DIY RV 2×4 Stabilizers; how do you store them in your TT?

How do you store your 2×4 side stabilizers. With the eyebolt sticking out they seem like they’ll get caught in the storage bay. Curious what everyone is doing.


Pretend_Sir450:

I made mine like the one’s in this post. https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f18/homemade-stabilizers-37539.html

scroll down to post #19 for a pic. You shouldn’t need to sign up or sign in. My lab moves a lot in the TT these help with the additional movement. I also have X-Chocks.

ACP68:

I cut the ends of the bolts off mine so at least one side is less likely to catch on anything. But then I found a small bag like for folding camp chairs & keep them in that too.

ktmfan:

Do these help much? Guess first time seeing them. I just put down the 4 jacks but they tend to loosen up as the gravel under the blocks gets disturbed from movement.

Upper-Exchange-3907:

I spent like $30 bucks and made a few of these. I haven’t used my auto levelers in years. These are 10x better. You need to build multiple at different lengths so they can reach the frame. With sites that aren’t level, sometimes even my largest 38 inch cuts aren’t tall enough. i have 2×32”, 2×34” and 2×38”

For storage I just keep them in the pass thru

kevinofhardy:

I used d rings instead of eye bolts. They fold pretty flat and store very conveniently.

Alternative-Action-9:

I store mine in the pass through. I usually move them to the bed of my truck on travel days when more pass through storage is needed.

OldDiehl:

I’ve never seen anything like this. How do they work/help?

Source: DIY RV 2×4 Stabilizers; how do you store them in your TT?

Challenge time… fitting this in my 32 foot Corsair

meowlater:

It’s not just having the space for it. Getting it through the door can be somewhere on the spectrum from tricky to impossible. You may have to look at removing a window or even the windshield.

gellenburg:

Good luck with that. RV living is all about downsizing and only keeping around what truly matters to you because space is so much a premium. Plus, you have no need for those large speakers in such a small and confined space.

auscadtravel:

All of it? Those speakers are going to be LOUD. Remember trailers have very thin walls and your neighbors can hear everything.
You might find selling everything to be much easier and getting things that work in your trailer. You certainly won’t need any of those speakers.

learntorv:

Anything is possible if it’s important to you.

weezo182:

This setup gives me a raging Zef boner.

MamboNumber5Guy:

Why would you want to?

Pudf:

Let it go

Source: Challenge time… fitting this in my 32 foot Corsair

Finale of RV Education 101’s 1978 Van Camper Revamp on Show 2022-13

RV Education 101 – Converting a Rare Van Camper – Episode 4

Welcome back to part four of our Ram Camp Project. Before we can start building out the interior of the van, I need to wire the power center, install two inverters, the lithium battery, and finish the solar installation. That’s a lot of wiring, so we’d better get busy. We’re starting with the power center. That means we are connecting all of our 12-volt and 120-volt loads to the power center, and we will connect our short power cord to the power center after we install the power inlet in the van. This is our power inlet. It’s the part that our 120-volt attachable power cord plugs into when the van is plugged into electricity. Once installed, it will connect to the inverter and then go out to our WFCO power center. The first step is deciding where to mount the inlet on the van. I prefer to keep the wiring runs as short as possible. So, it would make sense to mount it at the rear corner of the van. Now we can cut the opening. Mark the outline where you want to cut the inlet. Check that nothing on the inside is in the way. Use a hole saw if you have one large enough, or you can drill a hole large enough to get a jigsaw blade through and carefully cut the opening. Before we mount the inlet, we are attaching our wiring that goes to the inverter. Follow the instructions to make proper wire connections. It’s important that you torque the screws to 20 inch-pounds. Place the inlet in the hole, align it, and mark the mounting holes. Drill small pilot holes and mount the inlet on the van. Dawn Polk: We wanted to have several options for electrical power in the van, based on different camping scenarios. If we have access to electricity, we can plug in and use the power source. Now, for boondocking, when the sun is plentiful, we have two solar panels, an inverter, and a lithium battery. If we are boondocking and the sun is not available for a day or two, we have a 3200-watt quiet generator. Now, that sounds like lots of wiring, so somebody better get busy. Mark: Now the wiring can begin. We’ll start at the power center, then our lithium battery, then the inverter and the charge controller. I mentioned in a previous episode, our WFCO 8900 AD Power Center has the patent pending auto detect technology. This new microprocessor recognizes what type of battery is used in the system and automatically adjusts the charging profile to match the battery type. That is a great feature, especially with our 250-amp hour lithium battery by Go Power. Let’s start wiring things right now. Caution: prior to doing any wiring, make sure no power source is turned on, and remove all jewelry. The DC fuse board has spaces for 11 DC fuses, and there are a total of 10 AC breaker slots, if you use duplex breakers. You need to know the load on every circuit, so you know what size fuse or breaker to use. I made a list of what we are using in the van with load requirements, so I know how to size the fuses and breakers. We have our power inletting cable installed, so we can start the wiring by connecting the power cord to the inverter and then go out to the 38-amp breaker in the power center. Then connect the black hot wire to the breaker, the white neutral wire to the neutral terminal, and the green ground wire to the ground terminal bar. Route all the branch circuits the same way, and make the hot, neutral, and ground connections the same way. Now route an 8-gauge or larger green or bare wire through the hole next to the ground bar and connect it to the negative post. The opposite end goes to the vehicle chassis ground. All of the ground connections are extremely important, so make sure you use the proper gauge wire and that the connections are secure. Dawn: Here’s an RV 101 pro tip. Make sure you label the breakers and the fuses in the proper order for future reference. Mark: It’s important you follow the torque specifications in the instructions. If the screws are too loose, you can have a poor connection; and if they’re overtightened, it can damage or break wires. Torque the screws to the proper torque in inch-pounds. Now we can start wiring the 12-volt fuse side of the power center. Make sure the battery is disconnected prior to starting the DC wiring and remove any jewelry. Connect the heavy wire, red, coming from the battery to the positive lug located directly below the reverse polarity fuses. I have my list of DC loads with the fuse sizes I need. These are the output screw terminal connections. Just strip off about a quarter inch of insulation from the load wire and insert it into the screw terminal. Tighten the terminal to the torque specified in the instructions. Connect the remainder of the DC load wires the same way. The last step on the 12-volt side is to install a separate bus bar in a location behind the converter. We need a minimum of 8-gauge wire to go from the negative lug on the top left of the DC fuse board to this bus bar. Now connect the battery negative wire to this bus bar along with the negative DC load wires. Then run a wire from the bus bar to a chassis ground. Now I can install most of our light fixtures, the USBs, the GFCI, the water pump switch, the AC-heater kit, and the 120-volt outlets.

Here is the longer, more detailed part of Mark and Dawn’s Ram Camp project – Part 4.

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Source: Finale of RV Education 101’s 1978 Van Camper Revamp on Show 2022-13

Spotted in the wild near Yuma, Az I-8 eb. Looked worse in person, only couple inches from the ground and the squat was pretty bad

DRFAILS:

Truck says my gcvw is 12000lbs and my trailer is only 11500lbs I’m good with room to spare
/s

runningntwrkgeek:

Just need to add a toy in the back of that toy hauler. It’ll balance out.

Scar1203:

Holy crap that’s a lot of trailer on a late 90s to early 00s F150.

RegUnleadedAvgJoe:

Well if he put his front bumper back on that would probably just about level the whole thing out nicely. Easy fix.

xrandx:

Is he pulling it with the stairs out?

Source: Spotted in the wild near Yuma, Az I-8 eb. Looked worse in person, only couple inches from the ground and the squat was pretty bad

Explore and Save at 31 New Good Sam Campgrounds Across America

Find more value at top travel destinations across North America. Thirty-one campgrounds have recently joined the Good Sam Campground network, increasing your odds of finding savings on the road. Good Sam members get a 10 percent discount at any of our roughly 2,000 Good Sam Campgrounds in North America.

If you’re not a member, Sign up online to purchase a membership or simply buy it at the Good Sam Campground you visit (discounts apply immediately). As you plan your trip, check each campground’s link to determine seasonal availability and make reservations.

Visit one of these new Good Sam Campgrounds today:

River Ridge Resort, Guntersville

Birdwatchers flock to this region to see migratory avians fly over Lake Guntersville. The fishing isn’t bad here either, and visitors can enjoy this region from River Ridge RV Park, which has a marina with kayaking along with nearby trails for hiking, biking and ATV riding.

Green grassy slope in RV park

Wilderness RV Park

Wilderness RV Park, Robertsdale

Enjoy the peace and quiet of “Down South” camping on a lush site with ample shade trees. The campground is just 30 minutes east of Mobile and 35 minutes west of Pensacola, Florida.

Cemetery with quirky tombstone names.

Famous Boothill Graveyard in the historic Western town of Tombstone. Getty Images

Stampede RV Park, Tombstone

Walk in the footsteps of legendary outlaws and lawmen in the iconic Old West town of Tombstone. After a dose of history, relax at Stampede RV Park with roomy spaces and all the amenities you’ll need for a comfy stay.

Klamath Camper Corral, Klamath

Close to the banks of the Klamath River, this campground is great for fishing enthusiasts looking for salmon, trout and steelhead. Local guide services can instruct anglers on the perfect spot on the waterway. Hikers can hit the trail for the Klamath Mountain Overlook, a vista of the Klamath River’s outlet into the Pacific Ocean. Watch for eagles and migrating whales as you enjoy a picnic lunch on the viewpoint. In the evening, settle in for a fine meal at the Steelhead Lodge in town.

A path runs between giant redwood trunks

Simpson Reed Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Mystic Forest RV Park, Klamath

Surrounded by lush forest, this RV park puts guests close to top area attractions, including Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Also nearby, the Trees of Mystery features a canopy trail that leads explorers across suspension bridges that hang high above the ground. The SkyTrail whisks guests high across the forest on gondolas. Back at the park, guests can enjoy roomy spaces with barbecue grills at each site.

Newberry Mountain RV Park, Newberry Springs

A slew of distinctive attractions greets visitors to this rugged desert destination on historic Route 66. Savor a meal in the Bagdad Cafe, the subject of a 1987 film, or venture to the spectacular Pisgah Crater, which stands 350 feet above the surrounding terrain. Guests can relax in roomy sites and enjoy the swimming pool, fishing pond and rec hall.

Crystal Lake RV Resort, Naples

This resort gives guests lots of reasons to stay local and enjoy the grounds. Work up a sweat at the tennis or pickleball courts, or hone your stroke on the putting green. Drop a line or go kayaking on Crystal Lake, which is adjacent to the campground. Enjoy planned activities and meet some of your fellow campers. Drive just 8 miles to hit the shore at Vanderbilt Beach on the Gulf Coast.

Aerial shot of river resort town.

The Caloosahatchee River running through Fort Myers. Getty Images

Raintree RV Resort, North Fort Myers

Raintree RV Resort puts guests close to some of Fort Myers’ most popular recreation attractions. Travel a short distance south on U.S. Route 41 to reach the Edison Ford Winter Estates, which preserve the legacy of two of America’s most famous innovators. Nearby, the River District is a hot spot for shopping and dining. North of the resort, Cypress Slough Preserve is the place to see gators, otters and turtles.

At Ease Campground & Marina, Bainbridge

Bainbridge’s Lake Seminole and Flint River teem with bass — so many that the area was named Bass Capital of Georgia in 2019. On land, adventurers can cut loose on the BMX Pump Track and Fitness Court, which has an array of exercise structures.

Dock on a placid lake surrounded by forest.

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Dreamland RV Parks, Douglas

Hoist a steaming cup of Joe in Coffee County, which takes its brew seriously. Explore history at the World War II Flight Training Museum and hike the stunning Boxton Rocks — a Peach State Treasure.

Lake Park RV & Campground, Lake Park

Located on the Peach State’s southern border, Lake Park is known for water recreation on the area’s many lakes. Guests at this campground can go fishing and paddling in nearby Muscovy Lake.

Poche Plantation RV Resort, Convent

Located less than an hour from New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Poche Plantation RV Resort puts guests in the heart of Louisiana’s historic Plantation Country. Take a trip down the scenic Mississippi River Road and savor the sites of historic mansions.

Trees in middle of moving river with boat landings on far side.

Quachita River. Getty Images

The Ouachita RV Park, Monroe

This northern Louisiana Park puts visitors within reach of gorgeous wilderness. Embark on a hunting or fishing trip in the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, or take a leisurely paddling trip down the Quachita River. Quachita RV Park’s long list of amenities includes an activity room, laundry room and playground.

Diamond Lake RV Park, Perkinston

Perkinston sits just a short drive from Gulfport and Biloxi, where visitors can throw dice in the casinos that line the beach or stroll on the sugar-white sands of Ship Island. Historic Beauvoir Ground takes visitors back in time to the CIvil War. Back at Diamond Lake RV park, guests can unwind with fishing, nature trails and ample amenities.

Hidden Valley Mobile Home & RV Park, Hollister

Have you dreamt of camping just a few paces from a trout stream? You can make the dream a reality at Hidden Valley Mobile Home and RV Park, nestled on the banks of Turkey Creek. When guests aren’t hauling in the big ones, they’re exploring nearby Lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals. Branson, famous for its live theaters, lies just across Lake Taneycomo. At the park, enjoy roomy sites with patios.

Sunset at Table Rock Lake, in the Ozarks of southwestern

Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks. Getty Images

Ozark Estates RV Park, Lebanon

In Lebanon, visitors can hang out at Bennett Spring State Park, where spring-fed streams yield fantastic fishing in clear, cool water. The town celebrates its location on Route 66 with the Park-It at the Market Cruise-In, when classic cars converge for visitors to see each Saturday from April through September.

Zion Retreat & RV Park, Flushing

Guests at this resort will find tranquility in the 1,300 acres of rolling hills as well as the sparkling ponds that dot the landscape. RVers can enjoy tree-shaded spots along with a special private pond only for them. Rent a kayak or standup paddleboard for exploring Zion’s main public lake.

Camp Toodik Family Campground, Cabins & Canoe Livery, Loudonville

Nothing says vacation like a lazy canoe ride down a beautiful river flanked by lush forests. Experience it all from Camp Toodik Family Campground, with boat rentals on the Lake Fork Branch of the Mohican River as well as fishing. Hit one of the nature trails or enjoy the rec hall or mini-golf.

Amish Horse and Buggy Travelling Up a Steep Country Road

Ohio Amish Country. Getty Images

Town & Country Camp Resort, West Salem

Satisfy that shopping urge and sate your sweet tooth in this Amish-influenced corner of Ohio. Find treasures at Village Square Antiques and Beyond Measure Market. At Grandpa’s Cheesebarn, fine fudge and diary products entice shoppers. Go to Findlay State Park for a taste of nature.

GSP RV Park, Greer

This park sits near Interstate 85 between Spartanburg and Greenville, but guests may feel like they’re light-years from the hustle and bustle of cities and freeways. Stay in one of the 37 spacious RV sites and enjoy a friendly and natural environment with planned social activities. Fall asleep to the sound of Maple Creek Run.

Medallion Campground – Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol

Camp near one of the nation’s most exciting racing venues. Watch high-speed NASCAR or NHRA action by day then relax in a roomy site that can accommodate slideouts, with Wi-Fi and trash pickup. Get up the following day and do it again! It’s a top spot for motorsports fans.

Blurred race car with flag in foreground.

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Pigeon Forge RV Resort, Pigeon Forge

This resort offers lots of ways to cool down, with a swimming pool, waterslide and umbrella keeping guests from overheating during summer. Drop a line in Waldens Creek or head into town for a rollicking time at Dollywood, with rides and entertainment.

Fort Stockton RV Park, Fort Stockton

This west Texas town treats guests to beautiful Lone Star landscapes along with several historic landmarks. Walk the grounds of Fort Stockton — a military base from the 1800s — or tip a glass in Mesa Vineyards, the largest winery in Texas. Fort Stockton RV Parks puts guests in the center of all the action.

Glittering city skyline against evening sky.

Dallas skyline. Getty Images

Dallas Hi Ho RV Park, Glenn Heights

Located just 20 minutes from Dallas, this park is perfect for folks who want to experience the legendary “Big D.” Get a sweeping overview of it all from the 561-foot Reunion Tower, then immerse yourself in the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and Bishop Arts District. Back at the park, amenities include propane service, a laundromat and a dump station.

Oakdale Park, Glen Rose

Oakdale Park sits between two of the Lone Star State’s most compelling natural attractions. At Big Rocks Park, visitors can climb giant boulders strewn along the banks of the Paluxy River. Also nearby, Dinosaur Valley State Park preserves huge dino footprints. Back at the campground, guests enjoy a waterslide, rec hall, water umbrella and planned activities.

Pier with thatched beach umbrella.

Pier at Rockport Beach. Getty Images.

Rockport RV Ranch, Rockport

Rockport Ranch Resort lies close to the Lone Star State’s first certified Blue Wave Beach, a designation given to shores that are free of litter, accessible to disabled visitors and have swimmable waters. Also nearby are ample fishing, boating and swimming opportunities. The campground has two ponds that are abundant with fish and visited by coastal birds.

Rio RV Park, Wallisville

Close to Interstate 10 and the Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve, this campground lies within reach of top Texas attractions. Head into Houston for world-class shopping, dining and sights, or take a jaunt to Galveston to the southeast. Prefer to stay at the park? Drop a line in the Trinity River or enjoy one of the campground’s planned activities.

Rollin’ Home RV Park, Nephi

Explore the rugged Utah countryside while staying at Rollin’ Home RV Park. Embark on the Mount Nebo Scenic Byway, which climbs 9,000 feet in elevation and leads motorists to sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountains and Utah Valley. Fall visitors can feast on golden autumn foliage in the Uinta National Forest, while OHV riders can hit the Little Sahara OHV Trail, a sandy playground that lives up to its name.

Whitewater churning through arid valley.

Sevier River. Getty Images

Sevier River RV Park, Sevier

Located on the banks of the Sevier River, this park offers fishing and kayaking. A short distance away, visitors can take a wild whitewater ride with local outfitters. On land, guests can enjoy horseback riding and ATV fun trails. Explore rugged landscapes on two wheels at Candy Mountain Express Biking Trail, a half-mile from the campground. Relax in the park or hit the road for day trips to iconic attractions, from Arches National Park to Cove Fort Historic Site.

Parkview RV Park, Appomattox

Situated near the geographic center of Virginia, Parkview RV Park sits close to several unique attractions. At High Bridge State Park, cyclists can follow a rail-to-trail course that includes the High Bridge, a wooden span that crosses the Appomattox River at the height of 125 feet. Pop into Evergreen Lavender Farm for all things lavender. The farm also puts on special events and concerts.

Woman sits on a cliff overlooking natural splendor

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Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure RV Park, Grundy

Nestled in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, this campground has all the ingredients for a spectacular outdoor stay. Mountain bikers or ATV/OHV enthusiasts can set out on the Spearhead Trails Coal Canyon Trail, which runs for 200 miles through rugged landscapes. Guided elk viewing tours are available. The campground’s 7,500-square-foot visitor center features a deck with views of the surrounding landscape. Buy a souvenir at the gift shop or plan a special event like a reunion or wedding.

Source: Explore and Save at 31 New Good Sam Campgrounds Across America

How I store two trailers in a 16’x14′ space


Suspicious-Abalone77:

How to store 2 trailers in a small space….have 2 tiny ass trailers lol

bp332106:

You sir, need a trailer dolly

Adasher1:

I’d be widening that gate myself.

doggie_dog_world:

Looks like you have room for at least one more.

masnaer:

/r/oddlysatisfying

Great vid man, good use of space!

Chet_Bartleby_Manley:

Good for you! I’d just move.

Corduroy23159:

Another meeting video that could have been an email one line of text.

Source: How I store two trailers in a 16’x14′ space

2 Weeks into Full-timing in Texas! But now I got orders to Montana ????????‍♂️

2Sam22:

Orders? To where? Great Falls? Yes, people full time there. Better prepare for a heck of a cold winter in that stick & tin. Our first winter, we got there at mid September and winter was -46° and about 4-5′ of snow over the winter. I’d winterize it, store it & get an apt. or base housing.

Top500k:

That far north is gonna be rough. If you have a four seasons RV that is properly insulated with at least 50amp electrical to use space heaters then yes it can be done. Doing it comfortably is another story.

You sound military. If that is the case check your contract for military termination clauses if you are still paying the RV off. Change of post/base is grounds for termination of contract many times under the SCRA law.

usaf_ross7:

So we decided to start full timing here in Texas and absolutely love. Thought I had my life figured out for the next year or so and I just got an assignment to Montana. Does anyone actually live in RVs up there? As of right now I don’t think it will work. Thoughts? TIA!

KismetKentrosaurus:

We’re in southwest Montana right now at an RV park. There are several families and people who live at this park year round.

svennyboyy:

Hi. Not exactly Montana but we full timed in a fifth wheel for 15 months in alberta. Burned alot of propane through the coldest months…. around 200 lbs per month plus. Also insulated the floor very well and trailer was a “four season model” and had fairly well insulated walls and windows. Did not have a slide out which are generally energy suckers due to almost zero insulation. We did not have running water so I brought 5 x 5 gal buckets of water home every night from work to wash/bathe. We were young and made it work. If you want to make it work, I’m sure you will make out as fine or better than we did. Cheers

Edit- adding that we did all this with 15 amp service.

CBR85:

Which trailer mode is this?

Edit: model

kickolas:

get a bigger bottle of propane that sits outside your rv.

Source: 2 Weeks into Full-timing in Texas! But now I got orders to Montana ????????‍♂️

Don’t talk to me or my son again!

slacker346:

The Maverick is awesome, I’m really happy Ford did it. Super efficient, and the price is definitely right. Once in a while Ford really makes a good decision, this is one of those times.

dark3stforest:

What camper is that behind the Maverick? I’ve seen it a couple times recently and I’m intrigued… just switched to an EV tow vehicle and would like to find something with a lower aero profile.

bp332106:

I would 100% take the smaller rig every time.

c74:

i knew the new maverick was small… but wow this puts some perspective to it. looks like one of those shriners parade cars in comparison.

Zephyriah:

that is the baby-est tiny truck ive ever seen. is that a dodge dakota?

Basic-Chipmunk5845:

I feel you. We drive a 20 ft bumper pull with a Tahoe. Dad pulls a 34′ 5th wheel behind a ram truck.

lesleechow:

What is the smaller camper. Looks pretty cool.

Source: Don’t talk to me or my son again!

Roberts Resorts Launches ‘Village Camp’

The first two Village Camp resorts are being developed near Lake Tahoe, California, and Flagstaff, Arizona. The resorts will offer luxuriously appointed tiny homes that can be rented or purchased as private getaway cabins.

Village Camp, a new concept in RV resorts, is being launched with the development of resort communities near Lake Tahoe, California, and Flagstaff, Arizona.

A camping cabin interior with wooden floors.

Interior of a Village Camp cabin.

Developed by Roberts Resorts, Village Camp will be an upscale outdoor resort company that combines oversized RV sites with luxury adventure cabins that can be rented or purchased as private getaway cabins.

Village Camp Truckee

Village Camp Truckee Tahoe is being developed on the site of the 130-site Coachland RV Park in Truckee, California, while Village Camp Flagstaff will be built on the previously undeveloped property in Flagstaff, Arizona.

“We expect to complete the first phase of construction at our first two Village Camp resorts by late summer 2022,” said Scott Roberts, president and CEO of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Roberts Resorts, adding, “Everything will be super high end.”

A box-shaped camping cabin with modern lines.

A Truckee Cabin.

The clubhouses will be mountain contemporary design with large windows to take advantage of the outdoor views. Each will have an onsite bistro that will serve local coffee, beer and wine. There will be lots of shared spaces for cabin owners to entertain family and friends and accommodate meetings and community get-togethers.

Village Camp Truckee-Tahoe currently accommodates RV travelers as the property transitions into a high-end RV and tiny home resort. The property currently has one cabin but nine more are expected to be installed by summer and another 20 by year’s end, all of which will be available for rent. “Our goal is to have 40 cabins in place by next summer,” Roberts said, adding that 10 to 20 of the cabins will be available for purchase this year.

Cyclists gather in a forest of alder.

Cycling near a Roberts Resorts property.

Groundbreaking on Village Camp Truckee-Tahoe’s clubhouse is expected this summer with completion targeted for fall 2023. The construction team will also develop pocket mini playground parks and install new landscaping for the clubhouse and RV lots throughout the resort.

Proposed resort amenities will include a steam room, a fitness room, an outdoor spa, a game room, and a locker room with places to store, repair and maintain skis in winter and bicycles in summer. A bistro run by a professional restaurant company is also being planned and is expected to open in late 2023.

Village Camp Flagstaff

Kitchen and loft with coffee-colored floors and white walls and ceiling.

Village Camp home in Flagstaff.

Village Camp Flagstaff, for its part, is expected to open in late summer with limited amenities, including a temporary registration office, a small picnic area, fire pit and a food truck with simple grab-and-go items. Construction is also anticipated to begin this year on the resort’s clubhouse and other amenities, including a swimming pool, bathhouse, bocce ball court, dog park and event lawn.

A white interior kitchen.

A Seabreeze Cabin

Village Camp Flagstaff will have 175 lots in phase one. Of those, 38 will be rental cabins. Cabins manufactured by Cavco Industries and Lakeside Clayton Park Models will also be offered for sale beginning November 2022. Village Camp will also include 10 furnished safari tents, available in summer 2023

A lone Airstream trailer parked near a campsite with fire.

Village Camp in Flagstaff

Roberts Resorts is also planning to develop additional Village Camp Resorts in Moab and Park City, Utah, in the near future. For more information about RV site availability and tiny home purchase and rental opportunities at Village Camp resorts, please visit villagecamp.com.

About Village Camp and Roberts Resorts 

Village Camp is a new concept in RV and adventure cabin communities developed by Roberts Resorts. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Roberts Resorts currently owns and operates 11 RV resorts with approximately 4,000 sites in five states. Its Arizona properties include Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort in Phoenix, Sunrise RV Resort in Apache Junction, Gold Canyon RV & Golf Resort in Gold Canyon, and Vista del Sol RV Resort in Bullhead City. The company also owns Coachland RV Park in Truckee, California, Lake Osprey RV Resort in Elberta, Alabama; two Texas parks, Oak Forest RV Resort in Austin, and Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring; and two RV resorts in Utah, Park City RV Resort in Park City and Portal RV Resort in Moab.

Roberts Resorts was founded over 50 years ago by Scott Roberts’ parents, Bob and Barbara. The company has since grown to include approximately 350 employees.

Source: Roberts Resorts Launches ‘Village Camp’

Home sweet Walmart parking lot.

mrpopo573:

Welcome to full timing where you start to craft an internal hierarchy of parking lots overnights. I still prefer Bass Pro/Cabellas 🙂

deyheimler:

I fuckin love Walmart dude. I like sleeping there. You can go grab a movie and snacks, and in the morning you can get breakfast. I love Walmarts lol

raphtze:

ain’t nothing wrong with that. i love the coos bay walmart. not all walmarts let you do.

between my 4 dogs and my glock…we’re safe.

ivel501:

How did it work out? I hear stories of kids being dicks and honking or driving around RV’s in the middle of the night.

TheWorldNeedsDornep:

I gave up Walmart lots when some lot lizard woke me up at 5 am begging for cash for what ever. Thing is, in my half asleep state, I gave her money just to go away; normally I would have been a little more aggressive.

zooch76:

Sliders out. tsk tsk!

BedBugger6-9:

Done that a few times

Source: Home sweet Walmart parking lot.

14 Date Night (or Day) Ideas on Oregon’s Adventure Coast

There’s just something about Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston that folks love unconditionally! Guess you could say that “love is in the air” around here, no matter when you visit! Impress your significant other with these fun and adventurous date night (or day) activities on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.

#1 — Enjoy a romantic dinner at a local restaurant with ambiance or beautiful views like 7 Devils Waterfront AlehouseHilltop HouseThe Plank House and Restaurant O (we recommend reservations). 

#2 Enjoy a stroll, hand in hand, through the gardens and along the cliff trails at Shore Acres State Park, the crown jewel of the Oregon Coast.

A couple gaze at vibrant yellow flowers as they stroll along a hedge in a grassy, forested park-like setting.

Shore Acres State Park. Photo: Oregon’s Adventure Coast

#3 Relax while soaking in a luxurious jetted hot tub in your private suite overlooking the bay at The Mill Casino * Hotel & RV Park.

#4 Have a romantic picnic on the beach at Sunset Bay State Park to watch the sunset over delicious wine and cheese.

#5 Taste handcrafted rum, vodka, and whiskey at Stillwagon Distillery (by appointment only).

#6  Treat yourselves to a one-of-a-kind tasting adventure you can only find along the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail.

#7  Go on an adventurous drive and spend the day exploring the beaches and state parks along the Cape Arago Highway. Don’t miss the seals and sea lions on Simpson Reef and Shell Island.

#8  Experience nature at its best on a romantic daytime hike through lush coastal forests to Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area, two magnificent waterfalls here on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.

A couple pose for a selfie in front of a long waterfall.

Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area. Oregon’s Adventure Coast

#9 Hunt for treasures in one of our local antique or specialty shops.

#10 — Learn something new together as you explore art, history and culture in some of our museums and galleries like the Coos History MuseumCoos Art Museum, and the Charleston Marine Life Center. Click here for more info about local museums and galleries we recommend visiting.

#11Take a romantic walk along a beautiful, pristine beach. Watch the surfers on Bastendorff Beach, or search for natural treasures in tide pools on the protected beach in Sunset Bay State Park. Visitors going to the beach should be aware of coastal safety hazards with the potential danger of undertows, sneaker waves, and rolling logs. Click here for Beach Safety Tips.

#12 — Enjoy a fresh, hot cup of coffee and a delicious pastry at a local coffee shop like Bayside Coffee & TeaSo It Goes CoffeehouseThe Grounds Cafe (located inside the Books by the Bay Bookstore) and more.

#13 Spend the night gaming in one of our two casinos! Whether it’s slots or table games, you’ll find plenty of round-the-clock adventure, fun, and (fingers crossed) good luck!

#14 Enjoy a super-fun night of Cosmic Bowling at North Bend Lanes, or grab a pint at 7 Devils Brewing Co or one of our other local pubs!

Want more inspiration? Visit Oregon’s Adventure Coast’s featured adventures page and trip ideas page to find more travel ideas and inspiration.

Source: 14 Date Night (or Day) Ideas on Oregon’s Adventure Coast

Roberts Resorts Launches ‘Village Camp’

The first two Village Camp resorts are being developed near Lake Tahoe, California, and Flagstaff, Arizona. The resorts will offer luxuriously appointed tiny homes that can be rented or purchased as private getaway cabins.

Village Camp, a new concept in RV resorts, is being launched with the development of resort communities near Lake Tahoe, California, and Flagstaff, Arizona.

A camping cabin interior with wooden floors.

Interior of a Village Camp cabin.

Developed by Roberts Resorts, Village Camp will be an upscale outdoor resort company that combines oversized RV sites with luxury adventure cabins that can be rented or purchased as private getaway cabins.

Village Camp Truckee

Village Camp Truckee Tahoe is being developed on the site of the 130-site Coachland RV Park in Truckee, California, while Village Camp Flagstaff will be built on the previously undeveloped property in Flagstaff, Arizona.

“We expect to complete the first phase of construction at our first two Village Camp resorts by late summer 2022,” said Scott Roberts, president and CEO of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Roberts Resorts, adding, “Everything will be super high end.”

A box-shaped camping cabin with modern lines.

A Truckee Cabin.

The clubhouses will be mountain contemporary design with large windows to take advantage of the outdoor views. Each will have an onsite bistro that will serve local coffee, beer and wine. There will be lots of shared spaces for cabin owners to entertain family and friends and accommodate meetings and community get-togethers.

Village Camp Truckee-Tahoe currently accommodates RV travelers as the property transitions into a high-end RV and tiny home resort. The property currently has one cabin but nine more are expected to be installed by summer and another 20 by year’s end, all of which will be available for rent. “Our goal is to have 40 cabins in place by next summer,” Roberts said, adding that 10 to 20 of the cabins will be available for purchase this year.

A white interior kitchen.

A Seabreeze Cabin

Groundbreaking on Village Camp Truckee-Tahoe’s clubhouse is expected this summer with completion targeted for fall 2023. The construction team will also develop pocket mini playground parks and install new landscaping for the clubhouse and RV lots throughout the resort.

Proposed resort amenities will include a steam room, a fitness room, an outdoor spa, a game room, and a locker room with places to store, repair and maintain skis in winter and bicycles in summer. A bistro run by a professional restaurant company is also being planned and is expected to open in late 2023.

Cyclists gather in a forest of alder.

Cycling near a Roberts Resorts property.

Village Camp Flagstaff

Kitchen and loft with coffee-colored floors and white walls and ceiling.

Village Camp home in Flagstaff.

Village Camp Flagstaff, for its part, is expected to open in late summer with limited amenities, including a temporary registration office, a small picnic area, fire pit and a food truck with simple grab-and-go items. Construction is also anticipated to begin this year on the resort’s clubhouse and other amenities, including a swimming pool, bathhouse, bocce ball court, dog park and event lawn.

Village Camp Flagstaff will have 175 lots in phase one. Of those, 38 will be rental cabins. Cabins manufactured by Cavco Industries and Lakeside Clayton Park Models will also be offered for sale beginning November 2022. Village Camp will also include 10 furnished safari tents, available in summer 2023

A lone Airstream trailer parked near a campsite with fire.

Village Camp in Flagstaff

Roberts Resorts is also planning to develop additional Village Camp Resorts in Moab and Park City, Utah, in the near future. For more information about RV site availability and tiny home purchase and rental opportunities at Village Camp resorts, please visit villagecamp.com.

About Village Camp and Roberts Resorts 

Village Camp is a new concept in RV and adventure cabin communities developed by Roberts Resorts. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Roberts Resorts currently owns and operates 11 RV resorts with approximately 4,000 sites in five states. Its Arizona properties include Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort in Phoenix, Sunrise RV Resort in Apache Junction, Gold Canyon RV & Golf Resort in Gold Canyon, and Vista del Sol RV Resort in Bullhead City. The company also owns Coachland RV Park in Truckee, California, Lake Osprey RV Resort in Elberta, Alabama; two Texas parks, Oak Forest RV Resort in Austin, and Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring; and two RV resorts in Utah, Park City RV Resort in Park City and Portal RV Resort in Moab.

Roberts Resorts was founded over 50 years ago by Scott Roberts’ parents, Bob and Barbara. The company has since grown to include approximately 350 employees.

Source: Roberts Resorts Launches ‘Village Camp’

Roberts Resorts Launches ‘Village Camp’

The first two Village Camp resorts are being developed near Lake Tahoe, California, and Flagstaff, Arizona. The resorts will offer luxuriously appointed tiny homes that can be rented or purchased as private getaway cabins.

Village Camp, a new concept in RV resorts, is being launched with the development of resort communities near Lake Tahoe, California, and Flagstaff, Arizona.

A camping cabin interior with wooden floors.

Interior of a Village Camp cabin.

Developed by Roberts Resorts, Village Camp will be an upscale outdoor resort company that combines oversized RV sites with luxury adventure cabins that can be rented or purchased as private getaway cabins.

Village Camp Truckee

Village Camp Truckee Tahoe is being developed on the site of the 130-site Coachland RV Park in Truckee, California, while Village Camp Flagstaff will be built on the previously undeveloped property in Flagstaff, Arizona.

“We expect to complete the first phase of construction at our first two Village Camp resorts by late summer 2022,” said Scott Roberts, president and CEO of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Roberts Resorts, adding, “Everything will be super high end.”

A box-shaped camping cabin with modern lines.

A Truckee Cabin.

The clubhouses will be mountain contemporary design with large windows to take advantage of the outdoor views. Each will have an onsite bistro that will serve local coffee, beer and wine. There will be lots of shared spaces for cabin owners to entertain family and friends and accommodate meetings and community get-togethers.

Village Camp Truckee-Tahoe currently accommodates RV travelers as the property transitions into a high-end RV and tiny home resort. The property currently has one cabin but nine more are expected to be installed by summer and another 20 by year’s end, all of which will be available for rent. “Our goal is to have 40 cabins in place by next summer,” Roberts said, adding that 10 to 20 of the cabins will be available for purchase this year.

A white interior kitchen.

A Seabreeze Cabin

Groundbreaking on Village Camp Truckee-Tahoe’s clubhouse is expected this summer with completion targeted for fall 2023. The construction team will also develop pocket mini playground parks and install new landscaping for the clubhouse and RV lots throughout the resort.

Proposed resort amenities will include a steam room, a fitness room, an outdoor spa, a game room, and a locker room with places to store, repair and maintain skis in winter and bicycles in summer. A bistro run by a professional restaurant company is also being planned and is expected to open in late 2023.

Cyclists gather in a forest of alder.

Cycling near a Roberts Resorts property.

Village Camp Flagstaff

Kitchen and loft with coffee-colored floors and white walls and ceiling.

Village Camp home in Flagstaff.

Village Camp Flagstaff, for its part, is expected to open in late summer with limited amenities, including a temporary registration office, a small picnic area, fire pit and a food truck with simple grab-and-go items. Construction is also anticipated to begin this year on the resort’s clubhouse and other amenities, including a swimming pool, bathhouse, bocce ball court, dog park and event lawn.

Village Camp Flagstaff will have 175 lots in phase one. Of those, 38 will be rental cabins. Cabins manufactured by Cavco Industries and Lakeside Clayton Park Models will also be offered for sale beginning November 2022. Village Camp will also include 10 furnished safari tents, available in summer 2023

A lone Airstream trailer parked near a campsite with fire.

Village Camp in Flagstaff

Roberts Resorts is also planning to develop additional Village Camp Resorts in Moab and Park City, Utah, in the near future. For more information about RV site availability and tiny home purchase and rental opportunities at Village Camp resorts, please visit villagecamp.com.

About Village Camp and Roberts Resorts 

Village Camp is a new concept in RV and adventure cabin communities developed by Roberts Resorts. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Roberts Resorts currently owns and operates 11 RV resorts with approximately 4,000 sites in five states. Its Arizona properties include Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort in Phoenix, Sunrise RV Resort in Apache Junction, Gold Canyon RV & Golf Resort in Gold Canyon, and Vista del Sol RV Resort in Bullhead City. The company also owns Coachland RV Park in Truckee, California, Lake Osprey RV Resort in Elberta, Alabama; two Texas parks, Oak Forest RV Resort in Austin, and Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring; and two RV resorts in Utah, Park City RV Resort in Park City and Portal RV Resort in Moab.

Roberts Resorts was founded over 50 years ago by Scott Roberts’ parents, Bob and Barbara. The company has since grown to include approximately 350 employees.

Source: Roberts Resorts Launches ‘Village Camp’

Does every campground use the same application for tent site rentals?

ThisStick9000:

“What time will they start screaming” lol

Ok-Lengthiness-7124:

I laughed at “must wear the same clothing all weekend”. Guilty as charged ????

Robertusa123:

They forgot the boombox playing at max volume. And men arent allowed to where shirts or sunblock

TransientVoltage409:

Well, as a one time camp host I’ma just be over here curled up in a fetal position muttering and sobbing for a while. Y’all carry on.

morechatter:

Came here to voice discontent with comparison shopping on ReserveAmerica.

Leaving unfulfilled yet completely satisfied. Now turn off your extra loud generator so I can hear your kids screaming.

FredSandfordandSon:

I’m planning to get downvoted but I have been camping for many years. This is repugnant. Camping is meant to be fun and an open experience for everyone. If you think you are better than someone else because you have an RV and that people who have a tent are trash you should probably stay wherever you are and go fuck your self.

CptDadPNW:

I am totally that guy with the screaming kids. I feel a little bad that they’re waking my neighbors up, but imagine how pissed I am that they’re waking ME up.

Source: Does every campground use the same application for tent site rentals?

First time buyer! Water Damaged Camper. I recently purchased a 2012 Skyline Nomad for $7,000 to find out it has water damage in every corner ???? what should I do? I bought it overpriced and now it needs a lot of work.

Effective_Ad_2930:

If your going to keep it first step is finding where it’s leaking and addressing that. Second step would be seeing the extent of the water damage. I bought a 08 skyline Malibu and found some water damage after I brought it home and I spend 8k on it, I fixed the leak and redid where the floor was soft. Fucked up how some people are.

pottzie:

If it helps, I chased some leaks for over a year. Flex Seal and all is well.

DavyJones_83:

Hey good time to reno and make it even better… I mean your sort of stuck…so move on or sell it again…. just depends how committed you really are??? This is an opportunity… trick it out!!!!

WakkoLM:

That’s frustrating.. my first camper was a pop up and had no clue what I was getting into. Whole front end had so much water damage I had to get creative to fix it.. then wound up having to redo the roof too. Finally got rid of it even though I put more into it than it was ever worth. You live and you learn! We just bought our new (to us) hard sided trailer this year.
I’m still learning about sealing everything. First big storm water poured in through the shower skylight. Saving grace is all the water went in the shower, lol! It’s now well sealed.
Where is the water damage, floor? ceiling? Going to guess the seals around the roof / edges were probably not kept up with properly. First thing would be to prevent any more water getting in. Then you need to get everything to dry out well and see if it actually needs to be replaced. If it’s soft or breaking apart when dry it will. If it hardens and isn’t too swollen you might be ok.

eastcoasternj:

get it sealed up and then get dehumidifiers in there ASAP. Had this happen on my rig – had to replace a slide out floor but once everything was sealed up and dried out we had not had any other problems.

mountain_man36:

I purchased a water damaged trailer 10 years ago and fixed the leak. I was able to replace the sub floor insulation framing and flooring the it was about $200 you could probably do the same today for $500 mine was 3/4 of a 26 ft trailer. Labor is what cost the most and I did the work.

deerdongdiddler:

If you’re handy and have some tools it’s not too hard to fix. Do you have pics of the damage?

The first step is to understand that you’ve bought a camper, new or used, NewMar or not, it’s going to leak and accumulate moisture and have issues, it’s not something to be stressed about. It’s a problem to be solved and it’s very doable. Repairmen will rake you over the coals. Doing it yourself, if you can, is your best option and everyone is capable of doing it.

The second step, and sometimes the most difficult, is determining where the leak originates. It will most likely be at a roof or floor seam, but may be at a window, other vertical seam, at the exterior floor seam, at a skylight/ac, slide gaskets, anywhere there’s gap could gib you trouble. If you have gutters, make sure they have spouts at the ends that direct water away from the trailer, that’s a very common problem, especially considering that your rot is in the corners, collecting roof moisture and directing it down the side of the trailer is a recipe for disaster. It’s less likely, but your plumbing could have a leak so don’t forget to check that. Water does not abide by the laws of nature so it really could be running from anywhere to anywhere else.

I would recommend a full reseal on exterior silicon, cut and reapply. Examine lap seal on the roof for large cracks and patch. Check your wallpaper and walls for signs of water damage. Unfortunately if the floors have damage, the walls probably do as well.

Once you’ve taken those steps, break out the rotten areas, clean cut with a circular saw and replace with 3/4in ply, you can brace at the bottom if necessary and don’t write off bondo for small repairs.

Good luck and don’t take it too hard, I had the same problem on my first one and kicked myself silly.

Source: First time buyer! Water Damaged Camper. I recently purchased a 2012 Skyline Nomad for $7,000 to find out it has water damage in every corner ???? what should I do? I bought it overpriced and now it needs a lot of work.

Rate My Rig

Row30:

Not enough tow for what you’re towing. Unsafe

Fun_Protection_6168:

Not the OP’s set up. Posted this same pic in another thread under WTF. Not that it matters,

Should downsized the car to a Smart car. LOL Would love to know what dance that thing makes in the wind.

Effective_Ad_2930:

Nissan transmission go boom boom

learntorv:

Not enough info, post weigh slips:

1, car + camper w/ WDH2, car + camper w/o WDH bars engaged (put them in the rear of the car)3, car only

Post the results from those slips on TowingPlanner.com/ActualWeights/TravelTrailerCatScales .

And then post your GVWR, GCWR, front and rear GAWR, tow rating, tire load capacity, and your hitch’s tongue weight rating.

Only with all of the data can we accurately assess your setup. Other than that – either you or the respondents are just beating their chests and getting into a pissing match.

wiredog369:

Sag is real!

brewingcode:

I’m hoping that OP is planning on tossing that pathfinder once they get to their destination. Based on OPs post history they’re traveling across country.

unionmillwright729:

Trade your car in for a 1/2 ton truck. Just about the same price but much safer.

Source: Rate My Rig

Tongue weight… what’s that?

unclefire:

Doesn’t look like there’s any tongue weight since it’s sitting on the jack. 🙂

Both cool rigs tho.

PC_Junkie:

That’s not enough camper for that truck. You need to go get a bigger camper asap, I wouldn’t go down the road like that 😉 .

kungfujuice:

Found a screaming deal on this 2019 F-350 DRW considering the market and couldn’t pass it up. I was towing my Shartland (not a typo) with a 2020 Sierra SLT. But the Sierra only had a 20-gallon fuel tank, so I was filling up every 200-250 miles or so. Not having a diesel was eating away at my sanity even though the Sierra had the 6.2L. I missed the torque and exhaust brake of a diesel.

The stealership caved and gave me $50,880 for my Sierra (originally offered 46), paired with some down payment I walked away with the f-350 for a song and wink. Already hooked the Shartland up and pulled a 7% grade at 65mph near where I live and walked away grinning. Couldn’t even tell there was a trailer hooked up.

Upgrades to the trailer I’ve done, mostly myself. Modifying the trailer is one of my hobbies:

  1. 600w of solar
  2. 2x Maxxair fans
  3. Cel-fi go x booster
  4. 3000w inverter
  5. 3x 115ah lithiums (one more to add in to make it 4 but that’s for another day.)
  6. Lithium Converter
  7. Blackstone grill on outside kitchen
  8. Goodyear Endurance tires
  9. Gennygo tray on the rear bumper (it’s welded really well directly to the frame.)
  10. RV Airflow Systems A/C insert
  11. Furrion backup camera
  12. Bidet (toilet paper is for heathens and expensive. But I do keep a few rolls in the rv just in case)
  13. Lippert Solid Stance
  14. Sony Speakers swapping out the crappy paper cones that came with the trailer

I’ve done a few other projects to it and mostly use it for hunting and fishing, weekend camp trips. I’m not a fan of Heartland products and wouldn’t recommend them. But this one is paid off and I don’t get uppity about modifying and tearing it apart to get it how I want it to be. This one’s mine and when my daughter is older and has torn it apart, I’ll probably get a grand design or arctic fox. Maybe lance. Who knows?

Hot-Consideration9:

the only thing scary about this setup is the truck is so big, I think Id forget the trailer is back there, and wrap around a corner telephone pole. but yeah, im sure that back end will get a little squirrly on you at speeds.

12gawkuser:

It’s when you put your tongue on the

_bigfish:

When you kill yourself, your family, and the family driving behind you…..

Then you’ll figure out that tongue weight IS important.

https://youtu.be/6mW_gzdh6to

https://youtu.be/nd-hUX8memY

Please get a front and rear car camera so we can see the results!

Source: Tongue weight… what’s that?

Rendez-Vous RV Park Brings Travelers to Beautiful Peace River, Alberta

Peace River: A place where history, beauty and adventure collide!

Rendez-Vous RV Park is located in Peace River, Alberta, in Northern Sunrise County. We are a year-round park with all the all amenities you need for an amazing stay. Rendez-Vous RV Park has 57 pull-through and 50 back-in sites, all fully serviced with 30 or 50 amp power and extremely spacious sites making us perfect for Big Rigs!

A travel trailer parked on a pad surrounded by trees and grass.

Spacious, well-landscaped Big Rig RV sites. Photo: Rendez-Vous RV Park.

Our park has all your necessary amenities, including an immaculate shower house and 24/7 laundry. The office also features a convenience store with an ever-growing inventory of U-Haul supplies, groceries, ICE CREAM, firewood, propane and items for your RV.

A row of camping cabins under a blue sky.

Our luxury cabins are waiting for you. Photo: Rendez-Vous RV Park.

No RV? No problem. We have 3 fully furnished luxury cabins complete with TV and free WiFi just waiting to welcome you home each night after a day of exploring the Peace!

Our unique heated RV shelter (Man Cave) keeps you cool in the summer heat but warm in the winter months. Simply park your RV inside and you have a temperature-controlled space all to yourself!

If that isn’t enough, a group fire pit and barbecue shelter with an electric grill are available for group and family use.

Rendez-Vous RV Park also offers secure storage units and RV and Truck parking.

Located adjacent to Rendez-Vous is Cecil Thompson Park. This community park features a stocked fishing pond, outdoor exercise equipment, volleyball nets, walking paths, picnic tables and a playground complete with a bounce pillow. This park has something for every age group!

Experience the Peace!

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist you with area points of interest.

The statue of 12-foot Davis overlooks the Town of Peace River. Davis, a fur trader, struck gold on a small claim in the mid-1800s that had been mistakenly missed by adjacent claim owners. On that small 12-foot claim, he struck gold, and thus became known as 12-foot Davis.

Pathways, interpretive panels and his gravesite are in this park.

Sweeping view of river cutting through valley with town on both banks.

Peace River. Photo: awmcphee

Peace River Valley offers a vast variety of trails perfect for hiking, cycling and fabulous photography opportunities.

Fish the mighty Peace! The area’s lakes and rivers are an angler’s dream. Choose from lakes stocked with Rainbow Trout to the Mighty Peace River, home to Arctic Grayling, Bull and Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike and more.

There are championship golf courses and family-friendly ones, all within easy driving distance of Rendez-Vous RV Park.

Step back in time by taking the Shaftsberry Ferry, one of the last remaining six highway ferries crossing area waterways in Alberta. The Shaftesbury Ferry consistently transports both vehicle and foot passengers across the river, spring through fall, and is free!

Visit one of the area’s cultural centers and museums and learn about our rich history.

There are so many day trips in the Peace area to discover. Its diversity means something for everyone.

Meet us the Rendez-Vous. You’ll be glad you did!

Source: Rendez-Vous RV Park Brings Travelers to Beautiful Peace River, Alberta

Rendez-Vous RV Park Brings Travelers to Beautiful Peace River, Alberta

Peace River: A place where history, beauty and adventure collide!

Rendez-Vous RV Park is located in Peace River, Alberta, in Northern Sunrise County. We are a year-round park with all the all amenities you need for an amazing stay. Rendez-Vous RV Park has 57 pull-through and 50 back-in sites, all fully serviced with 30 or 50 amp power and extremely spacious sites making us perfect for Big Rigs!

A travel trailer parked on a pad surrounded by trees and grass.

Spacious, well-landscaped Big Rig RV sites. Photo: Rendez-Vous RV Park.

Our park has all your necessary amenities, including an immaculate shower house and 24/7 laundry. The office also features a convenience store with an ever-growing inventory of U-Haul supplies, groceries, ICE CREAM, firewood, propane and items for your RV.

A row of camping cabins under a blue sky.

Our luxury cabins are waiting for you. Photo: Rendez-Vous RV Park.

No RV? No problem. We have 3 fully furnished luxury cabins complete with TV and free WiFi just waiting to welcome you home each night after a day of exploring the Peace!

Our unique heated RV shelter (Man Cave) keeps you cool in the summer heat but warm in the winter months. Simply park your RV inside and you have a temperature-controlled space all to yourself!

If that isn’t enough, a group fire pit and barbecue shelter with an electric grill are available for group and family use.

Rendez-Vous RV Park also offers secure storage units and RV and Truck parking.

Located adjacent to Rendez-Vous is Cecil Thompson Park. This community park features a stocked fishing pond, outdoor exercise equipment, volleyball nets, walking paths, picnic tables and a playground complete with a bounce pillow. This park has something for every age group!

Experience the Peace!

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist you with area points of interest.

The statue of 12-foot Davis overlooks the Town of Peace River. Davis, a fur trader, struck gold on a small claim in the mid-1800s that had been mistakenly missed by adjacent claim owners. On that small 12-foot claim, he struck gold, and thus became known as 12-foot Davis.

Pathways, interpretive panels and his gravesite are in this park.

Sweeping view of river cutting through valley with town on both banks.

Peace River. Photo: awmcphee

Peace River Valley offers a vast variety of trails perfect for hiking, cycling and fabulous photography opportunities.

Fish the mighty Peace! The area’s lakes and rivers are an angler’s dream. Choose from lakes stocked with Rainbow Trout to the Mighty Peace River, home to Arctic Grayling, Bull and Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike and more.

There are championship golf courses and family-friendly ones, all within easy driving distance of Rendez-Vous RV Park.

Step back in time by taking the Shaftsberry Ferry, one of the last remaining six highway ferries crossing area waterways in Alberta. The Shaftesbury Ferry consistently transports both vehicle and foot passengers across the river, spring through fall, and is free!

Visit one of the area’s cultural centers and museums and learn about our rich history.

There are so many day trips in the Peace area to discover. Its diversity means something for everyone.

Meet us the Rendez-Vous. You’ll be glad you did!

Source: Rendez-Vous RV Park Brings Travelers to Beautiful Peace River, Alberta

Brand new to this sub. Just got our first RV. Pretty excited. It’s like starting a new chapter in life.

JuniorRaider:

Tires are everything

jehovahs_waitress:

You’ll want to adjust your WDH so the truck and trailer run level.

dinkdonner:

Welcome to the club!!!

calvin707:

Good luck and enjoy! Ask away here, we’re here to help!

Next_Pack_9131:

Know this, you will have it back in the shop four or five times fixing all the stuff that should not have gone out broken. Then become a handyman. Enjoy!!! We have had ours 9 years now, loving it.

Source: Brand new to this sub. Just got our first RV. Pretty excited. It’s like starting a new chapter in life.

Camrose RV Park: Center to All the Action in Alberta

The gem of central Alberta, Camrose is located between Calgary and Edmonton and there is plenty to see and do in the area. Camrose RV Park serves as your home away from home while exploring.

Camrose RV Park offers campers new, up-to-date amenities. The Park boasts 107 fully serviced sites, laundry and shower facilities, free Wi-Fi, firewood, a picnic table and a fire pit at each site. Camrose RV Park is “Big Rig Friendly,” and groups are always welcome.

A children’s playground sits on the property along with lots of green space for active kids. Confectionaries and RV supplies at the office keep guests supplied.

Guests can rent the park’s onsite pavilion. It accommodates approximately 50 guests and is conveniently located near the park entrance and close to restrooms. You can also enjoy the group fire pit.

The RV Park sits in the Camrose Regional Exhibition grounds, making this the perfect location to partake of all CRE events, from the Big Valley Jamboree to the Camrose Spring Classic Rough Stock Rodeo. The location entices campers to just park and attend events and activities or explore the many interesting sites in and around the Camrose area and Boomtown Trail. The Park borders the Camrose Resort Casino, offering entertainment and dining within walking distance. Camrose boasts lots of well-known hiking and cycling trails.

A wooden railroad trestle with a trail on the bround far below.

The Trestle Bridge Bike Trail around Camrose.

Guests can take advantage of plenty of shopping locally in both large and smaller unique establishments. While in Camrose, explore the historic downtown area for unique items. Farmer’s markets are held here throughout the summer months. If you’re more outdoorsy, you can test your fishing skills, go hiking or cycling on one of the area’s many trails. And of course, there is a lot of golfing in the area as well!

Big Valley Jamboree

Held annually on the last weekend of July, this event runs for four days and features country music at its best. The Big Valley Jamboree, commonly referred to as “BVJ,” is an annual country music festival held in Camrose. Established in 1992, the Jamboree features country singers from North America. Performers at BJV have included Tim McGraw, Kevin Costner, Brad Paisley and Reba McEntire. The event draws thousands of campers and partygoers annually.

A raucous crowd cheers a stage at an outdoor music festival.

Photo Courtesy of Camrose RV Park

Rodeo, Anyone?

Dig out your boots and dust off your hat and get ready to kick off rodeo season at the Camrose Spring Classic Rough Stock Rodeo. Bull Riding, Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing, Junior Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding and Steer Wrestling are all on the menu! There is guaranteed to be something for everyone.

Each morning begins with the bull riding.

“Some people like eggs for breakfast; we serve bulls,” say event organizers. “Big, rugged four-legged brutes that thrive on making cowboys toast. This morning tradition is a great way to start the day.”

Whether attending an event, exploring the many interesting things to do and see around Camrose region, or a winter snowbird coming home, our country warmth and hospitality will certainly make your stay an enjoyable one.

Source: Camrose RV Park: Center to All the Action in Alberta

Picked up our new home today

jeff0520:

That is one of the coolest looking dually trucks I have seen – what year is that dually?

TheCamiloCano:

Sweet home and truck! Congrats, and safe travels y’all.

dadfly1:

Great tow pig and rig! As a lifelong dually owner I have to ask, do you run anti sway and weight distribution?

1320Fastback:

Nice to see older trucks still in use!

I tow with a ’92 Dodge.

davehouston57:

Sweet

NeitherPeanut5901:

Congrats!!

TheDrunkenYak:

What a beautiful truck.

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How to Wash Your RV

As a kid, I used to loath washing my parent’s RV. We did it regularly after each trip, so I learned how to wash an RV at a young age. Now that I’m older, I look around and my parent’s 2000 Fleetwood Bounder looks better than some modern motorhomes I see in our favorite RV parks

Washing your RV may not be glamorous, but it’s an important part of maintaining your RV. It can extend the life of your RV as a whole, help you avoid costly fiberglass or paint repairs, prevent mold, and maintain seals and gaskets to keep your interior protected from the elements. 

Plus, a clean RV is more visually appealing. With many RV parks only allowing RVs manufactured within the last 10 years (and reviewing older RVs on a case-by-case basis), washing and maintaining your RV’s exterior could be the difference between being turned away or enjoying a comfortable stay in your desired campground.

How To Wash an RV

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Washing an RV is not like washing a car. It’s a lot more like washing a small house–with wheels. There isn’t an abundance of commercial RV wash locations to simply drive your RV through. Rolling up to a high school fundraiser and letting them tackle it is a lot to ask.

Before we get into the details, here’s a short overview of the steps for washing an RV:

  1. Park where you can easily access the roof and all four sides
  2. Assemble your RV cleaning supplies (brushes, cleaning solution, bucket, ladder, etc.)
  3. Mix your cleaning solution according to its instructions
  4. Work from roof to tires (top to bottom)
  5. Rinse–scrub–rinse–repeat
  6. Work in small sections to avoid soap drying before you can rinse
  7. Use a squeegee to prevent water spots on windows

We’ll also note here that you should always consult your owner’s manual for model-specific RV cleaning instructions.

Where To Wash Your RV

There are so many makes, models, and sizes of RVs. Cleaning a pop-up camper will take a lot less time (and soap and water) than cleaning a Class A diesel motorhome

Because of that, you will rarely find RV parks that are willing to let you use enough water to wash your full RV. Scrubbing and rinsing the bugs and dirt grime from the front bumper and windshield is usually acceptable at a campground.

But to wash the entire coach, you’re going to need to be at home or find a very friendly person willing to let you use a pretty significant amount of water. If you’re traveling, stopping at a truck wash or a self-service car and RV wash is your best bet.

How Often Should You Change The Water?

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Just like mopping the floor, if you don’t change your water regularly, you’ll simply end up pushing dirt and sand around. This can cause scratches in the body of your rig and leave you with a smudged, smeared RV body.

For smaller motorhomes under 25 feet in length, you should typically change your water halfway through the cleaning process. This means you can clean one side and the back of your coach before changing out water and adding more of your RV-friendly cleaning solution

For longer RVs, you should change the water out 2-3 times to avoid scratching the body. Of course, you may need to refresh the water even more frequently if your RV is especially dirty.

Can You Pressure Wash an RV Rubber Roof?

Pressure washing your RV isn’t always a good idea. RVs often have overlapping layers or gaskets that can be damaged by high-pressure water, resulting in leaks. Areas sealed with silicone or other malleable materials can be pulled loose and seriously damaged. 

RVs with metal bodies are also susceptible to damage from a pressure washer. Because they’re clad and riveted, water from high-pressure washers can seep in between the seams. And if your RV has decals, a pressure washer can peel them right off. 

This isn’t to say you absolutely can’t use a pressure washer on an RV. It’s just a good rule to maintain a safe distance and have a good working knowledge of pressure washers before you do.

Typically, a good soft brush and a garden hose with a sprayer attachment will do the job just fine. Cleaning solutions made for RVs work to break down dirt and grime so that you don’t need that extra pressure to clean them off.

What is the Best RV Wash and Wax?

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RVs tend to come with three primary exteriors: metal, painted metal, and fiberglass. Each of these may require a special kind of RV cleaner or brush (no, dish soap won’t suffice). We recommend always reading your owner’s manual for manufacturer suggestions to help you clean and wax your RV.

Metal bodies are common on older RVs and trailers, but they’re still used on certain brands today (think Airstream). They’re commonly aluminum and stainless steel and are best cleaned with a pre-wash that removes the majority of grime and grit. Then, you’ll want to use non-abrasive cleaners and soft-bristled brushes and mitts to remove the remaining residue.

Painted metal bodies can be treated like most vehicles. A gentle cleaner that’s made for RV use will do the trick, along with a soft-bristled brush. Stubborn stains and grime will require a bit more elbow grease, but they should come out with the pressure from a hose with a sprayer attachment.

Fiberglass bodies are more common in modern RVs because they’re lighter—inherently making them more fuel-efficient. Some are painted and some feature decals like stripes or other decorations. 

For fiberglass, the best solution is a wash-and-wax product that cleans and protects your RV exterior. Most are environmentally friendly as well, which is particularly important if you’re planning to clean your RV in a campground.

How To Clean RV Awnings

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Awnings are generally pretty simple to clean. This is because it’s difficult to get them dirty unless you’re camping in a dusty area. Usually, it’s as easy as hosing off the top and bottom sides of the fabric. 

Gentle scrubbing may be needed for bird droppings or other residues that don’t come off after an initial rinse. Always use a soft brush with minimal pressure for this, and you can also consider using an awning cleaner to help remove caked-on grime. Most importantly, make sure your awning dries completely before rolling it up.

Treating Gaskets and Weather Seals

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Every window, door, and slide-out on an RV has a gasket or flexible weather sealant. They’re rubber pieces that protect the RV from the elements. Keeping these seals and gaskets clean preserves them in good working order—meaning fewer replacements.

Silicone-based cleaners and lubricants keep your gaskets and seals from drying out. Many simply spray on and require no wiping or additional cleaning, but read the instructions carefully to make sure you apply them properly. 

RV Rims and Tires

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RVs tend to come with three kinds of wheels: painted rims, aluminum wheel covers, and chrome rims. The good news is that all three can be cleaned with the same RV cleaning solution and soft-bristled brush you use on the rest of your RV.

Here are a couple of additional considerations: 

  • Remove aluminum wheel covers periodically to check for signs of rust.
  • Chrome rims are easily scratched. Avoid hard-bristled brushes and abrasive cleaners. 

Your RV’s tires should also be cleaned with soap and water as you’re working on the rims. To shine your tires back up after they’ve dried completely, apply a tire and trim shine. For more tire care recommendations, read our guide to maintaining RV tires.  

How to Wash an RV Roof

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RV roofs come in two types: rubber and fiberglass. Rubber roofs are mostly a thing of the past,  but they were prevalent on RVs from the 80s and 90s. Fiberglass roofs are more common on modern motorhomes.

To clean a rubber roof, you’ll need an appropriate rubber roof cleaning product. Check your owner’s manual for rubber roof cleaning instructions and clean your roof every few months to keep it in good shape.

Avoid roof sealants or coatings that aren’t specifically made for rubber roofs. Using a product that isn’t safe for rubber roofs will prevent your roof from flexing appropriately and cause further damage.

On RVs with rubber roofs, black streaks can also develop on the roof or the sides of the camper. To remove them, you’ll need a black streak remover made for RVs. 

Fiberglass roofs are a little easier to clean. In most cases, you can use the same cleaner you’re using on the rest of your RV. Still, consult your RV owner’s manual for warnings related to roof maintenance before you select a product and start cleaning. 

A Word of Caution About Getting on RV Roofs

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Some RV roofs are walkable, but others aren’t. Check your owner’s manual or with your dealer before stepping foot on (or potentially through) your RV’s roof. 

For walkable roofs, it’s a good idea to wear shoes with a good grip on wet surfaces. Also, keep in mind that your footwear will get wet. Find a spotter that can assist and keep watch as you bring a hose with a sprayer attachment up your RV ladder, along with an appropriate cleaning solution and a soft brush. 

For non-walkable roofs, you’ll need a telescoping RV ladder to spray and clean from various locations around the sides of your RV roof. It’s also a good idea to have a spotter nearby during this process. 

If you’re not steady on your feet or you’re simply nervous about heights, you can leave washing your RV roof up to trained service and care technicians. Find a Camping World Service Center near you to assist with your RV roof cleaning needs. 

Where Can I Get My RV Washed?

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When you’re on the road and in need of a cleaning, many campsites recommend cleaning contractors. They’ll come to the site with their own water source and clean your RV. They typically charge by the linear foot of your rig. So again: a Class A will cost more to clean than a small camper.

If you’re on the road and you need to come into a Camping World location for supplies anyway, inquire about our RV Spa Treatment. As you shop, our service technicians can wash and wax your entire RV, inside and out!

Because of everything you’ve learned about the intricacies of cleaning your rig, you’ll know there are several questions to ask before you let any contractor start cleaning. Before you agree to a price, make sure you’re getting everything you want to be included in that price. 

Here are some questions to ask:

  • Are your brushes soft-bristle brushes?
  • What kind of detergents are you using?
  • Will a pressure washer be used?
  • Does the price include the rims, awning, roof, and windows?

Here’s the one thing to know: don’t fear cleaning your RV. It’s important for the longevity of your motorhome and you’ll be happier with a home-on-the-road that’s clean inside and out. There are dozens of options for the right tools you’ll need. 

Shop RV Cleaning Utensils. 

If you’re looking for cleaning chemicals and washing solutions, you can find them online or at your local Camping World dealership.


Do you have any questions or ideas to share about how to wash an RV? Let us know in the comments below! 

If you’re still learning the ins and outs of RV maintenance, check out our downloadable RV ownership and maintenance booklet!

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Calaveras Big Tree State Park in Arnold, California on Show Segment 2022-07

Calaveras Big Tree State Park is located just 3 miles north of Arnold, California

Calaveras Big Tree State Park is located just 3 miles north of Arnold, California, on Highway 4. The park is a magnificent display of the largest tree species alive today. The giant sequoia, closely related to the coastal redwood, is well-named because it’s big and it’s the largest living organism on the planet. A quiet walk among these sun-dappled glades can soothe the soul and awaken the senses to this superb part of the natural world. Time spent casually wandering here is time well spent. A full-feature visitors center is on site to answer any questions about the facility. Tourist visits started here about 1850 and the park is as popular as ever today.

Well maintained trails and boardwalks make for easy walking access. There are numerous trails  of varying difficulty, including wheelchair accessible, located throughout the park. Handy trail guides are keyed to numbered posts along the way so visitors can match the guide information to trailside features.

The big stump, for example, was once used as a dance floor during the mid-1800s. The original tree was more than 280 feet tall and the stump was close to 25 feet wide. A fun walking path leads through the center of one of the fallen giants. It’s definitely cooler in here on a warm day.

The park’s two campgrounds feature 120 sites. Many are tent only but there’s also room for RVs up to 30 feet long. Plan on making reservations well ahead of a visit.

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Any ideas on how to fill this gap when my slide is closed

PhantomNomad:

Stuff a couple of dead mice in there as a warning to the others to no enter.

Stofficer2:

There should absolutely be something there. When you’re traveling in the rain, the water could spray up from the tires into the camper. I’m not sure why the gap is so big but i have seen giant chunks of foam (sort of like that can of Great Stuff expanding foam) except black in these kind of areas. I have no idea if that was the only thing to close that gap but I’ve seen it underneath the slide outs.

GeneralSkillz:

Ya you don’t want any openings in your seal. Did your slider get crooked, or skip a gear on the track?

Mike_In_OH:

Mine is exactly the same way. Has been since the day I took delivery from the factory. I ask about it when I had it in for some minor work and dealer talked to the factory: “That’s as it is designed” was the reply. In winter – I put some foamies in there and tweak it to get it as closed as I can. Commin up on 10 years old now – never had any issues with water intruding while on the road, but I’ve never been really happy with it. Fingers crossed – I have also never had any critters either. I put out stickie traps – never have seen evidence of any visitors or had any captured. Hope I have not just cursed myself…

IHaventGotOneYet:

Maybe cut a pool noodle down to size? Extremely stop-gap, but that’s probably what I’d do. Longer term I suppose you could fabricate a plug by cutting down a larger piece of foam, maybe with waterproof tape on the outside to repel any water kicking up from the road etc.

decaturbob:

  • I use foam pieces to seal all gaps when I store or when I am set up on a site for more than a few days. Takes me like 5 minutes to do on my 2 slideouts

Source: Any ideas on how to fill this gap when my slide is closed

Any ideas on how to fill this gap when my slide is closed

PhantomNomad:

Stuff a couple of dead mice in there as a warning to the others to no enter.

Stofficer2:

There should absolutely be something there. When you’re traveling in the rain, the water could spray up from the tires into the camper. I’m not sure why the gap is so big but i have seen giant chunks of foam (sort of like that can of Great Stuff expanding foam) except black in these kind of areas. I have no idea if that was the only thing to close that gap but I’ve seen it underneath the slide outs.

GeneralSkillz:

Ya you don’t want any openings in your seal. Did your slider get crooked, or skip a gear on the track?

Mike_In_OH:

Mine is exactly the same way. Has been since the day I took delivery from the factory. I ask about it when I had it in for some minor work and dealer talked to the factory: “That’s as it is designed” was the reply. In winter – I put some foamies in there and tweak it to get it as closed as I can. Commin up on 10 years old now – never had any issues with water intruding while on the road, but I’ve never been really happy with it. Fingers crossed – I have also never had any critters either. I put out stickie traps – never have seen evidence of any visitors or had any captured. Hope I have not just cursed myself…

Source: Any ideas on how to fill this gap when my slide is closed

How to RV on Social Security

Of all the questions we have received over the past 10 years of RVing, the topic of RVing on Social Security has been a very common theme.

During boom times, economic downturns, and a two-plus-year pandemic, the idea of selling the sticks-and-bricks house, getting an RV, and going full-time while on Social Security is perhaps the most frequent topic our followers want to know about.

Is it possible? How much will it take? Where do we start?  Where do we go? Will we need supplemental income?

Those are the many subthemes the question brings up. And, as you can imagine, the answers are as varied as the people asking the questions. Let’s start trying to unpack the most common question.

Can You RV On Social Security?

The basic black and white answer is YES! In our travels, we have met a lot of people who do this, both solo travelers and couples. But black and white answers don’t account for the specifics. And to get specific, you need to know just how much Social Security income you have. As inflation rises and everything from fuel to camping fees keep increasing, there is a certain basic monthly income below which – in today’s economy – is not workable.

How To RV on Social Security: How Much Income Will You Need?

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The absolute first thing that needs to be done is to know exactly how much Social Security you will be working with. If you are not already on Social Security and thus already know, you can get a rough idea using the social security calculator. This tool does not access your earnings record. It will estimate your income based on the information you provide. So don’t fudge. Be as accurate as you can inputting the information requested. But from this calculator, you will have a pretty good estimate of what will be coming.

How much will we need for full-time RV living on social security?

I’m going to level with you. Based on our experience, interviews with experts we have interviewed over the years, and from people we know who are RVing on Social Security, the absolute minimum someone should attempt to full-time RV on Social Security is $1,500.  If that’s all you have and you are okay living extremely frugal, not traveling a lot, boondocking, and seeking free or low-cost campgrounds pretty much all the time, you can scrape by.

I’m more comfortable recommending a minimum of $2,000 a month, though $2,500 is better yet. And if you have a modest nest egg from the sale of your house or savings that you can tap into if emergencies happen, you can breathe a little easier. Because you can be sure that the following events will happen on the road.

Emergencies WILL Happen

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Your RV will break down (check out these basic maintenance tips to avoid breakdowns) and will need expensive repairs. That’s just a given and this is not meant to be a critique of RV manufacturers or quality, it’s just a fact of life. Driving an RV down the road is like subjecting your house to a small earthquake. But real earthquakes only last a minute or less. Your RV is subject to that shaking and rolling for hours on end as you drive from place to place. If you’re worried about serious out-of-pocket expenses, make sure you have a great RV specific insurance plan.

It’s inevitable that things will break. Parts will fail. Appliances will stop working. Engines develop problems. Tires blow. If you are mechanically skilled, so much the better. If not, you can make an appointment at Camping World Service Center for repairs and routine maintenance tasks.

My point here is that since the RV is your home and if something major breaks and it is unusable until it is repaired, where will you stay? If your fixed income is so strapped it’s just meeting the costs of fuel and food, that nest egg is pretty important.

So, before setting off, our suggestion is to have a safe sum of money set aside equal to at least one month’s expenses.

Make and Stick to a Budget

Here are the costs you need to know so you can know just how far your Social Security will go.

  • RV Payment – Hopefully, you own your RV free and clear. If you have to make a payment on your RV, factor this payment into your monthly budget.
  • RV Insurance This is a must-have. Shop around for the best rates.
  • Fuel Costs – This is controllable by staying put in one place longer. Campground fees are cheaper the longer you book a stay. Plan out your travels, calculating the distance and your miles per gallon.
  • Maintenance and Repairs – Many RVing Social Security retirees budget a certain amount for this, say $100-$150. You know your RV. Better to budget too much rather than too little. If your RV is old, it may need more repairs than a new RV.
  • FoodPrepare your meals as much as possible in the RV.
  • Camping FeesBoondocking and dispersed camping in state and national forests are a great way to stretch this budget item. But booking a month-long stay at a campground is often more cost-effective than just a week or two.
  • Cell Phone Service – You certainly need one. Shop and compare the different plans between the different carriers.
  • Internet Service – How will you access the Internet? How much data do you consume? Be sure to include any streaming video subscriptions you have in this category.
  • Medical Expenses – Take what you spent last year for doctor and dentist visits, co-pays, medicines, etc. and divide by 12.
  • Clothing – Everyone needs some new duds from time to time, particularly as the seasons change.
  • Entertainment – Budget for an occasional night out, restaurant meals, museum, and tour fees. Remember you are RVing to enjoy your retirement. Entertainment and fun should be a part of this budget!

How to Stretch Your Social Security Budget for RV Living

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Many RVers we have met in our travels have told us how finding work on the road has both enriched them and helped them stretch their budgets.

Here are just three ideas:

  • Campground Hosts and Work Camping – Almost all state, national and commercial parks and campgrounds hire work campers for short-term and seasonal jobs. In exchange for a set number of hours of work each week, the RVers typically get a free campsite with hookups and, often, some money. Check out Workamper News for an idea of what’s available. Another site worth checking is WorkampingJobs.com.
  • Amazon CamperForce –  The Amazon CamperForce program provides seasonal jobs in Amazon warehouses, often with free camping and hookups.
  • The Sugar Beet Harvest – Another popular and paying job for RVers looking to pick up some extra cash and have a free campsite is working the annual sugar beet harvests in the north each fall. RVers can make as much as $2,500 for two weeks of work.

Ready? Now get out there and enjoy your RV life!

We hope we’ve given you a strong realization on how to RV on Social Security and that it is not just a possibility but truly an exciting and fulfilling way to enjoy your retirement.

Make your plans and get out there. The open road awaits and it is filled with adventure. You CAN do this!


Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, reporting about the people, places, joys, and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 21 books on RV travel.

Mike started RVLifestyle.com with his wife in 2012 after deciding to spend their retirement traveling throughout the U.S. Mike also runs the popular podcast called “The RV Podcast.”

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Who knew slowing down is good for MPG?

mwkingSD:

Fun fact – aerodynamic losses go up by the square of speed. that means, for example, going from 55 to 65 takes 40% more power and a corresponding increase in gas consumption per mile.

nanaroo:

Literally everyone knows

mrpopo573:

Max we hit is 10mpg in our Cat 3126, never going above 65. Nice dash!

BedBugger6-9:

Traveling thru California where they speed limit when towing is 55, my usual 8ish mpg turned into 10ish

dakamojo:

Wow, who knew?

Maybe everyone telling you this since the fuel crisis of the 70s.

Tostino:

For reference, I’ve averaged 7.5mpg for the past 10k miles, usually going 70mph-ish.

With diesel at over $5.50, I’m not in such a rush.

This is in a (2007) 40′ Fleetwood Province with a CAT c7.

Nkechinyerembi:

Seeing this makes me HATE my 1984 Fleetwood south wind. I have the 454 and get ~4 mpg at 55 mph. It sucks. It’s expensive. And I REALLY wish I had something newer with a diesel

Source: Who knew slowing down is good for MPG?

The 3 Amigos!

My_soliloquy:

Keep them away from each other and keep them away from each other if possible. They are not friends. All of these do NOT play well with each other. Either by contamination or electrocution. But I suppose the stinky slinky doesn’t care if it gets a little extra fluid, but I prefer to keep it and its contents contained.

IamaFunGuy:

Lol. Trying to figure out who is who:

Steve Martin is the power

Martin Short is the water

Chevy Chase is the sewer?

Source: The 3 Amigos!

Solved that issue. Every time I past by it, it turns on or changes modes.

DadShep:

I thought it was so the wife or kids couldn’t touch the thermostat

TrenThom86:

Just get a better thermostat. Those are absolute trash and they should stop making them.

Stefbauer2:

Can’t fault you – I almost did that….

Best purchase for my rig yet…

http://www.micro-air.com

Not cheap – but fantastic unit, remote access, Bluetooth, and – is not that dometic POS

Just get the right model- 351 I think

SinsOfThePast03:

It’s on my list! My daughter has kicked the cover off of the thermostat at least 6x in the last 9 months , not to mention the amount of times it gets turned on, up, down or from Fahrenheit to Celsius

So-says-a-guy:

take off the faceplate and remove the styrofoam on the inside of the plate where the “buttons” are and you’ll never have an issue. When you need to change temps just take the faceplate off, tap away, and put it back on. This is overkill and not needed

Edit: Good ole reddit lmao. Useful advice given, and downvotes in favor of OPs pointless monstrosity.
high fives all around folks.

Aggiesrwe03:

Bathroom door is the culprit in my rig lol

Source: Solved that issue. Every time I past by it, it turns on or changes modes.

Solved that issue. Every time I past by it, it turns on or changes modes.

DadShep:

I thought it was so the wife or kids couldn’t touch the thermostat

TrenThom86:

Just get a better thermostat. Those are absolute trash and they should stop making them.

Stefbauer2:

Can’t fault you – I almost did that….

Best purchase for my rig yet…

http://www.micro-air.com

Not cheap – but fantastic unit, remote access, Bluetooth, and – is not that dometic POS

Just get the right model- 351 I think

SinsOfThePast03:

It’s on my list! My daughter has kicked the cover off of the thermostat at least 6x in the last 9 months , not to mention the amount of times it gets turned on, up, down or from Fahrenheit to Celsius

So-says-a-guy:

take off the faceplate and remove the styrofoam on the inside of the plate where the “buttons” are and you’ll never have an issue. When you need to change temps just take the faceplate off, tap away, and put it back on. This is overkill and not needed

Edit: Good ole reddit lmao. Useful advice given, and downvotes in favor of OPs pointless monstrosity.
high fives all around folks.

Aggiesrwe03:

Bathroom door is the culprit in my rig lol

Source: Solved that issue. Every time I past by it, it turns on or changes modes.

How do I remove the collar, allowing access to the nut to remove the drum?

Musick-Inspired:

Soft mallet and take it slow. Work your way around with light taps toward you.

Jindoglitter:

Sorry for what might be a dumb question. I’m a complete newbie to this stuff. Just don’t want to damage anything by doing anything that could have been avoided with a little information.

tricky-690hp:

You can take a soft mallet and tap around the edges and it should start working its way off. They can be a pain to get off if they have been on for a while. If you wind up putting bunch of dents in it they are easy to come by at most trailer or RV places.

DoyouevenLO:

Rubber mallet. Or if you see the lip you can tap a flathead between the lip and flange and give it a little twist.

cant_fix_working:

Bigger question… why are you doing this?

Pardon my tone,but if you don’t know how to take of the cap what is it that you do know about whats going on under it?

Source: How do I remove the collar, allowing access to the nut to remove the drum?

First Sunrise at the quietest Campground yet, the last place was so noisy! ATVS, Dirt Bikes, I have a new saying “The Less You Pay” $25 vs $45 a night, I don’t think this will hold true all the time though. I slept more than 4 hours best since starting this adventure.

treelife365:

I would be so angry if this happened to me. I would just leave and go park at a truck stop – probably quieter there!

I don’t know about the US, but in Canada, it’s definitely better to camp at Provincial Parks for this and other reasons.

EntertainTheDog:

Very beautiful! I’ve found the most quiet and beautiful places are free even! We only ever boondock so very rarely are others near us to even hear. I can’t stand stand the loud noises and ATVs and dirt bikes either

driverman42:

This was the final straw for us. We camped for 40 years, started with a borrowed tent and ended with a nice motor home. We could see the difference over the years as camping became more popular. Outdoor entertainment systems, foldout patios, rules not being enforced, out of control drinking. It became harder and harder to get into many campgrounds, and to get peace and quiet. Finally we said fuck it. Sold the motor home and started using VRBO and motels. And for us it works. (The irony is my wife is a secretary at a very busy RV park). And yeah, it was the right thing for us to get out when we did.

centeredsis:

I feel for you. We don’t go near anywhere that advertises an ATV trailhead.

jackrat27:

Sounds like hell

saintschick:

I keep ear plugs and noise cancelling headphones with me when we camp for this very reason.

Professional-Art9797:

I know I messed up the Post wording I’m still waking up, old eyes don’t wake up as fast as young eyes ????️! Anyway we shed a lot of stress after being at Loretta Lynn’s campground for almost a month!. If you’re into Loud engines right outside your rig it might be for you? Loretta Lynn’s has Dirt Bike trails it didn’t seem like people wanted to use them? Now during the mid week it wasn’t that bad usually, it’s definitely not how I would act if I had 4-5 2 stroke bikes and 2+ ATVs like some of the people there. Anyway it’s a past experience I won’t be returning to.

Source: First Sunrise at the quietest Campground yet, the last place was so noisy! ATVS, Dirt Bikes, I have a new saying “The Less You Pay” $25 vs $45 a night, I don’t think this will hold true all the time though. I slept more than 4 hours best since starting this adventure.

Solved that issue. Every time I past by it, it turns on or changes modes.

DadShep:

I thought it was so the wife or kids couldn’t touch the thermostat

TrenThom86:

Just get a better thermostat. Those are absolute trash and they should stop making them.

Stefbauer2:

Can’t fault you – I almost did that….

Best purchase for my rig yet…

http://www.micro-air.com

Not cheap – but fantastic unit, remote access, Bluetooth, and – is not that dometic POS

Just get the right model- 351 I think

SinsOfThePast03:

It’s on my list! My daughter has kicked the cover off of the thermostat at least 6x in the last 9 months , not to mention the amount of times it gets turned on, up, down or from Fahrenheit to Celsius

So-says-a-guy:

take off the faceplate and remove the styrofoam on the inside of the plate where the “buttons” are and you’ll never have an issue. When you need to change temps just take the faceplate off, tap away, and put it back on. This is overkill and not needed

Edit: Good ole reddit lmao. Useful advice given, and downvotes in favor of OPs pointless monstrosity.
high fives all around folks.

Aggiesrwe03:

Bathroom door is the culprit in my rig lol

Source: Solved that issue. Every time I past by it, it turns on or changes modes.

Downsizing after 3.5 years on the road, we’re going to miss our 5th wheel!

PizzaWall:

I want my kitchen to look that good.

Petey60:

This so beautiful!! I thought it was the new house you were downsizing to!

drinkingmylifeaway:

We fully remodeled our 2004 5th wheel after we got it and turned it into our full-time home. It has taken us to all 4 corners of the country, and we love our little house. However we decided it was time to go with a smaller 24ft drivable so that we can boondock more and get to more remote places.

LindseyPlusMike:

Nice remodel! We just sold our 2006 remodeled fifth wheel a few weeks ago. It was only listed for a couple days before we had several full price offers. Yours will be gone in a heartbeat. There is a hot market for well done remodels!

RoseGoldStreak:

Link to that wallpaper??

tapinophobicc:

Do you have any more pictures? It looks so good here I’d like to see the rest!

chillybean77:

It’s beautiful!

Source: Downsizing after 3.5 years on the road, we’re going to miss our 5th wheel!

Valley if the Gods, Utah

Fat_Head_Carl:

monumental picture.

kns88:

I’ve driven through there before in an SUV. Definitely plan to go back and tent camp since my RV is a class C. Did you drive the dugway? That was an experience for sure.

safedchuha:

Four Wheel Camper, Hawk shell (with light build-out–bar-sink, counter, furnace, bench seat, not much else) on top of a 2019 Toyota Tundra. Hanging off the back is a Rockymounts Backstage swing out platform bike rack. Here, it’s swung out about half way.

Parking isn’t hard to find in south eastern Utah.

sonnybebop:

Wow!

fasterbrew:

Awesome site. Is that from a drone or a higher elevation? Drone would be cool out there.

Also, gotta make an agnostic joke about the headline. 🙂

Source: Valley if the Gods, Utah

First Tornado ????️ alert in Hurricane Mills TN hope we don’t have to bug out.


FireRescue3:

Take it seriously. It’s done some real damage in the states surrounding you.

yonkfu:

Stay safe

arkklsy1787:

I thought I was on r/bugout for a moment and was anout to start screaming about not bugging out DURING a tornado…and then I realized you’re in an RV. Please don’t try to out run a storm in high winds and rains, but do find a community shelter!!!!

Radford1Chloe:

I’m not from a state that has tornadoes and have never personally experienced some so forgive me if my question is silly but…is there a tornado season like there’s a hurricane season? If so when is it usually?

driverman42:

I’ve lived in ‘tornado alley’ all my 74 years. They’re a beautiful, violent, and even though conditions that are required for possible formation can be predicted, the actual time of formation, intensity, and track is hard to predict.

They can a be a yard wide or miles wide, track for 6ft or 100’s of miles. They can drive a straw into a tree, but leave a full coffee cup sitting on a kitchen table and destroy the house.

Good luck.

KingnBanter:

Sitting in Southwest Alabama thinking the same thing.

Professional-Art9797:

Thankfully it seems to have broken up over us hopefully it doesn’t regain strength in its current path, anyone else in its currently active path I hope can find shelter. So much for enjoying a camping trip, This has been a heck of a ride so far, I want to make it to New Mexico in one piece. Having full insurance helps but who wants to live in a motel waiting for the check to buy another camper. I went through that a few years ago in South Carolina our 36′ Gulfstream was totaled by a hurricane took a long time to get that situation fixed it took so long I purchased it back from the insurance so I had somewhere to live “had to patch the roof a lot” then sold it to a hunter with the salvage title. Boondocking in the desert is where we want to be.

Source: First Tornado ????️ alert in Hurricane Mills TN hope we don’t have to bug out.

How to back a trailer to a carport;)


MyDailyMistake:

Give me 40 acres and I’ll turn this rig around.

jstift:

Just that 38 second clip cost that RV 106 dollars in diesel.

tscarps13:

Hats off to you! Pretty impressive. Quite the grounds crew you have there helping out too

oldirishfart:

Can we talk about the cute little red one in front of the big red one? 🙂

KatsHubz87:

Step 1: Don’t live on a busy road or street lol

Nice skills!

Warlord-27:

Hats off to you good sir, impressive.

outdoorszy:

Wow, you are amazing!

Source: How to back a trailer to a carport;)

Valley if the Gods, Utah

safedchuha:

Four Wheel Camper, Hawk shell (with light build-out–bar-sink, counter, furnace, bench seat, not much else) on top of a 2019 Toyota Tundra. Hanging off the back is a Rockymounts Backstage swing out platform bike rack. Here, it’s swung out about half way.

Parking isn’t hard to find in south eastern Utah.

fasterbrew:

Awesome site. Is that from a drone or a higher elevation? Drone would be cool out there.

Also, gotta make an agnostic joke about the headline. 🙂

sonnybebop:

Wow!

Fat_Head_Carl:

monumental picture.

Source: Valley if the Gods, Utah

Is this fixable? Or does it need a replacement?

Supokku:

Replace it, you’ll be happier with the results.

moodyism:

Anything is fixable but you will be way ahead replacing it.

P0KER_DEALER:

It’s done. Don’t risk another failure which could make a bigger mess or damage to your RV

viceboi666:

Bruh

Affectionate_Bass436:

Flex steel tape.

Send it

Diver_Dave420:

Little bit of duct tape and it’s brand new

yonkfu:

It looks like it was taped for a while already

Source: Is this fixable? Or does it need a replacement?

The kind of stuff RVers get excited for!

nolacavemen:

Yes some of the Camco stuff is good and some not, as full timer as the Camco stuff breaks I’ve been replacing with Valterra products and the quality and longevity are much better

dubie2003:

Are you going to add some camco quick disconnects? Did that last season and it was a game changer for my weekend warrior trips. Only need to worry about 1 O-ring now compared to 5.

blindloomis:

I like Eley hoses.

Ealthina:

Nope, I use Zero -G hoses. Much better.

517Outdoors:

This has been a really great water hose so far! The flexibility is awesome and rolling it back up has been great. No twists, no kinks!!

FLTDI:

I am a huge fan of flexzilla hoses too

Efflux:

She’s a beaut

Source: The kind of stuff RVers get excited for!

The kind of stuff RVers get excited for!

nolacavemen:

Yes some of the Camco stuff is good and some not, as full timer as the Camco stuff breaks I’ve been replacing with Valterra products and the quality and longevity are much better

dubie2003:

Are you going to add some camco quick disconnects? Did that last season and it was a game changer for my weekend warrior trips. Only need to worry about 1 O-ring now compared to 5.

Ealthina:

Nope, I use Zero -G hoses. Much better.

517Outdoors:

This has been a really great water hose so far! The flexibility is awesome and rolling it back up has been great. No twists, no kinks!!

blindloomis:

I like Eley hoses.

FLTDI:

I am a huge fan of flexzilla hoses too

Efflux:

She’s a beaut

Source: The kind of stuff RVers get excited for!

DRW makes all the difference!

LonelyPercentage2983:

What’s up with your hitch? Looks like the connection is riding high.

rmuesi:

Your precious truck was srw?

Tall2Guy:

There’s a fair chance you don’t need the weight distribution hitch anymore. My F350 barely drops when I hook mine up.

affinics:

I loved towing with the DRW truck but after we got there I hated parking it just about everywhere we went. I see you’ve gone for the long bed crew cab. Bold choice. May the parking gods be ever in your favor.

mrpopo573:

Amen.

unionmillwright729:

They really do.

SarcasmReigns:

Absolutely! Preach!

Source: DRW makes all the difference!

Stir-Fried Udon With Pork and Scallions

With chewy noodles, well-browned ground pork, and crunchy cabbage, this take on yaki udon (stir-fried udon noodles) gets its flavor from an umami-rich punch of soy sauce and mirin, a sweet Japanese rice wine. (You might recognize the combination from teriyaki recipes.) It also has green onions for a fresh bite and a drizzle of sesame oil for nutty depth. You can easily make it vegetarian: Simply omit the pork and sub in 8 oz. shiitake or crimini mushrooms instead.

If you don’t have mirin in your pantry already, it’s easily found in many larger grocery stores, East Asian markets, and online. Some brands may be labeled “aji-mirin.” This common product is an imitation of true mirin (the name translates to “tastes like mirin”). Whatever you find will be delicious in this recipe, but if you spot hon-mirin (a.k.a. true mirin, which is quite a bit more expensive) it makes the dish even more special.

This is a weeknight-ready, quick-fire udon noodle recipe, so prepping your ingredients before you start cooking is a smart move. See the step-by-step instructions here.

If you want to serve with a vegetable side, a plate of greens like bok choy or yu choy pairs well. For more udon recipes, check out the boxy noodles in a buttery tomato and soy broth or tossed with kimchi, gochujang, and butter.

Editor’s note: This recipe was originally published in March 2017.

Ingredients

4 servings

2

tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

4

cups very coarsely chopped green cabbage (from about ¼ medium head)

2

7-ounce packages instant udon noodles, flavor packets discarded

2

teaspoons toasted sesame oil

8

ounces ground pork

5

scallions, white and pale-green parts coarsely chopped, dark-green parts thinly sliced

2

teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger (from a 1-inch knob)

1

teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

cup mirin

cup soy sauce

1

tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus more for serving

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Source: Stir-Fried Udon With Pork and Scallions

For those that ask how to keep a cat entertained in a camper, he has a favorite toy made by hand when he still fit in the palm of your hand. he goes nuts over it even today I’m going to post another video after this.


chillllama:

Cute! Kiwi likes to jump on my roof and stare/meow at me until I let her in

Vailoftears:

My cat loves milk rings but with slides… we figure bad idea.

Source: For those that ask how to keep a cat entertained in a camper, he has a favorite toy made by hand when he still fit in the palm of your hand. he goes nuts over it even today I’m going to post another video after this.

Sick of the Dometic capacitive touch thermostat? Micro-Air easy touch thermostat uses 3 wire cable.

Stefbauer2:

Thank you for this post!!! $246 from the manufacturer… and yes I would have paid 250! That dometic thing SUCKS – and is in such a bad spot in our rig. Touch it – and it does not do what you want… walk by and without knowing brush up against it and play “guess what just changed”

TrenThom86:

This is a great replacement for the Dometic thermostat with the little foam pieces in the cover that never seem to work correctly. Also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi if that interest you. But best of all is it uses the same 3 wire thermostat cable that the dometic uses so no running wire and modding current setup.

Zugzub:

Or just use a regular household thermostat, I used a battery powered Honeywell thermostat. It actually switches between low and high fan on the AC automatically now. At the time it was like $65

Heres the thread on it

proost1:

We have an older 2007 rig with the 5-button thermostat and replaced it with this. It’s a LOT better. To be able to monitor temps and adjust the settings away from the coach is huge.

Mehnard:

Real heroes go RV’ing. Saved for later.

Source: Sick of the Dometic capacitive touch thermostat? Micro-Air easy touch thermostat uses 3 wire cable.

the Kitten waiting out the storm with us. if it starts to hail or we hear Tornado sirens he has to go back into the carrier. he’s really chill right now.

Timmah_Timmah:

Does he go back in on his own our do you have to out him in?

Honeybee_and_Love:

He looks exactly like my cat! But I have a she, otherwise twins!

practical_junket:

Be safe Campers!!

Source: the Kitten waiting out the storm with us. if it starts to hail or we hear Tornado sirens he has to go back into the carrier. he’s really chill right now.

Sick of the Dometic capacitive touch thermostat? Micro-Air easy touch thermostat uses 3 wire cable.

TrenThom86:

This is a great replacement for the Dometic thermostat with the little foam pieces in the cover that never seem to work correctly. Also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi if that interest you. But best of all is it uses the same 3 wire thermostat cable that the dometic uses so no running wire and modding current setup.

Stefbauer2:

Thank you for this post!!! $246 from the manufacturer… and yes I would have paid 250! That dometic thing SUCKS – and is in such a bad spot in our rig. Touch it – and it does not do what you want… walk by and without knowing brush up against it and play “guess what just changed”

Source: Sick of the Dometic capacitive touch thermostat? Micro-Air easy touch thermostat uses 3 wire cable.

New fireplace!

PedanticMouse:

I too love the log appearance. I wish I could find one that lets you cover or disable the buttons because my toddler enjoys turning ours off lol

Runningman61:

Had to replace our last one after it was damaged. Easy to install, the only challenge was to find one with the exact dimensions.

2Sam22:

I love the functionality of our fireplace. I hate that it’s the crystal rocks look. I’ve found a wood look like yours to replace it with and making a framework for our bedroom to put the oem one in.

Asherdanholio:

Those fireplaces are a good example of a feature I’d dismiss as unnecessary, but our current TT came with one that fit the layout well and now…dang I’m glad for it.

Also agreed, I like the wood better than the crystal bed look. This one is sharp.

vzwire:

Are we all going to sit here and act like the fireplace is the star of the show in this picture?? All I want to know is where do I get that port hole window?

Professional-Art9797:

We love the look of ours Also what I don’t like is the lack of a thermostat ???? ours only has 3 options Off, Low and high. On cool nights we like to run it but I’d we sleep in and the sun starts to bake the camper the fireplace keeps putting out heat until we shut it off ???????????????? I Am looking for one that has a actual thermostat.

ConversationNo9992:

Beautiful

Source: New fireplace!

How would you repair this tear in the roof? TIA.

90Carat:

Clean it up, cut off all the loose bits, and put Eternabond on it. Then get a quote to properly replace the entire membrane.

Oneoldbird:

Another vote for Eternabond. Dicor could be used for any complex-shaped spots where you are unsure whether the tape has a complete seal. I concur with assessing the overall membrane condition and possible replacement.

newaccountfor2022:

EternaBond RoofSeal White 4″ x50′ MicroSealant UV Stable Roof Seam Repair Tape | 35 mil Total Thickness | EB-RW040-50R – One-Step Durable, Waterproof and Airtight Repair https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B002RSIK4G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_0M2TNT6TN4QNDZBFYRJZ

DDAWGG747:

Flex Seal has worked really conveniently for me

octopusxparty:

I’d probably go with dicor diseal sealing tape or patch. Then use some lap sealant around it if necessary but seems like just the tape would do what you need. You can get rolls of it

captain-prax:

Rubber roofs only exist because we keep buying them.

proost1:

Before you seal this up, you are going to want to inspect to make sure that there is no wet or dry rot underneath. It really looks like this has been exposed for a while.

Source: How would you repair this tear in the roof? TIA.

How would you repair this tear in the roof? TIA.

90Carat:

Clean it up, cut off all the loose bits, and put Eternabond on it. Then get a quote to properly replace the entire membrane.

Oneoldbird:

Another vote for Eternabond. Dicor could be used for any complex-shaped spots where you are unsure whether the tape has a complete seal. I concur with assessing the overall membrane condition and possible replacement.

newaccountfor2022:

EternaBond RoofSeal White 4″ x50′ MicroSealant UV Stable Roof Seam Repair Tape | 35 mil Total Thickness | EB-RW040-50R – One-Step Durable, Waterproof and Airtight Repair https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B002RSIK4G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_0M2TNT6TN4QNDZBFYRJZ

DDAWGG747:

Flex Seal has worked really conveniently for me

octopusxparty:

I’d probably go with dicor diseal sealing tape or patch. Then use some lap sealant around it if necessary but seems like just the tape would do what you need. You can get rolls of it

captain-prax:

Rubber roofs only exist because we keep buying them.

proost1:

Before you seal this up, you are going to want to inspect to make sure that there is no wet or dry rot underneath. It really looks like this has been exposed for a while.

Source: How would you repair this tear in the roof? TIA.

One beer per panel.

mrpopo573:

A break in boondocking means paint correction (light polish) + sealant. At 35 feet long this is going to be a few weekends to do right.

SmokedMussels:

I’m invested in your beer time scales

thingamajig1987:

I have very similar headlights on my van, I love those things.

c74:

never done a paint correction… but wouldnt the dust in the desert be problematic? btw, just taking on paint correction on a car is a monumental task let alone your building with wheels so you must recognize you are a tad crazy.

WeAreAllGood:

I didn’t know beer was such a good cleaner

Mcjoshin:

That’s definitely a lot of work! I’ve done our cars before and it takes so long to do it right, that beast is going to be a project for sure!

Source: One beer per panel.

How would you repair this tear in the roof? TIA.

Oneoldbird:

Another vote for Eternabond. Dicor could be used for any complex-shaped spots where you are unsure whether the tape has a complete seal. I concur with assessing the overall membrane condition and possible replacement.

90Carat:

Clean it up, cut off all the loose bits, and put Eternabond on it. Then get a quote to properly replace the entire membrane.

newaccountfor2022:

EternaBond RoofSeal White 4″ x50′ MicroSealant UV Stable Roof Seam Repair Tape | 35 mil Total Thickness | EB-RW040-50R – One-Step Durable, Waterproof and Airtight Repair https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B002RSIK4G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_0M2TNT6TN4QNDZBFYRJZ

DDAWGG747:

Flex Seal has worked really conveniently for me

octopusxparty:

I’d probably go with dicor diseal sealing tape or patch. Then use some lap sealant around it if necessary but seems like just the tape would do what you need. You can get rolls of it

captain-prax:

Rubber roofs only exist because we keep buying them.

proost1:

Before you seal this up, you are going to want to inspect to make sure that there is no wet or dry rot underneath. It really looks like this has been exposed for a while.

Source: How would you repair this tear in the roof? TIA.

Water Issue

swaffeline:

I’d start by inspecting where the awnings attach. Specifically the larger one. It’s coming from up top. And if the roof is solid then next area to look at is where awnings attach

durhap:

This is a 22 year old motorhome. I’ve verified all the caulking at the roof and seam at the wall. Then brought it to a RV repair center, they checked everything and found no issues. I can’t seem to figure out where the water is coming from. This area is soft. When I open the compartment (arrow), the wood behind the hinge is wet.

wolfofmainst21:

Is it bubling or rippling on the fiberglass or is the wood just wet in the compartment

wolfofmainst21:

That water is either coming from the roof or the side of the slideout has a hole or something

Kjpilot:

Is there something maybe with the wheel well?

gaminegrumble:

If you already checked and redid the roof seams, next stop is the gutter and slide awning attachments. Anywhere there’s any hardware drilled into the wall, there’s an opportunity for water intrusion.

So-says-a-guy:

water does climb when it gets soaked into the wood so the water is not always going to come from above.

Source: Water Issue

Water Issue

durhap:

This is a 22 year old motorhome. I’ve verified all the caulking at the roof and seam at the wall. Then brought it to a RV repair center, they checked everything and found no issues. I can’t seem to figure out where the water is coming from. This area is soft. When I open the compartment (arrow), the wood behind the hinge is wet.

swaffeline:

I’d start by inspecting where the awnings attach. Specifically the larger one. It’s coming from up top. And if the roof is solid then next area to look at is where awnings attach

wolfofmainst21:

Is it bubling or rippling on the fiberglass or is the wood just wet in the compartment

wolfofmainst21:

That water is either coming from the roof or the side of the slideout has a hole or something

Kjpilot:

Is there something maybe with the wheel well?

Source: Water Issue

Does anyone own a Winibago Mini Plus, I want to put an electric fan in the bedroom I took the trim ring off looking for 12v power nothing visible, does anyone know if it’s up there? I want to avoid tearing up the roof looking, for wires that might not be used.

Source: Does anyone own a Winibago Mini Plus, I want to put an electric fan in the bedroom I took the trim ring off looking for 12v power nothing visible, does anyone know if it’s up there? I want to avoid tearing up the roof looking, for wires that might not be used.

Seen this at my local Ram dealership.

Holy_Grail_Reference:

MPG, 2.

WakkoLM:

https://www.globalxvehicles.com/turtle.html

Base price $360k .. yikes!

NoNotThatMichael:

that’s not an RV, that’s a ZASV (zombie apocalypses survival vehicle)

Gunslinger_jr:

I want to see the inside of that bad boy

Powerful-Try9906:

Who can afford a toy like that,
I mean don’t get me wrong I’m happy to see people do well for themselves but 360K for a toy like that means someone has to make how much dang money?

Not to mention the costs of using it / upkeep and not being at work

FinasterideJizzum:

I swear I saw someone on reddit post about buying one of these the other day. I didn’t know it was 360k!

Gotta love casual multi millionaires. No big deal

Lake48045:

You “saw” this.

Source: Seen this at my local Ram dealership.

Fredericksburg RV park

StuartReneLajoie4:

This is the guy who sees camping quiet hours as a “suggestion.”

Buttfuckmenext:

I fucking hate when people walk through my site. Not afraid to call you out

DrewsPolitical:

My best camping has been when the hosts enforce the rules.

OutWestTexas:

I have stayed at this park before. It is a busy park and well run. They have the rules on their website so there are no surprises when you arrive.

smrdybab:

Not a parent, but a dog owner, and I profusely apologize the times that I’ve had my pup run on someone else’s site. I feel like I’m trespassing.

I can show sympathy towards patrons of parks that might be “excessive” with rules, but walking through occupied sites + no mats on grass seem like no-brainers to me. Sorry OP.

EDIT: I will admit – I’ve been the guy that didn’t read the rules…. I had to swap a part out on my truck and ended up getting some stains on the concrete. Didn’t see that “working on vehicles” was not allowed within the park. Halfway into the job, the manager came over and told me. I said everything would be clean and I apologized.

You bet your ass I was out there with dawn soap and pressure washer the next morning to make things right. I had the maintenance guy come over and take a look at it and he said the pad looked better than it did before.

I booked that park a few months later and they remembered me and we had a laugh about it.

If you screw up, admit fault, and make things right.

Musick-Inspired:

Some people need a little reminder about the commitment they signed up for.

BayBel:

Follow the rules and you won’t have to deal with this. It’s pretty simple.

Source: Fredericksburg RV park

Any pro tips for a 7,000 mile road trip?

1955photo:

Make sure your tires are not more than a couple of years old.

Swervingcat:

My wife cousin and I are planning a 7,000 mile road trip across the west to see as many landmarks as possible, we’ve only done overnights at places 150 miles or less from home. So this will be quite the adventure!

Nonstopshooter21:

Watch tire psi and wear. make sure you can repack your bearings every few thousand miles

punter1965:

Some good advice here. The best is the tires. Also check your spare.

Check your propane tank pigtails for wear and leaks. Use a soapy water solution for this. Nothing like a slow leak to drain all your propane away (Speaking from experience, it sucks).

Check that your heater, water heater, stove, etc all work. Especially equipment you may rarely use.

Smoke and CO2 detectors. Make sure they work.

Good first aid kit with nothing expired.

If your trailer has a braking system (may not), get it checked and consider recalibrating with your truck’s brake controller.

Get some spares – light bulbs, fuses, and the like. Especially if you are unlikely to find it in a local parts/hardware store.

Good luck and enjoy the road!

dasschwing:

It may sound dumb – but stop and get out and walk for a bit every few hours. Your body will thank you!

KSman1966:

Pull your tires, drums, inspect the drums and shoes, might not be a bad idea to replace the magnets while you have it all tore apart, then clean, check, and pack your bearings, and adjust your brakes after you get it all back together. Get an infared temp gun and check your trailer bearings every time you stop for fuel.

Enjoy your trip, have fun.

Terrible-Duck-3614:

Keep her between the lines !!

Source: Any pro tips for a 7,000 mile road trip?

Anyone else RV Bidet?

avpogo:

I always look at water as the kryptonite to my RV. Looks like a great addition but for some reason this terrifies me.

Dammit-:

Why is no one talking about the awesomeness that is your wallpaper?

I love it.

ripwild:

Found the wallpaper!

https://www.spoonflower.com/en/wallpaper/10112497-large-scale-alien-abduction-toile-de-jouy-pattern-blue-by-somecallmebeth

valley_lemon:

We’re still renting rigs for periodic vacations, but I bring a travel wash bottle and will be fitting a bidet as soon as we buy. Anything that reduces my interaction with RV toilet paper is a win!

SyncTheory13:

Do you run antifreeze through it in the winter? Or disconnect the bidet line and drain it out?

usincltnc:

We’re renovating a 2007 Keystone And replacing the old Thetford toilet was one of the first things I did and added a bidet attachment. I was already a big bidet fan, and using one in the RV just makes a lot of sense to me.

_B_Little_me:

Where did you get that amazing wallpaper?

Source: Anyone else RV Bidet?

Puddle forming under Travel Trailer, only happens when connected to city water, info in comments

Scizmz:

Get under there and see where it’s coming from.

slacker347:

that’s enough water that you should be able to follow the drip

runningntwrkgeek:

Does your fresh tank fill while you are on city water? If it fills for no reason, maybe the check valve on your pump is bad?

When you run off your onboard tank, do you hear the pump randomly turning on even when nobody’s running water? That’d be another sign that its a faulty check valve.

Rvtravel420:

Go look

oldmanfromlex:

Are you in an area that freezes? Afraid the only answer may be to crawl under and follow the drip.

BornAce:

I didn’t see any mention of a water pressure regulator on your hose.

Confident-Head-5008:

You might have to manually inspect your plumbing. rodents might have chewed through the plumbing. It has been sitting for 2 years

Source: Puddle forming under Travel Trailer, only happens when connected to city water, info in comments

New rig. Since he’s short and stout I have dubbed him Samwise

Beersandloudbooms:

Samwise CAMPgee

ryanderkis:

Fuck now I want to start shopping for fifth wheels again. I love these short ones. I drag a 27′ bumper pull but I would get more interior space in a 25′ fiver.

Vic_Sinclair:

The first thing you cook in the kitchen better be potatoes.

mike_james_alt:

This will make this sub go crazy. I love it. Looks great and hope hope you enjoy every minute of it.

DesertTiger26:

That is awesome. I want one now for my F150.

CaptainBoop7215:

Best. Rig. Name. Ever.

replicant0wnz:

SuperGlide hitch. Also added SumoSprings. Notice almost zero sag on the back .. Trailer weight 6k. Length 25. Hitch weight 800. My truck is rated for 11k and the bed 2k. 2012 F-150 owned since new by me.

I’m never going back to a travel trailer. Hitching on a 5th wheel is a dream. No sway bars, chains, locking the hitch, etc. It’s actually about the same length as my previous travel trailer but towing is awesome. I wouldn’t go above 70 w/the travel trailer and I can easily sustain 75 w/this setup.

Hitch: https://i.imgur.com/RALsGCU.jpg

“Sag”: https://i.imgur.com/oBu5Zji.jpg

Source: New rig. Since he’s short and stout I have dubbed him Samwise

Finally started our new living arrangement! Was a long, and expensive, trip to finally get here but here we are!

nhattawa:

We started looking for RVs years ago and our thoughts and tastes (and wallets) have really changed over those years. We decided back in August that we were going to finally commit to living on the road. Jump forward to Mar of 2022 and we’ve finally taken delivery of our 2022 Newmar Baystar! It’s been fun and also nerve wracking but my wife and I are excited to get out and exploring. Too bad gas is over $5 a gallon right now ????

jeff0520:

Wow – a concrete pad and shrubs between neighbors. Very nice. RV’s are very comfortable as I lived in an upscale 5th wheel for 10 months each year from 2011 thru 2016. Florida in the winter and Pennsylvania in the summer.

TrailerPosh2018:

Are those Dodge Charger lights?

fulltimeRVhalftimeAH:

You look like you’re basically inside that bush. I would try to adjust that when you can if you’re going to be there for any time at all. That’s not good for the RV, a Bush growing into it, and it’s also going to be an easy access point for bugs.

lelandbay:

How exciting! Where are you camping?

c74:

very nice! love the newmars and i am envious of the huge front windshield!

how do you find the size so far? about right, little bigger or smaller?

Legendary__Beaver:

gosh I love this rv. I kinda wish I got an rv instead of a trailer since I need a truck now. we shall see but I love my trailer. Beats paying rent for nothing!

Source: Finally started our new living arrangement! Was a long, and expensive, trip to finally get here but here we are!

New rig. Since he’s short and stout I have dubbed him Samwise

Beersandloudbooms:

Samwise CAMPgee

ryanderkis:

Fuck now I want to start shopping for fifth wheels again. I love these short ones. I drag a 27′ bumper pull but I would get more interior space in a 25′ fiver.

Vic_Sinclair:

The first thing you cook in the kitchen better be potatoes.

mike_james_alt:

This will make this sub go crazy. I love it. Looks great and hope hope you enjoy every minute of it.

DesertTiger26:

That is awesome. I want one now for my F150.

CaptainBoop7215:

Best. Rig. Name. Ever.

replicant0wnz:

SuperGlide hitch. Also added SumoSprings. Notice almost zero sag on the back .. Trailer weight 6k. Length 25. Hitch weight 800. My truck is rated for 11k and the bed 2k. 2012 F-150 owned since new by me.

I’m never going back to a travel trailer. Hitching on a 5th wheel is a dream. No sway bars, chains, locking the hitch, etc. It’s actually about the same length as my previous travel trailer but towing is awesome. I wouldn’t go above 70 w/the travel trailer and I can easily sustain 75 w/this setup.

Hitch: https://i.imgur.com/RALsGCU.jpg

“Sag”: https://i.imgur.com/oBu5Zji.jpg

Source: New rig. Since he’s short and stout I have dubbed him Samwise

Finally started our new living arrangement! Was a long, and expensive, trip to finally get here but here we are!

nhattawa:

We started looking for RVs years ago and our thoughts and tastes (and wallets) have really changed over those years. We decided back in August that we were going to finally commit to living on the road. Jump forward to Mar of 2022 and we’ve finally taken delivery of our 2022 Newmar Baystar! It’s been fun and also nerve wracking but my wife and I are excited to get out and exploring. Too bad gas is over $5 a gallon right now ????

jeff0520:

Wow – a concrete pad and shrubs between neighbors. Very nice. RV’s are very comfortable as I lived in an upscale 5th wheel for 10 months each year from 2011 thru 2016. Florida in the winter and Pennsylvania in the summer.

TrailerPosh2018:

Are those Dodge Charger lights?

lelandbay:

How exciting! Where are you camping?

fulltimeRVhalftimeAH:

You look like you’re basically inside that bush. I would try to adjust that when you can if you’re going to be there for any time at all. That’s not good for the RV, a Bush growing into it, and it’s also going to be an easy access point for bugs.

c74:

very nice! love the newmars and i am envious of the huge front windshield!

how do you find the size so far? about right, little bigger or smaller?

thisiskerry:

Looks like rancho mirage from here

Source: Finally started our new living arrangement! Was a long, and expensive, trip to finally get here but here we are!

New rig. Since he’s short and stout I have dubbed him Samwise

Beersandloudbooms:

Samwise CAMPgee

ryanderkis:

Fuck now I want to start shopping for fifth wheels again. I love these short ones. I drag a 27′ bumper pull but I would get more interior space in a 25′ fiver.

mike_james_alt:

This will make this sub go crazy. I love it. Looks great and hope hope you enjoy every minute of it.

DesertTiger26:

That is awesome. I want one now for my F150.

CaptainBoop7215:

Best. Rig. Name. Ever.

replicant0wnz:

SuperGlide hitch. Also added SumoSprings. Notice almost zero sag on the back .. Trailer weight 6k. Length 25. Hitch weight 800. My truck is rated for 11k and the bed 2k. 2012 F-150 owned since new by me.

I’m never going back to a travel trailer. Hitching on a 5th wheel is a dream. No sway bars, chains, locking the hitch, etc. It’s actually about the same length as my previous travel trailer but towing is awesome. I wouldn’t go above 70 w/the travel trailer and I can easily sustain 75 w/this setup.

Hitch: https://i.imgur.com/RALsGCU.jpg

“Sag”: https://i.imgur.com/oBu5Zji.jpg

Ealthina:

As a full fledged and vested member of the tow police I must inform you you are a danger to your self and everyone around you. Ticket is in the mail.

Source: New rig. Since he’s short and stout I have dubbed him Samwise

Never had a fuse melt itself back together. This fuse clearly popped and then the metal fused back together. Still hot when I touched it.

dog9er:

Harbor freight had to recall a bunch of fuses for doing just this.

jeff0520:

Rare for sure but possible.

StoneyVI:

It could have just failed to pop, which woukd result in it heating up and melting.

EarlyBake420:

Might want to check and make sure you’d not have something shorting out that’s pulling 15a+. This is the exact reason you don’t put a larger fuse in its place (they can melt) not saying you did this, but great example for why you don’t do it trying to fix the problem. Edit to add this- I almost caught a truck on fire putting a larger fuse in place of one to keep it from popping (I had a short and it would blow fuses constantly)

Joesdad65:

Task failed successfully

jankenpoo:

Don’t want to sound like a dick but it’s maybe a good time to check your fire extinguishers? Electrical problems ain’t no joke. Glad you’re okay.

Source: Never had a fuse melt itself back together. This fuse clearly popped and then the metal fused back together. Still hot when I touched it.

Quit my job of 15 years to go full time with my three lovely ladies (wife,daughter, and pup). I haven’t work since December 31, 2021 and have been loving my life so much more!!!! More in comments.

Misterchrispez:

Like the title says, quit my job of 15 years to be with my family more and to get the most out of our life together. I work as a plant manager at a concrete company and the hours were crazy and messing with my sleep, also I never got to spend time with my wife and daughter. Last April I made the decision to move on from my job and make what my wife and I have talked about for years come true. We saved and saved, even moving in with the in laws to help. It felt like it was never going to happen but finally it happened, everything fell into place and now we’re on our second week of being on the road but we’ve been living in our home since the end of January. It’s been a dream!!!

funkycinna123:

Congratulations!!! That is the dream of many people! If you don’t mind me asking, how do people who live in RVs full time bring in income to afford gas,maintenance, food, etc? I would love to learn more about this lifestyle. Many thanks!

Svvatzenegger:

Wow ive just done the same with my wife and daughters! Only been on the road for a few weeks but it’s the best!

blackfuture8699:

You only live once and working is not the way to spend your time here. I hope to do the same soon!

Source: Quit my job of 15 years to go full time with my three lovely ladies (wife,daughter, and pup). I haven’t work since December 31, 2021 and have been loving my life so much more!!!! More in comments.

Sold our RV and got a TT. Picked up our wolf pup yesterday and couldn’t be happier.

fast-as-fuck:

The Wolf Pup was high on my list. But I ended up with the Bullet Crossfire 1900RD. The views from the rear dinette are nice the whole rear wall is glass. Got a waterfront spot on the lake for a week. Here’s last night’s sunset from my office. It has 43 gal fresh water (30/30 B/G), two 20 lb propane tanks, electric tongue jack, electric stabilizers, single Dexter Torflex axle, Victron Solar Controller, 200W Renogy Panel, is pre-wired for Inverter, and I just swapped the lead acid battery for a 200Ah LiFePO4.

Edthedaddy:

So…my question is…why, exactly, did you decide to sell .. and get TT. Curious..

textbandit:

Why did u sell Rv and go this way? Still trying to figure this stuff out.

byew:

Awesome! My wife and I lived out of a WP for the first couple years of our marriage and absolutely loved it. Enjoy it!

Gunslinger_jr:

Inside pics?

ME207:

Which model is that? Happy camping!

DramaticSandwich:

It’s a beauty! Congrats!

Source: Sold our RV and got a TT. Picked up our wolf pup yesterday and couldn’t be happier.

Sold our RV and got a TT. Picked up our wolf pup yesterday and couldn’t be happier.

fast-as-fuck:

The Wolf Pup was high on my list. But I ended up with the Bullet Crossfire 1900RD. The views from the rear dinette are nice the whole rear wall is glass. Got a waterfront spot on the lake for a week. Here’s last night’s sunset from my office. It has 43 gal fresh water (30/30 B/G), two 20 lb propane tanks, electric tongue jack, electric stabilizers, single Dexter Torflex axle, Victron Solar Controller, 200W Renogy Panel, is pre-wired for Inverter, and I just swapped the lead acid battery for a 200Ah LiFePO4.

Edthedaddy:

So…my question is…why, exactly, did you decide to sell .. and get TT. Curious..

ME207:

Which model is that? Happy camping!

DramaticSandwich:

It’s a beauty! Congrats!

-Codfish_Joe:

Great little rigs. What kind of refrigerator does yours have?

theguywire:

Be careful with that door. Mine jammed and had to have the whole thing replaced.

JBoneTX:

Just traded my 16BH Wolf Pup. I loved that little trailer. It was my first. Had I known better when I got it, I would have bought the one you got. The slide out makes all the difference in the world. Enjoy the new rig.

Source: Sold our RV and got a TT. Picked up our wolf pup yesterday and couldn’t be happier.

does this thing doubles as a safety water release? Tried my sink and got no water l, stepped outside to see both of them open and water’s just pouring i got a 2022 open range.

2Sam22:

No. They are your hot/cold low point drain lines. They both should be closed unless you are winterizing. You should also have another that would empty your on board fresh water tank.

Topcornbiskie:

These are drains you should open when you leave your camp site to allow all the water to drain out of your lines and tanks.

fast-as-fuck:

If yours was winterized you will need to drain and flush before using.

Source: does this thing doubles as a safety water release? Tried my sink and got no water l, stepped outside to see both of them open and water’s just pouring i got a 2022 open range.

Anyone redo this area in their RV? Looking for better clothes storage option.

Next_Pack_9131:

What is wrong with it?

jameswingfield:

In my opinion.. I’d leave that, and get one of the ‘roll-around’ closet deals. Would probably have to put it in the living room though.

pro_turtle_racer:

Take the bottom four drawers out and replace with 2 deep drawers

Undercover_Gitane:

We have a similar bedroom setup. I use the drawers for socks and underwear, then I put shelving in the actual hanging wardrobes and I’m using that for clothing. For jackets etc we have a small hanging closet at the entrance of the RV. I also use the over bed cabinets to rotate out of season clothing, so it holds whatever clothing we don’t use in whatever season we’re in. Somewhere down the line my man will replace the drawers with more functional ones but for now that’s what we do.

Kitchen-Explorer3338:

As a rule. If you don’t have enough space for your stuff. You don’t need more space, you need less stuff.

Source: Anyone redo this area in their RV? Looking for better clothes storage option.

How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your RV

Whether you’re a full-timer, weekend warrior, or new to the RV lifestyle, there will come a time when you take a long hard look at your RV and wonder if it’s time to sell. You might be inspired to upgrade your RV, or discover a different floorplan that would be better suited to your family. No matter why you decide to sell, one thing is for certain–you’re going to want a return on your investment. Here are our favorite top tips on how to get the most money when selling your RV.

What to Know When Selling Your RV

RV for Sale
Image: Heather Wharram / Shutterstock.com

Many RV owners who want to sell their RVs decide to ultimately sell through a dealer using a process called RV consignment. This route is popular because most RV owners would rather not handle all the marketing, negotiations, and paperwork that come along with selling. It can be stressful and time-consuming to wait for the perfect buyer. By selling on consignment, this hassle is taken care of on your behalf by experienced RV professionals.

At Camping World, a professional sales team, coupled with a vast national dealer network, work together to sell your RV as quickly as possible. In fact, Camping World’s consignment program requires little to no effort from you. The goal is always to get you the most cash possible. The Camping World sales team, along with a nationwide network of dealerships, handle the RV sales process from start to finish. As a result, we market your RV through the most heavily trafficked RV marketplaces in the world.

When selling your RV, Camping World offers the following services. From start to finish, Camping World aims for a stress-free, hassle-free process.

The Camping World Consignment Process

  1. Professionally Professionals inspect, clean, and photograph your RV.
  2. Your RV is added to the largest RV marketplaces in the world, reaching millions of buyers monthly.
  3. Camping World Show shows interested buyers your RV, plus and answers any questions.
  4. Camping World handles all the paperwork that comes with a sale (transfer title, bill of sale, etc.).
  5. Camping World offers financing to the potential buyer through local/national banks to ensure sale.
  6. The sale satisfies your bank loan and the paperwork associated with it.
  7. You receive a check once your RV sells!

Repairs & Maintenance

RV Repair
Some repairs are best left to the experts.

If your RV has any glaring damage or is in need of repairs, handling them before selling can increase your final sale price. At Camping World, our service and maintenance department can handle any repairs or neglected RV maintenance before we start advertising your RV for sale.

What to Know Should You Decide to Trade-In Your RV

Selling your RV isn’t your only option. You could always trade it in. Even so, you still want to make sure you’re getting the most money out of the deal. When it comes to trading your RV in, you want to make sure you’re putting your best foot (or wheel) forward. A few things that could help the trade-in run smoothly are:

  • Give your RV a thorough cleaning inside and out.
  • Fix any small issues like loose hinges or blown bulbs.
  • A tune-up, including an oil change, never hurts.
  • Organize all your RV’s manuals, warranty records, and service paperwork.

Camping World also offers a trade-in program to alleviate any worries you might have about this process. We’ll find you a deal on a valid trade-in or simply buy your RV outright. Here’s how it works:

  1. Get cash for your RV immediately.
  2. We offer fair prices at the time of your RV’s inspection.
  3. A simple, straightforward buying process gives you peace of mind and cash-in-hand.
  4. Trading in your RV provides savings on sales tax and a new RV for your next adventure.

What to Know When Buying an RV

Several RVs in a car parking lot
Tip: Save more by shopping RVs in the off-season.

Now that you’ve received the most money possible for selling or trading in your RV, it’s time to make a new RV investment, right? It’s a big moment that comes with a lot of big nerves, but you can easily turn that nervous feeling into excitement.

RV specialists exist for this very reason. These simple questions will have your salesperson narrowing down your options and handing you the keys to your new RV in no time:

  • What can I tow? Inform the salesperson of the vehicle you own or plan to tow with.
  • What RVs are best for my family? Are you traveling alone or as a pack? And what camping needs does your pack have?
  • What RV is best for where and how I want to RV? Are you visiting rugged terrains or relaxing campgrounds? Are you venturing out on long road trips, or taking trips close to home?
  • What’s included with my RV purchase? Think about batteries, power tongue jacks, and more.

Never hesitate to ask the RV sales associate questions, especially during the browsing phase of the process. Your RV salesman is there to address your concerns and help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. A knowledgeable RV specialist will never shy away from providing answers along the way.

What to Know When Buying a Used RV

RVing with baby.
Dan & Lindsay RV with their baby and share adventures as a family.

New doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes a used RV, or rather a new to you RV, is a wise choice. It’s one of the most common questions RV buyers toss around – new or used? While there are always pros to buying new, a used RV has its own list of benefits that include saving money and the ability to learn what you like and dislike about RVing, the type of RV you want, and the RV lifestyle in general.

If you’re asking yourself: how old is too old for a used RV? We’d encourage you to focus more on how well the RV has been maintained. A thorough RV inspection at an RV service center can help locate any issues of concern as well as how much time and money it would take to remedy them.

Check out this RV Buying Guide that walks you through the ins and outs of buying a used RV. With the RV lifestyle becoming more and more popular every day, the demand for used RVs is growing as well. Doing your due diligence ahead of time can help narrow down your options and expedite the process. Hitting the pavement on a new trip is always the best part, but you’ll be glad you made a solid RV investment once you’re on the road.

Pro Tip: Explore buying your RV in the off-season for special winter deals, wider inventory selection, fewer crowds, and lower pricing.

Have you sold an RV before? Tell us your tips in the comments below.

Source: How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your RV

Trying to remodel the RV. I used painters tape and it peeled this off. Any ideas on how to paint this type of wood?

lopeze9696:

Sanda primer first

TheDentDad:

Gotta use a good primer first. Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer is what I did my 5er cabinets with. Still holding strong and looking good 3 years later.

SarcasmReigns:

If you don’t want to paint it, you can simply buy a matching wood repair crayon type thing like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Furniture-Repair-Crayon-Restore-Scratch/dp/B08FLZXKBZ

Source: Trying to remodel the RV. I used painters tape and it peeled this off. Any ideas on how to paint this type of wood?

Ah yes, nothing like boondocking with all your lights on outside, when your inside and the generator going at 930pm. Thanks bud.

Joroda:

There are many more people who lack situational awareness than those who have it.

Katzer_K:

People like that suck. Also the ones with the fifth wheels that have the insanely bright blue LED lights on the front, and they leave them on, all night, facing people’s windows, even though they have a switch on them. Honestly I wonder why front LED lights are even a thing…nobody uses them for actual light, it’s just a really irritating decoration

Jim_from_snowy_river:

You tried talking to him?

RonaldPottol:

To me, unless I’m at Burning Man, I don’t want to see or hear anything like that. ????

andrewhiscane:

They’re just afraid that bigfoot may come out of the woods and try to sneak up on them.

julez231:

Those lights stink. Faced out too? Shine it at yourself lol so selfish and unneeded. That big light is overkill, screams scardy pants to me. Lol. A porch light is one thing but please put the beams down.

BedBugger6-9:

It’s boondocking, why would you park so close to people that their lights would bother you? When I boondock, I do it to get away from other campers

Source: Ah yes, nothing like boondocking with all your lights on outside, when your inside and the generator going at 930pm. Thanks bud.

How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your RV

Whether you’re a full-timer, weekend warrior, or new to the RV lifestyle, there will come a time when you take a long hard look at your RV and wonder if it’s time to sell. You might be inspired to upgrade your RV, or discover a different floorplan that would be better suited to your family. No matter why you decide to sell, one thing is for certain–you’re going to want a return on your investment. Here are our favorite top tips on how to get the most money when selling your RV.

What to Know When Selling Your RV

RV for Sale
Image: Heather Wharram / Shutterstock.com

Many RV owners who want to sell their RVs decide to ultimately sell through a dealer using a process called RV consignment. This route is popular because most RV owners would rather not handle all the marketing, negotiations, and paperwork that come along with selling. It can be stressful and time-consuming to wait for the perfect buyer. By selling on consignment, this hassle is taken care of on your behalf by experienced RV professionals.

At Camping World, a professional sales team, coupled with a vast national dealer network, work together to sell your RV as quickly as possible. In fact, Camping World’s consignment program requires little to no effort from you. The goal is always to get you the most cash possible. The Camping World sales team, along with a nationwide network of dealerships, handle the RV sales process from start to finish. As a result, we market your RV through the most heavily trafficked RV marketplaces in the world.

When selling your RV, Camping World offers the following services. From start to finish, Camping World aims for a stress-free, hassle-free process.

The Camping World Consignment Process

  1. Professionally Professionals inspect, clean, and photograph your RV.
  2. Your RV is added to the largest RV marketplaces in the world, reaching millions of buyers monthly.
  3. Camping World Show shows interested buyers your RV, plus and answers any questions.
  4. Camping World handles all the paperwork that comes with a sale (transfer title, bill of sale, etc.).
  5. Camping World offers financing to the potential buyer through local/national banks to ensure sale.
  6. The sale satisfies your bank loan and the paperwork associated with it.
  7. You receive a check once your RV sells!

Repairs & Maintenance

RV Repair
Some repairs are best left to the experts.

If your RV has any glaring damage or is in need of repairs, handling them before selling can increase your final sale price. At Camping World, our service and maintenance department can handle any repairs or neglected RV maintenance before we start advertising your RV for sale.

What to Know Should You Decide to Trade-In Your RV

Selling your RV isn’t your only option. You could always trade it in. Even so, you still want to make sure you’re getting the most money out of the deal. When it comes to trading your RV in, you want to make sure you’re putting your best foot (or wheel) forward. A few things that could help the trade-in run smoothly are:

  • Give your RV a thorough cleaning inside and out.
  • Fix any small issues like loose hinges or blown bulbs.
  • A tune-up, including an oil change, never hurts.
  • Organize all your RV’s manuals, warranty records, and service paperwork.

Camping World also offers a trade-in program to alleviate any worries you might have about this process. We’ll find you a deal on a valid trade-in or simply buy your RV outright. Here’s how it works:

  1. Get cash for your RV immediately.
  2. We offer fair prices at the time of your RV’s inspection.
  3. A simple, straightforward buying process gives you peace of mind and cash-in-hand.
  4. Trading in your RV provides savings on sales tax and a new RV for your next adventure.

What to Know When Buying an RV

Several RVs in a car parking lot
Tip: Save more by shopping RVs in the off-season.

Now that you’ve received the most money possible for selling or trading in your RV, it’s time to make a new RV investment, right? It’s a big moment that comes with a lot of big nerves, but you can easily turn that nervous feeling into excitement.

RV specialists exist for this very reason. These simple questions will have your salesperson narrowing down your options and handing you the keys to your new RV in no time:

  • What can I tow? Inform the salesperson of the vehicle you own or plan to tow with.
  • What RVs are best for my family? Are you traveling alone or as a pack? And what camping needs does your pack have?
  • What RV is best for where and how I want to RV? Are you visiting rugged terrains or relaxing campgrounds? Are you venturing out on long road trips, or taking trips close to home?
  • What’s included with my RV purchase? Think about batteries, power tongue jacks, and more.

Never hesitate to ask the RV sales associate questions, especially during the browsing phase of the process. Your RV salesman is there to address your concerns and help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. A knowledgeable RV specialist will never shy away from providing answers along the way.

What to Know When Buying a Used RV

RVing with baby.
Dan & Lindsay RV with their baby and share adventures as a family.

New doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes a used RV, or rather a new to you RV, is a wise choice. It’s one of the most common questions RV buyers toss around – new or used? While there are always pros to buying new, a used RV has its own list of benefits that include saving money and the ability to learn what you like and dislike about RVing, the type of RV you want, and the RV lifestyle in general.

If you’re asking yourself: how old is too old for a used RV? We’d encourage you to focus more on how well the RV has been maintained. A thorough RV inspection at an RV service center can help locate any issues of concern as well as how much time and money it would take to remedy them.

Check out this RV Buying Guide that walks you through the ins and outs of buying a used RV. With the RV lifestyle becoming more and more popular every day, the demand for used RVs is growing as well. Doing your due diligence ahead of time can help narrow down your options and expedite the process. Hitting the pavement on a new trip is always the best part, but you’ll be glad you made a solid RV investment once you’re on the road.

Pro Tip: Explore buying your RV in the off-season for special winter deals, wider inventory selection, fewer crowds, and lower pricing.

Have you sold an RV before? Tell us your tips in the comments below.

Source: How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your RV

been full time just over a month, wondering why I didn’t do this years ago

spacewolfplays:

Looks great. I’ll be setting out for the first time soon. Anything you’ve learned in your first month that you’d share w/ another newbie?

ZoraC8:

I spy with my little eye….

YennyDrake:

Looks so cozy ????

Powerful-Try9906:

Wow, The color of those cabinets is super cool!

Befree54:

Would love to see the rest!

Source: been full time just over a month, wondering why I didn’t do this years ago

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