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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


11/8/2016 1:41:14 PM
This article was written by Kristin Haugk, a Research Analyst for The Oxford Club

Hit the Open Road and Retire on Wheels

Running out of money is a top retirement concern. For many Americans, it could mean returning to work during their golden years.

In fact, nearly 20% of Americans age 65 and older are still working. That's up from 12.8% in 2000. My own father used to joke that his "retirement dream job" would be to become a Wal-Mart greeter. It's a reality for a lot of retirees. That's because the retirement formula developed during the 20th century no longer works. Retirees can't rely solely on Uncle Sam's meager Social Security checks and Medicare coverage. And they're unable to earn meaningful interest on savings or most investments, either. So it's no wonder that a record-breaking number of retirees are still employed.

But going back to work isn't the only option for making ends meet. For some healthy, adventurous retirees, becoming a full-time traveler lowers and sometimes even pays the bills. With a little creative retirement "re-planning," you too can tour the USA and avoid spending your golden years on the job. Let me explain how it works... The Retirement Road to Riches To stretch their nest eggs, some retirees have decided to ditch their homesteads in favor of a house on wheels. Recreational vehicles offer convenience, comfort and freedom without the costly price tags of hotels, motels, airline tickets and restaurant food. And for those on a fixed income, these cost-cutting opportunities are crucial. It may sound far-fetched, but here's why it can make financial sense...

Is Your Dividend Stock Safe? Dividends are the last place to get decent income. Savings accounts... Treasuries... bonds... They all pay next to nothing. Dividends are all that's left. But 2016 could be the year of the dividend cut. That's why we've created a tool to help determine if your dividends are safe. Just type in a company name to find out.

The median home value in the United States is $189,400. And for most Americans, their home is their largest asset. But the problem for retirees is that a home isn't a liquid asset. You can't access its value until you sell it. And even then, you may sell it for a loss or simply break even. Instead of downsizing to a smaller home or refinancing your mortgage, you'd be wise to consider cost-efficient, pared-down RV living.

Like homes, RVs come in all different styles, sizes and prices. There's one for nearly every budget. You can buy them new or used and according to the features and floorplans that match you particular needs. By choosing a model well below the sales price of your home, you'll also be able to save a bundle on your living expenses. Those savings can add a significant chunk of change to your retirement portfolio.

If you own income-producing assets like high-quality dividend stocks, you can conservatively invest that money and continue to grow it. That way you'll have a nest egg after you decide to park the RV lifestyle for good. An Affordable Solution Of course,

RV living isn't free. Insurance, maintenance, campsite rental and depreciation all cost money. But overall, you can save a lot more money than you would owning a home. RV living allows you to sidestep property taxes, utility bills, homeowner's insurance, home maintenance costs and community association fees. Plus, electricity, cable television, water and internet are often included in the price of your campsite rental. You may also find yourself buying less "stuff" since you'll have less room to store it living in an RV. And there's no pressure to keep up with the neighbors either.

Keep in mind that, while you won't have to pay property taxes, you will still be on the hook for regular income tax. But even so, you can significantly lower your tax bill by living on the road and choosing a "home base" state with low or no income tax. For example, residents of these seven states pay zero income tax to the federal government:
 
 Alaska
 Florida
 Nevada
 South Dakota
 Texas
 Washington
 Wyoming
 
By sticking to a disciplined budget, RV retirees can cut their monthly expenses in half and enjoy the thrill of traveling the country. Sites like Go RVing allow you to search campgrounds by state and select the amenities that are important to you. Offering everything from boat rentals, BBQ grills, day spas, casinos and golf courses, there's bound to be an RV park for everyone.

Retire on the Road Low interest rates and unreliable government programs have destroyed the retirement of yesterday. But that doesn't mean a fulfilling, prosperous retirement is out of reach. Think about your idea of the "ideal" retirement. If you have an adventurous spirit, and if you want to keep costs down, an RV retirement may be right for you.

Here's to Good investing and Happy Retiring!
Posted: 11/8/2016 1:41:14 PM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


11/7/2016 1:53:41 PM
Looking for something to do this Veterans Day?  Look no further.  Please click HERE for local festivities!

A few other ideas come to mind...

  • Attend, or at least watch on television, the Veterans Day commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. You can watch the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You may also wish to respectfully walk through the cemetery, where over 40,000 veterans and their families are buried.
  • Watch America's Parade, originally “the Veterans Day Parade,” in New York City. This is the largest Veterans Day parade in the country, bringing in around 25,000 attendees each year. It is held in Manhattan and has been running since 1919. There are also some other large parades to attend, including the biggest one west of the Mississippi River in Albany, Oregon, and there are many smaller parades as well.
  • Tour the memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C., that are related in some way to veterans. There are too many to list, but look for the DC War Memorial, which honors local World War I veterans, the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • Spend the day, or part of it, volunteering at a local VA hospital or even just chatting with veterans who are there as patients. Many VAs will have special lunches on Veterans Day for the veterans, and they welcome volunteers to help prepare the meal.
Veterans Day is an important time to remember those who risked their lives to defend the freedom of others, and you will find there are many festive and patriotic activities to take part. 
Posted: 11/7/2016 1:53:41 PM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


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