Safety & Comfort Tips for RVing with Pets

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Your pets are part of your family, and that means you don’t want to leave them behind when you hit the road. Having your pets on your RV travels is undeniably enjoyable for you, but it’s important to make sure the experience is just as safe and enjoyable for your pet. These simply tips will help you reduce your pets’ anxiety when you embark on an adventure in your RV.

Before You Go

RV travel means more time on the road than usual for your pet. Have your best friend checked out by your vet before you hit the road to ensure he or she is fit for travel. Young pets, elderly ones and those with health issues may be safer staying with a friend or family member than living life on the road.

Talk to your vet about your travel plans, and he or she can inform you of the shots or other preparations your pet may need before he hits the road. Make sure all of your furry friend’s vaccinations are up to date and keep current health records in your RV in case of an emergency.

Pack for Your Furry Friend

Packing for your pet is just as important as packing for yourself. Make sure your pet is outfitted with up-to-date tags with your current phone number and don’t forget to pack a spare collar, leashes, bowls, food, prescription medications and plenty of water.

Your pet may not immediately feel at home in your RV, which can cause anxiety, so be sure to bring along your furry friend’s favorite toys, beds, blankets and other items he likes to cuddle up with at home.

Take Plenty of Breaks

Many road warriors like to get to their destination quickly with very few stops, but you can’t do that when you have a pet on board. Stop every couple of hours to let your pet relieve himself and have a drink of water. The saying, “A tired dog is a good dog,” is true on the road, so be sure to exercise your pet at every stop.

Keep Your Pet Relaxed

Travel can cause pets anxiety, because they’re away from all of the familiarity that they love. Bring some of your pet’s favorite toys, a dog bed, a blanket, and a couple of bones for the ride. These familiar items will help your pet relax and make a new home inside your RV.

Avoid Sickness

Dogs can get motion sickness just like people do. If your pet is prone to car sickness, avoid feeding him before you get in the car. Give him plenty of water when you’re on the road, and feed him when you arrive at your destination.

Familiarize Yourself with the Area

When you’re in a new, unfamiliar place, take some time to learn about your surroundings. It’s important to know if there are unsafe areas for your pet or even unsafe foods he could get into. Make sure the area you’re visiting is pet-friendly, so you’re not caught by surprise.

Visit CCRV

Remember to stop by and see us at CCRV before you hit the road this spring. Give us a call or stop in and see us to set up your service appointment.

RV Trip Planning Tips

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RV season is definitely still going and RVers across the country are prepping for their next road trip. If you need some help planning out your next trip, a list of dos and don’ts is always helpful.

Before you start, make a list of things you know you need to put into the RV to get it ready. If you’re taking your rig out for the first time in a while, stop by the service department at CCRV to have the service techs get it ready for your first trip. While your RV is at CCRV, have the techs check to be sure everything is working properly. If you have a motorized RV, have the techs test drive it and check the engine, brakes, suspension, and other critical components.

Once you’re done with that, go through it and finish your list of needed things to get ready for the season. Your list should include:

  • Canned goods and dry goods.
  • Dishes, pots, pans, silverware, cooking utensils. Don’t forget the can opener!
  • Sheet, blankets and pillows. If these were stored in plastic in the RV, wash them before you make up the beds.
  • Cleaning fluids.
  • Chemical for the black tank.
  • RV toilet paper.
  • A dishpan. Instead of filling the gray tank with dishwater, you can use a dishpan in the sink, and then throw the dishwater outside.
  • If your RV has a washer and dryer, be sure to stock the laundry room with detergent and softener.
  • Small vacuum if the RV has carpets. If not, you can use a vacuum or a broom.
  • Lighter or matches.
  • Hatchet/axe.
  • Hammer and other small hand tools.
  • First aid kit.
  • Propane.

Once you have the basics, all you need to do is to add perishables and other things you would normally pack at the last minute.

Some people may like to take off without making plans and play it by ear, but if you are the type who needs to plan everything ahead, make sure you make reservations well ahead of time, especially if you know a popular campground tends to sell out quickly. If you wait until a week or two before you leave, you may not get into the facility you prefer.

Visit CCRV

Stop by CCRV well in advance of your trip to pick up any needed items such as tank chemicals, organizational accessories, and replacement parts.

How to Get the Best Internet While Traveling

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Staying connected while living the RV lifestyle may seem difficult at first. Campground WiFi is never as reliable as most travelers would like and emailing from coffee shops gets expensive quickly. However, many RV travelers have discovered how to stay connected with fast, wireless internet on the go. The following are a few tricks of the trade to help you get the best internet access while traveling.

Use a Hotspot

Using a wireless internet hotspot is the best way to stay connected anywhere that has cellular phone service. Hotspots can be created on most smartphones and tablets, then all you have to do is tether you computer to the hotspot. Verizon and AT&T both offer nationwide coverage that makes it easy to connect in some of the most remote places.  Hotspots do chip away at your monthly data allotment, so it helps to speak with your provider about a data plan that will work for you.

Use a WiFi Booster

Many campgrounds across the country now offer free WiFi to campers. The only downfall is that the wireless internet access they provide is often weak and unreliable. A WiFi booster can improve the internet access at places with free WiFi, so you don’t have to use your phone’s data. The Wifi Ranger Elite Pack is an affordable option for boosting signals at places with unreliable internet.

Use the Wi-Fi Finder App

It seems like every place you visit offers free WiFi until you’re really in need. The Wi-Fi Finder app can help you locate places that offer free WiFi, so you don’t waste time or money at places that don’t offer internet access. If you’re not interested in using an app, a simple call to the campground, restaurant or other site you’ll be visiting can help you determine if it will be a place with reliable internet access.

Stop by CCRV

Don’t forget to stop and see us at CCRV for all of your RV travel needs this summer.

4 Tips for Camping With Pets

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If your dog is of the water loving kind and you are camping somewhere with a lake or streams, you can expect to get wet. At least expect your dog to get wet. Oh, yeah – and fishing- well, fishing might be somewhat of a difficult task if pooch decides to take a dip instead or to bark at the fish. You might instead plan on enjoying a fun family swim, dog included.

1. Be Aware of Other Animals

When camping, there are always other animals around, be it canine companions to other campers or wild animals in the surrounding woods. So, be prepared for how your dog might react to these animals. It’s one thing when your dog runs off to find a lady friend, but quite another when he runs off to chase a rabbit.

2. Make Sure Your Dog is Vaccinated

It is important to ensure that your dog’s vaccinations are all up to date before leaving on vacation with your dog. You never know what kind of animal he might encounter while out in the woods. Even in areas with little to no wild animals can be of danger to your pet. Other animals carry all manner of diseases that can harm your pet if exposed to them.

3. Don’t Forget to Pack

Yes, we know you will not forget your own needed clothes and hygiene supplies, nor will you forget your other handy little supplies for recreation. So, don’t forget your pet’s either. Keep in mind that your dog will need food, water, and the bowls to put it in. He may also need his bed to sleep in if he has a special bed. Leashes and harnesses may be needed for certain areas, such as rest stops en route. Make a list of things you might need for your pet when you make your own packing list.

4. Don’t Forget a Dog Tag

Heaven forbid your best friend on four legs get lost, but it could happen. So, be prepared for the worst and make sure your dog has his collar on with the properly attached tags indicating where he lives. Include his name along with your address and/or phone number.

Visit CCRV

Don’t go anywhere this summer without stopping in to see us at CCRV. Whether you need RV service or to shop for your next motorhome, CCRV is here to help!

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning in Your RV

It’s officially spring, and that means it’s time to get that winter road grime off of your RV for another camping season in the sun. But spring cleaning your RV doesn’t just mean it’s time to clean your RV’s exterior, it’s also time to organize the interior of your home away from home. These simple tips will help you prepare your RV for an exciting and comfortable spring on the road.

Cleaning Your RV’s Exterior

Whether you were on the road throughout the winter or had your RV in storage, there’s no doubt the exterior could use a thorough washing. Start by rinsing off your RV from top to bottom, then use a wash mitt or brush with a soft head to clear the dirt and grime. A special bug and tar remover (Rain-X or Thetford) may be necessary if you’ve been traveling often. And when you’re finished clearing away the grime and giving your RV one more rinse, be sure to dry it with a squeegee or chamois.

Organize the Interior

Whether you’re traveling down the road or lounging at the campsite, much of your time traveling is spent inside your RV. Because RVs are so compact, it’s important to organize your RV often and do away with unnecessary clutter. Spring is the perfect time to remove all of the winter camping supplies from your RV, such as heavy-duty winter clothing, skis and any supplies you won’t use in the spring and summer seasons. This also makes room for items you will be using like beach towels and outdoor furniture. When you’re removing all of that bulky winter gear, you’ll probably find some other unneeded items you’ve been lugging around for seasons, and they can be removed too.

Make Sure Your RV Is in Top Shape

RV maintenance is important, and it can be the difference between a great RV trip and a horrible one. Make sure your RV is in top shape by bringing it to our certified RV technicians right here at CCRV in Corpus Christi.

How to RV in Mexico

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The RV lifestyle gives travelers easy access to parts of North America they may have never visited before. Mexico is one of those often uncharted but incredible places. Traveling south of the border offers a whole new array of RV communities, desirable temperatures, a vibrant culture and unbelievable scenery you just can’t find in the U.S. If you haven’t taken your RV down to Mexico yet, you’ll be amazed at how safe and enjoyable Mexico RV travel can be.

Driving in Mexico

Driving in Mexico may seem daunting at first, but road improvements south of the border have made getting from Point A to Point B easier than ever before. The driving laws and traffic signals are very similar to ours here in the United States, and U.S.-style toll roads make travel between larger cities easy and safe. It’s important to stick to the toll roads whenever possible, because the secondary roads can be unpredictable, much longer and often in poor condition. Unlike in the United States, you never want to drive at night in Mexico. This is because unmarked speed bumps (known as topes) are extremely common, and they can do major damage to your rig. Take a look at this handy “Driving in Mexico” guide before heading south of the border.

Staying Safe in Mexico

Many RV travelers fear traveling in Mexico, because it’s portrayed in the media as a dangerous country. Mexico, like the United States, has its safe areas and its dangerous ones. If you’re concerned about the safety of the area you want to travel, join one of many online forums for RV travel in Mexico. This is a great way to find an expat or RV community in the area you’d like to travel. You can also find out great information about the safety of the area and which routes are best for traveling there.

Before You Hit the Road

It’s important to do a lot of research before you plan your RV travels to another country. Pack plenty of maps and guidebooks to help you along your journey, and don’t forget to bring your RV to CCRV in Corpus Christi to ensure it is in top shape for your travels.

Rainy Day Activities on the Road

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While you try to plan your trip around the weather, it doesn’t always work out, especially if you plan well in advance of the trip. Planning ahead allows you to get into camping areas that are high demand; however, it doesn’t allow you to plan around the weather. When you plan a trip a week ahead of time, you can change those plans if the weather is going to be bad.

When planning weeks or months ahead of time, you should plan for some rainy days – this means you should have something to keep you occupied if you’re stuck inside, such plans to do some indoor sightseeing. After you prep your RV or have it serviced at CCRV, you’re ready to pack it up. Be sure to bring something for those rainy days.

Game consoles keep kids and adult occupied during bad weather. Since space is at a premium in many RVs, bring one or two games that the entire family enjoys.

Good movies also keep the entire family entertained. DVDs are small enough so that they don’t take a lot of space. If your RV doesn’t have a DVD player, you can purchase a portable DVD player to plug into the RV’s television.

A deck of cards offers many family games. Also, UNO is a great family game and it doesn’t take a lot of space.

Bring along a board game that doesn’t take a lot of space. Store the pieces in a covered plastic container so they take less space. Unless you have a large table and lots of space to store extra things, Monopoly wouldn’t be a good game, but something like RummiKub doesn’t take a lot of space.

Some types of crafts take very little space. If you enjoy crocheting or knitting some smaller projects will keep you entertained. Small hand-quilting projects can also keep you entertained on a rainy day.

Many RVs have an entertainment center where you can store extra things for a rainy day. If not, pack games and crafts in plastic tubs and store then in the basement storage. You can also store games and crafts in the under-bed storage in the main bedroom.

When choosing a floor plan for a new RV, take this into consideration. Stop by CCRV to walk through the many RVs on our lot and choose something with room for rainy-day-fun things.

The Best Apps For RV Travel

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While you may just want to turn your phone off and enjoy the serenity of nature when you’re traveling in your RV, there are a variety of apps that can not only help you reach your destination quickly and safely, but they can help you get more out of your time at your destination too.

Oh Ranger! Park Finder

RV travelers who seek getaways in national, state and local parks will love the Oh Ranger! Park Finder app. Simply enter the city and state you’ll be visiting, and this free application will locate all of the area’s nearby parks. The app will also include the park’s amenities and the activities that are available, so you can choose your destination based on what you enjoy.

All Stays Truck and Travel

Google Maps can certainly show you the quickest route to your destination, but what it doesn’t tell RV travelers is where their big rigs won’t fit. The All Stays Truck and Travel app warns drivers of low clearance areas, convenient truck stops and travel centers for large RVs and tons of other information to help you get your RV to your destination without any hiccups.

RoadNinja

Looking for something a little different than McDonald’s for lunch? The Road Ninja app can help you locate restaurants, hotels, pharmacies, grocery stores, roadside attractions and gas stations near your current location, so you can enjoy a little more variety on your next road trip.

GPS CoPilot

Google Maps and other free GPS applications can guide you to your destination when you have excellent cellphone service, but what about those times when you have no service at all? The GPS CoPIlot app provides offline maps for those times you can’t find cell service — in remote areas or even other countries. The initial app is free, but if you want maps for foreign countries or turn-by-turn navigation, you may pay an additional fee.

Upgrade Your RV

Are you looking to upgrade your RV this camping season? Cruise down to CCRV — your South Texas RV dealer — and we’ll help you find a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or pop-up camper to make this RV season the best one yet.

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Have You Ever Been to These Presidential Landmarks?

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Looking for a place to celebrate President’s Day in an exciting and educational way? Pack up your RV and head to Washington to visit some of our country’s most important landmarks, monuments and buildings.

The U.S. Capitol Building

If you haven’t seen the U.S. Capitol Building in person yet, it’s a must-see on your road trip to Washington. Not only is it one of the most nationally and internationally recognized buildings in the world, it has an incredible history of destruction, rebuilding, expanding, and restoring. The House and Senate office buildings are inside as well as tons of other facilities that help make our country tick, and you can learn about them all in one place this President’s Day.

The Octagon Museum

One of the best places to learn about the history of Washington — as well as the city’s architecture and historic preservation — is at the Octagon Museum at 1799 New York Ave. The building served as a house for James and Dolley Madison, a girls’ school, the Navy Hydrographic Office and the American Institute of Architects. Now you can enjoy learning about this historic building as well as the incredible city it calls home as you browse through the exhibits.

Mount Vernon Estate

Located in Mount Vernon, Va., this massive estate was once home to George Washington. The estate is composed of a 14-room home that has been completely restored and decorated with items dating back to the time Washington and his family lived in the home. Enjoy views of the Potomac river as you explore the house, its outbuildings, slave quarters and stables from start to finish.

Stop and See Us at CCRV

Before you hit the road for your President’s Day adventure in Washington, be sure to stop by CCRV to make sure your travel trailer, fifth wheel or motorhome is in top shape. And if you’re looking for a new or used RV to start your 2014 camping season off right, don’t forget that CCRV is your go-to south Texas RV dealer.

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Destination Roulette – Texas Border States

If you’re starting point for your next vacation is Texas and you’re not sure where you want to go, try this. Write the names of the bordering possibilities – Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Mexico – on popsicle sticks. Have someone hold the sticks so you can’t see the names and draw. Before selecting, decide if the first stick you pick or the last stick standing is your next destination.

Louisiana

Spend time in New Orleans at the French Quarter, visiting historic buildings, galleries, and museums, while dining, observing artists, and sampling fresh beignets. Time your trip during Mardi Gras if you can.

In the northern region there’s boating and fishing, riverboat casinos in Shreveport, and area festivals.

Plantation Country features a step back in time along the Mississippi River and a look at 8 remaining sugar plantations like Evergreen Plantation and Oak Alley.

Arkansas

Just a few of the year-round attractions include Crater of Diamonds State Park, Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Hot Springs National Park, and Bull Shoals-White River State Park.

Family-fun waterparks include Willow Springs Water Park, Wild River Country, Magic Springs, and Crystal Falls in addition to museums, Garvan Woodland Gardens, and Little Rock Zoo.

Eureka Springs is an interesting town to visit. Also keep in mind the Ozark Mountains and the fall foliage this time of year.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma has something for everyone, from casinos to waterparks. Kids will enjoy the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, Tulsa Zoo, and the Oklahoma Aquarium.

For the adventurous, ride a roller coaster at amusement parks, go parasailing on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, or go hiking at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

New Mexico

Year round activities include visiting Pecos National Historical Park, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, San Miguel Mission, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

See the sights from the Sandia Peak Tramway and check out the Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Zoo, and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Western Playland amusement park keeps kids happy while adults play at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque.

Mexico

You’re just a hop and a skip from south of the border and its diverse environment of entertainment, culture, and authentic Mexican cuisine.

No matter where you decide to travel, CCRV can get you there in style with new or used RVs. If you already have a recreational vehicle, stop by for expert RV service. Regardless of what you need, CCRV has it all.