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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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Photo credit: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

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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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.

Planning your 2014 Burning Man trip

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

If you have not planned your trip to Burning Man 2013, you are too late. That being said you are just in time to start planning your Burning Man 2014 adventure.

Tickets should go on sale in January of 2014. For the 2013 event festival goers were required to pre-register in order to buy tickets when they go on sale. You will want to keep an eye on www.Burningman.com for when they will allow you to pre-register and any changes the event planners may make to buying tickets for the 2014 Festival.

To tent or not to tent, that is the question. While sleeping in a tent will be your most affordable option, it will not be the most comfortable one. Winds in the Black Rock Desert can reach up to 75 miles per hour, day time temperatures can reach 100 degrees F and night time temperatures can drop into the 40’s. I would rather be camping in an RV. An RV with provide air conditioning during the day, heat at night and something to be between you and the wind. You will also have your kitchen and bathroom with you making the whole experience just a little more enjoyable.

If you are going with the comfort and extra cost of an RV you will really need to consider who you are taking with you. You will be sleeping in close quarters, so preferably no snorers. Then consider how you are going to divide up the cost of your RV if you are going to be renting one. You will be required to put some money down in order to secure your RV rental. They rest of your rental payment will be due 45-60 days prior to your pick up date. I have rented RVs to 100’s of people over the years and what I have always told my clients is get people’s money up front. If you are taking on the responsibility to pay for the RV on your credit card have your friends start making payments to you long before the RV payment is due. That way when it is time to pay the balance of the RV rental you already have everyone’s money and you do not have to chase people for their payment.

The closest place to pick up a rental RV to Burning Man is Reno Nevada and then San Francisco. I have never actually talked to anyone who actually got an RV from Reno as they book out so far in advance. If you are looking for a better deal for your RV rental, think outside the box. Las Vegas and Los Angeles are going to be a little further away but the price and the availability should be better. How about Salt Lake City? It isn’t as far as you would think and you will probably be avoiding the extra fees that some companies will be adding if you pick up from some of the regular spots.

The Burning Man website has a list of what you will need to bring, it is worth checking out. Make sure you bring 1.5 gallons of water per person per day for drinking, washing and cooking. The water that is in the holding tank of the RV should not be sure for drinking or cooking, but is safe for washing. Bring in all food and drink that you will need for your stay, warm clothing and first aid kit. Extra sheets are good for have, you can make a sun block with them and use them to keep the dust off of the furniture and off the dash board of the RV. There is nothing for sale at Burning Man, except coffee and ice. Make sure you bring everything that you need. There is a daily shuttle that will take you to a tiny store, but the stuff available for sale there is limited.

RV Rentals – Burning Man

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Well it is almost that time of year again. For those of you who were fortunate enough to get an RV for the 2013 Burning Man Festival you are making your plans. What food do we need to pack, how many lawn chairs should we bring, do we have enough room for the beer? For those of you who did not reserve an RV early enough you may be asking, how many people can we fit in our kids sandbox?, do you think the neighbors will mind it I set a blow up doll on fire? and when should I look at reserving my RV for Burning Man 2014.

While I do not know how many people will fit in your sandbox and I have never met your neighbors, I do know when you should reserve your RV for the 2014 Burning Man Festival. The answer is now. You may think that you still have lots of time, but did you know that when people leave the Burning Man event to return their rental RV many of them will be booking their RV for next year.

A deposit will hold your reservation and give you time to figure out who you are going to invite, let you book your holidays, arrange a baby sitter for the kids and buy your tickets for next year’s event.

But for this year, I hope you enjoy sitting in the sandbox, drinking your beer and setting the doll on fire while those who booked their RV rental early enjoy the culture, entertainment and the people that is Burning Man.