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The Financial Cost of Living In An RV

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 12:03pm, Wednesday 14 January 2015.

RVs are very popular, thanks to the flexibility they offer to their owners. You can have your house with you while traveling around the world. This is an inexpensive way of living and traveling, yet it doesn't come free. This article will take a look into the  financial cost of RVing, so that you know what you can expect, before you go ahead and buy your vehicle.

Get a Budget:
First of all, you need to spend money for buying the RV itself. Of course, you knew this, so that's not the main point of this article. You have multiple options here. You can buy it new or you can get a used one. You can use financing to get your RV. Before starting your research, estimate your budget and stick into those limits. You don't need to research vehicles that are more expensive than you can afford to buy, so don't waste your time for nothing. It is also advisable to talk to a sales professional, like the ones at Florida Outdoors RV! If you choose financing, try to make the down payment as big as possible, as this will lead to smaller monthly installments and less interest paid. Always keep in mind that an RV is subject to depreciation, so if you choose a financing period that's too long, you won't have time to build equity in your vehicle fast enough.

Insurance: The other expense you need to think about is the RV insurance. This is something that Florida Outdoors RV can present to you when you purchase an RV! It is very important to choose the insurance policy according to your needs. If you only want to use your RV for vacation and weekends in the nature, you may be just fine with the insurance coverage offered by the vendor. However, if you want to live full time in your RV, you need to be very careful in picking your insurance coverage. It will cost you more, but it's mandatory for your peace of mind and for your financial and legal protection.

Fuel: The other operational expense is the fuel cost. This is something the owner of a traditional home doesn't have to deal with, but you will need to foresee it in your personal budgeting. You can estimate this expense by calculating how much your RV consumes and what distances you expect to cover each month. Gas prices fluctuate, but not very much, therefore your budget forecasts will be pretty accurate.

Small Problems:
The maintenance is also a cost you have to take into consideration. Like any other vehicle, an RV needs to be periodically inspected and all problems fixed, if you want it to be safe and perfectly functional at all times. You need to change the motor oil and to replace all filters as instructed. Moreover, you have to make sure your brakes are always functional, as they can save your life in limit situations.

Lodging Etc: The other cost you need to estimate when RVing is the parking and other overnight expenses. You can stay at truck stops and pay almost nothing, but if you want to spend your nights in RV resorts, you need to see about the prices and make sure you do have the budget for doing that.

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The History of RV's

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 12:00pm, Wednesday 14 January 2015.

A recreational vehicle (RV) would normally include a kitchen, sleeping facility and bathroom the least. These vehicles are extremely popular among folks who are into leisure activities such as camping and vacationing. There are additional features such as a dining room, hot tub, vanity closet and a desk in some of the more luxurious RVs. While most of the RVs are single deck, there are double deck RVs also available today. This article will focus on the history of RVs.

RVs are a kind of tow-able trailers which are used for leisure activities primarily. They are usually parked in campgrounds or RV camps. These vehicles are sometimes used as mobile business offices by business travelers. They are also used as traveling permanent homes by some folks. All in all, these vehicles are quite versatile and are used for multiple purposes in modern society.

The first motorized RV was built in the year of 1910. Before that people used to camp in private rail cars which were pulled to sidings along train routes. RVs allowed these campers to go where they wanted when they wanted. All this began around the year of 1910. Even though camping had been popular in America for centuries before 1910, the first auto-related camping vehicles began commercial production during 1910.

The RVs of that time offered minimal comfort compared to today's homes-on-wheels. But they provided the freedom of traveling anywhere, preparing home cooking and getting a good night's sleep. Auto-Kamp Trailers and Los Angeles Trailer Works are two of the famous manufacturers of RVs during this time. The Pierce-Arrow (Touring Landau) was exhibited at the Madison Square Garden the same year. This vehicle resembled the Type B Van Camper of today. In fact, it was the first RV to include a bathroom on board.

The history of RV Clubs in the U.S. date back to the Tin Can Tourists of the 1920's and 1930's. They were actually RVers who braved the mud and dust in order to drive their Tin Lizzies across the U.S. This was much earlier than the transcontinental roads being paved in the U.S. They camped by the side of the roads. These campers became famous because they were heating tin cans of food on gasoline stoves and were seen bathing in cold water in the process.

RVs started to take off by the year of 1930 with RV's being equipped with dinettes, beds, water and electricity. The RV industry began to flourish after the Word War II with most Americans seeking mobility. Many of today's famous RV manufacturers started their production lines during the 1950's and 1960's. There were many advances in aerodynamic designs and interior comforts during this time. More luxury was added to RVs after the 1970's. It was the beginning of the RV revolution, which has boomed in leaps and bounds today.

The aforementioned is a comprehensive overview of the history of RVs. It will help you to get a much better idea about the popular RV culture in the country. RVs have come a long way! To see some of the newest ones, click here!

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Planning a family winter caravan trip

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 10:23am, Wednesday 17 December 2014.

Christmas is a busy travel season, with everyone up and down the country rushing to visit friends and family. It’s a wonderful time to travel, but let Steve Martin’s horrific experience in Trains, Plane and Automobiles be a warning to anyone: it pays to be prepared!

RV owners have the benefit of being able to avoid cancelled flights, faulty trains and unwelcome travel companions, however there are still a number of things that could spoil your trip. Here are a few tips to ensure your winter caravan travel adventure goes off without a hitch, no matter where you are in the country.

Cold Weather Caravanning
On the surface of it, RVing in the snow may not seem ideal: it can be icy on the roads and you also have to deal with the threat of pipes freezing over. But on the flip side you get to witness beautiful, snow covered landscapes, frosted valleys and hills, plus you benefit from cheap and empty campsites away from all the Christmas hype.

Imagine waking up on Christmas morning in the countryside, perhaps in a glorious national park. Stockings are filled to the brim with presents; mince pies left outside for Santa have mysteriously disappeared; and all around Jack Frost has cocooned the caravan and the surrounding field in a magnificent white blanket. 

It’s a day of wonder, and what could be more majestic than opening presents in the middle of the great outdoors, with the morning sun glistening all around, through trees and over snow-capped mountains?

Here are a few extra tips for keeping your RV warm and functioning during the winter months:

    •    Bring along lots of extra warm layers and comforters (plus hand warmers and hot water bottles for those especially susceptible to the cold).
    •    Pack kindling and wood for a hot mug of cocoa over a crackling fire.
    •    Change your gas supply from butane to propane cylinders – although more expensive, propane operates at a higher pressure and can still be used when temperatures are as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to leave the gas on at times in order to prevent your pipes from freezing.
    •    Most RVs today are well insulated, but if your tourer is old it may be a wise move to add an extra layer of skirting.

The success of a winter road trip all depends on the preparation, so here’s a list of other essentials you’ll need to ensure you don’t get trapped in the snow:

    •    Show shovel
    •    Window scraper
    •    Ice chipper (i.e. an axe)
    •    A bag of rock salt to sprinkle on walkways and to put around your tires in the event you get stuck in snow
    •    RV antifreeze
    •    Spare battery
    •    Wooden boards for parking (to prevent tires from sinking)
    •    Tire chains for icy roads

Warm Weather Caravanning
For those who really couldn’t bear to put up with the freezing temperatures in northern parts of America and Canada, there’s always the option to travel down south where the climate is tropical all year round.

Florida stays warm and sunny throughout the year and presents some fantastic travel opportunities, from beaches to cities, like Miami and Orlando. Check out the best camping ground in Florida to find the best suit for your winter getaway.

On western shores, California also has some great spots for warm RVing in winter. San Diego has great beaches and its gentle surf makes it perfect for young children who want to swim, surf or fish. Visit Coronado Beach between January and March and you might even catch sight of some migrating whales!

Some Adventurous Winter Caravanners

Pete, Katie and their two kids, Sarah (9) and Jesse (13), took their RV out to a campground in Ontario last winter. They exchanged their usual hectic Christmas spent in Buffalo, NY, for a trip north, and had this to say: “At first the kids were against it, but we managed to persuade them by telling them we might see a Christmas moose! It was a little nippy in Canada, but I think overall a good trip. Christmas day was absolutely beautiful with the snow all around.”

Michelle Maddox (sales representative at Salop Leisure) and her husband Andrew, regularly take their dogs for some Christmas RVing.

"Our touring caravan is like home from home for us," she said. "We have central heating, double glazed windows, a shower, a toilet and a fixed bed. We love the freedom of being able to step outside into the countryside. What more could you want?”

Ever spent Christmas cozied up in an RV? Please leave your stories in the comment section below!


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5 Good Reasons Why You Should Buy an RV!

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 10:48am, Wednesday 3 December 2014.

Contrary to common perception, you do not have to wait until you retire just to get an RV. Lately, there has been an RV boom that has seen the median age of RV owners drop from 60 to 48, which is a good thing. It basically means that more and more families out there are making RVing part of their lives. The practice has been around for years, and it has grown into a heritage or culture from just a mere traveling means. It is not a secret that RVing can be quite costly, but below are 5 good reasons why owning an RV is worth every penny.

5 Reasons Why to Own an RV:

Privacy, Comfort and Convenience - There are several means of traveling, but only few can match the comfort provided by RVs. These motorhomes not only allow you to move around and stretch during long journeys, but also enhance privacy and you do not have to worry about a smelly person sitting next to you. In as far as convenience goes, RVs enable you to travel as per your own schedule, where you can choose when to wake up and leave unlike airports.

Breathtaking Views - Traveling by air may be fast, but boring. While in an airplane, all you get to see are clouds and maybe oceans or seas. However traveling in RV's, provide the perfect opportunity for families to catch a glimpse of the countryside. The numerous breathtaking views you are bound to come across during your trip include wildlife, rivers, hills and mountains, and sunsets among others all in the comfort of your motorhome. In short, RVing allows families to make stops and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer.

Quality bonding time - There is nothing that can be compared to the time spent with family. RVing provides the perfect opportunity for families to bond as they catch up after long, busy working or school schedules. The children can be comfortably seated, playing board games as they gobble on snacks, while the parents bond over breathtaking landscapes at the front. Basically, families get to experience and share long-lasting memories together rather than just flying past them.

Cost factor - besides the hefty costs that come with purchasing plane tickets for every family member, restaurant or motel charges can make a family trip quite costly. Purchasing an RV therefore makes sense in whichever aspect you choose to look at it from. They are called motorhomes for a reason; it is a home away from home. Owning RV's enables families to take naps at their pleasure, as well as unlimited access to food or amenities. According to various researches and studies, RVing remains the least expensive form of vacation.

Freedom and peace of mind -  It is common to find pissed customers at the airport, perturbed by the loss of luggage. You get peace of mind, knowing that your luggage is safely tucked away in neatly organized closets and shelves. However, when all is said, there is only one main reason why people choose to travel via RVs and that is because they get to go wherever they want, when they want.

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