Last year, Washington ranked in the top 5 for all states for boating fatalities. This is not a ranking we want to see repeated this summer! However, as temperatures skyrocket many head to the water for relief and refreshment. However, even when the temps skyrocket past 100, the water temperatures can remain quite frigid due to mountain run-off. In fact, many rivers will still have temps in the 40’s or 50’s (and sometimes colder!) right now. These temperatures can easily cause cold-water shock, which can lead to drowning.
Be Safe, Wear a Life Jacket
Even the most experienced boater and swimmer should wear a life jacket when out on the water. In particular, small craft such as kayaks, canoes and SUPs are the most vulnerable to capsizing suddenly. Sudden immersion in cold water [...]
You bought your RV because you wanted to be close to nature. However, there are some members of nature whom you would rather keep out of your home on wheels. With a few simple steps, you can protect your RV from an unwanted pest invasion. If you choose to ignore these steps, you will be ripe for some new house guests.
Mice LOVE campgrounds. There are many yummy incentives to keep them around. To keep them out of your RV, you are going to need to ensure they have no points of entry.
You will need to keep doors and windows closed at the campground. If you want them open for summer breezes, make sure you have installed screens with no gaps. A mouse only needs a dime sized hole to [...]
Many people enjoy taking their dogs or cats on the road with them. Fortunately, most RV parks and government campgrounds allow you to bring your pets (although some will require an extra charge for your pet). However, there are some guidelines and suggestions to follow to make sure you and your pet have a good trip – not to mention those sharing the campground with you. To ensure that pets continue to be allowed in campgrounds, it’s important to practice good pet etiquette.
Preparing to travel
When you are preparing to travel with your pet, there are a few things to get in order.
You will want to carry a valid rabies vaccination certificate with you. Many campgrounds require it. If you are traveling to Canada or [...]
One positive result of the pandemic is an increase in RV travel. RVs – whether purchased or rented – are in high demand. With this increase in demand, there are multiple outlets from which you can rent your RV. These companies streamline the process, even providing insurance to give you peace of mind. If you’re considering renting out your RV, check out the top 5 pros.
Pro #1: Maintenance Motivation
A used RV is a maintained RV; an unused RV is often an un-maintained RV. If an RV sits in storage for a long time, pests can make their home, leaks can go unnoticed, and regular maintenance can be easily forgotten. However, if your RV is getting regular use you are more likely to [...]
2020 had its fair share of trial, but 2021 has a few trials reserved as well. One unpleasant one is an uncommonly bad tick season in north central Washington. If you’re preparing for late spring and early summer camping trips, it’s going to be imperative to know how to avoid ticks while camping.
#1: Dress correctly
Ticks can latch on to any exposed skin, so the goal is to cover as much skin as possible. Tuck your pant legs into your socks, and your shirt into your pants. Wear light colored clothing so ticks will be easily visible on your clothing. It is also wise to wear a hat – ticks love to burrow in along hairlines and on your scalp.
It is estimated that almost 50 million people will travel by RV this summer. As you plan for your trip and set your budget, you may want to consider investing in a new set of tires. There are many benefits to investing in a quality set of RV tires.
The Benefits of Quality Tires
If you invest in higher quality tires, there are several benefits:
Increased Safety: Your tires are directly correlated to your safety on the road. The tire tread and grip are critical for braking and adequate inflation helps you avoid a blowout. Once you invest in quality tires, you need to keep those tires serviced regularly for optimal safety while driving.
Greater Fuel Efficiency: All of us would like to save some money at the pump. Damaged or underinflated tires [...]
Are you dreaming of summer RV road trips already? Due to all the restrictions with COVID-19 in the past year, many have discovered the freedom and the wonder of an RV vacation. If you’re looking for the best routes for your summer getaway, there are many free resources that may come in handy. Most navigation apps have a car in mind, so it is helpful to use RV specific resources. Some of our favorites are listed below.
RV Trip Wizard
With RV Trip Wizard, you can find your ideal campground, plan out your entire road trip and calculate all your costs along the way, including fuel, fees, food and even fun.
Here are just a few benefits of RV Trip Wizard:
Multiple device friendly interface – you can use it on a desktop, tablet [...]
With spring right around the corner, you may be already dreaming of your first trip in your RV. However, before you get ready to pack your bags, it’s important to tackle a thorough cleaning of your RV. Check off our RV Spring Cleaning Checklist to get your rig ready for the wide open road. Does your RV need maintenance? Get it scheduled in our Service Department today!
Spring Cleaning Supplies
Before you slip on those rubber gloves, you’ll want to make sure you have all the needed supplies to clean your RV. Not sure where to find them? Stop by our shop for all your RV needs! We suggest the following:
With COVID restrictions, the traditional Valentine’s date at a nice restaurant it likely not possible this year. However, if you have an RV, you have the perfect setting for romance. This year, plan a romantic RV Valentine’s day. You can go super simple (just dinner in the RV) or up it with a little getaway. We’ve got the recipe for romance right here.
Setting the mood
Regardless of whether you get away to a romantic vista, or stay parked in your driveway, you’ll want to plan a romantic dinner. Set the mood with candles and those Christmas lights you’ve been meaning to put away. Sprinkle some real (or fake) flower petals. Add some cozy blankets and pillows for full relaxation. Getting out of your house even [...]
In this month of love, consider sprinkling a little on your RV as well. Your RV has given you countless memories over the many miles you’ve traveled together. However, if you’ve been adventuring together for awhile, chances are your RV needs a little bit of love. Check out these 6 ways to show your RV love – without breaking the bank. Your RV will be in tip top shape for many more adventures come summer.
#1 Paint – and then more paint
Many of the surfaces of your RV can benefit vastly from a coat of paint. You can paint cabinets, walls, furniture, and even floors and countertops. A fresh coat of pain can breathe a lot of life into the [...]