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.

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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.

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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!

RV Traveling with Kids

RV traveling with kids is an excellent way to see the country. There’s room to spread out on a rainy day, and all of their favorite goodies and toys are within easy reach. While it is convenient to have all the luxuries of home, keep in mind that you are using a motor vehicle, and there will be disadvantages to overcome as well as rules of road and science to be taken into consideration. Nohr’s RV Center can help you pick the right fifth wheel, travel trailer, or other type of RV for your family, and offer some useful tips while traveling.

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Information About Child Restraints

Be sure that everyone remains seated while the vehicle is in motion, and small children are placed in front-facing seats. It is also a good idea to verify that the seats your children will use have safety belts which attach to the frame rather than simply being affixed to the seating. Child seats are designed specifically for front-facing seats and do not provide proper protection is used improperly.

Beware of “Kid Taxes”

Some campgrounds will charge you an extra fee for children, a practice that is sometimes referred to as a “Kid Tax.” The fee may range up to around $5 per child per night, so research your locations ahead of time. There are also various regulations which parents must abide by in many RV campgrounds. These may include child curfews, noise regulations, or other restrictions. Finally, some campgrounds are intended for adults only and should be avoided when traveling with kids.

Plan for the Season

A general rule of thumb is to head northward in the summertime and visit southern climates during the cool months, but doing the opposite may be better for avoiding peak season costs and viewing wildlife or nature. Regardless of where or when you are going, pack for the season. Bring along plenty of fluids and snacks, and clothing suitable for the climate. Be sure to bring along indoor activities, games, and movies just in case the weather keeps you indoors for a day or two.

Remember the Laws of Physics

Be sure to secure your children and their belongings. A toy left lying in the wrong place can become a dangerous piece of debris in the blink of an eye. Similarly, the same laws for child safety which are used by passenger vehicles also apply to a motorhome. In fact, since your RV has more room to move around, it can be even more dangerous for people who ignore passenger safety laws. Just remember that an object – even people – in motion tend to remain in motion and double check everything before hitting the road.

Whether it is off to visit the House of Mouse, or out to visit national landmarks, taking your children along for RV travel is a wonderful idea. History can come to life and discovery awaits around every turn. But before you set out on the road, stop by Nohr’s RV Center to get your RV serviced and ready for the highway.

Toy Haulers: Bring the Fun on the Road with You!

Whether you enjoy hunting and fishing, competitions, or just riding through the countryside, it is nice to be able to bring your motorized toys along on road trips. For families and teammates, a toy hauler is often the best choice for a home on wheels for that very reason: there’s room for the necessities of home as well as the toys which add excitement and adventure. If you are still undecided whether to get an RV or a toy hauler, Nohr’s RV Center has a few key points to help you make a more informed decision.

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Why Choose a Toy Hauler?

Using a toy hauler is a practical way to be safe and secure. Your motorcycle or ATV will be well protected from weather, vandalism, and theft, plus the fact that you and your traveling companions will have the benefit of the same home away from home no matter how far your journey takes you. Toy haulers include kitchen areas and bathroom facilities and offer access to creature comforts such as air conditioning, music and movie players, and a place to pass the time on bad-weather days.

Room for the Whole Team

Comfort is king. Pulling a toy hauler means that you can carry more of the things which keep your children occupied or all of the gear your sporting team requires. It also means hot showers on your schedule, home-cooked meals, and sleeping in a familiar bed. With ample room for toys and equipment in the back, and enough room inside to sleep up to 7 or more people.

Purchase Options for Every Budget

A toy hauler gives you more freedom of travel options by providing an enclosed area for your travel equipment, and a complete home environment when you are ready to stop for a day or two. To get a better idea of which toy hauler is right for you, or just to get a personal look inside some of the more popular models, contact Nohr’s RV Center today.

RV Traveling with Pets

Some polls have shown that as much as 60% or more of RV owners carry their furry friends along on trips. After all, pets are just smaller, non-verbal members of the family, and they enjoy a vacation as much as your children or spouse. Nohr’s RV Center wants you and your pets to have a safe and exciting excursion, so we put together some tips to help your pets enjoy the trip as much as everyone else in the family.

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Safety First

It is a good idea to use safety restraints for pets, just like you would for children. Pet carriers and other restraints are available in pet stores which will prevent your pets from being tossed about while riding. Similarly, allowing pets to roam freely while the RV is in motion can present dangers for the humans as well, such as getting in the way of pedals and controls. Be sure to carry pet ID and vaccination tags to prevent problems along the way.

Beat the Heat

Another important safety issue for pets is the heat. Without the AC, your motorhome can become dangerously hot. The best option is to keep your pet with you when you are out of the vehicle, but this may not always be possible. When that happens, you will need to keep an air conditioner or other cooling device running and make sure there is plenty of water available to drink.

Health Considerations

Talk to your vet while planning your trip. Some areas are prone to pet-related sickness, and heartworms are known to be transmitted by mosquitoes. If you know you will be going into a pet danger zone, ask about medications and preventions that will keep your furry loved ones safe. Some pets are prone to motion sickness, just like people. Your vet may have medications that can reduce motion sickness.

Comfort and Relaxation

We all prefer to take a few of the comforts of home with us, and your pets will have a better experience if you do the same for them. Carry along favorite toys or blankets, or whatever your pet enjoys spending time with. Chew toys, catnip, and favorite foods are always a welcome distraction when the trip is long and the ride becomes boring.

Exercise

Exercise is another obstacle that needs to be overcome while traveling in an RV. It is a good idea to stop every few hours and give your pet an opportunity to romp around. Dogs especially will be grateful for the chance to take care of necessary business.

Be sure to include leashes and collars or harnesses to keep your pets in check, and set aside some time for togetherness to let them know you haven’t forgotten how important they are. At Nohr’s RV Center, we recommend having your AC serviced before long trips, so make an appointment for an RV checkup before the departure day arrives.  Plus, we love seeing our customers traveling with their pets.  Share your photos with us on our Facebook page or via Twitter.

Joining an RV Club – Is it the Right Fit for you?

One of the best parts of having an RV, outside of the sights you’ll see of course, are the people you’ll meet and places you’ll stay. RV clubs can help connect you with people and provide discounts on the locations you want to stay. Here’s a few pointers on how to determine if and what RV club might be right for you.

Joining an RV Club - Is it the Right Fit for You?

RV club – social, discount, or both?

There are two main categories of RV clubs – social and discount. Social clubs focus mainly around a shared value or activity whereas the discount clubs focus mainly on providing discounts on RV parks and gear. However, most RV clubs include aspects of both and RV memberships can include benefits such as:

  • special interest groups (i.e., full timers, golfers, military, etc.)
  • annual rallies with entertainment, vendors, and classes
  • mail forwarding services
  • a magazine or newsletter
  • membership directory
  • discounts at certain campgrounds
  • discounts on various insurance policies

Where to start

First of all, focus on the most exciting part of owning an RV – where you want to go! You may already have some destinations in mind from previous years or from your search for the right RV for you. RV club memberships are generally annual, so you only need to consider the coming year’s travel plans. Having your travel plans ready allows you to more easily identify which RV clubs can help you achieve your travel goals, where you may stay, how much time you have, and what insurance you’ll need.

Evaluating Discounts

If you’re unfamiliar with an RV club, check listings for participating discount locations. Several of the most popular RV clubs list participating locations. Otherwise you may find that there only a few participating locations that don’t crossover with your travel plans. It’s even possible that, if you’ve never heard of the RV club or if it’s new, it may be a scam.

Now that you know the RV club has locations in the areas you’ll be traveling, learn about the locations and what discounts the RV club offers. Check into the RV parks to see if they are a style that you like. For example, do they include camping as well? What kind of facilities do they have? Are they located near a town? Going to a RV park just because it has a discount can lead to a stressful stay. Not having the right RV services or type of spot can ruin your night.

Once you have possible RV clubs and participating locations identified, compare discounts and benefits. Now that you’re comparing similar trips with RV parks that you’ll enjoy, comparing benefits is simple. Note that some discount focused RV clubs also have some social benefits, so be sure to include those when making your choice.

Evaluating Social Activities

Social RV clubs may also have discounts and some discount focused RV clubs may offer social benefits. However, social RV clubs are generally those that are organized around a shared lifestyle (families, traveling alone) or activity (boondocking, rally, classes). Social offerings from RV clubs can be a great way to start if you are new to RVing.  Introductory classes can get you up to speed on how to take care of your RV and tricks of the trade that make staying in a RV even more fun.  Rallies and other events can be great ways to meet RVers and potentially new friends.

Every RV is unique to the traveler. Adding interior and exterior features allows you to personalize your RV for your traveling needs. When considering all the different features, take your time, do research, and check with your local reputable RV dealer,  such as Nohr’s RV Center.  We offer a variety of RV sizes that come with an array of different exterior features.  Not sure which features you’d like to have? Stop by our RV Dealership today to see the different options in person.