Minggu, 17 September 2017

Own a Hybrid RV and Help Stop Global Warming?

Would you buy a hybrid recreational vehicle to help our planet? Do you currently own an RV? What if there were Hydrogen Fuel Stations around, would you then? What if they made a Hybrid Gas-Electric would you partake? Would you pay extra for one? Does it make sense to you? How committed are you to our environment these days?

Well, we asked some RV folks at Starbucks today traveling down the highway and stopping in for a latte and then off they went. About half the people we talked to said if they were going to buy a motor home they would consider it. What about you?

As a futurist I always see things prior to their arrival and I see Hybrid RVs in the near future. I am not the only one who is discussing this issue, others see it too and there is demand ready and waiting. How can this be accomplished? Well some Recreational Vehicles are built on Truck Chassis and some on Bus Chassis and there are already both Hybrid Trucks and Hybrid Buses, so it will be within a year and we will see Hybrid RVs, you watch. Here is a discussion on this issue.

It is evident that we will be seeing Hybrid Motor Homes within a year or so and eventually you will see many and in five years it will be a notable percentage of those Recreational Vehicles built. So, I want you to consider this in 2006.

Kamis, 31 Agustus 2017

Lockable Water Supply RV Fillers Considered

If you own a Recreational Vehicle or motor home then often when dry camping you use your water tank water for showers, making ice cubes and drinking water. Your water supplies should be protected and therefore it makes sense to invest in a lockable water supply filler adapter. There are several types available and the ones with the little doors are the best. Plus if it is tampered with you will be able to tell that someone has messed with it.

Lockable water supply systems for Recreational Vehicles or motor homes also have another major plus in that they prevent spillage when going around a corner or when parked at an angle when they are full. It makes sense to protect your RV water supplies due to all the crazy people out there. Often even when parked in a very nice RV park it might be backed up to a not so nice area and you just never know. It is much better to be safe than sorry.

Some RVs come with lockable water supply systems, but not all do. This is because RV manufacturers work hard to put in the most inexpensive systems and often those are not lockable. How much to aftermarket RV lockable water systems cost? Well the add-on where the fill-up hose goes are about $29.95 retail and it only takes a few minutes to install. So consider all this in 2006.

Rabu, 16 Agustus 2017

Finding Parts for Old Motor Homes; RV Junkyards and Recycling

If you own an older motor home you may have problems finding parts because those models are no longer need built or the manufacturer has gone out of business. Even if you own a new recreational vehicle you may want to find stronger and sturdier parts that are no longer offered on the newer motor homes, but they used to be used on other older motor home series. This is when a good motor home junkyard comes in handy.

Believe it or not there are a lot of motor home junkyards in the United States and they make great places to get parts. Some recreational vehicle junkyards have motor homes that are over 30 years old and that means you can find nearly any part you need. The junkyards are well known to those RV repair shops, which will use them to get parts when they cannot find a part in the catalog they need to repair someone's motor home or recreational vehicle.

There are very large recreational vehicle and motor home junkyards in 13 states and many junkyards do have motor homes in them although they are not specializing in only recreational vehicles. If you need an obscure part for your motor home it makes sense to cruise the junkyards.

I have only been to two RV junkyards. But in each case I had found things that were very valuable and cost very little. Parts, which were stronger than anything you see in the market today. Things I could not get anywhere else and they were not listed in any catalog. Perhaps you might consider this in 2006 and help the world recycle all those old RVs.



Sabtu, 29 Juli 2017

RV Microwave Options for Motor Homes and Recreational Vehicles

For those who wish to take it on the open road on a part-time or full time basis and see this great nation by RV, it behooves them to pick the right Microwave Oven. Why you ask? Well if you are traveling a lot you may not have time to cook on the stove or in the oven in your recreational vehicle and a microwave oven sure comes in handy.

Of course with the condition of some of the roads in this country, such as the NY Toll-ways, I-10 going through Louisiana, I-20, I-30 in AR or the scalloped Earthquake freeways in California; you are going to need sturdy appliances. A microwave can be a temperamental appliance as it bangs around and is jarred into oblivion.

May I be so good to recommend that when and if your microwave goes out in your RV due to the manufacturer trying to trim costs that you replace it with a more powerful higher end unit? First consider that to properly cook your food you are better off to buy a carousel unit, which turns the food as it cooks.

Additionally, it is recommended you go for high power too. I chose the Samsung MR-7494W. Installation is easy and you can do it yourself and it is a common size for motor homes and recreational vehicles. Be sure to make sure that your generator has at least 15 Amps capacity with such a microwave if you are replacing an old one. This Samsung unit I have has lasted nearly 5 years and has traveled to every city in the nation over 10,000 people and over some of the worst roads in our country. Consider all this in 2006.


Sabtu, 15 Juli 2017

Replacing RV Water Pumps; Do it Yourself ShurFlo Remove and Installation

Water is one of the most important things for human life and when you are touring the country in a Recreational Vehicle you must consider that you will need water. Generally water is delivered when hooked up in an RV park by a garden hose into your coach. When you are dry camping you have a fresh water storage tank on board and you use that instead.

Of course then you must have a water pump usually electric in most all RVs to get the water to your shower and faucets. Unfortunately, these little temperamental devices, electric water pumps, do not last forever.

Some think it is planned obsolescence and perhaps some of that does go into the quality of the manufacturing considered in their designs, nevertheless the facts are that there will come a time that you need to replace your in-coach electric water pump.

The most common pumps for RVs are the Shurflo models, which put out low volumes of water to help you not burn through your water supply too fast. Replacing your water pump should not be too difficult and I recommend doing this yourself.

Water pumps seem to last about 1.5 years before needing replacement and they are relatively simple to install. I recommend installing a new one when you RV fresh water storage tanks are empty to help prevent dynamic pressure from flooding your work area during the removal and installation process.

Your new Shurflo pump will run you about $70.00 retail and has installation instructions. As you pull the wires off the old unit tape them to one side or the other so you can remember which came off where and match them to the corresponding places when you install the new one.

Remove wires first and put them on the new one last. Take the outlet hose off second and the inlet hose off the old unit last. Upon installation install the inlet hose first then the outlet fittings, make sure they are not leaking and then install the wires and test the system. Good luck on your install.


Selasa, 27 Juni 2017

Electrical Steps and Automatic Stair Equipment for Your RV

Many RVs sit off the ground pretty high and even if you are young athletic person having a step makes a lot of sense. Indeed, I am a young such person and have been to places and stepped out of the RV without deploying the automatic step and fallen flat on my butt due to the black invisible ice on the ground which had formed a thin layer over night. Whoops and see ya, you hit the ground that fast along with whatever you are carrying.

It is for this reason that I recommend installing an electrical step system. But I also recommend never forgetting to put it back up before driving. Some of the more advanced systems have automatic switches, which put them up when you move, but most do not have such features. Just a deploy and retract switch.

For my RV, I chose the KwiKee Electric Step System, with a double step. Of course my RV sits off the ground fairly high, because it is on a Truck Chassis, but the company makes several models with one, two, three and four steps. Many of the top Manufacturers of RVs and travel trailers have the same systems on them.

The systems are very easy to use and come with a light so that you can see where you are putting your feet down at and this can be important in the dark; also good because if you drive without forgetting to put them up they glow in the dark as you drive. Why do I recommend the KwiKee Electric Step? Well I have had trouble free steps for four years and it has now been to every state you can drive to in the US and nearly every province in Canada. So, I would say it passes my criteria for durability; how about yours?


Sabtu, 10 Juni 2017

RV Warranty Coverage: Is it Worth the Added Cost?

An RV warranty may seem like just one more expense after you have made one of the biggest investments in your life by purchasing a new or used RV. So, why should you spend the extra money and buy coverage that you may never need? While a new RV will come with a manufacturer's warranty, this RV warranty usually only lasts for 3 years at the most (although some offer a drive train warranty that is longer.) Once the RV warranty is expired, you will be responsible for the cost of all repairs. Don't confuse the warranty with the insurance coverage which only covers your RV in the event of an accident or theft. To find out which RV warranty is best for your needs, research carefully to find out what the warranty covers and how much it will cost.

A recreational vehicle warranty, which is also called an extended service contract usually covers most of the mechanical components and may also have additional coverage which covers the appliances and some other expenses related to the repairs as well.

You can lower the cost of your RV warranty by getting a higher deductible, but don't make the deductible so high that it would be difficult or impossible for you to cover it. Shop around for a warranty, because the warranty the dealer offers may or may not be the best price. Just make sure that you match the level of coverage when you compare costs of different warranties.

Warranty or service contract coverage can have "riders" or additional coverage that you may have to pay extra for including rental car coverage, food and lodging reimbursement, lock out assistance, entertainment and appliance coverage and slide out coverage. Find out which of these items your manufacturer's policy already covers so you don't pay twice for coverage.



Selasa, 23 Mei 2017

Dump the Generators and Solar Up Your RV for About $8,000

To adequately set up a motor coach with solar power will run you about $8,000 and this will include the panels on the roof, super batteries, installation and a control module. The control module is the most inexpensive component, only about $150.00 and it will keep you from over cooking your batteries and turn off the collection from the solar panels when the batteries are 100% charged up. It will also prevent potential fire hazard too.

You will need a number of panels and you need to consider how much power you will need, including air-conditioners, lighting, microwaves, personal computers, dishwasher, washer and dryer or whatever additional electrical units you have. I do not recommend getting rid of your portable generator if you already have one, as you never know when you will need it. I have an Onan Quiet Diesel 7500 and I cannot ever imagine getting rid of it, even with the solar power.

When I say dump the generator, I really mean dump the fuel expense to run it and go pure, that energy from the Sun makes sense to use and with fuel prices this high the return on investment can be achieved very quickly for the full-time RV'er. Convert that wasted empty space on top of your RV and help yourself to some energy from the Sun. Please consider all this in 2006.