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RV Lifestyle Blog

RV Window Covering Trends and Options

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 08:12 AM

When you buy a new RV, the manufacturer generally includes the latest RV window coverings appropriate to the cost and style of your rig. It is important to understand the types of window coverings that are available in case the manufacturer has options available. If your RV has been in use for years, it may need a style update or replacement of window coverings to add to your pleasurable RV travel experience.

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RV Battery Types, Typical Problems, Safety and Maintenance

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

Your RV lead acid batteries are one of the most important components of your RV. They store the energy needed to start your vehicle and ensure you can enjoy creature comforts like a warm shower, charged cellphone and a cold drink. By learning about and caring for your batteries, you will extend their lifespan.

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How to Select, Operate, and Maintain your RV Awnings

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 08:09 AM

RV Awnings

One of the greatest joys of camping is enjoying the natural environment of your campsite while in the shade of your patio awning. Your covered patio expands your RV living space and can be a great place to relax or entertain. Awnings can be included as standard equipment with some RVs, as a manufacturer/dealer option at the time of purchase or purchased as after-market add-ons. By understanding the types of awnings available and the care and maintenance needed to protect your awnings, your RV awning decisions will allow you to reap years of reward on your awning investment.

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RV Nice-to-Have Electronics and More

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 08:08 AM

RV Nice-to-Haves

As you outfit your RV there are a large number of things that are essential. Other items will add to your safety, ease of use and enjoyment of your RV. Since anything you add to your RV should prove its value over time, go through your RV annually and eliminate anything, other than safety equipment, that hasn’t been used.

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Need to Know RV Jack Basics

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 08:07 AM

RV Jacks

Because campground sites may not be level and RV suspension systems are still active, even when parked, RV jacks are used to stabilize and level RVs. If you are shopping for an RV, pay attention to the jiggle and sway as you walk through each RV. Leveling and stabilizing your RV will add to your comfort. It’s important to level your RV so that the refrigerator will work properly and you won’t tilt to a side or end of the bed when sleeping. Even cooking is difficult when the RV isn’t level since liquids in a pan will pool to the low side of the RV.

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RV Air Conditioning Cooling Tips

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

Any experienced RVer knows that maintaining your air conditioning unit – and keeping your cooling costs in check – can be a challenge. That’s especially true if you live or travel frequently to areas of the country that experience long stretches of hot or humid weather. Your friends at Explorer RV Insurance put together some basic tips that can keep your RV air conditioning unit in top shape.

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What's New in 2016 RVs?

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

Whether you are considering a new or used RV, it is always a good idea to understand the latest trends and features that are available. Generally, new features are offered first in high-end coaches and then, over time, are made available in more economical models (space permitting). By understanding “what’s new,” you can determine the functionality you want.

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Accessible RV Options

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

If you have disabilities and want to enjoy the RV lifestyle, you can purchase an accessible RV or retrofit an existing RV to accommodate your needs. Some people with disabilities travel alone, while others travel with someone that can provide assistance as required. By looking at the accessibility options available, you can decide, based on your situation, what is needed for your travel and camping comfort.

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Options for RV Appliances: Gas, Electric or Diesel

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

There are many options available for RV appliances. To evaluate the different appliance options, you need to understand their energy source, which is largely dictated by the RV manufacturer. It is good to be aware of the features and benefits of appliance options, and match them to your planned RV usage, particularly when you are shopping for an RV or need to replace an appliance.

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Are you Ready for RV Solar Energy?

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 08:02 AM

Solar Panel on RVWhen you are camping, you may be noticing more and more RVs with solar panels on their roofs or near their rig. Is it time for you to add solar energy to your RV?

Maybe. But before you dive in and talk to a sales representative, it’s a good idea to understand more about the options that exist when deploying this source of clean energy. Solar power is used by the RV community in two ways: either to trickle charge house batteries or as a primary source of electric power.

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