Summer may be over, but with an RV and a few tips, you can still have an epic adventure – rain or shine! We put our heads together to help you be the smartest RVer around!
1. PROTECT YOUR RV FROM THE ELEMENTS
A little water never hurt anyone, but it can hurt your RV and cause damage to the structure, furniture, plumbing, electrical components and your personal possessions. As an RV owner, your foremost responsibility is sealant maintenance. Faulty seals let moisture in, and you need to inspect them every three to six months. Still worried? Try a product like Dry-Z-Air which absorbs excess moisture and stops the chance of harmful mildew as extra insurance. When in doubt, give us a call!
On the other hand, excessive wind, rain and snow can make your RV vulnerable to damage. An ADCO All Climate 3-Layer RV Cover will fit your travel trailer, fifth wheel, camper or motorhome, and will protect your vehicle and minimize maintenance. These covers have multiple reinforcements, water-resistant breathability and zipper doors for covered access, and they are designed to accommodate vent covers and A/C units.
2. STOCK UP ON GEAR, ACCESSORIES AND PARTS
Fraserway RV carries a variety of must-have parts and fun-to-have accessories, all of which will help you have the best RV trip possible. If you need something special ordered, we can help with that, too! We recommend you start with these basic essentials. Here are our top recommendations for fall RV essentials:
- Fire pit
- Heated hose
- MaxxAir fan (to keep fresh air circulating without having to open your windows)
- LED lights
- First aid kit
- Butane lighter
- Fire extinguisher
- RV toilet paper and chemicals
- Garbage bags
- Wheel levelling chocks
- Bug repellent
If you want to learn how to winterize your RV when you’re ready to, check out this how-to tutorial!
3. LEAVE A GREENER FOOTPRINT
Believe it or not, you can actually go green with your RV, and save money in the process. You’ll also save energy – which is crucial when you’re not hooked up to shore power and running off battery power! Here are a few easy but impactful tips to save money and protect the environment:
- Install solar panels to keep your batteries charged.
- Use LED bulbs. You use the same amount of power in one incandescent bulb as 14 LED bulbs! This one-time buy will keep your RV well lit for many camping trips to come!
- Empty your holding tanks if you’ve driving through the mountains. This gives better fuel economy.
- Accelerate slowly, enjoy the scenery as you drive and use less fuel.
- Plan your camping spot to make use of the elements. If it’s going to be hot, find a spot with natural shade. If you have more demands for power, use solar panels and camp in the sunniest spot you can find. If it’s cold, don’t park in a windy location as the wind will pull heat from the RV.
- Use biodegradable toilet tissue. Pair that with our very own Fraserway RV holding tank deodorant to control odour, liquify waste and condition your tank’s seals.
- Save your recyclables in a container in your RV until you get home, or drop it off at a depot on the way.
- Bring reusable dinnerware to cut down on waste and help protect the environment.
- Teach your kids about the nature around them, and they’ll develop a sense of environmental stewardship.
4. BRING MORE AND USE LESS SPACE
Clothes can take up a lot of space when you travel – especially for youngsters who are prone to getting dirty outside and need extra apparel! Here’s a quick and easy way to use less space without sacrificing any items.
- Buy a box of gallon-size freezer bags.
- Fold your clothes and separate them into different categories (i.e., shirts, pants, socks, underwear, etc.). Make separate piles for each person. For example, “Mom’s Shirts,” “Dad’s Pants,” etc.
- Open a freezer bag, put a pile into that bag, label it with a marker, press it down so all the air comes out, then zip the bag closed.
- Put all the dirty clothes back into the bags and write “Dirty” on that bag so you know what needs to be laundered when you get home.
5. BUILD COMMUNITY
RVing as a family is a great way to reconnect and rekindle your relationships. Research proves that this is true! A Camping and Caravanning Club survey found that RVing as a family helps make families closer: 80% of children surveyed said they feel less stressed when they camp with their parents, and 75% of children surveyed said their parents shout less while camping as a family.
And that’s just how it’ll impact immediate family. Whether you’re at a popular campsite or trying a lesser-known destination, chances are that you’ll meet lots of people. Turn dinner into a social event and eat together, or you could even have a cook-off challenge! Form a panel with a person from each party and vote on the “best dish” – then celebrate with a group potluck!
6. STAY HEALTHY
You can sit for up to 10 hours a day on a long road trip. When you sit down for periods longer than four hours, your body’s metabolism actually starts to shut down. Your circulation slows, your blood sugars get stored as fat and your mood-enhancing hormones don’t get released to your brain. This is known as “sitting disease.” Here’s how you can easily take care of your body on the road!
- Stop every few hours to stand up, stretch and even do a couple squats, all of which will circulate your blood. You can do this inside the RV if the weather is bad. If you can, walk around outside for 15 minutes.
- If you’re travelling to areas with mountains or trails, try to plan a hike or a walk. Get in a good workout and take in the breathtaking scenery.
- Bring some healthy fun to your campsite with games! We carry lots of yard games in our parts departments. Play a friendly match of badminton, toss a ball back and forth or challenge each other to ladder golf.
Finally, never hesitate to contact your friends at Fraserway RV. We’re here to help you at every step of your RV adventures!