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

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

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