Best RV Gadgets to Have to Prepare for Winter

Some people put up their RVs in the winter; however, some like RVing in the winter even better than the summer. With all of the ski slopes and other winter activities, RVing can save you a ton of money. However, RVing in the winter is a different animal. You’ll want to ensure you have everything you need, including anything needed for winter travel and living.

Snow and Ice Clearing

You’ll need a couple of things for snow and ice clearing. A straw broom is great for whisking snow off the steps and away from the propane tank cover. An ice scraper is great for getting ice of the truck’s windows or off the windows of a motorized RV. This way, you’re not relying on your defroster to do all the work, and it gets you on the road quicker.

Hot Water Tank Bypass

If you are the type that puts your RV up for the winter, you’ll need to completely empty your tanks, including the fresh water tank. Or, you can purchase a hot water tank bypass to use in winterizing your RV. This is a good idea even though you might take your RV out during the winter. Water left in pipes will freeze and could cause the pipes to burst if the RV isn’t being heated constantly.

Black Tank Pump

If your RV doesn’t have a built-in black tank pump, you can purchase an add-on and have it installed. Instead of taking a bunch of time to empty the tank during the winter, you can pump out the black tank instead. It goes faster so you’re not standing out there freezing.

Slide Covers

If your RV doesn’t have slide covers, these are a good idea for the winter. If snow and ice build up on the slides, you may not get the back in when it’s time to pack up and return to the daily grind. The slide covers keep the snow and ice from the roof of the slide and allows the slide to work without being blocked.

Visit Leisure Time RV

For all of your parts and accessories for winter or any other season, stop by Leisure Time RV’s parts warehouse.

Tips for RV Driving and Brake Safety

As any veteran RVer will tell you, driving an RV isn’t as hard as it might look. Despite their larger size, they’re not difficult to operate. That said, they are larger, so driving and braking an RV is different than what you’re used to in a car, truck, or SUV. Keep these tips in mind for safer driving in your RV on your next road trip.

Know Your Weight Limits

While you probably internalized the height of your RV at purchase, you may not have done the same with its weight or the towing limits of your towing vehicle. For the purposes of safe driving and braking, it’s critical that your towing vehicle is up for the task of towing your specific trailer. If you have doubts about your current setup, visit an expert, like one at Leisure Time RV, to have your setup inspected and evaluated.

Don’t Speed

While it’s tempting to push yourself on the road in order to reach your destination faster, for the purposes of safety it’s best if you stay at or under the posted speed limit. The slower you go the better your brakes will perform if suddenly called upon. The simple fact of the matter is that your RV, regardless of size, weighs much more than nearly any car, truck, or SUV, and that means that time to stop is significantly increased.

Get Your Brakes Checked Before a Long Drive

Before you embark on any long trip, it pays to stop by your local Oklahoma RV dealership and get your brakes checked out. By keeping a close eye on the wear and tear of your brakes, you can catch potential problems before they develop into an emergency during the upcoming drive.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this fall to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for you and your full-time aspirations. If you’re not on the market for an RV, you can still stop in at Leisure Time RV to schedule service, to learn more about RVing, or to shop for parts and accessories.

Protecting Yourself from Severe Weather During Your RV Travels

Traveling in your RV is a real joy and you generally don’t have a lot to worry about. But, occasionally, you’re going to run into some bad weather, perhaps even dangerous weather. The worst weather phenomenon, like severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or hurricanes, can cause major to catastrophic damage to your RV if the conditions are sufficiently dire. If you do encounter bad weather, it pays to be prepared and to know how to deal with it, assuming you can’t simply evade it.

Monitor the Situation

The best defense against severe weather is correct and up-to-date information on its severity, current location, and projected path. To this end, make sure that you download some reliable weather-monitoring apps on your smartphone. Check around and find ones that are well-rated. Having a few options at any given time means that you’re not reliant on any one of them for correct information and can cross-reference the apps to determine the situation’s true conditions. You can go a step further and purchase an NOAA radio for your RV. It’s great in areas where there’s poor cell service or when your phone is turned off or the battery is dead. Speaking of dead phone batteries, prevent this by purchasing a portable phone charger. They store charge that can then be used to recharge your phone if the electric grid goes down.

Have Emergency Supplies

Have some basic emergency supplies stocked in your RV. These include food and water rations (non-perishable canned or vacuum-sealed staples and a minimum of 10 gallons of water are a good start), flashlights and extra batteries, heavy-duty blankets (warm, large, and water-resistant), and a well-stocked first aid kit.

Know When to Stay Put and When to Seek Better Shelter

If the weather is something that you can ride out in your RV, be sure to stow all of your belongings and close up your RV. This will reduce the chances that your RV is damaged or that property is lost. Be aware of when the severe weather is going to hit and plan to be stopped somewhere to ride it out. Don’t try to outrun severe weather as you don’t want to be caught out on the road when it hits. If the weather is so severe that you’re likely not to be safe in your RV, immediately seek better shelter in a local town or community. Your RV can always be replaced and you’re better off riding out the worst weather in a brick or concrete structure.

If there’s a longer forecast that predicts severe weather in the next few days, you as an RVer always have the option of picking up and leaving the area before it hits, which is often the best plan.

Find Your RV Supplies at Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? Leisure Time RV can also help with RV service, parts, and accessories.

 

Fire Safety in the RV

Recreational vehicle in a meadow

One of the main concerns in RV traveling is fire. Fire is one situation a recreational vehicle owner does not want to deal with. To help prevent fires in your RV, here are a few tips to consider and implement to ensure a safe trip.

Maintenance Checks and Fire Inspections

Fire prevention for your RV is much like preventive medicine for yourself. If you head off potential hazards before they develop, you drastically reduce the chances that an accidental fire will start. Give your RV a once over as often as you can, but at least every couple of months if possible. Check for any signs of wear and tear on important parts, especially those that carry a current or flammable material. Besides the mechanical workings like the engine, it’s important to keep your kitchen spotless and to keep an eye on any potential problems that may arise from your appliances.

Basic Safety Rules

Further preventive measures that can be taken include practicing safety with regards to the stove. When using your oven, don’t leave it on and unattended and keep anything flammable far away from the oven if possible. It’s okay to use a candle in your RV, but don’t leave it lit if you’re going to drive and, when you’re parked, don’t leave it unattended if you’re going to step out, even for a second. Place the candle on a non-combustible surface, like a countertop, away from anything flammable. If you smoke, be very careful. Smoke outdoors when possible. Anything combustible that has to travel with you should be stored in a non-flammable container, preferably something airtight so that flames have no chance of developing. Ensure that your smoke alarm is always working and has good batteries. Keep fire extinguishers on board and maintain them.

Have a Plan

If you do have a fire in your RV, have more than one exit known to everyone on board. Make sure everyone knows how to operate your fire extinguishers. Remember, the first priority is to get everyone safe, then try to save the RV.

Visit Leisure Time RV Center

If you have any other questions on how to handle an emergency in your motorhome, feel free to ask us at Leisure Time RV Center. Offering RV sales, service, parts, and accessories, Leisure Time RV is your go-to dealership in Oklahoma City.

RV Fire Extinguisher Use And Maintenance

One of the main concerns in RV traveling is fire – it’s something no recreational vehicle owner wants to deal with. If the worst comes to pass, however, you’ll want to know how to use a fire extinguisher and how to keep one properly maintained when not in use.

All RVs should come equipped with a Class A fire extinguisher, which is perfectly adequate for most any fire that can ignite inside of an RV. Know where yours is located and know how to use it.

Consider getting some hands on training from a local fire department. Most fire departments will happily demonstrate how to use a fire extinguisher and will allow you to get some actual training with one. If you’re not interested in a training session, you can always follow the instructions on the fire extinguisher itself. It’s helpful to remember the acronym PASS: pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep.

  1. Pull the pin and hold the unit upright.
  2. Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves.
  3. Squeeze the lever evenly and slowly to release the extinguishing fluids.
  4. Sweep the base of the fire from side to side until extinguished.

Keep in mind that the extinguishers that come on your RV are only meant for smaller fires. If you’re RV is up in flames, it’s best to remove yourself and everyone else in the RV/area to a safe distance and call the fire department.

Maintaining your fire extinguisher is rather simple. The biggest challenge is simply forgetting to do it. Fire extinguishers are loaded with extinguishing agent, which can cake up or solidify if the fire extinguisher is left unagitated for extended periods of time. The one thing you don’t want in a fire emergency is to find that your extinguisher can’t dispel its agent. To keep the agent from caking, simply schedule a time every two months to pick your extinguisher up and give it a good shake. Turn it upside down when you shake it and try smacking the bottom with your hand to dislodge any solidified agent.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer to tour a new or used motorhome. If you’ve got questions about your new RV’s fire extinguisher, Leisure Time RV will be glad to answer and even give you a quick demo on how they work.

Taking Care of Your RV Throughout the Year

7-8-2015-TakingCareRV

Your RV is your home on wheels, and it requires maintenance much like a brick-and-mortar home. Purchasing a top-quality RV is the first step to ensuring you enjoy a long and rewarding RV lifestyle, but keeping that RV in top shape is just as important. These four simple tips will help ensure your RV operates smoothly season after season for a more fulfilling life on the road.

1. Keep it Clean

Cleaning your RV inside and out on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to keep dirt and grime from causing wear. After you wash the exterior of your RV, apply a coat of RV wax and UV protectant to keep your motorhome or travel trailer’s pristine fiberglass exterior in top condition.

2. Lubricate Often

Keep your sliders, hinges, locks and other moving RV parts operating properly by lubricating them often. Keep a dry silicone lube on hand at all times and spray it on your RV’s moving parts regular — not just when they start to stick.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Tighten

Cruising down the road on a regular basis means your RV undergoes a ton of movement. All of that movement can loosen interior and exterior RV parts including ladders, entry steps and any items that are screwed into place. Keep a screwdriver and wrench in an easy-to-reach spot, so you can check screws and bolts every time you set up at a campsite.

4. Bring Your RV to Leisure Time

Our Leisure Time RV certified RV technicians are read to ensure your RV remains in top shape throughout the years. Log online to schedule your RV maintenance appointment today.

Stop by Our Service Department

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-4-20-42-pm

With colder weather coming on, you may want to have some service done to your RV. Whether you need to winterize your motorhome for storage or plan to continue to use your rig into the winter months and want to make sure that it’s in good shape, the service department at Leisure Time RV can help you.

Our newly expanded service center now features 18 state of the art bays, one of the largest in Oklahoma! This facility has 16′ high and 14′ wide electric operating bay doors.

We offer a full array of RV Services including:

  • Full Paint, Fiberglass and Body Repair
  • Regular/Routine Maintenance
  • Wheel Bearing Repacks
  • Break Repair
  • Complete coach service on ALL trailers & motorhomes
  • Appliance Repairs
  • Winterizing / De-Winterizing Service
  • Plumbing Repairs
  • Awning Repairs
  • Roof Repair and Maintenance

PREMIER COLLISION REPAIR

We also offer collision repair. Our paint and body experts utilize the most sophisticated technology to restore your RV to pristine condition and have you back on the road.

Service Center Hours

Monday – Friday | 8:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Sunday | Closed

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV for whatever RV needs you have. From sales and service to parts and accessories, Leisure Time RV is your dealership in Oklahoma City for everything RV-related. Schedule service today if your RV is experiencing any issues or if you just want to stay on top of its maintenance schedule.

RV Driving Etiquette

shutterstock_3509117

You’ve just purchased a new RV, or perhaps you’ve had one for a while, and you are eager to take it out for a trip. Jumping right in the driver’s seat and taking off may lead to trouble. Even if you are experienced with driving a large vehicle, there are certain rules of etiquette among RV drivers. Learning these unspoken rules will help you make friends at campgrounds and along the roadways. Most of these rules are based on safety and consideration for others.

Lighting The Way

Driving with your lights on is an acceptable way to keep others aware of your presence. However, this can create a disruption for other drivers if you use your high beams. The headlights from an RV are the perfect height to shine right in the back window of a car. Lowering your lights around other vehicles is the best way to keep everyone focused on the road.

Choose Your Lane With Care

Sticking to the right lane is usually the best idea for RV drivers. If you are moving past a large city, try moving into the middle lane to stay out of the way of merging traffic for the exits. Stick to one lane as much as possible. Constant lane changes raise the risk of accidents, especially if you are driving a large RV with numerous blind spots. Always obey speed limits, especially on curving roads or areas with a grade. RVs with a high profile can tip over if you move too quickly in a turn.

Don’t Intrude

Most of the rules regarding campground life and behavior at dumping and gas stations is summed up in those two words. Remember the needs of others when using a public space. Avoid walking through someone’s camp site or playing loud music when your neighbors are sleeping. Don’t block a fuel pump if you are just running in to use the bathroom at a travel center. Spills are your responsibility to clean. If you are new to the RV life, try practicing your skills at home. Try asking for a demonstration on how to attach your sewage hoses and how to lower the leveling jacks.

Overnight Stops

Many travelers end up between destinations when traveling across the country. There may not be a campground in these small towns, but you can often find a location with a large parking lot that may let you spend the night. Most Walmart stores allow RVs to park for one night. Always ask the manager or owner of a store before parking in their lot. Don’t make a mess, stay more than a single night, or set up your belongings outside of your RV. Treating a temporary parking spot like a camp site is the quickest way to limit your options in the future.

Stop by Leisure Time RV

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

How to Prepare Your RV for Summer Storms

The summer RV season is exciting, but not all of that excitement involves sunny days at the beach. Summer storms are an inevitable part of the summer camping season, especially here in Oklahoma. The following are a few simple steps you can take to prepare your home on wheels for the summer storms ahead.

Protect Your RV Against Leaks

Water leaks often develop over the winter months, but they can cause major damage when summer storms hit. Examine your RV’s roof and caulking to make sure there are no cracks or areas where the caulk is missing. If you do identify cracks or holes, bring your RV to our experts at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City to have it repaired before you hit the road.

Examine Your RV Site for Safety

Your RV campsite can be more dangerous than you expect during a storm. Check to ensure that the trees and shrubs at your campsite are sturdy without loose limbs that could cause damage to your vehicle. Also, check the site for tables, toys, grills, chairs and other items that can become dangerous projectiles when the high winds hit.

Always latch your RV windows, retract your awning and close and lock your storage doors well before the storm is expected to hit.

Always Come Prepared

Every RV should be equipped with a first-aid kit, emergency prep kit and plenty of food and drinks in case of an emergency situation. Always keep nonperishable food items on hand and plenty of drinking water in your RV in case of a severe summer storm.

Let Us Help

Our Leisure Time RV certified RV technicians are professionals at getting RVs prepared for summer travels. Stop in and see us in Oklahoma City to have us look over your vehicle and ensure that it’s prepared for a summer of fun in the sun and rain.

Checking the Tires on Your RV

12-28-2015-RVTires

The cool temperatures of winter can cause a number of changes in your RV tires. Whether you’re cruising down the roads this time of year or will be storing your RV for the season, these simple tips will help you check your tires and keep them in top shape for a longer life on the road.

Checking Tire Inflation

There is no set number for the proper amount of inflation for RV tires. The proper air inflation depends on the weight of your RV when it is fully loaded. Look at the sidewall of your RV tire, and you’ll find the maximum load capacity for your tire’s size and load rating. It will also state the minimum cold air inflation required for your RV’s maximum load. The less weight you carry, the lower your tire pressure can be.

When to Check Tire Inflation

Proper tire inflation is essential to helping you enjoy a more efficient and safer RV. Most RV tire manufacturers recommend checking your tire inflation before each trip, every morning during long trips, before and after storing your RV, once a month when your RV is in storage and before and after short RV trips. Check your tires when they’re cold and haven’t been on the road for more than one mile. Hot tires have a higher psi and will not provide an accurate reading.

Keeping Your Tires Safe in Storage

Many RV travelers store their RVs for a portion of the year. It’s as important to prepare your tires for storage as it is to prepare the interior and exterior of your home on wheels. You can protect your tires by keeping your RV in a dry storage area away from sunlight. Always unload your vehicle and inflate the tires to the ideal operating pressure plus 25 percent. Be careful not exceed the rim capacity determined by the manufacturer.

If you have any questions about the pressure of your tires before or after a trip or storage, stop in and see our RV tire specialists here at Leisure Time RV.