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

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.

To learn more from Randy as well as stay up to date on all things Pete’s RV be sure to visit and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Pete’s RV Center Acquires Connecticut Dealership Van’s RV

Pete’s RV Center Acquires Connecticut Dealership Van’s RV
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 19:04:54

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IMG_6616On September 1st, Vermont-based Pete’s RV Center officially assumed ownership of Van’s RV Center in South Windsor, Connecticut.

Located just 20 minutes from Hartford, Van’s RV has served thousands of customers in Connecticut, southern New England, and New York since opening its doors in 1963.

Looking to step out of day-to-day operations after 40-plus successful years, longtime Van’s owner Mark VanOstrand explained the acquisition as being well-timed and an excellent fit, “The acquisition of Vans RV brings together two of New Englands longest established RV centers.† I am excited to be working with Pete’s RV as we blend together the best of our business practices.”

With the acquisition, Pete’s RV is now selling Jayco-branded recreation vehicles from the Connecticut dealership. “Along with a location that allows for expansion throughout southern New England and New York, being able to offer our customers popular Jayco travel trailer, fifth wheel, and motorhome lines such as Jay Flight, Eagle, and Greyhawk is an opportunity we are excited to take on,” said Pete’s RV co-owner Chad Shepard.

Van’s RV is Pete’s third dealership.† The original location in South Burlington, Vermont has been operating since 1952. A second location in Schererville, Indiana was acquired from Rollin-On RV in May 2011.

2016 Keystone Montana Fifth Wheel Features

2016 Keystone Montana Fifth Wheel Features
Friday, June 5th, 2015 21:44:12

North America’s #1 Selling Luxury Fifth Wheel for†14 Consecutive Years. The right inspiration leads you to achieve greatness whether you are vacationing, adventuring or just relaxing. Montana fifth wheels enable you to achieve all three. To do this, Montana designs fifth wheels to provide enduring pleasure over the long haul and in every aspect of the ownership experience. Montana builds RVs that inspire.

 

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Keystone RV Montana Fifth Wheels | Avaliable at Pete’s RV Center

RV Lifestyle Consultant Joe Vartuli and Keystone RV Montana Representative Chris Stender meet up to walk you through the extravagant features found in Montana Fifth Wheels including:

  • Patented Max Turn Front Cap with Hitch Vision and LED Profile Lighting
  • Solid Surface Countertops
  • High Gloss Gel Coated Fiberglass Exterior
  • Glazed Hardwood Cherry Cabinet doors and Drawers
  • Wireless Back-up Camera within Vehicle Mobile Display
  • Electric Fireplace
  • Heated Exterior Convenience Center
  • iRelax High-Density Posture Mattress
  • Slam Latch Pass Through Storage Compartment Doors
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
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Some additional features to make you love Montana fifth wheels:

  • Enclosed, Insulated and Heated Holding Tanks and Dump Valves
  • Washer/Dryer Prep
  • 6 Point Hydraulic Automatic Leveling System
  • Flush Mounted LED Interior Lights
  • MOR/Ryde Hitch Pin Box
  • Optional Heated Bedroom and Bathroom Floor w/ Legacy Package
  • Frameless Windows
  • Residential French Door Refrigerator
  • Solar Panel Prep
  • Sound Bar with Sub-Woofer and Bluetooth

Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Montana fifth wheel floorplans at PetesRV.com!

Video Transcript | 2016 Keystone Montana Fifth Wheel Features (Part 1 of 2) (CC)

Joe: Hi, I’m Joe Vartuli, RV lifestyle consultant here at Pete’s RV Center in South Burlington, Vermont. We’re going to do a great feature video today on the Montana product, the number one luxury fifth wheel brand for the last 14 years and we have a terrific guest. We have the number one sales rep from Keystone, from Montana. His name is Chris Stender and he’s going to go through this, these trailers with us and show you the reason why Montana separates itself from the other brands. we hope you enjoy it and pay attention, he has some great stuff for you. Chris I’ll let you start and you can, you can kind of go on some of the stuff that, that you feel that, our customers really will, it will make a difference for them.

Chris: Thank you Joe. What sets us apart from the competition is, with a Montana product, I always tell people there’s three things in life. We’re going to pass away, we’re going to pay taxes, and you’ll see a Montana in the campground. †we have more repeat buyers than any other brand in the history of the RV business.

Joe: They’re very loyal.

Chris: It’s not uncommon to talk to customers that on their second, third, and fourth units. You just sold another Montana to some folks that are on their …

Joe: Yep, it was …

Chris: Thirteenth Montana.

Joe: Yeah, it was quite amazing, very loyal. they love, they’ve loved every single one they’ve had. and his sister is actually on this, her seventh. So, once again, brand loyalty and because of the features you’re going to go over is why they’re so loyal to it.

Chris: (clears throat) Absolutely. One of the main features that we introduced back in 2010, 2011, was the radius interior ceiling. If you notice the exterior ceilings are all radius because of water runoff, but we have a radius interior ceiling. The benefits of that Joe, is number one, it feels larger in the family room and also once we get in the bedroom you’ll notice we have up to 6 foot 8 head room in the front bedroom. Also, by using the radius interior ceiling Joe, is we use a 5 inch radius roof truss. What that allows us to do is gives you the same amount of insulation in the middle as in the center. So, if you look at a lot of your competition Joe, [00:02:00] and this right here is a, is a molding piece that we use as far as design in our coach, but I use it to compare the competition so if you’re …

Joe: You can really see the arch.

Chris: So if you’re looking at a competitor that has a flat interior ceiling, remember we talked about everybody has a radius on the outside for water runoff, so if you’re looking at flat roof on the inside, it a-, could only do one thing. It can only taper, so if you notice when the competition talks about insulation, they may talk that they have the 5 inch, the 6 inch thick laminated roof. But remember one thing Joe, is they may be the thickest part right here, but as you notice when you get to the edges here, how it tapers.

Joe: They taper down, correct.

Chris: So you could maybe start at 5 and 6 inches, but as you work your way to the left or right you can get all the way down to 1 inch. So that right there is not a consistent insulation package in the competition.

Joe: Now, that is a steel, a galvanized steel roof trussing correct?

Chris: We use a, it’s a composite roof truss that we’re using right now.

Joe: Composite, okay.

Chris: We’re using stamped steel roof truss. Previously, it’s a composite. What it does Joe, is allows us to fasten our 3/8 inch decking more securely.

Joe: Correct, and it’s still a breathable attic system, which has made Montana famous.

Chris: Absolutely, we have an attic vent like most people have in their homes where your competition that uses a laminated roof does not have an attic vent. That laminated roof will trap a lot of condensation, a lot of heat in the ceilings. And also, what they’re doing for their air conditioning ducting system and the laminated roofs, Joe …

Joe: Mm-hmm (affirmative)-

Chris: Is all they’re doing is notching out the styrofoam so as we know, air conditioning has condensation in it, and there’s only one way to go. It goes up in the ceiling. Where in the Montana, we have a continuous ducting system from front to back, we use a 2 inch by 8 inch insulated ducting system, which has radius corners because cold air does not like square corners.

Joe: Yep.

Chris: And that way it gives you that, consistency throughout, [Crosstalk 00:03:50].

Joe: It will stay even no matter what the temperature.

Chris: Because we’re using the dual zone thermostat, which you can set a seper-, a separate temperature in the family room, then a separate temperature in the front bedroom as well. And another thing I want to point out [00:04:00] also, when you talk about the radius ceiling, is it also allows me to give you more overhead cabinet space. Because as we know Joe, the Montana owners use these for extended amounts of time. They could use them for weeks and months at a time. Typically they’re not the buyer that leaves on a Friday, comes home on a Sunday so the first thing that’s really important to this buyer is interior storage. You can never have too much counter space, too much interior storage, so as you notice how they swing open Joe, is you can maximize your overall height.

Joe: Right.

Chris: A lot of your competitor use the flip up overhead, where you could only limited so much room that you can put in there.

Joe: Mm-hmm (affirmative)-

Chris: So it’ll give you maximized space. Also, talk about space as well also Joe, is we now offer 10 floor plans in the Montana brand. And also, on top of the 10 floor plans, 5 of the 10 floor plans Joe, you can get an 18 cubic foot residential refrigerator. On our 10 floor plans we have our standard 18 cubic foot RV Norco refrigerator, which runs on propane and short power.

Joe: And gas and that is a brand new, that is the brand new 18 cubic foot by Norco right there.

Chris: Brand new 18 cubic foot, where before we were using 12. So now, the 10 floor plans that offer the 18 cubic foot RV refrigerator, you also have the 5 that offer the 18 cubic foot residential with ice maker, so really Joe, at the end of the day you have 15 Montana floor plans.

Joe: And that’s, that’s great for the discriminating buyer that wants to spend a lot of time in their fifth wheel and travel, or even do a seasonal. You’re not running out of storage to put things, to put food, just great convenience items that, that really help this coach be separate from the others.

Chris: Also, when you talk about the kitchen as well too, is standard on the Montanas you have a 70/30 stainless steel sink covers.

Joe: Yep.

Chris: Stainless steel sink with sink covers, also you have a bi-fold stove top cover as well also. Because when you’re not using this [00:06:00] you can put it back on as additional counter space. 30 inch microwave, which is also a standard convection microwave.

Joe: Correct.

Chris: Some of our competitors out there may not offer a convection, but they also may, they also may, they also may offer it as a not a stand alone, maybe optional as well too.

Joe: And that’s, that’s just like you’d find in your house as well. You can bake in that, you can use it as a traditional microwave, but very residential. Once again, you’re into a coach that has a lot of residential stuff.

Chris: Absolutely, because you know, they want the residential feel because you know, this buyer, the Montana owner is on the road. You know, they’re gone for weeks and months at a time and this is their home away from home.

Joe: Yep.

Chris: And a lot of things we do as far as to make you feel at home is, is solid hardwood throughout, okay. Montana has been known for the innovative features, also the floor plans. You know, we have a lot of great floor plans like I mentioned, 10 of them and then the 5 with the additional, residential refrigerators and we’ll go through another one here in a few minutes. But we also talk about residential and with that, LED flat screen TV’s. All of our TV’s in our family room and our bedroom are on swing arms. Also, in the Montana we use the dimplex brand fireplace. It’s a top of the line, it’s a 5100 BTU fireplace. Some people have asked me about heat pumps. Remember one thing, heat pumps only force air out of the ceiling and they don’t work under 42, 43 degrees.

Joe: Correct.

Chris: So what the fireplace does, it runs on electric so you can save on propane, and that takes the chill out of the air. This will give you 20 to 30 degrees additional heat up to 85 degrees in the coach.

Joe: hi folks. We’re back in the, the master bedroom suite of the new residential living Montana. just there’s some, a lot of great new features that they’ve done, in these new coaches and I’ll have Chris go over a few of them. I’m noticing right away is the difference in the closet. It’s, they’ve [00:08:00] taken out the cabinet in the middle, they’ve given you a, room for a washer dryer, one on each side. also you still have plenty of hanging clothes, storage as well. Right behind Chris is a bigger window that they’ve put into the new residential living model.

Chris: Mm-hmm (affirmative)-

Joe: And also the seat here. That, that lifts up and there’s a hamper in there for your clothes so you have a dirty clothes storage I guess, huh?

Chris: Absolutely, out of the way.

Joe: Or you could use it for shoes or whatever else you want as well.

Chris: Sure.

Joe: once a-, also I see around the bed, when Josh goes around it. You put new stands in on each side plus the, the 110, uh hookups on each side too as well.

Chris: Sleep apnea machines are more and more popular.

Joe: Yes.

Chris: And Joe, what we’ve done is made these counter tops much larger, brought the 110 outlets up. Also, you still have those down on the side walls as well too, but this is very important for people here. Also, individual LED reading lights. We don’t have the map lights which get hot. These are brighter, last longer, and give off less heat.

Joe: And use less energy too, yep.

Chris: Absolutely. The new front wardrobe Joe, we were talking about, is all of our floor plans in the Montanas except for the front living room because of the washer dryer prep being in the kitchen in the 3720, 3721 RL …

Joe: Mm-hmm (affirmative)-

Chris: Which the washer dryer preps are in the hallway, all of our front closets you could put the washer on the right hand side and the dryer in the left hand side. All you do is just removed the middle shelves.

Joe: Correct.

Chris: As we know, less than 7% of all RVers actually use washer and dryers for, so for the 93% of the customers that we do have, it’s just more storage. Also, you have these hidden storages right here as well. Under here and then also you have that on the other side too.

Joe: Which, which you don’t see in other brands.

Chris: Correct.

Joe: Also, the cutout into the front cab, you can use that for folding clothes or for shoes, it’s kind of endless.

Chris: We were talking earlier about the radius interior ceiling that we had down in the family room. Also, the benefit, the major benefit it does here, it gives you up to 6 foot 8 head room.

Joe: Yes, and you are much taller than me, so … (laughs)

Chris: I’m 6 foot 6 so I have plenty of room up here to maneuver. Also, with the second air conditioning that we [00:10:00] is in our standard run, and this is a ducted second air conditioning and here’s your thermostat right here because you do have the dual zone thermostat.

Joe: Correct.

Chris: So you can set a different temperature up here in the night, during a different temperature during the daytime. Because you can also run this reverse effect also, in the daytime you can run this air, which feeds the entire coach and during the night time you can run the main air in the family room, which runs down through the whole length of the coach duct wise.

Joe: Now, now once again, the, the upper deck of this fifth wheel is insulated as well.

Chris: Absolutely.

Joe: a lot of them are not. This has full insulation underneath the, the decking of this to keep your R value, where it should be. You know, when it’s cold weather you won’t lose your heat through the floor of this.

Chris: We were talking a little bit ago also, your 32 inch bedroom TV, which is standard in the Montana and again, that is on a swing arm as well also. All of our TV’s are on swing arms. One thing I want to bring up also Joe, we were talking about convenience in RVing is, every window in our Montanas open.

Joe: Yes.

Chris: Okay, and the camp-, competition can’t say that. We’re, if we’re going to put a window there, we’re going to put it to where you can open it so you have that cross ventilation.

Joe: And with the exception of your slide outs on the ends of your slide outs, they are all, insulated safety glass windows and frameless, too. So they have a beautiful look on the outside.

Chris: if you look at attention to detail Joe, you can notice the hardwood door that we have here.

Joe: Yes.

Chris: And with that, a-, goes along with that, is our wood casing because we give you 3 inch interior walls.

Joe: You watch, we have a real, a real door, a real door header over this.

Chris: We have headers …

Joe: Correct.

Chris: Unlike the competition that doesn’t have headers.

Joe: Yup.

Chris: Okay.

Joe: And you can’t move it, and this, it is very sturdy.

Chris: 3 inch interior wall, so when you shut your doors it’s not going to shake the wall and it’s not flimsy. This is our new counter top design, wood look here where before it was a laminated countertop with much more storage and space with our deep drawers throughout. Once again, you can never have too much storage.

Joe: And full extension roller ball bearings, metal drawer glides.

Chris: Absolutely.

Joe: What’s, residential to hold up, to take the rigors of, of full time use if need be. [00:12:00]

The video of this presentation by Petes RV Center is available at: https://youtu.be/sgDdKFeb3Tc

Video Transcript | 2016 Keystone Montana Fifth Wheel Features (Part 2 of 2) (CC)

Joe Vartuli: Hi folks, we’re back out here at the, the Montana Residential Living, the new Montana Residential Living Fifth-Wheels, Luxury Fifth-Wheels. Chris is still with us. He’s going to point out some great features, on the front cap, this, this new pin box, and some of the other great features that, that once again separate from the other stuff.

Chris Stender: Joe, our buyers tell us that there’s three characteristics to the Montana which sets the competition apart. The first of all is the MORryde pin box. Second of all is the aerodynamic front cap. And we’ll get around to the side we’ll talk about the MORryde suspension system as well, also. But I want to start with the MORryde pin box. What this allows you to do, Joe, is towing fifth-wheels when you’re accelerating and decelerating, you get what they call bucking and chucking.

Joe Vartuli: Yes.

Chris Stender: What this does is, this minimizes your bucking and chucking. It moves an inch and a half forward, inch and a half back, three-quarters of an inch right, three-quarters of an inch left, because it’s a rubberization system in the MORryde pin box. Rubber reacts faster than gases and fluids, so this minimizes that bucking and chucking.

A lot of our competitors use the large king-pin with the gas shock, with the bladder, that is just … Who knows how to work it? But all that is, is for vertical, but that’s what your tow vehicle’s for, is for vertical suspension. We got it right. We do horizontal up-front, we do vertical in our suspension, where our competition does it backwards. They do vertical in their kingpin, they do horizontal in their suspension, which we’ll talk about in a few minutes.

Also, with our aerodynamic cap, Joe, I can’t tell you you’re going to save two, three miles per hour. But you can take a look at it. It’s just the way it is. It’s what they call a European style aerodynamic front cap.

Joe Vartuli: Right. And then it’s cut in on the sides for your short box pick-ups as well.

Chris Stender: Yeah. We talk about turning radius, some of the competitors talk about [inaudible 00:01:56] turning radius. Actually, our front frame, Joe, there’s an actual [00:02:00] radius front frame, where your competitors, it’s a box frame, or it’s a forty-five degree cut frame. So our cap follows our line of our frame behind it. Also you have the hitch vision mirror. When you’re backing up, not only do you have your LED light here for night-time loading, but you have your hitch vision also which you can see from your tow vehicle as well too.

Joe Vartuli: Absolutely. That’s a great feature. It makes it easier on your neck when you’re hitching up in your fifth wheel.

Chris Stender: Absolutely.

Joe Vartuli: Also, automotive paint.

Chris Stender: Yes, on the new Residential Living Package in the Montana, we have a partial painted front cap which is standard. We’ve always been middle-of-the-road, neutral, non-confrontational, monotone. But in the Montana Residential Living Package, you have the partial painted front cap.

Also, we have your LED front lights which we were talking about in your control panel inside. You have one on the door side, one on the off-door side. People have told us that in campgrounds, if they’ve gone for a bike ride or a walk, they’ll put these on. That way they can see where they’re at a couple roads over.

Joe Vartuli: It’s certainly … They do stand out, that’s for sure.

Chris Stender: Joe, let’s talk about also your propane tanks. You have standard propane tanks … [cross talk 00:03:08]

Joe Vartuli: We have thirty pounds … Is the standard. Correct.

Chris Stender: Standard thirty-pound LP tanks. But here’s the big difference for a lot of your competition, okay. First of all, we have one on each side.

Joe Vartuli: Correct.

Chris Stender: Okay. The reason for that is weight distribution. Also, the reason we put one on each side rather than two, because your baggage compartment doors, Joe, are the same size and your pass-through storage is the same dimensions throughout. Where if I were to put two LP tanks on the off-door side, all of a sudden your baggage compartment gets much smaller plus your weight distribution is off.

Joe Vartuli: Correct.

Chris Stender: Another feature I want to show you is notice how we’re using the gas struts, okay. We don’t put clips up here that rust or corrode, and we definitely don’t put magnets up on the side of our Montana Fifth-Wheels, okay. Because I don’t want something to let go and hit me in the head.

Joe Vartuli: [laughs]

Chris Stender: [00:04:00] One thing I also want to show you as well, too, is part of our central vacuum system we were talking about inside Joe, remember we had the twenty-five foot expandable hose?

Joe Vartuli: Yes, we did.

Chris Stender: This is your exterior port, which goes right here, and that way you can sweep your pass-through storage, sweep your outdoor carpet, works sweet.

Joe Vartuli: Josh is showing you how big this really is. You can put a lot of stuff in there.

Chris Stender: Massive storage. And the reason for this is, Joe, is because we have what we call drop-frame pass-through storage. Because our twelve-inch I-beam frame on the Montana is standard, and your eight-inch I-beam is a drop-frame.

Joe Vartuli: Right.

Chris Stender: A lot of your competitors, when you’re on the outside, you think “Wow, that’s a lot of storage”, but when you open the door, you’re floor’s like elevated.

Joe Vartuli: There’s no hump, this is all flush all the way through.

Chris Stender: Absolutely, it’s a drop-frame pass-through storage.

Joe Vartuli: I, I do notice that’s a heat port, and so we have a heated basement.

Chris Stender: Absolutely. Right here, this is radiant heat. When you have your furnace on it is radiant heat, will heat your pass-through storage. Also another feature I want to talk about also, Joe, is what we call our friction hinge entry door, okay. I don’t have any plastic clips anymore that break.

Joe Vartuli: Thank God.

Chris Stender: Okay, so you’re not replacing them all the time. So it is a friction hinge entry door, okay. Another feature I want to show you also is what we call our new screen door. How many times customers have to open that up and then when they go back outside, they have to shut it again. So now from the inside, you just push that down from the inside now.

Joe Vartuli: Talk about convenience. I don’t know how many years people have been asking for a new, a new type of door, a new way to open up their screen door. That’s much, much better.

Chris Stender: We take this for granted, but you know there’s so many people that have four, five, six, seven, eight, ten year old RV’s that have never seen this. We have to be able to show that to the customer. Another standard feature, Joe, is your four-step entry. How many of our competitors are still using …

Joe Vartuli: Three steps.

Chris Stender: Our three step entry.

Joe Vartuli: Yup.

Chris Stender: Look how much more you have. I’m tall, and this is still a tall step for me right here. [00:06:00]

Joe Vartuli: Well, imagine if you’re elderly. It just, it’s much much better for you.

Chris Stender: With the fold-away handles. Once the door is shut, you have a nice large fold-away handle also. Our main awning, Joe, is a power awning, and it’s a two-position, and I’ll show you how that works, Joe.

Notice I’ll turn on the light as well, also.

Joe Vartuli: Ease of operation is terrific.

Chris Stender: I call this, this is two-stage power awning Joe, and I’ll tell you why. I can’t put it all the way out. Almost, okay. So let’s say you’re setting outside and it’s starting to rain hard, or let’s say the sun is dropping. All you do is just take this right here, and drop it, and just tighten this right here.

Joe Vartuli: So you can keep, you can have a …

Chris Stender: And the same with the other end.

Joe Vartuli: You can have a good pitch to it, like you said. Even if it’s raining, too, that’s another good feature.

Chris Stender: Absolutely.

Joe Vartuli: If, if you’re used to pitching your awning one way, the old style of manual awnings, you can still do this with a power awning.

Chris Stender: That way, what it does also is if it’s raining hard, you can drop it down. That way if it’s blowing you can still have your screen door on as well, too. This is our 3160 Rear Lounge Montana. This is our only Montana that gives you a second main awning on the outside, and that has lighting as well also. And this is also a two-stage awning as well, too. this is standard on the 3160 RL [cross talk 00:07:30]

Joe Vartuli: We’re pretty, we’re pretty close to the camper next to us, but you’re getting a good idea of how easy it does to work, how nice it looks with those LEDs, how it ties in with your entertainment center here.

Chris Stender: Thirty-two inch TV, again on a swing arm with an AM/FM CD/DVD player and a stereo as well, also. So, nice standard entertainment center on the outside with bus-style baggage compartment doors.

Joe Vartuli: Yes. More residential features for you: While you’re on the road, you want to be outside [00:08:00] watching NASCAR, you want to watch a ballgame, the kids want, want to watch a DVD … All these things you can do along with the storage and convenience the Montana offers you.

[camera cuts]

Joe Vartuli: We’re back over on the other side of the 3160 here. We’re going to show you the standard hydraulic six-point automatic leveling system. Chris is going to show you the control, the controller panel and just how it really does work. Once again, this will level you automatically. It takes all the guesswork out of everything.

Chris Stender: Joe, it’s as easy as a couple steps. First of all, when you’re backed into your spot, all you do is you hit the manual mode and then bring your front legs up. And what we’re doing right now is we’re lifting the front of it up to unhook it from your tow vehicle.

Joe, what I want to show you, part of the Residential Living Package which is new in the Montana, is we have what we call a solar panel prep. If you notice your compartment right up here, Furrion is the supplier that they do sell a portable solar panel which you can set outside your coach.

Joe Vartuli: Which we do offer to customers.

Chris Stender: And you can plug it in right here. That’s standard on all Montanas with the Residential Living Package. Another feature I want to show you, Joe, is the expandable ten-foot high-pressure hot and cold shower. We don’t use the white hose with the magic wand that you’re lucky to get your hair wet if you tried.

Also what this does is too, Joe, is if the people that want to winterize their own coaches, it’s very simple. Your winterize, your winterization system right here, you have your kit with a hose that comes down in your RV antifreeze. Once that’s in there, all you do is turn your water heater by-pass on, and then winterize, you turn that on. Winterizes the whole coach just for you.

Joe Vartuli: How easy is that? Instead of taking panels apart and everything else.

Chris Stender: Because your water pump is just on the backside so you don’t have to access your water pump. It’s one, two, three steps, done. Okay. Here’s your city water connection, which what we do, Joe, is we can run them up through the middle here, underneath here, run a hose [00:10:00], and that way it runs water into your coach.

Now, if you want to fill your freshwater tank, maybe before you hit the road, once your city water hooked up … See, it says tank fill power fresh, all you do is flip this lever right here, automatically fills your fresh water.

Joe Vartuli: Fills your fresh water tank.

Chris Stender: No more gravity filling in the back. I only have a vent now. So this fills much faster. Then also is your black tank flush here. What that does, it’s like a sprinkler system in your black tank. Because we all know when you dump your black tank, not all your debris gets let go.

Joe Vartuli: No, it can clump on the bottom, and this rinses from top to bottom for always a clean tank.

Chris Stender: If you don’t use your RV for a while you have a nice aroma when you walk in. But it’s a sprinkler system that sprays around, gets all the debris out of the coach. If you notice, also, our low point drains, Joe, why they’re in here. And the reason for that is, in the Montana product, our water lines are constructed in our floors. Our competition, your low point drains always come out underneath, but that means they run their water lines in their underbelly attached to the I-beam frame.

Joe Vartuli: And also I’m seeing your grey and tack, the grey, grey and black tank valves here, are also up on the inside and above the underbelly … [cross talk 00:11:08]

Chris Stender: And they’re straight out.

Joe Vartuli: … So they are insulated, correct.

Chris Stender: Your black tank is fifty gallons. Your grey tank is ninety-three, because you have a fifty-gallon for the bathroom and a forty-gallon for the kitchen. You always have your second grey tank lever. In this floor plan it’s located right here because of the cable system. We want to centralize it to the tank.

Joe Vartuli: Everything is on the inside. Nothing’s exposed on the outside of the coach where it can get broken off.

[camera cuts]

Joe Vartuli: Folks, I really hope you enjoyed this video from Pete’s RV today, and I really want to thank Chris Stender from Keystone Montana …

Chris Stender: Thank you as well, Joe. [shakes hand]

Joe Vartuli: … For training the whole staff, and showing us the great features and benefits of what the Montana’s really all about. go to our website, http://www.PetesRV.com. Look up our Montana page. Give me a call at Pete’s RV if you want some more information. We have some of the best pricing in the country and a great selection. Once again Chris, thank you.

Chris Stender: Thank you. [00:12:00] Appreciate your business.

Joe Vartuli: And hope you enjoyed it.

The video of this presentation by Petes RV Center is available at: https://youtu.be/RoGavsH8DxM

Setting Up Dual 12 Volt Camper Batteries

Setting Up Dual 12 Volt Camper Batteries
Monday May 19th, 2014 19:02:48

Resident RV Expert Randy Murray displays how to properly connect two 12 volt batteries in parallel for extended dry camping power.† Rather than a single battery connection where you will be required to replace it with a fresh battery, a dual connection alleviates this procedure and provide more even use of battery life.

By connecting the campers positive wire to the positive terminal on one battery and connecting the campers ground wire to the negative terminal on the second battery, Randy illustrates the correct way to achieve equal battery drain and how to ensure top notch battery life.

With the use of jumper wires (one for both positive and negative as Randy explains) that are equal or greater to the gauge of wire found on your camper, connect each line to the corresponding positive and negative battery to complete the connection and enjoy some extended dry camping.

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Going Unhooked: Give Dry Camping a Try

Going Unhooked: Give Dry Camping a Try
Wednesday April, 30th 2014 16:08:03

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For those who have not tried it yet, ever thought about giving dry camping a shot?

It means going to a place where there is no electricity, water or sewer hookups and living exclusively off your RV’s internal utilities.

Preparing for a trip where you’ll be dry camping requires a different approach and set of questions before you heading out. If you are new to RVing and leaning more towards dry camping in more remote locations versus full-service campgrounds, it is important to know how well the RV you are shopping is equipped to accommodate your needs. Along with researching online, talking to an experienced RV sales consultant is highly recommended.

Since you will not have an endless power or water supply, or sewage connection, conservation is the key to dry camping. Things, like turning lights on only when they are needed and not running water wastefully down the drain, are a couple of good dry camping habits. Here’s a few more:

  • Learn how much your RV’s fresh water tank can hold and consider bringing a separate supply of drinking water
  • Be crystal clear on your RV’s waste water (black) tank capacity and educate the family on the importance of taking short showers or excessive toilet flushing. Many folks go by the old rule to leave #1 in the bowl and flush when there is a #2.
  • Understand how many hours you will get from a full battery and what it will or will not power. For example, say goodbye to the luxury of an air conditioner and microwave. Most RVs can only power 12 volt appliances when working solely off a battery.
  • Along with hot water and cook tops or grills, many RVs are equipped with dual-power refrigerators. Therefore, you need to know how long your propane tanks will last.

Solar panel battery chargers are becoming more prevalent in the camping community. They can recharge an RV battery during the day when lights and other electric appliance are not being used. Converters can also be purchased that will allow you to use fans, radios and charge cell phones.

One of the best trains of thought you can have when packing for a dry camping trip is not to bring unnecessary electrical gadgets. Bring board games, flashlights with extra batteries, a camping lantern, and Tiki torches. With limited refrigeration and the convenience of microwave cooking, it’s also good practice to think accordingly when stocking your grocery and food supply.

This hardly dry article on dry camping was provided by Chuck Lunberg. See more of what he and others are liking on the TalkCampingNH.com Facebook page!