’re traveling as well.  While the kitchen is great, it is smaller than the ones we have at home. When you’re shopping for your next RV adventure, here are some easy meals to cook that don’t need much in the way of space or ingredients.

 

Spaghetti is a great favorite at any time of year.  You can cook it all from one pot as well, meat, sauce, and noodles, making it a perfect RV dinner.  It’s hearty, comforting on a cool night, and kids love it!

Another family favorite that is an RV friendly dinner are tacos.  Tacos are easy to cook, easy to eat, and make clean up a breeze.  Eat outside with minimal mess and the leftovers are an easy snack for tomorrow.

Sandwiches are an RV staple since they’re quick and easy to make.  Think a little deeper about sandwiches for dinner and go with a hot sandwich.  Heat up your meat of choice with some veggies and cheese, transforming the boring sandwich into something you can get excited about.  

Hot dogs and hamburgers make our list last.  While it might seem obvious, these camping favorites could be overlooked.  Both are easy to make, requiring little work and less equipment.  Dress up the hot dogs with chili. Try it on the hamburgers as well!  If you plan ahead for some sides already made like store bought potato salad or chips, dinner just got that much simpler.  

You can make great food in your RV kitchen with a bit of planning and preparation.  Don’t get too fancy and you’ll have a fantastic meal, with little clean up, in no time!

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While you could happily spend your life exploring the wonders you have on your bucket list, there’s a huge country out there! Here are a few fun locations from other parts of the U.S. you should add to your RV bucket list.

Orange County, CA

 

Orange County, California, is a place that most of us are familiar with. We know it’s sunny and filled with gorgeous ocean views and people enjoying life. But where exactly is it? Orange County is just south of L.A., and includes Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Huntington Beach. You’ll be in for some great beach adventures, shopping, food, music, and more if you head down this way. Experience the blessed life of southern California and you might never want to leave!

Klamath, CA

For access to the northern California coast and majestic redwoods, Klamath, CA is your place. You’ll be able to spend time in the humbling presence of these wooden giants, often times spending your day in the forest without seeing another person. The lush growth and scenic views of the ocean beyond are one of a kind. After a day in the forest, head down to the beach for some more of nature’s best. Keep your eye out for whales as they often are seem off the coast. Tide pools are rampant as well, providing you a glimpse into the underwater world. Whatever you are here for, you’ll be glad you came.

Bemidji, MN

Have you heard of Bemidji, Minnesota, before? It seems to be a well kept secret! This beautiful location in northern Minnesota provides the absolute best for water play, outdoors adventure, and modern amenities as well. The Fox Lake RV Campground is the prefect place to set up home base. The campground itself has lake access and a TON of things for you and the whole family to do! You may not want to leave. If you do venture into town, you’ll find some great food and entertainment to make your night. Bemidji is really known for it’s beautiful lakes and wooded areas and you must spend some time exploring the beauty nature has offered to this place.

Siesta Key Beach, FL

If you find yourself in Florida, you must check out Siesta Key Beach. Located just outside Sarasota, this beach is truly one of a kind! Its claim to fame is the white sand, fine like powdered sugar. Because of the sand’s makeup – it’s almost 100% quartz – the sand stays cool under your feet, even during the worst of Florida’s blistering heat! The water is incredible, and if you come during the week, it’s not terribly crowded. Definitely a destination to add to the bucket list!

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More and more people, both young and old, are taking to the RV lifestyle.  Some are part time RVers, while others are shucking their bindings and going for it full time.  If you’ve been thinking about joining the RVers exploring the nation, here are some benefits to living in an RV versus the traditional home.

1. Less Chores!

When you’re living in an RV, you no longer have yard work to worry about.  Unless you have a deep love of gardening, this is a huge benefit for many of us.  You can enjoy the pristine lawns and landscaping of the RV park, without doing any of the work.  On the inside of the RV, there’s a lot less to clean than in a house.  Cleaning could take a mere 30 minutes instead of the hours you’re used to spending.  What will you do with all that free time?!

 
2. Follow the Sun

One of the greatest parts about living in an RV is the mobility and freedom you gain.  Hate the cold weather?  Follow the sun south when the cold months hit!  No more do you have to endure the worst weather of the year, hiding out in the house.  Now you can enjoy sunshine year round, moving as the sun does.  If you’re on the other end of the spectrum looking for the best skiing out there, follow the storms and hit the powder!

3. Less Possessions

Ditch your things and experience life!  The money you’ll save from buying items to make your house comfortable can be spent experiencing the best the country has to offer.  With less items, you’ll feel freer and not tied down to one location.  Get out there and make memories!  

4. Visit Family Regularly

If you’re loved ones are spread out, travel is expensive and difficult to do.  But if you’re living in an RV, traveling to see your parents, your kids, aunts, uncles, etc., is easy!  You’re driving anyway.  Why not drive to them?  And you’ll be the best guest with your own place to stay.

5. Meet More People

If you’re constantly on the move, or even if you settle down somewhere for a few months before leaving town, you’ll be in a position to meet more people than you would if you lived in the same place year round.  Make new friends, develop new relationships.  This can help in both career and life.  Great friends make the perfect excuse to visit new places!

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When you spend tens of thousands of dollars on something such as an RV, you want to do everything you can to ensure you’ll have it for as long as you can. There are steps you should take after the purchase of an RV to get the most use out of it as possible.

 
Become a Regular

Just like with your car or home, regular servicing and maintenance of your RV will help extend its life. You could do it yourself, but unless you do this full time, it’s tough to have the knowledge and resources to get the job done. Routine work, such as engine upkeep, tires, and checking for exterior damage will help you keep up with the repairs that need to be done, helping your RV stay in great shape.

Off Season Parking

A second consideration you need to make is how and where you park your RV when it’s not in use. If you’re not a weekend RVer, it might not make sense to just put it in the driveway after each use. If you have the facilities on your property, parking it inside the garage/shed or an RV port will help extend its life. If you aren’t able to do this at your home, there are storage facilities that accommodate RVs and are usually very affordable. Find one near you to park your RV between trips.

Make it Last

As with a car, the more frequently you use your RV, the more frequently you’ll need to have it serviced. RVs are designed to handle high mileage, but the care your RV receives will make a huge difference in if it reaches that high mileage mark or not. Keep track of your mileage and how often you take it out to determine when you need to pop the hood and check the tires. With the right care, you’ll enjoy your RV for thousands of miles, and for years to come!

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Setting up camp can become a type of ritual when you’re RVing. Everyone knows their jobs and if you work together, it can be done quickly.  For those of you new to the RV lifestyle, making sure you’ve done everything you need to do can take a while to get down.

While every RV is different, here are some of the major tasks that need to be completed.

If you’re new to the RV world, when you pull into the campground, ask for an escort to help you find your site and get your RV leveled.  The RV community is full of very helpful people and you’re sure to get plenty of assistance.

Some sites are designed for you to pull the RV through, while others require you to back in. Determine which type of site you’re using and figure out where the hookups are so you have easy access once you’re parked.  If you’re planning to extend the awning or slide-out, make sure you leave enough room to do so.

Level your RV once you’re parked.  Use the parking break for extra security, and to make sure all features of your RV are operational.  Some will not work without the parking break engaged.  Once you’re leveled and secured, hook up your electrical and water sources to use those rather than your propane.  Switch over your fridge to run from the hookup and you can turn off the water pump as well.

Once all the essential tasks are completed, it’s time to set up your outdoor space.  If you’re going to be staying for a few days, break out the lawn chairs and outdoor mat to make your site as cozy as possible.  Be prepared for visitors.  Members of the RV community will most likely pop over to say hi or to talk about your RV.  They may want to even come in for a tour and will extend the offer for you to do the same.  RVers like to get to know their neighbors so enjoy the company!  

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When you purchase an RV, especially for the first time, it can be a bit overwhelming! There are some things that take getting used to and understanding what each component in your RV is can take a bit of time. Here are several terms and systems to become familiar with.

Fresh Water

The greatest feature of the RV is that it’s a home away from home on wheels! You can cook, shower, and sleep in your vehicle. To make use of every part of your RV, you need to understand the different water systems. Included with the RV is a fresh water system. This allows you to store fresh water, usable when you’re hooked up in an RV park or if you’re roughing it. Included with your hookups is a city water hookup, this is where you get your fresh water or just directly through your pipes to your sink.

Gray Water

There are two different tanks for holding waste water, gray and black. Gray water comes from the sink water and the shower. Refer to the monitor to see if the gray water tank is full. If the sink or shower isn’t draining, this is most likely an indicator the tank is full as well.

Black Water

The black water tank holds waste and water from the toilet. There are toilet chemicals available for you to add to your tank to keep back the unpleasant odors. Only toilet paper should ever be put in the toilet and make sure you use RV Safe TP. Anything else could plug the black water tank and leave you with a messy repair! We recommend you drain the gray water after the black, to flush out your hose and ALWAYS wear gloves.

Where to Dump

Most campgrounds will either have dump stations or you’ll have a sewer dump at your campsite. If not there are often local dump stations and even truck stops/gas stations will often have dump stations. Most gas stations offer it as a free service if you get fuel with them.

While this is just the beginning of understanding your RV, knowing the water systems and how they work are important to your health and comfort.

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To make your camping trip a success, every time, you need to make sure you plan accordingly.  Lots of things can go wrong but if you follow our 10 camping tips, you’ll have a great experience every time you head out into the great outdoors!

Let’s get started:
  1. When packing for your camping trip, use baskets or plastic containers to keep all your items organized and securely put away.  Make sure to include a few empty ones for things you might gather along the way.
  2. When packing, make sure to store the heavy items in bottom shelves or cabinets.  This might seem like a no brainer, but while traveling, keeping the weight at the bottom will help keep everything in its place.
  3. When packing food, set aside some pre-made or frozen meals for the first day.  If you’re like we are, you’ll be anxious to get to your destination.  Having meals that just need to microwave for a minute will help you avoid long stops to feed your family.
  4. Precook all your meals before you go!  If you take care of the prepping and cooking at home before you leave, you’ll have lots more time to spend enjoying camping, not cooking while you’re supposed to be relaxing.
  5. If you’re packing items from home, make sure you bring older things with you.  Pieces like cutlery, bowls, or mugs, are easily misplaced during camping trips.  Don’t bring anything you couldn’t bear to lose with you.
  6. One of the benefits to an RV is that you can bring more of the luxury items you need such as a coffee pot, full set of cookware, or even a fryer.  Whatever you think you’ll want or need, make sure it gets in the RV before you go.  Better yet, as you invest in your RV over time, start purchasing items to belong only to the RV.
  7. What’s better than BBQ while out in the wild?  Make sure to bring your utensils, favorite sauces, and even your barbeque.  There’s storage underneath your RV.  Make good use of it!
  8. For the rare but devastating rainy days while you’re camping, be sure to bring some indoor items to enjoy.  Things like videos, coloring books and crayons, board games, and playing cards are all great items to have around, especially if you have children accompanying you.
  9. Stock up on paper plates, utensils, and other throw away items.  If you end up in a place where water is scarce, you’ll be thankful you brought these with you.
  10. Invest in heavy duty plastic waste bags.  When you camp, you need to carry out what you brought in with you.  If you’re planning a longer stay, you may need to hold onto your waste for some time.  Having good quality plastic will help keep the smell down.

In order to enjoy your camping trip as much as possible, take note of these great tips before you go! Spend your time relaxing and enjoying your experience, not worrying about being unprepared.

Happy RV Camping!

 
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We’ve all seen news stories and articles featuring celebrities on set or on the road in their incredible motor homes. While on location, celebrities often have RVs that are more luxurious than many of our homes! But some celebrities have fallen in love with the RV lifestyle and spend more time than they need to enjoy them.

  Here are a few well known people who travel and relax in their RVs, just like so many of us do.

Actor Jeff Daniels has an RV, a Gulf Stream Tour Master, that he has nicknamed “The Bus.”  Daniels and his family often take their vacations in “The Bus” and have spent plenty of time in it. According to Daniels, “I don’t think you can call yourself a true American until you’ve been behind the wheel of an RV.”

Another actor, Sean Penn, was even more committed to his RV. His Airstream trailer was home to this celebrity. Penn lived in the RV on 50 acres of pristine mountain property until he lost his home to the Malibu fires in 2007.

Country singer and icon Dolly Parton enjoys RVing with her husband.  As well known in America as she is, Parton says that she loves the anonymity of traveling by RV and does it as often as possible.  

There are numerous other celebrities, athletes, politicians, important figures, etc., who have come to love the RV culture and lifestyle.  Olympian Bode Miller, Rob Lowe, Shia LaBeouf, Davis Love, and Gordon Elliott are just a few of the names you’ll recognize.  

When it comes time for your next RV adventure, keep a sharp eye out.  You might just run into someone you admire or you have always wanted to meet!

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