Other Features to Consider with a New RV

On first observation of a new or used RV before we buy, we tend to focus our attention to such things as floor plan, room size, closet and space for storing, number of slides, appliances, entertainment and communications equipment, function of plumbing and electrical systems, heating and cooling capacity, etc.  Trust me, all of these things are very important when taking the steps to buy an RV.  But while these things are important, you need to make sure you focus on other aspects of the vehicle as well.   So when you’re shopping for an RV, don’t forget to check out these small but critical features:

  • Lie on the beds to see if they’re comfortable and long enough. RV manufacturers are forced sometimes to shorten the length of normal measurements in order to satisfy the amount of space they are dealing with. Take the case of the queen size RV bed.  While a normal queen is 80 inches long, in an RV, that same bed might be only 74-75 inches.  While you might not think thats a huge deal, if you happen to be over 6 feet tall, it certainly could cause problems.
  • Along with the bed size, make sure you are comfortable with the size of the couch. Couches may also be undersized to fit the compact space of an RV. If you enjoy stretching out on the couch to watch TV or perhaps a movie, this could be a problem.
  • It may also be wise to check out the dimensions of the shower inside the RV. If your elbows constantly bump the walls or you need to crouch down to get your head under the shower head, you’ll wish you’d chosen an RV with a larger shower. Same goes for the toilet.  It is important to test these areas out so you don’t run into problems after you have purchased your RV.

It doesn’t need to be overstated that comfort in these areas are really important.  What were the other things you looked for when you bought or were searching for an RV?  Leave a comment below and let us know!

Mark’s RV Garage Volume 1

I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to start my day without a nice hot shower followed by a nice breakfast.  Many modes of transportation and trip taking make these things difficult if not impossible without the security of a hotel room.   But that is why you have an RV, so you don’t have to worry about these things.  Along with this luxury comes great responsibility.  Maintenance of your RVs water heating system, while tedious at times, is imperative for its functionality and preservation.  In Mark Polk’s first edition of Mark’s RV Garage, he discusses this topic in depth. When the water system is not in use, it is necessary to drain the stagnant water in order to keep bacteria and other minerals from corroding your system.  In the episode, he uses a product called the Tank Saver in order to clean out the sediment from the system.  I stumbled across this video and wanted to share the tips he gives on maintenance of the system and how to avoid such problems.

Do you do your own regular maintenance or do you have a professional look at it?  Make sure to leave a comment below!

[Source: RV Videos]

Why Should You Buy a Motor Home?

 

In the United States, motor homes are well-liked leisure automobiles, evidenced by the fact many travelers partake in them across our great nation. Many motor home owners use their RVs to go camping and others use them to travel and discover the country.  With the increase in popularity recently, chances are you’ll be questioning whether or not you can purchase a motor home sometime in the near future.  If that is something you are considering, please read on.

If you enjoy traveling, especially touring the countryside, you may want to look into RVing.  Each year, a lot of individuals, namely retirees, choose to journey the country.  However, since it may be expensive to rent a house or stay in hotels all the time, many vacationers make the choice to purchase or rent their very own RVs to defray costs.  Motor homes are perfect for cross nation trips, as you not only have a mode of transportation with a RV but accommodations as well.

Another sign that you may want to think about shopping for a motor home is that you enjoy camping, however prefer to be sheltered from the elements at times. Tenting is a pleasant leisure activity, however sleeping in tents isn’t for everyone. Maybe you have a medical situation, or if you just don’t want to sleep on the ground while you go camping, you may want to consider shopping for a motor home.  Additionally, if you will be camping with a bunch of individuals, like your family, you may discover that a motor home is a nice, simple, convenient, and fun solution to go camping if traditional methods aren’t “your bag”.

When searching for either a new or used motor home, there are a couple different ways you can go about it.  You will want to check the automotive section of your local newspapers, as many motor home house owners choose to advertise in their motor properties close to home. You may additionally be able to discover a wealth of information on motor homes online.  But your best bet is to go in person and check them out to see how you would fit in the particular RV. Analyzing motor homes to check if they’ve had any part recalls or to see if the motor home selling value is a good value will help to make sure that your money is spent wisely.  Be thorough in your search as this is a big purchase and has many different aspects to each RV.  With the wealth of information out there, any novice can become well educated through these different channels.

With the costs of travel rising on a daily basis, it might be a good idea to look into it to see how it fit your lifestyle.  Have you shopped for or bought an RV recently?  Leave a comment below and tell us about your RV shopping experience!