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What To Know About Summer RV Kitchen Safety

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summer rv kitchenAs you plan for your upcoming summer RV trips, don’t forget to consider kitchen and meal preparation during the planning process. You can reduce the chance of summer RV dining dilemmas by following these important pieces of advice.

Summer RV Kitchen Preparation

  • If you have any canned foods stored in your RV, check the expiration dates. Also consider if the food has been exposed to extreme temperature changes (hot or cold) while stored. If so, it’s best to toss the cans and stock up on new ones.
  • Be sure you have extra coolers and ice packs for any perishable food items if you plan eat or cook outside of your RV. Keep your cooler in the shade when storing perishable foods outdoors and open it only when necessary.
  • Keep rice, cereals, and pasta in resealable food storage bags or airtight plastic containers so that these foods stay fresh and free of insects.
  • Thoroughly clean all RV kitchen countertops with a non-toxic countertop spray such as Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Basil Multi-Surface Everyday Spray, wipe out your pantry, and wipe off dining surfaces.
  • Clean the inside of your refrigerator and set the thermostat to the correct temperature (it should be set below 40 degrees).
  • Some RV parks may not have the proper voltage requirements for your appliances, which can cause issues. Use a volt checker to monitor the power — this will help protect appliances from surges and drains due to power fluctuations.
  • Bring along a selection of nonperishable items from each of the five food groups; such as peanut butter in small plastic jars, packages of beef jerky, powdered milk, and dried fruits or nuts.
  • Pack a food thermometer, particularly if you plan to cook over an open fire or on a camping stove. Cook hamburgers to 160°F, chicken to 180°F and hot dogs and leftovers to 165°F. Don’t forget to clean the thermometer between uses.
  • Bring eco-friendly cleaning supplies for washing dishes. Use biodegradable soap and wash dishes at your summer RV campsite, away from any natural waterways.
  • Always use bottled water for cooking and drinking, particularly if you plan to stay at remote RV camping areas.
  • Pack out all kitchen trash and dispose of it properly. Follow the “Leave No Trace” principles.

Have some of your own summer RV kitchen safety suggestions you’d like to share based on experience? Be sure to like the Easy Escapes RV Facebook Page and share any helpful tips by commenting on our posts.

RV Awning Maintenance Tips For Summer

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rv awningAn RV awning for your Class A, Class C, or Class B motorhome will help keep you and your family cool during the summer months by providing plenty of shade. Make sure your RV awning continues to work properly, and stays in good condition, by following these simple maintenance tips for summer.

  1. While your RV awning is extended, take the time to inspect all of the awning hardware. Check the lag screws in the awning brackets to be sure they are secure, inspect the arm pivot holes for broken rivets or enlarged holes, check the roller tube, inspect the awning end caps for secure mounting or any broken rivets, and check to be sure that the awning rail is securely mounted to your RV.
  1. Rinse or hose your awning off on a regular basis. Avoid scrubbing the awning fabric too hard since scrubbing can remove the water retardant finish. For stubborn stains, blot an approved cleaner on the awning fabric with a sponge. Remember never to use any abrasive or oil-based cleaners on your awning.
  1. Use Simple Green spray cleaner or something similar to remove any stubborn spots or stains. Also, be sure to clean the awning arm levers and slider mechanisms. Be sure to rinse the awning and all mechanisms thoroughly after using the cleaner.
  1. Lubricate your awning arm joints, track, and roller pivots using a silicone-based lubricant.
  1. Use a UV protectant, such as 303 Aerospace Protectant, that will help prevent your RV awning from fading or cracking. Be sure to cover the entire awning with protectant — you may want to use an RV washing brush wrapped with a chamois cloth in order to get all of the hard to reach places.
  1. When your RV awning is in use, lower one edge of the awning so that rain and debris doesn’t sit on top of it for long periods of time. This can cause staining and damage to your awning.
  1. Prevent RV awning damage from the wind by keeping your awning secured. There are products, such as the Camco Awning De-Flapper, that will help you secure the awning fabric in windy weather conditions.

Now that you have a few RV awning maintenance tips that will help keep you cool and shaded, you may want to read about some of the RV-friendly National Parks you can visit with your family this summer.

10 Helpful Tips for RVing With Pets

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rving with petsOne of the best things about RVing with pets is that you get to take your favorite furry friend along with you on your RV travels. RVing with pets can add a great deal of fun and enjoyment to your family’s RV experience — especially if you take the time to consider these important tips.

  1. Create a pet packing list that includes pet medications, vitamins, dishes, waste pick-up bags, favorite toys, brushes, leashes, collars, harnesses, and other necessities.
  1. Make a list of pet-friendly RV parks, campgrounds, and things to do before you leave home. You should also call ahead to confirm that any campgrounds or RV parks you plan to stay at accept your specific breed or type of pet.
  1. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, and check to be sure they are current on flea and tick treatments. Take the paperwork showing proof of your pet’s vaccinations along with you on your trip.
  1. Be sure that your pet’s identification tags include your cell phone number since your home address and phone won’t be of use while you are traveling.
  1. Secure your pet safely in a seat belt harness or pet carrier that’s been fixed in place and be sure that your pet rides in the same vehicle with you — never in a camper or trailer that is towed behind your vehicle. Safety should always be a priority when RVing with pets.
  1. Make regularly scheduled stops at safe places along your route for pet potty breaks, fresh air, and exercise.
  1. During the summer, be prepared for any potential power outages that could cause the air conditioning to go out, so take the necessary precautions before leaving your pets unattended. Many RVs come with generators that can be programmed to auto-start if the power supply shuts-off.
  1. If you are going to leave your pet alone in the RV for a few hours, make sure they have plenty of water, food, a place to potty (puppy training pads are good to have on hand), and proper ventilation (or air conditioning).
  1. Always pick up after your pet while on the road using waste pick-up bags.
  1. If your pet requires a specific type of formulated food, make sure you have plenty of food for the duration of your trip. This is particularly true if you plan to go RVing with pets to remote areas.

If you go RVing with your pet, don’t forget to share photos of your furry RVing family member on our Easy Escapes Facebook Page.

 

9 Steps To Setting Up Your RV Campsite

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RV CampingYou just bought an RV and can’t wait for your first RV camping trip, but you want to make sure you know what to do once you arrive at an RV campsite or RV park. While there will be differences in the set up process depending on the type of RV you have (Class A, Class B, or Class C), these basic steps will give you a general idea of what to do when you arrive at your destination.

  1. Once you arrive, assess your RV campsite by identifying all campground connections and think about the best positioning — one that provides access to all connections. Think about how far your slide outs will extend, and where there will be enough room to put your awning out. Also, make sure the area is clear of low hanging branches or other obstructions that might interfere with set up.
  1. Make sure you set your parking break, level the RV, and chock the wheels.
  1. If there is a battery disconnect switch for the chassis battery, turn it off to prevent drain on the starting battery. If you have an auxiliary battery disconnect switch for the coach battery, make sure that the battery disconnect switch is on.
  1. Pull out the entry steps. If your RV has an automatic switch for the entry steps, be sure to turn it off so that they steps stay out when the door is closed.
  1. Remove the slide out travel locks. Pull out your slide outs and check to be sure that they won’t interfere with your hook ups. Have someone monitor your clearance and keep an eye out for any obstacles in the slide out path.
  1. Test the RV campsite electricity voltage with a voltmeter prior to plugging the unit in. Pull enough power cord from the compartment to reach the campsite electrical connection. Plug into the receptacle that matches the amperage requirements of your RV. Use electrical adapters as required. Be aware that some campgrounds also have a circuit breaker in the box that must be turned on to allow electricity to the RV.
  1. Turn the refrigerator on and hook up your water pressure regulator to the campground water supply.
  1. Remove the cap from the sewer hose valve (while wearing gloves) and attach the sewer hose to the sewer drain outlet. Be sure to turn the hose so that the tabs lock securely in place. Place the sewer hose donut or seal in the campground sewer connection. Then, attach the other end of the sewer hose in the donut. Be sure to get a good seal and connection.
  1. Turn the main LP gas supply valve on at the tank or bottles.

These are just some of the basic steps you will need to take when setting up your RV campsite, and when you return from your RV adventures, don’t forget to share your trip photos with us on the Easy Escapes Facebook Page!

 

What To Pack For Your Summer RV Trips

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RV TripThe kids are almost out of school and longer daylight hours are right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll need for your upcoming summer RV trips. You can save yourself a lot of time and energy by using a handy RV packing checklist as you prepare for your departure. A packing checklist will prevent extra trips to the store, and additional money spent on the road, by helping you to make sure you have everything you need before you pull out of the driveway.

You can print off a copy of this list to put in your RV while packing for your summer RV trips, or create your own checklist with items that are geared to your family’s needs.

 

RV Kitchen Checklist

  • Cups and mugs
  • Plates and bowls
  • Utensils
  • Knives
  • Mixing bowls and spoons
  • Pots and pans
  • Matches
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges, rags, and towels
  • Tupperware, plastic storage bags, and aluminum foil
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Condiments
  • Cooking oil

RV Bedroom Checklist

  • Sheets for each of the beds
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags

RV Activity Checklist

  • Indoor/outdoor lounge chairs
  • Books and magazines
  • Cards and games
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Pens and paper
  • Lantern
  • Firewood
  • Portable water bottles
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or visor
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack
  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes
  • Gear for your favorite outdoor activities (i.e. fishing rods, golf clubs, binoculars)

RV Bathroom Checklist

  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletry kit

RV Utility & Safety Checklist

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Utility scissors
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Ropes
  • Shovel
  • Water hose
  • Tool kit
  • Road Flares
  • Trash and recycling containers or bags
  • Leveling blocks
  • Extra washers
  • Propane
  • Duct Tape
  • Gloves
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Light bulbs
  • Extension cord
  • Tarp

If you use a packing list like this one, you’ll feel a lot more relaxed on your summer RV trips. You can spend more time enjoying the outdoors with your family without having to drive around to find a local store that has what you may have forgotten.

15 RV Features You Can’t Live Without

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rv featuresMake a list of your “must-have” RV features if you are thinking of buying a pre-owned RV. Once you have decided on whether a Class A, Class B or Class C RV is the right choice for you and your family, a list of the RV features you can and can’t live without will come in handy. If you are buying pre-owned, you may have to make a few concessions, but most professional dealers will work hard to help you find an RV with the features that best suit your needs.

Must-Have RV Features

  1. Shower Door. Having a shower door instead of a shower curtain in the bathroom will make your life much easier. Since RVs have small showers, you are pretty much guaranteed to have a soaking wet floor if all you have is a shower curtain. The door makes the difference!
  1. GPS Unit. No real explanation needed here. If you are on the road and visiting new places, this will prevent unintentional detours and countless arguments about directions.
  1. Back Up and Side Camera. Back up and side cameras are incredibly useful, especially if you are first-time RV owner who isn’t all that used to driving a large RV.
  1. Climate Control. On those hot summer days, you will want AC to make your RV comfortable. On cold nights, you just might want to turn on the heat. Even on most baseline RV feature packages, you will find heating and cooling.
  1. Countertop Extensions. Additional counter space is always useful. Look to see if the RV you’re interested in comes with countertop extensions.
  1. Adjustable and Removable Shelves. Adjustable shelves are a great feature to have if you plan to take RV trips of varying lengths. You may not always need to use all of the shelves, so you can remove them and use the space for other things if needed. Plus, they make for easy cleaning and repair.
  1. Linoleum, Vinyl, Or Laminated Wood Floors. Carpet never holds up well in heavy traffic areas. Besides, having an RV is all about spending time in the great outdoors. At some point you will track dirt, sand, or other debris into the RV. Linoleum, vinyl, or laminated wood will make clean up much easier.
  1. Big Windows and Skylights. Big windows offer larger, more sweeping views.
  1. Electric Fireplace. OK, so this may not be a “must-have” feature, but it sure is cozy on cool fall nights.
  1. Awning. An awning creates a welcoming atmosphere outside of your RV. This feature is important if you like to entertain outdoors and it comes in quite handy when it’s raining.
  1. Slide Outs. Want to make your RV larger with just the push of a button? With slide outs you can do exactly that. Once you are parked at your campsite, just extend your slide outs for more space inside.
  1. Generator. If you visit a primitive campground that doesn’t have electric hook-ups or if the electricity happens to go out, you have a back-up plan.
  1. Satellite Radio. Satellite radio is a nice feature to have when on the road. No more fussing with the radio dial every couple of hours as stations fade in and out of range.
  1. Heated Seats. When temperatures drop down in the cooler months of the year, heated seats are so nice to have. Even when the weather isn’t cool, they can be a bonus to have if your back tends to get sore.
  1. Dishwasher. Do you want to spend your RV trips in the kitchen washing dishes or enjoying your adventures? Enough said.

Have questions about the pre-owned RV features that are available? Trying to decide which ones are worth having given the types of trips you plan to take? Contact Easy Escapes RV at (239) 302-3789.

5 Ways To Keep Kids Entertained On An RV Trip

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RV Trip Ideas For KidsKeeping the kids entertained on a summer RV trip can seem challenging at times, but if you take a little time to plan ahead, you might be surprised by the outcome. We put together a list that only includes activities which don’t involve electronic devices. Why? Because an RV trip is the perfect time to re-ignite your family’s imagination while reminding them that a break from technology can be good thing.

These RV trip activity ideas are intended to inspire creativity and encourage learning. In addition, most of these ideas will work for kids at a variety of age levels.

  1. RV Road Trip Scavenger Hunt. You can either make a list of scavenger hunt items that you think kids might spot along your route, or you can download and print a pre-made travel scavenger hunt list.
  1. Summer Mad Libs. Kids can have fun on an RV trip and improve language skills at the same time. Just print off multiple copies of these summer mad libs before you head off on your summer RV adventure.
  1. Design Postcards. Buy pre-stamped blank postcards (you can get them at your local post office), and have kids decorate them while on the road using crayons, colored pencils, or markers. Another option is to purchase postcards at a variety of stops on your route, and then have children write to friends and relatives.
  1. Travel Log or Journal. Help kids recollect their favorite parts of your summer RV trip by putting together a travel log or travel journal for them before you head off on your adventure. Ask them to record interesting things they learned, what they saw, special places they visited, and anything else that made an impression.
  1. Magnetic Activity Board. Create an instant activity board by recycling a cookie sheet. Buy a variety of magnetic letters and shapes so that kids can have fun decorating the cookie sheet. If the cookie sheet is dark enough, you can also bring along a few sticks of chalk so that kids can draw on the cookie sheet too.

Now that you have new ideas on ways to keep the kids entertained on an upcoming summer RV trip, you should also check to be sure that all of your routine RV maintenance tasks have been taken care of.

Contact Easy Escapes RV at 239-302-3789 if you are considering upgrading to a different pre-owned RV model or if you’d like information on consigning your current RV.

Don’t Buy A Pre-Owned RV Without Reading This!

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Pre-owned RVBuying a pre-owned RV over a new RV makes sense for many reasons, including the amount of money you save on depreciation. However, if you’re new to the world of RVing, you should have a good understanding about the different types of RVs so that you can make an educated decision on which type makes the most sense for your lifestyle and needs. Of course, there are pre-owned RV professionals (like the team at Easy Escapes RV) who can help guide you through the process, but it also helps to ask yourself a few important questions before you visit an RV consignment company or RV dealer.

Ask Yourself These Pre-Owned RV Questions

  • Who Do I Plan To Travel With? Do you have a sizable family that will travel along with you, or will it be just you and your spouse on the open road? Answering this question will help determine the size of pre-owned RV that will be best.
  • How Long Will My Trips Be? Do you plan to simply take weekend RV trips or are excited about the thought of taking the entire summer to travel across the country? Once you have an idea of the duration of most trips you’ll be taking, you can work with a Florida RV consignment company or RV dealer to narrow down your pre-owned RV options.
  • What Type Of RV Is Best? An RV consignment company like Easy Escapes RV will usually have a number of different RV makes and models in inventory. There are Class A, Class B, and Class C RVs or motorhomes. Know the difference between the classes, and work with an expert who can guide you towards the right RV for your lifestyle.

Class A, Class B, Or Class C RV?

  • Class A RV – Among the largest, most spacious motorhomes on the market. These homes on wheels feature many luxurious amenities. Class A’s are very well appointed for taking long distance trips with a sizeable family.
  • Class B RV – Often referred to as a camper van. These motorhomes offer similar features to the Class A RVs in a smaller package. Class B RVs are a good choice for 2 to 3 passengers and trips that span a few weeks at a time.
  • Class C RV – Fit in between a Class A and Class B. Class C motorhomes are popular with the rental crowd, are fairly easy to drive, and can range in size from 22 to 31 feet in length. Class C RVs work well for long weekend trips or those that last several weeks.

Want to find the right RV for you and your family? Call Easy Escapes RV in Naples, FL at (239) 302-3789 or use our online contact form. We are here to help make the RV buying process simple.

Experience RV Camping At These National Parks

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rv camping yellowstoneIf you’re ready to start planning your summer RV camping trips, but need ideas on places to go, you should consider our National Park Service parks. Our National Parks include some of the most scenic RV camping locations available on public land. Millions of visitors come to the U.S. each year to experience the beauty that our National Parks have to offer though, so just be sure to make your RV camping reservations in advance.

National Parks With RV Camping

  1. Yosemite National Park (CA). Yosemite National Park is famed for its ancient sequoia trees, waterfalls, and granite cliffs. The park itself spans nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada of California. If you’ve never paid a visit to Yosemite, make plans to do it this summer. Seven of Yosemite’s 13 campgrounds are on a reservation system and can accommodate RVs of varying lengths.
  1. Yellowstone National Park (WY). Considered the world’s first national park, Yellowstone has a total of 12 campgrounds that include over 2,000 campsites. Explore mountains, stroll through the trees, and watch the Old Faithful geyser erupt right before your eyes.
  1. Zion National Park (UT). Hiking, biking, and backpacking are popular with visitors who marvel at the red sandstone cliffs of Utah’s Zion National Park. Reservations are recommended from mid-March through November if you want to be assured that you will have an RV camping spot.
  1. Rocky Mountain National Park (CO). Rocky Mountain National Park features some of the highest mountains in the continental United States, and a diverse range of outdoor activities to choose from — such as fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and hiking. There are five campgrounds within Rocky Mountain National Park that are open during the summer months; however, all five have limits on RV length. Plan your trip in advance, and be sure to check RV length limits at each of the campgrounds.
  1. Grand Canyon National Park (AZ). Take a river rafting trip, admire herds of bighorn ram, or take in majestic views of the canyon on a rim trail hike. Grand Canyon National Park has one RV campground that offers full hook-ups. That campground is located in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. Trailer Village is a concessioner operated RV park with full hook-ups.
  1. Denali National Park (AK). Experience Alaska by paying a visit to Denali National Park — just make sure you come prepared for the weather and wildlife. Within Denali National Park and Preserve there are six campgrounds of varying distance from the entrance to the park. You can camp for a total of 14 days per year in Denali’s campgrounds, and there are a limited number of sites that may accommodate RVs up to 40-feet in length.
  1. Shenandoah National Park (VA). The 200,000 acres of protected lands within Shenandoah National Park are home to white-tailed deer, black bears, bobcats, and over 35 fish species. While Shenandoah National Park doesn’t have a campground specifically for RVs, it does have three campgrounds that will accommodate large RVs.

You may also like our article: 5 of the Best Naples RV Resorts

Ready to take an RV camping trip to one of America’s most famous National Parks, but don’t have an RV yet? Contact Easy Escapes RV to make an appointment to view our pre-owned RV inventory today.

Class A RV for Sale – New on the Lot

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Pre-owned Class A RV’s for Sale, Florida

Class A RVs for SaleAre you searching online for used, class A RV’s for sale in Florida? Easy Escapes RV can help you find the perfect pre-owned class A RV for sale. If you’re looking for used RV’s for sale online or in Naples, Punta Gorda Ft. Meyers, Sarasota Easy Escapes is here to help you find your dream RV!

 

 

 

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