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René M. Agredano
Snowbird off-the-radar hot spots beckon…
RVing with pets is fun. Traveling with pet damaged RV interiors isn’t. Most RVers with animals will endure an interior catastrophe at some point. Thankfully, these three ways to pet proof your RV can help minimize accidental abuse from beloved pets.
Living in your RV can be cheaper than being a homeowner. For example, RV park rent typically costs less than a monthly mortgage payment. Unfortunately, the lower cost of living still doesn’t excuse us from paying for annual RV maintenance jobs. So, whether you`re a full-timer (or even an extensive traveler), checking those critical chores off our to-do list is necessary if we want our road trip adventures to continue. These three tips can help you deal with this part of RVing and to ensure worry-free travels down the road.
How do full-timers deal with annual maintenance chores? Photo: iRV2 member jerichorick
How to Deal with Annual RV Maintenance Jobs
The internet is full of RV maintenance checklists, which include tasks like prepping your RV for spring. But don’t put the cart before the horse today. Instead take a 10,000-foot look at tackling annual RV maintenance whether you live on the road or are a frequent traveler.
Maintenance is something to stay atop of for your RV. Photo courtesy www.airforums.com
1. Budget for Annual RV Maintenance Costs
RV maintenance costs differ from rig to rig. Generally speaking, towables have a lower cost of ownership than motor homes. However, those numbers can change if your rig is used and wasn’t properly maintained before you bought it. Consult your owner’s manuals and seek out RV maintenance checklists to learn which annual jobs apply to your RV.
With a list in hand, call RV service centers to get an estimate for big ticket jobs like engine service. Try to call one urban service center and one rural service center to get a feel for how prices will fluctuate depending on where you are when the work needs to be done.
Taking on too big of a maintenance job can be a disaster if you’re not up to the challenge. Photo by Fugitive861 iRV2.com member
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Their first RV dry camping experience wasn’t as dramatic as an episode of “Survivor.” But when Cija and Dave’s Lake Mead National Recreation Area adventure endeavor ended, the Oregon couple learned more than they expected about living in a self-contained RV. After two weeks in the desert, they summed it up in three critical desert camping tips for new RVers.
Three Critical Dry Camping Tips for Newbies
iRV2.com member Scottybdivin captured this dry camping image in Moab, UT. Being prepared and understanding your RV systems are vital when camping “unplugged.”
After selling their home in Portland, Cija and Dave lived in their RV for almost a year. While hooked up to shore power, they renovated the motorhome until it was time to head south for the winter in October 2016. Just a few weeks later, the couple unplugged for the first time. The couple quickly became well-acquainted with the limits of their RV’s holding tanks, batteries and propane capacity. Desert boondocking or dry camping does present some challenges that’s easy to overcome with preparation. They quickly discovered that new RVers who want to try dry camping should:
1. Live off Your Tanks and Batteries Before Trying Dry Camping
Until they dry camped for the first time, they didn’t have a baseline measurement of their RV’s limitations.
“We hadn’t even lived off our tanks yet, or batteries,” says Dave. “So if somebody’s thinking of doing this, I would recommend to hook it up and test all of the systems beforehand.”
2. Choose to Camp Near a Dump Station (and Civilization)
Their first dry camping location was about 30 minutes from civilization. They didn’t know it at the time, but later realized that spot was ideal. When they ran out of propane, they quickly found a place to get it.
“You have to be much more conscious of your resources, like