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Tips for Living on the Road

Posted on: February 12, 2021 at 7:04 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

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.

Keep budgeting

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?

Downsize

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.

Go paperless

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.

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Basic Survival Skills for Camping Trips

Posted on: February 1, 2021 at 4:16 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

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.

Navigation skills

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 Teens

Posted on: February 1, 2021 at 4:14 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

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 2021

Posted on: January 13, 2021 at 3:26 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

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.

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Tips for RV Fishing Trips

Posted on: December 29, 2020 at 5:55 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

 

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.

Learn How to Change Your RV’s Tires

Posted on: December 29, 2020 at 5:53 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Knowing how to change your own tires is an essential life skill. It means you’re less likely to get stuck at the side of the road waiting for assistance. You can solve your own vehicle problems in the event of a flat tire. This goes for your RV, too. You should know how to change your RV tires before you go out on your first trip, and make sure you always carry a spare with you.

Let’s look at some tips to help you learn how to change your RV’s tires if you’re new to RV maintenance.

Everything you need for changing an RV tire

Changing a tire on your RV is basically the same as changing a tire on a regular vehicle, it just might be a little more difficult due to the larger size of the vehicle and its tires. So, if you already know how to change a vehicle’s tires, learning how to change your RV’s tires shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.

It’s important that you pack all the tools you need before setting off on a road trip, just in case you get a flat on your journey. These include:

  • An RV spare tire
  • RV jacks (at least two)
  • An RV leveler
  • A lug wrench or a tire wrench

Note that some of the tools you’ll need are different from the ones you usually use on your car. RV jacks and levelers have a greater load capacity to be able to lift and support the weight of the vehicle.

How to change your RV’s tires

Make sure you’re parked in a safe place before attempting to change your RV’s tires. If you’re changing a tire in the driveway before setting off or while you’re parked at the campsite, then this shouldn’t be a problem. But if you get a flat tire while driving, then pull up safely to the side of the road to ensure you are out of the way of other vehicles.

Next, the process is pretty much as straightforward as changing a tire on your car. Use either the RV jacks or an RV leveler to raise the motorhome off the ground. Make sure it is lifted enough for the RV’s tires to spin freely. Next, remove the lug nuts from the affected tire using the tire wrench, remove the flat tire, and replace it with the spare tire. Then, just fit and tighten the lug nuts to secure the spare tire, then lower the vehicle back to the ground.

If you need equipment and accessories for your RV, then check out the range of RV shades we have available at Magne Shade. Get in touch today to get a quote for your vehicle.

The Best Things About the RV Lifestyle

Posted on: December 14, 2020 at 7:49 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Are you considering the nomadic lifestyle of RVing? Whether you want to own an RV for the occasional road trip vacation or you plan on traveling and living in your RV on a long-term basis, there are lots of great things about the RV lifestyle. Read on for some of these amazing benefits.

The freedom

Vacations are great, but the stress of planning and booking flights, accommodation, and the rest can put you off. When you own an RV, you can just pick up and go whenever and wherever you want. And you already have transport and accommodation rolled into one motorhome-sized package. You may need to plan routes and book campsites, but this is still simpler than the alternative.

The country is your backyard

There are so many amazing sights to see across the US. When you travel and live in an RV, you get to see so much more of them! And you can enjoy the most incredible views the second you step out of your motorhome door. Whether you fancy ocean views, mountain views, or forests, you get to decide where you go and what you wake up to every morning.

The minimalist lifestyle

When you live on the road in a motorhome, you have to get selective about what you bring with you. You don’t have spare bedrooms and lots of closets to store all your belongings, so you have to downsize. Perhaps this means leaving most of your belongings at home, or it might even mean selling, donating, and throwing out your extra things to go full nomad. While this might be difficult, it can also be extremely liberating. And having to be this selective means that you only live with the things that you really need and that mean the most to you.

It can be a low-cost lifestyle

A lot of people delay their travel dreams because they don’t think they can afford it, but the RV life can be a really low-cost way to live. Those who sell their homes to fully commit to the nomadic RV lifestyle don’t have to worry about household bills and their rent or mortgage. Of course, there’s upkeep of the vehicle, but a lot of people have to pay to run and maintain their cars as well as their homes. The low-cost RV lifestyle is especially ideal if you have a job or can find a job that you can do on the road.

Make sure your RV is well-equipped for your next trip. Magne Shade’s RV shades help make your motorhome more comfortable, more efficient, and better protected from the weather. Get in touch to get a quote for your motorhome shades.

Your Guide to RVing on a Budget

Posted on: November 30, 2020 at 4:12 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

An RV trip tends to be a much more cost-friendly alternative to going on vacation by plane and staying in a fancy hotel. Of course, there’s the initial investment of buying a motorhome, but you’ll save money over time as you can use it on trip after trip, year after year.

Still, like any vacation, RVing involves a variety of different costs, from fuel and vehicle maintenance to camping and leisure activities. If you’re planning an RV trip on a small budget, then here are some tips to help you keep costs down.

Find free or low-cost camping sites

Staying at luxury RV parks may be a fun and comfortable option, but it also makes for an expensive vacation. To reduce your daily costs, look for a cheaper RV park or campground, which will likely have fewer hook-ups, facilities, and amenities. Or you can go even further off the grid with boondocking or dispersed camping, which means staying outside of a specified campground, often in a remote location. This means you can camp without spending a cent on the location.

Rely on homemade food

Of course, you also need to eat and drink while you’re traveling in your RV. If you choose to eat out at lots of local cafes, restaurants, and takeout places on the road, then these costs will soon add up. Try packing a variety of non-perishable foods for the trip and stocking up at local grocery stores on your trip to save money by cooking and eating in your RV or under the stars.

Save money on gas

Gas can be one of the biggest costs of RVing for some people, but you can do certain things to reduce it. If you’re still deciding where to go on your trip, then choosing somewhere closer to home would mean that you don’t have to drive as far or spend as much on gas. Staying at one campsite for longer instead of driving around every day will also reduce your gas usage. Plus, here are some tips to help you make your RV more fuel-efficient.

Reduce heating and cooling

The running costs of your RV and the equipment inside it also contributes to the cost of your trip. The more you run your HVAC system, the more energy it will use and the more it will cost. There are certain things you can do to help control the internal temperature of your vehicle, such as ventilating it during warm days and even wrapping up in blankets and layers on cold nights.

RV shades also help to manage the temperature of your RV, providing a layer of insulation on the inside of windows and windshields. Motorhome shades help to block out the heat of the sun during summer and keep the heat inside your RV from escaping through the glass on colder days.

RV shades are the perfect accessory for your motorhome. Check out the different shade options we have available at Magne Shade.

Your Guide to Boondocking

Posted on: November 30, 2020 at 4:10 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

If you’re tired of racking up fees on nightly, weekly, or monthly fees at RV parks, then you could try the alternative of boondocking, also known as dry camping or dispersed camping. If you’re new to RVing or are looking for ways to save money on your trips, then read on to find out more about boondocking and whether it’s right for you.

What is boondocking?

Boondocking involves parking your RV somewhere that isn’t specifically set up for RVs and camping. Instead, you just find some open, public land and set up your RV there. Just make sure that you find a location where you can legally do this. You can click here for a handy search tool that will help you find free camping spots for boondocking.

Pros and cons of boondocking

The main benefit of boondocking is that you don’t have to pay the fees associated with official RV parks and campgrounds. In some places, you may need to pay for a camping pass, but this will be a small fee compared to campsite fees. And in many places, you can boondock completely for free.

Another advantage is that it takes you to the heart of what camping is about; spending time in nature without the luxuries and the hustle and bustle of modern life. By pitching up at a dispersed camping site, you’re surrounded by natural beauty and may even be the only people there.

There can also be downsides to boondocking, though, depending on your sensibilities. You don’t have the usual facilities and hook-ups that you do at RV parks and campgrounds. This puts you at risk of running out of electricity, fresh water, and fuel. But, for some people, this more primal experience is part of the attraction, where you have no luxuries and may have to rely on basic survival skills.

There is also the question of safety when it comes to camping in remote locations, far from civilization. You can’t rely on the ‘safety in numbers’ approach that comes from having lots of RV neighbors, and you may have to hike a long distance if you’re caught without fuel or suffer an injury.

Free camping sites may also have a limit of how long you can stay there, so make sure you check the regulations of the area you’re traveling to.

Make sure that your RV is properly maintained and has all the essentials you need before embarking on your trip. If you need any accessories for your motorhome, such as windshield shades and tire shades, then contact Magne Shade for a quote or check out our online store to see the range of RV shades available.

Insulating Your RV

Posted on: November 13, 2020 at 2:39 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Do you find yourself having to wrap up in multiple blankets at night in your RV? Or are you overly reliant on your air conditioning on summer road trips? A poorly-insulated motorhome lets the outside temperatures have a big impact on the temperature inside the vehicle. Read on for some tips about how to insulate your RV and keep it comfortable all year round.

Why should you insulate your RV?

Whether you want to keep the heat of summer out or the cold of winter in, insulating your RV can make it a much more comfortable and efficient space. Heat transfers in and out of your RV through the windows, walls, and roof of the vehicle. This means the hot summer sun can increase the temperature inside your vehicle by a lot, and heat will also transfer out of your RV when you’re trying to heat it from the inside on a cold day.

All of this makes it more difficult to maintain the desired temperature inside your RV. This means that you’re likely to be uncomfortable – too hot or too cold – and that you’ll have to use more energy to reach that desired temperature, which wastes money and increases your carbon footprint.

How to insulate your RV

Motorhomes will come with varying levels of insulation depending on the price and quality of the vehicle. If you need to add to the existing insulation, then here are some ways you can do this:

  • Weatherproof your RV – Any tiny gaps, cracks, or holes around your RV will let even more heat in and out of your RV. Check the caulking and weather stripping around the windows and doors to make sure everything is sealed properly.
  • Upgrade your windows – The thickness and material of your windows will determine how much heat can transfer through them. If you have single-pane windows, then consider replacing them with thicker, more energy-efficient ones.
  • Add or upgrade RV skirting – Heat can also be lost through the bottom of your RV, but skirting helps to create a barrier that prevents this.
  • Insulate the walls – If the walls of your RV aren’t insulated, you can install foam panels or use spray foam insulation to reduce the amount of heat that can conduct through them.
  • Add RV shades – Placing motorhome shades on your windshield and windows also helps to add insulation. Our RV shades filter the sun’s rays to help block out some of the heat that would usually be transmitted. They also help to trap any hot or cold air that transmits through your windows between the glass and the shade.

Make your RV more comfortable and energy-efficient with window and windshield shades from Magne Shade. Get in touch if you have any questions or to request a quote for your motorhome.

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