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Know Your Budget – An RV Buying Tip

So many people go into an RV dealership with the intention of just looking around. But before they know it, some salesman is trying to sell them the most expensive RV on the lot. And why not, right? The salesman is trying to make a living. I can’t say this strongly enough: Know Your Budget!! This includes what you can afford to put down as a deposit AND what you can afford as monthly payments. Keep in mind that what you CAN afford and what you WANT to afford are often two different things. Before you leave the house sit down a moment and compare your monthly income against all your monthly expense. Be sure you know how much can be allocated to your … Read entire article »

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RV Checklist

Moving from campground to campground requires a bit of work. Each time you move you have to “batten down the hatches” so to speak and get your rig ready for the road. Unfortunately, regardless of whether you are in a motorhome, 5th wheel, trailer or pop-up there’s typically some task that gets forgotten. (This is written from the voice of experience!) And missing an item/task can be troubling when you’ve already hit the road. As a result, we have created a checklist. In fact, we have 2 lists, one for the inside and one for the outside. It has saved us several times over the past years, and we continue to add to it. We suggest you create one for yourself…it’s a handy tool! RV Check ListA … Read entire article »

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Best RV For Your Pet

Choosing an RV that best suits your pet…now what’s that all about? Recently we’ve had several people ask that question. And we’re a bit stumped. Shouldn’t the question be: What is the right pet for our RV? That’s almost like asking what is the best kind of house for my pet. Shouldn’t the question be, what is the best pet for my house? I realize that the questions is probably being asked by people who already have a pet and are looking for a camper…so my answer to you is this: Just be practical! You don’t want a 150 pound, high energy dog in a effeciency appartment if you aren’t willing to take it out several times a day for exercise. And you don’t want a dog … Read entire article »

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Plan Ahead – Buy Ahead – Grocery Shopping

Before I begin this tip – let me give credit where credit is due: Our friends Greg and Diane (their names have been changed to protect the innocent) told us about this one…. We were out walking one day when we bumped into our friends Greg and Diane. They had recently purchased a motorhome and wanted to give us a tour. We were all for it since we love looking at other people’s rigs. We jumped right in. Greg took Russ for a tour of the outside – basement storage – the works. I went inside with Diane and we started in the front. She began opening draws and cabinets to show me all the room they had. She revealed a 3 drawer area where the washer/dryer was suppose … Read entire article »

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Take Your Keys

As you gather together your travel bag for the days outting, don’t forget to take your keys. You might be thinking, that’s a ridiculous tip…but what do you think will happen if you leave behind a set of your motor home keys? Perhaps the burgler will decide that he’s going to drive away with your Motor Home instead of just stealing the contents. Same thing with the spare set of car keys. You might be in your car now…but what happens when the burgler returns and decides to drive away with your car in the middle of the night. Boat keys, motor cycle keys, golf-cart keys, or anything that is locked on your site, take the keys with you! It might be a little tedious to take your keys everywhere you go, … Read entire article »

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Save space – Buy a Kindle!

Let’s face it, there is only so much space in your RV and then there’s no more. You can’t build on another room, you can’t add a second story. What you have is what you got. Because of this, taking along a bunch of extra books and games is not always very practical. The extra room, if any is typically taken up by something that can’t be purchased “at a good price” wherever we are going. Just before we departed to FL, I decided to buy myself a Kindle.And what a great investment! Since I purchased the Kindle that comes with the free “3G and Wireless”, this has allowed me to download books (or games) regardless of whether the campground has wireless services or not. I just turn on … Read entire article »

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Eliminate Cooking Odors inside your RV

Do you love cooking but hate the smell it leaves in your camper? Is the smell of bacon, garlic or fish saturated into your rv furniture or your clothing? We have some friends who do a lot of “serious cooking” when they are camping. They don’t just do hamburgers and hotdogs…they do tenderloins, turkeys and 3 course breakfasts. They also have a camper that smells like it just came out of the show room. Their secret? They do ALL their cooking outside! We recently purchased a skillet, like the one pictured above, and have started cooking almost everything outside too. Eggs & Bacon, taco’s, fried fish, stir-fry, and lots of other great things that aren’t so easily done on a grill. We have found that not only does it relieve … Read entire article »

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Furnace and Heat Pump Usage

We have been staying in Florida for the past 3 winters. Unfortunately, there are times when the weather here is actually colder then back home. This has lead us to “cranking the heat” quite a lot. For the most part, the heat pumps take care of warming the coach very well. However when the temperature drops to below 40ish we always turn on the funace. We noticed that when the weather is colder (below 40) the heat pumps tend to run the entire time, not shutting off for any sort of “break.” Heat pumps were not meant to work this way! We woke up one morning to the sounds of a “struggling heat pump.” It was not a happy sound! In fact we think … Read entire article »

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Canopy Tip – Beware of Wind

This tip is the result of the increasingly windy weather we are currently having in Florida. About 2 weeks ago, when the sun was out and the breeze light, Russ and I purchased a nice canopy and set it up next to the RV. The intention was to have a shaded area we could sit in when the sun was beating down on us. Your see, our site is currently in the sun all day. And our awning, when folded out, does not give any shade because the angle of the sun is too low in the sky. Therefore you can either sit in the sun, or sit inside. Anyway, back to the canopy…. For a few days we really enjoyed our new canopy! We played cards and … Read entire article »

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RV Window Condensation Build Up

I have noticed with the very cold weather in Florida this winter, the windshield has condensation on it every morning. The cause is the cold air and warm air barrier..the privacy curtain. Unless you want to keep the windshield curtain open, you will have this condition. We have opened the curtain at bed time and eliminated the water from appearing on the windshield. All of the other windows in my coach are double glass and have not reacted in the same way as the windshield does. In New Hampshire during the summer months we rarely see condensation on the windshield. As the weather gets colder in Sept/Oct. and the heat is running, we see the moisture appear again and start opening the front curtain and that stops the problem. It is … Read entire article »

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