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How to Find Dog-Friendly RV Spots and Campsites

How to Find Dog-Friendly RV Spots and Campsites

Posted on: July 29, 2020 at 9:21 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding which campsite or RV park to go to next. Price, location, hook-ups, facilities. If you travel with your dog, then one of the most important factors is whether or not your pet is welcome on-site. This article will help you navigate dog-friendly RV parks and choose the right one for your next trip.

Finding dog-friendly campsites online

You’ll usually be able to find a good range of dog-friendly locations just by searching online. Try typing ‘dog-friendly campsites near me’ or ‘dog-friendly RV parks near me’ to see your options in a close radius to you. Or, if you’re looking for a site in a specific city, state, or area, then include that in your search term instead of ‘near me’. You can then check out the websites of each result that comes up to see which suits your needs best.

If you have a specific site in mind, then their website should contain information about whether or not they allow pets onsite. FAQs are often a good place to look. If you can’t find this information, then check their ‘contact us’ page to call or email them with your specific query. You should always find this information out beforehand rather than just turning up with your dog in tow. You might end up getting turned away, leaving you having to look for another option.

Make sure you know the rules

Even dog-friendly campsites will usually have rules when it comes to your pet. Is there an additional fee for bringing your pet along? Can your dog roam free around the campground or does it have to be on a leash at all times? Even if your dog is well behaved off the leash, letting them run free could lead to embarrassing incidents, like your pup stealing a sausage off a neighbors plate.

Even when you take your dog for a walk in the surrounding areas, make sure you know the leash laws and any areas that are off-limits for dogs. Some dog-friendly campsites might even have facilities designed for your pets, like small dog parks or an enclosed area where they can roam free and play with other dogs.

Are you ready to take your pooch on your next adventure with you and the family? Make sure your dog can stay comfortable in your RV, when you’re on the road and when stationary. RV shades can help to keep your RV cool in the sun to make sure you and your pet don’t overheat. Get in touch to get a quote for your RV windshield shades.

Outdoor Accessories for RVing in the Summer

Posted on: July 29, 2020 at 9:21 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

If you’re planning an RV trip for the summer, then you’ll want to be outside enjoying the nice weather as much as possible. As well as going out for hikes and other adventures, this should include enjoying fun summer days and relaxed evenings outside of your RV. To make this possible and as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, there are some must-have outdoor accessories for your RV trip…

RV awning

RV trips in the summer sun are great, but you might need occasional respites from the heat and the sun. Make sure shade is always an option, wherever you park, with an RV awning. Awnings attach to the side of your RV to provide some shade and shelter. As well as staying out of the sun, awnings also allow you to stay dry while still enjoying the outdoors on those warm but rainy days. There are various types of awnings, which you can find out more about here.

Portable fire pit

Sitting around a campfire, roasting s’mores, and telling stories. This is what camping is all about for some people. But you don’t want to have to lug firewood around with you and spend ages lighting the fire. A portable fire pit is a quick and easy way to get a fire up and running, whether you’re cooking food or keeping warm, and you won’t leave a mess behind afterward.

Outdoor furniture

One of the reasons to purchase an RV is so that you don’t have to sleep on the floor with just a thin layer of tent underneath you. So, make sure you don’t have to sit on the floor when you’re spending time outside your RV. Foldable camping furniture, including chairs and tables, doesn’t take up too much space in your RV and can easily be set up when you want to relax or sit down for a meal outside.

Hammocks

What better way to relax in the shade outside of your RV than by bringing your own hammock? Just hook one up to the trees nearby and take a nap or read a book in comfort while enjoying the great outdoors. Suitable for families traveling with kids, since you can chill out in the hammock while the kids run around outside, making it easy for you to keep an eye on them while enjoying some ‘you’ time.

Make the great outdoors comfortable with these accessories for your next RV trip. And you can make it more comfortable inside your motorhome with RV shades from Magne Shade, making it easier to regulate the temperature inside your RV. Contact us to find out more or to receive a quote.

How to Stay Eco-Friendly While RVing

Posted on: July 15, 2020 at 1:35 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Living in an RV is pretty environmentally-friendly compared to how most of us usually live. However, driving such a large vehicle around a lot can seriously contribute to your carbon footprint (although less so than flying for a vacation). How green your RV trips are depends a lot on how many miles you cover and your energy usage inside your RV.

If you’re concerned about your environmental impact, then here are some tips to remain eco-friendly while you’re RVing.

Reduce HVAC use

Heating and cooling your RV helps you stay comfortable, whatever the weather. But it can use up a lot of fuel. Look for ways to warm up or keep cool on your RV trips without always relying on the HVAC system. Pack warm blankets for those colder evenings and ventilate your RV to get a cool breeze running through it on hot days.

Parking in the shade will help to prevent your RV from getting too hot, or try parking in direct sunlight on colder days if the sun is out. Installing RV shades can also help you control the temperature inside your RV, blocking out the sun’s rays in the summer and insulating your windows in winter.

Turn your RV solar

A good way to cut your carbon emissions and save money is by generating your own energy. Especially great for summer RV vacations, you can install solar panels on the roof of your RV. This could replace your generator if you can amass enough energy, or be used in conjunction with your generator. This article from RV Share has more information on the costs and installation of RV solar panels.

Travel light

The heavier your vehicle is, the greater fuel consumption it usually has. So, starting with the size of the vehicle itself, you might want to opt for a class B or C motorhome rather than the more luxurious class A if you’re aiming for eco-friendly travel. What you pack into your motorhome will also increase the weight, so try to just pack the essentials, and look for light and compact versions of the items you need. Here are some more tips for conserving fuel on the road.

Renewable, recycled, and reusable materials

The items and materials you use in your RV and on your trips could have a big impact on the environment. Many people opt for disposable items, like plates and utensils, for the convenience. Ditch these in favor of regular plates, cups, and cutlery to reduce your waste. If you’re decorating or renovating inside your RV, then choose recycled or sustainable materials over plastic-based products.

How green is your RV travel? Get in touch with Magne Shade if you’re looking for windshield shades, tire shades, and other RV shades to fully kit out your motorhome.

Do You Need to Wax Your RV?

Posted on: June 30, 2020 at 5:49 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Are you looking for more ways to look after your RV and keep it in good condition? Regularly waxing your RV is a great way to maintain the exterior finish of your vehicle. Read on to find out more about waxing your RV and choosing the right wax.

The benefits of waxing your RV

Why do you need to wax the exterior of your RV? The main reason is protection from the sun’s UV rays and other types of weather. Think of wax as sunscreen for your RV. When regularly exposed to the sun without wax, the finish of your RV will start to fade in color and lose its shine. The coat will also be more susceptible to damage from wind, rain, snow, and hail.

Even dust and dirt accumulated on the surface of your RV can start to wear down the finish over time. RV wax applies a protective layer over your RV’s exterior to prevent this kind of damage.

Waxing your RV

We recommend waxing your RV at least every six months. Before applying the wax, you need to properly wash the exterior of your RV to remove any dirt, grease, and other debris that’s built up on the surface. Make sure to use a soft-bristled brush and a gentle cleaner, or one that’s designed specifically for car and RV exteriors, to make sure you don’t wear away or damage the finish yourself.

You’ve got a lot of surface area to cover when waxing your RV, so it’s a good idea to take it a small section at a time. If you’re using a certain wax for the first time, then try testing it on a small patch on your RV to make sure it doesn’t interact badly with the finish. There are different types of wax that may be better suited to different RV surfaces depending on if they’re fiberglass, gel-coated, or rubber, for example.

RV Share has a short guide to the different types of RV wax to help you choose the right one for your vehicle. Applying the wax itself is a simple job and you just need to follow the instructions listed on the packaging, but the job is likely to take a while. So, just take it one section at a time and be patient, the results will be well worth it in the long-run.

With the exterior finish of your RV protected, make sure your windows, windshields, and tires get a proper treatment, too, with RV shades from Magne Shade. Get in touch for a quote today.

Tips to Help You Drive Your RV Safely

Posted on: June 15, 2020 at 1:49 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

If you’re a first-time RV owner, then driving such a large vehicle on long trips can be intimidating, especially if you have a class A motorhome. In this article, we’ve got some tips to help you get the hand of driving your RV and ensuring that you stay safe while doing so.

Take it for test drives

You don’t want your first time driving your RV to be when your family are sat in the back and with all the extra weight of them and your packed belongings. Try to drive it a few times before your trip so you can get used to the different feeling compared to driving a car. It will probably feel unusual at first, but you’ll get better with practice.

Know the size of your vehicle

There’s a lot more to think about when driving a motorhome than driving a car, like whether or not you can fit through that tunnel. You should never be leaving this to chance. It’s important that you know the measurements of your vehicle before you ever hit the road. This way you know for sure whether you can fit under a barrier or a tunnel. You may even be able to plan your route to avoid these barriers.

Know your turning circle

One thing that can be greatly affected by the size of your vehicle is how much space you need to turn. The tail-end of your vehicle will swing out more than a smaller vehicle would. This is something you should try to get used to when taking your RV out for test drives before your trip. Having someone else in the vehicle or stood outside of it to guide you can help you get the hang of this to start with.

Adjust your mirrors

You should always adjust your mirrors before you drive a new vehicle, but visibility is even more important in a larger vehicle where it can be more difficult to see, so make sure you take the time to get your mirrors right.

Err on the side of caution

Your vehicle is heavier and more difficult to handle than the car you’re probably used to driving. So, you should always err on the side of caution, whether that’s in regards to your speed, your position on the road, or your behavior around other drivers. When turning, for example, it’s a good idea to signal earlier than you would normally and start slowing down earlier, too. And it’s better to stick to the right lane as much as possible and keep a greater distance between you and the vehicles around you.

Practice makes perfect, so you’ll find that driving your RV becomes easier the more you do it. Good luck on your first RV trip, and get in touch with Magne Shade to buy all your RV accessories before you travel.

Keeping Fit While RVing

Posted on: May 28, 2020 at 6:32 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Exercise isn’t usually at the top of people’s minds when they’re on vacation. But if you’re going on months-long trips in your motorhome, then it’s a good idea to fit in some exercise to help you stay fit and healthy along the way. With very limited space inside your RV and unreliable weather outside (depending on the season), working out can be a challenge.

In this article, we’ve got some tips and exercise ideas to help you stay in shape on your next RV trip.

Exercising in your RV

On days when you’re on the move, there’s a lot of sitting around involved, which can be bad for your health in the long-run. So, get up occasionally and do some exercises in your RV. What you can and can’t do will depend largely on the size of your RV and the space available inside it. Here are some exercises that you might be able to do in the limited space available:

  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Planks
  • Yoga poses
  • Mountain climbers
  • Jogging/walking in place

You can add to your RV workout regime by bringing some small gym equipment with you. A set of dumbbells won’t take up much space and open up lots of exercise possibilities. If you don’t want the weight of dumbbells in your RV, then another alternative is resistance bands. These are highly portable, lightweight, and easy to use for people of all abilities.

Putting up RV shades on your windows and windshield will make sure you get enough privacy while working out and will prevent your RV from overheating.

Exercising outdoors

When you’re parked, you’ve got the great wide open as your gym. Exploring the area around you and going for hikes are great ways to keep in shape. If you’re looking for a more intensive workout, then you could go for a run around the park and its surroundings, too. Depending on where you are, there might also be somewhere for you to take a swim.

Of course, this is largely dependent on the weather. You might not feel like going for a jog if it’s cold and rainy outside. If you don’t feel like venturing out in the rain but there’s not enough space inside your RV, then you could put an awning up outside your motorhome and do a short workout underneath there. Jogging in place is one option, or you might have enough space under the awning to do some skipping.

What you eat makes a difference, too. So, make sure you pack some nutritious snacks and food to cook for your road trip meals. If you need any more RVing tips or equipment to complete your motorhome, then get in touch with Magne Shade. We have tire shades, windshield shades, and more.

The Best Campfire Foods for Your RV Trips

Posted on: May 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

So, you’ve upgraded your good old tent for a more spacious and comfortable motorhome. But just because you’ve upgraded your accommodation and have cooking facilities inside your RV, doesn’t mean you can’t still gather around a campfire, cooking up treats and telling stories.

If you’re deciding what kind of food to pack for your next RV trip, here are some of the best campfire foods for you to make.

S’mores

No camping trip is complete without roasting s’mores over an open fire. All you need to bring is chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers. And don’t forget the skewers for roasting them on. With your marshmallow on the skewer, hold it over the flame until it is nice and toasted. It should go brown on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. Then sandwich the marshmallow between two graham crackers and a couple of pieces of chocolate.

Popcorn

Another tasty snack that’s easy to cook over a campfire is popcorn. And popcorn kernels keep for a long time, so you can bring them along even for long trips. Pack a roll of foil and something to hold the kernels in. If you’ve packed pans for your kitchen anyway, then these are suitable. Or for a more compact option you can use a foil pie tin. Don’t forget vegetable oil and any toppings or flavorings you want, such as salt, butter, cheese, or sweet toppings. Cover the pan with foil and hold it over the flames until the kernels pop, shaking occasionally, and then season as you like.

Hot dogs

Hot dogs are another easy food to cook over an open fire if you have a fridge in your RV to keep them cool and fresh until you cook them. Pack the buns and any sauces and toppings you want to complete your hot dogs. Just skewer the hot dogs and hold them over the flames, but not in them, turning the meat regularly to cook through properly. It should only take around 5 minutes to get them brown on the outside and ready to eat.

Kebab skewers

As we’ve seen from the recipes above, wood or metal skewers open up lots of possibilities for campfire cooking. You can skewer various types of meat and vegetables and roast them over your campfire, providing a variety of kebab skewer recipes. For more flavor, you can add seasoning or marinade to them before roasting.

Don’t limit yourself to your RV kitchen. Get out into the great wide open and cook up lots of tasty treats on your campfire. Here are lots more ideas for delicious camping foods you could cook on your RV trips.

If you’re looking for more RV travel trips or need accessories and RV shades to complete your motorhome, then contact Magne Shade or take a look at the products we have to offer.

How to Make Your RV Feel Like A Home

Posted on: May 14, 2020 at 2:47 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

When you’re out on the road, you can spend long periods of time living inside your RV. This has its high points as well as its low points, but you can make that time spent in your RV all the more enjoyable if it feels like a home away from home. Here are some tips for making your RV comfortable and adding those personal touches to really make it feel like a home, rather than just a vehicle.

Accessorize

A barely decorated RV isn’t going to feel like home for most people. Add some color, personality, and a taste of home to your RV with accessories like rugs, blankets, curtains, and pillows. Adorning your couch and beds with decorative pillows and comfortable blankets or throws will especially add to the comfort and personality of the RV. Decorating your motorhome with a custom printed RV shade also brings personality to your vehicle.

Decorate the walls

You might not have much wall space in your RV, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hang up a picture or two. You could hang family photos or decorative pieces you have on your walls at home. Command strips are great for securely sticking frames to the walls. If you’re still uncertain about how securely fastened they are, you could always take down the frames while you’re on the move and stick them up while you’re parked.

Give your kids free reign over their space

Okay, maybe to an extent, but if you’re traveling with your kids, letting them decorate and personalize their space will add a real taste of home. They might want to pick out their bedding and curtains, draw pictures to stick on the walls, or stick up pictures of their friends or favorite celebrities.

Bring small home comforts

You might not be able to pack all your home furniture and other belongings into your RV, but you can bring small items that make you comfortable and remind you of home. This might be a pair of cozy slippers or your favorite mug. For your kids, it might be their favorite stuffed animal or a comfort blanket.

Make it smell like home

Familiar pleasant smells can have a big impact on your memories and your mood. If there are certain fragrances or air fresheners that you regularly use at home, bring these along to make your RV smell like your home.

If you want to make your RV a home with a custom printed RV shade, then contact Magne Shade to request a quote.

RV Cleaning Tips

Posted on: April 29, 2020 at 8:35 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Cleaning your RV is important both for keeping it in good condition and ensuring that it looks good. When it’s parked at home between trips, your RV could be collecting dust and subject to the weather if it’s parked outside. And on the road, conditions could be even worse with mud and dirt splashing onto the sides and building up underneath the RV. Whether it’s for cleaning at home or on the go, we’ve got some tips to help you properly clean your RV.

Work your way down

General advice for cleaning your RV’s exterior is to start from the top and work your way down. If you’re scrubbing off dirt from the top of the RV, then water from this is likely to drip down the side of the RV, dirtying the lower parts. If you’re already cleaned those parts, then it’s been a wasted job as you’ll have to go down and scrub it again.

Hose it down

You can clean a lot of dirt off the surface by simply hosing down your RV all over, including the tires. Plus, any more stubborn dirt and grime should become loosened, making the rest of your job a little easier. Just make sure all windows and doors are closed and properly sealed before you start.

Scrub it clean

Now to get down to really working the exterior. Gather you’re cleaning materials, including a soft rag or sponge and a bucket of water. You can invest in cleaning solutions designed for RVs or simply use a mild detergent, like regular dish soap, to scrub down the interior. Take it one section at a time, scrubbing the surface with the soapy rag and then rinsing it off with the hose to ensure you don’t leave streaks and soap residue.

Clean the windows

Use a window cleaner or a DIY solution to spray onto your windows and then wipe it off with a clean, dry cloth. Don’t forget to clean both the inside and outside surfaces of your windows to keep them sparkling clean.

Cleaning the interior

While you’re at it, you might as well work on keeping the inside of your RV clean and tidy. You might need to scrub the toilets, wipe down surfaces, clean the interior walls, and tidy and organize all your belongings inside the RV.

Before you clean your RV, it’s a good idea to check the owner’s manual as it may have advice on which kinds of cleaning products are suitable for use. Your RV’s tires can be especially difficult to clean, but covering them with tire shades can protect them from some of the dirt and grime they collect while parked at home. Get in touch with Magne Shade for a quote on any of our RV shades.

Keeping Entertained While Stuck Indoors

Posted on: April 29, 2020 at 8:33 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

One of the best parts of RVing is exploring the sights around new locations, but we know that’s not always possible. Whether you’re stuck at home or are planning activities for rainy days on your next RV trip, we thought we would put together some ideas to help keep you entertained, beyond the usual ideas of watching TV or reading a book.

Board and card games

There is a massive variety of games you could play with the family. Maybe you already have a good selection of board games at home to choose from. You can also buy a range of travel-sized games that are suitable for taking with you on your RV trip. Learning and playing a new board game could make a great afternoon’s entertainment. Even a simple deck of cards opens up lots of possibilities for different variations of games. Here are some you could try out.

Arts and crafts

Being stuck inside is also a great time to get creative. Stock up on arts and crafts supplies and see what you can create. You can start simple with drawing or painting, and perhaps take inspiration from the surroundings of your RV. Or you could craft things like jewelry or hand puppets. You could craft out of paper, clay, wood, and a variety of other materials.

Tell stories

Instead of each of you sitting alone glued to a book or a screen, why not make up stories to tell to each other? Whether you prefer scary stories or fairy tales, get your creative minds thinking to share your ideas. Or you could band together to tell a story, each of you pitching in ideas or continuing the next part of the narrative.

Keep a journal

Even if you feel bored now, this could be an interesting time to look back on and read all about what you were doing or how you were feeling. Get all your thoughts, feelings, and ideas down into a journal to keep yourself entertained, work through your feelings, and to look back on in the future.

Build a fort

Whether you’re in your living room at home or inside the RV, everything feels more fun when you’re inside a fort that you made yourself. And building the fort is a big part of the fun, too. Pillows and blankets are great fort-building materials, so gather them all together and see what you can do. You might also be able to utilize cardboard boxes or other materials you have on hand.

A day stuck inside doesn’t have to be boring. There are lots of ways to keep you and your family entertained. If you’re stuck inside and can’t take your RV out for a while, then make sure it’s protected wherever you park it with the help of RV shades from Magne Shade. Contact us anytime for a quote.

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