Are you a happy camper? If not read thes tips…

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It’s bound to happen if you are an RVer.  You will get to your camp site and realize that you have some less than ideal neighbors.  It may be little things such as loose trash or too much noise, or even sever such as people who try to get confrontational.  The best thing that you can do in these situations is to be the better camper and hope that they will pick up on some of your routines.

Being a great camper means more than having the best equipment, it means allowing everyone around you to have a great time without causing any problems.  Here are five tips from your-rv-lifestyle.com on how to become a better camper.

  1. Follow the rules: Individual parks usually hand you a copy of their rules when you register. Adhering to these rules is one of the basics of campground etiquette. It makes things easier for everyone involved – you, your neighbors and the park operators. Typical guidelines include reduced speed limits on campground roads for the safety of all involved. You are typically expected to unhook a dinghy before driving to your site. There are usually defined quiet hours when you should keep the noise down, turn off outdoor lights, generators – basically, the party is over.
  2. Eliminate pet peeves: Literally. Pick up after your pets. Stop excessive or extended barking. Don’t leave a howling dog unattended to bother the neighbors. Use a leash. Even if Spot is friendly, not everyone is an animal lover. Good pet-etiquette on your part helps ensure that the many RVers with pets are welcome at campgrounds.
  3. Parking the rig: Sometimes it is very clear how to orient the rig on a site – you may even have a cement pad. But in many cases, the only guideposts will be the hookup for electric and sewer. General campground etiquette is to stay on your side of that hook-up, and not have awnings or slide-outs encroaching on the site next door. Look at the campground map for a clue about preferred orientation. Or, look around you to see how other rigs are angled, if they are centered on sites or close to the utility hook up. You will get the most out of the space you have (and so will your neighbors) if you are all situated the same way. There are bound to be exceptions – we have been in many campgrounds with no uniformity in the size, shape or orientation of sites. The main objective in these cases is to just “guess the site” and fit the RV into it. But even then, the idea is to park in a way that gets everyone their fair share of privacy and room under their respective awnings. Common sense and campground etiquette go hand in hand.
  4. Late arrivals: If you are arriving at a park after normal quiet hours, attempt some degree of stealth behavior. Not that it is easy to be unobtrusive pulling in an RV. But keep the set-up to the minimum required for the night. Your neighbors will understand that you need to pull in and hook up. They have probably been in the same situation. But they will lose patience if they spend an hour listening to loud conversation, slamming doors and arguments over how to level the rig. Do what is essential and remember that tomorrow is another day. The same sort of courtesy should be used if you are making an early morning departure. Don’t keep the engine idling for an hour before you leave. Tidy up your campsite the night before.
  5. Sewer connections: Do them right. Make them secure. No torn hoses. In most places, your sewer connection faces the side where you neighbor has their “patio” area. Another time where being discreet and careful is part of good campground etiquette.

There are more tips in the article, and I recommend that you give it a good read through. When you become a better camper, you will have a better time on the road. If you are looking for a new RV to become the best camper you can be in, then check out Lerch RV, Pennsylvania‘s largest travel trailer dealer.

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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!

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!

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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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!