Easy DIY Upgrades for Your RV

Easy DIY Upgrades for Your RV

If you aren’t sure if you are ready to invest in another pre-owned RV, or if you need to make minor upgrades to the one you have, it’s worth the time and elbow grease to try your hand at some do-it-yourself RV upgrades. Even if you ultimately decide down the road to upgrade to another vehicle, the enhancements you make now can ultimately improve your trade-in value. Most of these are low-investment with a significant improvement on your return. Try these DIY upgrades to make your space more enjoyable and functional this travel season:

Peel-and-Stick Backsplash

Freshen up your kitchen and bathroom space with easy-to-install peel-and-stick tiles. In most cases, measure the area, remove any outlet covers, clean the walls, and then you’re ready to stick the fitted tile in place.  There are numerous how-to videos available with an easy Google search, including this one from DIY.

Paint and Wallpaper

Especially if your RV has been around a while, there may be some questionable color choices on the walls. Freshen up your space with a beautiful coat of paint or eye-catching wallpaper. Although wallpaper went by the wayside a few years back because the patterns were drab and outdated; today, the modern versions will make you think twice before downplaying the possibility.

LED Lighting

LED lights use less amperage than fluorescent and incandescent counterparts. Swapping out fixtures will save on your overall battery life. Additionally, adding in LED light strips under the kitchen cabinets, pantries and other storage spaces will increase visibility, saving you time and energy digging through those hard-to-maneuver spaces.

Update Fixtures

If it isn’t in the budget to replace fixtures entirely, most metal surfaces can be upgraded with metal primer and spray paint. If you have shiny brass fixtures, you can upgrade them to a brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze easily, depending on your preferences and tastes. Just be sure to cover the surrounding 10-foot area, so you don’t spray anything accidentally.

Personal Touches

Of course, merely updating sheets, curtains, and decals on the walls will work wonders for your comfort, as well as incorporating numerous space-saving ideas. If you’ve done all of this and still aren’t comfortable, or the space no longer suits your needs, consider upgrading to a vehicle that better fits your lifestyle. At Recreation RV Sales, we have a knowledgeable sales staff trained to pair you with a vehicle that suits your needs, without giving you anything you don’t need. Find a cleaned and maintained RV at a price you can afford. Call your trusted Utah RV Dealership today at 888-958-7848 to schedule your one-on-one showing, or check out our current pre-used RV inventory!

Sources:RV Share, DIY, KOA, Home Depot

Check Your RV This Summer

Check Your RV This Summer

Just like all other investments, your RV will need regular upkeep and maintenance to keep it operating at prime efficiency. Although a spring or pre-season RV inspection will get you ready for your summer vacation, regular checks are vital, especially in the heat of summer. The elevated temperatures affect not only the motor of your tow vehicle or motorhome, but it also can have a dramatic impact on your vehicle’s tires, batteries, cooling system, and transmission. Use this checklist to keep your investment operating at it’s best all summer long:

Monitor Fluid Levels

It is imperative to check the fluid levels of your vehicle and your generator to ensure they are running smoothly. In summer, the additional heat makes all systems on your vehicle perform at a higher temperature, subjecting them to extra wear-and-tear. Replacing fluids is vital. Performing service at the manufacturer’s suggested intervals is also helpful. Check these five fluids before beginning each adventure:

  • Engine Oil,
  • Transmission Fluid,
  • Coolant,
  • Brake Fluid, and,
  • Power Steering Fluid.

Check the Tires

If you have ever walked on the hot pavement during the summertime, you know how hot the surface of the road can get. The increased temperatures severely affect tires, especially if they are underinflated. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, underinflation is one of the leading causes of tire failure. When the pressure is too low, too much of the tire’s surface is on the road, which can cause the tires to overheat, leading to premature wear, tread separation and even blowouts. In summer, always inspect and adjust the tire pressure when the vehicle is at rest and the tires are cold, and before driving more than a mile.

Flush the Cooling System

If you have never had the cooling system flushed, or it has been a while, remember that fresh antifreeze makes your engine last longer and keeps the cooling system in good working order. Although adding water to the radiator will work in a pinch, over time this water will make your system rust sooner. Without proper maintenance, your cooling system, radiator and water pump also become susceptible scale and corrosion build-up, which can result in an overheated engine. Be sure to flush your cooling system and replace the antifreeze regularly to prolong the life of your engine.

Just Add Water

We all know that heat makes water evaporate. This evaporation happens at a faster rate under the heated hood of your vehicle, which leads to battery corrosion. Clean the battery connections regularly. Also, keep an eye on water levels and add distilled water as necessary.

Ask a Professional

Your investment will last longer with these small preventative measures. If you feel uncomfortable performing any of the regular required maintenance, consider having your RV maintenance performed by a trusted and proven RV service professional. At Recreation RV Sales, you will enjoy first-class treatment at a price you can afford. Contact our office today at 888-958-7848 to find out how we can help.

Sources:

KOA, Life Hacker, Bailey Greer

5 Favorite Summer RV Vacation Destinations

5 Favorite Summer RV Vacation Destinations

The kids are out of school, and you’ve completed your pre-season RV inspection; now all there is left to do is to decide where to go and hit the road. Here are 5 excellent vacation spot ideas to help you get started:

1. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington: If you’ve ever dreamed of hiking an active volcano, this trip may just be up your ally. Mount Ranier is one of the tallest peaks outside of the Rockies with peaks reaching over 14,000 feet. Be prepared to dry dock for your stay if you want to stay inside the park, but there are several reliable RV parks just outside of the park that will offer the additional amenities.

2. The Gulf Coast: The gulf coast spans from Florida to Texas and Mexico and boasts beautiful soft, sugar sand beaches for much of it. From trying your hand in the casinos of Biloxi, MS to splashing around in the saltwater and sunshine, the Gulf Coast offers entertainment for the whole family. There are many popular RV parks along the coast, but some areas, like Texas’ Mustang Island and Padre Island, allow you to park right on the beach.

3. Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone National Park is a must-see and should be toward the top of any bucket list. You will enjoy stunning scenery no matter which entrance you choose, Montana, Wyoming, or Idaho. Some RV’ers suggest arriving a day early to secure a campsite because there are limited spaces within the park. Aside from unbeatable views, Yellowstone offers world-class fishing, day hiking, and even a llama packing experience.

4. Acadia National Park, Maine: For those who prefer a more rustic experience and crave New England’s beautiful scenery,  Acadia National Park in Maine consistently ranks at the top of the best RV destinations. The Maine coast has dramatic temperature fluctuations, so the best time to visit is late May to early September to avoid the chance of snow. During the summer, you’ll enjoy bird-watching, cycling, canoeing, and even extreme rock climbing. Most National Parks do not have a significant amount of hookups, so be prepared to dry dock here, too. However, there are RV parks nearby if you prefer amenities.

5. Zion National Park, Utah: If you prefer to stick a little closer to home with your RV, Southern Utah is an RVer’s paradise. There are three campgrounds within the park, as well as hiking, cycling, trail rides, and rock climbing. It is even an excellent choice for stargazing and sunset watching. The tunnels within Mount Zion allow for direct access to the Grand Canyon and Snow Canyon if you would like to extend your adventure.

Ask an RV Dealer near Salt Lake City

Where do you plan to travel this summer? We hope that this list helped create a starting point for your RV destination bucket list. If you still need to schedule your pre-season RV inspection or buy an RV to begin your adventure, a trusted Utah RV dealership can help. At Recreation RV Sales, we are proud to offer the best service and the cleanest units at fair market value prices. Let us help you get the best deal on your RV today. Schedule your visit by calling 801-572-0525, or take a look at our current RV inventory.

Sources:

Trip Savvy , National Park Service , Only in Your State – Texas , Campers Inn

What to Look for When Buying an RV

What to Look for When Buying an RV

April 16, 2019

If you are thinking of buying an RV, there are a few things to look for (and look out for). From our experience, it is easy to get swept away in the excitement of an RV purchase, making it even easier to overlook some details and even imperfections. We’ve given you a helpful list of RV lingo and jargon to use when you visit an RV dealership, but you should also know what you are looking for when deciding between two or more RV options.

Make a List and Check it Twice

Just as every family is different and every situation is unique, there are also significant variances in RV options. Consider creating a checklist of your own to determine what needs your RV will be fulfilling for your family. Do you plan to use it for long-term living, or perhaps for short weekend getaways? Do you expect to travel many miles or to remain relatively local? Do you have a vehicle to pull the load of a Fifth Wheel, or will you need a motorhome? Narrow down your list of needs before going to purchase an RV.

Test it Out

Would you ever dream of purchasing a car without ever taking it for a test drive? Probably not, so why would you buy an RV without feeling how it handles, listening for unusual noises, or being conscientious of any other abnormalities? Additionally, test all of the bells and whistles inside, from the slides to the appliances and plumbing.

Ask Questions

When purchasing an RV, you should ask every question you can think of, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. Our RV sales team is trained and experienced to offer you the best and most up-to-date information available. If they do not know an answer, they will happily find out for you so you can learn together. Examples of questions to ask include:

  • Is this a pre-owned RV? If so, how many owners are on record?
  • Are there records of repairs? If so, may I see them?
  • How frequently was the RV used?
  • What upgrades have been made?
  • What is the mileage?
  • What is the condition of the tires?

Ask a Knowledgeable Utah RV Sales Team

At Recreation RV Sales, we have been in the RV dealership industry for more than 60 years. We believe that you deserve the best service and cleanest units at the fairest market price. Let us help you find the RV that suits your needs and your budget. Call our sales office at 801-572-0525 to schedule a visit, or take a look at our available RVs.

Sources:

Life Other Than, RV Life

Pre-Season RV Inspection Checklist: Are You Ready?

Pre-Season RV Inspection Checklist: Are You Ready?

April 9, 2019

Contributed by: Jes Finton of JesUnscripted.com

It’s that time of year again; camping season is quickly approaching. It’s time to dust off the cobwebs and shake out last year’s dirt. Like your home or automobile, your RV requires maintenance and preparation before heading out on the open highway. Whether you are a full-time family or only indulge in seasonal trips, Spring is the perfect time to perform routine maintenance to keep your investment running at optimum performance. Use this pre-season RV inspection checklist to get your rig ready for your next adventure; or contact a trusted Utah RV Service Center to help!

Inspect for Brake Malfunctions

It is one thing to fail to get a rig going, but an entirely different experience not being able to make it stop. One of the first maintenance steps you should consider is checking the brakes. Test everything from the brake fluid to the e-brake and everything in-between. Additionally, if your RV or motorhome has sat for an extended length of time, you must also be wary of locked brakes. Self-adjusting brakes can potentially self-tighten all winter long, to the point where an owner may need to adjust the brakes manually.

Check the Tires

RV tires are meant to last anywhere from five to ten years, depending on a variety of factors. Even if your tires are only a year old, make it a habit to check the tires each spring. All tires, including the spare, should be tested for:

Proper inflation,

Cracks,

Cuts,

Leaks, and

Tread wear.

Plumbing Performance Check

Water leaks happen, even to the most seasoned traveler. If you’ve winterized your vehicle, you must also de-winterize it. Take some time to pressurize the system to check for any potential leaks. Carefully look over each line for signs of wear, cracks, or cuts that may eventually result in a leakage in the weeks to come. Use a flashlight to look for drips under sinks, around the toilet, in cabinets, and anywhere else running water may flow. Now is also a great time to flush all of the tanks and water lines to remove any anti-freeze leftover from winterization, as well as sanitize them as necessary.

Electrical Work

Another disaster you want to avoid at all costs is discovering that you are without electrical power when you are in the middle of nowhere. In addition to allowing your refrigerator to run a few cycles and testing your HVAC system, you will want to invest in a multimeter to check the electrical circuit, which includes your electrical outlets. This is also an optimal time to look over your antenna, slide outs and converters.

Examine the Exterior

It is a good idea to examine the exterior of your RV, even if your unit is garage-kept for most of the year. From the roof to the tires, you will want to check every seal and seam for a potential sealant breakdown. Failing to do so results in both energy loss and possible water leaks during the inevitable Spring downpours. You will also want to inspect the roof for signs of wear-and-tear. If your roof looks worn or out of shape, consider having it resurfaced and sealed by a trained professional.

Reliable RV Service in Draper

Use this list to get you started on your pre-season travel preparations. For a full comprehensive exam, or for necessary parts and accessories, contact a Utah RV service center today. The experienced representatives at Recreation RV Sales offer both a 16-point and a 74-point inspection to ensure that your vacation starts off on the right foot. Call us at 801-571-6439 to schedule your Spring inspection today.

Sources: RV Share , Axel Addict

Lingo to Know Before Buying an RV

Lingo to Know Before Buying an RV

If you are buying an RV in northern Utah, there are a few tips and tricks you should know. There is nothing worse than walking into unfamiliar territory with little-to-no knowledge of the products, jargon, or services offered. Unfortunately, your unfamiliarity at some RV dealerships can cost you more in the long run. Using the right words can give the impression that you know more about the industry than maybe you actually do, thus making you less of a target for dishonest salespeople. Protect yourself with this insider lingo before ever leaving your driveway:

Camping Style

“Boondocking”: Also known as “dry camping”; refers to using your RV without any electricity, sewage, or water hook-ups. You depend mostly on the RV battery and the freshwater supply.

Full Hookup: A campsite offering full-service amenities, including electricity, sewage, and water hook-ups.

Extended Stay Site: A camping location allowing longer stays.

Vehicles and Towing

RV: Recreational vehicle that has both transportation and temporary living areas; also known as a “rig.”

Class A Motorhome: Large self-contained vehicle, ranging from 22 feet to 45 feet long; can include all of the amenities if preferred. Typically this is the most luxurious option.

Class B Motorhome:  A smaller self-contained vehicle, built on a van chassis.

Class C Motorhome: Another self-contained vehicle, typically built on a van or a truck chassis, but can be as luxurious as the Class A Motorhome.

Fifth Wheel: Also known as a “fiver”; the Fifth Wheel is a larger-sized unit that attaches into a fifth wheel hitch, located inside the bed of a pickup truck; has the most living space.

Travel Trailer: These trailers range anywhere from 9 feet to 40 feet long and can be towed even by an SUV, size permitting.

Pop-Up Trailer: These are the least expensive RV type; it is essentially a pop-up tent that can be easily towed by a smaller vehicle.

Dinghy or Toad: The extra vehicle towed behind the motor home.

Puller: A motorhome with the diesel engine at the front of the vehicle.

Pusher: A home with the diesel engine at the back of the vehicle.

Parts List

Backup Monitor: The backup camera used to help you back up your vehicle, but can also help you monitor rear view traffic.

Chassis: The metal frame that is supporting the home.

Cockpit: The area holding the driver’s seat and passenger seat.

Basement: The storage space under the floor of the home accessible from the outside. Typically a basement is found in a Class A or a Class C home.

Galley: The kitchen area.

Black Water Tank: The tank that holds the water and waste from the toilet.

Gray Water Tank: The tank that holds the water and waste from the sinks and showers.

Fresh Water Tank: The tank that holds the fresh water to be used in the sinks, showers, and toilet.

Dual Electrical System: RV that can operate lights and appliances off of the battery, or use the hookups at the campsite.

Genset: The electric generator.

Slideout: Portion of the home that expands out, giving you more room inside.

Weight Terminology

Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR): An amount predetermined by the manufacturer; the maximum load weight allowed for both the trailer and the tow vehicle, including everything on board.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): An amount set by the manufacturer; the maximum load weight allowed for the vehicle, including everything inside.

Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): The weight of the RV without anything inside; also known as dry weight.

Cargo Weight: The weight of the gear and items on board the RV.

Ask an Industry Leader

Choose a few terms from this list the next time you are at a dealership to help you sound like a professional when you are buying an RV. If you would rather talk to a dealership that will help you not only understand the terminology but will also help you get the best deal on the market, a Utah RV dealer can help. The reliable and courteous professionals at Recreation RV Sales want to help you create memories that will last a lifetime, and not overspend doing it. Our business is to help you have more fun in life. Find out how we can help you by calling our office today at 801-572-0525.

Sources: Motorhome.com , RV Share

3 RV Winterizing Mistakes

3 RV Winterizing Mistakes

3 RV Winterizing Mistakes

UTAH RV SALES & RV SERVICE, Salt Lake City Utah


getting-rv-ready-for-winterGetting you RV ready for Winter is an important part of owning and RV. Failing to winterize your RV will cost you a lot of money and time. Here are some key mistakes that RV Owner make & some simple ideas to keep them from happening to you.

  1. You must drain all storage takes! Flushing the black tank and gray tank water out is easy to forget about. Most owners will remember their fresh water tank but will often forget about the black and grey water.   Also… Be sure to flush and dump at a facility that has approved sewage connections.
  2. Remember To Drain The Water Heater.  Always one of the first things to go. The water heater is often forgot about and this cause big problems in the spring with a surprise blown tank from not draining. Best way to know you did it, is leave the plug out.
  3. Clean Out The Fridge, Freezer and Removal All Food: Don’t leave food in the RV over winter. Even canned food can cause big problems. Also make sure you remove seats, sofas & check sleeping areas for crumbs. Crumbs and small bits of food will bring insects and other animals into your RV.

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