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Preparing your RV for Burning Man

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Whether you are looking to rent an RV for Burning Man or you have your own, the last thing that you want to do after an amazing Burning Man experience is spend hours and hours cleaning your RV. The Playa dust gets absolutely everywhere! So we’ve put together some tips to keep your RV clean at Burning Man. Okay, maybe not clean but cleaner.

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Become one with the dirt
The playa dust leaves a film behind that is difficult to break. A vinegar solution helps but no matter how many precautions you take the dust gets everywhere! So do plan to do a big deep clean afterwards. The hardest places to clean – plastic and rubber surfaces.

Cover all vent openings
Either cut up some cheap AC filters, use bandanas or anything to cover over the internal and external vents. Pay close attention to behind the fridge and any openings to circuitry.

Tape over switches and seams
Tape up your external switches and seams (windows, poor sealings, etc). This helps keep electronics from locking up. Just imagine not being able to retract your awning during a dust storm! Any switches that you won’t be using regularly near doors and windows, tape them up too.

Protect upholstery
Cover up any soft surfaces with extra sheets or scrap fabric. This not only protects the upholstery, but when the dust becomes too much you can shake them out.

Wax on
Give your RV (inside and out) a good solid wax before heading out to Black Rock City. It does help the dust blow over instead of sticking right away.

Close it up
If you’re leaving your camp, close everything up – windows, vent fans, doors and retract your awning. Wind and dust storms kick up out of no where and the last thing you want is to arrive back at your camp with your awning blown away.

Minimize openings
This may go without saying but don’t leave your door open and try to limit the amount of times you enter and exit your RV. Some people construct a ‘dust room’ at the entrance to help block the dust and allow for a space to take of dusty clothing and shoes before entering. Baby wipes are great near the door for a little clean up before entering.

Give your flooring some help
Help with the post-playa cleanup by buying sheets of painters plastic and tape them to the floor of the RV.

Tape tips
Make sure to keep tape only on the plastic trim or vinyl floor of the RV. Tape can sometimes remove the finishing from the veneer. Painters tape is great but can sometimes fall off half way through.

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RV’ing during Superbowl LI

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

As Super Bowl LI approaches, if you’re in the Houston area, you maybe be thrilled to know that even if you didn’t score one of the coveted tickets, you can still party like a rockstar at Super Bowl parties. The Superbowl 2017 festivities start January 28, 2017 during a week long party – Super Bowl LIVE in downtown Houston’s Discovery Green. The best part, the event is free and an expected 1 million people will enjoy food and entertainment.

If you’re headed direct to watch the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons face off live in the NRG Stadium, an RV is the way to go, not to mention the amazing RV tailgating parties. Make sure to arrive early as parking is first come first served. You’ll also need to pre-purchase minimum of two parking spaces designated for RV parking. And please remember to leave your pets at home for their safety.

Are you, football fans, ready to celebrate your heart out on February 5? Rent an RV today, from luxury RV’s to economic RV’s there’s always something for everyone to provide the most comfortable stay.

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Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

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Wishing everyone a very happy holidays this season and very other day and all the best in the coming new year. Happy travels everyone!

RV Tailgating Tips

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Tailgating is a uniquely American tradition. Experiencing it in a motor home is a unique venture.  With so many festivals and sporting events coming up this year, a good tailgating experience takes the cake. Here are our favorite tailgating tips.

Tailgating Tips:

The food – Likely the most important part of tailgating. Hot dogs and burgers simply won’t do! So bring out those BBQ’s and smokers and let your imagination roam. Here are some great recipes to get you started and you’ll be bringing in a crowd from the smell alone. You never know, maybe you’ll be entering into one of those high class BBQ competitions before you know it.

If you’re looking for something simple, according to the Tailgate Party Planner, “Jim’s Tail Gate Beer” is the most important recipe:

1 – Cooler
3 – Bags of Ice
1 – Case of Beer

It’s not difficult to make, but it’s a mandatory dish. The same goes for water. Pack more then you think you’ll need. Hydration is key.
Parking – If you’re hoping for a prime spot, get there early! Sweet and simple.

Pick a side – Make sure there’s no confusion about what team you’re supporting and decorate your RV accordingly. Balloons, banners, and lots of colors. You can even bring a satellite and TV to run the pre-game show or play old iconic games of your team. And don’t forget the face paint and team flags, although I’m fairly certain that those are a given.

The luxury of an RV – The best part about tailgating in an RV is that you have all of your essentials on board for any weather condition or any issue that may arise. It’s all right there, packed up in your RV, including your bed to ensure that no drinking and driving occurs.

Meet your neighbors – Don’t be shy, go say hi to your neighbors. Everyone is friendly and there for the same reasons you are. It’s like creating a neighborhood. Bring extra food, be friendly, be respectful of opposing fans, and have fun!

Pack out what you bring in – Respect your team and the stadium by picking up after yourself.

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What to know before going to Burning Man

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

You’ve bought your ticket to Burning Man, you’ve rented a RV or are bringing your own motorhome, you’ve stocked your food, water, costumes and gifts and are ready to head out on the road. Heading out into the desert to this amazing event is an experience not to be missed. However, on the way home, there are a few tips and tricks to make the clean up process far less painful.

Black Rock Desert

What to know before you head out to Burning Man:

If you’ve never been to Burning Man, a good first times guide can be found on the Burning Man website. Living for a week in the desert has its challenges, go prepared and life at your first burn will be that much more fun.

Power
Solar power is the way to go. It’s hot and sunny in the desert, with the exception of those sand storms. Running a generator burns fuel and is a noisy neighbor. Plus power makes a few things a bit easier to navigate around.

Lights
It’s unbelievably dark in BRC. Lighting up your RV so that you can see it on your way back to your home base is priceless.

Keeping Cool
The desert temperatures often reach above 100 degrees and there is no offer of any shade aside from what you make yourself. Here are a few great tips to keeping cool in extreme heat.

Fuel
Make sure you have enough fuel to get into and out of Burning Man. Also take into consideration fuel for the generator (just in case). There have been reports of people waiting in the line-up to get into Burning Man for upwards of 9 hours! So go prepared. Also, fill your tank on your way out of Reno. The closer you get to BRC the longer the line is for gas. And the wait becomes insane.

Seal the Dust Out
The alkaline dust found at the Playa can damage everything it touches. It has a talcum powder consistency and gets EVERYWHERE. Using painters tape to tape up all seams in your RV is key. It won’t keep all of the dust out, but it’s far better then using nothing at all. Sealing up a fresh set of clothes for the drive home is glorious.

Cleanup
Burning Man recommends a vinegar based cleaning solution to clean everything right away. From your clothes to your vehicle. Here are a few of their tips to cleaning out the dust. Make sure to use an air compressor to blow the dust from the engine (as the dust will lead to corrosion), wash the entire outside and vacuum up on the inside as soon as you possibly can. If you opt to visit a self service bay, make sure to find one that your RV can fit into. In Reno, this one is great. On the flip side, you can always pay a professional to clean your motorhome as well. They may charge a bit extra for the extra deep clean, but it’s well worth it.

In the end, remember to have fun, enjoy the experience and open yourself up to new adventures.

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Super Bowl 50 in a RV

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Super Bowl 50

Are you counting down the days to Super Bowl 50? We sure are! And yes it’s Super Bowl 50 not Super Bowl L. The NFL has decided to celebrate this milestone by suspending the Roman numerals for this year only.

This Sunday’s game (January 24, 2016) the Super Bowl participants will be determined. The Denver Broncos will face off against the New England Patriots (AFC) and the Arizona Cardinals and the Florida Panthers (NFC) will duke it out for the conference championship games.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan. The food, the buzz, the game. Getting down to the Super Bowl is always a bit of a feat. But what better way, than to arrive in style with an RV Motorhome. No drinking and driving needed. You just pull up and go. Plus, who wouldn’t love to stay in the Super Tailgate Village?

The Details of Super Bowl 50:

When: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California (home of the San Francisco 49ers)

Halftime show: Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce.

CBS Pregame programming

11 a.m. ET: Super Bowl 50: Before they were pros (NFL Films).
Noon ET: Road to the Super Bowl (NFL Films).
1 p.m. ET: Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition.
2-6 p.m. ET: The Super Bowl Today.
Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. ET.

Enjoy the tailgate, the food, the game all in an RV just minutes from Levi Stadium. Book your Super Bowl RV today!

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California Wine Road Trips

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

We’re incredibly lucky to have one of the top locations in the world for wine tasting right in our own backyard. When people think of the best vineyards, they think of California. And why not? California boasts cozy caverns, scenic vineyards and more then 50 types of grapes. What better way to tour the top California wine regions then in an RV. Your home away from home is ready and waiting.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
When most people think of So-Cal they think of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu. For the wine lover, winemaking has been taking place in these wine regions since the late 1700s. Grab some lunch and road trip up to the high elevation wineries in Malibu. Elevations range from sea level to 3,111 feet at Sandstone Peak. The newly granted Malibu Coast AVA is mainly in the Santa Monica Mountains and is about 46 miles long and 8 miles wide and includes 198 acres of vines for 52 grape growers. The high elevation in this “region’s climate, soils and unique aspects affect the taste of the wine produced.” Check out this post, by Wine Folly for an easy to understand write up of why that’s important. Why does this matter? It matters because the combination produces the delicious wine we know and love in Malibu.

Malibu Wine Road Trip

While driving along the coast, don’t forget to stop by Mission San Diego de Alcala, as they are home to the oldest grapes in California. About an hour northeast of San Diego, off the beaten path, you can stumble upon Temecula. Best known for their Italian and Rhône varietals and the annual Balloon and Wine Festival. The Cucamonga Valley should also be on your hit list. Famous for preserving the past with historic vineyards and ranches and their old-vine Zinfandel and Portstyle wines.

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HIGHWAY 1 – THE CENTRAL COAST.
If you’re doing a California road trip, how can you not drive highway 1? The coastal ocean views, the winding road, the wine along the way. Starting in LA, a quick two hour drive north make sure to stop downtown Santa Barbara for lunch and visit beautiful State Street and sample some of the regional wines at one of the street’s many tasting rooms. From there head inland. The Paso Robles wine region is unique as the day/night temperature swings create bold red wines that are a must. Paso Robles is about half way between LA and San Fran.

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Continue heading north towards Monterey and stop by A Taste of Monterey, the regions official wine visitors center. You can learn all about Monterey Bay’s unique landscape and how it effects the vineyards, sample the regions wine, and maybe spot the whales migrating.

SAN FRANCISCO.
Next stop, San Fran. Home of amazing restaurants, fresh local foods and the urban wine movement. During the day, wine and dine on Fisherman’s Wharf, then head to Jackson Square and sample wines at the various wine bars downtown. Check out this half day tour.

Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

NAPA VALLEY.
Any road trip that’s centered around wine tasting isn’t complete without stopping in Napa Valley. Just an hour northeast of San Francisco, start the day wandering downtown Napa and enjoy some local wines at the Oxbow Public Market. Head up Highway 29 to fill your sights with what Napa Valley has to offer, stopping at renowned wineries for tastings. Keep an eye out for the landmark sign “Wine is bottled poetry” as quoted by Robert Louis Stevenson after a visit to Napa Valley in the 1880s. Known for its life-change Cabernet, Napa Valley boasts tiered hillsides, wine caverns and illustrious estates, making for stellar scenery every wine lover will swoon over.

Napa Valley Wine Country Road Trip
SONOMA COUNTRY. 
Sonoma Valley, also know as Valley of the Moon, offers a bit more laid back atmosphere in comparison to Napa Valley. However, there are still more than 400 wineries with some of the best being: Chateau St. Jean, Simi, Sebastiani, Rodney Strong, Marcassin, Paul Hobbs, La Crema, and Kistler. The Somona Valley is known for its cool-climate Pinot Noirs. Be sure to taste a variety. While in the valley, Sonoma Plaza lies in the heart and offers a historic view of the country.

Sonoma Valley Wine Country Road Trip

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Monday, June 15th, 2015

Why Music Festivals? Why RV?

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Music Festivals

I love music festivals. Discovering new artists, being in a crowd of people thoroughly enjoying the pumping tunes coming out of the speakers, and singing along to my favorite songs being sung by the artists themselves, is a feeling of freedom. From Coachella, to Lollapalooza, to Shambhala, to Osheaga, each offers a slightly different feel and experience. While Lolla happens in the fabulous Grant Park in the Windy City, Chicago, they offer the ultimate line up of artists right on the water, right downtown. Fun! Shambhala Music Festival brings the electronic groove to Southern British Columbia, Canada. You’ll be dancing the night away in a beautiful slice of forest and farm for the best outdoors experience. Osheaga is the mini, if you can call it that, sister to Lollapalooza and Coachella. Offering epic music in downtown Montreal in Jean-Drapeau Park. And then there is Coachella, with its two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival. Located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. No where else can you find the perfect variety of music, in a hot sunny desert with so many options for fun!

When getting around to all of these fun and fab music festivals there are many ways to live in comfort while not having to slog around in the mud and use public toilets. You can actually have that long desired shower before the end of the festival.

Enter the RV. Recreational Vehicle. Motor Home. Whatever name you choose the luxury it offers while camping out at a music festival is great. Here are a few great benefits to going to a music festival with an RV:

RV'ing at Music Festivals

1. Setup. Everything is already set up and ready to go when you arrive, and take down is super easy.
2. Privacy. You have your own private toilet, toilet paper and best of all SHOWER!
3. Location. You can stay right on the festival grounds, or nearby, which saves on taxi rides or additional car rental and parking costs.
4. Cleanliness. Your sleeping area is much easier to keep clean.
5. Food. You can easily cook your own food with nearly full size appliances.
6. Safety. All of your belongings are safely locked away.
7. Comfort. There’s nothing like sleeping in a comfy bed instead of on an air mattress.
8. Weather. If it rains, or snows, or is extremely hot or cold, you have a safe haven.
9. Sound. If the show goes all night and you’re ready to crash, an RV provides some sound protection.
10. Convenience. It’s like a hotel room where ever, whenever you want.

Camping at Music Festivals

Top 10 Things to Bring to Burning Man when Traveling in an RV

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Burning Man is an experience like no other. It’s different for everyone who goes and changes every year. But it is still one of those festivals that cannot be missed. Traveling in style, in an RV that is, isn’t a must but it provides some creature comforts to the experience, that by the end of the week, you’ll be dreaming of.

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RV’ing at Burning Man? Here are some “must have” items:

WATER! – You can never have too much water. From the water you need to drink, to the elusive water for a shower, to the lemon water needed to clean out all of that Playa dust. The lemon in the water will help with the alkaline in the dust and your skin will love it. More is better.

Hide-a-Key – If you’re traveling with more then just yourself, have a hide a key hidden somewhere on your RV is handy to have. That way people can come and go without worry of loosing a key or not having enough keys for everyone.

Shade – Even if you have a generator and air conditioning there’s nothing like sitting outside in the shade and enjoying the buzz around you and meeting new people. But make sure it’s sound enough to stand against those high winds!

Ziplock Bags – it’s always nice to have some fresh clean clothes to drive home in. Plus don’t forget to keep your electronics (phone, camera, etc) safe from the dust, along with prepared meals.

Garbage Bags – Remember that Burning Man runs on a ‘what you bring you leave with’ campaign. So when packing don’t forget to bring things that can either be cleaned and reused or burned, otherwise you’ll be driving out with more trash then your RV can carry.

Medical Kit and Extra Toilet Paper (1ply) – From stepping on rebar to just being plain clumsy, it’s important to stock up a medical kit. Extra toilet paper is a must as well, put together a personal washroom pack for when you are out adventuring as the port-a-potties always run out.

Bike and Lights (for yourself and your bike) – The Black Rock Desert becomes a small city, with last year holding over 65,000 people. Covering that distance by foot isn’t practical. Bring along a cheap bike to help you travel. And lights! It gets dark, I mean really dark. Help everyone out by attaching lights to yourself and your bike to prevent collisions.

Dust Cover for Your Bed – As much as you may try dust will be EVERYWHERE. Bringing a dust cover for your bed will help keep the dust down when you are sleeping. Even an extra sheet to cover your bedding will do wonders.

Oil for Your Generator – Either you or someone around you will run out of oil, it’s guaranteed. So why not bring some extra just in case.

Solar Power – Save your generator and use as much solar power as possible to run your necessities. Every little bit helps to keep our lovely planet clean.

Last but not least, remember to have fun and keep your mind open to all the wonderful possibilities that Burning Man provides.