Month: April 2014

What Does It Take To Be A Full-Time RVer

Source: www.frugal-rv-travel.com

Source: www.frugal-rv-travel.com

First, of all, in order to be a successful, full-time RVer, you have to love RVing, and I mean LOVE RVing. You are going to have to take the good with the bad, the fun with the work. If you can do that, you might be a prime candidate for exploring the ever-eventful world of being a full-time RVer.

The general misconception is that being a full-time RVer is both expensive and generally reserved for retired folks. That really isn’t the case. If you do your research you can find easy ways to make a full time RV lifestyle both enjoyable and affordable. Here are a few things to consider before you make the big decision to live in your RV full time.

Keep in mind that becoming a full-time RVer is something that you just wake up and decide to do. There are considerations to be taken into account. For example, what are you going to do for money? Where are you going? Do you have a plan? Do you know what you are giving up and what you are gaining? Remember, no matter if you live in a house, or on the road being a full-time RVer and perpetual boondocker is all about attitude. As much as I want EVERYONE to start RVing, being a full-timer and living in your RV is not for everyone. You really do need to think about what you give up by not being in a house, is worth what you gain by being free to wander? There are thousands who believe it is totally worth it. It very well may be, but understand that there is a process involved, it’s a learning experience and it could be an amazing lifestyle change for you. Or, it might just be a dream.

Now, of course not everyone is into this type of extreme RV living. Maybe you are a weekend warrior? Maybe you are a holiday RVer? Either way, spending any amount of time RVing is going to be a great time!

If you are a full-timer and want to share your story, leave it in the comments section below. IF you have any questions about becoming a full timer, ask us, or check on line, as there are enormous amounts of information available for an education on becoming a full-time RVer.

Now, regardless if you are a full-timer, or an average RVer, you’ll want to equip your rig with everything you can to make your packing and unpacking efficient and painless. For that, grab a couple of Hatchlift and Bedlift kits…it’s the perfect addition to any RV you are going to be spending time in.

Bedlift Kits Keep Your Fingers Safe

A prime storage area that is often overlooked is the space underneath the RV bed platform. It’s often big enough to fit plenty of necessities underneath where you sleep. Most RVs have bedlifts installed straight from the factory and unfortunately, a lot are installed incorrectly, are improperly sized or have already failed.

Although they aren’t used as frequently as the outside storage, safe and correct access to this space is critically important – those beds are heavy and can cause serious injury when dropped. When’s the last time you smashed your finger underneath a heavy RV bed? After you do it once, you won’t want to do it again, that’s for sure. That’s why installing a Hatchlift RV Bedlift Kit will improve your experience while camping! Bed lift systems are designed to lift the weight of a standard RV bed, including a typical upgraded residential style, heavier mattress. Regain that space under your bed and keep the clutter to a minimum. If you’re not utilizing your under-bed storage because your current bedlift kit is weak, it’s time to replace it with one that can handle the job.

Bed lift kits can be used to fix an existing application, or for a new installation. Sizes are available for most RV beds including the small or partial front storage compartments. Visit the Bedlift Kits page on Hatchlift.com for ordering information.

Summer Is Right Around The Corner

Photo Courtesy of TujaWellness.com

Spring is finally here and it’s the perfect time to get in your RV and take it out for vacation. The weather is beautiful here in Colorado, but fear not, Summer is just around the corner and when it gets here, it’s gonna be a doozie. I’ve heard some meteorologists say that this year will be the hottest on record, but then again, what do they know? All I know is that it’s gonna be hot and if you don’t plan in advance when you head out in your RV, you could very likely be miserable the entire trip. Here are a few things to think about when you decide to head out in a couple of months.

Shade

If you don’t have any shade in your campsite, you might as well stay home, or inside your RV the entire time. Put that awning to good use and stay under it. If there’s a nice big tree to provide some relief from the sun, even better. I’ve known plenty of people who own RVs who carry a portable gazebo in their storage, just in case. After all, you definitely don’t want to be spending too much time in the sun this summer. Sunburns are no fun. Which leads me to my next topic.

Sunblock/Aloe Vera

I am as guilty as anyone for forgetting to put sunblock on. I usually start to wonder what’s burning on my shoulders, then realize I’ve been outside for 3 hours with no sunblock. Too much sun is a killer, guys. Melanoma and skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunblock is a way to minimize our risk. Of course, even when do put globs of it all over ourselves, we always seem to miss one spot and it tortures us for the remainder of the trip. Aloe vera lotion is especially handy for those times. Go to the store, buy a bottle of both, and keep them in your RV.

Cold Water                                                             

If you’ve set up shop on a site with running water, that’s great, but we all know there’s nothing better and more refreshing than a tall glass of water after you’ve spent some time sweating outdoors. Make sure your refrigerator and water filters are all up to speed so you won’t ever run out of fresh water. Keeping a pitcher of water in the refrigerator isn’t a bad idea, either. If you’re out boondocking somewhere, you’ve got to rely on what your fresh water tank can hold. Be sure you’ve got enough. Maybe even buy a few gallons to hide under your bed, just in case.

What precautions do you take when you head out during the summer? Find us on our Facebook page and let us know what you think!

HatchLift Stops Hatch Headaches

Like every other RVer on the planet, we expect our RV’s to alleviate headaches, not create them. For the most part, that’s exactly what they do with the exception of a few cumbersome and pesky things. Primarily for me, one of the things that gave me the most headaches, both figurative and literal were the hatch doors on my RV. Don’t get me wrong, we all love having the extra storage space, or doors to protect our generators and sewer lines, but how often do you find yourself twisting and contorting your body to try to retrieve items from storage with one hand, while your other hand is occupied holding the hatch door to keep it from crashing down on you. If you answered “every time”, then you want to keep reading.

How did we come up with the HatchLift? Not only through our own painful experiences, like the time I nearly had my fingers crushed by a falling door, but from all of the other RVers I’ve talked to over the years. When asked what was one thing they didn’t like about their RV, the falling hatches seemed to always be on someone’s list. I’ve heard so many stories about hatches secured with those ugly little aluminum latches failing to keep the hatches open that I wanted to give something back to all of those RVers who’ve ever said, “the trip was great…except for the concussion if got from one of my hatches calling on my head.” It took about a year to develop, but once the final design was completed, I knew that we had something that EVERY Rver could benefit from: a retro-fit hydraulic door lift spring system that provides assistance with opening and closing RV baggage compartment doors on 5th wheels, Travel Trailers, and Motorhomes.

 

 

The kits are easy-to-install and designed to fit standard RV style doors from 12″ to 45″ tall and up to 72″ wide. The bottom line is that they provide safe and easy access, even under Slide-Outs. They are so easy to install that if you know how to use a screwdriver, you can do it yourself in oughly 30 min. I’ve been told by many RVers that the Hachlift has been a wonderful addition to their rig because they virtually eliminate all of the awkwardness and potential pain involved in using your storage compartments. It’s a simple modification that anyone can do and everyone will benefit from.

So, whenever your arms get tired from holding up that hatch door, or you’ve had one to many concussion caused by falling hatch doors, maybe it’s time to consider ordering and installing HatchLift for your self. If you have any questions, or experiences to share of your own, give us a shout!