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RV Covers for the Hot Days of Summer

  1. When December arrives, many RVers head home to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. During the winter months RVing slows down while people wait out the winter but the “snow bird RVer” has the luxury of heading south for the winter to enjoy the warmer temperatures in Florida, Arizona, and Mexico. The “snow birds” have discovered how to have the best of both worlds. They leave their extremely cold year round home and head south to their RV where they use their RV as a winter getaway home to enjoy the warmth of the South. They store their RV in the warm climates year round and fly south to their RV park right after the holidays to enjoy the warm winters until the snow is gone in their northern home.

    When the snow melts and it is time to leave their winter home, the Snow bird RVer wants to leave their RV protected with an RV slip cover that will keep their winter fifth wheel or travel trailer clean and free from dust & dirt and dings & scratches. They want an RV storage cover that is water repellent and will protect their RV from the occasional southern rain storms, but most importantly the “Snow bird” RVer needs to find an RV cover that can withstand the harsh UV rays of the sun that will destroy their RV’s exterior while they are back home.

    There are only two RV covers that can provide summer heat protection for the motor home, fifth wheel, or travel trailer. All the rest will disintegrate from the extreme temperatures. A slip on dust cover (like the Traveler RV cover or the Poly Pro 1 RV cover) will protect the RV for a while but it will be in shreds all around your RV and motor home when you return next winter. This type of cover cannot stand up to the extreme heat that your RV will encounter while you are away. The three ply top / single ply sided RV covers (like the Poly Pro 3 Deluxe RV cover or the Expedition RV cover) claim to give all weather protection but they also will not be able to handle the heat. They might still be covering your RV when you get to your southern home but most likely only parts of the cover will be still covering your RV. If you invest your money in any of these covers you will be replacing the cover every year.

    What you need is the protection of best RV cover that will not disintegrate after 6-8 months of exposure to UV rays when you return home. The two covers that can stand up to the heat are the Goldline RV cover and the PermaPRO RV cover. The Goldline RV Cover is made by Eevelle in Carlsbad, California. The Goldline RV cover is a made to order RV cover that comes in two colors: desert tan or silver cloud grey. Since it is a semi custom, made to order RV cover it will take up to 4 weeks before it can be delivered to your southern address. This Goldline RV trailer cover is rated the #1 RV cover by customers and dealers alike. These RV storage covers are made of a strong yet supple fabric that will outlast all other RV covers. The Goldline RV cover is made of a water resistant extra plush Tru-Weave fabric with a Durapel finish that provides super duty UV protection and the Goldline RV cover is backed with the longest, best 5 year warranty.

    The PermaPro RV cover is distributed by Classic Accessories in Kent, Washington. The PermaPRO RV cover is made of the newest extra-strength ripstop fabric, the first RV cover fabric to claim to be tear resistant. Not only is it tear resistant but it also repels water, protects against sun damage by blocking the UV rays, and even provides snow protection. The PermaPRO RV cover is also available for the RV that stands a little taller than the usual 9 ft RV. An extra height RV cover is required by those Class A and 5th wheel RVs that stand up to11 ft tall. The PermaPRO RV cover, like the lower end RV covers, gives your RV dirt, dust, and scratch protection, and it is protected by a 4 year warranty.

    As winter slowly melts away and the warmer days of spring arrive, it will be time for you Snow birds to begin to prepare to fly back north to the confines of your year round home. Remember if you want to truly give your fifth wheel or travel trailer the best RV cover with the best UV protection, you will need to spend a few bucks more and purchase the Goldline RV cover or the PermaPRO RV cover. Those are the only two RV trailer covers that will still be protecting your RV when you return to your winter stomping grounds next year.

  2. Here are a few videos from Classic Accessories that may be of interest to you when deciding on an RV cover that best meets your needs.
    Care & Storage of Your RV Cover
    Features of the Perma Pro RV Cover
    Features of the Poly Pro 3 RV Cover
    Installation of Your RV Cover
  3. When you started researching and looking for an RV cover to protect your motor home, trailer or camper, you had no idea how many different covers there are for recreational vehicles, did you? The more you researched, the more RV covers you found on the Internet. Before too long your head is spinning with too many details and you can’t remember the individual characteristics of each of the covers? TMI – too much information! You want to save money but you also want to get the RV cover that is right for your RV, the location and climate that you live in, and your wallet.
     
    There are two immediate money savers to look for on the Internet. First is FREE Shipping. Do you have any idea how much an RV cover for a Class A motor home will weigh? The smallest Class A RV cover weighs around 34 pounds. Its weight alone is going to cost you if you have to ship it. Then depending on where the RV cover has to be delivered, you can be talking $50-60 in shipping alone.
    The other item to consider, at least for now, is where is the company that you have ordered this RV cover located? If you deal with a small e-commerce business that is located out of your home state, you can save money on sales taxes as well.  With a cover costing anywhere from $200 - $500, you are looking at a savings of $15 - $40 by purchasing your cover from a state other than you own. So consider the size of the Internet e-commerce business and do a little research to see if you can save money these two ways.
     
    To start with you must decide on the type of fit you want from your cover: contour fit, custom fit, or universal cover. A universal cover is like a generic "one size fits all" mass produced covering. The contour fit is made to the overall general dimensions of the average RV of that size. Custom fit covers are made to the exact dimensions of your RV. The only cover that I will discuss that is a true custom fit cover is the Carver cover made of Sunbrella™ material. When you go to purchase a custom fit RV cover you will be required to measure all aspects of your RV in order to give them the exact measurements of your individual RV. In my research I have found that many RV cover sites refer to their covers as custom- fit when they are actually contour-fit. Both the contour fit and custom-fit covers are made to fit the RV better with less movement thereby reducing scratching and wear on the RV’s exterior. With a custom fit cover there is better access to the doors and they have the better warranties. You will be able to tell when you research an actual custom fit cover; the price is definitely higher than either the universal fit or the contour-fit.
     
    The RV cover was designed to protect the exterior walls of a recreational vehicle from the damages that occur by being exposed to the elements of its surrounding environment. The material used to make your individual protective RV cover is probably the best indicator of what type of protection your RV will need. The basic entry RV cover gives protection from dirt, dust, bird droppings, leaves that discolor the top and scratches that occur along the exterior sides. These “dust” covers are usually single layer covers that cannot stand up to heavy wind & snow and are not properly made to reflect the UV rays of the sun. Many of the covers made today are made of polypropylene. Polypropylene fabric is a breathable fabric that allows the rain and moisture to go through the fabric as well as evaporate. The discount RV covers made of polypropylene are usually a single-layer of fabric. It is an affordable, all weather protection that is water-repellent yet breathable to reduce mold and mildew. Fabrics treated with SFS AquaShed ® are water repellent. The water beads up on contact giving the cover maximum resistance to high humidity and rainfall. It also claims to add UV protection to the cover. These inexpensive RV covers are not recommended for areas of winter snow or intense summer heat.
     
    Here is a list of the discount RV covers. These covers sell on the Internet are for areas of moderate climate. The following chart informs the buyer of the main features of the following discount RV covers. The prices listed below can be used to compare the cost of three Class A Motor homes depending upon the length of the Class A motor home.  Their warranties are usually in the 1-2 year range.
     
    INEXPENSIVE RV COVERS

     

    Features

    Traveler

    Poly Pro 1

    Aqua Shed

    Camco UltraGuard

    Warranty

    1 yr

    2 yrs

    2 yr

    2 yr

    Fabric Material

    1 ply 100% polypropylene

    1 ply 100% Non woven Polypropylene

    triple layer SFS top panel polypropylene

    triple layer SFS top panel

    Breathable

    x

    x

    x

    Water Resistant

    x

    x

    Water Repellent

    x

    Snow Protection

    x

    x

    Dirt, Dust, Scratch protection

    x

    x

    x

    Bird droppings

    x

    Tear Resistant

    x

    Air vents

    x

    UV protection

    x

    x

    Zippered Access

    x

    x

    Adjustable fit

    x

    How it Secures

    Tie down rope

    Elastic sewn into the corners

    Bunny ear cinching system; strap & buckle

    Tie down system- bungee strap

    Storage bag

    X

    x

    x

    Cost of Class A 24-28

    $135

    $162

    $275

    $313

    Cost of Class A 30-32

    $158

    $185

    $320

    $352

    Cost of Class A 37-40

    $181

    $204

    $380

    $385

     
     






























































    MIDDLEMAN RV COVERS
     
    The materials used in the development of the “middleman” RV covers provide a little more protection especially for those of us who live in the areas of heavy snow and rain as well as heavy humidity. Polyesters treated with Presidium 600-denier reflects sunlight, and has a water-resistant coating to keep rain and bird droppings from damaging the vehicle's finish. The 600-denier construction is a strong, heavy weave that will resist abrasions. Covers made with X-Strength fabric claim that they are durable and have a custom UV protective fabric that protects against water, sun damage and dirt as well as tearing. The Tyvek polyethylene synthetic cover is three layers of fabric that claim to knock out the intense sunshine, moisture and UV rays while three layers of polypropylene are used on the top of many covers with single layers on the side. The three layers allow the cover to “breathe” so that snow & ice do not cause mold, mildew or inside damage to the RV. Many of these covers also claim to be UV resistant covers that reflect the UV rays away from the camper, trailer, or motor home. These covers cannot handle the extreme heat of the desert or the South.
     
    Below you will find the six different covers that can be called the “middleman” of RV cover costs and the features that distinguish these covers from each other. These are the covers most recommended for heavy snow & rain. Their warranties are usually in the 2-3 year range,
     

    Features

    Cover King
     
    www.coverking.com/

    Poly Pro III
     
    www.rvcoversprotect.com

    Expedition
     
    www.rvcoversprotect.com

    Camco Gold Coast Ultra shield
    www.amazon.com

    Designer Tyvek
     
    www.rvwholesalers.com

    ProTECHtor
     
    http://www.empirecovers.com

    Warranty

    1 yr

    3 yrs

    3 yrs

    3 yrs

    2 yrs

    3 yrs

    Fabric Material

    Presidium™ 600-denier polyester 
    polyurethane material.

    Layers Non Woven polypropylene

    3 layer roof X Strength™ fabric

    Woven polyester 3 layer SFS top

    Dupont Flashspun polyethylene synthetic; 3 layers top & sides

    Spunbonded polypropylene

    Breathable

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Water Resistant

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Water Repellent

    x

    x

    x

    Snow Protection

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Dirt Dust, Scratch

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Bird droppings

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Tear Resistant

    x

    x

    x

    Air vents

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    UV protection

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Zippered Access

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Adjustable fit

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Click Close straps

    Quick release buckles

    Integrated strap & buckle system

    Marine grade tie-down rope and sizing straps

    12 elastic cords

    Strap & buckles for snug fit

    Buckle system with grommets

    Rear Ladder cap

    x

    x

    Storage bag

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Cost of Class A 24-28

    $487

    $359

    $232

    $433

    $345

    $240

    Cost of Class A 30-32

    $520

    $393

    $262

    $490

    $389

    $255

    Cost of Class A 37-40

    $600

    $438

    $300

    $543

    $438

    $285

     
    BEST RV COVERS
     
    The fabrics created for the best, “top shelf” of RV covers are specially designed with reinforcement in the fabric. The rip stop fabric of the PermaPRO RV cover is a true tear resistant fabric. It is 1 ply specially designed fabric that is reinforced at regular intervals with nylon cross hatching patterns. The advantages of ripstop are that small tears cannot easily spread and the fabric has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. The Tru-weave fabric with the Durapel finish with a UV inhibitor is exclusively made for the Goldline RV covers. This is the best RV cover on the market because it is a strong, supple, water repellent cover that keeps the motor home or trailer cool in intense heat. Only time will tell if the new PermaPRO ripstop RV cover will out perform the Goldline cover. The Calmark Sunbrella is a custom made RV cover that is specially made to fit your RV only.
     
     

    Features

    PermaPRO
    www.rvcoversprotect.com

    Goldline
    www.rvcoversprotect.com

    Safeguard
    www.safeguardcovers.com

    Calmark Sunbrella
    www.calmarkcovers.com

    Warranty

    4 yr

    5 yr

    5 yrs

    6 yrs

    Fabric Material

    1 ply Ripstop woven polyester

    Tru-weave fabric with Durapel finish  (2 colors)

    Triple layer polypropylene top single layer sides

    FSR construction; the highest quality fabric available – Sunbrella®.

    Breathable

    x

    x

    X

    x

    Water Resistant

    x

    x

    X

    x

    Water Repellent

    x

    x

    X

    x

    Snow Protection

    x

    x

    X

    x

    Dirt Dust, Scratch protection

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Bird droppings

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Tear Resistant

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Air vents

    x

    x

    UV protection

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Zippered Access

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Adjustable fit

    x

    x

    x

    Exact fit by your measurements

    Secured how

    Sewn in tie-down tension flags with quick release buckles

    Sewn in tie-down tension flags with quick release buckles

    Nylon straps

    Friction Reducing Tie Strap system

    Storage bag

    Expandable storage bag

    x

    x

    Cost of Class A 24-28

    $486

    $483

    $249

    Factory Made – $1500+

    Cost of Class A 30-32

    $535

    $511

    $289

    Factory Made - $1500+

    Cost of Class A 37-40

    $608

    $584

    $319

    Factory Made - $1500+

     
     
    You are ready to make an intelligent decision for buying the RV cover with the most benefits for you and your pocketbook. Here is a chart that you can study to make your decision about the best RV cover for your needs, location and wallet. In my opinion the warranty is the selling point for me. It is important to me to know that once I make a large investment in an RV cover that the company I buy it from will stand behind their product with at least a replacement warranty. This is a major selling point. I do not want to be replacing RV covers every winter so I am looking for a cover that will stand up to the test of time. The best inexpensive all purpose RV cover with the fewest poor reviews is the Traveler. The affordable “middleman” RV cover for snow and rain areas is the PolyPro 3 while the Goldline has the best reviews as “the best RV cover” on sale with the best warranty. Only time will tell if the new brand, PermaPro ripstop RV cover becomes comparable to the Goldline RV cover.
     
    Take a few minutes to check out the links at the end of this article. You will find informative product reviews for several of the RV covers I have reviewed. Some are complimentary and others are not. Feel free to click on these links to shorten your research time on the covers reviewed.

    Reviews by customers found on the Internet

    Reviews for pop up campers using  ADCO Aqua Shed RV covers http://www.amazon.com/Adco-12293-SFS-AquaShed-Cover/product-reviews/B0030WOA1U/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    Camco ULTRA Guard RV covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Camco-45754-30-32-ULTRAGuard-wheel/productreviews/B001IZKDS0/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
    or
    http://www.amazon.com/Camco-45733-32-34-ULTRAGuard-Class/product-reviews/B001IZKDTE/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    Camco Ultra Shield RV Covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Camco-45705-36-38-UltraShield-Class/product-reviews/B0024E4X0S/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    Safeguard Premium Covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Safeguard-Premium-Cover-Class-24-28/product-reviews/B002PBDJO6
     
    http://www.trustlink.org/Reviews/Safeguard-Covers-205984189
     
    http://www.safeguardcovers.com/RV-Cover-33-37-ft-Class-A-Grey-p/cv-rva-33337-ge.htm
     
    Expedition RV Covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Expedition-Trailer-Cover-Fits-Travel/product-reviews/B002K2FS80/ref=sr_cr_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    http://www.amazon.com/Expedition-Trailer-Cover-Fits-Travel/product-reviews/B002K2P5GU/ref=sr_cr_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    Traveler RV Covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Cover-33-37-Travel-Trailer-Hauler/product-reviews/B000T43T28/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    PolyPro 3 RV Covers
    http://www.jcwhitney.com/deluxe-poly-pro-iii-breathable-travel-trailer-rv-covers-with-zip-up-panels/p2004523.jcwx
     
     
     
     
     
     

  4. Has it ever crossed your mind to wonder what type of fabric is used for hot air balloons and parasails? Of course you want a fabric that has a great reputation for being tear resistant. Let’s face it, the last place you want to be is in a hot air balloon when the fabric tears and rips. The fabric used is called a ripstop fabric. So, if we have the good sense to use ripstop fabrics on hot air balloons, then why wouldn’t that same fabric work on RV covers? Thank goodness Classic Accessories has asked these same questions and has developed the new PermaPRO RV cover that utilizes ripstop fabric in their new line of RV covers.
         What exactly is a ripstop fabric? A fabric is only labeled ripstop if nylon is crosshatched and then interlocked with another base fabric. There are many types of ripstop fabrics because the base fabric can be made of a variety of cloth- cotton, polyester, polypropylene, and even silk. The innovation came when nylon is woven into the base cloth in a cross-hatch pattern. The interlocking weave makes the fabric ideal for resisting tears and fraying. In the case with the RV covers from Classic Accessories, the base fabric is 100% woven polyester.
         It is very easy to identify fabrics that are ripstop. The material has either millions of box or diamond patterns found through the entire fabric. It also has a raised feel to it because of the nylon that is crosshatched through out the fabric. Because of its versatility, ripstop fabrics have become the basic fabric for safety uniforms for the military, police and fire department. Because the fabric is one-ply, it is lightweight and can even be made into a breathable fabric that is ideal for the sport enthusiast.
         In the sporting goods field, ripstop fabric can be used in a wide variety of areas. Not only is it ideal for hot air balloons and parasails, it can also stand up to the rough wear and tear of hang gliders, parachutes, camping equipment, and military camouflage. When it comes to RV covers, the material must be able to stand up to torrential rains, blustery winter winds, the uncompromising snow & rain of winter, and the extreme heat of summer when those UV rays are relentless.
         One of the biggest complaints about RV covers is how easily they tear once they have been snagged. It is so easy to snag the cover because there is so much surface area to cover when installing it. In addition there are so many items on the RV that could cause a snag. With the ladder, the spare tire, the TV antenna, AC units, the undercarriage, and even the awning, there are so many possibilities for snagging the cover. Once snagged it is a matter of time before it leads to a small tear and then a larger rip. The next thing you know your cover is flapping in the breeze. With the innovation of ripstop fabrics the RV cover will last longer and won’t need to be replaced as often as before; therefore saving the buyer money.
         Over the course of the last three years, many of the economical RV covers sold have not been able to stand up to the test of time. Many covers have been replaced within a matter of months due to the quality of the material and the environmental conditions where the RV is stored. Of course there are brands of RV covers that can handle the environment in which it has been stored. One such brand is the Goldline RV cover. The Goldline cover is not made of a ripstop fabric; instead Goldline uses a Tru-weave fabric with a waterproof, water resistant feature called Durapel. This soft supple lightweight fabric is used by Goldline to out perform every other cover on the market.
         Enter Classic Accessories and their new line of RV covers, the PermaPRO cover. In June 2012, a new cover was introduced to the RV world, the ripstop fabric found in the PermaPRO RV cover. The PermaPRO fabric is 100% woven polyester with interlocking nylon threads that makes it a ripstop fabric with true tear resistant strength. This cover will protect the RV from bird droppings, dust, dirt, scratches, and even those unforgiving UV rays of the sun. It will then repel water and snow, making it the best winter storage cover that won’t turn a snag into a full blown ripped cover when the winter winds blow. It can even handle the increased water weight of melting snow in the spring. Classic Accessories’ PermaPRO RV covers are out to give Goldline a run for their money.
         Investigate for yourself. Classic Accessories has a reputation for providing their customers with quality covers and accessories that have a very low return rate because their fabrics are lab tested to meet the rigorous standards of tear strength, water resistance, and water repellency. Visit RV Covers Protect to see why the ripstop fabric found in the PermaPRO RV covers is the new wave of the future for RV covers.
     
  5. The sporting goods community has a new term when it refers to the material used to make heavy duty tear resistant equipment. That term is ripstop and it refers to 100% woven fabric that is lightweight and has a nylon-threaded interlocking design that resists tearing and ripping. Ripstop fabrics are made by weaving and interlocking the nylon in a cross-hatch pattern with the base fabric. Various types of fabric can be used as the base fabric: cotton, polypropylene, silk and polyester. The nylon is then crosshatched with the base fabric making a fabric that is ideal for resisting tears and fraying. The fabric is only labeled as ripstop if nylon is crosshatched and interlocking with another base fabric.
    Ripstop fabrics are very easy to identify because of the interlocking hatching of nylon threads throughout the material. In many cases the material has the feel of a barely raised box or diamond pattern. It is so versatile that ripstop fabrics have been used to make fire safety uniforms as well as camouflaged uniforms & equipment for the military. One of the best attributes of this material is that it is thin, lightweight, and even breathable- ideal for sports attire like jerseys and running shorts.
    Ripstop fabric is being used when the design calls for a fabric used in the sporting goods area. Any recreational use of a heavy duty tough fabric that requires the material to stand up to rough conditions like heavy use as well as torrential winds and rain and yet the material still remains in tact under those stressful applications would benefit from a ripstop fabric. Since it is a water repellent fabric it is usually used when making camping equipment, tents, sails, parasails, parachutes, hang gliders, hot air balloons, kites, banners, sports clothing and now RV covers.
    This ripstop fabric could not come at a better time for the RV cover industry. Because RV covers are used to protect large surface areas they are prone to tear.  The covers are in contact with the RV’s ladders, awning, AC units, TV antennas, bumpers, etc. that could snag the cover during installation. Then while in storage they are exposed to the forces of nature like winter winds and increased water weight due to snow and rain. Little wonder that tearing is an issue for RV covers. With a ripstop fabric, RV covers will last longer and will not need to be replaced as often as they are now.
    As a dropshipper of RV covers, I have found that many of the discount RV covers that are sold today cannot withstand the strong winds that come during the winter when most of us have our RVs covered and stored. Up until this point the best cover I have been able to sell and recommend was the Goldline cover from Eevelle. The Goldline cover is made of a strong supple water resistant Tru-Weave fabric with a Durapel finish that outlasts any cover on the market up to this point.
    In June 2012, Classic Accessories came out with a new line of RV covers called PermaPRO. This line of RV covers is made of a ripstop fabric that promises to rival the Goldline cover. The PermaPRO fabric is one ply 100% woven polyester with the nylon hatching that makes it a true ripstop fabric. The PermaPRO RV covers are made of an extra strength ripstop fabric that repels water, protects against bird droppings, dirt, dust & scratches, provides UV block protection from sun damage, as well as being the best winter snow storage cover that will not tear or rip in the blustery winter winds or the increased water weight of melting snow. Small tears will not turn into large rips when exposed to the elements with the ripstop fabric on the PermaPRO line of RV covers and the fabric will be able to support the weight of melting snow and ice.

    Check out the new line of RV covers sold by Classic Accessories at http://www.rvcoversprotect.com and see why ripstop is the new wave of the future for RV covers. 
  6.      A pontoon boat is a lightweight vessel.  The hull of the boat is constructed of tubes called pontoons, which taper in at the front of the boat.  This allows for better movement and speed in the water.  An aluminum frame attaches the pontoons to the deck platform.  The deck of a pontoon boat can be made out of wood, aluminum or fiberglass.  Pontoon boats generally have railings around the flat shaped boat, to prevent people, and especially children from falling over board.
         There are many accessories available that can be added to a pontoon boat to customize it for your use.  You can have bench seating all around the sides, in rows, or just use lawn furniture and tables.  Adding a camper enclosure can make most all pontoons suitable for spending a night on board. The port side gate and full-width swim platform invite you to play in the water. The stereo with an MP3 jack makes it easy to entertain, and the drop-down changing room lets you change into something more comfortable—and stay until after dark.  Attaching a bimini canopy makes your pontoon boat ready for an afternoon cruise with family and friends by providing shade from the hot sun.  For the fishermen; you can add built in livewells, rod holders, and bait buckets.  The deck of a pontoon boat also makes a great platform for fishing with the buddies.  It is also an ideal boat to use for scuba diving.  Some models are even fast enough to pull the kids on water skis, wakeboards, or tubes. These boats are also available with freshwater and toilet facilities. 
         If you enjoy taking the boat out in the ocean then this is not the boat for you. You will hardly ever see anyone on a pontoon boat out in the ocean, as they are simply not built for rougher waters. The best place to cruise on a pontoon boat is in a lake, river, or other calm water.  They are not made for the sea because of its shallow hull.  Waves over two feet will be washing on to the deck of your boat.  Stay away from the rough waters of the ocean because of their short bow they cannot withstand rough seas at all.
         Depending on the size of the pontoon boat, they usually can hold anywhere from 6-17 people.  They range in size from 14 to 28 feet.  The average price of a pontoon boat is $11,000, with prices ranging anywhere from $7,000 - $30,000 new.  A used pontoon boat can range from $1,000 - $15,000, but they are extremely hard to locate. Pontoon boats use an outboard engine and stern drive; with horsepower ranging from 10HP to 135HP. Of course it is important to keep that pontoon in tip top shape so it is important to purchase a pontoon cover to protect your investment and the exterior of your pontoon.
         One of the latest designs for pontoons is the addition of a third pontoon, or the triple tube design. “Tri-toons” are the latest craze because of their versatility and stability. They allow for larger motors on the boat, which can add 15 mph on the water. A 300 horsepower motor can provide an incredible ride and can reach close to 60 miles per hour top end speed. This will give the boat the performance of a deck boat and will give a nice smooth wake for tubing, skiing, and wakeboarding. Tri-toons handle more like deck boats and cost approximately $23,000 new.
         There are many reasons why people don’t like pontoons. First of all they are huge gas wasters. This is because they plow through the water and not on top of it. This method is very poor in efficiency and results in poor acceleration and lower top end speed. Secondly, most pontoon boats are equipped with an outboard that is underpowered for most people's usage needs. It takes 15 to 20% more horsepower outboard on a pontoon to do roughly the same on a ski boat with same HP engine. Finally, on a pontoon with a typical outboard of 60 to 90 HP and 4 to 5 people onboard, there is very little chance of pulling an adult skier or wake-boarder with it. You might be able to pull them, but it will be a terrible experience because you won't be able to get enough speed quickly to get them out of the water.
         Well there you go. Do you think a pontoon would be right for you? Speaking from experience, a pontoon is the only boat that allows you the freedom to move around the deck without a fear of rocking the boat to the point of spilling over. It is great for taking kids fishing or a leisurely ride down the river to unwind and refresh. In my mind, there is nothing better for the price and the square footage. But keep in mind, the best thing you can do for your pontoon to keep the re-sale value high and your pontoon looking its best is to keep the entire pontoon covered when it is not in use. It is amazing how quickly the sun can destroy the seat cushions on a pontoon and turn your pride & joy into a ratty looking redneck vessel. 

  7. When my husband and I purchased a 1998 Fisher pontoon boat for what we thought was a steal, the first thing we needed to do is replace the dry-rotted vinyl on all the seats. The pontoon had been sitting in the sun for eight years and every seat had vinyl that was cracked and split with the foam rubber padding exposed, rotting, and disintegrating each time it was touched. It did not provide for a comfortable seating arrangement; after all, the reason you purchase a pontoon is to be able to take all your friends along with you on the river. When we visited the nearby marine upholstery shop we were shocked to discover that it was going to cost upwards of $1200 to have someone else reupholster our boat. As a mediocre seamstress I decided that I would look into doing the job myself.
     
    Materials needed for this project: sharpened heavy duty scissors, marine vinyl, heavy duty leather needles for your sewing machine, heavy duty thread, sheets of foam rubber (1” thick), foam adhesive,  stainless steel pins, a durable seam ripper, staple gun,  stainless steel staples, long handled screw driver, pliers, power screwdriver, zip lock bags, a marker,
     
    Step 1
    First I visited my near-by cloth shop to see what they had available. After checking the Internet for marine vinyl I was surprised to find a wide variety of colors at Hancock Fabrics and the cost was reasonable, better than the online prices. If your cloth shop does not have marine vinyl, ask them if they could order it for you.  With that stated let me remind you that dark colors attract and hold the heat. They also fade quickly so I would suggest for your comfort and for the wear choose a light color like cream or white. While there I also purchased heavy duty leather needles for my Singer sewing machine. That’s right, I used my old sewing machine to do all the work, but buy at least two packages of the needles for leather. I would also purchase the longest pins the store carries. Look for the foam rubber in the store. Purchase several sheets of the flat 1” thick foam that can be placed over the worn, disintegrating foam that has been exposed to the sun.
    Step 2
    Remove the seats from the boat and disassemble the seats, such as the seat cushion, backrests and any other covered pieces. Begin by first removing all of the hardware that attached each seat to the boat. Thank goodness for power screwdrivers! Once the hardware is removed from the seat, place them in one of the zip lock bags and label it for each seat. This way you will not lose anything and it will make it easier to put the seats back and ensure a good fit.
    Step 3
    When the seats are disassembled, the next step is to remove the covers from the seating frame. Turn the seats upside down and remove the fabric by lifting the staples from underneath. In my case my frame was plastic, still in very good shape, and it was relatively easy to remove the staples. Using the pliers and screwdriver, remove the covers by inserting a long-handled screwdriver under the seam and simply lifting the staples out of the frame.
    Step 4
    The easiest way to reupholster a boat seat is to use the old fabric as a pattern for your new fabric. Using a seam ripper, carefully separate the cover into the pattern pieces. Lay the fabric down on a large flat surface and lay the old fabric face down on top. I then used a marker to trace an outline of the pattern on to the vinyl, but if you feel confident go ahead and cut the new fabric by tracing around the edges of the pattern. I gave myself an additional ½ inch allowance around the outside of each pattern piece. I would also suggest that you make each seat one at a time so that you don’t get your pieces mixed up. Pin the pieces together like they came apart and sew the pieces together. The first seat will be the hardest and with each additional seat you will get better with experience. With that in mind, decide which of your seats you want to look the best and do those last.
    Step 5
    Once you have completed the cover it is time to check the foam. If the underlying foam is in good condition then you are ready to re-cover it. If not, cut away the rotting foam and using foam adhesive glue the old and new foam together trying to maintain the original shape.
    Step 6
    At this point you are going to need a partner to pull the cover over the foam and pull it tightly back into position. Pull tightly to remove the wrinkles. The vinyl can take a great deal of pulling. Once it is in position, staple with the stainless steel staples. Stainless steel staples are more expensive but they will not rust and ruin your vinyl once you are back on the water. Place a staple at four equal points on the frame, then pull and staple the fabric all around the seat.
    Step 7
    Replace the seats back into the boat. Step back and admire your handiwork. You have just saved yourself a ton of money. In my case I was able to save approximately $950 by doing it myself.
    Step 8
    Now it is time to protect your almost new pontoon with the purchase of a low cost, 4 or 5 year warranty pontoon cover.  This should eliminate the extra cleaning needed due to the pelican’s last fly-over or the rapid deterioration and fading of the vinyl that has been left out in the sun for long periods of time.
     
  8. When purchasing a fishing boat, the only question you really need to answer is where you plan to do most of your fishing. So keeping that in mind, let’s look at the different models of boats that are sold to the average fisherman.
     
    A jon boat has a flat hull with one, two, or three bench seats. It is a great boat for hunting due to its flat hull that rides over waves instead of through them. It usually has a transom for the outboard motor. Flat bottom boats are best in lakes & rivers that are shallow and filled with obstructions, like tree stumps. The jon boat has short sides & a flat hull. They are unstable in rough waters but they have more deck space for fishing because they are flat.
     
    The V hull fishing boat is named that because of the shape of the hull… duh! The V-hull boat is known for its ability to cut through water and provide a smooth, drier ride for the occupants. However if you sit at the front or overload it with weight, the boat becomes unstable. Hulls with a deep V design may ride great and are dry but are not going to perform as well as semi-Vs or flat bottoms. The deep V hull is designed to throw water out from under the hull to improve the ride. The V hull boat has sides that are steeply pitched and the interior of the boat is somewhat narrower. The advantage to these boats is that in turbulent waters they are more stable and they give a smoother ride. They are best for deeper lakes & rivers.
     
    The modified V hull boat can be used in both the shallow and the deeper bodies of water. This design has a less distinctive shape and allows the fisherman to go after his prey in shallow waters & yet it still gives its occupants a smooth ride when the waters get rough.
     
    The runabout is a small motor boat that holds 6-8 people. Historically these boat’s hulls are all wood. The runabout is used for racing, fishing, and water skiing. It is also known by other names- bowrider, center console, cuddy boat, and walkaround. The outboard runabout is also known as a motor launch.  This boat is a fairly open boat with seats running laterally across the width of the craft and sometimes it has decking over the bow area. Inboard runabouts are a bit larger and their hull would plane on top of water instead of plowing through. They are open and have removable shelter tops.
     
    The bass boat is designed for bass fishing in freshwater such as lakes, rivers and streams. They are equipped with two motors, an outboard & a trolling motor. The bass boat is typically constructed of fiberglass or aluminum. The aluminum is usually smaller in size and less expensive than its fiberglass brother which is more spacious & handles better that the aluminum bass boat. They are equipped with swivel chairs that allow the fisherman to cast to any position around the boat as well as storage bins for tackle, equipment, rods & lures. There is a live well with an aerator on the boat that keeps the fish alive.
     
    The last “fishing” boat has a dual purpose. It can be used to fish or to pull skiers or tubes down the river. The ski boat is a boat that uses high horsepower to safely tow one or more water skiers. The skier is pulled on a towrope that is attached to a tow bar or a cleat at the rear of the boat.
     
    Each of the fishing boats discussed will give its owner the thrill of a fantastic day on the water. You just need to consider your needs and then go for it. Regardless of the boat you choose. It is always a great idea to have a boat cover for your fishing vessel so that you spend more time fishing and less time cleaning doing maintenance on your boat.
  9. The typical RV owner has been thought of as being “older” (55 and up) but the statistics indicate that the number of RV buyers aged 35 to 54 is growing faster than any other age group. Even in today’s economy, The Class A motor homes are at the top of the list when it comes to luxury, style, and performance in the RV world. Describing them as "motorhomes" is no exaggeration. These motorhomes are purpose-built or conversions, usually built on a bus chassis. When these bus conversion motor coaches end their travels, they are in need of a protective, breathable RV cover. These RV covers are not just a winter cover. The sun and rain damage the exterior of your RV as well as tree sap and bird droppings. A full size custom fit RV cover provides a portable “carport” for your motor home. At RV Covers Protect you’ll find two types of polypropylene covers with 4 and 5 year warranties. Whatever your RV Cover needs are, RV Covers Protect will be there with the best price and remember a well looked after motorhome will always draw top resale money.

  10. After my first trip on the river this spring, I could see so much neglect on boats and pontoons that have been sitting at the docks since last summer. The upholstery on the pontoons and jet skis is cracking and peeling and the foam seating is exposed; therefore, it is rotting away. It’s hard to believe, but a great deal of damage occurs on a boat when it is not in use. Whether due to the elements or to the fact that things do fall apart, your boat will decline in condition even when it’s just sitting around unused. If you want your boat to last 5 years, 10 years, and beyond, you need to invest in a nice cover.

    Nothing can completely preserve your boat, but using a pontoon boat cover can go a long way toward this goal. A cover keeps the floors and upholstery in top condition. When looking for a pontoon cover, it is necessary to have one that allows the air to circulating when your pontoon is covered. Without air vents in the cover, the result will be mold and mildew that create unpleasant smells and discoloration of the seats. To prevent this from happening, you need a pontoon boat cover that is specially designed to protect your boat and make sure that it stays in top condition when stored for several months on end. You need a heavy-duty fabric that has maximum water resistance and repellency, won’t shrink or stretch, and is resistant to mildew and UV damage.

    I know the cover doesn’t seem like the most important thing you need for your boat especially in the beginning, but three years from now when the upholstery is cracked, torn, and uncomfortable to sit on, you’ll wish you had taken care of this. Not only will it keep your boat safe, but it will also save you money. Several years ago my husband & I purchased a 10 year old pontoon boat. The pontoon had been sheltered but after 10 years the seats were in terrible shape. After searching the area for a marine seamstress we found that it is not easy to find someone who can re-upholster your pontoon seats and it is even harder to find one who will do it for a price you can afford. The quote we received for four pontoon’s seats was $1200. Of course, this could have been avoided. A pontoon cover ranges in cost from $100 to $180 (depending on the size of your pontoon boat) and it has a four year warranty.

    In addition you should consider spending a little more (up to $300) that keeps your boat safe during transit. Consider purchasing a high-strength marine canvas with a five year warranty that is designed for extra durability and all weather protection. An integrated buckle & strap system with adjustable straps will give you a tight custom fit for storage and you can trailer your pontoon back and forth to the river. A boat that is trailered without a cover will age very quickly, even if it only travels short distances. In the long run, doing this over and over will cause the boat to decline much more rapidly than it otherwise would.

  11. What comes to mind when you hear the term "RV" or recreational vehicle? Most folks think of things such as motor homes, travel-trailers, fifth-wheel trailers or toy haulers.  Actually, the words "recreational vehicle" may cover a whole lot more. I believe it is any vehicle used to have fun, whether it is for an individual, family, or group.  What kind of vehicles could be used to have fun during your recreational hours? This comprises a much larger list than just the motor homes, campers, and trailers. This could include your cars, pick-ups, sport utility vehicles, planes, all types of boats, inflatable pontoons boats, golf carts, UTVs, ATVs, hunting boats, and even jet skis. Then what about motorcycles and snowmobiles?  Are they recreational vehicles? Of course they are. Motorcycles and snowmobiles are used by nearly every age group to race around in the woods or hills and to tour the countryside.

    Well with all this in mind, I am expanding my site www.RVCoversProtect.com to include all of the following “RVs” beginning with pontoon boat covers.  Remember when the fun’s over and it’s time to head home, RV Covers Protect.

  12. Camping in your RV is a great way to experience the weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. There is great racing by day surrounded by the beauty of the majestic Estrella Mountains. If you have just decided to head to the speedway then you only have two choices for camping. There are no hookups, but fresh water and septic service will be available for a nominal fee.

    In the Reserved Weekend Camping area you will get a reserved site (20' x 40') that costs $175. You are limited to one tow vehicle per site but there is additional parking available in Estrella 3 at no charge. You enter this camping area at Gate 1. There are showers, restrooms, and a Bashas' grocery store in the camping area.

    The Unreserved Weekend Camping area is located in Estrella County Park. The sites are assigned upon arrival, so guests wanting to stay together must arrive together. All types of vehicles are allowed and should enter at Sun Lane, West of day parking lots. Showers, restrooms, and a Bashas' grocery store will be available in the reserved area. The cost is $60 per motorized vehicle.

    Remember when the fun's over and it's time to head home, RV covers protect.

  13. I don't know what it is like where you live but the pollen count is astronomical here in the South. That green gunk is everywhere you turn. Just yesterday I had my car washed and today it looks like it hasn't been washed in months. The bad part is, if you don't clean it off the RV, the pollen will build up and become encrusted with those tiny green monsters.  Have you ever seen an RV that has pollen encrusted all over the sides and roof? Do you have any idea how long it takes to scrub that mess off your RV?

    Thank goodness for my RV cover! When we came back from our last RV adventure we cleaned everything up, inside & out and threw the cover over it. Now when we're ready to go again in the next couple of weeks, we won't have those green monstrosities to deal with. RV covers are worth their weight in gold!

  14. Unlike some of the previous races, there is not as much camping available at Martinsville. Most sites are 18 feet wide and 42 feet deep for season ticket holders for the April and October NSC events. There are campsites outside of third turn area, on the left side of Main Campground Road, and near the entrance to the reserved campground area. The majority of camping for Martinsville Speedway is general admission. There is one spot per ticket holder for any type of vehicle. Even tents are allowed.

    The Speedway has contracted with a septic service to have your tanks emptied during the week, so are not allowed to rent their own port-a-johns. A minimal fee will be charged. There are some reserved campsites. So you should contact our ticket office at 877-RACE-TIX (877-722-3849) to see if any reserved sites are still available. Remember when the fun’s over, RV Covers Protect.

  15. There are a wide variety of awnings used on the RVs. There are patio awnings as well as window and door awnings on the motor coaches. The window and door awnings provide shade and keep the rain off the window casings. They are also great for protect in the interior from UV damage. The patio awnings provide a front porch for our home on wheels. They provide shade and are great cover when you want to sit outside and enjoy a light summer rain.

    The RV owner can jazz up their patio with a variety of stringed night lights. Then they also like to add a patio shade. The patio shade is made of a vinyl coated polyester mesh that blocks 50% of the sun’s damaging rays. The patio shade easily slides into the utility slot groove. The brass tie downs and grommets let you stake down the shade to provide stability.

    In addition to the shade there are a multitude of durable patio mats. These are made of a polyester fiber and heat sealed for years of use. The mats are color coordinated to match the awning. They are usually seven feet wide and come in lengths of 8ft., 12 ft., and 16 ft.

    Remember when the fun's over and it's time to go home, RV Covers Protect.

  16. When you have decided that it is time to remove the RV cover and prepare for your next trip, you should start with a general inspection of your awning. Unroll the awning and check for mildew or stains that need to be removed. Use a commercial cleaning product to remove the stains and mildew. While cleaning look for rips, tears, or punctures in the fabric.

    When the awning is extended you should always make sure that it is raised high enough before opening the entry door. The most common cause of rips and tears in the awning fabric are from the entry door with rough edges that can damage the low hanging awning. Most tears can be easily repaired. It is a good idea to keep a roll of RV awning repair tape in an outside compartment of your RV. It is easy to apply and virtually invisible and permanent.

    Water pooling in the center of the awning can cause extensive damage to the awning. That is why it is recommended to always keep one side of your awning lower than the other. This prevents the collection of water and allows it to run off.

    Wind gusts of over 20 mph can cause extensive damage to the awning as well as your RV. Never leave the awning down when there is no one around to let it down when needed. Store the awning in the travel position when everyone is away from the camper and when you go to bed at night. It is also a good idea to have awning tie downs at the campsite to prevent damage from any sudden gust of wind or sudden summer thunderstorm. Nobody wants to come back to camp to find their awning looking like our picture. It's easier to prevent damage than to replace it and it is also easier on your wallet as well.

  17.  

    The most common reason for a blow-out on the road is due to overloading the RV or not having the proper inflation of air in the tires. It is important that you know what the correct amount of air pressure is required of your tires.

    As soon as you have decided to take your next trip and you have removed your RV cover it is time to check the air pressure. The air pressure should always be checked in the morning while the tires are cold to get an accurate reading. While on your trip, the air pressure should always be checked prior to leaving each day.

    Loosing the air in your tire does not mean that you will loose control of your RV. Panic breaking or taking your foot off of the accelerator is the worst two things you can do under the circumstances. The best thing to do is to accelerate the vehicle a little until you have made your steering correction. Then decide where you want to stop and check out the vehicle. The driver can usually determine where the blowout occurred on the RV. If the air loss is in the front tires the driver will feel it in their hands on the steering wheel. If the air loss is in the rear tires, it will be felt through the seat

  18. In order to be able to use propane appliances on the outside of your Class A motor home you could install an extended stay kit to your LP tank. This allows you to run your barbecue grill or propane cylinder without using the propane from your LP tank.

    You will need two 7/8’ wrenches. Using the 7/8” wrench you will loosen the regulator assembly and move it out of the way. Since this is a gas appliance it will have left hand threads. For $45 you can purchase and add a T fitting to the gas tank. Tighten the gas fitting with the 7/8” wrench being sure that you set the T fitting so that your tubing can reach the valves. The fittings are one way so you can’t make a mistake with the attachments. Be sure to check for leaks by spraying soapy water in a spray bottle around all the fittings. If you see bubbles you need to tighten some more.

    You will need a second wrench (one for holding and one for twisting) to put the hose on that connects your grill to the T fitting.  When you are ready to connect the hose to the cylinder it is best to connect to the T fitting first because you will need to twist the tubing to until it is tight enough. Then connect to the propane cylinder. Always remember to check for leaks by spraying all the connected parts with the soapy water and then look for bubbles. If you find any bubbles than you need to do some tightening.

  19. If you have just decided to remove the RV cover and spend the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway you can hang it up staying at the Blue Ox Campground. As a matter of fact it appears that you can hang it up for next year too because they are already creating a waiting list for 2011. The ritzy area for the big bucks is the Medallion Motorcoach Community which is sold on a seasonal basis only. It is a luxury camping that features a private, exclusive "gated community" of 20x50 numbered reserved spaces with power, water and sewer hook-ups. The entire camping area is paved and landscaped and offers special amenities including golf cart shuttle service, WiFi, entry to win Pit Passes and 24-hour assistance/security.

    There are two other areas on the BMS. The Landing Campground has spaces that are 20 'x 50' on a flat gravel surface and guests will have full access to the shower house, restrooms, water station and dump station during their stay. BMS shuttles will offer transportation to the shower house as well as the grandstands on event days. Spaces cost $99 per race week and include five nights. The Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway Area Campground has RV spaces approximately 16-feet x 40-feet for non-hook-up spaces and Premium and Medallion Spaces are 20-feet x 50-feet. There are 44 shower stalls, several dump stations and water to fill your tanks, and free shuttles to the speedway and to Food City.

    My husband always wanted to go to Bristol. After all that’s the best short track racing there is, but he found that if you need a bicycle or golf cart for transportation. He stayed on one of the campgrounds outside BMS and some of these camping areas are very far from the track. But you are in luck, there are plenty of entrepreneurs who will ride you in their cart for the nominal fee of $5.00. Check out this link to see all the areas where you can camp at Bristol. http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/documents/2009_bms_camping_map_aics.pdf
  20. The two most common cylinders for propane are the 20 pound and 30 pound cylinders or pressure vessels. The 20 lb. cylinder holds 4.7 gallons of propane but is often referred to as a 5 gallon bottle. The propane is filled to 80% capacity. The extra 20% is used for the expansion of the liquid propane when it boils. Propane boils at -44°F. The boiling process creates the vapor that our RV appliances run on.

    There are three ways to tell if the tank is full. The first is with the OPD. On the outside of the cylinder there is a device called the OPD, the overfill prevention device. Inside the tank is this device that acts as a float. It floats to the top when the tank has reached maximum capacity. The second way to be sure you have a full tank is to weigh it. The propane dispenser has a mathematical formula that is used to determine that the tank is full. The third way is to use the fixed liquid level gauge that is on the OPD. This is to be done by a propane dispenser only. The dispenser knows that the tank is full when a white fog is emitted out of a small hole on the OPD.

    Since propane is a white liquid that boils at -44°F, if it were to get on you, it will do so in the form of a white cloud and it could cause frost bite. Propane is something to be left alone and the tanks should always be covered and latched with a propane tank cover.

  21.  

    One of the best infields for being able to see a great majority of the race in NASCAR is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The infield sits in something that resembles a bowl. You are able to see more than just a small segment of the race; you can see almost everything because of its design. The infield camping offers fans an unmatched camping experience. With camper showers located at each end of the infield as well as a dump station between Turns 1 & 2, fans are just a short distance away from all the needed amenities for camping. Infield camping also provides access to tram stops.

    The Trackside Terrace is the newest camping area at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This area offers sixty-one (61) spaces that overlook the Speedway, providing an unparalleled view of all the action on the high-speed backstretch for $7000 annually. An additional twenty (20) spots, the Back Terrace with Viewing Veranda, are available for $6000 annually. Each spot comes with 10 daily admission tickets, 24-hour security, 1 additional vehicle pass per spot for a normal sized vehicle, and full hookups (electric, water, & sewer). Turn One Trackside Camping (RV only) features asphalt RV parking spots with full hookups while the offering a spectacular view of the entire speedway from just above Turn One. Each spot comes with 10 daily admission tickets and full hookups for $7,990 annually.

    Outside there is one camping section created for the family NASCAR fans. The Family Tent/Pop-up Campground is reserved for tent and pop-up camping. This area is adjacent to the main shower and restroom facility for ease of use. The cost is $100. The Family Reserved RV Camping (RV only) is a multi-sectioned camping area with round-the-clock security and strictly enforced quiet time (10pm-7am) which allows for a more relaxed camping experience for the whole family. The cost is $150. The Family Premium Reserved RV (RV only) is currently the closest camping area to the main grandstands and central tram stop. This is the newest section of the Family Camping. It offers water and electric hook-ups and sewer service is provided by Atlanta Motor Speedway at no charge. The cost for this camping area is $800 annually.

    Club One Camping (RV only) offers 30 asphalt RV camping spots with full hookups at the base Winners Grandstand. This area provides campers with easy access to Club One and the main grandstands for $1000 annually. The Premier Camping(RV only) is located along the main entrance. There are only 33 of these asphalt spots which include full hookups, easy access to the front stretch grandstands, as well as the souvenir and display areas for the price of $1,000 annually. There is Reserved Handicap Camping (RV only) located adjacent to the Club One parking lot, this paved area offers 33 paved spots for $100.

    The Legends Camping (RV only) has grass camping spots and legendary row names like Allison, Elliott, Kulwicki and Pearson (just to name a few). This area is sure to be a race fan’s delight. It is located across from East Turn Reserved camping between the Main Entrance and Entrance E. The cost for a lot 25 x 45 is $150. Legends Lakeside Camping (RV only) is located in the front part of the Legends camping area and sold on an annual basis for $800. This area offers 25 gravel spaces with full hookups (electric, water, sewer) which surround a small lake.

    First Turn Camping is located outside of Turn One and Two between Entrances L and the main tunnel. This large all gravel lot offers level spots for RV camping and easy access to tram stops, grandstands and the infield. Lots 20 x 40 cost $150 and lots 25 x 45 cost $175. The East Turn Reserved Camping (RV only) is located on the front side of the Speedway near Turn 4 between Entrances E and G. This large all gravel lot offers level spots for RV camping with easy access to a tram stop. A camping shower and restroom facility is located nearby for $150. Speedway Blvd. Reserved RV Camping (RV only) is located at the intersection of Speedway Blvd. and Highways 19 & 41. This reserved camping lot offers fans large camping spaces at a competitive price. A tram turn around stop offers campers easy access to all the grandstands via the Speedway's coordinated tram service for $100.

    There are a few unreserved camping areas for those of you who impulsively threw off your RV cover and decided to go to the race at the last minute. The cost is $60 payable upon arrival Atlanta Motor Speedway offers the Unreserved RV Camping Opportunities (RV only) option. These tree-lined, 50-plus acres are sold on a first come basis and are located on the North side of Speedway property off Speedway Blvd. A tram stop offers campers easy access to all the grandstands via the Speedway's coordinated tram service. This opens on the Saturday prior to race weekend. The Unreserved Tent/Pop-up Camping Opportunities is surrounding the lake near Turn 4. This area offers easy access to the shower and restroom facility located in the same area as well as a tram stop. The Unreserved Handicap Camping is located in the fenced grass area adjacent to the East Turn Hospitality.

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    When dealing with a propane tank you must realize that it is mandatory that the tanks remain in an up right position. So here I want to discuss how to properly disconnect the tank and transport it to be refilled.

    The first thing to do is to remove the propane tank cover.  Shut off the valve on the empty cylinder and make sure there is no propane flowing out of the tubing. Disconnect the connectors to the RV and loosen the clamp. Put the dust cap on it to keep out foreign debris and to protect the threads on the valve. Remove the cylinder and place it securely in a carrier of some type. This can be a holder made especially for the propane tank or a cardboard box or crate. Then secure the tank & carrier with a bungee cord or rope to your truck.

    So you don’t have a truck, can you carry it in your car or an enclosed vehicle? Alright don’t get excited! The standard size of a propane tank is 30 pounds. You can carry up to three tanks in your vehicle but it is not recommended to carry more than that. On a hot day (100 °F) the heat can cause the pressure in the tank to be raised to 200-215 psi. That is not something we want to mess with! When carrying propane in an enclosed vehicle you still need to keep it in the upright position. Secure it with a seat belt or on the floorboard of your car. Open all the windows in the vehicle for proper ventilation just in case there is a leakage in the valve.

  23. Well NASCAR fans if you were in Fontana, CA last weekend to see Jimmy Johnson win his 48th cup race, then you could possibly be traveling Interstate 15 today on your way to the next race in Las Vegas. Listed below are the 8 RV Camping areas.

    Camping Areas

    Cost for 3-days

    Inside Outside

    track

    Location

    Enter thru Gate

    Full hook-up

    Dry Camping

    Motor home Hill

    $3500 (8 people)

    In Above back stretch Gate 8 Full hook-up

    Infield RV

    $900-1150

    In Infield Gate 4 Dry Camping

    Turn 1 RV

    $749

    Out Behind turn 1 ???? Dry Camping

    Checkered Flag

    $449

    Out Behind turn 1 Gate 10 Dry Camping

    Boulevard RV Lots A-C

    Lot D

    $ 279; Lot D $259

    Out Backstretch

    Gate 7

    Gate 9

    Dry Camping

    Turn 3 RV

    $449

    Out Turn 3 Gate 8 Dry Camping

    Bullring RV

    $249

    Out Pits of the Bullring short track Gate 3 Dry Camping

    Hollywood RV

    $199

    Out Near Bullring & go-cart track Gate 1 Dry Camping

    Besides the race, another big draw at the track this weekend is the Neon Garage. The Neon Garage allows race fans to see their favorite drivers up close from both the ground floor and on the second level they can watch while race teams prepare their cars. A weekend pass will cost $179.

    If you have spent the last two weekends at the racetrack, I'm sure that it will be time to head home soon. So remember when the fun's over, RV covers protect!

  24. Let’s face it the majority of RV owners have packed the RV up for the winter. That means the rig has now been sitting idles for at least two and a half months now. Long term tire storage of seasonal use RVs requires special preparations. If at all possible, RVs should be raised on blocks, so the weight is taken off the tires.

    At this point in the winter, you need to take your rig for a little drive to prevent flat spotting and ozone cracking at the tire sidewall flex point. Flat spots usually disappear, when the tires warm-up, after a 25+ mile drive. BUT, by summer if you have not moved the vehicle in over six months flat spotting may become permanent.

    Tires on motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheels stored out-of-doors, should be protected by opaque wheel covers to prevent damage from sunlight.

  25. On Sunday (Feb 21 and Oct 10) the NASCAR drivers move to the California track in Fontana. If you are bringing your RV to the track you have two options for camping. The Camping World Infield is the area inside the track oval. The Infield RV Pass is good for one self-contained RV and includes two infield wristbands. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. Entry to the infield (outside of Gate 3)  begins on the Thursday morning of race week at 5:30 a.m. BUT remember.... you will not be able to leave the infield area until Sunday night after the race.

    Near Gate 5, you can find the other campground, the RVs.com Camping area. This area provides one RV site and 2 Grandstand tickets for the Saturday and Sunday races. The camping area offer showers, restrooms, and a shuttle service to the track. You can begin camping in this campground on the Thursday of race week at 8 a.m. So pull off that RV cover and get the engines purring because its time to “Boogity, boogity, boogity!”

  26. The biggest natural cause of tire failure is from the gas known as ozone. Ozone causes the rubber to become brittle.  Eventually the surface cracks become wider and deeper.

    Keeping your tires clean is the best thing you can do to minimize ozone damage. Tire manufactures do not recommend any type of dressings or cleaners other than soap and water. If you must use a commercial tire dressing to make your tires look shiny and brand new, be sure that the product does not contain petroleum products or alcohol.

    Since high temperatures and ultraviolet light accelerate the destructive ozone process,  using wheel covers when not in use will also help prolong the life of your RV tires.

  27. 10. The covers come with a compression storage bag.

    9. The cover will keep the neighbors kids out of your RV.

    8. The cover will protect the exterior from the wind damage that is a result of a tornado! The cover might tear but the RV will look great! BUT there is a multi-year warranty on the cover.

    7. The cover will keep you from having to wash the RV repeatedly.

    6. The cover comes in a variety of polypropylene fabrics and sizes.

    5. The cover keeps tree sap and bird droppings from ruining the paint and detailing of the RV.

    4. The cover eliminates black streaks.

    3. The cover keeps the noisy neighbors from being jealous of your rig.

    2. The covers is much less expensive and more convenient than an off-site RV storage.

    AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON TO BUY AN RV COVER IS....

    The cover preserves the resale value of your investment!

  28. The first time most people remove their RV cover in February is to go to the Daytona 500. Going to the 500 can be a very expensive experience. One way to cut the cost is to stay at a campground in the Daytona Beach area instead of at the track.

    One of the closest campgrounds to the track is the International RV Park and Campground which is 3.2 miles away. The facility's roomy campsites are designed to accommodate motor homes up to 40 feet long. Campers can use 50-amp or 240-volt power, and each site has water and sewer hookups. Concrete pads, picnic tables, and pull-thru parking are available on some sites.

    Another respectable campground in Port Orange is the Daytona Beach KOA which features RV sites and tent campsites. There are pull-thrus, with a maximum length of 80 feet. Cable TV hookups are provided at no additional charge, and 50-amp electricity is available. Free wireless internet access is also available.

    A temporary campground called Speedweeks Campground is located just a mile away from the Speedway. The facility can accommodate both tent and RV campers but is open only during racing weekends. A variety of vendors set up on the grounds, offering various NASCAR merchandise, food, and more. Electrical hookups are not available, but campers are allowed to bring and use generators. Sewer hookups are also not available, but RV campers can purchase daily pump out services. Hot showers are available for campers, as are water stations.

  29. For many people, the first time that people remove their RC cover and venture out in February, is for the Daytona 500. If you want to be in the center of all the action around the speedway and you are having no financial difficulties due to this crummy economy, then you may want to stay at the racetrack and experience the Daytona 500. Everything depends on what you want to experience at the track. Do you want to watch the race from your motor home? If so, you should be looking at camping at Lake Lloyd where you will have the view of the lake and the famed Super stretch. If you want to watch the race at turns one and two, there are a few premium spots in Yellow RV Camping.  The premium sites have water, electric, and cable hook-up. I hope that you are really just into the party scene if you are planning on staying at the track. There are not many places in the in-field  for the true race fan with a view of the race. The true race fan will be disappointed unless you have cable hook-ups and can watch the race from the comfort of your RV.

    If you like the excitement of thousands of race fans all congregating in the same area, then you will enjoy in-field camping. There are many things to see and lots of fun to be had. But prepare yourself, you will only see very small portions of the race and you will be listening to the race play by play over the loud speakers.

  30. There are five types of RV Storage. The most expensive and the best for your RV is the fully enclosed units, in other words this is a garage. These enclosure may have heat and electricity, are totally secure, and can be accessed only by the RV owner. The second type is a covered unit with three walls. These definitely provide excellent protection from the elements but they do not have heating & air.

    The third type is covered parking. The canopy protects the RV from the sun but does not block moisture or wind from the sides. The fourth is open parking in a gated lot. Although it is secure there is no protection from the sun, wind, and rain.

    The fifth type of RV storage is the RV cover. This is by far the most efficient way to provide protection from the sun, wind, and rain. Most covers come with a three or four year warranty. When compared to the most cost efficient monthly storage unit, it is by far the most inexpensive way to protect your investment.

  31. The fifth wheel costs less than the motorized RVs as far as the square footage is concerned.  Some people like the split level floor plan that is caused by the hitch set-up. The newer fifth wheels have multiple slide outs. These slide out extend the square footage which will allow you to stay in one location for many weeks without wanting to kill on another. The 5th wheel's raised neck section (called the goose-neck) connects over the bed of the tow vehicle to the fifth-wheel hitch. This hitch design reduces the overall length of the vehicle and because a large majority of the weight is over the rear axle of the truck, it improves the traction and handling of both vehicles. In the event the trailer needs repairs, the 5th wheel trailer can be left at the repair shop while you still have the use of your truck. In addition when you arrive at your destination and have set up for your stay, you have a truck that can take you wherever your dreams take you. This is much easier than driving a huge motor home to go to a nearby grocery store for a few items. Fifth wheel RV covers can be purchased at reasonably cost efficient prices and they preserve the exterior appearance of your 5th wheel for a good re-sale at a later date.

    There are a few disadvantages to the fifth wheel. One is that the 5th wheel rides higher than the travel trailer so it tends to be blown around a little on the highways and in severe storms. The fifth wheel hitch limits the use of the truck bed for hauling large items and a fifth wheel cannot be hauled by a car or van.

  32. The advantages of the travel trailer are many. The travel trailer provides a single level floor plan as compared to the fifth wheel's upper level bedroom. If you are using a truck to tow the RV then you have not forfeited the use of the truck bed as you do with the fifth wheel. Some of the smaller, light weight models can be towed by a large car or van. The travel trailer costs much less that the motorized RVs. This is especially important if you need to have repairs done on the RV. In this case you can leave the RV to be repaired and still have the use of your truck or van. In addition when you pull into your vacation spot and set up for your stay, you have the truck or van to move about and visit other destinations. Then once you arrive home, you unload the dirty clothes and food, then throw a RV cover over your travel trailer until it is time to travel again.

    The disadvantages for these RVs comes from driving the travel trailer. The larger travel trailers have quite a bit of sway and handling problems. These are the most difficult to steer, drive, and brake of all the RV types. Slow and cautious driving are recommended.  Trailers of any type (fifth wheel or travel trailer) do not have the luxurious look of the motor coach.

  33. The Class B RV is sometimes referred to as a conversion van. Because they are basically a truck, parts are easy to find and most mechanics can do the repairs.  They are the easiest to drive, park, or fit into off-road locations that are impossible to get to with the larger RVs. The Class B offers great gas mileage as compared to the other RVs, and they are fast on the road.

    The Class B is the most expensive per square foot and have very tiny storage compartments. They are best for one person but two could possibly handle a weekend together - more that a weekend might cause serious damage to your relationship. Some of the replacement appliances are hard to find because they were made for small accommodations. When it comes to staying in a campground, you will probably pay the same as a motor coach would for the same space. The front window will require a windshield cover to provide privacy & to reflect the UV rays.

  34.  

    The Class C RV is a recreational vehicle built on the frame of a van or truck. The advantages to this type of RV is that it is usually easier to get parts and repair work done. They offer the family the same conveniences of the Class A RV as far as the  living space while being more economically priced than the Class A. They usually have better sleeping for families with an overhead sleeper with a queen size mattress. They are ideal for long camping trips with large families. The Class C does not intimidate the driver like a Class A since it is more like driving a truck or van than a bus. As a used vehicle they are often easy to find and can be purchased at a reasonably cheap price. They are especially well-kept if the owner has purchased a Class C RV cover to protect the exterior.

    The disadvantages of the Class C are that their price seems to depreciate faster than their big brother, the Class A, and the storage space is considerably smaller than the Class A. They do not have the luxury look of the Class A as they will always be more of a camper than a coach. The front windows in the cab sometimes leak where the overhead are is mounted and the windows will need a windshield cover to provide privacy for the occupants and to keep the cab cool.

  35. The Class A RV is the most prestigious of all the RVs on the market. The advantages to this RV is that there are always a market when you get ready to sell and there are many used models to choose from when buying. The newer Class A's are very safe vehicles, your family can even move around in the vehicle while you are driving. Class A's are easy to finance & insure and they have good repair records. This type of RV  makes it very easy to "boondock" (park anywhere without electrical hook-ups). You just pull up to wherever you want to go and have dinner that was prepared while you drove or just go to sleep. You never have to get out of your RV to set up because you are self-sufficient. When you get home, you drive up, take out your traveling items and then throw your Class A RV cover on until the next time.

    The greatest disadvantages to the Class A is that they are also the most expensive. Many of the new Class A's get less than 7 mpg and the older ones may not even get more than 5 mpg. Every time you want to go somewhere you must break everything down unless you have towed a vehicle, but that makes your vehicle harder to drive and more difficult to steer. Many people find the Class A RVs  impossible to back up and intimidating to drive. When major repairs are needed on the road, you are forced into a hotel until your "home" and your "transportation"  are repaired.

  36.  The toy hauler was designed for families and sports enthusiasts. There is a large cargo room in the rear that allows you to take your bicycles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, jet skis, or other outdoor recreational vehicles to places like the desert, forest, or boondocks. It is like carrying your garage with you. The garage of your toy hauler can be also used to house extra beds for larger families or your guests. You can even add a  toy hauler screen to provide a shaded area that keeps out the mosquitoes and all other insects.

    Something to consider if you are thinking about purchasing a toy hauler is if you have a vehicle that can pull the weight of the combined RV and toy hauler with a full garage. The weight of the RV and all of your toys will require the largest eight-cylinder or a heavy duty 250 or even a Cummings diesel.

  37. After the fun-filled travel season’s over and it’s time to head home and put the RV away for the winter, it’s time to also consider what is the best way to store your home-away-from-home. As much as you enjoyed the past travel season, you want to ensure that the next time you are ready to roll, your RV is ready as well. To insure that you need an RV cover.

    The first thing you want to do when you arrive home is clean the exterior of the motor home for the winter. Remember to work your way down to the tires. Clean the roof first. Use warm water and a mild detergent. Use a soft brush on the entire body. The goal of cleaning the roof is to remove the white chalky residue that sometimes marks the exterior after a heavy rain. Don’t get over zealous because rubber roofs have an oxidized layer to protect the surface. Just get the chalky white build-up.

    If your RV is stored under trees you might have a problem with bird droppings and tree sap. Prior to washing the sides of the vehicle, liberally spray the infected area with an oily base like spray cooking oil or WD40. Leave this on for approximately 10 minutes and then wash as usual.

    Once the RV is clean and dry, it is ready for your RV cover.

  38. Tarps are not advised to be replacements for RV covers. You should not use a plastic tarp to cover your RV especially in high heat areas because the plastic cannot breathe. Most commercial tarps are made of plastic. Without a breathable fabric, it has been suggested that tarps may cause damage to the inside your motor home or camper.

    A friend of mine used a tarp to cover the family boat, only to find the moisture had ruined the boat causing a costly replacement of wood and other parts. If you are going to use an RV cover or boat cover, be sure to have a breathable fabric that allows the moisture to evaporate.

  39. The Poly X 300 RV cover provides the toughest combination of weather protection and superior tear resistance. There is less bulk so it is easier to install. This heavy duty fabric repels water and protects against UV damage and dirt. This superior fabric dries quickly and is fully breathable to protect against mold and mildew.

    It has adjustable front and rear tension panels and elasticized hemmed corners to provide a custom fit. The integrated strap system with the tension panel connection system reduces stress on the cover when tightening the straps. This cover includes a compression storage bag and a 4-year warranty.

  40. RV covers made of polypropylene are made of  a single-layer of fabric. It is an affordable, all weather protection that is water-repellent yet breathes to reduce mold and mildew. These covers have elasticized corners that provide a custom fit.

    This RV cover is not recommended for areas of winter snow or intense summer heat. This single-layer cover will not last as long as multi-layer fabrics, but it does have a two year warranty. In my opinion, you get more protection for your RV by investing a little more and purchasing the Poly Pro III covers or Poly X 300 covers.

     

  41. This RV cover has triple-layered, reflective white polypropylene top with breathable single layered polypropylene sides. It protects against rain, snow, UV rays, dirt, nicks and scratches. The air vent system reduces wind lofting and inside moisture. It has full height zippered panels that allow full access to the vehicle’s interior and its elastic hemmed corners provide a custom fit. It protects the RV in the harshest of weather and has a three year warranty. 

    This cover would be beneficial for anyone living in the "snow zone." This week that means most of the country, but under most circumstances that would be the northeast and the northern part of the mid-west. The breathable material allows the moisture to evaporate which prevents the build-up of mold and mildew.

  42. Covering your RV is essential for owners that do not live in their RVs full time. It is one method of protecting your investment if you choose outdoor storage for your RV when it is not in use.

    RV covers block ultraviolet (UV) rays to prevent fading and cracking from the body of the vehicle and reflect infrared rays to lower the temperature. They also prevent chemicals that may have an adverse effect on the paint job due to rain and bird droppings from reaching the vehicle, while allowing moisture to escape by preventing the buildup of mold and mildew.

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  1. When December arrives, many RVers head home to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. During the winter months RVing slows down while people wait out the winter but the “snow bird RVer” has the luxury of heading south for the winter to enjoy the warmer temperatures in Florida, Arizona, and Mexico. The “snow birds” have discovered how to have the best of both worlds. They leave their extremely cold year round home and head south to their RV where they use their RV as a winter getaway home to enjoy the warmth of the South. They store their RV in the warm climates year round and fly south to their RV park right after the holidays to enjoy the warm winters until the snow is gone in their northern home.

    When the snow melts and it is time to leave their winter home, the Snow bird RVer wants to leave their RV protected with an RV slip cover that will keep their winter fifth wheel or travel trailer clean and free from dust & dirt and dings & scratches. They want an RV storage cover that is water repellent and will protect their RV from the occasional southern rain storms, but most importantly the “Snow bird” RVer needs to find an RV cover that can withstand the harsh UV rays of the sun that will destroy their RV’s exterior while they are back home.

    There are only two RV covers that can provide summer heat protection for the motor home, fifth wheel, or travel trailer. All the rest will disintegrate from the extreme temperatures. A slip on dust cover (like the Traveler RV cover or the Poly Pro 1 RV cover) will protect the RV for a while but it will be in shreds all around your RV and motor home when you return next winter. This type of cover cannot stand up to the extreme heat that your RV will encounter while you are away. The three ply top / single ply sided RV covers (like the Poly Pro 3 Deluxe RV cover or the Expedition RV cover) claim to give all weather protection but they also will not be able to handle the heat. They might still be covering your RV when you get to your southern home but most likely only parts of the cover will be still covering your RV. If you invest your money in any of these covers you will be replacing the cover every year.

    What you need is the protection of best RV cover that will not disintegrate after 6-8 months of exposure to UV rays when you return home. The two covers that can stand up to the heat are the Goldline RV cover and the PermaPRO RV cover. The Goldline RV Cover is made by Eevelle in Carlsbad, California. The Goldline RV cover is a made to order RV cover that comes in two colors: desert tan or silver cloud grey. Since it is a semi custom, made to order RV cover it will take up to 4 weeks before it can be delivered to your southern address. This Goldline RV trailer cover is rated the #1 RV cover by customers and dealers alike. These RV storage covers are made of a strong yet supple fabric that will outlast all other RV covers. The Goldline RV cover is made of a water resistant extra plush Tru-Weave fabric with a Durapel finish that provides super duty UV protection and the Goldline RV cover is backed with the longest, best 5 year warranty.

    The PermaPro RV cover is distributed by Classic Accessories in Kent, Washington. The PermaPRO RV cover is made of the newest extra-strength ripstop fabric, the first RV cover fabric to claim to be tear resistant. Not only is it tear resistant but it also repels water, protects against sun damage by blocking the UV rays, and even provides snow protection. The PermaPRO RV cover is also available for the RV that stands a little taller than the usual 9 ft RV. An extra height RV cover is required by those Class A and 5th wheel RVs that stand up to11 ft tall. The PermaPRO RV cover, like the lower end RV covers, gives your RV dirt, dust, and scratch protection, and it is protected by a 4 year warranty.

    As winter slowly melts away and the warmer days of spring arrive, it will be time for you Snow birds to begin to prepare to fly back north to the confines of your year round home. Remember if you want to truly give your fifth wheel or travel trailer the best RV cover with the best UV protection, you will need to spend a few bucks more and purchase the Goldline RV cover or the PermaPRO RV cover. Those are the only two RV trailer covers that will still be protecting your RV when you return to your winter stomping grounds next year.

  2. Here are a few videos from Classic Accessories that may be of interest to you when deciding on an RV cover that best meets your needs.
    Care & Storage of Your RV Cover
    Features of the Perma Pro RV Cover
    Features of the Poly Pro 3 RV Cover
    Installation of Your RV Cover
  3. When you started researching and looking for an RV cover to protect your motor home, trailer or camper, you had no idea how many different covers there are for recreational vehicles, did you? The more you researched, the more RV covers you found on the Internet. Before too long your head is spinning with too many details and you can’t remember the individual characteristics of each of the covers? TMI – too much information! You want to save money but you also want to get the RV cover that is right for your RV, the location and climate that you live in, and your wallet.
     
    There are two immediate money savers to look for on the Internet. First is FREE Shipping. Do you have any idea how much an RV cover for a Class A motor home will weigh? The smallest Class A RV cover weighs around 34 pounds. Its weight alone is going to cost you if you have to ship it. Then depending on where the RV cover has to be delivered, you can be talking $50-60 in shipping alone.
    The other item to consider, at least for now, is where is the company that you have ordered this RV cover located? If you deal with a small e-commerce business that is located out of your home state, you can save money on sales taxes as well.  With a cover costing anywhere from $200 - $500, you are looking at a savings of $15 - $40 by purchasing your cover from a state other than you own. So consider the size of the Internet e-commerce business and do a little research to see if you can save money these two ways.
     
    To start with you must decide on the type of fit you want from your cover: contour fit, custom fit, or universal cover. A universal cover is like a generic "one size fits all" mass produced covering. The contour fit is made to the overall general dimensions of the average RV of that size. Custom fit covers are made to the exact dimensions of your RV. The only cover that I will discuss that is a true custom fit cover is the Carver cover made of Sunbrella™ material. When you go to purchase a custom fit RV cover you will be required to measure all aspects of your RV in order to give them the exact measurements of your individual RV. In my research I have found that many RV cover sites refer to their covers as custom- fit when they are actually contour-fit. Both the contour fit and custom-fit covers are made to fit the RV better with less movement thereby reducing scratching and wear on the RV’s exterior. With a custom fit cover there is better access to the doors and they have the better warranties. You will be able to tell when you research an actual custom fit cover; the price is definitely higher than either the universal fit or the contour-fit.
     
    The RV cover was designed to protect the exterior walls of a recreational vehicle from the damages that occur by being exposed to the elements of its surrounding environment. The material used to make your individual protective RV cover is probably the best indicator of what type of protection your RV will need. The basic entry RV cover gives protection from dirt, dust, bird droppings, leaves that discolor the top and scratches that occur along the exterior sides. These “dust” covers are usually single layer covers that cannot stand up to heavy wind & snow and are not properly made to reflect the UV rays of the sun. Many of the covers made today are made of polypropylene. Polypropylene fabric is a breathable fabric that allows the rain and moisture to go through the fabric as well as evaporate. The discount RV covers made of polypropylene are usually a single-layer of fabric. It is an affordable, all weather protection that is water-repellent yet breathable to reduce mold and mildew. Fabrics treated with SFS AquaShed ® are water repellent. The water beads up on contact giving the cover maximum resistance to high humidity and rainfall. It also claims to add UV protection to the cover. These inexpensive RV covers are not recommended for areas of winter snow or intense summer heat.
     
    Here is a list of the discount RV covers. These covers sell on the Internet are for areas of moderate climate. The following chart informs the buyer of the main features of the following discount RV covers. The prices listed below can be used to compare the cost of three Class A Motor homes depending upon the length of the Class A motor home.  Their warranties are usually in the 1-2 year range.
     
    INEXPENSIVE RV COVERS

     

    Features

    Traveler

    Poly Pro 1

    Aqua Shed

    Camco UltraGuard

    Warranty

    1 yr

    2 yrs

    2 yr

    2 yr

    Fabric Material

    1 ply 100% polypropylene

    1 ply 100% Non woven Polypropylene

    triple layer SFS top panel polypropylene

    triple layer SFS top panel

    Breathable

    x

    x

    x

    Water Resistant

    x

    x

    Water Repellent

    x

    Snow Protection

    x

    x

    Dirt, Dust, Scratch protection

    x

    x

    x

    Bird droppings

    x

    Tear Resistant

    x

    Air vents

    x

    UV protection

    x

    x

    Zippered Access

    x

    x

    Adjustable fit

    x

    How it Secures

    Tie down rope

    Elastic sewn into the corners

    Bunny ear cinching system; strap & buckle

    Tie down system- bungee strap

    Storage bag

    X

    x

    x

    Cost of Class A 24-28

    $135

    $162

    $275

    $313

    Cost of Class A 30-32

    $158

    $185

    $320

    $352

    Cost of Class A 37-40

    $181

    $204

    $380

    $385

     
     






























































    MIDDLEMAN RV COVERS
     
    The materials used in the development of the “middleman” RV covers provide a little more protection especially for those of us who live in the areas of heavy snow and rain as well as heavy humidity. Polyesters treated with Presidium 600-denier reflects sunlight, and has a water-resistant coating to keep rain and bird droppings from damaging the vehicle's finish. The 600-denier construction is a strong, heavy weave that will resist abrasions. Covers made with X-Strength fabric claim that they are durable and have a custom UV protective fabric that protects against water, sun damage and dirt as well as tearing. The Tyvek polyethylene synthetic cover is three layers of fabric that claim to knock out the intense sunshine, moisture and UV rays while three layers of polypropylene are used on the top of many covers with single layers on the side. The three layers allow the cover to “breathe” so that snow & ice do not cause mold, mildew or inside damage to the RV. Many of these covers also claim to be UV resistant covers that reflect the UV rays away from the camper, trailer, or motor home. These covers cannot handle the extreme heat of the desert or the South.
     
    Below you will find the six different covers that can be called the “middleman” of RV cover costs and the features that distinguish these covers from each other. These are the covers most recommended for heavy snow & rain. Their warranties are usually in the 2-3 year range,
     

    Features

    Cover King
     
    www.coverking.com/

    Poly Pro III
     
    www.rvcoversprotect.com

    Expedition
     
    www.rvcoversprotect.com

    Camco Gold Coast Ultra shield
    www.amazon.com

    Designer Tyvek
     
    www.rvwholesalers.com

    ProTECHtor
     
    http://www.empirecovers.com

    Warranty

    1 yr

    3 yrs

    3 yrs

    3 yrs

    2 yrs

    3 yrs

    Fabric Material

    Presidium™ 600-denier polyester 
    polyurethane material.

    Layers Non Woven polypropylene

    3 layer roof X Strength™ fabric

    Woven polyester 3 layer SFS top

    Dupont Flashspun polyethylene synthetic; 3 layers top & sides

    Spunbonded polypropylene

    Breathable

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Water Resistant

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Water Repellent

    x

    x

    x

    Snow Protection

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Dirt Dust, Scratch

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Bird droppings

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Tear Resistant

    x

    x

    x

    Air vents

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    UV protection

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Zippered Access

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Adjustable fit

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Click Close straps

    Quick release buckles

    Integrated strap & buckle system

    Marine grade tie-down rope and sizing straps

    12 elastic cords

    Strap & buckles for snug fit

    Buckle system with grommets

    Rear Ladder cap

    x

    x

    Storage bag

    x

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Cost of Class A 24-28

    $487

    $359

    $232

    $433

    $345

    $240

    Cost of Class A 30-32

    $520

    $393

    $262

    $490

    $389

    $255

    Cost of Class A 37-40

    $600

    $438

    $300

    $543

    $438

    $285

     
    BEST RV COVERS
     
    The fabrics created for the best, “top shelf” of RV covers are specially designed with reinforcement in the fabric. The rip stop fabric of the PermaPRO RV cover is a true tear resistant fabric. It is 1 ply specially designed fabric that is reinforced at regular intervals with nylon cross hatching patterns. The advantages of ripstop are that small tears cannot easily spread and the fabric has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. The Tru-weave fabric with the Durapel finish with a UV inhibitor is exclusively made for the Goldline RV covers. This is the best RV cover on the market because it is a strong, supple, water repellent cover that keeps the motor home or trailer cool in intense heat. Only time will tell if the new PermaPRO ripstop RV cover will out perform the Goldline cover. The Calmark Sunbrella is a custom made RV cover that is specially made to fit your RV only.
     
     

    Features

    PermaPRO
    www.rvcoversprotect.com

    Goldline
    www.rvcoversprotect.com

    Safeguard
    www.safeguardcovers.com

    Calmark Sunbrella
    www.calmarkcovers.com

    Warranty

    4 yr

    5 yr

    5 yrs

    6 yrs

    Fabric Material

    1 ply Ripstop woven polyester

    Tru-weave fabric with Durapel finish  (2 colors)

    Triple layer polypropylene top single layer sides

    FSR construction; the highest quality fabric available – Sunbrella®.

    Breathable

    x

    x

    X

    x

    Water Resistant

    x

    x

    X

    x

    Water Repellent

    x

    x

    X

    x

    Snow Protection

    x

    x

    X

    x

    Dirt Dust, Scratch protection

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Bird droppings

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Tear Resistant

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Air vents

    x

    x

    UV protection

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Zippered Access

    x

    x

    x

    x

    Adjustable fit

    x

    x

    x

    Exact fit by your measurements

    Secured how

    Sewn in tie-down tension flags with quick release buckles

    Sewn in tie-down tension flags with quick release buckles

    Nylon straps

    Friction Reducing Tie Strap system

    Storage bag

    Expandable storage bag

    x

    x

    Cost of Class A 24-28

    $486

    $483

    $249

    Factory Made – $1500+

    Cost of Class A 30-32

    $535

    $511

    $289

    Factory Made - $1500+

    Cost of Class A 37-40

    $608

    $584

    $319

    Factory Made - $1500+

     
     
    You are ready to make an intelligent decision for buying the RV cover with the most benefits for you and your pocketbook. Here is a chart that you can study to make your decision about the best RV cover for your needs, location and wallet. In my opinion the warranty is the selling point for me. It is important to me to know that once I make a large investment in an RV cover that the company I buy it from will stand behind their product with at least a replacement warranty. This is a major selling point. I do not want to be replacing RV covers every winter so I am looking for a cover that will stand up to the test of time. The best inexpensive all purpose RV cover with the fewest poor reviews is the Traveler. The affordable “middleman” RV cover for snow and rain areas is the PolyPro 3 while the Goldline has the best reviews as “the best RV cover” on sale with the best warranty. Only time will tell if the new brand, PermaPro ripstop RV cover becomes comparable to the Goldline RV cover.
     
    Take a few minutes to check out the links at the end of this article. You will find informative product reviews for several of the RV covers I have reviewed. Some are complimentary and others are not. Feel free to click on these links to shorten your research time on the covers reviewed.

    Reviews by customers found on the Internet

    Reviews for pop up campers using  ADCO Aqua Shed RV covers http://www.amazon.com/Adco-12293-SFS-AquaShed-Cover/product-reviews/B0030WOA1U/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    Camco ULTRA Guard RV covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Camco-45754-30-32-ULTRAGuard-wheel/productreviews/B001IZKDS0/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
    or
    http://www.amazon.com/Camco-45733-32-34-ULTRAGuard-Class/product-reviews/B001IZKDTE/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    Camco Ultra Shield RV Covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Camco-45705-36-38-UltraShield-Class/product-reviews/B0024E4X0S/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    Safeguard Premium Covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Safeguard-Premium-Cover-Class-24-28/product-reviews/B002PBDJO6
     
    http://www.trustlink.org/Reviews/Safeguard-Covers-205984189
     
    http://www.safeguardcovers.com/RV-Cover-33-37-ft-Class-A-Grey-p/cv-rva-33337-ge.htm
     
    Expedition RV Covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Expedition-Trailer-Cover-Fits-Travel/product-reviews/B002K2FS80/ref=sr_cr_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    http://www.amazon.com/Expedition-Trailer-Cover-Fits-Travel/product-reviews/B002K2P5GU/ref=sr_cr_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    Traveler RV Covers
    http://www.amazon.com/Cover-33-37-Travel-Trailer-Hauler/product-reviews/B000T43T28/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
     
    PolyPro 3 RV Covers
    http://www.jcwhitney.com/deluxe-poly-pro-iii-breathable-travel-trailer-rv-covers-with-zip-up-panels/p2004523.jcwx
     
     
     
     
     
     

  4. Has it ever crossed your mind to wonder what type of fabric is used for hot air balloons and parasails? Of course you want a fabric that has a great reputation for being tear resistant. Let’s face it, the last place you want to be is in a hot air balloon when the fabric tears and rips. The fabric used is called a ripstop fabric. So, if we have the good sense to use ripstop fabrics on hot air balloons, then why wouldn’t that same fabric work on RV covers? Thank goodness Classic Accessories has asked these same questions and has developed the new PermaPRO RV cover that utilizes ripstop fabric in their new line of RV covers.
         What exactly is a ripstop fabric? A fabric is only labeled ripstop if nylon is crosshatched and then interlocked with another base fabric. There are many types of ripstop fabrics because the base fabric can be made of a variety of cloth- cotton, polyester, polypropylene, and even silk. The innovation came when nylon is woven into the base cloth in a cross-hatch pattern. The interlocking weave makes the fabric ideal for resisting tears and fraying. In the case with the RV covers from Classic Accessories, the base fabric is 100% woven polyester.
         It is very easy to identify fabrics that are ripstop. The material has either millions of box or diamond patterns found through the entire fabric. It also has a raised feel to it because of the nylon that is crosshatched through out the fabric. Because of its versatility, ripstop fabrics have become the basic fabric for safety uniforms for the military, police and fire department. Because the fabric is one-ply, it is lightweight and can even be made into a breathable fabric that is ideal for the sport enthusiast.
         In the sporting goods field, ripstop fabric can be used in a wide variety of areas. Not only is it ideal for hot air balloons and parasails, it can also stand up to the rough wear and tear of hang gliders, parachutes, camping equipment, and military camouflage. When it comes to RV covers, the material must be able to stand up to torrential rains, blustery winter winds, the uncompromising snow & rain of winter, and the extreme heat of summer when those UV rays are relentless.
         One of the biggest complaints about RV covers is how easily they tear once they have been snagged. It is so easy to snag the cover because there is so much surface area to cover when installing it. In addition there are so many items on the RV that could cause a snag. With the ladder, the spare tire, the TV antenna, AC units, the undercarriage, and even the awning, there are so many possibilities for snagging the cover. Once snagged it is a matter of time before it leads to a small tear and then a larger rip. The next thing you know your cover is flapping in the breeze. With the innovation of ripstop fabrics the RV cover will last longer and won’t need to be replaced as often as before; therefore saving the buyer money.
         Over the course of the last three years, many of the economical RV covers sold have not been able to stand up to the test of time. Many covers have been replaced within a matter of months due to the quality of the material and the environmental conditions where the RV is stored. Of course there are brands of RV covers that can handle the environment in which it has been stored. One such brand is the Goldline RV cover. The Goldline cover is not made of a ripstop fabric; instead Goldline uses a Tru-weave fabric with a waterproof, water resistant feature called Durapel. This soft supple lightweight fabric is used by Goldline to out perform every other cover on the market.
         Enter Classic Accessories and their new line of RV covers, the PermaPRO cover. In June 2012, a new cover was introduced to the RV world, the ripstop fabric found in the PermaPRO RV cover. The PermaPRO fabric is 100% woven polyester with interlocking nylon threads that makes it a ripstop fabric with true tear resistant strength. This cover will protect the RV from bird droppings, dust, dirt, scratches, and even those unforgiving UV rays of the sun. It will then repel water and snow, making it the best winter storage cover that won’t turn a snag into a full blown ripped cover when the winter winds blow. It can even handle the increased water weight of melting snow in the spring. Classic Accessories’ PermaPRO RV covers are out to give Goldline a run for their money.
         Investigate for yourself. Classic Accessories has a reputation for providing their customers with quality covers and accessories that have a very low return rate because their fabrics are lab tested to meet the rigorous standards of tear strength, water resistance, and water repellency. Visit RV Covers Protect to see why the ripstop fabric found in the PermaPRO RV covers is the new wave of the future for RV covers.
     
  5. The sporting goods community has a new term when it refers to the material used to make heavy duty tear resistant equipment. That term is ripstop and it refers to 100% woven fabric that is lightweight and has a nylon-threaded interlocking design that resists tearing and ripping. Ripstop fabrics are made by weaving and interlocking the nylon in a cross-hatch pattern with the base fabric. Various types of fabric can be used as the base fabric: cotton, polypropylene, silk and polyester. The nylon is then crosshatched with the base fabric making a fabric that is ideal for resisting tears and fraying. The fabric is only labeled as ripstop if nylon is crosshatched and interlocking with another base fabric.
    Ripstop fabrics are very easy to identify because of the interlocking hatching of nylon threads throughout the material. In many cases the material has the feel of a barely raised box or diamond pattern. It is so versatile that ripstop fabrics have been used to make fire safety uniforms as well as camouflaged uniforms & equipment for the military. One of the best attributes of this material is that it is thin, lightweight, and even breathable- ideal for sports attire like jerseys and running shorts.
    Ripstop fabric is being used when the design calls for a fabric used in the sporting goods area. Any recreational use of a heavy duty tough fabric that requires the material to stand up to rough conditions like heavy use as well as torrential winds and rain and yet the material still remains in tact under those stressful applications would benefit from a ripstop fabric. Since it is a water repellent fabric it is usually used when making camping equipment, tents, sails, parasails, parachutes, hang gliders, hot air balloons, kites, banners, sports clothing and now RV covers.
    This ripstop fabric could not come at a better time for the RV cover industry. Because RV covers are used to protect large surface areas they are prone to tear.  The covers are in contact with the RV’s ladders, awning, AC units, TV antennas, bumpers, etc. that could snag the cover during installation. Then while in storage they are exposed to the forces of nature like winter winds and increased water weight due to snow and rain. Little wonder that tearing is an issue for RV covers. With a ripstop fabric, RV covers will last longer and will not need to be replaced as often as they are now.
    As a dropshipper of RV covers, I have found that many of the discount RV covers that are sold today cannot withstand the strong winds that come during the winter when most of us have our RVs covered and stored. Up until this point the best cover I have been able to sell and recommend was the Goldline cover from Eevelle. The Goldline cover is made of a strong supple water resistant Tru-Weave fabric with a Durapel finish that outlasts any cover on the market up to this point.
    In June 2012, Classic Accessories came out with a new line of RV covers called PermaPRO. This line of RV covers is made of a ripstop fabric that promises to rival the Goldline cover. The PermaPRO fabric is one ply 100% woven polyester with the nylon hatching that makes it a true ripstop fabric. The PermaPRO RV covers are made of an extra strength ripstop fabric that repels water, protects against bird droppings, dirt, dust & scratches, provides UV block protection from sun damage, as well as being the best winter snow storage cover that will not tear or rip in the blustery winter winds or the increased water weight of melting snow. Small tears will not turn into large rips when exposed to the elements with the ripstop fabric on the PermaPRO line of RV covers and the fabric will be able to support the weight of melting snow and ice.

    Check out the new line of RV covers sold by Classic Accessories at http://www.rvcoversprotect.com and see why ripstop is the new wave of the future for RV covers. 
  6.      A pontoon boat is a lightweight vessel.  The hull of the boat is constructed of tubes called pontoons, which taper in at the front of the boat.  This allows for better movement and speed in the water.  An aluminum frame attaches the pontoons to the deck platform.  The deck of a pontoon boat can be made out of wood, aluminum or fiberglass.  Pontoon boats generally have railings around the flat shaped boat, to prevent people, and especially children from falling over board.
         There are many accessories available that can be added to a pontoon boat to customize it for your use.  You can have bench seating all around the sides, in rows, or just use lawn furniture and tables.  Adding a camper enclosure can make most all pontoons suitable for spending a night on board. The port side gate and full-width swim platform invite you to play in the water. The stereo with an MP3 jack makes it easy to entertain, and the drop-down changing room lets you change into something more comfortable—and stay until after dark.  Attaching a bimini canopy makes your pontoon boat ready for an afternoon cruise with family and friends by providing shade from the hot sun.  For the fishermen; you can add built in livewells, rod holders, and bait buckets.  The deck of a pontoon boat also makes a great platform for fishing with the buddies.  It is also an ideal boat to use for scuba diving.  Some models are even fast enough to pull the kids on water skis, wakeboards, or tubes. These boats are also available with freshwater and toilet facilities. 
         If you enjoy taking the boat out in the ocean then this is not the boat for you. You will hardly ever see anyone on a pontoon boat out in the ocean, as they are simply not built for rougher waters. The best place to cruise on a pontoon boat is in a lake, river, or other calm water.  They are not made for the sea because of its shallow hull.  Waves over two feet will be washing on to the deck of your boat.  Stay away from the rough waters of the ocean because of their short bow they cannot withstand rough seas at all.
         Depending on the size of the pontoon boat, they usually can hold anywhere from 6-17 people.  They range in size from 14 to 28 feet.  The average price of a pontoon boat is $11,000, with prices ranging anywhere from $7,000 - $30,000 new.  A used pontoon boat can range from $1,000 - $15,000, but they are extremely hard to locate. Pontoon boats use an outboard engine and stern drive; with horsepower ranging from 10HP to 135HP. Of course it is important to keep that pontoon in tip top shape so it is important to purchase a pontoon cover to protect your investment and the exterior of your pontoon.
         One of the latest designs for pontoons is the addition of a third pontoon, or the triple tube design. “Tri-toons” are the latest craze because of their versatility and stability. They allow for larger motors on the boat, which can add 15 mph on the water. A 300 horsepower motor can provide an incredible ride and can reach close to 60 miles per hour top end speed. This will give the boat the performance of a deck boat and will give a nice smooth wake for tubing, skiing, and wakeboarding. Tri-toons handle more like deck boats and cost approximately $23,000 new.
         There are many reasons why people don’t like pontoons. First of all they are huge gas wasters. This is because they plow through the water and not on top of it. This method is very poor in efficiency and results in poor acceleration and lower top end speed. Secondly, most pontoon boats are equipped with an outboard that is underpowered for most people's usage needs. It takes 15 to 20% more horsepower outboard on a pontoon to do roughly the same on a ski boat with same HP engine. Finally, on a pontoon with a typical outboard of 60 to 90 HP and 4 to 5 people onboard, there is very little chance of pulling an adult skier or wake-boarder with it. You might be able to pull them, but it will be a terrible experience because you won't be able to get enough speed quickly to get them out of the water.
         Well there you go. Do you think a pontoon would be right for you? Speaking from experience, a pontoon is the only boat that allows you the freedom to move around the deck without a fear of rocking the boat to the point of spilling over. It is great for taking kids fishing or a leisurely ride down the river to unwind and refresh. In my mind, there is nothing better for the price and the square footage. But keep in mind, the best thing you can do for your pontoon to keep the re-sale value high and your pontoon looking its best is to keep the entire pontoon covered when it is not in use. It is amazing how quickly the sun can destroy the seat cushions on a pontoon and turn your pride & joy into a ratty looking redneck vessel. 

  7. When my husband and I purchased a 1998 Fisher pontoon boat for what we thought was a steal, the first thing we needed to do is replace the dry-rotted vinyl on all the seats. The pontoon had been sitting in the sun for eight years and every seat had vinyl that was cracked and split with the foam rubber padding exposed, rotting, and disintegrating each time it was touched. It did not provide for a comfortable seating arrangement; after all, the reason you purchase a pontoon is to be able to take all your friends along with you on the river. When we visited the nearby marine upholstery shop we were shocked to discover that it was going to cost upwards of $1200 to have someone else reupholster our boat. As a mediocre seamstress I decided that I would look into doing the job myself.
     
    Materials needed for this project: sharpened heavy duty scissors, marine vinyl, heavy duty leather needles for your sewing machine, heavy duty thread, sheets of foam rubber (1” thick), foam adhesive,  stainless steel pins, a durable seam ripper, staple gun,  stainless steel staples, long handled screw driver, pliers, power screwdriver, zip lock bags, a marker,
     
    Step 1
    First I visited my near-by cloth shop to see what they had available. After checking the Internet for marine vinyl I was surprised to find a wide variety of colors at Hancock Fabrics and the cost was reasonable, better than the online prices. If your cloth shop does not have marine vinyl, ask them if they could order it for you.  With that stated let me remind you that dark colors attract and hold the heat. They also fade quickly so I would suggest for your comfort and for the wear choose a light color like cream or white. While there I also purchased heavy duty leather needles for my Singer sewing machine. That’s right, I used my old sewing machine to do all the work, but buy at least two packages of the needles for leather. I would also purchase the longest pins the store carries. Look for the foam rubber in the store. Purchase several sheets of the flat 1” thick foam that can be placed over the worn, disintegrating foam that has been exposed to the sun.
    Step 2
    Remove the seats from the boat and disassemble the seats, such as the seat cushion, backrests and any other covered pieces. Begin by first removing all of the hardware that attached each seat to the boat. Thank goodness for power screwdrivers! Once the hardware is removed from the seat, place them in one of the zip lock bags and label it for each seat. This way you will not lose anything and it will make it easier to put the seats back and ensure a good fit.
    Step 3
    When the seats are disassembled, the next step is to remove the covers from the seating frame. Turn the seats upside down and remove the fabric by lifting the staples from underneath. In my case my frame was plastic, still in very good shape, and it was relatively easy to remove the staples. Using the pliers and screwdriver, remove the covers by inserting a long-handled screwdriver under the seam and simply lifting the staples out of the frame.
    Step 4
    The easiest way to reupholster a boat seat is to use the old fabric as a pattern for your new fabric. Using a seam ripper, carefully separate the cover into the pattern pieces. Lay the fabric down on a large flat surface and lay the old fabric face down on top. I then used a marker to trace an outline of the pattern on to the vinyl, but if you feel confident go ahead and cut the new fabric by tracing around the edges of the pattern. I gave myself an additional ½ inch allowance around the outside of each pattern piece. I would also suggest that you make each seat one at a time so that you don’t get your pieces mixed up. Pin the pieces together like they came apart and sew the pieces together. The first seat will be the hardest and with each additional seat you will get better with experience. With that in mind, decide which of your seats you want to look the best and do those last.
    Step 5
    Once you have completed the cover it is time to check the foam. If the underlying foam is in good condition then you are ready to re-cover it. If not, cut away the rotting foam and using foam adhesive glue the old and new foam together trying to maintain the original shape.
    Step 6
    At this point you are going to need a partner to pull the cover over the foam and pull it tightly back into position. Pull tightly to remove the wrinkles. The vinyl can take a great deal of pulling. Once it is in position, staple with the stainless steel staples. Stainless steel staples are more expensive but they will not rust and ruin your vinyl once you are back on the water. Place a staple at four equal points on the frame, then pull and staple the fabric all around the seat.
    Step 7
    Replace the seats back into the boat. Step back and admire your handiwork. You have just saved yourself a ton of money. In my case I was able to save approximately $950 by doing it myself.
    Step 8
    Now it is time to protect your almost new pontoon with the purchase of a low cost, 4 or 5 year warranty pontoon cover.  This should eliminate the extra cleaning needed due to the pelican’s last fly-over or the rapid deterioration and fading of the vinyl that has been left out in the sun for long periods of time.
     
  8. When purchasing a fishing boat, the only question you really need to answer is where you plan to do most of your fishing. So keeping that in mind, let’s look at the different models of boats that are sold to the average fisherman.
     
    A jon boat has a flat hull with one, two, or three bench seats. It is a great boat for hunting due to its flat hull that rides over waves instead of through them. It usually has a transom for the outboard motor. Flat bottom boats are best in lakes & rivers that are shallow and filled with obstructions, like tree stumps. The jon boat has short sides & a flat hull. They are unstable in rough waters but they have more deck space for fishing because they are flat.
     
    The V hull fishing boat is named that because of the shape of the hull… duh! The V-hull boat is known for its ability to cut through water and provide a smooth, drier ride for the occupants. However if you sit at the front or overload it with weight, the boat becomes unstable. Hulls with a deep V design may ride great and are dry but are not going to perform as well as semi-Vs or flat bottoms. The deep V hull is designed to throw water out from under the hull to improve the ride. The V hull boat has sides that are steeply pitched and the interior of the boat is somewhat narrower. The advantage to these boats is that in turbulent waters they are more stable and they give a smoother ride. They are best for deeper lakes & rivers.
     
    The modified V hull boat can be used in both the shallow and the deeper bodies of water. This design has a less distinctive shape and allows the fisherman to go after his prey in shallow waters & yet it still gives its occupants a smooth ride when the waters get rough.
     
    The runabout is a small motor boat that holds 6-8 people. Historically these boat’s hulls are all wood. The runabout is used for racing, fishing, and water skiing. It is also known by other names- bowrider, center console, cuddy boat, and walkaround. The outboard runabout is also known as a motor launch.  This boat is a fairly open boat with seats running laterally across the width of the craft and sometimes it has decking over the bow area. Inboard runabouts are a bit larger and their hull would plane on top of water instead of plowing through. They are open and have removable shelter tops.
     
    The bass boat is designed for bass fishing in freshwater such as lakes, rivers and streams. They are equipped with two motors, an outboard & a trolling motor. The bass boat is typically constructed of fiberglass or aluminum. The aluminum is usually smaller in size and less expensive than its fiberglass brother which is more spacious & handles better that the aluminum bass boat. They are equipped with swivel chairs that allow the fisherman to cast to any position around the boat as well as storage bins for tackle, equipment, rods & lures. There is a live well with an aerator on the boat that keeps the fish alive.
     
    The last “fishing” boat has a dual purpose. It can be used to fish or to pull skiers or tubes down the river. The ski boat is a boat that uses high horsepower to safely tow one or more water skiers. The skier is pulled on a towrope that is attached to a tow bar or a cleat at the rear of the boat.
     
    Each of the fishing boats discussed will give its owner the thrill of a fantastic day on the water. You just need to consider your needs and then go for it. Regardless of the boat you choose. It is always a great idea to have a boat cover for your fishing vessel so that you spend more time fishing and less time cleaning doing maintenance on your boat.
  9. The typical RV owner has been thought of as being “older” (55 and up) but the statistics indicate that the number of RV buyers aged 35 to 54 is growing faster than any other age group. Even in today’s economy, The Class A motor homes are at the top of the list when it comes to luxury, style, and performance in the RV world. Describing them as "motorhomes" is no exaggeration. These motorhomes are purpose-built or conversions, usually built on a bus chassis. When these bus conversion motor coaches end their travels, they are in need of a protective, breathable RV cover. These RV covers are not just a winter cover. The sun and rain damage the exterior of your RV as well as tree sap and bird droppings. A full size custom fit RV cover provides a portable “carport” for your motor home. At RV Covers Protect you’ll find two types of polypropylene covers with 4 and 5 year warranties. Whatever your RV Cover needs are, RV Covers Protect will be there with the best price and remember a well looked after motorhome will always draw top resale money.

  10. After my first trip on the river this spring, I could see so much neglect on boats and pontoons that have been sitting at the docks since last summer. The upholstery on the pontoons and jet skis is cracking and peeling and the foam seating is exposed; therefore, it is rotting away. It’s hard to believe, but a great deal of damage occurs on a boat when it is not in use. Whether due to the elements or to the fact that things do fall apart, your boat will decline in condition even when it’s just sitting around unused. If you want your boat to last 5 years, 10 years, and beyond, you need to invest in a nice cover.

    Nothing can completely preserve your boat, but using a pontoon boat cover can go a long way toward this goal. A cover keeps the floors and upholstery in top condition. When looking for a pontoon cover, it is necessary to have one that allows the air to circulating when your pontoon is covered. Without air vents in the cover, the result will be mold and mildew that create unpleasant smells and discoloration of the seats. To prevent this from happening, you need a pontoon boat cover that is specially designed to protect your boat and make sure that it stays in top condition when stored for several months on end. You need a heavy-duty fabric that has maximum water resistance and repellency, won’t shrink or stretch, and is resistant to mildew and UV damage.

    I know the cover doesn’t seem like the most important thing you need for your boat especially in the beginning, but three years from now when the upholstery is cracked, torn, and uncomfortable to sit on, you’ll wish you had taken care of this. Not only will it keep your boat safe, but it will also save you money. Several years ago my husband & I purchased a 10 year old pontoon boat. The pontoon had been sheltered but after 10 years the seats were in terrible shape. After searching the area for a marine seamstress we found that it is not easy to find someone who can re-upholster your pontoon seats and it is even harder to find one who will do it for a price you can afford. The quote we received for four pontoon’s seats was $1200. Of course, this could have been avoided. A pontoon cover ranges in cost from $100 to $180 (depending on the size of your pontoon boat) and it has a four year warranty.

    In addition you should consider spending a little more (up to $300) that keeps your boat safe during transit. Consider purchasing a high-strength marine canvas with a five year warranty that is designed for extra durability and all weather protection. An integrated buckle & strap system with adjustable straps will give you a tight custom fit for storage and you can trailer your pontoon back and forth to the river. A boat that is trailered without a cover will age very quickly, even if it only travels short distances. In the long run, doing this over and over will cause the boat to decline much more rapidly than it otherwise would.

  11. What comes to mind when you hear the term "RV" or recreational vehicle? Most folks think of things such as motor homes, travel-trailers, fifth-wheel trailers or toy haulers.  Actually, the words "recreational vehicle" may cover a whole lot more. I believe it is any vehicle used to have fun, whether it is for an individual, family, or group.  What kind of vehicles could be used to have fun during your recreational hours? This comprises a much larger list than just the motor homes, campers, and trailers. This could include your cars, pick-ups, sport utility vehicles, planes, all types of boats, inflatable pontoons boats, golf carts, UTVs, ATVs, hunting boats, and even jet skis. Then what about motorcycles and snowmobiles?  Are they recreational vehicles? Of course they are. Motorcycles and snowmobiles are used by nearly every age group to race around in the woods or hills and to tour the countryside.

    Well with all this in mind, I am expanding my site www.RVCoversProtect.com to include all of the following “RVs” beginning with pontoon boat covers.  Remember when the fun’s over and it’s time to head home, RV Covers Protect.

  12. Camping in your RV is a great way to experience the weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. There is great racing by day surrounded by the beauty of the majestic Estrella Mountains. If you have just decided to head to the speedway then you only have two choices for camping. There are no hookups, but fresh water and septic service will be available for a nominal fee.

    In the Reserved Weekend Camping area you will get a reserved site (20' x 40') that costs $175. You are limited to one tow vehicle per site but there is additional parking available in Estrella 3 at no charge. You enter this camping area at Gate 1. There are showers, restrooms, and a Bashas' grocery store in the camping area.

    The Unreserved Weekend Camping area is located in Estrella County Park. The sites are assigned upon arrival, so guests wanting to stay together must arrive together. All types of vehicles are allowed and should enter at Sun Lane, West of day parking lots. Showers, restrooms, and a Bashas' grocery store will be available in the reserved area. The cost is $60 per motorized vehicle.

    Remember when the fun's over and it's time to head home, RV covers protect.

  13. I don't know what it is like where you live but the pollen count is astronomical here in the South. That green gunk is everywhere you turn. Just yesterday I had my car washed and today it looks like it hasn't been washed in months. The bad part is, if you don't clean it off the RV, the pollen will build up and become encrusted with those tiny green monsters.  Have you ever seen an RV that has pollen encrusted all over the sides and roof? Do you have any idea how long it takes to scrub that mess off your RV?

    Thank goodness for my RV cover! When we came back from our last RV adventure we cleaned everything up, inside & out and threw the cover over it. Now when we're ready to go again in the next couple of weeks, we won't have those green monstrosities to deal with. RV covers are worth their weight in gold!

  14. Unlike some of the previous races, there is not as much camping available at Martinsville. Most sites are 18 feet wide and 42 feet deep for season ticket holders for the April and October NSC events. There are campsites outside of third turn area, on the left side of Main Campground Road, and near the entrance to the reserved campground area. The majority of camping for Martinsville Speedway is general admission. There is one spot per ticket holder for any type of vehicle. Even tents are allowed.

    The Speedway has contracted with a septic service to have your tanks emptied during the week, so are not allowed to rent their own port-a-johns. A minimal fee will be charged. There are some reserved campsites. So you should contact our ticket office at 877-RACE-TIX (877-722-3849) to see if any reserved sites are still available. Remember when the fun’s over, RV Covers Protect.

  15. There are a wide variety of awnings used on the RVs. There are patio awnings as well as window and door awnings on the motor coaches. The window and door awnings provide shade and keep the rain off the window casings. They are also great for protect in the interior from UV damage. The patio awnings provide a front porch for our home on wheels. They provide shade and are great cover when you want to sit outside and enjoy a light summer rain.

    The RV owner can jazz up their patio with a variety of stringed night lights. Then they also like to add a patio shade. The patio shade is made of a vinyl coated polyester mesh that blocks 50% of the sun’s damaging rays. The patio shade easily slides into the utility slot groove. The brass tie downs and grommets let you stake down the shade to provide stability.

    In addition to the shade there are a multitude of durable patio mats. These are made of a polyester fiber and heat sealed for years of use. The mats are color coordinated to match the awning. They are usually seven feet wide and come in lengths of 8ft., 12 ft., and 16 ft.

    Remember when the fun's over and it's time to go home, RV Covers Protect.

  16. When you have decided that it is time to remove the RV cover and prepare for your next trip, you should start with a general inspection of your awning. Unroll the awning and check for mildew or stains that need to be removed. Use a commercial cleaning product to remove the stains and mildew. While cleaning look for rips, tears, or punctures in the fabric.

    When the awning is extended you should always make sure that it is raised high enough before opening the entry door. The most common cause of rips and tears in the awning fabric are from the entry door with rough edges that can damage the low hanging awning. Most tears can be easily repaired. It is a good idea to keep a roll of RV awning repair tape in an outside compartment of your RV. It is easy to apply and virtually invisible and permanent.

    Water pooling in the center of the awning can cause extensive damage to the awning. That is why it is recommended to always keep one side of your awning lower than the other. This prevents the collection of water and allows it to run off.

    Wind gusts of over 20 mph can cause extensive damage to the awning as well as your RV. Never leave the awning down when there is no one around to let it down when needed. Store the awning in the travel position when everyone is away from the camper and when you go to bed at night. It is also a good idea to have awning tie downs at the campsite to prevent damage from any sudden gust of wind or sudden summer thunderstorm. Nobody wants to come back to camp to find their awning looking like our picture. It's easier to prevent damage than to replace it and it is also easier on your wallet as well.

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    The most common reason for a blow-out on the road is due to overloading the RV or not having the proper inflation of air in the tires. It is important that you know what the correct amount of air pressure is required of your tires.

    As soon as you have decided to take your next trip and you have removed your RV cover it is time to check the air pressure. The air pressure should always be checked in the morning while the tires are cold to get an accurate reading. While on your trip, the air pressure should always be checked prior to leaving each day.

    Loosing the air in your tire does not mean that you will loose control of your RV. Panic breaking or taking your foot off of the accelerator is the worst two things you can do under the circumstances. The best thing to do is to accelerate the vehicle a little until you have made your steering correction. Then decide where you want to stop and check out the vehicle. The driver can usually determine where the blowout occurred on the RV. If the air loss is in the front tires the driver will feel it in their hands on the steering wheel. If the air loss is in the rear tires, it will be felt through the seat

  18. In order to be able to use propane appliances on the outside of your Class A motor home you could install an extended stay kit to your LP tank. This allows you to run your barbecue grill or propane cylinder without using the propane from your LP tank.

    You will need two 7/8’ wrenches. Using the 7/8” wrench you will loosen the regulator assembly and move it out of the way. Since this is a gas appliance it will have left hand threads. For $45 you can purchase and add a T fitting to the gas tank. Tighten the gas fitting with the 7/8” wrench being sure that you set the T fitting so that your tubing can reach the valves. The fittings are one way so you can’t make a mistake with the attachments. Be sure to check for leaks by spraying soapy water in a spray bottle around all the fittings. If you see bubbles you need to tighten some more.

    You will need a second wrench (one for holding and one for twisting) to put the hose on that connects your grill to the T fitting.  When you are ready to connect the hose to the cylinder it is best to connect to the T fitting first because you will need to twist the tubing to until it is tight enough. Then connect to the propane cylinder. Always remember to check for leaks by spraying all the connected parts with the soapy water and then look for bubbles. If you find any bubbles than you need to do some tightening.

  19. If you have just decided to remove the RV cover and spend the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway you can hang it up staying at the Blue Ox Campground. As a matter of fact it appears that you can hang it up for next year too because they are already creating a waiting list for 2011. The ritzy area for the big bucks is the Medallion Motorcoach Community which is sold on a seasonal basis only. It is a luxury camping that features a private, exclusive "gated community" of 20x50 numbered reserved spaces with power, water and sewer hook-ups. The entire camping area is paved and landscaped and offers special amenities including golf cart shuttle service, WiFi, entry to win Pit Passes and 24-hour assistance/security.

    There are two other areas on the BMS. The Landing Campground has spaces that are 20 'x 50' on a flat gravel surface and guests will have full access to the shower house, restrooms, water station and dump station during their stay. BMS shuttles will offer transportation to the shower house as well as the grandstands on event days. Spaces cost $99 per race week and include five nights. The Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway Area Campground has RV spaces approximately 16-feet x 40-feet for non-hook-up spaces and Premium and Medallion Spaces are 20-feet x 50-feet. There are 44 shower stalls, several dump stations and water to fill your tanks, and free shuttles to the speedway and to Food City.

    My husband always wanted to go to Bristol. After all that’s the best short track racing there is, but he found that if you need a bicycle or golf cart for transportation. He stayed on one of the campgrounds outside BMS and some of these camping areas are very far from the track. But you are in luck, there are plenty of entrepreneurs who will ride you in their cart for the nominal fee of $5.00. Check out this link to see all the areas where you can camp at Bristol. http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/documents/2009_bms_camping_map_aics.pdf
  20. The two most common cylinders for propane are the 20 pound and 30 pound cylinders or pressure vessels. The 20 lb. cylinder holds 4.7 gallons of propane but is often referred to as a 5 gallon bottle. The propane is filled to 80% capacity. The extra 20% is used for the expansion of the liquid propane when it boils. Propane boils at -44°F. The boiling process creates the vapor that our RV appliances run on.

    There are three ways to tell if the tank is full. The first is with the OPD. On the outside of the cylinder there is a device called the OPD, the overfill prevention device. Inside the tank is this device that acts as a float. It floats to the top when the tank has reached maximum capacity. The second way to be sure you have a full tank is to weigh it. The propane dispenser has a mathematical formula that is used to determine that the tank is full. The third way is to use the fixed liquid level gauge that is on the OPD. This is to be done by a propane dispenser only. The dispenser knows that the tank is full when a white fog is emitted out of a small hole on the OPD.

    Since propane is a white liquid that boils at -44°F, if it were to get on you, it will do so in the form of a white cloud and it could cause frost bite. Propane is something to be left alone and the tanks should always be covered and latched with a propane tank cover.

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    One of the best infields for being able to see a great majority of the race in NASCAR is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The infield sits in something that resembles a bowl. You are able to see more than just a small segment of the race; you can see almost everything because of its design. The infield camping offers fans an unmatched camping experience. With camper showers located at each end of the infield as well as a dump station between Turns 1 & 2, fans are just a short distance away from all the needed amenities for camping. Infield camping also provides access to tram stops.

    The Trackside Terrace is the newest camping area at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This area offers sixty-one (61) spaces that overlook the Speedway, providing an unparalleled view of all the action on the high-speed backstretch for $7000 annually. An additional twenty (20) spots, the Back Terrace with Viewing Veranda, are available for $6000 annually. Each spot comes with 10 daily admission tickets, 24-hour security, 1 additional vehicle pass per spot for a normal sized vehicle, and full hookups (electric, water, & sewer). Turn One Trackside Camping (RV only) features asphalt RV parking spots with full hookups while the offering a spectacular view of the entire speedway from just above Turn One. Each spot comes with 10 daily admission tickets and full hookups for $7,990 annually.

    Outside there is one camping section created for the family NASCAR fans. The Family Tent/Pop-up Campground is reserved for tent and pop-up camping. This area is adjacent to the main shower and restroom facility for ease of use. The cost is $100. The Family Reserved RV Camping (RV only) is a multi-sectioned camping area with round-the-clock security and strictly enforced quiet time (10pm-7am) which allows for a more relaxed camping experience for the whole family. The cost is $150. The Family Premium Reserved RV (RV only) is currently the closest camping area to the main grandstands and central tram stop. This is the newest section of the Family Camping. It offers water and electric hook-ups and sewer service is provided by Atlanta Motor Speedway at no charge. The cost for this camping area is $800 annually.

    Club One Camping (RV only) offers 30 asphalt RV camping spots with full hookups at the base Winners Grandstand. This area provides campers with easy access to Club One and the main grandstands for $1000 annually. The Premier Camping(RV only) is located along the main entrance. There are only 33 of these asphalt spots which include full hookups, easy access to the front stretch grandstands, as well as the souvenir and display areas for the price of $1,000 annually. There is Reserved Handicap Camping (RV only) located adjacent to the Club One parking lot, this paved area offers 33 paved spots for $100.

    The Legends Camping (RV only) has grass camping spots and legendary row names like Allison, Elliott, Kulwicki and Pearson (just to name a few). This area is sure to be a race fan’s delight. It is located across from East Turn Reserved camping between the Main Entrance and Entrance E. The cost for a lot 25 x 45 is $150. Legends Lakeside Camping (RV only) is located in the front part of the Legends camping area and sold on an annual basis for $800. This area offers 25 gravel spaces with full hookups (electric, water, sewer) which surround a small lake.

    First Turn Camping is located outside of Turn One and Two between Entrances L and the main tunnel. This large all gravel lot offers level spots for RV camping and easy access to tram stops, grandstands and the infield. Lots 20 x 40 cost $150 and lots 25 x 45 cost $175. The East Turn Reserved Camping (RV only) is located on the front side of the Speedway near Turn 4 between Entrances E and G. This large all gravel lot offers level spots for RV camping with easy access to a tram stop. A camping shower and restroom facility is located nearby for $150. Speedway Blvd. Reserved RV Camping (RV only) is located at the intersection of Speedway Blvd. and Highways 19 & 41. This reserved camping lot offers fans large camping spaces at a competitive price. A tram turn around stop offers campers easy access to all the grandstands via the Speedway's coordinated tram service for $100.

    There are a few unreserved camping areas for those of you who impulsively threw off your RV cover and decided to go to the race at the last minute. The cost is $60 payable upon arrival Atlanta Motor Speedway offers the Unreserved RV Camping Opportunities (RV only) option. These tree-lined, 50-plus acres are sold on a first come basis and are located on the North side of Speedway property off Speedway Blvd. A tram stop offers campers easy access to all the grandstands via the Speedway's coordinated tram service. This opens on the Saturday prior to race weekend. The Unreserved Tent/Pop-up Camping Opportunities is surrounding the lake near Turn 4. This area offers easy access to the shower and restroom facility located in the same area as well as a tram stop. The Unreserved Handicap Camping is located in the fenced grass area adjacent to the East Turn Hospitality.

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    When dealing with a propane tank you must realize that it is mandatory that the tanks remain in an up right position. So here I want to discuss how to properly disconnect the tank and transport it to be refilled.

    The first thing to do is to remove the propane tank cover.  Shut off the valve on the empty cylinder and make sure there is no propane flowing out of the tubing. Disconnect the connectors to the RV and loosen the clamp. Put the dust cap on it to keep out foreign debris and to protect the threads on the valve. Remove the cylinder and place it securely in a carrier of some type. This can be a holder made especially for the propane tank or a cardboard box or crate. Then secure the tank & carrier with a bungee cord or rope to your truck.

    So you don’t have a truck, can you carry it in your car or an enclosed vehicle? Alright don’t get excited! The standard size of a propane tank is 30 pounds. You can carry up to three tanks in your vehicle but it is not recommended to carry more than that. On a hot day (100 °F) the heat can cause the pressure in the tank to be raised to 200-215 psi. That is not something we want to mess with! When carrying propane in an enclosed vehicle you still need to keep it in the upright position. Secure it with a seat belt or on the floorboard of your car. Open all the windows in the vehicle for proper ventilation just in case there is a leakage in the valve.

  23. Well NASCAR fans if you were in Fontana, CA last weekend to see Jimmy Johnson win his 48th cup race, then you could possibly be traveling Interstate 15 today on your way to the next race in Las Vegas. Listed below are the 8 RV Camping areas.

    Camping Areas

    Cost for 3-days

    Inside Outside

    track

    Location

    Enter thru Gate

    Full hook-up

    Dry Camping

    Motor home Hill

    $3500 (8 people)

    In Above back stretch Gate 8 Full hook-up

    Infield RV

    $900-1150

    In Infield Gate 4 Dry Camping

    Turn 1 RV

    $749

    Out Behind turn 1 ???? Dry Camping

    Checkered Flag

    $449

    Out Behind turn 1 Gate 10 Dry Camping

    Boulevard RV Lots A-C

    Lot D

    $ 279; Lot D $259

    Out Backstretch

    Gate 7

    Gate 9

    Dry Camping

    Turn 3 RV

    $449

    Out Turn 3 Gate 8 Dry Camping

    Bullring RV

    $249

    Out Pits of the Bullring short track Gate 3 Dry Camping

    Hollywood RV

    $199

    Out Near Bullring & go-cart track Gate 1 Dry Camping

    Besides the race, another big draw at the track this weekend is the Neon Garage. The Neon Garage allows race fans to see their favorite drivers up close from both the ground floor and on the second level they can watch while race teams prepare their cars. A weekend pass will cost $179.

    If you have spent the last two weekends at the racetrack, I'm sure that it will be time to head home soon. So remember when the fun's over, RV covers protect!

  24. Let’s face it the majority of RV owners have packed the RV up for the winter. That means the rig has now been sitting idles for at least two and a half months now. Long term tire storage of seasonal use RVs requires special preparations. If at all possible, RVs should be raised on blocks, so the weight is taken off the tires.

    At this point in the winter, you need to take your rig for a little drive to prevent flat spotting and ozone cracking at the tire sidewall flex point. Flat spots usually disappear, when the tires warm-up, after a 25+ mile drive. BUT, by summer if you have not moved the vehicle in over six months flat spotting may become permanent.

    Tires on motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheels stored out-of-doors, should be protected by opaque wheel covers to prevent damage from sunlight.

  25. On Sunday (Feb 21 and Oct 10) the NASCAR drivers move to the California track in Fontana. If you are bringing your RV to the track you have two options for camping. The Camping World Infield is the area inside the track oval. The Infield RV Pass is good for one self-contained RV and includes two infield wristbands. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. Entry to the infield (outside of Gate 3)  begins on the Thursday morning of race week at 5:30 a.m. BUT remember.... you will not be able to leave the infield area until Sunday night after the race.

    Near Gate 5, you can find the other campground, the RVs.com Camping area. This area provides one RV site and 2 Grandstand tickets for the Saturday and Sunday races. The camping area offer showers, restrooms, and a shuttle service to the track. You can begin camping in this campground on the Thursday of race week at 8 a.m. So pull off that RV cover and get the engines purring because its time to “Boogity, boogity, boogity!”

  26. The biggest natural cause of tire failure is from the gas known as ozone. Ozone causes the rubber to become brittle.  Eventually the surface cracks become wider and deeper.

    Keeping your tires clean is the best thing you can do to minimize ozone damage. Tire manufactures do not recommend any type of dressings or cleaners other than soap and water. If you must use a commercial tire dressing to make your tires look shiny and brand new, be sure that the product does not contain petroleum products or alcohol.

    Since high temperatures and ultraviolet light accelerate the destructive ozone process,  using wheel covers when not in use will also help prolong the life of your RV tires.

  27. 10. The covers come with a compression storage bag.

    9. The cover will keep the neighbors kids out of your RV.

    8. The cover will protect the exterior from the wind damage that is a result of a tornado! The cover might tear but the RV will look great! BUT there is a multi-year warranty on the cover.

    7. The cover will keep you from having to wash the RV repeatedly.

    6. The cover comes in a variety of polypropylene fabrics and sizes.

    5. The cover keeps tree sap and bird droppings from ruining the paint and detailing of the RV.

    4. The cover eliminates black streaks.

    3. The cover keeps the noisy neighbors from being jealous of your rig.

    2. The covers is much less expensive and more convenient than an off-site RV storage.

    AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON TO BUY AN RV COVER IS....

    The cover preserves the resale value of your investment!

  28. The first time most people remove their RV cover in February is to go to the Daytona 500. Going to the 500 can be a very expensive experience. One way to cut the cost is to stay at a campground in the Daytona Beach area instead of at the track.

    One of the closest campgrounds to the track is the International RV Park and Campground which is 3.2 miles away. The facility's roomy campsites are designed to accommodate motor homes up to 40 feet long. Campers can use 50-amp or 240-volt power, and each site has water and sewer hookups. Concrete pads, picnic tables, and pull-thru parking are available on some sites.

    Another respectable campground in Port Orange is the Daytona Beach KOA which features RV sites and tent campsites. There are pull-thrus, with a maximum length of 80 feet. Cable TV hookups are provided at no additional charge, and 50-amp electricity is available. Free wireless internet access is also available.

    A temporary campground called Speedweeks Campground is located just a mile away from the Speedway. The facility can accommodate both tent and RV campers but is open only during racing weekends. A variety of vendors set up on the grounds, offering various NASCAR merchandise, food, and more. Electrical hookups are not available, but campers are allowed to bring and use generators. Sewer hookups are also not available, but RV campers can purchase daily pump out services. Hot showers are available for campers, as are water stations.

  29. For many people, the first time that people remove their RC cover and venture out in February, is for the Daytona 500. If you want to be in the center of all the action around the speedway and you are having no financial difficulties due to this crummy economy, then you may want to stay at the racetrack and experience the Daytona 500. Everything depends on what you want to experience at the track. Do you want to watch the race from your motor home? If so, you should be looking at camping at Lake Lloyd where you will have the view of the lake and the famed Super stretch. If you want to watch the race at turns one and two, there are a few premium spots in Yellow RV Camping.  The premium sites have water, electric, and cable hook-up. I hope that you are really just into the party scene if you are planning on staying at the track. There are not many places in the in-field  for the true race fan with a view of the race. The true race fan will be disappointed unless you have cable hook-ups and can watch the race from the comfort of your RV.

    If you like the excitement of thousands of race fans all congregating in the same area, then you will enjoy in-field camping. There are many things to see and lots of fun to be had. But prepare yourself, you will only see very small portions of the race and you will be listening to the race play by play over the loud speakers.

  30. There are five types of RV Storage. The most expensive and the best for your RV is the fully enclosed units, in other words this is a garage. These enclosure may have heat and electricity, are totally secure, and can be accessed only by the RV owner. The second type is a covered unit with three walls. These definitely provide excellent protection from the elements but they do not have heating & air.

    The third type is covered parking. The canopy protects the RV from the sun but does not block moisture or wind from the sides. The fourth is open parking in a gated lot. Although it is secure there is no protection from the sun, wind, and rain.

    The fifth type of RV storage is the RV cover. This is by far the most efficient way to provide protection from the sun, wind, and rain. Most covers come with a three or four year warranty. When compared to the most cost efficient monthly storage unit, it is by far the most inexpensive way to protect your investment.

  31. The fifth wheel costs less than the motorized RVs as far as the square footage is concerned.  Some people like the split level floor plan that is caused by the hitch set-up. The newer fifth wheels have multiple slide outs. These slide out extend the square footage which will allow you to stay in one location for many weeks without wanting to kill on another. The 5th wheel's raised neck section (called the goose-neck) connects over the bed of the tow vehicle to the fifth-wheel hitch. This hitch design reduces the overall length of the vehicle and because a large majority of the weight is over the rear axle of the truck, it improves the traction and handling of both vehicles. In the event the trailer needs repairs, the 5th wheel trailer can be left at the repair shop while you still have the use of your truck. In addition when you arrive at your destination and have set up for your stay, you have a truck that can take you wherever your dreams take you. This is much easier than driving a huge motor home to go to a nearby grocery store for a few items. Fifth wheel RV covers can be purchased at reasonably cost efficient prices and they preserve the exterior appearance of your 5th wheel for a good re-sale at a later date.

    There are a few disadvantages to the fifth wheel. One is that the 5th wheel rides higher than the travel trailer so it tends to be blown around a little on the highways and in severe storms. The fifth wheel hitch limits the use of the truck bed for hauling large items and a fifth wheel cannot be hauled by a car or van.

  32. The advantages of the travel trailer are many. The travel trailer provides a single level floor plan as compared to the fifth wheel's upper level bedroom. If you are using a truck to tow the RV then you have not forfeited the use of the truck bed as you do with the fifth wheel. Some of the smaller, light weight models can be towed by a large car or van. The travel trailer costs much less that the motorized RVs. This is especially important if you need to have repairs done on the RV. In this case you can leave the RV to be repaired and still have the use of your truck or van. In addition when you pull into your vacation spot and set up for your stay, you have the truck or van to move about and visit other destinations. Then once you arrive home, you unload the dirty clothes and food, then throw a RV cover over your travel trailer until it is time to travel again.

    The disadvantages for these RVs comes from driving the travel trailer. The larger travel trailers have quite a bit of sway and handling problems. These are the most difficult to steer, drive, and brake of all the RV types. Slow and cautious driving are recommended.  Trailers of any type (fifth wheel or travel trailer) do not have the luxurious look of the motor coach.

  33. The Class B RV is sometimes referred to as a conversion van. Because they are basically a truck, parts are easy to find and most mechanics can do the repairs.  They are the easiest to drive, park, or fit into off-road locations that are impossible to get to with the larger RVs. The Class B offers great gas mileage as compared to the other RVs, and they are fast on the road.

    The Class B is the most expensive per square foot and have very tiny storage compartments. They are best for one person but two could possibly handle a weekend together - more that a weekend might cause serious damage to your relationship. Some of the replacement appliances are hard to find because they were made for small accommodations. When it comes to staying in a campground, you will probably pay the same as a motor coach would for the same space. The front window will require a windshield cover to provide privacy & to reflect the UV rays.

  34.  

    The Class C RV is a recreational vehicle built on the frame of a van or truck. The advantages to this type of RV is that it is usually easier to get parts and repair work done. They offer the family the same conveniences of the Class A RV as far as the  living space while being more economically priced than the Class A. They usually have better sleeping for families with an overhead sleeper with a queen size mattress. They are ideal for long camping trips with large families. The Class C does not intimidate the driver like a Class A since it is more like driving a truck or van than a bus. As a used vehicle they are often easy to find and can be purchased at a reasonably cheap price. They are especially well-kept if the owner has purchased a Class C RV cover to protect the exterior.

    The disadvantages of the Class C are that their price seems to depreciate faster than their big brother, the Class A, and the storage space is considerably smaller than the Class A. They do not have the luxury look of the Class A as they will always be more of a camper than a coach. The front windows in the cab sometimes leak where the overhead are is mounted and the windows will need a windshield cover to provide privacy for the occupants and to keep the cab cool.

  35. The Class A RV is the most prestigious of all the RVs on the market. The advantages to this RV is that there are always a market when you get ready to sell and there are many used models to choose from when buying. The newer Class A's are very safe vehicles, your family can even move around in the vehicle while you are driving. Class A's are easy to finance & insure and they have good repair records. This type of RV  makes it very easy to "boondock" (park anywhere without electrical hook-ups). You just pull up to wherever you want to go and have dinner that was prepared while you drove or just go to sleep. You never have to get out of your RV to set up because you are self-sufficient. When you get home, you drive up, take out your traveling items and then throw your Class A RV cover on until the next time.

    The greatest disadvantages to the Class A is that they are also the most expensive. Many of the new Class A's get less than 7 mpg and the older ones may not even get more than 5 mpg. Every time you want to go somewhere you must break everything down unless you have towed a vehicle, but that makes your vehicle harder to drive and more difficult to steer. Many people find the Class A RVs  impossible to back up and intimidating to drive. When major repairs are needed on the road, you are forced into a hotel until your "home" and your "transportation"  are repaired.

  36.  The toy hauler was designed for families and sports enthusiasts. There is a large cargo room in the rear that allows you to take your bicycles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, jet skis, or other outdoor recreational vehicles to places like the desert, forest, or boondocks. It is like carrying your garage with you. The garage of your toy hauler can be also used to house extra beds for larger families or your guests. You can even add a  toy hauler screen to provide a shaded area that keeps out the mosquitoes and all other insects.

    Something to consider if you are thinking about purchasing a toy hauler is if you have a vehicle that can pull the weight of the combined RV and toy hauler with a full garage. The weight of the RV and all of your toys will require the largest eight-cylinder or a heavy duty 250 or even a Cummings diesel.

  37. After the fun-filled travel season’s over and it’s time to head home and put the RV away for the winter, it’s time to also consider what is the best way to store your home-away-from-home. As much as you enjoyed the past travel season, you want to ensure that the next time you are ready to roll, your RV is ready as well. To insure that you need an RV cover.

    The first thing you want to do when you arrive home is clean the exterior of the motor home for the winter. Remember to work your way down to the tires. Clean the roof first. Use warm water and a mild detergent. Use a soft brush on the entire body. The goal of cleaning the roof is to remove the white chalky residue that sometimes marks the exterior after a heavy rain. Don’t get over zealous because rubber roofs have an oxidized layer to protect the surface. Just get the chalky white build-up.

    If your RV is stored under trees you might have a problem with bird droppings and tree sap. Prior to washing the sides of the vehicle, liberally spray the infected area with an oily base like spray cooking oil or WD40. Leave this on for approximately 10 minutes and then wash as usual.

    Once the RV is clean and dry, it is ready for your RV cover.

  38. Tarps are not advised to be replacements for RV covers. You should not use a plastic tarp to cover your RV especially in high heat areas because the plastic cannot breathe. Most commercial tarps are made of plastic. Without a breathable fabric, it has been suggested that tarps may cause damage to the inside your motor home or camper.

    A friend of mine used a tarp to cover the family boat, only to find the moisture had ruined the boat causing a costly replacement of wood and other parts. If you are going to use an RV cover or boat cover, be sure to have a breathable fabric that allows the moisture to evaporate.

  39. The Poly X 300 RV cover provides the toughest combination of weather protection and superior tear resistance. There is less bulk so it is easier to install. This heavy duty fabric repels water and protects against UV damage and dirt. This superior fabric dries quickly and is fully breathable to protect against mold and mildew.

    It has adjustable front and rear tension panels and elasticized hemmed corners to provide a custom fit. The integrated strap system with the tension panel connection system reduces stress on the cover when tightening the straps. This cover includes a compression storage bag and a 4-year warranty.

  40. RV covers made of polypropylene are made of  a single-layer of fabric. It is an affordable, all weather protection that is water-repellent yet breathes to reduce mold and mildew. These covers have elasticized corners that provide a custom fit.

    This RV cover is not recommended for areas of winter snow or intense summer heat. This single-layer cover will not last as long as multi-layer fabrics, but it does have a two year warranty. In my opinion, you get more protection for your RV by investing a little more and purchasing the Poly Pro III covers or Poly X 300 covers.

     

  41. This RV cover has triple-layered, reflective white polypropylene top with breathable single layered polypropylene sides. It protects against rain, snow, UV rays, dirt, nicks and scratches. The air vent system reduces wind lofting and inside moisture. It has full height zippered panels that allow full access to the vehicle’s interior and its elastic hemmed corners provide a custom fit. It protects the RV in the harshest of weather and has a three year warranty. 

    This cover would be beneficial for anyone living in the "snow zone." This week that means most of the country, but under most circumstances that would be the northeast and the northern part of the mid-west. The breathable material allows the moisture to evaporate which prevents the build-up of mold and mildew.

  42. Covering your RV is essential for owners that do not live in their RVs full time. It is one method of protecting your investment if you choose outdoor storage for your RV when it is not in use.

    RV covers block ultraviolet (UV) rays to prevent fading and cracking from the body of the vehicle and reflect infrared rays to lower the temperature. They also prevent chemicals that may have an adverse effect on the paint job due to rain and bird droppings from reaching the vehicle, while allowing moisture to escape by preventing the buildup of mold and mildew.

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