RV Patio Mats

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A beautiful patio mat extends your living space and defines your outdoor area in an elegant way, and we love ours.

But they can be pricey if you’re just getting started with weekend RVing. An alternative is to get some green indoor/outdoor carpeting. We had this with our popup tent trailer, and it fit the bill perfectly (and our friends who now own our popup still use it!).

What Is Level and How Do You Know?

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Determining what constitutes “level” inside an imperfectly constructed RV is an interesting trick. We used a carpenter’s level on our kitchen floor, in several directions, and on our table, and on the bedroom floor. Of course, none agreed! But we found a good compromise and then mounted some RV levels on the outside of the rig to give us a reasonable guess when we’re setting up.

There are two different types of levels: Bubble Levels that have an air bubble that floats to the high side, and Ball Levels that have a ball that drops to the low side. Bubble levels are more responsive (the bubble moves more quickly as the RV moves). Ball levels take a few seconds to react. If you use both types, you can get confused because they move in opposite directions.

We have a large Level Master level on the fifth wheel pin box that is easy to see from inside the truck. We also have two small bubble levels on the trailer on the corner by the landing jack power button, one facing forward (for left to right leveling) and one facing sideways (for front to back leveling).

Our pin box mounted Level Master, a ball level, is easy to see from inside the truck. When the trailer is higher on one side than the other, the Level Master ball falls to the low side.

Our smaller levels on the front corner of the fifth wheel are bubble levels, so the one on the front of the rig showing the side-to-side level has a bubble that rises to the high side. This is the opposite of the ball level on the pin box, and sometimes, when we are struggling with white line fever from hours on the road, this messes us up.

I’d recommend sticking to either ball levels or bubble levels and not mixing and matching like we did! A good solution might be to mount a ball level like this on both the pin box and on the front of the trailer near the landing jack power button.

Why do you need two side-to-side levels? When I’m running around placing the boards in line with the wheels for Mark to drive onto, I want to see a level on the fiver easily myself, and the front of the pin box is impossible to see from the side of the truck when we’re hitched up.

However, lots of folks rely on a single pin box mounted level that has both side-to-side and forward-back levels in it. There are a few from Camco and Hopkins that are very popular.

Tire Repair Or Replacement

Even the most cautious drivers can accidentally drive over a nail, screw or glass. If a tire loses all or most of its air pressure, you should take your vehicle to a Camping World Service Center. Punctures don’t just affect the
surface of the tire, they affect the inside as well. That’s why only trained technicians using industry-approved methods and materials should inspect and repair, or replace a tire.

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Mixing Tire Types
When you mix tires of different constructions, sizes and stage of treadwear, it can affect handling and performance. Goodyear recommends using the same size and type of tire on the same axle.

Wheels And Ratings
It’s important that tire and wheel ratings are compatible. For example, a tire rated at 3,000 pounds should never be mounted on a wheel rated at 2,000 pounds. Your Camping World Service Center can help you match tires and wheels for enhanced protection and performance.

Outdoor Recreational Vehicle Furniture

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Don’t forget outdoor recreational furniture when you’re stocking your RV for your first trip. Many RVers spend as much time outdoors relaxing as they do inside their RV, and you’ll need comfortable and durable outdoor recreational vehicle furniture if you want to be relaxed and in style outdoors. You can find a variety of comfortable and fun styles as well as a range of colors of outdoor recreational furniture.

As you shop for outdoor recreational furniture, you’ll find that your choices aren’t just limited to plastic chairs and tables. You’ll discover outdoor recliners, folding picnic sets, adjustable height tables, grill tables, and much more. Since you spend so much time outdoors when you travel in your RV, it pays to shop for the most comfortable and versatile outdoor recreational vehicle furniture you can find.

RV Replacement Furniture

If you’re searching for RV replacement furniture, you may be able to find surplus furniture online, or you might find it at local dealers who are closing out discontinued lines or old RV parts and replacements. Some RV furniture manufacturers put their surplus furniture online at deeply discounted prices, so you can save quite a bit of money if you shop around.

When you purchase RV replacement furniture, check with the seller to find out if the purchase price includes installation of the new RV replacement furniture and removal of the old furniture. If you’re purchasing a big piece of RV replacement furniture, such as a mattress or sofa, take time beforehand to make measurements to make sure it will fit in the door of your RV. Many items of RV replacement furniture are so large that you have to take out a window or the windshield in order to get them inside the RV.

Save Money in an RV

How to Save Money when Traveling

Are you looking to save money on your next vacation? Tired of staying in overpriced hotels and eating at overpriced restaurants? If so, you may want to take your next vacation in an RV.  Not only can you save money while in your RV, but a new study released by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association found that taking your vacation in an RV will help you save money even before your vacation begins.

RVIA Study

The study, which was commissioned by RVIA and conducted by PKF Consulting, concluded that RV vacations will save a family of four a lot of cash when taking their vacations in certain types of RVs. Some highlights of the study indicated that on average, including ownership costs, the cost per day of the camping vacation using a folding camping trailer was found to be about:

  • 45 percent less expensive than the cost of comparable car/hotel combination vacations
  •  61 percent less than the cost of a comparable air/hotel vacation
  • 47 percent less than the cost of the comparable air/rental home or condo vacation.

Another RV compared was the cost per day of the camping vacation using a Type C motorhome. Those results found that it was on average:

  • 27 percent less expensive than the cost of comparable car/hotel combination vacations
  • 48 percent less than the cost of a comparable air/hotel
  • 29 percent less than the cost of the comparable air/rental home or condo vacation

This study is a reminder that owning an RV can be very advantageous when traveling. If you’re looking to save even more money, follow these tips to make sure you get the most bang for your buck on your next vacation.

1. Eat Cheap

A big advantage of having an RV is that you have your own kitchen, as well as access to campgrounds and campfires to cook your meals.

One of the key factors to why RVing is less expensive than regular travel is that in an RV you can make your own meals, eliminating the expense of eating out in restaurants.

By buying groceries and planning out meals, you can eat well and save money all in one. Here are some items to consider that will fill you up for cheap:

  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Hot Dogs
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Noodles
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches
  • Potatoes

2. Look for Discounted Equipment

Buying equipment and camping supplies can get a little pricey. However, with a little research, you can find ways to get equipment at lower prices. Some of the ways you can avoid paying too much include:

  • Make of list of things you need
  • Making a list will help you avoid spending money on unnecessary items.
  • Attend retail/outlet store sales -Most outdoor retail stores will have at least one clearance event per year. Those are great times to jump on new gear at severely discounted rates.
  • Borrow gear from trusted sources – Borrowing good camping gear from a friend or other trusted source is not only a good way to save money, it’s also a way to avoid buying cheap, unreliable gear.
  • Check reviews online – Checking all products you are thinking of buying online is a good way to make sure that they will be useful and functional.

Saving money on equipment and food will only further your savings of traveling in an RV.

Lewis RV Center

If you want to start saving on your family vacations for years to come, come see us at Lewis RV Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

At Lewis RV Center we offer a wide selection of travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers, as well as plenty of quality used RVs as well. Contact one of our friendly sales representatives today or stop by our location at 1600 East Reno, just one mile east of Bricktown, and let us help get you in a quality RV today!

Comment below with your favorite tips for saving money while on vacation!

BABY FRIENDLY RV DESTINATIONS

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Babies are precious traveling companions, but sometimes trying to plan a trip when you have a little one can be a little daunting. Will there be appropriate accommodations? Are we going to run out of diapers, food, etc.? Did we remember to pack everything he or she needs? That’s why an RV makes the ideal mode of travel for anyone with a baby. While it isn’t as simple as slinging the baby over your shoulder and taking off on an adventure, traveling in an RV is like moving in a fully functional home. So with a little preparation, just about any RV destination can be a breeze.

Advantages of RVing with a Baby:

  • They don’t care about your itinerary. As long as the baby is safe and basic needs are met, you can still do most of the activities RVing-baby2_1you normally would enjoy.
  • They won’t complain about your choice of restaurant or the fact that you want to visit a history museum.
  • In an RV it’s easier to create a routine for the baby than vacationing in a hotel.
  • No bathroom stops while driving (for 5th wheel & travel trailers).
  • They sleep A LOT and with a baby monitor that allows you to enjoy some downtime in and around the RV.

A Few things to Consider:

  • You’ll have to be flexible and change diapers in odd places.
  • You’re at the mercy of their hunger; plan accordingly before you hit the road.
  • Babies rely on you for their safety. Common factors to consider while camping are temperature, sunscreen and bugs.
  • Babies can’t communicate health issues like adults can. It’s worth staying in areas with cell phone coverage in case of emergencies.

Babies are generally happy, entertaining, and ultimately they just want to be around you. So where you go RVing and where you stay is up to you. Below are a few ideal RV destinations for traveling with baby.

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The Beach

Beaches (ocean, lakes, rivers) are a huge draw for the travel and RV industry for a good reason, they’re beautiful! You don’t have to park your RV at the beach to enjoy it. Pack a few essentials and you’re good to go out for a day trip to the beach. Remember sunscreen and some shade. Jogging strollers are fantastic to navigate around the sand.

The City

At first glance visiting a city might not be the secluded RV adventure you had in mind. But even if you don’t consider staying in a city an exciting adventure, you can park in the wilderness and take a day trip into the city.

Hiking Area

You can and should still explore with a baby. That doesn’t mean you should be doing strenuous hikes with the little one, but at least continue to see new and unique areas. There are countless scenic “baby friendly” hikes that are short and easy. For an easy and short hike, just do a few laps around the RV Park.

RV Resort

It’s tough not to beam from ear to ear when you’re splashing around in a heated pool with your baby. There are fantastic RV resorts that offer luxury experiences. From heated kid pools, train rides, to family movie nights, RV resorts can have some great opportunities for you and your family to enjoy time with the baby.

Friends and Family

People LOVE when babies come to visit. Take this opportunity to travel to visit friends and family to share the joy of the little one. Probably the most common way to go about this is Yamping (yard camping). This gives you the flexibility of spending time with your hosts but still giving them (and yourself) some space.

Great Food

It’s easy to become a foodie when you RV because you can enjoy a fantastic variety of food experiences. Pick up fresh food from farmer’s market and cook it up back in the RV. Or go out and enjoy quality local food. Babies love the activity and interaction they receive at restaurants.

Community Events

Many RV parks bring people together for social events that are excellent for the entire family including the little one. National board game conventions, potlucks & football parties to name a few. They’ve unified like-minded people with activities that even a baby can participate in (aka just sit there).

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Family Bonding

If there is a place with special meaning to you and your family, bring the baby and enjoy some memorable family bonding time.

What a joy to be able to see so many incredible places with baby. Even though he or she won’t remember traveling at this age, you will. More importantly, when you travel as a family you create good habits and memories that can last a lifetime. Now that we’ve outlined some of our favorite reasons for heading to some of our baby travel destinations we’d like to hear from you.

Where do you enjoy traveling with your baby?