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Exterior RV Maintenance Themes and Tips, Part 2

Exterior RV Maintenance Themes and Tips, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some general tips on maintaining the
exterior of your RV or camper. Whether you’re pulling the RV out of storage (or putting it in),
coming back from a big excursion or simply have some time available to perform some basic
maintenance, there are several exterior areas that play a big role in not just aesthetics, but also

RV operation and value.

At Campers RV Center and Powersports, we offer not only a wide range of RVs for sale, but also
a high-quality RV service department featuring professionals who will assist and advise you on
numerous areas of RV maintenance. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over several
other important areas to consider when you’re looking to maintain the exterior of your RV in
intelligent, practical ways.

Exterior Vent Covers

One particularly important factor during the current summer season we’re in, especially when
storing the RV for any period longer than a day or two: Covering outside vents to keep pests
and moisture risks from becoming concerns. There are several sources for basic AC covers,
including most home improvement stores, and our team will be happy to recommend the ideal
products here.
You should also purchase basic air flow covers on exterior vents, plus breathable covers for
your trailer. These will stop curious pests from invading, plus will limit the potential for
humidity or large moisture quantities from building up and creating mold or mildew.

Air Vents

Your air vents, on the other hand, should be left open during this hot summer period to allow
for basic ventilation during what can be extremely high temperatures. The air flow covers we
referred to above are perfect here – they allow air to continue flowing, but block pests and
even some moisture content while doing so. If you allow the air inside the RV to sit for days or
weeks during peak summer periods, you risk breakdown and failure from several materials.
Awning Storage
If you’re planning to store the RV, especially if you’re washing it beforehand, be sure not to
overlook the awning. Clean it with soap and water, plus lubricate parts as needed. Also be sure
it’s fully locked and rolled up before storing it.

Keep it Covered

Finally, during any prolonged period where you know the RV will be sitting in one place, keep it
covered on the whole. Mother Nature can provide quite a bit of strain on the RV, from UV rays
wearing down various exterior parts to wind, rain and other elements impacting several
elements as well. Ideally, you’ll have the RV covered by a sturdy roof inside a garage, shed, barn
or similar area.
For more on maintaining the exterior of your RV, or to learn about any of our RVs for sale or
other services, speak to the staff at Campers RV Center and Powersports today.
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Exterior RV Maintenance Themes and Tips, Part 1 | Campers RV Center

Exterior RV Maintenance Themes and Tips, Part 1

While engine and similar
upkeep areas are important for virtually all vehicles, RVs are a
great example of vehicles where exterior maintenance is also vital.
From protective qualities to long-term lifespan and many areas in
between, ensuring your RV’s
exterior
is in good shape throughout the year is an important
task for all RV owners.

At Campers RV Center and
Powersports, we’re here to provide not only a wide range of RVs
for sale
along with numerous other powersports, but also RV
service and maintenance solutions and expertise for all our clients.
In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over several specific
exterior maintenance themes to keep in mind for your RV throughout
the year.


Basic Washing Themes

The simplest task here is
to regularly wash your RV, which some owners wisely choose to do
after every major trip taken in the RV. This simple job removes any
basic grime or dirt that’s built up during the trip, buildups that
will risk seal quality, slides and other areas.

While washing, be sure you
only use gentle detergent products approved for your RV’s material.
Utilize soft brushes and rags that will not risk scratching or
etching your surfaces. You can consider the use of a power-washer if
you have one, but be sure to avoid targeting one area for too long or
standing too close – both these practices may lead to peeling paint
and issues with finishings.


Protectant and Wax

When the RV’s exterior
has recently been cleaned, it’s ideal to coat it with good wax or
protectant. Be sure the entire surface is dry before doing this, and
test a small area before you proceed to the entire RV.

If done correctly, this
application will protect the exterior from several risks. It will be
safe from various moisture risks, for one, and will also resist UV
rays and various forms of scratching.


Seal Inspections

Another task to be
performed near after cleaning an RV’s exterior is ensuring all the
seals in this area are strong and have not been damaged. Seals are
vital for preventing water damage and other risks, so check areas
like the roof, sides, windows, doors, end caps, vents and even the
underside of the RV to ensure all such gaps are sealed. If needed,
re-caulk a minor gap or crack that’s shown up.


Lubrication

This is also a good time
to lubricate many of the RV’s moving parts, especially any sliding
parts that move in and out. If these tracks are allowed to dry out
and rub against each other, they will scrape away and wear each other
down over time, eventually requiring replacement – but you can
avoid this by lubricating these and other moving areas every so
often.

For more on exterior RV
maintenance, or to learn about any of our RV or powersports services,
speak to the staff at Campers RV Center and Powersports today.

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Loading Toy Haulers Safely and Efficiently

Campers RV Center | 05/12/2020

Loading Toy Haulers Safely and Efficiently

Recently in this space, we
discussed
several themes to consider when selecting a toy hauler.
One of several distinct RV styles available, toy haulers are designed
to allow you to bring not only the entire family on a given trip, but
also several of your favorite powersports items or other major
additions.

As one of the top RV
dealers in Louisiana, we at Campers RV Center and Powersports are
happy to offer toy
haulers
and numerous other RVs and campers for sale, in addition
to our wide range of powersports and personal watercraft items.
Today, we’ll be looking at a topic that becomes notable once you’ve
selected your toy hauler: How to properly
load
and unload it. Here are some basic tips we can offer on
loading toy haulers easily and efficiently, plus in ways that do not
threaten the integrity of the vehicle.


Pre-Loading Tips

Like with any other
vehicle, you should be performing a few basic check-in areas before
you begin loading up for a major road trip in your toy hauler. These
ensure not only safety for all those riding in the RV, but also basic
efficiency and simplicity for several areas of the process.

Even if you’re not too
familiar with engines or RV repairs, do a quick visual inventory of
some major areas. Check to ensure tires are fully inflated and have
the right pressure levels, which might require a tire gauge or a trip
to your nearest gas station with a pressure system. Also check the
hauler and hitch portions to ensure they have the proper connections,
and go over other basic safety areas like mirrors placement, seatbelt
quality and others.

We also recommend a basic
test drive, especially if you haven’t driven the RV in a while. If
you notice any mechanical issues, bring the vehicle to our service
shop.


Weight Distribution

Particularly if you’re
loading up several heavy items into the toy hauler, such as jet-skis,
ATVs or other powersports vehicles, it’s important to think about
weight distribution. Both the left and right sides of the hauler
should have even amounts of weight.

However, we recommend
placing a bit more of the weight, roughly 60%, toward the front half
of the hauler. This is to compensate for the overall weight of the
vehicle, plus expected stops and starts during driving.


Ramp and Loading Themes

When you’re ready to
load items up, set the ramp up safely and efficiently – we
recommend as low an angle as you can manage. Set the parking brake on
the RV and ensure the wheels are all on level, solid ground that will
not move when weight is transferred.


Tie-Downs and Security

Finally, once all your
items are loaded into the toy hauler, ensure everything is tied down
and secure. Most haulers come with D-ring tie-downs, but you may also
consider additional tie-downs or other items like ratchet straps to
ensure all your most valuable items are completely secure during your
ride.

For more on properly
loading a toy hauler, or to learn about any of our RV or powersports
dealer services, speak to the staff at Campers RV Center and
Powersports today.

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Tips on Choosing the Ideal Toy Hauler | Campers RV Center

Tips on Choosing the Ideal Toy Hauler

For those who like to
bring their favorite toys along with them on their camping trips or
other vacations, there’s an aptly-named item commonly used for this
purpose: The toy hauler. One of several styles of RV available today,
the toy hauler serves as a fantastic storage camper in addition to
providing living space, allowing for the whole family to take a trip
while also bringing along toys like ATVs, motorcycles, jet-skis or
numerous others.

At Campers RV Center and
Powersports, we offer a wide selection of toy
haulers
in addition to our numerous other power sports, campers
and personal watercraft items. There are several varieties of toy
haulers when it comes to everything from size to weight thresholds
and many others – here are some tips on choosing
the ideal toy hauler
for you and your family.


Weight Factors

One of the first and most
important factors you’ll need to consider here is weight – from a
few different perspectives too. First up, the actual weight of the
hauler itself is important; there are a couple different primary
styles of toy hauler available, and they may carry very different
weights and weight thresholds for a variety of different items.

In addition, though, you
must strongly consider the weight of the items you’ll be hauling,
which will play a big role in which hauler you choose. You’ll also
want to note factors like ramp design and strength, plus whether you
require the hauler to go off-road (again, more on this in a moment).


Cargo Bay Purpose

In most cases, as we
mentioned above, the cargo bay on your toy hauler will be used for
major powersports items – ATVs, motorcycles, sea-doo’s and
others. In these cases, you want the bay to not only be strong, but
also made of easy-to-clean material and complete with anchoring
methods for your vehicles.

However, some are looking
to store very different kinds of items in a ty hauler. Some may use
it primarily for watersports equipment, for instance, in which case
items like corrosion-resistant material might be a higher priority.
Think about the purpose of your cargo bay before making your choice.


Fifth Wheel Vs. Travel Trailers

While there are a few
different styles of toy hauler available, two that are very popular –
and somewhat different in their purposes – are the fifth wheel and
the travel trailer. Some basics on each:


  • Fifth wheel: The
    fifth wheel is designed to be towed behind a truck with a fifth
    wheel hitch. These use an over-the-bed tow design, which is stable
    and perfect for those who will be going off-road for their trip.
    Fifth wheel toy haulers can be incredibly spacious, sleeping up to
    six and storing an array of large powersports items.

  • Travel trailer: The
    more direct option is the travel trailer, which ranges from
    relatively small to huge models available for large families. There
    are options for off-road and also for more standard road conditions
    – this is the most versatile option for a toy hauler.

For more on toy haulers,
or to learn about any of our powersports or RV dealers, speak to the
staff at Campers RV Center and Powersports.

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Choosing Between New and Pre-Owned RVs

Choosing Between New and Pre-Owned RVs

If you’ve made the decision to move forward with the purchase of an RV for yourself and your family, one of the first big decisions you’ll face will be whether to purchase a new or pre-owned (used) model. Financial differences will be an important factor that play a major role in this choice, but it’s also vital to note that this is not the only crux point at play here. 

At Campers RV Center and Powersports, we’re top RV dealers proud to offer a huge variety of both new and quality pre-owned RVs to all our clients on the market. In today’s blog, we’ll go over all the important factors to consider for both new and pre-owned RVs, including how each potentially benefits the buyer. 

Benefits of Brand-New RVs

There are several distinct benefits that come with purchasing a brand-new RV:

  • Parts and quality: First and foremost, a new RV is guaranteed to come with the latest in brand-new parts and construction. All new RVs are inspected in detail before leaving the factory, ensuring the buyer receives a pristine vehicle that’s in tip-top shape from top to bottom. 

  • Warranty: In addition, new RVs tend to come with warranties, either from the manufacturer, the seller or sometimes both. Even if issues do crop up, which is a rare occurrence, they will usually be covered by the warranty. 

  • Technology and amenities: For those interested in all the latest technology and gadgets in their RV, newer models are more likely to be outfitted with them and not require any kind of upgrade.

  • Experienced owners: Experienced RV owners tend to prefer new RVs because they have the exact qualities desired. 

Benefits of Pre-Owned RVs

There are also several benefits associated with pre-owned RVs:

  • Cost: There is a fairly significant cost gap between new and used RVs, just like with new and used vehicles of any kind. 

  • Quality: That said, you still have access to a number of excellent features and styles when going the pre-owned route, including many more recent models that have many of the modern gadgets you desire. 

  • Tester: For those new to the RV world, buying a cheaper used model first to get an idea of what you want in an RV – and then buying a new model later on – is often a good approach.

  • Feedback: Pre-owned models have already had at least one prior owner, as the name suggests, meaning they offer you more opportunity to understand specific qualities of the RV. You get a detailed vehicle history report, plus an idea of common performance benchmarks and any recurring issues that need to be avoided. 

For more on the benefits of new versus pre-owned RVs, or to learn about any of our other power sports items, personal watercraft or campers for sale, speak to the staff at Campers RV Center and Powersports today.


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Tactics for Winterizing Your ATV Properly

Tactics for Winterizing Your ATV Properly

 

For those looking to keep
the value of their power sports items like ATVs and others high, one
important area this time of year is winterization. Properly storing
and otherwise caring
for your ATV
this winter can go a long way to maintaining
everything from its battery to its oil, air filter and many other
components, often extending its lifespan and adding value in major
ways.

At Campers RV Center and
Powersports, we’re proud to serve as your top ATV
dealers
in Louisiana in addition tor our numerous campers, RVs,
watercraft and other power sports items. In addition to our fantastic
products, we’re happy to offer tips on areas like winterization –
if you haven’t already performed this task this year, here are some
basic tips on winterizing your ATV to keep it in great shape for the
spring season.


Storage Tips

When you aren’t using
your ATV during the cooler months, it’s vital to store it in an
area that will protect it from weather elements, whether we’re
talking snow, rain or any other moisture. If you have a garage or
separate storage shed or trailer, this is the ideal storage method.

If you don’t have such
space available, we highly recommend purchasing a good vehicle cover,
one that comes with ventilation. Before placing your ATV under the
cover for the winter, wash and polish it to preserve the surfaces and
prevent oxidation.


Battery Life

The battery is a top area
of attention when you’re storing an ATV, as you want to keep it in
good shape for the upcoming season. Many ATV owners take the battery
out and store it separately, possibly on a trickle charger that keeps
its charge in great shape leading into next spring.


Fuel Leftovers

If you have fuel left in
your tank as you prepare to winterize the ATV, you likely don’t
want to leave it sitting around – it will either varnish or
separate itself into parts. To prevent this, add a fuel stabilizer to
treat the gas. You can also plan to start the ATV and let it idle for
five minutes once every few weeks.


Tires

Leaving the ATV sitting
for a long time puts strain on the tires, so we recommend elevating
the ATV for storage if possible. This will prevent flat spots and
extend the lifespan of your tires.


Air Filter

Finally, do your best to
block off any access, even small gaps, to the inlet ports to your
ATV’s air box, which holds the air filter. Pests love to try and
access this area, and you do not want to be opening the box in spring
to find a big infestation.

For more on how to
winterize an ATV, or to learn about any of our power sports dealer
products, speak to the staff at Campers RV Center and Powersports
today.

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