posted by Brandon Esparza @ 4:04pm, Wednesday 4 November 2015.
Some live in their RVs year-round, taking on the world one mile at a time. While that would be the life, at least for an adventurous soul like myself, most of us only use our RVs during the warmer months to explore and enjoy our favorite corners of the world in comfort and style. For those of us that will be storing our rigs throughout the winter, it is very important to winterize the water system and prepare the other systems and the coach for storage. As we all know, an RV is a huge investment, and properly preparing it for winter storage is one of the best ways to ensure that youíll be able to enjoy your rig for many summers to come.
Before you start, you might want to print up this handy checklist to have on hand for the process.
First Things First
The very first thing you want to do is give your RV a very thorough cleaning, inside and out. Itís especially important to make sure all traces of food and food items are removed. Anything from a completely sealed bag of rice to a tiny pile of crumbs can attract pests that can damage your rig, and even canned food is safest in your home pantry through the winter, especially in extreme weather conditions.
Roof and Seals
While youíre cleaning the outside of your rig, take a moment to inspect your seals and your roof. Check to make sure all your seals are tightly in place and that there is no cracking or deterioration. If any seals are loose or cracked, itís best to repair them before you stow away your RV, as faulty seals can lead to mold and water damage that can be costly, and even completely destroy your home-away-from-home.
Clear your roof of all debris, as these can cause corrosion over time, and wash it with soap and water. A simple mop and broom will do most of the time. If you plan on using any sort of roof sealant, itís best to wait until it comes out of storage in the spring or summer, and make sure you use the right sealant for your roofing material. The best thing you can do to keep your roof in good shape is store it under a cover of some sort when not in use. Sun damage and harsh weather are enemies of your RVís roof, and protecting it is well worth the investment in the end.
The most daunting task is definitely flushing out your plumbing for winter, but itís not as bad as it sounds. The first thing you want to do is empty all of your holding tanks and dispose of their contents properly. Clean out your black and gray tanks and drain your water heater (if you have one.) The next step is to flush everything out using a water pump.Once all of the pipes are clear and empty, it is time to add the antifreeze. Keep in mind that if you have a water heater or any inline filters, they will need to be bypassed before the antifreeze is added. Youíll need to pressurize your system before hand, and once the anti-freeze is being distributed, start from the closest faucet and work your way back. Turn each one on until you see a little anti-freeze, flush the toilet until antifreeze appears, and also make sure to press the valve on your city water inlet until you see antifreeze. Lastly, pour a little antifreeze into each drain, and flush some down the toilet into the holding tanks. In the end, every RV is different, so itís best to refer to your ownerís manual for complete step-by-step information on how to winterize your specific model.
Gasoline has a shelf life of about a month, and stale gasoline can do serious damage or completely destroy your generator, so make sure that you run it dry before storing for long periods of time.
LP Gas System
Make sure that all of your propane appliances are in working order and that there arenít any leaks in any of the connections or fuel lines. If you suspect a leak, use the simple soapy water in a spray bottle method to find it, and make sure it gets repaired before storing for the winter. The last step is to fill up your tank and make sure all the lines are completely shut off.
If you have a motorhome, you will want to top off all your fluids before winter storage. If you top off your gas tank as well, use a fuel stabilizer and run it for a bit to make sure it gets distributed through your system. Have a mechanic check her out if you suspect any problems, but if not, a tune-up is probably best for when she comes out of storage and is gearing up for another summer of fun.
The last thing youíll want to do is unhook your batteries so they donít completely drain or corrode over the winter. If you ever plan on going more than a month without starting your rig, it is always best to unhook them. Make sure they are fully charged, unhook the cables negative side first, and clean any corrosion with a solution of two cups water and ľ cup baking soda. Remove them and store in a place where they wonít freeze.
We all love romping the outdoors in our RVs, and itís always a little sad to see them tucked away for the colder months. But when warmer weather comes, we want a minimal amount of maintenance and preparation to get them back on the road again, which is why itís so important to make sure you follow these steps.
posted by Brandon Esparza @ 4:49pm, Tuesday 24 March 2015.
Florida has a lot to offer visitors, and that includes an impressive array of parks in, around, and outside of The Everglades. There are many amazing parks that can be found throughout the state of Florida. Whether your taste is in National Parks or State Parks, you don't have to worry about finding some amazing places to visit with your RV.
Silver Palms RV Resort
The Silver Palms RV Resort is consistently one of the most popular RV Resorts in Florida and it is located in Lake Okeechobee. In fact they are less than half a mile from Eagle Bay and only a couple miles from Paradise Run Park. This gives quality location, the full range of convenience, and is right next to some of the largest parks and natural areas in all of Florida.
Coastline RV Resort
This one is located south of Tallahassee - in the Panhandle, and just off the Gulf of Mexico. This is another RV resort that gets very high ratings from a large number of visitors looking to check out Apalachicola National Forest. This location is right on the National park's southern front, and also right off the Gulf of Mexico, giving visitors plenty of options of what to do for days on end.
St. George Island State Park
There are multiple RV camps right by this state park, and they offer the full range of amenities to visitors who want to see up close the amazing ecosystem that Florida has developed over millions of years.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
The John Pennekamp State Park is located on famous and scenic Key Largo. This park is one of the most beloved in all of Florida, and it is one of the easiest ones to reach out of all the Florida Key Islands since it is one of the closest to the mainland.
If you want to check out the Florida Keys and some of their incredible state parks, but don't want to spend your entire vacation doing it, then stopping at John Pennekamp Reef Park at the RV campsite of the same name is the way to do it.
Long Pine Key Campground (NPS Campground)
The Long Pine Key Campground is an actual National Parks Service campground located right inn the Everglades, Florida's most famous National Park and one of the most famous National Parks in all of the United States.
This is a popular RV campground that might be a touch on the rustic side, but it puts you in the heart of the park in addition to offering power outlets and all the basic amenities you need to enjoy your time out in the wild.
There are literally hundreds of RV parks around the State Parks and National Parks in Florida, and anyone traveling shouldn't have any problem finding a good place to camp out no matter how long their trip might be.
These are just a few of the great RV camps available, but never be afraid to go out and explore your own!
posted by Brandon Esparza @ 10:03am, Friday 6 March 2015.
Traveling by recreational vehicle is becoming more common for people who want to maintain more control over their surroundings while on the road. While those staying in an RV do not need to worry about renting a motel room, there is still the need to hook up in a park when not on the go. Travelers in the state of Colorado have fantastic options while there.
Those who wish to connect with nature may want to visit the Roosevelt National Forest while journeying through Colorado. This rugged land offers plenty of challenges such as rock climbing and mountain biking for strong athletes. Many enjoy fishing or rafting in the La Poudre River.
Those who wish to spend time there should make arrangements at the Fort Collins/Poudre Canyon KOA. While close to the forest, travelers can enjoy full hookups and Wi-Fi from the campsite. Additionally, cable is included and a swimming pool is seasonally available.
Arkansas Point Campground is the ideal place for those who wish to enjoy the extensive shore of Lake Pueblo. The state park boasts 60 miles of shoreline and is open to a wide variety of water related activities. A low breeze runs across the water which is perfect for windsurfing and fishing throughout the year.
A wide selection of wildlife lives in the park, including owls and dam building beavers. Guests may encounter animals while hiking or biking through the trails. The campground is close to the southern boat ramp. It provides hook ups for guests and a dump station for those who have been traveling a while. Laundry facilities are available as well.
The second largest city in the Rocky Mountain state is Colorado Springs. For those who wish to enjoy the best of the city life and the amazing natural offerings nearby, staying at the Colorado Springs KOA is a fantastic idea. Many of the campsites have patios and grills. Within the park, there is a convenience store for guests to restock their supplies. Wi-fi and laundry facilities provide the opportunity for people to connect with others and get cleaned up for the next leg of their journey.
For camping throughout the year, Dakota Terraces Campground offers complete hookups for those who want to enjoy the Ridgway State Park. This site has a dump station and is near attractions such as the Ouray Hot Springs Pool.
Just 20 miles from Pagosa Springs, the Sportsman's Campground offers complete hook ups and several amenities. Guests can enjoy a fire pit or playground while their clothes are washing at the campground laundry. Television and Wi-fi access are also included. Plenty of waterfalls, camping trails and natural hot springs are nearby.
Staying in an RV makes traveling easier. Those who are traveling through the scenic state of Colorado can select any of these campgrounds to relax and enjoy the nearby attractions. Those who enjoy outdoor activities are sure to appreciate one or all of these destinations for their convenience and provisions.
posted by Brandon Esparza @ 10:57am, Wednesday 25 February 2015.
California lies along the majority of the Pacific Coast in the United States and is home to some of the most spectacular national parks. Guests traveling through the state should take the time to visit as much of the natural surroundings offered there. This list comprises some of the most interesting parks within the state though there are plenty more.
About 200 miles east of San Fransisco lies Yosemite National Park. There are ten campgrounds located in the park for guests, including accommodations for fifth wheels and travel trailers. Three Pines campgrounds provide options for guests in the upper, lower and northern areas. The entrance to the Upper Pines has a dump station. That area is open throughout the year while the lower and northern sites are closed for fall and summer.
Those camping at the Pines have a fire ring at their site and can use the bathrooms and drinking fountains. Picnic tables and food lockers are also provided. Wheelchair accessible sites are available and the Lower Pines has double campsites that can be reserved.
In the quiet town of Crescent City, travelers can hook up their RVs at the Redwoods RV Resort. There are so many things to enjoy in the area that tourists often spend several weeks exploring it all. The campground has a mascot, Woodrow Redtree and a mission to make certain everyone has a great time while there.
There is a store conveniently located on site so guests can restock their cupboards without going anywhere. Laundry facilities and hot showers are also available.
The Lassen Volcanic National Park is a top destination for those who appreciate natural beauty. The Hat Creek Resort and RV Park sits on the bank of Hat Creek and is only 11 miles from the park. This camping site is the perfect blend of nature and modern amenities. Full hook ups are available and guests may also opt for wi-fi and cable when registering. A laundry room, game room and volleyball court are among the other benefits guests can use.
Guests can fish the creek without ever leaving the park. However, there is plenty to do nearby, including golf and skiing.
The Sequoia National Park is one of the most famous parks in the country. Songs about the redwood trees express the awe people feel when viewing these incredible visions. The Three Rivers Hideaway is only three miles from the entrance and offers full services throughout the year.
Alternatively, the Sequoia Park KOA has pull through sites with fire rings and picnic tables. A dog park and playground are available and the site includes cable. Guests can purchase wi-fi, propane and snacks while staying there. The comfortable environment also has a swimming pool.
Traveling by RV through California is a great way to see the natural beauty that still exists in the national parks. Staying at these facilities allows guests the chance to recharge and refresh while enjoying the scenery and adventures the park offers.