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 Riverside.mobile-rv-awnings

  • 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.

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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.

Tips for Buying a Used RV

Buying a used RV presents an excellent opportunity for RVers to defray some of the many expenses associated with owning a rig such as gas, maintenance, insurance, lot fees, taxes and licenses. But how do you purchase a used RV that will help you save money without causing you to inherit someone else’s four-wheel headache? Here are some tips for acquiring a previously owned RV that is just right for you.

 

  • Know what you want: Determine first what you are looking for in an RV. Ask yourself questions such as how frequently you will be driving. If you plan to drive often you may prefer a high-mileage, “Class A” type of vehicle.
  • Do your homework: This is the next step after knowing what kind of RV you are looking for. Scour online and offline ads, publications, trade shows and local dealerships. You may even consider renting a RV before you decide to buy.
  • Determine the fair market value: Once you’ve chosen a RV you like, you can easily determine its fair market value by using the National Automobile Dealers Associations (NADA) Guides for RVs. Simply visit the site, enter the make, model, year and other details for a used RV and get an estimate of its fair market value.
  • Find out the RV’s history: For around $25 you can purchase a vehicle history report from several online sites including rvchecks.com and autocheck.com. You can do so by visiting these kinds of sites and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and simply ordering the report. The data that will be provided will include accident history, whether the vehicle has been rebuilt or was stolen as well as recall notices.
  • Inspect the RV: Make sure that the vehicle you are considering purchasing is safe to drive. Make a checklist for yourself and include items such as the condition of the vehicle’s tires, brakes, engine, steering wheel, etc.
  • Check for structural problems: Look for water damage, holes or cracks in the walls or floor, leaks, etc. Also, check the condition of the propane tank and its hoses.

Finally, our RV awnings Inland Empire sees many happy RV owners each year eagerly heading out on the road in their rigs. Some of these RVers are in new rigs while others have purchased pre-owned RVs that have become their second home. This spring, whether you have a new or used RV, consider RV awning replacement in San Diego from our company.

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Tips for Choosing the Best Air Conditioner for your RV

For RV owners there are few things that are more comfortable than sitting beneath the cooling shade of an awning in the warm, summer sun. However, RV owners know that as temperatures rise, things can get quite toasty on the inside of their home away from home. Not willing to sacrifice comfort for the freedom of exploring the open road, this presents a challenge for RV owners who want to make their second home as comfortable as their main domicile. This is why we at Mobile RV awnings in San Diego, would like to offer some tips on making your RV as comfortable as it can be on these soon to come warm summer days.

 

Some Basic Information

 

You should first know your cooling needs before purchasing an air-conditioner for your RV. Obviously, you don’t want to buy an air-conditioner that is too weak as this will make for many uncomfortable trips in your RV. On the other hand, you don’t want to purchase a more powerful (and thus more expensive) unit than is necessary to cool off your rig. Therefore, before you buy an air-conditioner for your RV, it is a good thing to know how many BTUs you will require. A BTU (British Thermal Unit) is defined in the HVAC industry as the amount of heat needed to raise 1 (one) pound of water by 1(one) degree Fahrenheit. The amount of BTUs you will need from your air-conditioner will depend on the square footage of your RV. For example, a large RV may require an 18,000 BTU air-conditioner. Most air-conditioners will have a chart attached to them so that you can match square feet, room size, etc. with BTUs.

 

Kinds of RV Air Conditioner Units

Rooftop units are the most common type of RV air-conditioner. This is because many people have discovered that they are particularly efficient at converting the heat in their rig into cooler air. (Remember that heat rises, while cooler air falls.) However, while rooftop units are the most commonly used type of air-conditioner, there are other kinds.

 

  • Vent Free Portable Air Conditioner: Designed for smaller RVs, these units cool the air by using evaporated water that is released into the dry air. This in turn quickly chills the RV.
  • RV Window Air Conditioner: The advantages to window units are that they are easier to install than rooftop units and are more compact.
  • Portable RV Air Conditioner: This kind of air-conditioner uses hoses and a compressor to cool off an RV. The main disadvantage to this type is that they can take up a lot of space.

 

Finally, our RV awnings offer great protection from the heat of the sun and its damaging UV rays when you are outside but there is nothing like a functioning air-conditioner to cool off underneath when you are indoors.

RV Interior Design Ideas

Have you worked long and hard in order to save enough to buy your dream RV only to be rewarded by what is a bland and uninspired interior? Well, despite what some people believe, RV interiors do not all have to be dull and unimaginative. Once it’s off the lot it’s your chance to have some fun with the interior and make it truly look like home and not like it came off an assembly line. Here at Mobile RV awnings in San Diego we’ve seen where RV owners’ imaginations and style can take them. We’ve seen RVs elevated from simple cookie cutter design features to the cozy domiciles they should be. Here are a few of our suggestions for style minded owners who wish to add some flare and livability to their RVs.

 

In general some things you may wish to do to in order to stylize you RV’s interior are:

 

  • Paint the woodwork and cabinets
  • Replace cabinet and other interior hardware
  • Put down tile
  • Add a slipcover to the couch
  • Paint the walls
  • Add new bathroom and kitchen fixtures
  • Add store-bought or even homemade curtains
  • Paint the ceiling fan
  • Add vinyl decals to the wallsRV_Interior.png

 

Of these let’s begin with painting the interior. Consider using bright colors and fun patterns to make your living space more vibrant and alive. Also, you can apply these same or complementing patterns and colors to slipcovers, curtains, pillows, blankets, etc. The sky really is the limit when it comes to adding a touch of color to your mobile living space. Next, consider making a theme when decorating your RV’s interior. What are your interests, tastes and hobbies? Different themes such as Western, nautical or vintage can add a sense of uniqueness to your RVs interior and can demonstrate your individuality to your guests. Personal item you can add to your RVs interior are pictures and artwork. Nothing says “this is my place” more than mementos and family photos. Put in a shelf and add to it collectibles for that extra touch that uniquely identifies your RV as home. Specific personal items you can add include plants, candles, rugs, pillows and covers, etc. Some RV owners even add an electric space heater that looks like a fireplace.

 

Finally, there really is no reason for your RV’s interior to look like everyone else’s. To further add to the attractiveness of your mobile home, we have
that are eye-catching and functional so that they complement the look of your RV.

Best Apps for RV Owners

Smartphones and tablets go hand in hand with people who travel often. They are portable, convenient and they allow us to have a whole world of information at our fingers tips all without being tethered to our homes. This is why the developers of apps have made available to motorist of all kinds – including us RVers – apps that are indispensable in today’s world of information and convenience. Here are some the apps that we have found most useful for today’s RVers.

  • Google Maps: Chances are you already have this app on your mobile device so you probably don’t think much about it but it has many useful functions. It can keep you apprised of traffic conditions, road construction, accidents, etc. Moreover, its map is supported in over 220 countries.media-998990_640
  • Sani Dumps: Available on iTunes and Google Play, this app lets RVers know where there are convenient places to dump their holding tanks. It also gives RVers valuable information about price, hours and contact information.
  • Weather Radio: This app keeps RVers apprised of weather events using detailed graphics and radar maps.
  • Oh, Ranger! Park Finder: This app helps RVers locate parks, campgrounds and RV camps using a searchable database that contains every national and state park in the U.S.
  • Gas Buddy: Available for free on Google Play and iTunes, this app shows the cheapest gas options near your location. This allows you to save gas. The user simply enters his/her zip and city in order to find the lowest gas prices. As an added perk, Gas Buddy also gives users a chance to win gas money by sharing accurate gas information with others.
  • Wal-Mart Parking App: Need to park overnight and don’t wish to or are unable to pay? This app locates the Wal-Mart nearest your location that offers f
    ree overnight parking. It even provides contact information so that you are able to confirm their overnight parking policy yourself.
  • Free Zone WiFi: This free WiFi locator can instantly give users access to over 5 million hotspots. Use it and never have to be worried about being able to connect your mobile devices to the web while you are on the road.

There you have it. These and other apps will make sure that you can enjoy being on the road in your RV without losing the convenience of modern technology. Developers are learning that this market is as technology hungry as nearly eve
ry other segment of our society. Just remember that before you download the latest app for RVing to make a quick equipment check of your rig. Are your tires properly inflated? Are your tanks in excellent shape? Are your awnings in good condition? If not stop by our store where we sell RV awnings in San Diego.

Severe Winter Weather Tips for RVers

As many RVers in our area will be parking their RVs for the winter, many others will be venturing out into others parts of the region – such as Northern California and the Oregon Border – and other parts of the country where they will likely encounter the extreme weather that is often a companion to this time of year. In previous posts we’ve given tips on storing your RV during the winter so as to protect it against cold weather, but for those who do venture out into the more snow-prone parts of this country this may not be enough. So that you and your family can stay safe while enjoying the beauty of this season, here are some tips for making it through exceptionally severe winter weather.

 

  • Inspect your awning before traveling: Know the load your awning can bear before traveling into snow-prone areas of the country. Do not count on a damaged or worn RV to protect you during a storm. Retract your awning in cases where winds exceed 30 to 50mph. At Mobile RV awnings in San Diego, we can provide you with a durable awning that will provide your family with more than adequate protection against the elements.

 

  • Seek shelter: In the case of blizzards, storms and the like, your RV may not provide adequate protection for your family no matter how new it or its awning is. In these cases, seek more substantial shelter such as a large-span building like a grocery store, gas station, or Wal-Mart if this is your only choice.

 

  • Make sure your RV has adequate heating: This includes things such as a portable back-up heater or vent-free propane heater, as emergency heating in the event you are snowed in someplace. Carry these items in addition to your main heating source for a greater sense of well-being.

 

  • Stay alert: Carry a weather radio or download an app that lets you stay informed of weather events in the area where you will be traveling. The best protection you can provide your family and property is to stay one step ahead of severe weather.

 

  • Pack wisely: Pack extra blankets, quilts, a comforter, an emergency kit and other supplies that may be needed should the worst happen and you are snowed in.

 

Our final piece of advice is to exercise good judgment when traveling into areas where winter weather may be a problem. With our RV awnings in San Diegowinter-1695854_640, we provide you with some protection against the elements. However, the best protection for your family is common sense. When facing potentially dangerous weather, remember to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Signs it may be Time to Replace your RV Awning

Nothing lasts forever especially the things we wish could. When it comes to an accessory as useful as an RV awning, it would be helpful if one could be bought that one would last indefinitely. However, things happen and awnings are damaged by the passage of time, bad weather, accidents, etc. That is when a replacement is needed. But how do you know when you’ve clung onto your awning for too long? How do you know when it’s time to stop hoping against hope that your awning will last forever? Here are some signs that you may need a mobile RV awning replacement in Riverside.

The awning is hard to close: If it becomes difficult to close your awning by using a crank, then there is something wrong. This problem indicates that there may be problem with the hardware e.g., the cranking mechanism. Opening and closing your awning should be an easy, simple procedure.

The awning is difficult to control: Even when an awning is relatively easy to open, it should also be easy to adjust. Are you able to adjust the pitch of your awning without difficulty? Not being able to do so could result in it being susceptible to rain damage for example.

The fabric is damaged: Are there rot, mildew or spots present on your awning? These conditions can damage the fabric of your awning and cause it to rip, tear or fray. In this case, the awning becomes unsightly as well as non-functioning.

Hardware damage is visible: Awnings that have visible damage such as warping, corrosion or dents, can not only be unsightly, they can also potentially collapse creating a hazard for owners. Inspect your awning and its hardware regularly and if you spot such damage visit us to purchase a mobile RV awning replacement in Riverside.

Your awning shows excessive wear: Over time the elements will naturally take their toll on your awning. Rain, sun damage (UV) and snow buildup are just a few things that can cause holes, tear, fraying and dulling to your awning. You can protect your awning from the elements to a certain degree by retracting it during inclement weather, but time takes its toll on everything. If your awning isn’t looking as fresh and new as it did before you may wish to consider purchasing a new one.

Hopefully, using these tips will help you to extend the life of your awning and also help you to be able to judge when replacing it is the wisest option. Replacement as an option is easier, closer and quicker than you may think with Mobile RV Awnings.

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