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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!