2014 Winnebago Era Review

2014 Winnebago Era

While Class B motor homes have limited space, they are typically the least expensive motor homes, can be used as a second vehicle, and can easily fit into smaller camping spaces as well as your driveway.

If this sounds like what you’re looking for, check out the 2014 Winnebago Era Class B motor home at a local RV dealership like PleasureLand RV. You’ll get quality features in this motor home including Corian countertop, Ultraleather cab seats, and LED lighting, all in an incredibly fuel-efficient RV that costs around $100,000 MSRP.

Interior

With the 2014 Era, you’ll have your choice of three different decor options and either cafe, aosta, or sunset cherry cabinetry. The cab seats swivel around to the pedestal table, and on the other side you’ll have either two more removable swiveling chairs or a sofa. The kitchen has a two-burner range, microwave, fridge, and stainless steel sink. A 22″ LCD HDTV sits conveniently on the end of the kitchen counter.

2014 Winnebago Era Interior

The bathroom features a shower with tub surround and cabinet in addition to the toilet, and the bedroom has a 22″ TV and either Flex Bed twin beds that can convert into a queen bed or a sofa bed with shirt closet nearby, depending on the floor plan. Heating and cooling is taken care of with a 16K BTU furnace and 13.5K BTU air conditioner powered by the Onan Microquiet generator that generates 2,500 watts.

Exterior

The engine in the Era is 3.0L Mercedes Benz turbo-diesel with 188 horsepower. On the outside, there’s a power awning, porch light, and speaker system. Three exterior paint options (silver, jet black, or white) make for a sleek, attractive exterior.

Options

You can add stylized aluminum wheels and rocker panel trim on the outside, and upgrade the 6″ color screen with rear camera to an Infotainment Center with GPS and a CD/DVD player.

With all the lakes and wilderness areas in and around Minnesota, an RV like the 2014 Winnebago Era can get you to your destination in comfort whether you’re heading to Lake Superior, Chippewa National Forest, or another great outdoor location.

2014 Class C Motorhome Thor Siesta

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The 2014 Class C Motorhome Thor Siesta has arrived. This motor home features all the amenities that you and your family need to have a comfortable life in your home on the road.

With a full bathroom, kitchen and plenty of sleeping room your and your family won’t feel cramped or crowded in you home away from home. A full bathroom complete with shower, toilet and sink, means that everyone can do there daily bathing in private. No more gross, disgusting camp bathrooms. No more washing your hair over the sink. No quick bathing at the lake or stream.

The full kitchen, which includes a solid tops stove, microwave, sink and cabinet space means you and your family can enjoy high quality home cooked meals in your own kitchen. You don’t have to waste money on roadside diners or have quick unhealthy meals at fast food joints. The quality of your meals and your time will improve on your vacation when your family has the opportunity to sit down to a healthy, home cooked meal. And with out all the distractions of work, school, and extra curricular activities, you will have the opportunity to really enjoy it.

Theres plenty of seating and sleeping space for everyone. There is a queen size bed in the back, which is comfortable and relaxing for those long trips away from home. There is even an extra loft space for extra guests. The couch in the living room area, provides comfortable seating during the day, and can double as extra sleeping space at night.

There’s plenty of other amenities in this state of the art RV as well, including an LCD tv in the bedroom for all your entertainment needs. There’s also an attic fan to keep you cool and comfortable on those hot, sweaty summer days.

If you are looking for a new RV for your next road trip, the 2014 Class C Motorhome Thor Siesta from Pleasureland RV is just the one for you.

Simple Tips For Organizing Every Part Of Your RV

Staying organized in your Minnesota RV requires just a few pieces of specialized equipment. You don’t have to invest in expensive custom storage solutions when you tackle each part of the RV with an organizing plan.

Kitchen and Living Area

  • Use your microwave and oven as extra cabinets when you’re moving. Boxes of cereal or airtight containers full of rice can easily slip into these appliances when they’re not in use.
  • Invest in a big roll of non-stick shelf liners. These liners will keep dishes from slipping out when you’re driving, but they can also be used between plates and bowls to keep a stack from tipping over.
  • Invest in multi-purpose appliances to save space.
  • Hanging wire baskets or suspended shelves under the upper cabinets to hold cookbooks or other relatively flat items.

Bedroom and Bathroom

  • Use the walls of the bathroom and shower stall to expand storage for hair care products and other small items. A plastic shoe hanger with suction cups can hold half a dozen different shampoos and conditioners without cluttering up shelves and countertops.
  • Expand your closet with extra rods or collapsing clothes hangers that allow you to store six or seven items in the space of one. Store any clothing you don’t use at least once a week in a sealed bag in your exterior storage area.
  • Stick with collapsible laundry baskets and hampers. They fold up into a tiny, flat disc when you don’t need them.
  • Cut down on personal items that aren’t useful. If you’re only on a short trip, leave extra blankets or your curling iron at home and focus on your vacation instead. Full-time RV residents can open a small storage unit near their favorite home base to keep heirlooms and other items they can’t carry with them.

Exterior Storage

  • Pack blankets, clothing, and other soft items into large plastic bags and suck out the air with a simple vacuum tool to save space while protecting the items from dirt and insects. Pillows and other puffy items can shrink tremendously when vacuum packed.
  • Divide the storage area into sections with spring-loaded dividers if it’s simply one large compartment. You need to keep your tools for repairing the RV separate from clothing and gifts for your family, unless you want grease and dirt on them.

Many of our models at our Minnesota RV dealership feature extra built-in storage options. Come tour our best models to find one that fits the needs of you and your family when on the road.

What Minneapolis RV Owners Should Know About Cell Phones and Filling Stations

Hey Minnesota RVers, have you seen the signs at filling station near the gas pumps that tell you not to use your cell phone while pumping gas? Recently I received an e-mail from a friend stating the dangers of cell phone use while filling up.

Safety Alert! There are several reasons why cell phones aren’t allowed in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage areas, or propane, gas and diesel refueling areas. For one, they can ignite fuel or fumes. Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition. Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc. In fact, mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around several other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust including solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc. The following is an e-mail I received stating the rules of being safe at the pump and some interesting facts about a study done regarding incidents where fires resulted in not following proper refueling etiquette.

 

To sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:

  1. Turn off engine.
  2. Don’t smoke.
  3. Don’t use your cell phone – leave it inside the
    vehicle or turn it off.
  4. Don’t re-enter your vehicle during fueling .

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of ‘static electricity’ at gas pumps.  His company researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising.

  1. Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
  2. Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static.
  3. Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
  4. Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
  5. Don’t ever use cell phones when pumping gas.
  6. It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.
  7. There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
  8. Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas. If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out.  This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.

Have you heard any additional information regarding the dangers of cell phones and gas pumps? We’d love to learn more about it!

Zap the Sap on Your RV Minnesota

During the summer months, the inside of your RV can get really hot. Even on a mild day of 80 degree weather, the inside of your RV can rise to over 100 degrees in just a half hour! There’s really no way around the heat, and you probably looked for any shaded area including trees to park under and try and combat it. The only problem with parking under those wooded areas (especially on a campground) is that your RV could become covered in sticky and relentless tree sap. Recently I noticed tree sap on the hood of my RV and I decided to give her a good washing to clean it off. Initially I thought it wouldn’t be too difficult and just required a little extra scrubbing. Boy was I mistaken. Normal washing techniques and car wash product just won’t do the trick. After doing some research about tree sap removal while trying to find the best product and method for the job, I found a few different ways that work well in order to zap the sap.

  • Bug and Tar Remover – Follow the directions and this should do the trick for most sticky sap situations, just takes some extra elbow grease.
  • Rain-X – This window cleaner works well by simply using a cloth and wiping it off.
  • Mineral Spirit – Wet a cloth with this product and rub in a circular motion.
  • Ice – Because the sap can be gooey and sticky, using ice to harden it can help you to simply chip it away.

With any method you choose to use to clean the tree sap off your RV, be sure to always read the directions carefully and try a test spot (like on the top of your RV) to make sure the product or method you use doesn’t harm your paint. If you know of any other remedies to rid your RV of tree sap, let us know!

RV ABCs: Class B Motorhome

Purchasing or renting an RV is a big decision, and it’s important that you fully understand the different types of classes of RVs. Last week, we talked about the advantages and disadvantages of Class A motorhomes. Maybe this was the type of RV for you, maybe it wasn’t! But as I’ve said before, there are so many types of RVs to choose from, and it’s important that you pick the one that is best suited for your lifestyle.

To recap, Class A motorhomes are the home-away-from-home, luxurious and large vehicles with top-of-the-line amenities. The major downfall though is the terrible fuel economy. Click here to read more about Class A motorhomes.

Today, let’s switch gears from the largest of the classes to the smallest. Class B RVs use a cargo ban as their base.  Storing these vehicles is much easier than a Class A and the difference in gas mileage is staggering. Let’s break down the advantages and disadvantages of this class.

Class B Motorhomes 

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Advantages:

  • Many Class B RVs will fit right into a standard garage.
  • They make a great second family vehicle and the mileage will be quite a bit better than with Class A and Class C motorhomes.
  • Parking won’t be much of an issue since the typical Class B RV can fit into a mall parking spot.

Disadvantages:

  • You can forget the master bedroom. Most will have sleeping quarters provided by dropping a table or folding a couch. With the planned occupancy being comfortable for 2, even the ones that claim to sleep 4 will be cramped.
  • Many Class B RVs have such small interiors that if you turn around real fast, you’ll bump into yourself.
  • Everything is small in a Class B RV. Space is limited, so things like bathrooms and showers are squeezed into tight corners.
  • For entertainment, you might have a 9-inch TV and a car radio for a stereo. Life can be cozy for 2, any more than that and you’ll be tripping over each other. 

This RV class is perfect if you are looking for weekend get-a-ways or short road trips. Still undecided? Stick around. Next week, we’ll dive into a Class C.