How to Look After Your RV’s TiresPosted on: June 30, 2020 at 5:50 pm, in
Properly maintained tires are essential to safe driving and the overall health of your RV. If you don’t look after your RV’s tires, then your vehicle will be less fuel-efficient, costly repairs and replacements become more likely, and you’re at a greater risk of being in a road accident.
We’ve got some basic tips to help you look after your motorhome’s tires…
Monitor tread depth
Your tires won’t last forever. After a while, they will start to wear down to a point where they are less safe on the road. How long they last will depend on how much you drive your RV as well as other factors like how you drive and the surfaces you drive on. The best way to know when your tires need replacing is to regularly check the tread depth.
It’s recommended to have your tires replaced if they reach a tread depth of less than 4/32”. A good way to test this is by using the penny test.
Regularly check tire pressure
Maintaining proper tire pressure is important for all vehicles. If your tires aren’t inflated properly, then your motorhome will be less fuel-efficient and it can cause damage to the tires over time. At the very least, you should always check your tire pressure before setting off on a trip. This should be done while the tires are cold. You should also check the pressure if you’re about to store your RV away for a while between trips.
It’s a good idea to install a tire pressure monitoring system that will alert you of low pressure and other problems with your tires.
Store your RV properly
Storing your RV in an unsuitable environment can be especially damaging to your tires. This, in turn, can then weaken the entire vehicle. When storing your RV, park it inside in a cool, dry environment if possible. You should unload your RV to reduce the amount of weight placed on the tires, and it’s also a good idea to store your RV on blocks to take some pressure off the tires. Storing your RV properly over winter is especially important as the cold weather and ice can weaken the tires.
Use tire shades
The sun’s UV rays can also be damaging to your tires, so it’s a good idea to fit them with tire shades if you park your RV outdoors. Tire shades are also useful on your trips when parking your vehicle while camping at a location. They are easy to fit and remove, compact to store and carry, and provide excellent protection to keep your tires in good condition.
Looking after your tires is an important part of looking after your RV, so follow the tips here and order some tire shades for your vehicle from Magne Shade. Contact us if you have any questions about taking good care of your motorhome.
Do You Need to Wax Your RV?Posted on: June 30, 2020 at 5:49 pm, in
Are you looking for more ways to look after your RV and keep it in good condition? Regularly waxing your RV is a great way to maintain the exterior finish of your vehicle. Read on to find out more about waxing your RV and choosing the right wax.
The benefits of waxing your RV
Why do you need to wax the exterior of your RV? The main reason is protection from the sun’s UV rays and other types of weather. Think of wax as sunscreen for your RV. When regularly exposed to the sun without wax, the finish of your RV will start to fade in color and lose its shine. The coat will also be more susceptible to damage from wind, rain, snow, and hail.
Even dust and dirt accumulated on the surface of your RV can start to wear down the finish over time. RV wax applies a protective layer over your RV’s exterior to prevent this kind of damage.
Waxing your RV
We recommend waxing your RV at least every six months. Before applying the wax, you need to properly wash the exterior of your RV to remove any dirt, grease, and other debris that’s built up on the surface. Make sure to use a soft-bristled brush and a gentle cleaner, or one that’s designed specifically for car and RV exteriors, to make sure you don’t wear away or damage the finish yourself.
You’ve got a lot of surface area to cover when waxing your RV, so it’s a good idea to take it a small section at a time. If you’re using a certain wax for the first time, then try testing it on a small patch on your RV to make sure it doesn’t interact badly with the finish. There are different types of wax that may be better suited to different RV surfaces depending on if they’re fiberglass, gel-coated, or rubber, for example.
RV Share has a short guide to the different types of RV wax to help you choose the right one for your vehicle. Applying the wax itself is a simple job and you just need to follow the instructions listed on the packaging, but the job is likely to take a while. So, just take it one section at a time and be patient, the results will be well worth it in the long-run.
Tips to Help You Drive Your RV SafelyPosted on: June 15, 2020 at 1:49 pm, in
If you’re a first-time RV owner, then driving such a large vehicle on long trips can be intimidating, especially if you have a class A motorhome. In this article, we’ve got some tips to help you get the hand of driving your RV and ensuring that you stay safe while doing so.
Take it for test drives
You don’t want your first time driving your RV to be when your family are sat in the back and with all the extra weight of them and your packed belongings. Try to drive it a few times before your trip so you can get used to the different feeling compared to driving a car. It will probably feel unusual at first, but you’ll get better with practice.
Know the size of your vehicle
There’s a lot more to think about when driving a motorhome than driving a car, like whether or not you can fit through that tunnel. You should never be leaving this to chance. It’s important that you know the measurements of your vehicle before you ever hit the road. This way you know for sure whether you can fit under a barrier or a tunnel. You may even be able to plan your route to avoid these barriers.
Know your turning circle
One thing that can be greatly affected by the size of your vehicle is how much space you need to turn. The tail-end of your vehicle will swing out more than a smaller vehicle would. This is something you should try to get used to when taking your RV out for test drives before your trip. Having someone else in the vehicle or stood outside of it to guide you can help you get the hang of this to start with.
Adjust your mirrors
You should always adjust your mirrors before you drive a new vehicle, but visibility is even more important in a larger vehicle where it can be more difficult to see, so make sure you take the time to get your mirrors right.
Err on the side of caution
Your vehicle is heavier and more difficult to handle than the car you’re probably used to driving. So, you should always err on the side of caution, whether that’s in regards to your speed, your position on the road, or your behavior around other drivers. When turning, for example, it’s a good idea to signal earlier than you would normally and start slowing down earlier, too. And it’s better to stick to the right lane as much as possible and keep a greater distance between you and the vehicles around you.
Practice makes perfect, so you’ll find that driving your RV becomes easier the more you do it. Good luck on your first RV trip, and get in touch with Magne Shade to buy all your RV accessories before you travel.
Keeping Fit While RVingPosted on: May 28, 2020 at 6:32 pm, in
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:
- 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.
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 TripsPosted on: May 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm, in
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
How to Make Your RV Feel Like A HomePosted on: May 14, 2020 at 2:47 pm, in
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.
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 TipsPosted on: April 29, 2020 at 8:35 pm, in
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 IndoorsPosted on: April 29, 2020 at 8:33 pm, in
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.
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 MotorhomePosted on: April 14, 2020 at 3:20 pm, in
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 ChildrenPosted on: March 31, 2020 at 6:47 pm, in
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.