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Keeping Fit While RVing

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.

Tips for Storing Your Motorhome

Posted on: April 14, 2020 at 3:20 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

 

If it’s going to be a while before you take your next road trip, then you’ll need to think about how and where you store your RV in the meantime. You don’t want it to deteriorate or become damaged for the next time you take it out, so where you park your RV and how you store it matters. Here are some of our tips for storing your RV between trips.

At home vs. a storage facility

There are storage facilities designed for storing motorhomes during the off-season. This is a great solution if you don’t have adequate storage space at home, but it can be costly. According to Camper Report, here are the prices you could expect to pay per month:

Outdoor storage facility – $30 – $100

Indoor storage facility – $50 – $125

Indoor heated storage facility – $100 – $500

Those figures will certainly add up if you’re not going to be traveling for several months, but it might be the only option for some RV owners. Plus, you know that your RV is secure and, with indoor storage, that it is protected from the elements.

Other than the cost savings, there are benefits to storing your RV at home. In particular, you can easily access it to clean and maintain your RV. This might be more difficult to do, or even impossible, at some storage facilities.

Indoors vs. outdoors

Storing your RV indoors is a much safer option. As well as keeping it sheltered from weather damage, indoor storage is also more secure so your RV is less likely to be stolen or vandalized. But as the prices show above, indoor storage is much more expensive.

If you’re storing your RV at home, then you might not have space to keep it indoors depending on the size of your RV and garage. People with class A motorhomes will especially find it difficult to store their vehicle indoors at home. The alternative for most people will be parking their motorhome in their driveway, but then there might not be space for other vehicles that your family drive.

Covering your RV

Especially if you are storing your RV at home, it is important that you cover it properly. Placing a good-quality cover over your RV will help to protect it from the sun’s rays as well as other types of weather, like wind, rain, and snow. RV covers can also help with temperature control, preventing elements of your motorhome from freezing or overheating. Tire shades are also a good idea to help protect your tires while you store your RV.

If you need RV shades to cover and protect your vehicle while you store it, then contact Magne Shade to request a quote for your motorhome.

Tips for RVing with Young Children

Posted on: March 31, 2020 at 6:47 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

You used to love going on motorhome trips as a couple, but now there are kids in the picture, why should that be any different? Sure, having kids changes a lot, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the things you used to, including RVing. But you have to make sure you’re well-prepared for an RV trip with young children or babies, so we’ve got some tips to help you through it.

Find a suitable car seat

The laws on using car seats and booster seats will vary depending on which state you’re in, but it is essential to follow these and ensure that your child is safe while traveling. Make sure you get and properly fit a child seat that is compatible with your vehicle. It should not be fitted in the front of the motorhome and also not on a side-facing seat.

Pack plenty of supplies for them

You don’t want to be stuck on a motorhome vacation without enough diapers, formula, clean clothes, or snacks for your kids. And you certainly don’t want to have to cut your trip short because you didn’t pack enough. We know space can be a premium in motorhomes, but it is essential that you pack more than enough supplies needed for babies and infants.

Keep them entertained

You also don’t want to be stuck inside an RV with a bored or screaming kid, so make sure you’ve got plenty of options to distract and entertain them. Pack lots of small, lightweight toys together in a box or drawer. This way they have plenty to choose from when it comes to playtime, but you can tidy them away and not have them take up too much space afterward.

Electronics like tablets and laptops are also good for keeping them occupied, especially on rainy days. Download their favorite films and TV shows onto a device so they have plenty to watch. Travel-sized board games and a pack of cards can also provide fun for the whole family.

RV childproofing tips

Make sure you’re RV is a safe environment for children and infants, just like you would do at home. Any chemicals or other toxic materials should be kept locked away or well out of reach of children. If there are any unsafe areas, make sure these are cordoned off. Cover any sharp corners that they might bump into, especially those at head height.

If you need windshield shades, tire shades, or any other types of RV shades for your motorhome, get in touch with Magne Shade to get a quote, or browse our range of products online.

What is Glamping?

Posted on: March 31, 2020 at 6:46 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

There are many appealing things about camping. Getting back to nature and away from your busy, everyday life. Some people love the idea of stripping away all the luxuries and tech and going back to basics. But this isn’t for everyone. If you love the idea of living in nature but not the idea of sleeping on the ground in a tent, then glamping could be the solution.

What is glamping?

The term ‘glamping’ is a combination of the words ‘glamorous camping’. It takes many of the basic principles of camping and combines them with more luxurious accommodation and facilities. When glamping, you can enjoy the great outdoors during the day knowing that you’ve got a hot shower and a comfortable bed to return to afterward.

Lots of different accommodation types can be used when glamping, as long as it’s not just a tent and a sleeping bag. This might be a cabin in the woods, a treehouse, or a yurt, for example. Motorhomes are also great options when it comes to glamping.

Glamping in RVs

Motorhome vacations are already a step toward glamping. You can bring a lot more belongings and supplies with you in your RV compared to what you can fit inside a tent and a backpack. You’ve got plumbing facilities, heating and cooling equipment, a fridge to keep your food fresh, and the facilities needed to cook that food. You’ve also got a comfortable bed, maybe even your own bedroom depending on the size of your RV. Class A motorhomes are perfect for glamping, whereas you might enjoy a more rustic camping experience in a class B motorhome.

You can make your RV trip more or less glamorous and luxurious depending on what you pack, your motorhome class, and the facilities and amenities inside your RV. The spot you choose to camp in will also have an effect. If you take your RV out to a remote location, then you can still enjoy much of the authentic experience of traditional camping, or you can choose a campground with lots of facilities, amenities, and even luxuries.

What kind of camping do you prefer? Is it all about living the simple life or do you need your creature comforts with you? If you’re kitting your RV out for your next camping or glamping trip, then check out the range of RV shades we have in stock to boost the comfort and privacy of your trip. Get in touch for more information or to receive a quote for your RV.

What Class is Your Motorhome?

Posted on: March 12, 2020 at 5:48 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Here at Magne Shade, we have windshield shades to suit class A, B, or C motorhomes. But what’s the difference, and how can you figure out which class your RV fits into? This article is going to answer these questions and more to make sure all RV owners know what to buy when shopping with Magne Shade.

Class A

Many of the differences between the different motorhome classes come down to size, with class A being the largest. This also makes them the costliest as you are getting what you pay for. This means more space inside the vehicle and more comfortable living. They feature a lot of appliances and amenities, and even have a separate bedroom at the rear of the vehicle. If you go on long trips with the whole family and want the comfort of home, then the class A RV is a great choice.

One problem that comes with the size and weight of this RV class is that they have pretty poor fuel economy. This also makes them difficult to maneuver down narrow roads or into small campsites.

Class B

Just to confuse things, the class B motorhome is actually the smallest of the three classes. It is essentially a campervan but has enough space inside to allow you to stand up. It comes with very few appliances and features compared to the class A, but does allow for more compact and flexible travel. They have all the basic features you’d need, like hot water, toilet facilities, and HVAC. As the lightest, it is also much more fuel-efficient, making it cheaper to run. Class B motorhomes are a great choice for couples or solo travelers that don’t mind traveling light.

Class C

The class C motorhome is like the happy medium between classes A and B, both in terms of size and fuel economy. They have much more space and many more features than the class B, but aren’t as expensive to buy or operate as the class A. Most are characterized by a compartment over the vehicle’s cab, which can either be used for additional storage or as a sleeping area. This helps to create more space in the living quarters of the vehicle. If you’re traveling as a family or want more space and comfort as a couple, then these vehicles are a good option.

Make sure you get the best RV shades to suit your vehicle. As well as RV window shades and windshield shades to keep the sun out of your vehicle, we also have high-quality tire shades to protect your tires from sun damage. Get in touch if you have any questions about our products, or request a quote today.

How to Make Your RV Battery Last Longer

Posted on: February 26, 2020 at 4:45 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

It’s no fun when your car gets a flat battery. If you’re trying to get somewhere, then you’re basically stuck until you can jumpstart your battery or get it repaired or replaced if needed. But in an RV, a flat battery is an even bigger nuisance. Your RV battery system isn’t just a necessity when it comes to driving, but also for everyday living while on the road. You need it to power your RV’s HVAC system, the lights, smoke detectors, water pump, and more.

Many motorhome-friendly campsites have spots where you can charge your RV’s batteries, but it still helps to know how to keep your battery running for longer when you need it. Here are some tips to help you make your RV battery last longer while camping…

Maintain batteries properly

Like with the rest of your RV, your battery system requires maintenance to keep it working optimally. The type of battery you have will determine what maintenance it needs and how often. It’s a good idea to regularly monitor the charge of your battery and recharge it when required. Cleaning the terminals occasionally and checking water and electrolyte levels are also important maintenance tasks.

Keep unneeded appliances switched off

If you’re running a lot of electrics in your RV while the engine’s not running, you will be slowly draining the battery. Make sure you’re only using what’s needed and switch off or unplug devices after you use them. Don’t leave your phone charging all day, for example, at the expense of your RV battery.

Other temperature control methods

You can place less demand on your AC or heater by using other methods for keeping the temperature comfortable inside your RV. And using your HVAC less will mean you’re not draining your battery while you camp. Tips like keeping your RV well-ventilated and parking in the shade can help you keep temperatures down on hot, sunny days. And make sure you properly insulate and winterize your motorhome in cold seasons.

Whether it’s hot or cold, RV shades help you control the temperature inside your motorhome. In the summer, windshield shades block the sun’s rays and prevent both heat and UV light from fully passing through into your RV and raising the internal temperature. And in winter, your RV windshield shade helps to trap the cold air between the shade and your RV windshield, helping to prevent temperatures from dropping.

If you’re looking for motorhome shades and tire shades to upgrade your next road trip, then see what Magne Shade have to offer for RV owners around Winston Salem, Mocksville, Lewisville, and Bermuda Run. Contact us for a quote today.

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