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.


Preparing your RV for Spring Travel

Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to get your RV ready for this year’s trips. Here are a few tips to getting your RV ready for the spring.

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Protect your RV’s exterior surfaces

Inside and out, your RV’s surfaces need to be protected and maintained. While cleaning your RV, you can start by checking the outside seals like windows and doors for wear or cracking. To protect your RV exterior you can wax your RV, apply UV protectant to anything vinyl or rubber (e.g. bumper trimmings, tire flaps, awnings), and apply lubricant to any moving parts such as your TV antenna. Reference your manufacturer’s user manuals for best practices for your devices.

Check your RV’s fluids and tires:  

Check the transmission, power steering, engine coolant, engine oil, windshield washer and brake fluid. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for proper levels. Also check tire pressure, tread depth, and the weight of vehicle. It is recommended that tires are changed every 5-10 years depending on their use. If you’re not sure how old your tires are, there is an easy way to check: the date the tire was manufactured is the last four digits of the DOT code. The first two digits are the week of manufacture, and the last two digits are the year. For example, if the last four digits of the DOT code are 0203, that means that the tire was manufactured during the second week of the year 2003.

Ready your RV’s systems and appliances:

RVs have several systems that should be checked and spruced up before your first trip of the season. This includes the electrical and water systems. For your electrical system, be sure to check the generator and your batteries. If the generator does not start at first, check if your system has a priming feature or a crank that will help start it.  Ensure that the voltage is appropriate for your batteries, or you may want to invest in a new battery. To ready your water system, turn on your water to check for leaks and sanitize the system.

Next, test out your appliances and give them a good cleaning. This will make sure that layers of dust don’t build up on your appliances and that they’re ready to go when you need them. As part of testing your appliances, be sure to check that the propane tank is full and isn’t leaking, and that you turn on your leak detector.

Stock up on handy supplies

It’s wonderful when you know you have the right tools to fix things quickly if they break. Getting your RV ready for the spring is a great opportunity to restock your repair tools and supplies. This includes stocking up on cleaning supplies, plumbers grease, tank treatment, gorilla and/or duct tape, and a good microfiber cloth can also go a long way.

Your travel adventure is about your needs. An RV allows you to bring the comforts of home on the open road with you.  The staff at Nohr’s RV Center in Tracy, California is committed to helping you find the best RV for your needs.  Stop by our RV dealership today to explore your options!

Safety Tips for New RVers

Buying an RV is a great investment. An RV allows you to travel in the comfort of your own home. If you love camping and traveling, you will be much more comfortable in an RV than a tent or a hotel. If you are new to RVing, there are a few tips that you should know so that you are ready to go out on the open road.

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#1 Keep Your RV Locked

When you are camping in your RV, it is easy to find yourself in a false sense of security due to the beautiful scenery and the relaxing environment. This is a mistake. If you leave the RV to go on a hike or take a swim, you should lock the doors. The same is true when you go to bed at night. Your RV is like a home on wheels. You wouldn’t leave the house without locking your doors, and you should always keep your RV doors locked when you are away.

#2 Check Your Tires

If you are buying an RV, particularity a fifth wheel or a travel trailer, you should check the dates on the tires. Just because the RV is brand new, it doesn’t mean the tires are. On the back of the tire is a 4-digit number that will let you know when the tires were made. You also need to make sure that the tires can handle the weight of the RV. The weight of the RV will be on your paperwork. All you need to do is match the size of the RV with the load capacity on the PSI chart. Each of these tips will ensure that your tires are safe.

#3 Avoid Mistakes and Accidents

If you have never owned an RV, everything will be new to you. If you are trying to hook up your sewer line at a campground, you should take your time. If you need help, ask a fellow RVer. Rushing and guessing can result in expensive mistakes. When you are driving your RV, you need to remember that it won’t drive like your car. Until you get the hang of driving, you should go slow. Take turns slowly and take your time regardless of the amount of traffic on the road. In time, you will be a seasoned RVer and hookups and driving will feel like second nature. When this happens, you should be willing to help RV newbies the same way people offered to help you.

#4 Know Your Measurements

Before you drive, you should know the length and height of your RV. This will let you know if there are any areas where your RV won’t fit. If you don’t have this information, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble.

When you are an RV newbie, there are plenty of things to learn. The best way to learn is out on the road. You should understand the tips listed above and don’t be afraid to ask for help.  When you buy an RV from Nohr’s RV Center, our friendly staff will help you get comfortable in your new RV as you head out on your first adventure.  Stop by our RV Dealership in Tracy, California today!

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!

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.

Motor home by the Alaskan mountains

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.