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Important Points to Consider for Winter RVing

Important Points to Consider for Winter RVing

Will you be RVing during the winter season? Do you know how to prepare for a winter RV vacation? Let’s take a look at RV winter tips.

According to an article at kirklandrvsales.com, “RV Winter Preparation Tips”

8634165_s“As you might expect, winter RVing presents some challenges in preparation, maintenance, and overall comfort. Simply put, it’s cold. The ice and snow are beautiful, but seeing and experiencing that beauty takes a little more effort than RVing in the summer. Pipes and fuel lines need proper care, the interior of the RV needs to be heated, and you want to be safe about the methods of preparation you use.

Listed below are ten pain points and potential issues that may come up during winter RVing. We have provided tips on each of those areas in the hope that you, the RV adventurer, can get out and enjoy the season without interruption.

  1. Sealing and Insulation

One of the most important things you can do to ensure a comfortable winter trip is seal and insulate as much as possible. Keep cold air from seeping in the entry door and windows by insulating these areas with curtains made from heavy, durable cloth. Seal the curtains to the wall with velcro, snap-on fasteners, or other removable products. On the exterior, consider adding thick plastic panes or Lexan to keep in even more heat.

Several tips in the rest of this article involve keeping your RV’s inner workings warm and functioning. Sealing and insulating, however, is all about keeping you warm, so don’t neglect this side of winter prep. Take the time to seal every potential crack and crevice through which freezing air might seep, and don’t be cheap in the materials you use. This is your comfort we’re talking about—it’s worth it.

  1. Plumbing and Water Tanks

Keeping your water and filters from freezing is critical. Line the floor of your RV’s water bays with a layer of safe insulation, and purchase a small space heater that will fit inside the bay. Both of these items will keep the plumbing and freshwater bays from freezing without running the expensive propane heater. To monitor the temperature inside the bays, consider buying a thermometer that you can check from a device inside the RV.

Quick tip: detach and store your sewage hose after use. It will get brittle and freeze in the cold temperatures.” To read the entire article click here.

The professionals at A1-RV make buying a pre-owned RV or new RV a pleasant experience. To speak to an RV expert contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

How to Avoid these Common RV Repairs

How to Avoid these Common RV Repairs

Are you a new RV owner? Do you know the most common repairs that RV owners comes across? Let’s take a look RV parts to keep a close eye on.

According to an article at kirklandrvsales.com, “RV Mishaps and How You Can Avoid them”

Recreational vehicle“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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.” To read the entire article click here.

A1-RV is a full service Reno, Nevada RV dealer offering sales, service, parts and RV accessories. For more information contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

Recreational Vehicle Buying Tips

Buying a recreational vehicle is a great tool to help create wonderful family bonding experiences. Need a few helpful tips on buying your first RV? Let’s take a look at helpful tips before purchasing an RV.

A1-RV is a full service Reno, Nevada RV dealer offering sales, service, parts and accessories. For more information contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

Guide to RVing

Guide to RVing

Did you recently purchase an RV? While going on your first RV trip is an adventure you won’t forget. What are some important things you should know about RVing?

According to an article at reserveamerica.com, “New to the RV Lifestyle”

44058535_s“Whether you’re a family of weekend campers or a retired couple looking to travel full-time, every RV beginner has to know a few important things before making the maiden voyage. Here are six quick tips to consider before you pile in and head out.

Tip 1: Decide Whether to Buy or Rent

This isn’t always an easy decision, with pros and cons for both. However, when you consider a few key factors, the answer becomes clearer.

  • Buy: You plan to go RV camping often or full-time and you have storage for the times when you aren’t traveling.
  • Rent: You plan to go on a single trip, or want to test the waters before making a purchase.

Tip 2: Get to Know Your RV

With little road experience, it’s especially important that RV beginners take time to learn how the motorhome works, even if it’s just a rental. If something breaks, you should be able to assess the problem, and potentially fix it. This saves time and money spent at a mechanic.

When you get to know your RV, you’re less likely to make operational errors. For example, if you don’t know how many amps your main breaker can handle, there’s a good chance you’ll blow it. This is a potentially expensive error that can be avoided by getting to know your rig.

Tip 3: Take a Practice Drive

Consider the roads you plan to drive on, and take a smaller trip on similar terrain. As an RV beginner you don’t yet know what will move around in the living area or how hard it will be to switch lanes, ascend hills, and park.

Once you know the intricacies of driving an RV, you can make necessary adjustments. For example, if your drawers pop open, which they often do, you need to find a way to keep them shut.” To read the entire article click here.

A1-RV is a full service Reno, Nevada RV dealer offering sales, service, parts and accessories. For more information contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

The Rules of RV Boondocking

The Rules of RV Boondocking

What is boondocking? If you’re new to RVing you may have heard about boondocking. Let’s take a look at the rules of RV boondocking.

According to an article at changingears.com, “The RV Neighbor Policy”

30830318_sSome of the most respected RV consumer clubs have joined together to support your right to park on private businesses’ parking lots overnight under the following code of conduct:

Industry-Sanctioned Code of Conduct

(RVers’ Good Neighbor Policy)

  1. Stay one night only!
  2. Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
  3. Obey posted regulations.
  4. No awnings, chairs, or barbecue grills.
  5. Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
  6. Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
  7. Purchase gas, food, or supplies as a form of thank you, when feasible.
  8. Be safe! Always be aware of your surroundings and leave if you feel unsafe.

If your plans include touring the area, staying for more than one night, or necessitate conduct not within the code, please relocate to a local campground. It’s the right thing to do!

Most of the complaints lodged regarding RV parking on business parking lots have to do with aesthetics and perceived abuse of the privilege. There are a variety of competing interests that were balanced to arrive at this industry-sanctioned code of conduct. As you can see, the Code of Conduct is nothing more than an RVers’ “Good Neighbor” policy.” To read the entire article click here.

The sales team at A1-RV make buying a pre-owned RV or new RV a stress free experience. To speak to an RV expert contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

Which RV is Right for You?

Which RV is Right for You?

Are you looking for a change in how you travel with the family? Ready to purchase your first RV in Reno? If you’re not sure which RV best fits you, here are tips on understanding the different types of RVs.

According to an article at EzineArticles.com, “Understanding the Difference in RVs”

“8 Types of RVs- Understanding RV Classifications:
8634165_s1. Class A Motorhome: You start with a stripped chassis, sprinkle in a suspension, some instruments, and let the manufacturer build the whole thing up from there. The biggest and most expensive rigs are usually Class A Motorhomes.
2. Class B Motor home (Camping Van Conversion): This is a small motor home built on a van chassis. Usually you keep the same van body but raise the roof for more interior space.
3. Class C Motorhome: This is a motor home with a van front but a cut-away chassis. A shade bigger than a Class B, and is often built on top of a Commercial Freightliner, General Motors, Ford, Sprinter, and International chassis.
4. Travel Trailer: This is a tow-behind camper that includes almost all sizes and price points. What sets the travel trailer apart is that is fits to a normal bumper-level hitch.
5. Fifth-Wheel Trailer (5th Wheel Trailer): These are like travel trailers except they require a pick-up truck and a special (huge) fifth-wheel trailer hitch in the bed of the truck. There are all different sizes of fifth-wheel trailers, but many of the biggest and most luxurious RV’s are 5th wheels.” To read the entire article click here.

The professionals at A1-RV make buying an RV a pleasant experience. To speak to an RV sales expert contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

How to Get Your Dog Adapted to RV Living

How to Get Your Dog Adapted to RV Living

Are you making the change to RV living full time? If you’re a dog owner you’ll need steps to prepare your dog in their new home. Here are steps on how to prepare your dog for RV living.

According to an article at doityourselfrv.com, “How to Get Your Dog Acquainted with an RV”

11218840_ml“Help your pet get acquainted with the RV

You can begin this process by placing some of your animal’s belongings in the RV, then calmly bringing the dog or cat inside to let him sniff around and add his scent to the mix.

If your dog is already crate-trained, bring the crate inside as well and encourage your pup to go in (but don’t force it).

Dogs who aren’t yet crate trained may need to be, depending on how well they adapt to the next few steps – I’ll have more about that issue below.

Some pets will show signs of anxiety by drooling, whining or pacing.

If your pet does any of these, don’t reinforce this behavior by paying attention to it or picking up the animal.

Ignore the behavior itself and instead stay with your pet. In a calm, soothing voice explain to your pet that the RV is his home too.

Once your pet is calm enough to be petted, sit with him for a while and slowly stroke his fur.

Feeding treats while doing this is another great way to associate happy memories with the RV.

Return to your normal home after a few minutes and do this every day for longer and longer periods of time – until you sense that your animal is feeling more secure in the new environment.

It may take just a couple of tries or it may take a month.

Allow enough time before traveling and remember that each animal is different in how they adjust.” To read the entire article click here.

A1-Rv is a full service Reno, Nevada RV dealer offering sales, service, parts, and accessories. For more information contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

RVing and Safety Internet Tips

RVing and Safety Internet Tips

How can anyone live without internet these days? Do you know how to keep your information protected while searching the internet? Let’s take a look at ways to surf the internet safely while RVing.

According to an article at everything-about-rving.com, “Searching the World Wide Web and RVing”

32541282_s“Whether you have RV internet or not, being smart about your internet use as you travel can help mitigate a variety of risks. WiFi hotspots, especially those in public places, are breeding grounds for snoops who want to steal your personal information. When set up properly, wireless WiFi for RV users can offer you and your family some added security, but it always pays to be overly safe than sorry.

When you hit the road, you don’t have to give up the World Wide Web to keep your information safe. Just practice the following simple tips whenever you connect:

  1. Secure any device that can connect to the internet.

Use a strong firewall, reputable antivirus software, comprehensive malware program and a trusted VPN (virtual protection network) service to keep your laptop, tablet and cell phone safe. However, it’s not enough to simply invest in these programs. You have to keep them up to date to ensure their effectiveness.

  1. Use only legitimate hotspots.

If you don’t have a WiFi for RV system and you need to get online, it may be tempting to use the first hotspot you find in a public location. Instead, take the time to find a hotspot you can attribute to a business or someone you know. Before you even attempt to connect, ask for the name the establishment or household uses for the hotspot or network. Keep in mind that the most trusted networks are those that require a password to connect. Be wary of any hotspots that require you to input personal information before allowing you to connect.

  1. Back up sensitive and important data.

If you use your laptop to store pictures, work information, projects and other important data, back up these items regularly onto waterproof, encrypted USB flash drives or an external hard drive. (Don’t email the data to yourself). Then make a backup of the backup. Even with the safest mobile internet for RV setup or the best security programs installed, you can never be too safe.” To read the entire article click here.

A1-RV is the leading RV service center in the Reno and Sparks area. For more information on our RV services contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

How to Properly Winterize an RV

How to Properly Winterize an RV

Storing your RV during the winter season requires necessary steps to keep your RV in tip-top-shape for the upcoming spring traveling season. Before you store your RV, let’s take a look at key areas to focus on when winterizing an RV.

According to an article at thervwarehouseinc.com, “RV Winterization”

9924239_s“It’s that time of the year again – time to pack up and clean out your RV, because winter is here.  Winterization is important, as your RV will stand in storage for a long period of time in extreme temperatures. Without proper winterization, you face many risks, such as mold, frozen plumbing and critter infestations to name a few. It is important to follow manufacturer instructions when winterizing your RV, but the general tips below will also go a long way to keeping your RV safe throughout the cooler months.

  1. Get to know your RV

By understanding all the different systems in your RV and knowing what happens to them during winter, you will have a good idea about why winterization is so important. Winterization is an important step to preventing damage due to freezing. If you’re not comfortable with winterizing your RV, it is best left to the service professionals.  You could however save money by taking care of the basics:

  • Wash the exterior of your RV.
  • Clean the inside of your RV.
  • Winterize the plumbing lines using a non-toxic antifreeze.
  • Cover the RV, tires and A/C.
  • Disconnect the batteries and propane bottles and store them away from moisture.
  1. Prevent snow from damaging your RV

Manufacturers use lightweight materials to make RV roofs, so even a few inches of snow can cause it to collapse. Once the storm has blown over, go outside and remove snow from the roof of your RV using a plastic snow shovel.” To read the entire article click here.

A1-RV is a full service Reno, Nevada RV dealer offering sales, service, parts, and RV accessories. For more information contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

Which RV is Right for Your Lifestyle?

Which RV is Right for Your Lifestyle?

There are many advantages to owning an RV. Just think of all the great adventures that your family will remember for years to come. If you’re not sure which RV best fits your lifestyle, here are tips on understanding the different types of RVs.

According to an article at EzineArticles.com, “What to Consider When Buying an RV”

Recreational vehicle“8 Types of RVs- Understanding RV Classifications:

  1. Class A Motorhome: You start with a stripped chassis, sprinkle in a suspension, some instruments, and let the manufacturer build the whole thing up from there. The biggest and most expensive rigs are usually Class A Motorhomes.
  2. Class B Motor home (Camping Van Conversion): This is a small motor home built on a van chassis. Usually you keep the same van body but raise the roof for more interior space.
  3. Class C Motorhome: This is a motor home with a van front but a cut-away chassis. A shade bigger than a Class B, and is often built on top of a Commercial Freightliner, General Motors, Ford, Sprinter, and International chassis.
  4. Travel Trailer: This is a tow-behind camper that includes almost all sizes and price points. What sets the travel trailer apart is that is fits to a normal bumper-level hitch.
  5. Fifth-Wheel Trailer (5th Wheel Trailer): These are like travel trailers except they require a pick-up truck and a special (huge) fifth-wheel trailer hitch in the bed of the truck. There are all different sizes of fifth-wheel trailers, but many of the biggest and most luxurious RV’s are 5th wheels.” To read the entire article click here.

The professionals at A1-RV make buying a pre-owned RV or new RV a pleasant experience. To speak to an RV expert contact A1-RV at 775-348-0909 or visit a1-rv.com.

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