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10/12/2017 10:25:48 AM
 10 SNOWBIRDING TIPS

1. Have a Plan: It sounds obvious, but if you don’t plan ahead, it’s likely even a seasoned winter traveler will forget something obvious. Write down everything you have to do before you leave, and then start mapping out your travels so you don’t miss something cool along the way – the RoadTrippers App (available at the Apple App Store and for GooglePlay) is also a very handy companion.

2. Take Your Time: The only race you have to run here it to beat the snow. Be sure you take the time to enjoy the journey and leave plenty of time to explore unexpected “finds” as you go.

3. Lock Up: Did you shut the water off? Do you have a friend to check the house periodically? Is someone taking in the mail and door flyers? They’re small things, but they can lead to big problems if not done.

4. Have Your Paperwork: You don’t want to get to your destination and find out that medical records you may need were left in the file cabinet at home. It’s also a good idea to notify your bank and your credit card companies that you’ll be away, so those charges from South Florida don’t sound the alarm.

5. Take Your Prescriptions: Be sure you have all of your prescriptions filled. And remember to carry your medicines in their original drug store containers with the labels.

6. Don’t Expire: Speaking of important documents, be sure your driver’s license and/or passport aren’t set to expire while you’re away.

7. Share Your Itinerary: Don’t keep your travel plans a secret with friends and family. And be sure to carry an easily accessible copy of emergency contact information just in case you run into trouble and can’t speak for yourself.

8. Pack Light: If this is your first foray South, we guarantee that you are packing too much stuff! Most  campgrounds are all well equipped with RVing and camping essentials, so only pack what you need to get you to your winter destination. The rest, you can get when you arrive.

9. Make Sure You’re Covered: Check with your insurance agent to make sure everything is up-to-date with your RV insurance, including your tow vehicle.

10. Be Alarmed: Even if you have a friend checking on your property, it’s a good idea to have an alarm company contract too. And be sure the friend knows what to do if storms or high wind cause damage that needs immediate attention. 

Here are a few destinations recommended by Good Sams Club:  http://www.goodsamclub.com/snowbird/

Happy and safe travels!
Posted: 10/12/2017 10:25:48 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


9/23/2017 10:48:35 AM

Airstream travel trailers - now you can stay in them without pulling them around!  Airstream hotels are popping up all over California (and perhaps some of the other states too!).  Here are some of the ones we know about:

Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground (Buellton, CA)
They rent nine Airstreams as well as two vintage “canned-ham” trailers. The Airstreams have been refurbished with themed interiors such as Mod Squad, Urban Cowboy and Bombshell (which means Marilyn Monroe). Microwaves, mini-refrigerators, coffee makers, flat-panel cable TVs, DVD players, Wi-Fi and a barbecue and/or fire pit are included. The resort has a pool, a playground, a horseshoes area, a bocce ball court and a sports field. Info: 180 Avenue of the Flags, Buellton; (877) 783-5247. From $99 a night.

 Kate's Lazy Desert in Landers, Calif.
Each of the six trailers located at Kate's has an original interior design by an artist. (Kate's Lazy Desert) 
Adults-only Kate’s Lazy Desert, 20 miles north of Joshua Tree National Park, reflects the wild style of its owner, Kate Pierson of the B-52s. She hired eccentric artists to decorate the six Airstreams with themes such as Tiki, Tinkerbell and Planet Air. The 30-foot-long Hairstream is Kate’s “fantasy tour trailer” with bright primary colors and big-hair cartoons. Hot Lava is decorated with vivid red polka dots and blobs — it’s a little like being trapped inside a lava lamp. If the lava’s too hot, swing from a hammock or take a dip in the above-ground pool. Tip: If you love vivid colors, Kate’s is your place. Info: 58380 Botkin Road, Landers(845) 688-7200. From $175 per night. 
 Metro Hotel (Petaluma, CA)
Thirty-five miles north of San Francisco, the colorful and quirky French-inspired Metro Hotel has two new Airstreams: a 22-foot Bambi model (with silver, wood and red interior) and a 28-foot International (silver with fuchsia carpeting). Each comes with a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a stove, a microwave and a French press coffee maker. Info: 508 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma; (707) 773-4900. From $149 a night.

Santa Cruz/Monteray Bay KOA (Watsonville, CA)
Thirty-five miles north of San Francisco, the colorful and quirky French-inspired Metro Hotel has two new Airstreams: a 22-foot Bambi model (with silver, wood and red interior) and a 28-foot International (silver with fuchsia carpeting). Each comes with a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a stove, a microwave and a French press coffee maker. Info: 508 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma; (707) 773-4900. From $149 a night.
 Wellspring Ranch (Cayucos, CA)
This is  a “private retreat and sanctuary for couples” on 160 acres northwest of San Luis Obispo, has a 28-foot luxury International-series Airstream that has never been on the road (other than getting to the ranch). Meals, served in the garden or cafĂ©, are included. Guests can ramble on hiking trails, practice yoga in a studio in the woods or drive 20 minutes to Paso Robles wine country. The ranch has a Tesla charging station. Info: 9150 Santa Rita Road, Cayucos; (805) 9951644. $450 a night plus one-time cleaning fee starting at $50.

Santa Barbara Auto Camp (Santa Barbara, CA)
One of the first Airstream “hotels,” has five of the silvery trailers, ranging from the 1950s to the 1970s, that have been refurbished with pillow-top mattresses and down comforters on the beds, free Wi-Fi and outdoor decks with electric barbecues.The 31-foot-long 1972 Sovereign even has a claw-foot tub. Guests can use free beach-cruiser bikes for rides to Stearns Wharf and East Beach. The owners plan to add five additional Airstreams in the next few months. Info: 2717 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara; (888) 405-7553. From $174 a night.
Caravan Outpost (Ojai, CA)
The funky but cool Caravan Outpost has 11 Airstreams, mostly from the 2000s, but one named Sam is a “1959 Land Yacht.” The named trailers are 19 to 30 feet in length and are arrayed around a central area. All have air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and colorfully patterned pillows and throws that brighten the sleek wood-and-metal interiors. The Outpost also offers yoga classes, beach-cruiser bikes, cooking at a community grill and short local excursions. Info: 317 Bryant St., Ojai; (805) 836-4891. From $179 a night.

Hicksville Trailer Palace and Retreat (Joshua Tree, CA) is a hoot. Two of its nine trailers are Airstreams: the Sweet and the Integratrailor. The 22-foot Sweet is a throwback to the ’70s with orange walls, sage-and-yellow furniture and turquoise shag carpeting. Guests can snuggle or sleep on two large curvy couches (there’s no bed) while listening to tunes on a record player or watching satellite TV. The Integratrailor has a queen bed, a sink, heat and air conditioning and an “alien communication system.” All guests share a bathroom. Info: (310) 584-1086. From $75 a night.
Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort (Borrego, CA)
in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, has four Airstreams: Life’s a Trip, Shelley, Baby Blues and Moon Walker. All have small kitchens, private patios and outdoor grills; two have their own small bathrooms. Palm Canyon also has three tiny vintage “canned-ham” trailers, hotel rooms and pull-through RV spaces. All guests may soak in the two pools and two hot tubs. Info: 221 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs; (800) 242-0044. From $119 a night. Closed June 1-Sept. 15.

Hope you have enjoyed reading about each of these unique hotels, and we encourage you to share! 
 Thanks to The Los Angeles Times for this wonderful information.

Posted: 9/23/2017 10:48:35 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


5/3/2017 8:59:16 AM
As you are getting your RV ready for the season, don't forget to check your A/C!

Outside Inspection:

Make sure the plastic cover (shroud) over the A/C unit on the roof is in good shape (no cracks or splits in the plastic).  It can get damaged by the harmful chemical interactions of the sun's U/V rays or from low hanging branches.  As a matter of fact, the sun's rays can weaken the plastic over time to the point that it can actually fall apart. 

And while you are up on the roof, make sure the A/C is securely mounted. There is a foam rubber gasket between the A/C unit and the roof and if the mounting is loose, water will find it's way in!  When water enters your camper, it will more than likely follow the roof rafters and wall framing ending up in a place you would least expect it. If left undetected for awhile, you may end up needing to replace flooring as well!

You will also want to check the cooling fins.  If they become bent over, the air flow will be restricted and greatly reduce the A/C's cooling ability.  You can usually use a comb or dull knife to straighten them out, being very careful not to puncture the condenser tubes.

Did you know that RV air conditioning units are SINGLE USE?  Eventually, they get to the point that they don't cool any longer, and you will need to purchase a new one.  RV A/Cs are not designed to be recharged and about the only part you can replace would be the starting capacitor for the compressor motor.  

The following events can cause a capacitor to fail...

If you try to run the A/C on an electrical circuit rated for less than 30 amps,  this restricts the current necessary to run it and you will get a low voltage condition or a "brown out."  When the unit can't get the amperage it needs, it will heat up and eventually destroy itself.

NOTE:  Some of the larger motorhomes and trailers have two A/Cs powered through one 30 amp power cord.  This type of setup will cycle one A/C on, and when it comes off, the cooling cycle will switch the compressor on for the other A/C.  This alleviates the need for a heavier 50 amp power cord.

Always be sure and run both A/Cs to verify that proper load sharing is occuring! 

Inside Inspection:

Beneath the plastic shroud on the ceiling of your RV, you should find one or two foam filter elements.  These can be washed with warm soapy water and reused!  And while the shroud is off, be sure and clean as far into the ductwork as possible.  

Portable Generators:

Just a quick note - if you are using a portable generator, be sure that it is rated for a minimum of 3,000 watts!



Just remember, most RV air conditioners are not rechargeable so when they fail - they are pretty much junk!  The best thing to do is maintain them properly!

A special "thank you" to  Curtis Carpenter with doityourselfrv.com for his helpful advice.

 

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Posted: 5/3/2017 8:59:16 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


3/29/2017 1:53:35 PM
Baby Boomers!

According to Melody Hahm of Yahoo Finance, "The RV market is on a tear."  RV shipments reached 430,961 units in 2016 which is the best annual total in over 40 years.  And this demand is expected to continue to increase, especially if real per capita net worth continues to improve and the prices of homes (which have been helping households buy RVs since the end of the Great Recession) continue to appreciate.

Real estate developers are taking advantage of this in some of the hotter retirement markets (Arizona, Florida, Nevada), and building communities that cater to these baby boomers.  While I am sure there are many out there, one that is doing particularly well is Valencia Lakes in Florida.  They built an RV parking lot for the homeowners and currently have a waiting list.  And in Henderson, NV, Heritage offers homes with an RV garage (this brings a $25,000 premium for those homes).  
RVs are whetting the baby boomer's appetite to explore more of America by allowing them to take their homes with them; they are mobile and not tied to one vacation home.  Many are selling their homes and taking to the road.
 
While new RVs will start at about $130,000 +, there are many good used RVs available for a lot less. Prices are all over the board and it is a good idea to do your research before shopping around.  A good place to look up RV values is NADA or call your local RV dealer for help.  All of us here at Premier Coach Services would love to help; give us a call today at 816-587-1500 or 866-426-2247 Toll Free!

Good luck and "happy traveling!" 
   
Posted: 3/29/2017 1:53:35 PM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


12/15/2016 1:35:59 PM
 10 SNOWBIRDING TIPS

1. Have a Plan: It sounds obvious, but if you don’t plan ahead, it’s likely even a seasoned winter traveler will forget something obvious. Write down everything you have to do before you leave, and then start mapping out your travels so you don’t miss something cool along the way – the RoadTrippers App (available at the Apple App Store and for GooglePlay) is also a very handy companion.

2. Take Your Time: The only race you have to run here it to beat the snow. Be sure you take the time to enjoy the journey and leave plenty of time to explore unexpected “finds” as you go.

3. Lock Up: Did you shut the water off? Do you have a friend to check the house periodically? Is someone taking in the mail and door flyers? They’re small things, but they can lead to big problems if not done.

4. Have Your Paperwork: You don’t want to get to your destination and find out that medical records you may need were left in the file cabinet at home. It’s also a good idea to notify your bank and your credit card companies that you’ll be away, so those charges from South Florida don’t sound the alarm.

5. Take Your Prescriptions: Be sure you have all of your prescriptions filled. And remember to carry your medicines in their original drug store containers with the labels.

6. Don’t Expire: Speaking of important documents, be sure your driver’s license and/or passport aren’t set to expire while you’re away.

7. Share Your Itinerary: Don’t keep your travel plans a secret with friends and family. And be sure to carry an easily accessible copy of emergency contact information just in case you run into trouble and can’t speak for yourself.

8. Pack Light: If this is your first foray South, we guarantee that you are packing too much stuff! KOA campgrounds are all well equipped with RVing and camping essentials, so only pack what you need to get you to your winter destination. The rest, you can get when you arrive.

9. Make Sure You’re Covered: Check with your insurance agent to make sure everything is up-to-date with your RV insurance, including your tow vehicle.

10. Be Alarmed: Even if you have a friend checking on your property, it’s a good idea to have an alarm company contract too. And be sure the friend knows what to do if storms or high wind cause damage that needs immediate attention. 
Posted: 12/15/2016 1:35:59 PM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


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