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Campsite Markings and Information for RV Owners, Part 2

Youngblood | 08/12/2020

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic to be aware of when it comes to markings, signage, and related themes within campgrounds. Both for advanced planning and daily needs during any camping trip you’re taking, understanding the basics here is valuable and will save you significant time and hassle.

At Youngblood RV & Powersports, we’re here to provide numerous RV sales that are often ideal for camping trips with the family, along with RV service and significant expertise in a wide range of related areas – including signage, markings and other related factors on campgrounds. Here are some additional themes to consider within this realm as you plan your next camping excursion. 

Site Amenities and Related Markings

For those with specific needs or preferences that need to be accommodated by a campground, it’s important to get familiar with amenity signs that may be placed throughout the area. While these vary between parks and campgrounds, here are some of the most common and popular to keep in mind:

• Wheelchair-friendly: In most cases, the symbol used here will be the same as those found in other handicap-assist areas, with a white symbol depicting a person in a wheelchair. 
• Pets: If you see a picture of a dog, for instance, you can bring your dog to this area – if you see a given animal circled and crossed out, on the other hand, this animal is not allowed.
• Tents: Generally, pictures of tents on signage indicate the site is large enough to accommodate groups and tents.
• Outlet: A sign with a plug or an outlet shows that the campground has electrical hookups.
• Faucet: A faucet picture means there’s running water available – sewer symbols will be similar, but may be shaped more like a pipe. 
• Car: A car sign means you can reach the campsite in a car – a similar sign may have a trailer on it, while the letter “P” signals parking is available elsewhere. 

 

Park Maps

There will also be symbols on park maps you should become familiar with. Many of these will be intuitive, such as for restrooms or picnic areas, while you may have to ask in advance about certain others. 

 

Other Possible Wordings

Finally, here are some other terms or items you might be wondering about for a given campground:

• Dump station: Where RVs can dump their wastewater, plus locations where freshwater tanks or containers may be made available. 
• Group horse: A large group area meant for horseback riders and steeds rather than tents or sites. 
• Partial hookup: A campsite with water and electricity, but no sewer capabilities. 
• Pull through: A site where you pull your rig through instead of backing in. 
• Wooded site: A term describing campsites where trees offer significant shade.

 

For more on the signage, markings, and terms used on campgrounds, or to learn about any of our RV sales or service programs to help you take advantage of RV camping capabilities, speak to the staff at Youngblood RV & Powersports today. 

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Campsite Markings and Information for RV Owners, Part 1

Youngblood | 07/07/2020

At Youngblood RV & Powersports, we’re well aware that some of our most frequent customers in the RV realm are those who camp regularly. Both our new RVs and our wide selection of pre-owned RVs feature numerous options ideal for camping, with both the storage and the power to meet every need you and your family have, even if you’re serious campers who take major excursions each summer. 

For those a bit newer to this realm, or for those who recently purchased their first RV and are not familiar with some of their regulations, areas like signage, markings and campsite information may be a bit confusing at first. In this two-part blog series, we’ll help you understand a number of symbols, markings, and terms you may read or hear as you plan these trips, both in terms of planning documents and signage you’ll see on-site. 

 

Campsite Information

For starters, when you’re searching a given campsite to learn about its qualities and whether it will work for your family and your RV, you’ll generally find campsites with a number of specific pieces of information listed. This begins with a basic site number, which is mostly for organizational purposes within your state but is worth knowing about.

In addition, basic site information will generally include what’s known as loop information. This refers to the theme many campgrounds with thin roadways take of creating one-way loops to limit and traffic issues – loops will be given basic names or numbers so they can be easily identified. In cases where the campsite only has a single loop or road, nothing will be listed here. 

 

Site Type and Max People

Also included in the basic campsite information will be the site type and the max number of people. Some basics on what these mean:

• Site type: Generally, campsites will be available in one of three types: Primitive (very few or no comforts present), standard (some comforts, such as a drive, picnic table and fire pit) and premium (more comforts, including the above plus electricity, water sewer, etc.). As you may have guessed, pricing will vary depending on which you choose.

• Max number of people: Number of campers that can stay on a single campsite. 

 

Equip Length and Driveway

Another factor to closely consider during planning stages is known as equip length/driveway. This refers to the combined length of an RV or tow situation that can be accommodated. For instance, you may see a sign or marking that indicates something like “40 back-in” – this means there are 40 feet of driveway space, and it’s meant to be backed into. 

For more on various markings and campground planning data, or to learn about any of our RVs for sale and powersports options, speak to the staff at Youngblood RV & Powersports today. 

 

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Exterior RV Maintenance Importance and Themes, Part 2

Youngblood | 06/15/2020
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic steps required to maintain an RV’s exterior over the course of its lifespan. Proper approaches here will bring years of added life and enjoyment to your RV, while failing to maintain your RV may lead to components wearing down faster than normal and unexpected repair needs.
At Youngblood RV & Powersports, we’re here to provide a wide variety of RV sales plus RV repairs and service to ensure you have a quality recreational vehicle option at your disposal throughout the year. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over several additional exterior RV maintenance themes to pay attention to on a regular basis, including a couple that will prevent major long-term wear-and-tear within several components. 
Lubrication
One major theme that will help maintain your RV’s quality and lifespan is the lubrication of several moving part areas. This begins with various hinges, locks, window areas, and related locations, many of which will develop friction and begin wearing down with repeated use. These can become not only annoying but may also detract from the practical value of the vehicle – but they can be easily remedied with basic graphite lubricant spray. This is also a valuable task to take if you’re just pulling the RV out of storage, as various areas of rust may have appeared during this time.
In addition, we strongly recommend lubricating slide-out rails on your RV at least a couple of times per year. There are specific lubricant types designed for this job, and they will keep your slide-outs from wearing down and requiring expensive replacement many years before the rest of the vehicle begins to wear down. Once again, we also strongly recommend this practice before and after long-term storage. 
Vent Themes
During periods where the RV isn’t in use, we recommend opening up the air vents during the summer to stop the indoor area from overheating too badly. This process may damage interior materials and even lead to failures, but just a little bit of ventilation will help keep air flowing and limit these risks. Be sure to keep rain vents closed while air vents are opened (many RVs have cover sensors that will close if it begins to rain).
Inspection
Finally, when all your primary maintenance tasks have been completed, take a few minutes to perform a final inspection of the exterior of the RV. Grab a flashlight for the underside of the vehicle just in case there isn’t proper light. You’re looking for any obvious signs of wear-and-tear, leaks, cracks, or components that are not aligned or placed properly.
For more on maintaining the exterior of an RV, or to learn about any of our RV sales or service programs, speak to the staff at Youngblood RV & Powersports today. 
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Exterior RV Maintenance Importance and Themes, Part 1

Youngblood | 05/12/2020

All RV owners want to get maximum lifespan and durability from their RVs, and much of the focus here rightly tends to be on engine and other interior maintenance themes. It’s important, however, not to forget about the exterior of the RV and its frame, which play a big role in everything from basic operation to comfort, gas mileage and several other areas. 

At Youngblood Powersports, we’re proud to offer not only a comprehensive RV sales department, but also a full-service RV repair shop. When it comes to the exterior of your RV, what are some of the key basic maintenance and upkeep areas to focus on? This two-part blog series will go over several, from those you can generally handle on your own to areas we’re happy to assist with in our service center. 

 

Basic Washing Themes

For starters, keeping the exterior clean and free of grime is one simple and easy way to keep the RV in great shape for many years. We recommend washing the RV’s exterior after each major trip you take, plus potentially at other regular intervals to ensure no buildups take place during periods where the RV isn’t used. 

This process will be similar to washing a car or truck, though you should check to ensure products you use are approved and won’t damage RV finishing. In most cases, a gentle detergent with some soft brushes and rags, plus a running water source, will do the trick. Power washers may be helpful as well, but it’s important not to focus them too heavily on one spot for too long, as this can lead to peeling paint. 

 

Sealing and Wax

Once you’ve finished cleaning, it’s always good to check various seals on the RV’s exterior. These refer to closed-up areas where the manufacturer had to cut the frame, such as windows, doors or slide-outs. These may tear or break over time, but you can remedy this very easily with seal conditioner to stop this from happening. 

In addition, wax application – either on your own or by our professionals – can also go a long way. Ensure the exterior is dry and test on a small spot before applying to the entire surface if you’re doing this on your own. Wax is great for keeping bugs, bird droppings and other built-up grime far away. 

 

Awnings

If you’re preparing to store the RV by rolling up its awning, you should clean this area first. If it has moving parts, lubricate these as well. Make sure the awning is properly rolled up and locked before you put it away. 

 

Simple Coverage

One big theme for exterior RV maintenance that some owners overlook: Keeping the RV covered when it isn’t in use. We understand this isn’t necessarily always possible, but if you’re able to do so, this will protect the exterior from basic hazards and wear-and-tear that often cause rigs to break down years earlier than they would otherwise. 

For more on maintaining the exterior of your RV, or to learn about any of our RV maintenance or sales services, speak to the staff at Youngblood Powersports today. 

 

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Choosing Between New and Pre-Owned RVs

Youngblood | 04/24/2020

For anyone looking to purchase an RV, whether as your first or an upgrade on a previous model, one major choice will be posed to you early in the process: Are you looking for a new or pre-owned RV? Like with cars, trucks and numerous other vehicle types, there are some significant differences between brand-new and pre-owned RVs, including benefits that may fit a variety of buyers depending on their needs.

 

At Youngblood RV & Powersports, we’re a full-service RV dealership offering a wide range of both new RVs and pre-owned RVs for sale. Which of these should you be considering based on your needs and budget, and how do you find the best option within your chosen bin? Here’s a primer on choosing between new and pre-owned RVs for your next purchase. 

 

New RV Qualities and Benefits

For those who have the space in their budget to consider new RVs, there are several distinct benefits associated with them:

 

  • Overall quality and lifespan: Brand-new RVs come with brand-new parts and accessories, and this translates to obvious benefits in terms of long-term quality and lifespan. All of our new RVs are given a detailed inspection and cleaning before they leave the factory – the vehicle you receive could not possibly be in better shape, from the engine to numerous other components. 
  • Amenities and gadgets: The tech-savvy folks among us are always looking for the latest and greatest in related amenities in their vehicles, and you won’t be disappointed with a new RV, which is more likely to be outfitted with all the latest accessories – from touch screens and steering assists to many others. 
  • Warranty: New RVs also generally come with warranties from either the manufacturer or the seller (sometimes from both). While it will likely be years before a new RV experiences any significant issues, these will typically be covered if they do take place. 
  • Customization: Finally, experienced RV drivers tend to prefer new options if all else is equal – primarily due to customization and personalization, which is optimized with a new option. 

Pre-Owned RV Qualities and Benefits

For many other buyers, pre-owned RVs are a strong consideration for the following reasons:

 

  • Budget: The primary reason many look to pre-owned options is a limited budget, as used models are more affordable for several reasons. 
  • Qualities: Now, just because these models have a slightly lower price tag does not mean they lack quality. Buyers still have access to high-quality features and components, including recent models with plenty of modern upgrades. And simply put, we would not list a pre-owned RV for sale if it was not still in excellent driving condition. 
  • First-time buyers: For some, particularly first-time RV buyers, the ability to receive information from previous buyers about the vehicle – how it runs, vehicle history, recurring issues, etc. – is a valuable trait that in some ways makes up for the used nature of the RV. These models are also great for those looking to test out an RV and find out what they truly want before upgrading to a new model. 
For more on choosing between new and used RVs, or to learn about any of our RV sales, repair or other powersports services, speak to the staff at Youngblood RV & Powersports today. 
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