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!

Check life-support systems

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Recreational vehicles usually contain one or more life-supporting systems, such as water, gas and waste disposal. Check these regularly, too. Water systems need only to be drained periodically and flushed with fresh water. You can remove stale taste in the system by adding a mild baking soda solution to the flush. All you need do for the disposal system is to drain as required; for any complications, call a plumber. Propane gas systems for heat and cooking are usually maintenance free; just keep burner heads clean. All three of these systems do require occasional tightening of fittings. Check propane gas lines for leaks at connections by brushing on a mild soap solution and noting the location of bubbles. Never check with a lighted match!

Most motor homes have a 12-volt auxiliary lighting system that draws power from a second battery. Give it the attention you give your engine electrical system battery and you shouldn’t have any trouble. If your unit also has a 11 a-volt alternating current system for appliances, it will draw power from a separate generator that runs on gasoline from the main fuel system. Service this small engine regularly, too.

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.

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

Why We Love ATVS & UTVS

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I’ve been riding ATVs, since I was a young kid, and I have to say they are  just as fun now as they were back then. I can’t tell you how many times I managed to get mine stuck in the mud and had to have my brother come help me get it out. As I’ve gotten older, ATVs have served more as a powerful tool, than just a toy. While they will always be fun to ride, there is much more an ATV & UTV can do. Below I have compiled a list of some of my favorite ways to get your money out of that powerful machine.

1.)Hunting

It’s common sense that some of the best hunting spots are a long way from where people generally live. An ATV or UTV allows you to reach terrains and wooded areas that you just wouldn’t be able to get to all by yourself. Especially if you are lugging around gear. Now days you can even put a small heater in a UTV to keep you warm when you are out there at 4 in the morning. There is a reason that field and stream magazine have a whole section on ATVs and how to use them properly for hunting, they make hunting a lot more fun.

2.) Making Heavy Work Easy

Whether you live on a ranch or just have a decent size property an ATV/UTV can come in handy. It saves your back a lot of work of manual labor. Saves the legs a lot of miles of walking. A lot of the manual labor that you are doing could be made a lot easier with an ATV/UTV. Here are just a few ideas: ATV seed spreader, weed spot sprayer, tool holders, ATV trailer (for hauling absolutely anything), and many more.

3.) Hitting the Trails

For many riding in the back country is the only reason they have an ATV. For them it means riding hard and riding fast. It means rock crawling and hill climbing. It means out in the middle of nowhere just you and your ATV. However, others just love to ride leisurely in the back country and enjoy the outdoors. Whatever you style is there is something to be said for the great experience of back country trails in an ATV/UTV.

4.) Snow Plow

Now this is the real money maker, and granted it doesn’t apply to everyone, but when winter comes around, people will ATVs/UTV become the most popular person on the block. Buy a snow plow and you will make your money back tenfold. Some advantages that come to mind: makes snow removal fun, much easier on the back, makes it quicker,
and finally (most importantly) it gives you a good opportunity to fire up your quad every once in awhile.

A quick side note, toy haulers add a whole new dimension to ATV/UTVS. They open a gateway of possibilities for hitting the trails and hunting. Now you can do it anywhere in the country and still have place to sleep at night. The sale of toy haulers is on the rise with more and more people acquiring new recreational “toys” that they want to take along on their travels. Lucky for you, outdoor activities are never-ending in Texas. Here are a couple ideas of where you can use your favorite recreational “toys” in the Lone Star State.

Lewis RV

Lewis RV Center is proud to carry ATVS & UTVS manufactured by the Hisun Motor Corporation. They might not be the most familiar name in powersports, but there’s a good chance you’ve already enjoyed one of our many UTV’s or ATV’s. Hisun Motors Corp USA consistently ranks among the largest providers of UTV’s in the United States and Canada year after year. They make quality products that work hard and last even longer. We stand by their products and you should too.

Visit us at Lewis RV Center in Oklahoma. Check out our line of new and used toy haulers and be sure to check out our line of Hinsun ATVS and UTVS  that are sure to meet your recreational needs. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable and will be able to help you select the RV of your dreams. Stop by today!

About Lewis RV Center

The Lewis FamilyLewis RV Center is a family owned business built on Christian beliefs. Over the last fifty years we have worked hard to build a good reputation in the community and offer the best prices RV Sales, Parts, & Service prices in town. A good many of our customers are repeat buyers so we must be doing something right!

Here are a few other reason to choose Lewis RV Center:

  • 8 RV service bays available to get you in and out
  • Certified RV technicians
  • Friendly staff
  • Factory trained RV sales staff
  • RV Financing available
  • We buy, sell, trade & consign RVs
  • RV Manufacturer incentives
  • Excellent customer service before, during, & after the sale
  • Large RV parts & Accessories Department
  • Authorized warranty RV service center for most major appliances
  • Quality RV Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels, Toy Haulers, & Fold Down Campers
  • RV Trusted Manufactures: Keystone, Heartland, Forest River, & Open Range

Welcome to Lewis RV Center!

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Lewis RV Center has been your RV dealer in OKC since 1963. We have one of the largest selections of towable RVs for sale in the Oklahoma City area including: fifth wheels, travel trailers, toy haulers, and pop-up trailers for sale. Our new RV models include Forest River Salem, Open Range, Open Range Light, Open Range Mesa Ridge, Keystone Bullet, Keystone Bullet Premiere, Keystone Fuzion, Keystone Alpine, Keystone Avalanche, Keystone Torque, Heartland Impact, Heartland Landmark, and Heartland Cyclone.

Now your Oklahoma Hisun ATV, UTV, Sport UTV, and outdoor accessory dealer!

Take a look around and please be sure to contact us if there’s anything we can help you with!