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.

RV Park Etiquette

Generally, RVers are a close-knit group who like to mingle with other RVers in order to share stories, tips and advice. This makes this exciting lifestyle, more convenient, stimulating and entertaining. However, there are times when RVers gather together when RVing is less than enjoyable. These times often occur in parks where some travelers forget to adhere to an unwritten code of conduct that makes RVing more enjoyable for all of us. These unwritten rules are known as RV park etiquette and every RVer should become familiar with these rules that carry over to almost every park. Knowledge of these rules increases the enjoyment we all wish to derive from this lifestyle and it helps to avoid conflict. If you are just starting out as an RVer or need to brush up on your park or campground etiquette, here are some helpful tips from Mobile RV Awnings in

  • Be a rule follower: Every park has a set a rules for camp entrants. These rules will generally involve things such as quiet hours, outdoor lighting rules, garbage disposal policies, etc. Learn and adhere to these rules in order to make the camping experience more pleasant for everyone.
  • Control your pet: Pick up after your pets, control excessive barking and howling and keep in mind that other RVers may not be particularly fond of animals.
  • Don’t invade another RVers personal space: Don’t encroach upon another RVer’s personal space by casually walking through campsites, knocking on rigs where the blinds are closed, etc. Even though parks are communal in one sense, they are also filled with individuals whose privacy must be respected.
  • Pick up after yourself: Always strive to leave a park or campground cleaner than it was before you arrived.
  • Be careful parking your rig: In some parks it is not clear how to orient your rig. Look around before you park to see how other RVs are parked. The most important thing is to give everyone enough room and to respect the privacy of other campers.
  • Keep the noise down: RVs are not known for their ability to dampen out sound. Keep all electronics such as TVs, radios, etc., at a reasonable level. Also, try not to do any late night entertaining for the comfort of people who retire early or who must be up early the next day.

In short, when in a park or campground follow the Golden Rule – ‘Do unto others are you would want done unto you’. This simple aphorism will help you to not run afoul of park operators or other RVers and will increase everyone’s overall enjoyment of this wonderful lifestyle. Happy camping from our RV awnings Inland Empire.

5 Benefits of Adding a Screen Room to Your RV

Are you in love with the outdoors but still relish in your privacy? Well, believe it or not the two are not contradictions. A screen room is a popular accessory to many RV owners because it gives them these two seemingly contradictory features. At Mobile RV awnings San Diego we not only sell patio awnings, slideout awnings and window awnings, we also have screen rooms that will give you a certain level of privacy even when you are outside among other RVers. However, screen rooms offer benefits that extend beyond simply providing more privacy for their owners. Here are just a few of these benefits:

  • Screen rooms are great bug screens: Few things can ruin an outdoor gathering faster than flying, biting insects. Mosquitoes in particular are known to carry and transmit diseases such as the West Nile and Zika Viruses, malaria, elephantiasis, dengue fever, yellow fever Screen rooms stop them in their tracks.
  • Screen rooms offer basic weather protection: A good screen room will also protect against wind, the harmful UV rays of direct sunlight and light rains. Moreover, screen rooms are easy to set up and take down as weather conditions warrant.
  • Screen rooms make excellent outdoor kitchens: Because they allow you to be outdoors, a screen room can make an excellent cooking space. They are better ventilated and can help to keep your RV free of cooking odors. Plus, let’s face it: There is something really cool about cooking outdoors.
  • Screen rooms create an extra living space: Depending on the size of your screen room, many people can be seated near your RV. It can also be an excellent place to keep a watchful eye on your pets and children.
  • Added privacy: Of course, this is one we started off with. The privacy that a screen room provides its owners is one of their biggest selling points. You can enjoy the benefits of being outside and at the same time have some protection from prying eyes in your screen room.

Finally, RV awnings are excellent additions to your mobile home but a screen room can add an extra level of protection for those of you who cherish your privacy and comfort above all else. We have screen rooms that start at very reasonable prices and that can be easily detached and added to your home according to your needs. We sell, repair and install all major brands as well.

Tips for Securing Your RV from Theft

Being the victim of a home break-in is a traumatic experience as any homeowner can tell. Immediately one feels the sense of being violated on a very personal level. But when it comes to RV owners the experience can be even more traumatizing as thieves can make off with an entire home. So what can you do to secure your RV from theft this and every other season? Here are some tips from the experts for burglar-proofing your RV.

  • Change Your Direction: Instead of backing into campgrounds try driving in front first. This will make it harder for thieves to simple hop into your RV and go.
  • Invest in strong locks: RV security begins with strong, reliable locks for your trailer, doors, and steering wheels.
  • Install motion sensor floodlights around your rig: Thieves generally avoid entering properties they believe may be occupied. Floodlights make it seem as if occupants are present even when they are not thus they discourage most thieves from even attempting a break-in.
  • Install a security system: Sophisticated security systems with alarms, motion detectors and keypads are not just for stationary homes. There are many manufacturers who sell security systems for RV owners. Invest in a good alarm system for peace of mind.
  • Get a Dog: Of course one low tech deterrent to theft comes in the form of man’s 30504164066_168f4b87bb_bbest friend. Although your dog may occasionally bark for reasons other than a stranger approaching your rig, having one tied to your property along with a “Beware of Dog” sign, is a surefire way to make RV thieves think twice about singling out your rig.
  • Eliminate temptations: Don’t make your RV and the possessions inside it easy prey for thieves. Keep valuables out of sight, lock doors and windows, and clean up your camping area. Also, draw your shades to prevent people from getting a glimpse of your valuables.
  • Camp around other people: Don’t isolate yourself when you park your rig. Thieves love to work in seclusion. Vehicles that are parked away from other vehicles are desirable targets.

In short, RVs can be particularly susceptible to theft. They are, after all, often filled with items thieves may wish to sell and they can be driven away easily. That is why Mobile RV Awnings encourages you to take the time to secure your rig and your awnings this season. Our RV awnings in San Diego are also capable of being locked to prevent thieves from making off with them.

A Guide to Spring Cleaning Your RV

Spring is slipping away from us and soon it will be summer again. If you’ve put off cleaning your RV thoroughly, now is the time to rid your rig of all that pollen, mold, dust, spores and plain old dirt that not only make it unattractive but also decrease its value and puts your family’s health at risk. So how do you begin such a massive undertaking? Here are some of our tips for cleaning not just your mobile RV awning but your entire rig.spring-cleaning

Gather your cleaning supplies: Gather together the cleaning supplies you will need including dish soap, water, bleach, a degreaser, anti-mold solution (for the awning), brushes, hoses, sponges, etc. Be careful to read labels on the commercial cleaners you decide to purchase and follow any cautionary information.

Clean the exterior: Start with the roof and body of your RV since the dirt and water will fall downward. You can either use a pressure washer or wash by hand if you wish to avoid possibly damaging your rig. Since RVs are a composite of materials, be sure to use cleaners that are appropriate for each separate material of which your rig is made. For example, use a rubber cleaner for rubber parts, metal cleaner for metal parts, etc. Next, avoid products that contain petroleum solvents or harsh abrasives as they can scratch or otherwise damage your RV. Finally, if you desire to truly give your rig a good cleaning, be sure to clean the underside as well.

Clean the interior: Cleaning the interior of an RV can be difficult so consider doing it in sections. These sections include windows, mirrors and window treatments, dashboards and upholstery, the bathroom/toilet, holding tanks and the floor.

  • Windows, mirrors and windows treatment: Use glass cleaners like Windex and/or vinegar on windows and mirrors. Hand dust or vacuum fabric curtains with care.
  • Dashboards and upholstery: Use a combination of upholstery cleaner and vacuum the dash area thoroughly.
  • Bathroom/toilet: Use bowl cleaners and disinfectants in combination with disposable towels to sanitize these areas.
  • Holding tanks: Dump and then sanitize your holding tanks and be sure to wear protective clothing while doing so.
  • Floors: Use ammonia or ammonia and water to clean vinyl, or ceramic tile floors and have carpets professionally cleaned to completely rid them of debris that may be embedded in them.

As you can see there is much work involved in thoroughly cleaning your RV. As challenging as the work may be, it is worth it to live in a clean fresh RV that is free of germs that can affect your health. Have a safe, happy spring and summer from Mobile RV awnings in Riverside.