RVing During the Holidays

RVing During the Holidays
Utah RV Dealer Recreation RV Sales Explains how RVers Do Christmas

These days, people are escaping the typical traditions that surround the holidays. They are branching out and starting their own traditions or even doing something new, like visiting an exotic location. Some families decide to drop the brick and mortar home altogether and adopt a more nomadic lifestyle and live full time in an RV. This can seem like a dream come true to those of us solid footers who dream of the freedom of travel. But, is RVing during the holidays really as dreamy as it sounds?

So many of us are rooted in our own holiday traditions that it is odd to think of celebrating out on the road instead of at home with family. How does that all work? How do you do a tree and gifts, and what about decorating?

Decorating the Home

A Utah RV Dealership shows how RVers decorate for the holidays.
Just because you’re on the road, doesn’t mean you have to be less festive!

Come to find out there are many ways that RVers enjoy the holidays. One thing is for sure; they still decorate. Instead of a stationary house, they have a moving home. Full-time RVers still like to adorn their abodes both inside and out. The decor maybe a little more simplified and smaller in scale, but the great thing is that the smaller the space, the less time to put up and down.

Live Christmas Trees

A used RV dealer in Utah creates a comic of a family enjoying an outdoor Christmas tree and the man saying, "This sure beats sitting indoors, with a fire going."
Well said, my friend. Well said.

Don’t worry, RVing during the holidays does not mean skimping on a tree, either. Did you know, many parks will even let you chop down your own live Christmas tree? Or, how about decorating a natural tree near the RV park space? Celebrate around a tree that gets to continue to grow year after year! You could even plan to come back and decorate the same tree next year!

Intentional Gifting

Frivolous gifts are often more of a hassle for RVers, rather than a joy. Give intentional gifts to those RVing during the holidays.
Small, intentional gifts that mean something are on all RVers wish lists!

Frivolous gifts can be an issue since there isn’t as much space to hide and store gifts. Yet, this could be a park: limited space only encourages creativity and sincerity. The items that are given will be more intentional, thoughtful gifts. Making gifts or purchasing along the journey are two ways that RVers can be creative in their gift-giving.

Christmas Around the Country

RVing during the holidays doesn't mean you have to stop decorating. A Utah RV dealer shows two angels in the windshield of a motorhome.
Christmas decorations in a front window of a motorhome in Arizona – where the temperature is typically sunny and warm!

Being in an RV means going wherever you want, including for Christmas, who says you can’t go somewhere tropical? Why not wait for Santa out on the beach in Florida or California? Everyone assumes the holidays are to be spent somewhere cold and snowy. Go skiing or snowboarding in the mountains, hike the dunes in the desert, or travel the coastline in search of the perfect wine. Give yourself and your family an adventure for Christmas.

The Road Isn’t Lonely

Making new friends on the road are some of the best reasons to go RVing during the holidays! An RV dealer in Utah shows a man holding up a Christmas wreath surrounded by snow.
Just think, you can make all sorts of friends on the road! Even this character!

You’ll never be alone on Christmas, or at least it is improbable. The great thing about RV parks is that there are other people. Use the holidays as an excuse to get out and meet other people in search of the same new traditions as you. Invite the park to a potluck holiday meal, or campfire with s’ mores. A fantastic way to get in the holiday spirit is to go and sing Christmas carols to the other travelers, inviting them to come along with you. People in the RV lifestyle are typically friendly and adventurous. Your holiday dinner can be spent swapping stories with your neighbors and possibly creating lifelong friendships. It’s actually very common that you run into the same family again in the future – entirely by coincidence (but, you can plan it if you want!)

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Your Utah RV Dealership

A small ornament of a VW style bus with a Christmas tree on top!
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RVing during the holidays isn’t as different as one might think. RVers still partake in the holiday classic traditions, like baking cookies and watching movies. They go to Christmas Eve services or visit a live nativity. Some even give back by volunteering to help the needy. Holidays in the RV are very similar to holidays at home – except with the optional change of scenery!

Whatever you do this holiday season, don’t be afraid to pack up the RV and get on your way to a new and fun destination. If you need any RV service or repair or are looking for a used RV dealer in Utah, stop and visit us here at Recreation RV. Stop by and see us here in Draper, or call to schedule a test drive of one of our current vehicles in our used RV inventory, find out if we have an RV part or schedule repair or maintenance at 801-572-0525.

Tips to Stay Warm During Winter RV Camping

Tips to Stay Warm During Winter RV Camping

You can run, but you can’t hide! Even if you plan your winter RV camping down south to avoid the cold, it’s bound to happen that you run into inclement weather at some point in your RV. Murphy’s Law, right? Maybe an isolated snow shower hits while on your way south or one of those frightening arctic blasts hits when you least expect it, winter weather is coming. Some people actually stop and embrace the glory and the beauty of the winter weather by opting to visit quiet winter wonderlands. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it is essential to stay warm this winter. Besides hibernating under a stack of warm blankets, there are a few things you can do to staying warm in your RV this winter.

Tip #1: Check the Seals

Winter RV Camping Ideas by a Utah RV Dealer

Regular maintenance is vital to maintaining prime temperatures in your RV. Most motorhomes and fifth wheels are equipped to trap in heating and cooling. However, temperature control is only as good as the insulation in your home. Periodically inspect both the doors and windows of your RV. If your seals around the doors and windows are cracked or damaged, get it fixed! The same goes for cracks in the windows, leaks in the siding, and anywhere else that the precious heat could escape. 

Tip #2: Winterize Your Water Pipes

Insulate those water pipes! Insulating the water pipes not only is a great preventative measure to keep them from freezing, but they also make the pipes warmer. Warmer pipes lead to more heated water, which will feel nicer as the water hits your skin. Take your water pipe maintenance one step further and winterize your RV

Tip #3: Invest in a Vent Cover

Winter RV Camping by Utah RV Dealership

A good quality vent cover provides many benefits, including adding an extra layer of insulation to help you stay warm during winter RV camping. It promotes ventilation, prevents condensation, and lowers humidity. Not only that, but vent covers are fantastic at keeping bugs and debris out! Most importantly, it will prevent mold growth. You can also purchase a dehumidifier to aid in reducing condensation and moisture.

Tip #4: Buy Your RV a Skirt

Have you seen these? RV skirting is fantastic for winter RV camping because skirting reduces the amount of heat loss from the floor of the motorhome or fifth wheel.  Didn’t your mother ever say not to keep a door open because you were letting the heat out (and she wasn’t paying to heat the outside)?  That is what you’re doing with your RV by not having a skirt on it. A skirt can keep cold from settling in underneath your RV. Some skirts, like this one from RV Skirting Pros, will keep the space under your home 15º warmer in the winter, keeping you warmer and your pipes from freezing! 

Tip #5: Use the Sun to Your Advantage

The sun has a fantastic ability to warm with its golden rays. When parking, position your RV so that the sun will shine in your windows, creating a greenhouse effect in your motorhome. Small spaces heat quickly in the sun which you should use to your advantage for winter RV camping. Another great (albeit unconventional) tip is to shrink wrap and screen doors, so you can open your door to let the sun in a while keeping the cold air out. When the sun is not out, cover your windows with thermal curtains.

Tip #6: Use the Oven

Winter RV Camping by Used RV Dealership in Utah

Feel free to use this winter tip in your stick-frame house as well as your motorhome! One simple tip for warming your RV is to bake something. Make some brownies or cookies or some other enticing treat, then leave the oven door open. The heat from the oven will help warm the inside of your RV, and you can fill your tummy with good eats.

Tip #7: Opt for Winter Layers

So even though cuddling under blankets is a perk of winter, it’s not always practical. Our fifth tip is to purchase used winter clothing from saying the Salvation Army. You can support a cause, stay warm, and then in Spring when the weather is warm, recycle the coats and sweatshirts or pass them along to someone else. This option saves valuable space and money, and helps a good cause! 

Tip #8: Invest in a Dual Purpose Sleeping Bag

Winter RV Travel Ideas by RV Dealership in Utah

Buy a sleeping bag, preferably one with a hood. If an RV is a home on wheels, a sleeping bag is a bed on legs (your’s). You can take it wherever you go, even if you decide to sleep in tents when the weather is warmer. Buy a sleeping bag that will hold up to colder temperatures then you expect. For instance, if 32ºF is what you regularly expect, buy a container that is designed for less then 32ºF. Finding one with a hood is an added bonus since we lose so much heat through our heads. A hooded sleeping bag will keep you warmer longer.

Tip #9: Get Active

Tip #10 is to exercise! Being active is often the last thing anyone thinks of, mainly since we just talked about cocooning in a super warm sleeping bag. However, getting the body moving and the blood flowing is a great way to feel warmer longer. Jumping jacks, dancing in the kitchen, or an evening push-up challenge are a few options. Another great way to get some exercise is to go outside and go hiking. Enjoying the outdoors when it is cold out, makes the inside seem that much warmer. Plus, it does wonders for wintertime blues and cabin fever. Even just 10-20 minutes outside can make the interior seem that much more inviting.

Tip #10: Ask a Utah RV Dealer for Other Winter RV Camping Tips

Winter RV Camping Inspiration by Utah RV Dealership

Of course, you can always use a space heater or an electric blanket in combination with these other lesser-known suggestions. Don’t let winter weather scare you; you can enjoy a winter full of traveling adventures while also staying cozy. Looking for more RV tips and recommendations? Maybe you’re daydreaming of buying an RV so you can explore winter from a whole new perspective? As Utah’s most trusted used RV dealership, we have the best selection of gently used RV inventory. Be sure to check it out or call Recreation RV to schedule a test drive today at 801-572-0525. 

How to Properly Winterize Your RV

How to Properly Winterize Your RV

You have spent all summer and fall traveling to those fabulous destinations in your favorite RV. However, it’s now that time of year when the weather is cooler and the days are shorter. The holidays have officially arrived, and you will be spending more time hosting family and friends at home than adventuring off in your RV to see them. Winterize your RV today, so when the time comes to get back on the road again, you can rest assured that your motorhome is ready to hit the road. Here are steps that you can take to do-it-yourself; or stop by and see your trusted Utah RV service center to have it taken care of for you today!

Winterizing Step #1: Remove Water Filters

Winterize your RV before the weather gets too cold.

Did you know that you can actually damage your water filters when you use chemicals to winterize your RV? Avoid potential damage by removing the water filter entirely before adding anything to the water system. It also serves as a reminder to check and/ or replace your water filters. 

Step #2: Drain Both Black and Gray Water Tanks

Snowy road with motorhome. Winterize your motorhome to protect it.

If left to sit all winter, those tanks can breed harmful bacteria. Along with that is the potential for water leftover to freeze when temperatures drop, which can cause additional problems and costly repairs. To avoid either of these issues with this important winterizing step. First, drain the black tank; then clean it using a cleaner specific for black tanks. Finally, empty the gray water tank.

Winterizing Your RV Step #3: Drain Your Water Heater and Water Lines

How to winterize your motorhome to avoid costly repairs in spring.

You do not want to drain your water heater until the pressure has had time to come down. Turn off the water heater and let it sit until it cools. Once it is safe, open the drain plug and open the pressure valve to let the water out. To finish, turn on both hot and cold water valves to drain any remaining water from the lines throughout the unit.

Step #4: Bypass Your Water Heater

Snow piled up on campers. Winterizing your RV can reduce the risk of conditions like this

Check to see if you have a bypass installed to your water heater.  If you have one, it will be visible toward the back of your RV water heater. Checking for this is crucial because you do not want antifreeze to get into your water heater. If you do not see one, you can have one installed by a trusted RV service center. 

Final Winterizing Step: Add Antifreeze

Winterizing your RV by a Salt Lake City RV department - protect your RV even in the harshest weather conditions.

For this step of winterizing your RV, disconnect the inlet side of the water pump. Next, close all your faucets and drain the lines. Finally, turn on the water pump. This will allow the antifreeze to flow into the water system. Once properly pressurized, you can go to each faucet and turn on the hot water dial until you see antifreeze leaking. Then, repeat that step with the cold water dials. Now turn off the water pump and open all the valves. 

Now you will need to remove the small screen in the city water inlet. You can use a screwdriver to push on the valve until the coolant starts coming out. Once you see it, you can replace the screen and close the inlet. That part should be relatively short.

All that is left to winterize your RV is to pour a little antifreeze down each drain now; about a cup in each drain will work nicely.  While you’re at it, add some to your toilet and flush it to prevent any remaining water in the holding tank from freezing. Finally, do one final walkthrough to ensure all the faucets, as well as the water heater’s heating element, are all turned to the “off” position.  

A Salt Lake City RV Service Center Can Help

Family happily travelling in their RV during warmer months.

Following these simple steps can keep you from having to spend money in the spring, repairing broken lines or other damage caused by leftover water freezing. Protect your RV, and if you are having trouble or don’t have time, a Utah RV service center will take care of it for you! Don’t risk costly repairs in 2020, call the Recreation RV service center today at 801-571-6439.

The Best RV Destinations During December

The Best RV Destinations During December

Now that the Thanksgiving dishes have come and gone and we are on to leftover turkey for the next week, it’s time to pack up our bags and dream up our next adventure. December really gets the short end of the stick when it comes to RV travel destinations. It’s really unfair, actually! December is a fantastic time to travel in an RV – as long as you’re careful! As a trusted Utah RV dealership, we believe that your fun is our business. These are places that make our shortlist as the best RV destinations during December. 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Bison traveling down a snow trail in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming as one of the best RV destinations in December.
Bison walking through a snow trail in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The wildlife is just one reason why we believe this is one of the best RV destinations in December.

Wyoming in December is NOT for the faint of heart. Actually, most roads are closed to your typical vehicles, leaving the best mode of transportation snowmobiles, skis, and other above-snow travel. However, if you park nearby, it is an excellent opportunity to experience Wyoming like it was before there were cars and crowds. Gorgeous frozen lakes, snow-covered ridges, and steaming geysers are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The park offers many ranger-led adventures for those wanting to see something truly extraordinary. 

Breckenridge, Colorado  

Breckenridge is one of the best RV destinations in December because of snow covered views like this.
Snow-covered mountains and fantastic ski resorts are just some of the reasons we list Breckenridge, Colorado as one of the best RV destinations in December.

Breckenridge, or Breck, as it is called by the locals, is a fantastic destination to go play in the snow but still have the amenities afforded by being in a city. The town is known for its quaint, Victorian-era charm, and its fantastic ski slopes like the Tenmile Range. In town, you’ll enjoy delicious restaurants to refuel your body and even a brewery, if that’s your thing! When you’re done visiting this breathtaking destination, continue your travels to Denver or Vail, both are just a short drive away. 

San Antonio, Texas

The San Antonio Riverwalk one of the best RV destinations in December if you want warm temperatures.
Looking for sunny and 75º? The Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX has sunny and 64º in the winter, which is far warmer than most places! Plus, they decorate with holiday lights! Imagine this all lit up – you won’t want to miss it!

If you’re looking to escape the cold this year, try visiting the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Here, the average December temperature is a balmy 64º! The Riverwalk decorations are one for the record book, but be sure to book the other attractions early as the great weather does make this a fantastic destination. From parades to shopping and lots of history, you’ll love this warm winter wonderland. 

Santa Monica, California

The Santa Monica Pier is beautiful at sunset, but it also is warm all December long - making it one of the best RV destinations during December.
Sunset at the Santa Monica Pier is one of the best you’ll ever see. This laid back town offers year-round great weather and sandy beaches.

Rounding out our list of the best RV destinations during December is another warm one this year! Santa Monica, California, is known for its picture-perfect year-round weather. Like San Antonio, it offers an excellent 64º temperature average in December. Unlike San Antonio, Santa Monica is a laid-back beach town, featuring miles of soft, sandy beaches and the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. If you’re looking for a place to relax and warm up, Santa Monica is the perfect place to go!

Visit Your Favorite Utah RV Dealer in Draper, UT

Need an RV to get you on your way? What about RV service or repair to make sure you’ll get where you’re going? As a family-owned Draper RV dealer, your fun is our business. At Recreation RV Sales, we carefully select our vehicles so you can adventure with confidence. If you’d like to do a little RV daydreaming, be sure to check out our used RV inventory, or call us today at 801-572-0525 to schedule a test drive! 

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2007 HOLIDAY RAMBLER ADMIRAL

2007 HOLIDAY RAMBLER ADMIRAL

If you are anything like me, you’ll daydream, day-in and day-out about RV living. If you’ve been dreaming about a 2007 Holiday Rambler Admiral 33SFS, you’re in luck: one just rolled onto the lot of our Utah RV dealership. Let’s find out a little more about it: 

A drivers-side view of the 2007 Holiday Rambler Admiral
Our 2007 Holiday Rambler Admiral

About Holiday Rambler – The Company

Holiday Rambler is a trusted motorhome manufacturer. Many RV owners swear by their Holiday Rambler – there is even an owner’s club! What we love about this manufacturer is that they understand that not every RV owner is alike, and every journey is different. To accommodate, they have created several models, including: 

  • The Admiral; 
  • The Invicta; 
  • The Vacationer; 
  • The Navigator; and
  • The Endeavor. 
A front view of the 2007 Holiday Rambler Admiral.

Our 2007 Holiday Rambler Admiral

We loved that Holiday Rambler really focused on quality within this vehicle. This is a very well built, excellent quality class A motorhome. 

Under the Hood

Technically speaking, this white and tan beauty is a powerhouse, with a sturdy workhorse chassis, your ride is sure to be smooth sailing. Paired with an 8.1L gas engine and an Allison Automatic Transmission, your home was built to last! Other features we love include: 

  • Hydraulic leveling system; 
  • On-board Onan generator; 
  • Ducted roof-top AC unit; 
  • A furnace with ducted heat; and
  • 10-gallon DSI water heater. 
Inside view of the 2007 Holiday Rambler Admiral.

What it Looks Like

Use your electric, double-entry step to step inside your luxurious 33ft long motorhome easily. At this length, it isn’t too big and isn’t too small – this rig is just right for any adventure. You and your co-pilot will comfortably enjoy long stretches of the open road from your two, leather captains seats. 

Enjoy your extra elbow room with the large wall-slide for the living room and bedroom. Imagine finally being able to comfortably being able to walk around the bed again! You’ll also love cooking in your new kitchen, complete with: 

  • Gas grill with 3 burners and a gas-powered oven;
  • 2-way fridge and freezer combo;
  • Convenient convection microwave oven with a hood; and
  • Ample kitchen storage. 
Another inside look of the 2007 Holiday Rambler Admiral.

Other features we love include: 

  • Basement storage WITH and outside shower;
  • Jack-knife couch;
  • Large rear bathroom; and
  • Oversized shower with skylight. 
Recreation RV Sales Storefront

Visit Your Trusted RV Dealership in Utah

This 2007 Holiday Rambler Admiral is available for a limited time at our family-owned Utah RV Dealership, Recreation RV Sales. We have been a trusted part of the Draper community for years, and are proud to offer our RV expertise in sales, service, and parts. We have financing options available, as well as extended warranties available for the majority of our vehicles. Stop by and see us today, or schedule your test drive by calling 801-572-0525 today. Your adventure is our business – find out how we can help today!

Our Favorite 2019 RV Halloween Decorations

Our Favorite 2019 RV Halloween Decorations
Get inspired with this list of our favorite RV and camper Halloween decorations to use at RV parks, campgrounds and more!

Halloween is right around the corner! Just because you’re adventuring this year doesn’t mean you can’t go all out with the spooky decorations. If you’re like us, you go all-out at home. This year, take Halloween to the next level with this list of RV Halloween decorations and ideas. 

Use Lighting for Your RV Halloween Decorations

Lighting is vital to create the perfect atmosphere at any RV campground. How many times have you seen those beautiful bulbed lights tied around trees and round patios? The great thing about lamps, lanterns, and other decorative lighting is that they are both beautiful and functional, helping to light up the ground to avoid injuries and other dangers. 

This Halloween, swap out the everyday lighting for spooky-themed lights. Although you have a wide variety of places to shop, we’ve found these Crazy Eyeball Party String Lights from Oogalights.com that may be just the thing you’re looking for. This store has a lot of lighting options for you to choose from. 

Decorate your RV with Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns

Nothing quite gets our family in the mood for trick-or-treating like carving out a Jack-o-Lantern. Sometimes though, we don’t feel like getting the RV covered in “pumpkin guts” (or we run out of time). Those years, we will opt to paint our pumpkin instead! 

Besides roasting the pumpkin seeds, our favorite part about the Jack-o-Lanterns is that we get to let our creativity run wild. Everyone gets their own pumpkin and makes them as spooky or silly as they would like! We’ve even seen some people this year opting to use WATERMELONS! 

Need to boost the spook-factor on your pumpkin this year, try adding some dry ice inside! Try this neat dry ice trick from ThoughtCo.com. 

Fill Your Windows with Creepy Cutouts (and Turn on the Lights)

If you’re looking for a fun project for the family, pick up a poster board or two and cut out creepy shapes; think skeletons, cats, witches on brooms, etc. Using double-sided tape, fix the cutout to the window, with a semi-sheer, light-colored curtain behind it. Then all you have to is wait for the sun to go down. 

After dark, flip on the RV or camper lights and run outside for a spooky surprise! Your cutout will show in the window like a shadow! 

You can get as creative as you want with this! Running out of time? Most stores have fun cutouts available on their Halloween aisles.

Decorate the Yard with Halloween Decorations

Have some elbow room at your campground? Consider putting out yard decorations! Theme your display or add a haunted house to have a frightening effect. Try these crowd favorites: 

  • Haunted pirate ship; 
  • Eerie graveyard; 
  • Homicide investigation; or
  • Abandoned RV. 

Visit your Favorite Family Utah RV Dealership

Did you decorate your RV this Halloween? What RV Halloween decorations did you use? Share a picture with us below! We want to see it! 

Next time you’re ready to upgrade your vehicle, need service or repair, or are looking for a part, stop by and see a trusted RV dealership in Utah. At Recreation RV Sales, our family-owned operation puts your adventure first. Your fun is our business! Have a question? Call us at 801-572-0525 to speak to one of our friendly team members. Just want to daydream? Check out our current used RV inventory!

Best RV Campgrounds for Kids this Halloween

Best RV Campgrounds for Kids this Halloween

One of the biggest struggles fulltime and parttime RV families experience while being on the road is trying to make sure that kids get to participate in some of the fun traditions that kids with a stationary home have – like trick-or-treating for Halloween! If this is a new lifestyle, or you simply want to vacation this October 31st, you’ll be happy to hear that many RV parks and other campgrounds organize holiday events for everyone to enjoy. As a family-owned Utah RV dealership, we put our families first! These are a handful of our favorite RV campgrounds around the country for Halloween with family-friendly activities for kids of all ages. 

Kids in Halloween costumes
Kids love dressing up for Halloween! If your kids do too, try visiting these campgrounds!

Hagerstown/Antietam Battlefield KOA – Williamsport, Maryland

September 21 – October 26, 2019

If you happen to be in the area before Halloween, this is a great opportunity for Halloween fun for everyone! Every weekend in October, this campground features Halloween themed events including:

  • Halloween themed crafts;
  • Games; 
  • Pumpkin carving contests; and
  • Trick-or-Treat parades (Saturday evenings). 

Adults can get in on the fun, too! They have a site and cabin decorating contest each weekend with prizes! Finally, if you’re looking for something a little spookier, be sure to visit the Creekside Manor Haunted House Friday or Saturday nights!

For more information, call 301-223-7571 or visit the KOA website to book a reservation. 

Family dressed up for Halloween.
If your family loves dressing up together, these Halloween-themed events at RV campgrounds are perfect for you!

Gettysburg Campground KOA – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

October 25 – October 27, 2019

If you are looking for one of the best Halloween RV campgrounds for kids, this is one of our favorites! This is the last weekend before the park closes for the winter and is their second Halloween festival of the year.  This year, they have listed that there will be: 

  • A popular mix of crafts and games; 
  • Site decorating contest; 
  • Trick-or-Treat parade; and
  • Halloween Party with DJ (Saturday night). 

Other guests have enjoyed that they have more than enough to do, from coloring contests to hayrides and ghost stories by the campfire. 

For more information, call 717-642-5713 or visit the KOA website to book a reservation. 

Toddler dressed up as Snow White holding an adults hand.
These family-friendly events have activities for families camping with toddlers!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort – Canyon Lake, Texas

October 25 – October 27, 2019 

With several weekends of Halloween-themed fun, Jellystone Park makes us want to give up traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating for a whole park full of fun! Yogi Bear and friends offer fun for everyone, including; 

  • Magic pumpkin patch; 
  • Night-time laser tag (indoor);
  • Monster games; 
  • Spooky movies; 
  • Hayrides; 
  • Dance parties; 
  • Scavenger hunts and more!

For more information, call the park directly at 830.256.0088.  

Toddler dressed up as a deer with face makeup to match.
The perfect costume for Lake Rudolph (but maybe with a red nose).

Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort – Santa Claus, Indiana

October 25 & 26, 2019

Don’t let the name fool you! This campground and resort is not full of Santa’s elves! Right now, they are prepared for lots of spooktacular Halloween activities! This location is a long-time family tradition that everyone will love. Stop by to check out these activities: 

  • Bonfire ghost stories;
  • Trick-or-Treating;
  • Costume and site decorating contests;
  • Rudy’s Kid’s Carnival;
  • Frightful film classics; 
  • Haunted hayrides; 
  • Ghostly golf; 
  • Car glow parade; and
  • A Halloween themed dance party! 

For more information, call their toll-free number at 888-929-7010. 

Big kid dressed up as a Storm Trooper.
May the force be with you this October.

Inn Town Campground – Nevada City, California

October 1 – October 31, 2019

If you aren’t feeling too festive but would like the kids to have a fun photo opportunity, this may be the perfect spot for you! This is their second ever Halloween festival, named the Halloween Haunted Pathway.  This family-friendly campground offers a self-guided walk through the tall trees at the campground. It’s even spookier at night! Campers also get to enjoy trick-or-treating at their sister property, The Outside Inn, on Halloween. 

San Franciso North/ Petaluma KOA – Petaluma, California

October 1 – 31, 2019

If you’re on the west coast searching for the best Halloween RV campgrounds for kids, this one is worth a look! Thanks to their year-round sunshine, this location in sunny Cali has a full month of festivities! Every weekend in October, your kids will love having plenty to do (and you’ll love their squeals of laughter!) Stop and enjoy: 

  • Pumpkin patches, 
  • Corn mazes, 
  • Arts and crafts; 
  • Parades; 
  • Hayrides; 
  • Petting farm; 
  • Outdoor movies; 
  • Scavenger hunts and
  • Trick-or-Treating!

If you’re lucky enough to be there on October 27th, you’ll love their Spooktacular Pot Luck Dinner. The nights menu: worms and eyeballs (spaghetti and meatballs and the epic fountain of mud (chocolate).  Be sure to wear your best costumes! 

For more information, call 707-763-1492, or book directly on the KOA website. 

Colorful friendly Happy Halloween sign
Have a safe and happy Halloween! Trick-or-treat!

Your Utah Family RV Dealership

We hope this blog helped you find something to do in your area of the country. All information was verified by each location’s website, so you can travel with confidence! If you find yourself in Salt Lake City, be sure to stop by and say hello! We are a trusted, family-owned RV dealer in Salt Lake City, but we also offer RV service, repairs, and parts! Stop by and see us the next time you’re in town! 

Do you know of another great RV campground for kids this Halloween? Share your favorites below to help another RV family out!

2019 Fall RV Maintenance Tips

2019 Fall RV Maintenance Tips
RV Service Department
Recreation RV Sales is a family-run RV dealership in Draper, Utah.

Fall is the perfect time for RV maintenance. Spring and summer are traditionally heavy travel months for our RV families, while the colder weather of fall and winter keeps people close to home and family. This is also when the weather makes dramatic shifts. Whether you enjoy your RV for vacations or you are a fulltime RV family, now is the time to check over your rig after the hard work it put in over the last few months and to winterize it to prevent potential damage. Here are some tips to keep your RV running smoothly:

Work From the Top: Inspect the Roof

Man putting kayak on an RV roof.
Your roof does more than hold your outdoor toys!
Check it regularly for cracks or leaks to avoid disaster.

Have you ever left something out in the sun for an extended time? What happened to it? It likely showed a significant amount of sun damage.

The same thing happens to the roof of your RV. Although it is meant to last at least 10 years, that does not mean that you do not have to maintain it. If you can wipe your hand on the roof and you have a chalky film come off, or if you see black streaks running down the sides of your vehicle, these are both good indicators that you have some roof problems. Regular RV maintenance can prevent your roof from deteriorating without your knowledge.

We recommend checking your roof, molds, and seals twice a year (spring and fall). The seals are vital because they wear down first, but they also cause the most extensive damage if left unchecked. You’ll also want to check the roof for any cracks or chips. If you see any of this, it is essential to make repairs as soon as possible. Most roofs have a warranty for 10-15 years, and some up to 20.

Under the Hood: Test the Batteries

Nothing is worse than waking up on a winter morning and going to start the car, and it won’t start because you have a dead battery. Proper RV maintenance can reduce your chances of this. RV batteries last 3-5 years, at which point they will need replacing.

If you do not plan to drive your RV for the rest of the RV, you’ll want to begin the winterizing process. It’s no secret that batteries and cold weather do not get along. Our advice is, if you don’t plan on using your RV this winter, charge, then remove ALL batteries in your RV and store them in a dry place. Is it necessary everywhere? Not really, but we do recommend it! Here’s why:

  • A fully charged battery will freeze at -55 or -60 degrees; and
  • A battery with a 20% charge freezes at 20 degrees above zero.

Check the List: Everything In Between

Man performing routine RV maintenance.
Routine RV maintenance ensures that your RV investment is running at its best when you need it.

There is a laundry list of other items that you should check between the roof and the tires. Here are some key points to focus on:

  • Clean your slide and it’s seals;
  • Wash and completely dry the awning;
  • Flush your wastewater systems;
  • Change the oil;
  • Do a systems check lines and fluids for air, coolant, fuel, and hydraulics (and the filters); and
  • Check the electrical wires to a tow vehicle (if necessary).

Wrap it Up: Check the Tires

RV on the side of a road in the middle of the desert.
RV tire maintenance prevents breaking down here due to an over or under inflated tire.

These are last but certainly not least. In fact, before every big trip, we recommend checking that all of your lug nuts are tight and that your tires are inflated to the recommended capacity. As the temperatures shift, so does the density of the air inside (science). This means that for a change of seasons, you need to add or remove some air for safety. While you’re down there you’ll want to:

  • Check the tread life;
  • Inspect for tears or wearing; and
  • Survey or replace the brakes.

Get Help from a Utah RV Dealer

Recreation RV Sales
Recreation RV Sales is a family run business that puts your needs first.

We know this is a lot to handle! Just like you would take your car to a repair shop or hire a professional for your home, there are professionals to help prep your RV for the change of seasons. At Recreation RV Sales, we are a family-owned operation that will inspect and repair your vehicle quickly and correctly to factory-certified standards. Put our service department to the test! Call our RV service department to schedule your post-season inspection at 888-958-7848.

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