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How to Have More Space in Your RV

How to Have More Space in Your RV

Posted on: January 9, 2020 at 4:46 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

One of the rewarding challenges of a motorhome vacation is cutting back on unnecessary luxuries and living out of a small, simple space for a few days or weeks. Still, you don’t want to be crammed into your RV with hardly any space to move around or get comfortable, especially if you’re traveling with the whole family.

With this in mind, we’ve got some tips to help you maximize the space in your RV for your next trip…

Go back to basics

The first thing you should do when packing for an RV trip is to decide what you actually need to take with you. Do you really need 5 books to keep you entertained or will 1 be enough? And do you really need a different outfit for every day? Chances are there are things you can cut back on, so you’re not wasting space in your RV for storing unnecessary items.

Buy travel products

Traveling is much easier than it used to be because there are lots of products designed specifically to make it easier for you. Items designed for travel or more compact and portable, so they’ll take up less space in your RV when stored away. Products designed for camping can also come in handy.

Optimize your RV’s storage

Now that you’ve eliminated all your excess and bulky belongings, the next step is making sure you have an efficient storage system inside your RV for keeping everything in its place and out of the way. You particularly want to store your belongings without taking up too much floor space, as this is a precious commodity when living in a small space.

Think of all the nooks and crannies that could be used for storage, and then maximize that space. Under the bed, inside cabinets, drawers, and closets, and the walls of your RV can all be used for storage without eating into your space. Think about the best things to store in each place and how you can fit the most into that space. Dividers inside drawers, for example, can help you fit more in and organize your storage better.

Many RVs also have a large space underneath the floor that can be used for storage, so make sure you make the most of this, too.

If you need more advice on RV living or are looking for accessories for your motorhome, then Magne Shade can provide you with quality RV shades and tire shades for your vehicle. Get in touch for our support.

The Damage Sun Can Do to Your RV

Posted on: January 7, 2020 at 5:04 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

When you go out in the sun, it’s important to cover up and wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. That’s something we’re taught from a young age. But did you know that your vehicles also need protecting from the sun?

Parking your car in the garage helps to keep it out of the sun, but what about RVs when you’re out on spring or summer vacations? They spend long days in the sun, and it can be damaging to the vehicle.

How does the sun damage your RV?

UV rays affect different materials and surfaces in different ways. Painted surfaces and colored plastics will fade over time from prolonged exposure to the sun, leaving your RV looking duller than you’d like. Paint can dry out and start to crack. The upholstery and other fabrics inside your RV will even start to fade from the sun’s rays shining through windows, the sunroof, and windshield.

Anything rubber can suffer a lot of damage from the sun. The rays and heat from the sun cause rubber to weaken over time, becoming cracked and damaged. Seals around windows and doors can be affected in this way, which could make your RV less than weatherproof. This means your tires are also at risk, and weak or damaged tires are a big safety risk on the road.

Ways to protect your RV from the sun

There are lots of ways to protect your RV from the sun’s harmful rays, even while you’re traveling and can’t park it in a garage. Firstly, when choosing a spot to park your RV when camping, try to find a shaded spot. Particularly, choose a spot that will be in the shade during the early afternoon when the sun is at its strongest.

To protect your tires from becoming weakened and damaged, you can buy tire shades that will keep them protected from the sun. These easily strap onto your tires when the RV is stationary, and they are barely noticeable. But they block the sun’s rays from damaging the rubber of the tires.

RV shades for windshields and windows also help to stop the sun’s rays from shining into the vehicle. As well as controlling the internal temperature of the motorhome, this will also prevent your furniture and upholstery from becoming faded or damaged.

Between trips, if you don’t have a garage large enough to park your RV out of the sun and other elements, then an RV cover can come in handy. This will cover the entire RV and is the next best thing if you can’t park it inside.

If you need windshield shades and tire shades to protect your RV from the sun’s UV rays, then get in touch to get a quote from Magne Shade.

Safety and Privacy in Your RV

Posted on: December 28, 2019 at 5:33 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

There are a lot of things to think about when planning an RV trip, including your safety, security, and privacy while camping. Official campgrounds are, generally, pretty safe, but it’s always better to play it safe on a motorhome vacation. Here are some tips to help you protect your safety and privacy on your next RV trip.

Always lock up

When you feel comfortable in a campsite, you can start to get complacent. But forgetting to lock up your RV even once can lead to your belongings or even the entire vehicle being stolen. Make sure you always lock your doors and windows at night and when leaving your motorhome empty.

Keep valuables out of sight

It is risky to leave unattended items outside of your RV, especially if you’re heading out for the day. Pack everything away and keep it out of sight of the windows. Being able to see that there’s something worth stealing inside your vehicle makes it more of a target. Keep things tidied away or use RV window shades to prevent people from looking in.

Safes and lock boxes

For real valuables like cash, electronics, etc., you might want to secure these further by traveling with a safe or small lock box. These can be tucked away somewhere hard to find inside your RV or you can get small, portable lock boxes to take with you during the day.

Clamp your tires

If you want to make sure someone can’t drive away with your RV, then buying a clamp to affix to one of your tires while you camp is a good idea.

Security devices

You can secure your RV just like you’d secure your home with personal security systems. Motion sensor lights outside your RV are a great tool for both safety and security. A light could deter a thief and also alert you to someone’s presence. And, if you’re moving around in the dark, a motion sensor light will help you see where you’re going. You can even install alarms inside your RV, which will go off if someone breaks in, drawing attention to them and, hopefully, causing them to flee.

If you’re looking for an RV shade to protect your safety and privacy while traveling and vacationing, then order from Magne Shade today or get in touch if you have any questions about our products.

Tips for RVing in the Winter

Posted on: December 28, 2019 at 5:33 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

The best part of owning a motor home is that you can take it out whenever you want for an impromptu vacation. You don’t even have to let bad weather stop you as long as you’re prepared for it. If you’re planning an RV trip in the winter, here are some tips for making it safe, fun, and comfortable.

Plan your wardrobe

The most common way people slip up in cold weather is by not dressing appropriately. With the right footwear, thermal clothing, plenty of layers, and waterproofs if rain or snow are forecast, you can stay warm and comfortable, even in freezing temperatures. Don’t forget gloves, scarves, hats, and any other accessories that’ll keep you wrapped up. Thick, thermal blankets and sleeping bags will also help to keep you warm inside the RV.

Prepare your RV

Check that your RV is well-insulated and prepared for the cold weather. Rugs can prevent the cold from being transmitted through the floor of your RV while curtains can help to insulate the windows. RV shades can provide some added insulation by trapping the cold air between the windshield and the shade, keeping it out of your RV.

For when you’re parked up in your RV, attaching an RV skirt can help to protect its external components from the harsh weather and aid in insulating the vehicle. You should also check that there are no gaps letting drafts into your motor home. Check windows and doors to make sure they are properly sealed and that the weather-stripping is tight and not damaged.

Prepare your pipes

Having frozen pipes on your RV trip could ruin the vacation. To avoid this, it’s important to insulate the pipes to prevent the water from freezing. Bring a supply of bottled water along, too, as a backup. For your waste water supply, you can use some antifreeze to keep it flowing.

Plan indoor activities

For those days when it’s just too cold to stay outside, even if you’re prepared, make sure you have some alternative plans that let you stay inside. Check out indoor activities and attractions on your route or nearby your campsite. And bring along plenty of travel games and devices to keep you entertained inside your RV.

Don’t let the weather hold you back from your next motor home adventure. Just make sure you’re prepared! And get a Magne Shade RV windshield shade to stay properly insulated this winter.

Why Buying A Motorhome is Better Than Renting

Posted on: December 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Motorhome vacations are extremely popular across the US. If you’re thinking of jumping into this world, then you’ve got a choice to make to start with – are you going to rent a motorhome or buy your own? Let’s weigh up these two options considering a few different factors.

The costs of buying vs. renting a motorhome

Obviously, buying a motorhome will be a larger initial investment, but it would be worth it. This mostly comes down to how many trips you take and how long your trips are. If you only take your motorhome out once a year for a week’s vacation, then it might not be worth the price of owning a motorhome. Whereas, if you’re taking frequent or long trips, the costs of renting will add up to become more expensive in the long-run.

Is it your first time?

If you’ve never been on a motorhome vacation before, then it might be worth holding off before you buy your own RV. Renting an RV for your first trip will let you see if you enjoy this kind of vacation and if you’re likely to continue taking them. With this knowledge, you can decide whether you want to buy your own.

The convenience

One of the best things about owning a motorhome is that you can hop in and take off on vacation whenever you want. The same can’t be said for renting a motorhome, where you’ll have to plan in advance to decide when you need to rent it and how long for. If it’s your own RV, you could decide to extend your trip without having to deal with any additional costs or paperwork. This might not be an issue for families who have to negotiate around school and work times, but say you’re a retired couple with few obligations; having your own motorhome gives you the ultimate freedom.

Maintenance

Maintaining your motorhome takes additional cost and effort. If you’re renting your RV, then repairs and maintenance should be covered in the rental agreement. If it’s your own motorhome, then it’s your responsibility to arrange and pay for the necessary maintenance.

Whether you buy or rent your motorhome, you can buy Magne Shade’s RV shades to make your trip more comfortable. These motorhome shades simply attach to the windshield using magnets, so they won’t leave behind any marks or damage that the rental company can complain about.

If you’re looking for an RV window shade or tire shades for your motorhome, then contact Magne Shade or take a look at our range of products.

Motor Home Shades vs. Glass Tinting

Posted on: November 22, 2019 at 4:04 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

RV shades are a really effective way to block out the sun and the heat it produces, as well as its harmful UV rays. But there’s another option for blocking the sun’s rays in your vehicle – glass tinting. Let’s look at the difference between these two options and which is the more effective one.

What is window tinting?

You’ve likely seen cars and motorhomes with tinted glass. The glass is a little darker and your view is obscured when on the outside trying to look in, but those inside the vehicle can still see out. This provides a degree of privacy and security for the owner of the vehicle and those inside it. Whether your view completely obscured or not depends on the level of tinting applied.

Window tinting is achieved by applying a thin film, usually made of polyester, to the glass with a tinting agent. Another benefit of this process is that the tint filters the sunlight so that light is still let through the glass but the majority of UV rays are filtered out. This prevents skin damage and also reduces eye strain from the light.

RV sun shades

RV shades, like those provided by Magne Shade, are dark screens that can be placed over the windshield and windows of your motor home. Similar to tinted glass, these shades provide complete privacy but can still be seen through from the inside. These shades block the sun’s rays rather than filtering them so that up to 93% of UV light is blocked and less light is let in to stop the RV from heating up.

Which is superior?

One of the main concerns in motorhomes is them becoming too hot inside as the sun settles on the large windshield and windows. In this respect, RV shades are much better than tinted glass because they stop the heat from dissipating into the vehicle, whereas tinted glass still lets it through and allows it to insulate behind the glass, heating up the vehicle substantially.

But sun shades also provide an extra layer of insulation between the shade and your windshield, which helps to retain heat inside your RV during cold weather, while tinted glass will easily allow the heat to escape. Another great benefit of windshield shades is that you can remove them and put them back up whenever you need, while glass tinting is a permanent process.

So, if you want to keep your RV cool in summer and warm in winter, while protecting your family from the sun’s harmful rays, order an RV shade from Magne Shade today.

How to Cope with Rain on Your RV Trip

Posted on: November 22, 2019 at 4:01 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Traveling and taking vacations in an RV gives you lots of flexibility to see more of the country and do lots of fun things. But what happens when your hit with a rainy day? Don’t let it put a damper on your trip. Here are some tips to help you get through the rainy days smiling.

Pick the right place to set up camp

If you know rain is expected, then make sure you pick your spot strategically, especially if you’ll be camping in tents. This isn’t as important if you’re sleeping in your RV, but you still don’t want to be waterlogged when you step outside. Try to avoid setting up camp at the bottom of a slope, for example, where water will be settling.

Bring indoor entertainment

If you find yourself stuck in your RV during heavy rains, make sure you have plenty to do. Cards, board games, portable games consoles, books and e-readers, and your favorite movies or TV show downloaded to a tablet can all keep you entertained for hours from the comfort of your RV.

Pack tarpaulins

Tarps can really save the day when it’s raining. Putting them up around your motorhome provides you with shelter from the rain and means you don’t have to stay cooped up inside the RV. You can sit outside watching the rain, as long as you bring camping chairs or waterproof groundsheets to sit on. You can even fire up a BBQ and cook outside or a campfire to keep everyone warm. If you’re RV has an awning, then this can provide you with shelter, too.

Waterproof clothing

If you’re determined to enjoy the great outdoors despite the weather, make sure you wear your waterproofs to stay as dry as possible in the rain. A good raincoat or poncho is a must, as are waterproof boots. If you’re carrying a backpack on your trip, you can get waterproof covers to keep your belongings dry.

Keep your RV ventilated

It can be harder to keep your RV well-ventilated in cold and wet weather because you’re reluctant to open windows. Vents and fans can help you keep the air flowing. If you have an awning over a window, then setting this up may stop the rain from getting in if you open the sheltered window.

Down let the rain make you call off your next RV trip. Just follow these tips to stay happy and comfortable on your motorhome vacation. And be prepared for all weather with RV shades and tire shades from Magne Shade. Get in touch for our support around Winston Salem, Mocksville, Lewisville, and Bermuda Run.

How to Maintain Your Magne Shade

Posted on: November 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

We’re proud to say that our RV shades are built to last. When you invest in a Magne Shade for your motorhome, you can ensure that it’s high-quality and incredibly durable. Still, the way you look after your motorhome shades can impact how long they last you. With this in mind, we’ve got some tips to help you maintain and look after your shades properly.

Storing your Magne Shade

The most important part of keeping your RV shade in good condition is storing it properly. First of all, make sure your shades are dry before you store them. The best way to pack them away is to roll them, not fold them! If your shade is left folded for long periods of time, then it can become weaker along the creases. Rolling the fabric prevents this.

You should roll your shade in such a way that the magnets are not aligned to repel each other, as this can weaken their force over time. A handy trick is to roll your shade around something, such as a pool noodle, to help it keep its shape. You can also buy a storage bag to make it easier to store away your shades. If you have our tire shades, then these come folded up in a storage bag and are easy to fold away.

Cleaning your RV shade

Occasionally cleaning your motor home shade helps to keep it looking clean and new. It also removes all the dust, dirt, and other particles that could have an abrasive effect on the material over time. It is best to use a soft brush and a mixture of warm water and mild detergent to clean the material on the front and back of the shade. Rinse any remaining detergent off with water and then leave the shade to dry before packing it away or using it again. Vacuuming your shade before cleaning it can also help to remove dust and other debris.

Cleaning your windshield

Affixing a shade to your windshield requires some friction between the two surfaces to allow the shade to stick securely. When you’re cleaning your RV’s windshield, make sure you don’t use any slick treatments on the glass. Doing so will reduce the friction between the windshield and the material surrounding the magnets, meaning your shade could come loose or even fall off.

Digitally printed shades require a little extra care as the pattern printed on them can be more susceptible to scratching than plain shades. But whichever product you have, looking after it in the ways listed here should make it last in good condition for a long time. Get in touch with us if you have any more questions about maintaining your RV shades.

Customize Your RV with Printed Shades from Magne Shade

Posted on: October 29, 2019 at 5:20 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Want to add some character to your RV and show off your personality? Then don’t settle for a plain black shade; go for one of Magne Shade’s custom-printed shades instead. Turn heads on the road and show off the things you and your family love. If you want to know more about our custom printed shades, read on…

How to get a printed shade

It’s simple; just select the “custom print” option when ordering your RV shade and selecting its fabric type. You can either upload a photo you’ve taken yourself or enter the Photo ID from one of our recommended stock photo sites – Bigstock Photos or Dreamstime. We’ll add custom printing to your order for an extra price – $200 for class B/C windshields, $395 for class A windshields. The cost of the stock image from one of the above websites is included in the price. Try to avoid just taking an image you find through a Google search as you may not have permission to use this.

How to take high-quality photos for your shade

Considering the dimensions of your windshield, you should choose an image that’s oriented horizontally rather than vertically, i.e. a landscape image. Try not to choose a crowded image with details going all the way to the edge. The edges of the image are likely to get cut off for most windshields, so make sure the details you like are nice and central.

Photos you use from the stock image websites will be high-quality and ready to use on your shade. If you choose to take your own photo, you need to make sure that its quality is good enough to be printed in a large format. We recommend a minimum resolution of 300 pixels/inch. Photos taken on smartphones may not be up to scratch, so check their properties before you submit them.

Choosing an image for your printed shade

When it comes to choosing an image to be displayed on your motorhome, the opportunities are practically endless. You might want an impressive landscape or landmark, like the Grand Canyon. Animal photos are also a popular choice. Or why not choose something a little more abstract and artistic? Browsing those stock photo websites will give you lots of ideas.

If you’re looking for something a little more personal, you could choose a photo you took on one of your family holidays, or the logo of your favorite sports team. If you use your RV for commercial purposes, then you could even get your company logo printed on the shade.

If you’re ready to spruce up your motor home, choose your image and contact us to get your custom shades printed.

Keeping Your Pet Happy and Comfortable on Your Motor Home Vacation

Posted on: October 29, 2019 at 5:18 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Motor home vacations are the perfect way to have fun and spend some quality time with family. And a key part of many American families is their pets. If you go on vacations and road trips with your pets, then you’ll want to make sure they’re happy and comfortable throughout the trip. So, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you make your RV a suitable space for your pets.

Familiarize your pet with the RV

If it’s your pet’s first motor home vacation, then it’s a good idea to introduce them to the vehicle before the trip. Let them explore it and bring in some of their toys and their bed to make them more comfortable. Also, have a quick test drive to get them used to the movement and the sound of the engine.

Secure pets comfortably while driving

It can be a hazard to let your pet roam freely around the RV while driving. They could jump up at you or get underneath your feet. So, make sure they are comfortable secured while you drive. A spacious crate is a safe option, or you can get pet harnesses for cars and other vehicles.

Keep your pet cool

It’s a big risk to leave your dog locked in a hot car, even for a short amount of time. So, for the safety and comfort of your pet, it’s important to keep your motor home cool and ventilated. RV shades on the windshield and windows help to block the sun’s rays. Here are some more tips for keeping your RV cool on hot days.

Let them stretch their legs regularly

When you’re planning rest breaks on your trip, you have to think of your pet’s needs as well as your own. Firstly, they might need toilet breaks more frequently than you. You should also stop regularly to let them stretch their legs and get some exercise. You can buy harnesses and leashes for small pets, like cats and rabbits, as well as for dogs.

Make sure they’re chipped

In the unfortunate event that your pet goes missing on your trip, having them chipped will help to make sure they make it back to your safely. Remember, you’ll be in unfamiliar places, so it might be easier for them to get lost if you walk your dog off the leash.

Set your RV up for the perfect vacation for you, your family, and your furry friends. Take a look at the variety of products we have in stock to shade your motor home, or get in touch with us to request a quote.

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