Fulltime RV Living: Is it Worth it?

Fulltime RV Living: Is it Worth it?

The benefits of fulltime RV living have long been proclaimed by people of all walks of life. Those with adventurous souls enjoy the freedom to travel from destination to destination on a whim, with little-to-no advanced planning. Even devout Dave Ramsey followers will remember the story of the couple that lived in an RV to save money and pay off debt so they could eventually buy a home together. You don’t have to be a modern-day gypsy or on a tight budget to crave the benefits of fulltime RV living. If you’re wondering if the sacrifices of space and stability are worth it, we can help you decide:

Unbeatable Views From Your RV

One thing is for sure, your permanent brick-and-mortar home is not easy to transport, making it a permanent fixture of wherever it was built. Your view is the same, day-in and day-out, regardless of if that is oceanfront property or the back of a boring shopping center. If you want really spectacular permanent views, that will cost you a pretty penny; a price many are willing to pay, even if it is out of the budget.

Alternatively, consider that an RV can take you places that you can’t even stay in a hotel. Want to camp on the beaches of Texas? Pull right up to the surf in South Padre Island, rather than back where the waves are sure to miss the hotel. What about watching a spectacular sunrise or sunset from the rim of the Grand Canyon? Simply pull your RV up for a view to remember for a lifetime.

Fulltime RV Teaches “Less is More”

In a traditional home, you begin to accumulate “stuff.” If a wall feels empty, you’ll go shopping to find a table or a piece of artwork to fill the space. You’ll want to buy furniture to eat on so you can entertain guests and feel comfortable after a long day of work.

An RV allows you to focus more on creating connections and enjoying experiences rather than on filling your home. Your RV is typically equipped with just about everything you need regarding furniture. Fill it with only a few necessities and away you go! No need to overfill and overthink because you will be too busy enjoying the great outdoors and new destinations. You’ll easily make life-long friends with others at RV parks and campgrounds, many of whom share the same lifestyle. You simply won’t want to lounge on the couch and binge-watch the latest television series.

Financial Stability with an RV

If you do not have a mortgage or monthly rent payment, how easy would it be to pay off your RV in-full over a short period? You don’t have the nagging utility bills, either.  Most people can pay off their RV within the first few years, but RV mortgages are typically longer terms. Many lenders even offer 20-year payoffs! Fulltime families love the financial freedoms afforded to them by their lifestyle.

However, keep in mind that no two experiences are exactly alike. Your RV experience will cost as much or as little as you like. If you change destinations every day and eat out for every meal, in addition to activities and excursions, you likely won’t save much. For optimum savings, try month-long rentals and make mostly homemade meals.

Financing Your RV for Fulltime Living

Are you still curious about a fulltime or parttime RV living? Ask a friendly professional at Utah’s favorite RV dealership, Recreation RV Sales. Our team of RV experts is specially trained to assess your needs and help find you the right fifth wheel or motorhome to suit your needs. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns. Check out our current RVs for sale in our inventory then call us today at 801-572-0525 to schedule your test drive. We also proudly offer secure RV financing options to help turn your fulltime RV dream into a reality.

Sources:

Heath & Alyssa, Camper Smarts

Buying an RV: Motorhome vs. Fifth Wheel

Buying an RV: Motorhome vs. Fifth Wheel

When buying an RV, many families are overwhelmed by the number of options available. Just like your home or your vehicle, there is a style and size to suit your individual needs and preferences. This comprehensive list will help you determine which model will best serve your family. It is important to remember that neither a fifth wheel or a motorhome is superior to the other, but rather, each supports a different type of lifestyle. Although you may use this article to help create a pro/con list for your family, it is not intended to say that either one is better overall.

If you are a first-time RV buyer, you’ll want to review common RV lingo to help you understand the terminology. Then, you should decide what you will be doing with your RV. Will you be taking it out for short weekend trips, or do you hope to one day live in it full-time traveling the country? Once you have an idea of your ideal usage, take a look at some of the other factors below to help you decide between a motorhome and a fifth wheel:

What is a Fifth Wheel?

A fifth wheel is a large camping trailer that attaches to the back of a large towing vehicle, like a pickup truck. While it isn’t a full-blown house on wheels, a fifth wheel does offer many of the same perks as a motorhome, in a smaller size.

Benefits of Buying a Fifth Wheel

Affordability

For many families buying an RV, the very first concern is the cost of the investment. While there are many areas to take into consideration, the fifth wheel is almost always at a lower price point. Although this is for many reasons, one of the leading contributing factors for the difference is because the cost does not include the price of the tow vehicle. Consider the following charges:

Initial Cost

The initial cost of a comparable motorhome will always be higher than the fifth wheel. To give a comparison: a new low-end fifth wheel costs somewhere in the ballpark of $30,000 versus a new low-end Class A costs about $85,000. However, this does not include the cost of purchasing a new tow-vehicle, either. A new truck to tow your fifth wheel can easily make up the price difference if you don’t already have a truck.

Insurance Cost

The cost to insure a fifth wheel is lower than the price to insure a motorhome. This is because not only is the cost of replacing a motorhome higher but also because the motorhome is driveable you’ll need to include collision coverage and there are more moving parts on a motorhome.

Maintenance

An RV needs repair and maintenance work just like your daily driver and your home. In many cases, the cost to maintain a Class A motorhome is higher than a fifth wheel simply because the Class A has the engine to include. However, if you want to compare apples-to-apples for buying an RV: an oil change for a motorhome typically runs about $200-$300, versus your average tow vehicle is under $100.

Comfort

In many aspects, the fifth wheel is more comfortable than a Class A motorhome. Let us consider some of the deciding factors:

Residential-Style Furniture

If you’re looking for full-size furniture, the fifth wheel might be your best option. Although many motorhomes have incredibly comfortable furniture, much of it is downsized or altered to fit additional storage solutions. In a fifth wheel, manufacturers generally use typical residential furniture in their models. However, this could be a negative if weight is a concern since the furniture is heavier.

Kitchen Counter Space

Families that enjoy cooking and preparing meals in their RV kitchen often enjoy that fifth wheels come with a kitchen island, whereas motorhomes do not. Although the kitchen island offers more counter space, be aware that during traveling when the slides are in, the kitchen island often makes it difficult to maneuver inside of the fifth wheel, a problem that does not exist inside of a motorhome.

Ceiling Height

We suggest that you walk through both options before buying an RV. If you are tall or become claustrophobic in tight spaces, you’ll love the taller ceilings of the fifth wheel. Although many motorhome models have closed the gap between the height difference, in nearly every case, the fifth wheel offers a substantially higher ceiling.

Living Space

Overall, the square footage of most fifth wheels with pop-outs is significantly larger than that of a Class A motorhome. The fifth wheel is not meant to travel with the pop-outs engaged, enabling them to extend much further, offering more living space when the vehicle is parked. Pop-outs on motorhomes are shallower, therefore does not increase the square footage by a significant amount.

Air Conditioning

Due to the lack of a windshield mixed with the head of an engine, it is easier to maintain a consistently cooler temperature in a fifth wheel.

What is a Motorhome?

A motorhome is an all-inclusive recreational vehicle, complete with living accommodations, an engine, and the vehicle cab.

Benefits of Buying a Motorhome

Ease of Use

Maneuverability

If you can back up your daily driver, you can probably back up a motorhome, even into tight spaces like camping spots. If you have a fifth wheel, we recommend practicing backing up the trailer for a full afternoon before taking it on the road. You will likely need to back up your fifth wheel at some point throughout your trip, and when that time comes, you’ll be thankful that you’ve at least had a little practice. However, at every campground, you’ll always see at least one fifth wheel struggle for 10 minutes until they get their RV parked. Alternatively, a motorhome is more like an extended car and will back up into small spaces with ease. However, you should remove any towed vehicle before doing so.

Preparation Time

The Class A motorhome makes it very easy to just “get up and go.” In most situations, you can simply disconnect from any hookups at your current campground and pack up your belongings before heading out to your new destination. A fifth wheel requires lining up, removing the stabilizers, as well as a few other steps along the way.

Experience

View

Many families buying an RV want to vacation and explore new areas of the country. If you are a fan of taking in the scenery along the way, you’ll enjoy the world-class view of the large windshield of a motorhome. Although many fifth wheels now offer a bay window, it simply cannot beat enjoying breathtaking views throughout the journey. A motorhome makes the travel much more enjoyable.

All-Inclusive

Although it is undoubtedly safer for all passengers to remain buckled and seated throughout the journey, many families enjoy that they can run to the bathroom if they need to, or grab a quick snack from the fridge without taking time off of the road. Additionally, there is no need to shift people, pets, and items from the cab of a vehicle into the living accommodations.

Seating for Everyone

Although a fifth wheel typically has more square footage of living space once the slides are out, motorhomes have more while on the road. Additionally, if you have a larger family, you may want to consider if your tow vehicle can actually hold the whole family comfortably throughout your travel. Most tow vehicles conveniently buckle-in five family members or six in a squeeze. A motorhome will keep everyone, but also offers enough room to put toy boxes, snacks, and other necessities within reach. Additionally, if you travel with pets, motorhomes provide more room for your pets to move around, rather than walking across laps.

Security

It is more difficult to steal a locked up motorhome than it is for someone to hook up a fifth wheel and drive away with it. However, the more commonly stolen item is the portable generator often used by fifth wheels. Motorhomes have built-in generators, making them much more difficult for someone to take.

Test Drive a Motorhome or Fifth Wheel

Before making your final decision and buying an RV, it is essential to test drive your RV options. Schedule a test drive at Utah’s most trusted RV dealership today. The experts at Recreation RV Sales are here to help you narrow down your options and find something that suits your needs without breaking the bank. Check out our pre-owned RV inventory then call us today at 801-572-0525.

Sources:Outdoorsy, Expedition Motor Homes

Luxury RV Parks Around the Country

Luxury RV Parks Around the Country

Camping in itself has long been one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States. However, in recent years, campers and travelers alike have discovered the fun and ease of owning and buying an RV. RVing is the best of both camping and travel and is becoming a favorite way to travel and live for a large portion of the population. RV parks have popped up around the country to accommodate the demand. RV parks are available to suit everyone’s preference and budget, ranging from boondocking all the way to luxury RV resorts. We’ve created a list of the top-rated luxury resorts for campers looking for a more inclusive experience.

Zion River Resort: Virgin, Utah

Utah is well-known for its breathtaking views and national parks. People travel all over the world to experience this one-of-a-kind destination. Zion River Resort is a must-see and is a short drive from the Salt Lake City area. This RV resort is a green valley oasis, nestled beside the Virgin River. Here, you’ll get a full-service experience and will be minutes away from Zion National Park. However, Zion River Resort is also a great spot if you’d like to visit Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon North Rim, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and many other popular destinations. After you’re done exploring the great outdoors, you’ll enjoy additional amenities such as an outdoor pool and spa, a dog area, game room, gift shop, clubhouse, shuttle services and the opportunity to mine for gems!

Bluewater Key RV Resort: Key West, Florida

If you’re wanting to play in soft sandy beaches and the ocean, Florida is always near the top of the list. The Florida Keys are actually the southernmost tip of the United States. Here, the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico, offering crystal clear waters and perfect weather year-round. Enjoy boating, fishing, snorkeling, diving, and many water sports. Yet, if you’d prefer to keep your feet on dry land, Key West also offers golfing, a Shipwreck Museum, Hemingway’s House, or the famous Duval Street. RV sites here come with tiki huts for shade and privacy. The waterfront lots even feature private docks. Each lot is privately owned, but many owners rent out their spaces when they aren’t in use.

Desert Shores Resort: Indio, California

If the west coast is more your style, Desert Shores raises the bar in luxury. Located in the heart of world famous Palm Springs and Indio in Southern California, you’ll enjoy the hiking trails of Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountains that surround the area. The city offers trendy restaurants and shops with a classic mid-century vibe. Once you’re done exploring the area, come back to the resort and enjoy the lakeside RV lots with grotto pools and waterfalls, lush gardens, phenomenal views, and private villas. The 10,000 square foot clubhouse features tennis courts, a pool and spa area, and activities to keep everyone entertained.

Tiger Run RV Resort: Breckenridge, Colorado

Although Colorado comes to mind as a great winter destination for those hoping to hit the ski slopes, Breckenridge, Colorado is actually a perfect year-round RV destination. If you are in the area for winter, the Tiger Run RV Resort is less than ten minutes from the slopes.  However, it is a year-round RV park. Even in the heart of summer, you’ll love the fishing and other outdoor activities of the bordering Swan and Blue Rivers and the majestic Ten Mile Mountain Range of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll enjoy hiking and biking more than 60 miles of scenic trails and paved bike paths going from Breckenridge to the Vail. The resort itself offers many amenities including a clubhouse with a pool, hot tubs, fitness center, locker rooms, game room, and laundry facilities.

Polson RV Resort: Polson, Montana

The Polson RV Resort consistently ranks as one of the best RV resorts in the United States and number one in Montana — and with good reason! This location is the gateway to Glacier National Park. If you love hiking, Glacier National Park should be at the top of your bucket list, with over 700 miles of trails weaving through pristine forests. Be sure to visit the famous Going to the Sun Road during your visit. When you’re done, come back to the resort that offers oversized lots with unbeatable views of Flathead Lake and The Mission Mountains. You’ll also enjoy relaxing in the pool and hot tub and making memories at the mini-golf course. There is even an off-leash dog run so your pup can safely stretch their legs. This resort is a perfect blend of luxury and the natural landscape.

Ready for an Adventure?

If you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime, the trusted RV experts at Recreation RV Sales can help you find a pre-owned RV that suits your needs, or perform repairs and maintenance on your current RV. We service UTVs, ATVs, boats, and motorcycles, too, so you are prepped and ready for all of your summer adventures. Visit Utah’s favorite RV dealership today or call us at 888-958-7848 to schedule service or request your test drive!

Sources:Statista.com, Zion River Resort, Campanda Magazine, Bluewater Key Resort, Desert Shores Resort, Tiger Run RV Resort, Polson RV Resort, Glacier National Park

RV Maintenance Summer Checklist

RV Maintenance Summer Checklist

Although you and your family are ready to set off on your next family adventure, are you sure your RV is prepared? If your vehicle hasn’t been serviced since winter when you winterized it, it is imperative that you take the time to get it summer-ready with routine RV maintenance. A family vacation can easily be thrown off-track with a mechanical malfunction. Avoid disaster with these quick tips:

RV Maintenance Checklist

  • Check and Clean the Battery: Using safety glasses and gloves, inspect and clean the battery before installation for the summer. Using a cleaning agent, clean the battery terminals. Be sure to rinse off the cleaning agent and allow it to dry before installation.
  • Inspect the Vehicle: Walk around and through your vehicle. You are looking for any signs of damage, such as water leaks, roof damage, and dried seals.
  • Check the Tires: Tires are not made to last forever, especially if they are exposed to extreme weather conditions. Before each trip, check the tires carefully for signs of cracks, uneven wear, low tread, or other potential hazards. If you notice any, be sure to replace the tires to prevent further damage or possible injury. If the tires are in good condition, verify the tire pressure is within a safe range. You can find this information inside of the owner’s manual for your recreational vehicle. This tire pressure will help ensure safety and give optimum gas mileage.
  • Fill the Fluids: If you haven’t de-winterized yet, you will need to flush anti-freeze from the pipes that prevented your pipes from bursting this winter. Speaking of fluids, you will also want to take the time to check the fluids under the hood of your motorhome or tow vehicle, including:
  • Engine oil,
  • Coolant,
  • Power steering fluid,
  • Brake fluid,
  • Transmission fluid, and
  • Windshield washer fluid.
  • Test the Appliances: Before you leave the driveway, be sure to check that all of your appliances are in good working condition. Avoid the hassle of finding a replacement or repair shop along the way.
  • Check the Safety Features: Lights and brakes are essential to keep everyone safe on the road. Check to be sure that they are all functioning correctly and replace or repair as needed. Inside your vehicle, check the smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, and fire extinguisher.
  • Wash the Exterior: Although it seems purely cosmetic, washing your vehicle to remove any dirt or debris that may have settled is an important task that should not be overlooked. Dust can lead to scratches and can leak into slides out seals. You can even grow mold on the roof of your vehicle. Give it a thorough detailing to protect your investment and allow for another opportunity to check again for leaks or other damage.

Ask an RV Professional for Help

Does this list seem overwhelming? The trusted RV maintenance team at Recreation RV Sales is here to help. As one of Utah’s most reputable RV dealerships, we proudly offer you the top-notch service at a reasonable price. Whether you are trying to find the RV of your dreams or getting ready for your next adventure, your fun is our business! Call us today at 888-958-7848 to let us know how we can help.

Sources:

Do It Yourself RV, KOA, Fix.com

Pre-Owned RV Shore Power Vs. Generator Power

Pre-Owned RV Shore Power Vs. Generator Power

First-time RV buyers thinking of purchasing a pre-owned RV often question how RV electricity works. Will your new vehicle run the gadgets inside using the motorhome battery? Maybe a generator? Do RVs even have generators? What do you do with the power posts at campgrounds? It can be confusing. Don’t worry, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, find out how you can expect to power your new RV:

Electrical Systems

Truthfully, the electrical system of your RV can seem daunting until you have a basic understanding. So, we will start with the basics. Generally, your RV has three different electrical systems:

A 12-volt DC automotive system;

A 12-volt coach system; and

A 120-volt AC coach system.

Shore Power

RV shore power is land-based power. Modern RV campgrounds and parks offer shore power through power posts with outlets. Typically, these posts provide a 120-volt electric source. Plug in your RV’s 25-foot heavy-duty power cord to deliver electricity to your microwave, refrigerator, roof air conditioning, and all power outlets.

Most RV’s come ready to accept 30-amp or 50-amp power, which is helpful because many RV sites offer one or the other. However, if your RV does not allow both, it is a good idea to carry any necessary adapter. For instance, if your RV requires 50-amp power, you’ll want the adapter to accept 30-amp shore power.

Generator Power

Operating your RV on generator power allows you to comfortably camp beyond the confines of an RV park with shore power. A generator will provide some necessary power to your RV, allowing you to camp in remote locations. Generators are an onboard source of energy that provides 120-volt AC power. This power system is entirely self-contained and operates using the fuel from the motorhome itself. In many vehicles, once the fuel tank reaches the ¼ tank mark, the generator will stop running so you can still work the RV.

Battery Operated

In some cases, vehicles run a 12-volt DC system using a 12-volt deep cycle marine battery in your RV. When this battery is charged, you can still use many of the outlets on your home, except the microwave, roof air conditioner, and the refrigerator.

Ask an RV Professional

Thankfully, new RV owners aren’t expected to know everything immediately. Just like anything else, it takes time to learn the details of RV ownership. At Recreation RV Sales, we are dedicated to helping you feel comfortable with your new investment. Let us answer any questions you have about RV ownership and maintenance. If you haven’t found your perfect RV match yet, we also proudly offer Utah’s best selection of pre-owned RVs at a price you can afford. Call our office today to schedule an appointment at 888-958-7848, or check out our pre-owned RV inventory.

Sources:

KOA, Ask the Electrician

Can Your Vehicle Handle a Fifth Wheel?

Can Your Vehicle Handle a Fifth Wheel?

If you’ve decided to upgrade from your current camper or purchase a fifth wheel for your fun family adventures, you’ve likely wondered what you would need to pull it. For those of you wondering if it is possible to maneuver one with a car, van, or even an SUV, you are not alone; however, if you have your heart set on a fifth wheel, you’ll need a few capabilities that only a pickup truck can offer to ensure the maximum safety and enjoyability of your investment. If you aren’t ready to trade-in your smaller vehicle just yet, your RV dreams are not over, you just may want to explore the option of pulling a smaller camper.

For those of you with a pickup truck, or that will invest in one shortly, here are a few things to think about to make sure you have the best vehicle for the job:

Check Your State Laws

Although most states have similar laws regarding towing, even if you want to pull a small trailer. Therefore, it is a good idea to verify the regulations of your current state laws either online or with your local DMV. According to Utah, a few of the requirements include:

You must be able to stop both the vehicle and the towed vehicle;

You must have an attachment other than the hitch coupler, such as a chain;

You must have reflectors and appropriate lighting;

You cannot exceed 65 feet in total length, 102 inches in width, and 14 feet in height; and

If the highway has more than three lanes, trailers cannot operate in the far left lane.

A Longer Bed is a Plus

When it comes to pickup trucks, with bigger cabs comes decreased bed length. Although this helps with maximum maneuverability as a daily driver, it isn’t as helpful when it comes to pulling a fifth wheel. Long beds (8-feet) are by far the most effective; however, a shorter bed does not mean you cannot tow the fifth wheel; you simply need a specialized tow hitch. Of course, the specialized hitch does come at a higher price-point.

Gas vs. Diesel

You may be tempted to jump into a gas-powered truck, but think about this before you do. Yes, a gas engine is excellent as a daily driver for short distances, the engine itself costs less, the fuel costs less at the pump, and repairs are generally less costly overall. However, if you are thinking of towing a fifth wheel, consider that diesel saves you money over time. The engines are made for pulling around heavy loads (like fifth wheels and campers) and put out a substantial amount more torque (pulling power) than a gas engine, expending less fuel and putting less strain on the engine, making the life of the engine also longer. The best truck for pulling a heavy fifth wheel over time and distance is a diesel.

Size Matters

What size pickup truck (quarter-ton, half-ton, etc.) you need depends on the fifth wheel you will be pulling. First, check the sticker on the driver’s side door. The Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) listed is the full weight of your truck and fifth wheel, fully loaded with cargo and passengers. When you subtract the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), you are removing the weight of your truck fully-loaded with cargo and passengers. The remainder is the maximum weight your vehicle can pull. Although your truck can haul that much does not necessarily mean it should for long periods and up and down steep mountain grades. Trucks do not like to tow at maximum power all the time. The moral of the story, if you want a 40-foot fifth wheel (or longer), you’ll want a full ton pickup truck.

Ask an RV Sales Expert

Although we covered a lot of ground today, there are still more factors to consider, such as your personal needs as a family. The statements here are generalized and are not meant to be the sole source of information. To find an RV for sale that matches your families needs, lifestyle, and capabilities, stop by and visit Utah’s reliable RV professionals at Recreation RV Sales today. If you’d rather daydream from the comfort of your home, feel free to check out our current RV inventory and give us a call at 888-958-7848 to find out more.

Sources:

RV Dreams, eTrailer.com, Camper Report

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

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