5 Ways to Fight Driver Fatigue on Long Road Trips

posted by markhixson @ 2:34pm, Friday 18 November 2016.

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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:
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
A recent survey revealed that for a family of four, traveling by RV can save between 23% and 59% on vacation costs.

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4 Tips for Taking Your Dog on an RV Trip

posted by markhixson @ 9:30am, Friday 4 November 2016.

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>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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
Jayco Eagle Premier Fifth Wheel travel trailers, London Aire RVs, and Airstream interstate vans have plenty of space for your pet to accompany you comfortably on your trip. Just make sure you have all the right camper accessories to keep them healthy and happy and to keep your vehicle clean and sanitary.

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3 Tips to Help You Get a Great Deal on a Used RV

posted by markhixson @ 4:06pm, Wednesday 28 September 2016.

rv superstoreItís 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.

  1. Know what youíre looking for. If youíre new to the RV game, you might just assume that all RVs are the same. What you need to do first is conduct some research; find out which type of vehicle truly matches both your budget and your traveling needs.

    First of all, there are two primary categories of RVs -- motorhomes and towables. Like their name suggests, towables are hitched to the back of a car, van, or truck. Motorhomes, on the other hand, are free-standing vehicles. To determine what type of vehicle is right for you, consider the kind of traveling you plan to do. For longer trips, you may want to consider fifth wheel campers, because they are typically pretty large and have the capacity to store a lot of luggage. If youíre more of a weekend camper, you would want to go with a pop up camper trailer that's small, lightweight, and easy to store when not in use. Also, remember that some RVs come with additional camper accessories that may be useful to you.

  2. Check the vehicleís history. When you purchase a used vehicle, youíre getting the RV and its history. You have the right to know if it has ever been damaged, rebuilt, stolen, or modified, because what itís gone through in the past may affect how it runs in the future. The dealer or RV superstore should be able to provide you with this information. If they cannot, you can purchase history reports on used camper trailers at places like rvchecks.com. You just need to know the 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN).

  3. Ask the dealer. In addition to finding out about the RVís history, you should also ask about its current condition. The untrained eye may not be able to see the kinds of damage or wear and tear that would lower a vehicleís value. Like you would with any other type of vehicle, make sure you test drive a few used camper trailers from the RV superstore before making a final decision.
In the U.S. alone, there are more than 12,000 RV-related businesses, with combined annual revenues of more than $37.5 billion. Not only that, but the RV industry employs more than a quarter million Americans nationwide, not to mention all the people who love the RV lifestyle. It is a large industry with a large population of passionate consumers. If you need help finding a good deal on a used RV, then remember that there are many resources out there for you to consult.

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Which of These 3 Camper Trailers Will You Choose?

posted by markhixson @ 11:51am, Monday 22 August 2016.

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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

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.

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