RV Roof Care & Maintenance

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One of the most neglected areas on your RV is the roof, out of site out of mind. The problem is if you don’t keep the roof clean and inspect the roof seams on a regular basis you could end up with, expensive to repair, water damage. Most RVs built today use a rubber roofing material. If you want to get a long life out of your RV roof here are some things you can do.

Safety first! Be extremely careful whenever you are working on your RV roof. You can be seriously injured from a fall. You have to get on the roof of your RV to properly clean and inspect it for any damage or potential water leaks. The first step is the ladder you use to get up on the roof. If your RV does not have a ladder on the back to access the roof it is probably not designed to be walked on. In this situation, it may be necessary to use a couple pieces of plywood or particleboard to help distribute your weight. Many RV manufacturers have an option called roof rack and ladder ready. If the RV dealer orders this option the roof is built with a heavier roof decking. Even so, you need to walk lightly when you’re on the roof and be careful.

Rubber roofing on an RV is a great product, but like everything else without routine preventive maintenance it will not last as long as it could. First of all there are different types of rubber roofs. Different manufacturers provide different instructions with their product. What we want to concentrate on today is what applies to all rubber roofs used on RVs.

Caution: There are other types of RV roofing material used like fiberglass, aluminum and vinyl. READ your roof manufacturers instructions for proper cleaning and sealing techniques to prevent damage to your roof and possibly void your warranty.

Rubber roofs should be cleaned three to four times a year and depending on where you park or store your RV it may need to be cleaned more often. Regardless of the type of rubber roof you have, NEVER use any cleaners or conditioners that contain petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives, or citrus ingredients. These types of cleaners can cause permanent damage to any rubber or vinyl surface. Most manufacturers of rubber roofs recommend you use a medium bristle brush and a non-abrasive cleaner. For light cleaning you can use warm water and a mild detergent like Dawn dish washing liquid. To clean, condition and protect the roof I use B.E.S.T Rubber Roof cleaner and protectant. Hard to clean areas like stubborn stains caused by leaves, sap, mold or mildew may require a second treatment. Use caution to prevent the cleaners from getting on the sides of the RV. ALWAYS rinse the sides, front and back of your RV before rinsing the roof to prevent streaking or damage to the finish on your RV.

Cleaning the roof is only part of maintaining it. Every time you clean the roof you need to inspect the sealants around all of the openings and the seams on the roof. Water will take the path of least resistance and if there is the smallest opening it will find it. You need to thoroughly inspect the roof sealants for potential leaks and reseal any areas of the roof seams and around openings where you suspect a leak. Caution: Check with your RV dealer for sealants that are compatible with your roofing material.

Cleaning, inspecting and sealing your RV roof can add years to the life of the roof and help prevent costly repairs caused by water damage.

Happy Camping!

Get the Most From Your Camp Stove

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Do you love home cooked meals, hot and fresh, prepared with care. It gives you more energy and keeps me healthy. The same is true when you’re camping.  You should cook culinary delights on a well-maintained camp stove. Here’s how to make sure you can.

Don’t wait until you’re on the trail.

Test my stove before the camping trip. I make sure it works at home where you only a phone call away from the store or manufacturer.

If it’s a new camp stove,  boil water with it. This way you get used to its functions and find out what its quirks are.

  • Is it difficult to prime?
  • Is it stable?
  • Does it need a windscreen?

This will give you an idea of what to expect when I’m camping. It also burns off the protective oils and coatings.

If it’s an old camp stove, You’ll know if it needs repair. There is nothing worse than getting to the campsite and having to come back because your stove is broken.

Use the ideal fuel.

If your camp stove uses multiple fuels, and the manufacturer recommends one type over another, you always use the preferred fuel. Using alternative fuels can clog the burner or shorten the life of the camp stove. Only use alternative fuels if the recommended fuel isn’t available.

The wrong fuel can ruin your stove. If fuel has a funny odor, debris, or sludge at the bottom of it,  assume it has been contaminated, dispose of it properly, and get fresh fuel.

Water and debris can clog a fuel line. Use a fuel funnel outfitted with a small screen to pre-filter fuel, and check inside for water and debris before filling my fuel containers.

If you use disposable fuel canisters please try to recycle them, if not, dispose of them per the instructions on the can. Remember: Leave No Trace! Pack it in. Pack it out.

Tip: recheck your fuel containers before you leave. Murphy’s Law dictates that full fuel containers become mysteriously empty when you’re ready to use them.

Get spare parts and a maintenance kit. Learn to use them.

Again, home is the best place to try things out. Practice using the repair kit in this controlled environment. Get used to changing those tiny o-rings in proper lighting, not when you are shivering and hungry in the wilderness.

NEVER OPERATE A BROKEN STOVE. IT COULD CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY.

Clean your stove after each camping trip. A properly cared for stove can literally give decades of service.

Tip: Read the directions that come with your stove and maintenance kit. They have a lot more details about your particular stove than I can cover here.

Store your camp stove properly.

While camping, store my camp stove and fuel away from food (in a side pocket of my pack). Many camp stoves come with padded sacks or special stove cases for this purpose.

After camping, store my camp stove separately from the fuel, especially liquid fuels. When you’re done with my trip I remove all the fuel canisters from my gear. Leaking fuel canisters can ruin a pack or other nylon materials.

Having a camp stove is vital to your culinary camping enjoyment. Keep your stove working and keep yourself in good health. You’ll be glad you did.

Follow routine maintenance

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For the engine compartment, periodically check stud nuts around the carburetor and on the manifold for tightness. Make sure the carburetor is clean and the linkage pivot points are lubricated and free moving. Check all bolts and screws around the fuel pump and its lines for tightness. Drive belts on the fan and alternator, air conditioning and power steering must have the proper tension and not be damaged. Keep the air cleaner and fuel filter clean. Oil level and condition is critical on RV engines, so change it and the oil filter regularly. Watch for leaks around filter, oil pan and rocker arm covers.

The cooling system ranks with the oil in importance. To keep rust and scale from building up, thoroughly flush and drain the system at least every two years, refilling it with a good glycol-base coolant with a rust inhibitor. The radiator, radiator hoses and water pump must be checked for leaks and loose connections. Make sure hoses are firm; soft or cracked ones may blow under pressure.

A clean battery with tight connections, good electrolyte level and no corrosion will be dependable. Dust and caked-on dirt can harm the alternator, generator or even the distributor, so they must be thoroughly cleaned. All engine wiring must be in a position where jouncing from rough terrain or engine movement won’t cause chafing. Also, engine heat can melt insulation on electrical wiring, so make sure wiring is out of the way.

The fluid level in automatic transmissions is critical. Check it regularly. Automatic transmission fluid is usually red; when it looks brownish, it needs changing because it’s either dirty or has been burned through overheating. Inspect shift linkage for security, too.

Off-road driving is rough on chassis parts; shock absorbers, even heavy-duty ones, won’t last as long. Check their condition more frequently than you would on a car. Proper wheel alignment is necessary for good handling but is hard to maintain if you drive on rough roads. Check for bent tie rods and links. Front and rear wheel bearings should be inspected if the vehicle is used off road or the wheels are frequently submerged in water. Inspect for rust and corrosion on brake linings, too.

Tires and wheels are your only contact with the road when you’re under way, so they demand attention for safety as well as handling. Check rims for dents, lug nuts for tightness and tires for uneven tread wear, abrasions and proper inflation pressures. All wiring for external lights should get a complete checkup for tightness of connections, breaks and other potential malfunctions.

When you check over the engine compartment and chassis of your recreational vehicle, remember the two major troublemakers: dirt and vibration. Dust collected on back roads combines with moisture and packs the smallest crevice. Jolts from bumps and potholes are transmitted throughout the chassis and engine, gradually loosening everything that can turn. Routine maintenance should include cleaning and tightening.

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.

Appalachia Bay Recreation Area and Park

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If you’ve got a need for speed and all things dirt roads, then Appalachia Bay Recreation Area is the place for you.  This ORV/ATV Park is a popular destination for anyone looking for a place to break out the ATV, Motorcycles, motorbikes and UTV’s.

Located on an island adjacent to Keystone Park, Appalachia Bay Rec area is Oklahoma’s destination for ATV fun and excitement.  The terrain of the trails takes you through sand beaches, briar bushes, mud pits and through the woods. You’ll experience beautiful views of the lake as well.

Campgrounds are available on the mainland at Keystone State Park campground.  Tent camping and RV’s of all sizes are permitted.  There is beach access so you can enjoy the sunshine, fishing and boating.

Daily fees are $5 per vehicle or you can buy a season pass for $30. For more information visit www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/oklahoma_02792/ride_d841.htm

Lewis RV Center

At Lewis RV Center we have a great selection of Hisuain ATV’s, UTV’s and sport UTV’s. If you are looking to buy something to give you that adrenaline rush, come take a look at our ATV’s! While you are here, check out our wide selection of RVs as well.

Lewis RV Center Toy Haulers

So, you just bought your newest HiSun ATV from Lewis RV Center in Oklahoma City and you can’t wait to get out and try it, right? The good thing about ATV’s is they are good to go in pretty much any type of weather.  However, you may want to wait until spring to push these fun and powerful ATV’s to their full capacity.  There are a multitude of trails to ride and back country to explore in Oklahoma City, but you can’t ride on the main roads on an ATV. So, how are you going to get it there? Lucky for you, Lewis RV Center has a variety of toy haulers for sale that will suit your needs for hauling your ATV.

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Top Toy Hauler brands include Keystone and Heartland, and Lewis RV Center has them both.  New 2015 models are available on our lot at affordable prices.

2015_Keystone_Fuzion_5179039The Keystone Fuzion is the newest model of toy hauler from the manufacturer and features new upgrades to fit everyone’s tastes and needs.  The Fuzion is 42’ in Length and 13.3’ High.  It is equipped with 15,000 BTU A/C throughout with a second A/C unit and heat strip in the garage.  The interior features cherry cabinets in the kitchen, a fireplace with surround in the main living space, memory foam mattresses in the master bedroom, and a massaging shower fixture in the bathroom.  The garage features a 5’ patio door made with safety glass and a screen and privacy curtain to keep your “toys” protected.  There is also a washer and dryer hookup, diamond plated protection on the sidewalls and the floor is made from a gas and oil resistant tuff ply flooring.  With a size of 12’ x 8’, the garage on the Fuzion is the perfect size to fit an ATV, motorcycle, or dirt bike.

photoHeartland RV’s also has a new 2015 model toy hauler called the Cyclone.  This toy hauler measures in at 44’x 8’5” and has many designer updates.  The kitchen was redone with walnut cabinets; made more room for storage, and includes stainless steel appliances. The A/C unit was equipped with a whisper quiet system to allow you to keep counting sheep while you sleep.  A 50 in flat screen LCD HDTV adorns the main living quarters with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, including 2 marine grade exterior speakers so you can enjoy your favorite music outdoors and in!  The Cyclone is also equipped with Bluetooth compatible stereos throughout the unit, garage, and exterior.  The garage is finished with plywood flooring and a built in overhead cabinet with an entertainment system.  The door is a 3,000 lb ramp that was redesigned to be lighter than ever.  Space in the garage is also 12’ long and is perfect for hauling around your ATV.

For more information on these and other model ATV’s available at our showroom, visit www.lewisrvcenter.com . Any questions give us a call and let our experienced staff help you with all your ATV, Toy Hauler, and RV needs. Call 405-232-1800