Key Features to Look for in your Next Motorhome

Motorhomes have come a long way. Today’s houses on wheels are a far cry from the sparse living options of yesteryear and include all of the comforts of home. Whether you are setting out on a mobile lifestyle or simply traveling in luxury, Nohr’s RV Center encourages you to give some thought to the key features to look for in your next motorhome or fifth wheel.

Key Features to Look for in your Next Motorhome - Nohr's RV

Sleeping in Style

Choose a motorhome with plenty of sleeping space for your family. Smaller units may use fold-out beds to save space, but there are more extravagant options available. A common choice for families with children is to select an RV with bunk beds, or even a double set of bunks if you have a large family. More luxurious options include having separated sleeping areas for the utmost in rest and privacy.

Luxurious Loos

A single restroom may not be sufficient when traveling as a group. To get around this, many RVs offer a full bath and a half bath with a sink and toilet. Some fifth wheel models are available with 2 full baths. Today’s motorhomes are available with bathtubs, ranging from ordinary tubs to walk-in enclosures for total relaxation.

Classy Kitchens

Once restricted to a dual-burner stove-top, the RV kitchens have evolved dramatically over the years. Today’s motorhomes and fifth wheels come with complete kitchens including a stove, oven, and microwave. You can even choose an RV with a full-sized refrigerator, a dishwasher, granite countertops, and many other options to make your RV a home away from home.

Family Fun-Rooms

The living room or common area of your motorhome does not have to be a sacrifice. Gone are the days when the only choice was a cushion on a wooden bench, and many RVs today feature a sofa, widescreen television, and such enticing options as dual air conditioners to provide maximum comfort throughout the RV.

Enticing Expansions

Motorhomes with slide-outs have become the norm. Electronic components that slip out when the RV is parked give your family plenty of room. These extensions provide more room for sleeping, dining, or enjoying an evening movie. And to give you more room inside the living space, most modern RVs include storage space for your gear in compartments under the living space. Sometimes referred to as “the basement,” these compartments are large enough to hold everything you want to take along but don’t need to navigate around on a daily basis.

The most important aspect of choosing your next motorhome is to pick one which fits your family size and daily demands. A smaller unit offers more access to remote spaces, for example, while a larger option includes room for the whole family along with the modern conveniences of a permanent home. To get a better idea of the variety of options available, visit Nohr’s RV Center today.

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New Fifth Wheel or Travel Trailer – Does it need to be registered?

For many, the road to living a mobile lifestyle begins with the purchase of a new fifth wheel or travel trailer. For those, the details of being properly licensed and registered are sometimes confusing to navigate. Nohr’s RV Center wants to make RVing a fun experience for everyone so we’ve put together some helpful information on registration requirements for trailers.

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Requirements Vary By State

The first thing to keep in mind is that registration requirements are different depending on where you set up residence. While all trailers used on public roadways must be registered, the cost and duration will change. If your goal is to live a nomadic lifestyle, it may be a good idea to compare the requirements in other states before settling on a state of domicile. For simplicity, most of the information in this article will pertain to California DMV regulations.

Types of Recreational Vehicles

The state uses a single registration form for vehicle registrations of all types for easy compliance. The registration for your fifth wheel or trailer is based on the type of vehicle being registered. The California DMV designates 3 categories:

  • Folding or Pop-Up trailer
  • Tow-behind trailers from 13 to 35 feet
  • Fifth Wheel trailers from 17 to 40 feet

Commercial Vs. Non-commercial

How your fifth wheel is registered depends on how you will be using it. If the trailer is being used as part of a business enterprise, it needs to be registered commercially. The type of driver license you are required to have differs for commercial use as well. A crafts vendor who sets up at carnivals or festivals, for example, would require a commercial registration. Most of us fall into the non-commercial category, and that simplifies the process and keeps the cost of registration more affordable.

California Recreational Vehicles and Trailers Handbook

RVing is becoming popular in California, and the Department of Motor Vehicles has gone a few extra steps to help new RV owners adjust to the difference and maintain legal requirements. You can download the California Recreational Vehicles and Trailers Handbook for your personal reference, and find out everything you need to know to conform to CA laws.

When you purchase your fifth wheel or travel trailer at Nohr’s RV Center, you have a friend in your corner. We can assist you in filling out the correct paperwork, submitting forms, and getting properly registered. You will be ready to drive away into the sunset with your new travel trailer in tow. To take the first step and visit Nohr’s RV Center next to the Black Bear Diner in Tracy, CA.

Top Fall RV Destinations in California

At Nohr’s RV Center, we believe that any time is a great time for a road trip, but Fall is especially inviting. In California, the changing of the seasons means cooler temperatures, fewer insects, and a staggering array of RV destinations. The season has fewer crowds at popular beaches, parks, and resorts, and that means your family will be able to see California’s finest natural attractions in relative peace and comfort.

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The Breathtaking California Coast

Amazing coastal cliffs, towering redwoods, and a unique biodiversity are why RVers love to travel through Big Sur and San Simeon, all the way down through Los Padres National Forest to Morro Bay. From the San Francisco area, jump on the 101 down to Monterey Bay and then take route 1 southward along the coast. Small resort communities dot the coast with amazing Pacific views and whale watching from Fall to Spring. Don’t miss the world-famous elephant seals at Cambria during their peak season in October and November.

California’s Ancient Forests

Giant Sequoias, mountain vistas, and vibrant fall colors make Grant Grove Village an excellent Fall destination. State road 180 out of Fresno will take you to your destination, where you will find waterside campsites nearby or you can choose to spend the night closer to these majestic giants inside the park. Related to the coastal redwoods, the sequoias are among the oldest living trees in the world.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is famous for the winter ski slopes, but the area is beautiful in the fall as well. RV campgrounds are common from Tahoma down to the south end of the lake. Occasional state park and private RV campgrounds are available throughout the area. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, and exploring historic buildings are all popular activities. Less strenuous activities include hot air balloon or helicopter rides.

Awe-Inspiring Parks and Forests

State parks and national forests abound, marked by Joshua Tree in the south and Shasta-Trinity in the north. The state’s eastern edge has many popular RV spots including dry camps as well as full RV hookups. Vibrant fall colors and cooler seasonal temperatures make fall the best time to travel. There is a plethora of suitable camping and exciting adventure wherever the roads may lead.

Keep in mind that the most popular places to visit are often remote. It is important to make sure your RV is in great condition. Check your tires, brakes, and fluids before you leave. Make sure you are ready to deal with roadside emergencies. To get the most out of your fall adventures, bring your RV in before your trip, and we can give it complete inspection. The Nohr’s RV Center service bays are designed for large motorhomes, and our staff has the experience to work on all makes and models.

Full Time RVing: Homeschooling Children

Living in an RV is the ultimate freedom for a growing number of families. Parents earn income through telecommuting positions, and children’s education is provided by parents or online schools in a process referred to as “roadschooling.” Nohr’s RV Center supports all things related to the RV lifestyle, and hope the information provided here will help your family with your nomadic experiences.

Choosing a Domicile

You do not have to have a permanent residence, but you must have a domicile, which equates to a “base.” This is important for things like vehicle registration, taxes, and educational requirements. The important thing to remember is to shop around, comparing the requirements of various states until you find one which matches your own educational expectations, among other things.

Attending School Online

All parents are encouraged to participate in the education of their children, but not all parents are comfortable with homeschooling their children. To get around that, supplement your own instructions with an online educational program. Look at the online school offerings from various states and sign up for the one which matches your own goals. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that public schools are typically designed for people who make that state their home. For this reason, you are advised to check the online school requirements before you settle on a state of domicile.

Getting the Most from Roadschool

Classroom curriculums have been around as long as there have been schools to attend. When you choose a nomadic lifestyle, you may feel that you have to develop a specific curriculum, but that is not the case. It is important to teach children primary subjects such as math, reading & writing, science, etc., but there is much more to a well-rounded education. Teaching the importance of the Golden Rule is vital to civilized life, for example. Other important factors in education include:

  • Personal Character Development
  • Physical Exercise and Coordination
  • Fostering a Love of Learning
  • Building Personal Motivation

Benefits of a Mobile Education

When you roadschool, every day can be a field trip, introducing your children to subjects on a personal level. Plan your travels with education in mind, selecting locations which supplement your children’s current studies or expanding on concepts and courses which they have already taken. Not only does this help to build an interest in learning, it also gives children a hands-on experience that they can remember and share for the rest of their lives.

From the Gold Rush of the western United States to Washington D.C., life on the road provides a myriad of opportunities to give your children an exemplary education. Keep in mind that traveling families need enough room and comfort, so choose an RV that is large enough and includes the conveniences your family demands. To find out more about choosing the right RV for your family, stop by Nohr’s RV Center today.

Cooking in an RV

When you have a motorhome, all of the conveniences of a house are at your disposal. This includes having a kitchen, albeit a slightly compressed version of what you have always used. Using an RV kitchen may require a little more creativity, but there is no reason you can’t enjoy nutritious and appealing home-cooked meals wherever you may go. At Nohr’s RV Center, we thought the following tips and tricks would be helpful for RV excursions of any duration.

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Enjoy Endless Variety

Your menu options should not be based on the size of your RV kitchen area. With a little thought and creativity, almost anything you could make in a brick and mortar home is available on the road. You will have to adapt to using the smaller kitchen, but that shouldn’t affect your ability to eat well and often. Take a look at some of the dishes this family had on their 100-day adventure, and you’ll begin to see how much variety is available.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is less important when there is a grocery store right around the corner. When you are parked in the rural countryside, planning pays off by making sure that everything you need is on hand. Planning does not necessarily mean that you have every meal itemized, but it does mean that you have taken into account the ingredients for every meal you plan to cook. On the other hand, planning out your entire menu gives you more leeway for cooking ahead, and makes it possible to store non-perishable items for the long haul.

One-Dish Meals Save Time

A slow cooker can be a lifesaver. You can put a roast in to cook before setting out on a morning hike, and enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth dish later in the evening. One dish meals have a few advantages, including such things as having less cleanup after the meal, less human intervention during the cooking process, and portability for moving your meal outside or even potlucking with newfound friends.

Snacks and Finger Foods

Everyone tends to get the munchies while traveling. Be sure that your travel menu includes foods that are either ready to eat straight from the package or able to be prepared with little muss or fuss. Fruits and vegetables are always a good idea, but you can also take along cookies or brownies, yogurt, or just a selection of sandwich meats, spreads, and condiments.

Cooking in an RV is not much different than cooking at home. The difference is that an RV-cooked meal includes the taste of freedom and wide open spaces, things which don’t come out of a box. If you have some special RV cooking tips or want to share your favorite recipes, Nohr’s RV Center would love to hear from you.

Full Time RVing: Setting up a Home Office

People have always been attracted to the idea of a carefree lifestyle. The dream became more realistic as the internet has opened up new ways for people to do business from anywhere. Today, there are thousands of digital nomads in the United States, working in their mobile offices and workshops. Because of our fascination with RVing, the folks at Nohr’s RV Center frequently talk to nomadic travelers and pick up ideas from all over the country. If you are considering the digital nomad lifestyle while traveling in an RV, the information provided here will help you get started.

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Mail and Packages

Everyone needs to have mail delivered from time to time. Until a few years ago, this was a particular burden, and often involved personal arrangements with a friend or relative who could forward your mail to you. Today, savvy travelers know that they can set up a mailbox at the UPS Store and have an authentic street address to keep their business looking professional. You will probably still need to use General Delivery from time to time, but The UPS Store will forward your mail and packages from one location to another, so most of your mail can follow where you go.

Scheduling and Routine

The look of your mobile office is up to you, and some will prefer a minimal office area while others dominate the RV with their work. The most important thing is to be able to meet deadlines and perform job-related duties. This may be difficult when you live a mobile lifestyle, but setting aside a time to work and an interruption-free place to do it is imperative. If you find out that you aren’t able to get the alone-time in your RV, another option is to make use of business incubators. These handy office-for-rent locations will provide you with everything from office space to a conference room, and that means keeping up a professionally permanent appearance while moving about the country.

Tags, Taxes, and Identification

Unfortunately, laws and local ordinances are not evolving as quickly as the digital landscape. For the full-time RV enthusiast, the problem is most obvious in terms of paying your income taxes, maintaining the tags and registration of your RV (and other vehicles), and similar legal requirements. Most travelers simply continue their official residence in the state they start from, but others shop around to find the state which seems to have the most to offer. Choosing a “home” state needs to be taken seriously, however, and close attention paid to states with low (or no!) state income taxes or easy-to-meet residency requirements.

A full-time RV lifestyle will make you the envy of millions of people, and it can be very lucrative. From making and selling handmade items for traveling venues to writing and maintaining websites, there are hundreds of career options waiting to be filled. To find out more about the right RV for full-time living, or to share your RV nomadic experiences, contact Nohr’s RV today.

Rainy Day? Indoor Fun in your RV

No matter where your travels take you, the day will come when inclement weather puts a damper on your outdoor activities you had planned as part of your RV travel. Playing a solitary game on a phone or laptop is always an option, but at Nohr’s RV Center we prefer to think of a rainy day as a chance to bring the family closer together. For that reason, we have chosen a variety of activities which are perfect for 2 or more people, ranging from necessary activities to exciting family fun.

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Board Games

Board games are fun for the whole family. Monopoly, Scrabble, or even games like Risk or Clue. Couples might prefer to keep a chess set or backgammon board in the RV, and parents would be well-advised to bring along Chutes and Ladders or some other game designed for entertaining the smaller family members. If you have WiFi available, versions of most board and card games can be found online.

Cook Ahead

There are a lot of dishes you can cook in advance and eat later, like hamburgers, fried chicken, or even soups and stews. Instead of putting off cooking until the sun goes down, go ahead and get things started. If your outdoor plans include physical activities, you could even make up sandwiches, snacks or other goodies so that you will be ready when the rain stops.

Housekeeping

Your RV is going to get a little cluttered, especially on a long family trip. Think of a rainy day as an opportunity to organize and tidy up, simply get your gear prepared for when the rain blows over. This may not sound like a lot of fun, but if you are going to have to take time to prepare or clean anyway, and doing so while your other options are limited will mean more time for the fun stuff later.

Movie Night

Instead of thinking of a movie as an alternative to getting outdoors, make it a date for the family. With Redbox movies available just about anywhere you go, a home movie premiere is easy to do. Make some popcorn, turn the lights down low, and settle in for a comfortable evening in front of the video screen.

Play Cards

There are many kinds of card games available for regular playing cards. In addition to that, there are proprietary games like Uno, Phase 10 and Mille Bornes. Mille Bornes allows up to 6 players and is suitable for children. To make it more relatable, select a route on a national map and check player locations as you play.

There is no reason for a rainy day or other bad weather to bring you down. As long as you have a roof and shelter from blowing winds, your family can make the most of the situation and enjoy spending time together in your RV. And if you notice a leaking door or need to get your AC serviced in case of rainy weather, stop by the service area at Nohr’s RV Center and let our techs sort out your mechanical needs.

End of Summer RV Trips

At Nohr’s RV Center, we encourage RV traveling year round but understand that some places are best-suited for a particular time of year. For example, Southern California is hot during the late-summer months, but Alaska is comfortable and inviting. By planning your adventures to make the most of the season, you can rule out most adverse weather, and that translates into a more fun and exciting time for the whole family.

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Anchorage, Alaska

Where most of the suggestions here relate to a specific attraction, Anchorage is a notable exception. While most of the area interests are related to nature and the great outdoors, Anchorage is also known as one of the largest Inuit establishments in the region so visitors will find museums and other cultural interests as well as native Inuits who still use the teachings and techniques passed down from ancient times.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Only Wyoming has a lower density population than Montana, which means plenty of fresh air and down-to-earth things to do. A summer and fall favorite is to visit Glacier National Park, which is not accessible for a good part of the year. Other things to do include fishing in crystal clear streams and exploring historical locations such as abandoned gold-mining towns and bits of American railroad history.

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Visiting Mount Rushmore is the perfect reason to go to South Dakota. As the largest mountain carving in the United States, Rushmore’s depiction of important U.S. presidents is both unique and intriguing. While RVing through the state, be sure to visit some of its other attractions as well, such as the vistas of Badlands National Park or the numerous wildlife viewing opportunities of Custer State Park.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Featuring the highest peaks of the Atlantic coast and an abundance of wildlife biomes, Acadia National Park draws upwards of 3 million visitors per year. For many, the favorite time to visit is in early fall. As the leaves begin to change colors, you can enjoy stone bridges built in a bygone era, hiking, fishing, and other recreational activities year-round. After the mid-summer rush is over, the park is more appealing to those who want to use their RV to get away from the crowds and experience some of what has attracted visitors and residents to the area for hundreds of years.

Nohr’s RV Center has attempted to select some of the best locations in the extreme Northwest and the extreme Northeastern states, but we encourage you to plan your trip with enough time to detour to other sites which catch your eye along the way. Our family-owned and operated business is dedicated to helping your family make the most of your travels. To that end, we recommend you bring your RV in for a checkup or necessary repairs before you set out on your next big adventure.

Toy Haulers: Extra Space for a Variety of Items!

A toy hauler gives you the extra space you need for a myriad of applications. Sure, the concept was developed around ATVs and motorcycles, but there is no limit to the ways people use them. Here at Nohr’s RV Center, we have seen just about every combination of features you can think of, and we’ve listed the most common ideas by grouping.

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Toy Haulers Defined

A toy hauler is generally a travel trailer with a special compartment called a garage opening off the back end. The size of the garage will vary from one RV to the next, and the space may be customized by the owner or even ordered from the manufacturer. Having a garage makes it possible to carry your favorite motorsports toy with you on the road, keeping it safe from prying eyes and plundering fingers as you go.

Toy Haulers for Play

One of the most common applications – and where it gets the name – is to load up your ATV or dirt bike for a day of outdoor excitement. But families on the go may use it for bicycles, a basketball hoop, or even a designated travel area for their pet. By comparison, using a toy hauler to haul toys is less exciting than some other applications.

Tools for Work

For vendors and other people who follow their job from one location to another, the garage on a toy hauler can easily transform into a workshop, and some models are large enough to fit an entire job box into if necessary. With room to keep tools and materials – or load the amps, equipment & instruments for your band – your toy hauler is a great way to live the nomadic lifestyle without ever missing the beat.

Repurposing Your Garage

There is no reason your garage has to be used for transport and storage, either. RV owners have transformed their garage into everything from a spare bedroom to a more spacious living or dining area. You could even turn the space into a second bathroom if there are enough people in your group to warrant doing so.

Gear for Every Adventure

Another option is to use the garage for different things at different times. Heading to the beach? Pack up the volleyball net, some chairs, and your beach umbrella. Off to the mountains? Perhaps mountain bikes and a couple of coolers is all you need. The point is, the most versatile application for your toy hauler is to use it for whatever you need it for at the time.

Whether you are looking for a toy hauler, a “van camper,” or some other type of recreational vehicle, Nohr’s RV Center is the Bay Area’s one-stop shop for all things RV related. Stop in and visit us today!

Entertaining in your RV

One of the beauties of having an RV is that you are free to entertain guests no matter where you go. Even when there isn’t a lot of room to move around, your RV will provide a warm and dry spot for movies, games, or intimate conversations. The important thing is that you do not disturb your neighbors while making certain that all of your guests enjoy a good time. Nohr’s RV Center knows the ropes, and we would be happy to discuss typical camp etiquette with you.

Happy friends grilling meat and enjoying barbecue party outdoors

Know the Rules

Be sure to stay in compliance with the rules of the campground where you are staying. There is a broad range of rules and regulations out there, so check with the office or staff before you plan a get-together. You may encounter regulations such as these:

  • Number of Visitors
  • Parking
  • Noise
  • Alcohol Use

Establish “Overflow Space”

Make sure that you have enough room for the party. Depending on the size of your gathering, it may be necessary to relocate temporarily, rent a double campsite, or work out parking spaces. Plus, your guests may not be content to remain inside, so having plenty of space around your RV will make everyone feel a bit more comfortable.

Know Your Visitors and Surroundings

Planning an event means keeping track of who will be there, and any guests they may bring along. If your guests have children, there may be additional camp rules, and it is always a good idea to be able to spot a camp crasher in the crowd. Which is not to say that you should leave your immediate camp-mates out of the fun, only that you need to be familiar with who is coming and going.

What to Eat

A cozy dinner is fine for 4 to 6 people, but larger gatherings are an excuse to scale back on the preparation time. A cookout is always a great option, but finger foods will make dining more informal and allow guests to basically fend for themselves. Similarly, it is going to be important to have enough ice on hand, so ask your guests to bring coolers that can be strategically placed around the campsite for easy access to beverages.

Easy Cleanup

You will be able to enjoy yourself a little more if you plan on using disposable dishes and cups. Avoid single-use plastics, and put emphasis on recyclable products, but keep the cleanup duties to a minimum. Around the camp area, provide trash containers for your guests to use, and patrol the area occasionally to avoid attracting attention because of a cluttered site.

We are RV enthusiasts at Nohr’s RV Center, and we encourage people to find new ways to share their motorhome experience with others. Entertaining in your RV is a great way to get others involved, and we have some excellent RV choices available for your friends or family to join you on your next RV adventure!