Do you have a Honey-do list that seems to keep growing? Although there might not be a quick fix to all upgrades, there are certainly some that you don’t need to make harder than they have to be. Below is a list of RV upgrades that don’t require you to bust out your toolbox.
Pantry Lighting doesn’t require an electrician. It’s as easy as ordering some stick-on push lights. They’re fantastic for deep dark cabinets that you usually have to use your cell phone flashlight to see what’s in there.
Increased Closet Space
You don’t need to demo your pantry to create more closet space. Rather, all you need is drop down hangers. They instantly create 6x more closet space. We’ve been using them for years and are still amazed at how much you can fit into your RV Closet.
No one looks forward to a flooring project. Unless of course updating your flooring was as easy as applying stickers to your existing flooring! With Peel-And-Stick Vinyl Plank Flooring it can be that easy. Another way to spice up your floors is adding rugs. You can cater the style of the rug to match the room.
Changing out your shower head is a lot easier than you may think! All you need to do is screw the old one off and the new one on. Ta-da, you’re done. This is also great to get a shower head that uses less water for when you’re boondocking and need to conserve on your water usage.
You don’t need a whole new mattress just because your old one isn’t comfortable. Instead, order a memory foam pad to go on top of your mattress and it will make all the world of difference. Make sure to get The My Pillow to make sure you get the best rest possible.
What upgrades would you add to the list to make RVing better?
For 30 years, the Fleetwood Bounder has been one of the most popular Class A Gas motor homes. And just in time for its anniversary, the 2016 Bounder is back at Poulsbo RV! Just take a look at the features they’ve added for this year, alone:
New 2016 Design Features
Ergonomic Dash Design w/Integrated Camera & A/V Monitors and Modern Finish
Fiberglass Molded Engine Shroud Cover w/Cockpit Cup Holders
Co-Pilot Integrated Dash Workstation & Large Center Console Storage Drawer
This is a great month for Thor at Poulsbo RV. In addition to adding the Compass to our 2016 lineup, we are proud to introduce the Thor Quantum and the Thor Synergy.
The Thor Quantum
To describe the inside of the Quantum, we tend to use words like elegant, regal, well-appointed, or even snazzy. It has all the features you expect in a Class C, but with just that graciousness one never expects.
Then there’s the outside, which says nothing so much as power. The Ford Triton® 6.8L V10 engine has a proven track record of durability and low-hassle maintenance. Extremely smooth running with a commanding 305-horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. When we chose to carry this, we were very pleased. Take a look at these features!
High-Gloss Glazed Hardwood Cabinetry
Built-In Skylight with Electric Shade in Front Cap
Rotocast Storage Compartments
Touch Screen In-Dash Radio with CD/AM/FM, Bluetooth® and Back-Up Monitor
Deluxe Exterior Mirrors
Leatherette Dream Dinette® Booth
8,000-lb. Trailer Hitch
Premium One-piece TPO Roof
Onan RV QG 4000 Gas Generator
13,500 BTU Roof Air Conditioner in Front
Water Heater Bypass System
6-gallon DSI Gas/electric Water Heater
The Thor Synergy
Perhaps you are looking for something in a diesel? Still lovely on the inside, but also efficient, easy to drive, and meticulously built? You can’t get a better chassis to begin with than a Mercedes Benz Sprinter. Add to that these great features:
Rotocast Storage Compartments with Side-Hinged Doors
Keyless Entry System
Touchscreen Dash Radio with CD/DVD Player, Bluetooth® & Back-Up Monitor
Heated/Remote Exterior Side Mirrors
Euro-Skylight in Living Area
European 2-Burner Gas Cooktop & Convection Microwave Oven
Optional Full Body Paint Packages
Black Tank Flush System
Whole Coach Water Filter System
If you’d like to know more about either of these fine offerings, please go to PoulsboRV.com, or contact us directly at email@example.com.
When some people think of going camping in an RV, what they want—and expect—is a cozy house which can drive to the woods, or the lake, or to a campground. And to those people we say, “Come in! We have just what you’re looking for!”
But there is a new breed of RVer: wild, athletic, rock climbing, kayaking, looking for less inside-time, and a lot more time adventuring outdoors. To you, we’re now ready to say the same thing, “We now have *exactly* what you’ve been looking for.”
Allow us to introduce the Cricket Trailer: affordable, lightweight, NASA-inspired, towable by most four-cylinder vehicles, with both integrated plumbing and electrical systems which enable days off the grid!
The Cricket sleeps two adults and up to two children, and holds ample equipment with a unique, space-station inspired 3-D storage system. It has 12” of ground clearance including rugged 15” radial tires and torsion axle to provide industry best ground clearance for dirt roads and gravel tracks.
If the Cricket sounds like the right trailer for you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be glad to schedule a personal tour of our Cricket selections.
When we at Poulsbo RV go out and look at all the new models available for 2016, we get … shall we say … picky. Some manufacturers may well inwardly shudder, even as they reach out to shake our hands.
But they make sure we find what we want. And so, allow us to introduce the Thor Compass. The Compass is a Class C RV set on a Ford Transit chassis, with a Power Stroke® Inline 3.2L I-5 Turbo Diesel engine. We were looking for a diesel’s power and efficiency, and longer life. The Compass provides that at a price that can fit the budget of a first-time RVer or full-time snowbirds.
There are plenty of features in the Compass:
Rotocast Storage Compartments
Keyless Entry System
Deluxe Heated/Remote Exterior Side Mirrors
Rear View Mirror w/Back-Up Monitor
Skylight in Front Cap and Shower
Leatherette Jack-Knife Sofa
European 2-Burner Gas Cooktop & Convection Microwave Oven
Bluetooth® Coach Radio System w/DVD Player, HDMI Ready, App Control & Exterior Speakers
We were also impressed by the modern interior. It’s light and well-designed. We’d go so far as to call it sleek.
Here at Poulsbo RV, we’ve hosted many Roadtrek rallies, so we know that there is a deep, abiding love of the Class B motor home. Small, but feature-packed, easy to drive, easier to park: the Class B can be the perfect choice for the carefree couple or the small family.
Allow us to introduce the Zion, the latest model from Roadtrek. Stylish, based on the Ram ProMaster Chassis, this is a gas model that lets you take advantage of today’s low fuel prices. It also features a wide open interior layout to give you room for your sporting equipment.
There is even the option to add solar panels and EcoTrek lithium power module.
Exposed center aisle for storage of larger gaming and sporting items
Galley features a 5.0 cu. ft. refrigerator, propane stove and microwave
Loads of storage in the kitchen including a slide out pantry and large pot drawer
Flip up counter extension with charging station
Interior permanent bathroom with shower
Automatic propane heating system
Abundance of interior storage including large under sofa drawers
One of life's greatest pleasures is eating. We enjoy it even more when we gather with family, friends, or even strangers cheering for our team. Food is often linked to our most treasured experiences. Remember when someone's Mom assembled her army of helpers for chopping and cooking. Dad and his friends have taken their stations at the grill. Children suddenly stopped racing around, noses rising up into the air as they smelled the food cooking. Suddenly, somehow, they hadn't eaten for days.
Cooking in an RV kitchen—and some vehicles even have extra outdoor kitchens and built in grills—makes everything easier and tidier. Here are some of our favorite recipes!
Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato & Cream Sauce Ingredients: 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Olive Oil to coat pan 1 Tbsp. butter 1 shallot, chopped fine 3-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine 3-4 oz. sun-dried tomato, drained and cut into ribbons 1/3 cup white wine (chicken stock can be substituted) 1 pint heavy cream 3-4 cup pasta of your choice
Instructions: Between two sheets of plastic wrap, pound chicken breasts to about ½ inch thick. Cook over medium heat until done. Set aside. Add shallots and garlic to the pan, cooking for about 2 minutes. Add sun-dried tomatoes and cook for another minute being careful to not burn any of them. Add wine and butter to deglaze the pan, then reduce heat to medium-low. Pour in the heavy cream and combine, until sauce starts to thicken. Add the cooked chicken breasts to the sauce to reheat them. Add cooked pasta of choice and combine for a minute or two. Serves four. (Recipe by Christopher Anderson, AKA: The Casual Chef)
Mediterranean Chicken Packets
No plates? No problem! These foil-wrapped packets can be thrown on the grill in single portions, each one customized for fussy eaters. They're fun for the kids to make, so to get them involved too!
Ingredients: 1 lb. Chicken (or fish or beef) 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning (or substitute 4 Tbsp. Italian salad dressing) Salt and Pepper 1 cup sliced onion 1 each: green, red and yellow bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (drained and chopped) 4-6 cloves of garlic (chopped or smashed) ½ cup white wine 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil ½ tsp. fresh thyme Kalamata olives or feta cheese (optional)
Instructions: Combine everything in a medium bowl, mixing well. Prepare 4 sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil, about 12x12 inches. Scoop about ¼ of the mixture into a piece of foil, wrapping it up tight. Put on the grill for about 12-15 minutes (or in a 450 degree oven). Once cooked, cut the packets open to let steam out and serve. You can add Kalamata olives, or feta cheese if desired to each packet as desired. (Recipe by Christopher Anderson, AKA: The Casual Chef)
Slowcooker Tamale Pie
For ease, at a tailgate, or any kind of get together, nothing beats a slow-cooker. Make it at home (or in your RV kitchen), just plug in the pot and join the party! Plus: this recipe is both dairy & gluten free. Ingredients:
Tamale Dough: 2 cups Masa Harina 1 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 2 cups low sodium chicken broth ½ cup vegetable oil
Filling: 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 2 lbs. ground beef 1 small onion, finely chopped 3 cloves minced garlic 1 (10 oz.) can red enchilada sauce 2 Tbsp. cornstarch 1½ tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. cumin ¼ tsp. cayenne (optional) ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup low sodium beef broth
Instructions: Whisk together masa, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add broth and oil and stir to combine until dough becomes soft paste. Cover bowl let dough rest for at least 15 minutes at room temperature. Preheat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add ground beef and onions. Cook until meat is no longer pink, being sure to break up any large chunks. Add minced garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in enchilada sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and broth. Add mixture to meat and stir to combine. To assemble, spread meat in an even layer over the bottom of the crock of a slow cooker. Gently spread tamale dough over the top of the meat mixture. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours until dough is set. Serve with any garnishes you like. We enjoy some sliced green onions, or some pico de gallo. (Recipe by Marni Erwin)
It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Poulsbo RV blog: Everything RV. We want to provide a place where our RV lifestyle family can learn about great places to visit, new and upcoming products, how to keep RVs in perfect working order, and ways to make the most of RV living.
It’s all part of our core purpose: Customer Care.
We take care to select our RV models so we can serve all kinds of RV enthusiasts: families, campers, tailgaters, snowbirds…anyone who loves the RV life.
We pick and choose our parts suppliers to find those who can provide the best in quality and price.
We make sure our techs are up-to-date on RV engineering. We keep them well supplied with the latest tools so that when your RV comes in for service, they can do their very best to get you back on the road. With this blog, we hope to serve you better with useful, fun information that will help you make the most out of RVing.
Here, in the Poulsbo RV section, we’ll be giving you previews of sales events, anniversaries, rallies, BBQs, pumpkin carvings, parties, and an insider’s look at our other store shenanigans (hint: we do love our Blue Fridays around here, win or lose).
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If you run into a wave of hot weather during your RV Adventure it can make it a little less enjoyable if you don’t know how to keep things cool. Here are a few tips to make sure you stay nice and cool to enjoy your RV time to the fullest:
Test your AC Unit Before Hitting the Road Let’s face it; a bouncing house on wheels can have an effect on things. Make sure you do a little Yamping (yard camping) to make sure the AC unit is working properly.
Roof Vent Insulation This is an inexpensive investment that pays off big time. It’s basically a pillow. Some even have foil on one side. They are made to fit the roof vent in your ceiling. You would be amazed at the amount of heat they keep out on a hot summer day.
Using the AC Close all the windows and vents. Think of your RV with the AC on as a large refrigerator. Open the door and cold air spills out. When you are coming in and out of your RV, make sure you shut the door as fast as possible. For some larger RVs, you’ll have to plan ahead and make sure you have a 50 amp hookup to run multiple units.
Block the Solar Heat The first step is parking in the shade. Keep in mind the sun moves throughout the day and you may want to position yourself so the afternoon sun doesn’t directly hit the RV. Even if you are in the shade, keeping the shades down in your RV helps. Another simple tip that makes a HUGE difference is to put cardboard between the glass and the shades.
Fans are your Friends Lack of airflow is a mood killer. Using tower fans to blow air directly on you is a great way to cool off. Blowing air directly on your body will make you feel cooler and still air will seem hotter. Additionally because it’s warm in the day and cooler at night you can use fans to blow out warm air in the evenings and then draw cold air in at night.
Cleaning your AC Filter To improve your AC units efficiency keep the filters clean. In most cases you can wash the filters with warm soapy water.