How To Choose Between Indoor vs. Outdoor RV Storage

If you are planning to buy an RV, one of the first things you will consider is how often it will be used. The answer to that question will vary based on a number of factors … Are you currently retired? If not, how much vacation time can you get from your current job? Do you live in a tropical, semi-tropical, or non-tropical climate, and how close is your location to the nearest campgrounds? 

The reality is, many RV owners only use their RVs for a few months per year. This is often during the summer months and on long holiday weekends. Not all RV owners are fans of campgrounds and many of these campgrounds are closed throughout the winter months. This is why RV storage is one of the next major considerations for RV owners after their purchase. 

First you will have to consider whether it is more feasible to store your RV inside or outside. The next step would be to determine the viability of storing the RV at home as opposed to utilizing a professional RV storage facility. Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages associated with each option to help you make an informed decision.

Advantages of Indoor RV Storage

Indoor RV storage has two major advantages including protection and security. They may sound like the same thing, but they represent two different aspects in this context. 

Protection

This refers to the defense and shelter your RV will receive from the elements when stored in an indoor unit. The three major elements are precipitation, humidity, and temperature, and each type will not only affect how your RV looks over time, but also how it operates. The water, moisture, and the fluctuation of hot and cold air will affect your RV’s paint job as well as the efficacy of some internal and external parts, not to mention the possibility of mold and fungi. 

Security  

Security in this context refers to protection from theft, vandalism, and damages. When your RV is in an indoor storage unit, only yourself and employees of the facility will have access to it. Therefore, the chance of theft is slim. However, if it does occur, you have someone to hold responsible. You can also discuss various insurance and liability clauses with the facility to ensure you and your RV are protected. With all things considered, some would say that indoor storage can actually extend the life of your RV when compared to outdoor options.

Disadvantages of Indoor RV Storage

There really isn’t a disadvantage to indoor RV storage per se, but there are a few factors that will encourage some owners to shy away from this option.

Cost 

Indoor RV storage is not as economical as outdoor storage. In fact, in some areas, indoor RV storage facilities are almost twice as expensive as outdoor storage facilities. For many people, this is reason enough to consider the opposing option. 


Availability and Distance 

Even when affordability is not much of an issue for some owners, locating an indoor storage facility can be a challenge. In some cities, indoor storage units for RVs are few and far between. This makes it a hassle for many people to get to the storage location and as such, some RV owners either decide not to use an indoor facility, or not use their RV’s as often as they would like. So then, what would be the point of having an RV in pristine condition, if you can’t find the time to access and utilize it?

Advantages of Outdoor RV Storage

There are two options for outdoor RV storage. You can choose to store it yourself (if possible) or pay for an outdoor storage facility. 


Home Storage

If you choose to store your RV at home, the good news is that it’s always close by and can easily facilitate an impromptu trip. You can also store ready-to-go snacks and toiletries in the RV making the packing-to-go process even easier. For this same reason, you will probably use it a lot more than you would if it was tucked away in an indoor storage facility, which would probably be miles away. Another major advantage of outdoor self-storage is an extra bedroom if family members drop by. It serves as an extra self-contained living area for short term stay.  

Storage Facility 

Outdoor storage is considerably more economical than indoor storage even if you choose to utilize an RV storage facility, as opposed to your own lawn or curb. There are also more outdoor storage facilities in most cities, which means that you are more likely to find one available and close to your home.

Disadvantages of Outdoor RV Storage

One of the main disadvantages of outdoor storage is of course, the elements. However, small critters and animal droppings can also be an issue. 

Cleaning and Upkeep 

If you choose to store your RV outside your home, you will need to invest time and money into washing, waxing, and other various upkeep to maintain its lustrous exterior. I would imagine that the hearty scrubbing of bird droppings and/or tree sap is not one of the activities you look forward to at the end of each week. Even if it’s being stored professionally, it will require the occasional cleaning, which you will either do yourself or pay to get done.

City or State Regulations 

You may not be allowed to park your RV at home based on regulations in some cities and states. This means that you may be forced to find a paid outdoor storage facility. 

Personal Inconveniences 

 In some areas city regulations may not be a factor, and parking the RV on your lawn may be the easiest choice, but that depends on how you feel about your lawn and whether you like it green or yellow. In addition, if it’s parked in your concrete driveway, your tires may degrade over time and need replacing when you are ready to go on your next trip, not to mention the maneuvering it may take to park your everyday vehicle. A paid outdoor storage facility will bypass city regulation, space, and lawn issues, but the elements will still be a factor on your RV’s paint job. 

Vandalism/Theft 

Another disadvantage of outdoor storage is the possibility of theft or vandalism. This is true regardless of whether you are storing the RV at home or in a storage facility. Some facilities will provide a basic level of security with an active guard on duty, guard dogs, and /or electric fences, but it will generally not be as secure as an indoor facility.

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 ATV, RV, or 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 your needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Docked: 11 Tips On How to Store A Boat Long term

Storing a boat is not a simple task. The process requires time and paying close attention to the details. Once you have done it, that’s it – you are leaving your boat on its own for a long time.

Here we will share important tips and things to watch out for during this process. Whether you want to winterize a boat (prepare it for winter season), or don’t want to sail for a longer period, this advice is meant to be practical year-round.

Where should you keep it? There are a couple of options to choose from, yet we always suggest indoor, dry storage for the best results. If you opt to store your boat on the water or outdoors, the preventive measures will be different. 

1.     Preparation is the key

This is the very first thing on the list of tips we want you to know. The reason for it is simply because this step is occasionally overlooked.

Generally speaking, we are going to divide it into two steps.

The first one is to make a proper plan so you don’t forget any detail in the process. Write everything down as you read and imagine the whole process. Also, some ideas may come to mind – so, don’t overlook them.

And the other is to make sure you have enough time and patience. The process can get overwhelming, so focus on the outcome and the result!

It’s worth it!

2.     Take your boat out one last time

The importance of this one is probably obvious to you. This is an overall check of the boat itself. Act like a perfectionist during this ride. Try to find all and every minor issue that seems to occur for the first time, or you noticed it before but didn’t give much importance to it.

Pay close attention to the engine since it is the heart of all vehicles. Also look for corrosion or cracks that cause water spills during the ride, since these can cause damage if they are left aside for a long time.

3.     Drain the systems

Draining the systems is a must if you have decided to go with dry storage for your boat. It means you have to remove all the water out of your boat components.

Afterward, the ideal move would be to fill the components with antifreeze, assuming you are leaving your boat during the harsh winter season. The antifreeze will prevent any ice from forming inside the components which would damage them if not taken care of.

4.     Take care of the engine

As this is the main part of your boat, it should be a priority.  Make sure to wash it in detail and remove all the sand, dirt, or other elements that inevitably accumulate there.  

Don’t forget to do a thorough inspection of the whole engine and perform general maintenance, including changing the oil and filters. Lastly, fill up your tank to full and let the engine run for 20-30 minutes. Leaving the gas tank empty for longer periods may result in corrosion because of the high humidity and exposed surfaces. 

5.     Remove added parts and take care of electronics

All the things that are not the main parts of the boat should be taken away somewhere else. As long as they are small enough to be taken with ease, there is a better place for them to spend the winter holidays. This includes all the equipment, clothes, gadgets, and electronics in general.

And when it comes to electronics, batteries especially, take extra care. If the temperatures are going below freezing point, you shouldn’t keep them there. Take them home or to a warmer place.

6.     Keep the boat close to your reach

An ideal place for storing your boat should be in your property, in a dry place, protected from the sun. However, this option is only viable if you have a big facility capable of providing you this comfort (e.g. a big garage).

If your property’s indoor surface area does not let you do this, other options can be renting a place for your boat in a boat storage facility. Renting an indoor spot might be the most expensive option but it is by far the safest way to go.

Least favored dry-storage options would be your property’s open space areas or renting an outdoor spot for storing your boat.

7.     Washing and waxing

You are almost ready to store your boat away. What you need to do next is wash off the whole surface of the boat with water.

When it comes to clearing the fiberglass, you should apply a non-abrasive cleaner spray before washing off the surface. Afterward, give it two to three hours for everything to dry off properly and prepare for massive waxing!

Waxing is not mandatory, but if you decide to go for it, detailed washing beforehand is a must. Apply your favorite wax product and buff one area at a time (preferably with a power buffer).

8.     Cover the whole boat

When doing this, you want to think about the harshest winter conditions to prevent all the possible consequences. Our warm recommendation is to have a professional shrink wrap your vessel from head to toe. It will cost you a little bit of extra money, however, it is way more economical to do that than to pay for possible damage repairs when the season starts again.

9.     Close the exhaust vents

This one’s simplicity equals in its importance. Seal all the vents with duct tape multiple times. This prevents insects, pests, and all the critters from reaching the boats’ important components, and potentially damaging them.

10.  Check the boat periodically

If the vessel is stored in your garage or backyard, there is no reason not to check it every week. However, if you stored your boat further away from your home, try to check on it every two weeks or so.

This is important because it is crucial for the maintenance of the boats’ overall condition. Your task when checking on the boat will be figuring out if there are any possible issues. Always check the engine, but don’t forget about potential mildew spots, oil leaks, or even holes in the duct tape that you sealed on the exhaust vents.

11.  Enjoy the process

It may get exhausting, but don’t forget why you’re doing this. You love nature, are passionate about the water, and of course the vessels. For some, it’s a hobby and for others just a way to spend a weekend. Yet it is the same driving force that brings a smile on your face every time you turn the engine on. Therefore, this is much more than a to-do list. It is an introductory guide to all the fun and joy that’s waiting for you next season.

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 ATV, RV, or 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 your needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Road Map: 9 Tips to Prepare For Your First RV Trip

An RV road trip is a fun way to travel with your family or friends across the country. It is a great way to explore the outdoors with flexibility and freedom. Before you start your first RV trip, you will need to prepare for it.

Here is a list of tips that will enable you to enjoy your first RV trip.

1. Know Your RV

If you are an RV beginner with little road experience, you will need to get to know the RV. If you don’t own an RV, you can rent it for a day. It is best to try several types of RV before you make the choice.

With so many sizes and types of RVs, it is important to find one that fits your driving style. This will help maximize the fun on the road. Learn how the motorhome works. It will enable you to assess any problem that arises on your road trip and fix it.

Take time to inspect the RV. This is important when you want to have a safe road trip. Check the RV batteries. Flush the water tank and check for leaks. Check all appliances (fridge, microwave, and air conditioner) used in the RV to see if they work.

Inspect the interiors of the cabin. Spring clean the interiors and sanitize. This ensures that you have a fresh bed, blankets, and clean cabinets and shelves. Depending on the number of people traveling, you should choose a size that is right for everyone.

2. Practice Driving the RV

Driving an RV on the road is different from driving a car. Learn about the roads you plan to drive on. Take a small trip on similar terrain. When you practice driving, you will be able to ascend hills, switch lanes, and park without much of an effort.

With practice, you will be able to understand the intricacies of driving an RV. You will also be able to adjust your driving style to match the specific needs of driving an RV on the road.

Before the road trip, you can also choose to watch a few videos on how to navigate an RV. Gain knowledge about electrical hookups, sewage hookups, and water hookups. Apart from this read the RV manual on auxiliary battery, propane tank, and generator.

Understanding how these lifelines of an RV work will help you drive confidently on the road. This will enable you to understand any issues with these lifelines and troubleshoot.

3. Road Service and RV Insurance

Research road services specializing in RV. Only a limited number of road service companies will tow the trailer. Ensure that insurance covers all aspects of the RV trip.

  • Does the insurance cover the trailer?
  • Does the motorhome policy cover the towed vehicle?
  • Do you need separate road service coverage?

4. Book the Campground and Confirm Reservations

Research the list of campgrounds on the route and confirm reservations. Pick a trailer park or campground that supports RV hookups. Most of these campgrounds get booked fast. It is best to make reservations before you start the road trip.

Research the pricing and fees charged by the campgrounds. You will have to pay the fees upfront when you book the trip. If you need anything more at the trailer park, you will have to pay extra.

5. Create a Campground or Trailer Park Checklist

As this is your first RV trip, you will not be aware of the campground routine. A checklist ensures that everything is as it should be.

  • Check for obstacles on the ground.
  • Locate water, electrical, and sewage hookups. Park the RV close to the hookups.
  • Choke the wheels to secure the rig.
  • Switch the electrical appliances on after connecting to the electrical hookup.
  • Attach the sewage hose to the sewage hookups.

Gain knowledge about the different dump stations along the route you intend to take. When you are aware of the sewage dump stations, you will be able to schedule drop-offs along the way.  

6. Check Weather Forecast, Road Conditions, Closures, and Construction

Visit websites that report on road conditions, closures, and construction. Check the route you will be traveling and see the current road conditions. It is frustrating if you run into road closures and construction.

Always choose a route and destination that everyone will enjoy. If you are traveling with kids, you will need to have kid’s activities on the route. This will ensure fun for all on the road trip.

There is nothing you can do about the weather. Before you start the road trip, it is advisable that you check the weather forecast. If there is rain, ice, snow, or hail, it can spoil your road trip.

When you are aware of the weather forecast, you will be able to prepare for all types of weather conditions.

7. Pack the Right Stuff

Make a packing list. Pack essentials such as first aid kit, trail shoes, headlamp, and rain-resistant clothing. Even though you can pack a lot of things in your RV, you should be careful about what you carry.

Weight distribution is important in large vehicles. As you will be carrying a lot of fuel and water, you should be careful about what else you pack. Make a list of things you will need depending on the number of people traveling in the RV.

Pack kitchen supplies, food, medications, and toiletries. If your pets are joining you on the road trip, you will also need to pack pet supplies.

8. Setting Up and Breaking Down Camp

Setting up camp is often a big challenge. This is especially true if this is your first RV road trip. After parking and leveling the RV, you will need to hook it up to all the systems. It’s now time to unpack and enjoy all the comforts of your RV.

When you break down camp, you should pack all the things carefully. Shut down all the electrical appliances. Secure all the belongings in the cabin so that they don’t fall down when you drive.

Before you leave camp, visit the dump station so that you can empty the black water. This will help you save time and travel light and easy.

9. Rent an RV and Hit the Road

Rent an RV and enjoy the experience of your first road trip. Get away from day-to-day life and enjoy a vacation with your family and friends. Don’t stress about anything and prepare yourself for an amazing experience.

The tips for your first RV road trip will help you enjoy a smooth ride on the road. A little bit of planning is all it takes to have an awesome trip with your loved ones.

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 ATV, RV, or 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 your needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Westward Bound: 11 Must-Visit Campsites in the Southwest

Vacations are the best way to spend a memorable time with your family and friends. For those seeking a great outdoor adventure, look no further than a trip to the Southwest.

While much of the U.S. is known for its history, the West – Southwest in particular – is known for its picturesque scenery. Recreational opportunities abound for family travel. Enjoying can be your primary motive but at the same time, you should also explore things to make memories and add to your experiences. It’s also not a bad way to impress your relatives, bosses, and co-workers.

There are a lot of places to visit but the ultimate adventure lies in camping. There is a long list of campsites in the southwest, so we’re highlighting several of the most must-see ones.

1. Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground, New Mexico

If you are a true road tripper, then you can make use of a variety of amenities that are provided to the visitors. This site is well-equipped with wifi, which will enable you to experience a great camp time and stay connected. If you are traveling from May to September, you can come across a lot of  family-oriented activities. -You can take your kids to the playground, dog park or enjoy a free outdoor movie. Other amenities here also include hot showers, bathrooms and laundry. Taking in the sight can be your primary motive, but if you are just sparing some time from your hectic life, , then it will be the best campsite for you.

2. Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

One can experience scenic views of rust-colored rocks that are offered by Snow Canyon State Park. Apart from this, huge sand tent platforms are there that can make your camping even more adventurous. This park is also equipped with warm showers and bathrooms. If talking about popular activities, then cycling is one such activity that people love to do. if you are an explorer or if you love to find new  places, then you should visit this park as it will allow you to explore the many trails through the main canyon and the side canyons.

TIP FOR PET LOVERS – Before taking your pet with you, you should know that the pets are only allowed in the campground, whiptail trail and west canyon.

3. Salt Creek, California

Salt Creek is a part of the Salton Sea stream in Southern California’s Riverside County. The best way to enjoy your camping here is to pull your camp chairs out from your tent and sit next to the water to adore the marine birdlife. They charge you approximately $10, but worth every dollar spent because the amenities reciprocated in return will make you experience lavish camping. The amenities provided include picnic tables, snack bars, tidepools, BBQs, restrooms etc. This can be the ultimate destination for you to camp. If you are someone who loves to try new things then you should not miss the chance to get yourself engrossed in the activities that they are offering like bodysurfing, bodyboarding, surfing, swimming, beach walking, etc.

4. Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas

Big Bend Ranch State Park is located in a remote area of Texas. This particular camping site is popular for its scenic views. Another reason for popularity its proximity to the water. The site is very close to the river and you can explore the kind of plant species that grow on the dry and barren landscape. The best time to travel is spring as you will be able to experience a wide variety of plant species that contrasts with the usually barren desert.

5. Valley of Fires, New Mexico

Have you ever thought of camping in lava fields? If not, then you should not miss this chance of planning a trip to Valley of Fires, in New Mexico. This site is immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow in New Mexico. While traveling, you will come across the earth landscape dotting with green color. t will excite you to stop and get a closer look at it. This site is considered to be one of the most oft-visited and popular campsites of all time in the Southwest.

6. South Campground, Zion National Park, Utah

South Campground is located in the green valleys of Zion Canyon. Providing the campers with the basic amenities are kept in mind like flush bathrooms and water. Regardless of having a desert-like climate, the tall trees provide shed to the campers. By the evening, the sun reflects off the valley’s wall by making the dining more lavish and enchanting.

7. Trona Pinnacles, California

Have you ever dreamt of camping on an alien planet ? Here comes a chance to get as close to that as humanly possible. It’s a great opportunity for all those who love to explore new things because camping is free and adventurous in the Trona Pinnacles, which is one of California’s jewels. This will probably be the best spot for camping if you ever got a chance to camp here. The out-of-this-world experience here will make you feel as if you are on a trip you’ve never been before.

8. Lake Colorado City State Park, Texas

If you are looking for a little bit of fun and adventure in Texas, then the Lake Colorado City State Park should be on the top of your list as it provides the campers with numerous amenities including showers and full bathrooms. Swimming is strictly prohibited as no one will be provided with the life jackets.

9. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Natural Bridges National Monument is located in Utah. The site is open all round the year which is a factor making it one of the most visited campsites in Utah. It’s42 miles west of Blanding, Utah. Apart from the necessities, the campers are provided with other necessities like flashlights, binoculars and star charts.

10. Valley of the Gods, Utah

If you are planning to explore a new place in Utah then you should not miss Valley of the Gods. It is not very far from the Natural Bridges National Monument. You will get a chance to come across a wide variety of critters like rabbits, lizards, snakes, deer. Plenty of subjects here to ply your photography skills.

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11. City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico

City of Rock State Park is a unique campsite  built among volcanic rocks in New Mexico. This campsite received its name from the volcanic rock that we can find on this specific place. if you are looking for electric and water hookups then the charges will be around $14 but if you are satisfied with no hookup sites, then you are asked to pay $10. If you are inclined for relaxing camping than an adventurous experience, then you should go for no hookup sites because it’s much more quiet and private as compared to the hookup sites.

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 ATV, RV, or 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 your needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

RV Trends: What’s New for 2020

The good life is in full swing heading into the 2020 RV season. Manufacturers continue to innovate and reinvent one of America’s favorite pastimes. Hitting the road has never been more fun. The RVs on the horizon are better than ever, reshaping what we’ve always loved about them, all while taking them to a new level of comfort and accessibility. One of the hallmark 2020 trends in RV development and sales is the ever-increasing ability buyers have to customize their vehicles. Whether it’s a 5th wheel, class A, or a stealth van, designers are giving owners more choices on color, build and size. It’s a great year to be in the market for a new RV. Here’s a quick look at some of the defining trends as we head into 2020. 

 

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The New Manufacturer Motto: Custom Everything

 

RV competition is fiercer than ever, and RV companies are pulling out all the stops to close sales. That means they are going farther than ever to give buyers what they want. In 2020, RVs come in a wide variety of configurations that can be adjusted for every owner. Everything new to market will likely come in multiple options. Of course, higher-end options will cost more money, but it’s great news more selections are even options. Buyers can choose colors, layouts, storage, interior electronics systems and seating configurations that fit their family size and lifestyle. 

 

A lot of RV buyers are using the custom options to personalize with finishes and hi-tech appliances for their RVs. They want efficiency in their layouts and want to be able to maximize utility, but still want to make a statement! They want their RV to be part of the story of who they are. RV makers are doing a great job empowering customers as we move into 2020 and beyond.

 

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Smaller Spaces, Better Places

 

Even though there are still a ton of Class A RVs on the road, new buyers brought into the market in 2019 and going into 2020 are looking for smaller spaces. New buyers want an RV that facilitates their active lifestyle; it’s just enough to keep them comfortable until they’re ready to get out hiking, rock climbing, fishing, or stop into a local coffee shop to do some work. New RVs that use outdoor space well are going to be extremely popular. Indeed, we’ve seen a lot of companies responding to customers who want the outdoors to mesh more with RV living. Buyers are going to see a lot more pullout stoves, portable outdoor showers, swivel tables that can double as a kitchen prep station or an outdoor workspace. Even mini 5th wheels are going to keep getting tech and design upgrades to make them more functional.

 

People still want those smaller spaces to be comfortable. Build quality certainly has a premium over square footage in the newest RVs. In 2020, people will be happy to pay more for better quality. “Buy once, cry once”, the old adage goes. Owners are after the best quality premium finishes they can find and are willing to sacrifice the roomy bathroom to do get it. 

 

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The Rise of Multi-Use Features

 

Multi-use features are going to be a staple in the hottest 2020 RVs. Engineers are pushing the RV industry forward more than ever before and coming up with ways items inside can be converted into something with multiple purposes. Conversions no longer stop at dining areas that can convert into beds. In 2020, buyers will see more exterior shower tents to maximize inside space and dinettes that fold into the floor or can shift into a work desk. Don’t worry, seating areas still convert into beds, but they’re better. More RVs manufacturers are finding ways to install bunk beds in their RVs, great for families with multiple kids or road trips with friends. As more RV components make their way outside, the leftover space can be used for a variety of storage needs. 

 

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Class C Still on Fire

 

The van life movement continues to win RV fans around the world. Outdoor enthusiasts, retiree weekenders, and people just plain sick of the rat race love the flexibility and comfort of some of the new Class C vans. With the smaller vehicle size, owners can pull into parking lots and park areas without having to worry if they’ll fit. The wheelbase or length isn’t a concern and doesn’t limit where and when they can go somewhere. 

 

Class C demand has pushed a lot of design and manufacturing work into the industry. Buyers can find a huge amount of RV options with full showers, toilets, kitchenettes, and even multiple beds. Some new RVs are working with skylights, furniture that can shift and transform, and making the cabin able to change into a lovely dining area. Look for the versatility of the Class C move even further ahead in 2020. 

 

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Greater Community for the RV Crowd

 

Anyone who’s owned or rented an RV on a summer road trip will attest to the sense of friendship and community at campsites across the country. There’s something undeniable about the bond between RV owners that draws people out every year. More recently, the RV industry has taken advantage of technology to bring people even closer. In 2020, look for more apps on camp reviews, trip advice, and community gatherings that connect RV owners throughout the United States. As more people come online and participate, the community is going to become even tighter, which then spurs even greater demand for RVs and a fulfilling life on the road. 

 

There’s never been a more exciting time to own an RV. Vans Recreational vehicles come in more shapes and sizes than ever and have a massive number of features for any use case. Whether you’re looking for something to be self-sustaining or are looking for something to use on the weekend to take in some of this beautiful country, there’s something out there for you. Momentum around RV living and outdoor recreation away from life’s hustle and bustle is at an all-time high and is driving people to explore RV choices. Looking ahead, 2020 is going to be another exciting year for buyers and sellers alike.

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 ATV, RV, or 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 your needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

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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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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