Archive for April 2016

RVing with a Baby

So you’ve got a new addition to the family, Congrats! As a few months pass by you might find that you’re getting a little stir crazy by the lack of sleep and constant diaper changes. An RV is the PERFECT way to Get Away! 

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With an RV you can travel to your favorite scenic destinations and still have the conveniences and luxury of home to care for your child. Weekend warriors use this as a great way to getaway and relax during what can be a stressful time (yet also rewarding). There’s also a trend of people who are traveling and working full time while having babies.

Here’s just a few reasons why you should consider RVing with your baby:Pio Pico (42)

It’s easier than you think!

For most RVs, camping becomes a way of getting into your favorite areas but still enjoying the joys of being able to heat up a bottle, wash some pump parts, or put a baby to bed in their crib. When they go down for the night, bust out the baby monitor and hang out at the campfire!

It’s fun!    

Waking up to a smiling baby is one of the precious gifts of life. Waking up to a smiling baby knowing you’re about to take that baby on a nice scenic stroll at your favorite camping destination is on another level of great!

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Your relationship will thank you!

Experts say that shortly after you have a baby it’s important to take a vacation. If you can line up sitters and your baby is old enough to be away from you for a couple of nights head out and Go Camping together. If not, bring the little one along and enjoy rekindling your love by the fire once they go to bed. There’s nothing more romantic than staring at the stars with your significant other (with a sleeping baby).

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It creates good family habits!Pio Pico (63)

There’s a lot of data from experts who say camping is one of the best family traditions you can have. The value, health benefits and connection it provides is top notch. Kids don’t remember their favorite day of TV, but they do remember spending quality time with their family and friends while camping. Although a baby won’t likely remember their camping adventures at a young age, you will and you’ll be able to share those stories years down the road.

Whatever your reasons, make sure you treat yourself and your baby to the great outdoors! If you have any questions about which RV would be best for growing your family let us know, we would love to direct you to the best options for you and your family!

Protect the Surge!!!

If you’re like me you might get excited when you hear the word Surge! It reminds me of a time where I use to race my brother’s across the room to get a Surge Soda (by the way they are making a comeback). Although there are many people who would rather fight than give up their Surge Soda, the type of Surge Protector your RV needs is a little bit different.

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The wrong type of Surge Protector

RVs today are packed with advanced technology. More and more people are working on the road while seeing this amazing country. There’s gadgets and outlets everywhere to accommodate the need to be plugged in. Which is great for our convenient lives but that usually means More Power!

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Mix that with the fact that many campgrounds are using outdated electrical hookups and you will want to protect your investment and more importantly your family from any surges that may occur. It’s more common than you think. A few weeks ago I took my family to a beautiful RV Park steaming with adventure.

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Although it was beautiful Pio Pico (59)and the hiking was incredible, the park was very old and had inconsistent surges of power coming through which melted our plug.

It doesn’t take more than a few seconds of faulty power to cause damage to things like your fridge, microwave, tv, computer and more!

That’s why we recommend the Surge Guard by TRC! Specifically designed with the RV in mind, they have an entire family of devices designed to protect your RV’s electrical system. Contact us today to see which product is perfect for you to keep your family and RV safe!

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A few of the features

  • Auto shut off when excessive voltage
  • Open neutral ground
  • Auto reset on power restore
  • LCD Display w continuous monitoring of voltage/amp draw
  • Surge failure light
  • Weather resistant
  • Available in 30A or 50A

DIY Project – De-Winterizing the RV

It’s that time of year again… b6b9c5148d478324e75b5e78ae1ac147The time where things warm up, water runs, things turn green, and the RV needs to be prepped for the Camping Season!!

Most people enjoy this process much more than winterizing. The goal isn’t to park it, in fact there’s a bright light at the end of the tunnel when you are summerizing your RV, you get to GO RVING!!

For some, winterizing and summerizing seems like a task that you don’t want to take on… That’s ok, it has to be done and it has to be done right. That’s what we’re for. Call us to schedule an appointment ASAP. For others who want to learn and try this DIY project, here’s an overview of the process. Keep in mind that each unit varies and you may need to reference your owners manual, but the general concepts are the same.

In its simplest form, summerizing is simply the process of undoing the winterizing project from last fall. It’s cleaning out the plumbing and making sure all components of the RV are working properly.

RV Plumbing

There’s 2 main tasks for the RV Plumbing:

  1. Remove antifreeze
  2. Clean the pipes so it’s safe to use

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Removing the Antifreeze:

Assuming you used a non-toxic RV Antifreeze to protect your insides you’ll need to run fresh potable water through the entire system. Do this for several minutes until all traces of the antifreeze are gone.

If antifreeze was added to the fresh water tank you’ll want to drain the tank, fill the tank, and run that water through the system until the antifreeze is gone.

Keep in mind that you’ll want to run water through ever component of your plumbing system. That means the outside shower, washing machine, etc. If the water heater was bypassed, make sure you turn it out of bypass mode. If it wasn’t bypassed you’ll need to drain the water heater and run water through it to clean it out.

Cleaning the Plumbing:

For every 15 gallons of water in your fresh tank add 1/4 cup of regular bleach and mix them into a gallon bucket. Now put that bleach water into the fresh water holding tank. You may have to pour this directly into a hose that’s connected to your RV to fill the fresh water tank.

Make sure all of the drains are closed and drain plugs are installed. Take a quarter-cup of household bleach for every fifteen gallons of water your fresh water tank holds. Mix the bleach with water into a one-gallon container and pour it into the fresh water holding tankFill the freshwater tank completely full and run the water through all the hot and cold faucets until you smell bleach. Close the faucets and let the bleach water sit in the tank and lines for 12 hours. Drain the water, refill the fresh water tank one last time with clean water and repeat the process of running it through the faucets until you don’t smell bleach anymore.

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Batteries can discharge up to 10% per month while in storage. Recharge the battery

Appliances

Make sure your propane is full and properly hooked up. Plug into the appropriate outlet for power. Test all your appliances to make sure they are working properly.

Tires

Tires lose pressure in storage. They can lose roughly 203 psi per month! Check the tire pressure and fill according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Engine

If you have a motorized RV, check all the fluid levels. Start the engine and make sure it’s running properly. Do this with the on-board generator also.

 

The Decoliner: The High Art of Custom RVs

We all have fantasies of the craftsmanship of the past: singular artisans working with love and passion instead of factory line robots. We think of the diversity of styles made by small, independent designers following dreams. But those days are long gone. Done. Right?

Well, no. Not quite.

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In Grants Pass, Oregon, there is a small group of artists better known as the Blastolene Brotherhood. And among them is Randy Grubb. After 20 years as a successful glass artist, he decided to fulfill a lifelong dream: to build a vehicle of his own design, from scratch. So after taking classes in metal shaping, a new career was born.

One of the many gorgeous results was this custom RV: the Decoliner. The culmination of 5000 hours of loving work, Randy describes it as the sort of RV Flash Gordon would drive. Measuring 26 ft., with bubble windows, luscious curves, and even a flying bridge that seats five on the roof, we are breathless at the sight of her.

Decoliner in Progress

Of course Randy is “the competition” for us at Poulsbo RV. But we have to stand up and applaud. Well done, Mr. Grubb. Well done, indeed.

To see more about the Decoliner and the rest of Randy Grubb’s work, go to www.randygrubb.com/the-decoliner. Expect to lose at least an hour there.  At least.

Here at Poulsbo RV, nothing makes us happier than knowing that the RV community is as creative and vibrant as ever. If you have any pictures or stories about other great modified or specially built RV, share them with us! You might see them posted here. Email us at everythingrv@poulsborv.com .

Thanks. And travel safely!