More RV and Camping Safety Tips

You may read about RV and camper safety a lot when you’re surfing the internet or picking up the latest Trailer Life magazine. Personally I think you can never learn too much or think too often when it comes to RV safety. And as with anything else in life, practice what you read and preach.  To many times safety is placed on the back burner of our thought process when it comes to hitching up the wagon and hitting the road.  Many of my previous posts have been about RV and camping safety.  I can not stress how import this subject matter is.  So once again here are some more RV safety tips to think about….

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Never paint the tank a dark color. It can absorb the sun’s rays and can cause it to overheat and explode.

  • Don’t travel with the stove, oven or heater burners lit.
  • Never refuel while any propane appliance or engine is running.
  • If you have an older propane tank, make sure it has an overfill protection device.
  • Install a propane gas detector.

Create a step-by-step checklist!!

Before you drive:

  • Make sure bay doors are closed and latched.
  • Double-check tow bar and safety cables.
  • Disconnect all power, TV, phone, water and sewer lines.
  • Retract jacks, steps, and awnings.
  • Look under the rig for signs of fluid leaks.
  • Check oil, transmission and coolant levels.
  • Check air brakes, parking brake and tow brakes.
  • Inspect tire inflation pressure and tread wear.
  • Make sure smoke and propane leak detectors are working.

Practice S.A.F.E Cornering:

RVers must compensate for the extra weight, height and length of their vehicles when cornering. Practice S.A.F.E. cornering:

  • Slowly approach the turn. It’s much easier to speed up in the corner than have to brake.
  • Arc the turn, careful to not arc the first swing in the opposite direction, confusing drivers behind as to where you really intend to go.
  • Finish the turn completely. Drivers make a common mistake when they straighten before the back-end of the vehicle has cleared the pivot point.
  • Experience is key. The best way to become a good RV driver is practice, practice, practice.[GMAC Insurance]

There are some good tidbits that I think you can print out and keep in your RV to refer back to every once in a while. That is if you like. I truly hope you have enjoyed some of these safety tips! That way next time you hit the road you will know that you and your family are good to go!

Have a great weekend adventure, run by on your way back so we can hear all about it.  And, if there is anything we can do to help, let us know!!

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

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 new breed of RVer walks amongst us

glamping in America

Are you Glamper?

The Urban Dictionary defines Glamping in more than a few ways, however I believe this definition best fits:
Glamping: (verb)  Glamorous camping. Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed. (No stinky sleeping bags on the hard ground and freeze-dried food for me. If it’s not a Glamping trip, count me out.)

Camping used to be known as “roughing it.” Of course, with the rise of the RV, it became a little less rough and a little more luxury.  Well, a lot of people who wouldn’t call themselves “outdoorsy” have finally come across the greatness that is RVing, and in fact, new camp grounds are opening up to give them the least rough camping experience possible.  This is called glamping, which is short form for glamorous camping.  There are websites and destination campgrounds on several continents that have sprung up to cater to the ‘glampers’.  Tenting has become luxurious with the introduction of upscale wall tents and yurts. These luxurious canvas cabins are not for the die-hard outdoors-man.

GO Glamping!

Now this is tenting...

So if you are trying to convince that one person in your family holding out against the idea of going camping, you may show them how glamorous is can be.  While you may enjoy a more traditional camping experience, it’s always great news to know that the RV community is always growing.  If you do not want to spend over $200 a night per person on some of these upscale canvas palaces. Stop by Pennsylvania’s largest travel trailer dealer and allow us to help you find your perfect camper.  Lerch RV has been making camping and buying easy for over 34 years.  If you are looking for the upscale or the entry-level RV, Lerch RV can help you.  So give our low pressure sales team a call at 800-722-1236.
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!

Get the best camp site with these great camping tips.

Toy Hauler from Open Range purchased from Lerch RV

No matter how nice a camp ground is, it can all be ruined if you are stuck with a bad spot to stay in.  So what is the most ideal spot to park your rig and enjoy the camp ground to its fullest.  There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, and you may not always be able to do all of them, but if you follow some simple guidelines, your camping experience will be a lot less about complaining about your surroundings, and more about having fun.

Here are some tips from RV Basics for what to look for when choosing where to park your RV for camping….

  • If you’ve arrived at an unfamiliar campground ask the campground hosts for a detailed map and have a quick drive or hike around and make a list of some possible campsite locations.
  • Do not take a site that has camping items but no vehicle as it could belong to RV owners who aren’t on site for the day.
  • Always arrive ear;y if possible. You can rest assured the best campsites will be taken if you arrive late in the afternoon.
  • Camp at least 200-300 feet away from water, this keeps you out of traffic zone and bug free.
  • Make sure there are trees to hang your garbage and food up wind outside of camp.
  • Set up camp away from other campers and away from any trails.
  • If you love the idea of waking up in a warm location set up camp under the morning sun. You will also have the advantage of being shielded from hot sun later in the day.
  • Avoid setting up camp in tall grassy locations as they are a wonderland for insects.
  • Never camp at the bottom of cliffs with loose rocks.
  • Become familiar with flora and avoid all areas with poison ivy.
  • Get the best protection from lightning by camping near a dense grouping of trees, all the same height in a low area away from water.
  • Make sure the site is large enough to meet all your needs.
  • Think about what would happen to your site in the event of a storm.
  • Consider the location of bathroom facilities (if applicable).
  • Water is absolutely critical for camping. You will need it for washing, drinking and cooking so ensure that you have a water source nearby to your camp site.
  • If rain is expected locate your campsite in a flood free area.
  • Never modify an area by removing vegetation and rocks to create the perfect campsite. The perfect campsite is never created by man but has already been made by Mother Nature.
  • Find an area free of tree roots and rocks. If you’ve found the perfect location but there’s a problem with small rocks gently rake them away to create a smooth level for sleeping on.
  • Never camp on a ridge. You are too exposed to severe wind and lightning conditions.
  • Avoid sharing a site with campers who are not part of your group. There’s plenty of land to go around and every camper is entitled to some personal space.

There are more great tips in the article, and they will all make your camping trip a lot more enjoyable. If you are looking for a new RV to take camping, then check out our awesome selection at Pennsylvania’s largest Keystone RV and Open Range Dealership, Lerch RV

Outback RV camper bought at Lerch RV

Reese Hitch Shank Recall

I wanted to inform my RVing friends of a recent Reese hitch recall. This recall involves certain Reese (P/N 54970) and Pro Series (P/N 63970) Weight Distribution Shanks.  This recall is only for the shank of the hitch (the part that the hitch head attached to/the part that slides into your receiver on the tow vehicle) Please read the information that is provided below and please check your hitch shanks for your serial numbers.  Safe travels and Happy RVing!

Information about the Reese Weight Distribution Hitch Shank Recall.

What Products are Involved? 
This recall involves Reese Part No. 54970 and Pro Series Part No. 63970 weight
distribution shanks marked with the following serial numbers:
TD100435, TD100451,TD100456, TD100511 or TD100617. These parts were sold both individually and as a component in certain Reese and Pro Series weight distributing kits.
What is the Problem?

As a result of a production error, some weight distribution shanks were not manufactured to the correct specifications.  As a consequence, the shank may fracture when subjected to load during installation or use, potentially causing a crash.

What You Should Do?
Please follow these instructions to determine if you own one of the recalled shanks.

1. Locate the serial number on the shank, as shown in Figures 1 and 2:

Reese Hitch Recall

Serial Number Location

Reese Hitch Recall

Serial Number Location - Close Up

If the serial number is TD100435, TD100451, TD100456, TD100511 or
TD100617, or if the serial number cannot be read, please contact Cequent
Customer Service at 1-877-208-2573 to coordinate pickup and replacement of

the shank.

DO NOT CONTINUE TO USE THE SHANK.

A replacement shank will be provided free of charge.

If you have any questions about this recall, please call Cequent Customer Service at 1-877-208-2573.  For the most up-to-date information concerning this recall, please visit
http://www.cequentgroup.com/wdshank.pdf.  If you are unable to obtain a remedy without
charge within a reasonable time, you may submit a complaint to:  Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C.
20590; or call the toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4326 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153);
or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

Protecting your Fur-child from harm while RVing.

Camping is for the dogs at Lerch RV

Camping is for the dogs...

RVing/camping is a family experience, and that includes our furry friends or better known to some as our ‘fur-children’.  If you RV with a pet, then you know how much they add to the camping experience.  Whether it is added security, or just a reliable companion, your pets need to be protected as much as possible.  While there are many things to take into consideration when caring for your pets on the road while traveling, there are three main concerns that you must keep in mind at all times.

Here’s the big three pet dangers from RV Basics:

      1. Disease
        Perhaps the top danger of the road is disease. Regardless of what type of pet a person brings with them, that pet comes in contact with a wide variety of germs, most of which the pet’s immune system has no resistance against. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to completely circumvent this danger, especially with animals like dogs, which tend to have a very curious nature. The best a watchful owner can do is make certain that the drinking water and food being supplied is fortified with vitamins and minerals. Many brands of pet food offer ‘Immunity’ lines, which offer food especially designed to enhance the pet’s immune system. This does not mean that it is permissible for a pet owner to neglect their pet’s health; animals should still be kept under a watchful eye, especially when in outdoor areas, and animal feces should be cleaned quickly from the RV, or other areas where the pet might stay. It is also important that owners know where the nearest vet is in the event of a pet emergency.
      2. Aggressive Behavior
        A close second in way of dangers is other animals. While any animal can be targeted by aggression from strays, predators, or prey, dogs and cats that have not been neutered are most susceptible to the dangers of other animals of the same species, as they tend to attract members of the opposite gender. This can lead to complications such as pregnancy in female animals, or fights for dominance in the case of male animals. In order to circumvent this, it is highly advisable that road-ready pet owners make a point of spaying or neutering their pets. If this is not a viable action, use excessive restraint and caution when in areas that other animals frequent. With all pets, neutered or natural, it is advisable to keep them on leashes, and keep a close eye on all suspicious activities within the surrounding area. An alert owner is often the best preventative measure against harm to their pet.
      3. Dehydration
        Finally, the third most prevalent danger on the road is dehydration. While the air conditioning may make an RV comfortable while people are in it, many turn off the engine to save gas and battery life while inside stores, or stopped for the night. At times, this can create an extremely hot and dry atmosphere, causing havoc on a pet’s body. Any time a pet must be left alone in an RV, it is important to make sure that they have plenty of water available. To this end, non-spill designed bottles are often recommended.

The above list is not necessarily in numerical order. There are many more things to be concerned with, I just thought to point out what I believe to be the top three while camping.  Please keep your furry family member safe at all times. So be sure to keep your pets healthy and happy, and it is sure to make your life on the road a lot better as well.  If you are looking for a new travel trailer or fifth wheel dealer that is pet friendly, be sure to check out Pennsylvania’s largest travel trailer dealer, Lerch RV.

Safe travels and Happy RVing!

Let us help you find the cheapest gas in town in one click…

Gas Buddy.com logoWhile gas prices are starting to slip from the nearly $4.00 national average, they are still quite high, and no one knows this more than an RVer.  Whether you are towing your camper or driving your car, when you are filling up at the gas station and those numbers keep on spinning by, you wonder if there was cheaper gas just around the corner.  Well, you can take that guess-work away with the help of a very useful website.

Gasbuddy.com is a great resource for any driver, but it will come especially useful to RVers who are driving through new areas without the knowledge of knowing where the cheapest gas in town usually is.  It works like Google Maps or Mapquest, all you have to do is enter the ZIP code into the box and it will bring up the gas prices in the area. There is an iPhone app also.

The only snag will be that it posts the prices from the last 48 hours, so there may be a small dip or rise in price, but it is great at giving you a general idea of which stations offer the best prices.  Next time you are in a new town while going across the country, this website will become an invaluable tool to help save you a little green during the busy travel season. You can even try using it  in your home town, it is very accurate as well.

So do not worry about not always getting the best fuel price,   just remember to keep making those family memories by enjoying the RVing lifestyle. Keep camping and do not let the summer pass you by.  And while you are out and about, feel free to stop by Pennsylvania’s largest tow-able travel trailer dealership, Lerch RV.

gas buddy.com screen shot

Sprinter travel trailers by Keystone RV

Sprinter by Keystone RV

Now shipping in your 2012 Sprinters

  • New 32-inch LCD TV
    We make it easy to watch your favorite movies and sporting events on a larger scale!
  • New Skylight in Shower/Tub
    Enjoy more natural light with the increased headroom…7-feet to be exact.
  • New Bedroom Roof Vent
    Maximize air flow and enjoy the night breeze while you rest.
  • New Full Neo-Angle Glass Shower Enclosure
    Feel right at home with this full enclosure glass shower.
  • Dream Collection’ Mattress
    Finally! A mattress that is not only light weight, water resistant and anti-microbial, but most of all comfortable.
    Sweet Dreams!
  • New Residential Front Bedroom
    Just like home…two full length shirt closets, increased overhead storage, his and hers personal drawers, and his and hers cubbies all in one beautiful design!
  • Quilted Bunk Mattresses
    Performance core construction and more complete and fitted look.
  • Easy-View Rotating Entertainment Center
    We have made a few changes creating more space between the bed and the entertainment center. We also added to bi-fold doors which allow you to keep the doors open when watching TV in the bedroom.

Come see why your Central PA RV Dealership is now Pennsylvania’s largest travel trailer dealer. Step inside a Sprinter travel trailer and see how they continue to make camping easy!
Give us a call at 800-722-1236. Or visit us on Facebook