Lots of RVers like to head south for the winter, but that isn’t an option for some of us. While there are still a few good weekends left for camping this year, if you are one of those late season campers. However most of our customers probably already have winterized their campers by now. If you are able to store your RV in a covered garage or storage center, then there is not a lot that you have to do to protect your RV from the elements. Those of us who use an RV cover to keep our RV safe while not in use know there is more that goes into getting your cover on properly than simply throwing it over your rig.
A good cover can make a difference.
The first thing that you should do before putting your cover on is wash your RV. Dirt, grease, and any bugs left on your RV’s exterior can set in and ruin your rig’s paint and body. Give it a good wash and dry it completely before you put your cover on. If you have anything with sharp corners on your roof, such as antennas or solar panels, remove them. If not, cover them with towels or blankets so the sharp edges won’t rip your cover.
The biggest challenge of getting your RV covered is getting over the top. Instead of using a ladder and your hands, tie a rope to one side of your cover and pull it over on the other side. If you do choose to use a ladder, be very careful. Falls and accidents are quite common. And if you get onto the roof to center everything, watch your step. You may not be able to see air vents or other oft spots on the roof.
Letting your RV hibernate for the winter may be a necessity, but be sure to use a quality cover to make sure that it is safe when not in use. If you are looking for a good quality cover, just ask us for help in finding the right one. If you are looking for a new RV in Pennsylvania, then just stop by Lerch RV!
As RV owners, we travel to campgrounds and RV Parks often. We usually stay a few days…or longer, if we are full-timers…and then go on our way. We almost always have an opinion of the place before we leave, but have we ever thought about owning one of these places?
Here is an opportunity to explore this option a bit further. The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has an upcoming conference in late November in Savannah, Georgia.
‘Where Outdoor Hospitality Meets Southern Hospitality’ is the theme for the 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) to be held November 30 to December 2. There will also be some pre-convention events in the days leading up to Nov. 30.
This all takes place at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa and Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.
The educational programs have been revised to include all types of the outdoor hospitality industry. Here are some of the educational program key areas of focus:
Employee Training and Motivation
The Latest in Green Technology
Marketing and Public Relations
The Westin has even discounted their rates for attendees. If you need more information, go to the ARVC website.
This looks to be a great opportunity to learn more about the outdoor hospitality industry, regardless of whether you want to own a RV Park, or just work in one!
If you are one of many families across the country who go camping often and enjoy the outdoors, the next step is for you to invest in a RV. Unfortunately for many families, it ends there.
The average family of today cannot afford to purchase their own RV. Families have too many other stresses on the family budget that come first.
Lerch RV has the capability to assist you when it comes to purchasing a fifth wheel or travel trailer for the family.
Your new RV may qualify for some of the same tax benefits as a second home mortgage. Of course, check with your tax advisor, but to qualify for these benefits, such as the deductible of interest on the loan, the RV must be used as security for the loan along with providing basic living accommodations such as a sleeping area, bathroom and cooking facilities. The RV is considered a qualified second residence as long as you designate it as that for each tax year.
Your RV might actually cost you less in the end if you finance your purchase. The bottom line is that if you are thinking of buying an RV, you should check financing options to maximize your purchase enjoyment. What are the advantages of Financing through a RV Lending Specialist? Down payments are lower although final terms are determined based on your credit profile and the age, type and cost of the RV being purchased. And financing through RV lenders usually requires down payments in the 10% range.
Finance terms are longer / Monthly payments are lower, because RV finance specialists know that RVs maintain their value and resale appeal, they tend to offer more attractive terms. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find 15-20 year repayment schedules to help you afford the RV of your dreams. Consider allowing Lerch RV to help you in financing that new camper. And you’ll be on the road enjoying your new RV before you know it!
Ed Lerch accepts an award from the PA State Senate.
Lerch RV owner Ed Lerch and his family recently won the city portion of the 2011 Mifflin County Farm-City Award. Mr. Lerch has grown his travel trailer and fifth wheel business from very humble origins. Over thirty-four years ago, he opened Seven Mountain Truck Caps and Lerch’s Arco gas station. Then in 1978 Ed changed the name of his business to the now well-known Lerch RV. Then in 1980 Lerch RV moved to a bigger dealership location, west of Lewistown near the entrance to the Mifflin County Industrial Park, along Route 522/22. With this move, the business became a full service RV dealership selling travel trailers, fifth wheels, and motor-homes, discontinuing the sales of truck caps and gasoline. Ed continued the growth of his RV business through the 1980’s and 90’s. In the early part of the 90’s Lerch RVeven developed and built a small handful of customized travel trailers.
PA Senate Citation recognizing Lerch RV.
After 20 years of doing business at the location west of Lewistown and after the successful completion of the existing four lanes of Route 322, Lerch RV moved to the present location it now occupies in Milroy, PA. The new location offered the business room to grow. With larger service bays and a larger parts store, the new building has enabled the business to become one of the largest RV dealerships in Pennsylvania. The inventory the dealership now has to offer at the current location is built by the largest, most reputable manufacturers in the RV industry; the Keystone RV Company and the Open Range Company. Along with offering a large selection of pre-owned pop ups, fifth wheels, travel trailers and the occasional used motor home.
2011 Mifflin County Farm City Award Winners
Lerch RV attracts customers from all over the state of Pennsylvania, and many from even further away. The Lerch Family is the perfect example of what an award-winning family business is all about. With the inclusion of Mr. Lerch’s daughters and son in-laws working at the dealership along side of the owner. Our congratulations to the family…
Have you ever wondered how to do laundry effortlessly while on that family camping trip? If you’re heading out-of-town by RV and need to do laundry, here’s a simple method originally from John Steinbeck in his book Travels With Charley: Put your dirty clothes in a 5-gallon bucket with lid, cover the dirty clothes with water, add a little detergent, and secure the bucket somewhere in your vehicle so that it will not upset or tip over during travel.
Photo by Paul Joseph.
Every bump or curve in the road agitates the bucket and when you stop for a meal your clothes will be clean and ready to rinse. Pour out the grey-water, wring the soapy water out of your clothes, place them back in the bucket and add clean water again as you drive for another hour or two. This is your rinse cycle. As you pull into your destination you can use a clothes dryer there or just carry a DIY clothesline to dry your clothing.
Traditional skills blog The Art of Manliness recommends using half the normal detergent you’d normally use for a load using this method. If you plan on dumping your grey-water outdoors, please consider using a biodegradable detergent (we like Ecos—you can get it online or at Costco) so you’re not polluting the environment.
While not for everyone, if you’re traveling on an extended RVing trip this method of laundry might prove useful, especially if you’d rather not spend an hour or two of your trip looking for change to use at the laundromat. However a better way to do laundry would be to install a washer/dryer unit in your RV, this can only be done if your RV is washer/dryer ready. If you are looking to have all the conveniences of home in your new RV, give your central PA RV dealer a call.
For those of you RV owners who have a shower on board, you know that there’s nothing worse than hopping in the shower and then realizing that there’s something wrong with your water heater. The most common problem, and in my opinion the worst, with water heaters in RVs is that foul, rotten egg smell. Though this isn’t harmful to you, it’s definitely not ideal. This happens when there are high levels of sulphur in the water and you can try to eliminate by flushing the water heater.
Another common problem is a dripping pressure relief valve. When the air pocket at the top of your water heaters gets absorbed by the water, there is no where for the heated water to expand to and pressure is released through the pressure relief valve. If this occurs, RV-Basics suggests the following:
Turn off the water heater and let the water cool. Then shut off the water supply to the water heater, open a faucet inside your camper to let off the pressure, open the pressure valve on the water heater and let the water flow until it stops on its own, then snap shut the valve, close the faucet, and turn the water supply back on.
If you have any problems with the water heater staying lit, this could be an issue with the gas valve or circuit. You should definitely come by and get it checked out.
There are three tips to help keep your water heater trouble-free. First, make sure your water heater is full before lighting. To check this, open a hot water faucet and wait until you see a steady flow. Second, regularly check the exterior vent and burner for anything obstructing the air flow. Lastly, drain and flush the heater at least twice a year.
Recent surveys have shown that lots of RVers love their TVs. Just because we are on the road a lot, doesn’t mean that we want to give up our favorite television shows. After all, there is something comforting about having had a day full of fun and adventures to be able to return to your rig and tune in to your favorite evening programs. I recently became aware of an option for satellite tv while on the road. If you’re like most RVers I know, you travel only a few months a year and don’t want a year-long commitment on satellite TV for your rig.
With Dish Network, RVers can sign up for a no-contract plan in which you only pay a monthly bill for the months that you travel. This presents huge savings for RVers since you don’t have to pay a monthly bill all year-long. You can start and stop monthly service as many times as you want at no charge. Here are the rest of the details:
Watch all of your favorite programs and movies in the great outdoors. When you take a break from your adventures, your bill does too. Only DISH Network gives you the flexibility to start and stop monthly service as often as you wish – at no charge.
No contract required*
Pay only for the months that you travel – no charge to start and stop your monthly service
No additional monthly service fees
View off-air channels through your HD receiver wherever you camp**
Same programming you can watch at home
Only DISH Offers HD on the Road
Only DISH offers HD on ALL automatic mobile satellite antennas used with RVs. Domes and Portables do not support HD viewing with DIRECTV***
What You Need to Get Started
You’ll need a DISH mobile HD receiver and a mobile satellite antenna. DISH is compatible with ALL mobile satellite antennas.
DISH’s mobile HD receiver features:
Supports both SD and HD viewing
Designed for mobile use – compact, lightweight, emits little to no heat
As much as I hate to admit it, I love having my satellite TV available to me no matter where we are traveling. There is just something really comforting about being able to relax in front of the tube, even while on the road! Rver’s it’s time to sign up, tune in, and enjoy!