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CAMPING CONVENIENCE

CAMPING CONVENIENCE

Popup Trailers Offer the Freedom of a Tent with the Protection of a Travel Trailer

The pop-up tent trailer has become many families' best friend when it comes to RVing. Somewhere between tent camping and a full travel trailer, the pop-up, also called a tent camper or fold-up camper, provides many of the same features found in a full-fledged RV, but with the add benefits of being lightweight for easy towing, compact for convenient storage, and affordable for those on a budget or who are just getting into the RV lifestyle. It is not hard to see all the benefits that the fold-up camper has to offer.

Cost

Clickit RV carries the Coachmen Clipper line of tent trailers which are extremely affordable, especially when compared to a travel trailer or motorhome. Prices range greatly depending on the features that you desire. Most new campers range from $10,000 to $15,000, but can be lower with manufacture incentives and sale discounts. 

Convenience

Since you can tow these with most small trucks and SUVs, once you get to your campsite, simply unhitch the trailer and drive your vehicle anywhere you would like to go. Because of their small footprint; most around 12' closed, and 25' expanded) they can fit into camp sites not accessible to larger RVs. Some models like the the Clipper V-Trec have reinforced suspensions so that they can go to off-road locations.

Options

With many options available, you can have your pop-up equipped with all the features of a full-sized RV. Some models have self-contained bathrooms with a shower and toilet, air-conditioners, full kitchens, exterior storage boxes, heavy-duty platforms for transporting bikes, camp coolers, etc, and are even prepped for solar panels and cable TV. Most models include a heater, AM/FM radio, small kitchen with a sink, fridge and propane stove, beds and dining table. 

Ease of Use

Most pop-up campers can be set up, including making the beds, in under an hour. Much easier than setting up a tentsite as all of your gear is stowed neatly inside. Most popup models incorporate an easy-lift system for raising and lowering the roof. 

Protection from the Elements

Pop-ups offer you the freedom of camping outside with the security of being fully protected from the elements. The hard roof and waterproof sides provide total protection from rain. The windows unzip exposing mesh panels so when the weather is nice you can enjoy a pleasant breeze. For the ultimate protection, the Clipper C12RBST is constructed with hardside walls that raise into place to form an A-frame-design, and are fully insulated.

Easy Storage

When not in use, your pop-up camper folds into a compact box which allows you to store it in a garage or on the driveway and still have plenty of space for parking vehicles.

RV Tips: Help Your Refrigerator Keep its Cool

RV Tips: Help Your Refrigerator Keep its Cool

The refrigerator is a feature in your RV that you tend to take for granted until you open the door and find that it's not keeping your food as cold as you'd expected. Fortunately, modern RV refrigerators are well-built and efficient. In most cases, where something goes wrong, it's something the owner does or doesn't do that caused the issue to happen.

One thing to keep in mind is that your motorhome's refrigerator is different from the one you have at home. Your RV refrigerator doesn't use a compressor or any moving parts - it works off of the principle of absorption. Instead of applying cold directly, the heat is drawn out, or absorbed. Ironically, it's heat from an electric heating element or an LP-gas flame that makes it happen. The heat starts a chemical reaction, and evaporation and condensation causes the refrigerator to cool.

Here are several things you can do to help you refrigerator do its job more efficiently.

On the Level

The most important factor in having your refrigerator operate properly is making sure it's level. Due to the dynamics of the absorption process, the evaporator coils inside the cooling unit must permit the gravity flow of liquid ammonia through a portion of the system. Liquids don't flow uphill - so before beginning a trip, mount a circular bubble level either on the center of the shelf or squarely to the door, and level the coach so that the bubble is in the exact center of the level. Traveling with the refrigerator on will not cause problems because the liquids and gases in the cooling unit are constantly moving around and don't collect and stay in areas of the cooling unit like they can in a stationary, out of level refrigerator.

Cool It

The initial cool-down process can take four to six hours. You should turn the refrigerator on the day before you plan to leave, and before you put any food in it. When you do stock the refrigerator, it helps if the food is already be cold. Putting cold food in the refrigerator or freezer lets the unit work less to reach the most efficient operating temperature. And don't over pack the space - there needs to be space between the foods to allow for air to circulate throughout the compartment.

Fan Zone

To help with air circulation, you can purchase an inexpensive, battery-operated refrigerator fan from the Clickit RV Part Department. Placing the fan in the front of the refrigerator compartment blowing upwards (remember - cold air drops and warm air rises) will reduce the initial cool down time by as much as 50 percent.

Draft Pick

Another good idea is to install a 12-volt, thermostatically-controlled vent fan at the back of the refrigerator, or at the top of the roof vent, to assist with drafting the hot air away from the refrigerator. The Clickit RV Service Department can easily take care of this upgrade which can improve refrigerator performance by up to 40 percent.

Are You Ready to Roll?

Ready to Roll?

Learning to maintain engine components is one of the first steps in responsible RV ownership

Making sure your RV is operational is the most important factor of ownership. If you neglect the major systems and parts of your RV, you compromise the amount of time it will be able to run at its peak. As with any major investment, you want to protect your money through responsible ownership. "An RV is made up of many of the same components as any other vehicle, and it requires the same level of attention and maintenance to keep things running smoothly," comments Mark Davidson, service manager at Clickit RV.

Read on for our tips on engine and battery care, as well as tips on safely setting up camp once you reach your destination.

Engine Care

Just like in your car or truck, the engine of your motorhome must continuously be checked and maintained for a long lifespan. Your assessment should start with the engine compartment, including the nuts around the carburetor, manifold and fuel pump, to ensure they are in working order. The drive belts on the fan and alternator must always have the proper tension, so check your owner’s manual for recommendations and specifications.

Any major issues or questions should always be adressed by a trained RV technician. "It's best to have your RV checked by a professsional service tech who has the knowledge and tools to do a complete diagnosis," Davidson says. "It's much easier to figure out and solve problems in person than over the phone - or from a breakdown along the road."

Battery Care

A humming engine is only useful if your battery is in good shape. Clean your battery often by brushing away any corrosion or dirt from the connections. Also, make sure your connections are tight with good electrolyte levels.

Be sure to check the alternator for dust or caked-on dirt. Make sure your engine wiring is secure and out of the way to prevent it from getting too hot or melting. These issues can cause major damage to your engine and pose a safety threat while driving, so it's worth your time to identify and resolve them.

Properly setting up your motorhome at your destination gives you a worry-free camping experience.

Camp Set-Up

There also are some simple maintenance and care tips to keep in mind when it comes time to stop driving and set up camp. They include:

  • Don't forget to apply your parking brake to ensure your safety and the proper functioning of your slide-outs and awnings.
  • Plug your electrical shore power cord into the campsite receptacle, making sure to match the amperage require- ments of your RV.
  • Attach your potable RV drinking water hose to the tank on the side of your unit and run the other end to the campground water supply; make sure to check for any leaks before leaving it unattended.


Must-Have RV Upgrades

Must-Have RV Upgrades

Your home is equipped with high-tech devices and appliances. Why not add the same advances to your home on wheels? RV makers are loading their vehicles with the latest and greatest tech on the market to make them a fully integrated experience. Since you can't take all your favorite appliances with you on the road, there are a plethora of gadgets that can make you feel right at home while you’re cruising toward your next destination.

SOLAR POWER

You can’t always plug in to the grid. Solar panels allow you to harness the power of the sun’s rays. From a tiny solar panel to keep your chassis battery charged, to a four panel 1000 watt system to power all your electronics, a solar panel system is not simply a luxury – it’s an eccential upgrade to your RV. With a pair of 80-watt panels you can stay charged while using lights, laptop computers, and other low wattage devices.

TV ON THE GO

Big Screen TVs are standard features in modern RV’s. But the likelihood is that unless you’re at an RV park that provides cable service, you’re limited to what you can watch. The solution is the King Tailgater - a fully automatic portable HD satellite antenna that sits on the ground or permanently mounts to the roof of your RV. This allows you to tune in to all of you favorite DISH Network programming anywhere, anytime including local networks. Simply connect your Tailgater and receiver and within minutes you will be enjoying your favorite shows. With Pay-As-You-Go programming, no contract is required, so you’re billed only for the months you use.

QLED LIGHTS

Most modern RV interiors feature LED light bulbs that replace the old-fashioned halogen LED lights. LED bulbs use approximately 90% less energy than halogens, are longer lasting and more resistant to vibration, and are cool to the touch yet just as bright. Since The Clickit RV Parts Department offers solar panels that give you free power on the open road. Portable satellite systems allow you to watch your favorite TV shows from wherever you park. LED's consume less energy you can also camp longer without relying on the generator. Weather- proof LED light strips are a great addition to awnings so you can continue to enjoy the outdoors after dark.

PORTABLE WASHERS & DRYERS

Washing your clothes on the go just got easier. There are many compact portable washing machines on the market that allow you to keep your clothes clean in the luxury of your RV. Many of these machines weigh less than 50 pounds, making them easy to stow on your camper during your trip. Some RV's come prepped so that the washer/dryer combo can be permanently installed. Not only storage-friendly, these compact gems can help save you time and money required to find laundromats or community campsite facilities. If you’re roughing it in the wilderness during your adventure, what better way to add a modern comfort to your experience?


Lets Make a Deal (On a Used RV)

Lets Make a Deal (On a Used RV)

One factor to consider when deciding on a used RV is reliability. Just like buying a used car, you want to be confident that your money is being spent on a quality product. The required research is your responsibility. Buying a used RV that is still in good condition can save you major cash. After factoring in depreciation, financing, maintenance and other costs, a three-year- old RV can cost about half the price of a new one. But making sure your potential used RV is up to snuff should be your first priority.

WHAT TO BUY?

There are many different kinds of RVs, so finding one that fits your needs is easy. Motorhomes come in Class A, B or C and offer the most space, but other options include travel trailers, fifth- wheel trailers and pop-up camping trailers.

Obviously, larger RVs contain more parts and could cost more to maintain over time. What fits your lifestyle and needs? Does a larger motorhome make more sense for your travel plans than a travel trailer that you'll pull behind your vehicle? Once you know what to buy, you can spend more time doing homework on the pros and cons that will sway your buying decision.

QUESTIONS TO ASK

When it comes to buying your next used RV, there are certain questions you should ask the vehicle’s current owner or dealer. They include:

  • What is the overall condition of the RV and why is it being sold?
  • Can I review the warranties and maintenance records?
  • Can I test drive the vehicle with the seller onboard to answer any questions?

If you experience any issues while driving the RV, be sure to ask for specifics about how long the problem has been occurring and what the owner or dealer is willing to do to make sure it is corrected before you buy. One of the advantages of buying a pre- owned RV from a full-service dealership, such as Clickit RV, is that you can be assured that the unit is in proper working condition – extended warranties are also available that will protect your investment.

Clickit RV GetAways; Westport, Washington

Clickit RV GetAways; Westport, Washington

Fishing, Surfing and Fun at the Beach

Westport, on the south end of Grays Harbor along the Washington coast is two hours from Seattle and without question one of Washington's best kept coastal secret. Famous for its fishing charters, Westport is fast becoming a classic beach destination.

Local activities for visitors vary throughout the year, but beach combing the 18 miles of sandy beaches that stretch from Tokeland in the south to the Westport Marina on the north is popular all year round.

For adventure seekers, Westport is home to the most popular surfing beaches north of California, as well as two surf shops which provide equipment, rentals, and lessons (and yes – wetsuits to keep you warm). The annual Clean Water Classic, the Pacific Northwest's largest surf competition is held at Westhaven State Park each spring to benefit the Surfrider Foundation.

For boaters, Westport is the only town on the Washington and Oregon Coast with a marina a walkable distance to the beach. Quaint shops, a maritime museum, fishing opportunities, dining options and accommodations are all within a few minutes stroll to the beach at Halfmoon Bay.

Westport has a reputation as "The Salmon Fishing Capital of the World." Not only can you charter an excursion to land a prize coho or king salmon, but along the pier, you can catch a variety of saltwater fish, including rockfish, lingcod, and perch. For fun the whole family can enjoy, try catching delicious rock or sweet dungeness crab from the pier.

If you're in the mood for a little refreshment, don't forget to make Westport Winery part of your trip. Westport Winery was named "Best Destination Winery in the Northwest" by Seattle television station KING 5. With more than 30 wines available for tasting, there is surely a winner for every palate. Many varieties are made with local ingredients like cranberries, blueberries and blackberries. In keeping with Westport's seafaring tradition the winery was designed to reflect the architecture of a District 13 Coast Guard Station, including a 40-foot lighthouse. Inside, guests may sample gourmet foods and wine at the tasting bar or be seated in the Gathering Room to relax with surf movies and popcorn

Captain Robert Gray discovered Westport in the course of his fur-trading voyages along the north Pacific coast of North America. Getting there is much easier nowadays. Whether you're looking for a quick weekend get-away or the ideal spot for a vacation home, Westport is close by and easily accessible from Interstate-5 by the only four-lane highway north of San Fransisco.

If you're traveling with your RV, Westport offers a number of well-equipped campgrounds where you can enjoy your stay. Here are a couple of our favorites.

American Sunset RV Resort 
www.americansunsetrv.com 
(360) 268-0207

American Sunset RV Resort, situated near the South Beach, offers 118 RV spaces with full hookups. Most sites are 25 Ft. Wide by 50 Ft. long, and include 20, 30 & 50 amp service. Other amenities include free wi-fi, satellite TV, heated outdoor swimming pool, convenience store, laundry, and even a fish cleaning station.

Pacific Motel & RV Park 
www.pacificmotelandrv.com 
(360) 268-9325

Pacific Motel & RV Park is a cozy campground with 80 large RV spaces (25 with pull-thru access) each with a picnic table and fire pit for campers to enjoy. Guests have full use of the facilities: heated pool, fishing cleaning station, and laundry.

A Toy Hauler with Purpose

Forest River Vengeance Super Sport 25V: A Toy Hauler with Purpose

Toy haulers are a great way to enhance the RVing experience, allowing you to bring along your recreational toys and combine your passion for outdoor fun with the comforts associated the RV lifestyle.

But not everyone has the same number of toys – sometimes, you may just want to travel with a couple of motorcycles or quads, and still have plenty of living space left over. The 25V Super Sport Vengeance by Forest River offers the best of both words. Known as an sport-utility RV, this purpose-designed trailer allows you and your toys to travel to your favorite destinations without leaving behind the comforts of home.

The 10-foot cargo area offers plenty of storage space; the RV can carry up to 4972 lbs of cargo and sleeps up to four people. At 30 feet 6 inches in length, this mid-size travel trailer is able to fit into most public campground sites, navigable to off-road-friendly locations, and is also an easy pull for most 1/2 ton vehicles.

The bedroom and bath are located at the front of the RV. In the bedroom, you can enjoy a good nights rest on the king bed. On one side of the bed is a nightstand, and the other side of the bed has a wardrobe. You will also find a flatscreen TV mount in the corner of the room. The split bathroom has a neo-angled shower, sink, medicine cabinet and corner toilet area.

Let's go back to the cargo bay – the open concept floor plan is one of the best attributes of the 25V Super Sport Vengeance. Nothing is out of place – the kitchen is on the side wall, and at the rear are a pair of retractable sofa lounges that can either be used as a bed or a dining area with a freestanding table. When you need extra space or are ready to load up your toys, these lounges fold up flat against the walls.

Only one question remains – where are you going and what are you going to do when you get there? With the Forest River Vengeance Super Sport 25V as your base of operations, you're ready for any adventure!

Propane Safety Tips

Because of its portability and long lifespan, propane is an ideal energy source for RVs. It keeps your camper, trailer or motorhome warm, water hot and drinks cold. Before you hit the road, prepare your RV’s propane tank with these tips.

Inspect your propane system regularly

Inspect propane cylinders and holding mechanisms for any signs of rust, corrosion, fatigue, or wear and tear. For ASME tanks, check the brackets and mounting hardware, as well. Have your RV propane system inspected yearly by a licensed service technician. They’ll check the system for leaks, inspect valves and fittings and certify that tanks are free from rust, dents and other potential hazards.

Inspect your propane-operated appliances

You should also inspect your RV’s propane-operated appliances, such as the refrigerator, stove, furnace and other devices. Check that the supply lines running from appliances to the propane tank are in good condition and not rubbing against any sharp edges or corners. Inspect connections leading to your propane appliances for frays or damage.

Most stovetops and ovens in RVs run on propane, as does the furnace. No matter how cold it gets, NEVER heat your RV by turning on propane powered ovens or cook tops for warmth instead of turning on the heater. ClickitRV Service Manager Joseph Schmitz explains that two things are happening here. Oxygen is being burned during the combustion process, and carbon monoxide is being emitted at the same time. It is possible in a tight fitting area like an RV to deplete the oxygen, or build up lethal levels of carbon monoxide quicker than you might imagine.

Install and maintain detectors

Make sure your RV has at least one Class BC fire extinguisher and operational propane, carbon monoxide, and smoke detectors. If you need to replace or install a new detector, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation, location and maintenance. Exit the vehicle immediately if any detector goes off.

!If you smell gas

  1. Immediately put out all smoking materials, pilot lights, and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger a fire or explosion.
  2. Safely turn off the gas supply valve on your cylinder or container.
  3. Open all doors and other ventilating openings.
  4. Before you restart or use any of your propane appliances, have a qualified service technician inspect your entire system.

Going Mobile: Tips! Stay Connected on the Road


Mobility is one of the biggest draws for owning and using an RV — you can go anywhere and do anything. But just because you're out and about, doesn't mean that you don't want to stay connected with friends and family and the goings-on back home. That's why having internet access is essential to life on the road.

Many RV parks, and businesses — ranging from cafes to libraries — offer free Internet wireless connections to customers. Typically, all that's required to log on is that you are in range of the signal. Be careful, though, about accessing the Internet in this manner. Most free hotspots don't offer secure online access. That means it's easier for hackers to snoop into your privacy. Online activities that reveal personal financial information — such as banking or shopping — should be avoided.

Simply tethering your laptop or tablet to your smartphone is the most economical and straightforward option for staying connected on the road. "Tethering" means broadcasting your phone's cellular data signal (3G, 4G, whatever) as a Wi-Fi signal, and letting other electronics (like your laptop or tablet) piggyback off your data connection. If your phone supports tethering, you basically have a Wi-Fi router in your pocket. Once you're up and broadcasting, tethering your mobile device to your phone is usually as simple as looking for the new Wi-Fi signal and entering a password if required. 

For RVers traveling to locations with spotty phone signal, fear not, you can still get high-speed internet via satellite internet. To take advantage of satellite internet, you will need an antenna and transmit-and-receive electronics, along with a connection to a dish that can be mounted on a tripod or on the roof of your RV. The equipment connects by coaxial cable to the Indoor Receive Unit (IRU) and Indoor Transmit Unit (ITU), which you connect to your wireless router to give you WiFi in your RV. HughesNet, Exede, and dishNET are the top-rated satellite internet service providers with fees starting at $29.99 a month.

Now that you're hooked up, here are a couple of accessories to make your mobile experience more enjoyable.

As anyone who props a laptop on an actual lap knows, computers can get hot. The Sofia + Sam Multi Tasking Memory Foam Lap Desk ($44.99 on Amazon) will shield your lap from your laptop's heat, and also includes a slide out mouse deck, built in USB task light and cellphone holder.

It's likely your RV has power outlets into which you plug your computer charger. What it might be lacking are the narrow USB slots for powering things like cell phone, tablets and games. The easiest solution is an adapter that will plug into the standard electrical socket. Cable Matters makes a great little unit that features three regular outlets, dual USB ports, and a surge suppressor to protect your valuable devices from power spikes.

Time For a Springtime RV Checkup

Time For a Springtime RV Checkup

Winter is over and spring has finally arrived. If you're like most RVers, you're itching to hit the road with your trailer, fifth-wheel, or motorhome, and head to your favorite camping destination. Here’s a handy checklist to help you prepare your RV to take you safely on your upcoming adventures.

Inspect your dry cell batteries. Remove any corrosion from the posts and the terminals; baking soda and water works well, but commercial cleaners and acid neutralizers are available. Replace terminals and cables that have been damaged – don't just band-aid them with electrical tape! After cleaning, coat the battery terminals and posts with a protectant; this will help prevent future corrosion.

Safety and efficiency are what we want from the propane system. The LP gas system should have a leak test and pressure test performed annually – the ClickIt RV Service Center in Spokane can run a professionally administered test to make sure all is well, and if not, they gladly fix any problems. The regulator is the heart of the propane system – it’s a good idea to replace this device every ten to 15 years. Even if you’re not experiencing any trouble with your RV’s propane system, the inside parts wear down and wear out after a while. Better safe than sorry.

Vinyl awning fabric is mildew resistant, but not necessarily mildew-proof - so open the awning to let it dry. If the awning fabric is fairly clean, you can spiff it up with a soft brush, mild soap and water. For more difficult stains or mildew, there are aftermarket cleaners made just for awning fabrics. The ClickIt RV Parts Department carries Thetford Premium Awning Cleaner, which not only removed mold, mildew, leaf stains, and sap, but also contains a UV blocker for protection from damaging sun rays.

Test Those Tires. Tires can lose lose 2-3 psi a month sitting in storage - this means they could be dangerously low on air pressure. Check the tire pressure in all tires with a good tire inflation gauge and adjust to the manufacturer’s recommendation based on the load. While you're at it, check every tire for cuts, cracks or bubbles — including the inside sidewall. Don’t forget the spare!

Before you head out – don’t forget to also inspect and test run your turn signals and brake lights, refrigerator, air-conditioner, and waste water system. To paraphrase an old adage – its better to know there's an issue you can fix than to not know and always wonder.

We look forward to having you as a customer at ClickIt RV. You can reach us at (509) 242-3234 , by email at info@clickitrv.com or stop in at 12021 N Division Street Spokane, WA 99218