Preparing Your Home While You Are Out on the Road

If you’re planning on hitting the road this fall for a long road trip, you’re going to be leaving your house uninhabited for a while. Leaving for an extended period of time in your RV is identical to leaving your home for any other vacation: it just takes a little bit of planning and prep to make sure that your house is in as good shape when you return as it was when you left, whether you’re gone a month or half a year.

Cut Off the Water Supply

The same goes for water: head to your main water valve and turn it off. You’ll lessen the chance that flooding will occur while you’re away and prevent money from dripping from your faucet one penny at a time.

Make Arrangements with Someone You Can Trust

Whether a neighbor, friend, work buddy, or family member, make arrangements with someone you can trust to go by your house periodically to check for mail, water your plants, and ensure that the house remains locked up tight. They can also inspect the house every once in a while to make sure that no disasters have happened.

Unplug and Turn Off

Not only should you consider turning off your fridge, but most any electronics as well. Go through the house and unplug lamps, televisions, appliances, and anything else that can draw power while you’re gone. No one will be using them, so why leave them plugged in? Unplugging helps to reduce the chances of an electrical fire as well. This step both saves money and helps to safeguard your house.

Throw Out Perishables

If you’re going to be gone a while, chances are that everything in your fridge is going to spoil. You don’t want to come back home after months away to find that your fridge is a toxic waste dump. Either throw out everything that’s perishable before you leave or take some of it with you so that you can eat it during your first week out on the road. Either way, consider shutting down your fridge completely if you want to save a bit on electricity.

As a side note, go over your non-perishables as well. Make sure your pantry is in order and that everything you’re leaving in there is sealed up tight. Eliminating sources of food goes a long way to ensuring that rodents won’t find your home to their liking.

 

 

Visit Leisure Time RV

Before you hit the road this fall for any destination, be sure to stop by and see us at Leisure Time RV so that an RV technician can give your rig an inspection. It’s important that your RV is in good shape before you embark on any long journey, as it reduces the chances that you’ll encounter an issue that can derail your entire trip. If you’re looking to get into the RV lifestyle, come by and tour any unit at Leisure Time RV and find one that’s right for you.

 

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.

 

How to Organize Your RV for a Successful Roadtrip

The RV lifestyle demands organization. Reducing an entire household of belongings into the compact size of your motorhome or travel trailer is both difficult and rewarding. But don’t let the stress of downsizing your belongings or travel supplies keep you from hitting the road. These three simple and cost-effective items will help you organize your RV, so you enjoy all of your favorite comforts and conveniences on the road.

Use Shoe Organizers Wherever You Can

Hanging shoe organizers can be used in various areas of your RV. Hang one on the back of your bathroom door to hold bathroom supplies. Hang one in the pantry to organize your cleaning supplies, and of course, hang one in your bedroom to organize your shoes, socks and other small items. Many travelers even cut the shoe organizers into sections, so they can use them in more compact spaces.

Use Clear Shoe Boxes to Keep Clothing in Place

Shoe boxes are undeniably handy (and cheap) ways to keep your RV organized. Spend a little extra to purchase clear plastic shoe box size containers with lids, and you won’t have to drag them down from your shelves to look inside every time you need something. Use these clear boxes for small clothing pieces, spices, snacks, toiletries and other compact items.

Use Lazy Susans in the Cabinets and the Fridge

Lazy Susan turntables can be extremely handy when you’re living on the road. A variety of Lazy Susan turntables are available with gripping surfaces and lips, so your items won’t move when you’re cruising down the highway or even on less desirable terrain. Keep the turntables in your larger cabinets and even in the refrigerator to make accessing items in tight spaces much easier.

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.

Keeping Your RV’s Refrigerator Clean

Keeping your RV’s fridge clean is as vital a cleaning task as it would be at home. The trouble is that you may simply forget to do it. Put it on your cleaning schedule at least once every few months, once before hitting the road after storage, and once before putting it into storage after using it.

Oftentimes fridge performance issues can be traced directly to being dirty. If you notice that your RV’s fridge is not cooling properly, simply give it a good cleaning. This will frequently fix the issue.

If you want to head straight to the source of the issue, look to the cooling coils on the back of your unit. These are more often than not the cause of cooling problems with a fridge. If they’re dusty, they’re not going to work at optimal efficiency. The back of the fridge is the easiest to overlook and is a natural dust magnet. Excess dust on these coils will effectively act as insulation, causing the interior of your fridge to heat up.

Some of the best tools for cleaning the coils on the back of your RV’s fridge include an air compressor with a blower attachment, such as the products advertised to dust off electronics. The burst of air will help to loosen all the dust that’s settled on the coils, which are difficult to clean with a dust rag due to their shape. Remove the back ventilation panel and continue to dust. If you haven’t dusted in a while (or ever), you may want to consider wearing some goggles and a face mask to protect yourself from the dust storm you’re about to shake loose.

 

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer to tour a new or pre-owned motorhome or travel trailer. Learn more about your favorite models and ask your sales associate if there are any sales or specials going on. Get out there and explore the highways in an RV from Leisure Time RV!dd

Tips for Cooking in Your RV

Ideally, you want to use your RV’s kitchen when you’re out on the road traveling in it. After all, the ability to cook your own food like you would at home was probably one of the major draws of owning your motorhome or travel trailer in the first place.

But when it comes down to actually cooking, you may feel put-off by the idea. It’s admittedly more straightforward and simpler to just head to a restaurant every night and managing your RV’s fridge and pantry stock takes extra work. Not to worry: with just a few simple tips, you can be well on your way to maximizing your RV kitchen’s potential.

Plan Things Out

Planning what you’ll eat and when you’ll eat it helps you to actually follow through on prepping the ingredients you bought. When you plan your meals and buy the groceries, make a promise to yourself to get those meals made even if you’re tired after a long day.

Have Alternatives Handy

In the event that you’re absolutely done with everything and you’re bone-weary (hey, it’s going to happen sometimes if you just spent a lot of time outside), don’t resort to eating out. Have some cheap and easy non-perishable alternatives available at all times. We’re talking cans of soup, boxed macaroni, or some canned tuna. They’re not exciting meals, but they’ll still fill you up without forcing you to put forth lots of effort.

Keep Meals Simple

Regardless of whether or not you’re tired, it’s best to keep all meals simple, not just your alternatives. The simpler they are, the more likely you’ll feel up to making them. Simpler means fewer ingredients and steps, not less taste. Find meals that are heavy on flavor but light on prep. Don’t be afraid to use a slow cooker or to prep ingredients ahead of time (including freezing pre-cooked meats).

Cook Outside

Lastly, don’t forget that you’re in some of the prettiest places in the country. You’re RVing and that means that you’re probably at a campground in a National or State Park right this second. What better incentive to cook than to grill outside your rig in the fresh air and natural splendor of your surroundings? Mix some grill recipes into your meal plan and enjoy the evening outside.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer to tour a new or pre-owned motorhome or travel trailer. Learn more about your favorite models and ask your sales associate if there are any sales or specials going on. Get out there and explore the highways in an RV from Leisure Time RV!

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.

Keeping Your RV’s Bathroom and Kitchen Fresh

Your RV’s kitchen and bathroom can cause excess condensation to built up, which may make those rooms less than fresh. Condensation (the buildup of water on or inside your RV) can seem generally harmless, but if left uncontrolled it can lead to mold and rot in your RV. Humid places are going to naturally cause more condensation, but even in dry places it can be a problem, especially if you’re not on the lookout for it.

Find the Condensation’s Source

The first thing to do is to check your RV over for humidity issues. If you see undue condensation in or around your RV that seems to be a chronic issue, try to identify the problem at its source. You can’t eliminate the problem until you identify where to concentrate your efforts. Knowing the source will also help you to know which solution to apply.

Some common, non-environmental causes of excess condensation include drying clothes inside an RV and cooking without covering your pots with lids. This can make kitchens and bathrooms susceptible to mold damage, so check those areas first when you’re inspecting your rig for problems.

Prevent Condensation from Building Up

There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent condensation from building up inside your RV. You can start by upping the thermostat a bit; water tends to sit longer in a cold environment. You can also place a dehumidifier inside the RV to soak up extra moisture in the air. If you’re not in an especially humid campground, you can also open up windows more often to ventilate your RV and let excess condensation evaporate to the outdoors. As you go about your day, keep an eye out for sitting water, especially after cooking or taking a shower. If you see any, be sure to wipe it up as quickly as possible.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer if you’d like for a technician to look your RV over for any existing mold damage. If there is damage, the service department at Leisure Time RV can help to eliminate it and fix your RV up. Stop by Leisure Time RV today to tour a new or used RV or to shop for parts and accessories.

Top Things to Do in OKC

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Whether you’re visiting Oklahoma City or live here, like us at Leisure Time RV, it’s good to get out and see what the city has to offer. Here are some of the best diversions that OKC has to offer.

Oklahoma City Zoo

People of all ages will enjoy the Oklahoma City Zoo; and children will love the Children’s zoo where they can pet barnyard animals and feed nectar to the lorikeets. The Oklahoma City Zoo features more than 2,500 animals on 110 acres. Exhibits include the Great EscApe exhibit, Elephant Habitat, Cat Forest and Lion Overlook.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art

With three stories of permanent and special exhibits, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art houses an expansive collection of American and European artwork. On Saturdays between 1 and 4pm, you and your family can drop in and create your own art in a fun guided workshop meant to inspire creativity and connect participants with art and art movements more intimately.

The Science Museum of Oklahoma

For those who want to learn more about the world around them, the Science Museum of Oklahoma offers a full day of fun and learning. The special CurioCity exhibit is a favorite, comprising 20,000 sq. ft. of hands-on activities that help bridge the gap between fact and fun.

The Oklahoma History Center

Bring Oklahoma’s history to tangible life, the Oklahoma History Center demonstrates how much Oklahoma and Oklahomans have contributed to the country. From oil barons and pioneers, to cattle drivers and native Americans, the history center sprawls over 215,000 sq. ft. bringing the past to life with its exhibits, interactive installations, and artifacts.

Bricktown Entertainment District

If you just want a night out on the town dining, shopping, and generally having fun, head to Bricktown Entertainment District, OKC’s premier destination for nightlife. Located in the city’s revitalized downtown warehouse district, Bricktown is a charming district full of brick-lined streets, winding canals, dance halls, bars, restaurants, and theaters.

Visit Leisure Time RV

If you’re a visitor to OKC in your RV, make Leisure Time RV your RVing headquarters as you explore OKC and beyond. If you’re a local, why not hit the road in your very own RV from Leisure Time RV? Come see us today for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories!

Cheap RV Living Tips

You don’t have to have deep pockets to enjoy the RV lifestyle. In fact, many travelers live life on the road on a tight budget. The following are a few tips gathered from some of the best frugal RV travelers out there on the roads right now.

Work on the Road

You don’t have to tighten your budget quite as much if you’re willing to bring in some extra bucks while you’re traveling. If you’re a snowbird, search for a seasonal, short-term job while your away. A lot of big-name retail stores hire additional staff for the busy holiday season and many campgrounds can use help with administration or general campground maintenance. Check out the Workamper News website to locate seasonal holiday employment options near your snowbird site.

Do It Yourself

There are number of monthly expenses you probably incur at home that you can do yourself on the road. From tasks as simple as getting your hair cut to reducing your loads of laundry, washing your RV and performing minor maintenance on the interior or exterior of your home on wheels, you can save big bucks as opposed to having someone else do it.

Consider Boondocking

Boondocking is off-the-grid camping without water, sewer or electric hookups. Being a budget RV traveler doesn’t mean you have to boondock all of the time, but it can be a smart way to save money on camping fees here and there. It’s also one of the best ways to get the most out of your natural surroundings when camping, without the need for the constant use of electronics.

All Walmart locations across the country offer free overnight camping, so if you ever find yourself without an affordable place to camp, stop at a Walmart and continue the next day.

Purchase an Affordable RV

You don’t have to break your travel budget by purchasing an expensive RV. Leisure Time RV is loaded with a variety of discounted new and used RVs to help you get on the road for an affordable price.

How to Add a Screen Room to Your RV’s Awning

An awning on your RV is a small way of giving your RV a sort of porch. Short of laying down a brick or concrete slab at every RV site, your awning is the closest your RV can get to that porch-like space.

For the most part, an awning is fine: it provides much needed shade on a hot, sunny day and much needed cover on a rainy one.

But if you wish your awning provided an extra layer of coverage, especially against insects, then adding an RV screen might be just the thing. A screen provides so much additional coverage that it’s akin to adding an entire new room to your RV.

Adding an awning isn’t actually all that difficult. Whether you have a manual or automatic awning, the first thing you need to know is your RV awning’s width. After you know that, you can move on to choosing the room type. When it comes to awning screens, you’ve basically got two choices:

Basic screen rooms, which provide an open air screened-in patio area under your awning. It’s good at keeping insects out but doesn’t provide any additional privacy over an open awning.

Room-style screens, which are more designed to add living space to an RV. They work like a regular screen room, but have additional features to provide privacy should you wish it.

Screens are designed to be setup and taken down repeatedly. Each time you do it, it takes a while, so make sure you budget time to do it at every stop. You’ll need to always have a step ladder with you if you plan on constructing and deconstructing a screen room.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer to check out a new or used RV. Tour any models you wish to see and find one that’s perfect for you and your travel goals. If you’ve bought an awning screen and need help understanding how to set it up, stop by Leisure Time RV and schedule some time with a technician.