Fuel Saving Tips

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When you have an RV, you’ll want to do what you can to minimize fuel usage. Whether you have a motorized RV, travel trailer, fifth wheel or toy hauler, the weight of the vehicle takes a toll on gas mileage; however, you can change your driving habits to minimize fuel usage.

Buying a New Rig

If you’re planning on buying a new truck to haul the fifth wheel or travel trailer you just bought at Woody’s RV World, be sure to get something that can haul more than your trailer’s weight. While a larger engine does use more gas, it uses less than if you have a smaller engine that has to work harder. Choose a truck that features cylinder deactivation. While it won’t go into Econo mode while you have the tow/haul feature activated, it will while you are not hauling, thus saving gas while you are sightseeing without the RV.

Driving Habits

You can do several things to minimize fuel usage, and you’ll be surprised at home much you can actually save. Use cruise control when you can, especially on the flats. This keeps the engine at the same speed, which minimizes fuel usage. If you’re on the highway and people in front of you are going slower than you are, change lanes if possible so you don’t have to slow down – and you won’t have to take your cruise off and reset it.

When you are approaching a line of vehicles at a stop light, slow down sooner rather than later. It takes more gas to get back up to speed from a dead stop than it does from any speed, even 5 kph. If you do have to come to a stop, don’t take off from the light like you’re at the track and the Christmas Tree just turned green. Pull out slowly to minimize fuel usage.

If you are traveling in the mountains, climb steep hills in a lower gear so the engine doesn’t have to work as hard to pull you up the hill.

Visit Woody’s RV World

If you are in the market for an RV, stop by Woody’s RV World to walk through our floor plans. If you have an RV and are not ready to upgrade yet, be sure to have your RV checked and serviced if necessary before you leave for your road trip.

Budgeting Tips for Your RV Trip

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If you’re thinking about taking to the road in an RV for your next road trip, you may be worried about keeping costs down. RVs make for fairly frugal travel, but expenses can still add up. If you’re worried about your budget, use these tips to keep costs lower.

Utilities

Since you provide your own electricity via generator, you’ll definitely save on that bill; however, you must take into consideration the cost of gas for the generator and the cost of adding amenities to a camp site. You can decrease the cost of electricity by making sure all lights and electronics that are not being used are turned off. You should also turn off the generator if you are not using any electronics.

When possible, open windows instead of using the air conditioning unit or the heat. While the furnace does run on propane, the fan uses electricity. Turn off the hot water heater unless you need it – if you turn it on about 20 minutes before your shower or before you do the dishes, you’ll have plenty of hot water.

Gas

Plan your travel ahead of time. Each night, know where you are going to be driving the next day. Use some of the apps like Gas Buddy to find out where you can find the cheapest gas in your area. You definitely don’t want to drive too far out of your way or your savings are wasted. Top off if you need to – and be sure you top off the cans for the generator.

Dry Camp

Dry camp when you can. You can always find water to fill up the tanks. Many dealerships and national campgrounds have disposals so you can empty your holding tanks. It’s a good idea to fill the water tank and empty the holding tanks whenever you come across a fee-free place to do this as you never know when you’ll be able to get it for free the next time.

Visit Woody’s RV World

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Woody’s RV World. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Staying Connected on the Road

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Traveling in an RV means it’s time to minimize and cut back on some of the luxuries of living in a brick-and-mortar home. However, there are plenty of luxuries you don’t have to give up, such as being able to login to the internet whenever you please.

Many travelers assume they won’t have reliable internet access when they hit the road, but it’s easy to establish a hotspot inside your RV, so you never have to lose touch with work or the ones you love.

What Is a Hotspot?

A hotspot is the only way to stay connected to the internet without relying on an RV park, restaurant or other establishment’s unreliable WiFi access. A hotspot can be created from your cellular phone or a specific hotspot device.

How Do I Get One?

Cellular providers Verizon and ATT offer some of the widest coverage across the United States, which means you can enjoy reliable internet access just about anywhere. Travelers can use the PDA.net application to tether a phone to other devices in the room, like laptops or tablets.

Travelers should invest in a data plan of 20 to 30 gigabytes per month for high-speed WiFi access that doesn’t rack up a hefty phone bill. Discuss your hotspot needs with an ATT or Verizon representative before choosing your data plan.

Using Free Public WiFi

Free public WiFi can be extremely useful, because it doesn’t use your allotted monthly data. However, free public WiFi isn’t always as reliable as you need. Boost free public WiFi from campgrounds, RV parks or businesses with a WiFiRanger booster. This device improves the signal of free WiFi spots, so you can enjoy more reliable internet access without using data.

Start Living Life on the Road

Full-time life on the road is one of the most rewarding ways to travel, and having reliable internet access can help you stay in touch with loved ones and make money on the go. Remember to come see us at Woody’s RV World.

Must-Have RV Maintenance Items

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When you’re traveling in your RV on the open road, you’re subject to plenty of freedom and independence. That independence means that you need to be able to handle problems yourself, if they arise. It’s part of the territory. To that end, there are certain tools that are pretty much required for RV travel. You may never need them, but you could be really sorry one day if you don’t have them aboard.

Tire Gauge

This one’s going to get used frequently. A tire gauge allows you to monitor the air pressure of your tires and to keep them at optimal levels as you travel. Properly inflated tires are more resilient, last longer, and will provide you with better fuel economy, which an RVer can appreciate.

Axe

A quality axe provides a multitude of useful functions around any RV site or campground. From cutting up wood for a fire to clearing debris, an axe is never dead weight. Consider packing it or a hatchet when you go out hiking. If you get lost somehow, it’s among the most useful items you can have.

Multi-bit Screwdriver

Instead of owning a dozen screwdrivers, invest instead in a multi-bit version. The various heads all magnetically snap into the handle and give you all the utility of a drawer full of lesser screwdrivers. No matter what kind of screw you encounter, a multi-bit has got you covered.

Channel Lock Pliers

Channel lock pliers will serve as your go-to tool for all things plumbing-related. From tightening a water hose to turning on a spigot that’s missing a handle, they’ll serve you well any time you need to really tighten something or need a makeshift handle.

Needle Nose Pliers

The pliers to use when something requires a bit more finesse. Needle nose pliers can fit into tight spaces and give you fine control over something too small for your hands to properly manipulate.

Visit Woody’s RV World

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Woody’s RV World. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

DIY RV Renovation Projects

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You’ll find many DIY projects to make your RV unique to your family; and many of them will make camping or RVing more enjoyable. When you can make more room for storage or add some hand made decorations, your RV really becomes your second home.

Sliding Storage

Pass through storage is great, especially when you have a ton of stuff to pack in there, but reaching into the middle can be a chore sometimes. To make life easier, add a deep slide out cargo tray to the pass through storage. You’ll be able to pull the slide out so you can reach everything.

Office Space

If you have a bunk house but no longer use the bunk house because the kids are grown and gone, add a desk in the area. You’ll have a quiet space to use the computer for fun; or if you work while you travel the country, you’ll have a quiet place to work.

Even if you don’t have a bunk house, but have extra bunks in the rear of the RV, you can convert the bottom bunk into an office space. Whether you leave the bunk in place and build a raised platform to fashion a desk or you remove the bottom bunk to make room for a desk, you’ll have a great place to work.

Decorations

If you can’t find any great decorations for your RV and you like the rustic look, make your own wood pictures, frames or clocks. You can purchase clock workings from any craft store, or even complete clock kits with numbers. Use a couple pieces of scrap wood to add a saying or a picture to with Hodge Podge or wood burning. You could even make customized picture frames to make the RV more rustic.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Stop by Woody’s RV World to walk through our many floor plans to pick the right RV for your family. Accessorize it by stopping at our shop to pick up anything you might need to make the RV yours. And, if you already have an RV and are not ready for something new just yet, be sure to give our RV service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Getting the Most from Your RV’s Tires

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It’s an easy matter to almost forget that your RV’s tires exist. Most travelers take them for granted, assuming the tough chunks of rubber will roll placidly on forever. That illusion can be shattered in hurry though when you suffer a blowout.

Most unforeseen tire problems can be avoided with just a bit of foresight. You see, tire problems are never actually unforeseen. You can see them miles and miles ahead of time if you’re paying attention and taking proper care of your tires.

If you want to extend the life of your RV’s tires, start paying attention and follow these steps.

Know Your Tire’s Proper Pressure

We’re going to assume that you have tires that are appropriate for your RV’s weight. With that issue put aside, you now need to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. This means that they’re not under-inflated or over-inflated. Proper. Think Goldilocks and the Three Bears here. Just right. To this end, invest in a premium tire pressure gauge that you can trust to give an accurate reading. Reference the data with your tire’s PSI rating (which should match up with your RV’s recommended tire pressure, as we mentioned before) and top off or release air until you’re as close to that mark on every tire. This can be a bit painstaking, but trust us, it’s worth the effort.

Distribute Weight Evenly and Don’t Overload

Don’t try to take everything with you when you hit the road. This is a talk for another day, but it’s relevant to your tires. Tires that are supporting an overloaded rig are more prone to wearing out and suffering a failure. It’s equally important to distribute the weight you are carrying as evenly as you can. Don’t put your pile of bricks (we won’t ask) all on the back left tire; instead, put your bricks evenly around your RV.

Check for Wear and Rotate Tires to Minimize It

Before you hit the road, incorporate a tire checking routine into your pre-launch diagnostics. Look for signs of wear and rot on each tire. If you see damage, make note of it and plan to replace the tire. If you see the wear soon enough, you can safely drive on it until you find a place to replace it. You don’t want this to sneak up on you. You can minimize wear by regularly rotating your tires whenever you go in for maintenance. Just ask the crew to rotate your tires around so that they wear more evenly as a set instead of one tire in particular taking the brunt of the road mile after mile.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the roads in your RV this travel season, bring your travel trailer, motorhome or fifth wheel by Woody’s RV World in Alberta. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is safe to hit the road for another RV season, including checking your tires for wear & tear or improper inflation.

Boondocking Essentials

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If you’re like the majority of RV campers, you likely stick to well established campgrounds and RV parks when you’re looking for a place to moor your rig. Maybe you sometimes overnight in a parking lot, but that’s about it. There’s another way to camp, though: it’s called boondocking and it involves going off the grid with your RV in order to get more freedom and solitude and to get closer to nature. It’s a fun alternative, but it takes some preparation to pull off. Here are some indispensable items if you’re going to go camping off the grid in your RV.

An Energy Source

Above all else, you need to be able to power your RV and its systems, lest you downgrade to camping in a tent. You can manage this by installing some solar panels and/or bringing along a generator. A combination of the two often works best, but if you’re only planning to boondock for a short period of time, you can get by on a solar panel configuration alone. Generators are recommended if you plan to put down anchor for an extended period of time.

Bring several spare batteries. Your RV has a some installed, but the juice might run out while you’re off the grid. You can rotate fresh batteries in while using your solar panels/generator to recharge the empty batteries.

Lighting

If you want to continue to do things after the sun goes down, you’re going to want to have some lighting along. Remember, if you’re off the grid there won’t be streetlights nearby (unless your idea of boondocking is the backyard!). Bring solar lights, which offer one of the easiest lighting solutions for boondockers. They charge during the day and provide ample light for the evening. Just be sure to shell out enough money for quality lights.

Climate Control

Using your RV’s onboard A/C system hogs a lot of energy and drains batteries very quickly. While it’s not a problem with an electric hookup, out in the sticks you’re going to see that your power reserves drain at an alarming rate if you’ve got your cooling or heating on. Bring a low-volt fan along for cooling purposes. There are 12V fans available that will have minimal impact on your power supply. For heating, try a propane powered unit.

Save on Water

Your water supply is a commodity when boondocking. Conserve it as much as possible by installing water saving devices, such as a shower heads and faucets that aerate water or slow down the flow of water so that you’re using less water when you turn on the tap.

Visit Woody’s RV World

If you’re ready to start your own RV adventures, on or off the grid, stop by Woody’s RV World to tour motorhome and travel trailer floorplans and find the RV that’s right for your family. Take the comfort of the indoors with you wherever you go with your own RV from Woody’s RV World! If you need supplies for boondocking, we’re just the place to pick those up.

Visit Elk Island National Park for Your Next RV Trip

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National parks are some of Canada’s greatest features, and Elk Island National Park is one of Alberta’s most prized possessions. The park serves as a key refuge for elk, bison and roughly 250 bird species. The bison was revived from near extinction, and Elk Island National Park is one of the top places in the world to learn about the species. Although, campers, hikers, bird watchers, picnickers, and star gazers will all find something they adore about the park.

Things to Do at Elk Island National Park

Bison are the main attraction at Elk Island National Park, and visitors can learn about their rich history and the role the animal has played in many different cultures. Visit the bison handling facility and see how the park’s expert staff care for these iconic animals. Head to the park for the annual Bison Festival, take the Bison backstage Tour or enjoy the exhilarating Bison Traffic Jam.

Park Festivals

In addition to the Bison Festival, Elk Island National Park throws numerous family-friendly festivals throughout the year. Celebrate water sports at Paddlefest, join the fun for Canada Day or gaze at the sky for the park’s annual Star Party. Log onto the park’s website to learn more about upcoming events.

Stay the Night at the Park

There’s no better way to experience Elk Island National Park than by spending a night on park grounds. The Astotin Lake Campground features 71 unserviced sites and an overflow area. Showers, flush toilets, food lockers and picnic shelters are available for campers.

The park also offers equipped campsites that come prepared with a tent, sleeping pads, camping chairs, a lantern, propane stove, cooking gear and dining shelter, so all you need to do is pull up to your site and enjoy the park.

Start Your Alberta Adventure at Woody’s RV World

Woody’s RV World is the No. 1 place in Alberta for all of your RV camping needs. Stop in and see us in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, or Calgary before you hit the roads this spring or summer.

The Pros of Fifth Wheel Trailers

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When you arrive at Woody’s RV World to pick out your new or used recreational vehicle, the sheer selection and number of options may overwhelm you. Consider starting your search with the fifth wheel trailers. These models all vary in features, but their basic design offers numerous benefits to small families and individuals.

Extra Space With A Shorter Body

Towing a very long trailer increases the likelihood of swaying and loss of control. However, it can be hard to fit the entire family in comfortably unless you tow something large. Fifth wheels feature an overhanging extension that sits over the bed of the hauling vehicle. This creates sleeping or storage space without lengthening the body, keeping most models very compact. Some still reach up to 45 feet, but they often offer at least six feet of length in the front as well.

Stability While Driving

Any RV will be stable and still when properly parked. However, many trailers and other tow-behind models sway or swing as they go down the road. This can make it hard to drive straight as well, especially when the trailer is quite large and heavy. Maneuvering up or down narrow mountain roads is easier with a fifth wheel because of the design’s namesake. The literal fifth wheel sits near or under the hitch and helps stabilize the trailer in turns.

No Engine Or Transmission Maintenance

While you will still need to keep your towing vehicle in tip top shape, your fifth wheel itself won’t feature any moving parts to break down. Small mechanisms like the leveling jacks are easily replaced if they do break. In a pinch, you could buy a new towing vehicle while on the road and avoid being stranded due to engine problems. There is no need for a long delay during repairs when you can just swap vehicles and keep the fifth wheel instead.

Luxury

Most fifth wheel trailers at Woody’s RV World are quite luxurious and well equipped. You will really feel like you are at home or in a comfortable hotel when camping in the wilderness. Large screen televisions, full kitchens, and bathtubs make these trailers more than just basic equipment and housing for a road trip.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the roads in your RV this season, bring your fifth wheel by Woody’s RV World in Alberta. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is safe to hit the road for another RV season.

On the Go Meal Ideas for RVers

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While the RV lifestyle can be slow and leisurely some days, most of the time there’s a hard emphasis on the “recreational” portion. If you’ve got your days planned with fun activities, events, and destinations, sometimes getting meals taken care of without resorting to fast food feels next to impossible.

There are, however, ways to take your meals on the go so that you can avoid fast food even on the most hectic of days. Save money, eat healthier, and streamline your adventures by trying to follow these tips.

Custom Rollups

This is a perfect solution for a day of adventure. Simply take some lunch meat and roll it around some cheese. You can add a lettuce leaf, tomato slice, and even a little bit of mayo if you want. Tortillas also work great in this manner since they’re much more flexible than a slice of bread but essentially serve the same purpose. There are plenty of ways to get creative with these, so there’s no excuse to make them bland. With just enough protein included, they’re filling, convenient, and highly portable.

Make More Than You Can Eat

No, really. When you make dinner in your RV, make more than your family can eat. Portion out what you’re going to eat for dinner and then save the rest for lunch tomorrow. Leftovers are a great way to stretch home-cooked  dishes over multiple meals and avoid eating out. While you may have to stave off any infamous second- and third-helping people in your party, the convenience of having a ready meal the next day are worth it.

Create Custom Grazing Boxes

Grazing boxes are a smart solution to gap breakfast and dinner. They’re an alternative to a formal sit-down lunch that allows you and your party to stay on the move, whether you’re spending your day on the road or having fun. If you’re not familiar with the concept, a grazing box is sort of like a trail mix, except instead of using things like nuts and candies, you use all sorts of bite-sized foods, such as cubed ham, boiled eggs, cubed cheese, and fresh fruits. You can make a custom box for every member of your party so that each one is tailored for taste. You can place these mixes into tin containers to help seal in freshness, or use bento boxes, lunch boxes, or even ziplock baggies. The idea is that each person has their grazing box and can eat from them throughout the day as hunger strikes.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the roads in your RV this season, bring your travel trailer, motorhome or fifth wheel by Woody’s RV World in Alberta. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is safe to hit the road for another RV season.