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Matt Silver

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:30

Do you need to change your set of tires?

If you’ve owned your RV for more than five years, you may need to start thinking about changing your set of tires. They may be looking perfectly fine from an external view but they may be damaged inside. If this is the case, this would cause major damages to your RV and be costing you a lot of money.

They may look perfectly fine from an external point of view, but they may be damaged inside. If this is the case, this could cause major damages to your RV and potentially put your and your family at risk. This oversight can cost you your health and your money.

So how do you select your new set of tires?

When selecting your new or slightly used set of tires, you should start thinking about what you expect in terms of long-term performance: Are you looking for a set that lasts longer? Are you looking for a set of tires made for really heavy loads? Quiet rides?

The answer to these questions come from some of the markings on the sidewall of the tire. That series of letters and numbers is called the "Uniform Tire Quality Grading" (UTQG) and measures the tire's treadwear, traction, and temperature.

So what do these letters and numbers tell you about the tire?

Treadwear

The first number in the sequence measures the treadwear and it allows you to understand how long your set of tires will last. A greater number will mean a longer lifespan of the tires.

Traction

The traction capability is ranked by the two letters following the first numbers and it gives you an idea of how good are your tires to stop on a wet road.  If your tire has the best traction will be rated AA. Instead, a not performing tire will be rated C.

Temperature

The final letter gives you the rating of the temperature and indicated the ability of your tire to dissipate the heat. The rating goes from A to C with A that stands for better heat dispersion when at high speed (Over 115 miles per hour).

Friday, 26 May 2017 19:16

Keep Your RV Insect Free

If you find yourself dealing with bugs and insects inside of your RV, you’re not going to be a happy camper. Those middle of the night buzzing sounds of mosquitos or bugs annoying you during the drive can drive you crazy.

Here at Cypress Trail we made a list of the best ways to keep insects out of your motorized sanctuary.

Tapes to fix RV

Sealants and Tapes:

Check for any open space in contact with the outside. Any vent, window or the smallest gap can cause you troubles. Think about how bugs could enter your specific vehicle and, if you find any possible spot, try to seal it.

The best way would be a sealant from a trusted brand. If you don’t have time to find a suitable sealant, the second best option would be to use any kind of robust tape.

Once this first step is completed you can consider some additional precautions to keep your RV safe from mosquitoes, spiders ants, and any other unwanted guest.

 
RV Portable Diffuser

Portable Diffuser:

These may be used inside and outside the vehicle. They can be an electronic device or a fire lamp. You can choose from different scents depending on the brand you prefer but all are safe and contain natural ingredients. Also, depending on your selection, you may get the side benefit of the scent creating a beautiful warm atmosphere inside your RV.

 
RV Insect Spray

Spray

If you don’t want to use electrical devices or just don’t want to spend time setting them up throughout the RV, a spray is a good option. Just don’t depend too much on sprays, as insects will be deterred from biting you; but they’ll still be inside your RV waiting for you to take a shower.

 

Granular Repellent:

This may be the best option to be used near your RV and in the outside areas. It’s an effective repellent usually used for the outdoors. Most of these products are natural, biodegradable and very safe. The main ingredients are just scented oils such as lemon grass oil and mint oil. But check to make sure they are safe for pets.

Wristband:

The main ingredient in this wristband is called Geraniol and it has been proven effective repelling a variety of insects. We did not have the pleasure to test it so we cannot suggest it with confidence. We would consider it together with some other repellent such as the diffuser or the granular repellent, just to cover your bases.

We hope you found these tips helpful for your next trip. Check our blog posts for more tips and suggestions on how to enjoy better your RV lifestyle!

If you are considering investing your hard earned money, but you don’t want to risk it in the residential real estate market or volatility of the stock market, owning an RV park lot may be an excellent option.

 

More and more regular people are making the decision to buy this niche type of investment, for many different reasons. Mainly they just want to enjoy their vacation without having to cover long distances and pay too much for storage or expensive vacation rentals.

 

You may be surprised to know that RV campgrounds are one of the real estate investments with the highest return (around 15% to 20%). Considering an ROI of around 10% for a residential real estate investment and 7% for a stock market investment, owning an RV park lot looks like an intelligent solution.

 

Why Owning an RV Park Lot Can Be a Good Financial Investment

How to select the best lot to maximize your investment?
 

Location, location, location… It’s the most important factor.
 

Since location is tied to demand, It determines the initial cost of the investment and the profit when you may want to sell it or rent it.

Selecting a lot in a resort in Fort Myers, FL may be a different price and rate of return compared to a summer-only location like Montana.
 

Amenities

 

When choosing an RV Park, a property with luxury amenities brings more RV patrons and higher demand. Top amenities include:

  • Swimming pool

  • Wifi

  • Assorted racquet sports like tennis and bocce ball

  • Dog park

  • Electrical power for parked campers

  • Fitness center
     

Management

 

The people running the property is another important factor when selecting an RV parking lot. You want to be sure that the property offers a top-notch customer service and that the management takes care of the facilities and amenities. More desirable RV parks have management that treats each lot owner as a family.

Some tips to maximize your RV lot investment:

Do a little bit of homework up front then reap the rewards of not only owning and investment that should increase in value over time but serves as a wonderful vacation spot to unwind from the day to day grind.

 

Here are some tips to help with your selection:

 

  • Spend enough time to research and investigate. Don’t rush and take your time.

  • When visiting the properties, ask the owner to show you the amenities and make sure that all work properly.

  • Make sure that the demand for the chosen location is high enough to be able to sell it at a higher price later after few years.

  • Look for reviews online

  • Contact the current management to see if all is running properly at the location

 

The last step is just to decide if you like the Florida sunny weather, mountain views in Wyoming or somewhere in between!

You've planned your trip and vacation spots but not sure if you forgot something? Is your head full of questions like "Am I missing anything in my RV before I hit the road?”

 

Well, at Cypress Trail RV Resort we’ve got you covered. We have created a list of the top 3 must-haves for you RV:

 

RV Internet Connection

 

Wifi Rv Device

 

Let's admit it. These days we can’t go anywhere without being "online". It's a real addiction. Just thinking of missing your favorite Netflix show or checking your Facebook status makes you anxious. So before leaving, consider a WIFI option so that you can enjoy your tablet, phone and PC while traveling.

 

Here are three ways to have a solid internet connection while on the road with your RV:

 

Private WIFI Networks

Before leaving make sure to select a luxury RV resort so that you can find a hard wired connection and wifi in the public areas. This would solve the problem without spending unnecessary money on other carrier plans or devices.

 

Satellite Connections

This is a good option if you are willing to spend some cash on a permanent solution that travels everywhere you go. It does add some heavy equipment to your RV and comes with a monthly subscription cost.. It’s not an easy choice. Also, internet speed will vary depending on wind, rain, and mountainous terrain.

 

Wireless Providers

This may be an option for travelers that find themselves without the time to look for the right location or to find another solution. Just using your mobile phone, you can use its internet connection and it’s the phone’s data plan that works as a wireless tower. The quality of connection will rely on the quality of network and coverage of your preferred operator company. But clearly it will be slower than a more permanent solution mentioned above.

 

RV GPS

RV GPS

 

For all of you that don’t like to rely on maps anymore when traveling long distances, GPS is something you need to consider. Even if you could easily use your smartphone, having an RV GPS device mounted to your command center would enhance your driving experience and make it safer for sure. That’s because these GPSs are built just for RVs and pre-select the best route for your RV considering your vehicle size and weight restrictions.

 

In our opinion, the top three 2017 RV GPSs are the Garmin RV 660LMT, Rand McNally RVND 7730 LM, and the Garmin RV 760LMT. These range from $290 to over $500.

 

RV Solar Power Solution

 

This last solution offers the freedom to use every electronically device in your RV just with the power of the sun! Just imagine increasing the autonomy of your RV for long journeys.

 

If you think that the cost would be too high, think again. Considering the many options in the market and the benefits, you should view this as an investment that will pay for itself over time. This is especially true if you’re used to taking many trips a year.

 

We hope you found our choices useful. Leave a comment with your top 3 Must-haves for your RV!

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 14:57

Top Beaches Near Cypress Trail RV Resort

Cypress Trail RV Resort is perfectly situated near many fine, world-class beaches. Here’s our guide to getting out and exploring the best beaches in Southwest Florida.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 21:02

Tips to Save Gas on an RV Trip

RVing is one of the best ways to see the world. Unfortunately, the price of fuel can make RVing cost prohibitive. But fuel prices don’t need to make a huge dent in your wallet. The next time you RV, use these tips to save money and gas.

Spring training has arrived for all baseball fans. According to a recent Gallup Poll, nearly half of all Americans love this pastime with a passion. Luckily if you are vacationing at Cypress Trail RV Resort in Fort Myers, FL you are going to be near a few exceptional training facilities and stadiums for Major League baseball. You can also plan a special trip to Cypress Trail because it’s the perfect place to stay with access to all the action. Get tickets now to some pre-season games to satisfy your baseball fever before the regular season begins in April. The two training facilities that are closest to Cypress Trail in Fort Myers are for the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox. Both of these American League teams have passionate fan bases, therefore these are spring training games you won’t want to miss. Get out there to enjoy the sun, fun, and friendly confines of these two modern baseball facilities, which are just a short drive away from Cypress Trail.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:27

100 Years of Motorhome History

1900-1909

Monday, 16 January 2017 20:28

Florida RV Show Calendar | 2017

The State of Florida is home to several great motorhome shows throughout the year. All of these exhibitions are put on by the Florida RV Trade Association and they can be found anywhere from Palm Beach to the panhandle. Check out our list below or visit frvta.org.

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