Introducing the all new Light by the Open Range RV Company.

Open Range Light available at Lerch RV

True 90 Degree Turning with a 5.5′ Truck Bed….

Once again the innovation is just over flowing at the Open Range RV Company in Shipshewana, Indiana.

The newest offering from Open Range is the triple slide-out, 31′, half ton towable – LIGHT.  The all new LIGHT 5th wheel can be towed by a 1/2 ton, 5 1/2′ short bed pick up truck without needing any special slider hitch.  The special pin box can be adapted from a king pin to a gooseneck in a matter of minutes.

Open Range LIGHT available Lerch RV

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The introductory floor plan is equipped with triple slides, weighing in at a meager 7,260 lbs.  This trailer is 31′ in length and only has a tongue weight of 1,260 lbs.  Equipped with a true 42″ main slide-out and is 100″ in total width.  Do not let the light weight fool you, this is a fully equipped trailer. With exciting features such as a full side aisle bath with corner wall shower and large rear living area, this product will not have you second guessing yourself.  After the introductory LIGHT LF 297 RLS other floor plans are scheduled to follow.

The exterior has a  high-gloss metallic automotive finish. Inside you will find a clean, rich look that feels elegant.  From the large 86″ sleeper sofa to the portable island that converts to a large dinette table.  The LIGHT is an exciting new option in light weight 5th wheels.  Oh, before I forget, this fifth wheel RV also comes washer/dryer prepped and has a bedroom wardrobe slide.

This all new offering by Open Range will be available at Pennsylvania’s largest Open Range RV dealership, mid-June.  For more information on this exciting new RV, please contact us at 800-722-1236.  Or visit Lerch RV on Facebook.

Open Range LIGHT, light weight 5th wheel at Lerch RV

The all new LIGHT

Tips for Replacing Your RVs Ventilation (Roof) Vents.

RV Roof Vent at Lerch RV.com

Typical RV Roof Vent

RV vents may not be at the top of your priority list if it needs some fixing or replacing, but it should be. Good ventilation is very important to a healthy RV lifestyle.

Here’s a video I found while reading other RV related blogs.  This video is very helpful in providing information of the importance of proper ventilation and how to replace the ventilation system is necessary.    It shows installing the new vent from the outside in, including drilling new holes and hooking up the electrical, which is something some people dread doing. However with a few simple steps, you can save yourself money and have the pride of tackling the job yourself.

As you can see from the video, it’s very important to work with a clean surface when you place in the new vent so that the caulking sticks. And even more importantly is the safety of  correctly matching up the electrical wires. When in doubt, you should check to make sure the polarity is correct with a volt meter. You don’t want to shock yourself now do you?

You should check all of the ventilation vents on your RV at least twice a year to make sure that they are in proper working condition and most definitely fix those that are not.

Should you have any questions, would like some advice or need a professional to help install the vents for you, look no further than your Central PA RV Dealer, Lerch RV. Our fully staffed RV service department would be glad to help you out!

The ’411′ About RV and Travel Trailer Locks

You lock up your RV, trailer hitch or fifth-wheel and think it’s safe to leave to go check out a few sites but only to come back to either your entire rig missing or very valuable items missing from storage compartments. Both are frightening because what you thought was secure has been breached and leads to a very big headache to recover your items via insurance.

Take the steps necessary to ensure this does not  happen again in one simple solution, change your locks!

Many people aren’t aware of the fact that the storage compartments on at least 75% of all travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, and motor-homes are accessed by the same key. If the key for your outside storage compartments has CH751 printed on it, then your storage areas can be accessed by almost every RVer on the road.

Sometimes when dealers get used RVs in on trade or purchased from auctions, they don’t get keys with them. Almost all keys can be ordered at RV dealerships, most dealerships will at the very least sell you the key blank.  You will then have to take the blank(s) to a hardware store to have cut.

So, you might want to think twice before you leave valuable items in your RV storage compartments. It sure would be a shame if your fancy tailgating barbecue turned up missing one day. Those matching outdoor recliners you have were probably pretty expensive too. Those types of things are easy pickings when left in your RV storage compartment. If you leave your RV trailer in public storage when you’re not using it, you might want to remove some of the more valuable accessories that you keep on-board.

The point I’m trying to make is that a fresh-from-the-factory RV with all factory locks in place can be entered in less than a minute by anyone who is aware of the shortcuts that the factories take to save money. Standardization is good for the factory, but doesn’t leave you with much security. When you turn in for the night or leave your RV unattended, always lock the deadbolt!

A common saying is that locks simply keep honest people honest. If a thief really wants something, they will get it. There’s only so much you can do to prevent theft. Hopefully, if you throw a couple stumbling blocks in their way, they’ll go after the next guy who didn’t bother. [Source: RV Road Trip]

There are also special travel trailer hitch locks and fifth-wheel hitch locks are made specifically to prevent theft of your rig. Cable locks are also very handy to have around and are very universal. For new locks and parts check out the Lerch RV Parts Department. They’ll also be able to help you with any questions you have about locks and lock accessories. You can reach our parts people at 800-722-1236 and press menu selection #4.

Camping APPs for IPhone and Android are abound….

Camping is supposed to be fun and relaxing. A time to get away from the pressures and stress of home. However for those of us who can not totally disconnect from home or the outside world, there are many ‘camping’ related apps abound. So why not ‘have a reason’ for carrying your smart phone around while camping. A small list of available apps for the iPhone and Android operating systems is below. If you personally use a camping related app, please share it with us.Iphone image.

Campfire Games for the Android OS. A free list of games that are fun to play while sitting around a campfire. This link takes you to the ‘pro’ version, however a free version is available. Game objectives and rules are laid out so there is no last second cheating. Follow the Leader, 20 Questions and Movie Connection are some examples.

Creepy Tales for the Android. Is there anything better than sitting around a campfire at night sharing scary stories. This is one of the more popular aspects of RVing. Now, you can add 100 more creepy stories, legends and myths to your list. The ‘tales’ run from kid level to adult, so you can adjust your story to your audience type.

The RV Checklist APP for the iPhone is for RVers by RVers. This app includes RV centric check lists on what to do when arriving at and departing from your campsite/campground. Short and long lists are available. Be sure to check this out.

101 Camping Recipes for the iPhone, the name says it all. This app is only .99 cents and features an array of tried and true recipes specifically for campfire cooking. This app is also available for the Android operating system.

All Trails Hiking app is available for the iPhone. This app is free, and allows users to browse more than 40,000 trail guides detailing activities like hiking, biking, and even popular fishing spots.

Dish Network Satellite Finder APPDish for my RV Satellite Finder is a pay for app available for the iPhone. For a small $2.99 fee, you have a great tool to help you set up your Dish Network Satellite feed. Simply point your iPhone skyward and view the screen as it locates Dish Networks satellites, which appear as red dots, making it easy to get the best positioning for optimal reception. This app requires no internet connectivity to work.

Fish Navigator for the Android. Now here is an app for all you fishermen/women out there. Now you will always know where the fishing hot spots are with this free app. This is a must have for those serious anglers. Does it work? I’ll let you decide.

I do not own and have not personally tried any of the above apps. There are many, many more RVing related apps out there, both free and pay for apps. Do they are work as advertised, who knows, however they are fun and those apps give you a reason to carry around your phone while out camping. If you currently use an app while camping/RVing, please share it with your fellow readers. And if you happen to try any of the above apps, share your thoughts with us as well.

RV Add-on’s that Make RVing great!

Today’s RVs are usually loaded with great amenities like flat screen TV’s, DVD players, awesome sound systems, etc. and definitely make your RVing lifestyle very comfortable. But how can you make it even better? There are tons of add-on’s you can do to take your RV up a notch.

The Best RV Accessories

A self-aligning satellite dish is one of the most popular RV add-ons. After all, you don’t want to miss your favorite TV show while you’re rolling down the highway.

You want to be entertained outdoors too? You can have your side storage compartment converted to an outdoor entertainment center. Many different things can be mounted in the side compartment of an RV, including stereos and TVs.

If you’ve ever been to a NASCAR race and walked through the pits, then you’ve probably noticed that the luxury coaches that the teams use as their corporate headquarters are decked out with every possible RV accessory you could imagine. When they open their outdoor storage compartments, you can find everything from ice machines to extra freezer space for the kitchen!

Do you like to show your stuff when it comes to outdoor cooking? How about a swing-out stainless steel grill? You can have one mounted so it swings around the end of your RV trailer creating a picnic table, as well as a cooking station.

An RV awning is the most desired accessory of all. Many RVs come from the factory without this marvelous shade maker. RV dealers can easily add this to the sales ticket and have it ready for you in no time at all.

You might also want to consider RV window awnings for every window. They help keep your RV cool in hot climates. Plus, they keep the glaring sun out of your eyes when you’re inside the RV.

The list of available RV accessories aimed at making life easier on the road (or perhaps just more luxurious) is virtually endless. Many can be added during the building process at the factory. Your salesman can include most items when you’re ordering your new RV.

For items that you may want to add later on down the road, your RV dealer will be happy to arrange installation for you. When it comes to installing some electronic devices, they may bring in an outside specialist to make sure everything is done to perfection.

You say having a back up camera would be a good idea, but your motor home didn’t come with one? Not to worry. One can be added in a matter of a few hours labor.

Everything from a talking navigational GPS unit to a brand new dishwasher or ice maker can be added to your Motor Home before or after you drive it off the lot. Pretty much the only limitation is your imagination and the size of your wallet! [Source: RV Road Trips]

You can always head to Lerch RV where they can help you find the perfect add-on that you’re looking for. What add-on have you been considering for your RV? If you need help give our Lerch RV parts department a call at 800-722-1236.

Lerch RV’s 34th Annual Open House. Come join in on the fun.

Lerch RV’s 34th Annual Open House May 5-7, 2011

Mark your calendars for our 34th Annual Open House Weekend. Join us once again as we celebrate 34 years of selling family fun and memories. Come stroll the lot and browse our entire inventory of 200+ new and pre-owned travel trailer and fifth wheels at your leisure. Take a look to see the newest offerings in trucks from Lake Chevrolet and Calkins GMC. Do not forget to grab a bite to eat as well, from our wonderful selection of edibles or just grab a hot dog as you browse. So drive a little and save a lot.

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Lerch RV's 34th Annual Open House, May 5-7 2011
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May, 2011 is RV and Camping month in Pennsylvania!

Here we go, straight from the Governor’s office!

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed a proclamation designating the month of May, 2011, Recreational Vehicle and Camping Month.

It is nice to see that those who have the power that be, recognize that camping and the RV lifestyle is alive and well in the commonwealth.  With campgrounds continuing to be full, travel trailers and fifth wheels being sold and towed of our lot here at Lerch RV, and families making great memories.  It makes you just want to smile!  Enjoy your camping trips this camping season… Safe travels and Happy RVing!