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How to Choose a Mattress for Your Recreational Vehicle (RV)

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Most RV’s come fitted with a bed and as a result, you will likely need to buy a new mattress at some point. However, RV mattresses are quite different from regular mattresses and there are a couple of things you will have to keep in mind. The most important difference between RV beds and regular beds is that they will require lower profile mattresses to fit into the available space. With that said, we will now look at a couple of tips and guidelines that will help you to choose a suitable mattress for your RV.

The first thing we will look at is the sizing of RV mattresses. Since these type of mattresses are made for smaller spaces, the sizes are quite different from regularly sizes mattresses. For example, an RV king sized mattress is actually 5 inches shorter than a typical king sized mattress.

An RV full sized mattress’s dimensions is typically 53W” x 75L” or 55W” x 75L”. An RV Queen sized mattress is 60W” x 80L” whereas an RV Olympic Queen sized mattress is 66W” x 80L”. RV bunk sized mattresses range from 28W” x 75L” to 34W” x 75L”. Once you know the size of your bed, then you can go about finding the correctly sized RV mattress.

If you want to make your recreational vehicle mattress more comfortable, you may choose to add a mattress topper. This will increase the height of your bed by 2 to 4 inches, depending on which size of RV mattress topper you select. There are many sizes and materials to choose from ranging from latex, memory foam and various hybrid mixtures.

Next, you should consider the type of mattress you’d like to get. Your options include foam, latex, innerspring, hybrid or an airbed mattress. The benefits of buying a foam mattress is that it is a cheaper option and they are typically thinner with a lower profile. The downside of these mattresses is that they don’t have a very long lifespan and some people may find them uncomfortable. A latex mattress on the other hand is quite expensive, has a longer life span, is quite comfortable and offers good back support, however, it may be too thick for your RV.

Innerspring mattresses tend to be quite heavy and are prone to rusting. However, they are not as expensive and they come in thin sizes to fit any RV. A hybrid mattress is very comfortable, long lasting, relatively thick but comes in limited availability. Lastly, airbed mattresses are typically expensive but have adjustable thicknesses and are not always the best choice for an RV.

With that said, the size and type of mattress are the most important considerations, but you also need to think about your available budget, the level of mattress firmness you prefer, whether the mattress comes with a warranty etc. So, be sure to consider all of your needs before buying a mattress and you’ll definitely be able to find a suitable one.

Water Damage Inspection of Your Recreational Vehicle

Before the RV season begins, you should check for water damage. Doing this can save you a lot of money and prevent damage before it occurs.

Damage from water is one of the most common problems that plague RV owners. This type of damage to recreational vehicles can cause thousands of dollars in repairs if not dealt with quickly.

In fact, your RV may already be affected and you may not even realize it! This is why it is so important to check for any signs of it several times a year. Unlike in your home or business though, there is usually no need to contact a water disaster restoration company immediately as you might be able to get shelter elsewhere.

What to Look for when Looking for if Water has damaged your Vehicle

When you inspect your RV, like you do when checking your house, you must be thorough and look for any of the following signs.:

-Begin by examining the exterior of your recreational vehicle. If you notice any bubbles in the fiberglass, it can be a sign of water damage.

– Check for damaged or faded wallpaper. If you see areas where the wallpaper is damaged, peeling or faded, you could have water caused damage.

– Does the inside of your RV smell funky? This is often is also a symptom. Any new smell should be investigated. Water can sour or cause mildew to begin growing in your RV. Let your nose do the sniffing when checking.

– Rust is another sign. Check underneath your windows for any discoloration. Also, look for rusty nails, screws or moldings as they can be an indicator of rain or flood water causing damage to the RV.

– Check out the areas around your vents and ceiling fans. If you notice any discoloration or if the area is soft, then there is probably damage from rain, moisture or a pipe leak.

– Check out your RVs ceiling. If you see discoloration around the top of the walls or on the ceiling, the area has probably been affected by excess water.

– Do your floors feel spongy? If so, water damage may have occurred.

If you detect any of the symptoms listed above, search out the source of the problem. By finding these problems early, you can save money and prevent further harm to your RV. Remember that RVs are often in motion. While it is moving, bumps in the road and vibrations can cause seals to loosen, which can allow water and condensation to enter the RV and become the cause of further problems.

Checking your RV regularly for the signs and symptoms of water damage is one of the best ways to protect it from further ruination. Even if you live in an arid location, you should inspect your Recreational Vehicle at least quarterly. If you live in an area with high humidity and a lot of rainfall, you should increase the frequency of those inspections to at least two or three times each season while being also aware of any mold growth.

Smart Tips for RVing Beginners

All RV beginners need to learn a few important things before they make their maiden voyage. Whether you want to travel full-time, or you are looking for a weekend camping opportunity, this article will highlight six quick tips to consider before you decide to hit the road.

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Tip 1 – Buy Or Rent?

This may not be the easiest decision to make since there are advantages and disadvantages of both methods. But if you consider a few important factors, the decision becomes easier. Buy: If you plan to RV camp on a regular basis or full-time, and you have storage when you aren’t traveling, buying will benefit you in the long run. Rent: If you plan on a single trip or need to test the waters before buying, renting will benefit you.

Tip 2 – Getting To Know Your RV

Beginner RVs need to take the time to learn how their motorhome works, even if you have rented the RV. If something breaks, you should have some idea of how to assess the problem and fix it. It will save your time and money spent on a mechanic. When you know your RV, you will not make that much of operational errors. For instance, if you don’t have any idea of a number of amps the main breaker can handle, you are going to blow it very soon. This is an expensive error which can be avoided by getting to know your RV.

Tip 3 – Taking A Practice Drive

Take a small trip on a similar terrain to the rods that you plan to drive the RV. You are still not familiar with how hard it will be to switch lanes, ascend hills or park. When you are thorough with the intricacies of driving an RV, you can improvise. For instance, your drawers may pop open most of the time. Hence, you need to find a way to keep them shut.

Tip 4 – Bringing Tools And Spare Parts

You need to add all the things that your RV might require in the toolkit. Some items include light bulbs, extra fuses, nuts & bolts, jumper cables, and connectors, etc. Make sure you bring the parts that are unique to your RV. If not, you run the risk of having to wait for the part to be ordered and shipped to you.

Tip 5 – Don’t Wing It

There is a certain thrill in going where you want when you want. Most homeowners prefer to be on the go when they know that their homes are on wheels. But it is highly recommended that you have a set plan, especially if you are a beginner RV. It helps to have a solid plan in place before you make your first RV trip.

When planning your first trip, there are many important factors to consider. Here are the main factors to consider: Your budget: how much can you allocate for food, overnight stays, and fun? Food supply: to buy or eat out? Route: the route you plan to take as well as alternative options. Stops: the important places that you need to see along the way. Campgrounds: where you plan to call it a night along the route.

Tip 6 – Creating A Campground Setup Checklist

You may not have a campground routine as yet. Hence, a checklist will ensure that everything is set up as it should be. The checklist you prepare should include: check the site for obstacles and low hanging branches on the ground. Locate the water, electrical, and sewage hookups. Pull the RV close to these hookups and level it with stabilizing jacks or blocks. Chock the wheels of the RV if required. Connect the rig to the electrical hookup and switch the appliances to obtain power from this source instead of the battery. Attach the sewer hose to the drain hookup – make sure you wear gloves for this purpose. Put out the awning and start setting up the campsite.

RV is one of the greatest ways to travel as you explore the outdoors. RV beginners can have a great and stress-free trip when they know the basics.