Home away from home – that is what RVing is all about! You leave the comfort to live on wheels with minimum necessities. Surprises on the road and unexpected events make the trips memorable. But what is traveling without food! When you have a fully furnished kitchen with the latest appliances in your RV, don’t miss out the wonderful experience to try out your culinary skills. You may not be able to prepare your best dishes due to shortage of ingredients, but you can always experiment with your food storage. Here is a three-course meal for an exciting .

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Salad

Who said that you can’t have salad when you are on the road! Here is a potato salad recipe for you.

  • Boil the potatoes, cool it down and then chop into bite-sized chunks.

  • Boil the eggs and then chop them too into small pieces.

  • Mix the chopped eggs, potatoes, green onions, dill pickles, and cans of shrimp along with mayonnaise, celery salt, and paprika. Season it with salt and pepper, put it in refrigerator for two hours and then serve.

Soup

Once you are done with the salad, start preparing for the next item on the menu – soup.

  • You will need chicken broth, chopped tomatoes and tomato-vegetable juice. Put them all in a saucepan and cook over medium heat.

  • Add sugar, spinach, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat it for 20 minutes on medium-low. Don’t boil it, keep it hot, until the spinach is tender.

  • Put cooked pasta and stir for ten more minutes. Your Tomato Florentine soup is ready!

Main Dish

Here comes the final platter for the night – Foil-Pack Mushrooms!

  • In high temperature, pre-heat the grill. Grease large sheets of aluminum foil.

  • Remove the stems and stuff them with green onions and pine nuts. Brush olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Seal the mushroom with the foil.

  • Put these foil packets on the preheated grill and set the time for 20 minutes. Check if the mushrooms are tender. Then serve!

or end it with great food and make the road trip a yummy affair.

Search for playas are not very rare among the boondockers. These travelers are basically adventure lovers, ready to challenge the notion of everyday life and live in harsh environment. In other words, this type of camping takes place in the desert regions where temperatures are very high and winds are gusty. for the first time, here are some useful RV-ing tips.

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Cover Vent

Remember, it is very hot out there! So, you cannot go for camping without an AC. But that does not mean you will ignore vents. These are equally significant to keep your RV cool, especially when the AC fails to work. But these openings are the main source for dust. So, cover all the external vents with tape or AC filters temporarily. Do not miss out any circuitry openings. Make sure you have switched off the electrical lines before covering it.

Pay Attention to the Wind

It is a desert region after all. Hence, expecting the wind to blow from one direction will be a mistake. So be careful while picking the spot for parking. When you open the door of the RV, ensure the vehicle do not get directly hit by the wind. The bedroom and the front windows must not face the sun and if possible, keep the RV in the shadow of the wind. However, if there is no wind, keep the interior ventilated. A bit of dust will enter in the van, but that is manageable.

Minimize Opening

Do not keep your RV door open for a long time in a desert region, especially when it is breezy. Try to minimize the number of entry and exits. Take off your dusty clothing and shoes before entering the rig. If you are traveling with a child, keep all its things away from open spaces. This is the only way you can minimize dust from getting inside. Never leave any window or vent open when you are leaving the camp. Desert storms can kick up anytime, so don’t take any chances.
Desert camping is tough; but if you are a bit careful, nothing can be as adventurous as boondocking. Follow these tips are have fun RVing. , make the most of it. You will cherish the experience and the memories forever.

Do think the AC is a necessity when you are RVing? Well, perspectives vary because some prefer to enjoy the natural air, whereas some who are only into boondocking, this machine becomes mandatory to stay away from heat waves. But, what if the AC stops working due to a technical glitch? It is not possible to carry an extra machine when the space is limited. This is when you need to be more thoughtful as well as creative. You need to look into features that can even without an AC.

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Orientation

Are you looking for a place to park your RV? Try to find a nice shady tree. Your roof may end up with a lot of leaves and bird droppings on it, but don’t you think it is better to sacrifice the roof than surrendering to the hot weather? You can simply mount a canopy above the RV to protect the roof. Remember to park the side of your vehicle, which has lesser windows, towards the sun.

Window Covering

What is an RV without picture windows? It is a trip after all, and if you are unable see outside through windows, the adventure remains incomplete. But tell you what? These windows transfer heat from outside. Even if these are double paned or slightly tinted, sunrays keep on penetrating. So, if you want to combat this, cover the windows with curtains, shades or reflective bubble insulation. These are temporary covering which you can move after sun set.

Ventilation

If you do not have an AC and prefer to use the fan, ensure the RV has proper ventilation that allows air to move in and out. Keep the windows on the shady sides open and place a fan in that direction. This will draw fresh air from outside and keep your entire RV cool. Open the ceiling vent and let the fresh air circulate.

Living in a hot and humid rig is very difficult. An AC can be helpful but if it is not working or if you do not have a cooling machine, then use these tips to .

The windshield is a vital part of all automobiles. Not only does it ensure the safety and driveability, it also lets the light in and keeps the cold out besides preventing rainwater, snow, pests, and all other unwanted elements from entering the vehicle. Needless to say that it’s vital that you . Here are a few tips to do it right:

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Cleaning Supplies You May Need

Windshield cleaning is not at all a problem when you use the right cleaning products and employ the right techniques. Carry out your project in an organized manner. So before you start the job, make sure you have the following cleaning supplies:

  • Hose or pressure washer

  • Buckets

  • Handheld brushes, mops, sponge and wash mitt

  • Glass cleaner, spray and shampoo

  • Felt brush or toothbrush

  • Microfiber drying cloth

Use water or spray cleaners from any reputable brand to wash off the grime from the exterior of the windshield. Rain-repellent glass cleansers are particularly good for your RV’s windshield. Alternatively, you can use a DIY cleaner. A mixture of water, a few drops of dishwashing liquid, a little ammonia and some rubbing alcohol can give your windshield a sparkling shine. While choosing your cleaning products don’t go by the manufacturers’ advertisements alone – research the products before you apply them on your RV.

Expert Suggestions

  • Always clean the windshield from top to bottom, starting with the upper tip and slowly working your way down.

  • Hose down with a pressure washer to loosen the dirt quickly. However, don’t get too close, as water may seep inside through the crevices, in case the windshield has hairline chips.

  • Once you are satisfied that you have removed all the stubborn dirt, use a microfiber drying cloth to wipe off the remaining soap foams and suds. Avoid using chamois leather, as these are expensive and not RV-friendly.

  • Spray a little detergent on a clean, dry cloth and wipe your windshield clean. This will give the glass a smear-free finish. Smear can considerably affect the visibility, so be extra careful with this step.

Insider’s Tips

  • Clean on an overcast day

  • Use adequate amount of water

  • Never use your regular cleaning liquids – the corrosive in them can chip out the RV’s protective coating.

Windscreen cleaning and maintenance is not a problem when you know how to do it right. Clean it regularly and more often to keep it in a tiptop condition. .

Set in the heart of Central Florida in Lake Buena Vista, the Disney World is a top draw among RV-ers from across the US. Indeed, with so many rides and attractions, it’s a must-visit for not only children, but also adults. However, choosing where to stay is one of the most vital aspects of your to the happiest place on the earth. Here we discuss about two staying options – camping right in the Disney Park and spending your nights in the nearby campgrounds.

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Park your RV Inside the Disney World

What a grand idea it is to spend the night right inside the Magic Kingdom! And, with Disney providing 750 acres of parking space for the RV-ers, it’s not a far-fetched dream at all. In addition to proximity to all the fun attractions of the resort, the sprawling Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground offers a load of amenities including full hookups and laundry facilities, among the others. However, the biggest advantage of staying inside the park is an access to a slew of services that are unique to Disney. These include childcare facilities, free transportation to the different areas of the park and more.

Once you have seen all the attractions in the Disney Park, experience a set of recreational activities that Fort Wilderness has to offer. Opt for a variety of water-sports such as fishing and kayaking, or go for other fun activities such as pony and sleigh rides or archery lessons.

As we know, quality comes for a price, and given the range of on-site attractions and amenities, you are expected to shell out a fee, which is higher than the average $66 per night. At $81 per night, premium sites are even costlier.

Stay in the RV parks Near Disney World

It’s not a bad idea to located in the nearby Kissimmee or Orlando regions. This is an ideal option for those wishing to stay at the Disney for several nights, as it will help them save a good amount of dollars. They have all the amenities that RV-ers can ask for, but you will have to drive to Disney World to catch up with the on-site attractions. It’s only a short distance, but the amount you can save on food and accommodation can be substantial. They will also give you better access to other attractions in central Florida. In addition, there is less crowd in these parks, so if a quiet night’s sleep is important to you, opt for the RV parks outside the Disney World.

A good homework is what will let you make the most of your trip to the Magic Kingdom. Our tips will enable you to opt for what suits you the most. So go ahead and rediscover the child in you.

How do you like the idea of a time-machine whizzing you back to the 1950’s or 60’s America? Well, this is exactly what you would feel like when you take a ride through the historic Route 66 – the long highway that runs through the heart of the country. As the summer camping season is peaking up, why not get your kicks on the long road nicknamed the ‘Main Street of America?’ We have made a list of five attractions that you must check out on the way.

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Route 66 was one of the most important stretches of road in American history. It has featured in innumerable songs and movies. If you happen to be a history buff, and if the idea of taking a stroll back to the 70s excites you, along this legendary ‘Main Street of America’ running through the heart of the country. We have made a list of five attractions that you must check out on the way.

Buckingham Fountain – Illinois

If you are beginning your trip on the eastern side, let this Chicago landmark be your starting point. The world’s largest fountain comes to life here after sundown, with beautiful lights and live music.

Chain of Rocks Bridge – Missouri

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2006, this mile-long bridge is built at a height of 60 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. Linked to more than 300 miles of trails on both sides of the river, this bridge is also a part of the Route 66 bikeway.

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum – Oklahoma

The state of Oklahoma has the longest drivable stretch of Route 66. This 426 miles stretch is dotted with numerous museums and restaurants. The old-world road signs will transport you back to the 50’s America, to an era when the great American dream was taking shape. In addition to stealing a glimpse of vintage automobile models, you will also enjoy a brush with road construction basics as you pass through this stretch. Several interactive programs add to the attraction. Stop by one of the state’s legendary drive-in theaters and pick up some memorabilia – books, videos, toys and the likes, at the ‘Curio’ gift shop.

Route 66 Scenic Byway- New Mexico

While navigating the stretch, you will have to fiddle a lot with maps and road guides as it is full of turns and dead-ends that may leave you utterly confused. However, the ravishing beauty of the route pays for all your troubles relating to reading the maps and driving in the heat.

Petrified Forest National Park- Arizona

While the place might have a Harry Potter ring to it, the magic of this place is preserved in the fossils that you will find here. Stop by this forest which is home to some of the most incredible fossils that prove that the land had been inhabited by the natives around 1000 years ago.

Original McDonalds and Museum – California
At the end of the route, you will find the original McDonald’s Restaurant that started its journey as a barbeque restaurant back in the 1940’s. With a gigantic sign from the old McDonald’s, a giant hamburger, the statue of Ronald McDonald and Route 66 plaques, the restaurant-turned-museum proudly showcases the meteoric rise of one of America’s largest and oldest brands.

The US Route 66 is home to that we have read about many times in the books (or watched in the movies). Take up one of the world’s greatest road trips through the iconic Mother Road to feel the pulse of real America – then and now.

It is easy to forget about maintaining your RV roof even when you are thinking of selling the vehicle. Why? Because it is out of sight and the only part of it we see is the indoor ceiling. So, as long as the ceiling looks okay, we think that the roof is fine too. But, unfortunately that is not the case. Your RV can suffer damage from rain, snow, sunlight, and aging. . If you have a rubber roof then you need to add a couple of extra chores to the list other than just cleaning the roof once in a while. Let us discuss about how to keep the rubber roof at its best for a quick resale.

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Clean the Roof

Cleaning your roof often can keep repair or replacement requirements at bay. Generally, you can clean a rubber roof three to four times a year, but if you have just been through a dusty place or are living in one, you should do it a couple of times more. While choosing the cleaning potion, stay away from anything with petroleum, citrus or harsh abrasives. Use lukewarm water and cleaning liquid (dishwasher liquid will do) to get the sap, mold and mildew off the roof. Check if the sealant is secured while cleaning the roof.

Check If It Needs a Repair

Use a ladder to get on the roof. Check if it is made for walking or not (whether it has a flat surface or not). If it is curved then do not risk standing or walking, call in the professionals to take a look. Be on the lookout for slippery areas on the roof and carefully avoid stepping on them. Even if you can see light seeping through the roof from the inside, you might not be able to isolate the cracks or tears on the roof. In this case, consider asking for professional help.

Repair or Replace the Rubber Membrane

You cannot expect a smooth sale of your RV if it has a damaged roof. So, if it needs a repair or roof replacement, you should go for it. Rubber roofs are affordable and easy to install. So, even if you need to bring in a professional to install a new roof, it would not be an expensive endeavor. However, make sure that the new repair material matches with your original roof material. Generally, experts use ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) or thermal poly olefin based rubber membranes for RV roofing. But, before selecting one, you should check your RV manual or talk to your RV seller to learn which one would be best. Do not allow silicone sealant on your roof. It peels easily when dry, therefore, allowing water or outer environment to get in.

Maintaining the RV rubber roof is vital for your vehicle and it can be rewarding for people who are thinking about reselling the RV. You can even impress your potential buyers by explaining how rubber roofs are lightweight, UV resistant, and last more than a couple of decades. So, by keeping them well maintained.

Do you miss the smooth purring sound your RV engine used to make when you switched it on? An aging/malfunctioning battery can make your RV ride frustrating with consistent engine ignition problems. Ignoring these problems would turn our ‘funV’ into a box of disappointment; taking too much time to start, dying in the middle of your trip leaving you stranded. That is certainly the most inconvenient and unsafe way to travel. And you cannot have that, especially when you are thinking about selling the RV. and the deals you are looking for would be gone forever. The only way to handle these issues is maintaining the batteries properly. How? Well, here are a few suggestions that can get you started.

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Charging the Battery

It could be aging, over usage or lack of usage that pushed your battery to the breaking point. However, proper maintenance can work wonders to prevent repairing or replacing the battery. Charge your battery when its charge drops to 80 percent or more. If you do not, a chemical reaction known as sulfation will occur, degrading the battery performance. You should also check and reduce the discharge depth of your battery. And make sure it has more than at least 10.5 volts while discharging. Make it a habit to recharge your battery every few days even if it is in the garage, to stop it from discharging automatically.

Look for Parasitic Loads

Appliances like LP-gas leak detectors, clocks, and stereos siphon power from your battery thus leading it to discharge even when the RV is not in use. You can tackle this problem by using the battery disconnect switch. When your RV is not in use, shut down the power supply from the battery to prevent it from discharging automatically.

Keep the Battery Performance in Check

Checking your RV battery for performance will give you clues about whether you need a better maintenance plan or if it is time to replace the old fellow. You can use a multimeter to check the performance level. Hook it up with the battery and check the readings after charging the battery. If it shows around or over 12 volts (engine off), and 13.8 to 14.5 volts (with engine on) then it is working fine. Also, check if your battery is showing a pattern of losing all the charge overnight (from being fully charged). That could indicate you need a new battery for the RV.
Boosting up the RV resale price is not simple, with so many sellers out there. But, remember that to start their trip right away. Keeping your battery in check can win you huge points in this regard.

Your buyer would not like a puddle of water greeting them every time they enter the RV (after you sell it of course). Nobody does. But, that is exactly what is going to happen if you are not prepared to deal with leakage problems. It could be a cracked pipe or some other plumbing malfunction that brought in the water. However, leaving it unattended would certainly cause permanent damage to your RV, shrinking its resale value. Here before it turns your RV into a mini water park or cause permanent damage. So, let us get to it.

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Making Sure There is a Leak

Before starting with the plumbing, you need to be sure that the water inside your RV is coming from the pipes and not seeping from the roof. To do that, you can check the outside of the RV for signs of water drips anywhere. Then close all the faucets in your vehicle and check the RV water pump. If the pump activates itself, then be sure that there is a crack and the pump is trying to stabilize the water pressure, lost through the leakage. Do not ignore such problems or you might have to compromise on the resale value as compensation for the water damage.

Dry Off the Moisture

The faster you can get the moisture off the wooden floor and furniture, the better. Otherwise, your cabinets, floor, tables and anything wooden will be saturated with moisture and start rotting from the inside. So, remove the carpets and mats from the floor and dry the place. You can use an electric fan. If you live in a dry area, open up the windows and doors in your RV to speed up the drying process.

Check and Recheck the Fittings

It is always better to ask professionals to plug the water leakage in your RV. But, if you are thinking of pulling off a D-I-Y stunt, then you better know what you are doing. Either way, do not forget to check all the fittings or faucets including the one you have replaced/fixed. Turn your RV pump on and check if other parts of the plumbing system are working properly or not.

Just keep these suggestions in mind to handle RV water leakage problems in time. Water damage and leakage can cut your RV resale value in half, so .

So, you are selling your RV? Then, have you checked whether its water pump is working or not? Putting up your old home-on-wheels with a faulty pump will not do you any good. Nor will it fetch you a good price. So, here is how you can :

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Diagnosing the Problem

Check whether you’ve left the drain open and kept thinking that you were actually filling up the water tank. Remember to reconnect all lines between the pump and the tank after you’ve finished pumping motor home antifreeze between the water lines. Before jumping to the conclusion that your RV’s water is not working, check whether you’ve forgotten to open the shut-off valve. Check the power supply at the fuse using a voltmeter. Make sure that the pump is properly grounded as good grounding makes the circuit.

Replacing the Pump

Once you have identified that there is a problem with your RV’s water pump, you need to replace the same. Here is how you can do it:

  • Drain your RV’s fresh water tank

  • Detach all the water lines. Keep a few towels handy because there will be still some water left in the lines. The towels will come useful if the water runs out.

  • Detach all electrical lines

  • Remove the water pump very carefully from the mounting

  • Carry the pump to your work bench

Installing a New Water Pump

A range of RV water pumps is available in the market, and you’ll get them from $60-$150. Installing a new pump is easy. Simply remount the pump and reinstall the water lines. Make sure that you apply Teflon tape on any pipe thread connections. Take a look at the arrows on the pump that shows which port is the ‘in’ and which is the ‘out’. Read up the user manual that comes with the new pump to make it operable.

Once you have an up and running water pump, you can sell your RV fast and clinch a fair deal. . Contact us today and connect to thousands of potential buyers looking for a used RV.