Memberships to Give to RVers

It’s that time of year again! While not all RVers choose a minimalist lifestyle, many will tell you that they agree with the philosophy of choosing ‘experiences over things.’ While awesome RVing gear can certainly add some fun to those camping memories, there are many thoughtful gifts that don’t take up space. Consider gifting these passes and memberships for your family to enjoy together or for your favorite RVing friend to try out.

America the Beautiful Annual National Park’s Pass – 
If your family or favorite RVer doesn’t have one of these in their wallet, they are missing out on a ton of fun (and savings) all year! Our National Parks have so much to offer for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and history buffs. Plus, for $80, the America the Beautiful Pass gets you into National Monuments as well – which means a total of more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the U.S. to potentially visit. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving…

Know someone headed to Canada? They have a great National Parks Pass, too!

Annual State Park Pass – 
Similar to a National Parks Pass, except these passes are state-specific and often come with some great camping perks as well! If the person you are gifting is based in one area or planning to visit a specific place, this is a fun gift option. Some state parks are free, but others charge an entry fee – even for campers. However, some states offer an annual pass that can offer a ton of savings for those frequenting these parks. For example, the annual Texas State Parks Pass is $70 for one person and $25 to add another person with the same address. A pass allows for free entry and discounts on camping, store purchases, and equipment rentals.

Reciprocal Museum Membership – 
Fellow GoLife contributor Bryanna Royal has written about how great the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association is a few times. If you are an RVer with kiddos who love museums (or know one to gift this to), this could be the hit of the holiday season! Lots of fun for singles or couples who love to learn while they travel as well. (Read why Bryanna and her family love it).

City Attraction Pass – 
If you’ve never given a CityPASS or Go City Card a try, they are a blast. We always check for these when we’ll be visiting a new city for an extended time. If you know an RVer who is headed to a new city they plan to explore thoroughly, check for one of these great all-inclusive passes. They are usually good from one day to a week and they include entry to dozens of attractions, plus some additional discounts. We did this in Orlando, FL, once and had non-stop fun all day!

Harvest Hosts Membership – 
If your co-pilot or RVing friend loves wineries and/or farms, this membership is sure to be a hit! Harvest Hosts is becoming more and more popular with RVers wanting to get away from it all and enjoy a unique experience while there. My husband and I can’t rave about this enough. (Read more about our experiences here).

A membership gives you a list of hundreds of farms, wineries, breweries, museums and other unique places that will allow you to park there overnight. However, just make sure the person you are buying this for has a self-contained rig, as these places usually only provide dry camping and won’t have facilities to use. An annual membership is currently $49, but that is due to go up in 2019. The membership begins once the gift recipient activates it on the site with the code.
WIT Club Membership for Winnebago Owners – 
Maybe you have been part of WIT Club for some time and want to share this great resource with a new RVing friend, or you know a new Winnebago owner who wants a way to connect while on the road. Either way, this gift comes with a lot of perks! A WIT Club membership is $39.95 for one year and comes with multiple discounts and benefits, as well as invitations to special Winnebago-owner events throughout the year, called rallies. There are hundreds of chapters and clubs nationwide, so your favorite GoLifer will have plenty of opportunities to connect with and learn from like-minded RVers. (Check out this recap of a recent WinnieBs event for an example of the kind of fun to be had). To purchase a membership, use this online sign-up form. And if you have any questions, there is contact information on the bottom of the form.

Kindle Unlimited Membership – 
Reading is a great way to spend those cool nights bundled up by the fire or warm summer days lounging in the sun. Since many RVers don’t have space to bring a large collection of books, many choose a Kindle instead. If your RVing friend already has a Kindle, sending them an Amazon gift card for them to purchase a Kindle Unlimited Membership could be a big hit (you can even email the gift card – too easy!). For about $10 per month, they will have access to more reading material than even the most leisurely trip will allow for.

And if you know a new RVer, suggesting some good Kindle e-books about the new lifestyle they’ve chosen is another thoughtful way to show your support of their grand adventure!

Fellow GoLife writer Don Cohen recently reviewed two that he highly recommends – both for RVers by RVers. First is A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing by Alyssa Padgett. “Don’t let the words ‘full-time’ in the title dissuade you,” Don notes. “Over eighty percent of the book’s content applies to any RVer. While Padgett has a clear (and youthful) viewpoint, I was surprised at how consistently factual she was with her explanation of RV topics. I never felt that there were any missteps in explanation or heavy biases.”

Don’s second suggestion is Living the RV Life: Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road by Marc and Julie Bennett who are also full-time RVers. Don does note that there is some content overlap with Padgett’s book. However, with lots of supporting photography and short one-page profiles of different RVers, this book “has a bit more of an inspirational, get out there and do it, kind of feel.” He recommends them both to help demystify the RV lifestyle!

Movie & TV Streaming Membership – 
While RVing is all about spending time in the great outdoors, it is also about bringing the comforts of home along on your trips. Which is why having some great options for movie nights, or TV shows to binge on bad-weather days (or when you need to let your Kindle charge), is really nice to have. If they don’t have it already, consider getting your favorite RV traveler a gift membership to Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime (which all vary in price, but are close to $10 per month). Not sure if they already have one of these services? Redbox does gift cards also! And I’m sure some gourmet popcorn or other snacks would be welcomed accompaniments!

Satellite Radio Membership – 
It took about one month of searching for local radio stations as we traveled around to decide a satellite radio subscription would be key. We chose Sirius XM and they offer gift cards at different prices and lengths for those wanting to share this great music option with their favorite traveling friends.

Audible Membership – 
We’ve always been the type to jam out to our favorite songs on repeat on road trips, but we’ve had friends who rave about getting to listen to new books together on long drives. If you know an RVer that tends to take long trips and is always talking about the new book they read, this may be their favorite gift of the year! Prices start at $15 for one month, but there are also 3, 6, and 12-month options. Here are some instructions on how to gift a membership.

Article originally seen on WinnebagoLife.com.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

The 5 Most Common Questions When Buying an RV –

Purchasing an RV is an exciting time for all new and seasoned RVers. There are 5 questions that all RVers should ask themselves when they start the process of purchasing an RV – either new or pre-owned.

Winnebago IntentWhat Type of RV is right for your travels?

When it comes to freedom and flexibility motorhomes offer the ultimate experience. Ranging from the larger Class A motorhome to the compact Class B camper vans, to the Class C, all motorhomes are RVs that take transportation and living quarters and roll them into one comfortable experience. With something for everyone, motorhomes range from compact and space saving models to luxury buses that can all pull a family car in tow, so you can zip around town for daytrips. Read our in-depth blog post on how to choose the perfect RV for you here.

What are my options for financing an RV?

Financing is a great option for those planning on purchasing an RV. Financing allows the RV lifestyle to be more affordable by breaking up the cost into manageable monthly or bi-weekly payments. It is a great time to finance an RV as interest rates are low. You can work with your local lender to secure financing, or you can work with the experienced team at Lichtsinn RV. Kevin and Brandon in the Lichtsinn RV Business Office are authorized agents for several large national banks like Bank of America, US Bank, Bank of the West and more. Our relationships with these banks provide you with a competitive rate often lower than your local lender.

Financing at Lichtsinn RV allows you to –

  • We offer financing and are authorized agents for several large major RV banks including Bank of America, US Bank, Bank of the West and several other major lenders.
  • We generally provide a credit application to these banks and allow them to compete for the lowest rate.
  • All of our loans carry no fees at closing, no closing costs and no points.
  • In most cases, the interest can be deducted for tax purposes by qualifying as a second home.
  • We can generally do terms of up to 20 years! Pre-payments can be made in full or in part, at any time, without penalty with nearly all of our lenders. All of our loans are conventional fixed rate loans.
  • We offer both monthly and bi-weekly payment options.

Learn more about financing with Lichtsinn RV here.

What kind of additional expenses should I plan for when buying an RV?

RV Insurance: After you purchase your RV there will be some additional costs you want to plan for, the first being RV insurance. While it may be enticing to look for the cheapest RV insurance you can find, you will want to make sure it properly covers your RV. When looking at RV insurance, you will want to make sure it is RV-specific insurance and offers RV Full/Total Loss Replacement – offered on newly purchased RV’s one model year old or newer: if your RV is totaled within the first 5 years, this policy provides the monetary equivalent of what it costs to buy a brand-new RV of the same or similar model, even if it costs more than what you originally paid for your RV. You may look for additional offerings like vacation liability, pet injury coverage, fire department service charges or personal effects coverage for contents inside the RV. Most “other” insurance policies do not offer these additional benefits. Kevin and Brandon in the Lichtsinn RV business office are licensed insurance agents and can answer any questions you have regarding RV insurance. Learn more here.

Parts and Accessories: There will be additional parts and accessories you will want to purchase for your new RV like tow bars, hoses, waste dumping chemicals, and more. The Lichtsinn RV parts team has identified the top parts and accessories you will want to purchase for your first night of RVing and it is available during our half-day orientation.

Camping Fees: There will be additional costs when traveling in your RV like campground costs. There are several loyalty programs that include camping discounts including Winnebago’s WIT (Winnebago International Travelers) Club.

Extended Service Contracts: You will want to consider the long-term costs of maintaining an RV. Most new RV Warranties cover 1-3 years so if you are purchasing a pre-owned RV or planning on keeping the RV for more than 3 years you will want to consider an extended service contract. Learn more about extended service contracts and why you should get one here.

Do I get a pre-delivery inspection of the RV?

A reputable RV dealer will provide you with a walkaround inspection and review of your coach. At that time, you can see how to operate your RV. At Lichtsinn RV, one of our RVDA Master Certified RV Technicians will provide you with a half-day educational orientation of your coach. You will learn how every single switch, component and feature works in your RV as well as learn maintenance tips and get your questions answered by a knowledgeable source.

Will the dealer support and service my RV in the long run?

RVs require service and maintenance and it is imperative that buyers find a dealer that will support them for the life of their vehicle and not leave them high and dry when it comes to servicing it in the future. You may find a fly-by-night dealer with a low price tag on an RV, in an old building with one or two service bays and techs, and no way of servicing your RV in the future.

In 2014, Lichtsinn RV built a new, state-of-the-art RV dealership and has continued expanding in the last few years. Our dealership boasts 8 RV service bays, a large indoor RV parts and camping accessories store, a spacious service check-in area, a video production studio, indoor delivery and service drive area, and a guest lounge equipped with the latest technology. Lichtsinn RV also offers dealership guests complimentary electrical hookups while visiting for RV delivery or service.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

Seven sleeping tips when traveling in an RV

By Edie Marcal of RVDailyReport.com

I’ve always been a huge fan of RVs, and last year, I decided to take my family for an RV camping experience. However, I noticed that RV parks are some of the noisiest places, and depending on your location; you’ll get exposed to sirens, road noises, dogs barking and loud diesel rigs. In any case, sleeping in an RV is still one of the most exciting experiences.

Here, I’ll talk about some of the various ways in which you can improve it to enjoy sufficient sleep during the night.

Winnebago Revel 44E

1. Learn How to Choose The Best RV Parking Spot
I’ve previously mentioned that it gets quite disturbing sleeping in a noisy area. So, you should know how to select the right field.

Here are a few tips:

  • Arrive at the camping ground early.
  • Make sure that you have the right RV parking maps before traveling.
  • Avoid packing next to smelly areas like Dumpsters.

2. Make Sure You Get The Right RV!
Because I wanted to give my family the best camping experience, I had to choose the best RV in the market. These have different levels of quality, and at some point, I felt like I was deciding between brick and stick homes. I even discovered that affordability is better than the quality of sleep when getting an RV for a camping trip.

However, despite your budget, there is something for everyone in the world of RV shopping. I got the Class C Winnebago Aspect because of its luxurious and comfy feel. I, of course, did some few minor adjustments to make it the best full-time lifestyle ‘coach’ to help you fall asleep instantly!

3. Choose a Comfortable Mattress
I also had to choose a good mattress for my family. Keep in mind that even if you have the best camping vehicle, sleeping on an uncomfortable bed will give you sleepless nights. Studies also show that it may cause back and muscle pains and you don’t want such health aches to ruin your outdoor experience, right?

4. Ensure Your Leveling Jacks Are Wholly Extended!
You don’t want your leveling jacks to be partially extended because your RV rocks more once people start walking around inside. I even realized that using ‘auto level’ adjustments of your HWH leveling jacks sometimes prevents the rear jacks from fully extending. In such a case, what happens is that your RV bounces and shifts on its rear suspension. It’s just like it’s your kids jumping around in your truck or car.

Therefore, ensure that you’ve thoroughly extended your jacks until they’re all in contact with the ground and then adjust them from there. By taking some weight away from the suspension, you RV will feel quite stable for a good night’s sleep!

5. Empty Your Suspension Bags
If you’re carrying some load-bearing airbags at the back of your RV, make sure that you take all the air out. I took quite some time before realizing this, but just like the jack extensions, it assists in keeping your camping vehicle from rocking as people move about.

This method works in handy if you don’t have some leveling jacks. Levelling jacks take most of the weight away from the suspension. However, I still noticed that even with leveling jacks, your RV will always carry a lot of pressure with fully packed airbags. All in all, remember to inflate you airbags before hitting the road.

6. Manage Your RV’s Air Flow
Here, it’s crucial to mention that the right airflow plays a huge part in giving you a proper night’s rest. The truth is that an RV feels somewhat stuffy, especially if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Keep in mind that RV’s heat up pretty fast when you’re on the road. So, keep the windows open and buy an active fan to keep the air fresh and crisp.

7. Adjust Your Bedroom Lighting
I like keeping my bedroom reasonably bright. However, I know that there are those of you who prefer sleeping in total darkness. My Winnebago RV has an adequately fixed skylight that glows in the evening, providing one of the most suitable outdoor feelings. I also installed some day-night shades and added some new curtains just to make the room a little bit darker.

There is a lot that you can do to improve your RV for proper sleep. Although these are only seven reasons, I’m sure that you’ve upgraded your camping vehicle using other methods. In any case, choosing what suits you is all you need to do. So, from these tips, which one do you think is the best?

Article Originally Seen on RVDailyReport.com