3 Common Misconceptions about Owning an RV

Each year, thousands of people go shopping for RVs. Some of the buyers are seasoned RVers and some are first time buyers. If you are a first time RV buyer, you should know a few of the most common misconceptions of owning an RV.

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Larger RVs Are Better

Many people think that large RVs are better than small RVs. While large RVs do offer more space, storage, and amenities than smaller RVs, they do have downsides. For starters, large RVs are generally more expensive than small RVs. If you are shopping on a budget, you might need to save for a while before you have enough money to buy a large RV. Larger RVs also weigh more, which means that they use more gas and are more difficult to steer. Finally, it is harder to find parking and storage for a large RV than it is a smaller one.

Owning an RV Means That You Are Always On the Road

Many people think that owning an RV means that they always have to be on the road. This is not the case. When you have an RV, you can stay at any one place for as long as you like. Many people who own RVs often stay at RV campgrounds where you will have access to water hookups, electrical hookups, and Wi-Fi. There are even some campgrounds that have cable hookups so that you can watch television. You can also park at a friend’s home or at a festival. An RV gives you the freedom to stay wherever you like for as long as you like.

Traveling in an RV Allows You To Enjoy Nature

There are many places where you can bring your RV to enjoy nature; however, many of the RV parks are located on concrete slabs where you can park in the suburbs. Many of them are close together, and people use these areas as a place to stop and sleep. If you buy an RV and you want to enjoy nature, be sure to plan your trip well in advance so that you know exactly where to go so that you can be sure that the places you are going to park are surrounded by grass, trees, and woods. If you just play the whole trip by ear, you may not be able to spend as much time in nature as you had hoped.

An RV is a great investment. When traveling in an RV, you won’t need to worry about finding a hotel. Also, you can cook in the RV. This can save you the cost of eating at a restaurant for all of your meals. If you are planning on buying an RV, you should understand the common misconceptions. The more you know about RV ownership, the better your chances are of buying the best RV for your needs, and you won’t end up with false expectations.  Visit Nohr’s RV Center today, and let our staff help you find your dream RV!

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Preparing your RV for Winter Travel

Many RVs are not designed for winter weather. These vehicles are more for camping during warm months along sparkling lakes or bubbling rivers. RVs are typically prepped for colder weather by being winterized and stored within large sheds. Luckily, these vehicles can be prepared for winter travel and can be quite comfortable if you are planning to travel during the colder seasons.

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Staying Warm Inside

To keep your RV warm inside, you need to increase the amount of insulation. You will also have to reduce the cold air filtration. RVs usually have single-paned windows that do not seal well. Placing a storm window on the vehicle will eliminate a lot of cold air from seeping inside. Foam core board, placed inside over windows, is a common product used by many winter RV travelers. This insulating method cuts down on a lot of magnificent scenery while traveling, so Plexiglas or Lexan is a great alternative and seals the window areas while allowing you to see out.

Seal the Vents

The roof vents on RVs do not seal well, and since warm air rises, this area could lose you a lot of warmth. Shrink wrap film is one method of sealing the vents, or you can cut fiberglass insulation to fit the vent area and cover the opening. The other option used by winter travelers is finding small pillows that will fit snugly in the vent area. The pillow idea is less messy and easier to take apart when you want to use the vent again.

Other Cold Air Entries

Your RV has other areas where cold air can seep into the living space. Any of your storage compartments that open from the outside into the interior of your RV will allow for cold air entry. The openings under your vehicle such as the water and gas lines will also allow for cold air. These openings can be sealed with self-expanding foam or by plugging any gaps with foam rubber. Make sure you also check that all door seals are sealing correctly and add some foam tape or weather stripping if they are not.

Dealing with Moisture

Once you’ve made your RV airtight to keep cold air out, you have to consider what will happen with the moisture that will be created inside. When you cook, shower, wash dishes, and even just breathing, you will generate humidity inside the RV. The moisture will condense on colder surfaces like the doors and window frames. When this condensation occurs, you are at risk for growing mildew and mold. To prevent this, use a dehumidifier, or slightly crack the roof vent, and make sure to use your ventilation fan systems.

If you have questions on how to prepare your RV for winter traveling, call the professionals at Nohr’s RV Center. We can answer all your RV questions and help you find a vehicle to fit your needs.  Plus, if you need help preparing your RV for winter, our service professionals will gladly assist as you as get ready for your next trip!

Manufacturer Spotlight: Little Guy Trailers

Manufacturer Spotlight - Little Guy Trailers - Nohr's RVLittle Guy Trailers are the Trend in Camping Trailers

Choosing to own smaller RVs is becoming more popular. Studies show this is a result of younger RV owners preferring the more modest size models that now offer innovative amenities. 

The trend is shifting in RV sales, and owners are now purchasing the smaller units including the baby boomers downsizing their larger models for the more modest and more economical smaller trailers. One of the more popular on the road today is the Little Guy Trailer.

 

What is a Little Guy Trailer?

The Little Guy Trailer has a classic teardrop shape. This 5-wide platform model received its name from its measurements of five feet from inside sidewall to inside sidewall. This trailer has a fiberglass exterior with graphic designs. The entry doors are equipped with double locks that have a built-in slider window with a screen to give you privacy and provide more safety. The hatch on the back locks and when opened gives you access to the galley.

History of the Little Guy Trailer

The idea of the Little Guy Trailer was born in 2002 in North Canton, Ohio. The intention was to bring the past to the present and recreate the teardrop style camper. The operations began in a garage and became so well received and popular, they soon moved into a manufacturing plant in order to produce larger numbers to meet consumer demand. They have grown from building twenty units in the first year to being able to create the thousands you see on the roadways today.

What you’ll find inside the Little Guy Trailer

Inside the Little Guy Trailer, you’ll see there are lots of overhead storage cabinets. If you need additional space, it is possible to attach a snap-on-tent to give you even more storage. These trailers are equipped with a king, queen, or full-size mattress depending on your sleeping needs. You will also find all the necessary and some additional amenities in the galley. Some models come with a side-mounted gas grill or beverage dispensers which are choices you can make depending on your camping needs.

There is also a model with a built on platform giving you room to bring along bikes, coolers, and other camping supplies. The sports models have ramps along with a platform so sports enthusiasts or animal lovers can load and transport their equipment easily.

There have been many changes and improvements made to the teardrop trailer since first introduced on the American highway during your parents or grandparents camping day. The reason for owning one remains the same; however, as they offer you all the features you need to make your camping adventures complete. All your camping needs are met in a trailer that is easier to pull and more convenient to park.

If you would like more information on owning a Little Guy Trailer, contact the camping experts at Nohr’s RV Center in Tracy, CA.  We have a variety of RV sizes to meet your individual needs, including Little Guy Trailers.

Fall RV Trips to Take this Weekend

Fall has officially begun. And as the wind grows chilly and the colors begin to change – you might be longing for one last escape before winter settles in. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered…

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Here are some of our favorite breathtaking locations you can visit in an RV to help usher in the changing of the seasons:

No. 1 – Scenic Highway 395

To gaze on the best fall foliage in California, look no further than scenic highway 395 located in Mono County. This stretch of road gives you easy access to amazingly awesome rock formations, along with glowing yellow Aspen leaves as far as the eye can see.

No. 2 – Shelter Cove

Considered a hidden gem by many, Shelter Cove is located in Humboldt County and offers a wide array of activities and scenery that are sure to please everybody on the trip.

And with high-quality RV parks in the area, you won’t have any trouble finding a place to park your ride. So whether you want to relax near sandy beaches or drive through the epic Redwood Forest, your trip here will be one you remember for a lifetime.

No. 3 – Million Dollar Highway (Colorado)

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider visiting this piece of highway that stretches only 25 miles yet packs all of the fall colors you’ve been dreaming of in one short – but beautiful – trip.

The best part about visiting this part of the country is the long list of activities you can find to add some flavor to your adventure. Whether you’re in the mood for hiking, stargazing, soaking in some hot springs, or getting to know the people at a local pub, this area of Colorado offers it all.

No. 4 – Lake Tahoe

Known for its beaches and ski resorts, Lake Tahoe has always offered the best of both worlds to its visitors.

But since the fall is in-between their busiest seasons of summer and winter, it gives travelers a quiet and scenic place to unwind during this time of year. With the crisp air, beautiful views of the lake and little to no traffic, you’ll get so comfortable you might not want to leave.

No. 5 – Napa Valley

Even though the grape harvest is over, Napa Valley still has a lot to offer visitors during this time of year. Come and enjoy your favorite bottle of wine while taking in the changing colors of grape leaves which rival any other fall foliage found throughout the country.

And because all of the summer travelers have gone home for the year, autumn is a great time to enjoy Napa at it’s most quiet and peaceful time. Take advantage of this by driving through wine country and getting to know some locals at nearby shops.

If you’re looking to prepare your RV for your upcoming road trip or upgrade to a new one, Nohr’s RV Center has plenty of options for you, from toy haulers to fifth wheels, teardrops to Class A, and everything in between.  Stop by our RV Center in Tracy, CA today!

New to RVing? What you Need to Know before Going on the Road

Traveling the open road is a dream for many people. Being comfortable in your own personal RV provides you and your loved ones with freedom and a sense of security. Whether you are deciding to go on new adventures with your family or travel full-time as a part of your retirement plan, every new RV traveler should consider numerous factors before setting out.

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Factors to Consider before Heading out in Your RV

  1. The Right RV

Before you consider traveling, you must find the right RV for your needs. Remember to take your time; you are investing in your home away from home.

  • Begin with a reputable RV dealership.
  • Tour different RVs to familiarize yourself with all the available options.
  • Research your top choices.
  • Ask questions before making your final decision.

After you pick out an RV to fit your lifestyle, you are one step closer to your next travel destination.

  1. Make Practice Runs

Prior to setting out for a long travel destination, consider making overnight or day trips. Practice runs are a perfect way for you to get to know your RV.

  • Begin with reading your RVs driving manual
  • Know how the braking system works
  • Familiarize yourself with the generator and electrical connections
  • Know the exact location of your fire extinguisher
  • Understand how your water supply and sewage system works
  • Practice different driving skills including parking, passing, going down small roads, and pulling into and out of drives.
  • Know how to open and close your awning

Allow yourself time to understand how your RV works on the road.

  1. Make Lists

During your practice runs, use the time to make lists. Packing your RV for short trips provides you with the opportunity to understand the essentials for long distance traveling.

  • Kitchen items including plates, cups, utensils, and cleaning supplies
  • Food items
  • Bathroom supplies
  • Clothing for all types of weather changes
  • Bedding, sleeping bags, extra blankets
  • Pet supplies
  • Activities for children if stuck inside on a rainy day
  • Basic set of tools
  • Various types of tape for quick fixes
  • Tire jack
  • Extra batteries
  1. Familiarize Yourself with Campsites

Modern campsites provide numerous luxuries while RVing. As you travel, learn your campsite choices to and from your destination. Being flexible may require you to find a campsite out of your original plan. Upon arriving at any campsite, familiarize yourself with the different options to make your stay more enjoyable.

  • Secure your RV by locking the brakes into place.
  • Locate sewer drain hookup.
  • Find the electrical and water outlets.
  • Learn the campsite’s different amenities.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions about specifics at a particular campsite.
  1. Relax and Enjoy

Research allows you to plan your travel destination. Relaxing and enjoying the many splendors of the open road makes the trip worth all the planning. Hurrying to a preplanned destination may lead to stress. Take your time to view the sights. Pulling off the road to a scenic viewpoint may leave you and loved ones with a lasting memory.

At Nohr’s RV, we work with new and experienced RVers all the time.  Our friendly staff can help you as you begin to explore RVing.  They will show you the benefits a recreational vehicle can offer and help you find the best one to fit your needs.  Stop by our dealership today to see the variety of options available.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Erwin Hymer Group

Hitting the open road is a dream for many individuals. Traveling can be part of a family fun getaway, sporting events, cultural experiences, or simply engaging in nature. Regardless of your reason, the Erwin Hymer Group has the exact traveling vehicle to fit your needs.

 

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Escaping daily routines for a weekend, vacation or long-term travel does not mean sacrificing comfort. With over 55,000 different types of vehicles, the Erwin Hymer Group is the leading RV manufacturer for Class B motorhomes in North America. Selling over 35,000 vehicles each year, everything from entry level caravans to luxurious motorhomes, the company has exactly the type of traveling vehicle to fit your lifestyle and budget.

The Erwin Hymer Group

The Erwin Hymer Group wants to accommodate all travelers. Every year the company looks for new ways of improving their vehicles. Revolutionizing the industry with different amenities, you will be able to find an RV to for you and loved ones to enjoy.

Consider these two premium examples from the Erwin Hymer Group.

Aktiv

Many of the new motorhomes including the Aktiv come with full kitchen areas. Allowing you to prepare full meals, you and your family can enjoy the comforts of home on the open road. In addition to kitchen luxuries, the interior design maximizes space for other home comforts. This motorhome has ample table seating for four, bathroom, shower, full functioning toilet, and large bedrooms to fit queen size beds. During travel time, the bedding area can safely fold up, allowing you to store larger items until you reach your destination.

Hymer Touring Models

Along with upgrading the motorhome models, the advanced Hymer touring models are part of the new line. Perfect for consumers who are looking to travel in comfort for long weekends or vacations, the new touring models have many advantages. The main one is being able to tow behind almost any car. Due to the lightweight design, consumers no longer need to invest in larger vehicles to enjoy the comforts of the travel trailer. Allowing you to enjoy the open road without going over your budget, the new travel trailers are a perfect solution.

When searching for your first motorhome, travel trailer, caravan, or upgrading to a deluxe traveling model, consider the wide variety offered by the Erwin Hymer Group. The company connects with retailers statewide and globally. Connecting with the company is as simple as visiting your local reputable RV dealership, Nohr’s RV Center. We will be able to provide tours of RVs in stock, ordering information, and answer all of your traveling questions to find the right Erwin Hymer model for your exact needs.  Visit us today!

Benefits of Purchasing a Toy Hauler

Searching for a new RV for you and your family to enjoy? When you dream of hitting the open road, do you imagine bringing along snowmobiles, dirt bikes, go carts, bikes, 4-wheelers, personal watercrafts, hiking, or other equipment? Perhaps, the best type of RV for you to own is a toy hauler. Just like the name suggests, a toy hauler contains additional space to accommodate all of your toys.

 

Benefits of Owning a Toy Hauler

Coming in a variety of shapes and sizes, toy haulers are customizable to meet your exact needs. The toy hauler is perfect for anyone with an active, outdoor lifestyle. The additional benefits will make your travel experience more pleasurable.

Easy to Use

The design of the toy hauler allows you to load and unload your larger equipment in an easy manner. Along with a wider opening, the toy hauler has a built in ramp. Enabling you to load in a quick, efficient manner, you will no longer need to bring a ramp along with you.

Convenience

Allowing you to keep all of your equipment in a separate compartment from your living space provides additional security. Using a toy hauler eliminates the need to haul another trailer behind another style of RV. Your valuable, larger equipment will be in an enclosed trailer with you at all times. Keeping everything safe, you will no longer need to worry about theft, weather conditions, or even rocks hitting your equipment in an open trailer. When traveling, the toy hauler protects your investment.

Flexibility of Use

Toy haulers allow flexibility for a variety of uses. Along with your personal vacation adventures, owners may use the toy hauler as an emergency living space, a work space for long travel times, craft area, and even a showroom for selling homemade items. The only limit to the toy hauler uses is your personal choices.

Storage

During down times, the toy hauler is the perfect alternative for additional storage space. Leave your equipment in the toy hauler for future use. Until your next adventure, the well-built toy hauler will keep your valuable items safe for months at a time.

Customizable

A toy hauler is completely customizable to meet your personal needs. The different floor plans allow you to make the living space into a comfortable area. A luxury toy hauler trailer may contain shower, bathroom, kitchen, living room area, bedroom spaces, and other floor plan designs.

If you would like more information on the different toy hauler designs, contact your local RV dealer. At Nohr’s RV Center, we will work with you to find the best toy hauler to fit your needs and get your ready for your next adventure.  Contact us today to learn about the advantages of purchasing a toy hauler for your next trip.

Ensuring your RV is Safe on the Road

Traveling in an RV is an inexpensive way to take a vacation and to visit new places. When you have an RV, you can travel with everything that you will need and won’t need to worry about looking for a hotel at the end of the day. If you are planning to take a vacation in an RV, there are a few safety tips that you should follow.

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Be Careful of the Height

If you are not used to driving large, tall vehicles, you need to be especially careful when you are driving an RV. Since an RV sits high off the ground, you will have certain restrictions when you are traveling. You should know how tall your RV is, and make sure that you pay attention to all of the height clearance signs on bridges, covered roadways, and when you visit the service station. You should also be cautious of low hanging tree branches.

Know the RV’s Length

An RV is going to be much larger than the vehicle that you drive every day. When you stop for food or fuel, make sure that you can find a spot big enough to fit your RV. In many cases, you will need two parking spots. Also, if you are planning to stay at a campground, you should make sure that they have sufficient room for your RV. There are many campgrounds who have a limited number of sites for RV drivers.

Braking Can Be Dangerous

It is important that you understand that braking with an RV is much different than braking with the vehicle that you drive every day. In an RV, you will need a lot more time to slow down and come to a stop successfully. Getting on the highway or a busy road can also be difficult. To be sure that you are doing these things safely, you should first practice in a parking lot or a deserted road.

Lock Your RV Doors

If you are going to bed for the night or if you are going somewhere on foot, it is a good idea to lock up your RV. Most people travel in an RV with their clothing, electronics, and jewelry. The last thing that you want while on the road is to be robbed. Also, the last thing that you want is for someone to steal your entire RV while you are away for a while. You should keep the doors locked at all times, bring in any chairs or awnings if you are going to be gone for a long time, and keep your keys with you at all times.

If you are taking a trip in an RV, you should do so as safely as possible. The last thing that you want is for your home on wheels to be involved in an accident or for it to be broken into. If you follow the safety tips listed above, you should have a safe and incident free trip in your RV.

The RV experts at Nohr’s RV Center in Tracy, California, are here to help you get prepared for safe travels on the road.  We will assist you with tips to get ready for your first trip and help you become comfortable driving your new vehicle.  Visit us today to see all of the different RV options currently available.

Most Requested RV Features

Most Requested RV Features

Owning an RV allows you to travel and explore the beauty of the open road. Offering a broad spectrum of features, today’s RVs come in a variety of sizes. Finding the best RV features will allow you and your loved ones to travel in comfort.

Most Requested RV Features

Every person has a different perspective on the perfect traveling RV. Many want a large bedroom area for the perfect nights sleep. Others want an entertainment area for family time. If you are in the market for the perfect RV, contacting a reputable seller is ideal. A professional, courteous, RV specialist, Nohr’s RV Center will carefully listen to your needs to find you the best fit. If you are uncertain about the most requested RV features to make traveling easier, consider the following features.

The Bathroom

One of the most requested RV features is the bathroom. If you plan to be on the open road for an extended period of time, finding the best bathroom set up is optimal.

  • Toilet: A fully functioning toilet is the perfect RV feature for long road trips.
  • Wash Sink: A small bathroom wash sink helps with cleanliness while traveling. A perfect feature for families.
  • Shower: Many modernized parks and campsites have showers. Depending on your travel destination, you may not have access to a site with modern facilities. Having a 36-inch shower with high mounted spray in your RVs’ bathroom provides an added convenience.
  • Water Heater: A larger water heater will allow you to take a full shower without interruption. Consider purchasing the 10-gallon option over a 6-gallon water heater.

Kitchen Layout

Along with a full functioning bathroom, a perfectly designed kitchen layout is essential for traveling in comfort. Depending on the size of the RV, you will be able to have all the comforts of your home kitchen built right in. A stove, microwave, sink, and refrigerator provide the basic necessities for traveling.

Bedroom Space

An RV can have a large bedroom in the back. Others have bunk beds for additional sleeping space. The ideal is to find the perfect feature to fit your needs. If you have a family, finding adequate sleeping areas will help make traveling more enjoyable for all.

Exterior Features

Along with the interior luxuries, the exterior features provide numerous benefits. Slide outs or awnings instantly add outdoor living space to your RV. Sitting outdoors under an awning may be the ideal picnic area for you and your family. A quality awning provides outdoor refuge from hot sunny days.

Storage

When traveling, you bring a lot of extras to fit your personal and family needs. Maximizing empty space with storage is the perfect feature. Utilizing storage allows you to put emergency supplies and other non-essential items out of sight.

Every potential RV owner must consider the best features for traveling. Research and discuss your personal needs with a highly qualified RV specialist. Finding the perfect RV will make traveling a more memorable experience.

Here at Nohr’s RV Center, we offer a variety of RV sizes with plenty of different features available to meet your needs.  Not sure what you are looking for?  Stop by today and let our friendly staff assist you in finding your next home away from home.

Self Maintenance of your RV: 3 Tools You Need to Have

Self Maintenance of your RV: 3 Tools You Need to Have

Being on the open road is a dream for many individuals. From weekend trips to long term seasonal living, a well-equipped RV makes life more comfortable as you head toward your latest tourist destination. As you pack your RV, you want to consider specific tools to help you in your time of need. For many RV owners, packing the right tools comes out of necessity, not preplanning.

3 Tools to Help You with RV Self Maintenance

Being prepared for small self-maintenance issues as you travel is a must. Bringing along certain tools will help you save valuable time and money. As an RV enthusiast, you want to spend your valuable time on the road, not at the local service station for minor fixes.

Tool Box

Technically, a tool box is not a tool. The contents inside the tool box are the critical component. Bringing a tool box with your basic tools is essential. If you purchase the items prior to leaving on your RV trip, you will not need to stop and spend extra money. Investing in tools is always a wise decision. Usually, a tool box is small enough to fit under an open space for your convenience.

Consider the following tools for your basic tool box fill up.

  • Multi-bit screwdriver
  • Phillip head screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Socket set
  • Wrenches
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Snipping tool
  • Superglue or other adhesives
  • Industrial strength tape
  • Rechargeable flashlight

Cordless Drill

Invest in a top of the line cordless drill with multiple bits including the hole-saw bit. As you search for the right cordless drill, spend a little more money on the bundle option which generally contains a second rechargeable battery pack. A cordless drill will help in numerous situations. Providing you with a more secure hold, the cordless drill replaces a manual screwdriver. Attaching, assembling, and drilling holes are basic uses. The cordless drill allows you to handle different situations with ease.

Adhesives

Stocking up on various adhesives may not seem like the right tool addition for your RV, but carefully consider all the uses for tape, glue, and other forms of adhesives. For example, patching a small leak with duct tape is a perfect temporary solution. Using adhesives gives you time to find a more permanent solution.

Every RV owner is different. As you become more familiar with your RV, you will understand the best tools to pack for your next traveling adventure. In some cases, selecting and packing the right tools may be part of learning experience. As an RV owner, you may not realize the importance of a folding hack saw or shovel until the need arrives. Packing the basic tool essentials will help you care for your home away from home.

At Nohrs RV Center of Tracy, we help our RV owners prepare for the road ahead.  Not only do we offer maintenance and repair services, we have a fully stocked parts department to help you with any issue that arises.  Visit our showroom today to learn more!