The Road Less Traveled: 15 Winter RV Camping Tips

When you get bored with the mundane routine of your daily life, you look forward to some recreation every once in a while. As the temperatures drop colder and colder, the more time we spend cooped up indoors. As cabin fever sets in this winter, you may find yourself longing to get out – particularly, out on the open road taking in the beauty of nature from the warmth and comfort of your RV.

Whether you find yourself feeling listless in a snowbound landscape with subzero temperatures, or bracing in the chill of the desert in winter, you don’t have to miss out on RV adventures just because of the season. With the right preparation and planning, you can join the growing number of RV owners popularizing a radical form of recreation: winter RV camping.

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What is RV Camping?

Camping generally means you stay overnight amidst nature, to rest and recharge or to explore the beauty around you by hiking, biking, mountain climbing, etc. Similarly, RV camping means doing all that, with the added comfort and shelter of a home on wheels.

Why Winter RV Camping?

Winter RV camping lets you see your favorite state and national parks in a whole new way. Familiar landscapes appear fresh and new with the branches of the trees blanketed in snow. Without the hustle and bustle of summer camping crowds, you can experience the true quiet and stillness of the landscape around you. Winter RV camping provides an unparalleled experience communing with nature for those intrepid enough to embark on this chilly adventure.

RV Maintenance

While it’s important to properly maintain your RV year-round, when planning a winter RV camping trip it’s absolutely essential to gear up your RV for colder conditions and possible inclement weather. Making the right preparations ahead of time will ensure the comfort and enjoyment of you and your passengers. The following 15 tips should be a part of your checklist to get ready for RV Winter Camping.

1. Protection from the Cold

Baby, it’s cold outside! Your RV’s insulation is going to be the first and most important line of defense when it comes to keeping the cold out. Check out your existing insulation; consider upgrading all around for an older RV or adding additional insulation in any place that looks sparse or damaged.

You could look at padding the floor of the RV with foam boards which are easily available at any RV maintenance shop. The winds are ruthless during the winters and they tend to freeze the pipes and water tanks which are under the RV; the same foam boards can be used for coating these tanks to protect them and keep them insulated.

2. Protect Your Pipes

An RV is technically a vehicle, but it’s really more like a home on wheels. And like any other home, it’s important to protect its plumbing and fittings during the winter. To ensure smooth operation during your winter RV camping expedition, there’s a few things you can do to prep your pipes for the road.

Begin with checking the pipes for any leakage and rust. After you’re sure everything’s in good working condition, then you can install an internal freshwater tank, add anti-freeze to your holding tanks, and wrap your pipes with heat tape. Keep a space heater onboard to keep the internal plumbing warm.

3. Perform an Engine Check

The engine is the heart of the RV. Part of this heart runs on batteries, so ensure that your batteries are fully charged and show no signs of damage. It is always better to use batteries which can be fully charged because the other ones tend to die out faster in the cold. Add antifreeze and water to the engine to prevent it from freezing. You can also use an engine block heater to keep your engine warm.

4. Service the Heating System

The RV heating system needs to be serviced by a professional technician to get it clean and ready for winter travel. Always carry a dehumidifier, which would prevent any kind of condensation happening inside the vehicle which could lead to damage to the RV components.

5. Check RV Windows

Check the sliding glass panels to see if they are working and shutting completely leaving no gaps. Replace any aging, missing, or damaged weather stripping to keep cold air drafts at bay.  You can use thick drapes to cover the window panes which will help keep the interior warm and provide further protection from the cold.

6. Don’t Forget the Vents

Most RVs usually have a sunroof or a ceiling vent, which are plenty useful for a summer trip – but must be covered with warm foam padding to prevent the cold from coming inside your home on wheels.

7. Prevent Frozen Jacks

When you park your RV at a campsite, there is a possibility of the stabilizing jack to get frozen and stuck to the ground. Carry some wooden planks with you and place them under your jacks so that you can conveniently drive off without worrying about breaking loose any frozen jacks.

8. Keep the Refrigerator Warm

This piece of equipment requires to be properly insulated too to avoid freezing of the gases which flow through its pipes. A small space heater can be placed close just to ensure the refrigerator does not catch a cold.

9. Stock Your Wardrobe

Make sure you carry warm clothes and some extra sets of them in case of any kind unforeseen circumstances. Even in climates where you don’t expect to encounter snow, having an extra pair of boots, a coat, and warm pants or long johns is always a good idea.

10. Warm Accessories

As you are heading out on your winter RV camping adventure, grab a stack of extra blankets. Emergencies aside, blankets are a must for staying cozy while enjoying a cup of cocoa or snuggling into your warm bed at the end of a great day.

A spare blow dryer can come handy in case any clothes or equipment require defrosting, and packing hats and gloves goes without saying.

11. Stay On Track

Bringing an additional, portable GPS tracker as a backup is always a good idea when heading out into the wilderness or roads unfamiliar to you.

12. RV Food Stock

Always carry extra food for your loved ones and family members that you are travelling with. Stock a few extra gallons of water in the heated storage space.

13. RV Bedding

Everyone on a vacation wants to sleep well and be cosy, ensure you carry sleeping bags which are warm and will protect you from the cold outside.

14. RV Generator

Always carry a back generator, which should be running on Gasoline.

15. Don’t Forget the Cash

This is one thing that you need to carry extra and that can help you get out in any kind of emergency.

A lot of prepping is required for a successful winter RV camping trip, but the effort is worth it. The empty campsites make it more peaceful and relaxing.

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Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

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7 Best Places for ATV Off-Roading in Texas

A person looking for thrill and speed at the same time is likely to be an ATV lover. Because All-Terrain Vehicles can be steered over all kinds of challenging terrains – easily bouncing over dunes, boulders and rocks – making ATV riding one of the most addicting adventure sports. 

Riding an ATV over magnificent dunes and enchanting off-road destinations, flying at a thrilling pace around tricky curves is an exhilarating experience we’re always chasing.  ATV riders are always on the lookout for new dunes to tame and get a chance to enjoy the thrill of sand and speed in the beauty of nature from the safety and comfort of their ATV. 

Texas is the second largest state in the United States, with topography that ranges from mountains, forests, coastal plains, and swamps to deserts. Because of this variety in the landscape, any ATV rider can easily find a location of their choice and plan an off-roading vacation accordingly. To plan for that next adventure, here is a list of the seven best places for ATV off-roading in Texas!

 

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Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area (BMRA)

Have you been to the Barnwell Mountains of East Texas? If not, then you must plan your next ATV off-roading trip here. This property is spread over 1800 acres of sheer joy for any ATV rider. The trails offered here range from the difficult ones for more advanced ATV riders to enjoy, to really simple trails that a new and inexperienced ATV rider can practice on. BMRA is one of the few destinations that offer a single trail of 25 miles for an ATV rider. It has all facilities in place for campers, including showers, RV parking and dump stations.

Visitors have an option of bringing their ATV or renting one. All the trails are visible and properly marked for riders to follow. BMRA has something for everyone, like their cabins and bunkhouses that are perfect for the campers in your crew who want to stay back and relax under the sun. All the cabins are well equipped, but you will have to bring your own cooking utensils and bathroom supplies.

 

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Hidden Falls Adventure Park

This is an outdoor park which is a perfect place for you to ride your Jeep, ATV, UTV and Dirt Bikes. This adventure sports destination is located 7 miles from the countryside. It has something to offer every adventure seeker, with a huge number of trails which are well marked to ensure your safety. A helpful map is given to all riders because there are so many trails – so many, in fact, that it’s difficult to cover all the trails in your first visit. 

You can rent your ATV, UTV, Dirt Bike or get your Jeep to explore the trails. The facilities provided are also clean and hygienic for riders. Hidden Falls Adventure Park has a small eatery, restrooms, pavilions and a local grocery store, plus bunkers and rooms for a comfortable overnight stay. They provide guidance in selecting trails to fit the cost structure for the adventure that you would like to experience. You’ll want to hang on to your map, because you will definitely want to come back and ride again and again!

 

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Off-Road Adventures at Red Sands

If you are an ATV rider, do not forget to include this Off-Road adventure park in El Paso! Its proximity to the airport (24 minutes) makes it’s a convenient place for you to try out your rider skills and have a lot of fun as you explore the thrilling tracks and trails. The adventure park rents out ATVs at pocket-friendly rates, which makes it convenient for any adventure seeker to fulfil their hunger for a thrill. This place is sure to provide many fun times and lasting memories.

 

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Brushy Creek Motor Farm

This adventure park located at Royse City in Texas has a family-oriented setting where any off-road adventurer can take their family and enjoy the trails. Their property is spread over 100 acres of land giving you an array of trails that you can choose from, according to your preference. All kinds of riders of ATVs, motorcycles, Jeeps, Go-Karts etc. are welcome to try this family-friendly setup. They have trails which are kid friendly so your little ones can also have a blast in the dirt.

 

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River Run ATV Park

This adventure park located in Jacksonville, Texas, is spread over 2000 acres of pure thrill. It is on the banks of the Neches River, which also doubles up a spot for riders to cool down after a long day of riding in sand and dirt. There is a variety of trails that an ATV riders can opt for: an extremely muddy trail, an extremely dry trail and a scenic trail which is made around the Neches River.

River Run ATV Park provides overnight accommodation with modern rooms and facilities for a comfortable stay. There’s also a restaurant for great food, a local store that provides spare parts for your ATV rides, and a grocery store with all the essentials. All these add-ons make this destination a must-visit attraction for ATV off-roading.

 

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Sabine ATV Park

This adventure park in Burkeville, Texas, is located on the River Sabine. This adventure park is spread over 3000 acres of muddy trails which are suited for all categories of adventure seekers. A family-friendly place where you can spend a day in the muddy water trails and can plan an overnight stay with your fellow riders. All the facilities are clean and well-equipped and the online reviews tout it as a must-visit place for an ATV rider.

 

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Gator Run Off-Road Park

Gator Run Off-Road Park is the biggest of its kind in Texas. Spread over 5200 acres of land, it boasts a huge variety of ATV trails with something for riders of any skill level. These trails include extremely deep mud pits, dunes and dry trails. This adventure park should be on every Texas ATV rider’s list, especially if you plan to bring your RV. Gator Run also offers traditional camping facilities along with restroom and shower rooms.

 

The seven ATV off-road adventure parks mentioned above are must-visit destinations for all ATV riders, where they can quench their thirst for off-road adventures. The adventure parks all have reasonable entry and riding costs, and provide ATV’s to rent. Which of these ATV off-roading destinations will you visit first?

 

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Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

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The Best Gear for Texas Bass Fishing

If you are just beginning to explore the world of bass fishing and angling, you must have heard about the right gear making all the difference between a fruitless fishing session and a bountiful one. If, however, you have been doing it for some time, you already know this first-hand. If you look in the market, you will find literally hundreds of kinds of bass fishing gears and baits. How do you decide which ones to take and which ones to leave? Read on to learn about the 5 key pieces of bass fishing gear and what to look for.

The Right Fishing Rod

Your fishing rod will literally be the first thing in your hand. You have to choose one that feels right in terms of weight and length, and at the same time, it has to be sensitive enough to signal the engagement of the fish with the bait. Then, the rod should allow you to engage the fish until it tires out, without breaking in the process.

People generally go for a medium power rod as their first choice. However, you should also try a heavy powered one just to compare the differences between the two. The next thing to consider is the tip of the rod that facilitates fastening and unfastening of the hooks. Another parameter to look at is the grip of the handle.

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The Right Fishing Line

Moving on to the next element, we will now talk about the fishing line that will be most useful for you. Essentially, there are three kinds of fishing lines available in the market: braided, monofilament, and fluorocarbon. Monofilament fishing lines were the first kind to be developed, and have largely become obsolete today. The braided ones have an advantage of not stretching and thus, imparting higher strength. However, fluorocarbon lines are most useful when it comes to invisibility. These lines are almost impossible to see in water, thus, increasing the likelihood of getting a bite.

Whichever kind of fishing line you ultimately choose, make sure that it is long enough. Generally, a minimum length of 300 yards is recommended. Also, don’t forget to check the pound test of the fishing line before buying it. The pound test indicates the weight a line can withstand without breaking. The recommended value for bass fishing is 8 pounds.

The Right Fishing Reel

Again, the sheer variety of fishing reels will make your head spin. The ideal reel will let you hook a big bass and land them with finesse. You will find reels composed of many materials, like aluminium, carbon compounds, and graphite. While aluminium is considered to be the strongest, graphite is most resistant to underwater corrosion and is lightweight.

You should also check the quality of the reel before purchasing it, and look for any ill-fitting or loose parts. Ideally, it should be durable and neat in design; having a smooth movement is an added advantage.

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The Right Bait

Just as other gear for bass fishing spoils you with options, why should bait be any different? Before you check out tackle shops and get flustered and confused by the variety of bait available, do a bit of research about the kind of bait most preferred by bass. Rigged, worm-like baits are classic bestsellers for good reason. The choice of your bait will also depend on whether you want to try fishing in dense lakes or just on the top waters.

Some widely recommended baits and lures include plastic worms, crankbaits in the color of natural water (and also some in the color of murky water), jigs, frogs, spinner baits, etc. You will be able to figure out all this, and more, once you start researching first-hand reviews and recommendations. Most of the available baits and lures have worked for different people, and you have to make a calculated guesses at buying a few. Whether it works for you or not, only time will tell.

Hooks and Terminal Tackle

These will come in very handy when you need to add a bit of weight to catch bass. If you have the right assortment of hooks (worm hooks and dropshot hooks, for example), swivels like barrel swivels and split rings, and weights like dropshot and bullet weights in your box, you will be able to adjust the fishing gear to your conditions, and to your satisfaction.

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Sun Protection

Sunscreen cream or spray is an important part of any fishing trip, to prevent sunburns and skin injury due to prolonged exposure to the sun. Good-quality sunglasses, preferably polarized, will provide you the best visibility even in the most reflective or murky waters.

Desirable Gear for Fishing Trips

While the gear mentioned above will get you through a fishing session, certain gear will make your fishing session more comfortable and even more enjoyable. None of the following are required for bass fishing per se, but are highly recommended by novices and pros alike:

  • A bait bucket for keeping live bait will be very handy in case you decide to try your luck at bass fishing with live baits instead of plastic ones.
  • A casting net for catching live bait, if you decide to.
  • Weighing scales that will let you hang your catch and display the numbers that will make enviable photographs.
  • Multi-tools or knives, for unforeseen maneuvers that you might need to perform on your bass fishing trip.
  • Gloves for handling fish.
  • Hook remover and pliers to remove the caught fish from the hook in case it is swallowed beyond reach.
  • Flash light to improve visibility in darker conditions.
  • First aid box, to manage those little cuts and bruises that can come with outdoor adventure.
  • Insect repellent for protecting your skin against ravenous mosquitoes and other curious insects.
  • Small towels for miscellaneous uses.
  • A good camera to flaunt your prized catches.
  • Some extra fishing line, just in case of breakage or other unforeseen reasons.

 

With these key pieces of bass fishing gear in your tackle box and on your boat, you will be ready for a great bass fishing session. Help out your fellow anglers – if there is something we missed that should be on this list, or if you have a favorite lure or line you just can’t fish without, let us know in the comments below. Good luck out there!

 

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Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

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13 Tips for Planning a Cross Country RV Trip

Summer is a great time to take that long road trip that you have always dreamed of. With warm, sunny weather and good company in tow, a cross-country RV trip can is sure to help you make fantastic memories that last a lifetime. Seeing America from the open road is an amazing way to bond with family and friends, and treat your loved ones to a thrilling experience. Before you set out to explore those quaint diners, small towns, and breathtaking views, plan ahead to prevent any mistakes or mishaps that may hinder the fun and thrill of the trip. Refer to the following tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect cross-country RV journey, and get ready for the drive of a lifetime!

1. Work Out the Finances

You probably know that extended road trips, although a lot of fun, come with their own unique expenses. Therefore, the first thing you must do is chart out your budget. Ideally, you should include every small expense that you might incur on your trip. Aside from the obvious costs of gas and campground fees, consider things like how much you want to spend on meals out vs. food and snacks in the RV, and admission to national parks, historical sites, or amusement parks. Once you have the total, add some more to it for cushion. Once you set out your budget, you will know how much you have in hand – and in the bank – for your road trip.

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2. Work Out the Route

It is important for you to take out a physical map and work out the route you will take. While GPS devices and online maps are excellent and informative, you might travel through regions with low connectivity that only a physical maps can get you through. Once you start planning your route, mark the gas stations, hospitals, campgrounds, and restaurants. With this information marked out, you can enjoy the trip even more as you won’t have to spend any extra time locating the nearest amenities.

Pro tip: If possible, try to include scenic routes when charting your course. It’s easy to get bored while passing through small towns and suburbs. Scenic routes will offer a treat to your senses and are like a warm embrace for your road-weary soul.

3. Check the Paperwork

Once you have marked the route, it is time to check your driver’s license, driving permits, and any other documents that may be required. Don’t forget to check for a photographic identity proof such as a passport, or birth certificate for young passengers. Many trips end abruptly due to a lack of one or more of these documents. Make sure your trip isn’t one of them.

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4. Keep Your Trip Flexible

Most of us want to have a well-set plan for any excursion we take. However, it is advisable to keep some extra time on your hands when venturing on a cross-country RV trip. You never know when you might take longer than you anticipated enjoying good conversation by a bonfire at night, or the spontaneous stargazing that kept you parked in place for one more night.

5. Pack Judiciously

On a cross-country RV trip, you will be on the road for many days. You should pack such that you don’t run out of the basics too quickly (this goes for clothing as well as things like toothpaste, toilet paper, and dish soap). That said, over-packing is far more common during these trips. Most people stack up stuff inside their RV and don’t end up using half of it. If you pack judiciously, you will carry just the right amount of supplies and amenities to last the entire trip.

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6. Choose Your Company Wisely

When you go on a cross country RV trip, you are going to spend the next few days (or weeks) with the same group of people. Make sure that you are comfortable with these people, otherwise your trip could be one you’d rather forget. It is best to go with people who know you, your traits, and your nature. The same applies the other way too.

7. Attend to Your RV

On your road trip, the RV will bear the most burden. Therefore, you should make a detailed inspection of your RV and do some prep work before you embark, including:

  • Applying rain guard to the windshield
  • Checking tire pressure
  • Installing bug deflectors
  • Checking the battery

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8. Stock Up on Healthy Snacks

Staying on the road for an extended period of time means that you may or may not have access to freshly cooked meals. Thus, you should stock up on healthy snacks that can be prepared in a jiffy. Try to minimize your consumption of unhealthy foods, except for the occasional treat or must-have local delicacy.

9. Pack for the Weather

If your route takes you through regions where you might face weather different from what you’re currently experiencing at home, pack accordingly. Even if you have a roof throughout the trip, you should not take chances like venturing out in rain without a proper jacket and warm clothes to change into.

10. Don’t Forget the Essentials

It is always good to pack extra medicines, first-aid kit, bug repellent, flashlights, and toiletries when going on a cross country RV trip. These always come in handy, and you don’t want to be caught without them.

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11. Share Your Route and Plan With Some Friends

Sure, this is the age of the internet, and the world is really getting smaller in terms of communication. But you never know when your phone may be out of reach or broken down. In such circumstances, you might want someone to know your location. Thus, before starting your trip, discuss your plan with a few close friends. This way, they will know where you might be in case you are not able to contact anyone for any unforeseen circumstance.

12. Don’t Skip Insurance

Insurance is among the most important, yet most forgotten aspects of cross-country RV trips. Depending on the route of your trip, you might cross state or international borders. Thus, you might need additional insurance as per the law of the land. Research well and make sure that you are covered with all the required insurance papers.

13. Buy Passes for National Parks Ahead of Time

A single visit pass to one of our national parks usually costs around $20-30, but for just $80 you can get an annual park pass that covers entry for you and everyone in your vehicle at over 2,000 national recreation sites! The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass gives you unlimited access for one full year. This deal is essential whether your cross-country RV trip includes a visit to more than one of these sites, or you think you might visit a park in your area or elsewhere at any other time during the calendar year.

Now that you know the expert tips and tricks for making the most of your cross-country RV trip, don’t forget to bring a camera to capture some of the unforgettable moments ahead. Got some more tips or useful suggestions for making cross-country RV trips easy and fun? Share them in the comments below.

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Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

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Cooking on the Road: Organize Your RV Kitchen with these 7 Tips

When you think of exciting and enchanting cross-country or camping RV trips with your loved ones, one thing that stands out is the cooking experience. Preparing meals outside the comfort zone of your kitchen feels adventurous and thrilling. However, RV kitchens come with their own set of challenges that can sometimes make RV cooking and cleaning less than memorable.

Things tend to get messy in the blink of an eye. This can be for a variety of reasons, including forgetting where you stacked and stored your utensils and pans, or realizing you forgot a vital piece of equipment just when you need it the most.

The aim of this post is to give you a few tips and tricks that will help you organize your RV kitchen for easy and fun cooking on any RV trip. Not only will you be able to remember where you stored which cooking implement, you may even find cooking at your campsite easier and more enjoyable. Are you ready to be enlightened? Let’s go!

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Stack Cooking Essentials

No, we don’t mean the ingredients here. Before getting to that part, it is important to find the most basic of kitchen essentials without which cooking wouldn’t be possible- fire. Keep a matchbox and some lighter fluid with you, properly stored in a place easily remembered and easily accessed. Storing other basic equipment like pots and pans, aluminium foil, tongs, and spatulas in the same drawer or storage bin will keep everything together and save you time hunting for these items as need arises. Remember to store smaller sized items inside the bigger ones, so that they take up as little space as possible.

Use Vertical Wall Space

The empty walls of your RV can serve the purpose of safely storing your cooking necessities. Repaint old knife holders, hang baskets, and make DIY shelves for storing kitchen equipment. Depending on the size of these racks and holders, you will be able to store a variety of kitchen equipment, ranging from tiny to bulky. The best part is that this technique does not take any counter space and keeps it clear for quick cleanup.

Salvage Old Spice Racks

Got an old spice rack that you no longer use? It will make the most perfect plate holder if mounted vertically. This way, you not only get to reuse an old item, but you also make a functional and very useful storage equipment for your future camping trips. You will be amazed how nicely your plates fit in this storage space, providing not only a safe place to store them, but also instantly tidying up your RV kitchen. Plus, you get the satisfaction of upcycling an old item and putting it to good use.

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Magnet hooks to the rescue

Did you know that magnet hooks can be used on the door of the fridge (or any other metal surface) in your RV? They make excellent storage hooks for light-weight items like small pans, mugs, spatulas and tongs. Since these are the items that tend to disappear on camping trips the most, magnet hooks help keep them in sight so you can see what’s gone missing.

Cabinet Bottoms

Cabinet bottoms are one of the most underutilized spaces in any kitchen. You can create a fantastic storage space underneath existing cabinets by screwing in a few (or more) hooks. This is a wonderful place to hang small pots, pans, and utensils – or that mug collection you’ve been building with each new place your RV takes you.

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Hail the Caddy

That caddy that you purchased from Wal*Mart that you still haven’t found useful for your bathroom is a perfect companion for your camping trips. It makes for an excellent storage option for random kitchen equipment, or for carrying condiments for burgers and hot dogs. This is something that not many people think to use, yet it makes a wonderful storage addition to your RV kitchen without any additional expense or workmanship.

Find Space in Appliances

Empty appliances like the microwave are a great storage option for items like cartons, paper plates, packaged food etc. The same can be done for other appliances, if they have enough room inside.

These tips and tricks should increase the storage space in your RV kitchen, and increase your enjoyment in cooking there. The biggest advantage is that these hacks are all practical and doable. Try out some or all of these storage and organization tips for your next RV trip, and let us know some of yours in the comments below.

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7 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Your Next Boat Trip

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to kick-start your summer than a boat trip with your dog

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to kick-start your summer than a boat trip with your dog! Before you set your sails, read these 7 tips on keeping your four-legged friend safe on your boating adventures.

Life Jacket

When it comes to boating trips with your trusty companion, remember to put a personal flotation device on them. They’ll love you for it when they’re swimming around playing around in the water. There are different types of life jackets for dogs so before you strap one on for they make sure you got the right sized jacket.

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Dogs really enjoy swimming, just as much as we do! Swimming is also a great way for your dog to cool off during the scorching hot summer days. Forget walking your dog, let them swim to get their daily exercise while having a bit of fun at the same time!

Emergency Safety Kit

When it comes to your dog’s health and safety, an emergency safety kit will do wonders. I’m not just talking about doggie bandages; I’m also talking about doggie treats and toys. Being properly prepared on your boating trip with your dog will make your trip ten times better. Some emergency items to pack on your trip:

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Extra Towels or Blankets

An extra dry towel for your dog will be helpful when all you have are wet towels still waiting to dry. This is especially helpful to keep your dog warm after playing in the cold water.

Doggie Treats

What dog doesn’t like doggie treats! It’s always nice to reward your dog when they’ve done a heroic act or simply behaving well.

Spare Poop Bags

This is self-explanatory. If your dog needs to go, they’ll go.

Let Pet Explore Docked Boat

Before you and your dog set off on your excursion, let the dog sniff around the boat prior to leaving the dock. This lets your dog get acclimated to the small space and the sensation of being on the water.

Bring Fresh Water

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Pack collapsible food and water bowls with the fresh, bottled water to keep your dog hydrated. The body of water where you are boating might not be safe for dogs (or humans) to drink. Water is especially important if it’s a hot, summer day.

Can Your Pet Swim?

Pro RV & Boat Storage dog swimming

Your first reaction might be, “of course he can; he’s a dog!” While many dogs ARE great swimmers, they aren’t born innately knowing how to swim. Some dogs just don’t like water and dogs should never be forced into the water without knowing how to swim or if they don’t enjoy it.

Apply Sunscreen

Yes, dogs can get sunburnt, too! Many pet stores sell special sunscreen made just for dogs. If you can’t find dog sunscreen, the ones for babies or sensitive skin might be okay. Read the label first!

Practice with a Short Trip

You’re ready to go boating with your dog. If it is your dog’s first time, you should keep the maiden voyage short and sweet. With that, you’re all set to embark on your boating adventure.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for a Boat Storage Facility to securely store your boat, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

 

Essential Items for your RV First Aid Kit

If you are a frequent camper, especially with kids, you know there will be a fair amount of cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

If you are a frequent camper, especially with kids, you know there will be a fair amount of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. RVs are a popular way to travel across the country or across town because you can have a strong sense of community in the campsites while still feeling like a solitary traveler on a long journey.

Pro RV & Boat Storage first aid kit

RV excursions can entail camping, boating, hiking or any number of activities. You need to pack your first aid kit with essential items for any type of situation that might arise. With a first aid kit stored in your RV, you can treat minor wound immediately without disrupting your trip.

Pre-packaged first aid kits are available in any store that sells camping supplies. However, you might find it beneficial to customize your own kit to fulfill your family’s needs. We’ve compiled a list of essential items for your first aid kits and broke the items into three categories: medical, tools and preventive care.

Medical Essentials

The items on this list are used to treat wounds or burns. All family members should be certified in CPR and wound care. You can find classes at your local hospital or church. Different wounds require different care and taking the wrong steps can have fatal consequences.

Antiseptic Wound Cleanser or Wipes

Gauze Rolls

Sterile Gauze Pads

Adhesive Tape

Antibiotic Cream

Calamine Lotion

Hydrocortisone Cream

Liquid Bandage

Ice Pack

Ace Bandage

Cotton Swabs

Splint

Ibuprofen

Purified Water (Bottled)

 

Essential Tools

The tools on this list are mainly for medical emergencies. Items for car emergencies should be kept in another kit or the glovebox. If you do end up using any equipment to treat wounds, be sure to disinfect the tool before returning it to the kit.

Tweezers

Small Flashlight

Safety Pins

Pocket Knife

Oral Thermometer

Surgical Scissors

Small Mirror

CPR Mask

Eye Wash Cup

Plastic Zipper Bag for Medical Waste

 

Essential Preventative Care

Bug bites and sunburns aren’t usually serious medical problems, but they can be very uncomfortable. Summer is RV season, but it’s also the season of bugs – bugs that can carry viruses. The items on this list are meant to protect you from common pesky camping nuisances.

Note: If you bring your dog on RV trips with you, they need a different snake bite kit. Pre-packaged snake bite kits are your best bet in having everything you need to treat snake bites.

Snake Bite Kit

Insect Repellant

Sunscreen

Hand Sanitizer

Sunglasses

These items aren’t the only ones you can include in your first aid kit. You can customize your kit for the activity and location of your excursion. For example, if your trip is near water activities, you may want to make sure the bandages and tape are waterproof. If your plan includes hiking, blister care (along with the snake bite kit) are important additions. For hiking and backpacking, you may want to throw a few extra splints into your kit.

Having a first aid kit with wound care essentials can prevent injuries from escalating from minor to major. Treating a minor injury immediately and effectively saves you time and money on a doctor’s visit and allows you to continue your RV excursion.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for an RV Storage Facility to securely store your RV, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.