The top 3 things you want in your RV…

I recently read an article about the ‘Top 3 things consumers look for in a new RV’.  I wanted to share that article with my readers.  I find it interesting how things have changed over the years.  Not too long ago, sleeping capacity and arrangements were the #1 choice in determining the RV of your dreams. Do you disagree or agree with the results of the new poll?  Let us know what you think…

We listed 12 of the most popular items people look for when they are choosing an RV.

The poll results are in and surprise – Every one wants a large kitchen counter top. Now I don’t think everyone is asking for a gourmet kitchen. However, a sink cover isn’t really counter top. Hint, hint manufacturers!

Second on the list makes me feel better. I thought I was the only one who liked a large shower. Well it came in at #2.  As I age my waist seems to add inches and a larger shower is a very nice thing.

Third, and this makes a lot of sense, is residential sized beds. It’s easier to replace a mattress and get linens etc. Thanks for voting!

Here are the rest of the results:

  • 25% Large Kitchen Counter Top
  • 18% Large Shower
  • 16% Residential Sized Bed
  • 9% All-In-One Bath
  • 7% Table / Computer Desk Combo
  • 5% Free Standing Dining Table
  • 5% Dinette
  • 4% Split Bath
  • 4% Bath and a Half
  • 3% Sofa Bed
  • 2% Fireplace
  • 2% Bunk Beds

    Lerch RV.

    A large kitchen counter-top is what you want most in your new RV.


Open Range RV’s new features. A must see!

Open Range RVs available at PA's Largest Open Range Dealership. Lerch RV.

The all new Patio is available on select Open Range 5th Wheel floor-plans.

Some of the new features available on the new unit from Open Range RV Company are definitely exciting.  However the new outside Patio is a true must see.  The Patio is only available on select models.  The patio is quite roomy and strong enough to support 2,500 lbs.  Along with the Patio, you also get another convenient power awning designed especially to extend over the patio only, so you can relax in the shade.  You will be the envy of the campground.  The Patio and Patio Awning is available only on the Open Range 337 RLS, 345 RLS and 375 RLS 5th wheel floor-plans.  The Patio is also available on the Journeyer 340 FLR and all new 359 FKS, travel trailers.

Open Range’s Rolling Thunder Toy Haulers will also have the patio and awning available to them as well.  The all new Rolling Thunder H320MPR and H345MPR have the option of adding the patio.  The aforementioned floor-plans will also have another new exciting feature available.  The rear garage areas will have an available  Toy Lift.  This new lift will enable you to park more than one toy in the garage area.  Another great innovative idea from the designers at Open Range.  You can opt for the queen bed on the electric lift for more sleeping room, or go with the all new Toy Lift to bring more toys with you.

If you need more information on any of these new available features.  Please visit PA’s Largest Open Range Dealer.

Safe travels and Happy RVing!

Open Range Rolling Thunder's available at Lerch RV.

Optional Toy Lift makes taking more toys easy!

Completely redesigned Keystone Sprinter draws kudos.

I recently read a new release from Keystone RV company touting the newly redesigned Sprinter Travel Trailer and Copper Canyon Fifth Wheel line ups.  Since I work for the Mid-Atlantic’s largest Sprinter Dealership, I thought I would share the article with you.


All new re-designed Sprinter Travel Trailer at Lerch

Interior of the newly re-designed Sprinter


GOSHEN, Ind. — Keystone RV’s newly revamped Sprinter travel trailer received high compliments from dealers at the recent National RV Trade Show, the company announced today.
Showcasing all new interiors and new floor plans, the 2011 Sprinter continues to “Make Camping Easy” and affordable for today’s RVing family, said Chad Enyeart, Sprinter product manager.
According to Gabe Johnson, co-owner of Rick’s RV Sales, Ville Platte, La., the new Sprinter is one of the most beautiful travel trailers on the market today, and clearly the best value.
“After seeing most of their competitors in Louisville, I still feel Sprinter is the best value in the fiberglass, aluminum framed market,” said Johnson. “With unique floor plans, interiors rivaling luxury fifth wheels, and a responsive sales staff that listens to dealers, I think Sprinter and Copper Canyon will continue their upward momentum.”
Among the many interior upgrades featured in the 2011 Sprinter are Sienna-stained hardwood cabinetry, LED floor lighting, stylish new furniture, and easy-to-care-for Corian countertops.
Also incorporated into the product line are six all new floor plans.
“One of our most talked about new floor plans at the Show was the 255RKS,” said Enyeart. “There is nothing else like it on the market. We’ve created a rear kitchen layout that includes a 5.5-foot-long rear kitchen bar, with stools, and sofa/dinette super slide. It’s an ideal arrangement for gathering with friends, sitting down to a buffet breakfast, or playing cards. And all this in a 28-foot trailer that weighs just over 6,000 pounds.”
Sprinter has experienced five straight years of continued market share growth and three consecutive years of RVDA DSI Quality recognition, said Matt Zimmerman, Keystone group general manager, who credits Sprinter’s roots for the ongoing success of the brand.
“Sprinter is Keystone RV Company’s very first brand. From Day 1 we have encouraged feedback from the people who actually use our campers,” he added. “The improvements and new models we introduced at the show grew from our dialogue with campers. At Keystone we listen to the customer.”

So when are you are ready to check out the new features of Sprinter or Copper Canyon. Be sure to contact your Central PA RV Dealer. We will be sure to help.

Safe travels and Happy RVing!

Make your Seasonal RV an All-Season one!

Many of today’s trailers and RVs are built with the holding tanks, water tanks and plumbing inside the heated part of the coach, making them capable for winter recreation. But if you don’t have that kind of unit, you can make yours just as winter-ready by making a few, and sometimes low-cost, modifications.

RV Heat Tape

Most heat tapes have a built-in thermostat

There are two basic concerns when using your RV as a winter retreat. The first is your plumbing system, the second is cabin comfort. So let’s start with the plumbing. Fresh water pipes that run underneath the coach or along the floor inside are very susceptible to freezing. By using a thermostatically controlled heat tape and some foam pipe insulation, you can keep the water flowing freely in the lines and keep the coach from suffering freeze damage. Lines that run behind the cabinets can avoid freezing by keeping the cabinet doors open slightly and the furnace on. These tapes are available in both 120 volt (house current) and 12 volt (battery-powered). Simply follow the manufacturers recommendations on installation then find a power source to supply power. If you are using a 12 volt system, you should wire it so that there is an internal switch so that you do not run the house battery completely down. If proper use allows, apply foam pipe insulation after the tape is in place to further protect the heat.
In addition there are special heating elements that fit on holding tank elbows and valves to keep them from freezing or building ice dams. On the subject of drain valves. it is best not to leave your holding tank valve open to let gray water run into the sewer line as you use it. When water trickles it tends to build up ice dams and can keep the valves from closing at all. Best off to drain a full tank all at once so that ice build up is at a minimum.
To keep your holding tanks from freezing you can purchase self adhesive heating pads that stick to the bottom of a clean holding tank and keep it from freezing. As is the case with heat tape it comes in both 120v or 12v. If you are going to be at an RV park, you might want to invest in a heated hose for your fresh water intake. You can as an option just fill the on board tank and run off of that for a while.

Infrared Thermometer

Use a Infrared Thermometer to pinpoint heat lose.

Now that we have covered the plumbing, what to do about the cabin heat. There are two fronts in this battle, providing more heat, and reducing heat loss. First, start with reducing the loss of the heat that you are able to make. If you do not know where you are losing heat, think about purchasing one of the new cordless Infrared Thermometers that are now for sale by Dewalt/Black & Decker. You can pinpoint heat loss with one of these new products very easily. One of the first places to look for heat lose would be your roof, we all know hot air rises. While the roof may be insulated, the vents aren’t. You can purchase pillows or pads that will fit inside the vent well and keep the cold air from getting in. Install heavy curtains or drapes over the side windows and then check the weather-stripping around all the doors, including the outside storage doors.
If this doesn’t increase your furnace capacity to keep the coach or trailer warm, then you can look at purchasing an auxiliary electric heater. They are portable and easy to move around. If you are concerned about electricity use, then you might want to consider a catalytic heater. It burns fuel but is extremely efficient. You must however make sure you crack a window to allow air to vent in the coach, otherwise the catalytic will burn up all of the usable air. I also recommend that you install a CO detector as well, if your coach does not have one already. Finally, if you are going to make catalytic heat, remember that it creates moisture and you might want to employ a de-humidifier to keep the air at a reasonable humidity.
All of these tricks are easy to do on your own if you are relatively handy. When making any type of modification to your existing unit, please keep safety in mind. And you may also want to consult your manufacturer in case any alterations void your warranty. If you would like a quote on having your Central PA RV Dealer make the conversion for you, just drop a line, or make a service request and we can give you a quote.

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

Remodeling Your RV: a true winter project.

Remodeling your RV interior

Just keep your first remodel simple.

In my part of the country, RVing in not a feasible option during the winter months because of snow and cold temperatures. Even though it can be cold during the winter, it is also the perfect time to remodel and upgrade your RV. Giving your RV an update not only increases the lifespan of the RV but also adds resell value to the unit. Remodeling also allows you to create the perfect RV that suits your needs and wants. The limit is only set by your mind.

You can either choose to remodel the whole RV or just different sections. Maybe pick one or two different remodeling projects every winter if you don’t want to commit to a full RV remodel. Just remember to keep it simple for your first remodeling experience. And if you do not want to bite off more than you can chew, give your local Central PA Dealership a call to do your remodel for you.

Here are the 5 most commonly performed remodeling projects for an RV:

1. Replacing or upgrading the flooring
2. Re-upholstering the furniture
3. Upgrading the window treatments
4. Painting or wall-papering the walls
5. Replacing the dinette with a table and a set of chairs

There are also good videos on YouTube on how to remodel and upgrade your RV. Watch these videos by Vince Preston from Metro Mobile RV Repair & Service in Mesquite, TX.

Changes abound for Sprinter travel trailers.

Lerch RV, the Mid-Alantic's Largest Sprinter Dealership

Exciting new changes for Keystone RV's Sprinter

After a very successful year of travel trailer sales. Sprinter has once again made some great changes to stay ahead of the competition. During Keystone RV’s Fall Open House and at the Louisville RV Show held earlier this month, Sprinter unveiled some of these great changes. Quality has always been synonymous with the Sprinter name. That will not change. The new changes are exciting and will reposition Sprinter to a broader market.  So if you have not thought about purchasing a Sprinter or Copper Canyon in the past, or if you put off making that purchase. Now is the time to take another look at the new Sprinter.

A small list of Sprinter’s exciting new changes:


  • Storage Door under both dinette seats
  • Glass inserts in overhead slide-out cabinets
  • 2nd Utensil drawer
  • Solid Corian Counter-tops
  • Floor lighting with switch
  • All new Beau-Flor flooring
  • New style air-mattress sleeper sofa
  • New chair styles
  • New Dinette back design
  • Full extension drawer guides
  • Manual front and rear stabilizer jacks
  • Motion detector porch light for added security
  • Outside Speakers
  • Electric Awning
  • Black water tank flush

    You Central PA Copper Canyon Dealer, Lerch RV

    Copper Canyon now with Solid Corian Counter-tops.

Some of the above items are current features already on every Sprinter travel trailer and Copper Canyon fifth wheel that is built. The addition of the solid Corian counter-tops gives the new Sprinter that upscale feel. The floor lighting is a great new feature that will keep some of us from stumbling around our trailers in the dark. For those of us with kids, it works as a night-light as well. The redesigned air mattress sleeper sofa provides you with a more comfortable sleeping platform. And the addition of the Motion Detector Porch light, allows you to have entry light when you need it. Not to mention a little added feeling of security while you are asleep at night in your new Sprinter or Copper Canyon. So stop by and take a look at a new Sprinter at the Mid Atlantic’s Largest Sprinter Dealership. If you would like more information on the new Sprinter with all of the new exciting changes, please contact our sales team at 800-722-1236.

RV Refer Tips

If you travel in your RV often, you should ensure that all of your appliances are operating correctly. This is especially true of your refrigerator. After all it is one of the most important of your RV appliances. If your refrigerator is not operating properly, you need to repair it immediately. Feel free to contact your Central PA RV Dealer if you have any questions on the operation or maintenance of your RV Refrigerator. If you think you may have a problem, please call our service department to schedule an appointment. Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

The three steps below are a quick guide to make sure your RV refrigerator is working properly. You may have a Dometic or a Norcold refrigerator. Most, if not all, refrigerators found in all RVs are produced by one of those companies. The steps below will work on which ever make or model you have.

Step 1: Ensure the refrigerator is sitting level. All you need to do is set a level on the top of the refrigerator. Sometimes RV refrigerators will not work properly if they are not sitting level. If the level indicates that this refrigerator is not level, simply move your RV to flatter land. If it is sitting level, you can rule this out as the problem.

Step 2: Test the settings. If the refrigerator will only operate in 120-volt, make sure the on-board battery is operating correctly. If not you should replace it. If the refrigerator will only operate in gas mode, check the breaker to which it is connected. If it operates only in electrical mode, check the burner’s pilot light. Simply open the access panel and relight this pilot light.

Step 3: Check for ammonia leaks. If the refrigerator is leaking ammonia, you will smell ammonia or see the appearance of yellow stains on or around the cooling unit. If this is the case, shut off all electricity and gas to your refrigerator immediately. You will need to replace the cooling unit entirely before operating this refrigerator again. Ammonia is flammable and presents a potential fire hazard.

Take a quick look at the video below. This video gives us a great insight on the workings of an RV Refrigerator.

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!