Should you buy the Motorhome or the Travel Trailer?

As mentioned in the title of this article, should you buy the Motorhome or the Travel Trailer?

As mentioned in the title of this article, should you buy the Motorhome or the Travel Trailer? If you’re stumped and can’t seem to make up your mind, you’ve come to the right article! I’ve compiled pros and cons list for both the motorhome and travel trailer. Keep in mind that both are great options and that it all depends on your needs and wants. With that said, can you guess my bias? Let’s begin!

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The Upfront Cost – There is a huge price difference between the motorhome and the travel trailer. We’re going to assume we’re comparing a new motorhome with a new travel trailer or a used motorhome with a used travel trailer. With this comparison, a class C motorhome will most likely cost two times the average cost of a travel trailer. Generally speaking, travel trailers are significantly lower in cost than motorhomes. However, though travel trailers are more affordable than motorhomes, travel trailers are dependent upon a vehicle. The ideal vehicle would most likely be a truck.

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Ongoing Maintenance – As you’d expect, the ongoing maintenance of a class C motorhome tend to be higher than a travel trailer. The simple reason for the price difference is because the motorhome has both the RV components and the vehicle components such as the engine and etc. Depending on how often you use the motorhome the cost of maintenance can cost anywhere between $50-$200 dollars per month. Whereas the travel trailer can cost anywhere between $1-$50 dollars a month, give or take.

Cost of Gasoline – When it comes to the cost of gasoline, it largely depends on the size of the motorhome as well as the cost of fuel. When comparing a class C motorhome with a truck towed travel trailer the motorhome would be more fuel efficient.

Depreciation and Vehicle Resale Value – Vehicles, in general, are not good investments because once it leaves the sales lot, the vehicle beings to depreciate. However, when we look at travel trailers, you may experience a slower depreciation because it doesn’t have an engine or various vehicle parts.

Travel Frequency – How often do you plan on hitting the road? Are you planning on traveling full-time or part-time? These are important questions to maximize your investment as well as your decision. If you plan on traveling part-time during the weekends or during annual vacations, it may be a big investment for a motorhome if it’s only going to be used a few weeks out of the year.

Driving Experience – When it comes to the all-in-one class C motorhome, driving is a lot more comfortable and less stressful. The motorhome is relatively easier to drive than pulling the travel trailer with a truck. One key difference between the motorhome and the travel trailer is the driving speed. When making corner turns or driving downhill, it’s a bit stressful for travel trailers since you’ll have to consider both the truck as well as the trailer.

Living Space and Storage – The class C motorhome will have a smaller and more confined living quarters than the travel trailer. One major decider between the two is the average number of passengers you’ll be housing during your trips. If space is a concern, I’d recommend visiting a local RV dealership to get a better size idea.

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 storage facility to securely store your motorhome or travel trailer, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got your covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Tips to Consider for a Memorable Road Trip

It’s about that time of the year to pull your RV out of storage, pack your friends and hit the open road!

It’s about that time of the year to pull your RV out of storage, pack your friends and hit the open road!

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There’s nothing quite like wind blowing through your hair as you cruise down Route 66 in your RV. Or facing the open road and getting lost in thought with the surrounding scenery. There’s also something amazing about road trips that invoke a sense of freedom and excitement. It’s also a great way to gain a new perspective and a deeper appreciation of oneself. So before we dive right into the trip, there are a few things to consider before we set our sights on the open road. As most RV travelers would say, “preparation is key to any successful road trip.” So to ensure a memorable road trip, there are a few things to note: the plan, the RV, the food, and the boredom busters.

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The Plan – There are typically two types of road trip plans: the detailed plan and the vague plan. Depending on whichever plan you’re looking to partake, it’s important that everyone onboard has the same expectation. You wouldn’t want unnecessary drama to abrupt during the trip. An example of a detailed plan consists of having a set schedule for both departure and arrival along with proper campsite reservations booked far in advance. An example of a vague plan would consist of multiple spontaneous pit stops along the trip. In short, a vague plan is basically winging it as you go with the destination in mind.

The RV – A successful road trip is only as good as your RV. So before you set your sights on the open road, be sure to double check the condition of your rig. What I mean by this is to check the health of your RV before you set out on your adventure. Keep in mind; you’re most likely going to put in a couple hundred miles on your RV if not more. So definitely consider double checking your engine oil, tire pressure, lights, battery, and brakes to name a few. In case of a flat tire or an unexpected engine occurrence, always make sure you have a functioning spare tire, jumper cables, and tools if you know your way around an engine.

The Food – Ah yes! The most important part of the entire trip! Depending on the number of passengers, you’re already looking at a pretty packed RV. When an RV has limited storage space like this, it’s going to take a certain level of creativity to figure out additional storage space. Fortunately, there are easy storage hacks you can do to maximize your space. If you got soda cans or canned foods, one of the best methods save space is to use storage bins or corrals to help uniformly store circular items. Another iffy storage hack is to use the inside of cabinet doors to hang spices or small lightweight items.

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The Boredom Busters – Being together in a confined space for hours on end will eventually drive you mad! So brace yourselves for boredom! But don’t worry you won’t be suffering from boredom alone, whether it’s with friends or family you’re all going to be bored of out your minds together! Rather than going mad together, why not play the singing game! It’s where one person starts singing the first line of the song and the next person has to continue it! Another game is the movie game, where one person names an actor or actress and the next person has to name a movie they were in.

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 storage facility to securely store your Recreational Vehicle, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

 

 

 

 

When’s the Right Time to Travel in Your Recreational Vehicle (RV)

If you’re like most people, you’re probably working at a location-dependent job.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably working at a location-dependent job. If this is the case, you’re likely in a weekly rinse and repeat work cycle. Most people will understand this feeling to a degree because they’re either living it right now or have experienced it. So when exactly will you have the freedom to travel? Sorry to break it to you but there is no “right time” to travel. Before we begin this article, I’d like to share one of my favorite inspirational quotes.

“There’s never a right time to travel in our lives. When we’re young, we have the energy and time, but not the means. When we are middle-aged, we have the means and the energy, but not the time. When we are old, we have the time and the means, but not the energy.”

This quote puts life in perspective and helps you realize that no matter when we decide to travel in our lives, there’s always going to be some kind of sacrifice. If you’re young, you’d have to be willing to take financial risks. If you’re middle-aged with a family, you’d have to risk your job security. Lastly, when you’re old you run the risk of your physical well-being. There isn’t a “right time” to travel. However, your Recreational Vehicle (RV) might be a possible solution to this dilemma.

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When it comes to packing up your life and hitting the open road in your RV, there are a few reasons why it isn’t for everyone. In fact, the RV life was only known and seen for those who were retired. Nowadays, people of all ages can become full-time RV go-getters. This is only made possible by the ever-growing demand of the internet. This new job demand helped create new jobs that weren’t available back then but are now. They enabled people of all working ages to self-sustain themselves on their RV traveling adventures. The once known “RV dream” to retirees is now possible for those willing to accept this lifestyle.

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A study was conducted by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) to determine the typical age of RV owners in the US. The study concluded that the age bracket fell between the ages of thirty-five (35) and fifty-four (54). In other words, we’re looking at a new era of traveling and living. So how do we make a living when traveling? Well, one of the best methods of funding your traveling expenses is free-lance jobs. The best part about these free-lance jobs is that it only requires internet access. Nowadays you can easily equip and install an internet source to your rig.

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One of the most versatile types of jobs out there that allow for a steady income while traveling in an RV is telecommuting home-based type jobs. To name just a few, there’s web design, photographer, software engineer, and writer. All these positions can be performed remotely in the comfort of your RV. Aside from telecommuting type jobs, there are other job positions out there that require you to travel the distance to the work itself. These types of work are typically within the engineering and construction industry. For example, you might be located 3 to 6 months away from home. Some of these travel type job positions include field technicians, geologist, consultant, and environmental specialist to name a few. Lastly, there are Temporary Staffing Agencies that can help find you a suitable job for your traveling expenses. These positions are typically seasonal jobs. For example, Amazon usually hires a large number of seasonal workers to help package orders during the Christmas rush.

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RV traveling has slowly evolved over the years with the advancement of technology. Regardless of how advanced technology may become in the distant future, there will always be a time and place where sacrifices are tested. Remember, life is filled with decisions and risks. Are you ready to make the decision to pull your RV out of storage and take that risk?

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

If you’re looking for a secured facility to park your RV until you make your decision, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered. Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

RV Storage at Home vs. Storage Facility!

First and foremost, before we dive right in, I want to be completely transparent and one hundred percent honest with you guys.

First and foremost, before we dive right in, I want to be completely transparent and one hundred percent honest with you guys. In this comparison, I’m most likely going to be biased in favor of storage facilities. Frankly, because I, myself use a storage facility. With that said, this comparison will be strictly composed of my own personal experience as well as my own opinion about home storage versus a storage facility.

Let’s get started! RV storage facilities provide an easy solution for people who want to enjoy an adventurous lifestyle without the hassle of sacrificing their garage space. Although many people have managed to store their RV’s at home, there are some unique features that a storage facility offers that our homes most likely does not. Here is my list of reasons.

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More Room – Generally speaking, storing an RV at home can be a little tricky. Depending on the size of your RV or the size of your garage, you may face some difficulties such as not having a big enough garage or backyard. For the average RV owner, most household garages are not built to store our RVs. However, most households do have a big enough backyard to park their RV. Now there is an alternative parking solution and that would be to park in your driveway. But that is of course if you don’t mind parking in and out of the driveway every single day. And if you’re wondering if you could Street Park, think again! There’s a homeowners association that doesn’t allow RV street parking.

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More Security – Before we get into this topic, I’m not implying that your home isn’t safe or secure. I’m just saying that storage facilities are designed for security and they pride themselves on protecting their tenant’s assets. Whereas at home, any security measures you want taken are entirely up to you. At a storage facility, you’ll most likely receive a few if not all of these features such as an electronic passcode for your unit, security cameras, locked gates, individual unit security alarms, and even on-site staff to keep an eye on things while you’re away. Now, these are just a few of the features that a storage facility has to offer.

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More Protection – As an RV owner, I can say with the utmost confidence that RVs are pretty sturdy and are built to withstand most elements. However, even the mightiest can fall when they’re not properly maintained or protected. This is especially true when we’re talking about our RVs. Depending on our geographical location, we may be more susceptible to high humidity, rainfall, snow or various other extreme elemental concerns. I highly recommend using a storage facility during the off-season such as winter if you live in a colder region. Protect your RV from the elements with an in-door storage unit. Now to be fair, an in-door storage unit is a bit pricier but the investment is well worth it in the long run.

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Like many of us, we only whip out our RVs from our storage facility or from our backyard when we plan on going on an adventure. Generally speaking, my family and I only travel to a handful of our favorite destinations every few months or so. Needless to say, RV owners have the opportunity to explore new places without spending a lot of money on travel expenses while enjoying a level of comfort similar to their own home.

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

If you’re interested in storing your RV in a storage facility, come on down to Pro RV & Boat Storage and check out what our facility has to offer! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we have a wide selection of RV parking storages that’ll ensure the protection of your RV. Pro RV & Boat Storage will give you a peace of mind when you store with us. To learn more about our storage facility, please visit our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/ today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RV Storage Ideas to help you better organize yourselves this New Year before your adventures!

Happy New Years! Another year has gone…can you believe that?

Happy New Years! Another year has gone…can you believe that? Seems like the older we get, the faster time goes by. That is why taking the time to celebrate with loved ones is so important. What better way to celebrate the New Year than to get together with friends and family in your RVs! There are plenty of destinations that will provide you and your family with amazing memories and excitements. But before we jump right into the adventure, preparation and organization are just as important. By organizing ahead of time, you will allow more relaxation time while on the road. In this article, we’ll share a few simple RV storage ideas to help you efficiently pack and organize yourselves.

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Let’s begin with understanding your pantry space. Before you get started organizing your items, plan your shopping trip based on your meal planning. You should definitely stockpile your pantry with foods such as cereal, canned goods, and fun camping snacks. As you stockpile these goods, you should also invest in a wired basket to help secure and hold the goods in the pantry. The reason for this is to prevent the goods from shifting and moving all over the place when the RV is in motion or when it goes over bumps on the road. Depending on your pantry and the number of levels it has, you should definitely organize your goods from top to bottom based on the weight of each item. For example, the top of the pantry should contain small packaged snacks while the middle of the pantry should contain cereal and some canned food. Lastly, on the very bottom of the pantry, we recommend putting heavier items in this slot such as water bottles, bigger canned goods and any sort of items with some weight behind it.

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Next up are baskets, that’s right! Baskets! Now let’s get started. Baskets come in an array of sizes, colors, and materials that can be incorporated anywhere in your RV. Organize your supplies labeling each basket to store certain items such as plates and bowls in one basket while another basket holds all the utensils. The versatility of baskets goes beyond just storing your goodies. Depending on the kind of basket you have, you can hang your baskets on make-shift hooks for extra storage space as well as provide a nice décor touch to the RV. Take your organization one step further and label your baskets with tags to identify what each basket contains. Identifying your clothing items help if you do not have a dresser or perhaps you simply want to take advantage of the extra space in the closet.

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Here are some final touches you could easily implement to take your organization to the next level. One of the first tasks we recommend, when you’re setting up your RV, is shelf liners. You may or may not be wondering what are shelf liners? Shelf liners are simple applications that keep your items in place while protecting the surface underneath. It’s a great application to use especially in an RV. We highly recommend lining the drawers and shelves in your RV to help prevent spills and ease the cleanup process if an item should happen to fall or break. The liners provide an anti-slip layer so your items won’t be slipping and sliding all over the place while the RV is in motion. As an added bonus, shelf liners come in many different colors and patterns!

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Organizing the space in your RV is going to take a bit of practice. Until you have gone on a few adventures and gotten the hang of the RV life, it can be overwhelming to decide what items are needed and not needed. Once you’ve organized everything, you’ll be all set! Be sure to stay organized even after your tip by storing your RV at your local RV storage facility. Here at, Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide range of parking available to accommodate your needs. To learn more about Pro RV & Boat Storage in Anna, Texas, please visit our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

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

 

 

5 Beginner RV Tips: Planning a Weekend Getaway on your Brand New Recreational Vehicle?

Alright, you adventure seekers! If you recently drove your brand new RV off the lot or pulled your RV out from a self-storage facility, it’s probably for one specific reason.

Alright, you adventure seekers! If you recently drove your brand new RV off the lot or pulled your RV out from a self-storage facility, it’s probably for one specific reason. You’re most likely planning a weekend getaway! If that’s exactly what you’re planning then you’re in for a treat! Listen here, if you’re a RV beginner because you don’t want to miss out on these helpful and useful tips for your adventures. Whether you’re starting to become a family of weekend campers or a retired couple looking to travel full time, there are a few important things to note before you dive right into your adventure. Let’s get started!

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1) Understand your Recreational Vehicle – this goes without say, but believe or not there are lots of people still discovering a new thing or two about their RV. With that said, especially for RV beginners who have little to no road experience, should definitely take the time to learn how the recreational vehicle works. For instance, the angles when you turn, getting comfortable of the size, the distance before hitting the brakes, all these little know-hows are critically important to not only your safety but your friends and family as well. If you know anything about RVs, you’d know that there are a lot of features. Depending on what RV you have, you might have features that can enable you to do certain things you haven’t thought of before.

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2) Take your Recreational Vehicle for a test drive – as obvious as this may sound, like most vehicles it’s important to get familiar with how it operates. This is especially important if you’re a RV beginner because you will face obstacles you haven’t faced before. Once simple solution to better prepare yourself for when the time comes to driving is to plan on where your destination is located and research the terrain it’ll be in. Once you figure out the scope, you can prepare yourself by driving a few test drives. Keep in mind; the terrain you’re in and the speed you’re driving to the turns you make will affect the people inside the RV. If there are unsecured items in the RV and you make a sharp turn, you can expect the living area to be a mess. These are the little things to consider when you’re driving your RV for the first time, be wary of the items and passengers on board as you’re driving.

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3) Prepare your Recreational Vehicle before you venture off – like most success in life, preparation is key. Always expect the unexpected; this famous line rings true for RV goers. Be sure to pack a well-stocked tool kit for your RV such as light bulbs, jumper cables, extra fuses, nuts, bolts and parts that are specifically unique to your RV. Aside from the RV’s functions, there are other preparations to be made such as having an adequate supply of living essentials in your living areas.

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4) Plan out your weekend getaway before hopping on your Recreational Vehicle – having a solid plan is a great way to ensure for a fun-filled weekend. One of the most important RV plans to keep in mind is the budget. How much can you allocate for fun and for food. In other words, how much money can you spend eating out versus making sandwiches as an alternative food source. There’s also the route you’re taking to reach your destination. Plan the quickest route or take a few detours for sightseeing, there’s just a lot of variables that could go into planning a simple RV trip weekend, especially if you’re a RV beginner.

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5) Make a campground checklist for your Recreational Vehicle – figuring out where you’ll plan to stay the night is important. As a RV beginner, chances are you might not have a campground routine yet. Therefore, by creating a checklist will help ensure that you’re RVing like a pro. Your checklist should include checking the site locations if there are hanging branches or obstacles on the ground that may hamper your overnight camp. Another tip to mention is to secure your RV’s wheels by chocking them so it remains stationary throughout the night.

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

These are the 5 basic beginner RV tips that you can implement when you decide to go off on an adventure. Once you’re satisfied with your weekend getaway, be sure to thoroughly clean your RV and make sure everything is operational and in working condition. This’ll ensure your RV will be ready for the next weekend and the weekends after that. If you pulled your RV from a self-storage facility, be sure to wash the RV before you park back at your local self-storage facility. Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we have a wide range of RV parking storage that’ll ensure the safety of your RV. Pro RV & Boat Storage will give you the peace of mind that your RV will be safe and secured. Come on down to Pro RV & Boat Storage today, we’re located in Anna, Texas. To find out more information about our storage facility, please contact 214-995-3078 or visit http://prorvandboatstorage.com/ today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RV Camping Tips: Top 10 Tips That’ll Help Improve Your RV Camping Experience!

What we have here is a collection of RV Camping Tips and Tricks that’ll help improve your camping experience!

What we have here is a collection of RV Camping Tips and Tricks that’ll help improve your camping experience! Here you will find expert camping advice on a variety of typical camping issues. These issues will cover both the inside and the outside of the RV to provide an all-around improvement in your camping experience. With that said, be sure to pull out your RV from your Self Storage Facility to start your adventure! Here is the list we put together of our tips and tricks to help you achieve the most efficient and peaceful camping experience! Please enjoy and we hope these tips will help you in your RV adventures!

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  1. How to Keep out Heat and Sunlight – Keeping the heat out of the RV especially in these hot weather conditions is extremely important. You can start by cutting foil bubble material to fit your windows. The foil bubble materials will help reduce and reflect sunlight from entering and heating up the inside of your RV. This really comes in handy on hot summer days, especially if you have no tree or shade coverage. Additionally, this little tip also works well in the bedroom for keeping light out when you want to sleep.
  2. Understanding your Propane Level – This is a critical one! Propone is an incredibly important component for any RV and knowing how much propone is left in the tank is vitally important. One simple way to check this is to look at the tank bright and early in the morning. Where ever the dew stops on your tank is where your propane level is. Another niffy trick to determine the propone level is to pour a cup of boiling water down the side of the tank and watch where the condensation starts! Alternatively, another option is to weigh the tank. A full tank weights approximately thirty pounds plus the tank weight itself.
  3. When to Turn off the Plumbing – Why is it important to turn off the plumbing? Well for starters, if you are planning to leave your RV unattended for an extended period of time, just remember to turn off the plumbing! That’s not so hard? The reason we should turn off the plumbing is because in the event of some type of interior plumbing failure, this tip will help save you of untold amounts of cleanup and possibly an expensive repair bill under your name.
  4. Use a Water Splitter – Save yourself the trouble with a water splitter! It’s usually a good idea to use a splitter where the water goes into the RV. This will allow you to have an extra spigot for attaching a hose for such things as cleaning. Additionally, this tip will help make it easy to depressurize the water when it comes time to unhook it, thus saving you from being soaked in the process.
  5. Keep Your Showers Clean – Showers are known as the sanctuary of clean! If showers keep you clean, it’s only fair to keep it clean as well. After a showering session, use an absorbent cloth or towel to completely dry your shower stall after use, it will help prevent the growth of any molds and keep hard water stains from forming. It only takes a few extra minutes but it is more worth it in the end.
  6. Save Electricity with Solar Energy – No need to spend countless money on batteries when you got rechargeable solar energy at your disposal. Using the solar powered lights that you can easily pick up from any lawn and garden center can save you a lot of money and batter usage. You can charge your solar energy packs in the front yard during the day and use them after sundown.
  7. Make the Most of Small Spaces – Most RV’s have a lot of cabinet spaces! Which is great and all but it still leaves a lot of wasted space. However, if we installed wire baskets in strategic places such as behind cabinet doors and in the tops of cabinets, a lot of wasted space can be utilized. This’ll create more storage capacity and ultimately serve as help maintain a sense of organization.
  8. The Power of Corkboards Behind Cabinet Doors – Corkboards have always be associated with a sense of organization and beauty. This remains true even in a RV. Installing corkboards on the backs of your cabinet doors is a great way to pin and save recipes, instruction pages or little pieces of paper. It is a great reminder tool while on the road!
  9. Change your LED Lights to Power Saving – Make the energy saving switch to LED lights! Replacing normal incandescent bulbs LED’s can save exponential amounts of energy since most LED’s use only one-tenth the power of normal lightbulbs.
  10. Pack a First Aid Kit – Safety First! Understanding that when you’re traveling in an RV would mean that you are probably going to be miles away from a medical facility. In the event of a medical emergency, you need to make sure you are prepared for the worse. A first aid kit that has a variety of medical treatments will be extremely valuable for any RV traveler.

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After an amazing RV adventure, be sure to park your RV back into your Self Storage Facility for safe protection! Pro RV and Boat Storage can help accommodate your RV storage needs! If you got a small, medium or large sized RV, Pro RV and Boat Storage has got the solution for you! Here at Pro RV and Boat Storage we offer a wide range of RV parking with 24 hour parking surveillance! Rent or Reserve online at your own convenience today!