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Traveling this Holiday Season? Preparation and Planning Tips

Whether your Have travel plans this holiday season? Or plans to go somewhere this winter? If it’s somewhere you’ve never been, or it’s been a long time, then you’ll need to prepare for your trip ahead of time so that you arrive to your final destination without incident.

Follow these few simple tips as you plan your routes and make your way to your destination.

Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Rig

Whether your rig is your permanent residence or your getaway vehicle, being on the road should not stop you from enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Even though your appliances are likely smaller than those you’d use in a fixed home, they still have the capacity to cook the holiday feast your family has grown accustomed to enjoying this time of year.

The biggest constraint you’ll likely encounter will be that of space, or the lack thereof. But with good time management and solid preparation, your Thanksgiving meal should go off without a hitch!

RV Safety: Driving in Windy Weather

“…And every man knew, as the captain did too, ‘Twas the witch of November come stealin’…” goes the infamous Gordon Lightfoot tune about the freighter, the Edmund Fitzgerald. The storms and winds that overtake the Great Lakes in the fall months have been the cause of tragedy, but tragedies are rare, thankfully. Still, it’s a well-known fact -- and evident by the Great Lakes frothing with whitecaps -- that autumn and winter cause some very blustery weather. And if that wind is evident on the water, its strength is also felt on land.  

The large and typically boxy appearance of our RVs can be precarious when the wind gets high, especially if you’re traveling on the road. Even teardrop travel trailers with their curved design, and expandable travel trailers with their lower center of gravity, can still cause a white-knuckled ride in a fight with the wind.

It's Time to Winterize the RV - 10 Tips

The days of October are getting shorter and cooler, and Jack Frost may or may not have already made his first annual appearance (In Michigan, that’s a pretty safe bet.). Many RV campgrounds have closed for the season, while others have discounted late season rates and even winter camping availability. But if you’re a seasonal camper, the time has come to pack away the RV. 

It’s important to winterize your RV properly as well as employ some preventative measures. Don’t take the easy way when it comes to winterizing your RV. Doing things properly in the fall will help ensure that it’s in good operating condition and ready to travel when the season comes around again.

5 Must-Haves for Your RV

Whether full-timers, weekend wanderers, or something in-between, we all enjoy the small luxuries and comforts provided by the traditional homes we’ve left behind. And just because we’re on four wheels doesn’t mean we need to abandon amenities we’re accustomed to.

With these five new additions to your coach, you’ll find the full-time lifestyle that much more tangible – if you haven’t converted already!

Sleeping Comfortably in Your RV

If you’re a full-timer or even a seasonal RVer, you understand how important it is to have a comfortable bed to sleep on come nightfall. This is your home, or your home away from home, for many weeks or months at a time, and the days just aren’t the same if you wake up sore, or tired from waking frequently during the night… all because of your mattress.

Standard RV mattresses that come with your rig have come a long way, but they are still limited compared to the plethora of options for residential home mattresses. The padding in RV mattresses is usually thin, the materials on the low-end. This depends on the type of RV you choose to buy, however: Occasionally used travel trailers typically have thinner, lower quality mattresses than Class A motorhomes designed for extended living.

Fire Safety and Prevention in Your RV

This week is Fire Prevention Week, which has been observed since 1922 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that ravaged the Windy City in 1871.
A fire in your RV – while obviously bringing with it tremendous risk of injury or death – can also be devastating financially.

Though most information is focused on how to be safe and prepared in the event of a fire in your home, those same practices are necessary for preventing fires in your RV – and there are many practices that are unique to RV coaches. Know the facts so that you, your family, and your RV can enjoy camping without experiencing a fire, and to be prepared in case one does break out.

So You’re Thinking About A Camper Van: Pros and Cons

When we mention camper vans, considered Class B motorhomes, the image that might come to mind is an olive colored VW van with flower power.

But camper vans come in a variety of colors, appearances, sizes, amenities, and floor plans. It seems a lot of people prefer them, too. Class B’s have built-in sleeping, eating, and bathroom amenities at a very condensed scale. According to an article by the Elkhart Truth, shipments of Class B motorhomes were up 35 percent in October 2014 compared to a year before.

But before you buy a new or used Class B motorhome, it’s important to know what you’re looking for, what amenities you’re willing to compromise on, and how much you’re willing to spend.

Going to An RV Show: 7 Best Tips

Think of an RV show as the “ultimate hands-on comparison shopping” experience – and the chance to learn more about all that the RV life can offer.

Some RV shows can be quite expansive, with hundreds of models on the floor plus dozens of other exhibitors. These shows can make it difficult to see everything in one day -- there’s so much that it can make your head spin. Even smaller shows with a couple hundred models are enough to keep any camper and potential buyer busy. To ensure that you get the most out of your time at an RV show, follow these few simple tips...

RV Tires: Durability and Life

Our recreation vehicles are composed of a complex, engineered arrangement of parts that all together are comprised of substantial weight and size. But sometimes those parts don’t work together harmoniously, or something in particular goes awry.

The tires that get our RVs from Point A to Point B to Point C and so forth are essential for us to enjoy our RV lifestyle – and essential for you and your family’s safety on the road. They’re expensive, but they are a necessary part of your RV to monitor and replace as necessary. And sometimes, tires can age prematurely. So how can you help extend the life of your RV tires?

Choosing the Best Travel Trailer: Things to Consider

A towable, also commonly referred to as a travel trailer, is any recreation vehicle that can be pulled behind your van, SUV, or truck. It’s an exciting moment when you’re ready to purchase one. Maybe you're ready to upgrade. Maybe this is your first-ever purchase. But how do you choose the right model for you? Here are some things to keep in mind as you explore – and before you make your final purchase.

5 Reasons to Go RVing as a Family

RV camping offers families a special opportunity to grow and bond closer together, plus there are health benefits to getting away from it all and spending some time outdoors.

Places to Visit in Michigan

Families have enjoyed exploring its natural beauty for generations, especially by camping. But there are also attractions and places worth visiting that are not of the outdoors – museums, botanical gardens, lighthouses, and more that make for an enlightening, educational, and memorable trip. If you still have time this year, these are the spots to go.

RV business anticipates continued growth in 2015

Gas prices have leveled-off and sales of recreation vehicles (RV) are climbing.

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), projected national sales for recreation vehicles in 2014 were 348,000—nearly 14,000 of which came to Michigan. Michigan is the 3rd top destination for new RV deliveries, behind Texas and California.

RVs aren’t just for camping

Instead of recreation vehicle, perhaps RV should stand for recreation versatility. Camping is just one family pastime to partake in a RV, but there are many more uses for Americans’ favorite home away from home:

Is the full-time RV lifestyle right for you?

There are many factors to take into account when deciding what type of recreation vehicle is going be right for you. Motorized or towable? Class A or Class C? Folding camper or travel trailer? With so many options, how do you know which type of RV is going to be the right one? Some experience RV travel for the first time by renting one. Many RV dealers offer rental options, allowing you the opportunity to try-before-you-buy.

Tips for first-time RV buyers

Deciding to buy, and ultimately own an RV can be an exciting moment in your life There are many things to keep in mind when researching an RV and knowing as much as you can about RVs can make your final decision much easier.

RV and camping facts and stats

There are approximately 10 million American households that own an RV—up from 7.9 million in 2005. Here are some additional facts and statistics:

FAQs about Recreation Vehicles (RVs)

Answers to many questions you may have about selecting, purchasing and enjoying your recreation vehicles (RV).

Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC)
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