Make-A-Wish® Grants Jay his Wish for a Travel Trailer

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Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States.

8 year old Jay Ryon was diagnosed with leukemia and Make-A-Wish® wanted to help grant him a wish. Originally, Jay wanted to go to Hawaii, but unfortunately doctors let him know that he wouldn't be able to travel that far. Today, at La Mesa RV Center in Sanford, Florida, Make-A-Wish® presented him with an Aspen Trail travel trailer by Dutchmen RV. Jay is so happy that he can now enjoy traveling and camping with his family!!


RV Easy Meal Planning for on the Road

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On the go RV meal planning tips from La Mesa RV Center

Whether this is your first trip or you are a seasoned RV enthusiast, every RV owner encounters the challenge of proper meal planning before they hit the open road. As your home away from home, an RV offers many of the same comforts and amenities, but there are also some unique challenges that should be considered when laying out plans for meal preparation while you’re away from your standard kitchen and grocery store.

RV Meal Prep:Tips and Tricks

A few tips and tricks can go a long way towards making your on-the-go meal preparation quick, streamlined, and enjoyable. For example, instead of bringing your entire spice rack, create spice mixes that you can bring along to save on space.

It’s also important to leave room for local fare. If you know you’ll be hitting farmers markets, orchards, and roadside stands, make sure that you leave room in your meal plans and your budget to pick up exciting new finds along the way.

Think one-pot preparation. Most RVs do not come with a standard dishwasher. This means that the fewer dishes you need in order to prepare your meal, the better. Planning staple dishes such as chili, soup, pasta, casserole, or stir fry recipes can help you create minimal mess while building a great meal. Leftovers are also a great way to get double the enjoyment in without the work.

RV Meal Supplies

One great way to go about preparing for your trip is to put together your list of supplies. When making your list, it can be helpful to break it out into its various counterparts:

  • Items you’ll bring from home (such as spice mixes, condiments, bulk supplies, and favorite cooking utensils)
  • Items in the RV that need restocking (disposable items, trash bags, and coffee filters)
  • Items that you can pick up during your travels (local foods, roadside snacks)
  • Items to purchase before you go

When collecting supplies for your trip, think light. Lightweight metal or plastic tableware and glasses are easy to store and clean, and you don’t risk breakage if they happen to fall out of the cupboards around a sharp turn, or accidentally get brushed off a counter because of tight quarters. When stocking your RV kitchen, most breakables should be avoided where possible.

Versatile bulk foods can be a great addition to your RV meal planning, and can save time and space. An easy batter mix can provide you with biscuits, pancakes, waffles, and a simple breading for chicken or onion rings. Rice, quinoa, couscous, and pasta are also great staples that can be used in many meals as an accompaniment, or a main ingredient. Bulk non-perishable foods can help you stay flexible during your travels, when strict schedules aren’t always a possibility.

RV Ready Types of Foods

When you’re on the go, food that is easily made and handy to eat is of great benefit. High protein trail mixes and energy bars can be kept without needing refrigeration, and can be brought along during excursions outside of the RV. Sandwiches are another great meal to lean on while traveling. Quick to prepare and easy to eat, sandwiches can help you stay satiated while remaining on schedule.

Pre-mixed foods are another easy target. You can pre-mix rice, beans, trail mix, and spice mixes well ahead of time for easy use along the road. If your meals require pantry items such as flour or cornmeal, pre-measure ahead of time and only bring what you need.

Shelf-stable foods are an important part of planning, especially if you are not sure exactly how long your travels will be. Try to reserve refrigerated items for those picked up along the way, and stock up on dried and canned goods that can outlast your trip.

Avoid perishables such as raw meat, eggs, and milk where possible, or bring small quantities that can be replaced regularly.

Here’s a list of great RV-ready food options:

  • Canned tuna
  • Pasta
  • Sardines
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Beef jerky
  • Oatmeal
  • Taco shells, tortillas crackers, and bread
  • Chips and salsa
  • Apples, oranges, bananas, and other self-contained fruit
  • Cocoa, coffee and tea
  • Canned beans, corn, soup, and pasta sauce
  • Trail mix, granola bars, and energy bars
  • Rice, couscous, and quinoa
  • Potatoes
  • Popcorn
  • Hummus and veggies

In addition, don’t forget your pots, pans, utensils, can openers, flatware, tin foil, plastic wrap and baggies, and storage containers.

Early planning is the key to ensuring your RV trip is well-stocked with great food and easy options while you’re on the road. Plan your daily meals and measure out items in advance where you can. Also, leave room to include items picked up along the way. After all, getting a chance to taste the local fare is one of the great benefits of traveling. Mixing local fruits and vegetables into your planned meals can help you experience the area without having to spend too much extra cash.

RV meal planning preparation doesn’t have to be a chore. Once you’re through your first trip, you’ll have a much better idea of what worked—and what didn’t. Be sure to write or print out your checklists, and make adjustments to them along the way so that for your next trip, you’ll know exactly what you need!

RV Tire Care Tip: Tire Load & Fill Pressure

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Proper tire inflation is incredibly important to the life of your RV tire, as well as your LIFE! An improperly inflated tire can be extremely dangerous to you and everyone (and everything else) on the open road. Be sure to check the fill and load pressure of all the tires on your motorhome, travel trailer, toy hauler or fifth wheel. This also includes the towing vehicle, trailer or dinghy. Anything with a tire needs a quick load and pressure check.

RV Tire Load & Fill Pressure

Every tire is going to have the load range and the fill pressure listed on the tire. The load range rating branded on a tire's sidewall identifies how much load the tire is designed to carry at its industry specified pressure. To find the appropriate tire pressure, you are going to look at the certification label on the inside of the coach. The pressure listed on the outside of the tire is the maximum fill pressure. Every manufacturer designed by weight is going to give you a recommended fill pressure.

As noted in Recreational Vehicle Tire and Care Guide from Goodyear Tire,

"The recommended maximum inflation pressures for your tires are indicated on the certification label or in your owner’s manual. Because RVs can be loaded with many different configurations, the load on each tire will vary. For this reason, actual air pressure required should be determined based on the actual load on each individual tire. Inflation pressure should be adjusted to handle the tire carrying the heaviest load, and all tires on the axle should be adjusted to this pressure. Each manufacturer provides load and inflation tables specific to its products to help you determine the correct tire inflation pressure for your vehicle’s loading.

Finding the Recommended Fill Pressure Plate

Class A: On a Class A motorhome the tire label certificates are going to be found on the driver's side, side wall normally below the window.

Class B and C: On a Class B and C, the tire label certificate is going to be on the driver's side door jam.

Travel Trailers and 5th Wheels: All trailers and fifth wheels you are going to find the tag on the front left side closest to the hitch portion of the trailer.

Double Check Tire Pressure

When checking the tire pressure you want to verify at least twice that the pressure is what it's supposed to be.

Need RV tire supplies to keep your tires in good condition? For tire care or for all of your RV parts and accessories, inside and outside your RV, be sure to check online at RV Parts World.

7 Benefits of Solar Power for Your RV

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Benefits of solar panels for RVs

Since the dawn of time, humans have tried to harness the power of the sun, and for the most part, modern science has been pretty successful. While most RV owners stick with good ole fossil fuel for actually getting their motor homes from point A to point B, solar power can still play an important role in your comfort and enjoyment once you’ve reached your destination. Let’s take a look at why you should invest in solar power for your RV.

1. Say goodbye to electric hookups

As convenient as RVing is, once you’ve reached your destination, you have to deal with the hassle of finding a site with an electric hookup. Even when you do, you may be subject to faulty wiring, surges, or hookups that just aren’t appropriate for your RV.

Solar panels do away with all that, allowing you to use all your electronic appliances without having to worry about finding a hookup. You can also travel as far as your RV’s batteries will take you without stopping to recharge.

2. Solar panel systems can fit most budgets and needs.

Investing in a solar panel system doesn’t mean splurging on an all out high-end system. A popular 160 watt solar charging kit includes a solar panel, mounting hardware and 30-amp digital charge regulator. It costs around $700 and produces 9.14 amps her hour in peak sunlight which gives you plenty of electricity to power your lights, run fans, and keep your house batteries charged!
RV solar panel kit with controller

A higher end, heavy use solar setup, which allows you to keep your lights on, run your fans, charge all your electronic devices, use the microwave and other appliances, and watch a few hours of television every day, will cost closer to $13,000.

That’s quite the gap, leaving plenty of room for you to shop and find a system that fits your budget and provides all the energy you need.

3. RV solar panels will save you money.

Even if you do decide to invest in a hefty solar power system, you’ll ultimately come out on top. As much as the system will cost initially, remember that once your panels are installed, you have a free and inexhaustible source of energy for years to come. You can easily recover your investment within the first couple years.

You can also receive a 30% tax credit if your solar panels have been installed some time between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2016.

4. You don’t have to depend on gas generators.

Gas generators come with a lot of problems.
  • You need to spend more on gas.
  • They emit unpleasant, unhealthy, and dangerous fumes.
  • They are potential fire hazards.
  • Running a gas generator creates a lot of noise, which can bother neighbors and keep you from relaxing.

5. Solar panels extend the life of your RV.

RV batteries are fickle things. They are designed such that they shouldn’t be discharged below 25% their normal capacity, and recharging should happen gradually. Batteries that are consistently undercharged can suffer from sulfation, which reduces your battery’s overall life and capacity. Solar panel systems give your batteries the steady charge they need while also keeping them above 25%.

6. Solar panels are easy to maintain.

While the technology that goes into solar panels may be complex, taking care of them is not. They only ever need an occasional dusting, ensuring that each panel gets maximum sunlight coverage. Compare that to the maintenance a typical gas generator requires and you’ll be saving time, money, and headaches.

7. You’re helping the environment.

You can balance out the fossil fuels you’re consuming by using safe, sustainable energy inside your RV. This not only gives the environment a boost, but also helps to preserve the ecosystems that you plan to visit in your motor home.

Solar panels are quickly becoming one of the best tools in any RVer’s arsenal. What do you think of solar power? How has it helped you on your RV adventures?


RV Tailgating

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Every year, true sportsmen and women heed the call of America’s tailgating faction of game-going patrons. This true American pastime is enjoyed by the entire genre of sports lovers and spans a broad array of games; whether they be football, basketball, hockey, baseball or racing in nature. With such enthusiastic groups of die-hard tailgaters, there is almost nothing better than getting pumped up to cheer on your favorite team by joining in this boisterous celebration before the big game.

With an RV on board, tailgating takes this experience to a whole new level. Providing a stocked fridge, a personal bathroom, and easy access to most cooking needs, sporting events and RVs have become the apex arrangement for any tailgating affair. Instead of waiting in line for the bathroom, bumping shoulders at the concession stand, and milling in among pre-game crowds within the stadium, the tailgater can sit back, make new friends, and celebrate by becoming a central hub in this pre-game tailgating mecca.

Before driving off for the day’s events, it’s important to get everything in order. Let’s look at a few tips for pulling off the perfect RV tailgating experience.

Food for RV Tailgating

Food and Water

Food has always been a staple aspect of tailgating. Plan your meal ahead of time and, if you’re looking to make new friends, account for a few extra plates to be shared around. Prepare what you can in advance so that when you reach the parking lot, you can relax and enjoy the day. One of the best parts of RV tailgating is access to a full kitchen, so don’t hold back when planning your menu! Consider all of the ingredients you will need, and talk to friends about sharing in a potluck menu to cut down on individual responsibilities while expanding your food choices.

Keep in mind that you may need to start your RV refrigerator before the big game so that it has time to reach the proper temperature. Bring extra drinking water if the day is hot, and remember to pace yourself if you’re imbibing before the main event.

Proper Planning

RVs take up much more space than most other vehicles. This means it is crucial to research your particular event and location ahead of time. It pays to know the parking lot and RV policies to confirm that RVs are permitted before you show up on game day. For example, some parking lots may require that you purchase a special RV parking permit. Learn whether you will be working with a simple parking lot, or whether you will have additional amenities such as water and electric hookups. Since you have so many commodities on-hand, you have the opportunity to show up well ahead of time and stake out your space with little trouble.

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RV Maintenance

Whether your RV has been sitting idle or has recently been trucking over miles of American soil, it’s important to make preparations and perform any necessary RV maintenance before game day. Make sure your water tanks are full, your guests understand the rules of the RV septic system, and you know where your RV’s breaker panel is. Check your RV’s fluids, tires, air conditioning, generators, and batteries before setting off. Be sure your RV Toolkit is complete and not missing any crucial item! It’s worth the extra work to make sure unpreparedness doesn’t rain on your game day parade.


The camaraderie that can be found in tailgate parking lots is a beautiful sight to behold. Before you head off to the event, make sure you have plans finalized with friends who are attending. Work out combined menus, share checklists of necessary items, and count coolers. Tailgating with an RV makes sharing the celebration with friends much easier; as the shelter, bathrooms, kitchen, and sitting room are just a few of the many benefits of these large sports-ready powerhouses. Going alone? Be sure to reach out to your neighbors, offer up some snacks, and revel in your shared sportsmanship.

Stocking Accessories

It can be frustrating in the middle of a good time to realize that you’ve left something simple—yet crucial—back at home.

RV accessories for sport camaraderie
Keep a checklist of accessory items that you know you’ll need, and do a quick run-through to restock before pulling away from your carport. This includes checking for bottle openers, paper towels, plastic baggies, foil, sunscreen, ice, chairs, hats, and of course all of your crucial team flags, signs, face paint, and foam fingers.


As an essential aspect of any community event, tailgating etiquette is important to keep in mind throughout your experience. Social enjoyment requires each one of us to take responsibility for creating and maintaining a festive environment. Here a few of the highlights to remember throughout the day:

  • Clean up after yourself and mind your trash. Bring trash bags and use designated trash receptacles.
  • Be a responsible drinker and keep the conversations friendly. Remember this is a shared experience and everyone has a right to enjoy it.
  • Glass can quickly become a parking lot hazard. Avoid glass containers whenever possible, and keep beverages in plastic cups or aluminum cans.
  • Mind the regulations of the particular venue. This may include hours, cooking devices, alcohol regulations, or other restrictions.
  • Respect your neighbor’s experience by keeping your music at a reasonable level.

Tailgating has become such a strong staple of the American sports culture that many of these events span entire days, reaching well into the evening. An RV is the perfect vehicle for this enthusiastic display of fandom, offering easy access to bathroom facilities, a stocked kitchen, and areas to rest, watch television, or play games. Prepare for this event by taking inventory of all those small items that are often forgotten, meet up with friends to share the wealth of food and fanfare, and reach out to fellow sports fans. With a small bit of preparation, you can build the perfect tailgate plan that can carry you through entire seasons without a hitch.

With a well-maintained RV, proper etiquette, and good preparation, RV tailgating brings this great American experience to new heights!