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RVing for Newbies: Tips & Tricks for your First Trip General RV Blog

Here is a great HOW TO about how to start rving! So take a minute and read this and maybe even print it off and save it, and get out there.

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RVing for Newbies: Tips & Tricks for your First Trip

May 29, 2014

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Camping Essentials New RVers

I still remember the first trip with our new-to-us RV. Excluding the trip home from General RV after we bought it, our first trip was to Maumee Bay State Park, a great campground on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio.

On the way, just as we were approaching a bridge over the Maumee River in downtown Toledo, my uncle called. We were to meet him and his family at the campground and he was warning us of severe weather that had just passed his home west of our location and was headed in our direction.

The front hit us with tremendous winds. But we were kept relatively safe because we happened to be protected by two-story embankments on either side of the sunken highway. Later, that same weather system produced tornadoes in northeastern Ohio.

We dodged a bullet, and it served as our, and your, first lesson as RV newbies – always check the weather forecast.

The second tip for new RVers is to get your hands on a pre-trip checklist. There are many such checklists on the Internet, and when you do your search you’ll find several other RV checklists, including ones for Buying an RV. But what we want is one that is designed to make sure you pack everything and don’t leave anything at home.

The list below is basic. You’ll likely add and delete items on your list each time you go camping. From supplies to food to equipment, your list will be unique to you.

Kitchen
Miscellaneous
Linens
Tools
Aluminum Foil
BBQ Grill & Accessories
Dishwashing Detergent
Broom & Dust Pan
Can Opener
Coffee
Coffee Cups
Coffee Pot
Dish Drainer
Dish Pan
Kitchen Towels
Knives
Measuring Cups
Mixing/Serving Bowls
Napkins
Non-Slip Cabinet Linings
Paper Plates
Paper Towels
Plastic Wrap
Plates
Pot Holders
Pots & Pans
Spatula
Salt & Pepper
Silverware
Sugar
Toaster
Cooking Oil
Spices
Ketchup/Mustard
Corkstrew
Cutting Board
Bar Soap
Bug Spray
Cleaning Supplies
First Aid Kit
Playing Cards
Pens/Pencils
RV Toilet Paper
Radio
Rubber Gloves
Spounges
Sunblock
Travel Clock
Trash Can
Trash Bags
Toiletry Kit
Umbrella
Vacuum Cleaner
Ziplock Bags
Water Glasses
Disposable Cups
Coolers
Firestarters
Thumbtacks/Clips
Firewood
Lantern
Flashlight
Chapstick
Camera
Rope
Aspirine & Medications
 
Blankets
Bed Spreads
Jackets & Hats
Bath Towels
Wash Cloths
Pillows
Pillow Cases
Sheets
Rags
Table Cloth
Beach Towels
Throw Rug
Black Water Chemicals
Channel Locks
Electrical Adapters
Electrical Extension Cord
Extra Fuses
Fill Propane Bottles
Fire Extinguisher
Flash Light
Batteries
Fresh Water Hose
Fuse Puller
Hammer
In-Line Water Filter
Level
Leveling Blocks
Light Bulbs
Matches/Lighter
Needle Nose Pliers
Pens/Pencils
Pliers
Sewer Hose(s) & Fittings
Tire Guage
Wrenches
Wheel Chocks
Water Pressure Regulator
Axe
 

The third and final tip for your first RV trip is to go camping with someone you know who’s an experienced RVer. I mentioned earlier that we went to Maumee Bay State Park with my uncle. He is a longtime RVer, as are several other members of my extended family.  Having an old pro with you not only will set your mind at ease, but also it’s just simply more fun when you’re camping with others.

See you next week when we talk about How to Attach your Travel Trailer to your Tow Vehicle.

Rick Kessler
(Gr8LakesCamper)

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How to find cheap (or free!) PC games | PCWorld

How to find cheap (or free!) PC games | PCWorld

via How to find cheap (or free!) PC games | PCWorld.

 

I do not normally post about computer games but who I am to stop people from having fun anyway. I thought some might like this info if you enjoy computer gaming (and most do to some point) so as this article states “why not get it for FREE”

So take a look and see if there is some new game you were looking at.

Installing Hydraulic Lifts for RV Storage Compartments | TrailerLifeTV

Installing Hydraulic Lifts for RV Storage Compartments | TrailerLifeTV

via Installing Hydraulic Lifts for RV Storage Compartments | TrailerLifeTV.

 

This is a great video for anyone (like me) thinking about using a “Hatch lift” kit. This is not a premium video so anyone can watch it so take a minute and see if these can help you out with your coach.

New York State Parks Virtual Tours

New York State Parks Virtual Tours

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Here is a quick view of all the NY state parks with a 360 virtual tours, but also do not forget you get more info from other sources like utube (yes) utube as someone has been where you going and taped it, or even better if you want a complete view of what you are looking to do, go to Google or Bing earth or maps.

Avoid 7 Common RV Accidents – Download The Free RV Driver\\\’s Manual! – Kirkland RV Sales Everett WA

Avoid 7 Common RV Accidents – Download The Free RV Driver\\’s Manual! – Kirkland RV Sales Everett WA

via Avoid 7 Common RV Accidents – Download The Free RV Driver\\\’s Manual! – Kirkland RV Sales Everett WA.

This is a basic manual but for to many “Very needed” so take a look, it is free to download so give it a look!

7 Most Breakable RV Parts and How to Avoid Breaking Them – Kirkland RV Sales Everett WA

Who out there has not damaged their rv or know someone who has, well here is the list of all the mistakes!

7 Most Breakable RV Parts and How to Avoid Breaking Them

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“Our awning is busted,” one says.

“Now I need a new generator,” says another.

“Our water system’s gone haywire,” he remarks.

“There’s mold growing inside!” she wails.

These are comments, complaints, problems, and repairs that RV servicing companies see quite often. Avoid being one of these discouraged individuals by reading on and taking heed of these helpful tips that can save you time, money, and a bad headache.

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1. Awning Breaks on a Windy or Rainy Day

The awning is one of the top repair jobs at any RV repair shop. Among the many ways to damage an awning, the top two most frequently seen are rain warping and wind breakage.

During a heavy rain, rainwater often can collect in the middle of an awning, causing it to warp. The longer the rainfall, the more damage is caused, resulting in a ruined awning that no longer retracts properly. Windy conditions put stress on RV awnings, weakening them considerably, and occasionally, in extremely windy weather, ripping them off the RV entirely.

Tips to Avoid Awning Breakage:

  • Tilt the awning downwards slightly to avoid rain pooling.
  • Retract your awning during windy weather.

2. Generator Deteriorates from Lack of Use

Your generator needs to be run consistently. Allowing it to sit for an extended period of time without turning it on will speed deterioration. The carburetor will tarnish, resulting in decreased fuel efficiency and power capabilities. Moreover, there is no way to clean it so replacement is the only option. Keep your generator in good condition and it should last you a good long time.

Tips to keep your generator running smoothly:

  • Run your generator every 30 days.
  • Run it at 50% capacity for approximately two hours.

3. Weathered Seals Let In Moisture

Door seals, window seals, and roof seals are made of materials that naturally deteriorate over time. Failure to notice this development will result in moisture seeping into the interior of the RV, causing a musty odor inside the vehicle and allowing toxic mold to form. Bad leaks from broken seals pose a severe risk for water damage to your RV.

Tips to keep your seals in good condition:

  • Check all seals every three months.
  • Periodically have deteriorating seals replaced.

4. Freezing Temperatures Cause Water Systems to Burst

One of the most common forms of breakage within RVs is freezing temperatures that wreak havoc on the water system. When you arrive home from your last trip before winter sets in, it’s incredibly important to “winterize” your RV. If you neglect to adequately care for your water system prior to the onset of winter, parts could break that will become big problems when you’re preparing for your trip next summer. Faucets might leak, the water heater may have burst, the water pump might be broken, water lines might have burst or fittings could have cracked. It’s much better to take a little extra effort beforehand and avoid a huge hassle down the road.

Tips for “winterizing” your water system:

  • Drain all water tanks and water lines
  • Use antifreeze (most common) or air pressure (cheaper) to protect your plumbing lines
  • Unplug your water line and place it in an area where temperatures are warmer.

5. Blistering Temperatures Cause Interior Degradation

If you live in or tend to frequent a place with a very hot climate, it’s important to take measures to protect your RV from what we call “heat stroke.” Wall coverings, flooring, seals, and seams, will deteriorate much faster under hot conditions, requiring them to be repaired sooner than anticipated.

Tips to Combating the Sweltering Weather:

  • Park your RV under a covered garage when not in use.
  • Open your RV vents to promote airflow and a cooler interior.

6. Weather Exposure Freezes and Fries Your RV’s Roof

The roof of your RV is one of the most important areas to protect. Many RV roofs crack due to the outdoor exposure to sun, rain, snow, and ice. The most concerning aspect of roof deterioration is that most people don’t catch it until it’s too late. Out of sight, out of mind!

Tips to keep your roof in good condition:

  • Put an RV cover over your vehicle.
  • Park your RV under a covered garage when not in use.
  • Clean your RV’s roof on a regular basis.

7. Rust and Corrosion Damage Your Slide-Out Rails

After a long winter of sitting unused in a garage, RV slide-outs have a tendency to become corroded and begin to squeak and squeal when they’re first used the following summer. While it does require a little bit of maintenance during the winter months, $15-worth of TLC can save you the cost of having to replace the entire slide-out.

Tips to keeping your slide-out rails in prime condition:

  • Coat your slide rails with lubricant spray.
  • Check the slide out rails twice each year, relubricating each time.

Drive safe and enjoy your trip, free of breakage and frustrations. If you’re looking into joining the RV community, check out our listings for more information. Because we’re a used RV dealer, we have the ability to avoid markups and pass those savings onto our customers. We would love to work with you in order to find an RV that will best suit your needs, desires, and thirst for adventure!

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RV Daily Tips Issue 391. May 26, 2014 | RV Travel

Here is a great rv tip to help you out when the dreaded no clod fridge happens. It will happen to all of us at point if you do your own maintenance, as some of us forget this step.

So take a moment a read and save this info somewhere to help you out when stuck somewhere.

 

 

How to fix a common RV fridge failure

by Curtis Carper
Nothing will kill an RV outing faster than discovering the refrigerator fails to cool, especially when used on the propane setting. Coming out of storage, or even during your first trip into your favorite secluded site, without the fridge operating on gas properly the fun of RVing just slips away.
The key to proper LP operation is the ability to maintain a good steady flame of appropriate size. Surprisingly, often you may have a flame and it may stay lit, but if it’s a partial flame the percolation that takes place in the cooling unit won’t be of sufficient force to actually do much cooling.
When your RV sits for months at a time in storage, often covered with a blue plastic tarp or similar material, moisture will collect in the chimney area of the refrigerator vent going up through the roof. Moisture causes rust, which over time will drop down into the burner area of the LP portion of the fridge.
These small particles will accumulate in the worst possible place — right on top of the gas burner assembly. My own experience has been that you may not be able to ignite the burner at all or, often, enough of the burner is obstructed that the quality of flame isn’t good enough for proper operation. There may be enough flame to satisfy the thermocouple that controls gas flow, but not enough flame to create percolation.
Fortunately the cure for this is very simple. The tin shroud that surrounds the burner assembly is usually held in place with two sheet metal screws. Remove the screws and you can remove the tin cover or slide it out of the way, depending on your particular refrigerator.
Using a shop vacuum, clean all dirt and rust flake material that has accumulated on or around the burner. Very likely this is all you will need to do. Restart the refrigerator and confirm the quality of the flame before you reinstall the tin shield. Once satisfied that things are operating normally, reinstall the tin shield.
This may be a recurring problem as the years go on, so I recommend vacuuming the burner area as an annual maintenance practice. The fact that it has happened to me twice in three years tells me it’s a common problem, and for me it was a simple fix.
With the cost of technical labor being pricey, this is one repair you can feel confident in attempting yourself. It might just save your RV outing and leave you with more funds to plan your next trip.

Protect Yourself from RV Refrigerator Danger | Wholesale Warranties

Here is a great article on rv safety, fire safety with regards to you rv refrigerator!

There are a lot of rv fires every year and most can be avoided, and all it takes is a little knowledge and elbow grease. If you follow the tips in this list it will go a long way to making your rv safer and your fridge work better (and save to money) also.

 

Protect Yourself from RV Refrigerator Dangerby Eugin Kim in Emergencies, RVing Tips | 20 May, 2014 |

A leading RV Warranty company, it is part of our job to know which RV components are most likely to experience a breakdown, and our experience clearly shows that a refrigerator issue is the number one reason people open breakdown claims. But, do you know just how dangerous an improperly maintained RV refrigerator can actually be? Statistics vary from source to source, but on average there are about 3,000 RV related fires per year with a large number of them originating from the refrigerator! These fires do claim lives, so it is crucial to know if your refrigerator is at risk and what you can to do to keep them disaster-free.The first step towards proper refrigerator maintenance is identification. Some of the more common RV refrigerator producers have issued substantial recalls on many of their products, so it is vital that you know what brand your refrigerator is and if a recall has been issued for it. If you find that your vehicle is fitted with a recalled refrigerator, we would highly suggest calling the manufacturer to see what your next best step ought to be.  If your refrigerator is not on the recall list, here are a few things to check to be sure that your refrigerator is running optimally and free of danger:Dust & DirtRefrigerators tend to accumulate a lot of dust. Over time, this dust will cause unnecessary strain and can even clog the moving parts of your refrigerator. We recommend a thorough dusting/ wiping down of the entire unit every 6 months. Don’t forget to check behind the refrigerator!Strange SmellsNo one is a stranger to a stinky refrigerator, but some smells are more dangerous than others. Chemicals like ammonia and hydrogen gas are compressed within the refrigerator and can ignite under certain conditions. If you smell something other than food in your refrigerator, it could be worth checking out!PlumbingRefrigerators move lots of compressed and flammable materials within their plumbing system. If there are any signs of cracks, rust, or melting, there is potential for an explosion and these should be carefully inspected by an RV professional.Seals and GasketsRefrigerators work extra hard when there is an air leak and that can lead to future problems. Door seals and gaskets on refrigerators need to be moist or they will crack. If the seals or gaskets feel particularly stiff, try rubbing some Vaseline on them for some extra moisture. Sounds crazy but people swear by it, check out this popular RV Blog for more information.Regular refrigerator maintenance is your most powerful tool when it comes to refrigerator fire prevention, but what do you do in the off chance that a fire flares up anyways? Your first line of defense lies with your carbon monoxide, smoke, and propane detectors so those should always be checked to ensure they are working properly every year or so. Be sure to plan and practice various fire evacuation drills with the rest of the family, as running through a burning RV is not the best time to learn how to escape or use a fire extinguisher. Experts say that if a fire cannot be put out within the first two minutes, evacuate the entire family and call the fire department. It is natural to want to run in and save as many things as possible but remember: an RV can be replaced, you cannot be.Do you have any additional tips to help keep your fellow RVer safe? Share them here!

via Protect Yourself from RV Refrigerator Danger | Wholesale Warranties.

High and Mighty

High and Mighty.

Here is a great article about the wonder and the wonderful things about the world of camping. While tent camping is out these days there are still many things to do and see while out and about rving.

So make sure you watch the short video and see some amazing locations around the US and Canada.

Hope you are out camping and enjoying the outdoors, Happy Camping to all.

You Know You’re Outdoorsy When…

Great article and some of these are spot on. Being an outdoors person makes most better people. Hope we all meet in future

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You know you're a hiker when

You Know You’re Outdoorsy WHen

1. You have to go to the bathroom in a public and think, can I just find a tree?
2. The thought of sleeping on the floor actually sounds comfortable
3. If an Apocalypse happens, you’re fully prepared

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