How To Maintain Your RV

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When your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel is kept clean and attractive, it can make a difference of several thousand dollars when you sell or trade it.  Just as when you sell your home or car, “shine can put a gleam in a buyer’s eye”.  And, you’ll enjoy using a camper that’s clean and well maintained!

Whether a camper is fiberglass or aluminum, UV rays, tree sap, bird droppings, acid rain and road salt will fade the paint if it’s not protected.

Your RV needs to be washed and waxed periodically.  Given the size of most RVs, many people aren’t able to wax them. If your RV is new or a late model, you can buy a protection package, which eliminates the need for waxing. The protection packages include exterior paint sealant and interior fabric, carpet, vinyl and leather protection.  Another good option to protect the exterior of your camper is to buy a cover.  Covers are made for all types and sizes of RVs as well as for your tow vehicles.

Tires need care to keep them in good shape, too.  Obviously, they must be inflated at the proper pressure.  Also, protecting tires from cracking and drying out is important.  Covers made to protect RV wheels are great to use when you’re parked at a campground and when the RV is in storage.

If you have an awning on your camper, it should be cleaned from time to time.  When it is wet, leave it open to dry, as rolling it up wet could cause mildew to form.

Your camper’s windshield and windows should be kept clean and free of bugs and road debris.  There are window cleaners made for RVs that will remove any stubborn particles.

The interior’s condition will make a big difference in resale or trade-in value.  If there are carpet stains, dirty appliances, upholstery tears or stains, unpleasant odors, etc., your camper will not be as valuable as one that is clean.  If you have a protection package, the carpet, upholstery, leather and vinyl will be protected from fading and stains.  Otherwise, you must wipe up any spills as soon as possible.  Occasionally, it’s a good idea to shampoo the carpeting.  And, clean the bathroom, refrigerator, stove, oven and microwave as you would at home.

Finally, make sure the caulking on your camper’s roof and around the windows is solid.  If water were to leak into the interior, the stains or damage would affect the camper’s resale value.

When your RV is clean and beautiful, you’ll enjoy traveling in it and be proud to show it off when you reach your destination!

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A Great Place To Go RVing: RV Camping in Orlando, FL

 

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Now that school is out, families are packing up their RVs and hitting the road.  One great place for a family RV vacation is the Orlando, FL area.  Obviously, the theme parks are big attractions, and there are numerous other activities to keep everyone as busy as they’d like or as relaxed as can be.

Orlando Activities

Major theme parks include Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot.  You’ll also enjoy Universal Studios, FL and Universal Islands of Adventure, Sea World Orlando and Discovery Cove.

Shopping, such as the Orlando Premium Outlets, is another popular activity!

The Orlando area is a golfer’s paradise with more than 170 golf courses!   Other outdoor activities enjoyed there are fishing, boating, water parks and other water sports.

The area has a lively cultural scene with all kinds of music, theater, art museums, gardens and historical sights.

In the evening, many visitors head to Universal City Walk, Disney’s Boardwalk or Downtown Disney for their various restaurants and attractions.

A great resource for planning an Orlando vacation is VisitOrlando.com.

RV Resorts

Here are five RV Resorts that you and your family will enjoy:

Tropical Palms Resort & Campground

Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Kissimmee / Orlando KOA

Ponderosa RV Park

You’ll find a variety of activities at these campgrounds, and they are convenient to  the area’s attractions.   It seems that nobody is too old or too young to enjoy an RV trip to Orlando!

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Questions You Should Ask An RV Salesperson

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If you are in the market for a motorhome, travel trailer or 5thwheel, you very likely have lots of questions. Perhaps you’ve never owned an RV before and you don’t know what to ask.  When you go to an RV dealership, it’s wise to have your questions written down to avoid forgetting anything.  Here is a list of suggested questions that an RV salesperson should be able to answer for you.  When you get the answers to them, you should feel confident that you will be knowledgeable enough to choose the right RV for you and your family.

1.    What can my vehicle tow?  What do I need to tow a 5th wheel?

2.    What is the warranty on a new RV?

3.    What are the advantages of a motorhome and a towable?

4.    Do you arrange financing?

5.    If I buy this will I be able to get it serviced around the country?

6.    Do you sell and install hitch packages for towing?

7.    Where I can store this RV if I can’t park it at home?

8.    Are you going to show us how to work everything?

9.    What are the differences between buying new and used RVs?

10.   Do you offer a warranty on a used RV?

11.   What additional items will I need for the RV?

12.   How is towing a trailer different from towing a 5th wheel?

13.   How does the financing work?

14.   Will I be able to park a large RV at any campground?

15.   What kind of maintenance is required on an RV?

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