posted by markhixson @ 2:34pm, Friday 18 November 2016.
Owning an RV gives you the freedom to roam the countryís roads for days, weeks, or even months at a time. But with that freedom comes a serious responsibility. Driving for extended periods of time can cause driver fatigue, creating a potentially dangerous situation for the driver, passengers, and everyone else on the road.
According to the National Safety Council, a staggering 37% of drivers have nodded off at the wheel at least once since receiving their driverís license.
Whether youíre cruising along in an Airstream Interstate van or a Jayco Eagle Premier camper, or towing a Fifth Wheel trailer, the struggle to stay awake will be the same. Hereís what you can do:
- Get a good nightís sleep
Adults typically need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. The duration of your sleep isnít the only important factor, however. The quality of your slumber is just as important as the quantity, so if your sleep is frequently being interrupted, you are more likely to experience fatigue during the day.
- Donít delay
Avoid starting a long drive late in the day, particularly at night. Driving in the dark can cause driver hypnosis. The sunlight and commotion of daytime traffic will provide more stimulation for the mind, helping you fight off driver fatigue even on the longer legs of the trip.
- Create an invigorating environment
Adjust the environment in your car to help you stay alert. This means keeping the temperature cool, listening to upbeat music, and encouraging passengers to converse with you to keep your mind active. Fortunately, most Airstream recreational vehicles are equipped with air conditioning systems.
- Donít get too comfy
Itís easy to disconnect from your body while youíre driving. You slump down into the seat, switch on cruise control, and let your muscle memory take care of the rest. Doing this, however, makes your reaction time slower and gives your mind the opportunity to wander. Instead, sit up straight and keep both hands on the wheel.
- Take a break.Get out and stretch your legs at a rest stop every two hours or so. Fresh air, a snack, and a little light exercise should help you energize and break up the monotony.
posted by markhixson @ 9:30am, Friday 4 November 2016.
>With more than 16,000 public and privately owned campgrounds across the U.S., RV owners are free to roam Americaís roads for a weekend or even months at a time. If youíre going to be on the road for that long, you couldn't possibly dream of leaving your beloved furry friend at home.
The great thing about traveling by RV is that thereís room for every member of your family, including your pets. Before you head out with your four-legged friend, however, make sure you are fully prepared for the journey with these important tips.
Four Tips for RVing With Your Dog
- Pay a visit to the vet ahead of time.
Always make sure that your pet is healthy enough to travel. Your vet can also warn you of any issues that may come up during your travels, such as flea and tick concerns if you are camping in the woods. Before heading out, get your pup up to date on all vaccines.
- Plan your schedule with your petís needs in mind.
Your dog likely has a pretty regular routine in terms of feeding, walking, and relieving himself. Itís always best to keep your pet on that same schedule as best you can. Deviations could cause agitation and digestive issues. So, as you travel along, make sure you are stopping to feed him and let him out around his normal times.
- Pack carefully for your pet.
Make sure you have all the right camper accessories to accommodate your furry friend. While packing, make sure you have enough food, water, and treats as well as a couple bowls. Donít forget toys and bedding, a leash, and a first aid kit for your pet. Additionally, make sure you have all the cleaning supplies youíll need to pick up after him.
- Have fun!
Most importantly, have a great time and bond with your pup as much as you can. Play outside and show him as much love as you normally would at home.
posted by markhixson @ 4:06pm, Wednesday 28 September 2016.
Itís easy to get caught up in your fantasies of all the good times youíre going to have cruising the countryside in your new RV. But if you want to get a good deal on a used RV, you canít be impulsive. Before running out to the RV superstore and buying the first motorhome you see, take some time and consider these three RV buying tips.
posted by markhixson @ 11:51am, Monday 22 August 2016.
With more than 16,000 public and private campgrounds nationwide, RV owners are free to roam Americaís roads for a weekend or even months at a time. The length of your typical trip may play a part in determining the type of RV you purchase. Other factors will include the size of the group youíre traveling with, the amount of luggage youíre bringing along, and the kind of car you normally drive.
There are two main categories of RVs Ė motorhomes and towables. Towables are campers that are attached to the back of the family car, van, or pickup truck, and this is the category we're going to explore in detail today.
Towables come in three primary styles, all of which have their own unique advantages and challenges. So before you head to an RV superstore for the recreational vehicle of your dreams, here's what any interested buyer needs to know about the best towables available today.
Fifth Wheel Campers
If youíre heading out on a long trip, or if youíre a notorious over-packer, you will love fifth wheel models. These trailers provide extra storage space in the raised level that rests on top of the flatbed. Because they are generally the largest kind of camper, towing a fifth wheel trailer requires a heavy duty towing capacity vehicle.
Verdict: For truck lovers and serious travelers, this is the obvious choice.
Pop Up Camper Trailers
These folding camper trailers are small, lightweight, and tend to be the most affordable. They are easy to tow and they take up very little space when theyíre not in use. Of course, they need to be set up and broken down, so it takes a little more time and effort to hit the road in a pop up camper trailer. You can bet itís worth it, though!
Verdict: If you love to go camping on weekends, this trailer might be the excuse you need to hit the trail more often.
Travel trailers are incredibly diverse, versatile, and totally timeless. One of the more well-known brands is the Airstream, which varies in size from the compact ďSportĒ to the roomier ďLand Yacht.Ē Every type of travel trailer has its own unique features, but all are great for hitting the open road.
Verdict: If you take long road trips but don't want to buy a truck, then travel trailers are a popular choice.
RVIA estimates that there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts nationwide, including RV renters. Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to the type of camper they enjoy traveling in. To find out what type of recreational vehicle is right for you, check out the selection at your local RV superstore.