Check Out These Eco-Friendly Tips for RVing

 

If you love to go camping in your RV, there’s a good chance that you appreciate nature and all the great outdoors has to offer. Help preserve Earth’s natural beauty by following these eco-friendly tips for RVing.

 

Be smart when packing

While disposable dinnerware, like paper plates and plastic cutlery, may be convenient to pack, they’re also not good for the environment. Ditch the plastic and instead use real dinnerware, which you can wash and reuse. Packing smart also means bringing weather-appropriate clothing so you can run the heat less, as well as bringing natural cleaning products and lead-free fishing equipment.

 

Be good neighbors

When at campgrounds, always clean up after yourself. Leaving trash behind is not only inconsiderate of future campers but also harmful to nature. When washing up, be sure to also keep away from rivers and lakes, since soaps and detergents are potentially dangerous to aquatic life.

 

Reuse and recharge

Many items can be reused before they need to be thrown out or recycled. You can easily wash bottles, milk jugs, and even tinfoil and then reuse them to lower waste. It’s also a great idea to rely on rechargeable batteries for your electronics, rather than single-use ones.

 

Keep your RV efficient

Taking your RV in for routine maintenance can give you better gas mileage and help you conserve energy. Similarly, keeping your tires properly inflated and avoiding cruise control while in the mountains can help you save on fuel.

 

We at RVs of West Texas wish you and your family a great camping trip. We encourage you to visit our dealership to see which RV can make your experience worthwhile.

Camping Breakfast Ideas: Start the Day Right in the Great Outdoors

Great Camping Breakfast Ideas

Cooking while camping can be exciting, but it also offers its own set of challenges. You may have less space for prep work, and fewer materials to work with during the cooking process. Additionally, you might not be familiar with cooking over coal while battling with the wind. However, there are quite a few camping breakfast ideas to make dining less stressful on your next camping trip. We’ve gathered just a few recipes that are nutritious, quick-to-make, and require only a few ingredients.

Eggs & Potato Chips

According to Road Map, one quick meal is eggs and potato chips—a meal surprisingly similar to a hash-brown scramble. You’ll want to add garlic, chilis, and onions to a pan to cook briefly. Then add crumbled chips and stir thoroughly. Next, crack four eggs into the pan, add 1 tablespoon of water, cover, and move to low heat. After 6-8 minutes, you’ve got a filling meal.

3 Cheese Potatoes

For three-cheese potatoes, you just need to combine cubed potatoes, onions, Parmesan cheese, chives, salt, pepper, and butter in a heavy-duty foil pouch. After cooking for 15 to 20 minutes, you’ll have a cheesy, delicious meal.

Pie Iron Sandwiches

Pie iron breakfast sandwiches are also pretty simple, as it’s the same process you use to make s’mores. Simply grease the pie iron, cut a hole in some bread, and place the bread in the iron. Crack an egg in the hole, add sausage and cheese, and cover with the other piece of bread (no hole in this one). After a few minutes, your sandwich will be done.

If you need more tips, keep checking the RVs Of West Texas blog, or visit us near Abilene, TX today! We’d love to help!

Tips For RV-ing With Your Dog

Adjusting to life in an RV can be difficult enough for people. It can be even more stressful for your canine companion. Still, as long as you follow these tips for RV-ing with your dog, your pooch will learn to love life out on the road.

Tip #1: Pack The Proper Pet Supplies

Just as you’ll want to make sure you pack all of your essentials with you when you head out in your RV, you’ll also want to make sure your dog has all of the supplies that they need. Be sure to pack your dog’s collar, leash, bedding, and food and water bowls. You’ll also want to pack some of their favorite toys to keep them entertained.

Tip #2: Make Sure Your Destination If Canine-Friendly

Wherever your RV destination is, you’ll want to make sure that it is dog-friendly. It would be a shame to reach an RV park or campground only to learn that your four-legged friend is not welcomed there. Do the proper research ahead of time.

Tip #3: Work Some Time For Exercise Into Your Schedule

Your dog won’t be happy or healthy if they are kept cooped up inside your RV all day. It’s important for them to get their daily exercise in. Be sure you make stops throughout your journey to let them burn off any excess energy and get the exercise that they need. Playing with your pooch will be good for your health as well.

If you need more pointers on how to prepare your pet for life in an RV, speak with our staff at RVs of West Texas near Abilene, TX.

Tips For RVers From Actual RV Families

RV Families

Helping RV Families

Recently, Jayco released some great advice for RVers from five families with lots of experience traveling in RVs. These families also shared why they love RVing with their families and which Jayco model they purchased. Here are some of the highlights below.

The Potters

The Potter family shared five tips for new RVers, including practicing in an empty parking lot, scheduling trips in advance (we’re talking six to nine months), staying on top of winterizing, using the trailer brakes, and, most importantly, having fun.

The Puglisis

The Puglisi family also had some wisdom for first-time RVers: Don’t wait. There are a million reasons to push something off, but we only live once — and we only share our homes with our children for a couple of decades. In short, you will not regret your RV purchase.

The Brewers

The Brewer family advised that, while planning is necessary, you should leave some wiggle room to be flexible. The weather doesn’t always cooperate, and you don’t always feel up to doing what you’ve planned.

The Tantsits

The Tantsits reminded us that vacations are about taking it easy, especially for RV Families. Don’t rush; just enjoy traveling.

The Rewises

The Rewise family also advised taking your time — but during the RV selection process. Find the model that suits your family’s needs.

Contact us at RVs of West Texas near Abilene, TX to discover more advantages of investing in an RV of your own. You can also stop by to browse our current selection of RVs.

Here are Some Alternative Uses for Your Toy Hauler

Jayco Toy Hauler RVs Near Abilene, TX

Toy haulers are RVs with a living space and a garage space; the garage space is traditionally used for transporting motorized “toys,” like snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and dirt bikes. But there are alternative uses for your toy hauler that make them more flexible than you might have originally thought:

Non-Motorized Adventures

While you can typically use your truck or SUV to transport kayaks, canoes, and mountain bikes, you can also use the garage space in your toy hauler for these outdoor toys.

Office Space

Are you fortunate enough to have work-from-home privileges? Take your work to the road. While another family member drives to and from each campsite, you can use the garage space as a “home office” and get some work done on the go.

Tailgating

If you love to party before the big game, the garage space of your toy hauler is the perfect space to set up tables with food, TVs for pre-game coverage, and games for the little ones.

Bigger Families & Groups Of Friends

If you own a toy hauler, consider bringing more family and friends on your next adventure. Most garage spaces have fold-down seating, and you can add air mattresses in for comfortable sleeping arrangements.

Contact us at RVs of West Texas near Abilene, TX if you need even more ideas for rethinking your toy hauler’s functionality.

How to Prepare Your RV for Camping Season

prepare your RV for camping season

Winter is almost behind us, which means it’s once again time to prepare your RV for camping season. If you are new to the RV life, follow these tips when getting your RV ready for your spring camping adventures:

Review The Exterior

Do a walk-around of your RV to ensure it did not sustain any damage during the winter, like scratches or rust. Test the pressure of all tires and refill (or replace) as necessary.

Test Your Batteries

Cold weather can drain the life of your RV’s battery, so it’s crucial to check the voltage every before camping season. If you suspect an issue or just aren’t sure how to test your batteries, bring the RV to RVs of West Texas for a thorough inspection.

Clean The Interior

A little dusting never hurt anyone. Before using your stove, refrigerator, microwave, and sink for food, clean them thoroughly. Think of it as spring cleaning for your RV. After cleaning your appliances, make sure they all still work correctly and that their power cords are intact.

Check For Pests

During the winter months, animals sometimes seek shelter inside RVs. Make sure your RV is pest-free before hitting the road.

Test Your Water & Check Your Liquid Propane

If you are not sure how to inspect liquid propane and water lines, leave it to us at RVs of West Texas.

Get your next adventure off to a great start by bringing your RV in for maintenance at RVs of West Texas near Abilene, TX.

New Year’s Revolution: Spend More Time Outdoors with Your Jayco RV

Jayco RV Resolutions

Jayco RV & The New Year

As you enter into the New Year, it is a time to reflect on your accomplishments in 2018 and what you would like to change, improve, or achieve in 2019. If you are an RV owner who loves to explore the open road in your Jayco RV, we have the perfect New Year’s resolution for you: Spend more time outdoors with your Jayco RV.

Resolutions To Follow

Many of us would love to be able to take time off work or outside our routine to relax in our RVs, but we come up with a million excuses not to do so. In 2019, resolve to do the following:

  • Explore at least one new state, national or state park, or campground with your family or friends in your RV.
  • Bring along a new friend or family member who has never experienced an adventure in a Jayco RV.
  • Use up all your vacation days this year on fun trips, rather than letting them go to waste. Remember: Vacation days are a part of your salary and benefits package. You have earned them, so use them!
  • Stay on top of RV maintenance. Sure, oil changes and tire rotations aren’t as fun as swimming in the lake or driving through the desert, but they are important for the longevity of your RV.

 

We at RVs of West Texas near Abilene, TX hope you have a happy New Year and an adventure-filled 2019!

New Year’s Resolutions for RVers

New Year’s Resolutions For RVers

New Year. New RV.

Here Are New Year’s Resolutions For RVers

Believe it or not, 2019 is right around the corner. That means it’s time to say goodbye to 2018 and resolve to be better in 2019. Do you own an RV? Then consider making these New Year’s resolutions for RVers. We at RVs of West Texas near Abilene, TX wish you a happy new year and an adventurous 2019.

Try A Different Destination

As an RV owner, it’s easy to fall in love with one or two spots that you become familiar with. You know the perfect place to fish or kayak, you know the hiking trails, and you know which is the best location for easy shower access. But there is something exciting about trying a new campsite. You’ll make new friends and find new trails and make new memories.

Bring Your Friends

We often take our immediate families on our camping adventures, but why not invite along some friends? You can even find a big group to go and get a spot where you can take RVs and tents so everybody can join in with whatever method of camping they prefer.

Get Involved In A New Activity

Do you always go hiking when you camp and then spend the evening around the fire? Why not try fishing or horseback-riding during the day and then taking a midnight swim or kayak? Trying something new might open you up to a new activity you’ll love.

This Is What You Missed at America’s Largest RV Show

America’s Largest RV Show

When & Where Is America’s Largest RV Show?

At this year’s America’s Largest RV Show, Jayco celebrated its 50th anniversary. The event was held from Sept. 12 through 16 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. To mark the occasion, Jayco brought several examples of its 2019 lineup to the show.

33 Football Fields Long

The show, which Jacyo describes as “33 football fields-worth of RVs” included several exciting new Jayco models. Among them were Jayco’s newest trailer, the Eagle HTX half ton fifth wheel. Jayco also brought its newest motorhome, the Redhawk SE Class C, as well as its more luxurious motorhome option called the Precept Prestige Class A.

The Latest Floor Plans

In addition, Jayco brought the Jay Flight model with its newest floor plans. The Jay Flight has been the best-selling travel trailer in the United States for 13 years in a row and counting. During the show earlier this fall, Jayco also showed off its innovative JaySMART™ lighting system and the Modern Farmhouse interior design of its popular Eagle model.

Jayco Lineup

At the event, several Jayco representatives were on hand to answer questions about the upcoming Jayco lineup. If you could not attend and have questions about the new Jayco lineup, feel free to reach out to RVs of West Texas near Abilene, TX for more information.

The Jayco Two-Year Warranty Leads the Industry

Jayco Two-Year Warranty

Jayco Is On A Roll

Jayco Two-Year Warranty

There are a number of things that make the Jayco brand stand out among the rest: It has won an incredible number of awards, it is firmly committed to quality, and it has been dedicated to keeping the Earth clean for five decades. But perhaps most importantly, Jayco models are backed by the industry-leading Jayco two-year warranty.

24,000 Miles

Jayco models are covered by the Jayco brand for two whole years or 24,000 miles. That’s two camping seasons (730 days). The industry standard is just a single year, meaning Jayco doubles what you would get with other RVs. Jayco offers five-year warranties on specific camper components as well.

Twice As Long As Competitors

What is it that allows Jayco to be so confident in its RVs to cover them for twice as long as its competitors cover theirs? It’s that commitment to quality we mentioned. Jayco designs its RV roofs to hold up to 4,500 pounds — double the amount that the typical RV can withstand. And, its laminated walls are strong, bonded for 16 minutes at 144 tons of pressure. Not to mention, Jayco uses parts from superior suppliers (which also offer their own warranties on specific parts) and focuses on the “JRide” when designing its RVs — a commit to performance through enhanced steering and handling.

Experience the Jayco RV difference when you see the brand’s latest RVs here at RVs of West Texas near Abilene, TX.