RV’s And Campers

Motorhomes, also referred to as RVs or recreational vehicles, have greatly increased in popularity in recent years and are an excellent way to experience comfortable road travel. Unlike a commercial vehicle, RVs have full power steering and automatic transmission. Motorhomes offer excellent performance for their size and weight with diesel power for the majority of vehicles today, offering excellent fuel efficiency.

RV’s and Motorhomes are the ideal form of travel for those who like to spend their vacation time going camping in the mountains, running on the beach, or sightseeing along the highways and byways.

Motorhomes are a popular way to follow sporting events around the world, they are also ideal for shows and events, where you can be on-site close to all the action yet with your luxurious home-from-home there with you.

A motorhome is the ideal family vehicle, the driver’s compartment is connected to the cabin so that, even on the road, your whole family is together. Fully-equipped with a toilet, hot shower, air-conditioning, water tank plus a small kitchen including fridge, stove and oven, giving you complete freedom and flexibility.

Motorhomes usually have a 240 volt power inlet which can be hooked up to power the larger appliances such as air conditioners and microwaves. The on-board fresh water tank holds approximately 120 litres and will last between two and four days before it needs refilling.

Motorhomes are easy to drive but different to a car, Take things at a steadier pace and try to anticipate braking and cornering to make the journey more comfortable and reduce the number of complaints from the navigators.

Motorhomes have limited through-vision and some none at all so you soon start to rely on the mirrors. Small coastal and country roads get congested during the holiday periods and you have to be more aware of narrow bridges and roadside hedges as the motorhome is wider than a normal car.

Motorhomes, or motorized recreational vehicles (RVs), come in different classes.
Van campers, also known as Class B motorhomes, are basically small RVs created from a standard conversion or mini van and usually feature a raised roof. These motorhomes are the least expensive RVs to own and operate, and are generally also the easiest to drive around town as well as on the highway.

The size of a Class B RV usually varies from 16 feet to 21 feet, it gets you on the road to adventure in a compact size that’s fun and easy to drive, for a price ranging between $33,000 to $75,000.

Class A motor homes are generally thought of as top of the line among RVs. As the largest and most elaborate of the RVs, similar in stature to a bus, this class is, of course, the most expensive, with some sporting sticker prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Depending on the model and floor plan, Class A RVs will sleep up to 8 people. But a decent used Class A motorhome can usually be found for below the hundred thousand dollar mark or so.
All RVs are incredibly well insulated, and because they’re only small compared to, say, a house, keeping them warm or cool is a cinch.
The quality and appointments of RVs continue to improve, with owners realising they can travel with all of the luxuries of home.

There’s one way to check out motor homes before you choose one to buy, and that’s by renting several and taking them on trial runs.

It’s a good idea to rent different models from different manufacturers to see what features you like, what you don’t like, and how the models handle on the road and in the campground. Then you can make a more informed decision when you purchase a motor home. Check out your local area for the best deals on renting.

So, whatever model you choose just have fun and enjoy!

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Buying From Overseas: You Like the Price, But What About the Quality and Service?

Lots of products are made overseas. Go to any department store and look at tools, sweaters or electronics and you will find that many items are made overseas. It is common knowledge that products from overseas cost less, in general than those made domestically.

Why not benefit from this when selecting components for the equipment you manufacture? What is holding you back?

If you are like most, fear is holding you back. Fear that the product you get will be sub-standard and appreciably worse than samples you may have received. Fear that your product will, literally be on the slow boat from China and you will be late in making your deliveries on your equipment for want of these components. Fear that when you have an issue, you will send an email with your concerns and get no response.

These fears are rational and prudent. There is no use in having low cost components if you can’t get them or, if when you do, they are no good. These fears keep many people from reducing the manufactured cost of their equipment for these reasons.

It does not have to be like this. There are U.S. based suppliers who mitigate these risks and bridge these gaps for you.

They will:

  • Provide samples of product as it will be delivered.
  • Stock your OEM components beyond your current release in case you need to pull and order in.
  • Provide technical supports.
  • Save you money at the point of purchase.

Think about it. If you can get product that meets your requirements technically and quality wise and is backed with technical support and local inventory, why wouldn’t you get it? There are companies that do just this on product manufactured overseas. Ask your supplier if he will do this for you. Or, look for new ones and ask them.

Good Google searches will include “low cost” and the item you are looking for. E.G. “low cost thermometer”. You will have to look through a few sites, but the time spent will be worth it when you reduce a component cost by 30 to 80% without sacrificing quality and service.

How to Get Organized in the Car – Organization Tips For Safety and Convenience

How to get organized in the car is a challenge facing all families who own one.  In order to have pleasant trips whether they are long or short, some planning and forethought is required. 

It is also necessary to set some priorities and pay attention first to those things that are the most important such as the safety of the people who are in the car.

The most important planning tasks then for how to get organized in your car requires paying attention to basic safety and that means using the proper restraints.

  • Make sure that you have child car seats that are age and weight appropriate for the child that uses it.
  • Child car seats should be fastened safely into the car following manufacturer’s directions.
  • Children should always be in their child car seats when traveling in the car – no exceptions.
  • Adult passengers should be safely buckled in for the trip no matter how short.

With everyone fastened in they will not become a human projectile in the event of a sudden stop or collision.

However, anything else in your car that is not fastened down will become a projectile if the car stops suddenly. Even a small object flying around in your car can be lethal if it hits someone in the head so make sure that there is nothing in your car that is not fastened down.

In other words store your junk in the trunk!  If you do not have a trunk, there are commercial car organizer products available that can be safely fastened into the back of the SUV or hatchback.  They will keep all the sports equipment, CD’s, diaper wipes, paper towels and other items safely contained in the back of the car.

Here are more car organization tips for your automobile safety and convenience:

  1. Make sure you have a first aid kit. It should contain the usual assortment of gauzes, tape and bandages. Getting organized for health and safety in the car also means including some medication such as over the counter pain relievers and antihistamines. If any one in the family is on regular medication a small supply of personal medication is also recommended but be sure to replace it often as medications can deteriorate in quality in the extreme temperature variations in a car.
  2. Keep a supply of pre-moistened hand wipes in the car. While antibacterial  hand wipes are not usually recommended for common use,  in this application they are the best. You just never know when you are going to be using a public washroom or roadside “facilities” and there is no sink or no soap. They also come in handy for making sure the kids get washed up before snacks in the car (or even washing up afterward!).
  3. Keep a roll of paper towels in the car.  You just know somebody is going to spill something at some time.  They come in handy if someone has a nosebleed or even if you or someone else has to change a tire.
  4. Keep your documents organized. You will want the auto club phone number, owner’s manual, registration, license and insurance information to be easily found when you are stressed. You just know that you are going to need them when you are not thinking straight such as when the police officer says “Vehicle and license registration please.”  Getting organized in the car means knowing where you put it so you can find it fast.
  5. Make sure you keep a flashlight in the car. It is also highly probable that you will get that flat tire or dead battery when it is dark so make sure you have a flashlight so you can actually read the phone number of the auto club!  A hand cranked model is best so you will never be frustrated by dead batteries.
  6. If you have a baby make sure you have extra diapers and diaper wipes. If you have ever had to wait for 3 hours in a traffic jam when a bridge was closed you will know that having extra diapers is essential!

Getting organized in the car doesn’t have to be mysterious.  Think first about safety.  Then when you think about how to get organized anticipate what might happen and plan as if those events were going to be a certainty.