posted by markhixson @ 1:05pm, Thursday 26 January 2017.
If you're one of the 40.1 million Americans who went camping in 2013 and plan to go in years beyond, then you've probably invested in a folding camper trailer or a deluxe RV, like a full-blown London Aire RV. But there's more to RV camping than just the vehicle itself!
If you really want to get into the camping spirit, you need some camper accessories to jump start your adventuring. Here are some of the best camper accessories to invest in if you're planning on camping in the upcoming season!
Still want to use your phone or iPad in the great outdoors? Rather than depleting your RV battery or another generator, why not try a solar device charger? This way you can charge everything up in the sun and have enough battery life to last the night through. As solar panels become both more effective and cheaper, RV solar chargers are becoming some of the hottest accessories at RV parts stores around the country.
This is a fairly basic addition to your RV or camper, but relying on a phone GPS isn't always the best (or the safest) plan. Stand-alone GPS units can offer service where many phones can't, and they are generally a more reliable option when you're going off-grid.
Even if you're planning on staying relatively close to your campsite, walkie-talkies can be a great method of communication. Not only are they convenient, they can be fun for the whole family! For reasons best understood by your inner child, young kids love walkie-talkies. Not to mention, they're helpful tools in the effort to ditch smartphones during family camping trips.
French Press Coffee Maker
When it comes to camping, you won't always have the luxury of an electric coffee maker in your RV. A French press can create single or multiple cups of coffee without any electricity at all, plus they're way more eco-friendly than those single-serve coffee pods.
Mobile Wifi Hotspot
Not sure whether the plants near your campsite are poison ivy or not? Investing in a mobile WiFi hotspot can provide you with internet access to look up important things that you might not be able to recall from memory. It can make your camping experience easier than browsing through the RV superstore.
If you're a camping enthusiast, these RV accessories should definitely be on your shopping list. What are you waiting for? Visit an RV parts store near you and stock up before your next camping trip.
posted by markhixson @ 10:24am, Thursday 15 December 2016.
Here in the U.S., camping is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities. In fact, campground and RV park revenue totaled an estimated $5 billion as of 2013. While it may not be quite as common for RV lovers to get in their Airstream trailer models and go camping in the wintertime, it certainly can be done -- and you'll be sure to have a great time doing it.
For RV enthusiasts to get the most out of their new or vintage Airstream camper models in winter time, they need to have the right camper accessories and prepare adequately for anything that comes their way. Here are three tips that will allow you to enjoy camping in your Airstream models this winter:
- Protect the pipes
Unlike a house, RVs and Airstream trailer models have pipes that are exposed to the air. Therefore, it's a lot more likely that they'll freeze in cold temperatures. You should keep water tanks closed until it's time to dump them out; a constant trickle is more likely to freeze a pipe than one big stream of water. Wrap your water hose with heated electrical tape or pipe insulation. In case you run into trouble, have extra bottles of water on-hand for drinking, cooking, and toiletry use.
- Choose a good site
Ideally, you'll want to pick a spot that has sunlight exposure throughout the day but also has some kind of wind breakage. Make sure the front or rear -- not the sides -- is what faces the wind. Be sure to park away from trees to avoid shade. Not only will the sun exposure keep your pipes from freezing, but your RV will be less likely to experience damage from high winds.
- Winterize your Airstream recreational vehicle
While many people choose to winterize their RVs, not everyone does so. At the very least, fill your propane tanks and check levels regularly. Think about what you'll do in case of a power outage. Something as inconsequential as curtains can make a big difference when the temperatures drop. Keep them open during the day to bring in warmth but close them at night to keep that warmth inside. Take down or retract awnings, as they'll actually create shade and keep the sun from reaching your RV. And you'll probably want to remove any exterior decorations or features that could blow off or be damaged by winter weather.
Whether you need replacement parts for Airstream trailer models or are in the market for used campers for sale, we can help you enjoy the great outdoors this winter. To find out more, please contact us today!
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.