RVing can be fun at any time of the year, including in the winter. However, when winter RVing, there are some extra precautions to take and common mistakes to avoid so that you can have the best trip possible.
Don’t neglect your water lines
Even with your RV heated, your water lines can still freeze. Play it safe by installing a heat lamp in the water compartment and then turning it on during cold winter nights.
Don’t forget to disconnect your freshwater hose
Keeping your freshwater hose connected can cause it to freeze. As such, you should either invest in a heated hose or only use your freshwater tank during the course of your stay.
Don’t forget to pack for emergencies
While it’s important to have food, blankets, coats and gloves, you should make sure you bring a heat gun to unthaw anything frozen. If you don’t have a heat gun, you can use a hairdryer or an outdoor propane heater instead.
Don’t ignore the waste tank
No one wants to think about the waste tank when they go RVing, but the pipes and valves of the waste tank can freeze as well. Be sure to insulate the tank to prevent freezing.
We at Hanner RV hope you have an amazing experience RVing this winter. Visit our dealership to learn more about which features can help you on your journey.
Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s a great time to start decorating. If you’re planning on traveling in your RV this holiday, consider decorating your RV. Here are some tips on how to transform your RV into a haunted house and make your October trip extra special.
Shops throughout town are filled to the brim with Halloween decorations, so you can conveniently buy some pre-made items. Popular options are faux spider webs, hanging skeletons and removable window decals that add a spooky touch to your RV.
Create your own.
If you want to save money on Halloween decorations, then make some of your own décor. You can create skeletons out of bleach canisters and PVC pipes, make bats out of paper or hang up a white sheet to display a simple ghost.
Carve a pumpkin.
A Jack-o’-lantern is a staple of Halloween. For a decoration that not only looks festive but also is a great way to get the kids involved, carve up a pumpkin. You can also remove the pumpkin seeds and roast them for a delicious snack.
We at Hanner RV Supercenter hope you and your family have a fun Halloween this year. Before hitting the road on Halloween, stop by our service department for any necessary maintenance.
Cold weather can take a toll on your RV. Before taking a road trip in the heat, follow these tips for de-winterizing your RV.
Charge the battery
While the battery charger is in the “off” position, connect it to the RV. Attach the black cable to the black terminal and the red cable to the red terminal. Charging can take a few hours or a few days, depending on the battery size.
Flush the water lines
Attach a garden hose to the water hookup of the RV. Open up all the faucets, and then turn on the hose. The water will flush out antifreeze and any impurities. After roughly 10 minutes, the water should run clear. At this point, turn off the hose and close the faucets. Dump the water tanks at a designated dump station, and refill the tank with fresh potable water.
Load the propane tanks
Locate the propane tanks you’ve been storing and mount them back onto their respective places in the RV. Then, connect the propane hoses to the RV.
Inspect the hose line fittings to make sure they are tightly fastened to prevent leaks. You should also open the line and place a soapy and damp sponge at the connectors. If air bubbles form, you likely have a leak and should have your connections replaced.
We at Hanner RV wish you and your family a safe trip in your RV. If you have any questions about de-winterizing your trailer or need replacements, be sure to stop by our service department.
RVs are great for exploring new destinations and taking in sites you’ve never seen before, but the drive between destinations can sometimes be a drag. Help the time go by faster by playing these road trip games with the family.
Players of this game must search the roads for words that start with the letters of the alphabet. Beginning with the letter “A,” whoever spots a word starting with “A” can move on to the letter “B,” while the other players stay focused on “A.” Players continue down the alphabet, until someone finds a “Z” word and subsequently wins the game
Cow in the cemetery game
Divide the RV into two teams and assign each the left or right windows. Each team must count as many cows as they can with the goal being to count more cows than the other team. If you pass a cemetery on your side, all previously counted cows no longer count, and you must start from zero. This game can be played in areas without cows by counting a different animal or object.
Challenge your family to tell a story. The catch is that this story can only be told one word at a time. Each player says one word, building upon each other’s words to create sentences. This usually leads to lots of silly stories and laughs all around.
We at Hanner RV wish your family a safe and entertaining road trip in your RV. Before heading out on the road, stop by our service department for maintenance.