Featured Travel Trailer – 2016 Forest River Cherokee 274 DBH

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As the #1 selling travel trailer dealer in the USA, Forest River continues to design top-quality units that are functional and affordable. This week we are featuring a 2016 Forest River Cherokee 274 DBH that is ON SALE for only $19,900! Continue reading

How to Compost from the Road

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May 29th is National Compost Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by learning to compost from your RV. The RV lifestyle is already known as a “greener” way of living, but by learning to compost much of the waste you produce living on the road, you can help remediate contaminated soil, prevent pollution and enrich the soil around you.

Where to Compost

RV enthusiasts who stay in one location for a long duration of time have an advantage when it comes to making their own compost piles or containers, but with compost sites located in nooks and crannies across the country, you can almost always contribute your waste to a larger compost pile nearby.

How to Compost

If your RV is parked in one place for a long amount of time, you can start your own compost heap on a bare piece of ground, then transfer it to your garden or plants as needed. You can even sell your compost to other farmers and gardeners.

  1. Start by laying twigs or straw on the ground as a base for your compost heap.
  2. Add your composting materials on top, alternating between moist and dry layers. Moist materials include food scraps, seaweed, tea bags, etc., and dry materials are items like straw, ashes, leaves and sawdust.
  3. Add manure, wheatgrass, grass clippings or any other nitrogen source to the top of your compost heap.
  4. Water your compost heap to keep it moist (not soaked), or if you’re in an area with heavy rains, let the rain moisten it.
  5. Cover your compost heap with a plastic sheet, wood or any other covering to help the pile stay moist and warm.
  6. Aerate your compost pile every 2-3 weeks with a shovel to allow oxygen in.
  7. Continue to mix in new materials as you acquire them, and transfer the compost to your garden beds as needed.

Start Your RV Lifestyle at Reines RV Center

Are you on the verge of transitioning to full-time life on the road? Stop in and see us at Reines RV Center — your local Virginia RV center — to browse our huge selection of new and used motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and pop-ups.

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Roadtrip to Roanoke

Get a head start on your travel itinerary with a visit to Reines RV Center. Check out the inventory of new and used travel trailers, motor homes, camper travel trailers and accessories, and select what you need for a roadtrip to Roanoke.

Places of Interest

A trip to Roanoke wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the 88.5-foot neon Roanoke Star and Overlook lighting up the valley for over 70 years. It is Roanoke’s way of saying “welcome.” From the overlook, the city, known as the “Star City of the South” is a twinkling delight. The star is visible from nearly all areas of the city and shines brightly every night until midnight.

The Luray Caverns and Dixie Caverns provide an exciting look at massive structures of stalagmite and stalactite. Take the one-hour tour of Luray and explore the walkways through rooms towering 10-feet high, stone columns and crystal pools. Also onsite are the Car & Carriage exhibit, one-acre ornamental garden and Luray Valley Museum.

At Dixie Caverns, visitors take a 45-minute tour of these beautiful caves first opened to the public in 1923. Onsite are the rock and mineral shop, souvenir shop and an antique mall. Dixie Caverns also offers year-round camping.

Attractions

Mill Mountain Zoo

Open year round, the zoo offers a look at more than 170 animals that include 21 species considered vulnerable and endangered. Plan your visit for the 3rd Saturday of any month between May and October to experience Breakfast with the Animals. Afterwards, take a ride on the Zoo Choo miniature train for a trip around the park.

Virginia Museum of Transportation

Step back in time and learn about the history of the railroads through the museums 50+ exhibits including steam, electric and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and freight cars. The museum also includes vintage cars, trucks and horse drawn carriages and an area covering aviation.

Things to Do

Vineyards and Wineries

A “must do” for wine lovers is exploring The Wine Trail of Botecourt County. Visit three vineyards and enjoy the scenic views along the way and tours and wine tastings at each winery.

Visit Reines RV Center for last minute items and a service check-up then make your way to Roanoke, a city full of charm and history and enjoy museums, art galleries, Mill Mountain Park, hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains and southern hospitality.

Motorhomes vs. Travel Trailers: The Basic Differences

 

Travel Trailers

  • Trailers are less expensive, generally, than motorhomes.  You can buy a new travel trailer for under $10,000.
  • Trailers are less expensive to maintain than motorhomes.
  • If you have a tow vehicle, you’re halfway there; you only need to buy a trailer.
  • Once you park and unhitch the trailer, you have the use of your vehicle.
  • If your vehicle is being serviced, you still can camp in the trailer.
  • The entire interior of a trailer is usable living space.
  • Passengers can’t ride in a moving trailer.
  • Trailers have to be hitched up and unhitched.
  • Trailers have to be hooked up to electricity to use the appliances and air conditioning. Or, you can carry a portable generator.
  • Toy hauler trailers have a ramp and storage room for bikes, motorcycles, etc.  The ramp can also make the trailer wheelchair accessible.
  • The tow vehicle for a large trailer or 5th wheel can be expensive and make the overall cost similar to that of a motorhome.

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Motorhomes

  • Passengers have the use of the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc. while traveling, although it’s recommended that they be seated with seatbelts fastened.  Certain satellite TV dishes provide TV service while a motorhome is being driven.
  • Motorhomes have generators, so the appliances and air conditioning can be used without hooking up to electricity.
  • Motorhomes are more expensive than travel trailers.  New motorhomes can start at less than $50,000.
  • A motorhome can tow a car, motorcycle or boat.
  • If you’re camping in a motorhome and the weather is bad, you don’t have to go outside to access the living space.
  • If a motorhome has to be repaired, you may have to find other accomodations.
  • Motorhomes are more expensive to maintain than travel trailers.
  • Some people prefer driving a motorhome over towing a trailer.

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RV Towing Guide: Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels

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Many people looking for a travel trailer or fifth wheel are unsure of how much weight their vehicle can tow.  Before they can select the best trailer or fifth wheel for their family, they should know the year and make of their vehicle.  From year to year, some vehicles’ towing capacities change.  The Trailer Life Magazine towing guide features a chart listing vehicles and the amount of weight they can tow. It also explains how to hitch up and tow a trailer.

When you click on the link above, you will find a 2011 towing guide.  If your vehicle is older, check the towing guide for the appropriate year.  You can find one in Trailer Life Magazine or your local RV dealership.

When you know how much weight you can tow with your vehicle, it’s easier to choose your perfect new travel trailer or fifth wheel or pre-owned model.  Keep in mind that longer trailers require tow vehicles with longer wheel bases.  It’s important to invest in a good weight distribution hitch and proper sway control.  If you choose a fifth wheel, a bed saver is a good investment as it protects the bed of your pickup truck in the unlikely event that the fifth wheel gets loose.

With so many choices available in travel trailers and fifth wheels, including toy haulers, it’s best to rely on a knowledgeable RV dealer to advise you on your best options.

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How to Choose an RV

How to Choose an RV

With the many choices available in RVs, it can be hard to know which type and size is right for you.  Motorhome, travel trailer or 5th wheel?  Large or small?  Class A or class C motorhome?  Gas or diesel?  Here are some things to consider…..

Think about how you’re going to use the RV.  Short trips?  Weekends?  Longer trips?  Months at a time?  Are you nervous about towing?  What is a comfortable payment range?  How many people do you need to sleep?  How much storage do you need?  Will you be going to campgrounds with full hookups or camping in remote areas where you’ll need a generator?

People often underestimate what size RV will be right for them. They buy small and then, after using the RV, wish they had bought something larger. Before buying an RV, spend some time in it.  Sit in it and imagine yourselves stuck in it for a couple of days due to bad weather.

Travel trailer or motorhome?  You can buy a nice new travel trailer for between $14,000 and $28,000.  An entry level small new motorhome starts at about $55,000.

Travel Trailers

With a travel trailer, you have your tow vehicle to drive once the trailer is parked.  Many trailers can be towed with a medium sized SUV.  If you’re camping in remote areas, you’ll need a portable generator.  Trailers offer many choices of floorplans, so it’s easy to find one that’s perfect for your family.

5th Wheel Trailers

A 5th wheel trailer extends over the bed of a pickup truck.  It offers great exterior storage and is easy to tow.  Some offer installed generators and washers and dryers.  When considering a 5th wheel, find one that you like and know the weight before buying your truck.  You need a truck that can tow that weight.

Motorhomes

An advantage of a motorhome is that people can move around while you are driving.  They can use the restroom or take a nap.  Having a motorhome doesn’t mean you won’t have a car to drive, as most motorhomes have a hitch on the back.  Most motorhomes  have a generator, so you can camp anywhere.

Motorhomes come as class A, class B and class C models.  Class A motorhomes are on a truck chassis, class B models are small and compact and class C models are on a van chassis with a cabover.  There are gasoline and diesel models.

Class A diesel motorhomes normally have air brakes and air ride suspension, making the handling and braking better than gas models.  Plus they have greater power.  Most new gas class A models are on a Ford chassis with a Ford V 10 engine, which is plenty of power.  And, they’re generally a lot less expensive. Think about how many miles you’re going to drive.  Many people put only 3,000 – 5,000 miles on a motorhome.  If you’re not going to drive it much, it may not be worth spending the amount of money a diesel model will cost.  The gas mileage and the diesel mileage are about the same due to the greater weight of the diesel class A motorhome.

In class A models, the front seats swivel around and become part of the living area.  Usually, there is more exterior storage on a class A than other types of motorhomes.  And the driver sits up high and has a large windshield offering great visibility.

Class B motorhomes are often small enough to fit in a regular parking space and are easy to drive around.  The diesel models can get about 17 MPG.  And, they are completely self contained, meaning they have everything you need to live in them.

Class C motorhomes are great for first time buyers.  The van front is lower down, has two doors and the mirrors are close in.  It feels more like driving a van than a bus.  Extra sleeping can be available with a bed over the cab.  Or instead, some have the option of a large TV with storage cabinets.  A new class C model usually costs less than a class A.

Trailers and motorhomes have the options of slide out rooms.  They add a lot to the RV’s livability once you are parked but they do add to the cost.

Financing

Interest rates are very low now, so it’s easy to find an RV with a payment that’s comfortable for you.  And, RV loans usually result in a tax deduction as a second home mortgage.

We hope this answers your questions and helps you find the perfect RV for your family.  It’s time to hit the road and start creating memories!

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