A Guide to Fitting and Using Tire Shades
A Guide to Fitting and Using Tire ShadesPosted on: March 31, 2021 at 5:29 pm, in
One of the high-quality shade options from Magne Shade is our easy-to-use tire shades. These help to protect the sidewall of your tires from the sun’s UV rays, cold weather conditions, as well as pests and wildlife that might come into your campgrounds. As a result, your tires can last longer in good condition.
If you’ve bought a set of our tire shades or are thinking of investing in them, then here are some tips and instructions for using and fitting your RV tire shades.
When to use tire shades
RV tire shades are designed to be used any time your RV is parked. You can attach them while you’re docked at a campground or RV park, where they can stay for the duration of your visit. You can also use them when your RV is stored at home, in your garage or on your driveway.
Buying tire shades
When choosing and buying tire shades for your vehicle, you should first find out the section width and aspect ratio of your tires, and the diameter of your wheels. You should be able to find these numbers on the side of your tires. We have sizes of shades to fit a variety of vehicles.
How to fit tire shades
Our tire shades are extremely easy to attach to your tires. When you remove one from its storage bag, it will spring into shape thanks to the spring steel frame it’s fitted with. Each shade features a strong elastic strap with three points to wrap around the tire, leaving the shade tightly fitted to the sidewall of your tire.
When fitted, your tire shades will be practically invisible. They will stay in place through the majority of weather thanks to the strong bungee straps, although we do recommend removing them in the event of winds of 50mph.
How to store tire shades
You should store your tire shades away when not using them so that they maintain their condition and the elasticity of the straps. Your tire shades come with a storage bag – just twist and fold your shades back into a compact shape and size, which should be easy to do with the spring steel frame, and pack it away into the bag.
You can buy tire shades and other high-quality RV shades online from Magne Shade, or contact us directly to get a quote for your vehicle.
Tips and Ideas for RVing in SpringPosted on: March 31, 2021 at 5:26 pm, in
Spring is a popular time to go RVing. It’s a time when you can enjoy the sun, warmth, and blooming nature before the weather starts to get too hot in the summer. If you’re planning a springtime RV trip, then here are some tips and ideas to help you out.
The best spring RV destinations
If you’re wondering where to travel to in your RV this spring, here are a few ideas to consider for great weather, nature, and wildlife:
- Yellowstone National Park (especially late April and throughout May)
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Florida Caverns State Park
- White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
- Isla Blanca State Park, Texas
Prepare for all weather
Spring is often the most unpredictable time of year when it comes to weather. It could be warm and sunny, it could rain all day, or it could even snow. So, it’s important to prepare your RV for all types of weather. Pack layers, waterproofs, and indoor activities for those cold or rainy days, and don’t forget the sunscreen for the sunny days.
Be respectful of wildlife
It’s amazing to see all the baby animals around in the springtime, but it’s extremely important to keep your distance. Animal parents of all kinds of species can become very protective if they think their babies are under threat, meaning you could be in danger if you get too close. And don’t leave litter or food lying around your campsite as this may attract wildlife.
Give your RV a good check
It’s likely that your RV has been stood still for several months over winter, so you should make sure it’s in good condition and properly maintained before you set off on another trip. Here are a few key things to check:
- RV battery – Your battery will discharge a little while left over time. Make sure you check your battery and fully charge it in advance of your trip
- Tires – Similarly, your tires are likely to have lost air pressure while your vehicle has been sat. Check the pressure of each tire (including any spares) and inflate them as needed
- Plumbing – Check all of your plumbing for leaks and sanitize your water system
- Fluid levels – Check your oil level and all other fluid levels and top them up if needed
For more tips, here’s a comprehensive list of everything you should check with your RV. And now is a great time to check that you have all the accessories your RV needs, such as windshield shades and tire shades, both for your comfort and protection for your RV.
If you need RV shades for your upcoming trip, get in touch for a quote from Magne Shade or take a look at the range of products we have available to order online.
RVing Along Route 66Posted on: March 15, 2021 at 2:24 pm, in
When it comes to road trips in the US, it’s hard to beat Route 66. This iconic, historic route spans from Chicago to Los Angeles, approximately 2,400 miles in length. Whether you travel the whole length of this route or just a section of it, there are plenty of things to see and do along the way, and it’s a great way to explore more of the country.
Things to see and do along Route 66
If you travel the entirety of Route 66, then you’ll either start or finish your journey at Chicago’s Grant Park. This attractive urban park has some interesting landmarks such as fountains and sculptures, as well as historic Route 66 signs. At the other end, you’ll find yourself at Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, where you can enjoy the famous beach and the boardwalk.
For the other 2,400 miles, here are some of the best attractions you can see:
- Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum (Pontiac, Illinois)
- The Gateway Arch (St Louis, Missouri)
- Meramec Caverns (Stanton, Missouri)
- The Milk Bottle Grocery (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park (Amarillo, Texas)
- Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, Texas)
- Santa Fe (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
- The Painted Desert (Indian Wells, Arizona)
- Petrified Forest National Park (Holbrook, Arizona)
- Grand Canyon (Arizona)
- Mojave National Preserve (Baker, California)
Where to stay on Route 66
The best thing about RVing Route 66 is that you don’t have to worry about finding motels or hotels along the way, although there are some iconic places to stay along this route if you choose to. For RVers, there are plenty of campgrounds, RV parks, and boondocking sites where you can stay. This website can help you find Route 66 campgrounds and plan your trip in advance.
How long to plan for Route 66?
This will vary depending on what speed you want to travel at. Try to plan how many sights you want to see on the way and how long you want to stop in different places for. Generally, people tend to spend 2-4 weeks traveling Route 66. We’d recommend at least 3 weeks if you want to take your time and enjoy lots of sights.
If you’re planning for your Route 66 road trip, make sure your RV or motorhome is properly maintained and that you have all the necessary accessories you need. Contact Magne Shade for a quote or check out the range of RV shades we have available online.
How to Stay Warm on Your RV TripPosted on: March 2, 2021 at 5:13 pm, in
Don’t let the weather or the season stop you from getting out on the road and enjoying an RV trip. Whether you’re planning a winter road trip or just want to be prepared for potential cold spells at any time of year, we’ve got some tips to help you keep warm on your RV trip.
Heating your RV
Your RV should have some kind of heating system, such as a furnace or a heat pump. Run this as and when you need it to keep the inside of your RV warm and comfortable. Before you set off, make sure your heating system is working properly, is well-maintained, and that you have enough fuel for it if this is needed.
If you’re traveling during particularly cold weather, you may also want to bring along a portable heater for additional warmth.
Wrap up warm
If you’re always relying on heating systems to keep your RV warm, then you could end up using a lot of energy and spending a lot of money. So, it helps to use other means of warmth where possible. For those cold nights in your RV, make sure you pack plenty of blankets and sweaters to keep you and your family warm.
Get out of wet clothes
If you’ve just arrived back at your RV after a hike or another activity, then changing into a fresh set of clothes as soon as possible can help you stay warm. If you got rained on while on your walk, keeping any wet clothes on will make it difficult to warm back up inside your RV. Even if the weather is fine, you’re likely to have been sweating on your walk, so make sure you take off any clothes that are wet or damp from sweat.
Insulate your RV
It’s not just about how much heat you create inside the RV, but also about how much heat is potentially being lost through the walls and windows of your vehicle. A properly insulated RV will help to reduce this loss, helping to keep the heat in and the cold out. This will help you reduce your heating costs as the heater will more effectively be able to heat the space.
Fitting RV shades on your windows and windshields also adds some insulation to your vehicle. Magne Shade’s RV shades help to trap a layer of cold air between the shade and the glass, reducing the amount of cold air that is transmitted into your living space.
The Best US Landmarks for RVers to VisitPosted on: March 2, 2021 at 4:02 pm, in
We’ve got so many great sights to see right here in the US, all across the country. RVing offers you the chance to get out there and see some of these amazing sights, whether you prefer a mountain landscape, city views, or the beach. If you’re planning an RV trip across the states, then here are some of the must-see landmarks to add to your route.
We couldn’t pick just a couple of national parks to mention on this list. There are so many incredible ones for you to visit. If you travel to explore the great outdoors and enjoy the natural sights this country has to offer, then here are some of the national parks you should try to visit:
- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
- Yosemite National Park, California
- Glacier National Park, Montana
- Zion National Park, Utah
- Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
This 60-foot-high landmark in Keystone, South Dakota features the faces of some of the most well-respected presidents in US history – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. It usually attracts around 3 million visitors every year. A walk down the avenue of flags to view these incredible carvings will have any American feeling patriotic.
Soak up more US history at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. This historic fortress was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, during the Texas Revolution. Take a trip to San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the museum now housed in The Alamo to learn more about this history and enjoy some great sights.
The Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam was constructed in the 1930s to provide a source of hydroelectric power and irrigation water. As well as being an incredible sight with an interesting history, walking across the bridge over the dam will take you from Nevada into Arizona, even crossing into a different time zone.
The Florida Keys
If you’re looking for beaches and sunshine, then The Florida Keys is a must-visit addition to your RV trip. It’s warm pretty much all year round, so this is even a good option for your winter road trips. It’s a tropical landscape where you can relax on the beach or dive into the ocean. And there are some nice national parks nearby, too, such as the Everglades National Park.
The Golden Gate Bridge
This striking red suspension bridge is an incredible sight to see, spanning a mile across the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Walking or driving across the bridge is a great experience. You can also explore the surrounding Golden Gate National Recreation Area and, of course, visit the city of San Francisco.
These are just a few of the US landmarks and attractions that would make a great addition to your next RV trip. What are your favorite spots to visit on an RV trip? Contact Magne Shade for all the RV accessories you need for your upcoming trip.
Tips for Living on the RoadPosted on: February 12, 2021 at 7:04 pm, in
Living the RV life can be exciting, adventurous, and a lot of fun. It can also be a big adjustment though, going from living in a spacious and comfortable home to living in a vehicle that’s relatively cramped and less luxurious. If you’re new to RV living or are stepping up from occasional vacations to longer stints on the road, then read on for some of our best tips for living on the road.
Living in a van or motorhome can save you a lot of money, but it’s still important to budget and plan your finances. Make sure you know what regular, ongoing costs will be involved in RV living, such as gas, campground fees, food, entertainment, and more. Make sure you also know where your money is coming from. Will you be working remotely on the road or are you relying solely on savings?
One of the joys of RV living is getting used to living with less. You don’t have space for lots of belongings, so you have to prioritize the things that you really need and the things that mean the most to you. Living or traveling in an RV will be a lot more comfortable if you learn to downsize and adopt a more minimalist lifestyle.
You can’t get your mail delivered to you when you’re on the road, so you’ll need another way of getting important news and statements. Wherever it’s an option, notify your providers that you want paperless bills, statements, etc. This is especially important if you still own or rent somewhere back home where you’ll still need to pay bills. Anything that’s not essential can still be delivered to your home or, if you don’t have a permanent residence, you will need to provide a forwarding address.
Be organized yet flexible
One of the great things about RV living is the freedom it affords you. You can be flexible about where you go, what you do, and how long you stay. Try to find a balance between planning your next steps so you know where you’re staying and how you’re getting there, and remaining flexible in terms of how long you stay and how you spend your time.
Stay in touch
Living on the road for months, a year, or longer likely means that you won’t be seeing friends and family back home for a while. It’s a good idea to make the effort to stay connected, helping to maintain those relationships, fight feelings of loneliness during your trip, and giving them peace of mind that you’re doing okay. You could simply do this by texting or calling frequently, or you could create a blog about your travels or post regularly to Instagram.
Basic Survival Skills for Camping TripsPosted on: February 1, 2021 at 4:16 pm, in
One of the great things about RVing is that you can enjoy the great outdoors while holding on to some of your basic luxuries. You’ve got a ready-made shelter, plumbing, electricity, and cooking facilities all in one vehicle. But it still helps to know how to make it on your own in the wilderness in case you need to be able to, or even if you just enjoy getting down to basics and lighting your own fire, for example.
Here are a few basic survival skills that you might want to learn for a camping or RVing trip.
How to light a fire
You may have a pretty impressive kitchen in your RV, but nothing beats toasting s’mores over a campfire that you built and lit yourself. Search the area for some dry firewood and tinder. Collects branches of any size you can find, but they can’t be damp or your fire won’t light. Dry leaves and grass can also be used as kindling if needed.
Collect your material together in a pile, somewhere that is safe to light a fire (make sure you check your campground’s rules). A common structure is to prop your branches or logs against each other like a tepee. You can use a lighter or a match to start your fire by lighting some of the finer material, such as leaves or twigs. Letting air get to the flame will help it grow.
If you don’t have matches or a lighter or just don’t want to use them, then you may be able to start a fire by using flint to create sparks or by using friction to create enough heat for wood to set alight.
Our society has lost the motivation to learn skills like navigation and map reading because we usually have Google Maps at hand to help us out. But knowing how to navigate simply using a map and a compass is essential for when you don’t have a phone signal. And it can be a lot of fun! Simply carrying a compass and map with you and knowing the direction of your campsite could help you find your way back if you get lost.
Tying a knot
This may sound like a simple one, but there are various different types of knots to learn with different advantages. And there are lots of camping situations where you need to be able to tie a strong, reliable knot. Whether it’s for securing your tent, tying a boat to a dock, or going rock climbing, check out some different types of knots you should learn.
Once you’re all prepared for a trip to the wilderness, make sure your motorhome is, too. RV shades can help to keep your motorhome comfortable and well-protected from the elements. Check out our range of window and windshield shades or contact Magne Shade to get a quote for your vehicle.
Tips for RVing with Kids and TeensPosted on: February 1, 2021 at 4:14 pm, in
Settling down and starting a family doesn’t mean you can’t still go on adventures. No matter what ages your kids are, you can plan fun RV and camping trips that work around them. Whether they already love the outdoors or you’re getting them to try something new, read on for some tips on how to have great RV trips with the kids in tow.
Get them involved
When your kids are a bit older, it can be fun for everyone to let them get involved with planning the trip. Where would they like to go? What activities would they like to do? Check maps together and research areas to get them excited about the upcoming trip. You might also want to get them involved with the RV and packing. What do they want to bring with them? Would they like to decorate their sleeping area in the RV?
Bring plenty of entertainment
Long days spent driving or stuck inside during bad weather will likely result in bored and moaning kids. Make sure you pack plenty of things to keep them entertained in these situations while being mindful of how much space you have in your RV. Pack books, cards, and compact board games, download films onto a tablet or laptop, and consider a handheld games console to keep them entertained. If they’re old enough, they may also have a phone to keep them entertained, but make sure they know that they might not always have a phone signal or Wi-Fi.
Make sure they know the rules
Living and traveling in an RV is different from living at home in a lot of ways, so there will likely be new ground rules to set. Make sure they know how everything works on the RV and how to stay safe while on the road as well as at RV parks and campgrounds. You should also teach them the rules of the campgrounds you stay at to make sure they are respectful to the area and other campers. You might want to give everyone jobs or chores they are responsible for throughout the trip.
Encourage your teens
Some teenagers may be reluctant to go on family vacations and get involved in activities. Giving them their space is often important, but you should also try to encourage them as much as possible to get involved. If you insist that they take part in something, then chances are they’ll end up enjoying it after they stop resisting. They’ll be happy that they didn’t miss out on those family memories in the end. If possible, it might help to allow your teen to bring a friend along on the trip.
RVing with the whole family makes for some amazing trips, so start planning your next RV adventure today. Get in touch with Magne Shade for a quote on our windshield shades and other essentials for your RV.
RVing in 2021Posted on: January 13, 2021 at 3:26 pm, in
It’s finally 2021, and we’ve got a whole year ahead of us to achieve new goals and do more of the things we love. So, it’s the perfect time to start planning your RV trips. Whether it’s just a short spring vacation or long-term RVing throughout the year, 2021 is a great year for it. We’re going to share some top tips and ideas for RVing in 2021.
Reasons to go RVing in 2021
While we’re still living through a pandemic, RVing is the perfect way to stay socially distanced from others while still getting to travel and see amazing sights around the country. You can go RVing solo, with your partner, or with your family and easily keep yourself isolated from other people if you want to. Especially while international travel is restricted, RVing around the US is the perfect vacation.
It’s also good for your mental health, which has proved a challenge for a lot of people in the last year, but is so important to look after! Getting out of your house and into nature can have a really positive effect. Hikes and other RVing activities will also help your physical health, and the new year is often a time where people focus on their fitness and health.
Tips for RVing in 2021
So, if you are planning an RV excursion this year, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned expert, then here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Consider boondocking – If you really want to isolate, then boondocking can be a better option than staying at a campsite or RV park.
- Maintaining your RV – Make sure to do all the necessary checks on your RV before setting off. Keeping your vehicle properly maintained while it’s stored and on the road is essential for safety and efficiency.
- Travel out of peak season – If you think that 2021 is the perfect time for RV travel, then it’s possible that lots of other people have the same idea. If you want to avoid the crowds, then plan your trip outside of the busiest seasons.
- Be considerate – It’s always important to be considerate of others while camping or RVing, but even more so these days. Follow campsites’ rules when it comes to things like wearing masks, give people their space, and always clean up after yourself.
Tips for RV Fishing TripsPosted on: December 29, 2020 at 5:55 pm, in
Motorhomes are a great way to pursue a variety of outdoor hobbies. You can just pack up everything you need and hit the road, whether that’s to go hiking, sightseeing, or even fishing. Traveling by RV means that you can take more equipment and other essentials with you, or even some luxuries to make your trip even better. You can even make it a fishing weekend, or longer, without having to worry about finding accommodation.
If you’re planning on taking a fishing trip in your RV, then read on for some tips to help you out.
Packing fishing equipment and accessories
Of course, one of the essential tasks is making sure you have all the fishing equipment that you need. Whether you’re a regular fisher or this is your first trip, you’ll need to have the correct fishing equipment and bait for the area and type of fish you will be going after. You’ll want to make sure that your equipment is stored securely so that it won’t become damaged on the trip.
You can buy bags or other storage equipment specifically designed for fishing rods, helping to take up as little space as possible in your RV while also keeping the rods safe. Do some research into the location you’re visiting. If there’s somewhere suitable for buying bait and tackle while you’re out there, then you may be able to save some space on your journey.
Preparing your RV for the trip
Like with any RV trip, you’ll want to make sure that your RV is properly maintained for your fishing trip. Any vehicular problems or maintenance issues with your plumbing and other onboard amenities can but a dampener on the trip. As well as ensuring your RV is properly maintained, ensure that you have all the accessories you need for a safe and comfortable trip, including windshield shades for while you’re docked.
What to do with your catch
Being able to refrigerate or freeze your catch in your RV on your fishing trip is one of the many upsides of RVing compared to traditional camping. Make sure your refrigerator and freezer are properly maintained and in good working order so that you don’t have to rely on a cooler. You then have the option of cooking up your fresh catch and eating it on your trip. Simply refrigerate the fish and cook it fresh using the RV’s kitchen equipment. Or bring along an outdoor grill for a great outdoor cooking experience, which will also help to keep the fish smell out of your RV.
Make sure your RV is fully kitted out for your upcoming trip. Magne Shade’s high-quality RV shades help to protect your RV, keep it in good condition, and keep the interior comfortable for you and your family. Contact us for a quote or to find out more about our motorhome shades.