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Luxury motor home maintenance articles and tips.

Costs of Having Your Motorhome Professionally Detailed VS. Doing It Yourself

The internals of your motorhome are its most important aspect; after all, if there’s something wrong with the engine, you’re not getting anywhere. However, how your rig looks on the outside is very important, too. You want to make a good impression to everyone else, and a clean and good-looking exterior can instill a sense of pride in the eager RV owner. So, if you’re looking to add some polish to your motorhome, you’ll have to consider whether you want to do it yourself or let the professionals handle it. Here are the factors you’ll want to consider.

Doing It Yourself: The Price

As with doing anything, doing it yourself is going to be cheaper. Naturally, the price is going to completely vary, depending on how you want to go about detailing your car. But, the upside here is that you get to choose all your cleaning supplies by hand, and it’s up to you how much you’d like to spend. If you have time, you’ll be able to compare different cleaning supplies and make an educated choice based on your finances. You should be able to make all your purchases for under a hundred dollars, but again, that depends on how fancy you want to get. For example, an extendable-reach brush is going to cost more than getting on a stepladder.

Having a Professional Do It: The Price

Quite obviously, you’ll have to put up with some additional costs if you decide to hire someone else to detail your car. Consider, though, what you’re paying for: the use of tried-and-true cleaning supplies, and more importantly, the experience of the crew you trust with your rig. Keep in mind, however, that not all cleaning companies will be very flexible with prices and options. While a detailer may offer bundles or packages, you may not have as much flexibility with what you want done than if you were to do it yourself. In the end, you’ll probably spend anywhere from $5 to $15 per foot of your coach.

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Doing It Yourself: The Work

Detailing an RV yourself, or with enlisted help from a friend or family member, is going to take work. Depending on how in-depth you want to get, you’ll be polishing, maybe even applying a new paint job, and that’ll take elbow grease. As you know, there’s a lot of surface area to the exterior of your coach, and you’re going to want to cover as much of that as possible. But if you’re willing to devote a day – or maybe even an entire weekend or more – to the work, and you know what you’re getting into, then that’s the choice you can make.

Having a Professional Do It: The Work

The beauty in hiring outside help to do your detailing work is that you can just drop your rig off and take your mind off of it. If you ever want to check in and see how the work is coming, you can drop in or call. The added benefit of hiring a professional to do it, again, is that these crews know exactly what they’re doing.

Doing It Yourself: The End Result

The end result, if you choose to do it by yourself, will depend completely on you and the amount of time you put into polishing your motorhome. If you’re inexperienced, you may regret not having taken the job to professionals, and you may even end up paying more for a restoration due to your mistakes.

Having a Professional Do It: The End Result

Depending on how much you spend, you can be relatively assured that the result will please you. After all, so the team you hire have probably done this many times, and they know their way around a waxer. This is their business, so they’re not looking to do a poor job.

All told, your decision will probably come down to one point: the time involved in detailing your RV versus the money you spend on having it done professionally. Shop around your local detailers to see how much they charge, and pop into the local supermarket to see what detail kits are offered. Then, you’ll really be able to make an informed decision.

Tips For Maintaining and Replacing Your Motorhome’s Tires

When you’re living on wheels, the lives of your tires are imperative. The wheels of your motorhome need to be properly maintained at all times, as well as replaced upon suggested recommendations. Since the conditions that you’re driving on are likely to be quite different than your everyday vehicle, wheel and tire maintenance for your rig need special considerations.

Stay safe on the road and follow these tips for maintaining and replacing your motorhome’s tires.

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Check Tires Routinely & Before Trips

Before you start up the ignition and hit the road, be sure to check your tires before a trip of any type. If your rig has been stored for an extended period of time, any number of issues could occur without you knowing. Therefore, properly examine all parts of your motorhome before you go on your next adventure.

Keep Your Rig Stored In A Controlled Climate

Feel extra-safe each time you park your motorhome by storing it in a controlled climate. While some outdoor storage units may be less expensive, keep in mind that you’ll be better protecting your investment with better storage options. In addition, motorhome storage with concierge services will keep an eye on your wheels and make sure that they are always in the best condition.

Know The Terrain

Planning a trip that includes rough terrain? Your motorhome tires may need additional maintenance before you hit the road. By having the forethought of the type of terrain you’ll be driving on, you can ensure that your tires are ready for the road ahead.

Know What To Look For

If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s always best to trust your rig to a professional. However, it’s also always a good idea to know the ins-and-outs of your rig for yourself. For example, check the sidewalls of the tires and the tread area to ensure they are in good shape. You can also check the valves and caps, as well as any additional extensions, to make sure they are fitted properly.

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Don’t Travel On Inferior Wheels

The cost of new wheels may be an unanticipated expense, but remember that your tires are the foundation for the investment into your motorhome. By traveling on inferior wheels, or tires that are damaged, you increasing the likelihood of damaging your rig.

Use The Same Tires

Just as you shouldn’t use inferior tires, it’s also important to stay away from driving on varying wheels as well. Your motorhome will ride more smoothly on tires from the same manufacturer, which is something to keep in mind when it comes time to replacing your old wheels.

The wheels of your motorhome may be one of the most valuable parts of your rig. However, your tires may not get the same type of attention and love that you offer towards your interior. To make sure that your rig stays on the road and that you are riding safely, consider these tips for maintaining and replacing your motorhome’s tires.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

Keeping Your Motorhome Smelling Fresh

There are plenty of odors lingering in your motorhome. Even if you’ve grown accustomed to the smell, just imagine the scents that may be off-putting to others. Whether it’s the rotten food that you left in the fridge, or remnants left in the bathroom in the back of the rig, the list goes on for items that are sure to make your motorhome smell poorly.

While some of these odors may be normal, and therefore difficult to get rid of, there is plenty that you can do to make your motorhome smell great. The better your rig smells, the more you are sure to enjoy using it. And for those that love to entertain, your guests will surely be thankful that you were considerate of how things smell as well.

Regain control of your rig and consider these tips for keeping your motorhome smelling fresh.

Clean Your Motorhome Like You Would Your House

Just because your motorhome isn’t as big as your house, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care for it with as much diligence. Therefore, make sure that you are taking the time to clean your rig as frequently as you would your home. If you’re on the road and using the kitchen, clean it after each meal you prepare. Before you store your rig for the winter, purge the fridge and cabinets of food that may spoil and attract rodents. By cleaning your motorhome, you can get rid of smells and odors that would otherwise linger.

Keep Your Motorhome Ventilated

Even the largest of motorhomes aren’t all that big. With such confined space, there isn’t a lot of room for odors to disperse and instead they will linger in place. In order to prevent this, keep windows and doors open when possible. The more that you keep your motorhome ventilated, the better air will flow throughout the entire unit. This will help to eliminate bad smelling odors from lingering in place.

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Do You Have A Pet?

Families that travel with pets will have to work extra to keep things smelling great. Even if your pet is trained to not use the potty inside your motorhome, animals have a certain scent to them that can become overwhelming when cooped up inside a motorhome. This is especially the case after a long day of getting dirty at the lake. Wash your pet thoroughly before bringing them inside the rig, but also understand that there may be some scents you can’t get rid of if you want to bring your furry family members along.

Use The Right Products

Outfit your motorhome with cleaning products and other fragrances that will smell great. There are options such as air fresheners and potpourri, both of which will add fresh scents to your rig. Be cautious of adding too many powerful fragrances, as this can become overwhelming. However, just a bit of air freshener can go a long way in a confined motorhome.

Good or bad, your motorhome is sure to smell. In order to ensure that it’s not the latter, consider these tips for keeping your motorhome smelling fresh throughout the year.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

Prepping Your Motorhome For The Winter

Is your motorhome ready for the winter? If you’ve been through the seasonal changes before, then you might know just how important it is to properly store your motorhome during the colder months. Failure to do so will likely result in a variety of issues that could even make it difficult for you to travel when spring comes around.

We know how much you love your motorhome and keeping it in the best shape possible is a priority. Therefore, in order to help you keep your rig running in the best condition possible, here are some tips for prepping your motorhome for the winter.

Determine Where You’ll Store Your Rig

The biggest question to consider before winter comes is where you plan to store your motorhome. For some, you may have enough room on your property or even an oversized garage where you store your rig. Others may not be so lucky.

If you have to store your rig somewhere else, make sure that it’s a facility you can trust. Do plenty of research and look up reviews online, and you’ll quickly find out if the place you are considering is reputable. You may want to consider a lot that offers covered parking, or even garage options. This will help to protect your motorhome from snow and other winter elements.

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Clean & Flush Before Storing

When coming home from your last fall road trip, you may be anxious to get home and relax. But before you park your rig for the winter, make sure that you take time to clean it thoroughly and flush any interior systems as necessary. Leaving food, garbage or other trash presents the opportunity for bugs and rodents to get into your rig. Inside the mainframe of the rig, leaving water, waste, or liquids that could potentially freeze is also a concern.

Before you park your motorhome for the season, do one final cleanse of the entire rig. Doing so will make it easier for you to hop in and hit the road as soon as spring comes around.

Try To Visit Your Rig

If possible, find a motorhome storage facility that is within close driving distance. This will make it easier for you to get to your rig and check on it every so often. When you visit, consider starting it up and letting the engine run for a few minutes. Providing your motorhome with some running time during the winter will help to keep its engine in good shape. Turning the engine on will also help to give your battery a quick jolt, which is always vital during the winter. A strong battery and a healthy engine will keep your motorhome in great shape.

Winter is coming. For those that love being out on the open road, these cold months can be treacherous if it means you can’t take your motorhome out to explore. But if you want to make sure that your rig is ready to roll when the temperatures start to rise again, consider these tips for prepping your motorhome for the winter.

4 Quick Maintenance Musts

Those wanting to keep their ride on the road as long as possible know that they need to keep up on general maintenance. While everything in your car may be running well, it’s only going to stay that way if you keep up with maintaining it as such. But while everyone knows the importance of having their oil changed or rotating their tires, there are also plenty of quick maintenance musts that should also be considered.

Many of these general maintenance considerations may be something that you think you can keep pushing off for, “next weekend.” But when you see how easy they are to follow, you’ll be much more likely to keep up with maintenance.

Looking for the perfect afternoon task to keep your ride on the wheel? Here are 4 quick maintenance musts that you should follow with your vehicle.

Check The Oil

Even if it’s not time to get your oil changed, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be proactive in ensuring its health. The next time you are at the pump and filling up on gas, pop the hood and take a look at your oil as well. Not only should it be at a level that is safe, but it should also be as close to the color as it was when you first put it in. If it’s gotten too dark, then it’s a telling sign that it’s time to change your oil. By just checking your oil, you can keep your ride on the road in great condition.

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Put In Some Elbow Grease

You have plenty of things to do with your weekends other than sit around and wash your car. But when you think about the benefits that a coat of wax can have for your vehicle’s paint, it’s well worth taking the time to apply a coat at least once every six months.

Maintain Those Accessories

It’s not just about the paint or what’s under the hood. Instead, you may have other accessories as part of your vehicle that need to be maintained as well. For example, if it’s been a while since you last changed out your windshield wipers, take the time to switch them out in order to avoid scratches on your windows. Or if you have a roof rack that holds your favorite outdoor gear, make sure it’s still secure and in place in order to avoid any serious issues the next time you head out on a big vacation.

Keep It Clean

Finally, just do yourself a favor and keep your car clean. You’ll be surprised how much more you care for something if it’s in a condition that you are proud of. Keeping your car clean requires minimal effort on your part, but the payoff will be big for your spirits – as well as the longevity of your ride.

Keeping your rig on the road means that you’ll have the opportunity to see sights all over the country and make tons of adventures with your family. But in order to make sure that you have as many years as possible, keep these tips in mind for quick maintenance for your ride.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

Where To Store Your Motorhome

Owning a motorhome can be a great joy. Once you load up your rig, you can hit the open road and go pretty much anywhere you can imagine in the country. This will be sure to make for some amazing memories that you’ll tell for years to come.

However, one of the downsides of owning a motorhome includes the time that you don’t spend actually in the rig. That is because you will likely need to find somewhere to store your motorhome, which can be a headache if you don’t know where to look. Luckily for you, there are some great ways to determine the best place for you to leave your rig.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you are looking at places to store your motorhome.

A Place You Trust

You invested a lot into this rig, so it only makes sense that you will want to store it at a place you trust. Sure, there may be some other places that are a bit cheaper each month, but is that really where you want to leave something that you spent thousands of dollars on? Instead, go for a place that you know is in a good neighborhood and run by reliable people. You can check for ratings online, which will provide insight with other motorhome owner’s experiences.

Doing a bit of due diligence before you settle on a place will help you find an motorhome storage lot that you can trust.

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A Place That Is Willing To Always Help

Some storage lots will go even further to enhance your experience as a motorhome owner. By offering concierge services, some motorhome storage lots take all of the hassle out of being an motorhome owner. While your motorhome is in their possession, concierge services often include:

  • Servicing of your rig while in storage.
  • Rides to and from a destination to the storage facility.
  • Cleaning and detailing of your rig.
  • Flushing of water tanks.
  • Refueling of propane tanks.

Imagine how much more enjoyable it would be to own a motorhome if you didn’t have to worry about all of these tedious maintenance tasks. With concierge services during the storage of your motorhome, you will keep your rig in its best condition, without having to break a sweat while doing it.

A Place That Is Accommodating

Is the storage lot that you rely on big enough for your needs? If you have an oversized rig, then you need to ensure that the lot can accommodate. On the other hand, if you have a smaller rig, you’ll want to ensure that you aren’t paying for more than what you need. It can take time to find the right fit for your motorhome, so be sure to value it once you do.

With as much as you put into your motorhome, it’s imperative that you store it in the best conditions possible. When looking for an ideal storage facility for your motorhome, consider all of the tips on this list to ensure its safety for the long haul.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

Best Interior Motorhome Cleaning Tips

Even if you aren’t a clean freak that obsesses over the cleanliness of your living quarters, you’ll still want to keep your motor home in the best of shape. Not only will a clean motor home make for a more enjoyable time while on the road, but it’ll also help you sustain value in your rig for when the time comes to trade it in.

Chances are that the cleaning considerations you make for your home will be different than those that you make for your motor home. So if you want to ensure that the inside of your rig stays as beautiful as the outside, here are the best interior motorhome cleaning tips to keep in mind.

Start From The Top Down

If it’s your first time cleaning a rig, be glad that you came here first. You won’t believe how many people start by cleaning the inside of their rig from the bottom, only to wonder why things have gotten dirty again so quickly. By starting from the top and working your way down, you’ll be able to do a more complete job of cleaning your rig. You’ll also avoid the frustration of having to go back and do everything a second time once you realize the mistakes you’re making.

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Have A Routine

There are probably a million other things that you’d rather be doing with your Saturday, but being the owner of a motor home comes with responsibility. To make sure that you clean often enough, have a routine. Maybe it’s once a month if your family travels a lot, or just seasonal if you only take it out occasionally. Whatever it may be for your family, do yourself a favor and make the time for it and have a routine that you stick to.

Would You Wash Yourself With That?

Having a motor home is a big expense as it is. When it comes time to cleaning your rig, you may want to save some cash and go with cheaper options. However, keep in mind that your motor home is an investment that should last for years. If you use inferior cleaning supplies, chances are that you won’t get nearly as much for your rig as you had hoped when the time comes to resell.

Don’t Forget The Details

You’ve mopped the floors and wiped down the windows – that’s great. However, there are a ton of other things that you may be overlooking for cleaning the interior of your motor home. While cleaning, be sure to pay special attention to the vents, pipes, and other areas that are specific to a rig. You may not be used to cleaning these areas at your home, but you won’t want to overlook them in your rig.

When you first purchased your motor home and thought about all of the awesome adventures you’d be taking part in, chances are you didn’t jump up in excitement over the idea of cleaning it. But if you want to make sure that your rig stays as valuable as possible, for as long as possible, keep these tips in mind for your interior motor home cleaning considerations.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

Prepping Your Motorhome For The Summer

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to get your rig out of storage and get it ready for your next big family adventure. But instead of just taking off to your destination from the storage facility, you’ll want to make sure that your motor home is ready for the road ahead. If it isn’t, you may end up spending your vacation on the side of a road while waiting for a tow truck to come pick you up.

To make sure that you can make the most of your next family vacation, here are some tips for prepping your motor home for the summer.

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Check The Exterior

The first place that we are going to look to make sure that your motor home is ready for the summer is on the outside. The exterior should be in good shape assuming you stored the unit in a safe location all winter; and any damage to the outside may be an immediate red flag for concerns.

While looking to ensure that there is no structural damage, also make sure that there are no leaks or cracks in any doors, windows, or other points of entrance. Assuming all is good here, now it’s time to pop the hood and ensure that all of our fluids are ready for the summer as well.

Look Under The Hood

As we look under the hood, there are a few considerations that we need to make for our rigs. First, we want to ensure that the batteries are ready to go. If your rig hasn’t been started all winter, you may even need to jumpstart the battery. Hopefully you prepared better and kept your battery stored properly all winter, which will let us move onto the other fluid levels. This includes the transmission, oil, washer fluid, and other liquids that are critical parts of the motor home system. Once you’ve topped all of your fluids off, we can move on to getting rid of any excess items you may have in your rig.

Switch Out Appliances & Seasonal Items

Those extra blankets came in very handy during the winter, but they may not be what you need in your motor home during the summer. Therefore, be sure to get rid of anything you don’t think you’ll need once you hit the road. This will help you limit excess weight, which will improve gas efficiency. Every mile counts while on the road and switching out seasonal items will ensure you are getting the most for your rig.

Fill Up For Summer

The last things to do before hitting the open road includes filling up any water levels that you may need while traveling. This includes portable water that is used for your sink, toilet, or shower. Along with the water levels, go ahead and fill up your gas tank while you’re at it. Once you’re done here, then you can get the open road for your next big adventure.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

Detailing Your Motorhome For The Spring

When the snow starts to melt and temperatures across the country rise, people will begin their spring cleaning efforts to spruce up their homes. And while your home certainly deserves plenty of attention and love, those who drive a motorhome will have an added chore during the spring season.

Detailing your motorhome for the spring is not only something that will help to improve the aesthetics of your rig, but it’ll also ensure that the unit keeps its value. After all, your motorhome is an investment that you’ll want to make money back on when the time comes to sell it.

Here are some other reasons to consider detailing your motorhome for the spring, as well as what to look for in a reputable detailing company.

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Show Off Your Rig

Whether you found your motorhome at a great price or you went all in with your life’s savings, it’s important that you value the look of the unit. That is one of the biggest reasons to consider detailing your motorhome during the spring. Just like you would maintain your physical appearance, home, or personal vehicle, your motorhome needs routine care as well.

Making It Easy On You

Detailing a motorhome is no easy chore. This isn’t a small personal-sized vehicle, but instead a giant rig that can sometimes be as big as 40-feet or more. Because of the overwhelming size of a motorhome, it’s likely that you won’t be able to detail it on your own. That is why you need to find a detailing company that has big enough accommodations, to ensure that your unit gets the care it deserves.

Keep Its Value

As mentioned before, you should look at your motorhome as an asset. As with any other asset, it’s important that you do your best to keep its value. Therefore, cleaning it multiple times throughout the year will help you to improve the likelihood of that happening. There is a lot of dirt and debris that can build up on the road, and these can be harmful to the surface of the motorhome. However, getting it detailed properly will ensure that this doesn’t happen.

A Team You Can Trust

And with any other asset that you have, you wouldn’t just leave it in the hands of anyone. That is why you need to work with a team that you trust to do only the best for your motorhome.

How can you determine if a team is best for you? Consider if they:

  • Use chemicals that are not going to be harmful for your rig.
  • Offer concierge service while cleaning your unit.
  • Leave you with a satisfied feeling after getting a detailing.
  • Have a lasting impression within the community for the work they do.

With all of the reasons that you rely on it to help make memories that will last a lifetime, your motorhome is something that deserves plenty of love and attention. So when the weather starts to warm up and it’s time for spring cleaning, give your motorhome a deep clean as well.

Spring Cleaning: Prepping Your Motor Home For Spring

The leaves are starting to change and, whether you can believe it or not, spring is right around the corner. It seems like just yesterday we were looking at some of the first cold temperatures of last fall. Now it’s nearly spring and warmer temperatures are within reach!

As the weather starts to change, that means that it’s a great time of year to load up your motor home and head out on an adventure. After all, you have the chance to see some truly once-in-a-lifetime views if you go out and visit certain parts of the country during the spring season.

However, before you get ready to hit the road for spring, you’ll want to make sure your motor home is ready for the journey ahead. If it’s been a while since you performed any sort of maintenance, then you might be in for a surprise if your coach can’t handle the conditions. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, here are some spring cleaning tips for prepping your motor home for the upcoming season.

Charge Or Replace Battery Systems

The battery in your motor home isn’t quite the same as that in a regular car. Instead, the house and chassis batteries help to power the entire unit. If you stored your motor home all winter, then the batteries may not be ready to be jolted up. Therefore, you should consider having them charged, or even replaced if necessary, before you turn the key in the ignition for the first time of the year.

Check Motor Home Propane

The propane in your coach is going to help with everything from keeping your food warm to helping you bathe in hot water. If your propane isn’t full, it won’t stop you from going anywhere. This is why it’s something that many people overlook before setting off in their motor home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take being out on the road for very long before you realize how inconvenient not having propane can be. To avoid this troublesome problem, check the propane tank before heading out on the road.

Prepare Fresh Water System

The fresh water system will also need to be changed before the spring season. This is especially true if you didn’t flush the old water before storing your motor home for the winter. New fresh water will help with everything from clean sanitary drinking water, to clean water while washing your hands or taking a shower in your motor home.

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Check The Tires Of The Coach

Your tires are not something you should overlook before hitting the road. If your motor home has been sitting for a while, the tires may have lost some of their fullness. This can be a very dangerous problem, but it’s something that can be avoided by simply checking the pressure.

If you have an upcoming trip this spring, be sure to have your motor home prepared. With the tips here, you’ll be able to clean your motor home out and get it ready for the upcoming journeys you’ll be taking part in this spring.