April 24, 2019
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RV pros and cons: Travel trailers
Travel trailers are RVs that hitch up to a tow vehicle’s rear bumper using a ball or coupler hitch. They are usually anywhere from 15′-35’ long and can normally sleep between 4-8 people. You can pick up a nice travel trailer for as low as $15,000.
• Most are very lightweight for easy towing and great mpg’s
• Less expensive than fifth wheels
• Hitch onto the rear bumper of the tow vehicle, so no need for a king-pin hitch
• Many models can be towed with an SUV or a ½-ton truck
• Because it’s separate from the tow vehicle, you have local transportation once you’re at your destination
• Can easily strap items (canoe, paddleboards, kayaks) to the roof since it has low clearance
• Since it’s not motorized, it won’t have any mechanical problems
• Better resale value than a motorized RV
• These RVs are the least stable on the road and require more skill to drive and back up
• Less storage space than a fifth wheel because it doesn’t have a raised front section
• Takes time to set up and break down at a campsite
• These can be difficult to maneuver into tight spaces
• Need a large, dedicated storage space for a travel trailer when it’s not in use
• You don’t have access to the living area while you’re moving.
—From Lake Shore RV Center Blog.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Rig too big for Washington, D.C.? Park and bike!
The folks at WinnebagoLife say, “Bike tours of the city are a great way to see a lot in a short amount of time. When we visited Washington, D.C., last fall, we only had a couple of days and a long list of things we wanted to see and do. We parked our RV at the Greenbelt Metro Station and took our bikes with us on the subway. Each train can accommodate three bikes inside the doors at either end of each car. We then took the Green Line straight to L’Enfant Plaza and explored the National Mall by bike – a great way to cover a lot of ground quickly. If you don’t have your own bikes with you, there are stands everywhere downtown that allow you to rent a bike by the hour or for the whole day.”
RV generator shopping
When looking to purchase a generator, the best way to determine the proper size generator is to add the total amount of wattage you plan to use at the same time and size the generator based on your needs. There are generator sizing charts to assist with this. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
This website has the sounds of 602 species of birds. Make yourself sound fancy when your campground neighbor complains about a loud 5 a.m. chirper. You can respond, “Oh that? That’s just a Plumbeous Vireo!”
Keep your food cool with this RV fridge fan
Every RV refrigerator should have one of these!
This small refrigerator fan from Valterra Products will help keep the food in your RV fridge cool and from spoiling. It cuts down initial cool-down time by 50 percent. Runs for more than 30 days on 2 D batteries. Don’t leave home without this! Learn more or order here.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
How many opticians does it take to change a lightbulb?
Is it one or two? One… or two? One… or two?
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