Turn, Turn, Turn. The Open Range Light story.

I am still amazed when I recall what I witnessed the day when our first 2012 Open Range Light LF297 was picked up by its new owner. When it was time for the customer to leave we put the truck, which happened to be a Ford F150 Super Crew with a 5.5′ bed, and the trailer through a series of turning radius tests. The distance from the front cap of the fifth wheel and the rear cap of the pick up is substantial enough to allow true 90 degree turning. Take a look at Lerch RV’s YouTube video depicting that radius testing. Keep in mind that the Open Range Light is truly a half ton tow-able fifth wheel. And with the innovative front camp design and hitch pin placement, you can tow this beauty with just a standard fifth wheel hitch installed in your tow vehicle. No need for a sliding fifth wheel hitch (slider) or any other special modifications need to be made.

The Light is another great innovative idea from the Open Range RV company. The Light product line includes the above  pictured LF297RLS, LF289RES and the LF305BHS (bunk model with outside kitchen). There is also a travel trailer in the mix as well, the LT252FLR. So if you are driving a half ton tow vehicle and are looking for a truly unique fifth wheel to camp in, look no further than the Open Range Light. And if you happen to have a 5.5′ short bed truck and want a fifth wheel camper, the Light is especially for you! You can have full size fifth wheel fun in a half ton tow-able package, without missing anything.  All the features that you require in an exciting package.

The Open Range Light fifth wheel campers and travel trailers are available at Pennsylvania’s largest Open Range RV Dealer, Lerch RV. Located in Milroy, which is one hour west of Harrisburg and thirty minutes southeast of State College, the home of Penn State University. For more information on the Open Range Light, please contact us.

RV life and us, and the people along the way, Thank You

I recently came across this post on a blog called “Why RV?”  I found the article to be interesting and wanted to share it with my readers. I think it really describes the join and kindness that goes hand in hand with the RVing lifestyle.  Where else can you throw a huge group of people from all walks of life into boxes and put them side by side, and everyone still has a great weekend.  If you have any experiences to share please comment below.  And as usual Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

Although we are only 6 years into our camping life,  we have met some wonderful people and had some great times.  And also have spent lots of money we didn’t have,  too.   We are on our 3rd RV already,  and looking for our 4th. We see older ones that are being used that shows the love people have for their Rv’s.  Some of these RV’s look better than brand new high-end diesel pushers.   There are a lot  of people out there that are perfectly fine with what they have. There are those that live full-time in their RV’s.
Those that have seasonal sites.
Those that just use theirs on weekends.
Those that use it weekends and a family vacation here and there.  (This is the group we fall into.)
I respect all and every RVer,  or do we call them/us campers.  Is there a difference?  Some people will say the only camping is tent camping.  Well, my back can’t take tent camping anymore.  So,  I prefer to do my “camping”in an RV.

The people Along The Way

RVers,  or campers,  are just about the friendliest group of people you will meet.  If there is a newbie in the campground,  rest assured,  help is only a fire ring away.
Even if your dog lifts his leg on a fellow camper,  there’s a good chance even the victim will get a good laugh over it.  Yes,  Our Bull Mastiff did this to our neighbor 1 weekend..
But I think the most interesting,  and friendliest couple we ever met while camping,  was a couple we met during our first year of camping.  the husband was retired,  and his wife was a school teacher who was retiring either that year or the next.    That would make it 05 or 06.  I think they were from St Louis. Missouri.
It went down something like this.  We pulled in to Sun Valley campground near Morgantown, Pa on Friday.  There was a Bounder Motor home already next to us.  Later I noticed a small grill on the picnic table.  The grill was smoking for hours.   I told Kim that maybe they went away and forgot about it.   No worries,  if they weren’t planning on eating,  then I would have handled that.  Boy did that smell great.  Found out later it was 2 HUGE steaks,  he was cooking slow.
Anyway,  eventually,  a tall thin man with dirty gray hair and beard emerged.  Grabbed his food,  said hello, and went back in to enjoy their meal.
Later,  him and his wife,  a shorter woman,  with long dark hair,  came out and introduced themselves.   Now,  here’s a coupe in their mid 60’s,  and we are in our mid 30’s at the time.   We talked for hours.  They told us about their travels,  about Silver Dollar City,  about their kids,  and that they were on their way to their daughter’s house in Philly.
The man,  I’m terrible with names,  sorry,  And I talked for hours while Kim and his wife also conversed.
This couple touched our lives,  and  they have no clue.   They made us realize just what RVing is all about.  Here’s a retired couple,  from halfway across the country,  and for a weekend,  they are our neighbors.  Our closest friends.  Then,  all of a sudden,  that is the last you ever know of them.  The memory remains.  And what is RVing and camping all about.  Making memories.

So,  if anyone runs into an African-American couple,  now around 70,   from Missouri,  he was tall with greyish hair and beard,  she was short,  with long dark hair,  and a retired school teacher,  driving a 1996 Bounder in great shape.  PLEASE tell them,  their weekend friends from Sun Valley Campground in PA in 2005 said hello!

Thank You.

Happy Camping Everyone
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Camping Made Easy has never included so much RV storage!

Improved Copper Canyon 5th wheel floor plans for Fall 2011

The 273FWRET and 292FWBHS just got a whole lot better. These models will now feature a wardrobe slide in the bedroom. Camping Made Easy has never included so much storage! Built upon the foundation of Keystone’s first product line, Copper Canyon by Sprinter “Makes Camping Easy” by combining luxury and value in one beautiful fifth wheel. And with a variety of floor plans ranging from rear living room models, side aisle models, and bunk house models, you can select the Copper Canyon that is just right for the way you live.
Copper Canyon 292 FW BHS by Keystone RV Company at Lerch RV

Copper Canyon 292 FW BHS by Keystone RV Company at Lerch RV

Copper Canyon 273 FWRET by Keystone RV at Lerch RV

Copper Canyon 273 FWRET by Keystone RV available at Lerch RV

Each of these exciting fifth wheel campers are equipped with these great standard features:

Copper Canyon Standard Features

Exterior Features

  • One touch electric awning
  • Lockable, radius baggage doors
  • Rear bumper storage
  • Easy opening triple entry step
  • E-Z Lube™ axles
  • Exterior grab handle for entry assistance
  • Tough guard painted skirt metal
  • Patio light with switch
  • Rain gutters and spouts
  • Two 30 LBS LP bottles with automatic change-over
  • Roto-cast seamless holding tanks
  • Keystone Original space maker 50 gallon fresh water system.
  • 30′ 30 Amp power cord
  • Spray port with hot and cold water
  • Exterior BBQ hook-up
  • Electric front jacks
  • Radial Tires
  • Outside speakers
  • Docking station
  • Light at termination points

Interior Features

  • 13,500 BTU ducted air conditioner with “Quick Cool”
  • 30 amp electrical distribution panel
  • 12 Volt, 55 amp converter
  • 30,000 BTU auto-ignition furnace with thermostat
  • Water heater bypass for easy winterization
  • Residential cabinet hardware
  • Large picture window at the dinette
  • 6′ 3″ interior slide room height
  • 12 volt slide room lights for dry camping
  • Home Theater Surround Sound® system
  • In floor ducted heat
  • Central monitoring system for all tanks and battery
  • Full extension ball bearing drawer guides
  • Residential slide out pantry

Living Room Features

  • Cable TV hook-up with antenna and signal booster
  • Satellite prep
  • High grade carpeting with pad
  • Residential fabric-covered valances
  • Angled overhead storage in the slide room
  • Home theater DVD / CD /AM /FM / MP3
  • Air bed sofa
  • 32″ LCD HDTV

Bath Features

  • Large vanity sink
  • Porcelain foot flush toilet
  • Residential medicine cabinet with mirror
  • ABS one piece tub surround
  • Skylight over tub
  • Retractable clothes line in the shower/tub
  • Reinforced tub support
  • Attic fan
  • GFI receipts in the bathroom

Kitchen Features

  • 6 gallon gas and electric DSI auto ignition water heater
  • 3 burner high output gas range
  • Deep 60/40 residential sink
  • Full extension ball bearing drawer guides
  • Metal high arched faucet
  • Lighted range hood with exhaust fan
  • Microwave with carousel
  • 17″ oven
  • Reversible dinette seat cushions
  • Double door refrigerator
  • Overhead cabinets above the sink
  • Two oversized pots and pan drawers
  • Dream Dinette

Bedroom Features

  • Cable TV hook-up
  • High grade carpeting with pad
  • Under bed storage with gas struts
  • Color matched bedspread
  • Bedroom reading lights
  • Electrical Outlets near the bed
  • Dream Collection Mattress
  • Headboard niche with puck lighting

“Customer First” Safety Package

  • Tinted safety glass windows
  • Dual hitch safety chains
  • Manual override for the slide rooms
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Egress windows
  • LP gas leak detector
  • Break away safety brake
  • 4 wheel electric brakes
  • Hitch light
  • Door side and off door side clearance lights
  • Security light

“Camping Made Easy” Package

  • Laminated aluminum framed sidewalls
  • Enclosed underbelly
  • Exterior speakers
  • E-Z Lube® axles
  • Overhead slide room cabinets
  • Skylight in the shower
  • Six gallon gas / electric DSI water heater
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Easy find light switches
  • 13.5 ducted air conditioner
  • DVD home theater system with Surround Sound®

Popular Options

  • Spare tire
  • 10 gallon water heater (Some models)
  • Upgraded 15,000 BTU air conditioner
  • Free standing dinette with four chairs
  • Extra large refrigerator
  • Six panel refrigerator front
  • Rear Ladder
  • Ceiling fan with light (High profile FW)
  • Wire and frame for second A/C
  • 50 Amp service (Some Models)

If you are looking for a great fifth wheel, that is dependable and built by an RV industry leading manufacturer. Look no further than the Copper Canyon by Keystone RV.  Available at Pennsylvania’s largest RV dealer, Lerch RV.  Give us a call at 800-722-1236.  Remember just as Copper Canyon makes Camping Easy, Lerch RV makes Buying Easy!

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

A blast from the past in the RVing lifestyle.

It’s easy to expect a lot from today’s RVs.

Internet connections, flat screen televisions, pillow top mattresses, and porcelain toilets may seem like a must to you now.  That’s what makes it so much fun to see where RVing came from.  I am still amazed every year when the latest and greatest designs come out from the leading RV manufactures.  It is easy to forget that there was a time when having a trailer with electricity was a big deal and some thought border-line insane.  Well, allow us take a look way back to the year 1937.  The country was in the middle of the Great Depression, and that meant that more and more people were taking to a life on the road to find the American Dream.

The YouTube clip below is a great way at appreciating all the hard work and ingenuity that has gone into designing and making everything that goes into RVs today.

So next time you are out driving and you get mad that you have no cell phone signal, just be thankful that you have a cell phone in the first place.  If you want to see what new technology is packed into the RVs of today or see what is going to be the RV of the future, then be sure to come to Lerch RV.  We have been selling the latest and greatest campers for over 34 years.

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

A unique fifth wheel floor plan, the 2008 North Shore 320 TS.

2008 North Shore 320 TS by Dutchmen RV at Lerch RV

A very unique step up kitchen slide-out.

Chart a new course to that perfect place this year with this pre-owned North Shore fifth wheel.  Whether it’s somewhere brand new or a favorite vacation spot you venture to each year, let a  North Shore fifth wheel take you there.  With its distinctive styling and premium features you’ll find each North Shore to be the ideal setup when you are on the road.  This 2008 North Shore 320 TS has very distinctive floor plan.  The step up slide-out kitchen makes this used fifth wheel stand out amongst our other pre-owned fifth wheel inventory.

2008 North Shore by Dutchmen RV at Lerch RV

Loaded with great interior features that include a Roof Mounted TV Antenna w/ Booster, Microwave, 3 Burner Range w/ Oven and High Output Burner, Range Cover, Double Bowl Kitchen Sink w/ High Rise Faucet, Gas/Electric Double Door Norcold 8 cubic foot Refrigerator, Roof Mounted Ducted AC, Auto Ignition Ducted Furnace, Ceiling Fan, Power Roof Vent in Bath, Bathroom Skylight, Glass Shower Enclosure w/ Tub Surround, Foot Pedal Flush Porcelain Toilet, CO Detector, LPG Leak Detector, Smoke Detector, Under Bed Storage, Hardwood Linoleum Flooring, Pleated Woven Shades, Fireplace, Hide a Bed Sofa, Large Countertop in Kitchen Area.

2008 North Shore by Dutchmen RV at Lerch RV

Exterior Features include Fiberglass Exterior, Aluminum Framed Sidewall Construction, Low Maintenance Rubber Roof, Manual A&E Awning, Front Power Landing Legs, Rear Stabilizer Jacks, Over Sized Storage Compartment, Enclosed Underbelly, Enclosed and Heated Holding Tanks, Black Water Tank Flush, Dual 30 lb LP Tanks, Auxiliary Battery, Cable TV Hook-up, Phone Jack, Outside Spigot, Exterior ‘Scare’ Security Light, Roof Ladder, 10 Gallon DSI Water Heater, XL Entry Assist Handle.

This trade in is a must see. Very clean and very well maintained by the previous owner.

2008 North Shore 320 TS Specs:

Dry Weight: 9,482 lbs
Slide-Outs: 3
Sleeps up to: 4 people
Interior Color: Country Beige

Sale Price: $26,770

If you are interested in seeing this 2008 North Shore 320 TS by Dutchmen RV, give your central Pennsylvania RV Dealer a call at 800-722-1236.

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

Dog Days of Summer got you down? Let us help…

Lerch RV Dog Days of Summer, Great RV prices!

The internet defines the term Dog Days of Summer as this:

Dog Days” (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer.  The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a brown hop[citation needed] at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

The Dog Days of Summer are also defined as a period of stagnation. Your Central PA RV Dealer has been anything but stagnant this Summer. Our travel trailer and 5th wheel inventory is ever-changing.  Do not miss out on your new RV.  Why waste time and money heading to large high pressure RV Show, when you can come browse our lot at your leisure with no pressure.  I can guarantee you will not have a sales person breathing down your neck or stalking you on our lot.  Our entire inventory is open and available to you.  Just another way we continue to make buying easy for our customers.

Officially Summer is drawing to a close, even though the heat and humidity will continue to vex the Northeast for some time to come.  To help our customers beat the heat, Lerch RV continues to offer low cool Summer prices!

If you are looking for a new travel trailer or fifth wheel, please visit Pennsylvania’s largest travel trailer.  And if you are looking for a pre-owned camper, Lerch RV has those a great selection of those too.  Come visit our central PA dealership location and beat the heat.  Our prices are so low, they will make you shiver.

Enjoy the rest of the Summer…Safe travels and Happy RVing!

Camping Season is here!

Open Range Rolling Thunder H 397 RGR at Lerch RV

Camping Season is here.Whether you camp in a tent or a Open Range Rolling Thunder. Maintenance is a must....

Many of us are in full camping mode.  With the unofficial start of Summer, Memorial Day, already a past us.  Our service department is has been getting some customer calls on a few items.  I decided to gather up some of those items and share them with you.  The items below are something that all RV owners should keep an eye on.  Once again, my belief that a little preventative maintenance goes a very long way.

  • RV Water heater bypass valves. These must be in the proper position to ensure that water fills the water heater tank. Ensure the tank is filled before turning on the water heater as you could damage the electric heating element or the water tank itself by overheating an empty tank.
  • Roll up your RV awning in windy conditions or if you are to be away from the campsite. It is an easy thing to do (especially with the newer electric awnings) to ensure that your awning does not get damaged by the wind.  Or worse yet flip-up and over your camper damaging the structure.
  • RV/Marine Battery water levels. With many people leaving their campers plugged in over the summer for extended periods, it is important to maintain your battery’s water levels so they do not boil off. Check them frequently to ensure proper levels and top off with distilled water or recommended fluids.
  • Sealants. Inspect your seams around windows, doors, vents, and wall corners to ensure that the caulking is not cracked and leaving voids. Keep a tube of RV Caulking handy in your camper to seal any found voids. It takes 15-20 minutes to check over a whole camper, but, will ensure your camper weathers the storm for decades.
  • RV AC Coils. Get up on your camper roof safely and inspect the AC coils and remove debris. If needed get the coils straightened so that your AC runs more efficiently ensuring you have a cool place to sleep out of the heat. However do keep in mind if the weather decides to creep up to near record high temperatures and high humidity levels, your RV air conditioning unit may work extremely hard trying to keep you cool. After this past Memorial Day, with its record heat index, many RV owners called complaining that their AC units were not functioning properly.

If you are unsure about tackling any of the above RV maintenance issues above by yourself.  Please give Lerch RV’s service department a call at 800-722-1236.  Our qualified technicians will gladly answer any questions that you might have.  And if you decide you do not want to do the work yourself, schedule an appointment when you call.

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

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

Click here to see this great interior.

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

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.

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!