RV News and Boat Information

Sales for RV’s has risen the past few years and the Millennials are the cause!

Much of the growth can be attributed to strong sales of trailers, smaller units that can be towed behind an SUV or minivan, which dominate the RV market. The industry also is drawing in new customers.

Last year, 430,000 recreational vehicles of all kinds were sold, according to the RV Industry Association, an increase of 15% over the year before. And sales have been rising year after year following a one-year decline in 2009, during the financial crisis.

When it comes to the term RV, most picture in their mind a big motorized home without many amenities, times have changed. In fact, just two years ago, the KOA survey found younger campers valued having wifi almost as much as access to toilet paper. The industry needed to keep up. Now, most people in RVs will have full access to tv, wifi and whatever else makes modern life necessary to make it truly a home on the road. Private campgrounds like KOA and others, google to find out who, have hopped on this trend by offering wifi and full amp hookups at their sites. They also allow RVers to use their slide-out, a way to extend the space in an RV while parked.

When it comes to who’s buying and when, the first purchase is usually for a smaller, less expensive unit, then they move up as they start having children, then children bring friends or friends bring children. Then, there's another time when they move down in size. Then it's the retired couple who is traveling around. Now the people who grew up with technology are now reaching RV-buying age. More than half of RV buyers are under the age 45, according to the RV Industry Association.

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The winter season is upon us, and if you haven’t taken your boat out of the water yet then it’s likely time to do so. But storing your boat for the winter isn’t as simple as pulling it out of the water and hauling it into your backyard or to a boat storage facility. Both winter weather conditions and long periods of storage can put wear and tear on your boat and can end up causing your boat to require costly repairs and painstaking maintenance once spring and summer roll back around.

Some more reminders to have your boat serviced with these suggestions and it will be ready and eager to go in the spring. Some folks are experienced enough to do so on their own, however, if not, please see your boat service mechanic shop for the proper help.

Fuel Treatment

Treat your boat's fuel with a stabilizer.

Fog the Engine Cylinders

Aerosol fogging solutions coat the inside of the engine to protect it until spring. Each engine manufacturer makes proprietary products they promote as ideal for their engines.

Drain the Engine (for inboards and stern-drives)

Change the Oil

Change engine oil to eliminate moisture and prevent corrosion. If you don't, moisture can cause excessive wear, which can lead to loss of power, poor fuel economy and possible engine failure. Tip: Some mechanics change the oil both in the fall and at spring, on the theory that the engine oil needs to be changed at the end of the summer and after suffering the ravages of winter because moisture may again accumulate in the oil.

Drain the Gear-Case Lubricant (and recycle it)

Clear, amber-colored lubricant means your gear-case seals are in good shape. Milky and sometimes lumpy oil means the seals need to be replaced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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