Basic Camping Essentials

Basic Camping Essentials | Pete’s RV Quick Tips

PetesRV.com expert, Randy Murray provides an overview of basic camping essentials and the tools required to make your next trip safe, worry free, and fun!

Video Transcript for “Basic Camping Essentials | Pete’s RV Quick Tips”

Randy: Hey, folks. Randy with Pete’s RV TV here today. Another Quick Tip segment for you. I just want to take a couple minutes and show you some of the things that I bring me … with me when I go camping.

I take a lot of phone calls from customers that have small problems while they’re camping that do arise. and when I direct them on the best way to take care of that problem, they need a couple tools that, they may not have with them. So, if you put together a basic tool [00:00:30] kit, when you go camping, leave it right in the camper, no problem whatsoever. We can talk you through most anything.

So, some of the things that I bring with me is, first of all, I always bring some sort of, like, source. Either something I can put on my head, or … This little guy right here in kinda neat. We sell him in the store. It’s got a magnet on the back, so we can stick it to a piece of metal in the camper where I’m working there. It’s got a hook on it and it gives me some light underneath the cabinet or in the front storage compartment or by the battery, cause nothing ever goes wrong in the daylight. It always happens at night, especially [00:01:00] if you go camping with me.

So, a couple lights, which are nice to have, or even if you’ve got just a regular flashlight that you store, and keep charge in the camper. Another thing I bring is I’ve got a bag of fuses. So, every fuse … every camper has multiple different size fuses in them. So, I kind of got a bag of … Just, a variety of everything that I run into in a camper and a good thing to have with me. Roll of electrical tape. Never know (laughs) and you can fix most anything with electrical tape, if needed.

I also bring some crimp-connectors, which you can buy [00:01:30] in a kit like at, your local, home goods store or something like that. And these are just if I have to re-attach a wire, or we have to shorten something up, or we have a mishap or something pulled loose. Just, to be able to make a crimp connection is nice. That will also work in conjunction with a pair of crimping pliers. And, again, sometimes the kits you purchase will come with an inexpensive pair of pliers that you can use, to get by for the weekend.

Now, most campers are built with, screws, obviously. And the type of screws they [00:02:00] use are a square-tip, or a screw had has got a square tip, so you need a special square tip, to go to those screws. And that’s this guy right here, if Josh can pan in on it, and you’ll see I got a Phillips right next to it.

most people have a Phillips, because that’s what we have at home. Campers are a little odd, and they require that square tip. So, this tip that I purchased from, again one of the local box stores. It’s a Milwaukee kit. I think it cost like $20. It’s got everything I need in it. It’s got, screw acceptor for my screw gun. You will need a screw gun as well. and [00:02:30] it’s got the square tips, it’s got fill-ups, it’s got a couple torques here, and it’s got spares of all, because if you lose them like I do, nice to have a spare. But anyway, for the cost of this kit, I think it’s just a great kit to (laughs) … I have one at home, and on my carry-around tool box that I do bring with me when I go camping.

Sheet-rock knife, or a box cutter. This one actually folds up like a jackknife. I actually carry this one with me all the time, right in the pocket of my pants, but, good to have. you never know when you’re gonna need that. Wire-strippers, and cutters. Again, if we [00:03:00] have an electrical problem … A lot of times, we can talk you through it, or you can find it very easily yourself, but having a good pair of strippers on board, it makes that job a lot easier for us stripping that wire back.

I like to bring a couple pair of channellocks if I’ve got a plumbing issue, and usually I can get by with a bind if I got to tighten something up with a channellocks. And again, this can be purchased at your local box store. Christmas is a great time to pick this stuff up because they’ve usually got kits on sale, relatively low price. And you don’t need the best ones. A lot of these tools are very expensive tools. This is how I make my living. You don’t need the best tools for your-your [00:03:30] basic kit that you keep in your camper.

I usually will carry a Phillips and a regular screwdriver. These are like mid-size so they’re pretty much good for almost every application, unless it’s something specific. we’ve already talked about the crimpers. I do carry a pair of side cutters with me. Sometimes these are just a little easier to make a cut close to something or pull a staple out that may be in our carpet or what have you. But, again, pair of side cutters.

Needle nose. You can always get yourself out of a bind with a pair of needle nose. Especially, when you drop something in that spot [00:04:00] that my little fat fingers can’t get into. Needle nose, it makes it very easy for that. there is some neat, small kits out there. Again, the big box store, Sears, all of them have kits that have couple different size open end box wrenches. This is one of the ones I carry in the small kit that I have that’s all over my toolbox cause I left it open. i also bring a couple of adjustable wrenches with me as well. Reason for the adjustable wrenches is, they’re adjustable. We can use them for almost any size, anything to get you out of a bind.

Again, these aren’t tools to, you know, fix the [00:04:30] problem per se, but enough to get us by for the weekend before you can get it in for service and get it ap- repaired appropriately. an electrical tested. This particular one right here is for 120 volt power. Pretty much, I’m just going to plug it into the outlet and it’ll tell me if my power is good, tell me if it’s wired properly, and tell me if power is present. So that’s a good one. I-I-I take phone calls a lot where, “My re- My TV’s not working.” “Well, do you have power at the outlet?” “I don’t know, Randy.” (laughs) well, I’m gonna- Having you plug something else in, but if you’ve got a quick electrical tester to plug it in, then [00:05:00] you can tell me.

This guy right here is for checking 12 volt power. It’s called a stab tester, 12 volt tester. We’d hook this into ground or anything pretty much metal on the camper and then we can test our fuses with this guy here. I’m gonna have Josh pan in on one of these fuses here. This is a great way to test our fuses so if you can pan right in on that and see the two metal tabs on either side of the 40 there, Josh. Each one of those is a test point so I can test if I’ve got power coming in in the fuse and I can test if I’ve got power going out of the fuse.

[00:05:30] So when you’re looking at a whole fuse panel and you’re trying to determine which one is the one for your furnace or your LP detector, something like that, which is labeled incorrectly, by testing both sides, as well as the fuses, we can quickly determine whether one is blown or not. And again, we would do that in conjunction with this tester here. This will also test if we’ve got power at breakers and things like that on the 12 volt side of things so when you call me up and tell me that your slide outs not going out, I’m going to ask you if you’ve got 12 volt power to the breaker going through the breaker to the slide out. This is a great way to test that.

This is another tester that I carry with me. Kind of [00:06:00] on the same lines of this one here, but I can actually put this next to any wire and it’ll tell if it’s 120 volt wire and it’ll tell me if I have voltage present rather than putting it into an outlet. It’s called a [wiggie 00:06:09] tester.

Multimeter. This is what I love for customers to have cause we can do all sorts of testing with this guy here. Not everyone’s gonna put this, in their tool box that they keep in their camper because these can be a little bit more pricey, but if you’ve got like an inexpensive version of this and one of these, which aren’t too bad, we can usually get by anything.

So anyway, there’s just some of the tools that I bring with [00:06:30] me camping and, again, enough to get you out of trouble in a pinch. maybe not make the final repair, but definitely continue on with your camping weekend if you are having a small problem. So, just wanted to share that with you guys and if you’re looking for presents for Father’s day, birthdays, or even Christmas, great time to put this little tool kit together and can be done for relatively, inexpensive on the Father Day, on the Christmas side of things, cause that’s when we see a lot of tools on sale at our local box store. So, thanks for watching Quick Tips with Randy today. look forward to seeing you on the road and happy camping.

The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at: https://youtu.be/ayHDTJQinGw?list=PL90E8009ADFC48C0F

 

2016 Elkhart Manufacturers’ Open House Dubbed “Best Ever”

img_9194Making the trip to Elkhart Indiana from South Burlington, Vermont, Pete’s RV center arrived to the ninth annual Manufacturers’ Open House event.  Being dubbed, “The best open house event in history,” manufacturers like Thor and Forest River previewed what’s new and exciting for 2017. The following photo album provides a nice mix of everything displayed this year. Enjoy!

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How to Achieve Extended Hot Showers When RVing

How to Achieve Extended Hot Showers When RVing
Thursday, September 8th, 2016 18:16:23

Pete’s RV Vermont Service Writer and Resident RV Expert Randy Murray provides a step-by-step overview on how to achieve extended hot showers in an RV.

Video Transcript for “How to Extend Hot Water Showers in Your Camper”

Randy: (singing) Hey folks. Randy with Pete’s RV TV here today. Another quick fix segment for you. When you’re camping, do you go to take a shower, do you get about three minutes of good, hot water? And then it starts to go lukewarm on you? And of course your hair is full of soap, and you haven’t rinsed off yet? Happens to me too, but I’ve got a trick. So when we’re camping, different camp grounds have different water supplies. Some of them [00:00:30] will have very deep wells. Some of them will have shallow wells. Usually on a deep well, the water coming out of the ground is very cold. This can happen at the spring of the year as well, when the water feeding that well is very cold. So what my trick is for that is I will, when I’m having that problem, I’ll fill my fresh water holding tank. And when I take a shower, I’m actually going to turn the city water off, and I’m going to turn on my water pump and feed the water from the fresh water holding tank.

The reason I do this is the water coming in from a very deep well is mixing with the hot water in your tank, [00:01:00] as long as you don’t have a tank-less hot water heater. So it’s mixing with that warm water in the tank and it’s bringing the temperature down very quickly. And we’re also taking water out of the top, so as that cold water is mixing with the hot, it’s going to bring the temperature down. Where if we’re taking it now out of our fresh water holding tank and mixing it with that same hot water in that water heater, it’s going to be ambient air temperature coming out of that fresh water holding tank entering the hot water heater. Rather than the real cold water from the city coming in and cooling down our water a lot faster.

So if you’re looking for [00:01:30] a little bit longer shower to get that hair, or that soap out of your hair, fill the fresh water holding tank when you arrive. And use the fresh water holding tank rather than the city while you’re taking your showers. Then you can go back over to city after you’ve done your shower. But that will give you another minute or two of warmer water to get rinsed off. So just another quick tip from Randy at Pete’s RV. Thanks for watching our quick tips segment, and I look forward to seeing you on the road. Happy camping.

The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at: https://youtu.be/rljtuXYgpvk?list=PL90E8009ADFC48C0F

2017 Keystone RV Montana 3820FK Fifth Wheel Features

2017 Keystone RV Montana 3820FK Fifth Wheel Features | 2017 RV Business Magazine RV Of The Year

Thursday, September 8th 2017 17:48:33

In this edition, RV Lifestyle Consultant Laura Chartrand walks us through the Montana 3820FK which was named RV of the Year by RV Business Magazine. Being a part of the Keystone RV’s newest Montana line for 2017 you can expect only the best from this 2017 Montana 3820FK.

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-1-53-16-pmThe exterior of this camper features; front cap windshield, hitch vision, LED lights in the front cap, six-point auto level up system, two thirty pound propane tanks, slam latch baggage doors, double entrances, frameless tinted windows, Moreride suspension system, exterior speakers, rear cap, backup camera and more!

The floorplan featured in this 2017 Legacy Edition Montana 3820FK features a unique front kitchen with sleeping accommodations for up to six people!

Laura goes on to highlight some of the outstanding interior features on the 2017 Montana 3820FK including; arched interior ceilings, LED lighting throughout, six foot six inch slideouts, upgraded day and night window shades, dual tri-fold sleeper sofas, theater seating, electric fireplace, central vacuum system, solid surface counter tops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, dual bedroom slides, a large bedroom wardrobe, Montana’s In Command control system and so much more!

For more information on the 2017 Montana 3820FK by keystone RV including specs, photos and pricing be sure to head to PetesRVVT.com.

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“I think most consumers today are looking for more value, more innovation, more technology,” – Jason Gill, product manager for the Montana Division of Keystone RV Co.

True to form, Gill last year quarterbacked a Keystone team that created a unique Montana rear-den model. So, for the 2016 model year, he steered his crew in yet another direction — literally — by developing a Montana 3820 FK front-kitchen fifth-wheel in which the traditional mid-coach galley was moved into the front cabin and a unique front windshield was added, all of which explains why the five-slide, 40-foot Montana 3820 FK caught the RVBusiness team’s eye and earned this unique Montana model the status of “RVBusiness 2016 RV of the Year.” – Excerpt from RV Business Magazine’s RVB “RV of the Year”: ’16 Front-Kitchen Montana article.

Get the full rundown on the 2017 Keystone RV Montana 3820Fk on PetesRVVT.com.

2016 Forest River Cherokee and Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features

2016 Forest River Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features
Friday, August 21st 2015 22:19:33

With all the comfort and quality you have come to expect from Cherokee, your family will enjoy a truly enjoyable camping experience with this lineup of travel trailers and fifth wheels. The Grey Wolf by Cherokee is engineered with impeccable quality, distinctive features, superior comfort and remarkable affordability. Escape the ordinary, relax, and enjoy family and friends in a Grey Wolf.

Learn All About Cherokee and Grey Wolf travel trailers on the Pete’s RV YouTube Channel.

RV Lifestyle Consultant, Joe Vartuli provides a special multi-unit walk through on the popular features found in Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailers (using a Cherokee 294BH & Grey Wolf 23DBH for the demo) including:

    • Friction Hinge Exterior Doors
    • Solid Wood Bedroom Privacy Doors
    • Prewired for Optional Back-Up Camera
    • Flush Floor Slideouts (Cherokee Models Only)
    • Nightstand on Each Side of Bed
    • Blue LED Interior Lighting
    • Solar Ready

Some additional features that make Cherokee & Grey Wolf travel trailers stand out:

      • High Gloss Seamless Countertops
      • Wooden Blinds
      • Electric Tongue Jack
      • High Rise Kitchen Faucet
      • LED Electric Awning
      • Drawers With Side-Mounted Steel Roller Guides
      • Powder Coated Rust Resistant Frame

Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Cherokee travel trailers and Grey Wolf travel trailers at PetesRV.com!

Video Transcript | 2016 Forest River Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features (Part 1 of 2)

Joe: Hi I’m Joe Vartuli, RV Lifestyle Consultant, here at Pete’s RV Center in South Burlington, Vermont. We’re on a nice sunny August day. we’re going to do a video for you today on the Forest River Cherokee and Grey Wolf product. it’s a product that we’ve had this year that it’s been really popular, the price points are terrific. You can get into ’em for, a lot of ’em for under the $20,000.00 range. There’s a few models like this one, that are a little bit over.

Well, me and Josh are in the the 294 2016 Cherokee Limited. this is a double slide model. and you’re gonna see, if you look around to your right Josh a little bit, you’ll see the big U-shaped dinette. Also, the nice baseball stitch, leather sofa that folds out to make a, a scissor sofa, to make another bed for you. once again this table drops down and makes a very large bedding area. two adults, pretty much can use this area as well. now with the bunk beds in the back, you may not have a lot of use for it, but it’s there is you need it.

Some things you’ll notice solid surface counter tops, okay. Nice cherry stain on the woodwork, roller ball bearing drawer glides, full extension that come all the way out. And residential looking faucets even though the price point is lower, once again residential style features lots of storage. Deep cabinets that go all the way back in here through. One thing on the Cherokee as well, it does have what they call climate control. So the air conditioning system is ducted. It goes from one end to the other and you can set the temperature as you want either in a cold climate with your furnace or you know . When it’s hot the air conditioning system will, will you put it on the temperature you want the, it will come and go as it needs to no need to hot, high cool or medium either with your heating system or your air conditioning system because it’s climate controlled [00:02:00] much, much easier to maintain and it will keep a nice, nice even ambient temperature in here.

something new they’re doing with Forest River this year at least with this, with this suburban cook top. It is a glass covered cook top it’s, it’s, it’s all flush mount. And you have your three burner range underneath here so you’re not losing any of that. But yet they put a nice elegant cover over the top. Also, of course, your Magic Chef microwave in this overhead fan to pull the moisture out when you’re cooking. Two-way Norco refrigerators are in these as well. And this unit here has a nice big pantry you can see how deep it really is and you’ll find a this in most of the Cherokee’s their trying to give you as much storage as they can the floor plans that they offer you and once again without stretching your budget the blue accent lighting you can see over the over the top of the slide out just gives it a little nicer look, a little more modern look. U

h if we go around to the front in a little bit before we go to the bunk area. Josh, you have the bedroom area here, you have two shirt-wards you’ll notice they changed the wallboard a little different color back here it’s a little darker on the back part, helps you with your sleeping in the evening. Also, you’re gonna notice cloth shades, cloth made shades that go up and down. your safety window is right there. That might have messed up the camera a little bit. and also hard doors so your entertainment center is up here with the with the faux wall and also you have hard doors here that will shut the room right off so it’s very private. And we’ll show ’em this front entertainment center and there’s a place to clip your TV on these do not come with a flat screen which you can, they’re ready, they come with a mount that will mount right on the wall. Here your cable hook-up and everything is right here. Your bolstered TV antennae too as well am FM DVD player that is built in the limited models.

Alright, and the flooring you can see it’s got kind of plank wood look [00:04:00] and this is a thick rubberized congoleum so it’s very cold weather crack resistant as well. And stain release carpet. the Cherokee also gives you, you notice how flush floor this n-, this is not built up so there’s no step up into your slide out the system and big drawers that pull out from underneath your dinette and make getting, make getting to your, to the extra stuff that you bring very easy. you’re gonna see wooden mini blinds in the living room here they’re not just using you know a very low-cost mini by-, metal mini blind they’re using nice residential style wooden ones. And hard, hard valances over your window as well.

And we’re going to go back we’re going to go back to the bunk room on this unit ’cause it does have the second slide and you’re gonna see. These two fold out small, small couches or, or seats whatever you want to call ’em they will fold out to make beds. So you could have one, two, three, with your top bunk which does fold up and it will actually stay there so if you have a TV and entertainment center back here there you go they can sit a wanna do a Playstation, your kids can do a Playstation or watch a movie, whatever they want to do on a rainy day.

Also, a big oversized bunk with a skylight over it so you get some natural light back here you have a built in ladder to get to this bunk and also storage you have a place where the TV with the hook-ups here and you also have tons of storage over here as well. So clothes, entertainment center, nice bright windows, nice airy open feel to this 294 Cherokee eh we’ll open up the a the bathroom here for ya and you can see there’s a second door to the outside. Your fluid flush toilet is standard on these [00:06:00] you’ll also have your medicine cabinet that’s actually usable. And nice nickel plated pulls here on all the doors so it’s nice and sturdy (a cough) excuse me. We’ll shut that. Once again the construction underneath this floor underneath the box floor is actually it’s, it’s tongue and groove plywood marine grade so its 5/8 inches it’s very thick. There’s not a lot of giving the trailer will last a long time between your thick floor decking and your nice thick roof decking which is fully walkable it gives you a nice sturdy built … travel trailer.

Inside the Grey Wolf, this is a 2016 23DBH and folks you want to talk about a great value for a young family that’s starting out camping? this unit gives you two large bunks on the back. oversize it gives you a slide out it gives you all the power stuff we pointed to you on outside plus some of the neat features. And you can notice we have a raised up dinette here. It’s all U-shaped wooden blinds here behind it. You still have a place to get underneath your dinette even with the Grey Wolf price point to slide your extra drinks in or whatever you need to clothes. Blankets. whatever you need. Also, the bow style flooring the thick rubberized congoleum. you’ll also notice in the galley here you’re not losing anything with the Grey Wolf you actually have solid surface counter tops you have the flush mount gas Suburban cook top you have your Norcold gas electric refrigerator, your magic chef microwave, the same as the Cherokee with the nickel pulls on it so you’re not losing any of this at this price point. It just these is just a little bit more affordable.

Like I said for the young families [00:08:00] that want to start out camping and have a little bit of extra room. Slide outs and this unit, the larger bunks. Now all the Grey Wolf’s have these features. We just happen to be demonstrating this one today but the woodwork, the flooring, the countertops, the stone in the front by the entertainment center, the bedroom setups with the wardrobes, they all have that stuff. It’s just, we’re in this floor plan today. Okay, so it sho … shows you the double bunks. Also in the bathroom, you have your fluid flush toilet. skylight over your tub as well which you will not see at these price points in almost any other brand. And full medicine cabinet and excuse me.

This Grey Wolf also has ducted a/c and it’s all climate controlled. And here is the here is the control unit right here. You put it on the furnace. you put it on a/c whatever temperature you want it’ll come and go as you need it too. Once again, it makes your camping experience great. not a lot to play around with just enjoy yourself.

Also, I didn’t go over the wallboard and the, the floor the, the wallboard and the ceiling board they are both vinyl. You can use Windex or 409 or a good cleaner that’s mild you won’t take any of the colors off on it, okay. Josh show ’em both windows, safety window on the bottom and you have another skylight on top so you get a lot of natural light in on these campers. I’ll go around to the and of course your, your faux stone walls. A place for your TV all your cable and satellite hook-ups are all set to go. You am FM DVD system which comes on the limited models. And of course your bedroom once again with your shirt-wards on each side and nice deep cabinets over the top for more clothes storage hard doors for privacy [00:10:00] all right and they also give you a nice comforter on all the beds and that’s kind of a quick overview inside of the Grey Wolf.

Video Transcript | 2016 Forest River Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features (Part 2 of 2)

This is 2016, 294, and just some of the quick stuff on the outside. We’ll try to make it, not too, not too boring for you. the outside, you notice it’s got a full aluminum front here, a metal front that’s pull over on the, that’s painted, a big piece of diamond plate on the bottom for stones and rocks that could kick up. Also, your powder-coated, big, I-beam frame down underneath here. Even though this is a lower price point trailer, they actually are built very, very well, and I’ll go over a few things on that.

you’ll notice power tongue jack is standard, and almost all of our Cherokees and Grey Wolf come with a Limited package, so you’re going to get power tongue jack, standard. You’re going to get power awning, standard, with LED lights. you’re gonna have accent LEDs on the inside as well, and we’ll show you, we’ll show you that when we go inside. also they’re solar-ready. The Cherokee is already set up for solar panels. it, you just plug into the outside here and put your, your portable panels up. It’ll recharge your battery system.

also, the tanks on this are enclosed. The, that way for colder weather, it will help you. Your, your tank will not freeze up. Your freshwater tank, and holding tanks will not freeze up, as long as you are running your furnace. It, kind of a, kind of a small, polar package on this. it does have a full, walkable roof. once again, even though the price points are terrific, the roof is fully walkable. You can go up there without putting plywood down and service your roof as you need to and clean it.

a lot of, lot of stuff on this price point is, you cannot do that with. also, 15-inch running gear on these as well, nitrogen-filled radial tires, that will, will be a little more even in, in their pressure. They’ll stay that way longer, and also a nice champagne color to these on the outside. The Cherokees have a nice champagne color. They have nice graphics, you can [00:02:00] see the chrome Limited right here for the package that’s on all of our units as well. Four big BAL stabilizing jacks, one on each corner. They’re very heavy duty, keep your camper from bouncing around when you’re in there.

also, you see a gas hookup here in the front, so our Cherokees do come with an external gas hookup on all of ’em. Now this model, the 294, has an outside, rear kitchen, and we’ll show that to you when we go around to the outside. just some things that I went over earlier when we first started. The aluminum front, front cap on this unit; the powder-coated I-beam steel frame; and, also, the power tongue jack, which is standard on the Cherokee Limited … just to reiterate that stuff. Also, and the diamond plate, that is all still here, (laughs) okay?

you wanna notice the big opening for your storage. All right. So that’s pass-through. It also goes underneath your bed, which lifts up on the inside, so there’s a ton of storage in this, grills, chairs, whatever you need to put in here, tools, whatever you need to bring on your camping trip. also, the solar-ready system, a plugin is right here. You just pull this cover off … which should be easier than that … anyway, it does, it just pops off of there, and you would plo-, your, plug your solar panel right into there.

I’m going to come around to the awning, and you’re gonna see this is a power awning. All right. Just press the button in or out. It has a automatic rain dump on it, so when it’s raining out, you don’t have to worry about it. Also, the, and the blue LEDs out here that give it a nice, a little different look than some of the white ones you’ll see. A friction door, all right, this door, there’s no need to have the small clip that breaks on the outside like a lot of RVs have. The hinges have a tight friction on ’em, and you can see, I gotta put quite a bit of pressure to open this up, but if I open it up, it’ll stay right there. I don’t have to have the little plastic latches that eventually break, and mold away on this unit.

entry assist, large entry-assist grab door handle on all the Cherokees [00:04:00], so to get up into there, you just grab that handle, step, and aw-, away you go, it makes it a lot easier for you. one thing with the Cherokee as well, this is gas and electric hot water tank. This is a Suburban 6-gallon. It’s about 18, 16.2 gallons per hour, quick recovery. you can use this off of propane if you’re at a state park. If you’re at your traditional campground, then you can plug it when you’re plugged into the shore power. you will have your electric element, too, that works. You can also use ’em in tandem. When you’re using a lotta hot water, they’ll recuperate, quite a bit quicker.

All right. We’re gonna go back to the side here. 28,000 BTU Suburban furnace is on these Cherokees. Also, another place for a TV, so you could unclip the one in the living room, bring it out here, and you can clip it right on the outside. They give you w-, GFI outlets, and you might need this by your picnic table if you want to deal with coffee pot, lamps, whatever you’re doing out there, and, also, you have cable TV hookups here as well. So you can have, your satellite or cable TV right on the outside, underneath the awning so good, good features. Also, the speakers are out here, too, as well.

some things I did go over, the radial tires, they are nitrogen filled. Also, they use a gray steel wheel on here, so they will not, they will not show the pitting and rust the way that a white spoke wheel will. They’ll, they’ll hold up quite a bit longer. to the back here, Josh, the second entry door on this model, as well, to the bathroom, and here’s the outside cook station, so they’re giving you more cabinets. They even kept the, the nickel poles on here as well, solid surface out here. They didn’t skimp and put the, the lower-priced Formica out here. Refriger-, electric refrigerator for your, for your drinks or some food that you wanna keep out here while you’re at the campground.

And the best feature is, of course, your two-burner stove, so if you wanna be out here cooking breakfast, if you wanna do different types, types of dishes, you may have [00:06:00] your grill back here somewhere. This model, comes with a built-in rear bike rack, so that folds down. You can put bicycles on there, you could put firewood, you could put coolers, even a small scooter (laughs) if it would fit on there. it’ll take about 200-pounds worth of weight, and that’s another great feature that you see that, that Cherokee does give you.

And you’ll notice the elongated window, and also there’s a, you see the backup camera here. If you wanna purchase the, the, the system itself, through Forest River or through our, our Parts Department, you can actually have a backup camera installed. It’s all wireless. it’s ready to go, you just have to purchase the front part of it that goes in your vehicle. Okay. And what we’re gonna do here, we’re gonna go over to the Grey Wolf and do a few things on that.

Folks, we’re, we’re on to the Grey Wolf now. We just did some stuff on the Cherokee for you. We’re on to the Grey Wolf. We wanna show you some features on this. once again, the price points on these are even lower than what the Cherokees are, even though they have a lotta the same terrific features on ’em. first thing you see is the, the metal front end on this, just like the Cherokee. You’ll see the Limited up there, that means our Limiteds come with a power tongue jack, the power, the powered awning, the AM/FM, DVD system, and a few other features we’ll get to.

also, you’re gonna see the diamond plate. You didn’t lose this on the Grey Wolf. The powder-coated I-beam frame, you didn’t lose. Of course, your power tongue jack that actually has a light on it, so you can see it when you’re back up in the evening, you know, propane tank covers … you still have all that stuff … also, a walkable roof on the Grey Wolf, still. gonna come around to the side. You see the solar-ready panel. It is still here on the Gray Wolf, so you can plug into your, you know, your, portable solar panel, and keep your batteries charged up if you’re at a state park, a great feature that you don’t have to fight with. You just plug it in.

full pass-through storage, once again, on the Grey Wolf, [00:08:00] and you can see they put a felt lining down on the bottom here. go around to the side, you see your outside security lights, the elongated windows and, also, your power awning with an LED light in it as well, and the strip is running right underneath that power awning. this door here, same thing, fric-, friction-hinge door on both the Cherokee and Grey Wolf make it very easy for you. Grab handle-assist when you go in lar-, and extra-large ent-, entry-assist handle.

Also, you have cable hookup. You have power hookups. You’re not losing any of this on the Grey Wolf, even though it’s a little bit less of a price point. you’ll also notice the 3-tier color. You have a, you have a champagne on the top. You have a little bit of white with graphics, and then you have champagne and brown on the bottom. So it’s, not just a white, it’s not just a white trailer sticking out there. you’ll notice your, these have 14-inch radial tires, which are nitrogen filled.

All right. This one has a second entry into the bathroom as well. This is the 23, Grey Wolf, the DBH model with the double-size bunks. You’re also gonna notice the 4 BAL stabilizers are still on this unit. Your built in bike racks stays one the Grey Wolf, and, also, it has the, the, the backup camera system is pre-wired. You just have to buy that separate, all right, but it is here for you. automotive marker lights everywhere for safety, and also these all have, you know, fresh, fresh, fresh water holding tank, black water, gray water, you have all these things in these great price point trailers. hope you enjoyed a little, quick, quick tour of these, and, we’ll see you in the next video. Thank you.

Meet The Van’s RV Center Sales Team

Meet The Van’s RV Center Sales Team
Thursday, August 3rd, 2016 15:26:23

Since the acquisition of Van’s RV Center by Pete’s RV Center in September of 2015 several new RV Life Consultants have been added to the Van’s RV sales team. Get to know the newest members of the Van’s RV sales team; Ryan Ayoub, David Silver and John hill.

 

Ryan started his tenure with Vans RV Center in 2013, working in the service department as a prep technician. In 2015, he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the sales team as an RV Lifestyle Consultant. With camping in his bloodline, Ryan is a natural at helping families find an RV that best suites their needs. In his free time, Ryan enjoys watching New England Patriots and Red Sox games. You may also find him enjoying the great outdoors on local hiking and snowboarding trails, or at his favorite campgrounds.

To learn more and see Ryan’s contact info head on over to his team page on PetesRVCT.com.

 

Joining us in early 2016, Dave is a marine veteran who enjoys skiing, camping and all types of water sports. He is a huge Yankee fan who enjoys trips to Yankee Stadium with his family and brother in nearby Brooklyn. With two boys, Jack and Hunter, and two dogs, Torre Joe and Tank, he’s kept quite busy on time away from work.  In fact, don’t be suprised if you bump into Dave and his family camping and kayaking somewhere in the great outdoors of New England! Dave is highly dedicated to his customers and eager to satisfy them above and beyond their expectations. In dealing with a superior product like Jayco, Dave is convinced it makes for an easygoing buying process.

To learn more and see David’s contact info head on over to his team page on PetesRVCT.com.

 

Having graduated from Bryant University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, he entered the auto industry as a sales professional later that year. He joined the team at Van’s RV in 2016. His experience with customer service from the auto industry easily transfers to create a wonderful buying experience for his customers.  He grew up travelling the East Coast in his family’s Class C motorhome racing Quarter Midgets. When not at Van’s RV helping his customers find their ideal camper that fits their budget, you can find him and his young family in the stands of the local tracks. He plans to get back on the track in the near future. You can also find him playing a quick round of golf at the course, or by a campfire enjoying the outdoors John’s goal is to simplify the buying process for his customers. Without being the typical pushy salesperson, his goal is to find the perfect camper for his clients and to make them happy campers!

To learn more and see John’s contact info head on over to his team page on PetesRVCT.com.

How to Program Your RV TV

How to Program Your RV TV
Friday, July 1st, 2016 15:23:13

 

Pete’s RV Vermont Service Writer and Resident RV Expert Randy Murray provides a step-by-step overview on how to program your RV TV.

As Randy explains, as you travel you will begin to pick up different TV stations depending on the region you are in. You will continually need to reprogram your TV as you arrive in a new television marketplace. Randy provides you with a step by step guide on how to set up your TV and boost your reception so you won’t have to miss your favorite shows while on the road!

The steps to programming your TV as you travel explained by Randy include:

  1. If running on open air antenna find your camper’s TV booster and turn on your antennas extra power setting (not necessary to do when utilizing cable)
  2. Open the auto channel search menu on your TV (refer to your owners manual if unsure how to do so)
  3. Select “auto channel memory” on your TV
  4. Start your TV’s automatic search mode and let it run until complete

Pete’s RV Center is an extraordinary recreational vehicle dealer with locations in South Burlington, VT, Schererville, IN and South Windsor, CT. An RV sales and service provider since 1952, Pete’s RV Center carries an extensive inventory of Keystone, Crossroads, Coachman, Heartland, Evergreen and Forest River RV-branded campers.

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