RV Security Tips

RVing is about enjoying the RV, your friends and family, and the open road. You don’t want to worry about the negative or dwell on what can go wrong.

And you shouldn’t have to. By taking some basic precautionary steps, you can help to safeguard the things that matter to you when you’re out on the road and gain some peace of mind, but still have fun.

Keep Your Valuables Stowed Away

While theft of your RV is a concern, oftentimes a break-in will occur simply to steal a valuable item that can be seen through the window. Whenever you leave your RV alone, take a moment to assess the items you have out that may be attractive to a burglar, such as laptop computers, tablets, jewelry, and other valuables. Stow these and similar items out of sight when you leave by placing them in bags, cases, cabinets, drawers, or even under a jacket or towel. By eliminating incentives for a break-in, you eliminate the chances that one will occur. If you have items that can be used to compromise your identity, such as passports or social security cards, consider a safe or lock box.

 

Lock It Up

While it may seem like an obvious suggestion, it can be easy to overlook, especially if you’re having a good time and potential misfortune is far from your mind. Locking up is a simple precaution that you should practice regardless of how long you’ll be leaving your RV out of sight. Even if you’re just taking a short hike or heading to the nearby lake for a swim, make sure you lock up every point of access and double check to make sure it’s securely closed. Take all keys with you and don’t trust a copy of your keys to anyone you don’t know.

Research Your Destinations

While you’re probably already researching hours of operation, directions, prices, and RV amenities, you may want to add an additional point to your checklist: crime rate. Whether your destination is urban or rural, it’s good to know how safe an area you plan to visit is. Avoiding crime-prone areas is the best defense against burglary and break-ins. By staying to areas with low crime rates, you significantly reduce the chance of being a victim.

Ensure That Your RV is Equipped to Handle Fires

Not every threat comes from strangers – fire is a valid concern to any RVer and can quickly destroy your property if you have no plan in place to address it. By simply equipping your RV with fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, you can drastically reduce the risk of a fire getting out of control. Setup an inspection schedule to check that your extinguishers and smoke detectors are operational and effective.

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Thinking of buying a new RV or renting one for your family to enjoy this holiday season? Stop by CCRV for the best prices on new and used RVs, rentals and much more.

Safety Tips for RVing with Kids

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Camping on your family RV vacation is one of the main reasons you buy or rent an RV in the first place, so you can hit the road for a weekend and not have to worry about hotels, motels, or what to do each day. All you need is a camping spot and camping supplies. However, there are still a number of things you have to look out for, especially when you have kids. Follow some of the tips listed below when it comes to educating your kids about being safe on all your future RV camping excursions.

Be Wary of Strangers You Encounter

There are two types of RV campgrounds: public and private. The public campgrounds are usually very inexpensive and allow just about anyone to stay in them. While most of these campgrounds and the people in them are wonderful, wholesome people like you and your family, there are some people out there who are not to be trusted. You need to tell your kids to not go into any stranger’s RV, van, or car without you there and to not follow them into the woods alone. This is not meant to scare them, but it is the unfortunate truth in this day and age.

Always Carry GPS When Entering the Wilderness

While it’s usually not a good idea to let your kids wander off into the woods alone or without an adult when you are RV camping, it might happen every now and then. Make sure they know to take some sort of GPS device with them, so that if they do get lost, they can find their way back to the campsite or you can find them through the device itself. This is integral for their safety, or anyone’s safety for that matter, who is going off into the wilderness.

Teach Kids How to Hook Up the RV

Most campgrounds will have electrical and plumbing hookups for the RV in the campground space you have rented. Teach your kids how to hook up both the electrical and plumbing lines, so that they can not only help you but know if something is going wrong at the campsite, so that it doesn’t hurt the RV or cause an expensive problem.

Cleanliness While Camping

Due to the fact that many campgrounds are out in the wilderness, it is important you teach your kids to be clean and pick up food and other items when they are out camping. Not only is this good for the environment, but leaving food and trash behind draws flies and predatory animals, which could harm you and your family or at least negatively effect your overall RV camping experience.

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If you’re in need of some new camping supplies this fall, don’t forget to shop with us at CCRV in South Texas. We’re your one-stop shop for new or used RV sales, service, parts, accessories and so much more.

Taking the Holidays on the Road

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Taking the holidays on the road is one of the many conveniences of owning an RV. No need to tie yourself down to one place — with just a little planning and precaution, you’ll fine that celebrating from the road is one of the best holiday experiences you can have. We’ll assume you have some idea of where you’ll be going, so we’ll focus on getting you there safely and giving you ideas on how to pull off that perfect holiday meal from your RV’s kitchen.

Getting Where You’re Going Safely

First things first — getting to wherever you’re going safely.

Why Holiday Driving can be Dangerous

Any time traffic increases, whether because of a holiday or special event, the chances of having an accident increases. More people are on the road, which means that tempers could be running short. Also, more people are out celebrating at night – and some of those people may not have the good sense to find someone else to drive after they’ve imbibed just a tad too much.

Safe Travel Tips

Regardless of the time of night or day, you should always keep your eye out for erratic drivers. Watching at least 100 feet in front of you helps you to see someone coming at you – possibly in the wrong lane – a little quicker, which may give you those few extra seconds you need to get out of the way.

When following someone, even on the highway, stay at least four or five car lengths behind, which is more than average, but you’re in an RV after all. On surface roads, you should stay at least one car length for every 10 mph behind the person in front of you. If someone has to stop fast or swerves to miss someone or something in the road, you’ll ram right into them if you are too close. While it’s tempting to try to “rush” the person in front of you, especially when he or she may be doing under the speed limit, be patient until it’s safe to pass.

If the weather is bad – whether it’s rain, fog, a mix of precipitation, or snow, drive slower. That means leaving earlier so that you reach your destination safe and on time. Even rain decreases the distance you can see in front of you. Furthermore, roads are slippery when they are wet – and in case where it’s near freezing, can ice over with “black ice,” a sheet of ice that is clear. You can’t tell that from non-iced roads.

Making that Perfect Holiday Meal

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These simple but useful tips will help you create the perfect holiday meal while living on the road.

Think Ahead

One of the biggest differences you’ll notice between preparing meals at home and on the road is that you don’t have as much cooking or prep space. To combat this problem, prepare side dishes, desserts and appetizers ahead of time, then simply reheat or serve on the day of your get-together.

Get Creative with Creating Space

Another downfall of limited counter space is that you’ll have a hard time displaying all of your foods in one place when it comes time to eat. This means it’s time to get creative. Use makeshift tables, like ironing boards or card tables, to create more counter or serving space. Cover your new tables with festive table cloths to decorate your RV and hide undesirable blemishes.

Use Pre-Made Items

It may seem unnatural to travelers who are top-notch cooks, but purchasing a number of pre-made dishes can ease your stress and save room in the kitchen. Dips, desserts, rolls, salads, and even some sides can be purchased at markets, delis, or grocery stores that specialize in creating delicious dishes that taste homemade.

Go Outside

If you’re traveling in a warm destination for the holiday season, it pays to hold your party outside of your RV. Picnic tables and outdoor chairs serve as ideal places to dine without crowding or dirtying the interior of your home on wheels. Even better, you can prepare or heat some additional dishes over a fire or on a portable camp stove.

Stop by CCRV This Holiday Season

Ready to try the holidays in a new RV? Stop by CCRV this December to tour any motorhome or trailer on our lot and to ask any questions you may have.

Putting Together a First Aid Kit for Your RV

At CCRV in Corpus Christi, we want to make sure that everyone is traveling safely, which is why we want to talk about the importance of having a first aid kit in your RV.

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A first aid kit  has many things inside that can save lives or make small injuries feel better. You can design your own kit or purchase one that is already put together.

The Red Cross has suggested these items for first aid kits:

  1. Adhesive bandages of varying sizes (for small cuts and scrapes)
  2. Sterile gauze pads of varying sizes (these help hold pressure on larger, bleeding wounds)
  3. Triangular bandages for hard-to-reach areas
  4. Sterile roller bandages of varying sizes for wrapping wounds
  5. Scissors
  6. Tweezers
  7. Needles
  8. Alcohol wet wipes
  9. Thermometer
  10. Tongue blades
  11. Sunscreen
  12. Safety pins
  13. Antiseptic
  14. Latex gloves (or nonlatex, if you’re allergic)
  15. Aspirin and pain relievers
  16. Anti-diarrhea medication
  17. Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting)
  18. Laxatives
  19. Activated charcoal (for poisoning)
  20. Lubricants
  21. Nonprescription drugs

You might also want to add additional items like an Epipen if you or someone you travel with is highly allergic to bees or foods, glucose for diabetics, or prescription medications like albuterol for asthmatics. Having more than you need is always better than not having what you need when it’s an emergency, so creating a comprehensive first aid kit is fine.

When you travel, you never know what type of accidents will happen. Having a first aid kit after an auto accident can save lives; likewise, having access to antiseptic and bandages can be helpful if you’ve cut yourself or have been burned while camping. You can add items like ice packs that are activated when they are shaken, or use warming pads that activate when open, depending on the areas in which you travel.

From all of us at CCRV, have safe and healthy travels in your RV, from Corpus Christi to wherever your road takes you!

Amazing Uses for Baking Soda in your Corpus Christi RV!

When you’re traveling in your new or used Corpus Christi RV, you may run into some space issues. In order to prevent unnecessary clutter, we here at CCRV want to bring you tips on essential items that will aid you on your camping trips. One essential product that will help in several different ways is baking soda. Did you know that baking soda can have over 75 different uses? Who would have thought that one product could be so handy? Here are some fundamental ways you can utilize baking soda to your advantage.

  1. Relieve itching from insect bites and pain from sunburn by mixing with water and placing on affected area or by taking a baking soda bath. It can also relieve pain from bee stings and windburns, or it can draw out venom from jellyfish stings.
  2. If you have heartburn, take a teaspoon of baking soda and mix with one-half glass of water as a substitute for antacid.
  3. Keep cut flowers fresh for a longer time by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase.
  4. Place an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors.
  5. Have children that need to be entertained on a long ride? Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining 2 cups with 1 ¼ cup water and 1 cup cornstarch.
  6. Wipe your new fifth wheel’s windshield with it to repel water.
  7. Add a cup to the toilet, leave for an hour, and then flush to clean and absorb odor.
  8. Use it to clean retainers and dentures.
  9. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize fur and skin.
  10. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills and then rinse it off to clean.

These are only a few of more than 75 uses for baking soda. Now you know that baking soda can be an essential item in your Corpus Christi RV. It can be a pain reliever, cleaner, plus much more!

Do you know of any unique ways to use baking soda? What do you use baking soda for the most? 

Stay Away From These Texas Critters

Texas has some beautiful terrain and nobody could blame you for wanting to run to your Corpus Christi RV dealer right away and getting a vehicle to take you to explore the Texas wilderness. Before you buy the nicest new or used RV your Texas RV dealer has to offer, however, you might want to familiarize yourself with some of the unfriendly critters in Texas you might want to avoid (and I’m not just talking about some of my neighbors). There are a number of potentially dangerous animals in Texas that could but a real damper on your trip if you’re not careful with them.

Reptiles are often the first thing people think of when they think of dangerous animals, and Texas has a few worth paying attention to. Diamondback rattlesnakes are fairly common in Texas and they are venomous, as are the other two types of vipers in Texas, the copperhead and the (sometimes aggressive) water moccasin or cottonmouth. There are also coral snakes in Texas, and those are the most venomous snakes in North America.

 

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Creepy-crawlies are fairly common in Texas and a few of them are dangerous. The most concerning spiders are the black widow and the brown recluse, both of which can cause severe pain and discomfort if they bite a human. There are also tarantulas, but despite their reputation, they are not a major concern for humans. There are also scorpions, centipedes, fire ants, wasps, hornets, and bees, all of which can bite or sting humans to cause various degrees of pain or reaction. One particular type of bee to be aware of is the African killer bee, which has caused fatalities when attacking in swarms.

Other Texas critters that could ruin your day would include a few big cats, like the puma, panther and the mountain lion (or cougar). There are also coyotes to be careful of, especially when they are hungry or show no fear of humans. Of course, just about any wild animal could represent a threat if cornered–even a deer or a squirrel (which are sometimes rabid).

When you go and get the nicest new RV Texas has to offer, do yourself a favor and read up on how to recognize and deal with the dangerous animals before you go out into the wilderness! If you have any other tips or want to add on to our list of insects/animals to watch out for please leave us a comment!

Maintaining Your RV Tires

 

 

The tires on your RV keep you on the road. If they are not properly maintained, an unexpected blow out or loss of traction could cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Visiting a local Texas RV dealer for regular replacement is the best way to stay on schedule when traveling. Performing routine maintenance and checks between sets of new tires will ensure you catch problems before they put your vehicle at risk.

Balance Your Load

Keeping your furnishings and other cargo evenly distributed over the entire motor home prevents unusual wear on one side. When tires wear quickly on just one side, the vehicle will pull to that side and makes steering difficult. Always respect the posted weight limits for your recreational vehicle as well. If you are not sure how much weight you are carrying, visit a weighing station and check.

Keep An Eye On Pressure

Proper tire pressure increases gas mileage, provides correct grip on the road and prevents damage to the rims. Check your tire pressure each morning if you are on the road. Measure it again before departing from a campground and before and after storing it for any time, even as short as a month.

Prepare Your Tires

The right cleaning and protection routine will help your RV tires last for years instead of just one season if you store it during the winter. Clean the tires with soap and water before storing to prevent salts or minerals from damaging the rubber. Cover them so UV rays from sunlight can’t cause cracking, and unload the RV to reduce weight. Blocks or moving the vehicle every three months prevent the development of flat spots.

Check The Age

Tires degrade with age no matter how well they are stored. If you purchase used RVs for sale, have the tires inspected and ask for the technician to read the manufacturing year from the DOT number stamped onto them. Tires over 3 years in age should probably be replaced before you take your new RV out for a trip.

CCRV can help you maintain your tires and replace them when the time comes. Our service team is backed by one of the largest parts warehouses found at an RV dealer. We can match any RV with the perfect set of tires. If you need more space, check out our extensive used and new RV inventory as well.

Treating Motion Sickness in Your Motorhome

A Working Definition

Motion sickness — also known as car sickness — is a nasty little trick that the brain and the inner ear play on the belly of automobile or motorhome passengers when there’s a discrepancy between visual cues and the motion of the vehicle. Because of this, drivers are rarely affected by car sickness as their eyes, brain and body all experience the motion together. Passengers — particularly small children — are often affected with the well-known symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

 

Prevention

Preventing motion sickness is much more effective than treating the problem. However, many of the tips to do so aren’t applicable to motorhomes. Nonetheless, there are some tips you can try to avoid your passengers’ sufferings:

  • Have motion-sickness prone passengers always sit facing forward.
  • Have passengers focus on the outside scenery, not a book or an object inside the recreational vehicle.
  • Keep fresh air moving throughout the vehicle, if possible.
  • Keep strong odors to a minimum.
  • Don’t start a trip on a full stomach.

Medical Treatment

Some individuals with severe motion sickness prefer to treat the disorder with medications. Over-the-counter antihistamines to be taken by mouth, such as Dramamine or Benadryl, often help the nausea but can also cause unwanted side effects such as drowsiness and may cause increased blood pressure in susceptible individuals. Motion sickness patches such as Scopolamine often provide relief without some of the side effects of oral antihistamines. Whatever your drug of choice, take the medication one to two hours before embarking on your journey to increase their effectiveness.

Home Remedies

Acupressure bands worn on the wrist are said to help prevent motion sickness in some individuals. Ginger has also been studied academically and through the popular media. Ginger is available in pill form, as a tea or is available in grocery stores as common gingersnaps.

Mechanical Remedies

Some RV forums suggest that modifications to the sway bars and suspension of your rig can help decrease the swaying motions that often precipitate motion sickness in passengers. Call CCRV’s Service Department at 361-289-5400 for more information on this option.

Is your RV Ready for Emergencies?

It’s almost the beginning of RV season. Even though most of you have been RVing throughout the winter season, we are just now beginning to see some of that crazy springtime weather coming across the U.S.

I think it would be a good idea to keep our RVs ready for whatever comes our way. Extreme weather, unexpected RV breakdowns or other unforeseen events may force us to seek refuge for an extended time in our fifth wheels or trailers.

These are some good ideas for advance planning as you think about using your RV as a place of refuge.

Keeping non-perishable canned and boxed goods in the rig is a good idea. Consider keeping screw-top gallon jugs of water in your home that can be quickly toted out to the rig.

Keep your black and gray water tanks empty, and your tow vehicle fuel tanks full. Ditto for your RV’s propane tank. If you have to evacuate, a low tank of fuel in your tow truck could spell a very serious problem.

It’s also a good idea to check your tire pressure at least once a month when your rig is parked.

Here’s another thing to keep in the rig, temperature allowing: Prescription and over-the-counter medications that you regularly use. What about the pets? Can you squirrel away pet food and cat litter in the basement storage compartment?

Keeping copies of legal documents like titles, insurance policies, and medical directives and other health care instruments in a file in the RV can prove a blessing, especially if you come home to no home.

Keeping enough clothing for a few days use in the rig is an easy trick. If there’s a chance of mildewing, stick a chemical dehumidifier in the clothes closet. A sturdy pair of shoes is a must, too.

While you might not keep it stored in the RV, a ready supply of emergency cash is also a good idea. Keep your cash in small denominations for easier transactions.

No doubt your rig is already equipped with a good first aid kit and several fire extinguishers. Make sure you know how to use the fire extinguisher in advance. [RV Travel]

Most of these pointers are sensible things to do, even though many of us don’t take the time to make an evacuation plan.

Simply print this out and use it as your evacuation guideline. We hope that you never have to use it.

If you do end up using it, then we are so glad to help. Once you get the checklist ready, then you can use it year round as your primary evacuation plan.

If you need any RV supplies or parts before the spring weather season begins in full force, please stop in at CCRV in Corpus Christi. We’ll be happy to help.

RV Driving Safety: Driving While Tired

 

A long drive in your motorhome can soon make your eyelids feel heavy. They used to call it road hypnosis. That is when the open road and passing lane markers can start to lull you into a very tired state. While everyone knows the dangers about drunk driving, there is not much said about driving while tired. Studies have shown that driving while tired is as dangerous, if not more so, than driving after a few drinks. Since many RVers travel from one part of the country to the next, this is a huge risk for them.

While you may have set a schedule to get to your destination by a certain time, you must realize that trying to fight off your drowsiness may not always work. If you find yourself behind the wheel having a hard time keeping your eyes open or concentrating on the road then it is time for you to pull over and take a break. It is recommended that you pull over and take a breather every two hours. If you are feeling tired then you may want to take a quick power nap. These are naps that take between 15 and 30 minutes that are a great way to refresh your batteries.

It is best if you have someone else who is able to drive your RV. This will allow you to take turns driving and keeping a fresh pair of eyes on the road. While it is great to have a thermos full of hot coffee with you while driving, do not go overboard and drink the entire thing in one sitting. This may keep you awake, but it can also impair your driving skills. The best way to combat tired driving is with regular breaks to stretch and keep your mind functioning.

While we all love making great time on the road, the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers should come first. Make use of your new RV and take a break in the back if you need to and you will be able to drive across the country in safety and comfort.