Beginner: Different RV Trailer Types

So you want to go on your first RV expedition but haven’t got a clue which RV trailer you’d like to buy. If that sounds about right, then you’ve come to the right article. Whether you’re planning a family weekend camping trip or a weekend getaway with some buddies, it’s important to figure out which trailer is right for you. Keep in mind that there are a lot of different types of travel RVs. I’ve compiled a list of travel RV’s to make your RV decision making the process a whole lot easier!  Let’s get started!

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Expandable Trailers – These trailers are probably the most versatile travel trailers available in today’s market. The expandable travel trailers are essentially a hybrid between a pop-up camper and a traditional travel trailer. This kind of trailer will look like a travel trailer on the road but don’t be fooled when you arrive at the campsite! Once parked, these trailers can provide extra sleeping quarters as it unfolds. In newer models with more customizable features, you’ll gain even more space and comfort. You can think of these “unfolds” as like slide outs. The best part is that these trailers can be towed by regular vehicles such as a family car, minivan, SUV or pickup truck. In short, if you’re planning a weekend camping trip with family and friends, I highly recommend the teardrop.

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Teardrop Trailers – These fun-sized trailers are just plain fun to camp in! These teardrops trailers can be towed by almost any vehicle due to their small stature. They’re also very lightweight with excellent aerodynamics making it one of the most fuel-efficient trailers in the market. You don’t need to own a large SUV or a truck to tow this bad boy. All you would need is a functioning vehicle and a hitch. What really sets the teardrop trailers apart from the others are their ability to go almost anywhere your vehicle can. This allows for more aggressive adventuring. If paired with an all-terrain vehicle, you’re looking at an interesting camping story. In short, if you’re about the minimalistic, frugal, and aesthetic lifestyle, I highly recommend the teardrop.

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Fifth Wheel Trailer – Don’t be alarmed by its name! I’m not talking about that one friend who tags along with your double date. I’m talking about a type of trailer that has the same benefits and features as a house on wheels. This type of trailer is amazing for weekend trips with a large family or a group of friends. These trailers range anywhere between 20 to 50 feet long and can weight up to 10,000 pounds. Because of this, it’s important to consider the horsepower of your truck to maximize safety and towing capacity. It’s also equally important to get the right kind of hitch when towing a fifth wheeler. Once you’re all set to hit the camps, you’ll be in for a luxurious experience. Camping in a fifth wheel means you’ll be camping luxuriously meaning you’ll enjoy comfortable living quarters and the convenience of a bathroom. In short, if you like camping in luxury, I highly recommend the fifth wheeler.

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 an RV Storage Facility to securely store your trailers, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide parking selection to accommodate your trailer’s needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

 

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Where Should Your Store Your Recreational Vehicle (RV)

There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to storing your RV. In fact, there are really only 2 viable options when it comes to storing your RV investment. The first option would be your home and that’s assuming you have enough garage space, driveway space or even backyard. The second option would notably be an RV Storage Facility. Let’s get started and figure out which option would be best for you!

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While home storage is probably one of the most convenient ways to go about storing your investments, this only really applies to smaller RVs such as mini campers or small Class B RVs. Although this method of storage is great for smaller RVs, it’ll notably also take up a lot of space in the garage, driveway, and perhaps even the backyard. If stored in the garage that would mean you would have less space for lawnmowers, bikes, equipment, and possibly even a car. On top of that, getting the RV in and out of the garage may pose additional problems especially if you have a small garage like mine. Then there’s the option of parking your RV in the driveway. Driveway RV parking may pose more of a hassle especially if your driveway connects to your garage. That’ll also mean you’d have less driveway space for other vehicles in the household. The last option of parking your RV in your backyard, this option seems to be the best one. However, that’s assuming you have a big enough backyard. That would also mean no more backyard barbeques let alone have a backyard. Storing your RV at home is definitely the most convenient way to go, but it also comes with the price of inconveniencing everyday life.

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Storing your recreational vehicle at an RV storage facility is one of the best methods of storage. Most RV storage facilities are at a secured location that’s monitored 24 hours a day so there’s no real need to worry about someone trying to break in. Although having a peace of mind with top-notch security is important, that’s not all that RV storage facilities have to offer. Some RV storage facilities have other perks and amenities such as water for filling your tanks, wash and vacuum stations, dumping and more! Let’s just say that RV storage lacked the home storage accessible convenience but it makes up for what it lacks with the convenience of RV maintenance. If you think top-notch security and RV amenities is everything that an RV storage facility has to offer, guess again. RV storage facilities have a unique take on storing your RV investments. Most facilities will provide you storage options such as uncovered RV storage, covered RV storage, and enclosed RV storage! So what’s the difference? An uncovered RV storage is essentially like parking your RV in your driveway or backyard, only that you’ll have the added top-notch security. This method of storage is usually the most affordable means of storage. The covered RV storage is like having a protective roof over it. It won’t block out all the weather but it’ll give you adequate protection against the elements. This method of storage is slightly more costly than the uncovered. The enclosed RV storage is by far the most protection you’ll receive when it comes to RV storage protection. A fully enclosed RV storage means your RV will be fully enclosed and protected inside a container. This method is also the most expensive but you can be reassured that it’ll extend the longevity of your RV.

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 an RV Storage Facility to securely store your campers or fifth wheels, 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 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/.

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/.