Taking Your Pets on the Road

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When you choose to travel by plane or even rental car, you’re often unable to bring your pets along for the ride. But as an RV traveler, you don’t have to make that difficult choice between boarding your pets or having a friend look after them while you’re away — your pets can come along and enjoy the journey too. But before you pack your pets into your RV and hit the road, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure the trip is comfortable for both you and your pet.

Go For a Test Drive

If you’ve never taken a road trip with your dog or cat before, it’s important to see how they will act by taking them on smaller local trips. If your pet gets sick in the car or seems overly anxious (cats are often not as comfortable on the road), it can actually be less stressful for him or her to stay at home.

Visit the Vet

If you haven’t taken your pet to the vet lately, you’ll want to make sure he is in good health for a long road trip. Your vet can also help you with any paperwork or vaccinations you may need for the areas in which you’ll be traveling. If you’re planning to cross borders in your RV, your vet can help you understand the quarantine laws and can provide the paperwork you need for crossing the border without a glitch.

Make Your Pet Comfortable

Despite how much your pet loves riding in the car, the transition to a new lifestyle can make him or her a bit uncomfortable. Be sure to pack your pet’s favorite items from home — including toys, beds, etc. — and don’t forget food and water bowls, prescriptions and your veterinarian’s contact information.

Buy Your RV at Leisure Time

In search of a new or used RV for you and your pet to enjoy? Come see us at Leisure Time RV — your local Oklahoma RV dealer — to browse our huge selection new and used RVs right here in Oklahoma City. We’re your one stop shop for RV service, parts and accessories too, so stop in and see us today.

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Road Tripping with Pets

Remember Your Pets This Holiday Season

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Bringing your pet along on vacation can is a satisfying experience. Not only do our cuddly buddies provide endless hours of companionship, their inquisitive nature and desire to explore adds another level of excitement to any trip.

At Leisure Time RV, we’re all about making your short or long-term vacation an enjoyable one for both you and your pet with our selection of pet accessories and supplies. Whether it’s a portable travel pet dish for food or water or the convenient scooper to take care of business, we’ve got you covered at our store.

To keep your pet comfortable, entertained, safe and secure at all times, add these suggestions to your check list.

Safety

  • Of course Fifi or Fido want to stretch their legs, but while the RV is on the road it’s best to keep them safe in a secure carrier or kennel that is firmly attached to prevent slipping and sliding.
  • If you’re holding your pup with the window down, don’t let him hang out of the window. Regardless of how snug you’re holding him, an unexpected bump in the road, blown tire, or accident can cause you to relinquish your hold and eject your pet through an open window.
  • Always take your pet for a walk wearing a harness. This is especially true for cats who can easily pull traditional collars over their head. The last thing you want is your beloved pet running loose in a national forest.
  • Never leave pets unattended outside the RV. You’re in unfamiliar surroundings and not-so-friendly wildlife may be close by. If you want him to enjoy some outside time, place him in a wire kennel, double secure the door, and sit with him.

Food and Necessities

  • Do not change your pet’s diet while on vacation. Use the same food and feeding time as home throughout the duration of the trip. Changing diets can result in upset stomachs causing vomiting and other unpleasant issues.
  • Provide plenty of pit stops.
  • Bring an assortment of toys, catnip, and videos designed to keep pets entertained.
  • Purchase a first aid kit for pets.

Contact us at Leisure Time RV for all your needs from a new ride to a service check before you go so the vacation is the best it can be from start to finish.

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Ruling the Road in Your RV

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The times spent on RV road trips are some of the best times of the year, and here at Leisure Time RV we want to make sure you have the best road trip possible every time. Try these awesome road trip tips on your next RV vacation, and you’ll be certain to have the most incredible RV experience yet.

Make a Checklist

Your RV road trip starts before you even leave the driveway. Get your whole family together to make a list of what you want to do and items you’ll need along the way. You’ll want everything from healthy snacks to a first-aid kit and entertainment for long days on the road. Making a list together will help you be more prepared for your upcoming adventure, and it’ll get everyone excited too.

Use an RV-Specific Route Planner

It may sound unnecessary to use a GPS route planner made specifically for RVs, but you’ll be thankful did when you start questioning if your travel trailer or motorhome will fit under bridges and overpasses. No one wants to back track and lose that much-appreciated time spent out exploring, so map your route with an RV-friendly site, app or GPS system before you hit the road.

Familiarize Yourself with the Campsite

While you may not be too concerned with getting lost at a campsite, your kids may not feel as much at home as you do. When you arrive at the campground, take the time to walk your kids and pets around the RV park to familiarize them with the area. Not only will this make everyone a bit more comfortable for the entire stay, it’ll give you peace of mind that your kids now how to return to the RV if they ever go off on their own. If you’re bringing pets, always be sure the campground allows pets before you make your reservation.

Leisure Time RV

Here at Leisure Time RV — your local Oklahoma RV dealer — we love the RV lifestyle as much as you do. Come see us on South Anderson Street in Oklahoma City for all of your RV sales, parts, accessories and service needs.

RVing with Kids

One of the best reasons to get out in your OK motorhome is to see what people and places have to offer. Since sharing is caring, RVing gets even better when your kids are involved. Watching them discover the world through their own eyes and hands is exciting. If you’re traveling with older children or teens, there aren’t many extra precautions that need to be taken, aside from having enough DVDs or chargers for gadgets. The extra planning comes when you are taking the really small ones. Here are a few tips for bringing the babies.

Car Seats

If both parents are traveling aboard the Oklahoma City RV, chances are they take up the front seats. When there are small children, this could quickly present a problem because of the lack of seat belts throughout the RV. If you have yet to purchase your motorhome, and you have the need for extra seats, make sure to check each vehicle thoroughly to make sure it satiates your needs. Neither a recliner nor a side-facing seat can be used for a child’s seat because it requires a metal base that connects to the body of the vehicle. Remember, dinettes usually have lap belts; which could work in some situations.

Restraints

While you’re probably well versed on how the Oklahoma government wants you to restrain your child, you may have a few things to learn about the state of your destination. Proper restraining varies from state to state so be sure to stay in compliance by checking ahead. Also, motorhomes and cars are different when it comes to procedures so be aware. Perhaps a travel trailer or fifth wheel would suite your needs better if a lack of restraints can’t be remedied.

Are you experienced with bringing along your wee little ones in your Leisure Time motorhome? Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments below!

RV Lane Changing

From state to state, or even city to city, roads are different. Whether it’s the amount of lanes or the way the stoplight hangs, there are differences to be found when RVing. The emotion elicited from these changes can range from pleasing to frustrating. To help you stay vigilant, we’ve listed a few examples of how lanes can alter your driving experience.

Exits

One mode of travel that can’t be avoided while driving in your Oklahoma RV is the highway. Not only is it the easiest way to get around having to stop at a light, it’s the quickest way to get to your destination. As most drivers know, exiting off the highway usually takes place on the right. What drivers usually aren’t looking for are the left exits. Most areas have left exits as a rarity but they definitely do exist. It is most common to overlook at night because highway signs can be few and far between. Some don’t provide travelers enough warning to get over in time. To avoid accidently missing an exit, drive in a middle lane. Being between will offer you more time when coming across one of these on the left.

Alternating

Perhaps more frustrating than left exits are alternating lanes. These lanes usually take place on regular roads in the city and can cause major headaches, depending on the time of day. The set up is usually for heavy traffic periods. The signs are up high over the roads, sometimes not until you are in the intersection. During these busy times, the middle lane is converted to do something different such as act as a turning lane or be extra flow for a specific direction. This happens when there is not enough space, or money, to expand the roads.

What route alternating road changes have you come across in your new OK motorhome? Let us know your story in the comments below!

Saving Space

One of the exciting parts about driving your Oklahoma City RV is the discovery of new places. Being able to find a small town on the road or uncovering a new mountain to climb is what makes the lifestyle so appealing. A necessary part of the experience is the long stretches of uninteresting road that gets you from place to place. Just as the terrain chances, so does the way the roads are set up. Here we share some tips on how to navigate the foreign terrain.

Night

Just like with people, vehicles need a zone of space to themselves. If you’re driving your motorhome at night, this is usually not a problem. Open roads lead to plenty of space; which can be really beneficial, specifically because it’s after dark. Research shows that when drivers are going at the same speed in groups at this time of evening, it can cause drowsiness. Getting sleepy behind the wheel of a massive vehicle is the last thing you need! Keeping in your own zone will help to avoid this issue.

Day

During the day, personal space can be difficult to come by, especially during peak hours. Even during traffic, it’s important to continue to make space on all sides. Because it takes bigger vehicles longer to stop, keeping a safe distance of at least two car lengths could make a big difference when someone in your lane slams on their breaks. It will also save you the headache of slamming on your own breaks when someone cuts you off due to the belief that motorhomes are slow. Beware of these hurried drivers by keeping a frequent look around, no matter what time of day.

Are you an expert when it comes to learning new roads and territory in your motorhome? If so, please feel free to share your tips so others can learn from your mastery!

Be A Careful Oklahoma RV Driver

Last year, more than 33,000 lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents. It makes that number seem even worse when you take into account that most of those accidents were preventable. As RV owners, we typically spend more time on the road than the driver of an average passenger vehicle.  If I had to guess, I’d say that 10 percent of the driving population in this country would admit that their driving skills are less than par. That being said, the majority of us think we are great drivers. Recent statistics from Consumer Reports proves that a large chunk of us are mistaken and that even the smallest thing we do behind the wheel of our Oklahoma RVs can make a difference.

Children. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for kids between 3 and 12 years old. By placing all children 12 and under in the back seat, you can reduce injury risk by 64 percent for children under 8 and 31 percent for 9-12 year-olds. Always secure your children with the age-appropriate restraints. In addition to possibly saving their lives, securing your children will prevent you from losing control due to the children bouncing all over the place. If you’re driving a class A, B or C motorhome, and you choose to let your children roam freely, take a piece of tape and place it on the floor behind or around the driver’s seat. Tell your children that this zone is off limits while the RV is moving.

Speed. Speeding plays a factor in one-third of all fatal crashes, killing nearly 900 Americans every month. In the end, you’d have to be driving 100 mph or more to make any kind of real impact in arrival time. So take that extra 10 mph you’ve become accustomed to driving and knock it down to five over. You really shouldn’t be speeding in an RV, anyway. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the phrase,  the bigger they are the harder they fall. Need more incentive than that? Get a load of this… not speeding will help with your fuel consumption.

Distractions. In 2009, over 5,400 people were killed due to distracted driving and 448,000 were injured. Remember, as an RV driver you are responsible for every life in the RV. So keep your eyes on the road at all times. Don’t text, email, eat, play with the GPS or anything else that may cause you to become distracted. Taking your eyes off the road for two seconds can result in a deadly crash. Stay alert and always pay attention to your surroundings. I know that some accidents are not our faults, but being a defensive driver will help you predict and avoid these types of accidents.

Maintenance. Preventative maintenance prevents accidents. Routinely check you’re the pressure and tread of your tires, your fluid levels and battery. If you’re unsure of how to do anything of these things, come down to our Oklahoma City RV Dealership We’ll be happy to take care of you.

As I mentioned before, a high percentage of motor vehicle accidents are preventable. So be aware of your surroundings and take measures to prevent damaging your precious new or used RV and its precious cargo.

Oklahoma City RVers: Do You Know Your Clearance Level?

Why is it important to know the clearance level of your Oklahoma travel trailer or RV? Take a look at what can happen if you don’t…

I’m pretty sure that this guy did not plan on taking out an entire bank drive thru, and had he known his clearance level, he wouldn’t have. So how can RV drivers avoid doing this? Simple. Go outside, climb on top of your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel and measure it for yourself. Sure, it might be easier to just look it up in the owner’s manual, but don’t forget that the factory measurement does not take accessories into account. So the best thing to do is  find the tallest point on your vehicle and measure it from the ground up. I also recommend taking measurements from the front, middle and back just to be sure.

Once you have these, I suggest you write it down on a note card and tape it to the upper left side of your windshield. This way, you’ll be able to glance up at that measurement when you are deciding whether or not to go under that bridge or through that outdoor banking station.

If you need any help measuring your RV, don’t hesitate to give us a call orcome by our Oklahoma City RV Dealership!