Cost of Owning an RV: What to Consider?

The average family of four spends around $4,580.

Cost of Owning an RV: What to Consider? Image above: Canyon Vista RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Cost of Owning an RV: What to Consider? Image above: Canyon Vista RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

According to a study by American Express, that’s the cost for one vacation.

Buy an recreational vehicle and your family can enjoy numerous vacations for a fraction of that cost.

However, when you own an RV there are other ongoing expenses you need to be aware of when considering the cost of an RV lifestyle.

RV Insurance

When budgeting for an RV include the insurance cost in that budget. Doing the research before buying provides a clearer financial perspective of the true cost of the RV.

The insurance jungle can get a bit confusing. Here are some tips on getting the best insurance deal for your RV.

Specialized RV insurance is preferable to auto insurance for your RV. The two are very different. RV insurance covers many more risks specific to an RV that are not included in auto insurance. Some examples are total replacement coverage, personal belongings coverage (e.g. your furniture and appliances), coverage for snowbirds and full-timers.

Cost of Owning an RV: What to Consider? Image above: Califonnian RV Resort, Acton, California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Cost of Owning an RV: What to Consider? Image above: Califonnian RV Resort, Acton, California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Also, you have specialized RV claims agents who know RVs, as opposed to auto-adjusters who don’t really understand them.

Compare insurance quotes. Insurance rates are dependent on many variables. Selecting insurance coverage based solely on price is not recommended. Instead, obtain free quotes from multiple companies online, compare their policies, and pick the policy that offers you maximum coverage at the best price.

Factors that affect insurance rates include RV type and model, current value of RV, state or province in which the policy is issued (insurance laws vary), amount of coverage required, primary purpose of the RV, previous RV ownership history, insurance claims history, age, marital status, associations or memberships that offer discounts, and credit score.

Fuel

The dramatic drop in fuel costs over the past year makes owning an RV very attractive. Even so, you need to be prepared to incur additional fuel costs when you travel with an RV just as you would with any other form of travel.

Cost of Owning an RV: What to Consider? Image above: Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights
Cost of Owning an RV: What to Consider? Image above: Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Consider that fuel costs vary over time with supply and demand, exploration and production costs, and taxes which vary from state to state and province to province.

Storage

Consider where you will store your RV and the related costs. Be aware of current city bylaws that may prohibit short and/or long term parking on your property. The costs of renting a storage unit will depend on the size of your unit, whether you want an enclosed space and whether you’ll be renting this for short term or long term storage. Storage units can run anywhere from $30-40 per month to as high as $150 per month or more.

Campground Fees

The cost of campgrounds for RVs varies by location, campground amenities, and length of stay. Depending on where you travel and the degree of luxury you desire, costs may range as high as $100 per night or more. Expect to pay more when camping near a major tourist attraction or large city, the ocean or popular lake, and during peak season.

Cost of Owning an RV: What to Consider? Image above: Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights
Cost of Owning an RV: What to Consider? Image above: Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights

RV Maintenance

An RV is a major investment. Like home ownership, regular maintenance is just a part of the deal. Every year, you’ll want to inspect roof, sealants, wheel bearings, and appliances. Thorough and frequent cleaning will also go a long way towards keeping your unit in good shape but you may want to schedule yearly inspection by your local RV service department just to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

If you do your own RV maintenance, be careful what products you use. General-purpose cleaners are not intended for RVs and can cause damage. Use RV-specific cleaning products only.

Worth Pondering…

Have you put…

Step up

Antenna down

Wife in?

—sign at a Dickson, Tennessee campground

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KA-PING! What Was That Sound?

KA-PING! What was that sound?

Our Newmar Dutch Star parked at Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Our Newmar Dutch Star parked at Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A stone had been thrown from a medium sized car as it accelerated and merged onto the interstate in front of our motor coach on I-5 in central California. Not an extra loud ping as the rock hit our one-piece windshield and not our first rock chip. And NOT a big deal.

We’ve had small windshield chips before and knew the basics of that.

No crater and no cracks spreading out in all directions.

No need to panic, turn to social media, or contact our insurance company.

If I had turned to social media I’m sure the feedback would run the gamut ranging from Holy Cannolli! to use clear nail polish or bubble gum it.

Later in the day we pulled into big-rig friendly, Durango RV Resort, a 5-star park located on the Sacramento River in Red Bluff.

Most sites are pull-through 70-90 feet in length and 30-35 feet wide. In addition there are 11 riverfront sites and 21 water-feature spaces (fountains); these sites have utilities on both sides of the concrete pads enabling fifth wheels and travel trailer to back onto the sites and motorhomes to drive forward maximizing the view and water features. In addition, there are a number of buddy sites.

Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The park is well laid out and designed. Utilities including 20/30/50-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV (63 channels) and centrally located. Interior roads are paved, pads are concrete. A beautiful RV resort with friendly and courteous staff. We would return in a heartbeat. But I digress.

We woke up in the morning of April 1—and it was no April Fool’s joke—to a crack in the middle of the windshield two to three feet across. We didn’t think too much about it when the rock hit the windshield the previous day as a car accelerated to merge onto the interstate. The brutally rough California freeways may have may it worse. In the whole scheme of things it’s not the worst thing that could happen.

Windshields really are amazing things. They must meet US DOT standards to withstand an incident like this, and hold up in one piece until you can get them replaced. Windshields are required to be made of safety glass comprised of two pieces of glass with a laminated plastic layer in between that keeps everything held together.

Henry Ford actually started using this style of glass for windshield as early as 1919 when ordinary glass windshields were causing needless deaths from glass fragments.

Insurance policies can vary widely. You may have windshield coverage on your RV insurance policy. For some, it’s an add-on rider, for others it’s included at zero deductible with comprehensive coverage as mandated by state law. Check with your agent or company to know and understand your coverage.

Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

If you’re a Florida resident and have a Florida policy with comprehensive coverage, here’s a bonus for you: State law mandates that there is no deductible applied to windshield repairs or replacements. The replacement won’t cost you anything but time!

Glass replacement can range in cost depending upon the shape, size, and availability of the windshield. Total cost of replacement might be less than your deductible, if it applies, and not worth filing. For others, it may be well worth filing a claim.

There was no need to alter our travel plans as we were staying several days at the delightful Durango RV Resort.

We started coordinating the windshield replacement by contacting our insurance company and Midtown RV, our Newmar dealer in Penticton, British Columbia, where we had previously booked a service appointment.

We opted to file through our insurance company, as we knew the windshield replacement cost would exceed our $2,500 deductible.

Midtown RV, Newmar and Airstream dealer in Penticton, British Columbia  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Midtown RV, Newmar and Airstream dealer in Penticton, British Columbia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

We had Midtown RV order the windshield replacement and set us up with an appointment at nearby Sunshine Glass and Mirror to coincide with our service appointment.

Sunshine Glass has many years experience replacing motorhome windshields and understands that RV glass is not the same as passenger vehicle auto glass and is treated differently. We have used them on several previous occasions and found their service to be prompt and efficient. Following the replacement we are advised not to extend the hydraulic jacks or drive the motorhome until the following day. It’s okay to extend the slides.

The following day we’re on the road again.

Worth Pondering…

The only aspect of our travels that is interesting to others is disaster.

—Martha Gellman

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Insurance Company Files Suit Against Winnebago for RV Fire

An insurance company filed a grievance on behalf of its client against a recreational vehicle manufacturer for alleged liability in a 2013 incident.

InsuranceClaimProgressive Classic Insurance Company, as subrogee of Jerry Harry, of Cleveland, Ohio, brought a complaint against Winnebago Industries, of Forest City, Iowa, on March 24 in Mason Circuit Court claiming negligence in a 2013 fire in its client’s recreational vehicle, reports The West Virginia Record.

According to the filing, Jerry Harry, who is insured by the plaintiff, purchased a 2012 Winnebago Vista 35F recreational vehicle on or about January 28, 2012.

A fire started in the RV on April 14, 2013. Following the incident and pursuant to the policy, Progressive compensated its insured party for the damages, estimated to be $126,661.17.

The suit contends that the RV was negligently designed and/or constructed at the point of manufacture.

Progressive cites the defendant with negligence and breach of warranty.

Specifically, the complaint alleges that the vehicle had defective electrical components, and claims breach of both express and implied warranty on the part of Winnebago.

The plaintiff seeks to recover damages for losses sustained in the fire in the amount of $126,661.17, plus statutory interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs.

Winnebago Vista 35F exterior in desert champagne full paint
Winnebago Vista 35F exterior in desert champagne full paint

The insurance company is represented by Rebecca Wright of Rathbone Group in Huntington. The case has been assigned to Judge Thomas C. Evans III.

Mason Circuit Court case number: 15-C-43

Worth Pondering…

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.

—Henry Ward Beecher

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Winnebago Introduces Winnebago RV Insurance

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced a new Winnebago RV Insurance offering.

Winnebago RV InsuranceIn conjunction with Farm and City Insurance Services (FCIS), Winnebago RV Insurance offers a wide complement of coverage. From RV to personal insurance plans, Winnebago RV Insurance is designed to provide all of the coverage and services needed to feel at home while on the road.

“We’ve chosen FCIS due to the strength of our long-time relationship and their proven ability to provide RV owners with knowledgeable and impressive customer service,” said Winnebago Marketing Director Chad Reece.

Winnebago RV Insurance obtains quotes from four national providers through FCIS. All RV brands are eligible for a no-obligation quote. Customers who also join or renew their WIT Club membership will receive a free extension of their membership term as an extra benefit.

Winnebago Insurance“We are pleased to join forces with one of the best brand names in the RV industry,” said FCIS President Courtney Wooge.

“This new program is an exciting opportunity for FCIS and Winnebago to help thousands of RV owners nationwide.”

Details

Winnebago RV Insurance

From RV to personal insurance, Winnebago RV Insurance can provide all of the coverage and services you need to feel at home while on the road.

They employ top RV Specialists who understand what an RV owner needs, and provide prompt information, answers, and insurance proposals. Their knowledge and dedication to their customers helps them make the right choices for their specialized insurance coverage needs.

Phone: (800) 642-4892

Website: www.winnebagorvinsurance.com

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc., “The Most Recognized Name In Motor Homes”, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities.

The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheel products under the Winnebago, Itasca, Era, SunnyBrook, and Metro brand names.

Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award’s inception in 1996.

Postal Address: P.O. Box 152, Forest City, IA 50436

Street Address: 605 West Crystal Lake Road, Forest City, IA 50436

Phone: (641) 585-3535

Winnebago Website: www.gowinnebago.com

Itasca Website: goitasca.com

goLife Website: www.winnebagolife.com

Worth Pondering…

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

—Demosthenes

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Snowbirds Prep For Annual Migration

Migrating birds don’t have much prep work before they fly southward for the winter.

Hacienda RV Resort in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after a day of safe travel.
Pictured above Hacienda RV Resort in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after a day of safe travel across I-10 for a Sunbelt park in Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Snowbirds, on the other hand, must consider how to shut down their residences before taking flight to flee the coming winter’s snow, ice, and bone-chilling cold for southern Sunbelt sunny states.

As the annual migration begins, many homeowners set themselves up for potential disaster.

Leaving a home unoccupied for an extended period of time can put homeowners at risk.

Houses are a lot like teenagers, neither one should be left alone for very long.

Snowbirds come home to problems because they failed to properly plan when they left in the fall.

But simple steps can eliminate the nightmare.

Preparing your home for an extended absence requires thorough thought and planning.

Before heading south for the season, snowbirds must take steps to secure and winterize their homes.

Whether you’re new to the snowbird lifestyle or an experienced RVer, creating your own customized checklist is a great way to keep track of your seasonal preparations.

Remember, it will be much easier to enjoy your winter in the sun if you have taken steps to protect your home while you are away for an extended period of time.

Furnace Creek Ranch boasts the lowest-elevation golf course in the world
Furnace Creek Ranch boasts the lowest-elevation golf course in the world at 214 feet below sea level, tennis courts, spring-fed swimming pools, horseback riding, hiking trails, and carriage rides. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Consider the following eight tips when creating your own winter-ready checklist:

Check expiry dates

Well in advance of your departure, check expiry dates for your passport and other travel documents, driver’s license, motor vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, credit cards, and membership cards—and renew if necessary.

Home insurance

Check with your insurance agency to determine how extended absences may affect coverage. Determine if your insurer requires regular walk-throughs during your absence and if so, how frequently.

Snow removal
You are escaping the snow, but your home is not. Arrange with a neighbor, relative, friend, or snow removal service to keep your sidewalks clear of the white stuff that Northerners know all too well.

Contact person
Ask a friend, neighbor, or relative to be the contact person for your home. The contact person should have access to your home. It’s important to have someone check your home on a regular basis, remove sales flyers, be available in emergency situations, and make repair appointments if necessary. Your home should look like someone is living there.

Contact information
Provide the contact person and other neighbors, relatives, and friends with pertinent information including cell phone and email address, vehicle and home insurance, security system, furnace repair, description of RV and toad or tow truck and trailer with plate numbers.

Superstition Mountain Museum
To further understand and appreciate the Superstition Mountains area, its legend, history, and intrigue tour the 12.5-acre Superstition Mountain Museum, near Apache Junction, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Notify neighbors

Inform trusted neighbors that you will be away for a specified period of time. You’ll want them to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. Ensure they have a list of contact persons, phone numbers, and email addresses.

Water heater
Adjust the gas water heater thermostat to “pilot” or turn it off. Turn off the water supply at the main valve.

Upon returning home, relight the pilot if you turned it off, and gradually turn the thermostat to the appropriate setting. Don’t forget to turn the water back on before restarting the water heater.

Home security
Check outdoor security lights to ensure the motion sensors are functioning correctly.

Lock windows and doors, and set the security alarm.

Worth Pondering…

Happy Snowbird Travels!

As Anne Murray sings in the popular song, “Snowbird”:

“Spread your tiny wings and fly away

And take the snow back with you

Where it came from on that day …

So, little snowbird, take me with you when you go

To that land of gentle breezes where the peaceful waters flow…”

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Budgeting To Purchase An RV

Purchasing a recreational vehicle can be an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming.

Hacienda RV Resort in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after a day of safe travel.
In spite of rising fuel costs, RV travel is still the most economical and efficient way to vacation with your family this summer. Pictured above Hacienda RV Resort in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after a day of safe travel. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Purchasing an RV is a more complicated process than buying a car.

You owe it to yourself to become well informed before jumping in. Uninformed RV consumers are likely to make unwise choices financially. Create a budget for buying your RV. Do the numbers. Think about how you will pay and/or finance your RV? Large discretionary purchases can throw even the most disciplined savers off course.

What does it really cost to own a recreational vehicle? I’m talking here real cost and not just the initial purchase price.

When budgeting for the purchase of a recreational vehicle, consider the main costs of owning an RV that go beyond the initial purchase price. Many expenses are rarely considered or even contemplated prior to signing on the dotted line.

You need to think about the financials that are involved in licensing and registration fees, insurance, sales taxes, roadside assistance plan, off-season storage fees, upkeep and general maintenance expenses.

rent an rv
Considering the RV lifestyle? Try renting before laying down the cash. Camping in a rental Class C motorhome at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When budgeting for an RV include the insurance cost in that budget. Doing the research before buying provides a clearer financial perspective of the true cost of the RV.

The insurance jungle can get a bit confusing. Here are some tips on getting the best insurance deal for your RV.

Specialized RV insurance is preferable to auto insurance for your RV. The two are very different. RV insurance covers many more risks specific to an RV that are not included in auto insurance. Some examples are total replacement coverage, personal belongings coverage (e.g. your furniture and appliances), coverage for snowbirds and full-timers.

Also, you have specialized RV claims agents who know RVs, as opposed to auto-adjusters who don’t really understand them.

Compare insurance quotes. Insurance rates are dependent on many variables. Selecting insurance coverage based solely on price is not recommended. Instead, obtain free quotes from multiple companies online, compare their policies, and pick the policy that offers you maximum coverage at the best price.

Factors that affect insurance rates include RV type and model, current value of RV, state or province in which the policy is issued (insurance laws vary), amount of coverage required, primary purpose of the RV, previous RV ownership history, insurance claims history, age, marital status, associations or memberships that offer discounts, and credit score.

EverGreen Introduces 2015 Element
EverGreen Introduces 2015 Element at More Affordable Price Point

So if you are a married homeowner, have a high credit score, low claims history and have previously owned an RV, be sure to tell your agent as you are eligible to receive discounts on your policy.

In addition, you may wish to purchase an extended warranty plan. Extended warranties are not for everyone, but they can be a cost-effective way to safeguard the investment you’ve made in your recreational vehicle.

They can be a waste of money, they can be supremely helpful, and they can also be everything in between. This is a personal choice that should be based on many factors. Ideally, an RV extended warranty should allow you to save time, control your budget, and have less worries while enjoying the open road.

RV Industry Projected To Grow For 6th Consecutive Year © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
RV Industry Projected To Grow For 6th Consecutive Year © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Knowing what you are able to afford and willing to spend will save you time by narrowing down your choices. An RV lifestyle can be relatively inexpensive or it may require a small fortune. Where you end up depends on your financial abilities and careful planning.

With interest rates still at historic lows, many options are available when buying a new or pre-owned RV. Shop the marketplace for the best rates.

Buying an RV is a major decision. But if you have a sense of adventure, a desire to explore, and a willingness to find your own fun, RVing might be just what you need. Do it!

Worth Pondering…

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
—Eleanor Roosevelt

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Should You Purchase an RV Extended Warranty?

Discussions on extended warranties are akin to dumping a can of freshly dug earthworms in a fish bait and lure shop.

warranty_bgIt’s a messy topic with heated opinions on both sides of the fence. I’m going to be honest and tell you upfront that there is no absolute answer.

Extended warranties are not for everyone. They can be a waste of money, they can be supremely helpful, and they can also be everything in between.

For most items you buy in your lifetime, extended warranties are simply not worth the money. Most are overpriced for the protection you get and you rarely get your money’s worth. In fact they are lucrative only for the company that sells them.

However, this question becomes “iffy” when you’re dealing with a very expensive item—like an RV—where the cost of repairs can be extremely expensive. At this point it becomes a grey area.

For many people simply putting money aside every month for repairs and using that “self-insurance bucket” when an expensive repair becomes necessary puts them ahead of the curve. For others the financial worry of a major repair bill is simply too much to bear and buying a warranty for “peace of mind” simplifies their RV lifestyle. You have to decide, based on your own financial situation, the potential cost of big ticket repairs, and risk tolerance whether self-insurance will work for you.

Cleaning your RV will take some time. But taking care of your RV is an investment that can pay off if you choose to resell in the future. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Should You Purchase an RV Extended Warranty? © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The key thing to understand up-front is that an extended warranty is simply insurance against repairs and mechanical issues as they pertain to your RV. It is a contract that you may never use and you need to abide by all the details to get your insurance to pay up. If you go into the process with this understanding you can then make an informed decision.

The one- or two-year bumper-to-bumper manufacturer’s warranty you receive when you purchase a new RV from a dealer is a true warranty in that it covers pretty much anything that requires repair.

Extended warranties are different. You’re basically buying insurance against some future breakage/failure on an item which is no longer supported by the manufacturer. These non-manufacturer warranties can be very specific and have lots of potentially tricky “outs”.

Understanding what is and is not covered is perhaps most important thing you can do when looking into a RV extended warranty policy.

Many RV dealers will try to sell you an extended warranty when you buy your RV. They are a money maker for the dealer but may be of questionable value for the consumer.

Should You Purchase an RV Extended Warranty? Pictured above is Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Should You Purchase an RV Extended Warranty? Pictured above is Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Assuming you’ve decided to purchase an extended warranty look around and obtain quotes on several policies and read each of the contracts before making a decision. Treat the extended warranty like insurance and determine what the policy covers and the exemptions.

Make sure you read all the fine print so you know the potential “gotchas” up-front.

Most warranties will deny claims if you do not follow manufacturer-recommended maintenance guidelines.

Extended warranty companies require the claim to be assessed up-front and approve the repair before any work is started. Pre-authorization is a vital part of the service contract and it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your repair facility gets that authorization.

Knowing what your extended warranty actually covers before you sign can save a lot of headaches later. It is therefore in the best interests of every RV owner to research available warranties before making a purchase decision.

Talk to other RVers about their experiences with extended warranties, both pro and con.

Should You Purchase an RV Extended Warranty? © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Should You Purchase an RV Extended Warranty? © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

This will also help you to gain insight about the various types of coverage currently available in the marketplace. Armed with this information, you are better prepared to make an informed decision.

Purchasing an extended warranty is a personal choice that should be based on many factors.

Extended warranties are not for everyone, but they can be a cost-effective way to safeguard the investment you’ve made in your recreational vehicle. Ideally, a RV extended warranty should allow you to save time, control your budget, and have less worries while enjoying the open road. Travel safe everyone!

Worth Pondering…

As Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

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Planning Your RV Road Trip

Is a road trip on your agenda this summer?

A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm storm to blow through. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm storm to blow through. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Prior to departure planning is required to ensure that your vacation vision becomes your rolling reality. By spending time planning in advance of your RV vacation you’ll get more out of your holiday as well as avoid some of the common pitfalls.

The following checklist will help ensure a smoother take-off and ride along the highways and byways of America.

Get Insured

A recreational vehicle is a huge investment—and it can be a risky one if not adequately protected. RV insurance combines aspects of home and auto insurance to provide unique coverage. It is important to remember is that “specialty” RV insurance offers you protection that is not available with a typical auto insurance policy. Consider using an agent who specializes in RV insurance.

Plan Ahead

Start planning your RV vacation well in advance of your anticipated departure. Pore over some maps, browse online, and dream out loud with your family about the places you’ve always wanted to visit. When you are limited by time and want to see the best of what an area has to offer it is advisable to plan a route before leaving home. Flexibility is a perk of RV travel, but a tentative itinerary will help ensure a pleasant and enjoyable RVing experience.

RV Parks and Campgrounds

The American RV Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not only receives high Good Sam rating for its facilities but has something to offer every member of the family from its heated swimming pool for the kids, a spa for the adults, and a dog park for the family pet on board. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The American RV Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not only receives high Good Sam rating for its facilities but has something to offer every member of the family from its heated swimming pool for the kids, a spa for the adults, and a dog park for the family pet on board. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

From rustic to Wi-Fi enabled, camping options run the gamut. To avoid disappointment make campground reservations well in advance. Remember, this is peak travel season. If you travel with a pet always ask about their pet policy. Some parks have restrictions on the breed of dog they will allow. Always remember to pick up after your pet.

RV Preventive Maintenance

Although it may seem that nothing could go wrong when you’re all packed and eager to leave for your trip, forgetting to check on all the important areas of your RV will, sooner or later, come back to haunt you. Maintaining your RV is essential to ensure that you have a trouble-free trip.

Inspect all the belts and hoses for cracking. Check your headlights, turn signals, and tires. Take a look at all your hitch and towing equipment. Check fire extinguisherssmoke alarm, and carbon monoxide detector. Taking a few precautionary measure before you hit the road could help to avoid a mechanical breakdown.

Every time before you head off, make sure you check:

Pack RV Essentials

Keep your RV stocked with basic supplies, nonperishable food items, linens and clothes, and you’ll be ready to go anytime, anywhere. RVs give you the freedom to be spontaneous.

Is your RV ready to roll this summer? © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Is your RV ready to roll this summer? © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Maintaining an on-going RV checklist will help ensure you’ve packed all the essentials for your road trip. Include everything you will need for your trip including dishes and cooking utensils, pots and pans, cups and mugs. kitchen tools and supplies, bottle openers, coffee maker, paper products, dish and laundry soap, trash bags, healthy snacks, clothes, pillows and sheets, blankets, cleaning supplies, toiletries, picnic supplies, maps and GPS, first aid kit, tool box, adapters for 30- and 50-amp outlets, potable water hose and pressure regulator, flashlights, spare batteries, jackets and raincoat, outdoor activity gear, collapsible shovel, gloves, duct tape and WD-40, tire pressure gauge, leveling blocks, camping chairs, puzzles and games, , pens and paper, digital camera and memory cards, insect repellent and sunscreen, fishing gear or other recreational equipment, comfortable walking/hiking shore, food for your pet, propane, and plenty of water.

Remember, you don’t want to exceed the GVWR, GAWR, or GCWR but it is also important not to exceed the tire ratings. It is a good practice to weigh each axle end separately to determine if the tire ratings are exceeded, and check loaded weight distribution.

Always check the pressure and condition of your tires before taking your RV on the road.
Always check the pressure and condition of your tires before taking your RV on the road.

Too much weight on the tires is the second leading cause of tire failure. Overloading the tires can lead to excessive wear and reduced tire life due to structural damage—which can lead to sudden failures, like a blowout. And remember, the less weight you carry, the better your fuel mileage.

Time to Roll

Checklist completed? Then it’s time to take off on your RV road trip.

Enjoy! Have a blast! And don’t forget the hot dogs and marshmellows.

Worth Pondering…

Speed was high

Weather was hot

Tires were thin

X marks the spot

BURMA SHAVE

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Insurance Calculator for RVs Now Available Online

Recreational vehicle use has remained popular in the U.S. due partly to more types of vehicles that are manufactured.

autoprousaThe Auto Pros company announced its insurer search system online last year and has now modified this system to present its insurance calculator for RV owners online, according to a company news release.

Monthly insurance costs can now be calculated and quoted (SEE link below).

RV owners using this new insurer finder can prepare to purchase a first time policy or locate information needed to plan a future policy purchase.

The agencies underwriting the RV insurance in the U.S. are rated companies that are able to offer discounts for one or multiple vehicle types that are insured by vehicle owners.

“Monthly costs for insurance are now easier for vehicle owners to calculate when using the calculation system that is installed in the insurance locator we provide online,” said one Auto Pros company source.

The insurance for RV owners is one type of insurance product that is now accessible online.

The search system built at the Auto Pros company specializes in multiple forms of vehicle protection. From motorcycles to auto insurance, multiple types of products are available for quotation using the series of calculators now offered online.

“The insurance products that are available for quotations through our system are underwritten by top companies and updated frequently to present accuracy in rates distribution,” said the source.

autoquotesad-bhThe Auto Pros company website is now one source that vehicle owners are using online to find information free of charge.

The insurer system is one of the multiple research platforms that have been added for online use this year.

The warranties tool is designed for warranty quotes distribution (SEE link below).

The users of the warranty tool gain full entry of the system when a zip code and vehicle mileage are entered into the digital system. Instant matching through the system locates U.S. companies underwriting warranty coverage meant for extended vehicle protection.

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AutoProsUSA.com

auto-pros-logoThe AutoProsUSA.com company is one of the sources that the public relies on in the U.S. to find insurance prices, warranty plans, and automotive parts for sale.

This company opens up its databases each day of the year to provide free of charge research to the public.

The AutoProsUSA.com company is now planning different installations online this year that further expand the amount of information that consumers can extract online. This company is staffed by experts who are now available through a newly developed caller center for offline contact this year.

Address: 1270 Crabb River Rd ‪Richmond, TX 77469

Phone: (888) 230-1731

Website: http://www.autoprosusa.net

Insurance Costs Quote: http://autoprosusa.com/insurance

Warranty Quote: http://autoprosusa.com/auto-warranty

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Tredit Introduces Expanded Roadside Assistance Plan

Elkhart, Indiana-based Tredit Tire and Wheel announced the launch of a new roadside and travel assistance program.

Screen-Shot-2013-12-13-at-2.26.05-PM1Tredit Care Plus is an expansion to the company’s existing roadside assistance program which has grown to include a multitude of services such as an emergency roadside tire change service, vehicle theft recovery, lost/stolen key service, trip routing, and online concierge services to assist end users with travel planning, booking, and discounts, according to a company news release.

“We are truly excited to offer these additional and complimentary services to the industry,” said Andrew Wuescher, vice president of sales.

“Our team feels that it further highlights the organization’s focus and commitment to performance, quality, and value for both our direct and indirect customer.”

The new program and services are available to Tredit’s customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, anywhere in the U.S. or Canada for two years from the customers’ date of retail purchase.

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Tredit Tire & Wheel Co. Inc. 

treditTredit Tire & Wheel Company supplies tires and wheels for recreational vehicles, cargo trailers, utility, boat, horse and livestock trailers, and tires to the manufactured housing industry.

Tredit Tire & Wheel is an Original Equipment Distributor of tires and wheels to various trailer industries throughout the US.

Tredit is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana with distribution centers located in Athens (Georgia), Arlington (Texas), Boardman (Oregon), Lenexa (Kansas), Plant City (Florida), and York (Pennsylvania).

Phone: (800) 537-2925 (toll free)

Website: tredittire.com

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Speed was high

Weather was hot

Tires were thin

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