Category: Travel Tips

What happens when you have ten hungry teenagers and only eight slices of pizza? A demand for more pizza, of course! The law of supply and demand can be found in any basic Economics lesson. The recent RV shortage is similar to the pizza scenario but, as with most economic situations, there are many more factors that come into play than hungry teenagers and pizza.

Supply Chain Disruptions

Although roughly 80 percent of RVs are manufactured in Elkhart County, Indiana, not all of the parts that make up an RV are made there. RVs, like automobiles, boats, and a myriad of other finished products, are made up of a lot of different parts which are supplied from separate manufacturers. A delay in just one part can mean production for an entire RV line comes to a halt. (Think about the delay in pizza production if there’s no cheese!)

Many parts are being manufactured in lower quantities – or not at all – due to COVID or other issues. When a part is delayed it means an RV is kept from being completed and being approved for sale. Each component for production of an RV is important for the quality of the finished product. When even one of the components is unavailable, the RV remains incomplete. From air conditioners to toilets, the lack of parts available results in RV shortages.

Reduction in Transportation Availability

Even though the majority of RVs are made here in the United States, there are parts manufactured in other countries. The COVID situation has resulted in fewer transportation vessels. International shippers are highly cautious. So even when parts are completed there could be shipping delays.

With lower manufacturing rates and delayed shipping, the supply of parts and components to build RVs results in RV shortages.

High Demand

The other half of the equation is, of course, demand. Demand has increased and RVs are generally gaining popularity, partly due to COVID. Not only have high-risk workers in the healthcare and other professions used RVs as a satellite home to avoid exposing their families to the virus; but according to a recent report on WXYZ-TV 7, “Now infectious disease specialists do say RV traveling is one of the safest ways to go.”

RV travel is an activity where families can go places together with their own things (bed, bathroom, kitchen, etc.) and not have to wonder about who else may have slept there, sat there, or touched the TV remote. It’s a great way to get a change of view with a little peace of mind.

Increased RV travel demands, coupled with limited supply, means RV shortages. It’s a simple formula. So what’s a person to do?

Shopping for an RV? Here Are Some Tips

Know What You Want

The reality is RV shortages and a limited RV supply, but that doesn’t mean shopping for an RV is impossible. Being prepared amid RV shortages means it’s important to be ready to buy. Know what you want! Do you want a bunkhouse, toy hauler, fifth wheel, and how many does it need to sleep? Do you already have a tow vehicle and what is your towing capacity? When you know what you are looking for and you find an RV that fits your criteria, don’t hesitate.  

Used RVs Are Harder to Find

Since the supply of new RVs is lower, you may think it’s a good time to turn to a used model. If you don’t need the most recent features available in the current year’s model, they are just as good as new models, especially when you purchase from a reputable dealer.

Unfortunately, the used market is just as challenging to find RVs in right now! So don’t be surprised if you’re left searching high and low when shopping used too!

Stay Vigilant

The RV Wholesale Superstore website is updated with new stock when it’s available, so keep an eye on our site! You can also reach out to us for updates and find out if the model you’re looking for is available or may be available soon!

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Whether you have a brand new RV or one with several years and miles on it, one thing is true for RVs of all shapes, sizes, styles and model years – if you don’t have good tires you won’t get far. When you care for your RV tires properly, not only do you extend the life of your tires, but you are ensuring you’ll have the best chance of safe traveling, parking and camping without lost time by the side of the road with tire troubles.

Keep Tires Filled to the Appropriate Level

One of the simplest yet most important things you can do for your RV tires is maintaining the proper level of air. When you have improper tire pressure – either too high or too low – your tires are the most vulnerable to blowouts and other issues. According to your RV’s manual, keeping tire pressure at the proper level isn’t something that can be skipped. RV manufacturers also recommend specific pressure levels for your RV tires, so be sure to get to know your manual and the recommendations for your specific RV tires!

An investment in a quality tire pressure gauge is easy. Taking the time to check your RV tire pressure, especially before departing for an extended trip, is also easy and only takes a few minutes. The dramatic temperature changes that occur here in Ohio during the transition between seasons can significantly impact your RV tire pressure. A quick check before departure can catch big changes in pressure that may happen when temperatures can fluctuate 30 degrees or more in a few hours’ time!

Pay Attention to Weight & Distribution

While tire pressure may be the most basic thing to keep in mind when it comes to RV tires, your RV weight plays a major part in the safety of your RV tires as well. If your RV is overloaded, too much weight is put on your tires which can result in a blowout. Besides just the weight itself, how the weight is distributed impacts the tires. If you’re traveling with uneven weight distribution, some tires will be under more stress than others. This will lead to uneven RV tire wear and, eventually, unexpected issues.

Do Pre-Trip Tire Inspections

Whether you’re going on a quick weekend trip or an extended vacation, a pre-trip inspection is something you should do every time you plan to hit the road. The inspection doesn’t need to be extensive, but a walk-around where you look at each tire to check for signs of damage or low pressure is important. This is also the perfect opportunity to check your RV tire tread and to look for signs of uneven or excessive wear. A quick way to check the tread is with the penny test. Stick a penny upside down into the tire tread. If you can see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your RV tire.

Pre-trip inspections are a good time to inspect parts other than just your RV tires. It can provide the opportunity to catch a small issue before it develops into a big problem. Overall, you’ll have a safer and longer lasting RV.

Change Your RV Tires When Needed

No tire, not even an RV tire, lasts forever. RV tires have a lifespan just like any other tire. So, even with meticulous care, every tire will eventually need to be replaced. The lifespan of an RV tire is approximately 3-6 years depending on the use and wear of your tires. If you put a lot of miles on your RV, your tires may need to be replaced sooner. But even if you only use your RV occasionally or don’t put many miles on your tires because you regularly camp close to home, you should still plan on replacing your RV tires every 6 years which is considered the “high end” lifespan of an RV tire.

So remember, proper care of your RV tires will extend their life, give you better gas mileage when traveling, cut down on lost time by the side of the road with tire troubles, and give you the best chance of safe traveling and camping.

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With cold weather ahead, you may be looking for your last vacation of the year. Or maybe you’re fine with camping in the cold and have a lot of weekends planned ahead! Either way, finding a campsite with the right RV park amenities for you and your family is important to enjoying your trip to the fullest.

Read on to learn about some of the most popular RV park amenities to keep an eye out for during your trip planning process!

Full Hookup Stations

One of the best parts of camping at an RV park versus boondocking is enjoying the benefit of a hookup station. Reliable electricity and water can simplify your camping trip quite a lot! While these partial hookup stations are easy enough to find, a real luxury is staying at an RV park with a full hookup station.

What’s the difference? Full hookup stations include sewer hookups too! That means you can check “finding a dump station” off your RV departure checklist. Even if you’re used to using dump stations to clear your black water tanks after a great trip, it’s a treat not to have to worry about it.

This type of RV park amenity is all about making your RV really feel like a home on wheels. Removing some of those basic chores from your trip can go the extra mile to letting you focus on enjoying the vacation, the park and your surroundings!

Free Wi-Fi

Access to the internet is something we all take for granted. With 4G or 5G connections that rival home internet speeds, you always expect to be able to check the news, your emails or social media whenever you want! But when you’re out in the wilderness, it’s not always a guarantee. The more remote your campsite is, the more likely you are to find out you can’t get a signal (unless you packed a strong signal booster!)

Wi-Fi service as an RV park amenity guarantees that steady level of connection that we’re always used to at home.  In most cases, this Wi-Fi access gives you flexibility when it’s time to rest in your RV after a day of fun in the sun. You may still not be able to do some things, like streaming HD video, but you’ll have guaranteed access to catching up on the latest news and information.

Some RV parks take it a step further and provide strong Wi-Fi access around the park grounds. So even if you’re not in the RV, you can still hop on your preferred social media platform to check in or even share photos of your trip!

Onsite Laundry Facilities

Camping can be an experience full of dirt, mud and grass stains. The more time you enjoy outdoors, the more likely your clothes are to show the evidence! If your RV has a washer and dryer, it’s not a big deal to you. But if you don’t have these essentials in your RV, you’ll need to come up with another solution.

Many RV campers choose between packing enough clothes that you don’t need to worry about laundry or cleaning their clothes the old-fashioned way at the campsite. Depending on your family, the length of your trip, and your willingness to put in the elbow grease, these may not be ideal solutions for your relaxing vacation.

If your choice of RV park includes an on-site laundry facility, you can think about extending your trip from a few days to a week or more! These types of RV park amenities make it a lot easier to enjoy extended trips without the logistical headaches that often go with it. If you’re a full-time RVer, it’s also convenient to stay somewhere and get your laundry done instead of driving off to the nearest town laundromat before you hit the road to your next destination.

Easy Parking

While it may not be classified as a typical “amenity,” the idea of easy RV parking is something that beginner and veteran RV owners alike will enjoy. No matter how experienced you are maneuvering an RV, they’re still massive units that take a bit of work to get where you want to go. This is especially true when you’re trying to squeeze through tightly packed campsites with plenty of other RVs and people moving around.

An RV designed for easy parking tends to mean pull-through parking. It’s exactly what it sounds like – pull up to your spot and park. No backing in between anxiety-inducing campsite poles that seem impossibly close.

And when you’re ready to pack up and leave, you just keep pulling straight through and head on your way out! Whether you have a compact RV or a luxury destination trailer, you’ll appreciate the convenience and ease of any park that offers simple campsite parking.

Pet Friendliness

Lastly, one RV park amenity that campers are bound to love are those campsites designed to make it a vacation for you and your furry friends. The freedom of RVing means avoiding strict hotel rules, including the ubiquitous “no pets” part that can mean a vacation for you but doggy daycare for your pets. RVing with pets is convenient, but the best parks will make it a much better experience for them (and you!)

Of course, any park is going to be heaven for your pets, but a truly pet-friendly park will have everything from dog parks to dog-friendly hiking trails and more. When you do your research for your next destination, you can look at their websites or call ahead to find out their policies on pets and what amenities they may have to pamper your pup.

Contact RV Wholesale Superstore 

The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871 

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