RVing: Bringing Camping & Road Tripping Together

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As winter melts away, road trip season gets closer and closer! Is the travel bug biting you yet? Start planning a trip ASAP. If you’re looking for the ultimate road trip experience, bring your RV along for the ride. RVing brings camping and road tripping together for unforgettable travel memories, so pack up and hit the road. You probably won’t need any convincing, but if you’re unsure about taking on a long distance RV trip, let us change your mind!

Why Road Trip With an RV?

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The better question is, why not road trip with an RV? Everything from homelike comforts to the company of the ones you love most will always be along for the ride. You can travel at your own pace and plan to head to the destinations you’ve had on your bucket list for a while, but you’ll also have the freedom of spontaneity to strike out off your planned path and live life on a whim.Since an RV road trip lets you choose your own adventure, the possibilities are endless! Make the most out of your time and try some new foods or activities, meet new people, experience new ways of life, and see the beautiful sights you’ve been dreaming of, like Banff National Park! So what are you waiting for? Get together a kickin’ road trip playlist, pack up, and hit the road!

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Always Feel at Home

The comforts and conveniences of home will always be right there with you when you go road tripping with a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome RV from your favorite Grand Rapids RV dealer, TerryTown RV! Whether you hitch up and keep it close to home, or travel all the way across the country, everything you need will be in tow. Most of you have probably had the unfortunate situation of finding yourself in a questionable hotel room. With an RV, you’ll never have to wonder about who has stayed in a room before you, what they’ve done in there, and if the room has been properly cleaned afterward. You have control over your RV space, so you’ll always have peace of mind knowing that you’ll have a clean and safe space to rest your head every night!

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Travel With Your Favorite Humans

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Another advantage that RVing has is its ability to bring you closer to the ones you love most. Sure, road trips aren’t always sunshine and rainbows, but you’ll cherish that time spent with the most important people in your life!

Let the Kids Live a Little

RV road tripping with the kids is a fantastic way to show them the beauty that this earth has to offer! Get kids outside of their comfort zone and let them experience new sights, sounds, cultures, and foods. Every trip is a learning adventure, whether they know it or not. And what’s more, road tripping with your RV helps to maintain a sense of normalcy for kids since they’ll be falling asleep in a familiar space each night. This will make them more comfortable and put them at ease. Above all else, RV road trips simply allow your family to spend some unplugged time together to strengthen bonds and make unforgettable memories!

Romantic Trip For Two

Whether you’re looking to get some time away from the kids or are just in the mood for an adventure, road tripping with your significant other can be an awesome couple’s activity. It’s like an extended date where you can do anything you’d like, from hiking and horseback riding to shopping or gold mining, the sky is the limit! All that time together is a great opportunity to work on the dynamic of your relationship, whether you share stories and tell jokes, jam out to music, or discover new shared interests. You’ll return home with a stronger respect for each other and will have plenty of fun stories to tell your friends at parties!

RV Road Trip With Friends

Whether it’s a spring break getaway, bachelor/bachelorette party, or just an adventurous getaway with friends, RV road tripping with friends can be one of the most enjoyable experiences out there. Sure, traveling with your family or significant other is fun, but there’s nothing quite like spending quality time and partying it up with your best friends. Plus, it’s even cheaper than traveling with your family since everyone can split the costs!

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Save Money

When you get down to it, traveling with your RV is a considerably cheaper way to go than any other type of vacation. Between hotels, driving or flying, and food costs, other travel options can break the bank. Campground fees are only a fraction of most hotel prices, and you’ll be able to bring along your own food to save on the costs of eating out. Despite RV maintenance fees, gas for your tow vehicle or motorhome, insurance premiums, and other costs, an RV road trip is almost always the less expensive way to travel!

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Make Lifelong Memories

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When you get down to it, no matter where you go or who you travel with, an RV road trip gives you the chance to make memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime! Sometimes it’s the tiniest details that will stand out to you or your loved ones, like a funny joke or a mishap that you can laugh about later. Maybe it’s the view from a canyon overlook, the peaceful waters of a lake or ocean spread out before you, or a species of animal that you’ve never seen in person frolicking in a lake. With an RV road trip, the destination is up to you, so get out there and experience everything you’ve dreamed of with the ones that mean the most to you!

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Ready to hit the road? Go RVing and bring camping and road tripping together! If you’re looking to trade in your existing RV or are looking to buy for the first time, we have the best inventory of the nation’s top brands of RVs for sale in Michigan for your road trip adventures, no matter who you take along! What makes for the best road trip in your opinion? Comment to share your RV road trip essentials, favorite memories, must-see destinations, or other suggestions!

DIY Mods: Adding a Bumper Storage Box To Your RV

Bumper storage DIY for your RV

Need more cargo space? For those who like to stock up or overpack for RVing excursions, having enough space for all the essentials can be a tricky situation! Some RVs just don’t come with enough storage space to begin with, leaving campers struggling to bring along everything they need. Stop playing camping Tetris and try out this DIY mod. Adding a bumper storage box to your RV gives you tons more storage space so you’ll never have to leave the important stuff for your camping adventures at home. If you’d like an example of the RVs this mod would work on, check out these travel trailers for sale in West Michigan.

Things To Consider

A very important thing to consider is if making a bumper mod like this will void your warranty! Although some warranty stipulations may vary, many warranties will be voided if modifications are made without prior authorization, or simply just aren’t permitted. If you’re unsure of your warranty, call or email us here at TerryTown RV for more information.

It is also super imperative to keep your RV’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) in mind when packing up this storage box. It’d be easy to pack an additional 500 pounds or more worth of cargo on your back bumper, but think about what it will do to the overall weight distribution of your trailer! If you overload your back bumper, you can totally throw off your tongue weight, and simply put too much overall weight on your RV, which could damage both the rig and your tow vehicle.

DIY Bumper Storage Box

The beauty of this mod is that you can customize it just the way you’d like so you can maximize your RV’s storage potential! You can place one large box on this platform for plentiful storage, or mount two different boxes if you need to maneuver around a back spare tire. If you need to tow other things along with your storage box, like a generator for example, you can place the box toward one side of the platform to create space. That’s what mods are all about: RVing your way!

What You’ll Need:

Gather together the following items: Heavy duty storage box, angle irons, metal framework, welding equipment, spray paint or other painting method, plastic wrap and self-tapping metal screws.
Gather together the following items: Heavy duty storage box, angle irons, metal framework, welding equipment, spray paint or other painting method, plastic wrap or other protective material, and self-tapping metal screws.

Directions:

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Now you’re ready to hit the road with all the supplies and essentials you’ll need! You’ll never have to leave important items behind when you add a bumper storage box to your RV. We have plenty of amazing fifth wheels for sale near Grand Rapids that would be perfect for this mod! Are you willing to give this RV mod a try? Have questions? Leave us a comment below!

Green Dessert For The Win! Pistachio Ice Cream Cake!

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St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and that means green EVERYTHING. If you’re looking for the perfect way to follow up your meal of shepherd’s pie or corned beef and cabbage and festive green beverages, try out this tasty green dessert for the win! A scrumptious pistachio ice cream cake is the most perfect and refreshing way to celebrate your Irish heritage (or your “Irish for a day” heritage), and is a perfect recipe for your RV kitchen! Unfortunately, a leprechaun won’t sneak in and whip up this dessert for you, so here’s how to make your own pistachio ice cream cake!

What You’ll Need:

For the crust:
  • 10 sandwich cookies (bonus points if you can find cookies with green wafers or cream for an extra pop of color!)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted

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For the filling:
  • 2-3 pints of pistachio ice cream (the greener the better, or make your own!)

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For the ganache:
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 4 oz. heavy cream

ganache ingredients

Other items:
  • ¼ C. pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 7-inch springform pan

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Directions:

  1. To make the crust, place cookies in a food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs.
  2. Melt the butter, then mix with the cookie crumbs until the butter is mixed evenly through.
  3. Press your butter and cookie mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. Place the pan in the freezer for about an hour to set.
  4. Pull your ice cream out of the freezer 10-15 minutes before cake assembly to soften it. This will make it easier to spread!
  5. Once the ice cream has softened, either use an electric mixer or mix it by hand to further soften it until it is the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.
  6. Spread the ice cream evenly over the crust, pressing out as many air bubbles as you can. You’ll want the ice cream to almost fill the springform pan.
  7. Cover the ice cream layer with plastic wrap and press the ice cream and smooth the surface, getting out any remaining air bubbles, then place it in the freezer for around two hours to set it.
  8. When the ice cream is nearly finished setting, prepare the ganache by melting the chocolate with the heavy cream in a double broiler. Stir it from time to time until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is totally blended.
  9. Let the ganache cool to room temperature, but be careful not to let it harden.
  10. Once it is at room temperature, spread the ganache over the layer of ice cream. Garnish the perimeter of the top of the ice cream cake with crushed pistachio pieces for flavor and more green color!
  11. Place the cake back into the freezer for at least another two hours.
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About 15 minutes before serving your tasty St. Patrick’s day green dessert, take the cake out of the freezer and let it sit on the counter. This will slightly soften it and make it easier to slice and serve!

How delicious is this festive pistachio ice cream cake? It’s cool, refreshing, and joyously yummy! This basic recipe uses brown chocolate, but it’s versatile and easily modified. Use golden sandwich cookies instead of the regular chocolate ones, and top with a white chocolate ganache or even simple whipped cream tinted with green food coloring to go all out for the green dessert win! Plan your St. Patty’s Day feast now, get your RV kitchen ready for some fun cooking, and leave us a comment to let us know how your pistachio ice cream cake turned out!

Need an RV so you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly? TerryTown RV has a fantastic selection of RVs for sale in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so browse online or stop by today!

Coffee Lovers Hack: Best Ways To Make Campfire Coffee

power upFor coffee-drinking campers, a morning in the great outdoors isn’t complete without a hot cup of joe in hand. But how do you brew your favorite java flavor without your trusty plug-in coffee pot or handy-dandy Keurig? With these coffee lover hacks of course! Read on to learn about the best ways to make campfire coffee and enjoy your morning wake-me-up beverage no matter how far out in nature you are!

The Old-Fashioned Way

If you’re living the primitive outdoor lifestyle, why not brew your coffee using some of the most basic, primitive methods? For this simple campfire coffee hack, all you really need is a simple pot, clean water, and your choice of coffee grounds. Start by filling your pot with water, then pour in your grounds and let it heat over the fire. Once hot, remove your pot from the flames and let it cool. As it’s cooling, the coffee grounds will settle at the bottom so you can pour out a fine cup of coffee to enjoy on a beautiful morning surrounded by Mother Nature’s best! For a less gritty texture, try adding in some cold water after removing from heat to help the grounds settle.

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The Percolator Process

Using a percolator to produce your campfire coffee is a step above the old-fashioned way, and it will give you a better, smoother brew. To make, simply remove the lid from your percolator and take out the basket. Fill the basket with coffee grounds and pour water into the percolator before placing the basket back inside and replacing the lid. From there, put your percolator on a hot bed of coals or suspend it over the fire to bring its contents to a simmer. The longer you let your coffee simmer, the stronger it will be. Once you remove the percolator from the heat, pour yourself a cup and indulge in its deliciousness.

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The French-Press Approach

Among coffee enthusiasts, the French press is renowned for its ability to produce a sensational cup of coffee, which makes it perfect for outdoor lovers who don’t want to sacrifice quality. While most French presses feature a glass cylinder carafe, we recommend getting a BPA-free plastic one or a metal one as it will be more conducive to the rugged, outdoor lifestyle. To make, start by adding in coarse coffee grounds to the bottom of your carafe. Heat water over your campfire and, once hot, pour it into the carafe. Let it sit for a few minutes before stirring up the grounds that collect at the water’s surface. Wait a few minutes after that and then add the lid and slowly push the plunger down to separate the grounds from the coffee. Pour the contents into your coffee mug and spend your morning sipping the finest campfire brew possible!

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The Filter Technique

For a quick and easy coffee-making technique, this pour-over method works wonderfully when camping in the great outdoors. You’ll need a plastic drip cone and a disposable filter, which are both lightweight and can be transported with ease. To get started simply put your paper filter into your cone and add in some ground coffee. As you’re doing so, get some water boiling over the campfire. Once your water is hot, position your cone over a cup or mug and carefully pour your water over the top. The water will circulate through the coffee grounds before dripping into the cup and leaving you with a fresh, piping-hot cup of coffee!

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Which method do you use to make your coffee when headed into the great outdoors with your new or used RV? Let us know which option you prefer by leaving a comment!

How To Keep Your RV Spider and Insect Free

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It never fails! No matter how quickly you open and close the door when you go in and out of your RV, bugs get in. They fly or crawl in right under your nose (or over your head). Then you’re left dealing with bugs buzzing around your food, circling your head, and making your life miserable.

Unfortunately, little winged creatures and creepy crawlies are a fact of life. And when you venture into the great outdoors with your RV, you’re encroaching on their turf! Yikes! To ensure that these little guys stay outside your RV (where they belong), let’s look at how to keep your RV spider and insect free so the only thing bugging you on your next RV getaway is that you’re running out of space in your freezer from all the walleye you’re catching!

Those 8 Legs Are Made For Walkin’!

Don’t trust anything that has eight legs! There’s a reason why spiders are often in horror movies! With their beady little eyes and their furry little legs, spiders are creepy! I don’t want them in my house and I definitely don’t want them crawling around and building webs inside my rig! The webs they leave behind (with the remains of their victims stuck in it) just create more work for me when cleaning, and I don’t want to wake up from a nap and find a spider crawling across my chest! Not my idea of a vacation! While most spiders are harmless (minus black widows and brown recluses), I still don’t want them calling my RV home. So here are a few ways that are known to work for keeping spiders out in the cold:

Keep spiders out of your RV

  • Regularly dust and vacuum your rig. This will remove the beginnings of any webs that are forming and will deter spiders from venturing in.
  • Spray the cracks and crevices of your RV with white vinegar. As if vinegar wasn’t handy enough already, it serves as a spider repellent too! Just fill a small spray bottle with it and spray areas you see where spiders might be tempted to climb in.
  • Do the same thing with peppermint oil! While most people like the smell of peppermint, spiders hate it!!! Combine the oil with a little water to dilute it.
  • Use the fresh scent of citrus to repel spiders! Spiders hate orange and lemon scents, so spray a citrus air freshener, rub areas in your RV with an orange peel, or use a lemon-scented wood polish when cleaning to keep them away.
  • The smell of cedar drives spiders away, so put cedar shavings inside your RV’s closets and on shelves. Or purchase cedar hangars and use them in your RV’s wardrobe.
  • Do more with your chestnuts than just roasting them over an open fire. Put them along the baseboards or park a few on a windowsill in your RV to send spiders packing.
  • Like bees, spiders are attracted to the smell of propane. Supposedly, placing small pieces of flea collars around the refrigerator and hot water outside access compartments will make these areas less desirable to them. It’s worth a try!
  • When your RV is parked, make sure it’s not in contact with a wood pile, leaves, or grass clippings. Spiders love to hang out there and will wander over to your RV if given the opportunity.

Buzz Off!

Let’s face it—bugs are annoying! Whether they fly, crawl, or slink, bugs are not meant to commingle with humans. They’re meant to spend their lives outside in the dirt, on trees and leaves, and under rocks. Really anywhere that’s outside the walls we live in. But they always manage to find their way inside our homes as if they received an invite. And when your home is an RV sandwiched between trees and parked on dirt in a campground, it’s like they have an open invitation to move right in and call our travel trailers or fifth wheels home. No more! Banish pesky bugs with these no-fail tricks:

Keep bugs out of your RV

  • First of all, repair any holes or tears in your RV’s screens on windows and doors. If you don’t, it’s like having a big bulls-eye on your RV that flies, mosquitos, and other insects will be aiming for. You can buy screen patch kits that are easy to use, or you can simply put some clear tape over any holes or open areas for a super quick fix.
  • Check for small areas on your RV where light filters in and you’ve found entry points for bugs and insects. This includes the perimeter of your RV’s doors and windows and around vents (think stove and A/C unit). To close these up, use rope caulk that’s a cinch to install. Simply press it into place and it will fill the gaps. It’s also easy to remove and doesn’t cause any damage to your RV. It can be found at all major and local hardware stores.
  • If you already have a problem with ants and bugs camping out in your RV, hit them hard by tempting them to a tasty meal that ends up being toxic! Place ant killer like Terro underneath your sink, inside exterior storage compartments, or anywhere else they’re hanging out and you won’t have the problem for long. These liquid killers not only kill the ant that ingests it, but the ant spreads it through the colony before it dies and infects all the others. Problem solved! Be overly cautious when using any liquid pesticide if you’re traveling with pets or small children. Make sure to keep it out of reach!
  • Combat an ant problem before you even have one by spreading a small amount of borax powder or kitchen cleanser with bleach around your RV’s tires, leveling jacks, or anywhere the RV touches the ground. You can also spread an inch of petroleum jelly around electrical cords, water hoses, and sewer hoses to make climbing up into the RV a slippery obstacle that’s hard to beat.

Do you have any tried and true ways of keeping spiders and insects out of your RV that you’d like to share with our readers? Tell us about it in the comments!

Work Hard, Play Harder: America’s Best RV Party Parks

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All work and no play can lead to burnout, stress, and cynicism, which is why it is so important to give yourself a week, or even just a weekend, to relax, let loose, and have a good time! And there’s no better way to recharge from your everyday demands than by heading into the fresh air for a fun, rambunctious camping experience! So if you work hard and you want to play even harder, check out America’s best RV party parks and have yourself a rustic rager with no rules allowed!

Bumping Lake Marina | Naches, WA

If you want to get rowdy in one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful locations, than Bumping Lake Marina might be the campground for you! Set on a tranquil lake known for its abundance of Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Whitefish, you’ll wake to a wonderful waterfront view after a long night of cocktails and campfire stories. Rumor has it that this campground is divided into two sections: the “partying” section and the “peaceful” section. So if you want a wild crowd, you’ll be in good company here. As you let loose you’ll be surrounded by the eastern slopes of the Cascades which provide a picturesque backdrop to this rustic destination. While amenities are limited, the good times aren’t!

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Zephyr Cove RV Park & Campground | Zephyr Cove, NV

Enjoy full-service accommodations as you live it up in the gorgeous natural landscape of South Lake Tahoe in Zephyr Cove RV Park & Campground. Rent a boat and take a booze cruise on the water, or spend an evening at the on-site Sunset Bar & Grille which is famous for its tasty mai-tais. Be sure to catch a sunset, play some volleyball, and splurge on a parasailing or wake-boarding adventure! With 93 newly redesigned RV sites, you’ll have plenty to choose from, some even come with wonderful lake views! Be warned that if you stay during the weekend, you’ll most likely see a wedding being held, so bring your formal attire and be ready to crash the party!

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Huzzah Valley Resort | Steelville, MO

With a designated “Loud Campground,” aptly named The Zoo, Huzzah Valley Resort caters to those looking to party in the great outdoors! The “Family Campground” is located on the opposing side of the river so you won’t have to worry about screaming kids waking you as you’re trying to sleep off your hangover. Spacious sites ensure you can extend your slide outs without imposing on your neighbor’s space, and BBQ grills are located at each site for your late-night s’more making pleasure! One of the main advantages of this resort is its location on the Huzzah River which provides awesome float opportunities. Rental equipment is available so you can glide down the water on a raft or tube, or in a kayak or canoe!

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Kittatinny Campground | Barryville, NY

You won’t run out of activities to keep you entertained as you party it up in Kittatinny Campground! Start your day with an exhilarating ride down the zipline which drops you 36 stories at speeds between 40-60 miles per hour! After that, ride a military troop transport truck to the on-site paintball field where you can obliterate your opponents with fast-paced paint bullets! For a more relaxing activity, book a river trip for a lackadaisical float down the water or opt for a whitewater rafting adventure and keep your adrenaline pumping! After your exciting days leave you exhausted, return to your beautifully wooded campsite to kick up your feet and tip back some brews!

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Edge-O-Dells Camping Resort | Wisconsin Dells, WI

Few RV parks cater to loud crowds quite like Edge-O-Dells Resort. During the spring, summer, and fall seasons this campground is a 21+ resort, so leave the kids at home and get ready to have some real fun! With pool parties, karaoke nights, a DJ, active nightlife, live music events, and an outdoor tiki bar, this place is no stranger to drunken debauchery! Despite being a lively camping location, this resort is remarkably well-maintained. The bathrooms are clean and the grounds are well-groomed. There’s a volleyball court, a hot tub, and a shuttle service into town. This resort promotes a social, upbeat atmosphere, so be ready to make friends and memories!

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If you’re looking for other locations to enjoy some loud-crowd camping, check out RVing opportunities at NASCAR races, or find some boondocking land for free accommodations without quiet times! Avoid state parks and county campgrounds as they tend to be more family oriented and less hip on embracing the party vibe! If you’re in the market for a portable party palace, contact us at TerryTown and we’ll hook you up with the best RV prices in the country, with shipping worldwide! As always, please party responsibly and pick up after yourself. If you know of any other RV party parks worth checking out, let us know in the comments!

Spring Is Almost Here! Tips For Cleaning Your Camping Gear

Get ready for RV season with some spring cleaning tips

Spring is almost here which means that the RVing season is right around the corner! But before you can hitch up and head out, you’ll need to dust off your camping gear and prepare it for the great outdoors! So get your equipment out of winter storage and get it ready for summer fun with these quick tips for cleaning your camping gear!

Hiking Boots

How to clean hiking boots

To clean your hiking boots, start by removing the laces and, if possible, the insoles too. Use warm water and an old toothbrush to scrub away dirt and dust, rinsing the toothbrush or scrubber repeatedly throughout the process. Avoid using soap as it can compromise the breathability of the boot. After going over each boot entirely, repeat the process again if any dirt remains. Allow the boots to dry at room temperature. You can put newspaper inside each boot to absorb excess moisture, or for quick drying you can set them in front of a fan. Avoid letting boots dry next to a fire or a heater as this can cause the boots to become brittle or stiff. Once dry, reinsert the laces and insoles and apply a waterproof coating to the boots.

Sleeping Bag

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Cleaning your sleeping bag is as easy as putting it in a washing machine and closing the door (preferably a front-loading machine). Use a small amount of mild detergent and set it to wash in a gentle cycle. Avoid using fabric softeners, bleach, agitators, or solvents. To dry, put it in the dryer on low heat knowing that if it gets too hot the synthetic can melt. Add in a few clean tennis balls during the drying cycle to keep the insulation from clumping. Make sure your sleeping bag is entirely dry before loading it into your RV.

Storage Bins

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Plastic totes are great for transporting camping supplies. To clean, simply use a blend of warm water and dish soap to wash the inside and outside. In lieu of dish soap, you can also use white vinegar. After washing your bins, tip them over and prop them partially upside down so that water can run out but air can still circulate to dry.

Cooking Supplies

Quickest way to clean all my cooking supplies

For cooking supplies like your kitchen utensils and campfire tools, use warm water, basic dish soap, and a sponge, scrubber, or dishrag to get them clean. For a majority of your kitchen supplies, a cycle through the dishwasher will clean them sufficiently.

Portable Stove

How do I clean my portable stove?

To clean your portable stove, use a cloth to wipe it down with warm water and dishwashing soap. If a more thorough clean is necessary, take off the burner by removing the screws and clear away any food debris or built-up reside that you see. For information on cleaning your camp grill, click here!

Cooler

Easiest way to clean out a cooler

After a long winter sit, your cooler can develop gunk, cobwebs, or dust layers that will need to be removed before you pour in your ice and fill it with beverages. To clean, simply rinse it out with mild soap and warm water. Use baking soda to remove tough stains, and for persisting odors try wiping down the interior with a cloth soaked in vanilla extract. Let your cooler air dry with the lid open.

At TerryTown RV, we believe that a great RVing season starts by getting all your camping gear cleaned up and ready for the fun ahead. If you have your outdoor equipment ready, but you’re missing a rig to put it all in, check out our selection of the best-priced RVs in West Michigan. From fifth wheels to toy haulers, we’ve got the highest quality camping trailers to hold all your freshly-cleaned outdoor gear!

How To Remove Bug Splatter From Your RV

How do I get all the bugs off my RV?

When road tripping or traveling, the front of your RV is likely to pick up a few winged casualties along the way. And the remains of these stuck-on bugs is anything but appealing to the eye. So if the front of your RV is starting to look like a revolting graveyard of dead insects, your rig might be ready for a cleaning! Here’s how to remove bug splatter from your RV!

Best Cleaning Products

Best cleaning products to rid of all the bugs on your vehicle or RV

Soap and Water Solution—A standard mixture of car wash soap and water can effectively clean bug splatter from your RV. Start by dipping a towel into the solution and then placing it over the affected areas of your RV. Let it soak for a few minutes so that the dried-on bugs will loosen up and wipe away with ease.

WD-40—This multi-purpose product can be used for removing more than just bug splatter! From bird droppings to tree sap, WD-40 works wonders! To use, just spray the affected areas of your RV with WD-40, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then just wipe it off and watch the bug bodies disappear! Rinse the area with soapy water to complete.

Dryer Sheets—Surprisingly, dryer sheets can be an effective tool for saying goodbye to stuck-on bugs. Simply moisten the dryer sheet in water and use it, like you would a cloth, to wipe away the insects. You can also place a couple of dryer sheets into a spray bottle with some water, and mist the solution onto the affected areas. Then use a cloth to wipe the area down and get the bugs off.

Best Cleaning Tools

Best cleaning tools to rid of all the bugs on your vehicle or RV

  • Norwex/Chamois Cloth
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Bug Sponge
  • Wash Mitt

Tips For Removing Bug Splatter From Your RV

Helpful tips to rid of all the bugs on your vehicle or RV

  • Remove bugs frequently. The longer you wait to clean them off, the harder they will be to remove. Frequent cleaning is especially important when traveling in the spring or fall, when bugs are most abundant.
  • While oil-based products might work great on your grill, side mirrors, and hood, avoid using them on your windshield. They will leave behind streaky residue when applied to glass.
  • When using any of the cleaning products above, if you’re having a hard time getting the insects off, soak the affected area in hot water to let the bugs soak and loosen. Between 15-30 minutes is the preferred time for really stuck-on bugs.
  • After cleaning your RV, consider applying a wax solution to the areas hit most by bugs so that you can more easily remove bug splatter in the future. Rejex is a protective vehicle wax that works really well for this purpose!

You might not be able to avoid hitting bugs, but with these solutions you can avoid having to look at their stuck-on remains! Do you have any other tips, tricks, or insights into removing bug splatter from RVs? Let us know in the comments!

Which Would You Like More? Snowshoeing vs. Cross-Country Skiing

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Looking for a new outdoor hobby this winter? Pack up and traverse the snowy trails! The question is, which will you like more? Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing? While this is purely a personal preference once you get down to it, let’s explore all the pros and cons of each! No matter which you choose, you’ll have fun this winter season!

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing—What Are They?

Dating back centuries, the origins of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing started out as more of a necessity than for fun, with people using them to traverse snowy landscapes to get from one location to another. Today, they’re fun wintertime activities that many enjoy!

While both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are essentially a form of hiking, snowshoeing is more like classic hiking, with specialized footwear strapped to the feet that helps to distribute weight more evenly, making it easier to walk on top of the snow! Comparably, cross-country skiing uses a similar concept, except with skis! Unlike downhill skiing, skiers use their own momentum to glide across the terrain using poles for stability and leverage!

Interested in picking up one of these awesome winter sports, but still aren’t sure which is for you? Here are some advantages and disadvantages to consider when deciding between snowshoeing or cross-country skiing!

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Snowshoeing

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Advantages

With all things considered, snowshoeing is easier for beginners to pick up and learn more quickly than cross-country skiing!

Snowshoeing equipment is less expensive, with a great pair costing you anywhere from $50 to $250 or more. Overall, snowshoeing requires less equipment. You just need a good pair of boots or hiking boots, snowshoes, and perhaps some ski poles for stability on more difficult terrain.

Snowshoes are undeniably lighter weight than skis and all the additional equipment! This is a great advantage to consider when packing your RV, or if you’re planning on backpacking in the backcountry, where weight is definitely an issue.

Snowshoes are more versatile over different types of terrain. You won’t have to stick to groomed trails or worry about getting caught on logs, branches, or other debris! You can even snowshoe around your backyard or city park if you wanted! They’re also more efficient than cross-country skis in deeper, more powdery snow!

These are better for scaling up to higher elevations, and oftentimes come with ice picks or metal cleats to traverse over ice easier. They also allow you to change direction a lot faster and more efficiently, which is great when you’re exploring!

Can use them for hunting and other activities, not just for a recreational stroll!

Disadvantages

Compared to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing is the slower of the two options. This isn’t exactly a terrible thing, especially if you like to stop and look at the scenery often!

Some winter adventurers find snowshoeing boring. This is definitely a personal opinion, but some people don’t like the slower pace of snowshoeing compared to cross-country skiing!

A lot of skiers condemn snowshoe use on groomed trails, as it can create unevenness on the trails, which is less than ideal for skiers.

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Cross-Country Skiing

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Advantages

Cross-country skiing is generally more athletic than snowshoeing, making it great if you’re looking to get a rigorous workout! They do make smaller snowshoes that make it possible to run in the snow, but for the most part, skiing will give you more of a workout!

You’ll get more speed by cross-country skiing, as it’s quicker to glide on skis than walk on snowshoes.

You’ll almost always be guaranteed a smooth terrain, as many state and national parks keep trails groomed throughout the winter months!

Disadvantages

You’ll need more equipment for cross-country skiing: skis, bindings, special boots, and poles. In turn, it makes cross-country skiing considerably more expensive than snowshoeing!

Because cross-country skiing is more involved and can be more aerobic than snowshoeing, it takes more skill to be able to master it.

Skis are definitely not as versatile as snowshoes, as they can easily get caught under logs or branches, which can be a painful and difficult situation to maneuver! You’ll want to stick to groomed trails for the most part, as rugged terrain presents more opportunity for getting stuck and/or injured.

In order to enjoy cross-country skiing, you’ll more than likely have to travel to do it, as not all parks or trails are smooth enough for it.

Cross-country skis aren’t as ideal for traversing landscapes with moderate to steeper elevations. You can still make it work, but it takes a considerable amount of time and skill to make your way up steep inclines.

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What do you think? It’s totally a personal preference, but if you’re looking to start out on one or the other, these pros and cons of snowshoeing versus cross-country skiing will help you to decide which to try out this winter! Which one are you going to try? Comment to let us know, or leave us some other tips or considerations if you’re an experienced snowshoer or cross-country skier!

Anti-Sway/Suspension Upgrades: Enhancements For a Smoother Ride

Travel trailers on the road

If you’ve ever found yourself white knuckling it down the highway in heavy winds or cringing at every sharp corner you take with your rig, you’re not alone, but you’re also not without a solution. There are plenty of aftermarket products and RV enhancements that you can take advantage of to gain a more stable ride with less body roll and better handling. To learn more about these anti-sway systems, suspension upgrades, and other modifications for a smoother ride, check out these products and consider making a purchase for your RV!

Anti-Sway Bars

Anti- sway bars for my RV

All it takes is a powerful gust of wind or a sharp corner to accentuate the top-heavy design of your RV. Luckily, sway bars can be used to combat the negative results of heavy winds and shifts in weight when making turns. With sway bars installed, pressure exerted to either side of the RV is countered by either the front or back bars which use the weight of either the front of rear axle as a brace against the chassis. As a result, you’ll notice a reduction in body roll and more resistance to leaning as you pivot around corners.

Steering Stabilizers

steering stabilizers for RVs

When driving down rough roads or being passed by big trucks, it can be impossible not to notice the shaking, shuddering, and rattling of your hands as they grip the steering wheel. Or perhaps you’ve gone to reach for your drink only to have the steering wheel veer dramatically the second your hand comes off. These steering issues can be very annoying, especially during long road trips when you’re spending hours behind the wheel. However, with the installation of a steering stabilizer you will notice a dramatic reduction in how much your steering wheel moves, and an improvement in your ability to stay in your lane and maintain a straight path. Like steering stabilizers, trac bars can also be used to prevent your RV from wobbling and easily wandering into other lanes.

Shock Absorbers

shock absorbers for your RV

If you’ve ever towed or driven your RV down bumpy, poorly-maintained roads, then you know how badly movement can be exacerbated with the extra weight of your rig. Shock absorbers are designed to resist movement and put less stress on your suspension, frame, and the components inside your RV. With these aftermarket products installed, you’ll immediately notice the reduction of impact as you drive over bumps, ruts, and dips in the road.

Weight Distribution Hitches

weight distribution hitches for your RV

In addition to maximizing the amount of weight that you can haul, installing a weight distribution hitch will also improve the overall handling of your ride. These hitches are designed to disperse the weight evenly throughout the axles to prevent any diving. And with the weight balanced out, you’ll notice that you are able to control your RV more easily and the potential for losing control is not nearly as threatening.

If you want to improve driver control and comfort, then consider installing some of these modifications and upgrades to your RV! If you don’t feel comfortable doing the installations yourself, contact your local RV service center and leave it up to the professionals! Have you added any of these enhancements to your RV? Leave us a comment and let us know how they worked for you!

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