A Guide to Boondocking: Camping Off the Grid

Boondocking | RVs of West Texas

If you want to explore the great outdoors, try your hand at boondocking. This guide to boondocking covers what exactly boondocking is, why you should do it and how to ensure you get a good experience out of it.

What is boondocking?

Boondocking is camping with your RV while completely disconnected from the grid. In other words, you’re not plugged into any power, water or waste infrastructure, and must rely only on what you brought with you. Power comes from a generator or batteries and water comes from your fresh water tank. When you boondock, you’re truly on your own.

Why is boondocking great?

Boondocking allows you to camp in truly wonderful spots, in isolation from other people. It enables you to connect with nature in a way that isn’t quite possible via other camping methods that still attach you, even by a thread, to society. If you love to camp, you should give it a try.

Boondocking tips and tricks

One thing you’ll quickly discover while boondocking the first time is how perilously quickly your fresh water tank goes empty. There are a lot of ways to help you minimize water usage, though. Take fewer showers, use dry shampoo, and clean your hands and face with baby wipes. Use paper plates to reduce the amount of dishwashing, and then use those plates as kindling for the firepit. Also, bring your own drinking water and cut down on energy use.

To find the right RV or trailer for your boondocking experience, contact us at RVs of West Texas, located in Baird, Texas, to learn about the different models we have available.

Stay Informed and Prepared While RVing

Rving

During your travels, it’s essential that you stay informed and prepared while RVing with your family. Follow these tips to ready yourself for whatever life throws at you and have peace of mind on each journey.

Maintain a connection

Before embarking on a trip, make sure you have the most up-to-date information about where you’re going since it’s much easier to hop on the internet and find important information in a traditional home. In an RV, you may need to take some extra steps to ensure you have reliable internet access.

If you’re staying at a campground, the odds are good that you’ll have a reliable source of electricity and Wi-Fi access. However, while on the go, you should have a plan to keep your devices charged and a good data plan so you can still search the web and contact your loved ones.

Make a plan

Circumstances are always changing. Whether it’s for an unprecedented virus outbreak or another situation, it’s useful to have an emergency plan in place. Likewise, if you think you may need to leave the campsite in a hurry, formulate an exit plan and avoid unpacking unessential outdoor gear. It’s also wise to bring extra clothes in case the weather changes as well as medical supplies you might need.

If you’re searching for your family’s next trailer or RV, check out the models available at RVs of West Texas in Baird, Texas, by viewing our inventory online.

Spice Up Your Dog With These Hot Dog Toppings

Hot Dogs | Abilene, TX

If you enjoy eating hot dogs around the campfire but are tired of having the same simple hot dogs each meal, you may want to try new hot dog toppings. These unique twists on the hot dog can make for delicious meals on your next camping trip.

Breakfast dog

You can enjoy breakfast foods at any time of the day, so why not combine breakfast foods with hot dogs? Add some bacon, a fried egg and crispy hash browns to your hot dog. The protein in this meal makes it ideal for eating before your hike or sports game.

Italian dog

Instead of using an all-beef hot dog, try using a spicy or sweet Italian sausage instead. Then, add grilled hot peppers, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce atop the sausage for a fulfilling Italian meal.

Hawaiian dog

If you like Hawaiian pizza, you may also enjoy this hot dog. Simply place bacon bits and pineapple onto your hot dog. You can also add barbecue sauce for additional flavor.

Southwestern dog

For this hot dog, you need to add black beans, corn and avocado. You can also conveniently put a bean salad onto the hot dog. You can get these toppings in cans, making it easy to prepare the hot dog on trips.

We at RVs of West Texas in Baird, Texas, hope you get the chance to try out these recipes and more on your trips. If you’re looking for a new RV to go camping in, check out our inventory online.

 

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your RV

RV Spring Cleaning

With the spring season arriving, it’s time to get the RV ready for traveling again. Follow these spring cleaning tips to prepare your RV for the open road this spring and summer.

Organize the cabinets

The inside of the cabinets can quickly become dusty and dirty. As such, clear out your RV’s cabinets, wipe them down and organize your items as you put them back. Try using clear containers to store loose food, which will make it easier to locate the items.

Scrub the stove

You should clean your stove regularly, but spring is a great time to do a deep clean. Remove the knobs and place them in warm, soapy water. Remove and wash the grates with soapy water as well, and if that doesn’t do the trick, spray them with a degreaser. Then, you can scrub the stovetop.

Vacuum the floor

Vacuum the whole floor, making sure to clean underneath furniture you can move. For example, raise the mattress to get better access around and under the bed. Use your vacuum’s extension wand to get into tight corners and narrow areas. If you have carpet, consider steam cleaning it. If the floor is made of laminate, wood or tile, be sure to mop it.

Remember that the components of your RV may also need an inspection. Visit RVs of West Texas to ensure your RV is up to the task of a road trip.

How to Use JAYCOMMAND™

JAYCOMMAND™ | Baird TX

The innovative JAYCOMMAND™ system comes standard on many 2020 Jayco RVs and is available on a wide range of other trailers. Depending on the trailer, JAYCOMMAND™ can be powered by Firefly, BMPRO, or LCI. As such, follow these instructions on how to use JAYCOMMAND™ and connect your mobile device in your specific model.

JAYCOMMAND™ powered by Firefly

Download the Vegatouch Mira app on your mobile device. After providing a bit of information on the app, you simply need to input your pin and change it. Then, you can have access to a variety of functions.

JAYCOMMAND™ powered by BMPRO

Go the home screen on the panel in your Jayco RV and press the arrow located at the bottom until PA is displayed. You can then press EXT on the home screen. Be sure to also follow the instructions on your mobile device in order to pair it to JAYCOMMAND™.

JAYCOMMAND™ powered by LCI

Install the OneControl® app onto your mobile device, and enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®. Create an account on the app, and connect to your RV. After providing information about your RV and creating a pin, you can then utilize different features.

 

JAYCOMMAND™ lets you remotely operate several features of your RV, including the air conditioner, light zones and the awnings. Learn more about the technologies in Jayco RVs when you stop by RVs of West Texas.

Road Trip Games to Play in Your RV

Vehicle Bingo Card

If you are planning to take your family along for trips in your RV, it’s a good idea to have lots of options to keep your children entertained on the road. Consider playing fun road trip games the next time you travel in your RV.

Categories

The classic game of categories is played by first having one of your family members select a category. Potential categories could be colors, songs or flowers. Everyone in the RV then takes turns listing something within the category until someone repeats an answer or can’t think of one.

Scavenger hunt

Before hitting the road, develop a list of items that you may spot on the road, such as a barn, a specific sign or a firetruck. The winner of the scavenger hunt is the first passenger to find every item on the list.

Vehicle bingo

For vehicle bingo, you need to first design bingo cards with different vehicle types written in each spot. Make sure each passenger has different vehicles listed on their bingo card. Just as with regular bingo, you win by finding all the items in a line on your card.

 

We at RVs of West Texas hope you have a fantastic trip in your RV this year. Schedule an appointment at our service department to make sure your RV is ready for the road.

 

How to Plan Your Leaf Viewing Trip

Fall Time | Baird TX

The fall doesn’t end as abruptly here in Texas as it does for our friends in the north. This means that you still have the chance to catch sight of some beautiful trees at this time of year. If you’re interested in going on a leaf viewing trip this year, be sure to keep these tips in mind.

Dress for cooler weather

If you are used to camping in the summer, it’s important to remember to pack for cooler weather during the winter season. You’ll likely want to wear layers so you can be bundled up in the morning and also be able to remove a jacket if it gets warmer in the afternoon.

Plan your trip

Before embarking on your trip, you should first devise a list of the different locations you want to see. You should then decide if you want to pay for a professional tour or go on a trip solely with your friends or family. If you elect not to go with a tour group, keep in mind that you’ll need to do additional planning.

Download an app

The free Foliage Leaf Peepr app is perfect for adventurers in search of fall foliage. You can see where others have found beautiful scenery, and you can also report the places where you discover great areas to visit.

Before heading out on your journey, check out the RVs that we have available at RVs of West Texas.

Benefits of StrongholdVBL™ Vacuum-Bond Lamination

StrongholdVBL™ Vacuum-Bond Lamination

Jayco RVs are built using StronholdVBL™ Vacuum-Bond Lamination. During this construction process, every rear wall, sidewall and slide room wall of Jayco RVs are bonded together to provide the RV Industry’s strongest and lightest construction, as well as add other benefits to the RVs.

Strong Sidewalls

The construction process begins with the framing of a five-layered sidewall, which includes aluminum tubing that will not deteriorate or rot. Jayco specifically engineers the double-welded aluminum cages for each floorplan.

Sound-Deafening Properties

To keep outside noises out of the RV, the sidewalls contain high-density block foam, which has higher insulation properties. Jayco also ensures screw retention by utilizing Electro Galvanized Steel backers before lamination.

Luxurious Appearance

Jayco laminates the aluminum and foam wall assembly to a layer of damage-resistant decorative plywood board over the EGS, creating a sleek look. The sidewall’s exterior forms from a glossy composite fiberglass panel, which is both durable and stylish.

Durability

A lauan plywood panel is the sidewall’s last layer and adds strength. Creating a great bond, Jayco applies 144 tons of pressure to the frames for 16 to 18 minutes to have 100 percent glue coverage.

 

We at RVs of West Texas encourage you to view our available RVs and see for yourself how they benefit from StrongholdVBL™ Vacuum-Bond Lamination. 

The Jayco Difference

The Jayco Difference

When you go to purchase an RV or trailer, you have lots of options to choose from. However, Jayco models stand above the rest in terms of quality, warranty and more. Here’s what makes the Jayco difference.

History

Jayco was founded back in 1968 as a family business. With around 50 years of experience, the company has been able to continuously improve upon its models, while retaining the same family spirit.

Awards

Jayco has won an array of awards, proving its excellence. The company has earned 77 RVDA Dealer Satisfaction Index Gold Circle Awards and the 1991 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Recycling. Plus, it has been inducted into the RV Hall of Fame and has been the best-selling travel trailer in America for 13 consecutive years.

Sustainability efforts

Jayco is taking important efforts for sustainability, wanting to protect the outdoors that RVs explore. The company has an Eco-Advantage policy aimed at reducing its carbon footprint by utilizing renewable resources.

Warranty

To give you peace of mind, Jayco offers impressive warranties on its models. Jayco RVs have a three-year structural warranty on top of an exclusive two-year warranty.

Quality

Jayco is committed to providing quality models and features. To do so, Jayco uses durable materials and offers protection against extreme temperatures with the Jayco Climate Shield.

 

We at RVs of West Texas proudly offer Jayco RVs. Check out the different models at our dealership.

Mug Meals to Make on Your Next Camping Trip

Breakfast In A Mug

When you’re camping in your RV, it can be fun to enjoy meals around the fire with family. Mug meals are currently popular to cook because they’re easy and delicious. Try making these convenient mug meals during your next camping trip.

For breakfast, you can try the cleverly named blueberry mugfin or the French toast in a mug. The blueberry mugfin is a bit easier to make, but both can be quickly cooked in the microwave.

There are several lunch and dinner options to try out, including the pizza in a mug and the bacon cheddar cheeseburger in a mug. Each of your campers can have their own individual and customized meal, without too much of a hassle.

If you want to finish off your meal with dessert, you can opt for a Cookies and Cream cake in a mug or an apple pie in a mug. Both desserts are welcome additions to s’mores.

Dogs can even get in on the action with the pupcake in a mug. The main ingredients of this meal are peanut butter and Greek yogurt.

With so many great options, mug meals are unique ways to change up the food you eat on the go. Visit us at RVs of West Texas and ask about the other convenient kitchen products in our RVs.