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What Class is Your Motorhome?

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.

Essential Tools You Need to Maintain Your RV On the Go

Posted on: February 26, 2020 at 4:40 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

You don’t want to be stuck with a broken-down RV without the proper tools for the job. Whether it’s for routine maintenance and tune-ups or to help you out of an emergency situation, it’s important to always travel with a proper toolkit for your motorhome. Here are some of the essentials you can’t be without for your next RV trip.

Wrenches

Wrenches are a vital part of your RV toolkit. Packing a set of adjustable wrenches is a good way to cover a wide variety of jobs without taking up too much space. You may also need a torque wrench for your wheels and a set of Allen wrenches for different tasks.

Screwdrivers

A set of screwdrivers can also come in use in lots of different situations. You can save space in your toolkit by packing a multi-bit screwdriver instead of separate flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers. If you have space and the need for it, you might also choose to pack a cordless power screwdriver.

Pliers

Pliers also help out with various repair and maintenance jobs. Consider packing a pair of needle-nose pliers, vise-grip pliers, lineman pliers, and channel lock pliers to cover a wide range of needs.

Tire pressure gauge

Checking your tire pressure before heading off on a long trip is essential, and you should be able to do it during your trip, too. Pack a tire pressure gauge to keep your tires in check the whole time.

Duct tape

It’s not exactly a tool, but duct tape is a must-have for any RV toolkit. You can use duct tape in a pinch to keep things stuck down or in place until you can properly repair the problem.

Spare screws, nuts, and bolts

A great “just-in-case” container to carry with you is one filled with assorted nuts, bolts, and screws that your RV and its furnishings might need.

Pocket knife

A small pocket knife or utility knife can be used to cut a variety of things on an RV trip, whether you’re performing routine maintenance, opening packaging, or cooking a meal for the family.

Flashlight

Flashlights can come in handy in lots of camping situations, but you’ll be especially glad you have one with you if you have to do any quick repairs or maintenance on your RV at night. Make sure you pack a spare and spare batteries just in case.

It helps to travel light on your RV trips, but these are tools that you shouldn’t leave behind. Make your next motorhome vacation safer and more comfortable with the help of Magne Shade’s range of RV shades, from window and windshield shades to your trusty tire shades. Get in touch for a quote or to find out more from our team.

How to Make Your RV More Fuel-Efficient

Posted on: February 13, 2020 at 9:30 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Buying an RV is a good way to save money if you often take road trips and vacations. You don’t have to pay extra for flights or car hire, or for hotels or other types of accommodation. But what you do have to pay for is fuel. If cost-effectiveness is on your list of priorities, then it’ll help to know some of the best ways to make your RV more fuel-efficient.

Reduce weight

Heavier vehicles are less fuel-efficient, which is also affected by the contents of the vehicle. The more people in your RV and the more things you pack, the more mass the vehicle is carrying around in total. Since you can’t just leave your travel partner at home to save on fuel, be conscious about what you pack and try to travel light. If you’ve got any unnecessary luxuries with you, then consider leaving them behind.

Check your tires

Underinflated tires can make your motorhome much less fuel-efficient, so make sure you check your tires and tire pressure before you set off on a trip. Add air to your tires and maintain the correct tire pressure to reduce fuel consumption.

Drive safely

Excessive braking and acceleration increase your fuel consumption. Always drive safely and be aware of the road ahead, especially any hazards that might occur. Don’t exceed the speed limit and drive more slowly, when necessary, to remain a safe and steady speed. If your motorhome has a cruise control setting, then consider using this when it is safe to do so.

Use less AC

Having your AC blasting for the entire trip will also make you use up more fuel, so try to use it sparingly. If you’re traveling in the summer, try taking other measures to keep your RV at a comfortable temperature. Installing a Magne Shade RV sun shade on your windshield and windows will help to keep the sun’s rays out, preventing the temperature inside from rising too high.

Maintain your RV properly

A finely tuned vehicle is also a fuel-efficient one. Perform the necessary checks and take your RV into the mechanic, if needed, before you set off on a long trip. Make sure your oil is at the right level and replace your air filters. A mechanic will be able to spot any problems with your vehicle that could place a strain on it and increase fuel consumption. Make sure these problems are resolved before your vacation.

Is your RV ready for the next big outing? Make sure you have your Magne Shade RV tire shades and windshield shade at the ready to protect your vehicle from the sun’s rays and heat. Get in touch to find out more about how our products can help you.

The Most Common Motorhome Issues

Posted on: January 22, 2020 at 4:03 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

 

Like any vehicle, your motorhome is going to require some maintenance and TLC along the way. And since it’s also a type of living quarters, it’s going to have some additional maintenance needs that traditional vehicles don’t. As an RV owner, it helps to be prepared for the speedbumps ahead. So, we’ve gathered some of the most common motorhome issues that owners face, and some tips on how to get past them.

Leaks

Leaks in your RV aren’t just uncomfortable, they can also cause a great deal of water damage and mold growth, especially if they’re not caught early. Unfortunately, leaks coming from windows, doors, and the roof are fairly common for RV owners. Their regular exposure to the elements and the bumps and scrapes they might pick up on your journeys can lead to weak spots.

Roof covers can help to prevent leaks coming from the roof. Regularly inspecting and maintaining your RV will also help to prevent leaks. Check the weather stripping and sealant around doors and windows to make sure it’s still in good condition, and have it repaired or replaced if there are cracks.

If you have a leaky roof, then a roof patch-kit might be able to match it up, although this may just be a temporary solution in the case of serious leaks. Call a professional for RV maintenance to properly fix a leak.

Burst water lines

If you tend to take motorhome vacations in cold weather, then the water lines are at risk of freezing and bursting. Or this problem could strike during the winter when your RV is parked at home. If possible, park your RV inside during the winter months and keep the room temperate. If you have no choice but to park it outside, then an RV cover can help to protect it a little from the weather.

If you’re going on a trip, then make sure your RV is properly winterized. But water pressure problems can cause this problem at other times of the year, too. To avoid this problem, install a water pressure regulator on your water intake hose.

Toilet problems

Your RV’s plumbing system is something you’re not used to in normal vehicles, and it differs quite a bit from your home plumbing. Unfortunately, clogs and other malfunctions can occur, and they can be messy. You should buy toilet paper designed for use in RVs as these are easier for the system to flush and break down. And make sure there’s always sufficient water when you flush the toilet.

Another way to avoid common RV toilet problems is to close your black water drain valve. This will stop all the water from draining away before the solids, ensuring there is enough to break down any material that could otherwise cause clogs.

Protect your RV from the elements, whether you’re on the road or it’s just parked outside your home. Get a quote for a Magne Shade RV shade today.

RVing in National Parks

Posted on: January 22, 2020 at 3:57 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

There is a lot of incredible scenery to explore in the US, nowhere more so than our famous national parks. And what better way to get to see them than in your own RV. But it’s not usually as simple as driving into a national park and setting up camp. There is some planning required and regulations to follow.

Before you visit a national park, you should conduct some research into it to find out what these regulations are. The National Park Service is a good place to start. Here are a few areas to consider…

Stay limits

How long are you planning to stay in the park? At many of them, this duration may be limited, especially in the more popular ones. Some parks may only have stay limits in place during peak seasons. Make sure you know what limits are in place before you plan your stay.

RV size limits

Some parks and campgrounds will also have restrictions placed on the size of vehicles that can enter. Even if there are no strict limits, you might find it difficult to find adequate space in certain campgrounds for a larger vehicle. Most vehicles up to 22 feet long will be fine, but check the park’s regulations just in case.

Reservation policy

Can you reserve a space at a campsite at that national park? Doing so can be useful, especially during peak seasons, to ensure that you get a good spot. But not all national parks allow reservations. If you can’t make a reservation, then it is best to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Costs

Like I said, you can’t just drive into a national park and set up camp. There are costs involved. Look into entry fees and camping fees to get an idea of how much you’ll be paying. Use of the camp’s amenities (like showers) may also cost extra in some places.

Amenities available

Check what facilities and amenities are available in the park and at each campground. Does the campground have showering and toilet facilities nearby? Are there sources of freshwater? Some of the bigger parks will have amenities like small shops and laundry facilities. Check how far away from the campgrounds these are if you need them.

Your driving routes

Always take into consideration the size of your vehicle when planning your route to and through the national park. Plan a safe route that can accommodate your vehicle and take weather forecasts into consideration to assess if the road conditions will be safe.

Now you’re ready for your national park trip, it’s time to make sure your RV is, too. Windshield shades and tire shades from Magne Shade are a great start to make sure your RV is protected from the weather. Get in touch to request a quote.

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.

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