Out for fun in '21

Jan 28, 2021

Fleetwood Jan 21 issue 2 Blog

Plan for good times at every turn.

When many of us think of a great experience we've had, often spontaneity comes to mind—a memorable moment that just "happened" by chance. While those unplanned moments can make for great memories, great experiences in your RV are a direct result of how well you've planned and prepared for your travels. Do you do something special to plan your trips? Share with the family! Tag us on our socials with #FWplans21!

Mid-winter checkup: Checking on your RV before Opening Day.

You've been waiting and planning, and the day is soon arriving--the day you pull you coach out of storage and shake off the winter's chill. In the meantime, if you can, it's a good time to check in to see how your RV is doing, no matter if you're storing indoors or out.

Inside

  • Enter the coach and check for odors--like rodents, propane or mildew
  • Make sure window blinds are closed to protect drapes and upholstery
  • Drawers and cabinets are left open for air circulation
  • Check for leaks
  • Check any pest traps for pests

Outside

  • Inspect cover for damage or leaks
  • Service all locks with a spray lubricant and lubricate hinges
  • If you've covered exterior vents, make sure the covers are in place and functional

Chassis

  • Make sure your tire coverings are in place--tires are damaged by UV rays
  • Check tire pressures, noting any slow leaks to be concerned about
  • Make sure your wheel chocks are at least as wide as the tire, as narrow chocks can damage tires
  • Check fluid levels in the batteries
  • If you're leaving batteries in the unit, plugging in to shore power once a month for eight hours will help keep the batteries topped off
  • Make sure you store with the fuel tank full and a fuel stabilizer added
  • If possible, exercise the generator for at least two hours every month with a least one-half load (The end of winter is a good time to service your generator, as idle time tends to account for degradation of oil and filters)

While this list is certainly not exhaustive, it's checks like these that can head off unwanted surprises and additional costs when opening day 2021 finally comes.

Plan for service: Right now.

The first months of the year are a great time to bring your RV in for service. Why? There's typically less traffic at the service center, it won't interrupt your busy travel plans, and best of all, you can save with off-peak labor rates. That's exactly the case at REV RV Service and Repair centers in Decatur, IN and Coburg, OR! Right now, through March 31, 2021, they are offering engine service at the reduced price of $129/hour and including a FREE 250-hour generator service. This offer is valid on all service and repairs excluding collision work. Schedule your service today!*

*Excludes collision. May not be combined with other offers. Not valid on prior service. Other restrictions apply.

Go to Rev RV Service and Repair

RV Security: More than just locking up.

With colder weather still here for a while, and camping season waiting to get underway for most, now's a good time to think about upgrading your RV's level of security. With advances in connected technologies and innovative products, it's never been easier to add an extra layer of protection from unwanted tampering and intrusion. Several home-based concepts like wireless doorbell cameras, motion sensors and the like have made their way into the RV market, and their relatively low cost, ease of installation and convenient operation are worth a look. Here's three examples of popular items.

Motion sensor lights

  • Keep the area around your campsite secure
  • Simple security that can deter unwanted guests
  • Can be wired or solar powered

Motion alarms

  • Keep the interior of your coach secure
  • Can be silent or audible
  • Can notify your smartphone and alert authorities

Wireless cameras

  • Interior and exterior
  • Can check in at any time via smartphone app
  • Can record unauthorized entry

These are just a few of the ways you can keep you and your family safe at the campsite and give you peace of mind while you're away from your RV as well!

Refresher Course: Chai tea latte

Ok, we're all too familiar with the $5 chai tea lattes from the coffee shop on every other street corner. But a dozen of them and whoa! It adds up quick. Besides, how hard can it be to make one of those concoctions, anyway? Today's your lucky day. It only takes three simple ingredients and about ten minutes. You can also make your latte with milk alternatives such as soy, almond, oat, coconut or cashew milk. As long as it froths, it serves. See ya latte!

Ingredients
2 Chai tea bags
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons honey
Cinnamon and nutmeg for garnish

Directions
In a small saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea and seep for 7-10 minutes.
Add in milk and honey, reducing heat and warming the milk.
Use a frother or immersion blender to make a frothy top.
Pour into cups and serve topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. You've just become a coffee shop legend!