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Video – Brought Back From The Brink of Extinction

27 Jun

Movie SignThe complete restoration of a 1958 Stanley travel trailer makes this week’s video of the week.

This 10 minute video will take you on a journey as a classic that was all but forgotten is given a second chance at life.  It’s stripped down to nothing then reassembled with remarkable precision.

I consider this a testimony to all the do-it-yourselfers out there who aren’t afraid of a little hard work.  Old trailers need not be thrown away and used for scrap, sometimes they just need a makeover.

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Economy Bounces Back, RV Sales Skyrocket

26 Jun

Money SignIt’s been an interesting couple of years for the economy in North America.  It wasn’t that long ago that downsizing held the market share off news headlines as millions of Americans and Canadians lost their jobs.  Times were bleak and the word recession was often used to describe the situation.

Thankfully those times are moving behind us now, as the economy picks up.  Let’s take a look at just how well the RV market is bouncing back.

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RV Industry Turns 100 Years Old

22 Jun

1929-covered-wagon For all of the RVers out there, this year is an important year to note.  It’s the centennial year of the RV industry.

It’s astonishing that it’s been 100 years since the first RV hit the road!

On Monday June 7 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, more than 1000 people gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RV industry.

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Video – The Manufacturing of a Popup Tent Trailer

20 Jun

Movie SignThis week’s video of the week is very exciting for me.  I’m a big fan of the television show How It’s Made, and this video is a clip from the show.

How It’s Made is a tv show that is all about a behind the scenes look at the manufacturing of common products found in the marketplace.  Everything from erasers to dump trucks have been featured.

This particular episode features the manufacturing of a popup tent trailer.  You get to follow a popup as it makes it’s way down the assembly line.

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TurboMaxx RV Fan is the Ultimate Vent Upgrade

30 May

TurboMaxx Fan by MaxxAir On my virtual travels around the interwebs today, I came across what may be the greatest RV vent upgrade that I have ever seen.

It’s a weather resistant ultra vent with a built-in fan that even works in the rain.  How’s that for kicking it up a notch.  It’s called the TurboMaxx and it’s made by MaxxAir.

This fan is a terrific way to improve the functionality of your ventilation system and it’s incredibly easy to install.

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Video – Build your own Fifth Wheel!

21 May

Movie SignI’ve been thinking a lot recently about some different ways to improve the blog and I’ve finally settled on one of the improvements.  We’re going to start showing a video of the week!

Each week, we’ll post a camping-related video that we feel is of real value to our readers.  This week’s will be a tough one to beat.  It’s about an amazing builder/engineer who built his own fifth wheel from scratch!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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DIY: Sterilize Your RV’s Fresh Water System

18 May

Wrech SignDo you ever notice that the water in your RV has a stale taste or slight odor after it’s been sitting for a while?  Sometimes the water may seem a little off even when you’ve been using it regularly.

The most likely culprit is that your fresh water system is due for a cleaning!  Bacteria love to make homes in an RV water system, so it’s best to sterilize that system on a regular basis.

No need to worry though, it’s an easy job that you can take care of yourself, we’ll tell you how.

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Book Early to Get the Site You Want

11 May

reserved towelOne of the things that I try to do every year is plan our family camping trips and reserve the campsites early in the season.  I rarely succeed at this, but it’s the thought that counts right?

Wrong.

Have you ever tried sleeping in a tent that is on a slope?  I have and I can tell you that I didn’t get a decent night’s sleep.  So learn from my experience and book early.  Here are some tips to help you get the jump on your planning.

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Time to Check Your Batteries!

06 May

Inside Smoke DetectorMost of us remember to change the batteries in our household smoke alarms on a regular basis. If you’re like me, it’s because the smoke alarm lets out an annoying beep every few minutes when the battery gets low.

The luxury in that is that you are in your home all year round, so you are likely to hear it.  If you happen to store your RV for the winter, and your battery dies during storage, then you aren’t likely to hear the beeping when you prep your RV for the season.

This makes it extra important to remember to check your RV smoke alarms at the beginning of the season.   Read the rest of this entry »