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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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TPMS & Your Motorhome: What You Should Know

TPMS & Your Motorhome: What You Should Know

In a regular car or truck with only four tires, it is pretty easy to know that you have a flat. With tires on your RV, a visual inspection can be deceiving. You can take a look at all of your tires during your motorhome walk around and not know there is a problem with your tire's air pressure. It is even easier to take off on your trip, not knowing that your tire has a slow leak and end up with a dangerous flat while underway. Did you know that under-inflated tires are the number one way to ruin a tire? Your RV weighs a lot, and with low pressure in your tire, the side-walls on your tire become over-stressed, and they are not designed to withstand such flexing. This over-flexing can cause the tire to overheat and eventually cause a blow-out. Do you tow a car behind your motorhome? This is the most common reason a low tire is not noticed until complete failure occurs. Installing a TPMS or Tire Pressure Monitoring System is an excellent choice if you plan to travel in an RV or moto ... 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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How To Winterize and Maintain Your RV

How To Winterize and Maintain Your RV

It’s December, and for many of us living the RV lifestyle, you’re probably getting ready to park it for the Winter season. This begs the question:  How do you winterize and maintain your RV?  If you are new to owning a motor home or fifth wheel, there are many steps you need to take to winterize and maintain your vehicle so it’ll be in good shape by the time we reach Spring. Here is a shortlist of the items you need to take care of for proper storage maintenance:   You need to blow the lines out to get rid of all the water.  Drain the water out of the water heater. Get an annual inspection because water leaks can cause a lot of damage. Put antifreeze in there so your lines don’t freeze. Prep the exterior and make sure your roof is well sealed to prevent water leaks. If possible, store your camper inside in a climate-controlled building. Or, you should cover it with a tarp if outside.  Wherever you store it, make sure the area is ... read more

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Things To Know Before Buying A Used Coach: Will It Be A Dream Or A Nightmare?

“Pay me now or pay me later” -- Mr. Goodwrench   I asked people, “If you were going to buy a house on the side of a mountain, would you want to know what the foundation was?”   Purchasing an R.V. can be likely the most expensive purchase you make outside of your house. Quite often I ask folks if they paid more money for their R.V. than their first house? Hands shoot up everywhere. So, I ask about the second house, the third house; again, hands go up. The point is made that purchasing an R.V. is a substantial investment.     I ask people “How many of you test drove your motorhome, pulled your 5th wheel or hauled your camper?” Maybe a quarter of the hands go up and that is a generous estimate! If they did drive or pull it, it was on a nice preselected route by the salesman. It was most likely not with truck passing, road construction, windy conditions, truck ruts and various bumps, bridge transitions, etc. these are rea ... read more

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Getting to point "A" to point "B"

Getting to point "A" to point "B"

No matter how long you have owned your RV one question always coming up: “How will I get this thing from point A to point B?” Driving a motorhome can be a daunting task, especially if you normally drive a small, four-door sedan! So if your new to driving a motorhome here are 2 tips for you to keep in mind.   Make the Right Adjustments before you take off. I know it sounds simple but you’d be amazing at the amount of people who skip this. This is the first and most basic instructions are the same with both cars and RVs: adjust for comfort and safety.   *** Mirrors: Check your side mirrors and learn how to use your rear camera, if your rig has one. Seat: Adjust your seat so that you can clearly see in every direction necessary. Move forward, backward, and play with the tilt to avoid making a lot of adjustments while driving an unfamiliar vehicle. *** Know Your Size: More than likely, every car you've driven before is standard size ... read more

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