Summer 2018 RV Emergency Roadside Essentials


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As hard as it may be for some us to believe, summer is mere weeks away. That means that many of us will be on road taking advantage of warmer weather. Unfortunately, it also means that a great number of us will find ourselves where we do not want to be – on the roadside seeking assistance for our disabled vehicles. So that you can enjoy your summer outing with your family, we have compiled a list of 5 essential items that you will need to survive an emergency.

  • Hand crank flashlight with radio and USB port: This is an excellent, multi-use tool. Hand crank flashlights require no batteries, of course, and the radio component of these handy devices can keep you apprised of weather conditions. As a precaution, you should still pack plenty of batteries with you.
  • First aid kit: No motorist should be without a first aid kit in his/her vehicle at all times. You can buy them already loaded with nearly everything you will need to handle minor injuries and sicknesses. You should also consider taking first aid courses from the American Red Cross in order to give your family greater peace of mind.

·         Extra water and non-perishable snacks: The summer sun can quickly dehydrate even the sturdiest RVer. Thus, most experts recommend that you pack at least 1 to 2 gallons per person for each person in your RV. Light snacks can give us an extra boost when we need it and are essential in emergency situations. You should consider packing dehydrated food – MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) with you on your trip.

  • Extra coolant: On the hottest days of summer it doesn’t take long for your camper to overheat leaving you in a dangerous situation such as the side of the road. Pack extra coolant with you in case your RV shows the signs of overheating. Also consider packing extra oil, transmission and brake fluid as well.
  • Space blanket/Warm clothing: Even when traveling in California in the summer, you still may need warm clothing as you head out on your vacation. The weather at higher elevations – such as the mountains – could be uncomfortably cold.summer rv

So there you have it! Those are some of the items that we recommend you carry with you as you start out on your summer vacation. You should also consider having your awning checked as well. They provide shade and protection from the elements but can scarcely do so if they are worn or damaged. Our awning replacement service in San Diego can have you up and running and ready to enjoy your summer. For an RV awning in Orange County drop by and see our selection.


Used RV Buying Tips


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From a financial viewpoint, purchasing a used RV may sound like a good idea. In fact, it can be. However, there are certain precautions you should take when taking this option that will increase the chances that your money-saving strategy will work. This way you can ensure that you will save money and still have a fine product as well. And after reading this article we hope you will have a better idea of what to look for in a used RV (and what to avoid).

  • Know where to look: There are many sources for buying used RVs on and offline. Take some time to carefully research where these places are. Know what size rig you are looking for. Know what you your needs are, etc. Try searching newspaper classified ads, social media real estate groups, local bulletin boards, and online classified websites such as Craigslist.
  • Ask questions and insist upon a test drive: In addition to asking for test-drive, you should not hesitate to ask other questions as well. For example, you will want to know about warranties, repair records, the reason the owner is selling the rig, etc. Next, when test driving the RV you should listen for noises or other problems that may arise. Finally, perform your test-drive under different roadway conditions and at different speeds to get a good idea of how it will perform after you purchase it.
  • Water damage: Water is an invincible force of nature that can even wear down stone. Therefore, RVs are no match for the damage it can cause. Carefully inspect the windows, cabinets, the floor and walls for signs of leaks and mold before buying an RV.
  • Check the VIN number: With around $25 and the RV’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) you can find out things about the rig such as what state it was made in, whether it has been involved in an accident, its repair history etc.
  • Get an inspection: Just as you would before purchasing a car, seriously consider having the RV you are about to buy inspected. An inspector can find damage that may be hidden to you and can tell you if the RV meets state safety standards. You can either download an RV inspection checklist online or you can find a professional inspector on the National RV Inspectors Association’s (NRVIA) website. 2018-06-12_1441

This information should at the very least help you to decide which criteria to use when buying a used RV. If you should buy a fixer-upper RV, consider us for RV awnings in Orange County. Attractive, durable RV awnings can be an invaluable addition to your used RV.

5 Common RV Mistakes Rookies Make


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RVing is a truly exciting and enriching experience. It is even more so when you can avoid some mistakes that can diminish your enjoyment of this activity. And even though experienced RVers make some mistakes from time to time, novices are particularly prone to erring in ways that can be disastrous. This is why as we begin the summer holiday season Mobile RV awnings would like to share with you some common mistakes rookies make when RVing for the first time.

  • Buying the wrong RV: Let’s start at the beginning. Before you even decide that the RV lifestyle is for you, get to know the kinds of rigs that are available. Know, for example, that there are large luxury models and smaller, cozier types as well. Go to RV shows, look around at the various models and types and ask current owners for their opinion.
  • Going Too Far, Too Fast: Be realistic when you plan your route. Take shorter trips at first in order to acclimate yourself to your new RV and remember to stop occasionally to relax and recharge yourself.
  • Not bringing in the awning: RV owners are proud of the way their awnings can add to the beauty of their rig. However, at the first sign of severe weather you should roll up your awning to prevent your rig from being damaged and your family from being injured. Moreover, if you have a worn awning you should consider a Mobile RV awning replacement in Riverside before heading out on vacation.
  • Not making a pre-trip checklist: Checklists can be very useful when planning a trip in an RV. They are the best way to avoid leaving something critical behind. Also, before you start out, check the inside and outside of your rig to make sure you did not overlook or forget something.
  • Being a bad campground neighbor: Campgrounds are tightly knit communities. Remember to respect and obey the rules that are posted in each park such as no blaring music or careless dumping, etc. A little consideration goes a long way and helps everyone to enjoy their vacation. rv

Finally, another way to prepare for your first extended trip in your RV is to seek advice in online forums. There you can learn about experiences others have had RVing and hopefully avoid mistakes that can be costly and even outright dangerous. Let’s all enjoy the vacation season confident that our rig is ready and our family prepared to meet the challenges of the road.

The Top 5 RV Park Beach Locations in Southern California


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“Take me Take me to the water
Summertime, Summertime
Maybe, we can fall in love
In Summertime, Summertime”
~ The Jamies 1958

Let non-RV owners scramble to book a room in hotels near the beach, we RV owners know that there are few pleasures in life as camping near the sun and the surf. And as summertime approaches that is exactly what many of us are choosing to do. All along the coast of Southern California, RVers are preparing to choose a spot near the beach and take all of it in. But what are some of the best choices when it comes to finding that perfect beach location for RVers? In this post we round up five prime RV locations along the Southern California coast for a beach vacation.
  • El Capitan Canyon and Ocean Mesa Campground in Santa Barbara: Both cater to RVers and tent camping enthusiasts. El Capitan Canyon offers fully furnished yurts, 109 park model cabins and 26 furnished safari tents. (Yurts are circular structures with domed roofs.) Ocean Mesa Campground is majestically perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Talk about a view.
  • Campland on Mission Bay: This private campground is located on the shores of San Diego’s Mission Bay. It caters to tents and RVs and has amenities such as an arcade, cafe, store, wifi, a Laundromat, a skate park and more. Additionally, it even rents water toys to families.
  • Doheny State Beach Campground: This campground has over 100 camp spots located right in Dana Point. It is even within walking distance of restaurants and kayak rentals.
  • Moro Campground: Located just across from Pacific Coast Highway, Moro Campground host 60 camping spaces reserved especially for RVs. While the campground may be far from the beach it is a very scenic walk there. Along the path are restaurants and a bar located in a historical district.
  • Dockweiler State Beach RV Park: A campground exclusively for RVs, Dockweiler State Beach Park is in the flight path of LAX Airport for you airspotters out there. Also, the park’s long paths give visitors the chance to explore the coastline of Santa Monica Bay.

Yes, what would summer be without a lovely beach vacation in your RV? RVers also have the opportunity to pack up and explore numerous locations along the coast unlike other vacationers. Of course before you head out you should check your RV awnings to make sure they are in good condition for the vacation season. Your RV awning in Orange County could be ready for repair or replacement and this is where our store comes into the picture. Inspect your awning carefully and have a nice summer.

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Tips for Getting Your RV Ready for Spring

Fortunately for those of us who live in the San Diego area winter does not take the same toll on our RVs as it takes on RVs in other parts of the country. Our winters are relatively mild in comparison to say the Midwest. However, some of us chose to put our RVs in hibernation during the winter months anyway. For those of us who have had our RVs on the inactive list for the past several months, now is the perfect time to consider reviving our rigs and heading back out on the road. Here are some tips for breathing life back into your RV so that you can enjoy 2018 in your rig.

  • Check your exterior: This includes your roof, the caulking around your windows, your doors and of course your awnings. Water can damage RVs that have been out of commission over the winter even in moderate climates like we have in San Diego. If you find your awning is worn check out our awning replacement service in San Diego for replacement RV awnings.2018-03-02_1232.png
  • Inspect your tires: Here you are looking for sidewall cracks or cracks between the treads that may become a hazard on the road. Also, be sure that your tires are inflated to the proper levels as recommended in your owner’s manual.
  • Check your batteries: Vehicle batteries that have not been used for a while always need to be checked. In fact, it is usually a good idea to remove them if you will not be using your rig for a while. Check and clean corroded terminals, connections, and battery tray before venturing out.
  • Check your LP gas system: Check to make sure that all your LP gas appliances work properly. This is crucial in ensuring that basic appliances like the microwave and roof air conditioner will function when needed.
  • Drain and flush the freshwater tank: Drain the freshwater tank and refill it with 1/4 of baking soda per 15 gallons of water. In order to flush it clean, drain and refill the tank with fresh water repeatedly. Lastly, test the water pump and water system in your RV to ensure a fresh supply of water.

In short, these precautions will give you peace of mind when you hit the road after having had your RV in deep storage. Once all systems are go you will be ready to resume your adventures in your mobile home away from home.

Emergency Items all RV Owners Should Have

Mudslides, wildfires, floods and even earthquakes have all been in the news lately. These things remind us that the unexpected and unwanted can happen at any time to anyone. However, those of us who are unprepared always suffer the brunt of the damage from such disasters. That is why it is just plain common sense if you are an RV owner to keep emergency supplies on hand in case the unexpected occurs. Here are some essential emergency supplies that all RV owners should have in their rig.

  • RV toolbox: Regardless of your mechanical abilities, your RV should always have at a minimum these supplies – socket wrench set, screw drivers, pliers, cordless drill, hammer, pocket knife, wire cutters, a saw, a tape measure, etc. These supplies can help you deal with everyday problems as well as emergency situations.
  • Roadside emergency kit: Roadside kits are essential for all motorists. At a minimum these kits should include jumper cables, a portable gas can, flashlight, flares, an air compressor, gloves, etc.
  • Portable weather radio: Most of you are probably thinking that this item is rather old fashioned in the age of mobile devices and smart phone apps. However, RVs often travel into remote areas and these kinds of devices cannot always be relied upon. A portable radio device can operate just about anywhere. Moreover, if you own a hand-cranked radio, you can increase the utility of this device.rv awnings riverside
  • First aid kit: Unfortunately, minor illnesses and injuries can quickly ruin a trip. For your own peace of mind and your family’s safety you should invest in a first aid kit. A good first aid kit should at least contain the following supplies: bandages, antiseptic and rash cream, painkillers, tweezers, scissors, eye wash, alcohol wipes, etc. First aid kits are generally inexpensive and can be purchased at a great many places on and offline.
  • Tire repair kit: A good tire repair kit is essential for fixing tires that have been damaged by nails, or some other object on the road. Make sure that your kit contains sealant, a small compressor, patches, a T-Bone Handle w/ spiral probe, T-Bone Handle w/ 6″ open eye needle, spare 6″ open eye needle, screwdriver with reversible shaft & valve core tool, hex wrench, etc.

Finally, we all like to think of the good times we will have in our RV traveling the country with our family and meeting new friends but it is also wise to prepare for unexpected situations that may await us on the road. Of course, one that thing serves as excellent protection from the elements is a strong, durable awning. Our RV awnings in Riverside give you that extra measure of protection from the elements and are attractive additions to your home. We can also repair your RV awning in Orange County.

RV Fire Safety Tips

The recent St. Thomas Fire that has steadfastly damaged property, and has ended lives has made all of us in California more mindful of nature’s destructive power. Residents of Santa Barbara County and Santa Paula have witnessed in a matter of minutes, how worldly possessions can literally go up in smoke. RV owners also face this destructive element and can attest to how devastating fire can be. So that you can be better prepared, we at Mobile RV Awnings would like to offer you the following advice on fighting and preventing a fire emergency.

  • Prepare a fire exit strategy: Take some time to inspect your rig. Consider how you will exit it in the event of a fire emergency. Know which windows are easy to open and which exits you will use. Also, one you have made a plan make sure that everyone in the family knows how to put it into practice.
  • Install fire alarms and Co2 detectors: Fire alarms and Co2 detectors are an integral part of a smart RV owner’s rig. Both save lives. Unfortunately, campers can emit several unsafe gases which can be detected by Co2 detectors. Finally, be sure to check the batteries in your fire alarms at least yearly.
  • Have fire extinguishers on hand: Experts recommend that RVers have at least three fire extinguishers. Place one in the kitchen, bedroom and outside the RV. Make sure all fire extinguishers are accessible and that each member of the family
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  • Conduct periodic safety checks: Have your camper’s wiring, propane tanks and lines checked on a regular basis. Also, check your wheels, tires and brakes as even they can cause friction which in turn can lead to fire.
  • Know how and where to turn things off: Make sure that your entire family knows how to unhook the electricity and close the propane valves.
  • Have your propane system inspected and certified yearly: Most RVers rely on propane systems to cook food and to keep the refrigerator cold. Unfortunately, propane is the single deadliest component of your rig. Be sure to check your flue before bringing your rig out of storage. Also, shut off the tanks before moving your rig. Finally, have your propane tanks inspected and certified each year.

Hopefully, you will never face a fire emergency of any kind but it pays to be cautious when it comes to your family. After all, things can be replaced people cannot be. And for RV awning replacement in San Diego we are among the most convenient and affordable. Buy an RV awning in Orange County to completely outfit your rig for the season.

RV Christmas Decoration Ideas

Christmas is nearly upon us and once again we RV owners are faced with the challenge of decorating our rigs in a way that is festive and eye-catching. The main problem here is that with an RV there is not as much room to work with as there is with traditional, stationary homes. But of course, simply because we RV owners do not have as large a palate for our Christmas decorations as there is with traditional homes does not mean that we should be excluded from all the holiday cheer. Here are some tips for making your RV stand out this holiday season.

  • Create a mini light show: Where would Christmas be without some kind of light display around your home? Icicle lights, pop-up decorations and even multicolored lights to decorate the trim of your RV are all items that will help make your rig tastefully stand out from the others.
  • Wreaths and Garland: These must have Christmas decorations are festive, fun and can be hung in a variety of places in and outside your rig. Try hanging them from your awning as well.
  • Window decals: One of the simplest ways to decorate your RV is by using windows decals. Decals can of course be purchased at many stores but creating them can also
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  • Ribbons and bows: These can be hung inside your rig or outside for a fun, festive way to show your holiday cheer.
  • Fishing line: Try using fishing line to hang up bulbs and other ornaments in the windows and doorway of your rig.
  • Mini-trees: Charlie Brown had something when he brought back his sapling to the Peanuts gang. Christmas trees do not have to be enormous to be decorated in a tasteful and ornate manner. Place little trees in and around your rig to brighten up your RV.

In other words, there is no reason for RV owners to miss out on the fun of Christmas. With a little creativity, your rig can give stationary homes a run for their money. Just be sure that to observe all the rules of the campground where you are parked and that your rig is intact. Our RV awnings in Riverside can help make your rig look more attractive as well. Also, if you need a mobile RV awning replacement in Riverside we can provide you with a new, durable awning as well.

Best Places for RVing

Last time on this blog we listed some truly awful places for RVing. We talked about crowded parks, winding roads, dangerous paths and everything else that can make the most devout RV regret having purchased their rig. This time we would like to acknowledge those places all across America that make RVers glad they are addicted to this lifestyle. We would like to acknowledge those campgrounds that go the extra mile and make RVers truly feel at home among the outdoors. Last time we cursed the darkness by listing crummy RV destinations. This time we would like to light a candle by listing the fun, wonderful sites that await campers.

  • Mill Creek Ranch Resort: Located 60 miles east of Dallas, Texas, Mill Creek is surrounded by rolling hills, trees and streams for a picturesque view of that area. RVers who are lucky enough can park next to a lakeside or tree lined scenery. Moreover, the park is in close proximity to First Monday Trade Days. This is a market with hundreds of vendors who can supply visitors with just about every luxury they desire.
  • Springs at Borrego: Located 2 hours from San Diego, Borrego RV resort contains a 9-hole champion golf course, an astronomy park, a saltwater swimming pool, tennis courts and many other amenities.
  • Crater Lake National Park, Oregon: This Oregon campground offers sites for as little as $31. The camp offers amenities such as drinking water, flush toilets, showers, electric hookups, and even laundry facilities
  • Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina: For nature lovers this park is ideal. Wild life is in abundance and can be viewed from the park and the northern end of the camp is near the ocean. Moreover, each site has electrical and water hookupCamper Motorhome Travel Van Mountains Rvs.
  • Zion River Resort, Utah: More than just a park, this resort boasts stunning scenery and amenities such as full hook-ups, grills, and even free Wi-Fi for people who do not wish to be too far from civilization.
  • Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort – Hilton Head, South Carolina: Boasting amenities like tennis and basketball courts, Hilton Head Island Motorcoach is a luxury resort as distinguished from an ordinary campground so prepare to be pampered. Rates start at about $70 per night.

Yes, with these destinations RVers can enjoy the outdoors while still being able to access some of the finer things in life. However, before you head out this fall/winter make sure that your RV is in top condition including its awning. Our RV awnings Inland Empire can make sure that you have a durable and attractive awning to protect you from the elements. People depend on our RV awning in Orange County for just these qualities – attractiveness, durability and practicality.

6 Places Experienced RV Goers Know to Avoid

Be it crowded parks, congested highways, crazy streets or steep, winding roads there are definitely places where experienced RVers avoid like the plague. As a public service to those of you who are relatively new to the world of RVing, we at Mobile RV Awnings, would like to give you a heads up about some of the truly awful places to avoid.


  • Downtown San Francisco, California: Even for drivers of smaller vehicles, the extreme grades (some as high at 31.5%) of San Francisco can be a challenge. For drivers of larger vehicles such as RVs, the hills are an absolute nightmare. Lombard and Filbert streets are particularly hazardous. Our best advice is to avoid the streets of San Francisco completely.
  • Tuweep, Grand Canyon: Though the view is beautiful as it is in most parts of the Canyon, this location is a bad place for RVs. For one thing, the campground does not have water and for another the towing services can be as high as $2,000.
  • Death Valley National Park: California and Nevada: If searing heat as high as 110death-valley isn’t enough of a deterrent for RVing here, there is also a startling lack of amenities in Death Valley National Park. Moreover, few of the sites have electrical hookups for your AC unit and without it you will face unbearable heat.
  • Everglades National Park: Florida: Humidity, heat and billions of mosquitoes which come out early in the day and late in the afternoon, making this otherwise beautiful location a tough spot for RVers. Tip: If you insist on going you may wish to visit in late fall or early winter.
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve: Alaska: On the other end of the weather extreme is Gates of the Arctic National Park. However, all year round cold weather is not the only reason to avoid this location. The Park also has poor access, no trails, no campsites almost no RV amenities and no roads. Finally, predators are on the prowl there in the summer.
  • Dalton Highway, Alaska: Also known as the “haul road,” Dalton Highway twists and turns for 414 miles and is poorly paved. Additionally, the highway is so dangerous that helicopters routinely look for accidents along the path.


In short, RVing is a wonderful experience as long as RVers avoid certain locations. RVers can also increase their enjoyment of the road by making sure that their rig is in tip top condition before venturing out onto the road. We can provide you with Mobile RV awnings in San Diego that are durable and that are attractive. This and knowledge of the places to avoid can help improve your vacation experience.