Holiday RV Vacation Travel Tips for the Budget Minded

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As an RVer you know that there are associated expenses – including campground fees, gas, etc – that must at some point be added to the cost of traveling the open road. However, there are also as many opportunities to save when traveling by RV as there are expenses associated with this wonderful lifestyle. Here are some of our best tips, tricks, and ideas for cheap road trips.

  • Shop around: If you are renting an RV, then this could be your first opportunity to save on the cost associated with living the RV lifestyle. Consider using a site like KOA’s RV Services Directory to help you make a sound choice. Also, you should factor into your monthly payments the costs of insurance and the fact that you will likely have to put down at least one deposit.
  • Try the “boondocking” option: For you rookies out there, “boondocking” is the practice of dry-camping or parking your RV in a place that does not have a hookup. These places are usually free. These include Wal-Mart, casino and truck stops. If you do decide to boondock remember that you should not expect that you will be able to do so indefinitely. Usually, it is a good practice to make your stay relatively brief.
  • Cook your own meals: Eating out on a regular basis can add up after a while. You can save money and eat healthier by packing and cooking your own meals from the convenience of your RV kitchen.
  • Choose your campsites wisely: In terms of savings, campgrounds and state parks offer the best bang for your buck. You should easily be able to find campsite with hookups available for well under $30 nightly. Moreover, state parks offer many cheap and free ways to have a fun time such as hiking, fishing, nature watching, etc.
  • Find the most affordable gas you can: Even a small camper requires quite a bit of fuel to stay on the road. You can find the best gas prices all over the country by using an app such as GasBuddy or Gas Guru. These apps not only let you find the best gas prices, they also let you help others do so.holiday rv

In short, by putting just a little bit of time and effort into organization and planning, you can make your investment in your RV pay off even more by controlling vacation costs. Also, protect your investment in your RV by making sure that your awning is in good shape or by investing in replacement RV awnings. Our awning replacement service in San Diego can help make your vacation an enjoyable one by protecting you from the elements.

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Tips for Attending an RV Show

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If you’ve never been to an RV show before they can be quite overwhelming. Most shows don’t disappoint as visitors often have the chance to view thousands of RVs. The models represented at most shows can range from fairly inexpensive trailers to high-tech models that cost many thousands of dollars. So, whether you are a novice to the world of RV shows or an old pro, getting the most out of these kinds of events takes a bit of planning. We’d like to share the strategies we use to visit RV shows, see everything we came to see, and avoid congestion.

  • Research the RV show ahead of time: Often RV shows will have a show map on their website. Go to the website and pull up the map a few days in advance. This way you will know who the vendors are and you will be able to plot out the most direct course for where you wish to go.
  • Take photos with your smart phone of the RV and the model number: This way if you are looking to replace your current rig you will not get too confused with all the available choices. You might also wish to post picture to your social media accounts.
  • Ask questions! There will be many, many dealers, manufacturers, representatives and expert speakers present. That is a lot of information to process. Ask questions particularly if you are seeking to buy a new RV and consider taking notes and collecting business cards as well.rv
  • Wear comfortable shoes: Seeing a complete RV show could involve walking for hours among many acres of vehicles. Wear a comfortable pair of sneakers or a similar kind of shoe.
  • Know what you’re looking for – and what you’re willing to spend: If you are looking for something reasonably priced and cannot afford luxury models why spend too much time viewing the pricier models? Knowing what you want and how much you can spend will also prevent you from making  costly impulse buys.
  • Carefully explore the model you are considering buying: Explore the outside and inside of the model you are interested in. Are the beds comfortable? Is the kitchen workable? Also, explore the floor plan and compare across models.

Now that you know what to do, it’s time to go out and see the many models that await you. It’s time to converse with dealers and other RVers. When you do decide on a new rig remember that we have RV awnings that fit many kinds of models. We have an RV awning in Orange County that can fit many old models as well breathing new life into your current rig.

Tips for Making your RV Burglar-Proof

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Generally speaking, RVers are a tight-knit community of folks who look out for each other. Moreover, many camping grounds have pretty good security to guard against theft and vandalism. However, these facts should not make you nonchalant when it comes to protecting your RV from break-ins. There are people who are always waiting to take advantage of easy prey. It matters not to them that you worked hard to buy your rig. To help prevent you and your RV from becoming the victims of a break in, we offer you the following tips.

  • Use appropriate RV locks: When you are securing your rig not only are you securing your vehicle, you are also protecting the lives of your family. Be sure that you buy the proper locks for all windows and doors to your RV. Cylinder and pad locks are preferable. Also, make sure to purchase a boot to protect you RV’s wheels.
  • Research the area where you will be staying: Research the campground you are considering staying at before you arrive. If the park has negative reviews and is in an area plagued by crime move on.
  • Find a visible site in a well-lit area: Burglars and vandals hate well-lit places. This applies to neighborhoods, businesses and RV parks. Park in the heart of the campground so that you are near good after dark lighting.
  • Pull the curtains: Don’t let burglars get a peak at the contents of your rig. Draw your curtains to make sure potential thieves are not enticed by that new HDTV or laptop.
  • Befriend your neighboring RVers: As we said in the beginning and as every veteran knows, RVers are a tight knit group of people. Start up conversations with your neighbors. Get to know them. They can be a very helpful set of extra eyes and can warn you of danger or suspicious activity around your rig.
  • Invest in a security alert system or camera surveillance: Locks are well and good but if you want an extra layer of protection, you should consider purchasing a security system or security camera. There are many that are very affordable and can even be monitored remotely using either your Smartphone or tablet.rv

By locking up your RV carefully when camping, you can have complete peace of mind. For peace of mind and comfort, you may also wish to invest in one of our RV awnings. We have RV awnings in Riverside that will keep you safe from the elements. Have a happy and safe RVing experience from the folks at Mobile RV Awnings.

10 Easy RV Storage Ideas

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One of the biggest problems that many RVers face is lack of storage. This is particularly the case with people who own modest-sized rigs. If you are an RVer who is constantly looking for a way to reduce the clutter here are a few solutions to your space dilemmas.

  • Get rid of useless items: The first step to finding more room for the things you need is to purge your RV of things you don’t need. Go through your camper regularly and ask yourself whether you need certain items.
  • Wall mounted magnetic strips: Magnets provide an excellent means of storing kitchen utensils such as knives, scissors, spice tins, etc. Moreover, magnetic strips can even hold larger items such as metal trays and spice racks freeing up much needed cabinet space.
  • More hooks: Hooks are another way to utilize wall space. Of course, one advantage hooks have over magnets is that they can be used to hold non-metal items such as clothing, plastic cups etc.
  • Shoe organizers: Cut up a shoe organizer and attach it to the bottom of your bed to store shoes and other items. This will not only help you to keep your shoes organized, but it will also help you to reduce clutter around your bed and prevent you from stumbling over items.
  • Shower curtain organizers: These organizers provide an excellent way to store toiletries. Moreover, they also allow items to dry off helping to prevent the formation of mold.
  • Curtain rings clips: A perfect way to keep your shower products such as shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, etc., handy and organized is to attach them to your curtain ring using clips.
  • Cabinet door organizers: We all know that cabinet space in even the largest RVs can be rather limited. With door organizers you can greatly increase the number of items that can be stored in them.
  • Affix cork board on cupboard doors: Want a simple and efficient way to store your recipes? Try attaching a cork board to your cupboard door. This way you will have easy access to your recipes and prevent paper clutter.
  • Magazine racks: These handy devices are not just for storing magazines. They can also be used to store items such as toilet paper, foil/plastic wrap, important documents, etc.
  • Fruit hammocks: Hanging fruit hammocks are perfect for helping to allow fruit to ripen evenly. Plus, hammocks also free up counter and refrigerator space.rv storage

There you have it – 10 painless storage hacks courtesy of our RV awnings Inland Empire. Our replacement RV awnings can help you protect your investment and at the same time beautify your rig all year round.

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.