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Top Tips for Solo RVing

Posted on: September 14, 2020 at 3:45 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

We recently looked at some of the advantages and disadvantages of RVing by yourself rather than with family or friends. If you’re convinced that solo RVing is for you, then read on for tips about how to make your solo trip the best it can be.

Safety tips for solo RVing

One of the main concerns of solo traveling, which we touched on briefly in our last article, is safety. You could be at greater risk by traveling by yourself, but some simple precautions can help to keep you and your belongings safe while you travel.

  • Lock it up – Don’t get complacent when traveling alone. It’s important to always lock your RV overnight and when you leave it unattended. It’s also a good idea to keep your valuables in a safe or lockbox inside your RV, and keep valuables out of sight. Drawing your curtains or installing RV shades can protect your privacy.
  • Choose trustworthy sites – Camping by yourself in the middle of nowhere may sound like an exciting adventure, but it’s much safer to find a registered campsite or RV park. If you arrive somewhere and feel suspicious of the location or people there, then trust your gut instinct and find another site.
  • Carry the essentials – If you’re hiking alone and something goes wrong, having a basic first aid can help in a lot of situations. Make sure you always have water and snacks with you, just in case. In more severe situations, make sure you have emergency contact numbers on you. A portable charger is also a good idea in case you run out of battery.

More solo RVing tips

It’s not all about safety, but also about having fun and making the most of your trip. So, here are some more tips for your solo RV trip.

  • Get familiar with your rig – If it’s your first time RVing solo, then it’s important that you get familiar with your motorhome, including how to drive it, maintain it, and hook it up at campsites. This will make sure you don’t get stalled by any problems, giving you more time to explore and enjoy yourself. Get plenty of practice with it before you set off on your own. And get a routine professional tune-up before your trip to make sure everything is in good working order.
  • Be social (if you want) – Campgrounds are a great place to meet like-minded people, so RVing solo doesn’t mean you have to be on your own the whole trip. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with a fellow traveler if you feel like socializing.
  • Bring entertainment – There’s obviously going to be a lot to see and do on your RV trip, but you may also have a lot of downtime. Bring books or an e-reader with you, download movies to a tablet, and any other types of entertainment that interest you.

Make sure your RV is fully kitted out for your big solo trip. Contact Magne Shade to get a quote for your window and windshield shades.

The Pros and Cons of Solo RVing

Posted on: August 27, 2020 at 7:02 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

You often hear about couples or families leaving behind their regular lives (at least temporarily) to go traveling in an RV. But what about single people or those who simply prefer to travel alone? Solo travel and solo RVing are gaining a lot of popularity. Let’s look at some of the benefits of RVing by yourself and some tips to do it right.

The advantages of solo RVing

How much time have you spent planning trips with family or friends? It always seems to be difficult to get everyone’s schedules lined up and meet everyone’s needs. One person wants to be near a beach, another wants to be deep in the wilderness, someone else thinks fast WiFi is a priority. It can be near impossible to organize.

When you travel alone, you don’t have to deal with any of this. You can just pick up and go wherever and whenever you want. You only have your needs and schedule to worry about. This applies while you’re on your trip, too. No more debating what you want to do each day, you can just go and do what you want.

Another benefit is that it becomes a lot easier to meet new people while you’re traveling by yourself. There’s bound to be other solo travelers along the way who you can strike up a conversation with and maybe even hang out together.

It’s often the case that other travelers are more likely to approach you if you’re alone rather than in a couple or family unit. Plus, you’re more likely to make the effort if you’re by yourself and looking for fellow travelers to connect with.

The disadvantages of solo RVing

Of course, traveling solo isn’t going to be for everyone. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t cope well in solitary and needs company to stay happy and entertained, then it might not be the best idea. Even though you can meet people while traveling and camping, some people might still find the solo travel life lonely.

Another potential issue is safety. Traveling solo can still be extremely safe if you take the proper precautions, but there can still be risks. Say you’re hiking solo for the day and you suffer an injury, with no cell signal in sight. There’s no one else there to go and get help. This won’t be an issue if you’re in a popular area with other hikers on the same path, so try to stick to these areas if you’re concerned about this.

Does solo RVing sound like the perfect trip to you, or do you prefer the company of friends and family to share the experience with? Either way, make sure you have the proper equipment and accessories for your RV. Check out our range of RV shades and get a quote today.

More RV Accessories from Magne Shade

Posted on: August 27, 2020 at 7:02 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

At Magne Shade, we have a variety of different window and windshield shades to help control the temperature inside your RV, block out UV rays, and keep you comfortable. But that’s not all we have to offer. Read on to find out about the other types of shades and covers we have that will help to keep your motorhome protected.

Mirror covers

Made from the same type of fabric as our RV windshield shades, these mirror covers fit easily over your RV’s mirrors, available for both top and side-mounted mirrors. Our mirror covers create a barrier against dust and debris, helping to keep your mirrors clean and protected from wear and tear.

They also help to protect against the weather, including wear from rain, hail, and wind, as well as blocking out the sun’s rays, which can cause your motorhome’s finish to fade. While providing protection, the material of these covers is still breathable and won’t trap moisture between the cover and your mirror.

Wiper covers

Keep your wiper blades protected from the elements and everyday wear and tear while you’re parked or keeping your RV in storage. Magne Shade’s wiper covers are made from the same material as our regular RV shades, protecting from dust, debris, and UV rays. Each wiper cover has a Velcro fastening on one side, making them quick and easy to fit and remove.

Just let us know the length of your wiper blades and the type of washer nozzles you have on your wiper arms to get the right product for your RV. Currently, if you buy a windshield shade from Magne Shade, you get a pair of our wiper covers for free.

Tire shades

Our tire shades cover the sidewall of your tires to keep them protected from harsh weather and other causes of wear and tear while your vehicle is parked. These shades are made from an exterior grade fabric with a high UV resistance, preventing the gradual damage and degradation caused by the sun’s rays.

Our tire shades fit easily and quickly fold away so you can store them without taking up too much space in your home or RV. Their design ensures that you can hardly tell they’re on your tires when fitted, blending in so as not to spoil the aesthetic of your vehicle.

What accessories do you need for your RV? Get in touch with Magne Shade if you have any questions about our products or to get a quote for your motorhome needs.

How to Be A Considerate Camper

Posted on: August 14, 2020 at 3:53 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

It can feel amazing to be out in the great outdoors, like the world is your oyster. But remember that it’s not all yours and other people are also trying to enjoy the nature and peaceful atmosphere surrounding you. While you’re camping or on an RV trip, it’s important to be considerate of other campers and treat the environment with respect.

Here are some things to keep in mind when trying to be a considerate camper…

Clean up after yourself

The most basic thing you should do when leaving a campsite and during your stay is to clean up after yourself. Don’t drop litter on the floor or leave behind any equipment or other items you don’t need. You should take empty trash bags with you in case there isn’t a trashcan nearby to dispose of these things. Always avoid burning your trash because this can create harmful gases and unpleasant smells that spread across the campground.

Follow the campsite’s rules

Each campsite may have its own rules, but a lot of them are similar and easy to remember. They may specify whether or not you’re allowed to drink alcohol on-site, whether or not you’re allowed pets, and how many people or vehicles are allowed per group. The rules may be posted around the campsite. If not, then check their website or visit the office on-site to find out.

Keep the noise down

Some people might use a camping vacation to stay up late and have fun with friends, whereas others see it as a time to relax, rest, and get up early to start morning activities. Whichever camp you fit into, try not to make too much noise late at night or early in the morning when others might be trying to sleep or enjoy some peace and quiet. When reading the campsite’s rules, they may specify quiet hours during which time you should keep the noise down.

Respect your environment

It’s not just other campers you need to be considerate of, but also the natural environment around you. Be mindful of designated paths and any areas where you shouldn’t tread. Don’t go around picking flowers or chopping wood for your own use. You should try to leave the natural environment exactly as you found it, for other people’s enjoyment of the area as well as to be respectful of the earth.

Don’t tread on other people’s camps

Whether you’re just wandering around the campsite or are looking to take a shortcut across it, try to avoid stepping through or over other people’s camps. You may disturb them or accidentally step on their belongings as you do so. Even if they’re not currently there, be courteous and take the long way round if necessary.

Now you’re ready to be a courteous and considerate camper, make sure you have all the equipment you need for your next RV trip. Check out the products from Magne Shade for a comfortable motorhome vacation.

How to Find Dog-Friendly RV Spots and Campsites

Posted on: July 29, 2020 at 9:21 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding which campsite or RV park to go to next. Price, location, hook-ups, facilities. If you travel with your dog, then one of the most important factors is whether or not your pet is welcome on-site. This article will help you navigate dog-friendly RV parks and choose the right one for your next trip.

Finding dog-friendly campsites online

You’ll usually be able to find a good range of dog-friendly locations just by searching online. Try typing ‘dog-friendly campsites near me’ or ‘dog-friendly RV parks near me’ to see your options in a close radius to you. Or, if you’re looking for a site in a specific city, state, or area, then include that in your search term instead of ‘near me’. You can then check out the websites of each result that comes up to see which suits your needs best.

If you have a specific site in mind, then their website should contain information about whether or not they allow pets onsite. FAQs are often a good place to look. If you can’t find this information, then check their ‘contact us’ page to call or email them with your specific query. You should always find this information out beforehand rather than just turning up with your dog in tow. You might end up getting turned away, leaving you having to look for another option.

Make sure you know the rules

Even dog-friendly campsites will usually have rules when it comes to your pet. Is there an additional fee for bringing your pet along? Can your dog roam free around the campground or does it have to be on a leash at all times? Even if your dog is well behaved off the leash, letting them run free could lead to embarrassing incidents, like your pup stealing a sausage off a neighbors plate.

Even when you take your dog for a walk in the surrounding areas, make sure you know the leash laws and any areas that are off-limits for dogs. Some dog-friendly campsites might even have facilities designed for your pets, like small dog parks or an enclosed area where they can roam free and play with other dogs.

Are you ready to take your pooch on your next adventure with you and the family? Make sure your dog can stay comfortable in your RV, when you’re on the road and when stationary. RV shades can help to keep your RV cool in the sun to make sure you and your pet don’t overheat. Get in touch to get a quote for your RV windshield shades.

Outdoor Accessories for RVing in the Summer

Posted on: July 29, 2020 at 9:21 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

If you’re planning an RV trip for the summer, then you’ll want to be outside enjoying the nice weather as much as possible. As well as going out for hikes and other adventures, this should include enjoying fun summer days and relaxed evenings outside of your RV. To make this possible and as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, there are some must-have outdoor accessories for your RV trip…

RV awning

RV trips in the summer sun are great, but you might need occasional respites from the heat and the sun. Make sure shade is always an option, wherever you park, with an RV awning. Awnings attach to the side of your RV to provide some shade and shelter. As well as staying out of the sun, awnings also allow you to stay dry while still enjoying the outdoors on those warm but rainy days. There are various types of awnings, which you can find out more about here.

Portable fire pit

Sitting around a campfire, roasting s’mores, and telling stories. This is what camping is all about for some people. But you don’t want to have to lug firewood around with you and spend ages lighting the fire. A portable fire pit is a quick and easy way to get a fire up and running, whether you’re cooking food or keeping warm, and you won’t leave a mess behind afterward.

Outdoor furniture

One of the reasons to purchase an RV is so that you don’t have to sleep on the floor with just a thin layer of tent underneath you. So, make sure you don’t have to sit on the floor when you’re spending time outside your RV. Foldable camping furniture, including chairs and tables, doesn’t take up too much space in your RV and can easily be set up when you want to relax or sit down for a meal outside.

Hammocks

What better way to relax in the shade outside of your RV than by bringing your own hammock? Just hook one up to the trees nearby and take a nap or read a book in comfort while enjoying the great outdoors. Suitable for families traveling with kids, since you can chill out in the hammock while the kids run around outside, making it easy for you to keep an eye on them while enjoying some ‘you’ time.

Make the great outdoors comfortable with these accessories for your next RV trip. And you can make it more comfortable inside your motorhome with RV shades from Magne Shade, making it easier to regulate the temperature inside your RV. Contact us to find out more or to receive a quote.

How to Stay Eco-Friendly While RVing

Posted on: July 15, 2020 at 1:35 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Living in an RV is pretty environmentally-friendly compared to how most of us usually live. However, driving such a large vehicle around a lot can seriously contribute to your carbon footprint (although less so than flying for a vacation). How green your RV trips are depends a lot on how many miles you cover and your energy usage inside your RV.

If you’re concerned about your environmental impact, then here are some tips to remain eco-friendly while you’re RVing.

Reduce HVAC use

Heating and cooling your RV helps you stay comfortable, whatever the weather. But it can use up a lot of fuel. Look for ways to warm up or keep cool on your RV trips without always relying on the HVAC system. Pack warm blankets for those colder evenings and ventilate your RV to get a cool breeze running through it on hot days.

Parking in the shade will help to prevent your RV from getting too hot, or try parking in direct sunlight on colder days if the sun is out. Installing RV shades can also help you control the temperature inside your RV, blocking out the sun’s rays in the summer and insulating your windows in winter.

Turn your RV solar

A good way to cut your carbon emissions and save money is by generating your own energy. Especially great for summer RV vacations, you can install solar panels on the roof of your RV. This could replace your generator if you can amass enough energy, or be used in conjunction with your generator. This article from RV Share has more information on the costs and installation of RV solar panels.

Travel light

The heavier your vehicle is, the greater fuel consumption it usually has. So, starting with the size of the vehicle itself, you might want to opt for a class B or C motorhome rather than the more luxurious class A if you’re aiming for eco-friendly travel. What you pack into your motorhome will also increase the weight, so try to just pack the essentials, and look for light and compact versions of the items you need. Here are some more tips for conserving fuel on the road.

Renewable, recycled, and reusable materials

The items and materials you use in your RV and on your trips could have a big impact on the environment. Many people opt for disposable items, like plates and utensils, for the convenience. Ditch these in favor of regular plates, cups, and cutlery to reduce your waste. If you’re decorating or renovating inside your RV, then choose recycled or sustainable materials over plastic-based products.

How green is your RV travel? Get in touch with Magne Shade if you’re looking for windshield shades, tire shades, and other RV shades to fully kit out your motorhome.

How to Look After Your RV’s Tires

Posted on: June 30, 2020 at 5:50 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

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 by Katie Hiatt

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.

With the exterior finish of your RV protected, make sure your windows, windshields, and tires get a proper treatment, too, with RV shades from Magne Shade. Get in touch for a quote today.

Tips to Help You Drive Your RV Safely

Posted on: June 15, 2020 at 1:49 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

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.

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