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What Is Boondocking And Why Is It So Popular?

What Is Boondocking And Why Is It So Popular?

If you’re a longtime RV enthusiast, you’ve probably already heard about the practice of boondocking. For some of the newer enthusiasts, we thought we’d share a little bit of a primer on what it is and how to manage it well. Boondocking is using your skills with an RV to live off the grid for up to months. The two main determining factors are where you take your RV and how you camp there. It means going to a remote location without water or electric hookups for rental. You are entirely dependent on your reserves-- and your resourcefulness-- to get by comfortably. While this kind of nomadic living may require permits in some parts, one place that doesn’t require a permit is Arizona. In Arizona, you may live free in the desert for 14 days. Then you must move-- a minimum of 500 feet. Then, the 14 day timer can start again. With a nearby water source and solar panels (and a very thrifty use of eclectic power), a boondocker can live for months in the Arizona desert ... read more

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Snowbird Living: Is An RV Lifestyle The Best Fit For Your Needs?

Snowbird Living: Is An RV Lifestyle The Best Fit For Your Needs?

December has arrived! It’s the time of the year that the birds migrate south, looking for warmer climates to nest. Some people do, too,  once the holidays end and January begins. Many U.S. and Canadian citizens migrate down to Florida and Arizona around this time, seeing their own cozy nest to ride out the harsh winter. For retirees, this lifestyle can be a godsend. Warm climates, tropical ocean views, dry warmth can literally save lives over cold, damp, snowy mountains or plains. Brittle cold can damage skin and bones, as well as exacerbate respiratory problems. Snowbirds, as they are called, get the best of both worlds. But having two homes in two locations can be a lot to manage. A home in the north takes damage in the winter when you’ve left it. A home in Florida, for instance, runs the risk of flooding, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the sweltering summer. The expense of two homes can make Snowbird living hard on a retirement budget. But that’s where recrea ... read more

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Traveling Throughout The Holidays: How To Prepare Your RV

Traveling Throughout The Holidays: How To Prepare Your RV

As November arrives and the holidays drawn nearer, many RV owners consider making long trips to see family in the RV, or just taking their holidays completely on the road. Traveling through the holidays has extra considerations. Fatigue, danger, weather-- these are all issues to a holiday RVer. But RVing through your holidays has amazing perks, too. You carry with you personal space and a door you can shut, which can be such a blessing when visiting your extended family and in-laws. And with a little decorating and work, you can make this space a safe haven of Christmas for just your family. And it’s such a binding experience for the whole family. A huge part of the fun of such a trip is the planning of it, and gearing up, stocking the RV, and working out where you’ll visit along the way. As you plan a holiday RVing adventure, there are some fundamental things to consider: Know the roads. When you are planning on adventuring in your RV for some Holiday t ... read more

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Give Those Kids A Brake: Why October Is One Of The Best Months For Brake Repair

Give Those Kids A Brake: Why October Is One Of The Best Months For Brake Repair

Even though the month of July is actually the annual National Brake Month, at Henderson’s Line-Up, we think October is the month you should be thinking about brake repair the most. We don’t really need to tell you how important your brakes are to your RV. We know you understand that you need stopping power with a vehicle as large and heavy as yours. So we’re offering you three specific reasons why you should get your brakes inspected in October. For starters? Halloween is coming up, and kids will likely be out in great numbers trick-or-treating this year.  Short drives through your neighborhood can find kids running across your path. A large recreational vehicle needs stopping power to keep the kids in your community safe! With the holiday season fast approaching, getting your brakes inspected in October means you can rest easy in the coming months that your RV will be safer to drive in cold weather driving conditions, such as icy roads and snow drifts. If a p ... read more

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Why COVID Has Been Beneficial To The RV Industry

Why COVID Has Been Beneficial To The RV Industry

Did you know that there has been an unexpected silver lining in the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic? Some longtime RV Industry experts agree that surging demand is rapidly transforming and it has been beneficial to everyone who touches the RV Lifestyle. Before COVID-19, RV sales remained steady, but the industry has certainly had its challenges. When gas prices are high, people tend to shy away from buying motor coaches. But when gas prices are lower, real estate prices are too high for most first-time buyers, and people are itching to travel more, RV sales show a steady incline. Sales for all types of recreational vehicles have gone up across the United States. Many people who love to travel are uncomfortable flying on planes or cruising the high seas during the pandemic. But RV sales are going up for other reasons, too. For example, RV sales have gone up in Minneapolis, Minnesota because more people express a desire to leave the city to get away from riots and questi ... read more

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The Pros and Cons Of Towing A Dinghy Vehicle

Have you seen all the vehicles that are towed behind a motorhome as you’re rolling down the highway? For those of us living the #RVLifestyle, we call those dinghy vehicles or towed vehicles.  There are many pros to towing a dinghy vehicle, but there are several cons as well. The team at Henderson’s Line-Up and SuperSteer wants to share some of these pros and cons of towing a dinghy vehicle so you can be fully aware of your towing options.   Pros to towing a dinghy vehicle When you feel like taking a quick trip to the store or want to navigate a narrow road, having a towed vehicle is a great choice. You can just hop in and go! Also, a towed vehicle allows you to drive through town without exposing your recreational vehicle. Not all small towns have streets wide enough that you can comfortably navigate your RV. When you tow your own vehicle, you don’t have to worry about renting a car, calling a taxi, or hiring a Lyft driver. In an emergency situation w ... read more

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What To Do When Bad Weather Strikes Your RV

What To Do When Bad Weather Strikes Your RV

Photo by Spaylia on Unsplash   Have you ever been traveling in your RV and you’ve hit bad weather? It can be scary and dangerous, can’t it? At Henderson’s Line-Up, we have some helpful ideas to keep you, your RV, and all of your travel companions safe when bad weather strikes your RV. Monitor the weather. Anytime you drive a motor home or trailer, you should get a daily weather report. Utilize the NOAA weather app on your phone to keep track of weather patterns along your route. Be sure to keep your phone charged so you don’t miss out on important updates. Tornadoes. In the event of a tornado, you will need to take action immediately. Develop a disaster plan for you and your family. Never try to outrun a tor ... read more

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How To Avoid A Crash While Driving Your RV

How To Avoid A Crash While Driving Your RV

We, at Henderson's Line-up, came up with a list of safety tips to help you feel confident and secure when traveling in your motorhome. When we practice and prepare ahead of time by keeping these tips in mind, there is no fearful hanging onto the steering wheel with white knuckles when driving in your big rig. Feeling safe when driving in your RV is vital to driving safely and will help you avoid a crash. Know Your Tail Swing You are sure to have heard the term Rear Overhang and Tail Swing when talking up RV'ers. The Family Motor Coach Association defines tail swing as "the distance that the body of the coach behind the pivot point moves in the opposite direction of the front when you turn." Keeping your rear overhang and the tail swing your RV makes in mind when pulling into a parking lot, or making a turn can make the difference between safe travels and an insurance claim. Know How Tall Your RV Is Most RV's are between 11- and 13-feet overall height. It is vita ... read more

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Headlights & RV Lighting: How To Keep The Dark Away After The Sun Sets

Headlights & RV Lighting: How To Keep The Dark Away After The Sun Sets

  How to Keep the Dark Away After the Sun Sets    Nighttime driving can be tricky in an RV, especially with poor lighting. RV’s often weigh well over 7,500 lbs; The last thing any driver of a large RV needs at night is poor lighting showing the way. In addition to asking the Lord to guide our way, it is best to take the time to head into your local RV repair shop before leaving on a trip, as they are an excellent resource for common lighting issues, spare lamps, and more.   Burned out light bulbs can happen to anyone at any time. With your daily driver, you can usually head down to any auto parts store to pick up an in-stock lamp. They are relatively easy to install in a short amount of time. With a motorhome, this experience can be quite different. Replacement lamps may not be readily available or as easy to install. It is best to order and keep on hand a couple of back up lamps just-in-case. If it is challenging tracking down the right type of lamp for ... read more

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Top Things You Can Learn From An RV Rally

Top Things You Can Learn From An RV Rally

RV rallies are a great place to learn all sorts of skills that make the RVing experience all the better.  Rallies offer many opportunities to learn the ins and outs of RVing as well as provide access to vendors and the newest products and advancements available on the market.  Seminars:   Most large RV rallies will present on RV related topics such as driving, safety, cleaning, cooking, maintenance, resorts, and much more.  These are especially helpful if new to the RV community or even for the casual RVer. When attending a seminar you’ll want to check and be sure that it isn’t a product demo (infomercial). Do your research and spend your time wisely! Maintenance:  RV maintenance is often offered by RV manufacturers and related companies at most rallies.  RV companies bring technicians and basic replacement parts to rallies as a complementary service to bring in more event-goers.  Depending on the rally, RV Technicians will perform ba ... read more

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