RV Tips & Tricks

RV Trader Tips & Tricks is a new educational series designed to help the RV enthusiast! Our goal is to inform you - the RV researcher, buyer, or seller - on anything and everything RV to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best decisions while RVing! The RV lifestyle is an enjoyable experience and we want all RV'ers to feel educated and prepared for what may come your way.

Check out great tips and information below, even some videos from Mark Polk at RV Education 101 on selecting types of RVs, floorplans and more. For more Tips & Tricks, sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep you informed and up-to-date on ideas and suggestions to save you time and money while RV'ing.

 

October 2, 2014

Winterizing Your RV

Some folks use their RV year-round, while others put the RV in storage for the winter months.  If you are part of the latter group, it is important that you store the RV properly so it will be ready to go camping again next spring.  Most folks refer to this process as "winterizing the RV".  When I hear the term "winterizing", the first thought that comes to mind is to protect the RV water system from potential damage caused by exposure to freezing temperatures.  Frozen and damaged water lines are, in fact the most common problem related to not winterizing your RV, or not properly winterizing your RV; but there is more to winterizing your RV than just protecting the water system from freezing.  Today I want to offer some tips for preparing for the RV interior, exterior and the chassis for cold winter storage.

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September 8, 2014

RV Tailgating 101

Most tailgaters know the major benefits of going tailgating with an RV, such as having their own restroom and comforts of home, like a microwave or TV. But one of the lesser known perks of RV tailgating is the amount of storage an RV provides.  It’s not your daily use vehicle, so it can be packed and ready to go days in advance.

RV's are also ideal for tailgating during unpredictable weather. They have large patio awnings so you don’t have to be inside when it rains. If you want to be inside, however, you won’t be cramped with the
multiple slide-outs that many RV’s offer, greatly increasing elbow room and expanding living space.

 

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August 12, 2014

Beat the Summer Heat in Your RV

Summer is for camping. But when the mercury starts to rise, you want to make sure you and your RV are ready for the heat. With a little preventative maintenance and a few hot weather camping tricks, you’ll be ready for those dog days of summer in no time!

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July 14, 2014

Top RV Destinations in North America

Click here to see The Democratic Travelers' favorite RV destinations in North America.

 

April 2, 2014

How-To De-Winterize Your RV

 

When we winterize our RV, we prepare it to withstand cold winter conditions. The term “winterizing” conjures up thoughts of protecting the RV plumbing system from freezing; but “winterizing” also deals with preparing the RV’s interior, exterior and chassis from damage by cold winter conditions. So, it is safe to say when we “de-winterize” our RV, we essentially reverse the steps and prepare the RV for another great camping season.

 

With that said, let’s concentrate on some of the most important steps in de-winterizing your RV and preparing it for another camping season.

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March 10, 2014

Tips for Organizing Your RV

When your home is 200 square feet, a well-organized RV is the difference between a blissful living space and pig sty on wheels. Organizing our small space is an ongoing project, but these are some of my favorite tips and organization solutions that make my life easier.

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December 3, 2013

Holiday Cheer for the RV Enthusiast

With the holiday season ramping up, I thought this would be a great time to discuss some gift ideas for the RV owner and talk about how you can personalize and accessorize your RV with a few really cool RV products.

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Other resources from RV Education 101 may be found here:

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Introduction to RV's DVD

RV Winterizing and Storing 101 DVD

RV Care and Maintenance DVD

RV Campground Basics DVD

 

November 5, 2013

RV101®  RV Winter Storage Tips

Some folks use their RV year-round while others put the RV in storage for the winter months. If you are part of the latter group, it is important that you store the RV properly so it will be ready to go camping again next spring.  Most folks refer to this process as “winterizing the RV”. When I hear the term “winterizing” the first thought that comes to mind is to protect the RV water system from potential damage caused by exposure to freezing temperatures. Frozen and damaged water lines are in fact, the most common problem related to not winterizing your RV or not properly winterizing your RV; but there is more to winterizing your RV than just protecting the water system from freezing.  Today I want to offer some tips for preparing the RV interior, exterior and the chassis for cold winter storage.

To read more about this topic, click here

Other resources for winterizing your RV may be found here:

Winterizing and Storing your RV E-Download

RV Winterizing and Storing 101 DVD

Winterizing and Storing your RV E-Book Kindle Format

Winterizing and Storing Your RV E-Book PDF

 

October 11, 2013

My First RV Adventure

We have been educating RV owners and RV enthusiasts on how to safely and properly use and maintain RVs for over 15 years. When I look back at my first RV trip as a teenager, I realize just how much I could have used some RV education myself.

Here is the story of my first real RV adventure.

When I was sixteen years old I got a job working for an RV dealership in North Central Pennsylvania. I washed the campers on the lot and eventually worked to the position of an apprentice RV technician. I was always mechanically inclined and interested in how things worked; since age twelve when I disassembled our perfectly good lawn mower to see how it worked, to age sixteen when I rebuilt my first VW engine.

It was close to Thanksgiving and deer hunting season was quickly approaching, which in North Central Pennsylvania is very similar to a Federal holiday. I asked my boss if I could borrow an old travel trailer to use for a deer hunting trip and to my surprise, he actually said “yes”.

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Other resources for buying an RV may be found here:

RV Buyers Survival Guide - E-Book

RV Buyers Survival Guide - Printed Book

Insiders Guide to Buying an RV - E-Book

Insiders Guide to Buying an RV - Printed Book

RV 101 Buying Tips by RV Education 101®

An Introduction to RV's DVD

 

September 4, 2013

FALL in Love with Your RV

Fall has always been my favorite season for camping trips in the RV. You can turn the air conditioner off, open the windows and enjoy a cool breeze. The weather is perfect for getting outside and enjoying what nature has to offer. When I was a kid I remember my grandmother loading us up in the car and heading into the Pennsylvania hills to enjoy the spectacular changing colors of leaves on the hardwood trees. Today we resurrect those childhood memories by getting in the RV and heading to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a fall weekend getaway.  It’s a great time for campfires too. There’s nothing like a cool fall evening with a campfire, hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick.

Before you take the RV on a fall camping trip, it’s a good idea to check the operation of the furnace. Chances are the furnace hasn’t been used since last fall or winter.

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August 8, 2013

Beat the Summer Heat in Your RV

The dog days of summer are here and that mean one thing, prime camping season is here too.  RVs can get extremely hot when the mercury starts to rise.  If you ever walked inside an RV that is sitting in the direct sunlight on a hot summer day, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  Summertime means fun in the sun, but to make you summer camping trips the best they can be, you need to prepare yourself and your RV to deal with the heat.

     

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July 3, 2013

Your RV is Your Home Away from Home 

What would you say if I told you I know the best kept secret for traveling in America? A safe, cost effective, hassle-free way to see more of this beautiful country we live in. You can travel at your own pace, and on your own schedule while building lasting memories with your family and friends. It sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?  Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of RVs and camping!

To read more about this topic, click here.

Other resources for buying an RV may be found here:

RV Buyers Survival Guide - E-Book

RV Buyers Survival Guide - Printed Book

Insiders Guide to Buying an RV - E-Book

Insiders Guide to Buying an RV - Printed Book

RV 101 Buying Tips by RV Education 101®

An Introduction to RV's DVD

 

June 5, 2013

RV Safety Tips - Carbon Monoxide

I am a big advocate for RV safety and a major safety concern is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide Gas is invisible, odorless, and deadly. Carbon Monoxide is created when any fuel is burned; this includes gasoline, propane, natural gas, wood, & coal. It is extremely serious when combustion by-products are not vented outside. Carbon Monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the United States each year. Let’s look at what we can do to prevent the danger of carbon monoxide in our RV.

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Other resources for RV Safety Tips may be found here:

RV Safety Features, Tips & Tricks DVD

RV Safety Features, Tips & Tricks E-Download

RV Safety Features, Tips & Tricks E-Book

 

April 22, 2013

RV How-To Tips: Sanitize your RV Water System by Mark Polk

Spring is here and it is time to get your RV out of storage and ready-to-go for your upcoming summer adventures!  Part of this process includes sanitizing you RV water system.  I sanitize our RV water system every spring when I take the RV out of storage and any time I notice an odor in the RV water system. It’s really quite simple to do.

If you follow these simple steps, you can rest assured that the fresh water system in your RV truly is fresh.

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Other resources for RV Maintenance may be found here:

RV Care & Maintenance DVD

RV Care & Maintenance Download

RV Care & Maintenance E-book

 

February 25, 2013

RV DRIVING, TOWING and BACKING TIPS by Mark Polk

Camping season means lots of folks will be out driving RVs and towing trailers. MBA insurance, a leading RV rental insurance company, recently informed us of the five most common insurance claims for RVs. These claims include hitting concrete islands at gas pumps, hitting obstacles when making right turns, hitting overhead obstructions, backing the RV into something and side swipe damage to the RV.

Today I would like to offer some RV driving tips and hints to help you avoid becoming a statistic in these top 5 RV insurance claims.

To read more about this topic, click here.

Other resources for Towing, Backing and Driving may be found here:

RV Driving DVD

RV Driving Download

5th Wheel Towing DVD

5th Wheel Towing Download

Trailer Towing DVD

Trailer Towing Download

 

February 22, 2013

TOP 5 "BUYING ON A BUDGET" TIPS! by Mark Polk

In this informative RV video Mark Polk with RV Education 101 offers his top 5 RV buying tips for buying on a budget.

 

January 30, 2013

FIND THE TYPE OF RV YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR! by Mark Polk

Mark Polk with RV Education 101 offers quick RV buying tips on how to select the right type of RV for you.

 

FIND THE FLOORPLAN THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU! by Mark Polk

Here, Mark also offers some great ideas on choosing the right floorplan to fit your needs.

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