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.

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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.

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.

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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

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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!