Tips For Camping with Your RV

RVs are more popular than ever and now that it’s summer, it’s time to drive yours out of storage and into a beautiful mountain campsite.  But although you may have had your RV or travel trailer for years, it can sometimes be tricky to remember the important details to plan for before and during your trip.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are planning your next RV trip.  There may be other helpful articles online as well so make sure to look those up too.

One of the first things to remember is to pack properly and make sure all of the systems in the RV are in working order.  Bring a first aid kit.  Customize the kit to fit whatever activities you may be doing, or per your particular location.

Bring  tools and spare parts along with you.  A diverse tool kit can help you in many situations, as well as any spare parts you may need while out in the wilderness, such as spare light bulbs, fuses, nuts, and bolts.  Always be prepared for any repairs you may need to make.  It may also be a good idea to label all of your appliances with the number of amps. You should know your electrical load, so that you don’t run too many appliances at once.

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Make checklists for all the things you want to bring, including food, parts, and any other supplies.

Be sure to check tire pressure before leaving and throughout your trip.  Weigh your rig after it is loaded to be sure you aren’t carrying too much and on all four corners to be sure there is balance.

Remember to secure all of your items before you leave.  You may hit a bump in the road and if certain items, such as kitchen items, aren’t secured you could end up with a mess.

Check the weather and road conditions of your route before heading out as well.  You may decide to take a different way if there is any dangerous weather or if traffic is better on another road.

Make a checklist for when you get there and go through the important steps:

Beforehand, make sure your rig will fit the campsite. Also, be sure your RV is able to get to the campsite via the roads.  Some roads can be difficult to navigate.

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Locate the water, electrical, and sewage hookups.

You’ll also need to level and stabilize your RV, if yours doesn’t have a self-leveling  system.  There are guides you can find online that teach you to do this.  Leveling is important to the proper operations of certain appliances, and stabilizing is necessary so that your rig won’t sway when you move around in it.

If you’re looking for a storage facility to securely store your motor home or travel trailer, Agua Dulce Storage has got your covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

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Find Out How Millennials Are Saving the RV Industry

When you’re out and about this summer, take a look at how many RVs and trailers are around.  You might be a little surprised.  Ever wonder why there are suddenly so many recreational vehicles on the road compared to just a few years ago?  You can thank a big part of it to millennials.  Yes, that’s right.  Millennials are helping drive RV sales in the last year, statistics show, and the industry is continuing to grow.  What was once an industry propelled by mainly retirees, is now experiencing a resurgence as a result of more and more young people investing in the RV lifestyle.  In 2017, RV sales went up 17.2 percent from 2016!  According to the RV Industry Association, December of 2017 was the best December ever recorded in regards to the number of vehicles shipped to dealers.  Baby Boomers retiring and travelling the country more, along with more young couples buying RVs, have been driving sales in recent years.  Manufacturers expect the numbers to be even higher this year, overall.

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But who exactly are a part of the millennial generation?  They are anyone born between 1981 and 1996. They are the men and women who are at the forefront of our technological advancement.  In addition to paving this generation’s technological growth, they’re also adventure seekers at heart who love exploration.  In the past, RV traveling was once known only to retirees because obtaining financial stability was only available at a stationary position.  With a bit of help from modern technology, millennials now have the ability to work remotely.  Now, for the million dollar question:  why are millennials driving  RV sales up?

A big reason for the increase in the number of RVs sold in recent years may be that modern RVs have more features than ever before, making them more home-like,  comfortable, and spacious than previous RV models.  Newer, more hi-tech models have Wi-Fi hot spots and built in wireless networks, as many campgrounds now offer Wi-Fi.  There are many types of RVs that are compatible with phones and apps to run different components of your trailer, such as your AC or awning, while others have built in TVs and fireplaces.  With technology as it is today, many people are now able to work remotely from their computers.  As long as there is an internet connection, those who wish to are able to work wherever they may be.

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It’s also been widely asserted the millennial generation is much more experience driven than the generations before them.  Younger people, even those with families, are more motivated to spend money on experiences or travelling rather than material items.  Many young, first-time buyers want to bring along a trailer or motor-home on their vacations.  But even still, others simply want a more unconventional way of life.  Since millennials are the younger generation in the workforce, some would like to save money and travel while deciding where they may want to live permanently.  A lot of manufacturers offer basic, affordable RVs and trailers that are lightweight, making it a great option for road trips or living on a budget.  There is an abundance of options nowadays, making it easier to choose an RV, trailer or motor-home that fits your needs, your budget, and your lifestyle.

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If you’re looking for a storage facility to securely store your motor-home or travel trailer, Agua Dulce Storage has got your covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/. 

 

Should you buy the Motorhome or the Travel Trailer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to securely store your motorhome or travel trailer, Agua Dulce Storage has got your covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

 

Tips to Consider for a Memorable Road Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to securely store your Recreational Vehicle, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

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

RV Storage at Home vs. Storage Facility!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States