Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sporting Events & RV's

If you’re the proud parent of an avid sports player, a team captain, a die-hard baseball fan, a horse lover, or a NASCAR fanatic, you likely spend quite a bit of time on the road. Whether you’re working with a rowdy crowd of fans or your child’s team of enthusiastic sluggers or soccer champs, traveling RV-style can elevate the experience and allow you the space and convenience of taking your home on the road. Let’s take a quick look at how RVs can make this year’s sporting event all the more memorable.

Sporting events and RV travels


Tailgating parties are as integral to sports as jerseys and rally cries. Whether it’s in support of high school, college, or professional leagues, a good tailgate party can bring strangers together and turn a sporting event into a dawn-to-dusk celebration. With an RV you have the benefit of a kitchen and bathroom on deck, allowing you to construct a tailgating affair that is not soon to be forgotten.

Tailgating essentials revolve around food, drinks, comfort, and of course, fanfare. With an RV, you have all your amenities at your fingertips, and plenty of space to pack in all of your friends and equipment. RV tailgating allows you to ditch the long lines to the portable bathrooms and keep your cash from getting eaten when your hunger leads you towards the concession stands. Set up camp in an RV and you can show up early to stake out a great spot, party in style, and then leave after most of the traffic has already gone. With all the luxuries of a home away from home, an RV offers you more time in which to revel in the tailgating fandom.


Are you tired of toting around your little league teams in a long caravan of cars and trucks? Instead, consider loading all those boisterous bodies into an RV, and you’ll remove the need to stop for bathrooms and snacks along the way. With room to pack up all the necessary equipment and have room to load up the kids, you’ll never again have to go chasing down lost pieces of equipment or argue over who rides with whom. Save on food, gas, and time by combining all your team’s needs into one multipurpose vehicle. With all their needs taken care of in advance, your team will show up happy, fed, rested, and ready to play at every game. And while they’re on the field, you’ll have a home away from home to host other parents and loved ones that might need a break or a quiet place to talk. Coaches, kids, and parents will thank you for it!


Are you ready to travel to spring training this year? As equipment is being hauled out and players are taking to the fields, you can be cleaning the cobwebs from your winter-weathered soul with a baseball spring training trip to Arizona or Florida to see those bats fly. Whether you’re in Florida for the Grapefruit League or Arizona for the Cactus League, there is plenty to do outside the stadium as well. Having a home on wheels offers a wide variety of great benefits when it comes to the road tripping experience.

Without having to worry about high hotel prices, transportation, or perfect planning, you and your family are also free to drive about the area. Take a tour around nearby towns and grab a bite to eat or check out the local baseball museums, such as the Sports Immortals museum in Boca Raton, or the Cactus League Experience history exhibit in Mesa.

Arizona and Florida are both beautiful areas with many national parks, lakes, and golf courses. Take the family for a hike or play a round of golf while you’re not at the stadium. Never seen the Grand Canyon? A spring training RV road trip would be the perfect time.


Take a trip to the Kentucky Derby and drink a mint julep or throw on a derby hat. Louisville Kentucky can be a difficult place to find lodging around race time, but with an RV you don’t have to worry about trying to get that last rental car or hotel room.

If cars are more your style, head to the Sprint Cup or XFINITY NASCAR series. As some of the world’s most regularly attended single-day sporting events, these events bring loyal fans from near and far. With any size RV motorhome, you can combine a love for road trips, camping, and car racing into one great experience.

Whether you prefer your speed racers to be equipped with rubber wheels or metal horseshoes, NASCAR and horse races are both great events to get your adrenaline pumping.

RV travel to equestrian events and to the races!


RVs are a great commodity when you are participating in the horse show circuit. After a day of riding, dirt, and outdoor activities, having all the benefits of a hotel while still remaining close to the stables is almost a necessity. With multiple events a day, and horses and riders that need to be cleaned, fed, and cared for, RVs take the prize in convenience. Many of these equestrian events can span days or even weeks, meaning that horses and riders must be prepared for the long haul from day one until the event ends. RV camping allows riders to stay close to their horses so that they are never more than a few minutes away from exercising, grooming, feeding, tacking up, or providing any veterinary care.

Having a home base on wheels is a great way to get around without the fuss of multiple carpools, stops for the bathroom, and settling for fast food meals on the go. And with so many amenities, you can beat the crowds and stop worrying about negotiating those frustrating flight prices and hotel reservations. You can stop trying to wrangle multiple little league caravans, and instead take a fun and peaceful journey to your final sporting destination.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Essential Items for Your RV Toolkit

Top RV checklist of important tools for your RV

RV Toolkit Checklist

RVs are sturdy, robust vehicles that can take you to the ends of the earth and provide you comfort every step of the way. Unfortunately, as much fun as you have on the road, you can’t always predict what will happen. If it can break, tear, spring a leak, or loosen, it will and at the least opportune time. The best thing you can do is stay prepared with the right tools. Here are some of the most important items to keep in your RV toolkit.

The RV Toolbox

  • A claw hammer to drive stakes and nails and bend things back into shape
  • Phillips and flat head screwdrivers (in various sizes) for tightening and loosening screws and prying things open
  • Standard pliers for squeezing things together and holding machine nuts in place
  • A cordless drill with a spare battery and charger
  • A small drill bit set
  • A socket wrench set
  • An adjustable wrench
  • Wire cutters for trimming electrical wire
  • A small tape measure
  • A mini hacksaw for any heavy duty metal cutting
  • A hobby knife for more precise cuts in paper, wood, canvas, tape, and plastic
  • Leather work gloves
  • Latex or nitrile rubber gloves
  • Super glue for high strength adhesive repairs and closing up nasty cuts (only in emergencies)
  • Seam sealer to mend tents
  • Threadlocker glue to keep screws and bolts tight
  • Silicon sealant to keep out drafts and rain
  • Duct tape for nearly anything


  • Spare fuses in various amperage ratings for blown fuses in your power panel or power converter/charger
  • A small voltmeter for tracing shorted circuits
  • Spare bulbs for brake, turn, running, and interior lights
  • A roll of insulated wire (10-gauge to 12-gauge)
  • Electrical tape
  • Flashlights
  • Head lamps
  • Weatherproof safety matches


  • Permanent markers
  • Two-way radios/walkie-talkies
  • A travel-size spray can of lubricant
  • A tube of ball hitch lube
  • Zip ties
  • Rope
  • Adhesive weatherstripping
Essential items for your RV Toolkit
Don't be caught without the right too, keep these tools on hand to avoid and mitigate any disasters that might spring up during your trip. Visit for these and additional items for your RV toolkit!

Pre-Trip RV Inspection

Remember to always do a pre-trip inspection of your RV before starting out. Nothing is worse than a breakdown once you get on the road. Simple maintenance can prolong the life of your RV, travel trailer, fifth wheel and toy hauler. At La Mesa RV, after 40 years of refining every detail of RV service, we are uniquely qualified to provide you the ultimate in customer service that no one else can promise. With service centers located in California, Arizona, Florida, and New Mexico, we're never too far from some of the most desirable RV destinations in the United States. Be sure to schedule your pre-trip inspection with us today.

Did we miss anything? What else do you keep in your RV toolkit? Let us know in the comments.

Friday, April 24, 2015

6 Tips for RVing with Your Dog


Summer is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to review the do’s and don’ts of successful RVing with your dogs. Most of us would never want to leave our beloved pooch behind when traveling in our RV, so it's best to be well prepared before you hit the open road. Make sure your dog (and you) are up for your RV adventures on the open road. Here are six easy travel tips to consider when RVing with dogs:

  1. FOOD & WATER: Make sure you have an ample supply of your dog’s brand of food on hand. Switching dog food can cause digestive issues and that’s not something you want to deal with on a road trip! If you will be traveling for an extended amount of time, be sure that this brand is available at the most popular pet stores across the country. Another option is to purchase dog food online and have it shipped to a location you will be staying at.

    Be sure to always have a fresh source of water available that’s easily accessible. If your dog is sensitive to changes in water, use filtered or bottled water for continued consistency.

  2. PACKING LIST: Make a packing list of all the things your dog will need and be sure to check off on all the items!
    • Dog food. As noted above, make sure you have enough of your dog’s brand of food to last for the short or long haul.
    • Water bowls. Bring along bowls with non-slip bottoms!
    • Leashes and collars. Bring more than one. Plan on hiking with your dog and perhaps going through some water or mud? Packing a neoprene dog collar and leash in addition to your regular collar, harness and leash makes cleaning so much easier!
    • Dog tags and other identification. Don’t take the chance that your best buddy will get lost. Make sure your dog always wears a collar with identification tags, dog licenses (where applicable), and microchip ID if your dog has been chipped. Also, make sure these tags are up to date with your current contact info.
    • Medications and Flea/Tick treatments. Be prepared and keep your dog healthy. Have a list of recent vaccinations in case you need to provide this information.
    • “Poopy” bags. Avoid the situation where you need to pick up poop and you have forgotten to bring a waste bag. Save money and buy packs or rolls in bulk quantities, either online or at Costco, or another wholesale store.
    • Toys and treats. Be sure to pack dog toys and don’t forget healthy treats. Believe us, your dog will be very pleased with you!

  3. DESTINATION PREPARDNESS: Does the campground or RV site you have reserved or traveling to allow dogs? What about restrictions? Are there restrictions on dog breeds or the number of dogs allowed? Are there additional fees? Will the national or state park you are visiting allow dogs on trails, waterfronts, or in the backcountry? These are questions you need to know well before you pull into your RV destination. Just like the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared.

    For more information on rules and regulations in the National Park Service, use their "Find a Park" Advanced Search to learn more about a particular park.

  4. SAFETY TIPS WHILE TRAVELING INSIDE YOUR RV: While most dogs love to travel in motorhomes (usually laying on the wide dashboard looking out the windshield), some pooches are nervous and are a bit traumatized by the experience. Having a collapsible metal dog crate appropriately sized for your dog is a good idea. This helps to confine your dog inside the cabin while you travel, as well as other times when you need to restrict their movements.

  5. BE MINDFUL OF TEMPERATURES OUTSIDE YOUR RV: While the temperature inside your motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or toy hauler is most likely climate controlled, the temperature outside is not. In the summer months, outside temperatures can quickly become too dangerous to be in. Some dog breeds, like the short-nosed brachycephalic breeds (pugs, boxers, mastiff, Pekinese, Lhasa Apso, and Boston terriers are some examples), are extremely sensitive to high temperature and humidity. Smaller, short hair (or hairless) breeds like Chihuahuas, dachshunds and Chinese crested, are the most sensitive to the cold. Untreated heat stress and cold stress is dangerous and can be fatal.

  6. EXERCISE: It is very important that you take your pooch out for a walk during rest stops and when filling up. Hours of traveling not only take their toll on us, but they also do on dogs. Planning on being away from your RV for more than a few hours? Be sure to exercise your dog until it is “too pooped to pop.” In our experience, a tired dog is a happy dog!
RV traveling with your little (or big) buddy is a lot of fun and certainly makes the trip that much better. It's not fun emotionally or financially to leave your dog behind. Follow the tips above and enjoy your happy trails!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Celebrate National Park Week

It’s National Park Week! From April 18 – 26, 2015, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are celebrating our +400 national parks, historic sites and other locations managed by the National Park Service.
To kick off National Park Week, enjoy fee-free days park passes on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015.
Too busy to take your RV out and about? Other 2015 fee-free days include:
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
Use Find a Park for a list of free parks by state and happy trails!

Friday, April 10, 2015

{Infographic} Diesel vs Gas RVs Great Debate

Since the dawn of motorhomes, choosing between diesel and gasoline vehicles has been a contentious issue. Here is an infographic of what sets these two RV engines types apart.

The infographic above refers to diesel pusher engines. Many manufactures are developing smaller diesel engines, primarily from Mercedes Benz. These smaller engines are located at the front of the vehicle and have some features distinct from those of a diesel pusher.
Bottom line? When it comes down to making a decision on a gas RV engine or a diesel RV engine, choosing the right vehicles is all about personal preference and planned use!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

La Mesa RV in Albuquerque Hosts Huge I-40 RV Show

ALBUQUERQUE (KASA) – Since the beginning, “Experience life” has been incorporated into every La Mesa RV they sell. They believe in treating their customers like family and strive to make your experience with them as enjoyable as possible, so we headed out to La Mesa RV to find out more about how your family can roll away this summer for a great vacation.
La Mesa RV is thrilled to announce the I-40 RV Show in  Albuquerque! 2 KASA Style in Albuquerque featured just one of the many RV's that will be at the I-40 RV show which kicked off this week.

FREE is the name of the game!!!! 

FREE LUNCH served 11am-2pm Friday-Sunday!!!


If you’re on the I-40 heading east or west, be sure to pull off at Exit 149 and see the huge selection and great savings during the I-40 RV Show and Sale being held at La Mesa RV Center of Albuquerque.
There you will find an outstanding selection of top new brands! Choose from Fleetwood, Winnebago, Roadtrek, Heartland, Dutchman and more. Plus be sure to check out our pre-owned RV’s from names like Winnebago, Fleetwood, Tiffin, Monaco, and more. Here at the I-40 RV Show, we have jam packed our store with all kinds of RV’s. But hurry in, deals like these are priced to move quickly!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Breaking Barriers: Female RV Mechanic Chooses La Mesa RV as Her New Home

La Mesa RV is proud to announce that we recently hired Dawn Landisi as a service technician in their San Diego location. Normally considered a male dominated field, Dawn has been warmly welcomed to the ranks of service techs at the California store.

Since she was 12, Dawn has loved ‘wrenching’, a term commonly used to describe working as a mechanic. “As a child I loved taking things apart, then putting them back together” she replied when asked what sparked her interest for the automotive and RV industry. She loves being under the hood and got her start in her dad’s garage where she would come home after school to help on family cars. Her first truck was a ’76 Ford pick-up and her passion for mechanics continued to grow so she signed up for Auto Shop and Metal Shop in High School with the goal of being coming a certified mechanic.

Ms. Landisi received her mechanics degree at Cuyamaca College in San Diego and took her first position in the automotive industry at the Tire and Lube department at a local Wal-Mart. From 1996 on she worked in big automotive dealerships and independent auto shops but felt the desire to push herself even more. She went on to get her Class A and Class B licenses driving semi-trucks for two years. But after years on the road the San Diego native decided that it was time to settle down in a career with opportunities for growth. She choose the RV industry because of the competitive pay and the variety of daily differences she would experience.

Dawn is the first female technician hired by La Mesa RV and is on her way to becoming a Master Certified Technician. She is excited to be a part of the La Mesa RV team and hopes to inspire other women to join her in the service department.

Yvette Broderick, Director of HR, has been looking for qualified mechanics to bring on board to offset the busy season which begins at the end of March. “We couldn’t be happier to have Dawn as a part of the La Mesa RV family. She is well qualified and dedicated to her career. We are happy to have her and hope she is the first of many more females to work in one of our service departments.”

If you are interested in a career La Mesa RV, variety of positions are available including service technicians. For more information, or to apply you can visit