How to Choose the Right RV

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Choosing the right RV for your needs can be difficult if you’ve never owned an RV before and you don’t know exactly what you want. There are so many different choices to choose from between brands, floor plans and sizes. Furthermore, you need to decide whether a truck camper, fifth wheel, towable or motor home best fits your needs.

Type

If you have a truck that will tow or are planning on purchasing a truck that will tow, your options open up a little more. If you don’t have a heavy duty truck, you can choose a fold down, a truck camper or a motor home.

For towables, you are limited to how much your truck can tow. Don’t forget, if you want to put the fifth wheel adapter in, you have to figure the weight of the adapter in the payload.

When choosing a towable RV, don’t use the net weight to determine whether your truck can pull the RV; you need to figure the weight with the RV loaded and the tanks full. The RVs tanks vary depending on the size of the RV. You need to know how much the fresh water tank holds; and how much the gray and black water tanks hold.

Once you’ve narrowed down the type of RV you want to purchase, you then need to consider your needs.

Floor Plans

There are any number of floor plans to choose from. How many people will be going with you? Do you plan on using the RV for hunting trips with friends? How big is your family? If you have four in your family, you could choose an RV that sleeps four, but it might be a tad crowded, especially if you bring pets along. You might want to pick an RV that sleeps six. If you plan on going on hunting and fishing trips with your friends, how many friends will be going with you? If this is something you plan on doing often, you may want to choose an RV that sleeps more people.

Do you have “toys” that you’d like to bring on trips with you, such as snowmobiles, ATVs or motorcycles? You may want to consider a toy hauler or a motor home. You can haul a trailer with toys behind the motor home, but if you prefer a towable RV, you’ll need to get a toy hauler if you want to bring your toys with you.

Once you decide what you will need for your family — and friends, if you are planning on going on trips with friends — come to Links RVs in Rice Lake to look at our inventory. We have something for everyone; it’s just a matter of choosing what fits you the best.

Do I Really Need to Plan an Extended Trip?

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After visiting Link RV Center to purchase a new RV or to service your RV, you are ready to take a trip. Whether you have a fifth wheel, a travel trailer, motor home or toy hauler, you can go on short trips for the weekend or long trips that take as long as you want to camp. Part of taking a trip is planning it — or not planning it, as the case may be.

Planning vs. Not Planning

Depending on the time you have to take a trip, you may or may not want to plan the trip. For short trips or longer trips where time is limited, you want to be able to see as much as possible. But, if you’re retired or work from home and time doesn’t matter, planning isn’t as important unless you are not going to go back to a certain location or attraction. Planning also allows you to make reservations. If you don’t plan ahead, you might pull into a campground only to find it full.

How to Plan a Trip

Before you start planning, determine the days you are going to be on a trip. Use any one of the map programs online or your GPS to determine how long it will take to get to the first place you want to visit. Call ahead to make reservations for the number of nights you will be spending at that location.

Determine how long it will take you to get to the next place on your list, then call ahead and make those reservations. You can make as many reservations ahead of time as you want. This is usually the best thing to do if you are going to a popular place or going to a location with a national event, such as Bike Week or a large air show. Otherwise, you can make the reservations for later in the trip after you leave, as long as you are calling a couple weeks ahead of time.

Packing

Be sure to pack for the weather. If you are traveling in the summer, you need mostly summer clothing, but you may want to bring some casual dress clothing if you plan on going out during your trip. You can also pack enough food the night before the trip if your refrigerator runs while you are driving the RV. If not, or if you have a travel trailer, pack a cooler with enough food for a couple of days so you won’t have to go shopping immediately. You can also pack some food in the freezer — if the freezer is off — and keep it cold with gel-pacs.

Visit Link RV Center

Plan to visit Link RV Center before you head out, regardless of how meticulous you’ve planned for the rest. We can help get your trip off to a good start.

Effective Spot Cleaner in the RV

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Cleaning the RV while you are on the road isn’t the easiest of things since you usually don’t pack up the vacuum cleaner. However, if you do need to clean a spot on the rug or get something sticky off the floor; or even if you need to clean the windows while you are on the road, you can pack an effective spot cleaner and other cleaners that don’t take much space.

Spot Cleaner for Carpets

Keep vinegar and baking soda on hand for the carpet. To clean a spot, soak up any excess liquid from the spill. Rub baking soda into the stain and let it set for a few minutes. If the spot is dry, add a little water – just enough to make the baking soda damp. Using a damp rag, pick up the baking soda. To get rid of any smell, rub the area with vinegar and then “rinse” it with a wet rag. Don’t soak the rag unless the mess is really bad. If you do have to use more water, have towels or rags ready to soak up the excess water. If the spot is really bad, you may have to repeat the procedure.

Great Cleaner for Counters and Floors

Grab a small container of Clorox wipes. They clean just about anything including appliances, the counter tops and even floors if you spill something. They are great for something you missed and is stuck to the floor, such as spilled juice from the kids and even cooked on spills on the stove.

Window Cleaner

Use an aerosol window cleaner instead of the spray bottle cleaner. The aerosol can takes less space, and if you find a non-streak brand, it takes less of the chemical to clean. And, this is useful for cleaning the outside window of the microwave and to give appliances a shine.

Visit Link RV Sales

If you are in the market for a new RV, stop by Link RV Sales to walk through the many new and used RV floor plans we have available. Whether you are buying your first RV or are upgrading to something newer, we have something for you.

Breakfast Smoothies for the Road

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If you’re tired of protein-heavy breakfasts or frozen waffles, why not try a fresh and healthy alternative? Smoothies are a convenient way to a filling, nutritious, and delicious breakfast.

Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie

Prep – 10 mins. | Ready in – 10 mins.

Ingredients

•    1 frozen banana, thawed for 10 to 15 minutes
•    1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
•    1 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
•    1 1/2 teaspoons flax seed meal
•    1 1/2 teaspoons honey
•    2/3 cup frozen blueberries

Directions

Cut banana into small pieces and place into the bowl of a blender. Add the soy milk, yogurt, flax seed meal, and honey. Blend on lowest speed until smooth, about 5 seconds. Gradually add the blueberries while continuing to blend on low. Once the blueberries have been incorporated, increase speed, and blend to desired consistency.

Blueberry & Strawberry Smoothie

Prep – 5 mins. | Ready in 5 mins.

Ingredients

•    1/2 cup almond milk
•    1/2 cup frozen strawberries
•    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
•    1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
•    1 teaspoon flax seed oil
•    1 teaspoon agave nectar

Directions

Blend almond milk, strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, flax seed oil, and agave nectar in a blender until smooth.

Visit Link’s RVs in Rice Lake

Before heading out on your next adventure, stop by Link’s RVs in Rice Lake for any service or maintenance that you may need on your motorhome or travel trailer. If you’re on the market for a new RV, shop our extensive inventory of new and used RVs.